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Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Bingley—A soft and sweet gray and tan kitty that just wants a person to snuggle with! She has the sweetest meow that she uses to get your attention when she wants some snuggles. When she’s not snuggling, she can be found curled up in a cat bed. This petite girl would probably do better with older children, since young children can be a bit too loud for her.

  • TODAY
    Winterfest will wind down with the continuation of the Annual Earth Treasures Show from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and a performance by the Coro de Camara Choir at the United Church at 2525 Canyon Road beginning at 3 p.m. New to this year’s event, today will also feature another North Pole Workshop at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge and Luminaria Walk at North Mesa Stables from 5–7 p.m.

    Hike in Ojo Caliente with Kirt Kempter at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center.
    Join National Geographic tour guide, geologist, and photographer Kirt Kempter for a hike to the nearby mica mine. Cost is $50 for members, $62 for non-members.

    Feature Film: “We are Astronomers” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    Los Alamos Gun Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Knights of Columbus, 104 DP Road. A wide variety of guns, ammunition and accessories will be for sale from area vendors, including FFL dealers. Authentic New Mexican cuisine will be served by Knights of Columbus members. Admission is $5 for adults. Two day pass is $8. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
    MONDAY

  • The holidays can be filled with festivities, food and family, including four-legged visitors. It is a good time to make sure holiday decorations, and home decor, is safe for pets.
    To truly pet-proof your home, start by getting down on the floor to see the world the way your pet sees it. This allows you to spot potential hazards that you might not notice from your vantage point.
    • Treat your pet like you would a child: Active puppies and kittens can easily get into dangerous situations. Use safety gates in areas where dangerous holiday items are to prevent your pet from getting into trouble.
    • Take caution with wires: Pets can easily injure themselves with electrical wires, and outlets. Use caution when hanging up holiday lights on trees and around the house. Secure all electrical cords and outlets and keep your dog in areas of your home where cords cannot be accessed.
    •Avoid holiday plants: Plants can be poisonous for pets, so be cautious when placing holiday wreaths, flowers and plants around the house where your dog can easily access them.
    • Candles: Lit candles pose a serious threat to both your dog and your home. Keep your dog away from candles because they can easily be knocked down creating a fire hazard.

  • Los Alamos Makers has expanded its makerspace by 1,000 square feet, doubling the amount of room that members can use for personal projects.
    What do people do at Los Alamos Makers?
    People come in all the time to use the 3-D printer. Recently, a member used the 3-D printer to make a bird feeder.
    Sewing has also been very popular, especially because there are machines available for use, plenty of counter space to spread out work, and classes where students can learn the basics, as well as learn quirky new tricks.
    There is a new CoderDojo branch for teens. CoderDojo is a free global network of volunteer-led computer programming clubs. At CoderDojo, teens are welcome to come and learn how to code, build websites, create apps and games, and learn programming languages in a social setting. Attack Research, a company based out of White Rock, is one of the sponsors.
    People come to do woodworking projects, come to fix things at the Fix It Friday events, and come to experiment. Many members come knowing what they want to make, but not sure how they will make it.
    The expansion also allowed them to add a safe place for young children to play, with a sand table, water table and games.
    Los Alamos Makers is located at 3540 Orange Street. The website is losalamosmakers.com.

     

  • The next Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center is set for Dec. 13.
    Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey from 6-7 p.m. The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m.
    Mark your calendars: the second Tuesday of every month is Family Night at the nature center. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all.
    For more information about this and other programs offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), visit peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Course schedules for the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos spring semester are now available at newsstands in various locations in Los Alamos and White Rock, as well as on the UNM-LA campus. Schedules will also be arriving in area mailboxes soon.
    Spring classes will begin Jan. 17, but students are encouraged to register now, before classes fill. An online version of the course schedule is available by visiting losalamos.unm.edu/academics/class-schedule.html. Click on the Spring 2017 tab.
    As a branch campus of the University of New Mexico, UNM-LA offers programs leading to associate’s degrees and academic certificates.
    UNM-LA offers classes at the undergraduate level. The Spring 2017 semester will offer 170 undergraduate classes with 43 of those offered online. Upper division and graduate courses are offered through UNM Extended Learning.
    Popular degree transfer programs include Pre-Professional Health, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Business, Computer Science, and Liberal Arts. Programs developed for the community in response to employer needs include Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science, Electro-mechanical, IT with Cybersecurity, Environmental Technology, Personal care Attendant, and Certified Nursing Assistant.

  • The United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) Group is working to provide resources, raise awareness and normalize behavioral and mental health issues in Los Alamos.
    With in-depth research and discussions of strategy and advocacy, the group deals with issues ranging from improved crisis intervention to statewide concerns and insurance policy.
    The group has met for a year. Representatives from the following contribute information and attend the meetings: The Los Alamos Medical Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, The Los Alamos Public Schools, local non-profit organizations, Los Alamos Physician and Hospital Organization, therapists, counselors, social workers; Los Alamos County Community Services, Los Alamos Police Department, and Los Alamos Fire Department.  
    BHI Group meetings are every fourth Tuesday in the Los Alamos Medical Center Conference Room at 5:30 p.m.
    United Way of Northern New Mexico has also recently assisted in funding, through Self Help Inc., a new mental health website at losalamosmentalhealth.org.  
    For more information, contact Kristy Ortega, executive director, United Way of Northern New Mexico at kristy@unitedwaynnm.org.  
    Updates about the group’s progress will be available soon.

  • By Kelly Dolejsi
    Special to the Monitor

    The more depressing something is, the harder we need to laugh, and “Paper Moon” (1973, rated PG) offers just the right combination of anguish and glee. Check it out at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting-room theater.

    Director Peter Bogdanovich’s Depression-era comedy begins in a Kansas cemetery. Nine-year-old Addie Loggins (Tatum O’Neal) has just lost her mother. When traveling salesman Moses Pray (Ryan O’Neal) arrives to pay his respects, Addie’s neighbors talk him into driving Addie to the home of her only living relative, an aunt in St. Joseph, Missouri.

    Pray has the parenting skills of a popped balloon, but off they go, and he immediately uses her tragic situation to the profitable tune of $200. It’s the start of a propitious partnership for both Addie and “Moze,” as long as you don’t think for a second about Addie’s future. 

  • BY DEBBIE STONE
    Special to the Monitor