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Today's Features

  • BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Tens of thousands of tourists and Christian pilgrims packed the West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations Saturday, bringing warm holiday cheer to the traditional birthplace of Jesus on a raw, breezy and rainy night.

    With turnout at its highest in more than a decade, proud Palestinian officials said they were praying the celebrations would bring them closer to their dream of independence.

    Bethlehem, like the rest of the West Bank, fell onto hard times after the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation broke out in late 2000. As the fighting has subsided in recent years, the tourists have returned in large numbers.

  • Click here to keep up with Santa Claus as he makes his annual trek around the world to deliver Christmas gifts.

  • Dec. 31

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “A Thousand Clowns,” by Herb Gardner. Cowgirl BBQ will cater a Texas-style dinner. There will be a New Year’s Eve countdown and celebration, with music and dancing following the show. Patrick Kelly will act as emcee and DJ. Tickets are $45 per person and are available at CB Fox Department Store. Doors open at 7 p.m.
    Jan. 9

     Summit Garden Club will meet with Los Alamos County extension officer Carlos Valdez speaking. Visitors welcome. For more information, call Marion Good at 575-543-5484.

    Jan. 19

  • Youth Center schedule

    The White Rock Youth Activity Center will be closed from Dec. 27-30. The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center will be open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. that week during LAPS winter break. Children that usually attend the WRYAC are welcome to use the LAYAC that week.

    Monday — Closed, Christmas holiday
    Tuesday —Shoe box relays
    Wednesday —Movies and munchies
    Thursday — Ping pong tournament
    Friday — Chain wishes for the New Year

    All students in third through eighth grade are welcome to join, free of charge.

  • Dec. 25-31, 2011
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    BESC closed for Christmas holiday

    TUESDAY
    8:45        Variety Training
    10 a.m.    No low vision/hearing
    11:30        Lunch: Chicken fried steak
    7 p.m.    Bridge
    7:30p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30        RSVP Quilters

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter. Happy holidays!

    DOGS

    Baby — Young spayed female GSD-mix. Very friendly. Loves the dog park.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail 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, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

  • The community is invited to share in the nativity story with the younger members of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church at 5 p.m. Saturday.  
    “The Shepherd’s Story” is the title of this year’s seasonal musical to be staged, sung and choreographed by children and teens ages five to 15.
    “The Shepherd’s Story” by Hal H. Hopson, is a 20-minute musical adaptation of the story of the birth of Jesus, as told in the Gospel of St. Luke.
    It opens with the announcement of the decree from Caesar Augustus that all people must register for the census so they can pay their taxes to Rome.

  • Why do we fast? — G.

    Part two
    By the time this column is published, we will be out of the Nativity fast and be in the feast. Thus, we will continue by speaking more about fasting and segue into feasting.
    Last time, we wrote about fasting as “self-emptying.” This week we will speak about fasting as remedy of the Fall and preparation for being filled with the Lord.     
    We live in an age of materialism and instant gratification.
    Thus, anything that is uncomfortable is typically seen as a negative, which misses the point.
    Fr. Alexander Schmemann points out that fasting reorders disordered passions and desires.

  • Drivers needed
    Los Alamos Lions Club provides services to the community, including the HELP program. The program provides free transportation for medical treatment and appointments outside the county. Patients are transported to Española, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. If you would like to be a volunteer driver call Barbara Croley at 672-3618 or Lee Sullivan at 661-8037.

    Be a volunteer
    Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is recruiting volunteers to help in the following areas: gardening, reading to individuals, leading a craft project, playing card or board games with residents, helping with bingo, playing music or leading a sing-along session. Call the activities director at 662-4300 for details.