Hot Picks: Winter Wonderland Dance, gingerbread decorating, ice candle and luminaria workshop

Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News Ice luminarias line a sidewalk along Sheldon Jackson Street. 031214
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Entries arrive for the annual gingerbread house competition Friday December 4, 2009 at the Dorothy G. Page Museum in Wasilla.
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Winter Wonderland Dance

Dancing Bears will transform the ConocoPhillips Alaska Atrium into a winter wonderland for an evening of dancing and desserts. Take a spin to the music of a live big band playing swing, waltz and other rhythms. There will be DJ music during breaks, a dessert buffet and light refreshments. 8 p.m. Saturday, 700 G St. $25. (566-2327, food

Gingerbread Decorating Class and Carnival

The Spenard Recreation Center will have Santa on hand during this winter carnival, where children can make and decorate their own gingerbread houses. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Parents must stay with children. For ages 3-13. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2020 W. 48th Ave. $10 per person. (343-4495)

The Learning Farm will offer another opportunity for crafting with candy. Children can meet and feed animals on a farm tour before gathering in the classroom loft of a barn to frost and decorate their masterpieces. Ages 8 and older. All materials included. Cost is $30 per person (accompanying adult free). 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 22, 11601 Gander St. (229-0359, health

Navigating Alaska's Health Insurance Options

Confused about the Affordable Care Act? You're not alone, and this is a talk that aims to help. Joan Fisher of United Way will give a presentation on consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, the new health insurance marketplace and financial assistance. Fifteen computers and enrollment assistance will be available. 2 p.m. Wednesday, Z.J. Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St., ground floor. Free. (212-4017) decorating

Ice candle and luminaria workshop

It's that time of year -- the dark time. Add some brightness to your walkway with ice candles and luminarias. Alaska Botanical Garden's Mike Monterusso will provide instructions on how to create beautiful structures out of common household items. Dress warmly, as a portion of this workshop will be outside. After the workshop, Monterusso will lead an optional tour of ABG, showcasing the garden in winter as well as the luminarias set up to light the path. 2 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road.