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The American Legion Post 90 will host this year’s Community Thanksgiving Meal. Dine on a traditional Thanksgiving meal from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the American Legion located at 1325 Trinity, that will include oven-roasted turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce and a dinner roll. The meal also includes a choice of apple or pumpkin pie. The meal is free, but any donations received will be used to support veterans’ activities. For more information call 662-7772.
The annual crèche exhibit, a free community event, will be from 1-7:30 p.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4. Refreshments are provided. There will be a separate touching room where the children will find touchable nativities such as crocheted nativities and finger puppets and they can color their own creche.
The Nutcracker is a perennial holiday favorite that follows Clara on her journey through a winter wonderland to the Kingdom of Sweets. Audiences of all ages are welcome to usher in the holiday season with Dance Arts Los Alamos in this tradition set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 2 p.m. Dec. 4-5. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students.
Parents are invited to drop their children off while they shop for holiday gifts from 9 a.m.-noon at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church for the 8th annual Children’s Christmas Bazaar. The Bazaar is open to kids from Kindergarten-6th grade. Visit latoth.org for more information.
The Los Alamos Geological Society presents its Earth Treasure Show from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Masonic Temple, Canyon Road and 15th Street. The show will feature a silent auction, geode sawing, door prizes, kids craft, wheel of fortune, mineral ID, jewelry, fossils, books, food and more. Free admission.
The holidays wouldn’t be the same without the buzz of shopping, which is why the Christmas Craft fair is an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts. The Fair will take place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall and Grounds, located at 3700 Canyon Road in Los Alamos.
The Affordable Arts Holiday Celebration runs through Jan. 3 and is a great venue to purchase affordable arts and crafts from over 120 northern New Mexico artists. The opening show on Dec. 4 is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Subsequent hours for the duration of the show are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call 662-1635 for details or visit fullerlodgeartcenter.com.
The sounds of Santa’s sleigh might be heard during the Christmas classic Twas the Night Before Christmas, performed by the NM Dance Theater. The show is from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Visit nmdt.org for details.
Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available outside the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce at 109 Central Park Square. Following the carriage rides, Central Avenue will be transformed into a parade of sound and light with the annual Main Street’s Sounds of the Holidays Lights Parade starting at 6 p.m. The official tree lighting ceremony will follow the parade near Ashley Pond, at 7 p.m. Visit lamain
street.com for complete details about Winterfest.
Los Alamos Little Theatre is holding auditions for its Feb./March 2011 production, “Moonlight and Magnolias,” by Ron Hutchinson at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 5. The auditions will be at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. in Los Alamos. Parts are available for three males and one female. Scripts are available to check out at Mesa Public Library. For more information on “Moonlight and Magnolias,” visit www.lalt.org.
At 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge, hear the Best Brass of Christmas as brass musicians from the Four Corners area and Colorado come together to serenade music lovers with holiday ensembles.