Talk on “CTBT On-Site Inspection, Full Scale Integrated Field Exercise in Jordan: Scenario Development and Execution” by Ward Hawkins, LANL Project Manager for Nuclear Testing Limitations at 7 p.m in the Lounge at the Education Building, United Church, 2525 Canyon Road. LANL researchers played major roles in the largest nonproliferation field exercise to date that achieved the goal of testing on-site Inspection capabilities. Open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security.

    Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will celebrate the holiday season with a potluck luncheon from noon-1 p.m. in the Patio Room at 1001 Oppenheimer Place. All registered Republican women invited. Barbara McClain, New Mexico FRW president, will be guest speaker. Terry Marzili will collect donations and Christmas gifts for the Adopt-a-Family program. Contact Bethany Douglas at 690-6883 for more information.

    Winter dance show by the Los Alamos High School Dance program students at 7 p.m. in the Duane Smith Auditorium. Admission is free. Come and enjoy performances by Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Bollywood, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet and Color Guard students, representing LAHS dance program, as well as other local dance studios and groups.

  • A Santa Fe pet boutique is hosting a holiday event Saturday in celebration of its 20th year in business.
    Teca Tu’s “Happy Paw-L-Days” celebration in the Sanbusco Market Center kicks of with an afternoon Santa Fe animal shelter pet adoption event from noon-3 p.m. and continues at 5 p.m. with food, drinks, carolers and free samples and discounted items until 7 p.m. The store is located in the center, 500 Montezuma Ave., Santa Fe.

  • The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has extended the deadline for Educational Outreach Small Grants to Dec. 15. Applications may be submitted online at lanlfoundation.org/grants.
    Grants of up to $1,500 are available to support public schools and nonprofits with programs that strengthen teaching and learning in K-12 education in Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties. Grants are not restricted to programs related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
    Organizations are eligible to receive one grant per calendar year, with the yearly funding cycle beginning in January. Only one school or program in each of the 20 school districts is eligible for a grant each year. Awardees that received LANL Foundation grants in the past but did not meet funding report requirements are ineligible.
    For more information, contact Sally Gallegos at sally@lanlfoundation.org or 753-8890, ext. 118.

  • State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard will be the guest speaker at the Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday.
    Richard will present her annual legislative preview to chamber members, which will include matters related to the state budget and a discussion of other potential legislation.
    The upcoming legislative session is a 30-day session.
    The session begins Jan. 19 and ends Feb. 18. Legislators may pre-file legislation Dec. 15 – Jan. 13. Feb. 3 is the deadline for introduction of all legislation.

    The Chamber breakfast will be in room 230, Building 2, UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive. Breakfast will be catered by Peggy Pendergast.
    There is no charge for members. Chamber breakfasts are sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Programs Office.
Chamber members can register for the breakfast on the Chamber website losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/chamber-breakfast-dec-15-82
or by emailing nancy@losalamos.org.

  • Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish readers, may this season be filled with light for you all.
    This week, I’d like to salute some awesome things that have taken place in our community and remind you to pay attention to what you are thankful for during this nomination period of the Community Asset Awards.
    Wow, did you see the “Nutcracker on the Hill?” It was phenomenal! I think it may be the best ballet I have ever seen. So kudos to Jonathan Guise, Valerie Silks, Tina Anderson and Gina Fisk for some incredible work.
    While I can’t salute everyone, there are a few things I would like to draw attention to encourage your support. Members of the San Ildefonso Pueblo showcased the Winter Buffalo Dance. On the heels of Native American History Month. We particularly thank Ian Fender, Wesley Sanchez, Than Povi Martinez and Santana Sanchez for sharing your history, tradition and culture with the community.
    As the show opens, from the ceiling descends a backdrop of Fuller Lodge that a little bird tells me was painted by Robi Mulford. I am told she painted it by herself and in the confines of her living room. It was such an incredible depiction that there was a collective gasp from the audience.

  • Births
    Nov. 11 — A girl. Sophia D. Ortiz. Born to Danielle and Steven Ortiz.
    Nov. 23 — A boy. Maxwell Halbert Gregory. Born to Britney and Dakota Gregory.
    Nov. 24 — A girl. Frankie-Jean Montoya. Born to Christina Archuleta and Frank Montoya.
    Nov. 29 — A girl. Olivia Liang Xing. Born to Tingting Liang and Hongxi Xing.

  • Dec. 7-12, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Green Chile Cheese Burger
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    9 a.m.        A Time to Talk (health issues)
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Noon        Airport talk w/Dave Ploger
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Lucy—A 5-year-old calico who just loves cuddling! This sweet girl also enjoys being brushed, and her shorthaired coat will certainly need lots of that. She is still young enough to be friendly and playful, and if she loses a few pounds, she’ll be even more fun and interactive! Lucy is reported to do well with adults, but she can be a bit shy around children.

  • The public is invited to a special screening to see the winning video mockumentaries at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center’s planetarium on the big screen.
    The Pajarito Film Club is hosting a screening of four 10-minute video shorts that were submitted to the first ever Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet contest. Admission is free.
    Following the screening, the Pajarito Film Club will conduct a brief awards ceremony, during which film program graduates who judged the films will review judging criteria and the categories for which each film is being awarded. The winning mockumentarians will be awarded cash prizes in the form of Chamber Checks compliments of the Los Alamos Creative District.
    The viewing audience can enter a raffle for prizes from the New Mexico film worker’s union (IATSE Local 480 Community Outreach program). Popcorn and beverages will be provided by the Los Alamos Teen Center and Los Alamos Film Office.
    The Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet Mockumentary contest is sponsored by Pajarito Film Club. The club of volunteers is working with the Los Alamos Film Office, the Los Alamos Creative District and the Los Alamos Teen Center to develop a series of programs, events and opportunities to participate in the New Mexico film industry.

  • Rabbit Society
    adoption event Saturday

    The New Mexico House Rabbit Society, the local chapter of an international rabbit rescue organization, is pleased to announce its next event: Home for the Holidays, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Eastside Animal shelter, 8920 Lomas Street, NE, Albuquerque.
    Several single rabbits, pairs and a very sweet trio--Snap, Crackle and Pop!- are available for adoption. Rabbits can easily be litter trained and make good pets. Free nail trims also are available, so bring pet rabbits to the event. Call Bill Velasquez at 505-435-9916 for more information.

    Kiwanis Club Breakfast with Santa Saturday

    The annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, with a large contribution from Del Norte Credit Union, will be held from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    The breakfast is free. In return, attendees are requested to donate non-perishable food items or money. Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need. Money donated will be used for the Kiwanis/CYFD Foster Children Christmas party. Any money left over from the Foster Children’s party will be used to make up food baskets, which will also be distributed to those in need. Santa is eager to meet with any and all children.

  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the life cycle of stars is encouraged to a special show at 7 p.m. today given by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
    Galen Gisler will give a tour through the stars and constellations of the December sky, and use them to illustrate the life cycles of stars: where and how stars are born, how they evolve, and how they die.
    The December Night Sky planetarium show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available by calling or stopping by the Nature Center. Seating is limited.  
    Planetarium shows are suitable for ages four and up.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • New Concept Gallery invites the public to a solo exhibit featuring the work of New Mexico photographer Woody Galloway. The exhibition’s opening will be from 5–7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the New Concept Gallery, 610 Canyon Road in Santa Fe. The exhibit runs through Jan. 18.
    Galloway has lived in Santa Fe for more than 40 years, spending much of that time documenting his vision of northern New Mexico. His belief that all life is sacred and unfolding is evident in his photographs, which capture a world full of beauty.
    His landscapes and wildlife photography convey the sense of delight and wonder that Galloway experiences, as he explores the world through his lens.  
    For more information and a complete résumé, contact New Concept Gallery at 795-7570 or newconceptgal@cybermesa.com.

  • Art exhibits
    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of Southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.

    Museum of Spanish Colonial Art exhibit: “Starry Night – A Nativity Tableau set in the hills of Northern New Mexico” at 750 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe. Since 1969, artist Glynn Gómez has painstakingly assembled a magical Christmas Nativity pageant with wood carvings in the Córdova style. Using birds, rabbits, bears, oxen, and donkeys as narrators, the Nativity unfolds and the story of Christmas comes alive heralded by angels. Artists whose work is represented in the exhibition include Sammy Córdova, Sabinita López Ortiz, Floyd Lucero, Ben Ortega, Eurgencio López, Orlinda López, Gloria López Córdova and Lawrence Baca.

  • New Concept Gallery invites the public to a solo exhibit featuring the work of New Mexico photographer Woody Galloway. The exhibition’s opening will be from 5–7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the New Concept Gallery, 610 Canyon Road in Santa Fe. The exhibit runs through Jan. 18.
    Galloway has lived in Santa Fe for more than 40 years, spending much of that time documenting his vision of northern New Mexico. His belief that all life is sacred and unfolding is evident in his photographs, which capture a world full of beauty.
    His landscapes and wildlife photography convey the sense of delight and wonder that Galloway experiences, as he explores the world through his lens.  
    For more information and a complete résumé, contact New Concept Gallery at 795-7570 or newconceptgal@cybermesa.com.

  • NEW YORK (AP) — On Dec. 10, you can settle down on the couch and catch the regular Thursday fare on TV — “The Big Bang Theory,” ‘’The Mentalist” or “Bones.” Or you can see a live musical a few blocks from Broadway.
    Producers of the off-Broadway show “Daddy Long Legs” will allow audiences to see the full production online for free, broadcast from the Davenport Theater.
    The show starts at 8 p.m. EST and then will be rebroadcasted at 8 p.m. PST, 8 p.m. GMT and 8 p.m. in Tokyo.
    The musical, about a romance that spans several years, features music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and a book by John Caird, who also directs. It stars actor Adam Halpin and Megan McGinnis, who are married in real life.

  • Loosely based on an old Russian Folk-tale, the Firebird was an instant success that made Stravinsky an international sensation after its premiere in Paris in 1910. Join Oliver Prezant and the SFCO for a close encounter with the music and the story of the ballet, the life of the composer, and the exotic colors, rhythms, and harmonies that made the name of one of Santa Fe’s favorite composers a household word.
    Oliver’s engaging, informative commentary and musical illustrations by the Santa Fe Community Orchestra will be followed by a complete performance of Stravinsky’s immortal Firebird Suite at 7 p.m.  Dec. 11 St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art. Free admission, donations welcome. For more information visit sfco.org or call 466-4879.
    Winter Concert
    The next concert at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra will present works by Stravinsky, Bloch, Frahm and Pachelbel at their Winter concert. The concert will also take place in St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art in downtown Santa Fe. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

  • Christmas and Chanukah?  Peter Pan and Scrooge? Sad little boys and their broken fathers? What a motley mélange of familiar scenes and heart-stirring old friends. But, surely, they have absolutely nothing to do with one another. Or do they?
    The Sycamore Street Theatre’s Christmas production, “A Carol of Christmas” begin at 7 p.m. Friday, and will continue at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Warehouse 2, 1614 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe.
    In this story, written by Juliana Jones with Roy M. Rogosin, the holidays are descending upon New York City. The production is barely able to compete with the bigger, flashier shows. Belle, the deaf younger sister of Toby will, once again, endure a silent Christmas. And, unless their frustrated father, unemployed writer Charles Dickens IV, can come up with a fresh and original idea, there will be no joy for these simple people who rely on tradition and memory to fill their days. The stage will remain empty. And there will be no voices lifted in song.
    Until Charles is invited to come out and play.

  • Graduate Sheri Lopez, a 2003 Pojoaque High School graduate, exemplifies the non-traditional student, whose trajectory to success shows University of New Mexico-Los Alamos students this can be the norm.
    The young, single mother is attending New Mexico Tech in Socorro for mechanical engineering with a minor in aerospace. As a pre-engineering student at UNM-LA, Lopez was one of five students selected nationally for the Great Minds in STEM scholarship. She was also awarded a scholarship for a poem she submitted to Nota Bene, a Phi Theta Kappa magazine that publishes student works.
    Lopez attended a community college in California after graduating high school, but struggled to pay tuition and living expenses while away from home for the first time. She enrolled at UNM-LA in 2010 after returning to New Mexico and again struggled to complete her courses as she was being diagnosed with epilepsy and working full time. She was also pregnant and ended up having her son during finals week, and dropping out again.
    When she finished her associate’s degree this past year, Lopez had been going to school off and one for more than 10 years. With the academic advice and personal encouragement of the staff at UNM-LA, Lopez finally found the confidence and skills to complete her degree.

  • Santa Fe Film Festival
    Today-Saturday — This five-day event offers the best in cinematic arts with a program of over 100 films, panels, workshops and parties.
    The festival’s annual program includes narrative and documentary features, shorts of all types, as well as a spotlight on local filmmakers.

    A New Mexico Mariachi Christmas, Lensic
    Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe
    Dec. 11 — This Holiday season come join us for a bilingual music event sure to make you feel the special warmth of Christmas filled with nativity, carols and traditional New Mexico songs. Mariachis and special guest artists will fill the stage with music accompanied by special New Mexico images of the holiday season. This special event is for the whole family, so come enjoy the traditions and customs of this unique New Mexican show celebrating the holiday season. Feliz Navidad! Que Viva Nuevo Mexico!

    Last Friday Art Walk,
    Railyard Galleries, Santa Fe Railyard, Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe Street
    Last Friday of the month — This exciting world-class contemporary art experience opens up the hip Railyard Arts District at night. The RAD, a cooperative of 10 Railyard art galleries, hosts its “Last Friday Art Walk” throughout the Railyard.
    El Museo Cultural

  • Los Alamos will be transformed into a winter wonderland during Winterfest, the city’s signature winter event, from Dec. 4-6. The highlight of Winterfest – the Holiday Lights Parade and the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ashley Pond – begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, when downtown Los Alamos will be illuminated with the glow of thousands of lights decorating mobile floats around an El Niño theme. The official tree lighting takes place at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.
    Winterfest also features dozens of other holiday activities for the entire family, including Dance Arts Los Alamos performing “Nutcracker on The Hill” Dec. 4-6. Visit danceart-slosalamos.org for details.
    Fuller Lodge, at 2132 Central Ave, will host an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, with holiday music and other musical activities.
    Children will also have a chance to visit with Santa at CB Fox from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, before heading over to the Holiday Lights parade that starts at 6 p.m. and glides down Central Avenue. For those who want to join city leaders in lighting their holiday tree, a special ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. in the municipal building.
    For complete Winterfest information, check out losalamosmainstreet.com/events.