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Be There 12-25-12

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Thursday
The Los Alamos Big Band will present their annual Christmas Dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. The dance will be a special performance to honor the memory of Cathy LeClaire, a former member of the Big Band vocal quartet, the Mountainaires. LeClaire, her husband Rene with Steve and Terry Coggeshall, sang for many years with LABB in the style of the Glenn Miller quartet, the Modernaires. Rene will be the guest vocalist for the upcoming dance. All are welcome to come and dance or just sit and listen to live, authentic Big Band music. Admission is free, although contributions to the Cathy LeClaire Memorial Organ Fund will be welcome.  
Dec. 31
Los Alamos Little Theatre presents Frost/Nixon. Special New Years Eve performance at 8:30. Also at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; and 2 p.m. Jan. 13. Tickets $12/adults, $10 students/seniors and available at CB Fox and at the door. lalt.org, 662-5493.
Jan. 4
The Fuller Lodge Art Center is seeking art for their first thematic exhibit of the New Year titled, “Behind the Scenes.” There’s a story behind every piece of artwork; something magical in the process of its creation. Create and collaborate to help tell the whole story — and document all steps. Download an application for the show at library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103899759177-507/CFA_Behind-the-Scenes-form.pdf.
Jan. 10
PEEC and Reel Deal Theater team up to show the Back Country Film Festival. Seven films, all shot in the backcountry, make up this 90-minute celebration of winter. There will also be a raffle for outdoor gear. Tickets $10 adults/$5 kids in advance or at the door. 7 p.m. at Reel Deal. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.
Jan. 12
Underground Life of the Forest. Come to PEEC for a class on life in complex soil ecosystems. Learn all about organisms such as gophers, earthworms, crickets, bacteria and fungi from Leslie Dendy, local author and UNM-LA professor. $30 per family/$24 per PEEC member family. Individuals $15/$12 for members. 10 a.m.-noon. Register in advance, space is limited. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.
Jan. 13
East Fork Trail Snowshoe/Winter Hike. Join PEEC’s Michael Altherr for a winter outing along this beautiful trail in the Jemez. This will be a one-way trip of about five miles with a shuttle. Snowshoes can be rented from the Aquatic Center (weather-dependent). Meet at PEEC at 9:15 a.m. to carpool, return around 3 p.m. Free, but space is limited, so register in advance. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.
Jan. 16
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be  at 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. The public is welcome to attend.
Jan. 17
Collaborative Restoration of the Jemez Mountains. Come to PEEC to hear about The Nature Conservancy’s restoration and conservation projects in the Jemez. Forest Conservation Program Manager Anne Bradley will discuss their partnership with “Conservation Canines” to study Jemez Mountain Salamanders. 7 p.m. Free. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.
Jan. 22
Obsidian, Archaeology and Fire Talk. Come to PEEC to learn the links between obsidian deposits, archaeology, and forest fires from Dr. Anastasia Steffen, cultural resources coordinator at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Examine obsidian nodules and artifacts and learn how forest fires affect archaeological sites. 7 p.m. Free. No registration required Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.
Jan. 27
Updated in summer 2012, the now nine-week Financial Peace University course provides families and individuals with tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long term financial success. The course meets once a week where Dave Ramsey teaches a different lesson on DVD, followed by a small group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. FPU will be held at 4 p.m. at the White Rock Baptist Church located,  80 N.M. 4. Contact April Nolen at 672-9764 for more information or to register.
Jan. 31
In Search of Dominguez and Escalante. Come to PEEC to hear photographers/authors Siegfried Halus and Greg MacGregor speak about their book, which follows the 1776 expedition of Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante. 7 p.m. Free, with books available for purchase. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

Recurring meetings

The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.
The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at 11:45 a.m. every Tuesday at Dixie Girl.

Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets Tuesdays from Noon-1 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge. 

The Military Order of World Wars hosts a monthly dinner meeting  on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Lt. Col. Norm Wilson, USAF retired, at 662-9544.

Christian Discussion Group, at 6 p.m. Fridays at the Coffee Booth. Sponsored by Eastern Orthodox Christians.

The Los Alamos Photography Club meets the third Tuesday of the month upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The meetings are from 7-9 p.m. Annual dues are $12 per year. For more information, visit tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/la-photoclub/.

Newly formed Los Alamos MS Self-Help Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Mesa Public Library, Upper Level Meeting Room 1.

Building Kindness, a Habitat for Humanity affiliate, wants volunteers to help in the restoration of family homes. This ongoing program meetsat 8 a.m.  every Saturday. Call David Canfield at 505-747-7698 or buildingkindness@habitatevla.org.

Do you have kids at home with you? Need play friends and activities? Need to meet at-home moms just like you? The MOMS Club of Los Alamos may be just what you’re looking for. For more information, visit sites.google.com/site/momsoflosalamosweb/.

Habitat for Humanity of the Española Valley and Los Alamos, Inc. Board of Directors meets every last Thursday of each month at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 505-747-2690 or visit habitatevla.org.