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December events calendar.

ANCHORAGE

Through Dec. 31 Head to Toe Exhibition

Provides exciting and interactive opportunities to see how the body works. Great for kids and their parents. Held Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Imaginarium Science Discovery Center. Call 276-3179.

1 Messiah Sing Anchorage Concert Chorus

The chorus is again producing this important event, but is adding a new twist. The audience is invited to participate from the hall in singing this beloved choral work while the Anchorage Concert Chorus leads from the stage. Begins at 2 p.m. at the West High School Auditorium. Call 274-7464.

5 Starting a Business

Covers the essentials in small business start-up, including information access, legal aspects, business insurance, bookkeeping, marketing and finance options. Fee is $40. Held at the Small Business Development Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 274-7232.

6 Developing a Business Plan

Covers the basic steps involved in producing a business plan, including researching business ideas, analyzing the profitability of small business, introduction to the necessary financial statements and consideration of loan requirements. Fee is $40. Held at the Small Business Development Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 274-7232.

6-15 Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen"

A tale of enchantment played by the Alaska Theatre of Youth. Held at the University of Alaska Anchorage Wendy Williamson Auditorium. Call 338-4901.

7-8 Swedish Christmas Tours

Guided tours through a traditionally decorated home, honoring the Swedish heritage of the Anderson family, who built the historic house in 1915. At the Oscar Anderson House, 420 M St., from noon to 4 p.m. Call 274-2336.

7 Holiday Train to Seward

Take a scenic winter train ride on the Alaska Railroad. While in Seward, participate in the many special activities planned for the day. It's always a favorite trip, and tickets sell out fast. The day begins at 7 a.m. and riders should be back at 9:30 p.m. Call 265-2494 or visit www.alaskarailraod.com.

7 First Saturdays at the Zoo

Professional photographers will be on hand to offer tips for photographing zoo animals. Held on the first Saturday of each month from October to March. Participants will have a chance to submit photographs for a special exhibit, held April 1. No camera? Bring your sketchbook for drawing tips. Held at the Alaska Zoo from noon to 3 p.m. Call 346-2133 or visit www.alaskazoo.org.

7 Alaska Native Heritage Center Christmas Bazaar

Artisans from the state's five cultural groups will gather for the fourth annual Christmas Bazaar. Modern and traditional Native arts and crafts will be on display and available for sale. Native church choirs will fill the Gathering Place with music. At the Alaska Native Heritage Center from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 330-8000 or visit www.alaskanative.net.

9-10 Alaska Native Education Summit

Sponsored by the First Alaskan Institute. Held at the Egan Civic and Convention Center. For information, contact George Irvin at 263-9886.

10 Employer Payroll Taxes

Conducted in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor to help small businesses understand employment tax. Emphasis placed on preparing employer tax forms and federal tax deposits. The free course is held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call the Small Business Development Center at 274-7232.

13-14 2002 Holiday Concert

The Alaska Chamber Singers and Orchestra present this tradition of mixing old favorites with new musical twists on the holidays. The concert features Christmas music of the Moravians, along with many holiday favorites. Begins at 8 p.m. at St. Patricks Catholic Church, 2111 Muldoon Rd. Call 333-3500.

13 Roseneath Theatre's "Morgan's Journey"

In this delightful play from Canada, a clown comes to life and learns that friendships are more important than presents. A great way to bring new meaning to the holidays. Begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Contact the Alaska Junior Theater at 272-7546.

14 Scared Scriptless Comedy Improv

Improvised scenes based on audience suggestion. For mature audiences. Cost is $5 at the door. Show begins at 10 p.m. at Cyrano's Off Center Playhouse. Call 274-6732.

14-15 Swedish Christmas Tours

Guided tours offered through a traditionally decorated home that honors the Swedish heritage of the Anderson family, who built this historic house in 1915. Tours from noon to 4 p.m. at the Oscar Anderson House Museum; located at 420 M St. Call 274-2336.

18-19 Subsistence Meeting

Held by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Egan Civic and Convention Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call Diane Ray at 786-3403.

22 Family Holiday Pops Anchorage Concert Chorus

The annual concert is the group's most popular concert of the year and is a highlight of the holiday season. Features a variety of old favorites, as well as newly arranged carols. Begins at 4 p.m. at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Call 274-7464.

23-27 Enchanted World

A dazzling display of robotic performers dressed in authentic costumes from around the world depict an array of cultures and customs. Held at the Egan Center. Contact Event Specialists Inc. at 276-2087.

EAGLE RIVER

6-7 Merry Merchants Munch

An old-fashioned holiday fair with free horse-drawn sleigh rides and holiday carolers. Businesses compete to create the best holiday munchies for all to sample. The pride and joy of the event is the gingerbread house competition. Held Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Eagle River. Call 694-4702 or visit www.cer.org.

FAIRBANKS

3 Designing a Brochure

Workshop will include an overview of the uses of brochures and point out basic design elements, such as arrangement, color and overall quality and detail needed to create a balanced marketing piece. Content, budget, timeframe for completion, printing and distribution will also be discussed. Fee is $25. Call 456-7232 or visit www.aksbdc.org.

5-6 UA Board of Regents Meeting

The University of Alaska Board of Regents meet to discuss policy concerning the UA system. Call 474-7908 or visit www.alaska.edu/bor/.

21-25 Winter Solstice Celebration

The celebration includes riverfront lighting, sleigh rides, caroling, music and winter fun. Call 452-8671.

GIRDWOOD

31 Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display

Alyeska's New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display follows a long-standing tradition, where more than 300 hearty souls will ski and snowboard down Mount Alyeska carrying glowing flares attached to long bamboo poles. Fireworks are scheduled afterward. At Alyeska Resort beginning at 8 p.m. Call 754-2209 or visit www.alyeskaresort.com.

JUNEAU

6 Winter Blues Concert

Juneau Jazz and Classics presents Marcia Ball for the Winter Blues Concert. Begins at 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Tickets at Hearthside Books. Visit www.jazzandclassics.org.

6-8 Gallery Walk

Explore the many shops and galleries in Juneau. Meet with artists and kick off the holiday season. Call 463-3337.

10 U.S. Air Force Band Concert

U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific performs a holiday concert at Centennial Hall. Call 586-2787.

21 "The Grumpsicle"

This annual family holiday production is performed by the Janice Hoist Dancers. At Centennial Hall. Call 586-2787.

KETCHIKAN

6-7 "The Nutcracker"

In the traditional holiday spirit, this classic is performed by the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ketchikan High School auditorium. Call 225-9311.

KODIAK

6-8 "Amahl and the Night Visitors"

A miracle happens when the Three Kings stop to rest with an impoverished widow and her son in this Christmas classic that is ideal for the whole family. It is a lavish local production that concludes with highlights from Handel's Messiah. Shows begin at 8 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 7 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8. At the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium. Contact the Kodiak Arts Council at 486-5291.

15 Harbor Stars

A Christmas fleet parade of brightly decorated vessels of all sizes. This annual event is a celebration of the holiday season. If canceled due to weather, event will be held Dec. 22. Contact the Harbormaster Office at 486-8085.

15 Currier and Ives Old-Fashioned Christmas

An evening of old-fashioned fun for the entire family that includes ice skating, sleigh rides, hayrides, caroling around a bonfire, refreshments and a live nativity. Enjoy a wonderful view of the Harbor Stars fleet parade from the Kodiak Baptist Mission picnic pavilion. Contact Heather Norton at 486-4126.

NOME

8 Fireman's Carnival

This huge community event is a fund-raiser for the volunteer fire department. Activities include games of chance, concession stands, bingo, cakewalks and a chance to win a new snow-machine or ATV. Call 443-2310.

NORTH POLE

1 North Pole Candle-Lighting and Tree-Lighting Service

Celebrate the Christmas season with tree lighting, caroling and recitations by children. Events held at Santa Claus House and North Pole High School. Call 488-2242.

SKAGWAY

13-15 Yuletide Weekend

Follow the town crier to the community tree for a caroling and tree-lighting ceremony with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Set your shoes outside your room door and find them filled with treats the next morning. Spend a day touring restored Victorian homes in this residential area. Yuletide dance is Saturday night, a family affair. Call 983-1898.

TALKEETNA

All Month Winterfest in Talkeetna

Month-long family winter events, contests, parade, the "Taste of Talkeetna" event and internationally recognized Bachelor Society Ball and Wilderness Women contest. Call 733-2330.

VALDEZ

7 Emblem Christmas Bazaar

Arts and crafts of all shapes and sizes will be on sale. Sponsored by the Elks Club and Eagle Hall. Call Karen Tapangco at 835-3675.
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