Today's Features

    Thanksgiving Happy Hour and Aspen Ridge Thanksgiving Buffet at 11:30 a.m. at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living Center.

    Family YMCA Thanksgiving Day Workout begins at 9 a.m. at the YMCA  Gymnasium. Bring your relatives, friends, and neighbors and join in for a free Thanksgiving Day workout. Doors will open at 8:50 a.m. Several different workout styles for all fitness levels. Be sure to hang around after the workout for door prizes. Ages 13 and up. Contact Stacey Castille at scastille@laymca.org or 662-3100.
    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Be mesmerized by this award-winning fractal show every fourth Friday by the Fractal Foundation. Journey into the never-ending world of fractals as a full-dome show featuring original music. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $10 for adults, $8 for children.
    Planetarium Show: Back to the Moon for Good at 2 p.m. Enjoy this award-winning planetarium show, which gives you a unique view of the space race, past and future. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • 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 micro-chipped, 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 our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Hyacinth and her kitten were left at the front door of Ridgeview Vet a few weeks ago. Hyacinth’s kitten has already been adopted, and Hyacinth is ready for a home of her own! Hyacinth is mostly white, with a few tabby markings. She is still learning how to get along with other cats in the cat room, but for right now, she prefers her own little area of the cat room where she isn’t disturbed! She absolutely loves catnip toys, and she would be a fantastic partner for someone looking for companionship but still a bit of independence.

  • Shock absorption between our bones is essential to perform normal physical activities. Just like humans, dogs can injure their bones and their joints, making every day mobility a challenge. In intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) the intervertebral discs, or cushions in between the bones of the spine, can degenerate from an injury or as dogs age.
    Intervertebral discs are cartilage tissue between the spinal bones, or vertebrae, that act as shock absorbers during movement. Deterioration of the discs make them brittle and weak, so that the normal forces applied during movement cannot be effectively cushioned. This often leads to deformed or ruptured discs, which can press on the spinal cord above them, resulting in signs that range from neck or back pain to complete paralysis of the limbs.
    Canine IVDD occurs in two main categories: Type I and Type II. In Type I of the disease, the inner portion of the disc is calcified, or hardened. This occurs quickly and leaves the disc brittle and more prone to rupture. Type II develops slowly, and the discs become hardened and more fibrous over time, eventually bulging out and applying pressure to the spinal cord.

  • Nov. 22-28, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beer Cheese Soup
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing

    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Meatloaf
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis

    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.         Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:15 a.m.        Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Fish and Chips

  • Shoppers, get your cell phone cameras ready. Old schoolers, grab a pen. There are two ways to enter the Small Business Saturday contest that will be held Nov. 28 – Dec. 6 in Los Alamos.
    Every year American Express encourages communities to hold a contest, race, pancake breakfast or other event as part of the promotion for Small Business Saturday.
    This year, the Small Business Saturday Committee combined two suggestions from American Express – a scavenger hunt and a selfie contest – with a contest customized for Los Alamos.
    The “Where’s Oppie” contest will have shoppers looking for pictures of Oppenheimer in each of the almost 60 participating Small Business Saturday merchants between Nov. 28 and Dec. 6. Like last year, shoppers have a week to participate in the contest, so they can get their Small Business Saturday shopping done, and still have time to also visit all of the participating merchants and participate in the contest.
    Social Media savvy shoppers can enter the “Where’s Oppie” contest online by posting selfies with the Oppie photos on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #FindOppie.

  • The original Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair is here and better than ever this year.
    A Los Alamos tradition for 48 years, the annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos Middle School. The event is hosted by the Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC). Admission is free.
    To keep the tradition of a pre-Thanksgiving, holiday shopping spree alive, the LAAC has lined up nearly 100 artists from across New Mexico and southern Colorado. As in past years, jewelry, pottery, painting, photography, metal and wood working will be among the highlights, as well as a wide range of holiday-oriented crafts.
    The fair will also welcome returning artists. Among the favorites are jewelers Kathy Hjeresen, MaryAnn Somers, Marilyn Lisowski, Teresa Starr, Kristi Cacy, Audra Short and Lyra Fiset. Adrian Martinez, of Martinez Woods, will be back, and Mary Val Whitesides, with items made from vintage quilts, will return.
     Look for new artists who will be at this year’s fair. Pam Williamson makes stained glass gifts including boxes, night lights and ornaments. There will be several gourd artists, including Annie Macker and Bertha Medina.
    Wood working is another area with several artists this year. Adrian Martinez, Taylor Dale, Bill Hamilton and Howard Granzow, to name a few.

  • Imagine a situation in which you had to team up with someone with whom you had only one thing in common. How would you do?
    That’s a question director Iain May asks audiences to consider when watching “Night and Day,” currently being performed at the Los Alamos Little Theatre’s in “8x10’s Fifth Symphony.”
    The final two performances of this production are at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the Los Alamos Little Theater.
    “Night and Day” was written by Alix Hudson and emerged from her participation in a 24-hour Taos play festival, in which plays have to be written, cast, rehearsed and performed in 24 hours.
    “I was selected to write a play that involved a key, the theme ‘Night and Day,’ and three people: a woman in her 20s and two men aged 30s-40s,” Hudson said. “I was intrigued – and continue to be – how baffling and varied our laws of attraction can be.”
    The play features Iain May, Rose Corrigan and Dan Shields, who is new to the LALT stage and to theatre in general.
    The 8x10 format – eight 10-minute plays – offers plenty of opportunities for community members to get involved in theatre or for LALT members to try out new roles in a production. This production includes five first-time directors, six people new to the LALT stage, and others trying out roles such as lighting tech and stage manager for the first time.

  • I want to use the space this week to say thank you.
    The Assets In Action program has run an intergenerational event called Cookies & Conversation for a good number of years.
    The Betty Ehart Senior Center brings the loveliest of seniors out to the middle and high school to have lunch and fun conversation for young adults and the elders of our community.
    The conversations are light hearted topics about life experiences, best holiday vacations, favorite book or movie and of course, favorite cookie.
    This year, the program ran out of funding and two local community groups and a handful of individuals stepped up to benefit my program and some others as well.
    The congregation of Bethlehem Lutheran and the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club donated a variety of cookies to pull us through the next several months of programming. Lots of local families added to the kindness cupboard, too.
    The Cookies and Conversation program is off and running thanks to the kindness of so many.
    You might realize I have a fondness for seniors and the Betty Ehart Senior Center and particularly their Director, Pauline Powell Schneider. We have two wonderful events that benefit both our nonprofits, The Festival of Chocolate, which was Nov. 14, and the Festival of Trees, which is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

  • Stella Terrazas is the new executive director of Los Alamos Retirement Community for Sombrillo Nursing Home.
    Terrazas was born and raised in Las Cruses, where she attended New Mexico State University and earned a bachelor of arts degree in Business Administration. She is preparing to take the New Mexico Nursing Home Administration Board Exam.
    Terrazas has been a past director of Aspen Ridge Lodge and successfully administered the assisted living facility for several years.
    Terrazas provides great respect and dedication to the Los Alamos Retirement Community with a philosophy of leading with love and care. She said she is committed to a holistic model of resident, family and staff relations in which the entire community is dedicated to care for loved ones.
    Sombrillo Nursing Home is a nonprofit, long- and short-term nursing home with rehabilitation services and hospice care in Los Alamos providing patient care in northern New Mexico for more than 30 years.
    The Los Alamos Retirement Community welcomed Terrazas to lead Sombrillo Nursing Home and continue to provide services for residents.
    For more information about the services at Sombrillo Nursing Home  contact her directly.

  • The Symphony’s Concertmaster David Felberg and Principal Violist Kim Fredenburgh are featured soloists during the fall tribute to two Viennese masters, led by Guest Conductor Philip Mann.
    The performance starts at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lensic Theater, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.
    Widely regarded as Mozart’s greatest string concerto, the Sinfonia Concertante is a deeply expressive masterpiece that combines technical virtuosity and rich harmony. Schubert’s monumental and final Symphony in C Major earned the nickname “Great” for its grandeur and sense of space. Schumann proclaimed it the greatest instrumental work since Beethoven.
    A free pre-concert lecture will be given at 3 p.m. by conductor Philip Mann. The lecture is sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank and Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda and Spa.
    Tickets are $25 to $80. Half-price tickets available for children ages 6-14 with adult purchase (no children under 6 admitted). Call 983-1414 or 1-800-480-1319 for tickets through The Santa Fe Symphony box office, or call the Lensic Box Office at 988-1234.