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Today's Features

  • Need a healthy cry? Catch “In America” (2002, rated PG-13) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library for a guaranteed catharsis.
    When the film opens, Johnny and Sarah Sullivan (Paddy Considine and Samantha Morton) are trying to immigrate into the United States, possibly hoping to outrun the death, about one year earlier, of their son Frankie.
    They and their two living children, 10-year-old Christy (Sarah Bolger) and 5-year-old Ariel (Emma Bolger), move into a tenement in New York City, a home to many drug addicts and one tenant described to the Sullivans as “the man who screams.” They appear to be the only family with young children in the building.
    Johnny, an actor, is often unemployed, but Sarah takes a job as a waitress at a local ice-cream shop and they scrape by. They make a friend in the building (the totally fantastic Djimon Hounsou) and embrace their new life as much as they can. However, they can’t put off grieving forever.
    Thoughtful, honest storytelling from writer/director Jim Sheridan makes “In America” the kind of film is hard to forget, in part because the story asks a lot of its viewers. This is not entertainment so much as a lesson in empathy, one that we might not want but can always use.

  • The public is invited to the opening reception for a new exhibit at Mesa Public Library, to be held 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs rotunda. The exhibit is entitled “West and East: Just for the Beauty of It.” The artists are SuFong Milonni and Barbara Yarnell. Both artists work in the medium of clay. The show will be in the gallery through Feb. 28.
    Yarnell was born in Los Alamos. Milonni was born and grew up in An-tung China in the northeastern part of China.
    “We met and have worked together at UNM-Los Alamos clay studio for over 10 years,” Yarnell said. “For this show, we went back to our original backgrounds for inspiration.”
    In this show Milonni’s works are in the oriental tradition and Yarnell’s are flavored by the southwest. Yarnell’s work is inspired by the mesas and enchanted sky of northern New Mexico, while Mei-li’s work is in the ancient tradition of Chinese celadon glazing.
    Yarnell’s work is fired in an electric kiln to a mid-range stoneware temperature. Milonni’s work is fired in a gas kiln to a higher stoneware/porcelain temperature.   

  • WOW – February and the month known for love.
    This month, I am asking you to show your love for youth with a fun fundraising idea for our local non-profit 501-C-3, Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA). C’YA became official after writing the 100 Best Communities for Young People grant for Los Alamos with our official non-profit status recognition in June of 2014.
    I had an idea based on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but cheaper, easier and a whole lot sweeter.
    The idea is for you to bake a plate of cookies for anyone or donate $5 to Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA). We have an account with Los Alamos National Bank or donations can be sent to 77 Isleta Drive in Los Alamos.
    We plan to use the funds specifically to recognize youth in a small but meaningful way throughout the year. The idea gained a hold after no youth were recognized for the 2015 Community Asset Awards, the seventh year we will host the awards.
    We plan to do the Cookie Plate Challenge throughout February and then launch a youth winner in March, and follow that with a monthly recognition all year long. We plan to do it throughout the year and still include youth in the Community Asset Awards done at this time each year.

  • A Brown Bag performance honoring Black History Month Wednesday will combine music and poetry. The event will feature poet and teacher Dr. Doris Fields and Los Alamos pianist Rheta Moazzami.
    The public is invited to the event that starts at noon at Fuller Lodge
    The two women collaborated after meeting in Santa Fe at a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
    Moazzami will play her own composition, "Selma," written in honor of the 50th anniversary in 2015 of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, which cost lives in the cause of getting the vote for African American people. At the end of the march, 25,000 people from all over the United States had joined the marchers. Now, 50 years later, people are still trying to keep people of color from voting.
    “‘Selma was very well received at the UNM-LA concert last year," Moazzami said.
    Also, Moazzami will play three compositions of Samuel Coleridge Taylor, a prolific Anglo-African classical composer at the turn of the century. “United States audiences are not familiar with his music," Moazzami said.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Fluffy—One cool cat! This 6-month-old male tabby was surrendered with his sibling Stripes. Fluffy can play all day long, but when he’s done playing, he’s ready for some snuggles! Fluffy is confident and fun, and he would light up any home. Fluffy is very friendly with other fun-loving cats, and he would likely do best in a home with another cat (or even a dog) to keep him company.
    Headlight—A sweet black and white tuxedo cat who was found roaming. His family never came for him, so he’ll head to the vet soon and be ready for adoption!

  • Like humans, it is normal for dogs to experience the occasional upset stomach, or episode of diarrhea, but experiencing severe symptoms, such as bloody stools, may be a sign of something more serious.
    Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) refers to a group of gastrointestinal diseases that result in the inflammation of the intestines. The exact cause of IBD in dogs is unknown, but bacteria and nutrients normally found in the intestine are thought to be the cause of the abnormal immune response that causes inflammation.
    Dr. Jonathan Lidbury, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained IBD’s potential causes. “IBD is a syndrome that is characterized by chronic intestinal inflammation in dogs,” Lidbury said. “The cause of IBD in dogs is not fully known, but recent research has provided some important clues. Basically, there is a loss of tolerance in the dog’s intestinal immune system to the nutrients or bacteria that are normally found in the bowel. This leads to inflammation of the intestines.”
    Common signs of IBD in dogs include excessive diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Dog owners may also notice rumbling sounds in the abdominal cavity, flatulence, and even bloody stools in dogs with IBD.

  • Jan. 9 — A girl. Aubrianna Padilla. Born to Marlene Martinez and Joshua Padilla.
    Jan. 15 — A girl. Kady Lynne King. Born to Elanda and Alexander King.
    Jan. 15 — A girl. Ava Catherine Wood. Born to Elizabeth and Brandon Wood.
    Jan. 18 — A boy. Donovan Joseph Salazar. Born to Destiny Velasquez and Derek Salazar.
    Jan. 20 — A girl. Aurora Rose Wong. Born to Charissa and Andrew Wong.
    Jan. 21 — A girl. Madeline Rose Martinez. Born to Alisha and Michael Martinez.
    Jan. 23 — A boy. Mason Ezra Rodriquez. Born to Vanessa Rodriquez.

  • TODAY
    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 per adult, $4 per child.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.
    TUESDAY
    LRG First Tuesday Breakfast. Lab retirees are invited to join the Laboratory Retiree Group for breakfast on the first Tuesday of each month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Morning Glory Restaurant, 1377 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos (across from the high school). Morning Glory serves a full breakfast and pastries. LRG will pay for hot coffee or tea. Contact sgirard@losalamos.com for more information.

    Tales of Trails in the Bandelier Backcountry at 7 p.m. Discover the best ways to explore the Bandelier backcountry. Free.

    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Rick Reiss, new chairman of the Los Alamos County Council, will give Kiwanis a preview of the council’s activities in 2016.

    WEDNESDAY

  • Café Scientifique, New Mexico’s portion of the Teen Science Café Network, is gearing up for a two-part series of cafés about Mars. The first café, which will take place in Los Alamos at the YMCA Teen Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday and in Taos, at the Mural Room of the old county courthouse on Feb. 23 will be presented on Human Landing sites on Mars.
    Suzi Montaño and Steve Johnstone from Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Space Data Science and Systems Group (ISR-3)will present on the state of manned missions to Mars, and how close to a reality colonizing Mars has become. Teens will have a chance to review the criteria for landing sites and make recommendations to the LANL/NASA team.
    For more information and directions, visit Cafenm.org/schedule.html and for questions please contact RJ Montaño at RJ@scieds.com.

  • Feb. 9  is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Learn about geology through stories and music with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey from 6-7 p.m. The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m.
    This program is free to attend thanks to a generous sponsorship from Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos.
    For more information about this and other programs offered by PEEC at the Nature Center, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.