Today's Features

  • Mountain Elementary School Counselor Jennifer Schmierer and her team of Mountain Lions rocked the school and the community as they participated in Random Acts of Kindness Week, along with Los Alamos Middle and High School in February.
    “One person being kind can brighten the day of many people,” Schmierer said. “A Random Act of Kindness/Pay it Forward project is a nice forum to have discussions about why we should be kind and why kindness matters.”   
    Schmierer worked hard not only to reach the entire school, but to put those acts in play throughout the community too.
    Their efforts kicked off just after the golden melodious tones of the Mountain Elementary Orchestra concert with the distribution of “kindness rocks,” bracelets. The rubber reminders provide a fun trinket and a daily reminder that youth, no matter what their age can take matters into their own hands and make life a little better each day.
    The bracelets were followed by random acts of kindness cards that could be presented when students did something for another person inside or outside of school. The card provided a link for everyone to track the kindness as its movement began to spread.

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Sierra Club Public Meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, building 200, room 202. Angelica Gurule, of the Los Alamos County Green Team leader and county staff liaison to the Environmental Sustainability Board, will show how Los Alamos has progressed in its goal of becoming a sustainable community in concerns ranging from landfill gas issues to asphalt recycling, lightbulb-crushing and disposing of household hazardous waste. Public is welcome to attend.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library. Reception 5-6 p.m. Thursday.

  • A day-long workshop in collaboration with the Betty Ehart Senior Center is a program and a perspective that helps older people develop a balanced plan for their elder years. The workshop, “Awakening the Sage Within” is presented by Drs. Gary and Charlotte Carlson, Ph.D., Jungian Analysts.
    The workshop is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row. Cost is $60, $70 with CEUs.
    The goal is an elder lifestyle that is personally fulfilling and also beneficial to others.
    The highly interactive workshop will introduce “sage-ing” concepts including life review, forgiveness work and issues surrounding mortality. It will help participants explore feelings about aging and the role of spiritual development in later years. Finally, it will begin the development of a personalized plan for elder years, including serving others and leaving a legacy.
    Today, most people approaching their elder years can expect to live another 20 or 30 years. But how do we want to live those years? “Sage-ing” (also known as Spiritual Eldering or Conscious Aging) is a model for living one’s elder years more consciously, more joyfully, and more compassionately.

  • Los Alamos Arts Council Brown Bag Performance Series presents Belisama- Irish Dancers
    Noon Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

  • For teens that are experiencing the effects of stress and pressure, or having trouble concentrating, it can seem impossible with the constant distractions all around. There is a different way to deal. Without leaving the obligations of everyday life behind, teens can learn to manage stress and increase ability to focus. All with the next mindfulness class available this week.  
    The class allows time for learning the foundations of mindfulness training, weekly practice and thoughtful discussion. No experience necessary.
    Space is still available for the eight-week class. Register online or download the Teen Mindfulness Class Registration Form (losalamosjjab.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/teenMindfulnessClass_registration.pdf.)
    Classes begin from 7-8 p.m. today through April 28. There will be no class April 7. Classes will be held at UNM-LA, lecture hall, room 230, building 2 unless otherwise announced.
    This class is for high school teens. The class for adults is full.
    Mindfulness is paying attention with kindness and curiosity to breath, body, thoughts, feelings and what is happening in the world.

  • The column this week is all about kudos. There are so many kudos that need to be handed out and sometimes we get so mired in muck that we forget to be grateful.
    Let us start with the Olympic-sized event that kind of took place at Los Alamos Middle School this weekend. Well, almost the whole weekend.
    The State Speech and Debate tournament kicked off on Thursday as students graciously left early, teachers readied their rooms and volunteers poured in by the droves.
    Margo Batha, Sherri Bublitz, Christine Engelbrecht along with the homeschool community pulled together their finest competitors and volunteers to amass the needed determination and willpower to pull off the coordinating, hosting and judging of about 900 hours of speech and debate.
    How lucky for New Mexico that we had more snow than most of us have seen in quite a number of years. How sad for such a terrific team, their talented teens and a large number of folks willing to step up and lend an ear.
    While it may not have been a perfect weekend you all did, “Own the Room.”
    Let’s stay on the topic of snow.
    There were plenty of good neighbor stories to be found throughout the community. I know that I was witness to two such acts of kindness.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Sierra Club Public Meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, building 200, room 202. Guest speaker will be Angelica Gurule, of the Los Alamos County Green Team leader and county staff liaison to the Environmental Sustainability Board. Public is welcome to attend.

  • 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:


    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.
    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
    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
    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

    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)

  • What do you do when you can’t sleep at night? Make some lopsided pottery in your garage? Amuse yourself with hand puppets? Gaze at the stars? Sign up for an all night dance marathon?
    For the three intertwined couples in this tale of domestic woe, that is exactly what they do — which opens up many proverbial can of worms at 3 a.m.
    The first act centers around an older couple that has seems to have lost their spunk. Caught between what he was and what he has become, Marty (Steven Oakey) is trying desperately to make everything “fine.” His wife, Carol (Kat Sawyer) tries to snap him into reality and is very belittling at times. A new hobby of Marty’s brings out issues that are not so easily resolved.
    At the same time, a younger couple, Andrew and Jessica (Alex Thorne and Stephanie Dees) are dancing in a marathon try to stay awake by talking about their sons, when ideas of expanding their family are discussed becomes an argument.
    A dream sequence that is comedic, as well as terrifying plagues one of them.
    Moving on to a year later, past issues are resolved — to a point, as new ones arise — and again, no one is getting any sleep. The couples are still trying to live as though everything is “fine.”