• This week I’d like you to think about community and how local businesses contribute to it.
    On Nov. 26, the second annual Small Business Saturday will be sponsored throughout the country.
    The goal is for you to shop locally and help energize the economy by stimulating local business.
    If you have ever heard the presentation by Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation about how spending your money local works, you will never shop the same again.
    I understand that sometimes you just need to (or want to) get off the hill to do some shopping, but when you can buy something, even something small, buy it here.

  • Many animals like to be out after dark and some humans do, too. Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a hike to learn about animals’ lifestyles.
     It will also offer an opportunity for humans to use their nighttime senses as animals do.  The hike will be at Nov.19 at 4:30 p.m. and will be led by Jaye Gilmore. She’ll help hikers become comfortable with being outdoors at night and learn to “see” nocturnal life through multiple senses.

  • The 14th annual Fall Food Drive is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, in Los Alamos and White Rock. This community food drive is jointly conducted by the Los Alamos Letter Carriers Union, the Northern New Mexico District of the Boy Scouts of America, LA Cares and the LA Community Food Banks, with the support of the National Letter Carriers Union, the Knights of Columbus, Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, the Los Alamos Postmaster and many individual volunteers. The drive supports more than 100 families in Los Alamos through regular food distributions by LA Cares and also the San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen in Española.

  • There was great turnout for Cookies and Conversation Monday at LAHS. RSVP, Kiwanis and Rotary provided the adults, while the Los Alamos Co-op Market provided the cookies for the high school students.

  • 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.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    Two for the price of one. This is an opportunity to double your feline pleasure. Also, we will not adopt out black cats until Nov. 7.


  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

  • Sage Cottage Montessori preschool gives our sincere thanks and appreciation to Daniels Fund and the Northern New Mexico Health Grant Group for their financial support allowing us to send teachers to the National Early Childhood Conference.
    Daniels Fund was set up by Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need.  Daniels Fund provides grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.
    Northern New Mexico Health Grant Group is a joint initiative of Con Alma Health Foundation and the Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary.  In May 2002, the Los Alamos Medical Center was sold by Banner Health Systems, a non-profit corporation, to Province HealthCare, a for-profit corporation.

  • Recently, the Pajarito Mountain Lodge was aglow with fall colors and full of generosity and cheer, as attendees of the Kids Ski Pajarito Benefit Dinner enjoyed an evening of food, music and fun.  
    The benefit dinner raised more than $9,000, which will go toward equipment rental, lift tickets and lessons for underprivileged youth.  
    Members of the Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2010 organized  the dinner to raise money for a new program being offered at Pajarito Mountain.
    The program will offer financial assistance with ski lessons as well as equipment to children ages six to 18. Working with regional organizations, the Ski Club will spread the word of this new opportunity.

  • Here’s a sneak peek at some of the trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The Festival of Chocolate is Saturday and kicks off the Festival of Trees. The fundraiser is the formal unveiling of the trees for the following weekend. Tickets for the Festival of Chocolate are available now at the senior center or can be reserved by calling 662-8920.

  • The Santa Fe Opera and The University of New Mexico School of Fine Arts have embarked on a joint production of a new children’s opera.  
    The opera, based on the children’s story, “The Shoes for the Santo Niño,” by Peggy Pond Church, is being written by the American composer Stephen Paulus.  Andrea Fellows Walters, the opera director of Education and Community Programs, is the librettist.
    The partnership is the first between the two institutions who will share all production costs.
    The 35-minute work to be conducted by Bradley Ellingboe, calls for two adult soloists, three children, a chamber orchestra and UNM Children’s Chorus, prepared by Regina Carlow and Julia Church Hoffman.

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Santa Fe

    Amanecer Early Headstart, 1320 Agua Fria St.
    Date inspected: Nov. 7

  • It is fall again and more than 500 sandhill cranes have arrived at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge with snow geese soon to follow, heralding the annual migration of wintering birds. The refuge is located on state highway 281, just east of the Las Vegas.
    The Annual Fall Wildlife Drive will be open to visitors from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each Sunday in November. This 4 1/2 mile self-guided drive will take adventureres through the short-grass prairie and past lakes, marshes and croplands that serve as habitat for a multitude of migratory birds, including a wide variety of waterfowl, geese, eagles, hawks and sandhill cranes.
    Volunteer roving naturalists will be on hand with spotting scopes to help identify birds.

  • David E. Stuart, the first student in the State of West Virginia to earn a degree in anthropology, came to UNM in 1967/68 where he earned a master’s degree, doctorate and later, an honorary doctorate from West Virginia Wesleyan College.
    He has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, Alaska, Ecuador and the American Southwest, where he continues to publish in both anthropology and archaeology.
    He served The University of New Mexico as a senior academic administrator for many years and still teaches the Archaeology of New Mexico.  
    He will speak on “Pueblo Peoples on the Pajarito Plateau” at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 as part of the Authors Speak series at Mesa Public Library.

  • An evening with Beethoven would be just about any fan’s dream, but what could compare to that? Perhaps, Beethoven performed by pianist Per Tengstrand and Santa Fe Pro Musica. Tengstrand returns to  the stage by popular demand following his Beethoven performance last season.  (A short clip of this performance, and other videos, can be found on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Per-Tengstrand/231992701550).  

  • Living Treasures of Los Alamos welcomes nominations of new Treasures for the next ceremony on April 15, 2012. Only candidates who are current Los Alamos residents and  have made outstanding contributions to the life, heart and spirit of our community are eligible to become Treasures.    
    A written letter of nomination, which includes as much information as possible about the nominee  should be sent to LTLA, P.O. Box 1065, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or by email to rosalieheller88@gmail.com.
    To help in the preparation of the letter, guidelines and biographies of all current Treasures can be found at www.livingtreasureslosalamos.org.

  • Because special areas of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge are open only on Sundays in November, Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a birding trip there on Nov. 13.
    Dave Yeamans is the trip leader. He’s an experienced birder who will help with spotting and identification of the grassland and water birds that show up as migrants or winter residents in this diverse area.  
    Participants will meet at 6:30 a.m. at PEEC to carpool or caravan to the refuge, arriving at 9 a.m. when the gates open.

  • PTO says thanks

    On behalf of the Piñon PTO we would like to send out a huge thank you to all the wonderful volunteers, students and families that participated in the 2011 Pumpkin Patch and helped to make this year a huge success.  
    The Pumpkin Patch raised more than  $3,200 for Piñon Elementary. We would also like to thank Chamisa Elementary School for teaming up with us this year.
    It was a great idea and we look forward to working with them on future White Rock events.

  • Past Rotary Club president Skip King and a skeleton crew welcome Rotary District Governor-elect Mark Glenn, a former rodeo clown, to a recent club meeting at Central Avenue Grill.

  • At 9 a.m. Saturday, Pajarito Environmental Education Center will again offer an historical hike to Guaje Mountain, led by Janie O’Rourke. The hike is about 3-4 miles roundtrip and is free.
    The wind and sleet last weekend led to rescheduling, even though five intrepid hikers showed up.
    The hike will follow a section of an ancient north/south route that once crossed the Pajarito Plateau, connecting the villages of Puye in Santa Clara Canyon to Tyuonyi in Bandelier National Monument’s Frijoles Canyon.
    By the early 1900s, many homesteading families living on the Pajarito Plateau used horses and wagons on the trail.

  • The Family YMCA received funding from two sources this fall in support of environmental clubs at the middle and high schools this year.
    A State Farm Insurance grant of $5,000 combined with $1,000 from the Thaw Charitable Trust based in Santa Fe, will enable the Y to provide hands-on service for high-quality environmental learning in youth-driven activities.
    The Y is partnering with the school-based clubs to recruit community members and partners to assist with projects that club teachers do not have time to fully develop.
    The Y will provide transportation to youth-identified projects during out-of-school hours. Other supporting partners in the school-based clubs are the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos Co-Op.