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Our talented neighbors are celebrating the holiday season with musicals and plays -- and pizza making. Read about your neighbors here.

Community Church presents Christmas musicals

The Rancho Murieta Community Church welcomes the holiday season with "Joy, Joy, Joy," a Christmas musical that celebrates the story of Christ's birth.

The four adult choir performances will feature soloists as well as members of the children's choir. The performances are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 11, and Friday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 14, there will be performances at 8 and 10 a.m.

The performances take place at Rancho Murieta Community Church facility on Murieta Drive next to the fire station. Seating is limited and free tickets are available by calling the church office at 354-0401.

A Children's Christmas Musical will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7, during 8 and 10 a.m. church services. The children will perform "The Christmas County Spelling Bee."

Stage-struck neighbors

Murietan Robin Albee-Kesich plays Wilma, one of the town gossips, in the Folsom Lake College production of "The Rimers of Eldritch," a play about a small town in the 1960s that's dealing with a murder and the secrets surrounding it. The play, for mature audiences, runs through Sunday, Nov. 23. Performances take place at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights and 2 p.m. on Sundays at Vista Del Lago High School, 1970 Broadstone Parkway, Folsom. There is open seating and tickets are available at the door. Contact the box office at 608-6800.

Bevan Balvanz, the son of Wendi and Bill Balvanz, is a student at Sheldon High School in the ARTSwork Career Pathway program. This month he appears in "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare," a play that blends the 16 comedies of Shakespeare into one comedic masterpiece. He's onstage for most of the play, his mom reports. Shelton's theater department has won international honors, and the play is open to the public from Nov. 20-22, with performances beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8. 

Pizza making


The community's Scouts are getting pizza-making lessons, courtesy of Stonehouse Pizza in the Plaza. First it was the Boy Scouts. Then last week, the Girl Scouts gave it a try, and they enjoyed the fruits of their labor afterwards.

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