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Arts briefs: Art Soiree, gingerbread house tips

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2010 image of gingerbread house display at The Fairmont Washington D.C. The hotel will have gingerbread house classes Dec. 6 and 10. (Photo by Ian Bens)

Gingerbread house tips

Become a food architect for a day and learn how to create your own gingerbread house at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at The Fairmont Hotel. Chef Aron Weber will let patrons in on decorating tips and tricks as they enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks and design their own home to take with them. There will also be a chef-led class for children at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10. Tickets are $60 per person for each class. For reservations, call Diana Bulger at 202-457-5019 or e-mail For more information, go to

Create your own ornament

The Workhouse Arts Center is offering a “Glaze Your Own Ornament” workshop. Drop in from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdayto create your own design on an ornament, which can be picked up a few days after it is completed. Ornaments are $22 each, and the cost covers all materials for the activity, which will be held in Building W-8. For tickets, go to work house

Art show and sale

Enjoy an “Artful Weekend” at Fort C.F. Smith Park, as Arlington Artists Alliance hosts an art show and sale Dec. 2-4. The free event will kick off with a “meet the artists” reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2. The Star Dust Dance Band will perform at 2 p.m. Dec. 3. Works from 40 of the alliance’s members will be on view and available for purchase at the historic Hendry House. The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 4. The park is at 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. For more information, go to arlingtonartistsalliance

Santa at the Newseum

The Newseum invites families to celebrate the holiday season with a day of crafts and activities inspired by the 1897 New York Sun editorial response “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus.” Beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, participants can document their own Santa sighting at the “Be a TV Reporter” experience, create snow globes and holiday wreaths from old newspapers, hear a reading of the famous editorial and more. The event is included in the Newseum’s admission fee: $21.95 for adults and $12.95 for youths 7 to 18 (free for children 6 and younger). For more information, go to To register groups of 10 or more, call 202-292-6650 or e-mail educationprograms@

Parlor games and cake

Enjoy parlor games and fellowship as Dance Exchange hosts “Take the Cake: An Evening of Parlor Games” on Dec. 8. Enjoy art-inspired games such as the Surrealist “Exquisite Corpse,” and participate in a raffle for prizes from Flying Dog Brewery, Capital City Cheesecake and more. The activities start at 7 p.m., and there is a suggested $15 donation. More information at

Veterans Park holiday fest

Veterans Park hosts a live ice sculpture presentation along with school choral performances and holiday goodies for children at their Winter Wonderland from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 3. The free event is at the corner of Norfolk and Woodmont avenues in Bethesda. More information at winter-wonderland.

Celebrating women in art

Art Soiree dedicates an evening to women in art during its “Winter Wonderland” at 9 p.m. Dec. 2. View the work of 15 female artists within a variety of mediums, and enjoy refreshments and music from DJ Sabeel Chohan and the Russian Chamber Art Society at The Washington Club. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased at Art Soiree’s Web site. More information at


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