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In and Around Town: Nov. 27

on November 27, 2014 - 1:27pm

Editor's Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published in the Los Alamos Daily Post every Thursday, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the red button at the top right of this page.

November Events at Bandelier
December Events at Bandelier
Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family
Dec. 4 through Jan. 2 in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Gallery

Thanksgiving During The Manhattan Project

on November 27, 2014 - 10:10am

Thanksgiving feast preparation in the kitchen at Camp Hanford. Courtesy/AHF

A typical Manhattan Project era Thanksgiving meal. Courtesy/AHF

AHF News:

Manhattan Project workers around the country were usually not allowed to travel home for vacation - even for Thanksgiving.

Top scientists had important meetings on Thanksgiving, preventing them from spending the holiday with family. The communities banded together to celebrate Thanksgiving. New traditions were begun, new friends made, and a good meal was had by all.

Pet of the Week: Kita The Cat

on November 27, 2014 - 8:04am

Kita the cat. Courtesy/FOS


Kita is a young spayed female black cat. Originally a bit shy and retiring, she now approaches visitors for gentle pets.

She gets along with the other shelter cats and is good with adults and gentle children. Kita would like an indoor home.

The shelter is open noon to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day from, so come meet Kita and the other shelter animals. Starting on Black Friday, the Shelter is offering a special sale on black animals.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder

Why The Turkey Didn’t Fly

on November 27, 2014 - 7:41am
Why The Turkey Didn’t Fly
By Paul Aron

The choice of the eagle as our national symbol did not please everyone, especially since the eagle was traditionally an aristocratic and military symbol as well as a republican one. Most famously, in a 1784 letter to his daughter, Sarah Bache, Benjamin Franklin derided the eagle:

I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly.


Los Alamos Historical Society Launches First ebook On Small Business Saturday

on November 26, 2014 - 9:12pm
Launching on Small Business Saturday is the ebook version of The Secret Project Notebook by Carolyn Reeder. Beloved in print, this children's book tells the story of Fritz, the son of a Manhattan Project scientist, and is now available on your ereader!

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 29, and the Museum Shop will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come by to celebrate the launch of the new ebook, check out the books and gifts for sale, and get your Small Business Passport stamped to be entered to win a free book published by Bathtub Row Press.

Continue your

Walk In The Woods With Mary Venable

on November 26, 2014 - 4:53pm

Mary Venable conducts a Walk in the Woods group from the Betty Ehart Senior Center each Thursday on various exciting trails around Los Alamos. Last Thursday she took the group to Bandelier and then up Frijoles Canyon for a ways. It is a beautiful stretch of country with many beautiful views. The group saw several deer and many birds. They also got some much needed exercise. From left, Margie Bruell, Pam Bello, Aloma Naivar, Sue Elkins, Mary Venable, Ken Kutac and Bill Davis in Frijoles Canyon by one of the hundreds of log jams along the trail. Photo by Paul Elkins

TOTH: Shop On The Corner Christmas Sale Dec. 3

on November 26, 2014 - 1:36pm
By NANCY WURDEN, Volunteer
Shop on the Corner

The annual Christmas Sale at the Shop on the Corner Thrift Store is a decades-old tradition. For more than 40 years, the shop has offered a special sale featuring holiday items and gifts on the first Wednesday in December.

This year’s sale will take place 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. Shop on the Corner is in the Old Parish Hall on the lower level of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church on Canyon Road by the corner of Diamond Drive.

Shop on the Corner volunteers have been preparing for the Christmas Sale all year, setting aside