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Today's Features

  • At 5:30 p.m. Friday at Piñon Elementary School, students will be putting their skills in strategy and planning to the test. The competition is not in the form of an athletic game or speech debate, but takes place on a checkered board with knights, queens and pawns.

    The Los Alamos area elementary chess tournament has been held three times throughout the year, and the final rounds for this year will be held Friday.

  • The annual Los Alamos County Science Fair will take place on Jan. 24 in the Los Alamos High School cafeteria. The public is invited to view the projects between 12:30-2 p.m.

    Students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade will display their projects in elementary class, junior and senior divisions.

    The elementary projects are divided into three categories. The students in junior and senior divisions will compete for first, second and third place in 17 categories.

  • The House of Hope Women has begun its Ways and Means Projects for securing funding for the next October house-building trip to Júarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

    A raffle is the first of the projects that the group is sponsoring – an opportunity to win one of three different items.

  • There is no need to spend Thanksgiving strapped in an apron or elbows deep in a sink full of dishes.

    An opportunity is available to enjoy the food and company that Thanksgiving provides without all the grunt work.

    The Los Alamos Elks in conjunction with the American Legion and VFW are sponsoring a Thanksgiving Dinner from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Elks Lodge, which is located at 1600 Trinity Drive, across from Sonic.

    A traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served free of charged to anyone who would like to attend.

  • The original Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair is here and it will be better than ever.

    A Los Alamos tradition for 41 years, the annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos Middle School.

  • According to Petr Jandacek’s philosophy, when life hands out lemons, make lemonade and when life hands out willow trees, make willow wizards.

    This philosophy was put into practice when a willow tree at Piñon Elementary School, where Jandacek works as an art teacher, had to be cut down because its roots were damaging sewer lines.

  • When I was in high school, my mother and I attended almost every traveling Broadway musical show that came to Denver. She bought the tickets as Christmas or birthday presents but there was another gift, the opportunity to share the show with her.

    I always remember our car rides back home; we would talk about the show the whole way.

  • The annual Festival of Trees will kick the holiday season into high gear Saturday.

    The jam-packed event, held each year from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, is a fundraiser for the Community Health Council and Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO).

    “I was amazed by how many trees we got this year,” said Michelangelo Lobato, Community Health Council coordinator. “They are all beautiful, and we are fortunate to be in a community where so many people will take the time to participate.”

  • No one wants to eat alone on Thanksgiving, not even girls with pink hair and neck tattoos, who are really just daughters, after all.

    In Peter Hedges’ sweet 2004 drama “Pieces of April,” April Burns (Katie Holmes) has invited her suburban family to her Lower East Side apartment to celebrate the holiday. It will mark the first time her family has visited her new apartment, the first time she has cooked the family dinner, and, she hopes, the first time she and her family have enjoyed each other’s company.

  • The dancers were swarmed like celebrities as they descended the stage following Friday's spectacular opening of the Wonderful WizThe dancers were swarmed like celebrities as they descended the stage following Friday’s spectacular opening of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Duane Smith Auditorium.

    “I think it’s brilliant,” said Terra Hite. “I’ve never seen a Wizard of Oz performance where Toto and the poppies along the brick road were real people.”