• Get outside and celebrate the holiday next week with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center! PEEC will be hosting a Los Alamos Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and a #OptOutside hike on Black Friday. Enjoy the opportunity to get active in the beautiful outdoors of Los Alamos.

    Before you enjoy a Thanksgiving feast, join PEEC for the fifth annual Los Alamos Turkey Trot at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

    Participants can choose between running a 5k, a 10k or a 5-mile trail run. Each run will begin and end at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

    After the race, join fellow runners for a potluck brunch. The Turkey Trot is free to participate in, but participants should bring a dish to share with the group. The nature center will open at 8:15 a.m. to allow participants to drop off their potluck food before the runs.

    Register for the Turkey Trot in advance, so PEEC knows how many people to expect. Rose Nyenhuis from Fusion Multisport is partnering with PEEC to organize this event after planning the last four Turkey Trots. Help make this the best Turkey Trot yet.

    If you’d like to get outside on Black Friday, PEEC is also hosting a #OptOutside hike on Friday at 9:45 a.m.
    Spend time in nature instead of fighting the crowds in stores by joining Evan Rose for a hike on Pueblo Canyon Loop.

  • Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Creative District Monday at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room for the next Science On Tap.

    Dana Dattelbaum, program manager for the Dynamic Materials Properties Campaign, and an R&D scientist within M division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will be presenting about work she’s leading at the lab focused on materials at the mesoscale. That’s the spatial scale where a material’s structure strongly influences its macroscopic behaviors, like strength and durability.

    Dattelbaum’s experiments in shock sensitivity and dynamics of explosives support simulations of nuclear weapons performance and enhance the safety of the nation’s nuclear stockpile. She uses the lab’s unique experimental platforms and diagnostics to examine fundamental science issues that affect materials in the stockpile.

    Registration is not required. Admission is free. UnQuarked Wine Room by Sirphey offers a wide selection of wines and beers on tap. Be sure to arrive early to place your order from Sirphey’s made-fresh daily menu.

    CROP Walk and Turkey Trot at 2 p.m. at the Los Alamos Middle School parking lot. Join in the effort to stamp out hunger across the community and the world. Sign-ups start at 1 in the parking lot. At 3 p.m., there will be a random drawing for turkeys and pumpkin pies from Smith’s Marketplace. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the event will stay in the community to help feed the people in need.

    Russian Language Group: Russian-speaking children meet and immerse in the language, kids will sing, do skits and play games in Russian. This group meets every other Sunday from 10:00 to 12:00 p.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St.

    Flowers by Gillian is offering an opportunity for people to create their own Thanksgiving cornucopia flower arrangement.  It will take about an hour and all materials, flowers and instructions are provided. Cost is $35. Call 663-0012 for your chance to make your own Thanksgiving centerpiece. Schedule around your other commitments. Call and reserve a space today.

    Nature Yoga and Trail Run at 11:45 a.m. at the Nature Center. Optional: Arrive at 10:30 a.m. to join Christa for a pre-yoga run. Admission: yoga or run for $7/$5 for members; yoga and run for $12/$8 for members.

  • Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings together a few of our favorite things – family, friends and food. While your furry friend may be an important member of the family, it’s important to remember there are some traditions Fido shouldn’t take part in this Thanksgiving.

    According to Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, food outside of your pet’s routine diet is likely to cause digestive upset, and there are several holiday foods that are hazardous to pets.

    “Some rich foods may cause digestive problems or pancreatitis,” she said. “Do not allow your pets to ingest turkey skin or dark meat, turkey bones, garlic, sage, onions, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, chocolate, bread dough, or the artificial sweetener xylitol.”

    Turkey and ham bones cause choking hazards and can splinter in the digestive tract, which could lead to an unplanned holiday trip to the emergency room. Fully cooked and boneless ham or turkey meat is OK to feed pets; however, owners should avoid feeding them anything with excess fat or seasoning.

    “As an alternative to Thanksgiving food, owners can give their pets their own treat or safe chew toy away from the food preparation and dinner,” Darling said.

  • Parents can still sign their children up for the Time Travelers program at the Los Alamos History Museum.

    There are still a few spots open for the Nov. 28 session of Time Travelers, a free after-school, drop-off program.

    Time Travelers sets students on an adventure of exploration, investigating local history through artifacts in the Los Alamos History Museum and hands-on activities.

    The program is for students in second, third and fourth grades, and will meet from 1:15–3 p.m. in Fuller Lodge.

    Time Travelers is limited to 10 students, and registration will end when the limit is reached.

    The program is pay-what-you-like, and registration is required.

    In the November program, “Who Was a Computer?” the group will learn about the history of computing and the women who worked as computers in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.

    Students will visit the Manhattan Project gallery in the museum as part of the program. After that, back in Fuller Lodge, students will use a desk calculator like those used by computers during the Project.

    To learn more and to register your child, visit losalamoshistory.org/childrens_programs or look at Events on the History Museum’s Facebook page, @LosAlamosHistory.

  • Did you know that one of the same programs that cares for seniors across the country with compassionate and reliable home care services, wherever they call home, is also the one behind a well-known program called, “Be a Santa for a Senior?”

    That business is Home Instead Senior Care, and for 10 years they have insured that local seniors suffering with loneliness or financial struggles receive a gift, during the holiday season.

    “While children are the beneficiaries of many holiday programs, people often don’t think about the isolated and lonely seniors who need to be remembered as well during this season,” said Ken Hendrick, Community service representative.

    “Each year Home Instead Senior Care offices throughout the country spread holiday cheer to senior citizens through the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

    According to Henricks, the program has distributed 1.2 million gifts to more than 700,000 seniors, since the inception of the program and with the help of many caring contributors.

    On Saturday (Nov. 17), during the Festival of Trees, Hendricks hopes more of those caring individuals might select a name from the tree and return an item in time for the holidays.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • By Jan Montoya

    I’ve seen a lot of performances over the years but I have to admit that “Wicked – the Untold story of the Witches of Oz” is definitely in my top five favorites. 

    The Wicked Witch of the West is dead! Down floats Galinda from the top of the stage gliding back and forth effortlessly in what would appear to be like the bubble in the original Wizard of Oz. 

    The characters – Galinda, who later changed her name to Glinda, Elphaba, the Witch, Monkeys, Denizens of the Emerald City, Palace Guards and other citizens of Oz, along with amazing scenery transforming the stage from a forest complete with flying monkeys, a boarding school and even Emerald City along with many others – even at times making it appear to be raining. 

    Galinda, the good witch, and Elphaba, who becomes known as the Wicked Witch, were forced to share a room together while at boarding school – Galinda is blonde, rich and popular, while Elphaba is green and known as quite the “outcast.”

  • 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.

  • National Unity Day will be Wednesday.

    The community is invited to wear orange to promote anti-bullying, inclusion,acceptance  and kindness. The White Rock and

    Los Alamos Youth Activity enters will be working Monday and Tuesday to get third through eighth-graders to get ready.

    On Wednesday, staff will wear orange in Unity with their students. To learn more about the Youth Activity Centers, call 662-9412.

  • The ladies of Beta Sigma Phi will once again kick off their holiday season with their arts and crafts fair Oct. 27.

    The annual event will be held at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 E Road, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

    More than 40 vendors are expected to be site for the gathering.

    Professional quilter Alice Garcia has crafted the raffle quilt for the grand drawing, held at the end of the day.

    Garcia has selected a geometric design that can be used or displayed year-round.

    “I love making quilts and making people happy,” Garcia said.

    The raffle tickets sell for just $1 each and are available in advance from members of the Xi Nu chapter throughout the entire day.

    Wait, there’s more! If you purchase your tickets prior to the event, or early in the day, you will also have a chance to win more than 40 items donated by vendors throughout the course of the fair.

    This particular craft fair has been in existence for more than 30 years and has featured jewelry, art, beautiful knives, handmade soaps, quilts, kitchen towels, chocolates and more.

    This year, a new vendor will be on hand with items made of stained and blown glass.

    Contact event coordinator, Judy Lovejoy at 670-0823 for information.

  • Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater for a special showing of the acclaimed documentary “Free Solo” at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Pajarito Brewpub.

    This film follows climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream of climbing El Capitan, without a rope.

    Pajarito Brewpub will also be at this showing serving beer and wine and ticket sales will serve as a fundraiser for PEEC.

    Tickets are available for purchase now at the Reel Deal Theater and are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the screening.

    “Free Solo” is a National Geographic Documentary Film from filmmaker E. Chair Vasarhelyi (“MERU”) and photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin and is a stunning and intimate portrait of Honnold’s journey to free soloing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. His climb has been lauded as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, setting the ultimate standard of perfection or death.

    For more information, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.