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  • Shoppers, get your cell phone cameras ready. Old schoolers, grab a pen. There are two ways to enter the Small Business Saturday contest that will be held Nov. 28 – Dec. 6 in Los Alamos.
    Every year American Express encourages communities to hold a contest, race, pancake breakfast or other event as part of the promotion for Small Business Saturday.
    This year, the Small Business Saturday Committee combined two suggestions from American Express – a scavenger hunt and a selfie contest – with a contest customized for Los Alamos.
    The “Where’s Oppie” contest will have shoppers looking for pictures of Oppenheimer in each of the almost 60 participating Small Business Saturday merchants between Nov. 28 and Dec. 6. Like last year, shoppers have a week to participate in the contest, so they can get their Small Business Saturday shopping done, and still have time to also visit all of the participating merchants and participate in the contest.
    Social Media savvy shoppers can enter the “Where’s Oppie” contest online by posting selfies with the Oppie photos on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #FindOppie.

  • Shock absorption between our bones is essential to perform normal physical activities. Just like humans, dogs can injure their bones and their joints, making every day mobility a challenge. In intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) the intervertebral discs, or cushions in between the bones of the spine, can degenerate from an injury or as dogs age.
    Intervertebral discs are cartilage tissue between the spinal bones, or vertebrae, that act as shock absorbers during movement. Deterioration of the discs make them brittle and weak, so that the normal forces applied during movement cannot be effectively cushioned. This often leads to deformed or ruptured discs, which can press on the spinal cord above them, resulting in signs that range from neck or back pain to complete paralysis of the limbs.
    Canine IVDD occurs in two main categories: Type I and Type II. In Type I of the disease, the inner portion of the disc is calcified, or hardened. This occurs quickly and leaves the disc brittle and more prone to rupture. Type II develops slowly, and the discs become hardened and more fibrous over time, eventually bulging out and applying pressure to the spinal cord.

  • Nov. 22-28, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beer Cheese Soup
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Meatloaf
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.         Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:15 a.m.        Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Fish and Chips

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Hyacinth and her kitten were left at the front door of Ridgeview Vet a few weeks ago. Hyacinth’s kitten has already been adopted, and Hyacinth is ready for a home of her own! Hyacinth is mostly white, with a few tabby markings. She is still learning how to get along with other cats in the cat room, but for right now, she prefers her own little area of the cat room where she isn’t disturbed! She absolutely loves catnip toys, and she would be a fantastic partner for someone looking for companionship but still a bit of independence.

  • Join the County Council as they officially “light the holiday tree” in the municipal building lobby as part of Winterfest. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dec. 5, and the tree lighting will occur at 5:30 p.m.
    Step inside from the cold to enjoy the tree, munch on some cookies and sip cocoa while visiting with the councilors. A free, festive holiday photo booth will be available for all until it’s time to head outside at 6 p.m. to watch the light parade on Central Avenue.

  • Imagine a situation in which you had to team up with someone with whom you had only one thing in common. How would you do?
    That’s a question director Iain May asks audiences to consider when watching “Night and Day,” currently being performed at the Los Alamos Little Theatre’s in “8x10’s Fifth Symphony.”
    The final two performances of this production are at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the Los Alamos Little Theater.
    “Night and Day” was written by Alix Hudson and emerged from her participation in a 24-hour Taos play festival, in which plays have to be written, cast, rehearsed and performed in 24 hours.
    “I was selected to write a play that involved a key, the theme ‘Night and Day,’ and three people: a woman in her 20s and two men aged 30s-40s,” Hudson said. “I was intrigued – and continue to be – how baffling and varied our laws of attraction can be.”
    The play features Iain May, Rose Corrigan and Dan Shields, who is new to the LALT stage and to theatre in general.
    The 8x10 format – eight 10-minute plays – offers plenty of opportunities for community members to get involved in theatre or for LALT members to try out new roles in a production. This production includes five first-time directors, six people new to the LALT stage, and others trying out roles such as lighting tech and stage manager for the first time.

  • TODAY
    Gentle Walks with PEEC. 9 a.m. A gentle trail walk with an emphasis on discovery, not mileage gained. Free for adults. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. More information at peecnature.org.

    Fruitcake sale from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. The Order of Eastern Star continues a 50-year tradition selling Collin St. Bakery fruitcakes and apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes. The sale will continue  
    on the following Fridays: Dec. 4, (afternoon only) 11, and 18 (or until sold out). They will not sell fruitcakes at LANB the Friday after Thanksgiving. Contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797/judygoldie1@gmail.com, or Nina Laird, 662-7580, for more information.

    Star Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore about the expansive universe and enjoy its beauty from our planetarium. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    Los Alamos Little Theater’s latest performance of the 8x10s,  eight  10-minute plays creating an evening of theatre. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, today through Nov. 21, with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 15. Tickets at CB Fox, Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
    SATURDAY

  • The original Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair is here and better than ever this year.
    A Los Alamos tradition for 48 years, the annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos Middle School. The event is hosted by the Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC). Admission is free.
    To keep the tradition of a pre-Thanksgiving, holiday shopping spree alive, the LAAC has lined up nearly 100 artists from across New Mexico and southern Colorado. As in past years, jewelry, pottery, painting, photography, metal and wood working will be among the highlights, as well as a wide range of holiday-oriented crafts.
    The fair will also welcome returning artists. Among the favorites are jewelers Kathy Hjeresen, MaryAnn Somers, Marilyn Lisowski, Teresa Starr, Kristi Cacy, Audra Short and Lyra Fiset. Adrian Martinez, of Martinez Woods, will be back, and Mary Val Whitesides, with items made from vintage quilts, will return.
     Look for new artists who will be at this year’s fair. Pam Williamson makes stained glass gifts including boxes, night lights and ornaments. There will be several gourd artists, including Annie Macker and Bertha Medina.
    Wood working is another area with several artists this year. Adrian Martinez, Taylor Dale, Bill Hamilton and Howard Granzow, to name a few.

  • Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest go on sale Monday at Forest Headquarters, all Ranger District offices and select third-party vendors.
     This year, as part of the White House’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, every fourth-grader is eligible for a free holiday tree permit. To redeem the permit, the student must present a valid fourth-grade pass, downloadable at everykidinapark.gov.  The fourth-graders must bring a parent or guardian over the age of 18 with them to the nearest SFNF office to pick up the permit. The free permits can only be fulfilled at a SFNF office.
    In addition to Santa Fe National Forest offices, permits are available at Los Alamos Historic Society and Gift Shop, 475 20th St. in Los Alamos Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • TODAY

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. LAPS Assistant Superintendent Diane Katzenmeyer Delagado will share survey results and other data from the Mental Health Task Force Design Team. All are welcome to attend.

    The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting is at 7 p.m., a little earlier than usual, at Fuller Lodge. The meeting will include an election and regular announcements/business meeting before a special program by a world class outdoorsman. Arrive by 7 p.m. Speaker is Dean Cummings, a Los Alamos skier who now guides heli-ski trips in Alaska.

    THURSDAY

    Republican Party of Los Alamos monthly meeting at The safety of children and the integrity of the family is facing many threats today.  This Thursday take a brief tour of some of the most pressing issues current in parental rights, study the proposed legislation to protect parental rights, and find out ways to support the development of a grassroots legislative effort to secure explicit protection of parental rights in New Mexico.

  • I want to use the space this week to say thank you.
    The Assets In Action program has run an intergenerational event called Cookies & Conversation for a good number of years.
    The Betty Ehart Senior Center brings the loveliest of seniors out to the middle and high school to have lunch and fun conversation for young adults and the elders of our community.
    The conversations are light hearted topics about life experiences, best holiday vacations, favorite book or movie and of course, favorite cookie.
    This year, the program ran out of funding and two local community groups and a handful of individuals stepped up to benefit my program and some others as well.
    The congregation of Bethlehem Lutheran and the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club donated a variety of cookies to pull us through the next several months of programming. Lots of local families added to the kindness cupboard, too.
    The Cookies and Conversation program is off and running thanks to the kindness of so many.
    You might realize I have a fondness for seniors and the Betty Ehart Senior Center and particularly their Director, Pauline Powell Schneider. We have two wonderful events that benefit both our nonprofits, The Festival of Chocolate, which was Nov. 14, and the Festival of Trees, which is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

  • A $15 million grant is helping University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and 10 other two-year colleges educate a workforce to fulfill the growing demand for healthcare professionals in New Mexico. The grant, awarded in October 2014, is funding equipment, faculty and staff to support the students served in the Emergency Medical Service program that qualifies for funding under the grant.
    Funded by the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training, the grant is going by the acronym SUN PATH. The mission of the New Mexico Skill Up Network is to expand and improve the ability of community colleges in New Mexico to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less. SUN aims to prepare program participants to succeed in acquiring the skills, degrees, and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment while also meeting the need of employers in New Mexico. Pathway Acceleration in Technology and Healthcare is about the focus on preparing students for a career in health care by teaching the necessary skills to do the job while strengthening reading, writing, and math abilities.

  • The November meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Los Alamos Research Park, second floor conference room.
    This month’s speaker is Dr. Glen McDuff. McDuff was a professor at Texas Tech University before coming to LASL to work in the weapons program. Since joining LASL in 1979, Glen participated in virtually every major DOE programmatic failure that unfolded during his long and highly questionable tenure at the Laboratory. He is retired from the Laboratory, but continues to serve as a consultant to the Weapons Division and to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Nuclear Weapons School at Kirkland AFB.
    Dinner follows at 6:25 p.m. with presentation at 7:15 p.m. Open to all interested citizens with RSVP by Nov. 15. Hot Rocks Java Cafe will cater dinner of fajitas.
    Cost is $25 per person. Call LTC Gregg Giesler, 662-5574 (email g.giesler@computer.org) or Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (email depinyan@cybermesa.com).

  • Oct. 26 — A boy. Antonio Malaquias Duran. Born to Ashley Botelho and Robert Duran.
    Nov. 3 — A girl. Claire Elaine Wexler. Born to Catherine and Jonathan Wexler.
    Nov. 6 — A boy. Andrew John Work. Born to Sarah and Peter Work.

  • Nov. 15-21, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    10:30 a.m.        Advisory Council Mtg.
    12:15 p.m.        Smart Driver Course
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Grilled Pork Chop
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Mac Users Group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Green chile ckn tortilla soup
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge

  • Diabetes mellitus (also called sugar diabetes) is becoming more common in our society. Genetics and lifestyle play an important role in humans; however numerous processes can contribute to the development of this disease. In addition to the rise of human diabetes cases, veterinarians are also seeing an increase in the prevalence of diabetes in cats.
    Diabetes mellitus is characterized by an absolute lack or relative deficiency of insulin. The two most common forms of diabetes in people are Type 1 and Type 2, and most diabetic cats have a form that mimics human Type 2 diabetes. During digestion, nutrients from the cat’s diet are broken down into smaller components—like glucose—that the body can use as energy. Insulin, a hormone responsible for the regulation of glucose in the bloodstream, is produced by the pancreas. Glucose can only enter the cells to be used as energy in the presence of insulin. If there isn’t enough insulin, the body begins to break down fat and protein, leading to increased appetite and weight loss.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Tanker—A very sweet beige-and-white tabby who was found at Los Alamos Fire House 4. Tanker is about a year old, and he does well with both people and cats. Tanker is still young and playful, particularly if catnip is involved! Once he’s done playing, though, this sweet guy loves lounging on your lap, and he would make a great marathon buddy (TV marathon, that is!). Shelter staff and volunteers can’t believe that this sweet guy is still at the shelter.

  • The following are the winners of this year’s Scarecrow Contest:
    Best Overall: Hill Stompers, Happy 15th Anniversary Hill Stomper
    People’s Choice Award: Los Alamos Retirement Community, Minions
    Best Business Traditional: Flowers by Gillian, The Flower Lady
    Best Business Contemporary: Aspen Copies & Office Supply, DANBO
    Best Organization Traditional: Habitat for Humanity EVLA, Hank from Habitat for Humanity    
    Best Organization Contemporary: Canyoncito Montessori School, Pajama Hero    
    Best Family Traditional: Jerre Walterscheid, Mardi Gras Grannie
    Best Family Contemporary: Tonelli-Shipman Crew, “Friends not Enemies”
    The “Cowboy” Monster Award:  LA Historical Society, Frank
    The “Brainless” Award:  New Mexico Dance Theater, Performance Company “If I only had a Brain”
    “David Sutton Look- Alike” Award: KRSN, The Morning Man
    “Awesome Acrobatics” Award: LA School of Gymnastics-Female Gymnast
    “Gold Medal Bars” Award: LA School of Gymnastics-Male Gymnast on Bars
    Team Leader Award: Los Alamos Team 4-H, Join LA Team 4-H

  • Georgia Strickfaden of Los Alamos has been named the 2015 Tourism Professional of the Year by the New Mexico Hospitality Association.
    New Mexico Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham presented Strickfaden with the award during the annual Hospitality Awards event Nov. 10 at the Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque.
    Strickfaden was born and raised in Los Alamos. A former school teacher with a passion for showing off the depth and breadth of Los Alamos history and its setting in northern New Mexico, she launched her small van-tour company Buffalo Tours in 1985.
    Her Atomic City Van Tour departs most days at 1:30 p.m. from in front of the Bradbury Science Museum at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Call 662-3965 for updated tour information and to leave a message.

  • TODAY
    “Sea Monsters” Planetarium film premier and presentation at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Afterward, watch fossil hunters in remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. See the animals come to life on the full-dome screen. Suitable for ages 6 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    “One Act Plays” at 7 p.m. at Los Alamos High School Blackbox Theater, 1300 Diamond Drive. LAHS Olions presents “One Act Plays,” written and produced by students. The performance continues at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $5 for students and $7 for adults.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest performance of the 8x10s, eight  10-minute plays creating an evening of theatre. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 21. Tickets at CB Fox, Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
    SATURDAY
    Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest performance of the 8x10s, eight  10-minute plays. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 21. Tickets at CB Fox, Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

    Los Alamos Diwali celebration from 6:30-10 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. India House will be catering the food.