New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate Y Más

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An exploration of the dawn of world cuisine as we know and consume it today is set to open Dec. 9 at the Museum of International Folk Art with New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate Y Más.

New World Cuisine explores how foods around the world developed from mixing the old and the new, and how many of the tastiest dishes and desserts came to be associated with New Mexico.

High resolution media images may be downloaded from the Museum of New Mexico Media Center here.

The mixing of peoples and foods—the fusion of cultures and traditions referred to as mestizaje—began

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Stock Up for Winter at Thursday’s Farmers Market

LAFM News:

The weather is turning colder and there are a limited number of market days left for this season.

Stock up for the winter at the Los Alamos Farmers Market  running 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

FInd plenty of Roasted Green Chile / Peppers / Carrots / Red Chile / Sage and Corn Decorations / Salad Greens / Squash / Garlic / Onions / Beets / Chard / Broccoli / Potatoes of every color / Winter Squashes / Salad Greens / Tomatoes / Jams / Cucumbers / Cider / Lamb / Goat Cheeses / Cow’s Milk and Butter / Breads / Pizzas / Sticky Buns / Cookies / Cauliflower

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You Don’t Have to Quit…


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Have you ever asked God “Why are You allowing me or my loved ones to suffer like this?” If you have ever gone through some type of emotional, spiritual, or physical pain, then chances are you have asked or thought about this question.

Come to Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, to hear Father Colin Kelly speak to your pain, your fears, and your struggles.

You may be on the edge of losing it and giving up because the emotional or physical pain is overwhelming and you can’t imagine living with it any longer. After suffering awhile

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‘Education is Hope’ Screened in Los Alamos

Film Producer Will O’Donnell and Editor Holger Waschinski. Photo by Karen Kendall

Staff report

On Saturday night, the Reel Deal Theater presented a free screening of the grassroots film Education is Hope. The film was produced locally and filmed in Kenya by Will O’Donnell  and Dylan Westfall. The documentary film highlights the efforts of the International Peace Initiatives (IPI) to provide opportunities for children to attend school. Holger Waschinski of Pac8 edited the movie.

Will O’Donnell and Fredah Rajab, a young woman featured in the film, were on hand before

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Rancho de San Juan Closing

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Staff report

This morning the Los Alamos Daily Post received word that Rancho de San Juan Resort and Restaurant on the road to the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs, is closing its doors Oct. 12.

Letter informing of the closure:

To: Our close and good friends,

We would really like to tell you this news in person, but as we are all in different places it makes that impossible ( thus the e-mail).

We have recently had to make a very hard decision and have decided to retire from the inn and restaurant business. As you may or may not know, the last five years have been an extremely stressful time for us both,

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Travel the State with Presenter Bill Dunmire Thursday

By Kirsten Laskey

New Mexico is unique to the rest of the nation in many senses including the amount of unspoiled natural landscape in the state.

Viewing these expansive open spaces is a real treat, although it would probably require some lengthy car trips.

On Thursday, however, Los Alamos residents can tour their state by simply heading down to Mesa Public Library. Bill Dunmire is the featured speaker for this month’s Authors Speak and his talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Upstairs Rotunda.

Dunmire served 28 years in the National Park Service, mostly as a naturalist in a number of parks including Yosemite,

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Food on the Hill: Smoked Vegetables and Pasta

“Food on the Hill” by Sue York
This week’s recipe:
Smoked Vegetables and Pasta
Photo by Sue York/
This is a very powerful dish with a lot of smoky taste, but it is still low calorie dish. It can be eaten warm or at room temperature. I use a charcoal grill and smoking chips that have been soaked in water for about ½ hour.
Veggies for smoking
Pasta noodles for 4 servings
1 ½ tablespoons butter
1 ½ tablespoons flour
1 ½ cups low salt chicken broth
Photo by Sue York/
Cut all of your vegetables for the

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Today Marks Holiest of Year for Jewish People

Jacob Sigeti of White Rock at a seder during this year’s Passover. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff report

Yom Kippur, also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. Its central themes are atonement and repentance.

Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.

Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im: “Days of Awe.”

Yom Kippur begins in the evening of

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Tickets Going Fast for Friday’s ‘Autumn in Provence’

Los Alamos Kiwanis Club First Vice President Karen Kendall at the podium during Monday’s County Council meeting invites the community to attend “Autumn in Provence” at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, 1789 Central Ave. The event includes a five-course gourmet meal paired with French wines. A few tickets remain and may be obtained by calling 412-3793 or 412-9054. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Kiwanis educational programs for local youth. Photo by Carol A. Clark/   

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Bass/Baritone Javier Ortiz Joins ‘Music of Faith, Grace & Love’ Sept. 30 at Immaculate Heart of Mary

IHM News:
“Music of Faith, Grace & Love” will be the theme of an upcoming concert at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
The program begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 and will feature classical, sacred and contemporary Christian music, with special guest artist and bass/baritone Javier Ortiz.
Other performances will spotlight the talents of local vocalists, chamber choirs, pianists, guitarists, violinists and the Black Mesa Brass Quintet.
Admission to the concert is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted

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Craig Martin Experience to Play at Kiwanis ‘Autumn in Provence’ Wine Dinner


The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is hosting its first wine dinner fundraiser.

The event is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, 1789 Central Ave.

“Autumn in Provence” is the theme for the wine dinner.

Included in the elegant event is a five-course gourmet meal, which will feature paired french wines selected by Dixie Girl co-owner Jake Smith to uniquely match each course.

Jazz music will be provided by the Craig Martin Experience (CME). Craig Martin said “CME will be swingin’ and groovin’, plus we’ll be featuring the jazz

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Los Alamos Home Tour Showcases Eight Residences

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Eight Los Alamos families are working hard to prepare for Los Alamos Home Tour 2012. The families will open their homes to visitors 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. 

The event will benefit the Family Strengths Network (FSN.) Tickets are $20 in advance and may be purchased CB FOX, Otowi Station, Los Alamos Medical Center Gift Shop and the Reel Deal Theater.

On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased at 9 a.m. in front of Ruby K’s for $25.

Homes on the tour include new homes, remodeled homes and a historic home on Bathtub Row.

“The idea of the Home Tour is to show off the homes

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IHM Concert: ‘Music of Faith, Grace & Love’ on Sept. 30

IHMC News:

“Music of Faith, Grace & Love” is the theme of an upcoming concert at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.

The public is invoted to attend this musical program, which begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 and will feature classical, sacred and contemporary Christian music.

Performances will spotlight the talents of various vocalists, chamber choirs, pianists, guitarists, violinists and the Black Mesa Brass Quintet.

Admission to the concert is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to benefit the Cathy LeClaire Memorial Organ fund.


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High Holy Day Services Sunday at Los Alamos Jewish Center



Ashkenazi-style shofar is used during the High Holy Days. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Jewish Center is pleased to invite all members of the greater Jewish family to attend High Holy Day services beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.


Services this year will be led, with assistance from knowledgeable congregants, by Rabbi Melissa Klein, of Philadelphia.


Klein grew up in Los Alamos.


The theme “Generation to Generation: Dor l’dor” has been chosen for this year’s High Holy Day season.


Times and details of related events are available

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LeadHer: Los Alamos Launches Sept. 12

LeadHer: Los Alamos News:

LeadHer: Los Alamos is a new, interdenominational Christian women’s group.

The first LeadHer Los Alamos meeting will be 6:30–7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Mesa Public Library (Community Rooms upstairs) in Los Alamos.

The purpose of this group is to help women grow spiritually through revelation, inspiration and application.

LeadHer Los Alamos meets twice a month. The first meeting the women get together and watch a video teaching with a theme.

The second meeting, the women participate in a community service project. The September theme is, The Power of Purpose.

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Cupcakes Coming Soon to Ruby K’s Menu

From left, Ruby K’s owner Ruby Alexander with bakers Katherine Johnson and Beth Bowman. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

Ruby K’s Bagel Café has been a part of Beth Bowman’s routine for the past seven years. Every Wednesday, after working out with friends, they all go to Ruby K’s for bagels.

She has recently joined the staff as a baker.

Bowman, along with Katherine Johnson (another Ruby K’s employee), is test baking to come up with a new line of cupcakes. 

Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

They initially plan to introduce several basic flavors.

“The flavors will evolve,” Bowman

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What’s at Thursday’s Farmers Market…

This week Matt Romero will sell bushel’s of Green Chile … medium hot only. Courtesy/LAFM


Los Alamos Farmers Market is set for 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 in the Mesa Public Library parking lot at Central Avenue and Bathtub Row.

What’s at market:
Zuchunni, beets, celery, onions, tomatoes of every variety and color, cucumbers, garlic, kale, potatoes, bell peppers, fennel, pumpkins, Pabalnos, Big Jim chiles, Joe parker chiles, alcalde improved, Yellow hots, Jalapenos, green onions, Salad mixes, heads of butter lettuces, carrots of every color, Shishitos

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Redbook Names Albuquerque and Santa Fe Among ‘Most Romantic Date Destinations’ in America

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Staff report:

Redbook magazine has released its list of the “Most Romantic Date Destinations” in America and Los Alamos has three of them in its own back yard … or just a day’s drive away. 

Redbook’s list:

  • The Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York
  • St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Top of the Rock, New York City
  • The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.V.
  • St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Harvest Inn, Napa Valley, Calif.
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Newport, RI.
  • Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Rincon, Puerto Rico
  • Sedona,

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United Church Undergoing $2.4 Million Renovation

A tall crane is on the job for the major renovation project underway at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road. Photo by David Elton


The United Church of Los Alamos is under construction. The $2.4 million renovation project includes most of the campus, including the Christian Education Building, Sanctuary, Thrift Shop and parking lots at 2525 Canyon Road. 

An elevator and atrium are being installed in the Christian Education Building.

The church had a successful fund raising campaign earlier this year that has allowed it to proceed with this major project.

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