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December’s First Friday to bring ‘Fantasia’ downtown

December’s First Friday arts festival is set to include live music, the Nevada Ballet Theatre performing selections from “The Nutcracker” and an enchanted forest full of ornaments.

Literary Las Vegas: Michael Pascoe

“A 9/11 Christmas: A Christmas to Remember,” written and illustrated by Las Vegas author Michael Pascoe, follows the journey of a Douglas fir tree from Christmas Valley, Ore., to New York City in the wake of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks. Can Doug bring joy to a city in sorrow? At least one little girl who lost her father in the disaster finds comfort in the tree’s presence. In addition to writing, Pascoe has worked in magazine design and as a magician. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/9-11christmas.

Book review: Bilingual story shares spirit of the holiday

Every year, Arturo and his abuela decorate their Christmas tree with special ornaments, but in the new book“Arturo and the Navidad Birds” by Anne Broyles, illustrated by KE Lewis, there was one year when the tradition was nearly shattered.

Book Briefs for Dec. 10-16, 2013

This week’s literary highlights include a presentation at The Mob Museum by gaming history author David G. Schwartz.

Winter-tender trees best planted early fall, spring

Question: I have seven fruit trees, including some citrus, that I planted in half whiskey barrels about three years ago. They all have had fruit the past two years. I want to transplant them into the ground in order to get more fruit. Is it best to transplant them in the fall or early spring?

Reader-submitted photos and adoptable pets, Dec. 10-16

View Neighborhood News readers send photos of their pets and everday lives, and View features photos of pets ready for adoption each week. To submit a photo, email View copy editor Anne King at aking@viewnews.com or mail to Viewpoints, 1111 W. Bonanza Road, Las Vegas, NV 89125. Photos cannot be returned, and due to the high volume, they are often scheduled a month or two in advance.

Newsmakers, Dec. 10-31

Darcy Neighbors has been named 2013 Alumna of the Year by UNLV, Las Vegas’ Lee Business School.