• Local certified arborist Laural Hardin has returned as a presenter 6:30 p.m. today at Pajarito Environmental Education Center. She has spoken on several topics related to local tree species and their care in the urban landscape. Hardin will discuss aspen trees.
    Many homeowners have or want to have aspen in their yards. This talk will cover many of the challenges property owners face when aspens are put in the urban setting. Some of the topics to be discussed include aspen disease and pest issues, as well as root systems and expected life spans.  
    Hardin is a certified arborist and integrated pest management specialist. She specializes in diagnosing and solving tree and garden problems.
    With an interest in helping people understand the natural balance in the landscape, Hardin teaches us how to avoid most issues by learning to see the root cause. She loves to share her knowledge with hands on workshops and fact filled talks, so come prepared to learn!
    The cost to attend this program is $8, or $6 for PEEC members.
    No advance registration is required.

  • Our Asset of the week is number 9, service to others. This is when a young person serves in the community one or more hours per week.
    According to our 2009 data, 51 percent of sixth through 12th graders reported they had this Asset in their lives. In 2013, the data is up to 57 percent.
    There are lots of service projects performed by youth in and around our community. This week I would like to publicly praise Los Alamos High School student Madeline Whitacre.
    Whitacre spent her precious teenage time volunteering for an Assets project that will help the program create a traveling library.
    Whitacre took lots and lots of Assets books that I use for a variety of training, presentations and ideas and worked to create a master list of titles.
    She alphabetized the list, included author, what year the book came into print and a summary of each piece of work.
    Now with the donation of some old school library cards and pockets, the program will complete her effort, creating a way for the books to be checked out, by staff of Los Alamos Public Schools.
    While the completion of the final outcome still has some steps to go. A great idea is now on the road to becoming a completed project.

  • Nov. 19 — The League of Women Voters invites the community to hear Dr. Gene Schmidt, superintendent of Los Alamos Schools and Gerry Washburn, asst. superintendent at the monthly Lunch with a Leader. The topic will be the Common Core Curriculum that LAPS is implementing. The talk is 11:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. upstairs at Mesa Library. Lunch can be purchased from the Co-op for $10. To order a lunch, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or email kaskacayman@gmail.com to get the menu selections. Lunch does not have to be ordered to attend.

    Nov. 19 — The Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Randy Iannucci, executive director of Santa Fe-based Horses for Heroes, will describe this healing program for military veterans. Noon at the Dixie Girl Restaurant.

    Nov. 19 — ASME/ASM/IEEE Dinner Talk about Do It Yourself Solar Installations by Dr. Floyde Adams and Dr. Bob Skaggs. 6-7:45 p.m. at the Los Alamos Research Park, conference room 203A, west Jemez Road at Casa Grande Drive intersections. Hot Rocks Java Café will provide dinner. $5 for members and guests, $10 non-members. RSVP to Mike Steinzig by noon Nov. 18. 667-5772 or steinzig@lanl.org. Public is welcome.

  • For more than 50 years, Los Alamos Chapter No. 63, Order of Eastern Star has sold Collin Street Bakery holiday fruitcakes in Los Alamos. This year the chapter will continue that tradition by selling fruitcakes, as well as apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 21-22 in the Los Alamos National Bank lobby.

    Future sale dates are from 2-6 p.m. Nov. 29 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, and Fridays, Dec. 13 and 20. Contact Judy Goldie at 662-3797, judygoldie1@gmail.com, or Nina Laird 662-7580 for more information.

  • Friday was Staff Appreciation Day at Los Alamos High School.  Some 35 members of the ’Topper Parent Organization prepared a lunchtime feast for school staff which was served by TPO President Cecilia Garcia-Frank, Elizabeth Cooper, Olivia Li, Janine Tulenko, Deborah Ulibarri and S. Parker.

    “The LAHS staff really looks forward to the great feasts the TPO puts on for us,” said Principal Sandra Warnock. “We feel very spoiled by our TPO and greatly appreciate their hard work.”  

    Warnock also expressed her thanks to the TPO for recent items donated to the school by parents under the TPO’s Wish List Program.

    “The TPO gathers items for our classrooms so that teachers don’t have to spend so much of their own money on supplies,” she said.

  • The next meeting for the Los Alamos Mountaineers will be 7 p.m., Nov. 19 in the Great Room at Fuller Lodge. 

    Larry Hersman will talk about the future Rio Grande Gorge Trail. The trail is a joint venture of the BLM, Forest Service, the Taos Pueblo and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps of Taos. Hersman writes, “It has been my longstanding belief that education is a means to a better future. The purpose of this project is to provide an educational opportunity for the youth of Northern New Mexico by constructing a trail for all of us to experience the wilderness. Wilderness is more than a parcel of land set aside to be preserved and protected from development — it is also a concept of human experience — a place where we allowed go to gain a better understanding of ourselves and nature.” 

  • Nov. 17-23, 2013

    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart


    2-4 p.m. Sunday afternon at Downton Abbey on the Day Out big screen


    8:45 a.m. Cardio

  • As a thank you for providing a shelter pet with a forever home, we would like to offer you a free one-month subscription to the ‘Los Alamos Monitor.’ All you need to do is provide your name, address and phone number on a form in the ‘Monitor’ office to begin delivering your paper to your home. 

    After the free one-month subscription expires, we invite you to contact us about your service and to extend your subscription. Thank you again for saving a life. You now have a best friend that will love you indefinitely. 

    Best wishes from the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • La Leche League of Los Alamos will be discussing “Breastfeeding and Avoiding Difficulties” at its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Teen Room at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr., Los Alamos. 

    All interested, pregnant, or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics and benefits of breastfeeding.  

    A lending library with books concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available. 

    Nursing babies and toddlers who have difficulty separating, are welcome. 

    For more information, contact Gina at 661-8740.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Dogs and cats are great at chasing away the blues as the nights get longer, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptables:




    SHELTER HOURS: Monday – Friday noon to 6 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 




    The Los Alamos Writers Group meets on the second Thursday during November and December from 7-8:30 p.m. at Morning Glory Bakery, 1377 Diamond Drive, across from the high school. Visitors are welcome to attend.


    Lowell Christensen will speak on “The History of the San Luis Valley, or Why is there a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Shop in Taos?”  7 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. There are a lot of connections between the history of the San Luis Valley (in Southern Colorado) and history of Northern New Mexico. It also illustrates many aspects of genealogical research. The traditional no host dinner will be at China Moon at 5:30 p.m. before the meeting at the library. Public is invited.



    A 1974 Triumph TRB decorated by Hopi Tewa artist Dan Namingha and nine other Native American artists is parked in the lobby of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), a symbol of a broadened approach by the museum to create partnerships with other area institutions that share a mission in honoring and perpetuating Native art and education.

    Just as 10 artists collaborated to turn the car into an art piece, now MIAC is collaborating with the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) to ensure Native American students are prepared to fill positions at museums that reflect their peoples’ art and culture.

    The museum and the institute share a common goal – documenting and celebrating Native American art and culture. IAIA is the only four-year fine arts institution in the nation devoted to contemporary Native American and Alaska Native arts. 


    Most people think of a turkey as a golden brown plucked bird that comes out of an oven. But since we have native wild turkeys in New Mexico, why not spend a few minutes thinking about them having dinner instead of being dinner? 

    Leslie Dendy, UNM-LA professor for the past 40 years, will discuss the surprisingly broad diet of wild turkeys, why they have big appetites, and the unique way in which they grind up their food. The program will be 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 16 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. 

    The cost is $15/$12 PEEC members per individual, or $30/$24 PEEC members per family. 

    The hands-on presentation is aimed at adults and children 10 years old and up. Participants will look at samples or pictures of many turkey foods, bird gizzards, and gastroliths (stomach stones). Small items can be examined with stereomicroscopes. 


    For one weekend only, Tom Schuch stars as Albert Einstein in an award winning show written by Willard Simms. 

    The year is 1946, the Bomb has been dropped, the world has forever changed, and Albert Einstein has invited the audience over to his home to set the record straight about his life. Join Dr. Einstein for an evening of humor, introspection, science and a little violin. The performance lends an understanding of the man who solved many of the world’s most difficult puzzles with creativity and a sense of humor.

    The show is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe. Each performance will be followed immediately by a conversation with Schuch.



    In honor of National American Indian Heritage Month, photographer and encaustic artist Angel Wynn will present her new body of work titled Anasazi: Stone & Bone”.

    The show will kick off with an opening reception on Friday November 15th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Wynn’s studio-gallery located at 1036 Canyon Road. Then again on Friday Nov. 29 and Saturday Nov. 30 between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the studio will be open for public viewing of the show along with encaustic demonstrations. The first 25 people that come to the open studio and demo days will receive a free gift.

  • Fred Harvey all but invented cultural tourism, inspiring travel on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway that brought new life to the American West. 

    From 4–7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, the New Mexico History Museum joins with KNME-TV and La Fonda on the Plaza to celebrate that legacy with a fundraising event for the museum’s exhibitions and public programming funds.

    “An Evening with the Harvey Girls,” begins with the premiere of Producer Katrina Parks’ new documentary, “The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound,” in the History Museum auditorium. 

  • The New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, will move you this weekend with its newest production, “Be Moved.” Baker-Dillingham’s company of 25 pre-professional dancers perform four of her original works at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium. 

    The ballet, “Our Beloved Weeping Souls,” opens the program. Based on the family unit, the ballet focuses on six elements: love, father, mother, child, God and the reality of death. 

    The “Back Brandenburg Concerto” highlights the pure joy of dance and extremely feisty footwork in the first and third movements, while the second movement portrays the moving relationship between a brother leaving home for the first time and the young sister left behind.

    After intermission, the dancers will present “The Diamond Dance,” a social commentary.


    The Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of World Wars in Los Alamos is announces that LANL Associate Director for Threat Identification and Response, Scott Gibbs, will be guest speaker at the chapter’s November dinner meeting. 

    The meeting will be at the Los Alamos Research Park Hot Rocks Java Café or the main meeting room. The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. Nov. 19, followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Gibbs’ presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program, or the program only at no cost.


    The Los Alamos High School Olions Thespian Club will present four one-act plays in the Los Alamos High School Black Box Theater 7 p.m. Friday. 

    Other performances are slated for 7 p.m. on Nov. 16, 17, and 23, with matinees 2 p.m. Nov. 17.

    Olions sponsor Rachel Saxton will direct “This Property is Condemned,” written by Tennessee Williams. 

    The three remaining plays are student written and directed. 

    They are Haley Henson’s “Chemistry,” Katie Downing’s “Terms of a Cardboard Cutout” and Hannah Purtymun’s “Just You and Me.”
    Tickets are $8 at the door.


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