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  • Don’t miss the 44th annual Earth Treasure Show, sponsored by the Los Alamos Geological Society. The show will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Masonic Lodge, on the corner of 15th Street and Canyon. Note that the show has been moved one week later than usual, to coincide with WinterFest activities around town.
    This year’s theme is “Collecting New Mexico.” Activities include exhibits, a silent auction, geode sawing, a wheel of fortune and food. Budding geologists of all ages are invited to bring their rocks and minerals for identification. In addition, a special craft activity is planned for this year; the Sand Man from Ouray, Colo., will provide sand, jars and expertise on the art of creating sand jar scenes at the kids craft table. This piece of smithsonite, the New Mexico state mineral, is from the Kelly Mine in Magdalena.

  • First, a big thank you to all the citizens of Los Alamos County who gave generously to the recent Letter Carrier-Boy Scout Fall Food Drive Nov. 17.
    An estimated 18,000 lbs. of food and supplies were collected with about 1,000 pounds sent to the San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen in Española.
    The remainder was donated to LA Cares, for local monthly distribution to those in need within our community.  
    The Atomic City Letter Carriers (NALC-4112) and their volunteers worked long and hard, performing the triple duties of delivering flyers, picking-up food and all while performing their regular duties of delivering your mail.
    Many volunteers from LA Cares and other organizations and individuals worked hard preparing, sorting, transporting and storing all the donations.
    LA Cares distributes food boxes monthly throughout the year, so please call 661-8015 if you can help with these distributions or are in need of food assistance.
    In addition, every Los Alamos and White Rock BSA unit in the Northern New Mexico District participated for two- to three-hour shifts (some scouts worked much longer), including Cub Scout Packs 20, 22, 27, 222, 229, 326, 422; Boy Scout Troops 22, 71, 122, 129, 222, and 422; and co-ed Venture Scout Post 20.

  • The annual Community Asset Awards search is underway and the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Chamber of Commerce want to know who you think stands out for 2012.
    The Community Assets Awards strives to recognize the things people do — in and around Los Alamos — to make the community or the world a better place.
    “I love that the Community Asset Awards honor those unsung heroes, those people who are not looking for praise or attention, but just do good things for the community because they enjoy doing them,” said Katy Korkos, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Member Services Director. “ I love it that people who have a good idea and follow through with it are honored.”
    Each year, people of every age and background are nominated to receive recognition, with a youth and an adult recognized to receive the Director’s Choice Award and someone who will receive the Spirit of the West Award.
    The Spirit of the West Award was created to honor former Los Alamos County Councilor and Leadership Los Alamos alumni Jim West. Before his passing away, West knew the award was created, in his honor.

  • The Thrift Shop at the United Church moved to the lower level of Craig Hall and had a grand opening Nov. 14

  • Happy holidays!
    This week, we are still in the asset category of empowerment with a look at the asset of safety (#10).
    I will stretch on this area, but bear with me for a minute.
    This Saturday, the Trinity on the Hill will offer the best event of the season, the Children’s Bazaar.
    The event allows families, with children in kindergarten through sixth grade, an opportunity to shop for holiday gifts on their own.
    Children arrive at the church between 9 a.m. and noon, with a list of 10 names or less. Youth workers escort them to a special room, where they can purchase gifts to surprise family members on upcoming holidays.
    The items are varied and the prices are more than reasonable, but the increase in the asset category of empowerment is huge.
    It doesn’t matter what holiday you celebrate. Yes, I realize it is a Christian church, but think of all of the upcoming holidays, including birthdays, during which your children would love the opportunity to surprise the adults in their lives.
    While the pint-sized shoppers go on their merry way, parents and caregivers are treated to baked goods, newspapers and the excitement yet to come.
    Trinity on the Hill has thought of everything, as they even wrap the gifts and include gift cards for each item.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.
    DOGS
    Axle — Don’t let those sad-looking eyes fool you. Axle is a playful and affectionate neutered male. The shelter temperament testers describe this Pit-mix as a “total sweetheart.” He would love a family that appreciates big, sloppy dog kisses.  
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.
    Coqueta — Six-year-old spayed female Retriever/Chow-mix surrendered. Good with adults and gentle children. Has been an outdoor dog.
    ThreeBorder Collie puppies (Reggie, Fly and Romper) — Border Collie puppy siblings, six-months-old. Neutered/spayed and up-to-date on shots. Responding very well to soclialization by shelter volunteers and guidance from other shelter dogs.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center invites students in grades K-4 to come to their annual Holiday Eco Crafts event from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 5.
    There, kids can hand-make gifts out of natural and recycled materials for everyone on their list.
    Gifts to make will include pinecone fire-starters, recycled notebooks, cornhusk dolls, tree cookie ornaments, rock carvings and more.
    Plenty of materials will be available to make gifts for parents, grandparents and brothers and sisters.
     There will also be recycled wrapping paper and cards on hand, so kids can wrap their gifts and address them to the recipients before they head home.  
    Parents are welcome to stay during the class, or to leave kids at PEEC and enjoy a few hours of kid-free shopping.
    PEEC’s own shop also has some holiday gift ideas, including stocking stuffers and animal adoptions.  
    The class costs $15 or $12 for PEEC members. Register in advance at PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Visit Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday or from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 1, to contribute ideas about the natural qualities of the Pajarito Plateau.
    PEEC would like to know what aspects of local nature they should showcase, and public input is desired.
    PEEC volunteers, board and staff are working to create an interpretive plan.
    When completed, the interpretive plan will answer questions like: What should a nature center in Los Alamos say and show? What are the key messages should it send to visitors and residents? What activities will best address those key messages?  What will it mean to the community it represents?
    PEEC wants to hear stories about the natural area and learn from the people of Los Alamos, exactly what they think of when asked to describe the Pajarito Plateau.
    This input will help PEEC’s interpretive planning committee write a plan that reflects what is important to the community.
    The events will start with a presentation on PEEC’s mission and vision.
    Then, participants will join in an interactive idea-generation activity and have a chance to vote on the natural qualities they like to see addressed by PEEC.  
    Those ideas will, in turn, help PEEC create a plan to strengthen people’s connection with the natural world around them.

  • It’s an Indoor Holiday Bazaar at the Art Center
    ’Tis the season to go shopping. At many stores, one can expect to see the same kinds of things year after year, increasing the challenge of finding the perfect gift. Things are different at Fuller Lodge Art Center’s Affordable Arts sale, where there are always new artists joining the mix of regional artists, who share their artistic manifestations of what they believe makes the perfect gift.
    This year, 33 new artists join the 98 regular Gallery Shop artists, to offer gifts for everyone, with all prices at $250 or less. There are many things for sale at less than $100. These artists are driven to produce and nothing makes them happier than knowing their art will be shared and loved by others.
    For the Affordable Arts sale, the artists search their creativity to come up with work that will fit well into others’ lives.  When preparing for Affordable Arts, Gallery Manager Amy Bjarke specifically looks for things that will make good gifts — from the functional to the quirky. Functional items include things like  pottery and hand-tooled pens, cards and clothing. Quirky means whatever will tickle one’s fancy and make them smile. Melted record mirror anyone?

  • Mesa Public Library will offer a Sunday afternoon of events as part of the downtown Winterfest celebration.
    A new exhibition, “The Plazas of New Mexico” will open with a reception at 2:30 p.m. Dec 9., in conjunction with a talk by Chris Wilson of the University of New Mexico, the author of the book of the same title, at 1:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of the library.
    “The Plazas of New Mexico” documents the heritage of New Mexico’s public plazas and the everyday life and community celebrations that help sustain them. It traces three distinct design traditions — the Native American center place with kiva and terraced residential blocks; the Hispanic plaza with church and courtyard houses; and the Anglo square with courthouse and business blocks.
    The exhibit, comprised of images from the book, bring to life three urban design traditions, while profiling recent plaza revitalization projects and newly designed community plazas.
    “The Plazas of New Mexico” is about the past, for the future. Plaza site plans, elevation drawings, bird’s-eye views, community histories, historic photos and documentary photographs bring to life the history, physical setting and social life of 22 communities.

  • The 19th Annual Crèches From Around the World, an annual exhibition featuring nativity sets collected by members of the many churches in Los Alamos, will be from 1-7 p.m. Dec. 7 and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8, at 1967 18th St. (off 15th and Sage Street).
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Los Alamos Ward, sponsors the event. The event is free and refreshments will be served throughout the day.
    The crèche, a French term, is the portrayal of the nativity through figurines of people and animals that often include the setting of a stable or a village scene.
    The exhibit features crèches from more than 100 countries, collected by residents of Los Alamos, or by members of the LDS church, who have served missions in many parts of the world.
    Crèches featured represent South and Central America, most of Europe, many from most of the United States, as well as many from most pueblos in the area; many Asian countries; most African countries; and many hand crafted by artists in nearby communities.
    The nativity figures are made from a wide variety of materials, to include: wood, ceramic, papier-mâché, various nuts, straw, glass, fabrics, wood, stone, clay and bamboo.
    The Créche Show is part of the annual WinterFest week, the first week of December.

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

    Santa Fe

    Alicia’s Tortillas, 1314-A5 Rufina Circle
    Date inspected: Nov. 13
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for other — chlorine sanitizer tested more than 200 ppm. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Amancer Early Head Start, 1320 Agua Fria
    Date inspected: Nov. 13
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Carl’s Jr., 1640 St. Michael’s Dr.
    Date inspected: Nov. 13
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Grandma’s Recipe Rugelach, 1730 Camino Carlos Rey, #203
    Date inspected: Nov. 9
    Violations: None
    Notes: Rugelach cookies baked at the Shure Bread kitchen facility.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Puerto Peñasco, 4681 Airport Road
    Date inspected: Nov. 13

  • The Los Alamos County Library System online catalog will be unavailable to patrons from 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 27, for a system catalog software update.
    Though patrons may not notice a big difference, the planned upgrade to the integrated library system software will increase efficiency for librarians’ behind the scenes tasks, according to Mesa Public Library’s Carol Meine.
    While the system is unavailable, patrons will not be able to use any online services. They will not be able to search for books, make requests, check their account or use the downloadable e-books and audio books services.
    However, patrons are still encouraged to visit either library to browse and, if they bring along their library card, library staff can check in and check out books. However, even the librarians won’t be able to look up patron account information.
    For more information, contact libweb@lacnm.us or call 662-8253.

  • A variety of trees and wreaths were on display during the annual Festival of Trees Nov. 17 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. A silent auction was held, during which trees could be bid on.

  • Pfc. Casey Stavert of Los Alamos received a Meritorious Mast for academic performance from the United States Marine Corps during his graduation ceremony from the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, Calif.  
    Stavert was raised in Los Alamos and graduated from LAHS in 2008. The award reads, “You consistently performed your duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner by scoring higher on the written tests and on the performance evaluations than any of your peers, making you the academic leader for the company with an overall average of 96.0%.”
    The company consisted of approximately 450 graduates from around the country.
    In addition to the award, Stavert was invited to a private lunch with the commanding officer of the Marine Corps Training Battalion, to discuss positive and negative aspects of his training and his future career in the Marine Corps.  
    Stavert is continuing his training program at the U.S. Navy Air Station at Pensacola, Fla., and is being trained as an expeditionary airfield support technician.

  • Service to others is a perfect asset for the week. This week, try and think of a young person that you know that does great things in the community.
    During this week of Thanksgiving, drop them a short note and thank them for the work that they do.
    Do you need a better idea? You can nominate youth or adults for the Community Assets Award. The nomination process kicks off this week and goes until Dec. 17.
    There are so many youth that do great things and are never acknowledged for their efforts.
    I only dabble in the cyber world of Facebook, but I notice a lot of people taking the 30 days of November to announce their gratitude for something each day, this month.
    They say that you have to do something for 30 days in a row to make it a habit, so they are giving it a try.
    When you focus on the good things, you pay attention to them more often.
    How many of us rush around and never take the time to see the little things that make each day worth rolling out of bed in the morning?
    I hope you will take a minute to send me an email, Facebook post (AssetsInAction) or Tweet (#AssetsInAction) about what you are thankful for today, this month — or even this year.

  • Cancer is a four-letter word and that word, is hard.
    October was breast cancer awareness month and November is pancreatic cancer awareness month. The Los Alamos Council on Cancer assists men, women and children with free resources, advice and a kind word.
    While the Council on Cancer was founded in 1956, their members still work at full speed, to provide resources to those who have been affected by cancer.
    One of those resources sponsored by the Council on Cancer, along with the United Way of Northern New Mexico is Look Good, Feel Better.
    The meetings begin with a short video presentation by the American Cancer Society and free gift bags for each client.
    The bags are filled with a variety of free products to assist those who have undergone — or are currently going through treatment — with head to toe pampering.
    There are products by Cover Girl, L’oreal, Mary Kay, Bobbie Brown, Esteé Lauder and even Chanel. These major companies took the time to donate products for those going through what may be the most difficult time in their lives.
    The goal isn’t for the women to feel like they need to wear makeup or make themselves look better, but to allow them to have some time to remind themselves that they are still beautiful women, that deserve to shine.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on site adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.
    DOGS
    Autumn — This spayed female is one of those rare breeds that doesn’t come around very often — a New Mexico Brown Dog. She is housebroken and leash-trained, just don’t try to force her to be friends with any dog smaller than her.
    Axle — Don’t let those sad-looking eyes fool you. Axle is a playful and affectionate neutered male. The shelter temperament testers describe this Pit-mix as a “total sweetheart.” He would love a family that appreciates big, sloppy dog kisses.  
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.

  • Start an annual holiday tradition at the North Mesa stables.
    Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division, members of the Posse Lodge, Pony Club and Stable Owners Association as they create a holiday event for all ages from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 9.
    The event includes professional digital photographs with Santa and his elves, warm drinks, light refreshments and a holiday craft.
    Dress warmly, wear walking shoes and enjoy the North Mesa stables lit up with luminarias and holiday lights.
     The event is free and a photo with Santa costs $5, with all proceeds benefiting the Recreation Division Scholarship Fund. For further information contact the Recreation Division at 662-8173,visit the website at losalamosnm.us/rec, or email lacrec@lacnm.us.

  • The CROP Hunger Walk/ Turkey Trot committee announces the winner of the first-ever Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot logo contest.

    The contest was open to all local fourth- through sixth-grade students who live in Los Alamos or whose parents work here. The winner is Sarah Worley,  a 10-year-old fifth grader at Piñon Elementary School.

    Worley said that she has participated in the walk her whole life. “I’ve walked in it with my family, every year of my life except one. So this will be my 10th time walking,” she said.

    Her inspiration for the logo came from the idea that people can win a turkey and a pumpkin pie through the random drawing after the walk, so she decided to draw a person holding those things. In the background, she drew people walking from all around the world because, in her words, “people all over the world have to walk to get something as basic as water.”  

    “We appreciate Sarah’s creativity and the inspiration she gives in being a lifelong walker and thinking about the difficulties facing many around the world. Sarah will receive a free T-shirt, as well as the sincere appreciation of our local CROP Hunger Walk committee,” said CROP Hunger Walk Coordinator Lynn Wysocki-Smith.