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  • Los Alamos will be transformed into a winter wonderland during Winterfest, from Dec. 5-7.
    

The highlight of Winterfest — the lighting of the Christmas tree and holiday lights parade — will at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 when downtown Los Alamos will be illuminated with the glow of thousands of lights decorating mobile floats around a “Frozen” theme. The official tree lighting takes place at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.
    

The 21st annual Crèche Show will get Winterfest off the ground on Friday, Dec. 5 as hundreds of nativity scenes from around the world will be displayed. There is no charge to enter the show, which will from 1-7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 1967 18th St. The Crèches show will continue from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 6.
    

Dance Arts Los Alamos will perform “The Snow Queen” on Dec. 5-7 – a classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, which was used as the inspiration for Disney’s “Frozen.” Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 youth, teens and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at CB Fox, or at the door the night of the performance, which will be 7 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium located at 1300 Diamond Drive. Visit danceartslosalamos.org for details.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center welcomes back Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington, for a series of art workshops on capturing the botanical wonders of autumn. Coddington will lead a drawing workshop on Dec. 4 and then for those wishing to enhance their drawings with watercolors, there will be a painting workshop on Dec. 11. Both classes will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and are suggested for beginner and intermediate levels.
    Autumn seed pods and dried plants offer an interesting stage of plant growth for observational art. These workshops will offer people of various skill levels a chance to practice with different plant subjects. Participants will complete various plant studies or one long study, depending on what is most beneficial to expanding their skills.
    A minimum of five students is required for each class, so those interested in the workshops must register on the PEEC website by Dec. 2 for drawing and Dec. 9 for painting. Space in each workshop is limited to only nine students so participants can receive a lot of personalized attention from the instructor.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center welcomes back Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington, for a series of art workshops on capturing the botanical wonders of autumn. Coddington will lead a drawing workshop on Dec. 4 and then for those wishing to enhance their drawings with watercolors, there will be a painting workshop on Dec. 11. Both classes will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and are suggested for beginner and intermediate levels.
    Autumn seed pods and dried plants offer an interesting stage of plant growth for observational art. These workshops will offer people of various skill levels a chance to practice with different plant subjects. Participants will complete various plant studies or one long study, depending on what is most beneficial to expanding their skills.
    A minimum of five students is required for each class, so those interested in the workshops must register on the PEEC website by Dec. 2 for drawing and Dec. 9 for painting. Space in each workshop is limited to only nine students so participants can receive a lot of personalized attention from the instructor.

  • THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
    No Local Programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM The Garage
    12:30 PM EuroMax
    01:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    02:00 PM Los Alamos Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM United in Christ
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “New Mexico Wines: Past to Present”
    08:00 PM Dances of India 2014 - Cinderella
    09:30 PM MPL Authors Speak Series – Bathtub Row Press

  • Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

     “Creatures, Tame and Wild,” by Rebecca Mannschreck. The exhibition of Mannschreck’s animals is on view the entire month of November at Act I Gallery, 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos. To view more artwork visit ActOneGallery.com.
     
    Watercolors and pastels by Jane E. Chandler at El Gancho Tennis and Fitness Club in Santa Fe. Show will run through November.

    Venice: A Reality of a Different Order. Works by Robbie Steinbach. Through Jan. 13, 2015 at Caffe Renato, the Taos Center for the Arts.

    Hand-Woven for the Holidays: Holiday Group Textile Exhibition featuring new work by New Mexico Weavers Connie Enzmann-Forneris, Sandy Voss and Barbara Marigold. Show runs through Jan. 2 at Marigold Arts, 424 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
     Ballet
    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” on sale now at aspensantafeballet.com.  
    Concerts
    Chris Isaak Holiday Tour 2014. 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. $45.

    Lee Ann Womack. 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Isleta Resort and Casino showroom. $30-50. Tickets available at holdmyticket.com.

  • Los Alamos High School will be participating in the American Mathematics Competition exams on Feb. 3 (“A” exam) and on Feb. 25 (“B” exam).
    Interested high school students need to sign up for one or both exams in the Math Office, room A212. A $5 fee is due at sign up. Register now through Dec. 11.
    The mission of the Mathematical Association of America in offering this competition is to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving through a fun competition. Teachers and schools benefit from the chance to challenge students with interesting mathematical questions that are aligned with curriculum standards at all levels of difficulty. Students gain the opportunity to learn and achieve through competition with students in their school and from around the world.
    The AMC offers a contest with an emphasis on problem solving, not just computation.
    Top students can receive recognition through special honors and awards, including the best in each school and the best in each state.
    More information and practice options may be found on the web at amc.maa.org.

  • Launching on Small Business Saturday is the ebook version of “The Secret Project Notebook,” by Carolyn Reeder. Beloved in print, this children’s book tells the story of Fritz, the son of a Manhattan Project scientist and is now available on your ereader!
    Small Business Saturday and the Museum Shop will be open from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. The public is invited to celebrate the launch of the new ebook, check out the books and gifts for sale, and get a Small Business Passport stamped to be entered to win a free book published by Bathtub Row Press.
    Holiday shopping will continue on Dec. 1 — the History Museum and Museum Shop will be open from 5-7 p.m. for Cider Monday. More personal than online Cyber Monday shopping, Cider Monday will feature hot cider and live acoustic guitar music from Pat Burns, who is releasing a new CD, “Burns.”
    At both of these events, the public can browse the book version of “The Secret Project Notebook” before getting it on your ereader.
    The historical novel for young adults tells the story of a seventh-grader named Fritz who has just arrived in the secret city of Los Alamos during World War II.
    Fritz makes new friends, explores his new home, has to deal with bullies, and gets into serious trouble with a prank that has unintended consequences.

  • There’s no rest for Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), as they are busy with their first grant cycle from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.
    The $1,500 grant has allowed the local nonprofit to purchase supplies and increase its elementary offerings to six throughout the region.
    “The grant has allowed me to purchase supplies that are normally outside of my personal expenses and provide those science lessons to more students,” said Chad Lauritzen, known by his pint-sized prodigies as the Sci Guy. “I was also able to expand into an additional new school, Velarde Elementary and focus on some additional lessons for K-2 students.”
    The additional supplies include lab coats and safety goggles, so everyone can feel like a scientist.
    C’YA’s fun, free science has already reached 315 students with repeat visits increasing those totals.
    Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) teaches a variety of grades ranging from kindergarten through sixth, but when they travel to Dixon and Velarde, they spend the day teaching every class in the school.
    While he loves teaching and getting kids excited about science, Lauritzen knows that education is equally about building the relationship with students, so they are eager to learn in the future.

  • I would like to take a moment to thank the community for turning out for the Festival of Trees. The funds raised will benefit senior citizen and youth serving programs, building a better community for all of us.
    I would also like you to ask you to support Small Business Saturday and the days that follow, by making some purchase locally that you may not have made before.
    To be honest, we changed the dates of the festivals when we realized that we lost so much traffic off the Hill the weekend after Thanksgiving that it hurt our event.
    So this holiday season support a business that you don’t normally visit or one that is always there for you. Either way, their bottom line is what helps our community thrive.
    If you don’t often come down to White Rock, swing into Warm Hearts Yarn and shop their little mini mall of offerings from a variety of vendors. Have a bite to eat at the Bandelier Grill, Lee’s Chinese Restaurant has a new name but a really great Friday buffet and don’t forget the Rosebud Café, hey ya’ll White Rock is rockin!
    The Blue Window Bistro is a festival supporter and does an awesome chocolate mousse. Do you know we have our own chocolate shop with the Rose Chocolatier? You never go wrong with a gift of chocolate, any age, any stage.

  • 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
    The cat room is currently full of cats that are all shapes, sizes and personalities — the shelter has something for everyone — young to mature, playful to peaceful, interactive to solitary, claws to no claws and every color. Come meet a new forever friend today!

  • Nov. 23-29, 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.-1 p.m.    Medicare Part D    
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Potato bar,             salad bar
    Noon        Grief support
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Fish and chips
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.    “Friends” meeting
    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: Meatloaf

  •  

    Today 

    The Los Alamos Chapter No. 63, Order of Eastern Star will sell Collin Street Bakery holiday fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes until 6 p.m. in the Los Alamos National Bank lobby in Los Alamos. They will also be sold on the following Fridays: Dec. 5, 12 and 19 (or until sold out). No fruitcakes will be sold at LANB the Friday after Thanksgiving. For more information, contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797, email judygoldie1@gmail.com, or Nina Laird, 662-7580. 

     

    Coro de Cámara presents the Silver Anniversary Season, celebrating 25 years of music-making with the chorus and soloists. The program “Silvery Tones,” features Cantata 140, “Sleepers, Wake,” by J.S. Bach and includes works by Handel, Duruflé, Paulus, Mathias, Scarlatti and Byrd. 7 p.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. 

  • Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

     “Creatures, Tame and Wild,” by Rebecca Mannschreck. The exhibition of Mannschreck’s animals is on view the entire month of November at Act I Gallery, 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos. To view more artwork visit ActOneGallery.com.
     
    Watercolors and pastels by Jane E. Chandler at El Gancho Tennis and Fitness Club in Santa Fe. Show will run through November.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is announces “Eros and Thanatos: new work by Michael Petry.” This exhibition will run through Saturday.

    Venice: A Reality of a Different Order. Works by Robbie Steinbach. Through Jan. 13, 2015 at Caffe Renato, the Taos Center for the Arts.

    Hand-Woven for the Holidays: Holiday Group Textile Exhibition featuring new work by New Mexico Weavers Connie Enzmann-Forneris, Sandy Voss and Barbara Marigold. Opening reception with the Artists 5-7 p.m. Friday at Marigold Arts, 424 Canyon Road in Santa Fe. Show runs through Jan. 2.

  • THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 11-14-14
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Technology Transfer at LANL – A 70 Year Perspective”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM NNMCAP Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM The Garage
    12:30 PM EuroMax

  • Española
    Anthony’s at the Delta-Catering, 233 N. Paseo de Oñate
    Date inspected: Sept. 12
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Thermometer in refrigerator needs to be adjusted. Violation occurred on the Sept. 9 inspection and correction has been made.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    Geronimo, 724 Canyon Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 12
    Violations: Eight high-risk violations. Wet wash cloth out of sanitizer bucket. Refrigerator temperature in danger zone. Dented cans mixed in with good stock. Ice scoop stored on top of ice machine. Knives stored in sanitizer bucket. Ice machines have mold build up. Improper cooling of food. Employee drink has the potential to cross-contaminate food prep area. No test strips or thermal labels for high temperature dish washing machine. No trash can near the hand washing station. Two moderate-risk violations. Flies throughout prep and dining area. Rodent droppings in water heater closet. One low-risk violation. Restroom door opens up into food prep area.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Sept. 26.

    Five Star Burgers, 604B N. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: Sept. 12

  • The holiday tradition of “Yuletide in Taos,” begins with the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot on Saturday and culminating with the meaningful Taos Pueblo Christmas traditions through Dec. 25.
    “There’s no other place that brings the warmth of rich cultural holiday traditions to life than Taos, where the senses come alive with the lights, sounds and experiences that are unique to this town. Plus, with Taos Ski Valley’s new chairlift to Kachina Peak, skiers can now experience some of the highest ski runs in the world,” said Town of Taos Mayor Dan Barrone.
    The Taos Turkey Trot 5K Road Race and Fun Run/Walk brings the community together with proceeds to benefit local youth health groups. This year, a KidsK will allow the little ones to participate, each who will receive an award. Twirl Toystore and Play Space is bringing a Turkey Trot Crafts Area to families from 9–11:30 a.m., where crafters will create awards for the youth runners and KidsK. Prices, times and registration information are available online at taosturkeytrot.org.

  • Scenic Roots, a bluegrass duo consisting of Amber and Erin Rogers will be performing in Los Alamos as part of their Reverie Concert Tour. The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the Crossroads Bible Church.
    The sisters perform original and traditional Ozark, Appalachian, Bluegrass, and Celtic music on mountain dulcimer, fiddle, and clawhammer banjo.
    The latest tour is promoting the new Grammy-nominated Reverie CD, which is nominated in the Grammy Best Folk Album and Best Folk Song categories, with results to be announced in at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in February. 
    Both women have degrees in commercial music from the renowned bluegrass program at South Plains College.
    The Reverie concert will be a fundraiser for United Way of Northern New Mexico. The event is sponsored in part by Naranjo Insurance Agency, Art Montoya Dentistry, Kelly Myers of RE/MAX Los Alamos, Los Alamos Community Bank and also by Ruby K’s Bagel Café, which will be providing refreshments for the concert.
    Tickets are $15 and $5 for students and are available at Community Bank Los Alamos or at the door.

  • Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe presents another premiere by Los Alamos playwright  Robert F. Benjamin and Elaine Jarvik. “Not Quite Right,” is an upbeat family drama containing a misshapen pot, a marathon dance and a 3 a.m. melee over “what’s enough?” Three couples grapple with dueling expectations. The play is directed by Beth Kennedy Jones
    Auditions are for a male and female in their 30s and a male and female in their 50s and 60s.
    Auditions will be cold reading from the text and will be held from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 24 and by appointment only on Nov. 25 at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie, Santa Fe, near Home Depot.
    Anyone interested should bring a headshot or current photo, plus a resume.
    Rehearsals will begin Jan. 26 and the play will run from Feb. 26-March 8.
    For questions and more information, call Beth Kennedy Jones at 690-0136, or BethKennedyJones@gmail.com.
     

  • Today
    Science on Tap. 5:30-7 p.m. at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Jon Engle, a post-doc researcher at LANL will talk about the lab’s isotope program and its efforts to make medical useful radioisotopes, which uses fall into two categories, diagnostic and therapeutic.

    Families in Action: for Teens and Parents. An evidence-based class to ease the transition as children turn into young adults. 6:30-8:15 p.m. every Thursday through Nov. 20 at 1900 Diamond Dr., Pueblo Complex. For more information, visit lafsn.org, or call 662-4515.

    White Rock Family Friendly Film Series. “Maleficent.” 6:30 p.m. at White Rock Town Hall.

    Los Alamos High School Olions presents One Acts: “Roll the Dice,” by Charles Herrmann and “Idiosynchronization,” by Ben Reichelt. 7 p.m. in the Black Box. Tickets $3 preview show.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.