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Today's Features

  • The Sangre de Cristo Chorale is honoring the 25 year legacy of the late Sheldon Kalberg, the first and longest director of the chorale, by dedicating its winter 2014 concert, titled “Darkness Brings Light” to him.
    The Los Alamos performance is 7 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.
    The chorale will perform works by such diverse composers as Tomas Luis da Vittoria, Henry Purcell , John Rutter and Dolly Parton.
    The concert’s theme is intended to take listeners on a musical journey from sorrow and darkness to joy, beauty and light, reminding the audience that it is possible to share in a feeling of a communal dawn.
    Among the pieces the chorale will perform is Randall Thompson’s “Choose Something Like a Star,” a piece particularly beloved by Kalberg, and played at his recent memorial service.
    Though the repertoire was selected prior to Kalberg’s death, the chorale wanted to dedicate both the music and lyrics to him as an expressive love and appreciation felt for him.

  • The Los Alamos community will be treated to the winter concert from the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra.
    The concert will set the scene and get people in the mood for the holidays by making the event a holiday spectacular.
    On tap will be familiar seasonal tunes, a sing-along and a raffle for a chance to win a one-time opportunity to conduct a full symphony orchestra to the song “Jingle Bells.”
    The concert will begin 7 p.m. Friday at the Crossroads Bible Church.
    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra traditionally presents this popular concert each year as a gift to the community.
    Conductor Don Gerheart says the program should appeal to all ages.
    There is no admission charge although donations will be gratefully accepted.

  • The annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, will be from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The breakfast is free, although attendees are requested to donate either non-perishable food items or money. Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need. Money donated will be used for the Kiwanis/CYFD Foster Children Christmas party. Any money left over from the Foster Children’s party will be used to make up food baskets, which will also be distributed to those in need. Visit with Santa and enjoy a good breakfast and a morning of good cheer in the true Christmas spirit.

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Sierra Club Open Meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, building 200, room 230 lecture hall. Craig Martin Presents: The Los Alamos Open Space System. The culmination of 15 years work, the Los Alamos Open Space Management Plan suggests pulling together a variety of county-owned land under various zoning designations to clearly define the Los Alamos Open Space System. The public is welcome to hear the plan and contribute ideas.

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    Thursday
    Capturing the Plants and Pods of Autumn with Lisa Coddington. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The session will teach participants drawing techniques with graphite and pencil; on Dec. 11 those who continue will learn to paint their drawing with watercolors. Can be taken as one session (drawing only) or both (drawing and painting). Suggested for beginner and intermediate levels. Advance registration required. $50/$40 PEEC members for one session, or $90/$72 for both. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Moviegoers in France, Germany and even Seattle love “Bagdad Cafe” (1987, Rated PG). This incredible and incredibly strange film has won awards across the globe for its casting, acting, screenplay and was chosen Best Foreign Film several times over. What will Los Alamos think? That’s always an interesting question to ask.
    “Bagdad Cafe,” showing Thursday at Mesa Public Library, begins with a German couple on a desolate road. They are well-dressed — over-dressed for their surrounding. They appear to be married and not happy about it. The road, the car, the rusty lean-to that serves as a urinal, everything is tilted, disoriented, uncomfortable to watch. The couple’s arguments are in German, so English-speaking viewers are even further ungrounded and upended.
    And yet, sense prevails. Quite logically, the woman opens the car door, grabs her bag and walks. And once she leaves the car, the movie changes. The asphalt lies horizontal and beneath the sky. Her feet, even in her ridiculous pumps, are firmly planted.
    The unusual prudence of this opening sequence prevails throughout “Bagdad Cafe,” as the German woman, Jasmin Münchgstettner (Marianne Sägebrecht), creates a new life for herself on the side of the road.

  • The community is welcome to ring in the holidays with an open house at Fuller Lodge. Festivities are from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
    The Los Alamos Arts Council along with the Fuller Lodge Art Center and the Historical Society will kick off the annual holiday event at the lodge, Los Alamos’ best known historic building and its cultural and artistic center.
    Fuller Lodge is decorated for the holidays and there are plenty of festive events planned.
    This year, the festivities begin with the Chamisa SingSations at 10 a.m., then at 10:45 a.m. a Curious Chris will entertain children with the “Science of the Season.”
    Juanita Madland and friends will host a sing-a-long beginning at 11:45 a.m. At 1 p.m., there will be more holiday music with a saxophone quintet and a woodwind quintet, as well as punch and cookies served by the arts council. The Los Alamos Family Council will host a Holiday Cookie Walk at 10 a.m., which will continue all day. The public may make a donation and select a dozen holiday cookies.
    There will be several other nonprofit organizations taking part in the festivities.
    The Animal Shelter will sell calendars and Boy Scout Troop 71 will have holiday wreaths for sale.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. Meetings moderated by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson, or by a group member. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    Wednesday
    The United Church Thrift Shop will be having its “Everything Christmas” sale including many gifts, as well as decorations, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Graves Hall.

    Shop on the Corner thrift store annual Christmas sale. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, lower level, on Canyon Road near Diamond Drive. There will be holiday decorations, gifts and clothing at thrift store prices.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

  • Thrift sale a holiday tradition

  • I have been asked several times what can we do as a community about teens and drug use.
    You’ll forgive me for repeating myself, but that answer my friends is Assets. If we are taking the time to build Assets, we build the network of supports for youth to build resiliency, to ask for help and to know when they need it.
    Don’t misunderstand the fact that I do realize, it doesn’t mean we save everyone, but we impact the odds greatly when our kids have more of them. There’s still free will and unfortunate turns of events, but generally happy health kids and adults aren’t doing drugs for no reason.
    We need to start when kids are young — when kids need rules to follow, discipline, consequences and good role modeling by adults. You need to pay attention to their music, what they watch on television, where they are and whom they are with and how much money that have at their discretion.
    When they are older, you need to have rules to follow. Curfews and you need to know the kids and the parents of their friends. You’d be surprised the number of times I have heard, “If they are drinking at our house, at least I know they are safe.” That may be well and good except for the fact that most parents don’t want their teenagers drinking anywhere.

  • Los Alamos Middle School invites the entire community to visit the book fair this week, in an educational fundraising opportunity. The community will have an opportunity to get a jump on holiday shopping and help the school add to their collection, which benefits students for years to come.
    The fair will be from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. until Dec. 5. There will be extended hours until 7 p.m. tonight. Students can visit the book fair before school, during lunch and after school. Parent volunteers are also welcome.
    LAMS librarian Lisa Laprairie-Whitacre came to the middle school in February 2012 and immediately had to start packing books for both storage and the move to the portables during construction.
    “It is a busy job, but I love being a librarian for so many reasons,” Whitacre said. “I can get the ‘right’ book into a child’s hand.
    Whitacre opens the library early so that students can have a safe haven in the morning and in conjunction with the PTO has supported lunch recesses by providing cards, chess sets and games.
    She enjoys that the library is an electronic free game zone, where kids play Apples to Apples, reading quietly, do homework, or just hang out.