Ronald McDonald Visits Local Eatery

Ronald McDonald greets patrons as he makes a grand entrance this afternoon at the new McDonald’s Restaurant in Smith’s Marketplace Shopping Center on Trinity Drive. Photo by John McHale/

Lance Metcalf, right and his younger brother Lane show Ronald McDonald their skills at the hockey game table. Photo by John McHale/

Staff Report

Ronald McDonald paid a visit to the Los Alamos McDonald’s this afternoon to the delight of all that were there.

He entertained the children with magic tricks and jokes. Even the older crowd enjoyed the big handshakes and hugs as the tall redhead worked the room.

Since 1974, the Ronald McDonald House has created programs that strengthen families during difficult times, providing vital resources and compassionate care to children and their families being served by leading hospitals worldwide. Core programs — Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles — provide access to health care and enable family-centered care. RMHC has helped lessen the burden for more than 7 million families in 2015. 

The network of local Chapters has been making children happier and healthier by keeping families close – giving them a place to rest and refresh. A place that feels like home. These programs, tailored to meet the urgent needs of each community, can now be found in more than 63 countries and regions across the globe.

Following Ronald McDonald’s visit today, the rest of his New Mexico visit will be in Albuquerque, especially the Ronald McDonald House.

Luah Guan, 2.5, shares a high 5 with Ronald McDonald. Photo by John McHale/

Ronald McDonald shows Jose and Kaylee Penaloza a rope knot magic trick. Photo by John McHale/

Jose Penaloza takes a high 5 from Ronald McDonald. Photo by John McHale/

Ronald McDonald entertains the Espinoza family, from left, Isabella, 12, Emilio, 9, dad Ernesto and mom Crystal, with a disappearing napkin trick. Photo by John McHale/