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Today's Features

  • This week, I am writing about a community asset that is an asset in a very different way, but like a person that is an asset, may go unnoticed by many. The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and staff.

    You might need to sit down for the next bit of information I am about to share with you. Ready? You can join the Los Alamos Senior Center at the age of 50. Sure, the older you are the better the benefits and resources, but yes, just 50 years old.

    I want to highlight one program today, their wonderful home-delivered meal program. Los Alamos and White Rock have a fabulous staff and some pretty great volunteers, too.

    As winter approaches, maybe you would prefer that mom or dad doesn’t head out on those snow-covered roads during the next few months. While hot lunches are served at both senior centers during the week, maybe you didn’t know that those meals could come to the door.

    If you, a family member or friend are not able to cook for themselves sometimes due to a life situation, long or short term, good nutrition is imperative in healthy outcomes. Their meals not only have the ability to arrive compliments of a friendly driver, but also include milk, juice, an entrée, sides and dessert. 

  • The public is invited to an afternoon of holiday songs by Shashi Light Charles at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Her program will include holiday songs and some original work, all presented in her unique jazz-folk fusion style.

    Light fell in love with music at an early age, which beckoned her into singing (badly but passionately) and plinking on the piano and plucking on the guitar.

    She spent several years traveling around the country playing music and ended up in Nashville, where she played at places like The Nashville Palace, The Commodore, The Bluebird Cafe, Douglas Corner, The Broken Spoke, etc. She loves to share her music with others, so join her for an afternoon of some Christmas favorites, other fun tunes, and an original or two.

    Performing with her will be Bill Waganaar on acoustic guitar and Joy Charles on cello.

    Seating is limited in the Upstairs Rotunda, and people will be turned away when the room capacity is reached, so come early and enjoy the show! For more information about events at the library, visit losalamoslibrary.org

  • TODAY
    Nature Yoga and Trail Run at 11:45 a.m. at the Nature Center.
Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Optional: Arrive at 10:30 a.m. to join Christa for a pre-yoga run. Admission: yoga or run for $7/$5 for members; yoga and run for $12/$8 for members.

    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.

    North mesa Stables welcomes the public to take a evening stroll through the stables. Leave the vehicle in the ball fields parking lot off North Mesa Road. Dogs must be on a leash. Owners decorate in the spirit of the holidays.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtime, Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM
at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun, hands-on activities, hikes, games, and stories in nature. Free.
    TUESDAY
    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. the first three Tuesdays of each month in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive.  Eileen Sullivan, the new library director for Los Alamos County, will be the speaker.

  • Those planning to attend the annual Holiday Pops Concert this Friday evening at the Crossroads Bible Church, better brush up on their conducting skills. There may be a test.

    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will choose one person through a raffle to conduct the 60-member orchestra for one song during the concert.

    The program will also feature a singalong.

    Songs for this year’s concert will be:

    “From the Realms of Glory,” “Winter Wonderland,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24,” “A Christmas Festival,” “Trepak,” “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Jingle Bells,” “A Most Wonderful Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “Christmas Sing-a-Long” and “Sleigh Ride.”

    LASO Conductor David Chavez said choosing the songs was a collaborative effort with LASO President David Korzekwa.

    “Overall, it was a collaborative effort between he and I, with songs that haven’t been done, with those that have been done traditionally in years past,” Chavez said.

    This is one of the orchestra members’ favorite concerts. The concert will be a first for many in the orchestra.

  • The annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos and DelNorte Credit Union, will be from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    The breakfast is free. In return, attendees are requested to donate either non-perishable food items or money. Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need. Money donated will be used for the Kiwanis/CYFD Foster Children Christmas party.

    Any money left over from the Foster Children’s party will be used for Foster Children needs.

  • During this special time of year, the San Ildefonso Pueblo Visitor’s Center invites the community to its annual bazaar Saturday.

    The 9 a.m.-4 p.m. event will feature the newest creations from pueblo artisans for the holiday season.

    The Pueblo de San Ildefonso Tourism Department holds the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Pueblo’s Tewa Center. The exact address for first time visitors, is 74 Povi Kaa Road in Santa Fe.

    “The bazaar is open to the public and features the artwork of the local artists of our Pueblo, such as: pottery, paintings, jewelry, sewing and handmade crafts,” said Denise Moquino, of the Tewa Visitor’s Center. “There will also be baked goods including; Indian bread, pies and cookies, cakes and more.”

    The concession stand is staffed by members of the Tribal Youth Council to benefit the program. Members will have an array of good food, snack items and drinks on hand throughout the day. 

    Pueblo artists will also donate an item that will be raffled off throughout the day. All questions can be directed to Denise Moquino at 455-3549 or 692-5580.

    This story has been corrected to reflect the correct date of the event.

  • The Betty Ehart Center will host a free play reading at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the White Rock Senior Center will have a free play Thursday of “Epiphany” by David MacGregor.

    The play is directed by Pat Beck and features Jim Nesmith and Pat Beck. It centers on a long-term couple’s discussing what (and who) is truly important in their lives. How can one man’s simple epiphany trigger such a reaction in his partner? Are we really hard-wired by biology to live only 30 years or so, and now that medical science lets humans live much longer, how does that affect the way we should live our lives?

    The readings are part of an ongoing partnership among the Senior Centers, Los Alamos Little Theatre, and playwright Robert Benjamin to bring live theater in enjoyable snippets every few months to the senior community.

    The readings are intended not only to be entertaining, but also to spark conversation about issues relating to aging.

    Previous readings include “I’m Herbert,” by Robert Anderson; “Final Gift,” “Fresh Out,” “Swerving” and “Too Soon,” by Benjamin; “MusicPoemMusic” by Elaine Jarvik; and an excerpt from “Not Quite Right,” co-authored by Jarvik and Benjamin.

  • A litter of six tiny kittens was transferred from an animal shelter in Moriarty to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter Nov. 17. The kittens are still trying to figure out where they are and what it’s all about.

    Animal shelter volunteers were going to attempt getting a picture of all six together but their curiosity level and willingness to make friends was just too strong.

    They said just two of them, Nikolai, a Russian Blue and Laka, a Bombay, was the limit, as far as pictures were concerned. Nikolai has grey fur, like two of her siblings, and Bombay has black fur, like two of his siblings.

    All of the kittens in the litter are spayed and neutered. They are also litter-box trained and have been vaccinated.

    While attentive and well-behaved, they seemed to have other things to do than sit for a picture. Nikolai and Laka seemed more interested in jumping off the table in an effort to get to know their new, older friends at the shelter.

    Very curious and active, Nikolai, Laka and the rest of the crew are also healthy, friendly with humans, and very anxious to explore the world outside the shelter.

    For those looking to provide a forever home for these curious kitties, they can, call the shelter at 662-8179 or email at police-psa@lacnm.us.