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    Taos Lifestyle Productions presents a trifecta of world class singer/songwriters at “Songs and Stories II” from 7-10 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Taos Center for the Arts. 

    Michael Hearne opens the show with Taos native Max Gomez and Grammy nominated Shawn Mulllins who will perform songs about life, love and the American dream.

    “This is the second year that Taos Lifestyle Productions has brought ‘Songs and Stories’ to Taos, and we are hopeful this will be another sold out event,” said “Mattress Mary” Domito, owner of Taos Lifestyle Productions. “‘Songs and Stories II’ will feature three well known singer/songwriters whose unique talents will blend for a soulful evening of stories, told through lyrics and music.”
     

  • According to the Naval Junior ROTC unit at Los Alamos High School Cadet Public Affairs Officer Rachel Barthell, the unit kicked off a week of activity with their annual AMI inspection, on Dec. 6.

    That was followed with 40 cadets traveling to West Mesa High School in Albuquerque, to compete in the Area 9 West Academic, Fitness and Drill Championship Meet, the following day, where the unit swept the competition.

    “We work so hard at practice throughout the year and to see all of that work turn into a trophy is a great feeling,” Barthell said.

    The culmination of the week was capped off by an awards and recognition ceremony, on Dec. 12.

  • Thank you to the great community of Los Alamos for the donations you gave to the Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    And a big thank you to everyone who helped at the Bazaar with setup, gift wrapping, greeting parents, helping children shop, providing food, served coffee and clean up.
    One hundred sixty children attended our event and we hope that the joy they receive in giving their gifts will continue with them and their families throughout the year.
    The children enjoyed making their own selections and purchases. Their excitement was contagious as they rejoined their parents with their wrapped presents.
    The proceeds from this year’s event will be used to support health clinics in third-world countries through Episcopal Relief and Development and for scholarships for TOTH’s youth choir to attend a summer choir program in Wilkes Barre, Penn.
    Merry Christmas.
    Beth Pattillo and Cathy Walters
    co-chairs Children’s Christmas Bazaar

  • Local certified arborist Laural Hardin is back 6:30 p.m. today at PEEC. In this program, Hardin will talk about what homeowners can do to take care of their trees throughout the winter, to make them stronger and healthier for the spring.
    There are actually specific things one can do to ensure the trees on property emerge from the cold and snow with a healthier outlook for the spring. Certified arborist Laural Hardin will teach more about this and other topics related to our trees.
    Hardin’s talk will cover all the things you can do to help your trees survive the winter and come out strong in the spring. This includes water, tree wrap and basic pruning. The group will also look at how changing climate effects tree dormancy, and what can be done to boost tree vigor and growth. The talk will focus mostly on non-native urban trees, but it will also touch upon ponderosa, piñon and juniper.
    Hardin is a certified arborist and integrated pest management specialist. She specializes in diagnosing and solving tree and garden problems. With an interest in helping people understand the natural balance in the landscape, Hardin teaches us how to avoid most issues by learning to see the root cause. Her style is a hands-on educational, program.
    The cost to attend this program is $8, or $6 for PEEC members.

  • Bruce Masse, a guest scientist at the Laboratory, will talk about “The Great Comet of 1264” in the next Brown Bag Lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradbury Science Museum.
    More than 600 comets were documented before the invention of the telescope in 1608. They were identified by size, shape and duration.
    Masse said the Great Comet of 1264 is particularly remarkable. Records from Asia, the Middle East and Europe indicate that the comet could be seen for 15 weeks; it could also be seen in daylight for more than a month.
    This Brown Bag Lecture will explore the potential signature of Comet 1264 in the archaeological and oral historical record of North America and Hawaii.
    Masse is a guest scientist with the Environmental Protection Division at the Laboratory, where he retired from in 2012. He is an environmental archaeologist with degrees from Stanford, the University of Arizona and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
    Masse conducted archaeological fieldwork in the American Southwest, Micronesia and Hawaii.
    He is the author of articles and books on a variety of topics including mythology, Hawaiian traditional astronomy, the role of solar eclipses in Southwestern prehistory, the effects of volcanic eruption on culture and the record of recent cosmic impact on Earth by asteroids and comets.

  • A little bit of thought goes a long way, especially during the holiday season, but honestly, it goes a long way every other day of the year too.
    As we look at the positive identity category this month, I still hope you will work to recognize the contributions of the everyday people that make your day great, your workplace great or your life even a little better.
    Over the past week, we saw how a simple act of kindness becomes a grand gesture, filled with meaning, signifying hope and allowing community to come together, to heal.
    The baking and culinary classes were baking random acts of kindness and spreading their better leaving through baked goods philosophy for all.
    Trish, an employee at Smith’s in White Rock adorned store pillars in purple ribbon, with gracefully tied bows.
    She gently put together tiny purple ribbons with gold pins, free for the taking, a simple gesture, a meaningful act, a contribution never to be forgotten by one, by some, by many.
    As a community, as a nation, as a world, we need to come together in small ways, ending division, ending drama that isn’t based on the real in reality.
    We need to create safe places to fall, acknowledge feelings and realize that not everyone shows them, but it doesn’t mean they don’t feel them.

  • This season, holiday shoppers in Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Española can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be A Santa To A Senior program.
    The Los Alamos community has an opportunity to help local senior citizens.
    Home Instead Senior Care is teaming up with nonprofit agencies and area retailers to sponsor Be A Santa To A Senior — a program that collects, wraps and delivers gifts to lonely and needy seniors in Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Española.
    The program runs through Dec. 18. Important dates of note are as follows:
    At 1 p.m. Dec. 19, there will be a community gift-wrapping party at the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center, 1121 Alto St. in Santa Fe. The public is welcome.
    The need to make difference in the life of a local senior is large this year.
    For more information about the local program, visit beasantatoasenior.com.
    The program — run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with City of Santa Fe Division of Senior Services and Santa Fe Care Center, area retailers, volunteers and members of the community — helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. This can be a difficult time for many, especially those who live alone, or have lost spouses and loved ones.

  • Bells will ringing this holiday season at Smith’s Grocery Store — both in White Rock and Los Alamos. Volunteers will be out Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas Eve.
    Families in Los Alamos County are helped through the office of Self Help, Inc. who serves as the local Salvation Army branch. The funds are used locally and go directly to help Los Alamos County families to pay for basic needs such as housing, food, utility bills, emergency travel and clothing. For more information of this project, call Ellen Morris, director of Self-Help at 662-4666.
    Annie Bard, director of the White Rock Senior Center, did the scheduling for volunteers in White Rock and Irene Powell, RSVP director at the Betty Ehart Senior Center did the scheduling for Los Alamos.
    Bert Denis and Jim Little helped in getting the donations deposited in the bank. Los Alamos National Bank is on hand to manage the money and helping Self-Help with distribution of the funds.
    Anyone interested in joining the group and want to ring a bell, call Irene Powell at 662-8923 (Los Alamos), or Annie Bard at 662-8200 (White Rock.)
    Little children dropping in change to elderly people on tight budgets slipping in checks will make a difference in someone’s life.  

  • La Leche League of Los Alamos will be discussing Nutrition and Weaning” at its meeting 7 p.m. Dec. 17 in the First United Methodist Church teen room at 715 Diamond Dr., Los Alamos.
    All interested, pregnant, or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics, and benefits of breastfeeding. A lending library with books concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available.
    For more information, contact Gina at 661-8740, Cathleen at 661-4033 or Keisha at 500-6246.

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    Dec. 13 — “Into the Mind” movie premiere. 6 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Dec. 14 — Wreaths Across America Ceremony, hosted by the Los Alamos American Legion Riders. 10 a.m. at Guaje Pine Cemetery. Wreaths Across America is a national program designed to honor fallen veterans of all wars at national, state and local cemeteries. The mission is to remember, honor, teach, in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies in December at national cemeteries, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states, ceremonies at sea, and 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.

    Dec. 14 — Skate with Santa and his elves. 4-6 p.m. at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, 4475 West Road.

    Dec. 14 — Los Alamos Family Council Holiday Fete. Food, dancing and a silent auction. 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. $40 per person, $20 of which goes to programs of Los Alamos Family Council in support of community behavior health and the Youth Activitiy Centers. For more information call 662-4160.

    Dec. 14 — The Community Winds perform 7 p.m. White Rock Baptist Church.

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    The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter will present a course in Spanish specifically designed for people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. 

    “Cuidando con Respeto” is an intensive training will meet from 1-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at San Isidro Catholic Church, 3552 Agua Fria St. in Santa Fe. Los Alamos residents are encouraged to attend. 

    These sessions will teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with Alzheimer’s, for long-term planning and for coping with associated stresses. 

    The course also explains the signs, behaviors and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease.

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    The League of Women Voters’ monthly Lunch with A Leader meeting will be 11:40 a.m. Dec. 17 upstairs at the Mesa Public Library. 

    This month’s speaker is Robert Westervelt, deputy utility manager of Finance and Administration. 

    If you live on Barranca Mesa or North Mesa and are participating in the Smart Meter Study, do you wonder what those rates on your emails mean? Are you in the punishment group or the reward group? What does that mean? These and other questions, as well as other information will be shared with those attending. 

    The two studies are supported by DPU’s partnerships with Kyoto University, Japan’s technology ministry NEDO, and Toshiba.  

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    Art exhibits

    Ron Barsano: The Naked Truth. A Retrospective Exhibition. On display until Jan. 5 at the Taos Art Museum. For more information about museum hours and events, contact to Ellen Rink at 575-758-2690.

     

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces exhibition: Under 35: Part II. The exhibition will run from Jan. 24 to Feb. 15. Opening reception will be 5-7 p.m. Jan. 24. 

    Auditions

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    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, Dec. 13, 2013

    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live

    10:00 AM Democracy Now!

    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 12-03-13

    02:00 PM Mesa Public Library Author Speak Series – Don Unser

    03:30 PM European Journal

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    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, Dec. 13, 2013

    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live

    10:00 AM Democracy Now!

    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 12-03-13

    02:00 PM Mesa Public Library Author Speak Series – Don Unser

    03:30 PM European Journal

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    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, Dec. 13, 2013

    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live

    10:00 AM Democracy Now!

    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 12-03-13

    02:00 PM Mesa Public Library Author Speak Series – Don Unser

    03:30 PM European Journal

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    The Santa Fe Animal Shelter announces the opening of the Clare Eddy Thaw Animal Hospital, serving the veterinary needs of the shelter and the public.

    The hospital, made possible by a donation from the Eugene Thaw and the Brown foundations, is actually two hospitals in one — the shelter’s busy clinic is contained in one part of the facility, while the front section of the hospital is focused on the public’s needs. Everyone is welcome to use its complete line of veterinary services.

    “We are profoundly grateful for those who believed in us and saw how important a new hospital would be for Santa Fe,” said Mary Martin, the shelter’s executive director.

    The shelter’s board always envisioned an animal hospital for the campus when the shelter moved to its new facilities on Caja del Rio Road in 2005. 

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    Taos Land and Film Company (TLFC) is offering an opportunity to win five acres of land in Taos by purchasing a theater ticket to see independent movie, “Ghost Phone.” 

    “Ghost Phone” will be shown from Dec. 6–20 at participating Mitchell Theaters located in Taos, Española, Los Lunas, as well as, in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. 

    Storyteller Cinema in Taos is located at 110 Old Talpa Cañon Road.
     

    “Ghost Phone” is a dark, romantic comedy produced and directed by Jeffrey F. Jackson through his production company, TLFC, which funds productions through land development in Taos.
     

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    “Renaissance to Goya: Prints and Drawings from Spain” opens Saturday at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.  

    It was long assumed that, uniquely among their contemporaries in other countries, Spanish artists did not draw and produced little in printmaking. That misconception has been shattered by Mark McDonald, Curator at the British Museum, who has trawled the depths of that institution’s great reserves of graphic art.

    In 132 drawings and prints, many of which have never been on display before, visitors are offered an opportunity to gain insight into four centuries of Spain’s visual culture and history. Among the artists included are Velazquez, Murillo, Zurbáran, Ribera and above all Goya whose full range is represented in 26 works.