LA Life Briefs 03-12-14

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Still Life class at Art Center

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore still life in oils with renowned local artist Betty Nance Smith, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge Art Center.
The class is designed for students with some experience in oil painting. In the morning Smith will demonstrate the techniques she has developed to create certain effects. Throughout the afternoon students will paint as Smith provides individual instruction and critique.
Smith’s oils have been honored in prestigious national and regional juried Oil Painters of America shows earning her signature member status. Her realistic oil still lifes capture select arrangements with an uncanny sense of just a moment. The pieces seem timeless while also capturing the lighting of a passing glimpse. A commercial at the Reel Deal Theater offers her services as a commission painter, featuring a slideshow of her lovely richly colored images.
To join the one-day workshop “Exploring Still Life in Oils,” call the Art Center at 662-1635 or stop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 2132 Central Ave. The cost is $65 and class size is limited to 10 students.

Make it beautiful — naturally

This month, the Los Alamos Co-op Market offers two new classes to teach how to make household cleaning solutions on March 22 and beauty products on March 29. A part of the Make It Yourself Series of classes, they are taught by Lisa Bakosi and are open to anyone. Classes are at the Co-op and size is limited. Registration is available at the Co-op. Cost of the classes vary.
The first class is creating DIY Natural Cleaning Solutions. In this hands-on class, participants will learn to make non-toxic household cleaners that benefit overall health and the pocketbook. Class is 10-11:30 a.m. at the Co-op. $15 for Co-op members and $20 for non-members.
In the second class, Bakosi will share her secrets to making beauty products to look and feel fabulous, while using simple natural ingredients while also saving money.
The Los Alamos Co-op Market can be found at two locations: 95 Entrada Dr. and inside Fusion Multisport on Central across from CB Fox. Check the website losalamos.coop or call the Co-op at 695-1579 for more information.

Date Night keeps couples happy

The Los Alamos First United Methodist Church is hosting a Date Night Challenge to help married couples from drifting apart, from 6-9 p.m. March 22.
The Date Night Challenge is a time where couples can come out and participate in a night of fun to “get to know each other” again.
“As a child of divorced parents, I know this event provides an important opportunity for couples.  We need to invest in our relationships,” leader of the Date Night Challenge ministry team Camille Wescott said. “The Date Challenge kicks off a year of focusing on your loved one in a fun, exciting and intimate way.”
It is part of a national network “Focus on the Family,” that hosts date nights in several cities across the nation. This is the first time it has been in New Mexico.
The total price for admission is $25 per couple — which includes dessert bar, books and previously recorded entertainment with the theme of marriage, couples and relationships. Child care will be available onsite.
A survey from the first date night, showed a 92 percent increase in marriage satisfaction, Wescott said. “And that is pretty amazing.”
Tickets are on sale in the church office at Los Alamos First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr., or call 662-6277.

Monitor Staff Report