Today's Features

  • There’s no rest for Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), as they are busy with their first grant cycle from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.
    The $1,500 grant has allowed the local nonprofit to purchase supplies and increase its elementary offerings to six throughout the region.
    “The grant has allowed me to purchase supplies that are normally outside of my personal expenses and provide those science lessons to more students,” said Chad Lauritzen, known by his pint-sized prodigies as the Sci Guy. “I was also able to expand into an additional new school, Velarde Elementary and focus on some additional lessons for K-2 students.”
    The additional supplies include lab coats and safety goggles, so everyone can feel like a scientist.
    C’YA’s fun, free science has already reached 315 students with repeat visits increasing those totals.
    Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) teaches a variety of grades ranging from kindergarten through sixth, but when they travel to Dixon and Velarde, they spend the day teaching every class in the school.
    While he loves teaching and getting kids excited about science, Lauritzen knows that education is equally about building the relationship with students, so they are eager to learn in the future.

  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — ‘Tis the season when many stars are preparing for months-long campaigns with the distant hope of bringing home an Academy Award come February.
    But winning isn’t the only way to snag one of the coveted statuettes. Enthusiastic collectors with several hundred thousand to spare can achieve Oscar glory at the right auction house. And they could do it next as soon as the weekend.
    The latest prize to go under the hammer is James Cagney’s 1942 best actor Oscar for his role in “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Auctioneer Nate D. Sanders has required an $800,000 minimum bid for the trophy, which they predict could sell for upward of $1 million by the time the auction closes.
    “It’s the most prestigious Oscar to hit the market in recent years,” said Sam Heller, a representative of Nate D. Sanders. For one, he notes, there have only been three best actor Oscar available in two decades.
    The scarcity of Oscars for purchase isn’t an accident. Historically, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has not looked kindly on the free market sale of the prize.

  • Matthew J. Leslie, has been selected to attend Undergraduate Pilot Training upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy. He is currently serving as C/Capt Flight Commander with Cadet Squadron 11, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. Leslie is the son of Paul and Carolyn Leslie, of Los Alamos, and is a 2011 graduate of Los Alamos High School.

  • Learn to build gingerbread houses

    The Family Strength Network is offering Gingerbread classes, to demonstrate how to build gingerbread houses for people of all ages.
    There are four classes set for different age groups.
    Toddlers: 10:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 3. Cost is $10 per child.
    School age children: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Cost is $20 for the gingerbread house kit.
    Teens and adults: 3:45-5:45 p.m. Dec. 5. Cost is $20 for the gingerbread house kit.
    Registration required through lafsn.org, or call 662-4515. The Family Strengths Network is located at 1990 Diamond Drive in the Pueblo Complex.

    KOATS for Kids campaign kicks off

  • I would like to take a moment to thank the community for turning out for the Festival of Trees. The funds raised will benefit senior citizen and youth serving programs, building a better community for all of us.
    I would also like you to ask you to support Small Business Saturday and the days that follow, by making some purchase locally that you may not have made before.
    To be honest, we changed the dates of the festivals when we realized that we lost so much traffic off the Hill the weekend after Thanksgiving that it hurt our event.
    So this holiday season support a business that you don’t normally visit or one that is always there for you. Either way, their bottom line is what helps our community thrive.
    If you don’t often come down to White Rock, swing into Warm Hearts Yarn and shop their little mini mall of offerings from a variety of vendors. Have a bite to eat at the Bandelier Grill, Lee’s Chinese Restaurant has a new name but a really great Friday buffet and don’t forget the Rosebud Café, hey ya’ll White Rock is rockin!
    The Blue Window Bistro is a festival supporter and does an awesome chocolate mousse. Do you know we have our own chocolate shop with the Rose Chocolatier? You never go wrong with a gift of chocolate, any age, any stage.

  • 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 a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    The cat room is currently full of cats that are all shapes, sizes and personalities — the shelter has something for everyone — young to mature, playful to peaceful, interactive to solitary, claws to no claws and every color. Come meet a new forever friend today!

  • Nov. 23-29, 2014
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.    Medicare Part D    
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Potato bar,             salad bar
    Noon        Grief support
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Fish and chips
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.    “Friends” meeting
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Meatloaf

  • Oct. 17: A boy, Cyrus Nicholas Moore, born to Shanda and Brian Moore
    Oct. 27: A girl, Elizabeth Barbara Eisele-Ohman, born to Elizabeth Terry Ohman and Douglas Joseph Eisele
    Nov. 2: A girl, Ily Rae Bowyer, born to Noelle and Sean Bowyer
    Nov. 3: A boy, Broderick Eugene Euler, born to Garrett and Lisa Euler
    Nov. 4: A boy, Everett James Waters, born to Sarah G. and Ml James Waters
    Nov. 5: A boy, Carleone Leroy Jenkins, born to Kathleen Bailon and Marquise Jenkins
    Nov. 6: A girl, Antoinette Olivia L’Esperance, born to Alexandria L’Esperance
    Nov. 7: A girl, Lyla Sadie Salazar, born to Sierra Ortiz and Ricardo Salazar
    Nov. 12: A boy, Charles Reass, born to Jenna and David Reass



    The Los Alamos Chapter No. 63, Order of Eastern Star will sell Collin Street Bakery holiday fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes until 6 p.m. in the Los Alamos National Bank lobby in Los Alamos. They will also be sold on the following Fridays: Dec. 5, 12 and 19 (or until sold out). No fruitcakes will be sold at LANB the Friday after Thanksgiving. For more information, contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797, email judygoldie1@gmail.com, or Nina Laird, 662-7580. 


    Coro de Cámara presents the Silver Anniversary Season, celebrating 25 years of music-making with the chorus and soloists. The program “Silvery Tones,” features Cantata 140, “Sleepers, Wake,” by J.S. Bach and includes works by Handel, Duruflé, Paulus, Mathias, Scarlatti and Byrd. 7 p.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. 

  • Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

     “Creatures, Tame and Wild,” by Rebecca Mannschreck. The exhibition of Mannschreck’s animals is on view the entire month of November at Act I Gallery, 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos. To view more artwork visit ActOneGallery.com.
    Watercolors and pastels by Jane E. Chandler at El Gancho Tennis and Fitness Club in Santa Fe. Show will run through November.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is announces “Eros and Thanatos: new work by Michael Petry.” This exhibition will run through Saturday.

    Venice: A Reality of a Different Order. Works by Robbie Steinbach. Through Jan. 13, 2015 at Caffe Renato, the Taos Center for the Arts.

    Hand-Woven for the Holidays: Holiday Group Textile Exhibition featuring new work by New Mexico Weavers Connie Enzmann-Forneris, Sandy Voss and Barbara Marigold. Opening reception with the Artists 5-7 p.m. Friday at Marigold Arts, 424 Canyon Road in Santa Fe. Show runs through Jan. 2.