Today's Features

  • There are some pretty great places to shop “on the hill” over the holidays. Small businesses in Los Alamos, like the Fuller Lodge Art Center, are already decorating and stocking their shelves.

    On Nov. 23, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., FLAC will officially open the annual Affordable Arts show. The event continues the center’s tradition of art with a special flair at affordable prices.

    In this season of gift giving, the aim is to present Los Alamos with unique, quality artwork that won’t break the bank.

    Every year, the gallery space is transformed into a shopper’s paradise, full of one-of-a-kind items that would make ideal gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, December birthdays, or any other occasion.

    There are so many options for shopping during the holiday season, but most people tend to put it off until we absolutely have to. It can be daunting to coordinate wish lists, comparison shop for prices, and then fight parking lots and lines just to put something nice under the tree. While it’s quite satisfying to put that checkmark down on a holiday list, shoppers may still feel like they are missing something. Personality, ambiance, community, holiday cheer.

  • ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A deadline is looming for New Mexico applicants to compete for "Mother of the Year."

    The nonprofit American Mothers is seeking nominations until 12:59 a.m. MST for women who exemplify the importance of a mother's work.

    Honorees will be announced in March and will travel to Washington, D.C., where the 2019 National Mother of the Year will be announced.

    Michelle Schroff of Albuquerque was recognized as New Mexico's 2018 Mother of the Year for her work within the foster care system and two non-profit organizations.

  • This week, my spirits have been boosted, as we head into what I guess we’ll call Heaven week, as it feels like we are moving Heaven and Earth to get to the finish line.

    Yes, this week is the Festival of Trees, every day, you can stroll through the Betty Ehart Senior Center to view many items up for silent auction. The smallest price I saw was $3.50 and the starting bid on one tree was $100, but the tree is 12 feet tall and has several hundreds of dollars of ornaments on display. It also comes with all of the resealable storage boxes and lights.

    The ladies of Beta Sigma Phi came out on Friday and Saturday, to work on three of the many trees on display this week. Xi NU started it off with a Wonder Woman of sorts, Friday with, “Silver Lanes and Candy Canes,” followed by the bevy of beauties of Preceptor Beta with an array of hearts and, “Love is all you need.” Finally, the CBCs of Alpha Zeta spent a few hours on Saturday constructing, what I believe may have been titled, “All God’s creatures, great and small.”

  • The local Adopt-a-Family Program is looking for local sponsors to help provide a Christmas for over 90 families who have applied for assistance this holiday season.

    “Every year we are blown away by the need in our little town but also the generosity that the community shows through this program,” said Kim Knapp, co-director of the Adopt a Family Program this year.

    In 2003, Margie Gillespie, a longtime program coordinator, had to step down and the Los Alamos Alpha Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi took on the challenge of coordinating the Adopt a Family program.

    The applying families come into the program through the Los Alamos Public Schools, which means one or more children in the family attend a local school.

    “Our goal is to provide at least one ‘need’ (such as clothing) and at least one ‘want’ (such as a book, toy, etc.) for each child in the house, and we also have information on the parents’ needs and wants. Additionally, we request that the sponsor provide a gift certificate for the family for groceries,” said Maureen Johnson, co-director of the program.

    Alpha Zeta is encouraging all businesses, organizations, churches and individuals to sponsor families.

  • Santa Fe poet Lauren Camp and Los Alamos poet David Mutschlecner will read from their work at the White Rock Branch Library, 2 p.m. Saturday.

    The reading is free and open to the public.

    Lauren Camp is the author of four books of poetry: “Turquoise Door” (3: A Taos Press, 2018); “One Hundred Hungers” (Tupelo Press, 2016), winner of the Dorset Prize; “The Dailiness,” winner of the National Federation of Press Women Poetry Prize and a World Literature Today “Editor’s Pick;” and “This Business of Wisdom.”

    Camp is the recipient of a fellowship from the Black Earth Institute, residencies from Willapa Bay AiR, the Gaea Foundation, and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, and a finalist citation for the Arab American Book Award. In 2018, she presented her poems at the original Mayo Clinic, and her work has been translated into Mandarin, Turkish, Spanish and Arabic. She lives and teaches in New Mexico.

    Mutschlecner has written several books, with his most recent book entitled Icon. Mutschlecner’s published work includes the poetry books “Esse,” “Sign” and “Enigma and Light” from Ahsahta Press, and “Veils” from Stride Press.

  • Local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts are prepared to help the Atomic City Letter Carriers and LA Cares to collect, sort and store local donations of food and supplies during the 21st Annual BSA-Letter Carriers Fall Food Drive on Saturday. All they need is the community’s help “scouting for food.”

    Even in the Los Alamos community, there are many families with children or elderly who need help to get enough food to eat.

    To help, community members are asked to fill a grocery bag (double it for strength) or a box with non-perishable food and other necessities.

    Then, on Saturday morning,  place it near their mailboxes and a letter carrier, a Boy Scout or an adult BSA leader will pick it up and take it to be sorted, stored and distributed by LA Cares.
    Alternately, the community  can visit Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos or Smith’s Food and Drug Center in White Rock on Saturday and a Cub Scout will be waiting to accept food donations from about 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Residents who will be out of town during the food drive  can leave non-perishable food and supply donations year-round at the Aquatic Center or at Los Alamos County Social Services at 1505 15th Street during regular business hours.

    What to donate

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will host a dialogue session for students and community members with advisors from the UNM College of Engineering from 1:20-2 p.m. on in Building 5, Wallace Hall. The session will be oriented toward individuals with an interest in completing an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in an engineering field through UNM. UNM-LA is seeking input about local educational needs for programs and courses in order to better serve the community. UNM-Los Alamos is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. More information about UNM-LA is available at losalamos.unm.edu.

    Today-Dec. 12 — Forest Explorers Hike and Play from 1-3 p.m. at the Nature Center. Get outside this fall by exploring with PEEC! Kids ages 5 to 8 can still sign up for the remaining three sessions of this class, which meets every other Wednesday. Cost is $67 for non-members, $56 for PEEC members. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Anyone who enjoys laughing until it hurts should be sure to attend Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “Rumors” by famed playwright Neil Simon.

    The show opens Friday and will be performed at 7:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 17 at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.

    There will also be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Nov. 11.

    “Rumors,” which was first performed in 1988, follows members of New York’s high society trying to survive an evening of miscommunication, misunderstanding and mayhem.

    Four couples have gathered for an anniversary celebration, but the first couple to arrive finds the house unattended, the hired help missing, and the host upstairs in his bedroom, bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and passed out from painkillers. His wife is nowhere to be found. The first couple works hard to keep the other guests, arriving in turn, from finding out what they discovered, and the lies and misdirection gather increasing momentum.

    “This play is a fun, fast, and endearing comedy,” said director Patrick Webb. “The anniversary party never gets started and the attempts at a cover-up get more and more desperate as characters zip on and off stage and get more and more confounded.”

  • The audience may be ready for the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s Friday concert, but is the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra ready?

    This year’s Fall concert features just three works, but they are doozies.

    They all date from the 19th Century area of classical music, when orchestras were big and brassy and the music was intricate and dynamic.

    This year, the orchestra will be tackling the “Symphonie Fantastique” and the “Roman Carnival,” by Berlioz, and “Espana,” by Chabrier.

    LASO Concertmaster Brian Newnam said he believes the orchestra is up to the challenge.

    “Symphonie Fantastique” is one of the major masterpieces of the 19th century. It’s quite difficult, but really colorful, very dramatic,” he said. “Everyone wants to play it because it’s so difficult to put together with the tempo changes, and lots of brass.”

    Known as an early romantic piece, “Symphonie Fantastique” swirls with emotion. The conductor wrote it to express his anguish over at first was an unrequited love affair.

  • On that special night, Haunted Jemez owner Sharon Chism plans to host a “witch burning,” along with the hot dogs and s’mores.

    “On Halloween night, we’re going have our own version of the Zozobra,” Chism said. “It’s for burning bad feelings, evil thoughts and all that. We’re going to burn that witch, and we’ll have hot dogs, chips, soft drinks and a bonfire with s’mores.” 

    Although Halloween will, be extra scary at Haunted Jemez, the graveyard will be open for scares on other nights as well.

    Started three years ago by Chism and her son Charlie, Haunted Jemez has grown to a half-acre and includes a western graveyard, an English graveyard, werewolves, zombies, a witch’s tea party, and dinosaurs. 

    Chism, whose son created the first haunted graveyard when he was living in Texas 15 years ago, doesn’t know exactly why they decided to start it up again when he came to live with her three years ago.