“White Christmas,” the evening’s finale, got a much-needed makeover. Smuin’s original version was a bit too quiet and physically understated for a holiday closer, and now that Needham-Wood has injected more full-bodied exuberance into the action we have the perfect segue to the zany curtain calls. Other highlights of the evening included “Ave Maria,” a solo danced by the truly divine Yarbrough-Powell. She evokes the kind of breath-catching, lump-in-throat response that happens so rarely on stage. She also brought her multi-faceted artistry to the pas de deux “Noel Nouvelet” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with partner Jonathan Powell. The latter reveals she really knows how to use her eyes to maximum effect.
Saratoga Village Marketplace: The Saratoga Chamber of Commerce and Saratoga-Monte Sereno Community Foundation present the weekly Wednesday certified farmers market in Blaney Plaza, The market features certified local farmers with fresh berries, fruits and produce, as well as fresh fish, other food specialties and handmade crafts from local artisans, Wednesdays, 2:30-6:30 p.m, saratogachamber.org or 408 867-0753, Westhope Senior Activities Center: Come for family-style lunch, Mondays, flower girl shoes girl flats christening shoes baby baptism soft sole shoes wedding flats ballet flats baby gift noon, small donation, Other activities include line dancing, Mondays, 9:30 a.m, All seniors are welcome, Westhope Presbyterian Church, 12850 Saratoga Ave., cross street Cox Avenue..
Sunnyvale Farmers Market: Enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables and arts and crafts from local growers and artisans. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Murphy and Washington avenues, Sunnyvale. Urbanvillageonline.com/markets/Sunnyvale. Sunnyvale Senior Center: The center offers a variety of services and activities, billiards room, fitness center, table games, trips, classes and lunches every weekday. 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale. 408-730-7360, Sunnyvale.ca.gov. Senior Nutrition Program: Hot meals served along with camaraderie. Must be age 60 or older and a resident of Santa Clara County. Monday-Friday, live dance music at 9:30 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m. First United Methodist Church, 535 Old San Francisco Road, Sunnyvale. Sunnyvaleumc.org/mission/seniornutrition.html.
Campbell Historic Museum: Take a trip to a “general store” that served as the community center, view examples of decorative arts in early Campbell, discover the roots of Campbell’s agricultural past and get interactive with “Please Touch” displays for a closer glimpse into the valley’s history, Thursday-Sunday, noon to 4 p.m, $2; free for age 7 and under, 51 N, Central Ave., Campbell, 408/866-2119, Dealing with Difficult People: Amy Miller presents an alternative view on the presence of these people and how we can best transform a negative experience into a more positive one, July 11, 7-9 p.m, Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center, flower girl shoes girl flats christening shoes baby baptism soft sole shoes wedding flats ballet flats baby gift 1550 La Pradera Drive, Campbell, oceanofcompassion.org..
The Real Group: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. This Swedish choral group blends jazz, pop and Northern European choral music. $29-$46. www.hammertheatre.com. Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House: 7:30 p.m. March 8, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford Live, 327 Lasuen St, Stanford. Tafelmusik, Canada’s Baroque orchestra, presents a multi-media exploration of the musical traditions and innovations of 18th-century coffee houses in Germany and Syria. $38-$90. https://live.stanford.edu/.