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Sounds of the season: Advent Lessons and Carols, a holiday performance, will feature adult choirs and instrumentalists, and offer music proclaiming Advent biblical texts chosen especially for this day. Performances will take place during the 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. services Dec. 10. Free and open to all. Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, 1660 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. 404-634-3936,

Daddy-daughter dance: A daddy-daughter dance for pre-K through sixth grade girls and their dad, stepdad, grandfather, uncle, older brother and other father-like figures will feature dinner, dancing, a keepsake and prizes. Participants should wear semi-formal attire. The cost of attendance will be $35-$50 per pair. Additionally, participants can donate coats in any size to help people in need. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812- 4002,

Blue Christmas: While many feel people joyful during the Christmas season, others experience loss, disappointment and other challenges. This Advent, a special Blue Christmas service will acknowledge that sometimes this season is difficult and isolating, but will also offer this reminder: God brings light to illumine dark places. The service will be followed by a complimentary dinner. Free and open to all. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 737 Woodland Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-627-6510,

Secret ugly sweater party: Ebenezer Baptist Church's Young Adult Ministry will host an ugly sweater Christmas party for people ages 21-39. Attendees should bring a covered dish as well as donation items like new winter socks, gloves, scarves and hats, which will be distributed to homeless persons. Email to RSVP; location details will be provided upon confirmation. Contact the church for additional details. 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Ebenezer Baptist Church, 101 Jackson St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-688-7300,

Cue a concert: Hear the sounds of rejoicing as the gospel choirs of St. John's Episcopal Church and Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church present Advent In Blue, a mini-concert of seasonal music sung in a gospel-music tradition. The concert will be followed by the singing of Gospel Compline, the ancient evening service known as the "good night" prayer of the church. Free and open to all. 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 17. St. John's Episcopal Church, 3480 E. Main St., College Park. 404-761-8402,

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