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Today's Features

  • Aspen Elementary School raised almost $10,000 in October through the Tiger Trot. Proceeds will benefit the school.

  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA's Curiosity rover has indeed found something in the Martian dirt. But so far, there's no definitive sign of the chemical ingredients necessary to support life.

    A scoop of sandy soil analyzed by Curiosity's sophisticated chemistry laboratory contained water and a mix of chemicals, but not complex carbon-based molecules considered essential for life.

    That the soil was not more hospitable did not surprise mission scientist Paul Mahaffy since radiation from space can destroy any carbon evidence.

    "It's not unexpected necessarily," said Mahaffy of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, who is in charge of the chemistry experiments. "It's been exposed to the harsh Martian environment."

  • 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. 2-8, 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

  • The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will treat the community to a free concert of holiday music at 7 p.m. Dec. 7. The traditional concert will be given in the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Don Gerheart will conduct the program. For him, the music is “familiar, lively and fun.”  Included will be “A Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride” — both favorites by LeRoy Anderson. The music will swing with a jazz beat in “A Swingin’ Holiday” and will rock with “Christmas Rocks At The Pops.” The audience will have a chance to participate in a sing-along of familiar Christmas tunes.
    Gerheart is no stranger to conducting Los Alamos ensembles. For 26 years, he has directed bands in various Los Alamos schools. He also directed seven shows for the Los Alamos Light Opera.  He said standing on the podium and conducting is what he likes best.
    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra is made up primarily of adults in the community.  Enhancing the group for this concert will be five violinists, two violists and two cellists — all Los Alamos High School students that recently qualified for the All State Orchestra. Some of these students will be playing beside one of their parents, who plays regularly in the orchestra.

  • Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service  announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.
    Now in its seventh year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.
    Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement and financial performance.
    “The 2012 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community. Their success offers data-driven proof of being well-managed and high quality care providers to hospitals, managed care organizations, ACOs and other potential referral partners across the healthcare continuum,” said Susan L. Henricks, president and COO of National Research Corporation, the parent company of OCS HomeCare.
    “Again, this year, we updated our methodology to reflect the rapidly evolving quality-focused healthcare landscape and national value-based purchasing trends.

  • When Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet Director and former American Ballet Theatre dancer Christin Severini was a young child, she would spend many hours choreographing and performing elaborate shows for her parents, with the reluctant participation of her younger brothers. The rest is, as they say, history.  
    The storybook ballet, “Hansel and Gretel,” being performed WinterFest Weekend at the Duane Smith auditorium, is an original ballet directed and choreographed by Severini, with additional choreography by DALA’s Executive Director Valerie Silks and Ballet Instructor Lisa Jaegers.
    “Hansel and Gretel” tells the story of the young siblings Hansel and Gretel, as they go through a journey, overcoming adversity and challenges.  
    This ballet features enchanting woodland fairies and pixies, colorful candies and bunnies, butterflies and gingerbread girls, who guide them along the way.  
    Severini’s career with ABT gave her the opportunity to perform in numerous full-length story ballets and she said she is delighted to bring this talent to the Los Alamos community.  

  • Marcus Gutierrez, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was honored as Rotary Student of the Month for October.  Gutierrez is the son of Melinda and Joaquin Gutierrez and brother of Deanna and James.
       The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a 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.
       Community service has been an important part of Gutierrez’s academic life. For the past two summers, he has volunteered at the medical offices of Dr. James Ziomek, assisting with office work and minor procedures, as part of a physician-shadowing opportunity. Service trips to orphanages in Honduras and Colorado inspired him to coordinate a school-wide toy and school supplies drive at LAHS, to benefit these children and resulted in the collection of donations large enough to fill seven suitcases.

  • 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 is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 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.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • For some, Shop on the Corner’s annual Christmas Sale has become a Los Alamos holiday mainstay.
    The thrift shop event attracts bargain hunters, collectors and hobbyists from throughout Northern New Mexico.
    The Christmas Sale features hundreds of new and gently used items, which the volunteer staff set aside all year.
    Holiday decorations, festive and new clothing, toys and games, books and music, linens, china and glassware, jewelry, leather goods and gifts are some of the featured items.
    This year’s sale will be from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 5.  Shop on the Corner is located on the lower level of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, off Canyon Road.
    Scores of shoppers attend the Christmas Sale each year, where they can purchase items to trim a tree, decorate a home, dress for the holidays and find gifts and stocking stuffers for everyone on their list at thrift store prices.
    Shop on the Corner has been a regular event for more than four decades.
    The thrift store’s mission is to help Los Alamos County residents recycle their usable clothing and household items; to provide an inexpensive market for the Northern New Mexico community to purchase these items on a budget; and to use the proceeds to donate to local and regional charities and other worthy causes.