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Los Alamos Opera Guild Hosts Holiday Event

on November 19, 2012 - 3:46pm

LAOG News:

Los Alamos Opera Guild will hold its membership meeting and holiday party at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at the White Rock home of Roland and Anna Caspersen.

The party theme is holiday traditions and cultural heritage and perspective members are encouraged to attend.

Guild members are asked to share something of their tradition or heritage at the meeting through traditional food, drink, dress or memento.

Guild President Stephanie Sydoriak has written a book about her family's Ukrainian roots and immigration to the United States.

Performers for the Dec.

Library Catalog Offline Nov. 27 for Software Upgrade

on November 19, 2012 - 9:06am


The Los Alamos County Library System online catalog will be unavailable to patrons 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Though patrons may not notice a big difference, the planned upgrade to the integrated library system software will increase efficiency for librarians’ behind-the-scenes tasks.

While the system is unavailable patrons will not be able to use any online services: they will not be able to search for books, make requests, check their account, or use the downloadable e books and audio books services.

However, patrons are still encouraged to visit either library to

Christmas Sale Offers Red and 'Green' Bargains

on November 18, 2012 - 12:36pm

The annual Shop on the Corner Christmas Sale is Dec. 5 in the lower level at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Photo by T.K. Thompson/

By Nancy Wurden

The annual Shop on the Corner Christmas Sale will offer red and “green” holiday bargains on Wednesday, Dec. 5. 

The thrift shop sale, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will include brand new and gently used items which the volunteers set aside all year. 

Holiday decorations, festive and new clothing, toys and games, books and music, linens, china and glassware, jewelry, leather goods, and gifts are some

Letter to the Editor: Driving is Not a Right

on November 18, 2012 - 10:20am

Khalil J Spencer
League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor 1173

The Sunday morning Monitor reminded us of just how close we came to killing some children at the Montessori School on Canyon Road.

Why? Because as County Engineer Kyle Zimmerman tells us, our safety is held hostage by a few "irrational" drivers.

Not only do we not control them, but it seems difficult to even know who the people are who are trying to kill us, including another driver who crashed the same week on Main Hill Road while, according to the Daily Post, driving aggressively and passing another vehicle.

Often, we

Holiday Arts and Craft Fair Draws Hundreds

on November 18, 2012 - 10:10am

Lots of shopping took place at Saturday's Holiday Arts and Craft Fair at Crossroads Bible Church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

Jewelry artist MJ Oref, owner of Earth Godess Enterprises, models her work during Saturday's Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

Staff Report

Hundreds of people shopped the Los Alamos Arts Council's Holiday Arts and Craft Fair Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church.

The annual Holiday Fair is held indoors the Saturday before Thanksgiving and features more than 100 New Mexican artists whose work

Triatomics Club Hosts 2012 Christmas Lights Runs

on November 18, 2012 - 8:17am

LATC News:

The Los Alamos Triatomics Club announces the 2012 Christmas Lights Runs.

Here’s an opportunity to check out the Christmas lights and get a little exercise to burn off that extra slice of Thanksgiving pie.

We will run through various Los Alamos neighborhoods to check out their outdoor lights. The routes are mostly on quiet residential streets to avoid the noise and smell of traffic.

Runs are scheduled for every Monday and Wednesday night until Christmas or there are ice patches on the streets.

This year, Monday nights will be a bit shorter and flat (2.3 – 3 miles) and

Senior Center Serves Massive Thanksgiving Feast

on November 17, 2012 - 10:58am

Approximately 250 people dined on Thanksgiving lunch Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in downtown Los Alamos. The traditional meal included turkey, dressing, gravy, peas, cranberries and pumpkin pie, all for $4. Photo by Karen Kendall

Staff Report

The Betty Ehart Senior Center provides year round home delivered meals for frail, home bound seniors referred to the program by their physician.

The suggested donation for this service is $4.50 per meal. Approximately 50 seniors in Los Alamos take part in this program.

The Senior Center will deliver one fresh hot meal and four frozen


Children’s Christmas Bazaar Dec. 1 at TOTH

on November 17, 2012 - 10:29am

TOTH News:

Children’s Christmas Bazaar is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 1 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.

The event starts in Sherrill Hall, which will be filled with affordable gifts for children to purchase. All items purchased may be gift wrapped.

This is how it works: children (kindergarten through 6th grade) bring your parents to Trinity on the Hill and leave them to relax and enjoy refreshments while you take your money and a list of people you would like to buy Christmas gifts for to Kelly Hall. 

There you can shop and have your gifts wrapped.

‘WinterFest’ Kicks Off Holiday Fun Dec. 7-9

on November 17, 2012 - 9:41am

An elaborate Neapolitan presepio. Courtesy/


Winterfest 2012 begins Friday, Dec. 7 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 9.

WinterFest begins with the 19th annual Los Alamos Crèche Show, held annually on the first weekend of December.

“Crèches,” or nativity scenes featuring the Christ child, are prominently displayed by Los Alamos residents for all to see.

Because Los Alamos’ residents come from all over the world, there is always a myriad of beautiful crèches on display.

The show takes place 2-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and again 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the

DALA's 'Hansel & Gretel' Coming Winterfest Weekend!

on November 17, 2012 - 8:56am

Isaac Gao, 7, trying on his skunk costume is assisted by DALA Director and Choreographer Christin Severini. Courtesy/DALA

DALA News:

Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) presents an original ballet production, “Hansel & Gretel” Winterfest Weekend in celebration of DALA’s 20th Anniversary.

This playful and spirited version of the beloved fairytale is an enchanting ballet with magical fairies, colorful Lollipops and adorable woodland creatures.

The ballet features world class choreography by former American Ballet Theatre dancer, Christin Severini, who also returns to the stage in a cameo role as

YMCA Expanding into Central Park Square

on November 17, 2012 - 8:29am
YMCA News:

The Los Alamos Family YMCA announced Friday to members that "we will be opening the "Y Express" in late January. This is a 3,600-square-foot facility located close to our main Y, in the Central Park Square building. We will be converting spaces 140 and 143, where Shear Genius and the Democratic Party are currently housed, which is east of the former KRSN space."

The Y Express is needed, due to current overcrowded classes, such as Zumba and Power Up. Some folks are turned away in some classes.

The email letter to members from CEO Linda Daly and Board President

Pet of the Week: Ralphie the Cat

on November 17, 2012 - 8:19am


Ralphie, 3, is a DSH spayed, female tabby/tortie, given for adoption with her friend Mo.

Shy at first, Ralphie has come out of her shell and now lets shelter volunteers pet and admire her, however, she reportedly does not care for dogs.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets waiting for a home. Others reside off-campus in foster homes.

"Thank you, Los Alamos! We have had a really good week for cat adoptions," said Sylvia of Friends of the Shelter.

Plazas of New Mexico Exhibit Reception Dec. 6

on November 17, 2012 - 7:14am



Sunday, Dec. 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m. - Authors Speak with Chris Wilson and José Zelaya in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library.

The "Plazas of New Mexico Exhibit" Opening Reception is set for 2:30 p.m. in the Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library.

The Plazas of New Mexico: a Book & Exhibit from the Historic Preservation and Regionalism Program at the School of Architecture and Planning, UNM, Albuquerque, runs through Jan. 11, 2013.

Mesa Public Library is offering a lively Sunday afternoon of events as part of the downtown Los Alamos Winterfest

The Hive Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

on November 17, 2012 - 6:56am

By Dave Jones

The Hive Steward


The Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 on a resolution directing the County staff to work with us to develop a path for possible County support for The Hive.


We are now working on a proposal that will go through County staff and then back to the Council.


I'm very grateful to those of you that attended the meeting and to those of you who spoke on our behalf.


Photo: The Hive, 134 N.M. 4.


In an attempt to keep The Hive open while we work through this proposal to the County and other possible funding mechanisms, we have set up a crowdfunding account with a website


'Voices of the Manhattan Project' Website Launched

on November 16, 2012 - 12:26pm
Manhattan Project Insignia. Courtesy/Atomic Heritage Foundation
Staff Report
Voices of the Manhattan Project is a joint project by the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the Los Alamos Historical Society to create a public archive of our oral history collections of Manhattan Project veterans and their families. 
The Manhattan Project was a great human collaboration with 130,000 people around the country working on the top-secret project.
A list of the available Los Alamos Oral Interviews available today on the website (more will be added):
  • Arno Roensch, a glass blower in the Army,

Sarah Worley Wins Logo Contest

on November 16, 2012 - 9:22am
Sarah Worley with her award winning design. Courtesy photo
Staff Report
Sarah Worley, 10, of Piñon Elementary School, has won the 2012 CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot logo contest. 
The following young artists submitted logos to the contest:
  • Second place: Alexis Garcia
  • Third place: Katie Laintz
  • Fourth place: Janessa Gonzales
  • Honorable mentions include Dara Armstrong, Allegra Dougherty, Karin Ebey, Makenna Ellsworth, Duncan Fuehne, Koya Fuke, Eva Gerrish and Kalen Melton.

To participate in the CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot, arrive between 1:15-1:45 p.m this Sunday Nov.

Festival of Trees at Betty Ehart Saturday

on November 16, 2012 - 9:08am

Photo by Chad Lauritzen

By Bernadette Laurizen

The place to be this Saturday is right in the heart of downtown as Los Alamos MainStreet hosts the 10th annual Festival of Trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The four-hour festival of fun is just the thing to get into the holiday spirit. The day holds a bevy of holiday trees, decorations, wreaths and more all available by silent auction.

A bake sale and holiday poinsettias will add to the mini mall experience - allowing for one stop shopping. A craft fair will feature jewelry vendors and so much more.

“Also available are holiday decor

De Colores Hosts Benefit For Hurricane Sandy Victims

on November 15, 2012 - 8:11pm

Sue Dummer of De Colores Restaurant sings a song Thursday evening during a benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims. Dummer is originally from New York and has family and friends who still live there. She and De Colores owner Joan Duran hosted the event. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Local police officers and firefighters including Firefighter Brian Hanson, center, and Police Commander Jason Wardlow-Hererra, participated in arm wrestling competitions Thursday evening at De Colores Restaurant to help raise money, which will be given to the Red Cross to aid Hurricane Sandy victims.

Eastern Star Selling Holiday Cakes

on November 15, 2012 - 3:23pm

OES News:

Los Alamos Chapter #63, Order of Eastern Star, is selling fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 in the Los Alamos National Bank lobby on Trinity Drive.

Future sale dates include all Fridays: Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 14 and 21.

Contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797; Nina Laird, 662-7580; or Betty Robertson, 662-5185, for more information.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Nov. 15

on November 15, 2012 - 1:22pm

This week's preview sponsored by

UNMLA On Display from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. For info call 662-5919. Join UNM LA in celebrating learning! Students will showcase projects and creative works from their courses this semester.

De Colores Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Relief at 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15

Grand Opening of Karen Wray Fine Art at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16,

Grand Opening of Warm Hearts Yarn. Join the Chamber in welcoming the owner to her new location in White Rock, 35 Rover Blvd. Ste. D. Ribbon cutting at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16

The Speakeasy


Ribbon Cut on United Church Resale Shop

on November 15, 2012 - 1:07pm

Corine Christman cuts the ribbon Wednesday on the new Resale Shop location for United Church. From left, Jeanne Butler, Christman, Adda Moldt and Nina Thayer, all of whom volunteer their time at the Resale Shop, which is open to the public Wednesday mornings. More than 20 missions are supported by the shop's proceeds. Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC

Crowds gather Wednesday morning at the United Church on Rose Street for the first day of operation of its new Resale Shop. Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC


Mother-Daughter Artists Gear Up For Saturday's Holiday Fair

on November 15, 2012 - 12:59pm
Jeanne Robinson, left, and her daughter Elise Koskelo are local fiber artists who will feature their one-of-a-kind work at the Los Alamos Arts Council Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair at Crossroads Bible Church Saturday. Courtesy photo
Staff Report
A mother-daughter team of local fiber artists, Elise Koskelo and Jeanne Robinson, are featuring their one-of-a-kind work from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Los Alamos Arts Council Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair at Crossroads Bible Church.
Elise Koskelo of Blueprint Wraps offers hand loomed wraps, shawls, capes and scarves in a myriad of

Couple Introduces Oppenheimer Place Residents to Diwali

on November 15, 2012 - 10:46am

J. Aiyeswaria and P. Kumaranand in traditional dress at Oppenheimer Place Wednesday, celebrate the Diwali festival. Aiyeswaria painted the peacock picture in the background. Courtesy Photo

Staff Report

P. Kumaranand is a Post Doc at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He and his wife J. Aiyeswaria are from India and temporary residents at Oppenheimer Place. 

The Hindu couple spoke to residents about Diwali, a five-day festival celebrated Nov 13 through Nov. 17.

For Hindus, Diwali, one of the most important festivals of the year, is popularly known as the "festival of lights."


New Mexico Female Fiction Authors Sought

on November 15, 2012 - 9:07am

NMPW News:

An outstanding New Mexican writer will be honored for her work in fiction next spring when her book receives the prestigious Zia Award.

New Mexican women writers are invited to submit their books for consideration for the award, given each year by New Mexico Press Women at the annual spring conference.

To be eligible to receive the award, selected winners must read at the award luncheon during the 2013 conference in April.

The 2013 Zia Award will be given to the author of an outstanding fiction book published in 2010, 2011, or 2012.

The contest is open to all subgenres of