1.  Cambridge Skateboard Competition

Saturday, registration at 3:00 p.m., competition from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Duncan McIntosh Centre, Cambridge

Attention to all the aspiring Tony Hawks in the region! The City of Cambridge is holding a skateboard competition at the indoor Pipes and Rails Skateboard Park at Duncan McIntosh Centre on Saturday. There will also be the launch of the city’s skateboard video. Get out those elbow pads.

For more information: Linda Fegan, feganl@cambridge.ca or (519) 740-4683 ext. 4623.

2. Sing Noel: Our Historical Heritage

Saturday, 8:00 p.m., St. John the Evangelist, Kitchener

Sunday, 3:00 p.m., Trinity Anglican, Cambridge

Popular Christmas carols haven’t always been “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree”, as fine as those tunes are.  The Renaissance Singers are performing Christmas compositions from musical history, including the Messe de minuit pour Noël by French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier, as well as modern selections.

http://www.renaissancesingers.ca/

3. Mediterranean Odyssey

Sunday 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Victoria Park Pavillion

Kitchener

The Haft Vadi Bellydance Studio in Kitchener is putting on an extravaganza bellydancing concert with the Light of East Ensemble at the Victoria Park Pavillion. One of the great things about watching live bellydancing is witnessing how the dancers improvise to the live music. In this case, the music is played by the Light of East Ensemble from London, an instrumental group that plays a variety of Middle Eastern music. Tickets can be purchased from Dharlene Valeda, at dharlene@haftvadi.com

www.haftvadi.com www.lightofeastensemble.com

4.  KW Symphony Yuletide Spectacular

Friday, 8:00 p.m., Saturday, 2:30 and 8:00 p.m., Sunday, 2:30 p.m.

Centre in The Square, Kitchener

It’s time for Christmas pops at the KW Symphony with The Yuletide Spectacular. The Classical Dance Conservatory and the Preston Scout House Cadet Drumline will be taking part, as will the Grand Philharmonic Choir and Grand Philharmonic Children’s Chorus. So at some points, there will be over 200 people on stage.

http://www.kwsymphony.ca/2013_14/pops/pop3.php

5. Stitch 'n' Kitsch Winter Show 

Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

First United Church, Waterloo

The crafty Stitch ’n’ Kitsch collective is holding their winter show on Saturday and the list of artisans is large, and full of neat things. For example, there’s brewersCRAP who recycle brewing detritus and make everything from iPod covers to ties to beer carriers, or In Paper Dreams, a local duo who create papercut greeting cards and art.  Check out the market and the artisans to get items for everyone on your Christmas list.

http://www.stitchnkitsch.com/