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  • “Your daughter is optimistic – she thinks our child will be president of the United States,” says Sidney Poitier’s character, Dr. John Wade Prentice, in the classic film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

    In 1967, the line stood out because of the complete improbability that a child of an interracial marriage would ever be elected president.

  • What better way to start off the holiday season than dancing and listening to some classic tunes?

    The Gordons’ Concerts, the Los Alamos MainStreet and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation will present the Los Alamos Big Band from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge.  The concert is part of the WinterFest festivities, which be held Friday through Sunday.

    While the band will play the big band standards, they will also play the big band version of holiday songs.

  • Music can conjure up memories for listeners. It allows them to make a connection to a concert or the performers. Friday, Coro de Cámara will stir up listeners’ holiday memories during its Pops Christmas Choral Concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge.

    Saturday, the concert will also travel to the Center for Spiritual Living located on 505 Camino De Los Marquez in Santa Fe. The show will begin at 7 p.m.

  • Decorating the Christmas tree has always been a major deal in my family. It’s one of the seasonal traditions that kicks off our Christmas celebration.

    When I was growing up, as soon as the tree was set up and elaborately adorned with decorations, I felt it gave me permission to immerse completely in all the holiday hoopla.

    I could sing carols, read holiday books or eagerly count down the days until Dec. 25 without any uncertainty that I was celebrating the holiday too early.

  • Fuller Lodge will look delectable on Saturday. So sweet you will want to eat it or at least the gingerbread model that Althea Duffy created.

    In celebration of WinterFest and the county’s 60th anniversary, Fuller Lodge is hosting an open house starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The occasion will include the Chamisa SingSations, Los Alamos High School jazz band, a performance by pianist Frances Meier and a short ballet by the New Mexico Dance Theater.

  • Following the theme for this year’s Holiday Lights Parade is “The Holidays Begin at Home,” Village Arts is extending an invitation to the community to help make the businesses’ new location a home.

    Village Arts, under the new ownership of Ken Nebel and Jim O’Donnell, recently moved from its Central Park location to new digs at 216 DP Road.

    In celebration of the new ownership and new look, an open house and reception will be held Saturday.  

  • Chess is more than just game pieces on a checkered board. Playing the game involves mathematical and even psychological aspects. In the Middle Ages chess was considered a part of the nobility’s culture but today everyone, even elementary school students, are getting in the game.

  • Mark the calendar for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos. Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) is preparing to present its biggest and best “Nutcracker” yet.  This year’s 14th annual show will dazzle audiences as it welcomes three rising stars from the regional and national ballet worlds.

  • Gina Marie Stroud was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for November.  Stroud is the daughter of Mary Ann and Phillip Stroud and sister of David, Sophia and Katie. The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student from the current Los Alamos High School graduating class to honor each month of the school year.  Students are selected on the basis of their academics, extracurricular activities and their service to the community.

  • The day after Thanksgiving, sometimes called Black Friday, is known as the busiest shopping day of the year. Fueled by leftover pumpkin pie, hordes of shoppers will travel down the hill to invade the malls and department stores. This year you have another option: stay home and visit the opening day of the Affordable Art sale at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge. Affordable Art offers gifts for everyone on your list.

  • Various arts and craft fairs and shopping opportunities are held during the holiday season where adults can find gifts, but what about children? Shopping opportunities that are kid friendly can be somewhat of a challenge; luckily, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church offers a solution.

    The Children’s Bazaar, which will be held from 9 a.m. – noon                Dec. 5 at Trinity on the Hill, is specifically provided for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

  • Get ready to see Los Alamos twinkle with holiday lights and cheer during WinterFest, which will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. MainStreet’s annual program garners participation from many different organizations, ensuring no matter where in town people go this coming weekend, they will find an abundance of  the holiday spirit.

  • A timeless story can be told a thousand different ways. It can be told through materials such as crystal or pottery or something as simple as pinto beans.

    The birth of Jesus is one of those stories that can be told through a multitude of perspectives. During the 16th annual “Créches from Around the World,” from 1-7:30 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos Ward of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visitors can see about 300 variations of this event.

  • Dr. Peter Benson has written a book called “Sparks” to help parents, coaches, teachers and neighbors ignite the passion of whatever is of interest to youth.

    How often do we ask them to identify what brings them joy?

    This week, Los Alamos Middle School went that extra mile to find out what their teens want to learn.

    It’s an easy task actually – just ask. Our teenagers are ready, willing and able to name their interests and were tickled at the thought that someone would help them learn more about an area of interest.

  • Last week, the New Mexico Chapter for the Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrated National Philanthropy Day and shined the spotlight on youth through Youth in Philanthropy Day. Honored on this day was Derek Selvage of White Rock.

    Piñon Elementary School Principal Megan Lee nominated Selvage, a sixth-grader, for many reasons. However, one reason shined more than others.

    Selvage held his 11th birthday party where no gifts were accepted. His fellow students were invited to make donations for a good cause, all to be decided during the festivities.

  • Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate appreciation and gratitude toward others. The VFW Post 8874 is not missing this chance to give back; volunteers are rolling up their sleeves and hauling out the pots and pans to cook a Thanksgiving Day feast for the community.

    The dinner will be held from 12-3 p.m. Thursday at the post. The menu includes turkey and all the fixings, which is free of charge.

    Jaime Clabo, canteen manager at the VFW, said about 80-100 people attend the dinner.

  • William Joshua Schutz is a living history book of Los Alamos. He was born in Silver City on Feb. 17, 1927.   He spent time in both the United States Navy and Marine Corps prior to his arrival in Los Alamos in 1947.

    Schutz served in the United States Postal Service beginning in the 40s with a stop in Santa Fe overlooking the infamous box 1663 when the town wasn’t officially of record. Schutz also recalls special box numbers allocated to the AEC (P.O. Box 1539) and the FBI (P.O. Box 427).

  • Think pageants are just a long line of women with hair sprayed drenched coifs and plastered-on fake smiles? Bernadette Lopez, a 2003 graduate of Los Alamos High School, is putting these conventional thoughts to rest.

    Lopez, a 25-year-old wife and mother of two children, has a love for the pageants. As a junior in high school, she was third runner up and then first runner up in Ms. Teen competitions. Last year, she placed in the top 15 in the Mrs. America pageant. Other accolades include “Most Photogenic” and “Most Money Raise.”

  • Adventure awaits those who step up to the opportunity. Although sometimes a little nudge is needed to take that step. Therefore, the Boy Scouts of America is bringing an adventure to you.

    Starting in January, as part of the Boy Scout of America 100th anniversary, the Adventure Base 100, a 10,000-square foot mobile campus, will be making it’s a way across the U.S.

  • Growing up in the 1950s in New York City was tough for Elaine Soto. Being Puerto Rican, she encountered racism and prejudice.

    She didn’t see a whole lot of positive things being associated with her culture. Art, however, showed her a far different picture.

    She was introduced to the Black Madonna when she selected her confirmation name, Monserrate, which came from the Virgin of Montserrat, statue of the Virgin Mary and a miracle working Black Madonna from Puerto Rico.