• Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Frosty Windows, Starry Skies: Tales for the Midwinter,” a storytelling event for people of all ages. Adults, as well as children who are excellent readers, are welcome to audition. This is the opportunity to get on stage and tell a story. Performances will be Jan. 27, 28 and 29.
    This event is for those who are good storytellers, or who like reading stories. Auditions for prospective storytellers will be from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 28 and Nov. 29. Auditions will be at Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar Street.

  • First performed in 1892, “The Nutcracker” did not gain popularity outside of Russia until the 1940s. Tchaikovsky’s score, combined with Petipa’s original choreography, is now the most popular ballet performed in the world.
    Countless interpretations of the holiday classic exist. There are art-deco Nutcrackers, circus-themed Nutcrackers, all-male Nutcrackers and hip-hop Nutcrackers, to name a few of the themes and twists. 

  • Thanksgiving is a celebration of life’s blessings. A time to share an enormous feast with loved ones in honor of the year’s successful harvest.  

    The Thanksgiving holiday has long been associated with the historical tale of a ship, the Mayflower, which carried a group of pilgrims to Plymouth Rock, Mass. in 1621. Few would associate the holiday with Spanish conquistadors, armored soldiers and Catholic friars.

  • The doors of Fuller Lodge will be open on the first Saturday in December to ring in the holidays. Carolers, cookies and the community Christmas tree fill the Lodge with the colors, sounds, scents and joy of the season.
    The open house, a collaboration between the Los Alamos Arts Council and other community organizations, features children’s programs, local authors, refreshments, a posole lunch and music.
    During the day,  the Boy Scouts will sell holiday wreaths and the Los Alamos High school band will sell  poinsettias. For stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts, Empty Bowl, Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the animal shelter will sell calendars and the Historical Society Museum Shop will offer books and other items.

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council will present pianist Frances Meier at the December Brown Bag concert. The concert will be at noon Dec. 7 at Fuller Lodge.  
    Meier is well known around Los Alamos as a performer, composer and music teacher. She has played numerous times at Fuller Lodge and plays organ for the United Church. The Los Alamos Choral Society, the Black Mesa Brass Quintet and the Los Alamos High School choir, as well as other performing ensembles, have performed her compositions.
    She plays piano for private parties and public openings and also teaches piano, organ and music theory.

  • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.  The Freedom Award is the DoD’s highest award for civilian employers supporting Guard and Reserve members.
     The DoD encourages all Guard and Reserve members to nominate employers who have provided exceptional support of their military service. Nominations may be submitted by service members, or a family member acting on their behalf, at Freedom
    Award.mil through Jan. 16, 2012. 

  • I wish to thank the following people and organizations for their participation and help with the
    Annual Health Fair: Barb Blair and Dr. A. Carolyn Linnebur for putting all the pieces together;
    all the members of the Los Alamos Heart Council, especially our hard working teen members;
    Los Alamos Medical Center and staff; Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico volunteers;
    the nursing students; the Family YMCA for co-sponsoring the annual Heart Smart Poster
    contest; the volunteers who helped unload vehicles, the custodians at Los Alamos High School; all the vendors,
    the LAMC Auxillians; Los Alamos National Bank; the United Way of Northern New Mexico;

  • Vendors exhibited their goods and entertainment was provided at this year’s Festival of Trees event Nov. 19 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

  • “The “Building Kindness Program” of  Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications for their home repair program.  Applicants must provide proof of need, own their home, be willing to work with our crews on the repairs, reimburse us for materials and live in the areas of Española Valley or Los Alamos.  Drop by the Habitat ReStore in Española at 726 North Riverside Drive for an application, or call 505-747-2690 for more information. Applications will be accepted for a short time only.

  • 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.