Today's Features

  •  From early through mid-December, Bandelier National Monument will be hosting this year’s third Artist in Residence, Shawn Skabelund.   

    Skabelund was born in central Utah, received a bachelor’s of fine art’s degree at Utah State University in Logan, attended graduate school at the University of Iowa, and taught drawing and installation art at Northern Arizona University. 

    In 1998, he settled in Flagstaff, Arizona. Today, he is well established in his field, working in drawing, painting, sculpture and installations. His works have been displayed in more than 30 one-person shows across the country, including one at Grand Canyon National Park. 

    Skabelund also has curated shows of others’ works, including this year’s “Fires of Change” at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff. Many of his works can be seen on his website, shawnskabelund.com. 

  •  On Sunday, a team of Pajarito Environmental Education Center volunteers will begin working to help Los Alamos become the first certified Community Wildlife Habitat in New Mexico. 

    To meet their goal, they only need a handful of residents to certify their yards as wildlife habitats with the National Wildlife Federation. Promoting urban wildlife habitats in Los Alamos is a significant step towards living with nature, a step that will help ensure children and grandchildren can enjoy the animals and plants of the Pajarito Plateau.

    Certifying a business or residential yard involves providing only four things: a water source, food, shelter/cover and a place to raise young. 

    To certify a backyard or front yard, visit nwf.org and search for “garden for wildlife.” 

  • Reminder that there will be a play reading tonight at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre is hosting an open reading of "Belles: The Reunion," by Mark Dunn.

    This is a funny, touching and clever play about the six Walker sisters reconnecting their lives through a series of phone calls.

    LALT invites everyone to join the action, to either read or to sit back and listen. Bring a friend – someone who may be interested in getting involved in theater!

    Talk on “CTBT On-Site Inspection, Full Scale Integrated Field Exercise in Jordan: Scenario Development and Execution” by Ward Hawkins, LANL Project Manager for Nuclear Testing Limitations at 7 p.m in the Lounge at the Education Building, United Church, 2525 Canyon Road. LANL researchers played major roles in the largest nonproliferation field exercise to date that achieved the goal of testing on-site Inspection capabilities. Open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security.

    Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will celebrate the holiday season with a potluck luncheon from noon-1 p.m. in the Patio Room at 1001 Oppenheimer Place. All registered Republican women invited. Barbara McClain, New Mexico FRW president, will be guest speaker. Terry Marzili will collect donations and Christmas gifts for the Adopt-a-Family program. Contact Bethany Douglas at 690-6883 for more information.

    Winter dance show by the Los Alamos High School Dance program students at 7 p.m. in the Duane Smith Auditorium. Admission is free. Come and enjoy performances by Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Bollywood, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet and Color Guard students, representing LAHS dance program, as well as other local dance studios and groups.

  • A Santa Fe pet boutique is hosting a holiday event Saturday in celebration of its 20th year in business.
    Teca Tu’s “Happy Paw-L-Days” celebration in the Sanbusco Market Center kicks of with an afternoon Santa Fe animal shelter pet adoption event from noon-3 p.m. and continues at 5 p.m. with food, drinks, carolers and free samples and discounted items until 7 p.m. The store is located in the center, 500 Montezuma Ave., Santa Fe.

  • The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has extended the deadline for Educational Outreach Small Grants to Dec. 15. Applications may be submitted online at lanlfoundation.org/grants.
    Grants of up to $1,500 are available to support public schools and nonprofits with programs that strengthen teaching and learning in K-12 education in Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties. Grants are not restricted to programs related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
    Organizations are eligible to receive one grant per calendar year, with the yearly funding cycle beginning in January. Only one school or program in each of the 20 school districts is eligible for a grant each year. Awardees that received LANL Foundation grants in the past but did not meet funding report requirements are ineligible.
    For more information, contact Sally Gallegos at sally@lanlfoundation.org or 753-8890, ext. 118.

  • State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard will be the guest speaker at the Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday.
    Richard will present her annual legislative preview to chamber members, which will include matters related to the state budget and a discussion of other potential legislation.
    The upcoming legislative session is a 30-day session.
    The session begins Jan. 19 and ends Feb. 18. Legislators may pre-file legislation Dec. 15 – Jan. 13. Feb. 3 is the deadline for introduction of all legislation.

    The Chamber breakfast will be in room 230, Building 2, UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive. Breakfast will be catered by Peggy Pendergast.
    There is no charge for members. Chamber breakfasts are sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Programs Office.
Chamber members can register for the breakfast on the Chamber website losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/chamber-breakfast-dec-15-82
or by emailing nancy@losalamos.org.

  • Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish readers, may this season be filled with light for you all.
    This week, I’d like to salute some awesome things that have taken place in our community and remind you to pay attention to what you are thankful for during this nomination period of the Community Asset Awards.
    Wow, did you see the “Nutcracker on the Hill?” It was phenomenal! I think it may be the best ballet I have ever seen. So kudos to Jonathan Guise, Valerie Silks, Tina Anderson and Gina Fisk for some incredible work.
    While I can’t salute everyone, there are a few things I would like to draw attention to encourage your support. Members of the San Ildefonso Pueblo showcased the Winter Buffalo Dance. On the heels of Native American History Month. We particularly thank Ian Fender, Wesley Sanchez, Than Povi Martinez and Santana Sanchez for sharing your history, tradition and culture with the community.
    As the show opens, from the ceiling descends a backdrop of Fuller Lodge that a little bird tells me was painted by Robi Mulford. I am told she painted it by herself and in the confines of her living room. It was such an incredible depiction that there was a collective gasp from the audience.

  • Births
    Nov. 11 — A girl. Sophia D. Ortiz. Born to Danielle and Steven Ortiz.
    Nov. 23 — A boy. Maxwell Halbert Gregory. Born to Britney and Dakota Gregory.
    Nov. 24 — A girl. Frankie-Jean Montoya. Born to Christina Archuleta and Frank Montoya.
    Nov. 29 — A girl. Olivia Liang Xing. Born to Tingting Liang and Hongxi Xing.

  • Dec. 7-12, 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
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Green Chile Cheese Burger
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    9 a.m.        A Time to Talk (health issues)
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Noon        Airport talk w/Dave Ploger
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters