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Today's Features

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    It takes many “elves” to make our community event a huge success. Thank you to everyone who played an “elf” role this year for the Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. We had 77 elves that setup, cleaned up, wrapped gifts, greeted and helped children shop, baked treats and served coffee.  

    One hundred-sixty children attended our event and we hope that the joy they receive in giving their gifts will continue with them throughout the year. Allowing children the opportunity to make decisions on their purchases is the gift of empowerment. 

    Thank you to our community for the donations that make this event possible. It is truly the ultimate in recycling and re-gifting.

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    Today

    The holiday Farmers Market will be at Fuller Lodge.

     

    Mesa Public Library presents “Poetry Gatherings,” at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda.

     

    The White Rock Family Friendly Series presents “Brave,” at 6:30 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    Friday

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    The Chamisa Cheetahs would like to send people off for holiday shopping, with some baked goods Saturday.

    The sixth graders are working to raise funds for field trips and will bake and craft their way to success.

    From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the community can start their day by buying baked goods, other healthy treats and a variety of handcrafted items, to aid their efforts. 

    Brandi Weiss is one of the students fundraising to make a difference, by creating items made from Para Cord.

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    Construct and raise beds and plant seeds for the Co-op Hoop House, an educational green house and satellite site for the Los Alamos Youth Food Project.  

    Volunteers will start building at 1 p.m. and clean up by 3 p.m. Sunday at the Co-op. The Middle School Green Team will be among the volunteers working on the raised beds. Hoop House project partners include The Family YMCA, The Los Alamos Co-op, Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. The project was made possible by funding from Los Alamos community members, State Farm Youth Advisory Board and United Way. The Co-op will provide a light snack and warm cider for participants. 

  • The Celtic Christmas Showdown concerts this weekend features two Texas
    State Celtic-Dulcimer Champions, vying to see which musician can out-perform the other.  
    The concert will feature Celtic aires, Christmas carols and Appalachian blues.
    The Celtic Christmas Showdown concert tour opened last weekend at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame with a benefit concert for the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences.  The tour continued to Springfield, Mo. with a benefit concert for the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.
    The Celtic dulcimer is a stringed instrument, held on the lap and picked or strummed.  Celtic immigrants to Appalachia more than 200 years ago, invented the dulcimer.
    Wendy Songe, from Oklahoma, won the 2012 Texas State Dulcimer Championship and New Mexico’s Jonathan Dowell won that contest in 2008.  Both of these musicians are also winners of the Southern Regional Championship, Dowell in 2007 and Songe in 2012.  
    The concert will unite these two musicians in a friendly mock competition. Tessa Dowell performing pennywhistle and bodhran (Irish drum), will join the duo.
    Together, these musicians call themselves Dually Noted. The Dually Noted Celtic Christmas Showdown CD with more than 50 minutes of aires andcarols, will be available at the concerts and online at wendysonge.com.

  • Chimayó is best known for red chile and El Santuario de Chimayó, but a group of local artists is hoping to soon be included in that list.
    Joan and Lowlow Medina, along with their daughters Anamaria and Marisol, will be part of a holiday art show at the their gallery from 6-8 p.m. Friday.  
    Along with the Medina family, Fernando Bimonte, Alfredo Baca, Charles Medina and Sharon Candelario will also show their work.
    The Medinas are no strangers to the art world. In fact, Joan and their daughters were part of the “Her Legacy” art show at the Bond House Museum in Española in March.
    Joan and Lowlow have been doing art for 30 years as a couple and got their start on a different kind of media — and what some might consider an unconventional way.
    “Lowlow and I started by painting murals on cars. He did murals on walls and on wood or canvas, then he got me into painting on canvas, too,” Joan said of their artistic beginnings.
    The couple’s children were exposed to art at early ages.
    “My two daughters stated at the age of three. Now Ana is 17 and Marisol is eight,” Joan said.

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Española

    McDonald’s, 618 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Dec. 6, complaint
    Violations: One high-risk violation for inadequate cooking/cooling — investigated complaint regarding raw chicken nugget served to customer. NMED representative and manager confirmed/witnessed the raw nuggets in box brought in to NMED. Staff was shocked. Discussed possible mishandling/cooking by removing from fryer (interruption of cooking process). NMED and manager observed fry cook fry nuggets and observed process, which is timed. Potentially possible that wrong fry basket was removed early from the frying process. It is possible that multiple baskets were in operation and removed early. Manager to address cooking/frying times with staff. Violation corrected. Temps OK, nuggets holding at 156-170 degrees. Refrigeration OK.
    Note: Facility is old. Needs paint, sealing of cracks in backroom/storage area. Overall clean facility.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Trujillo Farms (processor), 1027 Railroad Ave.
    Date inspected: Dec. 5
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Santa Fe

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers will celebrate another year with a potpourri of their members’ 2012 accomplishments during the Dec. 19 meeting.
    During the past year, the club offered 43 official outings and members had innumerable adventures of their own.
    To wrap up the year, the potpourri features six 10-minute talks chosen from adventures on at least four continents, from the American Southwest to Peru, Nepal, Wales and Mexico and in environments ranging from winter in the high mountains of Colorado, to the slick rock deserts of southern Utah.
    Only six talks can be chosen from the many offered.
    The club board is not yet sharing their picks.
    The meeting will also feature holiday cookies, cakes and pies.
    Club members are asked to bring a contribution to the dessert buffet.
    The Mountaineers welcome the public and visitors are invited to join the buffet and meeting as guests.
    The December meeting will be in the Great Room of Fuller Lodge, beginning with a business meeting at 7:30 p.m. and the potpourri at 8 p.m.
    Members should bring their desserts by 7:15 p.m., to allow time for setup.
    The Mountaineers offers trips that range from easy hikes to technical mountaineering and is committed to safe outdoor practices.

  • THIS WEEK ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, December 14, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (12-11-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony Fall 2012
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society “A Brief History of Wendover Airfield”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, December 15, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, December 16, 2012
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, December 17, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Amy Goodman at Fuller Lodge – “The Silenced Majority”
    02:30 PM Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2012
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau

  • Local cartoonist Stephen McCranie will throw a release party for his recently published graphic novel, from 4-6 p.m. Monday at the Mesa Public Library.
    The free event will include a short talk by the author and a chance to purchase a signed copy of the book for $10.
    The new book, “Belly Flop!” is the third volume in the kids graphic novel series, Mal and Chad. The story follows the boy genius inventor, Mal and his loyal dog, Chad.  
    For all Mal’s inventions, he still can’t seem to get the attention of his school crush, Megan.
    But Megan becomes the least of Mal’s worries when his weather machine goes haywire and engulfs the town in a freak snowstorm.
    McCranie began Mal and Chad as a comic strip for The University of New Mexico school newspaper.
    A publisher from Penguin spotted the strip online and contacted McCranie about making the feature into an all-ages comic book series.
    McCranie has since created three Mal and Chad books, including: “The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever!,” “Food Fight!” and most recently, “Belly Flop!”
    Leading up to the release party, McCranie will visit Piñon and Mountain elementaries to teach students about cartooning and what it’s like being a cartoonist.