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  • Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) is proud to present its 13th production of “The Nutcracker” as part of Los Alamos’ Winterfest weekend. Based on the story, “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” by E.T.A. Hoffman, and set to the beloved music by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the ballet tells the story of Clara, her enigmatic Godfather Drosselmeyer and the magical nutcracker doll he brings her as a Christmas gift. “The Nutcracker” was first performed on Dec. 18, 1892 in St.

  • Nina Saunders, director of the Olions Thespian Club, is taking a back seat on this certain production. While Saunders watches, her students are taking over the stage and therefore, learning what it takes to run a show.

    Los Alamos residents can see what the young thespians are capable of during the one act performances.

    The show begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Topper Theatre. The performances continue at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday as well as Dec. 12, and 13. There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for seniors.

  • My first memories of holiday tunes were the ones that my family would sing as the days approached Dec. 25. The four of us would be in the car and we would all belt out some song, or after the Christmas Eve dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house, we would begin caroling around the table.

    As I grew older, when December would roll around, my family would turn to the professionals. A Peter, Paul and Mary tape would constantly play in the car and my mother would often put Emmylou Harris’ holiday CD or the Kingston Trio’s Christmas CD on her CD player in the house.

  • Just because you grow up doesn’t mean all the fun, mystery and magic in life has to cease and be locked away with childhood memories. There is always new adventures waiting to be experienced, and excitement lying within the day’s events; all that is needed is a little faith.

    “Finding Neverland” proves this point. James M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) is dealing with some adult blues. He is a playwright who has just had a flop and his marriage is failing.

  • As a feature of Barranca Elementary School’s fifth and sixth grade GATE classes’ global outreach, students learn about how some children in Cambodia do not have schools, or teachers and often not enough to eat.

    In response, Barranca students are collaborating with Cambodia’s Hope, a local charity supporting schools and orphans in Cambodia to help children on the other side of the globe by supporting the Alphabet Soup program where just 78 cents per day supports a child in school and gives them a nutritious meal.

  • At 5:30 p.m. Friday at Piñon Elementary School, students will be putting their skills in strategy and planning to the test. The competition is not in the form of an athletic game or speech debate, but takes place on a checkered board with knights, queens and pawns.

    The Los Alamos area elementary chess tournament has been held three times throughout the year, and the final rounds for this year will be held Friday.

  • The annual Los Alamos County Science Fair will take place on Jan. 24 in the Los Alamos High School cafeteria. The public is invited to view the projects between 12:30-2 p.m.

    Students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade will display their projects in elementary class, junior and senior divisions.

    The elementary projects are divided into three categories. The students in junior and senior divisions will compete for first, second and third place in 17 categories.

  • The House of Hope Women has begun its Ways and Means Projects for securing funding for the next October house-building trip to Júarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

    A raffle is the first of the projects that the group is sponsoring – an opportunity to win one of three different items.

  • There is no need to spend Thanksgiving strapped in an apron or elbows deep in a sink full of dishes.

    An opportunity is available to enjoy the food and company that Thanksgiving provides without all the grunt work.

    The Los Alamos Elks in conjunction with the American Legion and VFW are sponsoring a Thanksgiving Dinner from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Elks Lodge, which is located at 1600 Trinity Drive, across from Sonic.

    A traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served free of charged to anyone who would like to attend.

  • The original Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair is here and it will be better than ever.

    A Los Alamos tradition for 41 years, the annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos Middle School.

  • According to Petr Jandacek’s philosophy, when life hands out lemons, make lemonade and when life hands out willow trees, make willow wizards.

    This philosophy was put into practice when a willow tree at Piñon Elementary School, where Jandacek works as an art teacher, had to be cut down because its roots were damaging sewer lines.

  • When I was in high school, my mother and I attended almost every traveling Broadway musical show that came to Denver. She bought the tickets as Christmas or birthday presents but there was another gift, the opportunity to share the show with her.

    I always remember our car rides back home; we would talk about the show the whole way.

  • The annual Festival of Trees will kick the holiday season into high gear Saturday.

    The jam-packed event, held each year from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, is a fundraiser for the Community Health Council and Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO).

    “I was amazed by how many trees we got this year,” said Michelangelo Lobato, Community Health Council coordinator. “They are all beautiful, and we are fortunate to be in a community where so many people will take the time to participate.”

  • No one wants to eat alone on Thanksgiving, not even girls with pink hair and neck tattoos, who are really just daughters, after all.

    In Peter Hedges’ sweet 2004 drama “Pieces of April,” April Burns (Katie Holmes) has invited her suburban family to her Lower East Side apartment to celebrate the holiday. It will mark the first time her family has visited her new apartment, the first time she has cooked the family dinner, and, she hopes, the first time she and her family have enjoyed each other’s company.

  • The dancers were swarmed like celebrities as they descended the stage following Friday's spectacular opening of the Wonderful WizThe dancers were swarmed like celebrities as they descended the stage following Friday’s spectacular opening of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Duane Smith Auditorium.

    “I think it’s brilliant,” said Terra Hite. “I’ve never seen a Wizard of Oz performance where Toto and the poppies along the brick road were real people.”

  • The road to Santiago, Spain, has been beaten flat by pilgrims’ feet for more than 1,000 years. Every year, more than 50,000 people tie on walking shoes and trek through countrysides and small villages. They endure blisters, rain and spartan lodging all to reach the burial place of St. James and a cathedral at the end of the journey.

  • To some, poetry might not spark enthusiasm or produce more snores than cheers but poet Erika Wurth is working to change people’s attitudes toward the art form.

    In her collection of poetry, titled “Indian Trains,” which was published in October from the New Mexico University’s West End Press, Wurth honors those closest to her, her family and community.

    Growing up outside of Denver, Wurth, who is Native American and has blood ties to the Apache, Chicksaw and Cherokee tribes, writes about urban Indians who are living away from the reservations.

  • Each academic year, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos honors students from the Los Alamos High School graduating class.

    Students are selected on the basis of their academic record, service to the community and leadership qualities.

    Catherine Chen has been named Rotary Student of the Month for October. She invited Lynn Lamb, her piano teacher for nine years, and David Thurston, her advanced as well as AP biology teacher for the past two years, to accompany her to the organization’s honoring luncheon held at UNM-LA.

  • The United Church of Los Alamos is gearing up for its annual holiday bazaar, which will be held from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday.

    Bazaar Coordinator and Director of Children’s Ministries Jean Picard said, “The proceeds from the bazaar are combined with the earnings from our thrift shop and are spent on mission projects. We support mission projects in Los Alamos, northern New Mexico, in the U.S. and around the world.”

    The funds from the 2007 bazaar raised $4,500 for the missions of the church.

  • The first attempt at a fundraiser is very interesting when time, effort and energy is spent in hopes that the grand finale will be successful. The second year, slight changes are made to improve the event and the third time is the charm.

    This year, the third annual Festival of Chocolate, should charm revelers. The event takes place from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The young and young at heart will delight their taste buds and dance to their hearts delight while benefiting programs for all ages.