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WinterFest weekend is coming to town

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By The Staff

Los Alamos WinterFest 2007 fills downtown Los Alamos and surrounding areas with a multitude of co-promoted events Friday through Sunday. The annual weekend-long event is sponsored by Los Alamos MainStreet as a way to encourage attendees to shop for their holiday gifts in Los Alamos rather than spending money off the Hill.Friday activities:• Los Alamos Garden Club Wreath Sale sponsored by the Los Alamos Garden Club from 9-11 a.m. at Los Alamos National Bank or until wreaths sell out.Come pick out a professionally grown and arranged wreath in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. Come early before they’re all gone.• Annual Affordable Art Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Jan 7 at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge. The main gallery is transformed into a holiday gift paradise brimming with original, affordable arts and crafts. Everything priced $10 - $250.• Fourteenth Annual Crches From Around the World from 2-7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Come see the annual display of international manger scenes from around the world.• “The Nutcracker” performed at 7 p.m. by Dance Arts Los Alamos at Duane Smith Auditorium. The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the book, “The Nutcracker & the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffman. In 1891, choreographer Marius Petipa had Tchaikovsky write “The Nutcracker Ballet.” Tickets cost $12/10 students and seniors/$8 children 12 and younger. Saturday activities:• Kiwanis Breakfast and Photo with Santa sponsored by the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club from 7-11 a.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Start off Saturday with a full stomach. Santa Claus will be available for photo opportunities. Donations will benefit the foster children’s holiday party, or take advantage of the event free of charge by donating canned goods that will benefit LA Cares.• Fourteenth Annual Crches From Around the World from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Come see the annual display of international manger scenes from around the world.• TOTH Children’s Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to noon at Trinity on the Hill Church. Children (12 and younger) bring your parents and leave them to relax and enjoy refreshments; you take your money and a list of people you would like to buy Christmas gifts for. There you can shop and have your gifts wrapped. Sorry-parents not allowed.• Holiday Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. sponsored by the Los Alamos Farmers Market at the Community Building. Everyone will love the fresh and organic selection of produce for his or her holiday cooking and decorating needs. Los Alamos market and sale of the area’s bounty continues indoors for the winter. • ArtXcapes Stained-Glass Intensive from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 216 DP Road. The one-day workshop will teach you everything you need to know to get you started in stained glass. $135 includes all supplies.• Los Alamos Geological Society Earth Treasure Show from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Masonic Temple sponsored by the Los Alamos Geological Society. Annual gem show. Admission is free. Snacks provided by the Legion Women’s Auxiliary as well as geodes, silent auctions, and several dealers with everything from jewelry to sand sculptures, to mineral specimens.• YMCA’s Second Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Family YMCA on Iris Street. Come join a pleasant variety of artists from northern New Mexico as they display and sell their beautiful handcrafted masterpieces.• Mesa Public Library Youth Services Potpourri of Holiday Crafts from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. Come make an ornament, a greeting card, or other fun crafts for ages 3-18.• Otowi Station Bookstore Holiday Open House from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Otowi Station Bookstore.• Warm Water Weekend Swimming from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. Come join the fun and bring the whole family. Enjoy warmer water temperatures, a crocodile obstacle course and a movie in the snack bar.• Visit Santa from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the CB Fox Open House at CB Fox on Central Avenue. If you get one of Santa’s special magic candy canes, it will be worth $10-$350.•Speaker-Chatauqua/ Randy Milligan will perform at 11 a.m. at Fuller Lodge hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society. Milligan will impersonate Judge Roy Bean, when he was “The Law West of the Pecos.”• Dance Performance: Snowflakes and Stars at 1 p.m. performed by New Mexico Dance Theater at Fuller Lodge. Enjoy a wonderful holiday dance performance by our very own New Mexico Dance Theater troupe.• Speaker-Chataqua/ Diana Enright will perform at 2 p.m. at Fuller Lodge hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society. McNeal will impersonate Louise McNeal and her marvelous medicine show.• “The Nutcracker” performed at 2 p.m. by Dance Arts Los Alamos. “The Nutcracker Ballet” is based on the book, “The Nutcracker & the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffman. In 1891, choreographer Marius Petipa had Tchaikovsky write “The Nutcracker Ballet.” Tickets cost $12/10 students and seniors/$8 children 12 and younger.• Los Alamos Symphony Holiday Concert sponsored by the Los Alamos Symphony and the Los Alamos Arts Council from 4:30-5:45 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. This free concert features a collection of Christmas and holiday songs.• CB Fox Holiday Drawing free. Great drawing $5,000 worth of free Gift Certificates to use all over town – if you get a special one it will be worth $10, $25, $100, $250, $350 and even more if you win the free La-Z-Boy recliner chair. Santa Claus draws the winner at 5 p.m. before the parade. Must be present to win.• Arts, Crafts and Cookie Decorating at the North Pole Workshop from 5-8 p.m. sponsored by Los Alamos County. Children can take part in arts and crafts, cookie decorating and pictures with Santa Claus and join in and listen to music and enjoy refreshments. Come and join us - free at the Community Building!• Annual Holiday Lights Parade – “Holidays in the Old West” at 6 p.m. heading west on Central Avenue. The annual winter holiday event is filled with neon lit floats from local businesses and organizations. The parade ends at the Aquatic Center with the Tree Lighting at Ashley Pond following immediately.• Ashley Pond Tree Lighting were hundreds gather to see the trees around Ashley Pond as they are brilliantly lit up for the holiday season.• Special Holiday Gordons’ Concert - The Pleasure Pilots at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Come rock around the holiday tree and dance the night away.Sunday activities:• Los Alamos Geological Society Earth Treasure Show from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Masonic Temple sponsored by the Los Alamos Geological Society. Annual gem show. Admission is free. Snacks provided by the Legion Women’s Auxiliary as well as geodes, silent auctions and several dealers with everything from jewelry to sand sculptures, to mineral specimens.• Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus is hosting this year’s craft fair and concession booth. Menu: breakfast burritos, posole, Frito pies, hot dogs and beverages. Affordable prices for all ages. Beautiful hand crafted items for sale.• ArtXcapes Holiday Art Workshop from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at 216 DP Road. Kids love to give mom and dad “special” gifts that they have made. Here is their chance to paint and create wonderful holiday gifts while mom and dad can enjoy a day out shopping to their hearts content. Age: six and above. Price: $40 plus $15 for supplies.• Children’s Art Table from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge. Drop in to check out the beginning of the Affordable Art Sale and drop off your child upstairs where they can get creative and draw or paint the sugarplums dancing in their heads.• “The Nutcracker” performed at 2 p.m. by Dance Arts Los Alamos. “The Nutcracker Ballet” is based on the book called “The Nutcracker & the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffman. In 1891, choreographer Marius Petipa had Tchaikovsky write “The Nutcracker Ballet.” Tickets cost $12/10 students and seniors/$8 children 12 and younger.