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  • Did you know that eggnog is already available at Smith’s and I couldn’t be happier?  The truth is, eggnog makes me delightfully happy. I love to have it in my coffee from now until after New Year’s Day. I will then freeze it and have some from time to time during the year.
    I’m sure you are wondering why I think you need to know this. Why is this useful information?

  • Editor’s note: In keeping with the Halloween spirit, a couple of Los Alamos residents shared their Halloween stories. Albuquerque ghost hunter, Lisa Yorio also shared her supernatural experiences with the Monitor. These  stories are meant for entertainment purposes.

    Ghostly encounters

  • On Oct. 16, 97 Cub Scouts from seven area Cub Scout Packs competed in the Northern New Mexico District Pushmobile Race at White Rock LDS Church.
    Pushmobile is a relay race similar to soapbox derby. Teams of six to 10 Cub Scouts push a car built by their Cub Scout pack. Each team is divided up so that two scouts start the race, with one steering and one pushing.
    After they race the car 50 feet, another two scouts take over and guide the car for 50 feet to the next station, where the final group of two scouts take over.

  • National Geographic Maps is creating a Web site and map guide to support geotourism in the Four Corners Region.  

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  

  • Ghosts, goblins and other Halloween creatures of all shapes and sizes will appear at Mountain Elementary School to participate in a tradition than spans about 30 years: the Mountain School Halloween Carnival. The event will be from 5-8 p.m. Saturday and will include games, treats, scary adventures, prizes and a haunted house.

  • On Friday the Los Alamos MainStreet’s Annual Trick or Treat on MainStreet will be from 5-7 p.m. with an estimated 3,000 people gathering in Downtown Los Alamos.  
    Local businesses and organizations will open their doors and set up booths along Central Avenue to give out treats to the community’s trick-or-treaters.
    The Hillstompers will lead a Hallo-wiener Parade at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dance performance by New Mexico Dance Theater at 6 p.m.

  • Music

    The Lads of Enchantment meet every Thursday evening at the United Church (Graves Hall) at 7 p.m. to share those grand old Barbershop Songs. Contact:  Murlin Nutter at 672-3235

    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra Fall concert will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Crossroads Bible Church.

  • With a big band orchestra, singers and swing dancers, “In the Mood” is the retro 1940’s musical that brings to the stage the music that moved a nation’s spirit and helped win a war.
    Presented by Artbeat, Inc., a not-for-profit performing arts presenter, the musical is coming to Duane Smith Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1.

  • Edward Albee’s “Seascape” is next up at Los Alamos Little Theatre, and the intense effort of everyone involved will surely result in a fantastic show. Several veterans of the Los Alamos theatre community are lending their experience to this effort and that skill is sure to shine through when “Seascape” opens in November.
    The individuals who portray “Seascape’s” four characters bring a great deal of experience, passion and determination to the production.

  • To celebrate the authors of Los Alamos, Otowi Station Bookstore and Science Museum Shop announces AuthorFest: the Sequel, from 4-7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Otowi Station. Local authors will sign their books and discuss their work with readers.
    Authors of children’s books will sign books after school from 4-5:30 p.m. and authors of books for young adults and adults will sign from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

  • The Olions Thespian Club is performing Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People,” as their fall play this year.
    This show is a drama about a man who discovers that the springs at the health institute they have built are poisoning the visitors. In his attempt to prove that the discoveries he has made are true, and that the threats are serious, he realizes that the majority would rather destroy the truth than lose the business that the springs are bringing.

  • The Brown Bag Concert on Wednesday will feature students who are auditioning at the state conference of the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico. The concert is scheduled for noon at Fuller Lodge.
     The students perform at a professional level for this competition and the program will be posted on Facebook under the LA Arts Council site. The following students will perform at the Brown Bag Concert:

  • The Los Alamos High School Hilltopper Marching Band placed third in class at the Tournament of Bands in Las Cruces on Oct. 23.
    “It was a good performance,” said Band Director Zane Meek, “Probably the best overall performance we’ve had.” He said the band will use rehearsal times this week to improve the music and marching execution.
    The band will perform at the Zia Marching Band Festival at the University of New Mexico Saturday. Meek said he looks forward to another strong performance.

  • Caemeron Cole, 4, carries a pumpkin after picking it out of the patch. Sage Cottage, Bilingual and Horizons preschools in White Rock teamed up this month to go to the McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty and the Valley View Pumpkin Patch in Española.

  • In the spirit of this weekend’s Halloween holiday, UNM-Los Alamos’s Monster Movie Wednesday will feature “Halloween” (1978, rated R, 92 minutes) at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the UNM-LA Lecture Hall in Bldg. 2. The movie is free and open to the public.
    Though considered by many to be the father of the modern slasher film, director John Carpenter’s independent film doesn’t forget to pay homage to the earlier thriller “Psycho.”

  • SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest is offering two trail clinics this fall that focus on repairing and building trailhead.
    The clinics are  a way to learn how trails are made and maintained and can add to a resume, create great networking opportunities and even provide for a good workout.  

  • The Family YMCA and Los Alamos Heart Council co-sponsored a Heart Smart Poster Contest for children in grades K-6th.
    Posters were judged on originality and the healthy message it depicted, winning posters were displayed at the Los Alamos Health Fair. The following children won prizes for their posters:

    K-3rd grade
    First place: Ethan Xiong
    Second place: Malea Joyce
    Third place: Ella Kulp
    Fourth place: Maya Price

    4th-6th grade
    First place: Paulina Burnside
    Second place: Naomi Joyce

  • Mrs. Marlene McCrory has a team of 7th and 8th grade volunteers that staff the school store each and every Tuesday and Friday. Donations of items that could be sold at the store, like jewelry or knick knacks would be welcomed by students to boost their coffers. The team can be reached at 663-2375.

  • New Mexico Education Secretary Designate Dr. Susanna Murphy announced on Oct. 1 that 101 public, private school and home-school students in New Mexico have been named semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship program.
    More than 1.5 million juniors in over 22,000 high schools entered the 2011 National Merit Program by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
    The pool of semifinalists includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
    In New Mexico, Los Alamos High School, with