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  • Atomic City Children’s Theater presents “Willy Wonka Junior” this weekend at Duane W. Smith Auditorium. Admission is free to the public and there will be free surprises offered to the first 500 audience members. There will also be five Golden Tickets hidden among the programs, which can be redeemed for a Wonka Chocolate bar.

  • Have you ever dreamed of conducting a symphony orchestra? If so, your dream could become a reality.  

    At 7 p.m. Friday in the White Rock Baptist Church, the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will give its traditional Christmas concert. At the end of the concert, a drawing will be held and the winner will have the opportunity to stand on the conductor podium and lead the orchestra in a familiar holiday tune.  

  • The Chamisa Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is offering an opportunity to cross items off the holiday shopping list and score some unique finds.

    The shopping extravaganza will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the elementary school.

    About 20 vendors are expected to attend to sell jewelry, photographs, different holiday crafts, hats, scarves, hand-made wallets and gift bags.

    The majority of the vendors are from Los Alamos but several may be coming up from Española.

  • Sometimes it takes a village to make a project come together and with the help of Los Alamos Public Schools staff, yet another project is up and running, or sitting as the case may be.

    Students from the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program have worked together for a few years to raise the funds to donate a bench to Los Alamos High School.

    “It is always great to get a donation that will help support our kids. The LAYL groups do a lot to support the high school and the youth of our community,” Athletic Director Vickie Nelms said.

  • Dance Arts Los Alamos’ 2009 production of “The Nutcracker” gives many dancers an opportunity to shine. A cherished local tradition, this is DALA’s 14th production of the ballet in its 19 years of providing dance training to the community. This year’s presentation is sure to be a sweet treat to audience members. The exquisite sets, splendid costumes and skillful choreography provide a beautiful showcase for both regional and visiting talent.

  • For the third year in a row, White Rock Presbyterian Church will host Sitters for Shoppers from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 12 at the church.

    Children ages two through fourth grade will enjoy a variety of activities, crafts, games and videos while under the care of adults from the church. Lunch and snacks will also be provided.

  • The Delancey Street Christmas tree lot is a prefect holiday setting.

    The lot, which is located next to the Knights of Columbus building off Trinity Drive, has candy-cane light poles and Christmas trees in every size. There are racks of wreaths and even snow on the ground.

    The sweetness of the scene goes beyond appearances; there is another aspect beneath the surface that makes this particular Christmas tree lot significant. The proceeds go toward a worthy cause.

  • Education consultant Whitney Laughlin describes colleges today as a perfect storm, which is not a good thing. With universities such as the University of California raising its tuition 32 percent, it is more important than ever to make a wise college selection. Laughlin can show students how to make the best decision.

  • When Rosemary O’Connor looks at the date, Dec. 11, circled on her calendar, it is because that is the date of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Baptist Church. She doesn’t think about the fact that it is also her 90th birthday.

  • One of the most significant figures in the history of the Manhattan Project and the development of the U.S. nuclear weapons program may also be one of the least well known.

    According to his biographer, Navy captain William S. “Deak” Parsons “made the atomic bomb happen. As ordnance chief and associate director at Los Alamos, Parsons turned the scientists’ nuclear creation into a practical weapon.

  • “Will you be our Mother Ginger?” Who could possibly refuse such a request? Certainly not Will Rees, Kevin Holsapple or Charlie McMillan, who will each take a turn portraying the colorful, larger-than-life character of Mother Ginger this week in “The Nutcracker.” Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) is once again welcoming local community members into the cast of its 14th production of the traditional holiday ballet.

  • My sister had been waiting for this movie for months. She re-read all the books, which the movie is based on, in preparation of the next film installment of the “Twilight” series.

    I myself was eager to see “New Moon.” I’ve not read the books but I had seen previews for the film and read an article about the film’s star, Robert Pattinson. All of this wet my appetite for the movie.

    Even my sister’s husband was eager to see the movie – proving that there is something in the movie for men and women of all ages.  

  • “Your daughter is optimistic – she thinks our child will be president of the United States,” says Sidney Poitier’s character, Dr. John Wade Prentice, in the classic film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

    In 1967, the line stood out because of the complete improbability that a child of an interracial marriage would ever be elected president.

  • What better way to start off the holiday season than dancing and listening to some classic tunes?

    The Gordons’ Concerts, the Los Alamos MainStreet and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation will present the Los Alamos Big Band from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge.  The concert is part of the WinterFest festivities, which be held Friday through Sunday.

    While the band will play the big band standards, they will also play the big band version of holiday songs.

  • Music can conjure up memories for listeners. It allows them to make a connection to a concert or the performers. Friday, Coro de Cámara will stir up listeners’ holiday memories during its Pops Christmas Choral Concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge.

    Saturday, the concert will also travel to the Center for Spiritual Living located on 505 Camino De Los Marquez in Santa Fe. The show will begin at 7 p.m.

  • Decorating the Christmas tree has always been a major deal in my family. It’s one of the seasonal traditions that kicks off our Christmas celebration.

    When I was growing up, as soon as the tree was set up and elaborately adorned with decorations, I felt it gave me permission to immerse completely in all the holiday hoopla.

    I could sing carols, read holiday books or eagerly count down the days until Dec. 25 without any uncertainty that I was celebrating the holiday too early.

  • Fuller Lodge will look delectable on Saturday. So sweet you will want to eat it or at least the gingerbread model that Althea Duffy created.

    In celebration of WinterFest and the county’s 60th anniversary, Fuller Lodge is hosting an open house starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The occasion will include the Chamisa SingSations, Los Alamos High School jazz band, a performance by pianist Frances Meier and a short ballet by the New Mexico Dance Theater.

  • Following the theme for this year’s Holiday Lights Parade is “The Holidays Begin at Home,” Village Arts is extending an invitation to the community to help make the businesses’ new location a home.

    Village Arts, under the new ownership of Ken Nebel and Jim O’Donnell, recently moved from its Central Park location to new digs at 216 DP Road.

    In celebration of the new ownership and new look, an open house and reception will be held Saturday.  

  • Chess is more than just game pieces on a checkered board. Playing the game involves mathematical and even psychological aspects. In the Middle Ages chess was considered a part of the nobility’s culture but today everyone, even elementary school students, are getting in the game.

  • Mark the calendar for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos. Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) is preparing to present its biggest and best “Nutcracker” yet.  This year’s 14th annual show will dazzle audiences as it welcomes three rising stars from the regional and national ballet worlds.