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Today's Features

  • Applications available for cancer retreat

    Applications are available now for the spring 2015 Family Cancer Retreat. The free educational program provides New Mexico’s adult cancer patients/survivors and their loved ones with tools to better manage the disease, treatment and recovery process. The retreat is scheduled for April 17-19 and will be at the Marriott Pyramid North hotel in Albuquerque.
    More than 300 people from more than 125 New Mexican families coping with cancer are expected to participate, making this the largest general cancer education program in New Mexico and the largest program of its type in the United States. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
    The program will combine discussions and lectures by many of New Mexico’s leading cancer specialists with fun activities that provide a break from the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer.

  • Today
    Geology & Minerals for Kids – Second Session. 1-3 p.m. Geologist Patrick Rowe will hold a special two-part workshop for kids. During the second session, Rowe will go into more detail about how each kind of rock is formed and where it can be found. $20/$16 PEEC members for one session. Registration required. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    First Born Program of Los Alamos launching celebration. A home visitation non-profit organization that supports child development for children ages 0-3 years of age. 5-7 p.m. at Bridge Care for Women, 3500 Trinity Dr.

    The first meeting of the Los Alamos Public Schools 2015 Budget Committee. 5-6:30 p.m. at the high school Speech Theater.

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

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Thursday

  • Author and photographer Don Usner is the featured speaker Thursday at Mesa Public Library. The talk is free and begins at 7 p.m.
    Usner’s latest book, “Chasing Dichos through Chimayó,” was published by UNM Press. The book is a chronicle of his search for the deep roots contained in old sayings, proverbs and adages from a disappearing culture and language.
    The book is also a very personal and moving story of riding in the car with his mother to Chimayó to find those old stories. The stories start with a description of how the storyteller is related to Usner’s branch of the family, and a recounting of common relatives and family stories that use those proverbs to illustrate a point.
    Usner is an accomplished photographer, who has been tapped to provide photographs by the Valles Caldera, Museum of New Mexico and the Lannan Foundation, among others. The book also contains unique photographs of the people and landscapes.
    Usner spent his youth in Los Alamos and Chimayó. Growing up in these places fostered in him a love for the natural landscape and a deep appreciation of his cultural roots in the Rio Grande valley — subjects that have remained a focus of his work throughout his life. Usner was named one of 10 Luminarias in New Mexico by the New Mexico Community Foundation in 2013.

  • The Los Alamos Creative District will present its On Tap series with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center hosting Nature on Tap with a brief presentation and interactive discussion will follow.
    The event will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked — The Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    Positive Energy Solar employee owner and Marketing Director Karen Paramanandam will lead the informal gathering and talk about transitioning Los Alamos toward a new energy paradigm.
    The discussion will cover the current energy mix on the municipal grid and pose questions related to the steps, impacts and consequences of moving off of fossil fuels.
    The Los Alamos Creative District brings On Tap to downtown Los Alamos every first and third Thursday of the month.
    First Thursdays feature rotating themes of history, nature and art hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society, Pajarito Environmental Education Center, or Fuller Lodge Art Center respectively. Science On Tap by the Bradbury Science Museum is every third Thursday of the month.

  • Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley & Los Alamos, Inc. is now accepting applications for a new house in Los Alamos.
    Applicants must currently live or work in Los Alamos to qualify.This is the first time in 20 years Habitat for Humanity is able to build an affordable home in Los Alamos. It is an opportunity to become a homeowner.
    Call 505-747-2690 or 505-614-5853 for more information. Stop by the ReStore at 726 N. Riverside Dr. in Española for an application.

  • Today
    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    “In Bounds.” Abstract expressionism in “The Heat of the Day,” by Dianna Shomaker. Daily Jan. 31-Feb. 22 in the Portal Gallery.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Wednesday
    Geology & Minerals for Kids – Second Session. 1-3 p.m. Geologist Patrick Rowe will hold a special two-part workshop for kids. During the second session, Rowe will go into more detail about how each kind of rock is formed and where it can be found. $20/$16 PEEC members for one session. Registration required. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Today my column is all about me, well actually more all about we.
    The “we,” in my column is, the Lauritzen family, established in 1990. Actually, Feb. 24, 1990, to be exact.
    So how exactly does my 25th wedding anniversary have to do with the building of the Assets you ask? My answer is everything of course, but mainly the Asset category of support.
    Twenty-five years ago today, not only did I marry a really great guy, Chad, also known as the “Sci Guy,” but I consider today when our entire family started.
    We have three rather lovely young men that we are pretty fond of, Chandler, a freshman at UNM-LA, the community college feel with university appeal, who wants to be a pharmacist. Also the proud owner of Fuzzball, a dog he bought with his own money in sixth grade.
    Next we have Spencer, a Los Alamos High School junior, Naval Junior ROTC cadet and the dad of 8-month-old Alex. Don’t worry he’s a German shepherd, Akita mix, also paid for with his own money.
    The youngest is Aaron, Los Alamos Middle School eight grade student and WEB Crew leader. His own dog will come at some point, please one family can only handle so much dog hair.

  • 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 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 — An 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.
    Charlie — A 9-year-old, neutered, male Maine coon cross who is reported to be good with adults, gentle children and cats. He might be fine with gentle dogs also, as he is a mellow cat. Charlie loves to be petted and interact with people. He will receive a veterinary update and become available for adoption. Charlie’s long lovely coat requires frequent brushing.

  • Los Alamos High School coaches Margo Batha and Christine Engelbrecht, Los Alamos Middle School coach Sherri Bublitz, Jemez Mountain Home School coach Carolyn Connor are seeking volunteers to judge speech and debate rounds or donate food to feed visiting coaches and volunteer judges. Judges have to be 18 or over, in any profession. Volunteers may or may not be associated with Los Alamos Public Schools. Judges must commit to a minimum of two volunteer hours.

    A variety of snacks, entrées and beverages are needed and 30 coaches who will be volunteering their time at the state tournament. Donations of disposable plates, silverware, and napkins are also welcome and appreciated. Food and drink donations are needed at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on each of the three days of the tournament. Register at http://bit.ly/1z4Gpmw to donate food for the state tournament.

     “The Los Alamos Speech and Debate community is thrilled to host the State Speech and Debate Championships. With our outstanding judge pool and supportive community, we know the tournament will be a success,” said Batha, Hilltalkers and president of the New Mexico State Speech and Debate Association.

  • Feb. 22-28, 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: Chile cheese dog
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Low vision/hearing             support
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Hot turkey             sandwich
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.    “Friends” meeting
    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