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2016 Holiday Light Parade Winners Announced

on December 3, 2016 - 10:26pm

The New Beginnings Fellowship ‘Peace on Earth’ WinterFest Float won first place in tonight's annual Light Parade on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Second place went to Famine to Feast and third place went to Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

The second place award went to the nonprofit Famine to Feast in tonight's annual Light Parade on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Nancy Coombs

HillStruumers Ukulele Group To Share Holiday Music

on December 3, 2016 - 8:39am
Ukuleles. Photo by Ruth Lier
Join the Holiday Fun with the BESC HILLSTRUMMERS Ukukele group playing several December Holiday Singalongs.

The first was enjoyed by diners attending the twoThanksgiving luncheons at the BESC Thursday, Nov. 18.

The following Singalongs are scheduled:  
  • At 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2 at Sombrillo Nursng Home (Day Room)
  • At 10:45 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at Fuller Lodge (Pajarito Room, WinterFest Open House) 
  • At 11 a.m., Friday,  Dec. 9 at Smith's Marketplace (Produce Lobby) 
  • At 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 15 at Fuller Lodge (Indoor Farmer's Market) 

WinterFest Schedule Of Events

on December 3, 2016 - 8:27am

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 3, 2016 - 8:25am

WinterFest In Los Alamos Schedule Of Events

on December 2, 2016 - 4:40pm
The annual WinterFest Weekend is Dec. 2-4 in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LAC

WinterFest Weekend is a family-oriented holiday event that celebrates winter in Los Alamos Dec. 2-4.

A number of businesses and organizations host events including ballet, the Children’s Bazaar and Breakfast with Santa. The Fuller Lodge Open House and the Earth Treasure Show always draw crowds. Don’t miss Affordable Arts at the Fuller Lodge Art Center for great holiday gifts!

The highlights of the weekend are the Holiday Lights Parade and the Tree Lighting at Ashley Pond Park.

WinterFest At Fuller Lodge Activities Schedule

on December 2, 2016 - 1:14pm

Smart Design With Suzette: Holiday Decorating

on December 2, 2016 - 8:43am
Dining room decorated for Hanukkah. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

It’s that time of year…we excitedly stand out in the cold to watch the holiday light parade, marvel at the performance of the Nutcracker ballet and look forward to time spent with family and friends celebrating the holiday season.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope you will enjoy reading this as I share some ideas that might inspire you this season.

We often see holiday decorating ideas that are perfect for the living room and even the tabletop, but what if you’re one of those particularly dedicated folks

Celebrate Holiday Season At Fuller Lodge Open House

on December 2, 2016 - 8:43am

The annual Fuller Lodge Open House Saturday helps kick off the holiday season. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

LAAC News:

The annual Fuller Lodge Open House helps kick off the holiday season as well as the Winterfest festivities.

The  Los Alamos Arts Council, along with the Art Center at Fuller Lodge and the Los Alamos Historical Society are hosting the event Saturday at the Lodge, Los Alamos’ best known historic building and its cultural and artistic center.

The community is welcome to check out Fuller Lodge, which will be fully decked out for the holidays.

In And Around Town: Dec. 1

on December 1, 2016 - 8:17pm
Planetarium Show 'Exploding Universe
  • The Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium will feature a fascinating talk by astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace along with a showing of the planetarium film Exploding Universe, at 7 p.m. this Friday.
Meet Up
  • Wondering what to do this Friday evening after a LONG week at work? Why not come to Friday Night Happy Hour with your local Meet Up group? Meet up is a free and easy way to connect with new friends in town. We meet at the VFW from 5:30 to 7ish every Friday evening (non

LANL Director Charlie McMillan Takes On Oppenheimer Role In 2016 ‘Nutcracker On The Hill’ This Weekend

on November 30, 2016 - 1:57pm

Dance Arts Los Alamos’ (DALA) 2015 ‘Nutcracker on the Hill’. Courtesy/DALA

DALA News:

Dance Arts Los Alamos’ (DALA) 2015 “Nutcracker on the Hill” was a smash hit. The classic Tchaikovsky’s score was mixed with Los Alamos’ history, which produced a show completely unique to the community.

“Nutcracker on the Hill” returns this year but continues to add new twists to this popular holiday ballet. The first being Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan will take on the role of Oppenheimer.

“I decided to take a shot in the dark,” DALA Artistic Director Jonathan Guise explained.

Mesa Public Library Shows 'Paper Moon' Thursday

on November 30, 2016 - 12:57pm

Movie poster for 'Paper Moon'. Courtesy image



Los Alamos


The more depressing something is, the harder we need to laugh, and “Paper Moon” (1973, rated PG) offers just the right combination of anguish and glee. Check it out at 6:30 p.m., Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting room theater.


Director Peter Bogdanovich’s Depression-era comedy begins in a Kansas cemetery. Nine-year-old Addie Loggins (Tatum O’Neal) has just lost her mother.

Shop Like A Tourist Scavenger Hunt Continues To Dec. 3

on November 30, 2016 - 11:37am


Unable to answer question #10 on the Small Business Saturday Scavenger Hunt Contest form? The contest is still underway in Los Alamos!

One contest question answer was previously only available at the Kiosk Mall on Small Business Saturday. A second opportunity to obtain the answer to that question is now available. Call Atomic City Tours by Buffalo Tours at 505.662.3965 to learn about the tour company, make a reservation for a tour (optional), and learn the answer to the question.

Residents have until Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.

Santa Fe Opera: Free Winter Tour Concerts

on November 30, 2016 - 10:39am
SFO News:
Mark your calendars to spend the Holidays with The Santa Fe Opera.
Free Public Concerts with artists from the Opera's Apprentice Singer Program. These one-hour concerts will include popular songs of the season and arias.
Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance.
Wednesday, November 30 at 7:00 pm
Las Placitas Presbyterian Church
7 Paseo de San Antonio Road
Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 pm
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art
409 E College Boulevard

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them'

on November 29, 2016 - 8:02am
Los Alamos
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is a new film based on the book by J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter series. As in those stories, there are in this one magic people, wizards, witches and the like, and then there are the rest of us. We’re called “Muggles” in England, but in the U.S. (this story takes place in New York City), it turns out we are just called “non-maj” for non-magical. 
Arriving in New York on a ship from England in 1924 is a magical person by the name of Newt Scamander.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them'

on November 28, 2016 - 8:52am
Los Alamos

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is a new film based on the book by J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter series. As in those stories, there are in this one magic people, wizards, witches and the like, and then there are the rest of us. We’re called “Muggles” in England, but in the U.S. (this story takes place in New York City), it turns out we are just called “non-maj” for non-magical. 

Movie poster for 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'.

Arriving in New York on a ship from England in 1924 is a magical person by the name of Newt

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Moana'

on November 28, 2016 - 8:28am
Los Alamos

“Moana” is a visual and auditory delight for adults, with a fun plot line for kids. It is an animated story of an adventurous daughter of a Polynesian chief in the pre-contact Pacific region. She defies her cautious parents and takes a large oceangoing, double canoe to find the demi-god Maui to right a wrong and rebalance nature.

Movie poster for 'Moana'. Courtesy image

Visually, the film portrays good detail of daily life in a traditional Polynesian village; the people wear fine mat clothing and live in the same styles of thatched homes that are known to

LALT’s Staged Reading Of ‘After You’ve Gone’ Dec. 3

on November 27, 2016 - 10:11am

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre announces a staged reading of “After You’ve Gone,” a new work by Santa Fe-based playwright Mark Dunn.

The staged reading is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. in Los Alamos. Admission is free for this one-time event.

“After You’ve Gone,” which takes its title from a song first published in 1918, introduces the audience to Adele Pike, who has just buried her husband of 36 years, and her two daughters and son-in-law. Amidst the
leftover casseroles, cakes and pigs-in-a-blanket brought by her Southern friends and

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 26, 2016 - 8:24am

Coro de Cámara Presents Christmas Music Dec. 3-4

on November 22, 2016 - 11:24am
Immaculate Heart Chapel. Courtesy photo
As the “most wonderful time of the year” approaches, the 24 auditioned singers of Coro de Cámara are putting the finishing touches on the music for their upcoming performances.
The chorus, under the leadership of Artistic Director Nylea Butler-Moore, kicks off its 27 th season of outstanding choral music at 5 p.m., Saturday, December 3, with a short appearance at the County’s Annual Tree Lighting at the Municipal Building.

Meet Local Author And Storyteller Kimberly Gotches At Her Book Launch At Project Y Cowork Dec. 15

on November 19, 2016 - 10:31pm

Author and storyteller Kimberly Gotches Courtesy photo


“Stories are not just for kids. I hope teens and adults will take time out during this busy holiday season to hear some stories Dec. 15,” says local author and storyteller Kimberly Gotches.

Project Y Cowork in Los Alamos will host her book launch event, where Gotches will perform stories, including some from her debut book—Under the Branches

“Kimberly Gotches tells a story as if she is giving a person-to-person call from her heart to yours. She doesn’t just share the story; she shares herself.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 19, 2016 - 6:38am

Fifteen Aspiring Los Alamos Piano Students Perform In Recital At Fuller Lodge Sunday Afternoon

on November 18, 2016 - 9:17am

Musicale performers in April 2016. Courtesy photo

LAMTA News: 

This Sunday at 2 p.m., 15 aspiring young pianists in Los Alamos will present a public recital, at Crossroads Bible Church. The Community Recital is FREE and open to the public, sponsored by the teachers of the Los Alamos Music Teachers Association (LAMTA). Students from the age of 7 through 15 will present a program that is a vibrant mixture or solos, duets, and an original student composition,with the music spanning all musical style periods from J.S. Bach to the everpopular John Williams.  

The Sunday Musicales are regular

Atomic City Children’s Theater Presents Two Performances Of Disney Peter Pan Jr. Nov. 18-19

on November 18, 2016 - 7:18am

ACCT's cast of Disney Peter Pan Jr. would like to invite the Los Alamos community to this weekend's performances at Smith Auditorium. Courtesy photo


ACCT News:

Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT), Los Alamos Public Schools’

Culture, Farolitos All Aglow In Jemez Dec. 10

on November 17, 2016 - 9:15am
‘Light Among the Ruins’ returns 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Jemez Historic Site. This FREE annual family event is noted far-and-wide for the thousand plus farolitos outlining the historic ruins of ‘Gisewa’ Pueblo and San José de los Jemez Mission Church, for the traditional Jemez song and dance performed between two bonfires (luminarias), and for the delicious Pueblo food and art available for purchase during this event.


JEMEZ SPRINGS — The historic ruins of the Jemez Historic Site in Jemez Springs will be lit by more than 1,400 farolitos during the unforgettable, “NM

Teatro Paraguas: A Musical Piñata For Christmas IV

on November 16, 2016 - 7:52am
Theatre News:
Teatro Paraguas invites the community to its upcoming production, A Musical Piñata for Christmas IV, opening Dec. 9 and running for two weekends. This festive bilingual evening of live music, carols and comedy is the fourth annual holiday celebration at Teatro Paraguas.
TP’s musical director JoJo Sena de Tarnoff has formed a lively ensemble of musicians, dancers, and actors, ranging in age from 4 to 70. The evening will begin with a traditional Mexican Pastorela, arranged by Thelma Argüello and followed by traditional Christmas carols and villancicos in Spanish and