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Today's Features

  • Imagine a world where robots will look after you, clean your house, and tend to your every need. Well, the latest exhibition at London's Science Museum brings together state-of-the-art robots from around the world that aim to do just that.

  • WASHINGTON (AP) — Meryl Streep may have gotten her next film assignment, Neil Diamond thanked the namesake of his famous tune “Sweet Caroline,” and a tux-clad Elmo honored his friend, Yo-Yo Ma. They were among several luminaries from Broadway, jazz and classical music to receive the Kennedy Center Honors Sunday night for their influence on American culture through the arts.
    Caroline Kennedy, who hosts the annual show as part of a living memorial to her assassinated father, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, acknowledged her personal connection to one honoree.

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Los Alamos

    TA-53 Cafeteria, LANL
    Date inspected: Nov. 30
    Violations: Two high-risk violations for improper holding — salad bar, cheese and eggs temperature needs to be adjusted; milk temperature needs to be adjusted.
    Status of establishment: Approved, follow-up required on Dec. 31.

    TA-55 Cafeteria, LANL
    Date inspected: Nov. 30
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for administration — invalid permit posted.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española

    Pig Boy Willy, 1027 N. Railroad Ave.

  • NEW YORK (AP) — Welcome to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guns N’ Roses.
    The seminal rock band of the late 1980s and early ‘90s, best known for hits like “Welcome to the Jungle,” ‘’Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “November Rain,” leads the 2012 class of inductees announced on Wednesday. Also making the cut is the hip-hop trio Beastie Boys; rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro; Donovan; and influential British rock group The Small Faces/The Faces, which included Rod Stewart and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.

  • Music
    Lads of Enchantment, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, invites the public to join them in song. They meet at 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays at the United Church of Los Alamos, Graves Hall.  

    The Los Alamos Choral Society is currently recruiting singers for the 2011—2012 concert season. Rehearsals are from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road. All singers are welcome.
     
    The Los Alamos Community Winds invites all interested musicians to join its upcoming concerts. The LACW rehearses from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. www.lacw.org.

  • Weight loss
    T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), meets at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday mornings in Whittier Hall at the White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd. Weigh-ins start at 9 a.m. For more information, call Lorri at 672-3407 or Francine at 672-1736.

    Biking
    Tuff Riders Mountain Bike Club members ride each Tuesday and Thursday, leaving at 5:30 p.m. from the hospital parking lot. Newcomers are welcome.
    Table tennis
    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets to play table tennis from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays and 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays in the lower level of the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Three tables are available.
    For more information, call Avadh at 667-5227; Harry at 662-0532; or Ed at 662-7472.

    Jam session

  • A desire for sustainable, clean, wholesome food and superior soil quality, has led more and more suburban and city dwellers to keep laying hens in their backyards and gardens.
    Across America municipalities are allowing — and even encouraging — residents to keep laying hens within city limits.
    Join Patricia Foreman, author of “City Chicks: Keeping Micro-flocks of Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Makers, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers,” at 2 p.m. Dec. 18, for a talk and book signing at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, as she shares her humor, passion and knowledge about raising chickens in the cities and suburbs of America. 

  • WinterFest is over for another year, but that doesn’t mean the opportunity to fill up on holiday cheer is gone. Celebrations are just a car trip away.
    From Las Posadas and Christmas at the Palace in Santa Fe and the annual holiday light parade in Española, to Lighting up Ledoux in Taos, there’s enough holiday spirit to last until St. Nick comes down the chimney.

  • Wednesday
    The Sierra Club will have an open meeting at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of Mesa Public Library. Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott will present, “How We Spent Our Summer.” He will discuss the Las Conchas Fire, the subsequent flood, Operation Frijoles Garden and the immediate future of Bandelier.

    Thursday

  • A stunt for the TV show "MythBusters" sent an errant cannonball through a California family's house and into a parked minivan nearby.