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Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum is holding a winter series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?” on Feb. 16.
    The group meets at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church on the third Tuesday of the month. A video/presentation begins at 6 p.m. group discussion at 6:30 p.m.

  • 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.

  • Diabetes mellitus, also called sugar diabetes, is becoming more prevalent in today’s society. Like humans, dogs can develop diabetes and may need medical care throughout their lifetime to manage the disease.
    Diabetes mellitus is characterized by a lack or relative deficiency of a hormone called insulin. This hormone is produced by the pancreas and is needed to store energy from food and to use glucose for fuel. Dr. Audrey Cook, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how an insulin deficiency can negatively affect a dog’s health.
    “In people, the two most common forms of diabetes are Type 1 and Type 2,” she said. “Type 1 diabetics do not make insulin at all and will need insulin injections for life. This is typically the type of diabetes that we see in dogs. In some cases, chronic inflammation of the pancreas—called pancreatitis—can gradually destroy cells that produce insulin in canines, resulting in diabetes. On rare occasions, we even see dogs that become transiently diabetic following a heat cycle. This is called diestrus diabetes.”

  • Back on Feb. 11, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill authorizing the establishment of a beautiful but little-known park, Bandelier National Monument. It is rich in archeological sites and dramatic landscapes.
    Thursday is the one hundredth anniversary of that event, and the park is planning special events throughout the year to celebrate.
    “It is our honor and privilege to be stewards for Bandelier National Monument," said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott . "The staff take great pride in preserving and protecting the monument’s extraordinary resources, and we’re all looking forward to providing a range of exceptional experiences during Bandelier’s Centennial year.”
    Also, 2016 is also the centennial of the National Park Service, created on Aug. 25 of the same year. So there will be centennial celebrations at the other 408 National Park Service areas throughout the country.  
    On Thursday, the park’s birthday, members of the park staff will be giving out cupcakes to local shoppers at the Smith’s store in Los Alamos.
    The Friends of Bandelier, the organization of private citizens who love and provide support for the park, will also be there.

  • Feb. 7-14, 2016
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beer Battered Cod
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Enchilada
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45  a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:15 a.m.        Music with Ruth    

  • 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!