• 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.

  • The 14th annual Fall Food Drive is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, in Los Alamos and White Rock. This community food drive is jointly conducted by the Los Alamos Letter Carriers Union, 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.

  • There was great turnout for Cookies and Conversation Monday at LAHS. RSVP, Kiwanis and Rotary provided the adults, while the Los Alamos Co-op Market provided the cookies for the high school students.

  • 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. Also, we will not adopt out black cats until Nov. 7.


  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

  • Sage Cottage Montessori preschool gives our sincere thanks and appreciation to Daniels Fund and the Northern New Mexico Health Grant Group for their financial support allowing us to send teachers to the National Early Childhood Conference.
    Daniels Fund was set up by Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need.  Daniels Fund provides grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.
    Northern New Mexico Health Grant Group is a joint initiative of Con Alma Health Foundation and the Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary.  In May 2002, the Los Alamos Medical Center was sold by Banner Health Systems, a non-profit corporation, to Province HealthCare, a for-profit corporation.

  • Recently, the Pajarito Mountain Lodge was aglow with fall colors and full of generosity and cheer, as attendees of the Kids Ski Pajarito Benefit Dinner enjoyed an evening of food, music and fun.  
    The benefit dinner raised more than $9,000, which will go toward equipment rental, lift tickets and lessons for underprivileged youth.  
    Members of the Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2010 organized  the dinner to raise money for a new program being offered at Pajarito Mountain.
    The program will offer financial assistance with ski lessons as well as equipment to children ages six to 18. Working with regional organizations, the Ski Club will spread the word of this new opportunity.