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Today's Features

  • TODAY
    Astronomy Show: Exoplanet Update for 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
    How many exoplanets have we found this year? Which ones do we think are similar to Earth? Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Christmas Bird Count at 6:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. Participate in the longest running citizen science project in the world, the National Audubon Society’s 117th Annual Christmas Bird Count. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.

    First United Methodist Church will host a dinner to recognize firefighters and police of Los Alamos County at 5:30 p.m. at the church, 715 Diamond Drive. For questions, call 662-6277.

    The Pajarito Lodge 66, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of New Mexico invite the community to attend an installation ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at the lodge, 1400 North Sage Loop. Refreshments will be served. Anyone interested about Freemasonry or what happens in a lodge is encouraged to attend the event.
    SUNDAY

  • Why do artists love light from the Northern sky?
    “Northern lighting is ideal,” said Karen Wray, owner of Karen Wray Gallery. “It’s a cool blue light and it doesn’t change like the southern sky.”
    This week, the Karen Wray Gallery moves to a new location at 1247 Central Ave., Suite D-2, right next to Boomerang and Warm Hearts Yarn.
    For the past six months Wray has prepared for the move by doing everything she can to make sure the light in her gallery showcases the art in the best conditions.
    “North light is what artists love,” she said. “Halogen light also brings out the best colors in oil paints.”
    To let natural light flood into her gallery’s 2,000 foot space, Wray installed four floor-to-ceiling windows. She also put in a track lighting system of halogen lights, and removed several walls so art lovers have enough room to stand the optimum distance from the paintings.
    The investment in time and money was worth it, because Wray has a passion for local art.
    Her gallery has moved locations four times, but one thing always remains the same.
    The gallery is completely focused on showing art of Los Alamos and northern New Mexico.

  • Winter weather is here and Los Alamos County reminded residents this week of some important safety considerations for motorists to take to make travel as safe as possible.
    Motorists are encouraged to equip their vehicles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a container of sand and a shovel in their vehicle.
    Motorists should make sure their vehicle is ready for winter driving by making sure the washer fluid reservoir is topped off with washer fluid that is winter rated, the windshield wipers are functional and working properly, the defroster is in good working order, each vehicle is equipped with a functional ice scraper, and that snow is cleared from the windows, roof and hood of the vehicle before traveling.
    Barrels of sand for public use are placed at locations that historically become icy and slick during storms, including:
    • San Ildefonso South at both ends of the guardrail
    • North Mesa Road east of the roundabout
    • Near the end of 37th Street off of Diamond Drive
    • At the dead end of Gold Street/Arroyo Lane
    • Near the intersection of State Road 4 and Rover in White Rock
    • Near the intersection of North Road and Quemazon
    • Other locations within Quemazon.

  • TODAY
    Astronomy Show: Cosmic Distance Scale at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join Dr. Rick Wallace for a presentation and discussion about the distance to celestial objects. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Food for purchase will be available. Great Christmas shopping opportunity.

    Feature Film: Mysteries of the Unseen World at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum. There is far more to nature than meets the eye. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SUNDAY
    Feature Film: Mysteries of the Unseen World at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum. There is far more to nature than meets the eye. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The League of Women Voters will hold Lunch with Leader at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 13 at Mesa Public Library. State Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto from Albuquerque will speak about the recent elections, upcoming ethics legislation and public safety.
    Ivey-Soto is a life-long public servant. He is a former State Elections director, prosecutor and teacher as well as a member of the League of Women Voters. The senator started two small businesses that focused on helping others and improving the community. Over the past few years, Ivey-Soto has written over 12 bills that have passed the Legislature. The bills have been based on a philosophy of good government and accountability.
    To order a lunch from the Co-op for $10, call or text Karyl Ann Armbruster at 231-8286, or email her at kaskacayman@gmail.com, by 5 p.m. Saturday, but lunch is not mandatory. She will give you the menu choices.

  • As the year comes to a close, the ladies of the Preceptor Beta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi are celebrating 25 years of service for two of their members.
    Beta Sigma Phi is a sorority built on the foundation of friendship and culture and lucky for the community of Los Alamos, deeply steeped in service due to the goodwill of the membership.
    It all began in 1931 with Founder Walter W. Ross and today is present in more than 30 countries building friendships and providing an instant connection for its members wherever they may go.
    Kathy Enloe and Elena Guerra were celebrated at a recent meeting for their true dedication to the aims of the organization of; “Life, Learning and Friendship.”
    “They both live life to the full, whether it is with their families, their church activities or helping their community,” said Preceptor Beta President, Claire Swinhoe. “I truly value their friendship and sisterhood.”
    This past year, Guerra has been instrumental in organizing gift-giving for the chapter and always does it in a kind and caring way guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
    Enloe brings happiness to patients and staff at Los Alamos Medical Center by heading up a Halloween decorating pumpkin activity with a sense of compassion, while being family orientated.

  • The next Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center is set for Dec. 13.
    Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey from 6-7 p.m. The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m.
    Mark your calendars: the second Tuesday of every month is Family Night at the nature center. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all.
    For more information about this and other programs offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), visit peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Los Alamos Makers has expanded its makerspace by 1,000 square feet, doubling the amount of room that members can use for personal projects.
    What do people do at Los Alamos Makers?
    People come in all the time to use the 3-D printer. Recently, a member used the 3-D printer to make a bird feeder.
    Sewing has also been very popular, especially because there are machines available for use, plenty of counter space to spread out work, and classes where students can learn the basics, as well as learn quirky new tricks.
    There is a new CoderDojo branch for teens. CoderDojo is a free global network of volunteer-led computer programming clubs. At CoderDojo, teens are welcome to come and learn how to code, build websites, create apps and games, and learn programming languages in a social setting. Attack Research, a company based out of White Rock, is one of the sponsors.
    People come to do woodworking projects, come to fix things at the Fix It Friday events, and come to experiment. Many members come knowing what they want to make, but not sure how they will make it.
    The expansion also allowed them to add a safe place for young children to play, with a sand table, water table and games.
    Los Alamos Makers is located at 3540 Orange Street. The website is losalamosmakers.com.

     

  • Course schedules for the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos spring semester are now available at newsstands in various locations in Los Alamos and White Rock, as well as on the UNM-LA campus. Schedules will also be arriving in area mailboxes soon.
    Spring classes will begin Jan. 17, but students are encouraged to register now, before classes fill. An online version of the course schedule is available by visiting losalamos.unm.edu/academics/class-schedule.html. Click on the Spring 2017 tab.
    As a branch campus of the University of New Mexico, UNM-LA offers programs leading to associate’s degrees and academic certificates.
    UNM-LA offers classes at the undergraduate level. The Spring 2017 semester will offer 170 undergraduate classes with 43 of those offered online. Upper division and graduate courses are offered through UNM Extended Learning.
    Popular degree transfer programs include Pre-Professional Health, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Business, Computer Science, and Liberal Arts. Programs developed for the community in response to employer needs include Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science, Electro-mechanical, IT with Cybersecurity, Environmental Technology, Personal care Attendant, and Certified Nursing Assistant.