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  • Dec. 21-27, 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: Chicken stew
    Noon        Grief support
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Fish and                 chips
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Carne asada
    1 p.m.        Downton Abbey                 show

  • 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:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    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.
    CATS
    Aztec — A 14-week-old, male, gray tabby with white paws and tummy. When he was just getting used to humans, he was cautious and preferred to watch as his more outgoing siblings explored their new territory. Now he is right in the middle of things. He seeks out your attention with a sweet little meow and has a soft, gentle purr when you pet him. He would probably do best in a quieter home where he can feel confident and loved.

  • Los Alamos
    Los Alamos Middle School, 2101 Hawk Dr.
    Date inspected: Sept. 5
    Violations: All repairs completed and violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from previous inspection. No further follow up required.
    Tesuque
    Baked in Tesuque, 135 Tesuque Village Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 25
    Violations: Three moderate-risk violations Dust accumulation in walk-in ceiling and around skylight. Trash dumpster lids open. Baking equipment not NSF or ANSI approved.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Oct. 15.

    Tesuque Elementary, 1555 Bishops Lodge Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 30
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Eldorado
    Dream Cakes, 46 Chaparral
    Date inspected: Sept. 30
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    Joseph’s, 428 Agua Fria St.
    Date inspected: Sept. 26
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations Thermometer in the bar under counter unit is not working. Dishwasher is not dispensing sanitizer.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Black Mesa Winery in Velarde received top honors at the 15th Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition held last month. Three of its wines placed in the top 95 wines in the competition, two of which were given the competition’s top award. There were more than 700 wine submissions from the 26 states that were invited to participate in the 2014 event. This year is the first time a New Mexico Winery was invited to the competition.
    Awards in the top 95 category are the equivalent of Double Gold medals in other competitions. Black Mesa’s winning wines were the 2012 Burd Vineyard Montepulciano, the 2011 New Mexico Cabernet Sauvignon and their Cosecha Ultima, a late harvest dessert wine made with grapes from the Las Parras Vineyard in Abiquiu. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cosecha Ultima also were chosen for the competition’s highest award, the Jefferson Cup. Their fourth submission, the 2011 Coyote, received the Jefferson Cup Award of Merit.
    Black Mesa has received notable awards in other recent international competitions, receiving multiple “Best in Show,” “Best in Class,” “Platinum” and “Diamond” awards, as well as numerous Double Golds.

  • Tourism Santa Fe announces the 2014 Farolito Design Contest open to all current and new followers on the @cityofsantafe Instagram social media platform from now until midnight Christmas Day.
    Contestants who make and photograph their own creative farolito can post the image on Instagram using the city holiday #SantaFeJoy, the city’s ongoing #howtosantafe and the contest #Farolito. They also need to “tag” the Tourism Santa Fe handle “@cityofsantafe” in their post and they’ll automatically be entered to win prize packages from a variety of local hotels, restaurants and cultural attractions.
    The entries will be judged on three qualities: creative design, holiday spirit and image composition. Volunteer judges are Rod Lambert, manager, Tourism Santa Fe Community Art Gallery, Enrique Limón, arts & culture editor, Santa Fe Reporter and Bryan Cooper, production manager, The Santa Fean. Anyone else can be a judge too — a People’s Choice Prize will go to the post that receives the most overall engagement of likes, comments and reposts.
    Winners will be announced on Tourism Santa Fe social media channels Instagram, Twitter and Facebook on Dec. 30, on the contest webpage, and all entries will be “pinned” on the Tourism Santa Fe Pinterest page.

  • Bernalillo County Cultural Services and the Southwest Women’s Law Center announce a call for entry for women artists residing in New Mexico to be featured in an upcoming exhibit “Unconfined: Empowering Women through Art.”
    This art show will feature two-dimensional artwork by the selected women artists, women artists who are detained at Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) and young women at the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC).
    The exhibit will span the month of March in celebration of National Women’s History Month, known locally as Women and Creativity Month.  The art exhibit will be on display at the African American Performing Arts Center Gallery. 
    Presently, women at MDC and young women at JDC are participating in artist led workshops. Through movement, meditation, and hands-on art making, the art classes bring creativity and self-expression into an otherwise barren environment. Each participating artist is asked to share the story behind her artwork.  These stories will be posted alongside the artwork.
    Submission Requirements:
    • Women artists residing in New Mexico are invited to submit their artwork by Jan. 30.
    • Up to three artworks in .jpg format

  • Angel Fire Resort received four inches of new snow over the past weekend. The colder temperatures are allowing the resort to continue to make snow as well. Angel Fire opened Dec. 12 and has 25 percent of the mountain open and they expect to open more trails over the next two weeks.

  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park will conduct its annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 22. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. in the Visitor Center lobby. Members of the public are encouraged to join park staff for a day of birding.
    This event provides valuable information on local bird populations, and is a great way for volunteers to experience more remote areas of the park.
    Experienced birders from the Four Corners Bird Club of Farmington will be assisting with bird identification. Participants need not be experts, but must be prepared to hike several hours off trail across semi-rugged terrain.
    Plan to bring a field lunch and snacks, plenty of water, sunscreen and clothes for varied winter weather conditions. A camera, field guidebook, and binoculars are also suggested.
    Participants must arrive at the Visitor Center by 9 a.m. to join in the bird count. To sign up contact Jessica Guenther, Jessica_guenther@partner.nps.gov or 505-786-7014, ext. 242.
    Winter is a great time to visit the park and wander through the Chacoan structures. Wildlife is much easier to view this time of year. The park will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, however the campground will remain open.

  • Savanna Strother may only be 7 years old, but she dreams big. The first grader at Mountain Elementary says wants to be a rock star when she grows up and she may already be on her way to success.
    During the Chamisa Carnival in October, Strother’s stepmother Nicole put in a bid to the silent auction where one of the prizes was “Be a Pop Star For a Day.” Savanna’s name was chosen and she showcased her talent during a lunch time performance Nov. 14 in the Mountain Elementary School cafeteria. Her and three friends sang “Let It Go,” from the movie “Frozen.” Sophie Saenz, Sydney Buck and Brooke Smit joined Strother in song. “Everyone knew how to sing that song,” Strother said.
    “We thought she might get scared and freeze up,” Strother’s grandmother Celia Browne said. “But no, she sang loud and clear. We were very proud. We could even hear her more than the other girls.”
    In addition to the performance, the Pop Star For a Day prize gave Strother a chance to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and read the day’s announcements.
    After the performance, Strother was escorted to a “pop star” throne, decorated bright with sequins and glitter and received the entire pop princess experience — sporting rock star sunglasses.

  • Los Alamos High School Driver’s Education instructor Scott Pomeroy has students educating other students before the holidays with posters throughout the school. Students are encouraged to text friends #X to let them know they will be driving and won’t respond until it is safe.

  • Sunday is Winter Solstice. All over the world, people have kept track of the passing of the seasons with markers built into such things as structures, stones and the horizon.
    At Bandelier, there are several places that may mark the position of the sun on dates including the solstices and equinoxes.
    One of them is the entryway to Tyuonyi, the large pueblo in Frijoles Canyon.
    It will be the annual ranger-guided walk to watch as the sun rises over the canyon walls and casts shadows in alignment with Tyuonyi’s entry walls. 
    There is no way to be sure that the pueblo was built that way on purpose, but Winter Solstice is an important date to many cultures. 
    In the northern hemisphere, it is the day that the sun turns back northward and days begin to lengthen, promising the return of warm days and growing crops.
    The walk begins from the front of the Visitor Center at 7:15 a.m. and lasts about an hour; the trail is level and paved, and only about 400 yards each way. 
    No sign-ups are required.  Participants should dress warmly, in layers and with warm shoes. If the sky is overcast, the walk will be rescheduled for the next day. 
    For more information call the Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517. 

  • 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.