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  • Registration is now open for the annual WinterFest Holiday Lights Parade. This year’s “Woodland” themed parade will march up Central Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. Dec 2.

    The official tree lighting ceremony will follow the parade at 7 p.m. around Ashley Pond.

    To participate in the parade, visit eventbrite.com/e/los-alamos-winterfest-holiday-lights-parade-2017-registration-37288847948.

    Los Alamos celebrates winter with many events scheduled around town, and The Holiday Lights Parade is the highlight of the WinterFest weekend. For more information and a full schedule of WinterFest events, visit losalamosmainstreet.com/events/winterfest/.

    Los Alamos MainStreet, and the LACDC, would like to extend a sincere thanks to the WinterFest sponsors: Los Alamos National Bank and Los Alamos County. 

    MainStreet welcomes more WinterFest sponsors, and those interested in sponsoring should contact Suzette Fox, MainStreet executive director at suzette@losalamos.org, or KayLinda Crawford, MainStreet event coordinator at kaylinda@losalamos.org.

  • TODAY
    Pueblo Canyon Geology Walk at 12:30 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Hear about the geology of Pueblo Canyon from Elaine Jacobs while hiking the gentle Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail. Free.
    THURSDAY
    Fall prevention presentation
from 2-3 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, 1010 Sombrillo Court in the Recreation Room. Presenters will be Donna McHenry, EMS, Pauline Schneider, the senior center director, and Cynthia Goldblatt, Los Alamos Retirement Community community liaison. Community is invited.  Refreshments will be served. No RSVP required. Contact Goldblatt at 695-8981 for information.

    Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The program will be presented by Irma Holtkamp. The subject will be “Using Clues in Census Records to Find Your Family in Other Sources.” The traditional no-host social dinner will convene earlier that evening at 5:30 p.m. at the China Moon restaurant.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks
at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Astronomy Show: Inside the Sun at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Explore our local star with Dr. Joyce Ann Guzik. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SATURDAY

  • El Centro Family Health Clinic and the Santa Fe National Forest are sponsoring a hike along Window Rock Trail on Nov. 18 as part of an initiative for “Forest Your Health.” The biannual hike to scenic Window Rock is an 8-mile round-trip trek to one of the most state’s largest rock spans, a “window” worn out of igneous rock.

    The hike is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the trailhead north of Española on the road to Abiquiu – with the hike ending at 5 p.m., after sharing hot dogs and s’mores over a campfire. Dress accordingly with long pants, hiking boots and leather gloves – participants will be picking up trash along the hike.

    For more information, contact Jennifer Sublett, at jsabulett@fs.fed.us or 753-7331.

  • All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Friday, in observance of Veterans Day, which honors the service of all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Forest offices will resume regular business hours on Monday.
    Anyone who plans to visit the Santa Fe National Forest over the weekend should know before they go. 
    Check the weather forecast, and be prepared for seasonal fluctuations. Use good judgment and basic safety precautions when hiking, fishing or camping on the SFNF.  Although fire danger has decreased across the SFNF, campfire safety and prevention is always a priority.  Never leave a campfire unattended, and make sure it is out cold before leaving the area.
    For more information, contact the local ranger district or forest headquarters at 438-5300. Follow the SFNF on Twitter (@SantafeNF) and Facebook.

  • November is Native American Heritage month. An additional focus takes place the day after Thanksgiving, called Native American Heritage Day.

    Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye of the Laguna Pueblo began an event in 2010 called Rock Your Mocs Week. This year the week takes place Nov. 12-18. It will be the third year Los Alamos supports the effort by Rockin our Mocs.

    It is a chance for Native Americans, both youth and adults, from all backgrounds, to wear their moccasins for a day or the week and share their pride and culture. The traditional moccasins are as different as the people who will wear them.

    A friend of mine, Deb Minyard from Pojoaque High School, received a pair as a gift when she was the 2015 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Her student, Nessa, asked if she could give her a handmade pair as a gift. When Minyard accepted, the student measured her feet in the traditional way, by tracing them.

    The handmade moccasins were crafted by Bernard Mora of the Tesuque Pueblo. The beautiful gift brought Minyard to tears, making her feel like a part of the student’s family. Minyard considers the gift one of her most treasured possessions.

  • Fees at many recreation sites and amenities at the Santa Fe National Forest will be waived over Veterans Day weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

    Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds and developed trailheads, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.

    Other agencies also participating in the fee-free days including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Managements and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    The fee-free availability includes sites in the Santa Fe National Forest which normally charge day-use fees and campgrounds. Site on the National Reservation System are not fee-free, according to a press release from the Santa Fe National Forest.

    If you plan to visit, “know before you go,” by checking the weather forecast and being prepared for seasonal fluctuations.

    Follow basic safety precautions for hiking, fishing and camping in the national forest.

    Although fire danger is somewhat lower, campfire safety and prevention is always a priority while outdoors, according to the press release.

    Never leave a campfire unattended and make sure it is out and cold before leaving your campsite.

  • The Los Alamos VFW Post 8874 will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. at Ashley Pond to honor veterans Saturday. The special ceremony will include a color guard and trumpet player.

    Following the ceremony, the public is invited to the VFW for a celebration, at 1793 Deacon St., Los Alamos.
    The American Legion Frank G. Frainier Post 90 in Los Alamos is planning a steak dinner and live music night on Veterans Day Saturday.

    Legion members, the public and anyone eligible for membership is welcome for the steak dinner that starts at 4 p.m. in the dining hall at 1325 Trinity Drive, said Commander Linda Fox.

    The dinner costs $15 for a ribeye steak, loaded baked potato, salad, roll, dessert and soft drink. To reserve a dinner, call the American Legion at 662-7772 before 8 p.m. Thursday.

    Following the dinner, members and anyone eligible to join the legion – which includes anyone who was in the military, or parents, or siblings of those in the military – can stay for the live music that starts at 6 p.m. in the bar area.

    Bat Bennett, a well-known musician, will play his special mix of tunes in the bar.

    “People really get involved,” Fox said. “He’s really a very good entertainer.”

  • The Los Alamos County Ice Rink’s is set to open its winter season with a free skating lessons event at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 15.

    Free mini-skating lessons will be free for children 10 and under from 1:30–2 p.m. and children  11 to adult can try free lessons from 2:15–2:45 p.m.

    Registration for skate lessons is now open online or available at the Walkup Aquatic Center.

    Prior to opening day, contact the PROS Division at 662-8170, visit the website at losalamosnm.us (click on Recreation) or email lacrec@lacnm.us for more information.

  • By MATT O'BRIEN, AP Technology Writer

    Don't throw away your Stephen King collection just yet. But the Master of the Macabre might want to keep an eye out behind him, because scientists have just unleashed a nightmare machine on a mission to churn out its own bone-chilling tales.

    MIT researchers have applied the electrodes and brought to life a new fiction-writing bot they call Shelley — after "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley. To keep the bot busy — no wandering the countryside terrorizing villagers! — the team gave it a crash course in the horror genre, forcing it to read 140,000 stories published by amateur writers on a popular online forum.

    Now Shelley's artificial neural network is generating its own stories , posting opening lines on Twitter, then taking turns with humans in collaborative storytelling.

    COLD, CALCULATING HORROR

    "She's creating really interesting and weird stories that have never really existed in the horror genre," said Pinar Yanardag, a postdoctoral researcher at the MIT Media Lab. One strange tale, for instance, involved a pregnant man who woke up in a hospital.

  • Here are the newest members of the community born at Los Alamos Medical Center:

    Oct 19: A boy, Leo Timothy Uhlenbrock, was born to Emily and Kyle Uhlenbrock.

    Oct. 20: A boy, Owen Iefan Griffith, was born to Lauren and Gareth Griffith.

    Oct. 22: A boy, Tycho Rook Lanza Williams, was born to Nina Lanza and Richard Williams.

  • Children and adults may love the spooky traditions of Halloween, but our pets are less likely to appreciate the costumes, masks and parties associated with Halloween night.

    Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, recommended a few tips to keep your pet safe this Halloween.

    “Keep candy secure from pets,” Darling said. “Many candies are toxic to pets, such as chocolates. Candies and gum containing the sugar-free sweetener xylitol are also toxic.”

    Additionally, lollipops and other candies with plastic wrappers can cause intestinal blockage if ingested, Darling said. Be sure to clean up candy trash and store candy on a high shelf to prevent pets from reaching it.

    Other items to keep away from your pets include candles, pumpkins, pumpkin seeds, corn, lights and electrical cords.

    These objects are a hazard if consumed or chewed on by your pet. If you suspect your pet has ingested a dangerous item, Darling recommended contacting the Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 or your veterinarian.

    Pet owners may want to dress their pet for Halloween night, but this may not be the best idea. Darling said pets shouldn’t be dressed in costume unless you know they are comfortable wearing the outfit.

  • Powerball didn’t work out for you this week. You picked the wrong color combo for your unicorn look. They closed the highway before you got through the construction zone.

    There’s bad luck all over.

    Here’s a tip.

    The puppy Morello over at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter could be the best thing that’s happened to you in quite awhile.

    His charm is his youth, and potential.

    A mixed breed with terrier traits, he’s a small puppy likely to reach medium proportions.

    He’s got a cute ear fold happening and appears genuinely interested in what comes next.

    He’s got some of his shots, not all, and he’ll need boosters.

    Consider making Morello part of your universe. Bad luck doesn’t last long when you’ve got a friend.

    Please contact the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email at Police-psa@lacnm.us.
     

  • If Halloween is spooky for you, just think of it from a dog’s perspective: Costumed creatures, sugary treats and things that go “boo” in the night — oh my. These simple precautions from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, however, can make the festive event fun.
    • Watch out for candy. Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous to dogs and cats. And some candies contain the artificial sweetener xylitol, which can also cause problems. Pumpkins and corn might not be life-threatening but can upset stomachs.
    • Lighted pumpkins are fun but be careful that Fido doesn’t knock over all your work and start a fire. And curious kittens run the risk of getting burned by candles.
    • Dress-up can be fun for critters, but not all of them love it as much as you do. Watch the stress level, and only put on costumes that don’t restrict movement or hearing or impede the ability to breathe, bark or meow. Consider a colorful bandanna if all else fails.
    • Keep dogs and cats in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be stressful.
    • If you can’t resist bringing your critter along for trick-or-treating, make sure he or she can be seen from the road.

  • Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra fans are in for a treat this year when the orchestra welcomes premier cello soloist Wendy Warner to the stage Nov. 4, at Crossroads Bible Church. 

    Together, with longtime friend and LASO Conductor David Chavez, they will present the Saint-Sens Concerto No. 1.

    Warner came to fame when she made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at 14. In 1990, she won the top prize at the Fourth Annual Rostropovich Competition four years later.

    Chavez first met Warner when he was playing with the then New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. At the time, she was a guest soloist, performing a cello concerto by Dvorak.

    “Wendy and I have sustained a wonderful friendship over the years, and I am lucky to have kept my relationship with her,” Chavez said.

    This season, Warner has performed with orchestras and musical groups in China and Peru. In the U.S. she has performed with symphonies in Wichita Kansas and other places in the U.S.

    When she’s not traveling, she teaches music at the Schwob School of Music in Columbus, Geogia.

  • TODAY
    Trick–or–Treat on MainStreet will haunt downtown Los Alamos again on from 4-6 p.m. During the event, Main Street and Central Avenue, from 15th to 20th Streets, are closed to auto traffic and become a safe pedestrian area where local businesses and organizations distribute candy to costumed families. At 4 p.m., LAHS Olions will present live statues; 4:30 p.m. performance by High Flyers; 5 p.m. performance by Dance Arts Los Alamos; 5:30 p.m. Pet Costume Parade.

    Knights of Columbus Haunted House from 6-10 p.m. at 104 DP Road. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for kids, under age 4 are free.

    Pajarito Prewpub and Grill Costume Party with live music by the Bus Tapes from 8 p.m.-midnight. Ages 21 and older.

    Los Alamos Teen Center Halloween Party.

    Sugar Skull Painting Event from 6:30-9 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room.

    High Tech Halloween from 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Gentle Walks
 at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.
    SATURDAY
    Acid Canyon Clean-up Day
from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Join the County’s Open Space Specialist and other volunteers to clean up the leftover fencing below the nature center in Acid Canyon. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The Los Alamos Retirement Community will host a Fall Prevention Presentation from 2-3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, 1010 Sombrillo Court, in Los Alamos.
    The informative presentation about preventing injury will include speakers Donna McHenry, an EMS, Pauline Schneider, the senior center director, and Cynthia Goldblatt, the community liaison of the Los Alamos Retirement Community.
    The community is invited the event. Refreshments will be served and RSVP is required. Contact Goldblatt at 695-8981 for information. 

  • In recognition of World Polio Day Tuesday, members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos visited local elementary schools Oct. 19 to raise money for polio eradication.
    In 1985, Rotary International began raising funds in an effort to eliminate polio worldwide. Polio has not been a problem in the United States for many years, but this is not the case in many developing countries.
    By partnering with the World Health Organization and other government and private groups, Rotary International has achieved a 99 percent reduction of polio worldwide. Rotary Club of Los Alamos has participated in this effort from the beginning. Presently, through the Purple Pinkie Project, the club wishes to make students in the Los Alamos Public School District part of the effort to eradicate Polio.
    Since $1 is the estimated cost to immunize one child from polio, local students were encouraged to bring $1 or more to help with this cause. Each time a student put $1 in the Purple Pinkie Bucket, Rotarians painted his or her pinkie with Gentian Violet as a symbol of one child immunized from polio.

  • Communication is key in every relationship or level of leadership, if you have any chance for things to go smoothly.
    This week is Red Ribbon Week, which is a weeklong drug prevention messaging week. The ideas are generally simple like wearing red, hugs not drugs or too smart to start.
    You might not think that the messaging matters, but the truth is if we say nothing, that strategy is sure to work against you.
    We need to speak with our children and speak often about the choices they make and how those choices can make a difference in their lives.
    I don’t mean talking to them in a preachy, “When I was your age,” kind of way, I mean using the instances we see in our daily lives that bring the simple messaging into a real-world perspective.
    You can’t always choose their friends, their mates or their jobs, even though many will try. Always try to help them on the path when they ask questions or come to you for advice.
    You may not always have the answers, but one of the luxuries of being surrounded by all this tech is that so many resources are at your fingertips.
    The opioid crisis which seems to be all over the news every day is one topic to have a conversation about, you can avoid it, but it will not avoid our children.

  • Come out to visit the Los Alamos Monitor’s scarecrow “Scoops Byline” and all of the other creations taking part in the Scarecrow Contest on Central Avenue.