Celtic Christmas Showdown Features Dueling Dulcimers

Wendy Songe, Jonathan Dowell and Tessa Dowell perform at the Celtic Christmas Showdown concert at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame recently in Tulsa Oklahoma. Songe and Dowell are playing Irish drums called Bodhrans. Courtesy photo

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Dulcimer champions Wendy Songe and Jonathan Dowell will face off in a Celtic Christmas Showdown in a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Crossroads Bible Church.

It’s all in fun of course. Songe and Dowell play together as “Dually Noted” and are good friends. They also share the distinction of being First Place winners of both the Texas State Read More

Many Events Have Been Canceled

Residents should call ahead before venturing out to any meetings or events today and tomorrow because there have been many cancelations around the community.
The Los Alamos High School Athletics Department issued the following cancelations:
  • High school wrestling at Capital canceled on Saturday.
  • Mid school wrestling canceled at Las Vegas on Saturday.
  • Boys varsity basketball will not play today or tomorrow in Academy tournament.
  • Girls spent the night and will play tomorrow.
  • Mid school girls basketball tournament is canceled today and tomorrow.

Also, tonight’s Read More

Mike Lippiatt Promotes Celtic Concert for United Way

Rotarian Mike Lippiatt has been on the road promoting local musicians in the Celtic Christmas Showdown. He spoke to the Los Alamos Rotary Club Tuesday inviting members to attend the upcoming performance at 7 p.m., Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. Proceeds from the event benefit United Way of Northern New Mexico. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com Read More

Local Production of Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid, Jr.’ Premiere’s This Weekend

Front row from left, Nayeli Marquez, Neha Sadasivan and Rebekah Lockhart. Back row from left, Kezia Tripp (Flounder), Carley Sorenen, Marcie Lee, Joseph Sarrao (Sebastian), Hannah Clegg, Katie Hermmann and Tayra Eidenbnz. Courtesy photo

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT) invites the community to its premiere performance of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Duane Smith Auditorium.

Dive into the sea and meet Ariel (Evelyn Wolbier) who wants to be human. Torn between her love Read More

Local Cartoonist Signing Books Dec. 17

Local cartoonist Stephen McCranie will be hosting a release party for his new book at the Los Alamos County Library 4-6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17.

The new book, Belly Flop!, is the third volume of an all-ages graphic novel series called Mal and Chad. McCranie will give a short talk and will be available afterwards to chat and sign books.

Books can be purchased for $10.

McCranie graduated from Los Alamos High School and attended the University of New Mexico. While there, he began working on a comic strip called Mal and Chad about a boy genius and his talking dog for the UNM school newspaper.

An editor from Penguin Read More

Public Invited to Discover ‘The Truth About Santa’

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will host “The Truth About Santa,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22

“The Truth About Santa” is a PG-13 melodrama about troubles at the North Pole and will be performed by the Southwest Rural Theatre Project.

The Story:

Santa Claus is tired of the lies. Like the gods of old, he, too, has his mortal mistresses. This Christmas Eve he will bring Mary, his favorite earthly consort, and Luke and Freya, their illegitimate, semi-divine children, back to his North Pole compound to live with him—forever!
Not surprisingly, Mrs. Claus resists.
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Rachel Peck Guides Olions to Great Start

Anastasia (Haley Henson) and policewoman (Rebecca Varjebedian) discuss the baby in “Nothing Is What It Seems” written and directed by senior Alexandria L’Esperance. Courtesy/Olions

Review by Maire O’Neill

The Los Alamos High School Olions presented this year’s student-directed one act plays in the new Topper Theater Dec. 6-9.

As always, this year’s plays, which ranged from heart-breaking to mind-twisting to bully-breaking, showcased the multiple talents of the Olions.

“Nothing Is What It Seems” written and directed by Alexandria Read More

Khalsa Reviews ‘Flight’

Review by Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa, DOM, L.Ac.
Well I must admit that it is a real delight reviewing a movie like this. In spite of the subject material, the way this movie was put together, edited and acted, it’s like sitting down for a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings and having your best friends there, too.

If you’re looking for a mature adult film … this is it. I’m a fan of Denzel Washington. Never met him but his acting is always there and he seems to pick the right movies to be in. Flight is no exception.

You’ve probably seen the trailers where he Read More

Rock Displays Fill Earth Treasure Show

Los Alamos Geological Society member Lisa Kratzer, right, assists a group of young people to create sand art, inspired by artist Robert Stoufer’s work, during the society’s Earth Treasure Show Saturday at the Masonic Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Martha Zumbro and Dave Bowman check out a display case Saturday at the Los Alamos Geological Society’s Earth Treasure Show. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Mary Thompson and Jan Studebaker admire some of the geological treasures on display Saturday at the Los Alamos Geological Society’s Read More

Annual Creche Festival Offers Artistic Inspiration

Carol Neal’s creche is on display at the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Los Alamos Ward’s creche festival. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Bryan and Ellen Spaulding check out the creche festival Saturday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Mary Barrus looks at the nativity scenes displayed at the Los Alamos Ward. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Sally Cassil donated her nativity scene for the creche festival. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Lawry and Alice Mann donated their creche for the festival. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Read More

Art in Public Places Board Meets Dec. 12

Arctic bear by Jean Balagna is on display at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo

APPB News:

The Art in Public Places Board is set to meet 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Mesa Public Library in Upstairs Meeting Room #3.

The meeting is open to the public.



II. PUBLIC COMMENT (This section on the agenda is reserved for questions and comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Speakers will be limited to 4 minutes each.)

A. Approval of Minutes from Nov. 14, 2012
B. Welcome to new APPB Member(s)
C. Farewell to long-time APPB
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DALA’s Hansel and Gretel … Pure Holiday Enchantment

“Hansel and Gretel” performed by Cody Maggiore and Sally Grindstaff. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Ballerinas glide through the air. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Review by Bonnie J. Gordon

Dance Arts Los Alamos brings the magical world of “Hansel and Gretel” to the Duane Smith Auditorium for three performances this weekend. I saw the production’s dress rehearsal on Dec. 6.

The original ballet is directed and choreographed by Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet Director Christin Severini, with additional choreography by DALA’s Executive Director Valerie Silks and ballet instructor Read More

White Rock Homeowners Create Holiday Extravaganza

White Rock homeowners John and Cindy Hollabaugh have transformed their home at 334 Garver Lane into a neighborhood sensation. Driver’s pull up to the home and tune their car radio to 93.7 FM to watch the colorful Christmas light show as the lights dance on and off in rhythm to 10 holiday songs. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

As a favorite holiday, John and Cindy Hollabaugh have gone all out to celebrate the Christmas season at their White Rock home, 334 Garver Lane, with festive sights and sounds. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Celtic Christmas Showdown Tour Takes Off!

Los Alamos residents from left, Tessa Dowell, Jonathan Dowell and Wende Songe during a sound check Thursday in Tulsa, Okla., began their two-week concert tour called “Celtic Christmas Showdown” at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. The tour wraps up with a concert at 7 p.m., Dec. 15 at Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos and a final concert in Santa Fe Dec. 16. Photo by Mike Lippiatt Read More

Topper Band to Perform at Disneyland

Los Alamos High School Marching Band. Courtesy/LAHS

By Maire O’Neill

The Los Alamos High School Topper Band has been selected to perform at Disneyland in a coveted spot in the “Mainstreet USA” parade on Sunday, April 7, 2013, Director of Bands Zane Meek said.

Bands are selected by audition to perform in the parade. Additionally, the band will be working with Disney musicians and clinicians in a “Soundtrack Session” where they will learn what it is to record a music track for a movie scene.

“What a great honor it is to be chosen for this event,” Meek Read More

The Coffee House Embraces Artistic Trend


The Coffee House in Los Alamos is joining a national trend by inviting local artists to showcase and sell their work at the restaurant in Mari-Mac Shopping Center.

“We are delighted to have local work at the Coffee House,” owner Brian Booth said. “We have had a potter and a photographer here already and have a jewelry and a knitter this week.”

Jeweler Patty Kokesh and knitter Maire O’Neill will be at the Coffee House from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Kokesh began working with leather craft at the age of 10 and expanded into other creative Read More

Holiday Open House at Fuller Lodge Art Center Saturday

FLAC News:

The community is invited to the Fuller Lodge Art Center Affordable Arts 2012 Holiday Open House this weekend.

On Saturday, we’ll open at 10 a.m. and stay open through the Light Parade in the evening.

We will be serving hot cider and cookies all day.

If you love to bake, consider dropping off some of your home made cookies at the Art Center this week, so we can share them with the shoppers on Saturday!

‘Tis the season to go shopping! At many stores you can expect to see the same kinds of things year after year, increasing the challenge of finding the perfect gift. Things are different

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LAHS Students Tapped for All State Concert Ensembles

LAHS Marching Band. Courtesy/LAHS

By Maire O’Neill

Seventeen Los Alamos High School band students have been selected for participation or as alternates for the 2013 All State Concert Ensembles.

Some 1,000 entrants from around the state competed to perform at the all-state clinic and conference in Albuquerque Jan. 9-12, 2013.

Students selected were: Aaron Bao, Brandon Cullinan, Daniel Dahl, Eleanor Devlin Daniel Dunning, Sally Grindstaff, Kathy Lestone, Madeline Margevicius, Becky Mehlin, Alice Shao, Louisa Singleton, Breanna Sehorn, Alex Swart, Jamie Tarantello, Justine
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‘A Separation’ Screens Thursday at Mesa Library

“A Separation.” Courtesy/IMDb

Review by Kelly Dolejsi

The Iranian film “A Separation” (2011) is one of the best films I’ve seen in awhile. It purports to be about putting a child through divorce, and the difficulties of caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. I suppose it is. But it begins and ends in an Iranian court house, and for me the focus really became how people tell their sides, and the fact that there is no truth, or at least no single truth.

Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Payman Maadi) certainly have what in America we call “irreconcilable differences.” Viewers Read More

Community Winds Holiday Prism Concert Sheds Light on Local Talent


By Bonnie J. Gordon

The Los Alamos Community Winds started a new holiday tradition last year with the Community Holiday Prism Concert.

This year, the second annual Holiday Prism Concert will take place directly after the Holiday Lights Parade at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec 8 at the Crossroads Bible Church. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

The Winds have invited a number of local musicians to perform with them at this concert.

“This concert is a celebration of the variety of performers in White Rock and Los Alamos,” Winds Musical Director Ted Vives said. “The idea is that Read More


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