• On Dec. 2, the Los Alamos community will once again be treated to a concert of Christmas music. 

    The full Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present a program that is “lively, fun and toe-tapping” according to director Don Gerheart. 

  • 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.


    Baby — Young spayed female GSD-mix. Very friendly. Loves the dog park.

    Buddy —Another youg neutered male GSD-mix. Just waiting on shots. Very sweet and friendly.

  • The Los Alamos High School NJROTC air rifle team members display the first place trophy, which the precision team won at the Duke City Cup match Nov. 19.
    Members of the winning team were Jodi Cull-Host, Cory Aslin, Tessa Snyder and Noah Marriott. The team said they were happy for the win over rivals Manzano, West Mesa and Eldorado. Individually, Cull-Host finished second, Aslin finished fifth and Snyder 10th.
    The trio qualified and fired in the daily top eight finals match. The Duke City Cup Match was a match where the top 10 percent of the finishers qualify for points to become a distinguished three-position air rifle shooter.
    More than 200 shooters from New Mexico and Texas JROTC and 4H programs participated in the event.

  • The 18th annual Crèches from Around the World, an exhibit featuring hundreds of nativity sets, will be from 1-7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3 at 1967 18th St., just off Sage and 15th Street.
    The event is part of Los Alamos Winterfest week and is sponsored by The Los Alamos Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited to attend.
    The show features crèches from approximately 50 countries. They are made from several materials, including bone, ceramic, fabric, stone, wood and rare materials.

  • Help made Arts Fair
    a success

    The hard work of many dedicated volunteers resulted in a successful Northern New Mexico Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair.
    In addition to the Los Alamos Arts Council, the fair benefited from the efforts of RSVP members who posted flyers around Los Alamos before the fair and the Fabulous 50s Diner that provided the food and beverages for the event.
    As always, a big thank you goes to our board members and volunteers who spent many hours in preparation, as well as time staffing the fair. LAAC is fortunate to have a wonderful group of volunteers who assist us with this and other events. Among them are Lisa Lloyd, Lori Dauelsberg, Terry Goodwin, Maxine Joppa, Taedg Woods, Bill Hamilton, Sarah Downs and Andrew Weinman.

  • Having a sick child can take a toll on any family, but having a child that needs to be hospitalized is even more difficult. Especially if the hospital is in another town. The Ronald McDonald House in Albuquerque helps soften the blow for families by providing them with lodging while their children are hospitalized or going to doctors appointments.
    A group of Los Alamos and White Rock children are doing their part to help the families and the Ronald McDonald House by collecting aluminum can tabs. The youngsters from the Los Alamos Family Council’s Youth Activity Centers collect the tabs from soda cans at each center.

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

    Santa Fe

    Angel’s Bakery, 394 Los Pinos Road
    Date inspected: Nov. 16
    Violations: One low-risk violation for floors/walls/ceilings — the wall by the three-compartment sink is not sealed.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Aztec Café, 317 Aztec St.
    Date inspected: Nov. 15

  • The public is invited to visit the Historical Museum from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 13 for the opening reception of “Las Conchas Fire Community Photographs,” an exhibit featuring 44 photographic images submitted by local residents of Los Alamos and neighboring Northern New Mexico communities.
    The exhibit will be on view in the museum throughout the month of December.
    The photographs on display in this exhibition offer an inspired public response to the impact and destruction of Las Conchas on Northern New Mexico in the early weeks of the summer of 2011.
    During the fire, many residents of Los Alamos and neighboring communities took photographs of smoke plumes, burning mountains and the men, women and aircraft sent in to battle the blaze.

  • 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.