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  • 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

  • The monthly Military Order of World Wars meeting is 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Los Alamos Research Park the 2nd floor conference room, and will mark the annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration. Members are asked to note the change in date and time. 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 at 2 p.m. 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, email, or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750, email depinyan@cybermesa.com. For more information about MOWW membership, call Commander LTC Giesler or Adjutant Pinyan.

  • Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 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.        NO Senior Civic Discussion             Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Sweet ‘n’ Sour pork
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Lemon cod
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters

  • TODAY
    Planetarium Show: Back to the Moon for Good at 2 p.m. Enjoy this award-winning planetarium show, which gives you a unique view of the space race, past and future. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at the Nature Center from 10-11 a.m. Kids aged 0-5 and their caregivers. Children rotate through themed centers inside and outside, with story time to start them off. Free.
    TUESDAY
    Local wildlife photographer, birder Mouser Williams will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. The lecture will be about the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count program. The talk will cover the historical origins of the bird count, how it has grown in the last 116 years, and how scientists take advantage of such a rich database of bird population data. The Christmas Bird Count is coming to Los Alamos for the first time since 1953.
    WEDNESDAY
    “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

  • TODAY
    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 p.m. Be mesmerized by this award-winning fractal show every fourth Friday by the Fractal Foundation. Journey into the never-ending world of fractals as a full-dome show featuring original music. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $10 for adults, $8 for children.
     SATURDAY
    Planetarium Show: Back to the Moon for Good at 2 p.m. Enjoy this award-winning planetarium show, which gives you a unique view of the space race, past and future. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SUNDAY
    Planetarium Show: Back to the Moon for Good at 2 p.m. Enjoy this award-winning planetarium show, which gives you a unique view of the space race, past and future. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at the Nature Center from 10-11 a.m. Kids aged 0-5 and their caregivers come to the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore the natural world. Children rotate through themed centers inside and outside, with story time to start them off. Free.
    WEDNESDAY

  • Enjoy an evening out and journey into the never-ending world of fractals in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 7 p.m. today.
    The show incorporates math, science, art, and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music.
    This show starts promptly at 7 p.m. and seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature center and are $10 for adults and $8 for children. The fractals show is suitable for audiences ages 4 and up.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • The Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club and the Friends of the Shelter hosted Joey Padilla, CTC, CPTA-KA, of Santa Fe Tails Dog Academy, Daycare and Resort Sunday.  
    More than 20 dog club members and shelter volunteers learned new techniques in dog training and teaching dog training classes.
    A highlight of the morning was a mini “class” in which Padilla instructed volunteers in how to train several eager shelter dogs.
    Participants learned many new ideas and were inspired to teach classes to the community and help Los Alamos’ shelter dogs.
     

  • Local wildlife photographer, birder and occasional electrical engineer Mouser Williams will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.
    The lecture will be about the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count program. The talk will cover the historical origins of the bird count, how it has grown in the last 116 years, and how scientists take advantage of such a rich database of bird population data.
    The Christmas Bird Count is coming to Los Alamos for the first time since 1953.
    Williams will explain how our local count is organized and how locals can participate, even if they don’t know the difference between a robin and a raven. The talk is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • 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 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 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

  • NEW YORK (AP) — Which toys will warm the hearts of parents and kids for the holiday 2015 shopping season?

    Holiday toys hit the shelves in recent weeks. And so far, just as in the past few years, there's no single hot toy emerging. But anything "Star Wars," life-like robotic pets and remote controlled toys should drive sales.

    As the holiday shopping season kickoff starts over Thanksgiving weekend, toy sales will heat up.

    The Associated Press has compiled a list of some of this year's expected hot toys and trends for 2015:

    "STAR WARS"

    — The Black Series Kylo Ren Force FX Lightsaber by Hasbro: toy weapon makes light and sound effects. $199.99.

    —BladeBuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber set from Hasbro: system allows kids to customize weapons. $49.99.

    __The Force Awaken's BB-8 Droid by Sphero: remote-controlled robot that connects to an app. It changes expression and even perks up when given voice commands. $149.99.

    — Star Wars Millennium Falcon RC Quad by Spin Master: remote-controlled version of the iconic ship. $140

    ROBOTIC PETS

    —Little Live Pets CleverKeet from Moose Toys: interactive, singing and talking bird. He responds to voice. $59.99.

  • THURSDAY
    Thanksgiving Happy Hour and Aspen Ridge Thanksgiving Buffet at 11:30 a.m. at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living Center.

    Family YMCA Thanksgiving Day Workout begins at 9 a.m. at the YMCA  Gymnasium. Bring your relatives, friends, and neighbors and join in for a free Thanksgiving Day workout. Doors will open at 8:50 a.m. Several different workout styles for all fitness levels. Be sure to hang around after the workout for door prizes. Ages 13 and up. Contact Stacey Castille at scastille@laymca.org or 662-3100.
     FRIDAY
    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Be mesmerized by this award-winning fractal show every fourth Friday by the Fractal Foundation. Journey into the never-ending world of fractals as a full-dome show featuring original music. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $10 for adults, $8 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Planetarium Show: Back to the Moon for Good at 2 p.m. Enjoy this award-winning planetarium show, which gives you a unique view of the space race, past and future. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
     SUNDAY

  • In Celebration of America Recycles Day, Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division staff hosted a Recycle Fashion Show Nov. 14 at Fuller Lodge. The Recycle Fashion Show is an artistic expression of eco-conscious creations and is a fun event for people of all ages.   
    Fuller Lodge was adorned in flowers and snap dragons fabricated by Derrick Voight using reclaimed rebar and recycled glass. Local resident Becky Dahl hand-crafted geraniums and beautiful poppy flowers using the bottoms of soda pop bottles. Light refreshments were served using compostable cups, plates, napkins and utensils. There was essentially zero waste generated from this event, unless you consider all the glitter left sparkling on Fuller Lodge floor.
    There were over a dozen  participants that ranged from children to adults, but to be eligible the participants were required to design outfits that were composed of at least 75 percent recycled content.
    The participants created the hottest trends in recycle fashion using an empty green chile burlap sack, melted tortilla chip bags, Peet’s Coffee bags, the infamous red Starbucks cups and grandpa’s old playing cards.

  • The time has come to say thank you, by nominating someone for the Community Asset Awards.
    The program sponsored by the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) is once again seeking the names and deeds of individuals that do good things in our community, the state or the world.
    “This is a great program where each year community members that live or work in Los Alamos are celebrated for being wonderful and doing great things,” said Bernadette Lauritzen, C’YA Director. “The stories and ages of those nominated vary each year and warm the heart every time.”
    Last January, some 50 do-gooders were recognized for their service in and around the community.
    Those noteworthy names included Tom Severinghouse, Kate Stoddard, Nicole’ Ferry, Henry Vigil, Kurt Steinhaus, Smith’s Food and Drugs Stores and many, many more.
    “The best part about each year is the sheer surprise at folks being stunned that someone took the time to nominate them,” Lauritzen said. “It can be for great volunteer work, going above and beyond as a business or organization, or for doing things that many might never know about.”

  • TODAY
    Planetarium Show at 2 p.m. Enjoy 180 degrees of entertainment in the  planetarium. Check peecnature.org for show details. Ages 4 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot starts at 2 p.m. at the Los Alamos Middle School cafeteria. The walk/run helps raise money to alleviate hunger and poverty at the local, national and global levels. Registration is from 1-1:45 p.m. A potluck immediately follows the event. A free raffle will be held for turkeys and pumpkin pies. To donate or register, go to crophungerwalk.org. Contact Lynn Wysocki-Smith at tewapack@rt66.com or 661-9619 for more information.

    The Santa Fe Jewish Book Fair 2015 is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Center for Jewish Living, 230 W. Manhattan. New Mexico publishers and dozens of writers will be represented. There will be talks by Jack Shlachter, Judith Fein, Sara Koplik and Sandra Toro on writing and books. Food court open all day. Free and open to the public, with a modest charge for talks. Organized by the Santa Fe Jewish Book Council. For more information, visit gaoninstitute.org or write hart.gaon@gmail.com or call 920-7771.
     MONDAY