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  • Tonight it is my goal to convince you to have that serious talk with your kids.
    Oh, don’t worry, it isn’t that talk, whew, had you sweating, didn’t I? The talk I want you to have is one with anyone that plays games with guns.
    The guns in question aren’t the real ones, but fake guns that look so real, it could get them killed.
    If you watch the news, you know it did happen, a 12-year-old boy was shot and killed in Cleveland, when he was walking in a park and pointing a pretend gun at people passing by the area.
    I know there is a lot happening in the nation related to police right now, but this is one we as parents can solve after a five minute conversation.
    Our kids want to be cool, they play some pretty serious video games and real life situation games, where the toys don’t look a whole lot like toys.
    The reverse can be said of real guns looking like fake ones, as I have seen my share of positively pink revolvers and shotguns.
    There are many crimes and deaths that would never take place if people simply used a little common sense. I’ll save some of those topics for another column.

  • Dec. 7-13, 2014
    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
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Advisory council    
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken tenders
    Noon        Grief support
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Tilapia
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Tater tot
            casserole
    12:15 p.m.    Piano students
            perform

  • Nov. 12: A girl, Grace Xuanyue Lin, born to Shizeng Lin and Zhuang Yang
    Nov. 19: A girl, Aracely Baca, born to Sheryl and Abraham Baca
    Nov. 21: A boy, Reyes Lionel Campos, born to Julie and Donny Ray Campos
    Nov. 24: A boy, Owen Walter Maassen, born to Jessica and Joel Maassen
     

  • Antonia Batha, of Los Alamos is studying abroad during Union College’s winter break.
    Batha is in Argentina, studying social movements, human rights and other issues while traveling throughout the country. The college offers a variety of mini-terms, which are three-week programs running during winter break.

  • 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 a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Biggie Smalls — A handsome black neutered male. He’s very mellow in the shelter cat room, but he could get excited about a home of his own!
    Babes — A 9-year-old, spayed, female, black and white cat whose owner has been unable to find housing where Babes is welcome. She is a nice big girl who is good with adults and gentle children.

  • Stopping by Mesa Public Library should be on everyone’s to-do list from noon-3 p.m., because that’s where all the local authors will be set up to sell and sign their books.
    The public is welcome to meet with local writers, ask them questions, buy their books and have them signed.
    The fair will be in the upstairs rotunda of the Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave. While upstairs, the community is welcome to take some time to check out the new exhibit by the Museum of the American Military Family, which is on display in the art gallery until the end of December.
    Among the authors who have confirmed that they will be at the book fair is Jemez Springs resident Leandro Thomas Gonzales, author of “Follow the Spinning Sun,” an exploration of what might have happened to cause the early inhabitants of Bandelier to leave their home.
    Gonzales is retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was a mathematician, nuclear physicist and engineer.
    “Follow the Spinning Sun” was nominated for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, an award presented to a novel that makes a lasting contribution to excellence in world literature.

  • In the true spirit of the giving season, a 12-year-old Los Alamos Middle School student has organized an event during Winterfest.
    “Rock on Climbathon,” with the goal of raising at least $3,500 for local nonprofits, including YMCA and Self Help, Inc.
    Originated and organized by seventh grader, Talia Ben-Naim, “Rock on Climbathon” will give adults and kids alike a chance to try indoor rock climbing, while enjoying music, pizza, popcorn, drinks and a chance to win raffle items donated by local merchants. Half of all proceeds benefit the local YMCA chapter, while the other half will benefit Self Help Inc., which has provided consultation, advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to area residents since 1969.
    The fundraiser is part of a “passion project” in LAMS seventh grade’s GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) class.
    “Passion projects” for GATE students have taken place in the class for the past 15 years, and are designed to showcase a student’s passion while challenging the student to produce a result or product at the end of the project.

  • SIERRA COUNTY — Hillsboro in Sierra County along with other “ghost towns” and cities there are bringing the spirit of the holidays to southern New Mexico with several celebrations including “Christmas in the Foothills,” “Old Fashioned Christmas” and a “Luminaria Beachwalk.”
    Hillsboro’s largest annual event — “Christmas in the Foothills” – will be celebrated on Saturday and includes a wide array of vendors selling specialty arts, handcrafted gifts and food items. An original, framed watercolor painting by Hillsboro artist Inga McCord will be raffled at the event. Shoppers can take advantage of the $49.99 Art Show and Sale, where each item in the art show is sold to a winning ticket holder for $49.99.
    “Christmas in the Foothills” will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hillsboro Community Center, located at 316 Elenore St. The town of Hillsboro is located on Highway 152, 17 miles west of I-25 at exit 63. Call 575-895-5457 or email melody21@windstream.net for more information.
    Meanwhile, two hours north, the historic town of Monticello will be the best place to purchase local, handmade gift items such as wreaths, crafts, jewelry and the award-winning organic balsamic vinegar made by The Darland Company of Monticello.

  • The next guest on “Report from Santa Fe” is Valerie Plame Wilson, the former United States CIA Operations Officer and the author of “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House,” a memoir detailing her career and the events leading up to her resignation from the CIA. 
    “Report from Santa Fe,” will air 8 a.m. Dec. 21 on KNME-PBS, channel 5.1.
    Currently, Plame is co-writing best-selling spy thrillers with the accomplished author Sarah Lovett. Plame discusses their second thriller, “Burned.” Their first novel, “Blowback,” received rave reviews. The books draw upon Plame’s knowledge of spycraft and experiences in the field, delivered in a fictional format, and revealing in a most thrilling way the heroism and the challenge that working undercover represents. Plame shares how her CIA career — including assignments in counterproliferation operations — enables her to recreate the faced-paced world of spy-versus-spy.
    Plame has put her hard-won intelligence experience expertly to work with her latest spy thriller “Burned.”  Vanessa Piersen, the hero of Plame’s thriller series, is a CIA Ops Officer that Plame describes as a “younger, smarter version of me.”

  • Eye on the Mountain gallery presents “Guadalupe” Group Art Show, a first Annual Art Exhibition for Santa Fe’s Guadalupe Arts District. Guadalupe is one of the sacred icons of Santa Fe.
    The public is welcome to experience the group art show, featuring 12 artists from the southwest. Those artists include Stevon Lucero, El Moises, Rachel Houseman, PAZ and Jane Cassidy. 
    The show kicks off from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 12 at the gallery for an opening night event where the public may meet with the artists. The exhibit is ongoing until Feb. 12.
    Art is based on the spirit of Guadalupe as a sacred icon and will challenge viewers to see the many aspects of this sacred image through the eyes of several visionary and sacred Santeros Artists.
    This show will kick off a new holiday tradition for Eye on the Mountain and for Santa Fe.
    For more information see the gallery website at eyeonthemountaingallery.com, or call 928-308-0319, the gallery is found at 614 Agua Fria Street in Santa Fe.
     

  • The annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, will be from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The breakfast is free, although attendees are requested to donate either non-perishable food items or money. Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need. Money donated will be used for the Kiwanis/CYFD Foster Children Christmas party. Any money left over from the Foster Children’s party will be used to make up food baskets, which will also be distributed to those in need. Visit with Santa and enjoy a good breakfast and a morning of good cheer in the true Christmas spirit.

  • The community is welcome to ring in the holidays with an open house at Fuller Lodge. Festivities are from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
    The Los Alamos Arts Council along with the Fuller Lodge Art Center and the Historical Society will kick off the annual holiday event at the lodge, Los Alamos’ best known historic building and its cultural and artistic center.
    Fuller Lodge is decorated for the holidays and there are plenty of festive events planned.
    This year, the festivities begin with the Chamisa SingSations at 10 a.m., then at 10:45 a.m. a Curious Chris will entertain children with the “Science of the Season.”
    Juanita Madland and friends will host a sing-a-long beginning at 11:45 a.m. At 1 p.m., there will be more holiday music with a saxophone quintet and a woodwind quintet, as well as punch and cookies served by the arts council. The Los Alamos Family Council will host a Holiday Cookie Walk at 10 a.m., which will continue all day. The public may make a donation and select a dozen holiday cookies.
    There will be several other nonprofit organizations taking part in the festivities.
    The Animal Shelter will sell calendars and Boy Scout Troop 71 will have holiday wreaths for sale.

  • Thrift sale a holiday tradition

  • I have been asked several times what can we do as a community about teens and drug use.
    You’ll forgive me for repeating myself, but that answer my friends is Assets. If we are taking the time to build Assets, we build the network of supports for youth to build resiliency, to ask for help and to know when they need it.
    Don’t misunderstand the fact that I do realize, it doesn’t mean we save everyone, but we impact the odds greatly when our kids have more of them. There’s still free will and unfortunate turns of events, but generally happy health kids and adults aren’t doing drugs for no reason.
    We need to start when kids are young — when kids need rules to follow, discipline, consequences and good role modeling by adults. You need to pay attention to their music, what they watch on television, where they are and whom they are with and how much money that have at their discretion.
    When they are older, you need to have rules to follow. Curfews and you need to know the kids and the parents of their friends. You’d be surprised the number of times I have heard, “If they are drinking at our house, at least I know they are safe.” That may be well and good except for the fact that most parents don’t want their teenagers drinking anywhere.

  • Los Alamos Middle School invites the entire community to visit the book fair this week, in an educational fundraising opportunity. The community will have an opportunity to get a jump on holiday shopping and help the school add to their collection, which benefits students for years to come.
    The fair will be from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. until Dec. 5. There will be extended hours until 7 p.m. tonight. Students can visit the book fair before school, during lunch and after school. Parent volunteers are also welcome.
    LAMS librarian Lisa Laprairie-Whitacre came to the middle school in February 2012 and immediately had to start packing books for both storage and the move to the portables during construction.
    “It is a busy job, but I love being a librarian for so many reasons,” Whitacre said. “I can get the ‘right’ book into a child’s hand.
    Whitacre opens the library early so that students can have a safe haven in the morning and in conjunction with the PTO has supported lunch recesses by providing cards, chess sets and games.
    She enjoys that the library is an electronic free game zone, where kids play Apples to Apples, reading quietly, do homework, or just hang out.

  • 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 a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Babes — A 9-year-old, spayed, female, black and white cat whose owner has been unable to find housing where Babes is welcome. She is a nice big girl who is good with adults and gentle children.
    Biggie Smalls — A handsome, black, neutered male who just had his veterinary update and is ready for a home.
    Kittens — There are plenty that are gradually returning to the shelter from foster homes, as they get big enough to have their veterinary care completed.

  • Donations needed for Listening Post

    The Prevention Office is asking for donations of snack items for the Listening Post.
    The Listening Post is an opportunity for volunteers to offer free snacks to students to lift spirits during stressful times.
    Donations can be dropped off at the main office. Businesses or organizations willing to do a collection can request a free pick up of items by calling 663-3252.
    Those donations requested include granola bars, juice boxes, fruit cups, or other individual packaged items.

    LAMS in need of sports equipment, board games

    Los Alamos Middle School is seeking donations of used sports equipment, board games, or decks of playing cards for cold weather days. Donations can be left at the main office.
    Additional information is available by calling
    470-0841.

    Monitor Staff Report

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council will present its Brown Bag performance on Dec. 3.
    Brave New Brass will play at noon in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.
    Brave New Brass is a brass ensemble formed in Los Alamos, based on previous brass quintets organized by Dave and Deniece Korzekwa. The members of Brave New Brass have a broad interest in the music available for small brass ensembles of various combinations, and have been performing as a group in Los Alamos for the past year and a half.
    Members of the group are all local Los Alamos musicians, with Elizabeth Hunke (French horn), Deniece Korzekwa (tuba), Dave Korzekwa (trumpet), Mandy Marksteiner (trumpet), and Bruce Warren (trombone).
    As an applied mathematician at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Elizabeth Hunke develops and maintains the Los Alamos Sea Ice Model, CICE, which is used in numerous climate — modeling centers around the world.  In her spare time she plays horn with several Los Alamos ensembles, and she is active in the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots that provides scholarship opportunities for women and aviation education in the community.

  • “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family” will be shown for the month of December in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Gallery.
    The exhibit is on loan from the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) in Albuquerque, a nascent museum, which does not yet have a permanent location of its own.
    There will be a public reception at 7 p.m. Dec. 4-5 in the gallery. Director of the MAMF Dr. Circe Woessner will be on hand for the opening of the exhibit in Los Alamos.  She is a former overseas “brat,” whose husband served in the Army for 20 years before his retirement.
    The exhibit’s debut showing was earlier this year at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. The exhibit focuses on several themes, including everyday family life for military families, family members as unsung heroes, loss and grieving, and the importance of different forms of communications between families and those serving in the military.

  • Artists from all around northern New Mexico will be displaying and selling their work in Affordable Arts exhibition at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    More than 50 artists are Los Alamos residents.
    The exhibition will be begin Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and an alternative to madness of Black Friday. Opening day is an opportunity to find some affordable artwork to give as Christmas gifts. The exhibit will be on display through Christmas until Jan. 3.
    The art center will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    The handcrafted items are priced from $1-250, although many artists have their worked priced under-$100 to accommodate cash-strapped shoppers. Gallery staff will also be on hand to help.
    The art center plans to stay open until the Parade of Lights on Dec. 6 and serve hot cider and cookies for revelers that are out in the cold.