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  • The annual Children’s Bazaar was held at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church during the Winterfest celebration on Dec. 6.
    Children had the opportunity to shop for gifts for family and friends, while parents relaxed and enjoyed refreshments. Gifts were wrapped free of charge.
    Donations were collected at the church days before the event. Proceeds went to support youth choir members to attend choir camp and support medical clinics through the Episcopal Relief and Development. To read the thank you letter to the community, see page the opinion page. Courtesy

  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre has announced a fundraising effort to support the purchase and installation of an assisted listening system in the Performing Arts Center, the facility in which LALT theatrical productions are staged.
    “We have heard from many patrons over the years that their enjoyment of our productions would be greatly enhanced with an assisted listening system,” said LALT President Gracie Cainelli. “This system generates a signal that can be picked up directly by most hearing aids. They can be found in many facilities in Los Alamos County, such as Fuller Lodge and the Bradbury Science Museum.”
    The system that has been identified for the Performing Arts Center will cost about $3,000 for parts and installation, and will include a limited number of headsets for those without compatible hearing aids.
    “Los Alamos National Bank has committed to provide $1,500 toward the purchase of this system, or about half of what we need,” Cainelli said. LANB’s contribution comes through its community reinvestment program.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Past presentations can be reviewed by joining the Yahoo group for LAPC found at groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/la-photoclub/info. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family.” Exhibit runs daily through Jan. 2 at the upstairs art gallery at Mesa Public Library.

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    Wednesday
    Holiday Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    The eighth grade WEB Crew leaders will be hosting a free movie (“Maleficent”) for all seventh graders right after school. Seventh graders are asked to bring a snack to share and WEB Crew will have free drinks. The movie starts right after school and students must be picked up by 5 p.m.

  • Recently the Los Alamos Co-op Market welcomes two senior managers to the staff. Jose Peraita has been hired to take on the front end manager position, while Theresa Westfall is taking the reins of deli manager.
    Peraita worked in the deli and has fully embraced the spirit of co-ops in his interactions with customers and staff.
    He will take over as front end manager from Tim Morrison who was part of the original management team. Morrison is leaving the co-op to start graduate school abroad.
    Westfall has restaurant kitchen management experience along with a great attitude and enthusiasm for learning about co-ops, which will help her transition into her role as deli manager.
    She will be attending deli operations training in mid-January to hone her skills and transfer her knowledge of restaurant kitchens to grocery delis.
    The Los Alamos Co-op Market can be found at two locations: 95 Entrada Dr. and inside Fusion Multisport on Central across from CB Fox. Check the website losalamos.coop or call 695-1579 for more information.

  • I needed to write about something positive prior to the winter break.
    Please consider this the final reminder for nominations for the Community Asset Awards are due on Monday.
    This will be the sixth annual event where we recognize all ages, various businesses, clubs and programs that make our community and the world a little better.
    I know this is a busy time of year with finals week, things to bake, picking up, dropping off and the general things associated with daily life.
    It only takes about 10 minutes, five of which could be done thinking about it while you’re in the shower. The other five would consist of you writing a paragraph or two about a deserving nominee, that I read while they stand in front of a crowd of do-gooders.
    You may regret it if you don’t just do it and the boost on their end is not measureable. It is a joyous time, every year.
    So think about who makes this community a better place to live or work. Who is doing something that makes a difference in their school, their community, or the world?
    You can request a form at 695-9139 and yes, I text. I’d even be willing to fill it out for you if you happen to catch me. You can also request a form via email at AssetsInAction@att.net or go online and fill in the blanks at AssetsInAction.info.

  • Dec. 14-20, 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
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Green chile stew
    Noon Grief support
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m. Mac users group
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Computer users group
    11:30 Lunch: Chicken chow mien
    1 p.m. MindBody massage
    1 p.m. Bingo
    6 p.m. Mahjong
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    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: Lemon pepper cod
    12:15 p.m. Barranca choir & jump rope team performance
    1 p.m. Downton Abbey show
    1:30 p.m. Daytime Duplicate Bridge

    THURSDAY
    8:30 a.m. Walk-In-The-Woods
    9 a.m. Toenail clipping
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Beef tips over rice
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge

  • The Santa Fe Community Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the Española YMCA Teen Center in November to support the Center’s healthy living initiatives.  
    According to Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval, the grant will support tutoring, health education and life skills classes offered at the Española Teen Center.
    “Our goal is to influence youth behaviors that enable healthy choices. We aim to build personal skills, enhance positive values, connect youth to their community through service and outreach opportunities, and support education. This support from the Santa Fe Community Foundation, which we are so grateful of, will further this important work,” The Y’s Executive Director Linda Daly said.   
    “By hiring positive adult role models who counsel and befriend youth, this ‘safe haven’ helps teens to reach their full potential,” she said.
    The center addresses health through programs that include preventative and behavioral health classes on teenage sexuality, substance abuse, psychological health (depression, suicide, bullying) and addiction prevention.

  • The Compassionate Friends, a bereavement group, and its Los Alamos chapter will have its 18th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting on Sunday at the Ashley Pond bandstand.
    The Worldwide Candle Lighting is now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe. The event began in the United States in 1997 as a small Internet observance.
    Since 1997 it has increased to include the entire world, moving from time zone to time zone, as a 24-hour wave of light. In addition to the formal services, thousands of families will participate privately in their homes. It is a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends — a quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.
    The Los Alamos chapter was established about a year and a half ago.
    The Compassionate Friends and allied organizations are joined by local bereavement groups, churches, funeral homes, hospitals, hospices, children’s gardens, schools, cemeteries and community centers. Services have ranged in size from just a few people to nearly a thousand.

  • Today
    Aaron’s Kids Closet, a free store, will be open 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. Available items are clothing, shoes and coats for school aged children. For information on how to donate, call the church office or Michelle at 660-0340.

    Poetry gathering. 6:30 p.m. in the Southwest Room at Mesa Public Library.

    “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family.” Exhibit runs daily through Jan. 2 at the upstairs art gallery at Mesa Public Library.  

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    Friday
    The Los Alamos Chapter No. 63, Order of Eastern Star will sell Collin Street Bakery holiday fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (or until sold out) in the Los Alamos National Bank lobby. For more information, contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797, email judygoldie1@gmail.com, or Nina Laird, 662-7580.

  • The December meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature its annual “potpourri,” a special meeting featuring a potluck dinner and a collection of short presentations from members who took a notable trip in 2014 and have stories and photos to share.
    The Mountaineers will provide barbeque from Bob’s Bodacious and cake from the Chocolate Maven. Others are asked to bring side dishes, desserts or main course alternatives as they like.
    The special meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Fuller Lodge.
    Following dinner, the meeting will present updates on upcoming LAM-sponsored trips or reports on recent ones, followed by the featured potpourri presentations.
    Kicking off his retirement tour, Larry Earley visited seven Arizona climbing areas in eight days during March 2014. More than 1,300 miles of non-stop driving enabled him and Don Taylor to climb at Paradise Forks, Oak Creek Overlook, Granite Dells, Isolation Canyon, Superstition Mountains, Isle of You and Sheepshead in Cochise Stronghold. Earley will describe what he calls a “once in a lifetime adventure.”

  • Pet adoptathon in Rio Rancho this weekend

    Watermelon Mountain Ranch in Rio Rancho is having an adoptathon Friday through Sunday in the big tent at PetSmart, 10248 Coors Bypass, near Cottonwood Mall.
    The event will be from noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
    The no-kill shelter will present dogs and cats, puppies and kittens, who all need a loving home in time for the Holidays. The public may also bring a pet to have their photo taken with Santa Paws, and also choose a wish from the WMR Giving Tree. There will be also an opportunity to donate dog and cat food to help feed pets at rescue groups.
    Watermelon Mountain Ranch is New Mexico’s largest no-kill shelter, saving thousands of animals since 1996. Watermelon Mountain Ranch relies on adoptions, donations and volunteers both at the Ranch in northern Rio Rancho and at offsite events throughout the year.

    Shakespears’s Twelfth Night’ to be performed in Santa Fe

  • Los Alamos
    Hot Rocks Java Café-LAMC, 3917 West Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 16
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. No sanitizer strips available during inspection time.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Hot Rocks Java Café-Catering, 4200 W. Jemez Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 16
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Hot Rocks Java Café, 4200 W. Jemez Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 16
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Chuck’s Wagon, Various locations
    Date inspected: Sept. 24
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Pojoaque
    Pojoaque Elementary School, 1524 N.M. 502
    Date inspected: Sept. 25
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Pojoaque High School, 1574 N.M. 502
    Date inspected: Sept. 25
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Refrigerators need thermometers.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family.” Exhibit runs daily through Jan. 2 at the upstairs art gallery at Mesa Public Library.  

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have its annual holiday potluck luncheon. Noon at  the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr. All registered Republican women are invited to join. The new 2015-16 officers will be installed and members will be bringing gifts for the Adopt-A-Family program. To RSVP, call Donna MacDonald 662-4001.

  • Ian Tillotson, of Summit Foods, recently received the Client Recognition Award at their annual conference.
    The award is given to directors for exceptional service and this was his second, in the three years he has been with Summit Foods in Los Alamos.
    Summit Foods services the Los Alamos Public Schools lunch program. Tillotson was nominated by a client and was one of only 29 recipients, from their 260 accounts.
    The Education and Business Dining Group, is their largest sector and had just two recipients.
    Tillotson’s responsiveness to client needs and concerns, professionalism, and dedication to students were key areas for this award.
    While the food service manager has been with Summit Foods for 7½ years, he doesn’t accept the award without also acknowledging the hard work of his many staff members.
    “I have a truly dedicated staff that is eager to help in any way possible,” he said. “They come to work every day with a can do attitude and an eagerness to feed as many students as possible.”

  • Today
    Bats in New Mexico. 7 p.m. Join wildlife biologist Justin Stevenson and discover the beautiful and remarkable world of bats. Learn about the biology, ecology and behavior. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family.” Exhibit runs daily through Jan. 2 at the upstairs art gallery at Mesa Public Library.  

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    Wednesday
    Holiday Eco Crafts. 1-3 p.m. Drop your children off at PEEC so they can unleash their creativity and make ecologically-friendly gifts. Advance registration required. $20/$16 PEEC members per child. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday

  • Amidst all the buzz about buying gifts at the holidays, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer its Holiday Eco Crafts class for kids again this year. The class will be from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday. Not only is this class a lot of fun for the kids, but it also teaches them that gifts don’t have to be expensive or fancy to be useful, practical and attractive.
    Gifts to make will include pinecone fire starters, recycled notebooks, holiday ornaments, toys and more. Plenty of materials will be available to make the perfect gift for parents, grandparents and siblings. There will also be a lot of recycled wrapping paper and cards on hand, so kids can wrap their gifts and address them to the recipients before they head home.  
    Parents are welcome to stay during the class, or to leave kids at PEEC and enjoy a few hours of kid-free local shopping. PEEC’s own shop also has some holiday gift items, including books, unique jewelry, stuffed animals and even PEEC animal adoptions. 

  • The official launch of the 2014 Community Asset Awards has begun and the community is invited to nominate anyone that lives or works in Los Alamos. While everyone is recognized, one lucky attendee has a chance to receive the big award of the night, the Spirit of the West Award.
    The Spirit of the West in named for former Los Alamos County Council member Jim West, who helped to create a community event where people are recognized for doing good things and being great people.
    “I was at a meeting where Jim and I discussed how so many great things were being done in our community and by our community members that went unnoticed,” said Bernadette Lauritzen, Assets In Action coordinator. “I spoke with Jim before he passed away to let him know one such award would be given in his honor.”
    Assets In Action, with the support of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), has the program underway once again.
    “We had some an unexpected reduction in funding for the program this year,” Lauritzen said. “And with a series of community fundraisers, we’ll muddle through this year.”

  • Tonight it is my goal to convince you to have that serious talk with your kids.
    Oh, don’t worry, it isn’t that talk, whew, had you sweating, didn’t I? The talk I want you to have is one with anyone that plays games with guns.
    The guns in question aren’t the real ones, but fake guns that look so real, it could get them killed.
    If you watch the news, you know it did happen, a 12-year-old boy was shot and killed in Cleveland, when he was walking in a park and pointing a pretend gun at people passing by the area.
    I know there is a lot happening in the nation related to police right now, but this is one we as parents can solve after a five minute conversation.
    Our kids want to be cool, they play some pretty serious video games and real life situation games, where the toys don’t look a whole lot like toys.
    The reverse can be said of real guns looking like fake ones, as I have seen my share of positively pink revolvers and shotguns.
    There are many crimes and deaths that would never take place if people simply used a little common sense. I’ll save some of those topics for another column.

  • Dec. 7-13, 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
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Advisory council    
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken tenders
    Noon        Grief support
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Tilapia
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    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: Tater tot
            casserole
    12:15 p.m.    Piano students
            perform

  • Nov. 12: A girl, Grace Xuanyue Lin, born to Shizeng Lin and Zhuang Yang
    Nov. 19: A girl, Aracely Baca, born to Sheryl and Abraham Baca
    Nov. 21: A boy, Reyes Lionel Campos, born to Julie and Donny Ray Campos
    Nov. 24: A boy, Owen Walter Maassen, born to Jessica and Joel Maassen