Where: Davendorf Park at Ocean Avenue and Junipero Serra Street, Carmel
When: 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13
Wine and fashion for the holiday season prevail at this unique event, which is a fundraiser for the Carmel Mission Foundation. Enjoy local wines and snacks while mingling with Carmel retailers. Fashion coordinators Maddox Haberdasher and Debbie Palomoa oversee the fashion show. $10 general admission. $25 VIP Pass includes all-access wine-tasting pass. This event is 21 and over. ID required. CarmelByTheGlass.com, 402-7373.
What: California Roots Birthday Bash featuring Seedless, Haleamano, Wasted Noise and Keep It Lit
Where: The Monterey Room at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey
When: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14
California Roots Music & Art Festival founder Jeff Monser has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. He celebrates a birthday this week as well as the announcement of new additions to his Memorial Day festival, including top bill artists Rebelution and Matisyahu. Monser will celebrate his birthday with Cali-Roots artists Seedless, Wasted Noise and Keep It Lit along with island reggae band HaleAmanO. $12 cover. This show is 18 and over .Visit Facebook.com/CaliforniaRoots.
What: SpectorDance Holiday Performance & Auction
Where: SpectorDance, 3343 Paul Davis Drive, Marina
When: 7 p.m. Fri-Sat, Dec. 14-15, 2 p.m. Sat-Sun, Dec. 15-16
SpectorDance hosts its annual holiday performance and auction, featuring a lively mix of entertainment and holiday cheer. The performance program includes "Night of the Toys," the story of a puppet that comes to life and leads a young girl to a world where toys have souls.
What: Monterey Peninsula College Dance Department's Fall Dance Concert
Where: Monterey Peninsula College Dance Studio, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14
Students and faculty involved with the Monterey Peninsula College Dance Department's fall semester showcase their talent for one night only. Students under the guidance of faculty memers Jacqueline Boomer-Adams and Jamaica Sinclair will perform new works. Guest artist David Chui and partner Nancy Hoeft also present dances. $7 general, $5 students and seniors. MPCTheatre.com, 646-4213, 645-1355.
What: California premiere of "Junipero Serra: His Life, His Legacy and the Missions"
Where: The Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey
When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16
Premiere of Santa Barbara-based Cultural Global Media's 30-minute high-definition video of Serra and his work, including footage from the island of Mallorca, Serra's birthplace, and Mexico's Sierra Gorda. Followed at 2:30 p.m. by "North America's Mission Trail," also created by Cultural Global Media. Introduced by series guest curator Julianne Burton-Carvajal. Free. All ages. 372-2608, www.musuemofmonterey.org.
What: "The Holiday Season in Song and Story"
Where: The Indoor Forest Theatre, corner of Santa Rita Street and Mountain View Avenue, Carmel
When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16
Pacific Repertory Theatre co-produces this event, featuring singer Marylee Sunseri's beguiling voice, singing holiday songs and carols for the entire family. She is joined by talented local harpist Lynda Jardine for a jolly round of holiday classics. Local bard Taelen Thomas performs Dylan Thomas's classic "A Child's Christmas in Wales." Experience exceptional local talent in this holiday showcase. $10 admission. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
What: Seaside Christmas tree-lighting ceremony
Where: Seaside City Hall, 440 Harcourt Ave., Seaside
When: 6p.m. Monday, Dec. 17
The city of Seaside is one of the last communities in the area to host a tree-lighting, but this free event should put a smile on Seaside residents' faces. Includes ornament-making stations, a visit from Santa and Christmas carols. Chocolate, cider and cookies will be served. 899-6801. www.ci.seaside.ca.us.
What: The Growlers, Cosmonauts in concert
Where: Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado St., Monterey
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18
Los Angeles indie rockers The Growlers are a delight for music journalists and tastemakers alike. Using a very lo-fi recording approach and cranky but upbeat arrangements, the band has earned a big enough following to play big festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza. Their new album, "Hung at Heart," was originally planned with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. When that fell through, the band decided to do it themselves. The first single, "One Million Lovers," is a woozy delight, anchored by Brooks Nielsen's fuzzy vocals and enough skanking reverb and feedback to make Lee "Scratch" Perry proud. Cosmonauts open the show. $10 advance, $12 door. This show is all ages. www.goldenstatetheatre.com.
What: Monterey Peninsula Voices concert
Where: The Sunset Center, San Carlos Street and Ninth Avenue, Carmel
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18
"Sounds of the Season" is the annual winter concert presented by Monterey Peninsula Voices, formerly the Monterey Peninsula Choral Society. The 60-plus member choir, under conductor Sean Boulware's guidance, presents a program of humorous holiday songs ("She Goes Shopping For Gucci," "The 12 Days After Christmas") juxtaposed with stirring traditional pieces ("All My Heart, On this Night Rejoice," "Gloria"), topped with an exciting grand finale. $25 adults, $15 children 16 and under. 601-8577, SunsetCenter.org.
What: The Carmel Public Library Foundation presents a book signing with author Peter Orner
Where: The Sunset Center, Ninth Avenue and San Carlos Street, Carmel
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18
Award-winning author Peter Orner's latest book "Love and Shame and Love" was honored with a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. The Chicago-born author tells the story of the Popper Family, a Windy City Jewish clan whose highs and lows are laid out intimately in this comedic yet sorrowful tale of the ways love makes us whole and completely unravels us at once. Popper will give a presentation and sign copies of his book. $10. Proceeds benefit the Carmel Public Library. Seating limited. 624-2811, CarmelPublicLibrary Foundation.org.
Compiled by Marcos Cabrera. Follow him on Twitter at Twitter.com/MarcosACabrera.