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Today's Features

  • FRIDAY

     Astronomy Show: Sun and Winter Solstice from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join us to learn about the solstice and our Sun. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

     

    The Los Alamos Golf Course golf shop will be closed starting today through Jan. 3. 

     

    Jemez Thrift Shop will be closed.

     

    SATURDAY

    PEEC is closed today. Regular hours resume Dec. 26.

     

    The Los Alamos Golf Course will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

     

    The four state museums in Santa Fe will close at noon today. 

     

    Jemez Thrift Shop will be closed.

     

    SUNDAY

    PEEC is closed today. Regular hours resume 

     

    The Los Alamos Golf Course will be closed with normal hours resuming on Dec. 26. 

     

    Teusday

    No Kiwanis meeting and no newsletter.

     

  • Bandelier Offers Walks on Winter Solstice

    For Ancestral Pueblo farmers, keeping track of the changing of the seasons was crucial for knowing when to plant and harvest. This year, Bandelier National Monument will offer ranger-guided walks to observe possible solstice markers among the Ancestral Pueblo dwellings in Frijoles Canyon. 
    On Wednesday, winter solstice, the Sunrise Walk will meet at 7:15 a.m. in front of the Visitor Center, and the Sunset Walk at 1:30 p.m.
    These times may sound strange, but the 400-foot canyon walls make a big difference in the first and last times of the day that the sun appears as seen from the canyon bottom. The walks will be postponed to the following day if the sky is overcast.
    The shuttles have finished for this year, so participants can drive down to the Visitor Center area, and no signups are required. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly in layers.  Both walks are about 400 yards each way on a level paved trail. The area along the trail, like most of Bandelier National Monument, is habitat for many kinds of native wildlife, so dogs and other pets are not permitted.

  • TODAY
    Astronomy Show: Exoplanet Update for 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
    How many exoplanets have we found this year? Which ones do we think are similar to Earth? Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Christmas Bird Count at 6:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. Participate in the longest running citizen science project in the world, the National Audubon Society’s 117th Annual Christmas Bird Count. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.

    First United Methodist Church will host a dinner to recognize firefighters and police of Los Alamos County at 5:30 p.m. at the church, 715 Diamond Drive. For questions, call 662-6277.

    The Pajarito Lodge 66, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of New Mexico invite the community to attend an installation ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at the lodge, 1400 North Sage Loop. Refreshments will be served. Anyone interested about Freemasonry or what happens in a lodge is encouraged to attend the event.
    SUNDAY

  • Why do artists love light from the Northern sky?
    “Northern lighting is ideal,” said Karen Wray, owner of Karen Wray Gallery. “It’s a cool blue light and it doesn’t change like the southern sky.”
    This week, the Karen Wray Gallery moves to a new location at 1247 Central Ave., Suite D-2, right next to Boomerang and Warm Hearts Yarn.
    For the past six months Wray has prepared for the move by doing everything she can to make sure the light in her gallery showcases the art in the best conditions.
    “North light is what artists love,” she said. “Halogen light also brings out the best colors in oil paints.”
    To let natural light flood into her gallery’s 2,000 foot space, Wray installed four floor-to-ceiling windows. She also put in a track lighting system of halogen lights, and removed several walls so art lovers have enough room to stand the optimum distance from the paintings.
    The investment in time and money was worth it, because Wray has a passion for local art.
    Her gallery has moved locations four times, but one thing always remains the same.
    The gallery is completely focused on showing art of Los Alamos and northern New Mexico.

  • Winter weather is here and Los Alamos County reminded residents this week of some important safety considerations for motorists to take to make travel as safe as possible.
    Motorists are encouraged to equip their vehicles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a container of sand and a shovel in their vehicle.
    Motorists should make sure their vehicle is ready for winter driving by making sure the washer fluid reservoir is topped off with washer fluid that is winter rated, the windshield wipers are functional and working properly, the defroster is in good working order, each vehicle is equipped with a functional ice scraper, and that snow is cleared from the windows, roof and hood of the vehicle before traveling.
    Barrels of sand for public use are placed at locations that historically become icy and slick during storms, including:
    • San Ildefonso South at both ends of the guardrail
    • North Mesa Road east of the roundabout
    • Near the end of 37th Street off of Diamond Drive
    • At the dead end of Gold Street/Arroyo Lane
    • Near the intersection of State Road 4 and Rover in White Rock
    • Near the intersection of North Road and Quemazon
    • Other locations within Quemazon.

  • TODAY
    Astronomy Show: Cosmic Distance Scale at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join Dr. Rick Wallace for a presentation and discussion about the distance to celestial objects. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Food for purchase will be available. Great Christmas shopping opportunity.

    Feature Film: Mysteries of the Unseen World at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum. There is far more to nature than meets the eye. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SUNDAY
    Feature Film: Mysteries of the Unseen World at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum. There is far more to nature than meets the eye. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The League of Women Voters will hold Lunch with Leader at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 13 at Mesa Public Library. State Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto from Albuquerque will speak about the recent elections, upcoming ethics legislation and public safety.
    Ivey-Soto is a life-long public servant. He is a former State Elections director, prosecutor and teacher as well as a member of the League of Women Voters. The senator started two small businesses that focused on helping others and improving the community. Over the past few years, Ivey-Soto has written over 12 bills that have passed the Legislature. The bills have been based on a philosophy of good government and accountability.
    To order a lunch from the Co-op for $10, call or text Karyl Ann Armbruster at 231-8286, or email her at kaskacayman@gmail.com, by 5 p.m. Saturday, but lunch is not mandatory. She will give you the menu choices.

  • As the year comes to a close, the ladies of the Preceptor Beta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi are celebrating 25 years of service for two of their members.
    Beta Sigma Phi is a sorority built on the foundation of friendship and culture and lucky for the community of Los Alamos, deeply steeped in service due to the goodwill of the membership.
    It all began in 1931 with Founder Walter W. Ross and today is present in more than 30 countries building friendships and providing an instant connection for its members wherever they may go.
    Kathy Enloe and Elena Guerra were celebrated at a recent meeting for their true dedication to the aims of the organization of; “Life, Learning and Friendship.”
    “They both live life to the full, whether it is with their families, their church activities or helping their community,” said Preceptor Beta President, Claire Swinhoe. “I truly value their friendship and sisterhood.”
    This past year, Guerra has been instrumental in organizing gift-giving for the chapter and always does it in a kind and caring way guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
    Enloe brings happiness to patients and staff at Los Alamos Medical Center by heading up a Halloween decorating pumpkin activity with a sense of compassion, while being family orientated.

  • 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.