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  • Los Alamos County’s White Rock Branch Library was given a Citation award from the American Institute of Architects Albuquerque Design Awards Program. The annual awards program encourages and recognizes distinguished architectural achievement by New Mexico architects.
    The program serves to increase public awareness of the outstanding services provided by architects, and emphasizes the importance of the architect’s role in shaping the quality of the built environment through design excellence.
    This year’s entries were judged by a panel of AIA Architects from the San Francisco, California area.

  • DeAnza Valencia-Sapien has been named associate state director for advocacy for AARP New Mexico.
    Valencia-Sapien, a lawyer with more than 18 years of experience in strategic communications, public policy and community affairs, began her new position Dec. 7.
    Valencia-Sapien will lead the office’s federal and state efforts in legislation, guide and support AARP volunteers on health, consumer and utility issues, and work with lawmakers, community leaders and other organizations.
    “We are very excited to have someone with DeAnza’s experience and enthusiasm join our office,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico state director.
    “Advocacy is the thread that has run through my entire career,” said Valencia-Sapien.
    Sapien is the former president of a health care advocacy consulting firm and is the former deputy director of the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool. As a founding partner of The MVM Group, she developed and implemented an eight-week entrepreneurial business accelerator for the City of Santa Fe and served as the executive director of the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Laboratory communities.

  • Holiday shoppers looking for a gift idea about Los Alamos should stop by the Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum shop. The Historical Society has published a new children’s activity book based on the life of Bences Gonzales called “Meet Bences Gonzales” that is now available for $7 at its temporary location at 475 20th St.
    The coloring pages and activities of “Meet Bences Gonzales” let children experience what life was like through many different eras of Los Alamos’ history.
    Gonzales was an important community leader from the homesteading era through the post-war period. The book follows his life as he homesteaded, ran the Trading Post for the Los Alamos Ranch School, worked for the Manhattan Project and contributed to civic life after the end of World War II.
    The activity book gives a window into daily life in Los Alamos throughout history. There are cabins to build, pack trips to plan and even a mysterious explosion to investigate. Local artist Turner Mark-Jacobs created the coloring pages and illustrations, based on historic reference photos from the Historical Society archives.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30. Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Welcome to finals week. Hang in there, I hear some free time just ahead. I often talk to students and remind them that this is the time of year, along with spring break, that some students and some staff members seem to lose their minds.
    Now while I say it in a joking way, it is to draw attention to the fact that, this week can be stressful for many and in many different ways.
    As a parent of teenagers, I remind you that depending on their stage of schooling, they may not yet be aware of the onslaught of stress that seems to hit.
    This week, take some extra time to make sure they get to bed at a decent time, stay hydrated and try to get some breakfast in there somewhere. Maybe this is the week that you pack some nice treats in their lunch, take some extra time for dinner or ease off other pressures a bit.
    Our kids today and yes, I’m ball parking us all in the same age category, do not leave the life we led when we were their age. It is true, their technology alone is the primary cause. Our parents couldn’t be breathing down our necks with every missed assignment…truthfully until the report card came home.
    This is the first year that I hear elementary aged parents talking about the extreme stress their young children are under. To that I say, at the elementary age there is a lot that you can control.

  • Whether visitors are interested in landscape photography, birdwatching, Ancestral Pueblo astronomy, or just enjoying the charms of the park, Bandelier National Monument will have special events for many tastes through December.  
    Three of the park’s Artists in Residence will be hosting the opening of a “Pop-Up” show of their works in the Visitor Center theater from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. The artists will be present and refreshments will be served. Featured artists are Philip Metcalf, Patricia Galagan and David Halpern.
    “Three Visions of the Landscape” demonstrates how differently these three photographers have seen and interpreted the landscape, approaching it with different visions and techniques. Halpern has photographed the American landscape for more than six decades. “The more understanding one develops of a place over time, the more likely it will be that one’s photography will define the character of that place,” Halpern said.  

  • The public is invited to a special Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Nothing says Christmas quite like the sound of a choir performing carols. This choir happens to be composed of tubas and euphoniums.
    The group came together in 2002, and has played at various venues throughout Los Alamos every holiday season since then. The choir is made up of a core of adult musicians from other groups in Los Alamos (Big Band, Symphony, etc.) and is augmented by talented high school students. They play an eclectic mix of arrangements specifically created for a tuba choir. There is no admission charge.

  • TODAY
    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.
    SATURDAY
    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.
    MONDAY
    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.
    TUESDAY

  • 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.