The Pennsylvania Consort’s Guest Artist Series 25th consecutive presentation of Handel’s Messiah at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St. This long-standing traditional event is anchored by the 50-plus volunteer choir assembled from Bedford, Blair and Huntingdon counties. Tickets are available at the Visitors Bureau and The National Museum of the American Coverlet in Bedford and at Everett Rexall Pharmacy. 814-733-2301 or email@example.com.
Spring House Estates
Christmas Tea with Pamela Wertman at 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at Spring House Estates, a Homewood Retirement Center, 150 Victoria Ave., Everett. Tea and finger foods plus seasonal music by Pamela. Call 814-623-0349 for reservations. www.homewood.com.
Biennial 2012 through Jan. 26 known as the top juried exhibition for contemporary local and regional artists. Exhibition reception 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Seeing and Believing: Art Encounters Faith through Dec. 8. Red, White and Blue in Black and White: The American Scene in Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Dec. 14 through May 4. Approximately 35 works ranging in date from 1890 to 1991. The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto is on the campus of Saint Francis University. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The museum is a handicapped-accessible facility. 814-472-3920 or www.sama-art.org.
Holiday Home Tour 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8. The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley at One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends. The museum is a handicapped-accessible facility. www.sama-art.org. 724-238-6015
Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra three performances of The Nutcracker featuring the Laurel Ballet at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg. Tickets at www.thepalacetheatre.org or by calling 724-836-8000. Group rates are available. www.westmorelandsymphony.org.
Nov. 25 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Santa’s Enchanted Workshop. Nov. 29 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, The Marvelettes, and Marshak’s Tribute to The Platters Doo Wop Holiday Show. Nov. 30 8 p.m. Clint Black. Dec. 1 7:30 p.m. River City Brass presents Christmas Brasstacular! Dec. 8 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 9 2 p.m. Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents The Nutcracker Ballet with Laurel Ballet. Dec. 11 7:30 p.m. Clay Aiken Joyful Noise 2012 Tour. For tickets, contact the box office at 724-836-8000 or order online at www.thepalacetheatre.org. The Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. Call 1-800-292-7222.
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute 12:45 p.m. Dec. 7. The museum and 28th Infantry Division Shrine on South Atherton Street, Boalsburg, three miles east of State College. 814-466-6263 www.pamilmuseum.org.