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Today's Features

  • I've seen my fair share of "The Nutcracker" ballet. When my sister took ballet classes in high school, I watched her perform as a Spanish dancer, a snowflake and a flower for several years. Also, I have viewed the Denver Ballet Company's rendition of the ballet.

    After these frequent viewings, I was ready to take a break from this particular ballet. The Dance Arts Los Alamos' production changed my mind.

    From the choreography and dancing to the sets and the costumes, the show put the magic back into this often-told tale.

  • Josephine Boyer started an ornament decorating event as a social get-together 12 years ago in Vienna, since then it has evolved into a fundraiser for different charities.

    The ornament-painting party will be held for the first time in Los Alamos from noon-6 p.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley" is Israel Horovitz's lively adaptation of the Charles Dickens story, with a large cast and two choruses. In this production Scrooge, played by Grady Hughes, and his old partner Marley, played by Paul Lewis, maintain a running dialogue through the familiar scenes of Christmases past, present and future. Although much dialogue is taken directly from Dickens, in this version Marley also serves as the play's narrator.

  • The children's bazaar returns from 9 a.m.- noon Saturday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

    Event co-chairs Cathy Walters and Beth Pattillo will host the fifth annual event. This service project, which began five years ago as part of Winter Fest, gives the children of the community ages 5-12 the opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for their loved ones. Younger children may also participate as long as the child has a shopping list and is responsible for his/her money.

  • Pancakes can do more than just satisfy people’s appetites, they can provide a community service. For instance, Kiwanis members are hosting a breakfast with Santa from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.The admission may be free, but participants are asked to help out in their community by either donating nonperishable food to LA Cares or contributing money to the Kiwanis’ foster children’s party.The menu for the breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, milk and juice.

  • Ginny Ebinger arrived in Los Alamos in 1954 to teach music and more than 50 years later she, along with her husband, are moving to Albuquerque and leaving behind a big impression on the local community.To recognize what Ebinger has accomplished and to say goodbye, the Los Alamos County Library System, Friends of the Library and the Los Alamos Historical Society are hosting a reception from 2-4 p.m.

  • 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.

  • It’s hokey, old-fashioned and in some ways out of date, but that only makes me like the movie more. “Christmas in Connecticut” is like Christmas itself: A holiday that makes everyone feel a little like the 1940s never ended – like Bing Crosby is still exciting and falling snow the most interesting thing in the world.The ordinary becomes a little more poignant this time of year. Families try very hard to be together, regardless of how stressful holiday travel can be.

  • The author of two bestselling books will discuss his latest work of nonfiction this week as part of Mesa Public Library's Authors Speak Series.

    Hampton Sides, author of the bestselling books Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder, among other works of narrative nonfiction, will read at 7 p.m. Thursday in the library's upstairs rotunda.

    "I always hated Westerns, Sides said in an interview Wednesday. I thought the whole genre was pretty much washed out."

    Then he began reading about Kit Carson and he didn't stop for four years.

  • During Los Alamos Youth Leadership meeting Nov. 13, the LAYL A-Squad team was presented a $250 check for winning the grant-writing contest that Cheryl Pongratz developed for the LAYL teams.

    The teams had to participate in a grant-writing seminar Nov. 11 and then prepare a grant application.

    The A-Squad submitted LAYL Wild Day as their grant project, which is planned for the spring.