Pro Musica presents 'Messiah' with the Boulder Chamber Chorale
Pro Musica Colorado is teaming up with the Boulder Chamber Chorale, as well as four local soloists — Jennifer Bird (soprano) Leah Creek Biesterfeld (alto) Steven Soph (tenor) and Adam Ewing (baritone) — for a two weekend performances of Handel's "Messiah." Pro Musica's music director said this is the first time "Messiah" has been done by professional forces in Boulder in years. In addition to the musical collaboration, the event will be a food drive that will benefit Community Food Share, where non-perishable, packaged items (no glass containers) will be collected; 7:30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday, Mountain View Methodist Church, 355 Ponca Place, Boulder; $5-$55; 720-443-0565, promusicacolorado.org.
St. Thomas Aquinas Alternative Holiday Gift Fair — The fair features many locally based nonprofits and offers fairly traded handcrafted items. Complimentary refreshments. All proceeds go to their organizations, 4-7 p.m. today, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, in the Church Hall at St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish, on corner of 14th Street and Aurora Avenue, Boulder; free; 303-819-8175.
CU Wizards "There's Something in the Air!" — Why is the sky blue? Why are sunrises orange? Professor Brown's show brings air down to Earth where guests can learn all about air, the important invisible stuff that makes life possible; 9:30 a.m., University of Colorado Boulder, Cristol Chemistry Room 140, Boulder; free; 303-492-5011, colorado.edu/cuwizards.
Historic Boulder Home for the Holidays Tour— Historic Boulder's Home for the Holidays Tour features homes dressed up in their holiday best; 11 a.m. Saturday, Chautauqua Park, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder; 303-444-5192, historicboulder.org/event/historic-homes-for-the-holidays.
Gunbarrel Holiday Market — Gunbarrel Brewing Company will be transformed into one of the biggest parties of the holiday season with a selection of Colorado-centric vendors. Beer, music, food trucks and free photos with Santa for kids and pets; 11 a.m., Gunbarrel Brewing Company, 7088 Winchester Circle, Boulder; free; 800-803-5732, facebook.com/events/1751568178306224.
Local Authors' Holiday Book Sale — Boulder County Indie Authors (BCIA) hosts its annual holiday book sale featuring more than 15 local authors who write in a variety of genres, including fiction, short story, memoir, non-fiction, young adult and poetry; 12 p.m., Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder; free; 303-214-2127, bouldercountyindieauthors.com/upcomingevents.
The Band of Heathens and Stephen Kellogg — Audience members will watch the eTown Broadcast recorded, complete with performances and interviews with both of our visiting artists, as well as the eChievement Award segment, eTown's opportunity to honor everyday heroes who are doing their part to make the world a better place; 7 p.m., Etown, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder; $25; 303-443-8696, etown.org/events/band-of-heathens-stephen-kellogg.
Unity Holiday Craft Fair — Complimentary christmas cookies, hot apple cider, artisan gifts, live carolers and Santa are some of the features at this craft fair; 9 a.m. Sunday, Unity of Boulder, 2855 Folsom St., Boulder; free; 303-442-1411, unityofboulder.com.
Santa at The Well Church — Kids can get their picture taken with Santa; 10:30 a.m. Sunday, The Well Church, 1301 High St., Boulder; free; 720-583-5189, facebook.com/events/1033338683520420/?ti=ia.
Hanukkah Concert with Jeff and Paige — Interactive musical celebration kicks off the first night of Hanukkah with Jeff and Paige. Costumes, songs, and storytelling will be incorporated to explore Hanukkah and celebrate its many traditions. This is a family friendly event, all ages are welcome; 4 p.m. Sunday, Levin Hall, 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder; $5-$10; bit.ly/2FclXKi
Haiti for the Holidays — This holiday market will feature art and gifts from Haiti, as well as local artists who have generously donated their work to support the ongoing programs of Colorado Haiti Project. Come pick up gifts for everyone on your list while learning more about the empowering projects you are supporting through your purchases in Petit Trou de Nippe, Haiti. Food and drinks available for purchase; 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder; free; 303-912-0220, coloradohaitiproject.org.