Check it out: Jazz, holiday events, history, more


Jazz all day

What: Sacramento State’s Winter Jazz Fest is a daylong event that allows ensembles from elementary, middle and high schools and colleges to work with mentors and perform before an audience. As an added attraction, The Kandinsky Effect ensemble will perform with the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, featuring vocalist Jamie Davis.

Where: CSUS Capistrano Hall, 6000 J St., Sacramento

When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: $10; parking is free.

Info: (916) 278-5191 or www.csus.edu/music/jazz/fest.html


‘Hands on History’

What: Sutter’s Fort is hosting a Hands on History event with a holiday theme. In “A Simple Emigrant Christmas,” participants can try their hands at candle dipping and making cornhusk dolls as they learn about immigrant holiday traditions of the 1840s.

Where: 27th and L streets, Sacramento

When: “A Simple Emigrant Christmas,” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: “A Simple Emigrant Christmas,” $7 for adults, $5 for youths 6 to 17, free for children 5 and younger.

Info: www.suttersfort.org


Nativity, music festival

What: Hundreds of professionally displayed creches from around the world can be seen at the seventh annual Elk Grove Nativity and Music Festival. There will also be a Nativity scavenger hunt, live Nativities by children and a community sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah.”

Where: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6701 Seasons Drive, Elk Grove

When: 1 to 9 p.m. today; 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday

Cost: Free

Info: (916) 717-6684


Winter wonderland

What: Children are invited to make their own candy cane reindeer, decorate a holiday cookie and enter a coloring contest at the Snow Much Fun event, sponsored by the Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation at Coloma Community Center. Children can also take part in the department’s dance, martial arts and music lessons.

Where: 4623 T St., Sacramento

When: 3 to 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: (916) 808-5641


A community Christmas

What: The Roseville Community Concert Band will perform its annual Christmas concert, featuring favorites such as “Sleigh Ride,” medleys, sing-alongs and more.

Where: Roseville Theatre, 241 Vernon St.

When: 2 to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: www.rosevilleband.com