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December 2015

Fun Family Educational Resource of Chapel Hill • Carrboro • Durham • Hillsborough • NC Triangle

December Fun in the NC Triangle!

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December Maze

Help the reindeer find his way out of the snowy maze so he'll be in time for the reindeer games! Learn how to draw this reindeer on page 12.

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Welcome December! December is here and there are so many fun annual traditions to enjoy in the North Carolina Triangle! Have your picture taken with Santa and enjoy crafts and fun family events at Northgate Mall in Durham (see page 8), and enjoy the beautiful Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms! (See page 10). Have a ball at the Triangle Youth Ballet's performances of The Nutcracker, at the Robert C. Hanes Theater, Chapel Hill High School on Dec. 6 & 7, and at the Carolina Theater in Durham on Dec. 12. Read all about the Nutcracker Ballet and have fun figuring out the Nutcracker Word Puzzle on pages 6 and 7. Also make plans to visit Morehead Planetarium & Science Center for a Family-Friendly New Year's Eve celebration and planetarium shows. See page 16 and visit www.moreheadplanetarium.org for tickets and more information. It's getting cold outside! Learn about how the animals at the Conservators Center near Burlington, NC stay warm even when it snows. You can plan a visit to take a "Winter in the Wild" tour or for the "Tree Toss" at the Conservators Center, and see all of these amazing animals in person! This month we'll also have fun learning how to draw a reindeer (page 12). During this holiday season, let's all think about ways that we can help others, share with others, and show how much we appreciate our families, friends, and teachers.

Have a joyful December!

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Comets that Graze the Sun - By Katie McKissick,, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

It’s not easy finding comets, especially when they’re near the bright, shining sun. Comets that

approach the sun are called sungrazers. They can be as small as 30 to 150 feet in diameter. That’s the length of a limousine up to half a football field. Out in space, that’s a very small object to find. Also, some of these comets are only bright for a few hours before they go around the sun and burn up.

So how do we spot these sungrazer comets? We find them with a satellite that watches the sun from space. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a joint project of the European Space Agency and NASA, was launched in 1995. SOHO’s main mission is to observe the sun and the space around it. It watches the sun for giant explosions called coronal mass ejections. It looks at the constant energy and particles the sun releases that we call the solar wind. It wasn’t built to find sungrazing comets, but it turned out to be really good at it. SOHO has discovered over 3,000 comets. In fact, it is the greatest comet finder of all time. Before SOHO, only about a dozen comets had been discovered from space. And only 900 had been discovered from the ground. SOHO didn’t find all these comets by itself. It gathered lots of data about what’s going on around the sun, but it took many people looking at the data to spot the sungrazers. The data is available for everyone to see, including citizen scientists. These are volunteers who help out with scientific research.

Lots of people with all different backgrounds helped spot the comets. In all, 95 percent of SOHO’s comets were found by citizen scientists, including teachers, writers, and 13-year-olds. We can learn a lot from comets. These chunks of ice and rock flying through space can teach us about how our solar system formed. When they get close to the sun, their gas tails light up and blow in the solar wind. Looking at their tails closely, we can learn more about the solar wind and what makes the tails shine so brightly.

The dot in the cross hairs above is a comet streaming toward the sun, as seen on Sept. 14, 2015, by the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). This is the 3,000th comet discovered in SOHO data since the spacecraft launched in 1995. The comet was originally spotted by a citizen scientist/comet hunter named Worachate Boonplod of Samut Songkhram, Thailand, by looking through SOHO images. Credits: ESA/NASA/SOHO.

Learn more about SOHO and watch a cool video visualization of the real comets that SOHO has witnessed at http://www.nasa.gov/feature/ goddard/esa-nasa-solar-observatory-discovers-its-3000th-comet. Want to make your own comet? Visit spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-stick

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ANIMAL KINGDOM

The Weather Outside is Frightful …but the animals are so delightful ! at the Conservators Center There’s an old saying that says, "Luck favors the prepared."

It means that if you’re ready for anything, nothing can catch you off-guard! This is a good motto to have when faced with something as unpredictable as winter weather. Does your family do anything special to prepare for the cold winter months? Do you go into the attic and bring down the boxes of jackets, scarves, gloves, and hats that you packed away in April? Maybe your parents line the windows to make sure your house stays warm, or start keeping a window scraper in the car for those COLD mornings when frost forms on the glass. The animal keepers at the Conservators Center (near Burlington, NC) work hard to prepare the critters for winter, too. Here are some things they do to make sure the animals at

the Center stay healthy, cozy, and happy in cold weather:

• Metal troughs are exchanged for heated bowls to make sure the animals always have access to fresh water… instead of a bowl of solid ice! • Straw, heating pads, radiating heaters, and blankets are packed into den boxes and winter quarters to make sure the critters have a cozy place to escape the chill. • Generators are tested for reliability to make sure the power will stay on during a winter storm, and de-icing materials are brought in to make sure the animal keepers can walk on the paths without slipping and falling! • Throughout the season, special attention is paid to the animals’ skin, feet, and joints to ensure that everyone is staying healthy in the icy weather. When it comes to the cold, we’re all in this together. Now that you know how the animal keepers help the critters at the Conservators Center stay warm and cozy throughout December, January, and February, ask your parents if there is something you can do to help your family prepare for winter!

Bundle up and come out to the Conservators Center for a 'Winter in the Wild' tour or for 'Tree Toss', where you can help Center staff wrap and decorate holiday gifts to give to the lions and tigers! Visit www.zerve.com/BeWilderNC for more information. Enoch Lion enjoying the snow. Photo: Kim Pyne.

Reno Bobcat on a snowy day at the Conservators Center. Photo: Kim Pyne.

- By Kasey Thornton, Communications Supervisor at the Conservators' Center

Roland Wolf in the snow. Photo: Kim Pyne.

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ARTS & DANCE

The Story of The Nutcracker Prince

Based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann and the libretto of the Triangle Youth Ballet.

The air is fragrant with the smell of gingerbread and roasting chestnuts on Christmas Eve as members of the Silberhaus family make final preparations for their annual Christmas party. While wisps of smoke rise from the chimneys and colored lights twinkle in every window, festive Christmas music promises magic to come. Clara and Fritz, the Silberhaus children, are anxiously waiting for the holiday party to begin. Soon, family and friends dressed in their best holiday silks and satins arrive, but they are not alone. A mysterious dark figure enters the room: Fritz and Clara's eccentric uncle Herr Drosselmeyer. Apprehension gives way to delight as the uncle entertains all of the young guests with magic tricks and life-sized dancing dolls. Gifts of china dolls, bugles and a drum are given to all the children except Clara. To her, Uncle Drosselmeyer bestows a special, funny-looking wooden soldier painted red, blue and gold with huge teeth. “This is a Nutcracker,” he explains. As Clara joyfully plays with her new gift, an annoyed Fritz grabs and breaks the Nutcracker. Drosselmeyer bandages its wounds and promises to fix it later. After an enchanted evening, the party comes to an end. Later that night, when everyone in the house is asleep, Clara tiptoes downstairs to check on her Nutcracker. All of a sudden out of the dark, huge mice storm into the room and surround Clara. Rustling and scratching sounds shake the room as the furniture comes alive and dances away. The Christmas tree grows before her very eyes. Clara’s now life-sized Nutcracker defends her from the mice and their Mouse King. After the battle, the victorious Nutcracker doll is transformed into a gallant Nutcracker Prince. With peace restored, Guardian Angels appear. They glide Clara and the Nutcracker Prince to the Land of the Sweets through the Enchanted Snow Forest, where they are charmed by dancing snowflakes and honored by the elegant Snow King and Queen. Approaching the Candy Palace, a bouquet of candy flowers led by the sprightly Dew Drop Fairy swirl about. The pair arrive at the Palace to be greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her handsome Cavalier who provide an event of sugary sweets and dancing delights. Spanish Chocolate, Arabian Coffee and Chinese Tea add spice to the festivities. Russian Matrioshka dolls, spring and leap to the pleasure of the visitors. Colorful Mirlitons enhance the palette. And last but not least, Mother Ginger waddles across the floor sharing her gift of eight gingerbread cookie boys and girls. Clara’s beguiling visit eventually comes to an end. However, we are never sure if Clara’s journey is a spell cast by her Uncle Drosselmeyer or simply a dream. Nonetheless, the glorious adventure will live on forever in our memory, for wonderful things will always be seen by those who have the vision to see them.

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Nutcracker Ballet Nutty Fun Facts by Lauren Lorentz de Haas

The story of The Nutcracker comes from a tale written in 1816 by E.T.A. Hoffman called The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.

The original production of The Nutcracker was performed by the Moscow Ballet in the Imperial Theatre in Russia a week before Christmas in 1892. At first, the ballet was not very popular because the lead ballerina didn’t dance enough for the Russian ballet fans so it wasn’t performed often. In 1944 the San Francisco Ballet staged the first Nutcracker performance in America and it has been growing in popularity ever since with hundreds of productions each year in the United States and across the world. In some versions the little girl’s name is Clara, and in others she is named Marie. In some versions she has a brother, and in others she also has an older sister. In some adaptations Clara takes the place of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and in others there is both a Mouse King and Mouse Queen. Some take place in more modern time periods, and others take place in alternate locations like the Nutcracker Key West whose Act II is set in an underwater corral kingdom with a sunken treasure ship, King Neptune, the Sea Star Fairy, and Angel Fish.

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No matter which version you see, The Nutcracker is always about the dreams of children during this holiday season.

Puzzle solution on page 15.

The music for The Nutcracker was composed by Pyotr Iliych Tchaikovsky in 1891. He also composed the music for two other famous ballets, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Tchaikovsky used a special instrument for the Sugarplum Fairy’s solo called a celesta which looks like an upright piano but sounds more like a glockenspiel. He used the newly-invented celesta to make the music sound like the “sprays of a fountain” as the choreographer, Marius Petipa requested.

These are things you may find in The Nutcracker. Can you fill all of the words below in the white boxes? Use each word once, and pay attention to letters that are shared. 4-LETTER WORDS ___ DRUM ___ HARP ___ HORN

5-LETTER WORDS 7-LETTER WORD ___ ANGEL ___ TRUMPET ___ BUNNY 9-LETTER WORD ___ CANON ___ SNOWFLAKE ___ CLARA 10-LETTER WORDS ___ FAIRY __ NUTCRACKER ___ FLUTE __ PEPPERMINT ___ FRITZ I am a Gin ___ MOUSE and I danc gerbread Cookie e with Mot ___ TIARA and Cla her

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Triangle Youth Ballet's

The Nutcracker 15th Season!

Chapel Hill Performances December 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. December 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Robert C. Hanes Theater, Chapel Hill High School Durham Performances December 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. The Carolina Theater, Durham

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Ages 3 – 6 Mondays & Tuesdays 10:30 am – 11:00 am ALSO Tuesdays 3:30 pm - 4 pm Chapel Hill Public Library

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Donna Pruitt Balloon Art Show + coloring sheets at Northgate Mall

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Family-Friendly New Year's Eve at Morehead Planetarium (See page 16.) moreheadplanetarium.org

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Make Ornaments with Bull City Craft, Puppet Shows, Balloon Art Show, Coloring Sheets (See page 8.)

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HEALTHY KIDS SANITIZER COUGHING MEMORIZE BUBBLES SQUAD ELBOW SCRUB DIRTY AVOID GERMS TOWEL PALMS NOSE SOAP

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Hidden Picture Puzzle HIDDEN PICTURE PUZZLES by Liz

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The Grease For Good program recycles spent cooking oil from local food service locations to be made into cleaner burning BIOdiesel. Our mission is that one day BIOdiesel will allow children to breath easier by powering their buses. And farmers too! If you help us recruit new places to do GOOD with their grease, we’ll do something GOOD for you! Win REWARDS by helping spread the word using #GreaseForGood on Twitter & linking us to places that would like to join our cause!

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Look for Math-A-Muse Answers on page 2.

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December Word Find Find the words by looking up, down, backwards, forwards, sideways and diagonally. N S Y M Z O L G G U J X W L S

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December Holidays Northern Lights Reindeer Snow

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Ballet Nutcracker Parades Mittens Scarves

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Geminids Meteors Shooting Stars Sungrazer Comets Planetarium

Dot-to-Dot Instructions Connect the dots in order from 1 - 67, then color your picture!

We love to publish your original art work, letters, poems and stories! Ask your parent/guardian to send or email your original art, along with their signed permission to publish, to the ChillKids mailing address on page 2.

5 Rules for Energy Safety

The Mardi Gras Bowling Center

1. Always ask a grown-up for help when you need to use something that uses electricity. 2. Don’t yank or pull cords from a wall. Pulling cords can damage the outlet, the appliance or the plug. 3. Ask a grown-up to put safety caps on all unused electrical outlets. This can also help save energy by stopping drafts. 4. Keep electrical stuff away from water. Water and electricity don’t mix. Most electrical accidents in the home happen when people use electricity near water. 5. Never touch or go near any kind of power line! Stay away from power lines that have fallen down. Never climb an electric tower or pole, or any tree that is near electric lines.

Meet LED Lucy and CFL Charlie and visit www.kidsenergyzone.com for fun games, activities, and Super Energy Saver learning tools.

Piedmont Electric

SAVE 10%

On bowling when you book your Child’s Birthday Party The Mardi Gras Bowling Center Falconbridge Shoppping Center 6118-A Farrington Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 (919) 489-1230 www.MardiGrasBowling.com

Membership Corporation A Touchstone Energy Cooperative TM

www.pemc.coop

Expires December 31, 2015

Does not apply to food & beverage

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DECEMBER 2015 Flick Picks Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

(In Theaters: December 18, 2015)

(In Theaters: December 18, 2015)

Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that their human adoptive father/ manager Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. Rated G. (1 hr. 20 min.) 20th Century Fox.

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Visit www.triangleyouthballet.org for Nutcracker Ballet dates, times & tickets for Chapel Hill and Durham December 2015 performances.

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"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . ." The much-anticipated Star Wars sequel arrives in theaters December 18th, starring many of the beloved original Star Wars characters and actors, including Princess Leia (now she's General Leia), Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2D2 and C-3PO and many more.) The Force Awakens also features the music of composer John Williams. (John Williams also was the composer for all of the six previous Star Wars films). The Force Awakens is the seventh Star Wars movie, and it is the first new Star Wars movie for over ten years. (The last Star Wars movie was in theaters in 2005). The budget for the film was reportedly around $200 million dollars, setting the stage for an action-packed blockbuster! Get your light saber ready to battle the Dark Side, and may the force be with you! Rated PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence). (2 hours, 16 min.) Lucasfilm Ltd, Bad Robot Productions; distributed by Walt Disney Studios.

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By Jan Buckner Walker

The Original Crossword Puzzle for Kids and Their Favorite Adults

Kids Across

1. When the holiday season starts, wrapping paper is all over the gifts, but it ends up all over the _______ 4. Smile!: With one click, a ____ captures the smiles of the holiday 9. A stuffed _____ is a pet you will never have to feed 10. According to the Christmas carol, it's the kind of tree in which you might find a partridge 12. These fall from a tree full of needles and look like little trees: ____ cones 14. Here's a homonym for the holidays: A ___ is a popular Christmas tree which sounds like a bear's coat 15. What a kid writes out to tell Santa what she wants (but Santa makes one and he checks it twice) 16. A song of the season: "The ____ Days of Christmas" celebrates the joy of giving 17. Love is a gift you can give for ____

The across clues are for kids and the down clues are for grown-ups! 20. What people will shout at midnight when the year ends when the confetti falls: "Happy ____ Year!" 21. Remember, big things can come in ____ packages 23. A person's hope for the holidays (or what you make when you blow out the candles on a birthday cake) 24. To wind Christmas lights around a tree (or what unwinds as you fly a kite) Parents Down 2. On a final note: It's the last word of "Deck the Halls" 3. Paper slip you'll want to hold on to in case that gift doesn't work for you 4. Writing with wax: What a preschooler might use to put his name on a gift tag 5. Holiday cheer delivered by a postal worker 6. Label that promises that the gift will fit: One size fits ____ 7. If you don't pick a 12A tree,

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you might choose this "blue" Christmas tree variety (or, when followed by "up," to deck out a home for a holiday party) Handle with care: Easily broken, like a precious ornament 'Tis the season for patience: Winding formations that emerge in front of cash registers everywhere "Animal" name for a random gift exchange which promises inexpensive holiday fun: white ____ Santa's North Pole inventory, mostly Deep fried question: What if the fifth day of Christmas brought five golden onion ___? A ____ globe is a kitschy gift that bestows the power to control the weather year round: ___ globe It's a goofy present that brings laughter to the holiday kris@kapd.com season: a ___ gift

Bring the family to

• Extended hours, Dec. 21-31 • Special “Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve” (advance ticket sales on Morehead’s website)

• NEW! Hands-on nanotechnology exhibit • Six different planetarium shows • Live science demonstrations CHECK ONLINE FOR DAILY SCHEDULES: www.moreheadplanetarium.org 250 E. Franklin Street • Chapel Hill, NC • 919-962-1236 On the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Happy Holly Days

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