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  • 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.

  • The Los Alamos Elks provided gifts to more than 110 less fortunate children in Northern New Mexico. These gifts were purchased by the membership and delivered to St. Vincent de Paul in conjunction with the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and local elementary schools on Dec. 17. Pictured from left to right is the Elks Christmas Giving Tree Team: Jennifer Kieltyka, Dan Gerth, Natalie Dimitrick (chair), Lisa Harris,
    Dick Bjarke and Mark Harris.

  • Roger Stutz, a member of the board of directors at Del Norte Credit Union, is shown presenting Ann Hayes of Kiwanis with a check from Del Norte. Del Norte was the sponsor for the recent Breakfast with Santa event to help support Foster Children in Northern New Mexico.

  • What a wonderful week this is in our community and a large part of the world. We started off with a snow day and during the week, will celebrate Hanukkah, the first day of winter and Christmas. Then next week, Kwanzaa and Boxing Day will be celebrated.
    Hanukkah begins at sundown today and continues for eight days, with the Festival of Lights.
    Kwanzaa begins on Dec. 26 and is a celebration of family, community and culture.
    How lovely!
    Wouldn’t it be nice to celebrate a day in Los Alamos where we took part in appreciating the same?

  • 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.

    DOGS

    Buddy —Another young neutered male GSD-mix. Just waiting on shots. Very sweet and friendly.

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has awarded grants to LAPS teachers in the twice-yearly opportunity to compete for funding of educational projects.
    Six of seven schools in the district submitted applications and all six of those schools received some funding for projects.
    The grants are written by teachers and educational faculty and must demonstrate creativity, prudence and a way to measure the benefit to students.  

  • The Chess Team from Aspen Elementary School recently won two National Championships at the United States Chess Federation National Scholastic Chess Championships — a feat never before accomplished by any New Mexico school, despite the strong history of New Mexico scholastic chess.  
    More than 400 schools from 37 states traveled to Dallas in late November to participate in 15 separate National Championship sections: one championship for each grade kindergarten through 12th and two Blitz chess championships, one for elementary schools and another for secondary schools.  

  • Only a few days remain to nominate people who live or work in Los Alamos for the Community Asset Awards.
    The program, sponsored by Assets In Action and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, will celebrate nominees’ year of promoting the good work in and around the community and throughout the world.
    The 2010 event recognized 42 community members with feats of good deeds that benefited the young and the young-at-heart.
    Those nominated will be recognized for their good deeds on Jan. 7 at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel. Chef Torres will whip up a bevy of baked goods for the sweet affair.

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — His mythical exploits and jail escapes made this son of Irish immigrants one of the nation’s most famous Old West outlaws. Yet fewer know that the man widely known as Billy the Kid was a central figure in a violent, Irish-English land war in New Mexico, and was beloved by Mexican-American ranchers who felt discriminated against by racist white bankers and land thieves.
    And the Kid’s end came only after he refused to abandon his Mexican-American teen girlfriend.

  • Village Arts will present the work of Alex Scheinker through January. Scheinker, born in Moscow and raised in New York, is a more recent resident of New Mexico. He credits a visit to Touching Stone Gallery in Santa Fe with his inspiration to begin working in the Sumi-e traditional style of Chinese ink painting.
    “I had never seen so much texture, such stark contrast, such powerful simplicity and I was instantly thinking, how did they do this? What is it? I want to do this,” he said.

  • Tlatelolco, Mexico — 1531. Years of torture and slavery made the native population less than accepting of the Spanish Catholic forces now dominating their lands; but one event transformed the beliefs of thousands of Aztecs. One of their own was visited by a celestial messenger promising protection for his people and the direct word of God, if a temple was built in her name.
    Each December, millions celebrate the anniversary of her appearance to the native Juan Diego, many of these celebrations are in New Mexico. It is said that those who pray to her witness miracles for themselves and for others.

  • Los Alamos Public Schools will accept open enrollment applications for School Year 2012-13 starting at 7 a.m. Thursday.
    The application is posted on laschools.net or one can be picked up from the district office receptionist.
    Completed applications may be dropped off with the district office receptionist, faxed to 663-3247, or scanned and emailed to Gayla Romero at g.romero@laschools.net.
    Applications are put in order by date and time received, but parents who stand in line will have a priority over parents who fax or email their application.
    The district office is open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and is located at 2075 Trinity Dr., across from Ashley Pond.