Today's Features

  • Like light through a prism, Los Alamos has many unique “colors” of musical talent to offer.
    The Los Alamos Community Winds invites the public to attend its 4th Annual Holiday Prism Concert as we showcase the many sounds of the season. The show begins 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Crossroads Bible Church.
    Featured are local string quartet, String Theory performing “Carol of the Bells.” They will be joined by several other players for Karl Jenkins “Palladio.”
    Also on the program are vocalist Rene LeClaire performing music by Miklos Rosza and John Jacob Niles, pianist Frances Meier with music by Claude Thornhill and the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos Handbell Choir under the direction of Trudy Gabel.
    “Prism Concerts were originally conceived in some of our nation’s colleges and universities as ways to promote academic programs in music and recruit students by showcasing (in a single concert) all the different facets of the ensemble curriculum,” said LACW Director Ted Vives. “Our hope is to do the same for the amazing variety of musical talent that we have here in Los Alamos.”

  • A performance of Nobel Prize winner in Literature, Rabindranath Tagore’s play, “Chitra,” an adaptation of a story from the epic poem, the “Mahabharata” at St. John’s College in Santa Fe.
    The play will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication in book form by Tagore, an Indian philosopher and poet.
    Directed by Mary Mier, her theater troupe, Teatro Tierra Amarilla will perform, 4 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Great Hall on the St. John’s campus.
    Tickets are $10, St John’s students free with ID. Donations of $5 are suggested for St. John’s students.

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    Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 11-25-14
    01:00 PM Democracy Now!
    02:00 PM MPL Author Speaks Series
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “New Mexico Wines: Past to Present”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

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

    “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family.” Exhibit runs daily through Jan. 2 at the upstairs art gallery at Mesa Public Library.  

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have its annual holiday potluck luncheon. Noon at  the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr. All registered Republican women are invited to join. The new 2015-16 officers will be installed and members will be bringing gifts for the Adopt-A-Family program. To RSVP, call Donna MacDonald 662-4001.

  • Ian Tillotson, of Summit Foods, recently received the Client Recognition Award at their annual conference.
    The award is given to directors for exceptional service and this was his second, in the three years he has been with Summit Foods in Los Alamos.
    Summit Foods services the Los Alamos Public Schools lunch program. Tillotson was nominated by a client and was one of only 29 recipients, from their 260 accounts.
    The Education and Business Dining Group, is their largest sector and had just two recipients.
    Tillotson’s responsiveness to client needs and concerns, professionalism, and dedication to students were key areas for this award.
    While the food service manager has been with Summit Foods for 7½ years, he doesn’t accept the award without also acknowledging the hard work of his many staff members.
    “I have a truly dedicated staff that is eager to help in any way possible,” he said. “They come to work every day with a can do attitude and an eagerness to feed as many students as possible.”

  • Today
    Bats in New Mexico. 7 p.m. Join wildlife biologist Justin Stevenson and discover the beautiful and remarkable world of bats. Learn about the biology, ecology and behavior. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family.” Exhibit runs daily through Jan. 2 at the upstairs art gallery at Mesa Public Library.  

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    Holiday Eco Crafts. 1-3 p.m. Drop your children off at PEEC so they can unleash their creativity and make ecologically-friendly gifts. Advance registration required. $20/$16 PEEC members per child. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

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

  • Amidst all the buzz about buying gifts at the holidays, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer its Holiday Eco Crafts class for kids again this year. The class will be from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday. Not only is this class a lot of fun for the kids, but it also teaches them that gifts don’t have to be expensive or fancy to be useful, practical and attractive.
    Gifts to make will include pinecone fire starters, recycled notebooks, holiday ornaments, toys and more. Plenty of materials will be available to make the perfect gift for parents, grandparents and siblings. There will also be a lot of recycled wrapping paper and cards on hand, so kids can wrap their gifts and address them to the recipients before they head home.  
    Parents are welcome to stay during the class, or to leave kids at PEEC and enjoy a few hours of kid-free local shopping. PEEC’s own shop also has some holiday gift items, including books, unique jewelry, stuffed animals and even PEEC animal adoptions. 

  • The official launch of the 2014 Community Asset Awards has begun and the community is invited to nominate anyone that lives or works in Los Alamos. While everyone is recognized, one lucky attendee has a chance to receive the big award of the night, the Spirit of the West Award.
    The Spirit of the West in named for former Los Alamos County Council member Jim West, who helped to create a community event where people are recognized for doing good things and being great people.
    “I was at a meeting where Jim and I discussed how so many great things were being done in our community and by our community members that went unnoticed,” said Bernadette Lauritzen, Assets In Action coordinator. “I spoke with Jim before he passed away to let him know one such award would be given in his honor.”
    Assets In Action, with the support of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), has the program underway once again.
    “We had some an unexpected reduction in funding for the program this year,” Lauritzen said. “And with a series of community fundraisers, we’ll muddle through this year.”

  • Tonight it is my goal to convince you to have that serious talk with your kids.
    Oh, don’t worry, it isn’t that talk, whew, had you sweating, didn’t I? The talk I want you to have is one with anyone that plays games with guns.
    The guns in question aren’t the real ones, but fake guns that look so real, it could get them killed.
    If you watch the news, you know it did happen, a 12-year-old boy was shot and killed in Cleveland, when he was walking in a park and pointing a pretend gun at people passing by the area.
    I know there is a lot happening in the nation related to police right now, but this is one we as parents can solve after a five minute conversation.
    Our kids want to be cool, they play some pretty serious video games and real life situation games, where the toys don’t look a whole lot like toys.
    The reverse can be said of real guns looking like fake ones, as I have seen my share of positively pink revolvers and shotguns.
    There are many crimes and deaths that would never take place if people simply used a little common sense. I’ll save some of those topics for another column.

  • Lindsey Dawn Springfield and Timothy Ryan Brown celebrated their marriage on Oct. 25 with family and friends.
    The wedding and reception was at the Hokukano Bayhouse at Keauhou Bay on the big island of Hawaii. “Uncle” Earl Kamakaonaona Regidor officiated the traditional Hawaiian ceremony bayside on a scenic lava rock island.
    The bride is a Los Alamos High School and Northern Arizona University graduate, and is employed by the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. The groom graduated from Capistrano High School, Mission Bay, California, and is employed by the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort.
    After a honeymoon on the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Lanai, the couple will reside in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
    The bride is the daughter of Steve and Ellie Springfield of Los Alamos.