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The spirit of Christmas lives on, even in fake branches

I’m sitting in the darkened room, illuminated only by the glowing lights of a Christmas tree. My Christmas tree. It’s peaceful. And provocative. It soothes me … and evokes melancholy. But, as odd as it might seem, I actually treasure the melancholy. Christmas is joyful but wistful, too. Hopeful but filled with poignant longing.

A La Carte, Dec. 24-30

Dining events and news from across the valley.

Charity’s kitchen to educate clients on stretching their dollar

Lutheran Social Services of Nevada doesn’t look like much from the outside. It’s indistinguishable from the other buildings in the cluster of light industrial businesses around it, but the work that happens inside makes it unusual.

Science class whips up jars of butter

Nov. 20 wasn’t a typical day for teacher Rebecca Daley’s first-grade class at Our Lady of Las Vegas School, 3046 Alta Drive.

Ring in the New Year without a trip to the Strip

Whether you want to party hardy or dance the night away on New Year’s Eve, here is a list of some of the activities planned away from the Strip near your neighborhood.

Literary Las Vegas: ‘La Bella Mafia’

The dark secrets of a sadistically abusive father and brother, sexual abuse, ties to organized crime and free-flowing drugs should have had no place in the life of a little girl who twirled and danced in her perfect pink bedroom while wearing a fluffy tutu.

Book Briefs for Dec. 24-31, 2013

Upcoming literary highlights include a Black Mountain Institute discussion titled “Does it Matter if Jesus Was Married?”