The Ahwatukee chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is throwing a Christmas party for the community.
The chapel, 2955 E. Frye Road, Ahwatukee, is hosting its nondenominational Ahwatukee Community Christmas Celebration 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday.
Besides music from local choirs and ensembles, there will be a live Nativity, crèche exhibit and free hot chocolate and cookies.
Attendees also are asked to bring used clothing and nonperishable food items to benefit Frank Elementary School in Guadalupe.
Volunteer Lindsey Worthen said this is the fourth year the chapel is hosting the concert.
“It is truly just an opportunity for people in the community to get together, hear some great music and celebrate the season,” said Worthen. “We live in a small community… and have some great talent in our area. It’s a treat to get to hear these youth and adults sing.”
The concert usually draws about 1,000 people, she said.
“It is an open-house type event,” Worthen said. “People are coming and going throughout the evening. There is plenty of seating inside, but people are also enjoying the live Nativity with live animals and alive newborn babe as well as the creche exhibit. We will be adding a puppet show on the Nativity story for the little ones this year as well.”
The crèche display comprises set-ups donated by “anyone in the community who would like to share,” Worthen said, adding, “Many countries and styles represented.”
Frank Elementary is a nearby Title 1 school. “They do a lot for their students,” she said of the school staff and teachers. “They do a lot more than just educate them. These are our neighbors and in need.”
The performances will be given by a variety of groups, including some schools such as Altadena and Desert Vista High, as well as private groups.
They’ll perform for 20 minutes on a rotating basis throughout the evening.