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Posted December 11, 2013 in Community Featured, Des Moines West
Live music will be featured at Unity of Des Moines’ Christmas Concert Caroling Frolic.

Live music will be featured at Unity of Des Moines’ Christmas Concert Caroling Frolic.

On the weekends, Chris Powell is usually a wedding DJ, but on Saturday, Dec. 21, he’ll take his spins to the Unity of Des Moines Church’s sanctuary for its second annual Christmas Concert Caroling Frolic.

“Having a Christmas party in a church is actually similar to having a wedding,” Powell says. That’s because of the live music, DJ and dancing at this Christmas jam session. Powell says the band will play modern tunes in addition to the church Christmas songs, and there will be plenty of opportunities for karaoke. If the turnout warrants it, the group will take its lively singing out into the community for Christmas caroling.

Festivities will begin at 7 p.m. and go until 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 for individuals and $20 for a family. All proceeds will go to the church, much of which will help pay for the Unity of Des Moines’ sanctuary renovation, which is currently underway. The carpets and pews were taken out and replaced with hardwood floors and chairs, which will be cleared away to create more space for the party. New sound equipment, a new paint job and refinishing the wood are still in store.

“It’s been an ambitious project, but we’re getting closer to finishing, and the finish line is starting to hove into view,” Powell says.

During the Christmas party, the church will provide alcoholic beverages, but the food will be potluck-style, and attendees are encouraged to bring treats of all sorts, Powell says. For kids, there will be games, Legos and crafts such as Christmas ornament decorating and the “ever-popular picture of yourself in a frame for your parents,” says Cynthia Leveque, who organized the children’s activities.

Last year, about 50 people came out for the party, but Powell and Leveque are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year.

“I hope they’ll have a nice, relaxed, fun time with their family for Christmas,” Powell says. “And hopefully they’ll come back next year.”

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