Today

Christmas concert

Join a South Jersey musical tradition: the annual Christmas concert by Ted Kiefer and the Rev. Michael Spagnolo. The concert will be at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, 703 Little Gloucester Rd., Blackwood. Kiefer, who is music director at St. Agnes and at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, plays holiday selections on the organ, as well as accompanies a congregational sing-along. Father Michael, a tenor, sings traditional favorites, including his rendition of "O Holy Night." Kiefer has presented a program the Sunday before Christmas for more than 25 years. Free. 7:30 p.m. 856-371-1188.

Living Nativity

Experience the Christmas story, complete with manager, shepherds, live animals and Wise Men from the East. Bethesda United Methodist Church, 1435 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, presents its 15th annual "Living Nativity" on the church's front lawn. Special music will accompany the classic narration of Jesus' birth. Dress for the weather. Refreshments and a carol sing-along will follow. Free. 6 and 6:30 p.m. 856-467-1994.

This Week

Patriots Week

Travel back in time to hear the thunder of cannons and the crack of musket fire as the Continental Army fights for America's freedom from Wednesday through Monday. The weeklong event has activities for the whole family, from the first shot of the cannon to the exciting conclusion in Mill Hill Park. Patriots Week is a celebration of Trenton's role in the birth of the American nation and is one of the largest Revolutionary War festivals in America, with more than 50 events for children and adults. Events include bus and walking tours covering the 10 crucial days of the army's trek, a Colonial Ball with dance instruction, the First and Second Battles of Trenton, exhibits of 18th-century clothing, archaeological finds, and tours of the Statehouse. Events for kids include Colonial songs, singing games and dances; puppet shows; a Colonial tea for little grown-ups; and sword-fighting lessons for children of all ages. Patriots Week will be held in downtown Trenton. Prices and times vary; check the Web site for details. Information: 877-PAT-WEEK or

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Final Week

Quilt exhibit

Eleven centennial quilts with unique imagery, materials and stories are on exhibit at Pitman Manor through Thursday. The quilts serve as remembrances, depict history, tell stories, educate, provide a creative outlet, and leave a legacy. Pitman Manor's quilt, "Dresden Plate," was created by Margerine Naglee. Although "Dresden Plate" is a very old pattern, Naglee adapted it into a quilted tablecloth, which gave her sense of accomplishment. The quilt's six plate blocks function as placemats. Ten other quilts on display are: "A World of Cultures"; "From the Manor to the Glen"; "UMH-Collingswood Manor Centennial Quilt"; "A Century of Excellence in Senior Living"; "The Pride of New Jersey"; "Greetings from Ocean Grove"; "A Community of Caring and Sharing"; "Celebrating Diversity"; "Ocean City, N.J., the Family Resort"; and "Lighthouses by the Bay." The names of the quilt makers are inscribed on each quilt. A brochure highlights the quilt makers, themes, imagery and other information. Pitman Manor, a member of the United Methodist Homes, is at 535 N. Oak Ave., in downtown Pitman. Free. 856-589-7800.

Multimedia exhibit

The Gloucester County Art League exhibits its work in the Gallery of the West Deptford Free Public Library, 420 Crown Point Rd., Thorofare, until Wednesday. The show features the original work of local artists and is open to the public during regular library hours. Free. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 856-845-5593 or

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- Jennifer Wichterman