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KTVA 11’s Out & About Nov. 29 to Dec. 1

By Hope Miller 5:07 PM November 27, 2013

Looking for something to do? Here are 11 events going on this weekend.

1. Small Business Saturday: Nov. 30 is Small Business Saturday, the nationwide event dedicated to supporting local shops. Small businesses in Alaska have long been promoting the idea of  “shopping small” and educating consumers on how supporting local businesses helps the economy, said Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. Executive Director Chris Schutte.

2. “The Nutcracker:” This Friday through Sunday, you can watch the stage come alive with toy soldiers, waltzing flowers and pirouetting snowflakes while listening to Tchaikovsky’s famous score. The production is presented by the Anchorage Concert Association and features choreography and dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet, as well as local dancers and musicians. For tickets click here.

3. Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony: This Friday at Town Square Park is the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. A pre-event concert will begin at 5:20 p.m., with performances by a slew of local musicians, followed by the tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Kids can also meet Santa and his reindeer and enjoy cocoa and cookies. The event is free and hosted by AT&T Alaska and the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. Click here for more information.

4. “A Wrinkle in Time:” You can celebrate the 50th anniversary of Madeleine L’Engle’s book “A Wrinkle in Time” with Cyrano’s Theatre Company’s stage adaption Nov. 29 to through Dec. 22. In the story, Meg Murry and her brother Charles Wallace travel through space and time to rescue their father from evil, and get a little help from three magical sisters. Click here for tickets.

5. “Christmas on the Yukon:” In the Anchorage Community Theatre’s production of  “Christmas on the Yukon,” a blizzard traps two girls in their family trading post and they realize they may be separated from their mom and dad on Christmas. Strangers who are also stranded by the storm start to pile in the building, including a fugitive wanted for murder. Set during the Klondike gold rush, the play runs through Dec. 22. Click here for tickets.

6. Police Navidad: Presented by the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association and GCI, Police Navidad will have live entertainment, holiday-themed crafts and activities, safety information, cultural displays and more. The event is Saturday at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and proceeds will benefit Stand Together Against Rape (STAR), Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC), Victims for Justice, Dollars for Dogs and Anchorage Youth Court. Click here for more information.

7. Crafts Weekend: It’s crafts galore Friday through Sunday at the Anchorage Museum. Crafts Weekend features handmade art by dozens of Alaskan artists, offering holiday shopping opportunities in one place. There will be live music, artist demonstrations and the 20th annual ReadAlaska Book Fair is also held alongside the event. Because the show is juried, artists must apply to participate and meet “rigorous standards,” said museum spokeswoman Sarah Henning in an email. Crafts Weekend is from 10 a.m. to 6 pm. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Click here for more information.

8. Friends of Alaska CASA’s 17th Annual Silent Quilt Auction: More than 150 quilts will be auctioned to help youth in foster care and the Friends of Alaska CASA volunteers who advocate for them Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University Center Mall. Quilts range from wallhanging size to king-sized and start at $30. The majority of quilts were donated from Alaskans, but a handful came from the Lower 48, said Treasurer Debby Hudson. There will be live music by bands Sally’s Kitchen and Alaska Folk Arts Family & Friends, and proceeds from the auction support abused and neglected children, as well as volunteers, Hudson said. Click here for more information.

9. Zoo Lights: The Alaska Zoo will be decked out with animal themed-light displays Nov. 29 through Jan. 5 on Thursdays through Sundays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to brighten up your zoo experience. Tickets are $7 for non-pass holders and $5 for pass holders. Zoo Lights will return in February and again during Fur Rondy. Click here for more information.

10. Cirque de Hanukkah: If you like juggling, acrobatics, comedy and extreme stunts, Cirque de Hanukkah is a show right up your alley. Nick Pike, who performed on “America’s Got Talent,” will make his Alaskan debut Sunday, Dec.1 at 5 p.m at the Egan Convention Center. There will also be food such as matzoh ball soup and latkes prepared by a chef from Seattle, as well as activities for kids. Click here for more information.

11. Hit the Slopes: Ski season is here and Hilltop Ski Area and Alyeska Ski Resort will both be open over the weekend. Hilltop will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. In Girdwood, Alyeska will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For Hilltop information click here and for Alyeska information click here.

Have a weekend event you would like to submit to us? Email us at 11news@KTVA.com.

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