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  • There may be a wintry chill in the air, but things are heating up at the Valles Caldera National Preserve as its winter activities begin.

    Winter activities on the National Preserve start on Saturday, weather permitting, and if the snow stays, will end on March 21.  

    The Preserve will be open daily during the holiday season from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday  through Jan. 3. After Jan. 3, the Preserve will only be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Dog shows may not currently be as widely popular as other sports, but with younger generations involved in the game, things could be changing.

    Jennifer Necker, a fifth-grader at Piñon Elementary School, is one of the youngsters jumping into the ring.

    Necker participated in the Junior Showmanship at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach, Calif., Dec. 12-13.

  • There is no need to wait until Friday for receive a Christmas gift.

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center is giving people an opportunity to register to win an 8-foot long stocking. The drawing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the aquatic center. The winner does not need to be present to win.

    To enter in  the contest, participants simply need to swipe their pass card or pay the admission fee.

    Additionally, purchasing goggles, gift certificates or passes will give them an opportunity to win the big stocking.

  • Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church invites the public to its Christmas Eve Family Communion service. The service will include a musical celebration of Christmas, performed by youth at 5 p.m. Thursday in the sanctuary of Trinity on the Hill, 3900 Trinity Drive.

    Approximately 25 young people, ages 3 through 15, will take part in a musical titled, “Bethlehem!” The presentation is a light-hearted dramatization of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem and includes many different styles of music.

  • It’s never too early to sign up for the Jemez Mountain Trail Runs. Runners may dash off from the starting line on May 22, but registration is open right now for the event.

    Aaron Goldman, who has directed four of the runs, said entries for the 50-mile and 50K run were available Dec. 1 and already 85 runners from seven states have signed up to participate. Registration for the half-marathon race (13.1 miles) will open Feb. 1 and Goldman encourages people to sign up early. The half marathon is limited to 250 people.

  • So what can you do in Los Alamos once Christmas is over? Why not bring a friend to a Big Band dance?

    On Dec. 28, the Los Alamos Big Band will entertain the community during its annual Big Band after Christmas Dance in Los Alamos.

    The dance is open to the public and will    begin from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall.

    Proceeds will help fund the IHM youth group.

    Music will feature the Los Alamos Big Band and vocalist Elisa Enriquez.

  • Ahh, it is almost New Year’s resolution time. My hope this year is that those who haven’t will get on board with the Assets program as just one way to make life a little better in our part of the world.

    Our focus this week is on adult role models and caring neighborhoods. Tomorrow is the last day to nominate community asset builders for our first annual awards ceremony and we’re seeing these role models being nominated for the things that they do and do well.  

  • “Be a good neighbor” is one of those fundamental virtues that we learn from our families and teachers at an early age. Unfortunately as life takes its toll on all of us we frequently forget to practice being a good neighbor. Business owners in small communities often perform the task of reminding us of this virtue by promoting a fundamental rule of commerce, “the customer is always right.”

  • During their quest for global awareness, the Barranca Mesa School sixth grade GATE students not only learned more about the Kampong Speu Province in Cambodia, but they significantly impacted many of the province’s villages.

    Under the direction of GATE teacher Andrea Spence and student coordinator Alex Csanadi, students teamed up with the local charity, Cambodia’s Hope, to have a fundraiser.

    The fundraiser, Spence said, was held for two days during lunch and recesses during which children sold small, handcrafted items from Cambodia.

  • My sister once commented that if her acquaintances ever connected the dots between her family and this column, they would know all about  her life.

    Perhaps it is a little odd to have strangers know you before you ever open your mouth, but I can’t help sharing. As this year concludes, I think more and more that 2009 has been one of the best and my sister’s family has played a major role in that fact. Everything they have been involved in is more rich and luminescent.

  • Skating on a circle of ice set in a wintry background is a popular holiday image. The Los Alamos Recreation Department, however, is adding more seasonal spirit to the picture.

    Skate with Santa will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Santa and his posse will continue to mingle with the public from 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission will be $6.50 for adults and $2.50 for children age 5 and younger both days.

    Not only can skaters take their picture with Santa and socialize with his elves, but they will also get a candy cane.

  • Northern New Mexico possesses a medley of cultures and histories. The Los Alamos Middle School Night Hawk Team was able to experience several facets of the area during the third annual New Mexico Culture Day on Nov. 24.

  • The public is invited to the “Stewards Fair” from 9-10:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s Kelly Hall. At the fair, shoppers will find special gifts that honor God’s creation.

    The merchandise for sale includes gift certificates for classes, memberships, a child's club and animal adoption from Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    Additionally, Los Poblanos Organics, which provides farm- fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs and meat, will sell gift memberships.

  • 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.