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Stop shopping, start enjoying holiday events in Roseville

Arts organizations present exhibits, musicals, handmade gift workshops and more
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Stop right there, shopper! Slowly put down the credit card. Your gift list can wait. Now’s the time to take advantage of some fun and inexpensive art-inspired holiday events taking place in Roseville.

Roseville Theatre Arts Academy

The children’s theater troupe presents “Hannah Sue’s Christmas Carol … or … You’ve Been Scrooged Salty Sam,” an original musical co-written by Jennifer Vaughn and Michelle Raskey.

Jim Dandy and his Mounties are in evil moods. Hannah has married Sam and only the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future can return Jim to his formerly sweet self and insure a merry Christmas for all.

Performances take place 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, and Friday, Dec. 2, and Thursday, Dec. 8, and Friday, Dec. 9, at Roseville Theater, 241 Vernon St. Tickets cost $9. Visit www.rosevilletheatreartsacademy.com.

reCREATE Eco-Art Center

Kids of all ages can learn how to transform clean and usable material donated from local businesses into fabulous handmade gifts during any of the center’s 14 workshops, which start Friday, Nov. 25 and end Saturday, Dec. 17.

Make holiday décor, framed art, ornaments, stuffed animals, gifts for dad, gifts for grandparents, birdfeeders and more.

“I (had) a mom tell me a few years ago that her child finally understood the meaning of giving after attending our gift making class,” said Director Donna Sangwin. “It was one of the best compliments ever.”

Cost is $18 per two-hour workshop for a parent and her little elf (materials included), $30 for two workshops, $49 for four workshops or $72 for six workshops. The center is located at 8417 Washington Blvd. Suite 135 in Roseville. Visit www.recreate.org.

Stand Out Talent

Enjoy Stand Out Talent’s production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.,” featuring the brainy and beautiful Belle who yearns to escape her provincial life and her suitor Gaston. She becomes a captive in the Beast’s enchanted castle, and dancing flatware, menacing wolves and singing furniture fill the stage, said Artistic Director Jennifer Bortz.

“(It’s) a beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love,” Bortz said.

Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 2 through Dec. 16; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 3 through Dec. 17; and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 4 through Dec. 18, at Tower Theater, 417 Vernon St. in Roseville. General admission is $12, seniors $10 and students/children $5.

Stand Out Talent is also hosting a film screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” in the original black-and-white format. Show times are noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23. Tickets cost $5. Visit www.standouttalent.org.

Blue Line Gallery

The downtown gallery’s walls will be graced with more than 45 pieces of art for sale, ranging from $75 to $200, during the Small Wonder exhibit.

“We have paintings, photographs, mosaic and college work perfectly priced and sized for most homes,” said Gallery Operations Associate Aleksander Bohnak. “We have many great artists from the community and regionally known artists.”

The show runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays from Dec. 17 to Jan. 4, at 405 Vernon St. in Roseville. Visit www.rosevillearts.org.

Roseville Utility Exploration Center

Learn the eco-friendly Japanese craft of cloth gift wrapping, called Furoshiki, during free drop-in demonstrations at the center. Demos take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17, at 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Roseville. Visit www.roseville.ca.us/explore.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.