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Today's Features

  • On their journey to become the first pilots of a solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the globe, night and day, two Swiss aviation pioneers are planning to fly cross the continental United States in 2013.

  • Atomic City Children’s Theater invites the public to their premiere performance of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”  
    Dive into the sea and meet Ariel (Evelyn Wolbier) who wants to be human.
    Torn between her love for Prince Eric (Jamie Cull-Host) and her life under the sea, Ariel turns to the evil sea witch, Ursula (Nora Cullinan) for help.  
    Meet Ariel’s undersea friends including Sebastian (Joseph Sarrao), Flounder (Kezia Tripp) and King Triton (Johnathan Hood), as well as a host of mermaids, gulls and other sea creatures.  This production features many songs from the Disney motion picture, including “Under the Sea,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Part of Your World.”
    Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.  Goodies to benefit Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School students attending the Junior Theater Festival with ACCT in January will be sold at intermission.
    ACCT is part of the Los Alamos Public Schools District.  The play features LAPS fifth- and sixth-grade students.  Another production of “The Little Mermaid, Jr.,” featuring middle school students is scheduled for Feb. 22 and 23.
    Admission is free.

  • Today
    The Hilltopper Alumni Society’s holiday social will be from 4-7 p.m. at Dixie Girl, 1789 Central Ave. This is an opportunity for graduates of Los Alamos High School to mix and mingle. There will be a brief introduction to the Alumni Society’s first project; converting the senior photos that once hung in the halls of Los Alamos High School to digital files. All Hilltopper Alumni are welcome to attend and enjoy complimentary appetizers and drinks available for purchase. The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is sponsoring this event.

    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a December discussion from 6:30-8 p.m. at Mesa Public Library, meeting room 3. All are welcome. For more information, send email losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com.

    Post-Las Conchas Trail Rehabilitation Update. Craig Martin will give an update about the status of many trails impacted by post-fire floods in the summer of 2011. Come hear the latest in trail statuses, work that has been done since the fire and plans for 2013. 7 p.m. at PEEC. Free. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.
    Thursday
    The holiday Farmers Market will be at Fuller Lodge.

  • On behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank the members of the Los Alamos Garden Club for their generous donation in support of the Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden, a project to which Rotary has devoted three years of planning and fundraising.  
    Doris Jackson, a member of the Garden Club and an accomplished floral designer, presented the check to Skip King, committee chair for the Memorial Garden project, at a recent Rotary meeting.
    The dedication for the Memorial Garden, to which the community is cordially invited, is currently scheduled to take place Dec. 20.
    Again, Rotary thanks the Los Alamos Garden Club for its thoughtful donation and kind support of this meaningful addition to the Los Alamos landscape.
    Sincerely,

    Linda Hull, president
    Rotary Club of
    Los Alamos

    The Los Alamos Garden Club wants to thank the Los Alamos National Bank for allowing them to hold their annual wreath sale in the bank lobby on Nov. 30.  We also thank the Los Alamos residents who supported the sale.
    The proceeds from the sale support the club’s scholarship fund.

    Thanks,

    Sally Warner,
    first vice president, LAGC

  •    Toni Batha, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for November.  Batha is the daughter of Margo and Steve and sister of Benjamin Batha.
       The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as Student of the Month.
    In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition. Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community.
       An accomplished member of the LAHS Hilltalker Speech and Debate Team, Batha has served the award-winning club for five years, coordinating community service projects and team practices, mentoring new members and organizing three statewide tournaments.
    Significantly, Batha is one of several Hilltalkers who successfully established a speech and debate team at Los Alamos Middle School.
      Teen Court, a peer-to-peer counseling sentencing program for teens in Los Alamos County, has also benefited from Batha’s volunteer service.  
    She has served in capacities as judge, jury monitor, defender and prosecutor and has also worked with parents, teens and LAHS staff to provide a plan to address truancy issues.

  • This week, I have elected to continue promoting the efforts of youth is our community, through shopping.
    That’s right, many upcoming holidays, parties, vacations and events during this month lend themselves to gift giving.
    There is a strategy in place that says if you spend 66 of your holiday dollars locally, it will benefit the local economy and small businesses immensely.
    I’m going to take that idea one step further and ask if you can support the business of a local youth, too.
    The Small Business Development Center works annually to help young entrepreneurs start their own businesses and get their name out in public.
    Perhaps you would like to buy a hand made cross, a hand knitted scarf or portraits from a young photographer? If so, have I got a plan for you.
    Local youth like Leia Roach, Elise Koskelo, Derek Selvage, Esperanza Tapia and more have taken the time and weathered the process to become Youth Business Grant recipients.
    Need something cool for the teen in your life? Roach, of Mush Crafts, is happy to get crafty and provide you with a cool gift, at a hot price. Your tech-savvy skills should drive you to etsy.com/shop/mushcrafts.  

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.
    Thank you, Los Alamos. The past couple weeks have seen numerous adoptions — hopefully this trend will continue and all the shelter pets will find homes for the holidays.
    DOGS
    Axle — Don’t let those sad-looking eyes fool you. Axle is a playful and affectionate neutered male. The shelter temperament testers describe this Pit-mix as a “total sweetheart.” He would love a family that appreciates big, sloppy dog kisses.  
    Bagel — Very busy female Border Collie found on the Rim Trail, near Rover. She will need an active family to keep her happy.
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.

  • Dec. 9-15, 2012
    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
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Beer battered cod
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken enchilada
    Noon        Lunchtime concert: Juanita Madland students
    12:30 p.m.    Better breathers
    1:30 p.m.    Friends meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Eggplant over linguine
    1:15 p.m.    Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate bridge
    THURSDAY

  • Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    • Oct. 16: A girl, Kaylynn Faith Lucero, born to Becky Mondragon and Johnny Lucero
    • Oct. 22: A boy, Daniel Yampolsky, born to Kathrine Gutkovskiy and Nikolai Yampolsky
    • Oct. 26: A boy, Kenneth Allan Christensen, born to Kasey Lynn Christensen
    • Oct. 29: A girl, Penelope Jane Mangum, born to Dawn and Ren Mangum
    • Nov. 2: A boy, Justin Ming, born to Weirong Zhao and Dengming Ming
    • Nov. 3: A girl, Karina Cai, born to Mei Ying Zhang and Jin Biao Cai
    • Nov. 9: A boy, Patrick Luke Elier Chavez, born to Maria G. Carpio and Patrick Nicholas Chavez
    • Nov. 9:  A boy, Wyatt Elmo Black, born to Cindy and Justin Black
    • Nov. 13: A boy, Santiago Terrazas Jr., born to Alyssa Lopez and Santiago Terrazas
    • Nov. 16: A boy, Eliseo Gonzales Rodriguez, born to Crystal and Arturo Gonzales
    • Nov. 18: A boy, Armando Ray Montoya, born to Sylvia R and Armando E Montoya
    • Nov. 18: A boy, Ethan James Smidt  born to Esther and Joseph Smidt
    • Nov. 23: A girl, Gereese Alexandria Marie Romero, born to Katherine and Florencio Romero
    • Nov. 27: A boy, Kieran Aydan Myatt, born to Beatrice and Mark Myatt

  • JERUSALEM (AP) — Jews around the world ushered in the eight-day Hanukkah festival Saturday evening, lighting the first candles of ceremonial lamps that symbolize triumph over oppression.

    In Israel, families gathered after sundown for the lighting, eating traditional snacks of potato pancakes and doughnuts and exchanging gifts.

    Local officials lit candles set up in public places, while families displayed the nine-candle lamps, called menorahs, in their windows or in special windproof glass boxes outside.

    Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, commemorates the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to impose its culture on Jews and adorn the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem with statues of Greek gods.

    The holiday lasts eight days because according to tradition, when the Jews rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem, a single vial of oil, enough for one day, burned miraculously for eight.