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Holiday Almanac

Dec. 10-17 The Jewish Community Center hosts a Hanukkah book fair, gift shop open house and lectures. Authors speaking include Tova Mirvis and Dr. Bernard S. Siegel. 5403 Monument Ave. (804) 285-6500. Dec. 15 Congregation Beth Ahabah (Reform) hosts a Hanukkah Family Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. ). 1111. W. Franklin St. (804) 358-6757 Dec. 17 The Jewish Community Center hosts a community Hanukkah celebration with music by Shai Specht, and refreshments. $4, children 12 and under free. 5403 Monument Ave. (804) 285-6500 Congregation Beth Ahabah (Reform) hosts the Great Hanukkah Party at the religious school at 10:15 a.m. 1111 W. Franklin St. (804) 358-6757 Dec. 21 Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with Boston's acclaimed klezmer group, Shirim, in concert at Mills E. Godwin High School. 8 p.m. $12 advance, $15 Celebrate Hanukkah at the Hanukkah Family Extravaganza at the Lubavitch Center. Enjoy a buffet dinner, Menorah lighting, light sticks, arts and crafts, latkes and donuts and live music. 5:30 p.m. $8 adults, $4 children. 212 Gaskins Rd. (804) 740-2000 Big Kids Story Times for children ages 3 through 5 take place every Thursday at 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, Midlothian. Today, "Melly's Menorah" by Amye Rosenburg. Free. 1200 Huguenot Rd. Dec. 22 Congregation Or Ami (Reform) has a Hanukkah service at 8 p.m. 9400 Huguenot Rd. (804) 272-0017 Congregation Or Atid (Conservative) has a regular service, 8 p.m. 501 Parham Rd. (804) 740-4747 Dec. 25 Help out on "Switch Day" when Congregation Or Atid takes the shifts of Christian volunteers at Beth Sholom Nursing Home. (804) 750-2183, ext. 355 Dec. 26 The Children's Museum of Richmond presents "Songs and Stories of Hanukkah" with Shai Specht. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 2626 W. Broad St. $3.50 (804) 474-2667