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Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Winter Ball to be held Saturday

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JUNEAU - The Winter Ball, featuring Juneau's Thunder Mountain Big Band, will be 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Centennial Hall. Formal attire is encouraged, and the theme is Crystal Elegance. The dance is sponsored by Juneau International Folkdancers.

JIF's monthly ballroom dances are held in order to provide dancers with a family-oriented, inexpensive venue where the priority is couples' dance with the best music suitable for American ballroom and Latin dances. Also, an effort is made to introduce talented local instructors and students by having free introductory lessons at each event. Instructors donate their time. The Winter Ball is a special event intended to provide an affordable, classy night out for everyone who wishes to dress up, listen to our Big Band and dance. The next regular monthly dance with DJ music will be Dec. 22.

Instructors Pat Belec and Frank Bergstrom will provide a free foxtrot lesson at 7:30 p.m., and the band plays at 8 p.m. General admission is $10 at the door, students $5. For information call, Eric at 209-8367.

Dance studio to host Sugar Plum Fairy party

JUNEAU - Juneau Dance Unlimited is sponsoring a Sugar Plum Fairy Party at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Juneau-Douglas High School commons. This holiday event and Juneau Dance Unlimited fundraiser will include photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy or Nutcracker, holiday magic with Jeff Brown, storytelling with Margie Hamburger, a plate of goodies to enjoy and much more.

Tickets for the annual performance of "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 7 and 8 are available for $15 at the JDU office, 8420 Airport Blvd., Suite 202, or at the door. Seating is limited.

Juneau Dance Unlimited is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing dance instruction and performance opportunities throughout the year. For further information, call 463-5327.

Annual Singing Christmas Tree concerts to be held Dec. 7 through 10

JUNEAU - After taking a year off for building and construction work on its HUB Youth Center, the Juneau Christian Center is celebrating its 34th annual Singing Christmas Tree in four free concerts at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 through 10 at the Juneau Christian Center.

This year's concert features "Everything Glorious: a Praise and Worship Christmas." Special risers will hold singers 20 feet off the floor, and elaborate lighting will enhance the effect of a giant decorated Christmas Tree, complete with a 47-person choir.

Videos go along with some of the songs to capture different scenes throughout the performance. Pastor Mike Rose and his daughter-in-law, Heather Rose, will serve as narrators. The music is directed by Honey Bee Anderson.

Some songs include the entire choir, while others feature a worship team and soloists. The concert includes familiar Christmas carols and songs.

A prerecorded sound track will accompany the singers.

Complimentary seating tickets are available at both Hearthside Books locations and at Juneau Christian Center, located across from Fred Meyer.

Check out University's Cooperative Extension Service for brochure on Christmas trees

JUNEAU - Before purchasing that live tree to decorate for Christmas, pick up a free informational brochure, "Selecting and Caring for a Christmas Tree," at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service's new Juneau location, 1108 F St., Suite 213, on the second floor of the Bill Ray Center, downtown.

Visitors also might want to check out Cooperative Extension Service's new book shelf, which includes reference and historic books for the public to browse.

There also are several publications available about winter clothes construction and about considerations in selecting winter coats for adults and children.

For more information, call 796-6221.

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