This weekend's events (Dec. 18-19)


■ Dance: 'A Winter Fairy Tale'

On Saturday (Dec. 18) at 5 p.m. and Sunday (Dec. 19) at 2 p.m., Bayer Ballet Company presents "A Winter Fairy Tale," a holiday youth ballet done in the Russian style. The performances are at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Tickets are $30 general and $25 for seniors and kids ages 12 and under. Call 650-903-6000 or go to mountainview.gov.

■ Music: Gryphon Carolers

The 29th annual Gryphon Carolers and All-Stars Holiday Concert is set for 8 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 18) at Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. The 40-voice ensemble and backing band will perform a diverse mix of holiday music from various traditions and nations, with many original arrangements. Tickets are $15 general and $10 for seniors and children under 12 (premium seating is $25/$18). Go to gryphoncarollers.com.

■ Film: 'Sun Valley Serenade'

The Palo Alto area may be lacking in snow and ice, but for the next few days (Dec. 18-20) the Stanford Theatre will host skiing and skating in the form of "Sun Valley Serenade," a 1941 film starring Norwegian skating champ Sonja Henie. The theater is at 221 University Ave. in Palo Alto; show times are 7:30 all three days, plus 4:10 on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $7 general and $5 for seniors and youth. Go to stanfordtheatre.org.

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