Today's Features

  • Families looking for a fun way to celebrate the arrival of 2016 are invited to Mesa Public Library and the White Rock branch on New Year’s Eve to celebrate “Noon Year’s Eve.”  
    This event gives kids and families a chance to have all the fun of New Year’s without having to wait until midnight.
    Drop in Youth Services at Mesa Public Library or at the White Rock library branch between 10:30 a.m. and noon on Thursday for games, crafts and a special countdown to noon. There will be a chance for children to color New Year’s crowns and create cards celebrating 2016. They have board games, Legos, blocks, a scavenger hunt and a special play area for even the youngest children.
    Those who join can come all dressed up to greet the New Year or dress comfy and cozy. Registration isn’t necessary and families with children of all ages are welcome.
    And of course, there will be a fantastic countdown to … noon. The party will celebrate, cheer and dance for 2016 exactly at noon – while everyone is still awake and happy. What better way could there be to welcome the New Year?
    For more information, call Mesa Public Library Youth Services at 662-8258 or the White Rock branch at 662-8264.

    Special to the Monitor

  • A Santa Fe writer and local artist have teamed up to craft a picture book for children in foster care. Author Rosemary Zibart and illustrator Sandi Wright who’s also an art therapist collaborated to create “Kit Coyote: A Tale of Hope.”  
    The sensitive, imaginatively illustrated book portrays the issues faced by a child entering foster care – validating their emotions of confusion, fear, loss – and encourages them to be resilient and express their feelings verbally and artistically.
    All the characters in the book are animals – Kathy Rabbit, the social worker, Bruce Hedgehog, therapist, Rayna Fox, foster mom, Rebecca Raccon, the CASA worker and, of course, Kit Coyote – a small winsome boy. The story is told from his perspective.
    “I was a foster parent over 20 years ago,” Zibart said. “And I know how children have mixed emotions. However difficult their home life may have been, they usually miss their parents. And feel uncertain about their future.”
    “I showed this manuscript to many in the art therapy field and no other book like it exists,” Wright said.  

  • Los Alamos native, Airman First Class Daniel Nebel will play a free classical concert of solo horn and piano music at noon Thursday at Fuller Lodge.
    Nebel, a 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School, is currently serving as a bandsman with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West stationed at Travis Air Force Base, California.
    The public is invited to come to Thursday’s event and can bring a sack lunch.
    Growing up in Los Alamos, Nebel began his musical studies on piano with Marilyn LaForge in third grade and went on to study horn with Karole Felts at Los Alamos Music, organ with Frances Meier, and voice with Karolyn Coulter.
    The flourishing arts community in the Los Alamos area gave him the opportunity to perform in many ensembles with ranging from band, orchestra and choir at Los Alamos High School to the Los Alamos Community Winds, Los Alamos Symphony, Los Alamos Choral Society, Los Alamos Light Opera and the Santa Fe Youth Symphony as well as playing organ for the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.  
    Recognizing the direct impact these organizations had on his choice of career (and success with it), Nebel will be taking a free-will donation to support the Santa Fe Youth Symphony at the event.

  • Dec. 20-26, 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
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    10:30 a.m.        NO Advisory Council Meeting
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Baked Potato Bar
    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: Beef and Bean Burrito
    1:30 p.m.        NO Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis

    8:30 a.m.        NO LAVA Quilters

  • The following Eastern New Mexico State University students from Los Alamos were named to the Dean’s List for the fall of 2015:
    Trisha Barks of Los Alamos
    Amanda Dermer of Los Alamos
    John Dermer of Los Alamos
    Jacqueline Fernandes of Los Alamos
    Ian Forsyth of Los Alamos
    Eric Maez of Los Alamos
    Julia Montoya of Los Alamos
    Amethyst Moon of Los Alamo
    Kendall Schneider of Los Alamos
    Kiana Zerr of Los Alamos
    Mariah Zerr of Los Alamos
    To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours with a GPA between 3.25 and 4.00.

  • Giving an adorable puppy or kitten as a gift this holiday season may seem like a wonderful idea, but it is important to remember that pets need a lifetime of care and commitment long after the holiday season. Surprising your family with a new fuzzy friend on that special holiday morning is tempting, but be sure to first consider these facts to avoid being unprepared when bringing a pet home.
    Giving the gift of companionship requires a considerable amount of research and preparation. There can be many reasons why a pet may be unsuitable for a home, such as if the receiver is not financially or mentally prepared for a pet. Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how pets can often come with hidden expenses. “Pets, even healthy ones, require a financial commitment for basic requirements, such as food, collars, and leashes, as well as medical needs, such as basic vaccinations,” she said. “Unexpected illnesses or injury may also add to that financial burden, which can be too much for some owners to handle.”

  • 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.
    Mandy—A 6-month-old black and white female kitten that was originally thought to be feral. But after a few days in the cat room, she learned how great humans are, and this sweet girl cannot get enough attention. She’ll be heading to the vet soon and then will be ready for adoption, but interested adopters can still stop in to meet her.

    Special Planetarium show: “Our Solar System” from 7-7:45 p.m. Learn more about the planets in our solar system and some recent discoveries in planetary science. Admission charged.
    Christmas Bird Count at 6:30 a.m. Participate in the longest running citizen science project in the world, the National Audubon Society’s 116th Annual Christmas Bird Count. Free.

    Pajarito Masonic Lodge No. 66 installation of officers at 10 a.m. at the lodge, at the corner of 15th and Canyon. The Installation Ceremony is one of the very few traditional Masonic Rituals that is open to the public. If you and any of your family, friends, or neighbors are interested or curious about Freemasonry, this is an opportunity to come to the Lodge and get a taste of what we’re all about.

    Coping with the Holidays from 11 a.m.-noon at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice is offering this grief support group for those coping with loss of a loved one. People are invited to join to share feelings and to talk about new ways of planning for this season. To reserve a space, call 662-2525.

  • Los Alamos County’s White Rock Branch Library was given a Citation award from the American Institute of Architects Albuquerque Design Awards Program. The annual awards program encourages and recognizes distinguished architectural achievement by New Mexico architects.
    The program serves to increase public awareness of the outstanding services provided by architects, and emphasizes the importance of the architect’s role in shaping the quality of the built environment through design excellence.
    This year’s entries were judged by a panel of AIA Architects from the San Francisco, California area.