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Today's Features

  • Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

     “Creatures, Tame and Wild,” by Rebecca Mannschreck. The exhibition of Mannschreck’s animals is on view the entire month of November at Act I Gallery, 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos. To view more artwork visit ActOneGallery.com.
     
    Watercolors and pastels by Jane E. Chandler at El Gancho Tennis and Fitness Club in Santa Fe. Show will run through November.

    Venice: A Reality of a Different Order. Works by Robbie Steinbach. Through Jan. 13, 2015 at Caffe Renato, the Taos Center for the Arts.

    Hand-Woven for the Holidays: Holiday Group Textile Exhibition featuring new work by New Mexico Weavers Connie Enzmann-Forneris, Sandy Voss and Barbara Marigold. Show runs through Jan. 2 at Marigold Arts, 424 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
     Ballet
    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” on sale now at aspensantafeballet.com.  
    Concerts
    Chris Isaak Holiday Tour 2014. 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. $45.

    Lee Ann Womack. 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Isleta Resort and Casino showroom. $30-50. Tickets available at holdmyticket.com.

  • There’s no rest for Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), as they are busy with their first grant cycle from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.
    The $1,500 grant has allowed the local nonprofit to purchase supplies and increase its elementary offerings to six throughout the region.
    “The grant has allowed me to purchase supplies that are normally outside of my personal expenses and provide those science lessons to more students,” said Chad Lauritzen, known by his pint-sized prodigies as the Sci Guy. “I was also able to expand into an additional new school, Velarde Elementary and focus on some additional lessons for K-2 students.”
    The additional supplies include lab coats and safety goggles, so everyone can feel like a scientist.
    C’YA’s fun, free science has already reached 315 students with repeat visits increasing those totals.
    Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) teaches a variety of grades ranging from kindergarten through sixth, but when they travel to Dixon and Velarde, they spend the day teaching every class in the school.
    While he loves teaching and getting kids excited about science, Lauritzen knows that education is equally about building the relationship with students, so they are eager to learn in the future.

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    The Great Books discussion group is now called Mesa Readers. The group meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Mesa Public Library. The group chooses selections that interest its members and selects books and short stories that meet participants’ choices. All are welcome. For more information, call Mary Cernicek at 662-7100.

    The United Thrift Shop will be closed.

  • Los Alamos High School will be participating in the American Mathematics Competition exams on Feb. 3 (“A” exam) and on Feb. 25 (“B” exam).
    Interested high school students need to sign up for one or both exams in the Math Office, room A212. A $5 fee is due at sign up. Register now through Dec. 11.
    The mission of the Mathematical Association of America in offering this competition is to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving through a fun competition. Teachers and schools benefit from the chance to challenge students with interesting mathematical questions that are aligned with curriculum standards at all levels of difficulty. Students gain the opportunity to learn and achieve through competition with students in their school and from around the world.
    The AMC offers a contest with an emphasis on problem solving, not just computation.
    Top students can receive recognition through special honors and awards, including the best in each school and the best in each state.
    More information and practice options may be found on the web at amc.maa.org.

  • Launching on Small Business Saturday is the ebook version of “The Secret Project Notebook,” by Carolyn Reeder. Beloved in print, this children’s book tells the story of Fritz, the son of a Manhattan Project scientist and is now available on your ereader!
    Small Business Saturday and the Museum Shop will be open from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. The public is invited to celebrate the launch of the new ebook, check out the books and gifts for sale, and get a Small Business Passport stamped to be entered to win a free book published by Bathtub Row Press.
    Holiday shopping will continue on Dec. 1 — the History Museum and Museum Shop will be open from 5-7 p.m. for Cider Monday. More personal than online Cyber Monday shopping, Cider Monday will feature hot cider and live acoustic guitar music from Pat Burns, who is releasing a new CD, “Burns.”
    At both of these events, the public can browse the book version of “The Secret Project Notebook” before getting it on your ereader.
    The historical novel for young adults tells the story of a seventh-grader named Fritz who has just arrived in the secret city of Los Alamos during World War II.
    Fritz makes new friends, explores his new home, has to deal with bullies, and gets into serious trouble with a prank that has unintended consequences.

  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — ‘Tis the season when many stars are preparing for months-long campaigns with the distant hope of bringing home an Academy Award come February.
    But winning isn’t the only way to snag one of the coveted statuettes. Enthusiastic collectors with several hundred thousand to spare can achieve Oscar glory at the right auction house. And they could do it next as soon as the weekend.
    The latest prize to go under the hammer is James Cagney’s 1942 best actor Oscar for his role in “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Auctioneer Nate D. Sanders has required an $800,000 minimum bid for the trophy, which they predict could sell for upward of $1 million by the time the auction closes.
    “It’s the most prestigious Oscar to hit the market in recent years,” said Sam Heller, a representative of Nate D. Sanders. For one, he notes, there have only been three best actor Oscar available in two decades.
    The scarcity of Oscars for purchase isn’t an accident. Historically, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has not looked kindly on the free market sale of the prize.

  • Matthew J. Leslie, has been selected to attend Undergraduate Pilot Training upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy. He is currently serving as C/Capt Flight Commander with Cadet Squadron 11, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. Leslie is the son of Paul and Carolyn Leslie, of Los Alamos, and is a 2011 graduate of Los Alamos High School.

  • Learn to build gingerbread houses

    The Family Strength Network is offering Gingerbread classes, to demonstrate how to build gingerbread houses for people of all ages.
    There are four classes set for different age groups.
    Toddlers: 10:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 3. Cost is $10 per child.
    School age children: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Cost is $20 for the gingerbread house kit.
    Teens and adults: 3:45-5:45 p.m. Dec. 5. Cost is $20 for the gingerbread house kit.
    Registration required through lafsn.org, or call 662-4515. The Family Strengths Network is located at 1990 Diamond Drive in the Pueblo Complex.

    KOATS for Kids campaign kicks off

  • I would like to take a moment to thank the community for turning out for the Festival of Trees. The funds raised will benefit senior citizen and youth serving programs, building a better community for all of us.
    I would also like you to ask you to support Small Business Saturday and the days that follow, by making some purchase locally that you may not have made before.
    To be honest, we changed the dates of the festivals when we realized that we lost so much traffic off the Hill the weekend after Thanksgiving that it hurt our event.
    So this holiday season support a business that you don’t normally visit or one that is always there for you. Either way, their bottom line is what helps our community thrive.
    If you don’t often come down to White Rock, swing into Warm Hearts Yarn and shop their little mini mall of offerings from a variety of vendors. Have a bite to eat at the Bandelier Grill, Lee’s Chinese Restaurant has a new name but a really great Friday buffet and don’t forget the Rosebud Café, hey ya’ll White Rock is rockin!
    The Blue Window Bistro is a festival supporter and does an awesome chocolate mousse. Do you know we have our own chocolate shop with the Rose Chocolatier? You never go wrong with a gift of chocolate, any age, any stage.

  • 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 a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    The cat room is currently full of cats that are all shapes, sizes and personalities — the shelter has something for everyone — young to mature, playful to peaceful, interactive to solitary, claws to no claws and every color. Come meet a new forever friend today!