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There is free on-site parking and admission costs $10 per person, plus a non-perishable food item to be donated to the pantry.

Snacks, desserts, coffee and tea will be provided gratis, and there will be a cash bar serving beer and wine, while participants dance to the music of the 1960s and ’70s; 445-1865.

‘Nuncrackers’ at Glen Loch

The nuns of Mount Saint Helen’s Convent are planning their annual Christmas program – live, as Encore Presentations presents Dan Goggin’s “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical.”

Directed by Heather Jensen, the show will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, at the Glen Loch Restaurant in Jamesville, and continues Dec. 9-10 and 16-17. Tickets cost $20 for the show only, or $37.25 for dinner and show. Dinner patrons should arrive at 6:30 p.m.; 469-6969.

“Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical” focuses on a cable access TV special taped by the sisters in their convent basement studio. Songs include “12 Days Prior to Christmas,” “Santa Ain’t Comin’ to Our House” and an uproarious parody of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet

The cast includes Rita Warlock, Kathy Egloff, Ellen Kotzin, Kasey McHale, M. Marie Beebe, Tyler Spicer, and David Kempf, Marlina Beebe, Emilie Hoy and David Hoy as the Mount St. Helen students.

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