Be There 12-07-10

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The Los Alamos High School Band invites the public to their annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m. at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Also performing this evening will be the Los Alamos Middle School band.

Nate Downey will speak on permaculture and his new book “Harvest the Rain,” as part of the Winter Wednesdays Talk, at 7 p.m. at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.

The Los Alamos Republican Women will have their annual holiday luncheon at noon at the Best Western Hilltop House. NMFRW president Elaine Miller will install the newly elected  2011-2012 officers. Members are requested to bring their gifts and donations for the adopted family to the luncheon.

The Christmas party for the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be at 6 p.m. at the home of Denise George, 411 Cheryl, White Rock. It will be a potluck event, so members should bring a dish to share.

The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will host a free Christmas concert from 7-9:30 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church. Visit http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/laso_nm/ for more information.

Los Alamos Chapter #63 Order of Eastern Star will sell Collin Street Bakery fruitcakes at Los Alamos National Bank from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. For information, call Betty Robertson at 662-5185 or Nina Laird, 662-7580.

Parents are welcome to drop off kids ages 5-12 from 2-4 p.m. (note new time) to make holiday gifts from recycled or natural materials and even decorate their own gift wrappings. The cost is $10 per child ($8 for PEEC members or a second child).  Register at PajaritoEEC.org or phone 662-0460. PEEC is located at 3540 Orange St., behind the high school.

Dec. 14
A Christmas in New Mexico dinner will be held at6:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Lodge, 750 N. St. Francis Dr. It is sponsored by the Christian Women’s Club and the After 5 Club. The Mariachi Buenaventura (Santa Fe’s all-female Mariachis) will entertain. Speaker Dean Graves of Albuquerque will present “The Blessings of Prison Life.”  Cost is $20 inclusive. Friends and family are invited. For reservations call Fran at 473-7934 or Barbara at 690-9831.

Dec. 15
Dance Arts Los Alamos’ production of Nuts, Crackers, and Sweets is a modern twist on the traditional Nutcracker and features many genres of dance including modern, tap, jazz as well as ballet. It will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Duane Smith Auditorium. A lively hip hop battle scene staged by faculty member Manny Romero will be a highlight of the show. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The Christian Church is hosting a Christmas movie premier at 7 pm. Dec. 15 and at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. “A Christmas Snow” will challenge attendees with the message of forgiveness and redemption. It will bring home the real meaning of Christmas. Tickets are $5.

Dec. 19
Skate with Santa and his elves from 3-5 p.m. at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink and pose for photos with Santa later. Call 662-8173 for more information.

Dec. 24
Skate to holiday music on the outdoor ice rink lit with the reflection of holiday lights under the starry night sky from 6-8 p.m. at the Christmas Eve Luminaria Skate at the Ice Rink. The Los Alamos County Ice Rink is located at 4475 West Road. Call 662-4500 for more information or e-mail larec@lacnm.us.

Dec. 31
Bring in the New Year with the sounds of fireworks at the Los Alamos Fire and Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration, from 6 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Fees include a moonlit permit to cross-country ski and snowshoe in the Preserve. Permit fees are $25 for adults, $20 seniors, $15 for ages 6 to 15 years, and kids 5 and younger are free. The Preserve is located at 18161 N.M. 4 in Jemez Springs. Visit vallescaldera.gov or call 661-3333 or 866-382-5537 for more information.