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  • Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish readers, may this season be filled with light for you all.
    This week, I’d like to salute some awesome things that have taken place in our community and remind you to pay attention to what you are thankful for during this nomination period of the Community Asset Awards.
    Wow, did you see the “Nutcracker on the Hill?” It was phenomenal! I think it may be the best ballet I have ever seen. So kudos to Jonathan Guise, Valerie Silks, Tina Anderson and Gina Fisk for some incredible work.
    While I can’t salute everyone, there are a few things I would like to draw attention to encourage your support. Members of the San Ildefonso Pueblo showcased the Winter Buffalo Dance. On the heels of Native American History Month. We particularly thank Ian Fender, Wesley Sanchez, Than Povi Martinez and Santana Sanchez for sharing your history, tradition and culture with the community.
    As the show opens, from the ceiling descends a backdrop of Fuller Lodge that a little bird tells me was painted by Robi Mulford. I am told she painted it by herself and in the confines of her living room. It was such an incredible depiction that there was a collective gasp from the audience.

  • Births
    Nov. 11 — A girl. Sophia D. Ortiz. Born to Danielle and Steven Ortiz.
    Nov. 23 — A boy. Maxwell Halbert Gregory. Born to Britney and Dakota Gregory.
    Nov. 24 — A girl. Frankie-Jean Montoya. Born to Christina Archuleta and Frank Montoya.
    Nov. 29 — A girl. Olivia Liang Xing. Born to Tingting Liang and Hongxi Xing.
     

  • Dec. 7-12, 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
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Green Chile Cheese Burger
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    9 a.m.        A Time to Talk (health issues)
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Noon        Airport talk w/Dave Ploger
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters

  • 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
    Lucy—A 5-year-old calico who just loves cuddling! This sweet girl also enjoys being brushed, and her shorthaired coat will certainly need lots of that. She is still young enough to be friendly and playful, and if she loses a few pounds, she’ll be even more fun and interactive! Lucy is reported to do well with adults, but she can be a bit shy around children.

  • The public is invited to a special screening to see the winning video mockumentaries at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center’s planetarium on the big screen.
    The Pajarito Film Club is hosting a screening of four 10-minute video shorts that were submitted to the first ever Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet contest. Admission is free.
    Following the screening, the Pajarito Film Club will conduct a brief awards ceremony, during which film program graduates who judged the films will review judging criteria and the categories for which each film is being awarded. The winning mockumentarians will be awarded cash prizes in the form of Chamber Checks compliments of the Los Alamos Creative District.
    The viewing audience can enter a raffle for prizes from the New Mexico film worker’s union (IATSE Local 480 Community Outreach program). Popcorn and beverages will be provided by the Los Alamos Teen Center and Los Alamos Film Office.
    The Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet Mockumentary contest is sponsored by Pajarito Film Club. The club of volunteers is working with the Los Alamos Film Office, the Los Alamos Creative District and the Los Alamos Teen Center to develop a series of programs, events and opportunities to participate in the New Mexico film industry.

  • Rabbit Society
    adoption event Saturday

    The New Mexico House Rabbit Society, the local chapter of an international rabbit rescue organization, is pleased to announce its next event: Home for the Holidays, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Eastside Animal shelter, 8920 Lomas Street, NE, Albuquerque.
    Several single rabbits, pairs and a very sweet trio--Snap, Crackle and Pop!- are available for adoption. Rabbits can easily be litter trained and make good pets. Free nail trims also are available, so bring pet rabbits to the event. Call Bill Velasquez at 505-435-9916 for more information.

    Kiwanis Club Breakfast with Santa Saturday

    The annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, with a large contribution from Del Norte Credit Union, will be held from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    The breakfast is free. In return, attendees are requested to donate 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. Santa is eager to meet with any and all children.

  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the life cycle of stars is encouraged to a special show at 7 p.m. today given by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
    Galen Gisler will give a tour through the stars and constellations of the December sky, and use them to illustrate the life cycles of stars: where and how stars are born, how they evolve, and how they die.
    The December Night Sky planetarium show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available by calling or stopping by the Nature Center. Seating is limited.  
    Planetarium shows are suitable for ages four and up.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • New Concept Gallery invites the public to a solo exhibit featuring the work of New Mexico photographer Woody Galloway. The exhibition’s opening will be from 5–7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the New Concept Gallery, 610 Canyon Road in Santa Fe. The exhibit runs through Jan. 18.
    Galloway has lived in Santa Fe for more than 40 years, spending much of that time documenting his vision of northern New Mexico. His belief that all life is sacred and unfolding is evident in his photographs, which capture a world full of beauty.
    His landscapes and wildlife photography convey the sense of delight and wonder that Galloway experiences, as he explores the world through his lens.  
    For more information and a complete résumé, contact New Concept Gallery at 795-7570 or newconceptgal@cybermesa.com.

  • 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 painstakingly 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.

  • New Concept Gallery invites the public to a solo exhibit featuring the work of New Mexico photographer Woody Galloway. The exhibition’s opening will be from 5–7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the New Concept Gallery, 610 Canyon Road in Santa Fe. The exhibit runs through Jan. 18.
    Galloway has lived in Santa Fe for more than 40 years, spending much of that time documenting his vision of northern New Mexico. His belief that all life is sacred and unfolding is evident in his photographs, which capture a world full of beauty.
    His landscapes and wildlife photography convey the sense of delight and wonder that Galloway experiences, as he explores the world through his lens.  
    For more information and a complete résumé, contact New Concept Gallery at 795-7570 or newconceptgal@cybermesa.com.

  • NEW YORK (AP) — On Dec. 10, you can settle down on the couch and catch the regular Thursday fare on TV — “The Big Bang Theory,” ‘’The Mentalist” or “Bones.” Or you can see a live musical a few blocks from Broadway.
    Producers of the off-Broadway show “Daddy Long Legs” will allow audiences to see the full production online for free, broadcast from the Davenport Theater.
    The show starts at 8 p.m. EST and then will be rebroadcasted at 8 p.m. PST, 8 p.m. GMT and 8 p.m. in Tokyo.
    The musical, about a romance that spans several years, features music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and a book by John Caird, who also directs. It stars actor Adam Halpin and Megan McGinnis, who are married in real life.

  • Loosely based on an old Russian Folk-tale, the Firebird was an instant success that made Stravinsky an international sensation after its premiere in Paris in 1910. Join Oliver Prezant and the SFCO for a close encounter with the music and the story of the ballet, the life of the composer, and the exotic colors, rhythms, and harmonies that made the name of one of Santa Fe’s favorite composers a household word.
    Oliver’s engaging, informative commentary and musical illustrations by the Santa Fe Community Orchestra will be followed by a complete performance of Stravinsky’s immortal Firebird Suite at 7 p.m.  Dec. 11 St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art. Free admission, donations welcome. For more information visit sfco.org or call 466-4879.
    Winter Concert
    The next concert at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra will present works by Stravinsky, Bloch, Frahm and Pachelbel at their Winter concert. The concert will also take place in St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art in downtown Santa Fe. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

  • Christmas and Chanukah?  Peter Pan and Scrooge? Sad little boys and their broken fathers? What a motley mélange of familiar scenes and heart-stirring old friends. But, surely, they have absolutely nothing to do with one another. Or do they?
    The Sycamore Street Theatre’s Christmas production, “A Carol of Christmas” begin at 7 p.m. Friday, and will continue at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Warehouse 2, 1614 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe.
    In this story, written by Juliana Jones with Roy M. Rogosin, the holidays are descending upon New York City. The production is barely able to compete with the bigger, flashier shows. Belle, the deaf younger sister of Toby will, once again, endure a silent Christmas. And, unless their frustrated father, unemployed writer Charles Dickens IV, can come up with a fresh and original idea, there will be no joy for these simple people who rely on tradition and memory to fill their days. The stage will remain empty. And there will be no voices lifted in song.
    Until Charles is invited to come out and play.

  • Graduate Sheri Lopez, a 2003 Pojoaque High School graduate, exemplifies the non-traditional student, whose trajectory to success shows University of New Mexico-Los Alamos students this can be the norm.
    The young, single mother is attending New Mexico Tech in Socorro for mechanical engineering with a minor in aerospace. As a pre-engineering student at UNM-LA, Lopez was one of five students selected nationally for the Great Minds in STEM scholarship. She was also awarded a scholarship for a poem she submitted to Nota Bene, a Phi Theta Kappa magazine that publishes student works.
    Lopez attended a community college in California after graduating high school, but struggled to pay tuition and living expenses while away from home for the first time. She enrolled at UNM-LA in 2010 after returning to New Mexico and again struggled to complete her courses as she was being diagnosed with epilepsy and working full time. She was also pregnant and ended up having her son during finals week, and dropping out again.
    When she finished her associate’s degree this past year, Lopez had been going to school off and one for more than 10 years. With the academic advice and personal encouragement of the staff at UNM-LA, Lopez finally found the confidence and skills to complete her degree.

  • Santa Fe Film Festival
    Today-Saturday — This five-day event offers the best in cinematic arts with a program of over 100 films, panels, workshops and parties.
    The festival’s annual program includes narrative and documentary features, shorts of all types, as well as a spotlight on local filmmakers.

    A New Mexico Mariachi Christmas, Lensic
    Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe
    Dec. 11 — This Holiday season come join us for a bilingual music event sure to make you feel the special warmth of Christmas filled with nativity, carols and traditional New Mexico songs. Mariachis and special guest artists will fill the stage with music accompanied by special New Mexico images of the holiday season. This special event is for the whole family, so come enjoy the traditions and customs of this unique New Mexican show celebrating the holiday season. Feliz Navidad! Que Viva Nuevo Mexico!

    Last Friday Art Walk,
    Railyard Galleries, Santa Fe Railyard, Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe Street
    Last Friday of the month — This exciting world-class contemporary art experience opens up the hip Railyard Arts District at night. The RAD, a cooperative of 10 Railyard art galleries, hosts its “Last Friday Art Walk” throughout the Railyard.
    El Museo Cultural

  • Los Alamos will be transformed into a winter wonderland during Winterfest, the city’s signature winter event, from Dec. 4-6. The highlight of Winterfest – the Holiday Lights Parade and the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ashley Pond – begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, when downtown Los Alamos will be illuminated with the glow of thousands of lights decorating mobile floats around an El Niño theme. The official tree lighting takes place at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.
    Winterfest also features dozens of other holiday activities for the entire family, including Dance Arts Los Alamos performing “Nutcracker on The Hill” Dec. 4-6. Visit danceart-slosalamos.org for details.
    Fuller Lodge, at 2132 Central Ave, will host an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, with holiday music and other musical activities.
    Children will also have a chance to visit with Santa at CB Fox from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, before heading over to the Holiday Lights parade that starts at 6 p.m. and glides down Central Avenue. For those who want to join city leaders in lighting their holiday tree, a special ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. in the municipal building.
    For complete Winterfest information, check out losalamosmainstreet.com/events.

  • It has been reported that during the Trinity Test in July 1945 strains of the Nutcracker Suite mysteriously crackled through the radio. Seventy years later, Tchaikovsky will once again meet the Manhattan Project in Dance Arts Los Alamos’ (DALA) world premiere of “Nutcracker on ‘The Hill.’”
    The audience will travel back to the era of the Manhattan Project as the show opens with a Christmas party, hosted by General Leslie Groves. Set Designer Robi Mulford’s talent in recreating the Fuller Lodge set will be apparent as historical figures dance the night away to the big band music of Glen Miller.
    As the party draws to a close, J. Robert Oppenheimer will lead the General’s daughter, Gwen, on a magical journey.
    DALA Artistic Director Jonathan Guise worked in close collaboration with the Los Alamos Historical Society to create an imaginative story line for the ballet while maintaining historical accuracy. Heather McClenahan, Executive Director of the Los Alamos Historical Society, provided invaluable assistance in the creation of this new ballet.
    “Creating this Nutcracker has been the most fun I’ve had in creating a new production,” Guise said of the ballet. “This show has everything from swing dancing to espionage.”

  • TODAY
    “Everything Christmas” sale from 8:30 a.m.-noon at Graves Hall, in the Christian Education building of United Church. All Christmas items will be on sale, including trees, ornaments, books, decorations and gift items. For information, visit unitedchurchla.org
    THURSDAY
    South Pacific travel information evening from 5:30-7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Escape to the South Pacific to learn more about the natural beauty, cultural heritage and variety of activities that the region has to offer. Join Los Alamos travel specialist Colette Levine of Journey Pacific for a free talk about travel in the South Pacific. For more information or to RSVP (requested but not necessary), contact Colette Levine at 505-216-9111 or Colette@JourneyPacific.com.

    History on Tap at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room. Topic will be a discussion about the history of computing. Historian Nic Lewis will lead the conversation and introduce his project studying the role of LANL in the birth and evolution of high-performance scientific computing.
    FRIDAY

  • MOWW meeting set for Sunday

    The monthly Military Order of World Wars meeting is 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room, and will mark the annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration. The speaker is Dr. Charles McMillan, director at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  
    The meeting will begin with a social period followed by a brief business meeting and dinner. The presentation will follow. Dinner meetings are open to interested citizens with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.  
    The Hot Rocks Java Cafe staff will be catering the dinner, which will be beef tenderloin and side dishes. Cost is $25 per person. Note that a dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s). RSVP either way for the dinner is needed by Thursday. Call LTC Gregg Giesler, U.S. Ret., Chapter Commander, 662-5574, or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750, or email depinyan@cybermesa.com.

    League of Women Voters to meet
    The League of Women Voters will have their community Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 15 in Mesa Public Library. The leader in December will be Suki Halevi who is the new face of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for New Mexico. The ADL works to combat all hate crimes, bullying and cyberbullying, voter rights and LGBT rights.

  • BY KELLY DOLEJSI
    For the Monitor