Be There 12-26-12

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 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. Download an application for the show at library.constantcontact.com.
Jan. 7
 The Pajarito Chapter of the Embroiders Guild of America will meet at 7 p.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Signs at the door will direct you to the meeting location. After a short business meeting, the program will be needle felting. For more information call Marilyn at 672-9404.
Jan. 8
The Los Alamos Volunteer Examiner Group will give exams for amateur radio licenses at 6:30 p.m. in the Club Meeting Room at 4017 Arkansas (the Old Fire Barn).  If you are testing for a new license you will need a picture ID or two other forms of ID with your name and address on them (utility bill, credit card bill or other) and a test fee of $15, either in cash or check made out to “ARRL VEC.” You will need to fill in your Social Security number on the form 605 License Application. For those seeking a license upgrade, you will need the picture ID or two other forms of ID plus your original license and a copy of the license or a valid CSCE (Certificate of Successful Completion of Exam) and a copy of the CSCE, plus the exam fee of $15. For more information, call Bill Boedeker at 662-4220 or email boedeker@cybermesa.com.
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.

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 Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

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 the Dixie Girl restaurant.

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.

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.  No skills necessary.  You will be taught in the safe use of power tools and equipment while improving the living conditions of others less fortunate.  Skilled volunteers needed too. 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/welcome%29, or send email to momsoflosalamos@gamil.com.

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. The meetings alternate between Espanola and Los Alamos. For more information, call 505-747-2690 or visit habitatevla.org. Meetings are open to the public and interested parties are welcome.

CoDA, an open 12-step group for recovery from codependency, meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at White Rock Methodist Church on Meadow Lane. For information call 672-3874 or 672-1498.