Published Friday, November 30, 2012

Arts & Entertainment: Deyo students to present Christmas Concert

From Staff Reports

The music students of Allen Deyo will present a Christmas Concert Sunday, Dec. 9 at Lovejoy Methodist Church, 60 E. Washington St. in Newnan.

The concert will feature Deyo’s middle and high school music students. They will be performing solos, duets, instrumental ensembles and solos, and ballet. The program begins at 3 p.m.

• U.S. Air Force Reserve Band giving free concert

The Band of the United States Air Force Reserve will be in concert at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. This is a free concert. Those wishing to attend must come by the Centre, located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road, and pick up tickets in advance. Tickets are available now. For details, call 770-254-2787

The Band of the United States Air Force Reserve is the oldest band, active or reserve, assigned to the Air Force, having continued from its formation in 1941 to the present without a break in service. The band was formed Oct. 1, 1941 at Mitchell Field, New York, as the First Air Force Band.

The Band of the US Air Force Reserve has always been one of the most productive bands in the Air Force.

Since moving to Robins AFB, the Band of the US Air Force Reserve has continued to entertain heads of state, other political and military leaders, and countless American and foreign citizens, including the crews of the “Nautilus” atomic submarine and the Apollo 8,9 and 10 moon flights. Among their key appearances at international events have been Hemisfair ‘68, the inaugural parade for the U.S. Virgin Islands first elected governor in 1971, the Detroit International Air Show, the change of command and retreat ceremonies in conjunction with the 1979 signing of the Panama Canal treaties, the 1982 World’s Fair, the first foreign military unit to march through Red Square, Moscow, Russia in 1992, the only foreign military unit to perform in the 50th Celebration of VE Day Parade in St Petersburg, Russia in 1995 and most recently the band was the lead off unit in the internationally televised Rose Bowl Parade for the 50th Anniversary of the Air Force.

The band marched in or participated in such regional events as the Indian and Texas Sesquicentennial celebrations, the Aquacentennial Parade in Minneapolis, Minn.; the Great Circus Parade in Milwaukee, Wis.; the Brevard, Mobile, Clearwater, Hollywood and Jacksonville Jazz Festivals and the Mardi Gras Festivities in New Orleans, La.

The band’s appearances at the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Napa 500, Orange Bowl and many professional football and baseball games have been broadcast on cable and network television.

• Nutcracker Tea offers fun for the family

What makes Georgia Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker Tea different from every other Nutcracker? It’s an interactive, family event where you and the children can fill up on holiday treats, dance with the characters of The Nutcracker Ballet, tell Santa what you want for Christmas and take home a picture with him! Meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara and the whole cast of characters after the performance.

Georgia Dance Theatre, in Newnan and Peachtree City, has been giving the community this timeless classic for 20 years. All children ages 3 and up may participate in the event, which is a great way to introduce your child to the stage in a very relaxed atmosphere. Girls can put on their favorite party dress, bring their favorite doll, and dance with Clara. The boys (and girls) can help the Nutcracker doll in the battle against the Rat King.

The Nutcracker Tea will be held at Bennett’s Mill Middle School on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. Bennett’s Mill Middle School is located at 210 Lester Rd., Fayetteville. Tickets to the all-inclusive event are $15 and can be purchased online at .

• West Coast Swing class open

The A&O Bridges Recreation Center in Sharpsburg is the place to learn the West Coast Swing with instructor Rachel Ferguson.

Classes will be each Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. and is $25 for the six-week session. Classes started Nov. 27, but dancers will still be able to sign up at the door for the remaining weeks.

Learn the “lead and follow” style with footwork and turns.

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