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  • The Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah will hold the annual Hadassah bake sale from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank.
    For more than 30 years, the event has attracted many buyers who return to purchase cakes, cookies, pies and the traditional twisted Jewish bread, challah. Cakes and pastries represent traditions that have in many cases, been passed from mother to daughter. Often goodies are sold out by noon.

  • Thank you to the following individuals and providers who helped make our foster children’s annual Christmas Party a success. We appreciate your support and dedication.

    • Zia Credit Union
    • Melissa Rigg
    • Valley National Bank
    • Adelo’s Town and Country Store
    • Espanola Valley Toy Run
    • Jane Wells
    • McDonald’s
    • The Rock Christian Outreach
    • Pabilta Esquibel
    • Kiwanis Club of LA
    • LAHS Key Club

  • Three of the “Poodles” in the Ice Follies Extravaganza, at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe are from Los Alamos.
    Johanna Story is a fifth grader at Mountain Elementary.  Laney Newton, 8, is in third grade at Aspen School and Helen Liu attends sixth grade at Canyonsito Montessori  School.

  • In an effort to raise money for needy families in Los Alamos, the Salvation Army is seeking volunteers who want to help by being bell ringers.
    Bert Dennis and Tom Marshall have volunteered as bell ringers and Kevin Kennedy has been busy organizing the bell ringers at Smith’s Food and Drug Center in White Rock, but more help is needed.
    Betty Ehart Senior Center Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Director Irene Powell has been working on getting volunteers for the Smith’s on the Hill.  

  • The Holidays are a time for holiday music and that is exactly what the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present in its annual Christmas Concert at
    7 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Crossroads Bible Church.
    The program will include standard favorites such as, “White Christmas,” “Sheep May Safely Graze,” and “Sleigh Ride.”

  • In some towns, the sound of Christmas carols being sung on your doorstep during the holiday season is commonplace. Typically, however, it’s not a tradition that Los Alamos residents engage in, unless of course, they are part of the congregation of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

  • What began as a woman’s desire to share her love of animals has since turned into a Los Alamos holiday tradition.
    Stede Barber, the organizer of the Mesa Rider’s Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program, had the idea to light up the stables for the holiday season.
    She wanted people in the community to be aware of, and appreciate, the animals at the stables, so she organized the first two events, which were successful.

  • 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.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  
    Every cat only $35 with an extended two-for-one sale.

  • December’s Lunch with a Leader sponsored by the League of Women Voters will feature Los Alamos County Councilor Ralph Phelps as the speaker.
    The lunch is from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Dec. 14 at Central Avenue Grill. The $15 fee includes an entree, drink, tax and tip.
    Topics that will be covered include Phelps’ perspectives on his two years on the council and what he learned about public service.

  • The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects a graduating senior from Los Alamos High School to honor each month and recently, Keanna Cohen was honored as the Rotary Club Student of the Month. Students are selected on the basis of their academic success, extracurricular involvement and service to the community.  
    Cohen is the daughter of Stephanie Archuleta, Sean French and Scott Cohen. Cohen chose Bernadette Lauritzen, an adult mentor and community member, to join her and her parents in accepting this honor.  

  • Please forgive me, but this week I’m leaping to boundaries and expectations after a few stories I’ve heard of lately.
    I’m looking for feedback from parents and caregivers for situations that have others throwing their hands up in frustration.
    Here’s the scenario: A teenage boy spends the night with friends and leaves his backpack behind the next morning. He returns to the same house later that afternoon, only to find his iPod gone.

  • “I just read I Cor. 5:5. What did Paul mean when he said, ‘I have decided to deliver him over to Satan?’ ” — Jesse

    This sounds like a harsh judgment. Take note of the context: this letter is written to a young church experiencing numerous difficulties. In this instance, a man in the church is living in an unusually debauched situation (I Cor. 5:1). The church, instead of grieving over this, is particularly proud of its tolerance for his behavior (I Cor. 5:2).

  • What does a horse with a floor length mane, a boy dressed as a pregnant woman, long braided hair, rappers, arugula and asparagus have in common? They’re all part of this weekend’s free theater and dance performance of “Rap-Punzel.”
     This modern day version of the fairy tale, directed by UNM-LA adjunct faculty member Melissa Balice, is suitable for younger audiences and open to the public. Shows are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Piñon School in White Rock and  at 2 p.m. Sunday at Los Alamos Middle School. 

  • You are invited to exhibit several crèches or only one, cherished by your family. The nativity exhibit will be Friday and Saturday at the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, Los Alamos Ward. The exhibit, “Crèches from Around the World,” is celebrating its 17th exhibition. It is part of the Los Alamos Winterfest activities, held annually, the first week of December.

  • “Cabbages and Kings, Cauliflowers and Callas: The Royal Opera, Vegetables, Fruit and Flowers in London’s Covent Garden in the 1960s,” a multimedia presentation by John Webber, will be from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday at Mesa Public Library.

  • Nate Downey, St. John’s College graduate, permaculture expert and author, will talk at PEEC at 7 p.m. Dec. 8. He will also sign copies of his latest book, “Harvest the Rain,” which will be available for purchase.  
    Downey writes about the history and culture of rainwater preservation. He explains how rainwater harvesting can be fun, easy and low-cost. In his book, Downey shows the reader simple ways to achieve that goal without being overwhelmed by lots of work or high water bills.  

  • The most enduring image of rural America during the Great Depression is one of dust and human migration. This image was formed in the nation’s heartland, where the people of the Great Plains and Southwest suffered both natural and economic disasters during the 1930s.

  • From the musical ballet, the “Nutcracker,” to the sounds of carolers singing holiday classics, Los Alamos will celebrate the sounds of the holidays with a number of holiday-related events, including the three-day “Winterfest” event, Dec. 3-5, and concluding with its New Year’s Eve “Fire and Ice” celebration Dec. 31.

  • Albuquerque — The 21st annual KOATs for Kids campaign is in full swing and will run through Dec. 31.
    Since 1989, this statewide community service event sponsored by KOAT 7 has delivered approximately 275,000 coats to needy children.  
    This year, KOAT 7 is joining forces with Molina Healthcare, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, New Mexico Chevy Dealers, JC Penney, Mattress Firm, Star Bright Cleaners, Hot Shot Services, A Virtual Receptionist and the New Mexico Army National Guard.