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Festival of Chocolate Coming to Betty Ehart Senior Center Saturday

on November 8, 2012 - 9:12am

The Festival of Chocolate formally launches the weeklong event called, Festival of Trees. This year more than 50 items are available for silent auction. Those attending the Festival of Chocolate get the first glance at the many offerings.Courtesy photo

By Bernadette Lauritzen

The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA) will host the eighth annual Festival of Chocolate at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The Los Alamos MainStreet sponsored event will take place from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Tickets are $20.

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Forest Waives Fees in Honor of Veterans Day

on November 8, 2012 - 8:55am

The Frey Trail switchbacks out of Frijoles Canyon and leads to Juniper Campground. NPS Photo/Sally King

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest announces "Fee-Free Days" over Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10-12.

We invite the public, veterans, active members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and enjoy the great outdoors.

The fee waiver applies to all picnic/day-use areas and campgrounds on the Santa Fe National Forest, except for those individual and group campgrounds that are reserved through the reservation system.

Seeking New Living Treasures Nominations

on November 7, 2012 - 3:28pm


Nominations for new Living Treasures for the April 2013 ceremony are now being accepted.

Only residents of Los Alamos County are eligible to be nominated and elected as Treasures.

Include as much information as possible about the nominee and how the person has contributed to making Los Alamos a great place to live.

Guidelines for writing nominations are available at

Email and the completed nomination to by Nov. 30.


Rotarians Learn About UNM-LA Accelerate Program

on November 7, 2012 - 2:21pm

Gabrielle Fresquez and Derek Vigil are enrolled in the Accelerate Program at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

By Bonnie J. Gordon

At a lunch meeting Tuesday Nov. 6, Los Alamos Rotarians learned about the Accelerate Technical Training and Job Placement Program, available at six Northern New Mexico colleges, including UNM-Los Alamos.

The program is funded through a grant from the Department of Energy.

Accelerate is a program that trains and retrains people of all ages and educational backgrounds for enhanced employment opportunities in technology related fields while balancing academics

Program Offers Hearing Loss Treatment Options

on November 7, 2012 - 2:20pm
By Paula Roybal Sánchez,
Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Home Economist
Among seniors, hearing loss is the third most prevalent but treatable disabling condition behind arthritis and hypertension. 

Frequently, however, hearing loss is misinterpreted as a lack of intelligence or a lack of interest. For those individuals with hearing loss this could not be further from the truth. 

Photo: Dr. Ian J. Alexander

The reality is that individuals with hearing loss are sometimes the last to recognize they have a problem. 

Have you Heard?  Hearing Loss and Older Adults is a program intended


United Church Thrift Shop Grand Opening Nov. 14

on November 7, 2012 - 2:20pm


The community is invited to the grand opening celebration of the United Church Thrift Shop Nov. 14.

The thrift shop's new location at 2525 Canyon Road is in the lower level of Craig Hall, opening onto the parking lot on the west side of the church property.

The event will take place 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with door prizes.

At about 10 a.m., the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will mark the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Public Invited to Posse Lodge Dance

on November 7, 2012 - 2:12pm

The proceeds from this event benefit the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse.