Christmas at the Inns. 6-9p.m. today at various inns in Pacific Grove. The event features various inns and Asilomar Conference Ground's Phoebe Hearst Social Hall decked out in holiday splendor. Comfortable shoes recommended. One ticket for two days. $20. 373-3304, pacificgrove.org.
Monterey Peninsula College Swing Band. 7p.m. today at Monterey Peninsula College in the Music Recital Hall, 982 Fremont St., Monterey. Traditional big band works and holiday favorites. Free. 646-4200.
Ceramics and Jewelry/Metal arts sale 9a.m.-7p.m. today at the Student Center, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont St., Monterey. Pottery, glass, ceramic sculpture and jewelry made by MPC students and faculty. Proceeds benefit participating students and the ceramics and jewelry departments. 646-4203 or 646-4215.
Avalanche Awareness Class. 7-8:30p.m. today at REI, Imjin Parkway and Second Avenue, Marina. Aaron Johnson, owner of Mountain Adventure Seminars, will introduce and explain where and why avalanches occur, and provide a basic approach to managing risk in the backcountry. Free. Register at www.rei.com/marina. A seat will be held for you until the scheduled start time. 883-8048.
Luke Martin's ballroom dance classes. 6-8:30p.m. starting today at the Monterey Youth Center, 777 Pearl St., Monterey. For couples and/or singles. Beginning (6p.m.), Intermediate (7:15p.m.). Three week session.
· DEC. 9
Afternoon tea. 2-4p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Park Lane Residential Facility, 200 Glenwood Circle, Monterey. Hat fashion show, silent auction and afternoon tea. Event to raise money for scholarships to the VNA Adult Day Service Center. $35. Reservations: 648-3734.
· THROUGH DEC. 30
Hula's Island Grill to donate part of bill to Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County. Dine at Hula's from 4 p.m. to closing on Mondays through Dec. 30 and 10percent of proceeds will go to Save Our Shores. Hula's is at 622 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 655-4852.
· DEC. 5-19
The Joy of Singing Workshop. 6-8:30p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 5-19, at the Monterey Youth Center, 777 Pearl St., Monterey. Instructor Luke Martin covers technique, breathing and performance. Three-weeks. $15 for Monterey residents. 224-4282, 646-3873.
· DEC. 8
Gingerbread house-making event. 2:30p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the meeting room at Hofsas House, San Carlos Street and Fourth Avenue, Carmel. All proceeds benefit the Carmel Library Foundation. Create a gingerbread house to take home and display. Children receive one gingerbread-making kit, hot cider and a cookie for $15. Adults receive a glass of wine and can enjoy a cheese and fruit tray for $10. Reservations: 624-2745.
Jazzercise classes. 8:45a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fri-Sat, 5:45p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, at Chautauqua Hall, 16th Street and Central Avenue, Pacific Grove. $49/month, $10 per class. 625-9844.
· DEC. 5-8
First Baptist Church of Salinas presents "Streets of Bethlehem." 6-8:30p.m. Wed-Sat, Dec. 5-8, at the First Baptist Church, 1130 San Vincente Ave., Salinas. Outdoor re-creation of the town of Bethlehem is complete with Mary and Joseph, baby Jesus in the manger, dancing angels, Roman soldiers, shepherds, craftsmen, shopkeepers, townspeople, live animals and realistic sets. For those needing assistance, a special preview takes place from 5:30-6p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, only. Parking is available behind Park Row shopping center. Free shuttle buses run throughout the performance. No pets allowed. 422-9872.
· DEC. 6
11th annual Holiday Parade of Lights. 6p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, along Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove. 373-3304, www.pacificgrove.org.
· DEC. 7
The 11th annual Prunedale community Christmas celebration. 6p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Calvary Community Church, 8145 Prunedale North Road, Prunedale. Holiday concert, live nativity, crafts, tree-lighting ceremony and more. 663-2211.
· DEC. 7
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner. Reception at 6p.m., dinner at 7p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the La Novia Room, Herrmann Hall at the Naval Postgraduate School. Del Monte Boulevard and Sloat Avenue, Monterey. Guest speaker Capt. Wayne Porter, U.S. Navy, will discuss the significance of Pearl Harbor. $30-$50. www.nps.edu/pearlharbor.
· DEC. 7
Holiday tree lighting. 3:30p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Devendorf Park, Ocean and Junipero avenues. Carmel. Tree lighting at 5:30p.m. rain or shine. Performances by the Carmel Middle School Chorus, Junipero Serra School Kids and more. 620-2020.
· DEC. 8
Winter "Round the World": A Multi-Cultural Celebration. 10:30a.m.-3p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at The Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St., Monterey. Fun and informative day of music, entertainment and displays celebrating winter traditions from many cultures. Free. 646-3744.
· DEC. 8
Joyous Elves Holiday Craft Festival. 10a.m.-3p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Monterey Bay Charter School, 1004 David Ave., Pacific Grove. Make-it-yourself craft festival for all ages includes silk dyeing, leather stamping, candle making, wool crafting, felt ornaments and more. 655-4638, www.mbayschool.org.
· DEC. 8
Holiday Taste of Wine Row. 1-5p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at various tasting rooms at 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. Support Voices For Children of Monterey County by donating a new, unwrapped gift. $50-$60. www.eastendwinerow.com.
· DEC. 8
The 54th annual Carmel Valley Santa's Fly-in. Santa arrives in a helicopter at 10:30a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, rain or shine, landing at the Carmel Valley Airfield on Ford Road in Carmel Valley, followed by a parade through Carmel Valley Village. Free. santasflyin.webs.com
· DEC. 8-9
Model train show. 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat-Sun, Dec. 8-9, at the American Tin Cannery, 125 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove. Layouts of all sizes, displays and trains for kids to operate. Free Admission. 372-8193.
· THROUGH JAN 6 2013
Ice Skating by the Bay. 11a.m.-10p.m. Mon-Sat, noon-8p.m. Sunday through Jan. 6 at the Custom House Plaza, Alvarado Street at Del Monte Avenue, Monterey. $12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, $3 skate rentals. 649-4511.
· DEC. 6
American Cetacean Society meeting. 7p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Hopkins Marine Station, Boat Works Building, Ocean View Boulevard and Eardly Avenue, Pacific Grove. Speaker: Naturalist Kate Spencer. Free.
· DEC. 5
Performance by Dr. Lanier Sammons. 8p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at CSU Monterey Bay in the Music Hall, Sixth Avenue at Butler Street, Seaside. Sammons will premiere some of his compositions. Free. csumb.edu, www.laniersammons.com.
· DEC. 7-9
"I'll Be Home For Christmas" Christmas musical. 7:30p.m. Fri-Sat, 2p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-9, at the First Presbyterian Church of Monterey, 501 El Dorado St., Monterey. A musical about family in the golden days of radio, takes place during 10 days in December, 1941. Donation. Reservations: 373-3031.
· DEC. 7
Los Angeles Piano Quartet. 8p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at All Saints' Episcopal Church, Dolores Street and Ninth Avenue, Carmel. $30, $10 students. 625-9938, www.carmelmusic.org.
· DEC. 7
The Joshua Paige Band. 9:30p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Running Iron, 24 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. No Cover. 659-4633.
· DEC. 8
"Sing Along Messiah" 7-8p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 580 Larkin St., Salinas. Selections from Handel's Messiah. Free. 424-5643.
· DEC. 8
Filippo Voltaggio in concert. 7:30p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Evening of songs and stories. Wine social at 6p.m. Fundraiser for the Festa Italia Santa Rosalia Foundation. $25-$30. For tickets call Ann before Nov. 30 at 375-1407.
· DEC. 8-9
I Cantori di Carmel presents "Blessed Be The Time." 8p.m. Sat-Sun, Dec. 8-9, at Carmel Mission Basilica, 3080 Rio Road, Carmel. Featured pieces for chorus and brass ensemble. $20-$25. 644-8012, www.icantori.org.
· DEC. 8
Jingle Bell Run and Walk. Registration 7:30a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Lovers Point, Ocean View Boulevard at Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. Timed 5K run, a fun run/walk and an elf run for children under 12. Benefit for the Arthritis Foundation. $5-$35. www.jinglebellrunpacgrove.kintera.org,620-1699,firstname.lastname@example.org.
· DEC. 7-8
Christmas in the Adobes. 5-9p.m. Fri-Sat, Dec. 7-8, at various locations throughout Monterey. Visit up to 22 historic buildings featuring holiday decorations, seasonal treats and live entertainment. Proceeds support Monterey State Historic Park children's educational programs. Tickets available at Cooper Museum Store, 525 Polk St., Monterey. $20. Two-night passes, $30. 649-7120, www.parks.ca.gov/mshp.
Jacks Peak Park tour. 11a.m. the second Saturday of every month at Jack Peaks Park, Highway 68 to Olmsted Road to Jacks Peak Road, Monterey. Take a right at the kiosk. Meet at bulletin board near restroom. Hike with docents. $5. email@example.com.
· ONGOING SATURDAYS
Tours of Casa Serrano Adobe. 2-4p.m. Saturdays at Casa Serrano Adobe, 412 Pacific St., Monterey. Casa Serrano is one of Monterey's oldest and most historic homes, constructed of adobe and redwood in 1843. It is furnished with antiques and local artwork, from the Spanish, Mexican and early American periods. Free. 372-2608, ext. 813
Tours of Cooper-Molera and Larkin house. Cooper Molera: 10:30a.m. and 12:30p.m.; Larkin house: 2p.m. Sat-Sun. Tickets for must be obtained at Pacific House Museum, south of Fisherman's Wharf on Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $5. 649-7172, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garland Ranch Regional Park. For a schedule of hikes on Saturdays and Sundays, see www.mprpd.org. The park is at 700 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. The website also includes information on hikes at other Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District parks. Free.
· ONGOING FRI-SAT
Robinson Jeffers Tor House tour. Tours hourly from 10a.m.-3p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $10 general, $5 for full-time students. 26304 Ocean View Ave., Carmel. Reservations: Mon-Thu from 9a.m.-1p.m. at 624-1813 or Fri.-Sat. after 9:30a.m. at 624-1840.
· ONGOING FRIDAYS
Historic garden tours. 10:30a.m. ongoing Fridays. Tours start at Casa del Oro Memory Gardens at Pacific and Scott streets, Monterey. Visit the gardens associated with Old Monterey historic adobes. $5 donation. Reservations at 649-3364; leave a message.
· ONGOING THU-MON
Tours of Point Pinos Lighthouse. Self-guided tours from 1-4p.m. Thu-Mon. The lighthouse is on Ocean View Boulevard in Pacific Grove. The entrance is from Asilomar Avenue. $2. 648-3176 or www.ci.pg.ca.us.
Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Park walking tours. 10a.m. Sat-Sun, 1p.m. Wednesdays. Arrive early. Three-hour tours limited to 40 people. Meet outside the Highway 1 farm gate, 19 miles south of Rio Road. $10 adults/$5 for ages 6-17/age 5 and younger free. Details: 625-4419 or www.pointsur.org.
Docent-led tours of Elkhorn Slough. 10a.m. and 1p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, rain or shine. Early bird tours are scheduled for 8:30a.m. the first Saturday of the month. Meet at the visitor center at 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville. $4 day-use fee. Children, free. 728-2822, www.elkhornslough.org.
· ONGOING TUE-SAT
Carmel Walks. 10a.m. Tue-Sat and 2p.m. Saturdays. The two-hour walk includes a tour of Carmel cottages, secret gardens and hidden courtyards. Meet in the outdoor courtyard of the Pine Inn, Lincoln Street and Ocean Avenue, Carmel. $25. 642-2700, www.carmelwalks.com.
· ONGOING DAILY
Monterey Movie Tours. 1p.m. daily. Board at Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. $55 adults/$50 seniors/$35 children. $5 off with AAA card. 372-6278.
Monterey walking tours. Two-hour tours held Fri-Sun. Depart 10a.m. at 1 Portola Plaza by fountain, Monterey. 21 and older. $20. 521-4884, www.walkmonterey.com.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A complete list of calendar items can be found online at montereyherald.com.GO!