Today's Features

  • “What is the difference between the familiar Christmas story and the information the Bible gives?”

    Throughout the years Christians have tended to “fill in the blanks,” which surround the biblical account of the nativity. The reasons for this are many, not the least of which is that the birth narratives are scant at best.
    Appearing in only two of the four gospels, the stories do make reference to angels, bringing messages to Zacharias, Joseph, Mary and the shepherds (Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:11ff; 1:26ff; 2:8ff). There is a journey to Bethlehem, Joseph traveling with an expectant Mary. A birth, (swaddling) cloths and a manger appear in one brief verse (Luke 2:7). Shepherds did come running to find the baby of which the angels had told them.
    There is, however, no mention of a donkey as a means of transportation. The story does not document a stable (the barn is inferred from the use of a manger for a bed.) There is no account of animals in the nursery of the newborn baby — this is a sentimental picture of the manger scene created by our imagination.
    Many manger scenes add three “wise men,” magi (astrologers, astronomers . . . ?) from the east (Matt. 2:1-12). The timing of their visit may not have occurred at the same time as the birth.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • The Santa Fe Community Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the Española YMCA Teen Center in November to support the Center’s healthy living initiatives.  
    According to Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval, the grant will support tutoring, health education and life skills classes offered at the Española Teen Center.
    “Our goal is to influence youth behaviors that enable healthy choices. We aim to build personal skills, enhance positive values, connect youth to their community through service and outreach opportunities, and support education. This support from the Santa Fe Community Foundation, which we are so grateful of, will further this important work,” The Y’s Executive Director Linda Daly said.   
    “By hiring positive adult role models who counsel and befriend youth, this ‘safe haven’ helps teens to reach their full potential,” she said.
    The center addresses health through programs that include preventative and behavioral health classes on teenage sexuality, substance abuse, psychological health (depression, suicide, bullying) and addiction prevention.

  • The Compassionate Friends, a bereavement group, and its Los Alamos chapter will have its 18th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting on Sunday at the Ashley Pond bandstand.
    The Worldwide Candle Lighting is now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe. The event began in the United States in 1997 as a small Internet observance.
    Since 1997 it has increased to include the entire world, moving from time zone to time zone, as a 24-hour wave of light. In addition to the formal services, thousands of families will participate privately in their homes. It is a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends — a quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.
    The Los Alamos chapter was established about a year and a half ago.
    The Compassionate Friends and allied organizations are joined by local bereavement groups, churches, funeral homes, hospitals, hospices, children’s gardens, schools, cemeteries and community centers. Services have ranged in size from just a few people to nearly a thousand.

  • Today
    Aaron’s Kids Closet, a free store, will be open 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. Available items are clothing, shoes and coats for school aged children. For information on how to donate, call the church office or Michelle at 660-0340.

    Poetry gathering. 6:30 p.m. in the Southwest Room at Mesa Public Library.

    “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 Chapter No. 63, Order of Eastern Star will sell Collin Street Bakery holiday fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (or until sold out) in the Los Alamos National Bank lobby. For more information, contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797, email judygoldie1@gmail.com, or Nina Laird, 662-7580.

  • The December meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature its annual “potpourri,” a special meeting featuring a potluck dinner and a collection of short presentations from members who took a notable trip in 2014 and have stories and photos to share.
    The Mountaineers will provide barbeque from Bob’s Bodacious and cake from the Chocolate Maven. Others are asked to bring side dishes, desserts or main course alternatives as they like.
    The special meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Fuller Lodge.
    Following dinner, the meeting will present updates on upcoming LAM-sponsored trips or reports on recent ones, followed by the featured potpourri presentations.
    Kicking off his retirement tour, Larry Earley visited seven Arizona climbing areas in eight days during March 2014. More than 1,300 miles of non-stop driving enabled him and Don Taylor to climb at Paradise Forks, Oak Creek Overlook, Granite Dells, Isolation Canyon, Superstition Mountains, Isle of You and Sheepshead in Cochise Stronghold. Earley will describe what he calls a “once in a lifetime adventure.”

  • Pet adoptathon in Rio Rancho this weekend

    Watermelon Mountain Ranch in Rio Rancho is having an adoptathon Friday through Sunday in the big tent at PetSmart, 10248 Coors Bypass, near Cottonwood Mall.
    The event will be from noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
    The no-kill shelter will present dogs and cats, puppies and kittens, who all need a loving home in time for the Holidays. The public may also bring a pet to have their photo taken with Santa Paws, and also choose a wish from the WMR Giving Tree. There will be also an opportunity to donate dog and cat food to help feed pets at rescue groups.
    Watermelon Mountain Ranch is New Mexico’s largest no-kill shelter, saving thousands of animals since 1996. Watermelon Mountain Ranch relies on adoptions, donations and volunteers both at the Ranch in northern Rio Rancho and at offsite events throughout the year.

    Shakespears’s Twelfth Night’ to be performed in Santa Fe

  • Los Alamos
    Hot Rocks Java Café-LAMC, 3917 West Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 16
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. No sanitizer strips available during inspection time.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Hot Rocks Java Café-Catering, 4200 W. Jemez Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 16
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Hot Rocks Java Café, 4200 W. Jemez Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 16
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Chuck’s Wagon, Various locations
    Date inspected: Sept. 24
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Pojoaque Elementary School, 1524 N.M. 502
    Date inspected: Sept. 25
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Pojoaque High School, 1574 N.M. 502
    Date inspected: Sept. 25
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Refrigerators need thermometers.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Art exhibits
    Solo Exhibition: “A Southwest Exploration in Glass by William C. Glass. Show runs until Dec. 30 at Act I Gallery.

    Hiroshi Watanabe – The Day the Dam Colllapses. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday at photo-eye Bookstore and Project Space, 376 Garcia Street Suite A in Santa Fe. Exhibition runs through Feb. 14, 2015.

    Many Voices of Arlene Ladell Hayes. Solo exhibit opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 20 at Joe Wade Fine Arts, 102 East Water St. in Santa Fe. Show runs through Dec. 28.

    Performance Santa Fe’s New Year’s Eve Concert and Family Preview Concert. 5 p.m. and 2 p.m. family preview at Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe. Tickets are $27-100 for the 5 p.m. performance. Family preview are tickets $10 per person for families with children, $25/adult without child. Order tickets through PerformanceSantaFe.org or TicketsSantaFe.org.

  • 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.”