Today's Features

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. Speaker Ron Smith will present: “Sometimes one source makes all the difference: Two case studies.” The public is invited. The traditional no-host social dinner at 5:30 p.m. at China Moon.
    Fruitcake sale from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. the Order of Eastern Star will sell Collin Street Bakery holiday fruitcakes at Los Alamos National Bank lobby. The chapter continues a 50-year tradition of selling fruitcakes as well as apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes. The sale will continue on Nov. 20, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, and 18 (or until sold out). We will not sell fruitcakes the Friday after Thanksgiving.

    Gentle Walks with PEEC at 9 a.m. Free. A gentle trail walk with an emphasis on discovery, not mileage gained. Adults. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. More information at peecnature.org.
     “Sea Monsters” Planetarium film premier and presentation at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center — Meet local paleontologist Ralph Chapman who will set the stage and introduce the different types of animals that are featured in this new full-dome film. Suitable for ages 6 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • This week, I’d like to focus on adults as role models and what our kids might see daily, as it relates to our people in the service industries.
    The other day, I took our youngest son to the Motor Vehicles Division for his learner’s permit. In the hour I sat there, I witnessed two people be extremely rude to the ladies and a trainee that were working.
    Ironically, I could overhear the conversation, and what the employees were doing was what their job entails. They were doing things that would make things safer, especially identity-wise for everyone.
    The only thing I could do was wait our turn and then tell them I “apologize” for when people act so rude. Then, I asked how often it happened and they said every day.
    So when you go into the MVD and your experience is good, push the little button that says you had a decent experience and thank them for their time.
    Young children not only watch how we as adults act, but when we see something that isn’t right, have a conversation in the car about that it was wrong to treat people wrong when they are doing the right thing. If an employee is doing something inappropriate, then tell a superior.

  • Nov. 8-14, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Green Chile Chicken
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury Steak
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    BESC         Closed Veterans Day
    8:30 a.m.        Walk-In-The-Woods
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Lucy — A 5-year-old calico who just loves cuddling! This sweet girl also enjoys being brushed, and her short-haired coat will certainly need lots of that. She is still young enough to be friendly and playful, and if she loses a few pounds, she’ll be even more fun and interactive! Lucy is reported to do well with adults, but she can be a bit shy around children.
    Nero—A 5-year-old orange tabby who was surrendered with his sister Lucy. His two loves are catnip toys and sitting on laps! He is reported to do well with both adults and children.

  • Pets are considered a part of the family for many pet owners. The unique personalities and characteristics our pets possess are irreplaceable, and it can be heart-breaking to lose their company. Stray dogs are a growing problem in the United States, and a majority of these strays are forced to wander the dangerous streets or begin a new life in an animal shelter. Learning how to properly bring a stray dog to safety is vital for your safety, as well as the stray’s safety.
    When trying to care for a stray, safety is always first. It is easy to become swept up in emotions when you see a stray dog hurt or in a dangerous situation—like running in traffic.  Even if you have good intentions, it is important to consider all options before taking action to keep the situation from becoming even more hazardous.


     November Night Sky Show at the Nature Center. Explore the expansive universe and enjoy its beauty from our planetarium. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children. 7 p.m. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre's latest performance of the 8x10s,  eight  10-minute plays creating an evening of theatre. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, through Nov. 21, with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 15. Tickets at CB Fox, Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

    Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present its Fall Concert at 7 p.m. in the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 E Road. Concert is free to the public and donations will be gratefully accepted.

    Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Tour. Visit the largest petroglyph site in New Mexico, where you can see more animal flute player petroglyphs than any place in North America. Advance registration required. $38 for non-members, $30 for members. 8:15 a.m. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre's latest performance of the 8x10s,  eight  10-minute plays creating an evening of theatre. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Runs every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 21, with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 15. Tickets at CB Fox, Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

  • Bandelier National Monument and other federal fee areas nationwide, including the Valles Caldera National Preserve, will offer free entry Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.  
    So far, weather forecasters are expecting a sunny day to explore Bandelier’s Ancestral Pueblo sites, trails, museum and widescreen movie.  
    The park bookstore will offer 15 percent off everything in stock, and the Bandelier Trading Gift Shop will have specials on selected items. The shuttle buses are no longer running, so visitors should just drive down to the Visitors Center parking area. The visitors center, bookstore, museum, gift shop, and snack bar are open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. every day, and the park trails are open dawn to dusk.
    This is the last fee-free day for 2015, but there will likely be seven or eight in 2016. For more information, call the park at 672-3861 x 517.  

  • Just for Grins Pediatric Dentistry invites everyone to a Grand Opening and Candy Buy-Back Event from 10  a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, featuring music, face painting, giveaways and a strolling magician.
    This is an opportunity for the kids of our community to make a few dollars, spare their teeth the added sugar and to support our troops. Just for Grins is teaming up with First National Santa Fe bank and giving kids $1 per pound for their Halloween candy. This candy will be donated to Blue Star Mothers, who will include it in care packages for our soldiers.  
    Just for Grins Pediatric Dentistry is a board certified pediatric dentistry office. Since 2013, these pediatric specialists have been piggybacking space in the Mary Deal Building. Now, you can meet Dr. Elizabeth Prishkulnik and Dr. Jeffrey Humberson in their NEW space in Los Alamos.
    They are at 2101 Trinity Drive, Ste P. You will find them across from Ashley Pond, down the hill and next to the Los Alamos Public Schools Building.

    Brown Bag lunch recital at noon in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge Art Center.  Local student performers will play a selection from their state competition. Free.

    LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus invites the community to enjoy and participate in the Chamisa Elementary Recycle Art Show from 5:30-7 p.m. The finalé will be a fashion show of student and family made creations.  

    At 7 p.m. in the UNM-LA, Building 2, Room 203, Robert Gibson, chair of the Los Alamos Future Energy Resources Committee, will present “Future Energy Resources for Los Alamos County.” Los Alamos County’s  Board of Public Utilities adopted a goal in 2013 to “become a carbon-neutral electric provider by 2040.”
    On Tap Series presents discussion on “Film and Television in New Mexico” from 5:30-7 p.m. in the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square. Joining the discussion will be the production company, Creative Juices Productions. For information, email Kate Ramsey at kate.a.ramsey@gmail.com.

    Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series, screening at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting-room theater. Today’s movie is “Wadjda.”


    Los Alamos Creative District On Tap Series will host a discussion on “Film and Television in New Mexico” from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    The film industry in New Mexico is booming with projects like “Independence Day 2,” “Longmire,” “Manhattan,” and “Better Call Saul.” This discussion about film will be with the production company, Creative Juices Productions. Carole and John Altendorf are the company owners in Albuquerque and producers, directors, editors, writers, casting directors, set designers and mentors for video, filmmaking and photography.
    In California, John Altendorf directed celebrities including Steve Martin, Dustin Hoffman and Donald Sutherland. Carole Altendorf is a professional photographer, actor, film producer and casting director.  She has appeared in “Better Call Saul,” “Night Shift,” “The Messengers,” “Invisible Man,” “Captain Fantastic” and “Tinfoil Shadows.”
    Learn what it takes to be a film actor, writer, director, and much more. For information, email Kate Ramsey, kate.a.ramsey@gmail.com.