Today's Features

  •  All parents of current Los Alamos High School freshmen are invited to attend Freshmen Parent Night on Monday beginning at 6 p.m. in the Speech Theater.
    “This is our second year hosting a Freshmen Parent Night,” said Cindy Black, one of the guidance counselors at the high school. “It gives us one more opportunity to answer any lingering questions parents and students may have about the first year of high school.”
    Topics to be covered at Freshmen Parent Night will include Freshmen Academy, credit requirements, the new Academic Support Center, Academic Time, Saturday School and Naviance.
    For more information about Freshmen Parent Night, contact the LAHS Guidance Office at 663-2797.

  • If you’re looking into a new pet but don’t want to settle for the usual cat or dog, geese might be a good pet for you.
    In order to own pet geese, you must have adequate space and check with city guidelines and neighborhood associations to make sure backyard poultry, ducks and geese are allowed in your area.
    Although many of us have heard the horror stories of aggressive geese attacking park visitors, pet geese who are hand raised and handled daily are often more docile.
    Before you jump into owning geese, there are a few things you should know and consider in order to create a comfortable living environment where your geese can thrive.
    Your first step in owning pet geese is choosing the right breed. There are a number of breeds to choose from, many of them making great pets. Dr. Sharman Hoppes, clinical associate professor for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, recommends breeds like the Toulouse, the American Buff and the Pilgrim, as these breeds are considered to be good pets by her clients.
    Geese are also flock animals, so consider getting 2-3 geese to help create a more natural environment. Females are less likely to fight with one another, so they may make a better option as pets.

  • Opera Southwest in Albuquerque will present the New World Premiere of the lost opera “Amleto” or “Hamlet” by Franco Faccio, libretto by Verdi’s librettist Arrigo Boito.
    “Amleto” premiered in 1865 in Genova, Italy, to unanimous acclaim and was revived in 1871 at La Scala. There, the leading tenor Tiberini had fallen ill and by opening had lost his voice. After its disastrous reception, Faccio was so distraught he withdrew the opera and refused to have it performed again.
    The faded, torn score in the composer’s own handwriting was found in 2003 in the archives of Casa Ricordi in Milan, Italy, by composer Anthony Barrese, now artistic director and principal conductor of Opera Southwest.
    In 2005, Barrese organized a read-through of the score with the Sarasota Opera for Placido Domingo, who wrote: “I had the pleasure to attend a presentation of this work by the talented young conductor Anthony Barrese, and I remember well the strong impression made by both the quality of the music and the performance.”

  • Sign up now to participate in Small Business Saturday that runs from Nov. 28 through Winterfest on Dec. 7.
    The committee organizing Small Business Saturday events has started planning activities for shoppers and needs the businesses to register now. It costs nothing to be included and provides businesses with promotion. Home based businesses will have a kiosk Nov. 28.
    Businesses will be asked to consider the option of donating a small portion of sale proceeds from Nov. 28 to United Way of Northern New Mexico or another nonprofit of their choice. Advertising representatives from KRSN, The Los Alamos Monitor and others will offer additional opportunities to be included in special Shop Local promotions. This is a big communitywide push to keep shoppers on the hill during the holidays and to grow dollars in your cash registers. Call Nancy or Darla at 661-4816 to get on the Small Business Saturday list or email nancy@losalamos.org.

  • A little bit of love goes a long way and recently Los Alamos High School students showed that love with a thank you to Metzger’s employees, from the entire student body.
    The thank you card included a small gift card for their service to the student body as a refuge for a morning bite for breakfast, lunchtime treat or, as some may hear later, a savior at the end of the day.
    A simple conversation with LAHS teacher, Lynn Ovaska and students in the International Club began with a focus on expressing concern for the Syrian refugees and what our students could do to help. 
    “The problem is so big and overwhelming that we talked about how sometimes you need to focus your energy on making a difference in your own neighborhood,” Ovaska said.
    The students did just that by collecting change from their peers in order to purchase gift cards as a thank you for their service to the community that is LAHS.
    The students operated off the saying by Mother Teresa, “Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”

  •  The Los Alamos Historical Society will continue to hold  weekly viewing parties for WGN’s Manhattan for the second season of the show. Join the group Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. at Time Out Pizzeria in Los Alamos to watch and discuss the show. The second season premiere is this Tuesday.
    Manhattan is a fictionalized drama set in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. WGN explains that the stories of the series are about how “scientists and their families surrender their freedoms, compromise their marriages, and even sacrifice their sanity to end one war and usher in another – the Cold War waiting just over the atomic horizon – all while embedded spies and a climate of paranoia threaten to destroy the project from within.” Every episode is a great opportunity for sparking conversations about the history of the Manhattan Project and the community.
    Join the discussion every week at Time Out Pizzeria or on the Los Alamos Historical Society’s Facebook page.

    Planetarium Show at 2 p.m. Enjoy 180 degrees of entertainment in the  planetarium. Check peecnature.org for show details. Ages 4 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot starts at 2 p.m. at the Los Alamos Middle School cafeteria. The walk/run helps raise money to alleviate hunger and poverty at the local, national and global levels. Registration is from 1-1:45 p.m. A potluck immediately follows the event. A free raffle will be held for turkeys and pumpkin pies. To donate or register, go to crophungerwalk.org. Contact Lynn Wysocki-Smith at tewapack@rt66.com or 661-9619 for more information.

    The Santa Fe Jewish Book Fair 2015 is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Center for Jewish Living, 230 W. Manhattan. New Mexico publishers and dozens of writers will be represented. There will be talks by Jack Shlachter, Judith Fein, Sara Koplik and Sandra Toro on writing and books. Food court open all day. Free and open to the public, with a modest charge for talks. Organized by the Santa Fe Jewish Book Council. For more information, visit gaoninstitute.org or write hart.gaon@gmail.com or call 920-7771.

  • Join the County Council as they officially “light the holiday tree” in the municipal building lobby as part of Winterfest. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dec. 5, and the tree lighting will occur at 5:30 p.m.
    Step inside from the cold to enjoy the tree, munch on some cookies and sip cocoa while visiting with the councilors. A free, festive holiday photo booth will be available for all until it’s time to head outside at 6 p.m. to watch the light parade on Central Avenue.

    Gentle Walks with PEEC. 9 a.m. A gentle trail walk with an emphasis on discovery, not mileage gained. Free for adults. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. More information at peecnature.org.

    Fruitcake sale from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. The Order of Eastern Star continues a 50-year tradition selling Collin St. Bakery fruitcakes and apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes. The sale will continue  
    on the following Fridays: Dec. 4, (afternoon only) 11, and 18 (or until sold out). They will not sell fruitcakes at LANB the Friday after Thanksgiving. Contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797/judygoldie1@gmail.com, or Nina Laird, 662-7580, for more information.

    Star Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore about the expansive universe and enjoy its beauty from our planetarium. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    Los Alamos Little Theater’s latest performance of the 8x10s,  eight  10-minute plays creating an evening of theatre. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, today through Nov. 21, with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 15. Tickets at CB Fox, Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

  • Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest go on sale Monday at Forest Headquarters, all Ranger District offices and select third-party vendors.
     This year, as part of the White House’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, every fourth-grader is eligible for a free holiday tree permit. To redeem the permit, the student must present a valid fourth-grade pass, downloadable at everykidinapark.gov.  The fourth-graders must bring a parent or guardian over the age of 18 with them to the nearest SFNF office to pick up the permit. The free permits can only be fulfilled at a SFNF office.
    In addition to Santa Fe National Forest offices, permits are available at Los Alamos Historic Society and Gift Shop, 475 20th St. in Los Alamos Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.