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Cheap Thrills, Dec. 19-25

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The Big Cat Habitat's live nativity will include Nomad, the habitat’s resident
“hump day” camel. (Herald-Tribune archive photo by Dan Wagner)

"Jingle and All That Jazz" — 2-4 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 19). Hefner and Heffner Quartet at the Venice Art Center, 390 Nokomis Ave. S. $10 ($5 for South County Jazz Club members). Joining Katt Hefner will be brother Stan Heffner on the Hammond B3 organ and Stephen Bucholtz on drums. 379-3345; southcountyjazz.org.

The Sunnyside Singers — 11 a.m. Friday (Dec. 20). The Sarasota Federated Music Club will present “Christmas Time Is Here,” directed by Dorothy Whaley, featuring violinist Joy Chatzistamatis. Eicher Auditorium, Sunnyside Village, 5201 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota. Free. 365-0376.

Friday Night Live — 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 20). Free concert by SwingTide in Centennial Park, downtown Venice.

"Jingle in the Jungle" — Friday through Tuesday (Dec. 20-24). Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, a nonprofit safe haven for big cats, bears and other animals in need, will have a full live nativity with help from its resident "hump day" camel, Nomad, along with donkeys, goats and other animals. Hours are 12:30-4:30 p.m. The sanctuary will be open daily through Dec. 31, but will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under; two children get in for the price of one. 371-6377; BigCatHabitat.org.

Yvette's Bayfront Fit Camp — 9 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 21). A free workout along the Sarasota bayfront; meet at the sailor statue (Unconditional Surrender). All fitness levels welcome. 376-9599; healthybdys@aol.com; yvettesfitness.com.

Christmas Concert at the Gazebo — 3-5 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 22). Centennial Park, downtown Venice. Free. Sponsored by Venice MainStreet.

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