• Shop on the Corner’s Annual Christmas Sale has assisted bargain hunters for more than four decades.  
    In addition to the usual thrift shop finds, Shop on the Corner’s Christmas Sale features hundreds of brand new and gently-used items that the volunteer staff has set aside all year.
    Holiday decorations, festive and new clothing, toys and games, books and music, linens, china and glassware, jewelry and gifts are some of the items featured at the sale.  
    This year’s sale will also include several collectors item Barbie dolls in original packaging. Shoppers may trim a tree, decorate a home and find gifts and stocking stuffers for everyone on their list at low thrift store prices.

  • One of the great assets in the 40 Developmental Assets is service to others. This week, I would like to add to that, service to self. As we approach a holiday weekend, spend some time doing, “a whole lot of nothing.”
    There are way too many people running at the speed of light with no time to rest. So in this weekend of Thanksgiving, take time to be thankful for time and then reward yourself with some.
    Stop and smell the roses, refill the well (whatever saying you like best) for a brief time this weekend. Then get the youth in your life to do the same.
    Spend a day doing what you’d like for five hours or 15 minutes, the length of time doesn’t matter, just do something for you.

  • 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.


    BeeBee — One year old spayed female mixed breed with soft brown fur.  Friendly, loves to play ball.  Needs active family.

  • Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third Congressional District hosted an Innovation Workforce Development Summit to bring together key industry and economic development partners to address the future science, technology, engineering and math career pipeline. 
    The summit focused on identifying industry workforce needs, improving skills-based workforce training and increasing job growth in New Mexico.
    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page and Accelerate Career Technical Advisor Jacqueline LaNew attended the summit.
    The Innovation Workforce Development Summit, at the Santa Fe Convention Center, brought together more than 50 stakeholders to collaborate on STEM workforce development.

  • The Assets In Action program, sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, is sponsoring the Hubba Bubba Awards for Los Alamos High School staff members.
    Those who wish to, may recognize their favorite person and tell Assets in Action and the JJAB about them. Please include the following information:
    Name of teacher/staff member
    Your name (unless anonymous)
    Email or text number (in case there’s a question about a nomination)
    What position does the nominee holds with the schools?
    Why did you nominate this person?
    What else should the committee know about your nominee?
    The Hubba Bubba Awards is based on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets.

  • The Los Alamos Rotary Club recently honored Anna Laura Carroll as the Student of the Month for October 2011.
    Anna is the daughter of David, (’Topper Class of 1965) and Janice Carroll, a Los Alamos Public Schools teacher. Her sister Emma Carroll, a 2010 graduate of LAHS, is a sophomore at Pomona College.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects a senior from Los Alamos High School to honor each month of the school year. The Rotary Student of the Month Committee selects students based academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and service to the community.

  • Thanks to Jim O’Donnell and the Reel Deal theater, Pajarito Environmental Education Center will show the new film about Aldo Leopold, “Green Fire,” at 6 p.m. Dec. 1. The film highlights Leopold’s career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement.
    Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land.
    “Green Fire” was produced in partnership between the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature and the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Santa Claus has become a staple at the annual Festival of Trees. Here, he chats with Sarah Worley at a past event. He visited Los Alamos once again on Saturday for the festival.

  • Though winter is a time of dormancy, it is also a time to contemplate and appreciate deeper connections to nature.
    The Mesa Public Library Art Gallery presents two artists who not only react to and create art informed by the natural world, but who also use natural products to produce it.
    The library will host an opening reception for “Connections: Encaustic Paintings by Sally Condon and Elaine Roy.”

  • Cookies for Kids’ Cancer will host a bake sale to support pediatric cancer research from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday during the arts and crafts fair at Los Alamos Middle School.
    Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a not-for-profit organization committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancers.
    Through local base sales, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides the inspiration and support for individuals, communities and businesses to help fight pediatric cancer.

  • This Saturday, the ladies of the United Church of Los Alamos, along with a few gentlemen, will continue a tradition that started in the 1950s.
    The annual holiday bazaar takes place this weekend with a host of opportunities for the community to get ahead on holiday shopping, while benefiting a variety of missions projects for the Women’s Christian Service Society.
    WCSS raises funds throughout the year to support church missions. For their annual holiday bazaar, members hand craft, donate and bake items on display in the church hall from 9 a.m.-1p.m.
    Shoppers can kick off their shopping experience with hot coffee, tea, cocoa or cider from the “coffee house,” before heading to the book store or holiday ornaments sections of the sale.

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


    Advantage Sweets/Baskin Robbins, 1111 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Nov. 9
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — sanitizer test kits missing or not present for testing sanitizer. One low-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — need hair restraints in food prep/service area. Facility overall very clean, neat and sanitary.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Big RHOC Express, 1308 N. Paseo de Oñate
    Date inspected: Nov. 15

  • A family celebration turns into a nightmare in Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest production, “An Inspector Calls,” written by J.B. Priestly, directed by Iain May and produced by John Gustafson and Kate Ramsey.
    Sheila Birling (Katrina Koehler) and Gerald Croft are celebrating the news of their engagement with Sheila’s parents Arthur and Sybil (Sally Cassil). There’s drinking, toasting and joy throughout the beginning of the production, but the mood soon turns sour when a visitor appears at the Birlings’ door.

  • “I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly ... ”
    So begins the preface to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” and so Susan Baker-Dillingham invites the community to be “humored” and “haunted” by her new ballet, which is based on the classic tale. Baker-Dillingham’s New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company will perform her original ballet “A Christmas Carol” Saturday and Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

  • A Los Alamos tradition for 44 years, the annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will be from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos Middle School. The Los Alamos Arts Council is hosting the event.
    To keep the tradition of a pre-Thanksgiving holiday shopping spree alive, the LAAC has lined up more than 100 artists from across New Mexico. As in past years, jewelry, pottery, painting, metal work, fabric arts and photography will be among the highlights, as well as a wide range of holiday-oriented crafts.
    New artists and longtime exhibitors will be on hand. Kathy Hjeresen,  who sells handmade jewelry and woodworker Adrian Martinez, both fair regulars, will return this year.

  • The 14th annual Fall Food Drive is scheduled for Saturday in Los Alamos and White Rock. This community food drive is jointly conducted by the Los Alamos Letter Carriers Union (NALC-4112), 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.

  • Hunger and poverty are rampant in the world and escalating in the current economic conditions.
    The CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot is a local community event aimed at helping to ease those problems. The event is an opportunity for everyone to “walk the talk” to fight hunger and poverty in the community and around the world.
    The Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Middle School cafeteria.
    Those interested in participating should be there between 1-1:45 p.m. to register, sponsor a walker or both.

  • Join the Mountaineers today to learn the “must-do” hiking and climbing routes in the Julian Alps of Slovenia.
    Petra McDowell, a native of Slovenia, will present “The Sunny Side of the Alps” at 8 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The presentation is free and open to the public.
    McDowell will introduce Slovenia and its culture, followed by a discussion of her explorations in the heart of Julian Alps and Triglav National Park. In addition to describing trail networks and climbing routes, she will provide practical information for future visitors to the area.

  • 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.