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This Week in Campbell: Nightspots warm up the season, choir does it a cappella, broken glass gets ornamental, Seuss classic takes the stage, and barbershop gets Idolized.

1. It's gettin' chilly out, and on Friday, a couple downtown nightspots will team up to host a Holiday Toy and Coat Drive for those who need help fending off the cold. Co-hosts and the are asking folks to bring an unwrapped toy, coat or $5 donation to the party, which will feature special appearances by UFC heavyweight champion fighter Cain Velasquez and San Jose Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray. The drive runs 5-10 p.m. at the Cardiff Lounge, 260 E. Campbell Ave. Call 408-866-6345 for more information.

2. While Murray and his fellow Sharks provide their fans with plenty of Hail Marys during the hockey season, music lovers may prefer the two settings of Ave Maria that are part of the Bay Area Choral Guild's "Christmas Then and Now" program. This a cappella concert, set for Friday at 8 p.m., features Christmas tunes from the 16th through 21st centuries. The concert is at , 1675 Winchester Blvd. Tickets are $6-$25, online or at 408-378-3472.

3. If your idea of a perfect Christmas craft involves breaking things and creatively refashioning them, check out the Mosaic Christmas Ornament Class at The Art Beat Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Instructor Laura Morales will help you create a design on glass ornaments using glass pieces that can be re-broken to suit your mood. Cost is $40, which includes materials. The Art Beat is at 68 E. Campbell Ave.

4. Stuffing stockings with glass shards may appeal to the Grinch, but all the Whos down in Whoville will tell you that even a fuzzy green guy with a heart two sizes too small can't steal Christmas. This Saturday students from Veronica's Art of Dance studio will take on the Dr. Seuss classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, at the Heritage Theatre at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20. Call 408-247-1561 for more information.

5. Barbershop quartets may not be pop stars, but they can be idolized, as the Bay Area Showcase Chorus proved with its recent Harmony Idol contest. The top three picks from that contest will be featured in the chorus' "Holiday Extravaganza, the Ultimate Game Show," set for Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Heritage Theatre. Like American Idol, audience members will be able to cast their votes for their favorite quartet. Also appearing is HookSlide, billed as "four guys, five parts, one big sound." Tickets are $15-$25.

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