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  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre starts 2012 with Herb Gardener’s classic American play, “A Thousand Clowns.” Directed by veteran director and actor Richard Klamann, “A Thousand Clowns” tells the story of a young boy who lives with his eccentric uncle Murray, who is forced to conform to society in order to keep custody of the boy.

    Unemployed television writer Murray Burns (Patrick MacDonald) lives in a cluttered New York City one-bedroom apartment with his 12-year-old nephew, Nick (Sequoyah Adams-Rice).

  • Seats are still available to the mini gala, also known as the Community Asset Awards. The event will be Saturday night at the Best Western Hilltop Hotel.
    The local program recognizes community residents with the can-do attitude that makes Los Alamos a better place to live and work.
    More than 40 will be recognized, ranging from student to senior and business to individual.
    While the event focuses on the community as a whole, youth take center stage with key roles in the festivities.
    The musical stylings of the Sage Street Saxtet will provide entertainment for the evening. The saxtet members include: Nate Hall, Adam Sayre, Doug Jones and Alex Martin.

  • On New Year’s Eve, along with the standard resolutions to run iron man races and dislike butter and sugar, many of us renewed our commitments to sucking the marrow out of life, to being happier despite our imperfect, troublesome, sometimes very painful existences.
    Poppy Cross, the peppy protagonist of “Happy-Go-Lucky” offers one model  on how to do this.
    “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008), the next feature in the Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series, allows viewers to spend a few weeks with 30-year-old Poppy (played by Sally Hawkins) as she teaches elementary school children, takes driving lessons and  takes flamenco lessons in contemporary Camden, England.

  • The League of Women Voters’ community event, Lunch with a Leader, will be Jan. 12 at the Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be Anne Laurent.
    Laurent initially began work with Los Alamos County in September 2008 as the Capital Projects and Facilities director, after having served in other cities in Arizona and Michigan.
    Her responsibilities included operational oversight of the Capital Projects and Facilities and Public Works Departments.
    She was appointed acting assistant county administrator in February 2011.
    Laurent holds two bachelor’s degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and has more than 15 years of public and private team leadership, project management, building design and facility management experience.

  • Welcome to 2012, how are things going so far?
    Are you working on building those assets yet? Don’t worry if you haven’t started yet. You can always start today.
    I’m going to harp on you getting started, just like the weight-watching commercials or the quit-smoking commercials. But since I don’t have that kind of budget, whenever you see or hear one of those commercials, pretend you are hearing me talk about asset building.
    This month we continue to work on the asset category of positive identity, so let’s talk about thank you cards.

  • Adults with ongoing health conditions are invited to join a free 2-½ hour Manage Your Chronic Disease Workshop, sponsored by the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, in conjunction with the Family Y.
    Participants will get the support they need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices and learn better ways to talk with their doctor and family about their health.
    A MyCD workshop can help those with conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety.

  • Dec. 25-31, 2011
    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

    MONDAY
    BESC closed. Happy New Year!

    TUESDAY
    8:45        Variety Training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30        Lunch: Oven fried chicken
    12:30 p.m.    Better breathers
    7 p.m.    Bridge
    7:30p.m.    Table tennis

  • 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.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter. Happy holidays!

    DOGS
    What a blessing for the New Year. There are no adoptable dogs. This won’t last. We currently just have these two little roamers:

  • Art openings

     

    Act I Gallery presents “Seasons of the Rio Grande,” a solo exhibition by Ken Daggett. There will be an opening reception from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the gallery, 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. The show will continue through Feb. 17.

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    On Jan. 6, 1912, New Mexico became the 47th State in the United States. Throughout 2012,  communities statewide will commemorate 100 years of New Mexico statehood, telling stories of the past, while envisioning the state’s next 100 years.

  • Saturday

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “A Thousand Clowns,” by Herb Gardner. Cowgirl BBQ will cater a Texas-style dinner. There will be a New Year’s Eve countdown and celebration, with music and dancing following the show. Patrick Kelly will act as emcee and DJ. Tickets are $45 per person and are available at CB Fox Department Store. Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Jan. 2

    Williams Lake snowshoe with Pajarito Environmental Education Center. This moderate snowshoe is four miles roundtrip, with 1,500 feet of elevation gain to a lake in the Taos Ski Valley. Meet at PEEC at 8:30 a.m. to carpool. Dog friendly. Free, but registration is required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    Jan. 6

  • So I hear you are in the market for a resolution?
    How about one that doesn’t cost anything, doesn’t require the purchase of any additional equipment and doesn’t require a special location in your house?
    If this sounds intriguing, then let’s build some assets. I’ll even try and package it the way you need it … I would like you to build some assets. I really need you to build some assets. I implore you to build some assets and finally, I demand that you build some assets!
    I did have one a little harsher, but I’ll save that for those of you who need to discuss it — or for midway through the year.

  • 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.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter. Happy holidays!

    DOGS

    Baby — Young spayed female GSD-mix. Very friendly. Loves the dog park.

  • The Los Alamos Little Theater announces the cast for its upcoming show, Herb Gardner’s comedy classic, “A Thousand Clowns.”
    Opening on New Year’s Eve, “A Thousand Clowns” stars Patrick MacDonald as Murray, an unemployed television writer and carefree spirit saddled with the responsibility of taking care of his 12-year-old nephew.
    MacDonald, a veteran of LALT, was last seen entertaining the Los Alamos community in the musical sensation, “Seussical.”
    Nick, played by Sequoyah Adams-Rice, is a precocious 12-year-old boy who raises the eyebrows of the Child Welfare Board when he writes an article on the benefits of unemployment insurance, threatening the fun-filled life that he and his Uncle Murray have created.

  • Ballroom dancers showed appreciation for their volunteer dance teachers Corine and Ron Christman and Shuling and Qisu Zou on Dec. 12. In the midst of a snowstorm, dancers from ballroom and tango classes, gathered to  recognize the ballroom teachers. Molly and Dale Holm, who dedicated 13 years to teaching ballroom dancers from the community, trained the Christmans and Zous. Free classes are offered at the Betty Erhart Senior Center at 7 p.m. every Monday and 2 p.m. every Thursday. Additional classes, taught by Herman Ramsey, Marty and Dave Delanoy and Robert Pelak are also offered Thursday evenings at the Los Alamos Unitarian Church for $7 a class. The dancers have learned the waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, west coast swing, cha-cha and much more.

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

    Española

    Ed’s Big Dawg Catering, 107 Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Dec. 8

  • WinterFest is over and soon Christmas will be over, leaving Los Alamos residents wondering what to do after the holidays.
    The Los Alamos Big Band has a solution. On Dec. 26, they will host the after Christmas Big Band Dance from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road.
    Music will feature the Los Alamos Big Band and vocalist Elisa Enriquez.
    The band has played at dances throughout Northern New Mexico under the direction of Jan McDonald since 1984. The band plays the music of the swing era with tunes such as “Moon River,” Latin numbers like “Besame Mucho” and “Rock Around the Clock.”

  • New Mexico is chock-full of tradition. From pueblo dances to fiesta celebrations around the state, the cultural influence in the Land of Enchantment is undeniable.
    While some of the well-known traditions are attended by hundreds — sometimes thousands — of visitors and locals alike, there are a few activities that go virtually unnoticed to the general population unless you live in (or know someone who lives in) the area. One such tradition is the dance of Los Matachines.

  • The Los Alamos Rotary Club recently honored Andrea Hengartner as the student of the month for December.
    Hengartner is the daughter of Nicolas Hengartner and Leticia Cuellar, both statisticians at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Hengartner’s sister Astrid is a freshman at Los Alamos High School.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects a senior from Los Alamos High School to honor each month of the school year. The Rotary Student of the Month Committee selects students based on academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and service to the community.

  • The Los Alamos Rotary Club recently honored Andrea Hengartner as the student of the month for December.
    Hengartner is the daughter of Nicolas Hengartner and Leticia Cuellar, both statisticians at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Hengartner’s sister Astrid is a freshman at Los Alamos High School.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects a senior from Los Alamos High School to honor each month of the school year. The Rotary Student of the Month Committee selects students based on academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and service to the community.