By Robert M. Arnold
December is a month of lights for many Bay Area faith traditions. The public is invited to Oakland’s Mormon Temple Hill to enjoy the thousands of lights now illuminating the landscape, waterway and buildings .
Continuing a long tradition of Days of Christmas, members of the Church of JesusChrist of Latter-day Saints from throughout the Bay Area donate time to help install the lights and decorate the buildings and grounds. Volunteers also participate in the live nativity, which is performed nightly.
Special free events and programs are planned each evening now through Dec. 30, featuring world-class singers, dancers, bell ringers, instrumentalist, and even a professional storyteller. For more information visit www. templehillevents.com or call (510) 531-1475.
The Visitors’ Center is open every day of the year from 9 to 9 and visitors are always welcome. The spectacular Blackhawk Chorus, which recently returned from a European tour, will perform on Dec. 9. There will be a Handel’s MESSIAH Sing-Along at 7 on Dec. 15 and a MESSIAH concert at 7 on Dec. 16, conducted by Jay Trottier. A world famous Rotarian, Richard King, will perform a light hearted Christmas Cabaret on Dec. 20.
The Voices of the Miraculous music ensemble will perform African-American toetapping gospel gems on Dec. 22, directed by Emperess Hall with lead vocalist, Majesty Scott at 7, with a repeat program at 8. The next night is Grand Piano Night, featuring six talented pianists sharing two grand pianos and delivering a vibrant and entertaining concert.
For a spiritual experience and a spectacular view, take your family to Oakland’s Temple Hill at 4770 Lincoln Ave. Enjoy the music, walk along the cascade, see the lights along the San Francisco Bay and in surrounding communities, and share the wonder of this special time of year. It will enrich a holy celebration that, for many of us, began with a star and a baby boy child, the Messiah.
The Days of Christmas is expected to be an extraordinary experience. Save the dates.
By Robert M. Arnold