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Today's Features

  • There are two reasons that people should consider spending an evening at Los Alamos Little Theatre: family and tradition.
    The New Year’s Eve performance is a LALT tradition, originating as a celebration for the LALT family, including anyone somehow involved in the organization.
    The original event — consisting of a potluck, dancing and time for togetherness and thanks — eventually evolved to include the entire community.
    This year, the Los Alamos community is again invited to ring in 2013 with the theatre: spend a night in town and become part of the LALT family.
    There will be plenty of time for dinner before activities begin at the theatre, as the curtain will open at 8:30 p.m. Arrive early (tickets will be sold beginning at 7:30 p.m.), socialize and partake of some munchies before the show.
    Then enjoy this year’s production, “Frost/Nixon,”  a thought-provoking drama about a contentious period in history, featuring portrayals of Richard Nixon (Grady Hughes) and David Frost (Don Monteith).
    Following the performance, Cocopelli Chocolatier, a new Santa Fe business, will provide desserts. Stay after the show, enjoy the festivities and become part of a long-lasting tradition.
    Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and can be purchased in advance at CB Fox.

  • Thursday
     The Los Alamos Big Band will present their annual Christmas Dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. The dance will be a special performance to honor the memory of Cathy LeClaire, a former member of the Big Band vocal quartet, the Mountainaires. LeClaire, her husband Rene with Steve and Terry Coggeshall, sang for many years with LABB in the style of the Glenn Miller quartet, the Modernaires. Rene will be the guest vocalist for the upcoming dance. All are welcome to come and dance or just sit and listen to live, authentic Big Band music. Admission is free, although contributions to the Cathy LeClaire Memorial Organ Fund will be welcome.  
    Dec. 31
    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents Frost/Nixon. Special New Years Eve performance at 8:30. Also at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; and 2 p.m. Jan. 13. Tickets $12/adults, $10 students/seniors and available at CB Fox and at the door. lalt.org, 662-5493.
    Jan. 4
    The Fuller Lodge Art Center is seeking art for their first thematic exhibit of the New Year titled, “Behind the Scenes.” There’s a story behind every piece of artwork; something magical in the process of its creation. Download an application for the show at library.constantcontact.com.
    Jan. 7

  • Los Alamos Middle School teacher Dana Kline and her hawks soar to new heights raising funds to benefit others through reading.
    The Hawks read their way to success for “Read to Feed,” earning a total of $453.65.
    “I am so proud of my kids, especially the committee itself,” Kline said. “It was totally voluntary and kids gave up their lunches to write school announcements, make posters and visit other classrooms. I’m really proud, not just with how much money we raised, but with the motivation and
    commitment my seventh grade students have.”
    Kline knows that some people think students this age can’t think beyond their own needs, but she proves that isn’t true.
    Once the team collected all the money, a committee of seventh graders who have been working on the fundraiser for seven weeks, chose which animals to purchase.
    “With that money, Heifer International will purchase one llama, one pig, one flock each of ducks, geese and chickens, two hives of bees and three bunnies,” Kline said.

  • This week, so many nice things have taken place — and I would like to highlight a few.
    On Thursday, the employees of Los Alamos Medical Center were asked to take part in a Day of Compassion. They were to tell a fellow employee something they appreciate about them.
    What a wonderful idea for someone to try at their workplace.
    Warren Tidwell began a Facebook page to do 26 acts of kindness, one for every student and teacher killed in the tragic event.
    NBC’s Ann Curry decided to bring attention to the acts of kindness and it continues to gain steam and bring some degree of meaning to a senseless act.
    One local teacher decided to do 26 random acts of kindness. She purchased a handmade cross and presented it to one of her students who is dealing with cancer.
    She stopped by the house of another local youth and donated $20 to the teen who will be taking a trip, to improve the lives of those less fortunate.
    Many continue to make get well cards for a local youth injured in a car accident and for local Police Chief Wayne Torpy. If you haven’t had a chance to contribute, there’s still time.
    Many nominated local residents for the Community Asset Awards. The ages of those nominated range from 13-83. We will provide more information on that during the coming weeks.

  • Thursday
    The Los Alamos Big Band will present their annual Christmas Dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. The dance will be a special performance to honor the memory of Cathy LeClaire, a former member of the Big Band vocal quartet, the Mountainaires. LeClaire, her husband Rene with Steve and Terry Coggeshall, sang for many years with LABB in the style of the Glenn Miller quartet, the Modernaires. Rene will be the guest vocalist for the upcoming dance. All are welcome to come and dance or just sit and listen to live, authentic Big Band music. Admission is free, although contributions to the Cathy LeClaire Memorial Organ Fund will be welcome.  
    Dec. 31
    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents Frost/Nixon. Special New Years Eve performance at 8:30. Also at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; and 2 p.m. Jan. 13. Tickets $12/adults, $10 students/seniors and available at CB Fox and at the door. lalt.org, 662-5493.
    Jan. 4

  • Jessie Zhao, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for December.
    Zhao is the daughter of Shaoping Chu and Xinxin Zhao and sister of William and Steven Zhao.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month.
    In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition.
    Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and in particular, their service to the community.
    Zhao is an active member of the LAHS Hilltalker Speech and Debate Team, an award-winning club, and currently serves as team president. In addition, she is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club, and a youth leader for Café Scientifique, organizing lectures for teens to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.
    In her junior year, Zhao volunteered at the White Rock Branch Library as an assistant in the youth summer reading program, and earlier this year, she began serving as a junior volunteer at the Los Alamos Medical Center, where she is a nurse assistant in the intensive care and surgical units.

  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Durning, the two-time Oscar nominee who was dubbed the king of the character actors for his skill in playing everything from a Nazi colonel to the pope, died Monday at his home in New York City. He was 89.

    Durning's longtime agent and friend, Judith Moss, told The Associated Press that he died Monday of natural causes in his home in the borough of Manhattan.

    Although he portrayed everyone from blustery public officials to comic foils to put-upon everymen, Durning may be best remembered by movie audiences for his Oscar-nominated, over-the-top role as a comically corrupt governor in 1982's "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."

    Many critics marveled that such a heavyset man could be so nimble in the film's show-stopping song-and-dance number, not realizing Durning had been a dance instructor early in his career. Indeed, he had met his first wife, Carol, when both worked at a dance studio.

  • SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Pablo Gutierrez, a lifelong Grant County resident who survived the infamous Bataan Death March during World War II and was among the last surviving members of his New Mexico National Guard unit who made it through the war, has died.

    Gutierrez was 93 and died at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City on Dec. 17 after developing respiratory complications and pneumonia, daughter Rosemary Gutierrez said Sunday.

    U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued a statement calling Gutierrez a true American hero and real family man.

    "I am grateful for his service to our country, and for the mark he left on his community." Pearce said. "The Gutierrez family is in my prayers."

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter. Open Sunday, Monday, but closed Tuesday. Happy holidays from Friends of the Shelter and the shelter staff. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.

    DOGS
    Coqueta — A three-year-old Golden-mix. She is smart, confident, energetic and loves people. She is good with smaller and younger dogs, kids and does very well in crowds. Spayed, shots and micro chipped.
    Remy — Spayed female, Lab/Shepherd-mix with a pretty red coat. She is good with some dogs, not others. No cats or small dogs, please. She would love a home where she will get lots of exercise. She has some crate training. She is shy but ready to be trained.