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Today's Features

  • As we have just spent some glorious time celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope that is just the start of your thankfulness.
    As we approach a new calendar year, more than in year’s past, we need to celebrate the little and big things that make life great.
    We need to talk about the good and not let the bad creep into daily life. There are many obstacles as we navigate each day, but we must set the tone for positivity.
    We need to highlight something each day that should be elevated into conversation. It is easy to let someone bring you down, but flip the story and bring someone up instead of down.
    If you can’t think of one, find a few simple phrases that may put someone on the spot to come up with a good story.
    Tell me about your favorite book? Tell me something fun about your grandson? What did you do over the holiday break? What are you looking forward to for the next holiday break?
    Have you thought of any good presents to give or receive this year? What’s the best handmade gift you ever received? What is a good movie you have rented lately? What’s a good idea for dinner tonight?
    It is easy if you think about it, you take something you really want to know, put a positive question around it and there you go.

  • Art exhibits
    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces form & concept, a nonprofit arts organization founded to push and explore the boundaries of perceived distinctions between art, craft and design. The programming acts as a conversation between these disciplines, supporting contemporary creative practice through exhibitions of regional and international artists. Form & concept serves the community through its educational programming by producing artist residencies, workshops, lectures and other events.

    “Visual Poetry: Bill Barrett Sculpture” at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill. The exhibit will showcase 16 sculptures by the nationally and internationally recognized sculptor Bill Barrett, who is based in Santa Fe and New York City. The show will be on view within the Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, and is included in the general admission cost. The show will run through May 14, 2017.

  • In what has become a popular seasonal tradition in Los Alamos, the musicians of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will again present the annual Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Crossroads Bible Church.
    Under the baton of conductor Tjett Gerdom, the full symphony will play popular versions of well known seasonal tunes.  
    The concert will also include excerpts from Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2 and from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.
    An appealing feature of this special concert is the free raffle drawing, open to anyone in the audience – young or old.
    The winner will stand on the podium, take the baton from maestro Gerdom and lead the orchestra in “Jingle Bells”
    A sing-along is also included in this concert.
    Doors for the concert open at 6:30 p.m.  
    The concert is a gift from the orchestra to the community.  
    There is no charge although donations will be gratefully appreciated.

  • Join the holiday fun with the BESC Hillstrummers ukulele group playing several December Holiday Singalongs.
    The first was enjoyed by diners attending the two Thanksgiving luncheons at the BESC on Nov. 18.
    The following singalongs are scheduled:  
    • 10 a.m. Friday in the day room at Sombrillo Nursing Home.
    • 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the Pajarito room at Fuller Lodge during the WinterFest Open House.
    • 11 a.m. Dec. 9 in the produce lobby at Smith’s Marketplace.
    • 10 a.m. Dec. 15 at the indoor Farmer’s Market at Fuller Lodge.
    The group’s talented director Kathleen Galbraith has driven over 3,600 miles from the Chama area this year to conduct spring and fall classes for over 45 students.
    Between class sessions, the group practices informally year round at the BESC for fun.
    Come and sing some of your favorite Holiday tunes accompanied by this fantastic little instrument.

  • BY DEBBIE STONE
    Special to the Monitor

  • Right about now, some residents are getting their floats ready for the annual Los Alamos Holiday Lights Parade. They are also making luminarias, and Santa is transforming the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge into his workshop.
    It’s that time of year again when WinterFest comes to Los Alamos. The festivities will begin this Friday with the Los Alamos LDS Church’s annual Creche Show. Nativity scenes featuring the Christ child, will be on display at the church starting Friday night. The event, which has been a crowd favorite for over 20 years, promises to delight attendees again this year. Nativity scenes from many different cultures across the world will be displayed. Those wishing to lend their creches for display are encouraged to visit the church early Friday morning. They can pick them up after the show ends on Saturday at 4 p.m. The event goes from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It will be at the Los Alamos LDS Church, 1967 18th Street.

  • ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The FBI and Albuquerque Fire Department need help finding the person responsible for arson at a pro-life Catholic organization on Wednesday.
    Authorities say someone set several fires at the office of Project Defending Life, a Catholic-based ministry that offers help to pregnant women.
    The office and a chapel inside the building were damaged.
    Firefighters quickly put the blaze out and nobody was injured.
    The office is on San Mateo and Lomas boulevards.

  • VATICAN CITY (AP) — Saying nothing is beyond the reach of God’s mercy, Pope Francis told Catholics worldwide he is allowing all priests to absolve the faithful of abortion — women and health workers alike — even while stressing that it is a grave sin in the eyes of the church to “end an innocent life.”
    In an Apostolic Letter made public Monday, Francis said he was extending indefinitely the special permission he had granted to all rank-and-file priests during the just ended Holy Year of Mercy.
    “There is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled” with God, the pope wrote in the 10-page letter, signed Sunday, the day the Holy Year ended.
    But, he added: “I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life.”
    Because the Roman Catholic Church holds abortion to be such a serious sin, absolution had long been a matter for a bishop, who could either hear the woman’s confession himself or delegate it to a priest considered an expert in such situations, a potentially intimidating scenario for many of the faithful.

  • The time has come to look to the future and the holiday season. Head on over to kick start the joy of the holidays at the annual Festival of Trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
    The trees are up and on display now through Thursday during normal business hours with a grand finale Saturday for final bidding.
    More than 70 items, including trees, wreaths, ornaments and decorations on display and available through silent auction and bidders need not be present to win. The Saturday showcase will feature a craft fair, free pictures with Santa and musical talents of local artists.
    While admission is free, donations of lunch and snack items or pre-packaged cookies are a suggested donation to benefit local school children.
    The funds raise money for two local non-profits, the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA).
    “There is a bear tree with a sign that says ‘Don’t feed the bears – they are already stuffed,” says LARSO Executive Director Pauline Powell Schneider. “There are trees with birds, snowmen, angels, Sweet Christmas, it’s a Gingerbread World, wreaths that are rustic, some that sparkle, others with berries or holly, and centerpieces with snowmen and candy canes.”

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society announced its 2016-2017 lecture series, “Multiple Perspectives of the Atomic Bomb.”
    Visit losalamoshistory.org for a listing and schedule of lectures and events.
    The lectures are at Fuller Lodge on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., unless noted otherwise.
    The Los Alamos Historical Society’s November lecture will feature a panel on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, including the first Los Alamos appearance of new MPNHP Superintendent Kris Kirby.
    The lecture is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Fuller Lodge
    The Manhattan Project National Historical Park was established in November 2015 to preserve portions of three World War II sites where the United States developed the first atomic weapons.
    Managed in partnership with the Department of Energy, the three sites that make up the park are located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos and Hanford, Washington.
    Kirby is a veteran National Park Service employee, most recently designated as permanent superintendent of the new park. She has extensive experience in NPS partnerships, including her most recent assignment at Yosemite National Park as chief of Business and Revenue Management. Before that, she served as chief of commercial services at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and previously worked in concessions management at Glacier National Park