Coro de Cámara presents “Gaudete! A Joyful Christmas Concert” at 7 p.m. at United Church in Los Alamos and at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Avenue in Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service present a grief support group focused on “Coping With the Holidays” at 11 a.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The holiday season evokes feelings of joy, celebration and love but can be difficult for those who are experiencing grief. Emotions, stress and loneliness can feel overwhelming and a support group focused on coping strategies and new ways of planning for the season can be enormously helpful. The session is open to the community and will facilitated by Collette Fordham, LMSW, medical social worker for the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service. To reserve a space, call 662-2525.
    Chapter AK, P.E.O. social meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Joan Brown, 325 Aragon Ave., in White Rock. Joy Beery is the co-hostess. Katie Brousseau will present a program on Christmas customs from the days of our seven founders. There will be a little holiday music by Joann and Joan Brown. RSVP by Dec. 13 to Joan at 672-1534.

  • Winter may be knocking on New Mexico’s door, but it is not too early to think about spring planting.
    More than 65,000 tree and shrub seedlings are now available for purchase through the New Mexico State Forestry Division’s 2016 spring conservation seedling program. Seedling sales began earlier this week, with distribution for spring planting beginning on March.  
    Careful planting of tree and shrub species is an important part of New Mexico’s healthy forests and watersheds.
    “Tree seedlings help rehabilitate areas affected by fires and protect crops,” said Conservation Seedling Forester Carol Bada. “They promote energy conservation and improve the health of lands throughout New Mexico.”
    Seedlings are available to landowners who own at least one acre of land in New Mexico, and who agree to use the trees for conservation purposes.  
    These include reforestation, riparian restoration, windbreak establishment, tree plantations, erosion control and wildlife habitat.
    Seedlings can be ordered online at nmforestry.com and by mail-in application form. All proceeds are reinvested into the program.

  • Wreaths Across America is a national program designed to honor fallen veterans of all wars at national, state and local cemeteries. The mission of Wreaths Across America, “Remember, Honor, Teach” is carried out, in part, by coordinating wreath laying in all state ceremonies, and the 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.
    This year’s ceremony will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday throughout New Mexico, and specifically at Los Alamos’ Guaje Pines Cemetery, which is officially recognized by Wreaths Across America.
    The American Legion, Frank G. Frainier Post 90, American Legion Riders Chapter 19, in Los Alamos is once again honored to carry out the Wreaths Across America program in Los Alamos County.
    The sponsored wreaths will be placed on the veterans’ gravesites at the Guaje Pines Cemetery in Los Alamos at 10 a.m. Saturday, following the ceremony.
    Dignitaries and special guests have been invited to speak in honor of our veterans and active military. The wreath-laying ceremonies are non-political and all groups are invited to attend.
    — Staff Report

  • Tony Fox at UnQuarked: The Wine Room will introduce the 2015 La Bomba Grande Red Table Wine tonight in tribute to his winemaking mentor John Balagna.

    Balagna created the original La Bomba Grande in 1993 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Manhattan Project, to which he was a contributing chemist.
    Balagna arrived in Los Alamos in the spring of 1944 and continued working at the Laboratory until 1985. After retirement, he opened his White Rock winery, Il Santo Cellars.

    As a pioneer in New Mexico winemaking, he used locally grown grapes and assisted wineries throughout the state to get their start in the industry.

    Fox, a long-time Los Alamos resident, began making wine at Balagna’s winery in 2001. Balagna mentored Fox until Il Santo Cellars closed in 2007. Fox continues to make hand-crafted, small batch wines at Black’s Smugglers Winery in Belen, which is sponsoring La Bomba Grande.

    The tribute and unveiling of the new label art will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a complimentary tasting. UnQuarked is located at 145 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.

  •  Art exhibits

    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.


    Museum of Spanish Colonial Art exhibit: “Starry Night – A Nativity Tableau set in the hills of Northern New Mexico” at 750 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe. Since 1969, artist Glynn Gómez has assembled a magical Christmas Nativity pageant with wood carvings in the Córdova style. Using birds, rabbits, bears, oxen and donkeys as narrators, the Nativity unfolds and the story of Christmas comes alive heralded by angels. Artists whose work is represented in the exhibition include Sammy Córdova, Sabinita López Ortiz, Floyd Lucero, Ben Ortega, Eurgencio López, Orlinda López, Gloria López Córdova and Lawrence Baca. 


  •  Los Alamos

    Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

    Date inspected: Sept. 18
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.


    Aspen Elementary, 2182 33rd St. 

    Date inspected: Sept. 18
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.


    Los Alamos Middle School, 2101 Hawk Dr. 

    Date inspected: Sept. 18
    Violations: One high-risk violation Sanitizer not at proper level, which was corrected at time of inspection. 
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.


    El Rigobertos Taco Shop, 166 Central Park Square

  • The New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association held the Zia Regional Rodeo on August 15 and 16 at the Rodeo de Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales was the 2015 Grand Marshall and retired Santa Fe Fire department Battalion Chief Katie Cassidy was 2015 Community Hero.

     The rodeo is a charity mission of the NMGRA and three Charities received $1,500 checks:

    • Southwest Cares in Santa Fe

    • The HRA Scholarship Fund in Santa Fe

    • Equality New Mexico headquartered in Albuquerque

    The Zia Rodeo competition is one stop along the way of a season-long series of rodeo competition across the US and Canada and the 2015 Zia Rodeo attracted the largest number of rodeo competitors of the 20 International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) rodeos in the USA. The 2016 Rodeo is expected to bring even more visitors and competitors to Santa Fe from all over the world.

  • Dean Koontz outdoes himself with his latest journey, which solidifies his reputation as one of the best storytellers in the book business.

    Koontz’s stories get labeled as horror, but the lyrical writing and compelling characters in “Ashley Bell” aren’t commonly seen in that particular genre. Koontz stands alone, and this novel is a prime example of literary suspense if one is forced to classify.

    Bibi Blair lives by herself, is engaged to a Navy SEAL and has published a novel and several short stories. One day while sitting at her computer, one side of her body starts to tingle and she realizes something is wrong. Doctors run tests and determine that she has a rare form of brain cancer. Even with chemotherapy, she has at most a year to live. She tells her doctor, “We’ll see.” That’s when the novel takes off.

    Blair has a miraculous recovery, and she doesn’t understand why until a mysterious woman gives her a psychic reading, revealing that she’s lived so that she can save a woman named Ashley Bell. Who is this woman, and what does Blair need to do to save her?

  •  Do you want to learn more about how the sun was formed or what generates the sun’s energy? Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is holding a special show in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 7 p.m. Friday. 

    Rick Wallace will explore the sun and its effects on the planet, moon, astronauts and future colonies on other planets.

    The special planetarium show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. 

    Tickets are available by calling or visitng the nature center. Seating is limited. 

    Planetarium shows are suitable for ages 4 and up. For more information, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

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

    Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

    6:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live

    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

    11:00 PM County Council Meeting –Replay 12-01-15

    1:00 PM Democracy Now!

    2:00 PM United in Christ

    3:00 PM Road to Recovery

    4:00 PM Uprising

    5:00 PM Democracy Now!

    6:00 PM Los Alamos Council on Cancer – “Head and Neck Cancers”

    7:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society 

    8:30 PM Let’s Talk Good Business

    9:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll

    9:30 PM Cheers for 30 Years: The White Rock Senior Center

  • Los Alamos High Schol Dance program students invite the public to their Winter Dance Show in the Duane Smith Auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free.

    The show will include ballroom, Latin, swing, Bollywood, jazz, hip-hop, ballet and Color Guard students, representing the LAHS dance program, as well as other local dance studios and groups.

  • ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A still photographer for the AMC-TV hit “Breaking Bad,” and its spin-off prequel “Better Call Saul,” is set to share her images at a special Albuquerque Museum event.

    Ursula Coyote is scheduled Sunday to discuss her favorite images from the Albuquerque productions as both television shows continue to generate interest in the city where it was filmed.

    “Breaking Bad” follows former high school teacher Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, producing methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul. It ended in 2013.

    “Better Call Saul” follows Jimmy McGill, played by Bob Odenkirk, who later changes his name to Saul Goodman and becomes an attorney for drug lords in “Breaking Bad.”

    “Better Call Saul” is scheduled to begin its second season Feb. 15.

  •  There’s a new partnership in town, and its mission is to provide opportunities for local high school and college students, and small businesses. 

    The Community Internship Collaboration is a joint partnership of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, Los Alamos High School and the Small Business Development Center. The partnership was formed this fall with the dual objective of giving students real-world learning opportunities while providing businesses with interns who bring fresh perspectives and specific skillsets to the business.

    The new workforce development program allows UNM-LA undergraduates and Los Alamos High School juniors and seniors to gain work experience with small businesses in Los Alamos. 

  •  From early through mid-December, Bandelier National Monument will be hosting this year’s third Artist in Residence, Shawn Skabelund.   

    Skabelund was born in central Utah, received a bachelor’s of fine art’s degree at Utah State University in Logan, attended graduate school at the University of Iowa, and taught drawing and installation art at Northern Arizona University. 

    In 1998, he settled in Flagstaff, Arizona. Today, he is well established in his field, working in drawing, painting, sculpture and installations. His works have been displayed in more than 30 one-person shows across the country, including one at Grand Canyon National Park. 

    Skabelund also has curated shows of others’ works, including this year’s “Fires of Change” at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff. Many of his works can be seen on his website, shawnskabelund.com. 

  •  On Sunday, a team of Pajarito Environmental Education Center volunteers will begin working to help Los Alamos become the first certified Community Wildlife Habitat in New Mexico. 

    To meet their goal, they only need a handful of residents to certify their yards as wildlife habitats with the National Wildlife Federation. Promoting urban wildlife habitats in Los Alamos is a significant step towards living with nature, a step that will help ensure children and grandchildren can enjoy the animals and plants of the Pajarito Plateau.

    Certifying a business or residential yard involves providing only four things: a water source, food, shelter/cover and a place to raise young. 

    To certify a backyard or front yard, visit nwf.org and search for “garden for wildlife.” 

  • Reminder that there will be a play reading tonight at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre is hosting an open reading of "Belles: The Reunion," by Mark Dunn.

    This is a funny, touching and clever play about the six Walker sisters reconnecting their lives through a series of phone calls.

    LALT invites everyone to join the action, to either read or to sit back and listen. Bring a friend – someone who may be interested in getting involved in theater!

    Talk on “CTBT On-Site Inspection, Full Scale Integrated Field Exercise in Jordan: Scenario Development and Execution” by Ward Hawkins, LANL Project Manager for Nuclear Testing Limitations at 7 p.m in the Lounge at the Education Building, United Church, 2525 Canyon Road. LANL researchers played major roles in the largest nonproliferation field exercise to date that achieved the goal of testing on-site Inspection capabilities. Open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security.

    Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will celebrate the holiday season with a potluck luncheon from noon-1 p.m. in the Patio Room at 1001 Oppenheimer Place. All registered Republican women invited. Barbara McClain, New Mexico FRW president, will be guest speaker. Terry Marzili will collect donations and Christmas gifts for the Adopt-a-Family program. Contact Bethany Douglas at 690-6883 for more information.

    Winter dance show by the Los Alamos High School Dance program students at 7 p.m. in the Duane Smith Auditorium. Admission is free. Come and enjoy performances by Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Bollywood, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet and Color Guard students, representing LAHS dance program, as well as other local dance studios and groups.

  • A Santa Fe pet boutique is hosting a holiday event Saturday in celebration of its 20th year in business.
    Teca Tu’s “Happy Paw-L-Days” celebration in the Sanbusco Market Center kicks of with an afternoon Santa Fe animal shelter pet adoption event from noon-3 p.m. and continues at 5 p.m. with food, drinks, carolers and free samples and discounted items until 7 p.m. The store is located in the center, 500 Montezuma Ave., Santa Fe.

  • The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has extended the deadline for Educational Outreach Small Grants to Dec. 15. Applications may be submitted online at lanlfoundation.org/grants.
    Grants of up to $1,500 are available to support public schools and nonprofits with programs that strengthen teaching and learning in K-12 education in Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties. Grants are not restricted to programs related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
    Organizations are eligible to receive one grant per calendar year, with the yearly funding cycle beginning in January. Only one school or program in each of the 20 school districts is eligible for a grant each year. Awardees that received LANL Foundation grants in the past but did not meet funding report requirements are ineligible.
    For more information, contact Sally Gallegos at sally@lanlfoundation.org or 753-8890, ext. 118.

  • State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard will be the guest speaker at the Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday.
    Richard will present her annual legislative preview to chamber members, which will include matters related to the state budget and a discussion of other potential legislation.
    The upcoming legislative session is a 30-day session.
    The session begins Jan. 19 and ends Feb. 18. Legislators may pre-file legislation Dec. 15 – Jan. 13. Feb. 3 is the deadline for introduction of all legislation.

    The Chamber breakfast will be in room 230, Building 2, UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive. Breakfast will be catered by Peggy Pendergast.
    There is no charge for members. Chamber breakfasts are sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Programs Office.
Chamber members can register for the breakfast on the Chamber website losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/chamber-breakfast-dec-15-82
or by emailing nancy@losalamos.org.