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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Holiday Train Ride -- The Travel Town Railroad. The hours are from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Open every evening through Dec. 23. Cost: $6 each person, infants under 19 months of age are free. Travel Town Museum, 5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. For more information, call 881-2586 or the ticket office at (323) 662-9678.

HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES

Latin Jazz Holiday Concert -- 7 p.m. Wed. Dec. 28 and 7 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 29 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. "Celebrar," Los Angeles Master Chorale's Annual Latin Jazz Holiday Celebration, sizzles with All-Star Latin Jazz lineup and 40 voices from the chorale. Tickets to "Celebrar" are $79, $59, $34 and $19. Children 12 and under are half price. For information call 800-787-5262 or log on to www.lamc.org.

It's a Wonderful Life -- Now through Jan. 1. The Pasadena Playhouse takes a trip back in time to the golden age of radio to experience this holiday classic as produced in 1947 by the Lux Radio Theatre. Starring a rotating cast for leads and an ensemble for the run of the production. The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. Molino Ave. For information call 626-792-8672 x. 211 or www.pasadenaplayhouse.com

Spirit of Christmas -- Now through Dec. 27. This magical sleigh-ride is filled with everything that's best about Christmas, including your favorite holiday songs and the highest-kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole. And with a little bit of Christmas magic, the snow will fall every night inside Kodak Theatre! The show will be at 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22; at 10:30 a.m., and 2:30 and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23; at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24; at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26 and at 2 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27. Tickets range from $25 to $50 are on sale at the Kodak Theatre box office or through Ticketmaster at 213-480-3232. The Kodak Theatre is located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood.

GALLERY EXHIBITS

Descanso's Boddy House Gallery -- Dec. 27 - Jan. 6. Encore Exhibit. Exhibiting oil painters will be Linda DuPas, Rut Eneberg, Shirley Flynn, Trish Kertes, Frank Lennartz, Margot Lennartz, Gerane Mooney and Kendra Page. Vicki Thomas and Pat Wiley will exhibit watercolors, Louise Forbes will bring paintings of animals and nature on natural wood and Dory Grade will exhibit acrylics. Entrance to the gallery, which is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, is free with Gardens admission.

Fine Artists Factory -- Jan. 3 - 15. Artist Brenda Walsh presents "Crosscurrents," a collection of her paintings which reflect the essence of world cultures, and the hopes and challenges of people with very different journeys. Opening reception is 5 p.m. -- 7 p.m. Sat. Jan. 7. The Fine Artists Factory is located at 474 S. Raymond Ave. Gallery hour are Mon. -- Sat. 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m. Sun. 1 p.m. -- 5 p.m. For more information call 626-356-0474 or visit the web at: www.fineartistsfactory.com

Segil Fine Art Gallery -- Now through Jan. 7. The Third Annual Holiday Small Works Show. Celebrating the small and sophisticated, Segil Fine Art Gallery presents 100 works no larger than 9 x 12 inches. For the third year in a row, paintings, sculptures and ceramics are featured that prove beauty doesn't have to be big. Segil Fine Art Gallery, 110 West Lime Avenue, Old Town Monrovia. Gallery hours Tues-Sat 1-6 p.m. More Information: 626-358-5563; www.SegilFineArt.com

Tirage Fine Art -- Through Dec. 23."The Holiday Salon." More than 60 artists are included in the annual eclectic exhibition. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tirage is located at 1 West California Blvd. Pasadena. For information call (626) 405-1020.

CLASSES

Rose Pruning -- Sat. 10 a.m., Jan. 7. At Descanso Gardens.

Rosarium horticulturist Wen-Pehn Wang will speak and show how to prune roses. The rose-pruning demonstration is one of the most popular events this time of year at Descanso Gardens, which boasts more than 3,000 rose bushes. The event, part of Descanso's Horticultural Spotlight program, will begin with a slide show at Van de Kamp Hall and move to the International Rosarium for the pruning demonstration. Free with Garden admission Descanso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. For information call 949-4200 or visit www.DescansoGardens.org

Buying and Selling Art -- Jan. 11-Feb. 15, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. UCLA Extension Offers, Current Art in Los Angeles: A Six-Week Program on Buying and Selling Art.Led by artist, educator, and critic Diane Calder, this exploration of the local art scene focuses on buying and selling art. Engage in discussions with artists and leading members of the Los Angeles art community who influence the current directions of today's art. The first meeting is at 1010 Westwood Blvd; subsequent classes are held throughout the area. Fee: $300. For more information call (310) 206-1422, or visit uclaextension.edu for complete course description and online enrollment.

PERFORMANCES

Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates -- Now through Jan. 22. At the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center. The Mark Taper Forum is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave. in Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are available by calling 213-628-2772 or online at www.centertheatregroup.org.

John McCormick -- 7 p.m. Sunday,. Jan. 22. At The Coffee Gallery Backstage. He is a master of the American, Celtic and British folk traditions. Tickets $15. The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena. For reservations call (626) 398-7917.

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