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  • Arts & Entertainment Calendar 11-30-16

    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.

  • LA Symphony Orchestra to play Friday

    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 holiday singalongs with ukulele group

    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.

  • Free farolito sand now available

    Free sand is now available for Los Alamos County residents who want to make holiday faolitos.
    Each year, the Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division provides free farolito sand as a courtesy to residents.

    Sand is now available at these locations:
    • Overlook Park, in south parking lot.

    • Urban Park, in the 42nd Street parking area.

    • Sullivan Field, in the west side of parking lot.

    • Barranca Mesa, at the end of Barranca Road at Navajo.

    • North Mesa, at the north end of the soccer field parking lot.

    Residents are asked to limit the amount of sand taken to the amount needed for their farolitos.
    For questions, call 662-8113, email lacpw@lacnm.us.

  • TRAVEL: Switzerland

    Special to the Monitor

  • WinterFest comes to LA this weekend

    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.

  • State certifies election results

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico State Canvassing Board certified election results Tuesday that return control of the state Legislature to Democrats, award a statewide victory to Hillary Clinton and provide Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson with his strongest showing in any state.
    Board members including Republican Gov. Susana Martinez also initiated automatic recounts in three state legislative races where the margin of victory was less than 1 percent. If results remain unchanged, Democrats would outnumber Republicans 26-16 in the Senate and 38-32 in the House of Representatives.
    In the presidential race, Clinton won 48.6 percent of the statewide vote to Donald Trump’s 40 percent. Gary Johnson took 9.3 percent of ballots, making it possible for the Libertarian Party to qualify as a major political party and take part in publicly funded primary elections alongside major party candidates.

  • Fan club supports Toys for Tots, LA Cares

    Small Business Saturday shoppers patronizing Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware Store encountered someone dressed in an odd-looking uniform collecting donations for Toys for Tots.
    That volunteer was Captain (JG) William J. Knight, ME, commanding officer of the HMS Implacable, a super dreadnaught in the Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association.
    The fan club fashions itself after the Honor Harrington science fiction series written by David Weber. Founded in 2011, the fan club engages in “cosplay” (costumed role playing based on novels, TV series, films, etc.) and charitable work.
    At 11 a.m. Saturday, Knight told the Monitor, “People in our own ship were down at the Santa Fe Walmart yesterday, and the people in Los Alamos just this morning have donated more than was donated all of yesterday. People in Los Alamos are amazing.
    “People have come in and not known this was going on and asked, ‘How long are you going to be here.’ And they’ve run out to the store and bought toys and brought toys back. So it’s such a wonderful experience. I love Los Alamos.”

  • Author thanks LA for solving photo mystery

    Author John Bisney can’t thank Los Alamos enough for all the help.
    About a month ago, he enquired through the Los Alamos Monitor about identifying key figures in photos that were taken during President John F. Kennedy’s visit to the Los Alamos National Laboratory on Dec. 7, 1962.
    Bisney is working on a book called The Space Age Presidency of John Kennedy. The fairly rare photos of his visit to Los Alamos that he and photo archivist, J.L. Pickering came across during the research phase of the project had them stumped. While they knew who most of the people in the photos were, there were some they could not identify. In an article the Monitor wrote about it on Oct. 18, Bisney requested that anyone with information please contact the Monitor.
    People did come forward, including: Mahlon Wilson, Joel Dahlby, Claire Ulam Weiner, Sandra Haak, Darrik Stafford and many others.
    “As I said at the beginning of this effort, without such assistance, over time who these people are (names with photos) would be lost for good,” Bisney said. “I really appreciate the interest and help your readers provided.”
    Claire Ulam Weiner, the daughter of Stanislaw Ulam, a renowned lab mathematician who contributed much to the development of the first atomic bombs.

  • Prep girls basketball: ’Toppers outlast Pojoaque Valley

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team gained some needed momentum going into a rough stretch against high-caliber opponents.
    The Hilltoppers (2-1) won their second straight game by defeating Pojoaque Valley 47-43 on Saturday at Griffith Gym. On Tuesday, Los Alamos traveled to face Volcano Vista (after the Los Alamos Monitor’s print deadline). Then, in a span of five days, beginning on Saturday, the Hilltoppers will host Valencia, Santa Fe and Cibola.
    Saturday’s win could give Los Alamos some confidence offensively, as it struggled to hit open shots in its first two games. But the Hilltoppers used its defense to find open transition opportunities and in return scored a season-high 47 points. Defensively, Los Alamos continues to press aggressively and capitalize from its team speed.   
    That team defense showed up early against Pojoaque, as the Hilltoppers didn’t allow a point until the 5:05 mark if the first quarter.