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  • Around the holidays, music seems to fill the air. Contributing to sounds that float through the airwaves will be a brass holiday concert, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

    Admission is free.

    Brass musicians Dave and Deniece Korzekwa, Rex Hjelm, Larry Bronisz, Ted Vives, Pete Forman, Eli Berg and Jerry Morzinski will perform a mixture of sacred and secular Christmas music.

  • The collection of the Los Alamos Historical Museum contains a vast array of unique photos and items, most of which are stored in Fuller Lodge. Now some of those are being brought to light and to life as unique items in the Historical Museum Shop.

  • In early March 2006, Tom Steward, a licensed psychotherapist, and his wife began a strange odyssey with one of their sons, who began showing signs of mental illness.

  • As old faces left the Friends of the Senior Center (FOSC) Board of Directors, new ones appeared.  

    Jim Strapp and Lorraine Thorn were nominated and approved to step on board during the directors’ meeting and luncheon Dec. 11.

    FOSC Treasurer John Stewart nominated Thorn, who works at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, and member Krik Krikorian nominated Strapp, who is a member of the Steering Committee for the White Rock Master Plan.

    Although new members are now serving the boards, FOSC has had to deal with the loss of several members.

  • Positive Family Communication is our goal this week. How is yours doing? This week mine didn’t go so well.

    Three boys combined with home, work, church, school, Scouts and wrestling means a few questions that normally get asked, didn’t. The result is that I missed a school performance that I really wanted to go see.

    The point is that it happens and hopefully I’ll fill the gap and it won’t happen again.

  • Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church will have its annual Holiday bake sale of cookies and sweets from traditional Eastern Orthodox lands on Dec. 20.

    The holiday baked goods selection includes Baklava, Greek monastery cookies, Greek Koulerakia, Paxamadia, Russian tea cakes and Russian honey cookies. Included with the baked goods is a sample of Russian tea.

    The baked goods and tea are presented in an attractive box suitable for gift giving. The price is $15.95 per box. Russian tea will also be available for purchase.

  • Making pets picture

    perfect

    Friends of the Shelter (FOS) would like to thank everyone who helped make Pet Photos with Santa a success.  

    Without the generosity of citizen pet owners, FOS wouldn’t have the funds to assist animals the way we do. We would also like to thank two businesses.  

    Cyndi Wells of Pet Pangaea provided the space, Santa and her experience from years past.  Don Taylor of Don Taylor’s Photography let FOS use some of his equipment and helped our photographer get properly set up to take good pictures.

  • You see colored lights swirling around the lampposts along Central Avenue and dazzling the pavement along N.M. 4 in White Rock. At the finale of the Holiday Lights Parade, people await anxiously to see the electric color explosion occur at Ashley Pond.

    It’s amazing the effect a few dots of twinkling lights can produce. With a the pull of a switch, the holiday season is ushered in along with all the excitement and merriment that the season brings with it.    

  • I was 6 or 7-years-old, sitting cross-legged in the grass in front of the duplex home my parents shared with my grandmother. I was puncturing helicopters with my fingernails.

    It might not sound like much, but I remember this better than my first communion, my first boyfriend or my first day at any job I’ve ever had, maybe because this was the first day I did something unlike myself, the first time I had enough sense of self to experience such a sensation. Or maybe because of the worms.

  • Atomic City Children’s Theater presents “Willy Wonka Junior” this weekend at Duane W. Smith Auditorium. Admission is free to the public and there will be free surprises offered to the first 500 audience members. There will also be five Golden Tickets hidden among the programs, which can be redeemed for a Wonka Chocolate bar.

  • Have you ever dreamed of conducting a symphony orchestra? If so, your dream could become a reality.  

    At 7 p.m. Friday in the White Rock Baptist Church, the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will give its traditional Christmas concert. At the end of the concert, a drawing will be held and the winner will have the opportunity to stand on the conductor podium and lead the orchestra in a familiar holiday tune.  

  • The Chamisa Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is offering an opportunity to cross items off the holiday shopping list and score some unique finds.

    The shopping extravaganza will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the elementary school.

    About 20 vendors are expected to attend to sell jewelry, photographs, different holiday crafts, hats, scarves, hand-made wallets and gift bags.

    The majority of the vendors are from Los Alamos but several may be coming up from Española.

  • Sometimes it takes a village to make a project come together and with the help of Los Alamos Public Schools staff, yet another project is up and running, or sitting as the case may be.

    Students from the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program have worked together for a few years to raise the funds to donate a bench to Los Alamos High School.

    “It is always great to get a donation that will help support our kids. The LAYL groups do a lot to support the high school and the youth of our community,” Athletic Director Vickie Nelms said.

  • Dance Arts Los Alamos’ 2009 production of “The Nutcracker” gives many dancers an opportunity to shine. A cherished local tradition, this is DALA’s 14th production of the ballet in its 19 years of providing dance training to the community. This year’s presentation is sure to be a sweet treat to audience members. The exquisite sets, splendid costumes and skillful choreography provide a beautiful showcase for both regional and visiting talent.

  • For the third year in a row, White Rock Presbyterian Church will host Sitters for Shoppers from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 12 at the church.

    Children ages two through fourth grade will enjoy a variety of activities, crafts, games and videos while under the care of adults from the church. Lunch and snacks will also be provided.

  • The Delancey Street Christmas tree lot is a prefect holiday setting.

    The lot, which is located next to the Knights of Columbus building off Trinity Drive, has candy-cane light poles and Christmas trees in every size. There are racks of wreaths and even snow on the ground.

    The sweetness of the scene goes beyond appearances; there is another aspect beneath the surface that makes this particular Christmas tree lot significant. The proceeds go toward a worthy cause.

  • Education consultant Whitney Laughlin describes colleges today as a perfect storm, which is not a good thing. With universities such as the University of California raising its tuition 32 percent, it is more important than ever to make a wise college selection. Laughlin can show students how to make the best decision.

  • When Rosemary O’Connor looks at the date, Dec. 11, circled on her calendar, it is because that is the date of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Baptist Church. She doesn’t think about the fact that it is also her 90th birthday.

  • One of the most significant figures in the history of the Manhattan Project and the development of the U.S. nuclear weapons program may also be one of the least well known.

    According to his biographer, Navy captain William S. “Deak” Parsons “made the atomic bomb happen. As ordnance chief and associate director at Los Alamos, Parsons turned the scientists’ nuclear creation into a practical weapon.

  • “Will you be our Mother Ginger?” Who could possibly refuse such a request? Certainly not Will Rees, Kevin Holsapple or Charlie McMillan, who will each take a turn portraying the colorful, larger-than-life character of Mother Ginger this week in “The Nutcracker.” Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) is once again welcoming local community members into the cast of its 14th production of the traditional holiday ballet.