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  • The next guest on “Report from Santa Fe” is Valerie Plame Wilson, the former United States CIA Operations Officer and the author of “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House,” a memoir detailing her career and the events leading up to her resignation from the CIA. 
    “Report from Santa Fe,” will air 8 a.m. Dec. 21 on KNME-PBS, channel 5.1.
    Currently, Plame is co-writing best-selling spy thrillers with the accomplished author Sarah Lovett. Plame discusses their second thriller, “Burned.” Their first novel, “Blowback,” received rave reviews. The books draw upon Plame’s knowledge of spycraft and experiences in the field, delivered in a fictional format, and revealing in a most thrilling way the heroism and the challenge that working undercover represents. Plame shares how her CIA career — including assignments in counterproliferation operations — enables her to recreate the faced-paced world of spy-versus-spy.
    Plame has put her hard-won intelligence experience expertly to work with her latest spy thriller “Burned.”  Vanessa Piersen, the hero of Plame’s thriller series, is a CIA Ops Officer that Plame describes as a “younger, smarter version of me.”

  • Eye on the Mountain gallery presents “Guadalupe” Group Art Show, a first Annual Art Exhibition for Santa Fe’s Guadalupe Arts District. Guadalupe is one of the sacred icons of Santa Fe.
    The public is welcome to experience the group art show, featuring 12 artists from the southwest. Those artists include Stevon Lucero, El Moises, Rachel Houseman, PAZ and Jane Cassidy. 
    The show kicks off from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 12 at the gallery for an opening night event where the public may meet with the artists. The exhibit is ongoing until Feb. 12.
    Art is based on the spirit of Guadalupe as a sacred icon and will challenge viewers to see the many aspects of this sacred image through the eyes of several visionary and sacred Santeros Artists.
    This show will kick off a new holiday tradition for Eye on the Mountain and for Santa Fe.
    For more information see the gallery website at eyeonthemountaingallery.com, or call 928-308-0319, the gallery is found at 614 Agua Fria Street in Santa Fe.
     

  • The annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, will be from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The breakfast is free, although attendees are requested to donate either non-perishable food items or money. Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need. Money donated will be used for the Kiwanis/CYFD Foster Children Christmas party. Any money left over from the Foster Children’s party will be used to make up food baskets, which will also be distributed to those in need. Visit with Santa and enjoy a good breakfast and a morning of good cheer in the true Christmas spirit.

  • The community is welcome to ring in the holidays with an open house at Fuller Lodge. Festivities are from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
    The Los Alamos Arts Council along with the Fuller Lodge Art Center and the Historical Society will kick off the annual holiday event at the lodge, Los Alamos’ best known historic building and its cultural and artistic center.
    Fuller Lodge is decorated for the holidays and there are plenty of festive events planned.
    This year, the festivities begin with the Chamisa SingSations at 10 a.m., then at 10:45 a.m. a Curious Chris will entertain children with the “Science of the Season.”
    Juanita Madland and friends will host a sing-a-long beginning at 11:45 a.m. At 1 p.m., there will be more holiday music with a saxophone quintet and a woodwind quintet, as well as punch and cookies served by the arts council. The Los Alamos Family Council will host a Holiday Cookie Walk at 10 a.m., which will continue all day. The public may make a donation and select a dozen holiday cookies.
    There will be several other nonprofit organizations taking part in the festivities.
    The Animal Shelter will sell calendars and Boy Scout Troop 71 will have holiday wreaths for sale.

  • Thrift sale a holiday tradition

  • I have been asked several times what can we do as a community about teens and drug use.
    You’ll forgive me for repeating myself, but that answer my friends is Assets. If we are taking the time to build Assets, we build the network of supports for youth to build resiliency, to ask for help and to know when they need it.
    Don’t misunderstand the fact that I do realize, it doesn’t mean we save everyone, but we impact the odds greatly when our kids have more of them. There’s still free will and unfortunate turns of events, but generally happy health kids and adults aren’t doing drugs for no reason.
    We need to start when kids are young — when kids need rules to follow, discipline, consequences and good role modeling by adults. You need to pay attention to their music, what they watch on television, where they are and whom they are with and how much money that have at their discretion.
    When they are older, you need to have rules to follow. Curfews and you need to know the kids and the parents of their friends. You’d be surprised the number of times I have heard, “If they are drinking at our house, at least I know they are safe.” That may be well and good except for the fact that most parents don’t want their teenagers drinking anywhere.

  • Los Alamos Middle School invites the entire community to visit the book fair this week, in an educational fundraising opportunity. The community will have an opportunity to get a jump on holiday shopping and help the school add to their collection, which benefits students for years to come.
    The fair will be from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. until Dec. 5. There will be extended hours until 7 p.m. tonight. Students can visit the book fair before school, during lunch and after school. Parent volunteers are also welcome.
    LAMS librarian Lisa Laprairie-Whitacre came to the middle school in February 2012 and immediately had to start packing books for both storage and the move to the portables during construction.
    “It is a busy job, but I love being a librarian for so many reasons,” Whitacre said. “I can get the ‘right’ book into a child’s hand.
    Whitacre opens the library early so that students can have a safe haven in the morning and in conjunction with the PTO has supported lunch recesses by providing cards, chess sets and games.
    She enjoys that the library is an electronic free game zone, where kids play Apples to Apples, reading quietly, do homework, or just hang out.

  • 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
    Babes — A 9-year-old, spayed, female, black and white cat whose owner has been unable to find housing where Babes is welcome. She is a nice big girl who is good with adults and gentle children.
    Biggie Smalls — A handsome, black, neutered male who just had his veterinary update and is ready for a home.
    Kittens — There are plenty that are gradually returning to the shelter from foster homes, as they get big enough to have their veterinary care completed.

  • Donations needed for Listening Post

    The Prevention Office is asking for donations of snack items for the Listening Post.
    The Listening Post is an opportunity for volunteers to offer free snacks to students to lift spirits during stressful times.
    Donations can be dropped off at the main office. Businesses or organizations willing to do a collection can request a free pick up of items by calling 663-3252.
    Those donations requested include granola bars, juice boxes, fruit cups, or other individual packaged items.

    LAMS in need of sports equipment, board games

    Los Alamos Middle School is seeking donations of used sports equipment, board games, or decks of playing cards for cold weather days. Donations can be left at the main office.
    Additional information is available by calling
    470-0841.

    Monitor Staff Report

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council will present its Brown Bag performance on Dec. 3.
    Brave New Brass will play at noon in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.
    Brave New Brass is a brass ensemble formed in Los Alamos, based on previous brass quintets organized by Dave and Deniece Korzekwa. The members of Brave New Brass have a broad interest in the music available for small brass ensembles of various combinations, and have been performing as a group in Los Alamos for the past year and a half.
    Members of the group are all local Los Alamos musicians, with Elizabeth Hunke (French horn), Deniece Korzekwa (tuba), Dave Korzekwa (trumpet), Mandy Marksteiner (trumpet), and Bruce Warren (trombone).
    As an applied mathematician at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Elizabeth Hunke develops and maintains the Los Alamos Sea Ice Model, CICE, which is used in numerous climate — modeling centers around the world.  In her spare time she plays horn with several Los Alamos ensembles, and she is active in the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots that provides scholarship opportunities for women and aviation education in the community.

  • “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family” will be shown for the month of December in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Gallery.
    The exhibit is on loan from the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) in Albuquerque, a nascent museum, which does not yet have a permanent location of its own.
    There will be a public reception at 7 p.m. Dec. 4-5 in the gallery. Director of the MAMF Dr. Circe Woessner will be on hand for the opening of the exhibit in Los Alamos.  She is a former overseas “brat,” whose husband served in the Army for 20 years before his retirement.
    The exhibit’s debut showing was earlier this year at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. The exhibit focuses on several themes, including everyday family life for military families, family members as unsung heroes, loss and grieving, and the importance of different forms of communications between families and those serving in the military.

  • Artists from all around northern New Mexico will be displaying and selling their work in Affordable Arts exhibition at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    More than 50 artists are Los Alamos residents.
    The exhibition will be begin Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and an alternative to madness of Black Friday. Opening day is an opportunity to find some affordable artwork to give as Christmas gifts. The exhibit will be on display through Christmas until Jan. 3.
    The art center will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    The handcrafted items are priced from $1-250, although many artists have their worked priced under-$100 to accommodate cash-strapped shoppers. Gallery staff will also be on hand to help.
    The art center plans to stay open until the Parade of Lights on Dec. 6 and serve hot cider and cookies for revelers that are out in the cold.

  • Los Alamos will be transformed into a winter wonderland during Winterfest, from Dec. 5-7.
    

The highlight of Winterfest — the lighting of the Christmas tree and holiday lights parade — will at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 when downtown Los Alamos will be illuminated with the glow of thousands of lights decorating mobile floats around a “Frozen” theme. The official tree lighting takes place at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.
    

The 21st annual Crèche Show will get Winterfest off the ground on Friday, Dec. 5 as hundreds of nativity scenes from around the world will be displayed. There is no charge to enter the show, which will from 1-7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 1967 18th St. The Crèches show will continue from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 6.
    

Dance Arts Los Alamos will perform “The Snow Queen” on Dec. 5-7 – a classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, which was used as the inspiration for Disney’s “Frozen.” Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 youth, teens and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at CB Fox, or at the door the night of the performance, which will be 7 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium located at 1300 Diamond Drive. Visit danceartslosalamos.org for details.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center welcomes back Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington, for a series of art workshops on capturing the botanical wonders of autumn. Coddington will lead a drawing workshop on Dec. 4 and then for those wishing to enhance their drawings with watercolors, there will be a painting workshop on Dec. 11. Both classes will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and are suggested for beginner and intermediate levels.
    Autumn seed pods and dried plants offer an interesting stage of plant growth for observational art. These workshops will offer people of various skill levels a chance to practice with different plant subjects. Participants will complete various plant studies or one long study, depending on what is most beneficial to expanding their skills.
    A minimum of five students is required for each class, so those interested in the workshops must register on the PEEC website by Dec. 2 for drawing and Dec. 9 for painting. Space in each workshop is limited to only nine students so participants can receive a lot of personalized attention from the instructor.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center welcomes back Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington, for a series of art workshops on capturing the botanical wonders of autumn. Coddington will lead a drawing workshop on Dec. 4 and then for those wishing to enhance their drawings with watercolors, there will be a painting workshop on Dec. 11. Both classes will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and are suggested for beginner and intermediate levels.
    Autumn seed pods and dried plants offer an interesting stage of plant growth for observational art. These workshops will offer people of various skill levels a chance to practice with different plant subjects. Participants will complete various plant studies or one long study, depending on what is most beneficial to expanding their skills.
    A minimum of five students is required for each class, so those interested in the workshops must register on the PEEC website by Dec. 2 for drawing and Dec. 9 for painting. Space in each workshop is limited to only nine students so participants can receive a lot of personalized attention from the instructor.

  • THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
    No Local Programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM The Garage
    12:30 PM EuroMax
    01:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    02:00 PM Los Alamos Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM United in Christ
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “New Mexico Wines: Past to Present”
    08:00 PM Dances of India 2014 - Cinderella
    09:30 PM MPL Authors Speak Series – Bathtub Row Press

  • Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

     “Creatures, Tame and Wild,” by Rebecca Mannschreck. The exhibition of Mannschreck’s animals is on view the entire month of November at Act I Gallery, 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos. To view more artwork visit ActOneGallery.com.
     
    Watercolors and pastels by Jane E. Chandler at El Gancho Tennis and Fitness Club in Santa Fe. Show will run through November.

    Venice: A Reality of a Different Order. Works by Robbie Steinbach. Through Jan. 13, 2015 at Caffe Renato, the Taos Center for the Arts.

    Hand-Woven for the Holidays: Holiday Group Textile Exhibition featuring new work by New Mexico Weavers Connie Enzmann-Forneris, Sandy Voss and Barbara Marigold. Show runs through Jan. 2 at Marigold Arts, 424 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
     Ballet
    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” on sale now at aspensantafeballet.com.  
    Concerts
    Chris Isaak Holiday Tour 2014. 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. $45.

    Lee Ann Womack. 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Isleta Resort and Casino showroom. $30-50. Tickets available at holdmyticket.com.

  • Los Alamos High School will be participating in the American Mathematics Competition exams on Feb. 3 (“A” exam) and on Feb. 25 (“B” exam).
    Interested high school students need to sign up for one or both exams in the Math Office, room A212. A $5 fee is due at sign up. Register now through Dec. 11.
    The mission of the Mathematical Association of America in offering this competition is to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving through a fun competition. Teachers and schools benefit from the chance to challenge students with interesting mathematical questions that are aligned with curriculum standards at all levels of difficulty. Students gain the opportunity to learn and achieve through competition with students in their school and from around the world.
    The AMC offers a contest with an emphasis on problem solving, not just computation.
    Top students can receive recognition through special honors and awards, including the best in each school and the best in each state.
    More information and practice options may be found on the web at amc.maa.org.

  • Launching on Small Business Saturday is the ebook version of “The Secret Project Notebook,” by Carolyn Reeder. Beloved in print, this children’s book tells the story of Fritz, the son of a Manhattan Project scientist and is now available on your ereader!
    Small Business Saturday and the Museum Shop will be open from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. The public is invited to celebrate the launch of the new ebook, check out the books and gifts for sale, and get a Small Business Passport stamped to be entered to win a free book published by Bathtub Row Press.
    Holiday shopping will continue on Dec. 1 — the History Museum and Museum Shop will be open from 5-7 p.m. for Cider Monday. More personal than online Cyber Monday shopping, Cider Monday will feature hot cider and live acoustic guitar music from Pat Burns, who is releasing a new CD, “Burns.”
    At both of these events, the public can browse the book version of “The Secret Project Notebook” before getting it on your ereader.
    The historical novel for young adults tells the story of a seventh-grader named Fritz who has just arrived in the secret city of Los Alamos during World War II.
    Fritz makes new friends, explores his new home, has to deal with bullies, and gets into serious trouble with a prank that has unintended consequences.

  • There’s no rest for Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), as they are busy with their first grant cycle from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.
    The $1,500 grant has allowed the local nonprofit to purchase supplies and increase its elementary offerings to six throughout the region.
    “The grant has allowed me to purchase supplies that are normally outside of my personal expenses and provide those science lessons to more students,” said Chad Lauritzen, known by his pint-sized prodigies as the Sci Guy. “I was also able to expand into an additional new school, Velarde Elementary and focus on some additional lessons for K-2 students.”
    The additional supplies include lab coats and safety goggles, so everyone can feel like a scientist.
    C’YA’s fun, free science has already reached 315 students with repeat visits increasing those totals.
    Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) teaches a variety of grades ranging from kindergarten through sixth, but when they travel to Dixon and Velarde, they spend the day teaching every class in the school.
    While he loves teaching and getting kids excited about science, Lauritzen knows that education is equally about building the relationship with students, so they are eager to learn in the future.