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Today's Features

  • 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 a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Bella — Another aged cat given up when her family no longer wanted to deal with her diabetes. She is currently in a foster home. For more information, call 470-6973.

  • March 1-7, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m.     Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Sweet ‘n’ sour             pork
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Lemon cod
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.    Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)

  • Valentina Devine loves fiber.
    She loves dying yarn. She loves creating fabulous free-form wearable art combining knitting and crochet, yarns and fabric scraps, old lace and even old clothing. She loves teaching others to leave behind the constraints of knitting only in rows; to capture a freedom of motion in their pieces. She loves the delight of her customers when they walk away wearing a new Valentina design.
    And she loves telling stories about her life as a fabric artist.
    Devine’s solo exhibition “Knit One, Crochet Two” will have an opening reception Friday from 5-7 p.m. The show will be on display until March 21.
    When planning the show, Devine said, “My medium is fiber. Any kind of fiber. Yarn, fabric, ribbon, twine, and sometimes even wire. Anything I can get on a knitting needle or through a crochet hook will work for me. My vision is to fill the gallery with many different items, which are all hand knitted and/or crocheted. I will fill this gallery with interesting pieces and show the public that using fiber in any form can be exciting and rewarding.”
    Devine said the exhibit lives up to her vision. In one area, labeled “Not Arsenic but Old Lace,” there is an array of pieces incorporating all kinds of vintage lace.

  • The documentary “Wrenched” delves into Edward Abbey’s most famous and influential work of fiction, “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” which came to be known for its protest of environmentally damaging activities in the American Southwest.
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host a special screening of the movie starting at 6:30 p.m. March 5 at the Reel Deal Theater. Special guest Jack Loeffler, a close friend of Abbey’s, will introduce the film and answer questions prior to the screening.
    “Wrenched” reveals how Abbey forever changed the course of the environmental movement.
    Tapping Abbey’s anarchistic spirit and humor, the film explores the history of monkey wrenching and the motivation behind these acts. It features candid interviews with Abbey’s close friends, those who inspired his most memorable characters.
    Outraged by the degradation of the American Southwest, they pioneered a radical form of environmental activism, a blueprint for “wrenching the system.” Abbey’s writing became a call to action for the generation of conservationists who came of age in the 1970s and ’80s. “Wrenched” follows the exploits of these determined monkey wrenchers as they cross legal and ethical lines to defend the land.

  • The public is invited to celebrate the beauty of winter and the coming of spring at the annual Fire and Ice Restoration Festival on Saturday.  Hosted by the Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District and the Village of Jemez Springs, the event will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Father Fitzgerald Park in Jemez Springs.
    The free community event will feature educational booths and presentations that highlight the 210,000-acre Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project. Every year includes special guests will include Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl.
    Activities scheduled throughout the day include a chainsaw carving competition and exhibition, cross-cut saw contest, chicken bingo and arts and crafts. Face painting, a jump house and much more is available for children.
    Entertainment will be provided by Taninai Celtic Blues Band and Train Wreck Blues Band. Vendors will offer a variety of foods and beverages. The public is also welcome to enjoy a rejuvenating soak in the local hot springs.
    Parking is free at the Jemez Springs Community Park next to the Jemez Valley Credit Union, an easy half-mile walk south of Father Fitzgerald Park. Limited accessible parking will be available onsite.

  • Patrons took to the streets in Santa Fe for Fat Tuesday Feb. 17.

  • With the diversity of bird species and the number of birders in Los Alamos, it’s easy to wonder why the Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running citizen science project nationwide, has yet to come to Los Alamos. A group of local birders have decided that it is time to change that, and they intend to submit an application to the National Audubon Society.
    As part of the application, in order to demonstrate sufficient interest and logistical support, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will sponsor a “mock” Christmas Bird Count from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. March 8. Community members are encouraged to take part as much as they would like, from going out as part of a bird-counting team, to counting birds in their own backyard.
    The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) has a long and interesting history. In the 1800s, many in North America participated in a common holiday tradition of going out on Christmas day and competing to kill as many birds as possible. At the turn of the 20th century, American ornithologist Frank Chapman suggested that perhaps it would be better to simply count the birds rather than shoot them. Chapman enlisted the help of 26 like-minded bird enthusiasts and in December of 1900, held the first annual CBC.

  • Art exhibits
    Willy Bo Richardson: Reverberant Matter/Project I. Show runs through Friday at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design at Wade Wilson Art.

    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Gallery artists group show at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 South Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe. Exhibit runs through March 14.

    Recently acquired works by artists Ansel Adams, Gustave Baumann, Betty Hahn and many others will be on view in “Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museum Collection.” The exhibition runs through March 29.
     
    Solo exhibition by Jeri Moore. “The Language of Humanity.” Through February at the Act I Gallery.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces “Master Prints of the ‘70s-’90s.”  Zane Bennett Contemporary Art will unveil to the public for the first time our latest acquisitions. The exhibition will feature works by Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Helen Frankenthaler, Jim Dine, Rufino Tamayo, Bernar Venet and Robert Motherwell among others. Opening is 5-7 p.m. Friday. Show will run until March 20.

  • The 27th annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show is drawing near as hundreds of exhibitors prepare their best gourmet foods, sauces, spices, sweet-heat treats and rubs to showcase.
    The show is March 6-8 at Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. The event will feature more than 1,000 different products from the U.S. and around the world.
    The Fiery Foods Show is the country’s largest gathering of fiery food products and barbecue sauces. The 2014 event welcomed more than 20,000 attendees and organizers expect even more for the 27th annual event.
    In 2015, the Fiery Foods Show will introduce its very own mascot, Chile the Kid, for the first time. Chile the Kid will attend the event and greet guests throughout the weekend. Additionally, Sandia Resort and Casino will have 2,500 more parking spaces for guests during this year’s event, making it easier for guests to enjoy the show.
    While many exhibitors will display their award-winning selections, others will showcase first-time products. The annual competition organized by the producers of the Fiery Foods Show is one of the most competitive blind tasted food competitions in the U.S. with more than 80 judges and receives hundreds of entries each year.
    Hours of the show:
    • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6: Trade only

  • Los Alamos High School NJROTC precision air rifle team recently won the National Navy JROTC Championships for 2015. Shooters JoAnna O’Neill, Samantha Miller, Samuel Wolfe, David Murphy and Holly Hayes attend the event last week in Arizona.
    Individual results: O’Neill placed second nationally, Miller ninth and Wolfe landed 10th place.
    Regional results: O’Neill placed first, Miller second, Wolfe third, Hayes fifth and Murphy ninth.
    The team had four shooters make the finals match for the Navy with O’Neill, Miller and Wolfe taking the top three spots and Hays finishing in a tie for 4th place.
    This is the second time team coach LCDR Wes Shumaker has led a team to a national win. Miller’s brother, Cory, was on the first LAHS team to take the championship in 2012.
    The team has an automatic invitation to the National All-Service Junior ROTC championships in March at Camp Perry, Ohio.