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Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council and Atomic City Transit (ACT) provided safe ride services once again to Los Alamos residents.
    Although the ridership was not as high as past events, those that did take advantage of the free ride were taken home safely.
    “The service worked like a charm; Armando at dispatch and Jonathan the driver were just wonderful,” said Los Alamos resident Tina Sibbitt. “I changed my return pick up time about three times due to having too much fun, and they were absolutely OK with that. Please give my thanks to the county for this service and people are crazy if they don’t take advantage of it!”
    The DWI Planning Council and ACT hope that people will take Sibbitt’s advice for the next Buzz Bus event on St. Patrick’s Day. The council and ACT are also developing a schedule and route for a shuttle-type Buzz Bus service for the upcoming Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond. For questions about the Buzz Bus service, or for those interested in joining the DWI Planning Council, contact Kirsten Bell, at kirsten.bell@lacnm.us or 662-8241.

  • TODAY
    Adult Broomball at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each person will need to bring their own broom to play. Helmets and pads are suggested but not required. No passes accepted. Cost is $5 per person, ages 16 and older. For more information, call the Ice Rink at 662-4500 or the Aquatic Center front desk at 662-8170, or visit losalamosnm.us/rec.  

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have a day out. They will join the NMFRW at the Roundhouse, then lunch and finally a tour of the New Mexico Supreme Court  Building.  Anyone interested should email losalamosfrw@gmail.com for more information.

    Astronomy Show: History of Cosmic Distance at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join Dr. Paul Arendt to explore the history of how we learned the distances to stars. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Snowshoe Hike in the Valles Caldera from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join a ranger and PEEC on a 2-2.5 hour, easy-to-moderate snowshoe hike in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Preserve entrance fee.

    Parenting the Love and Logic Way class from 8:15-10:30 a.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St. A class for parents of teens. Free, thanks to Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. To register, visit lafsn.org, or call 662-4515.

  • TODAY
    February Night Sky Show from 7-8 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    The Jemez Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock will have its Bag Sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    SATURDAY
    Mesa Public Library book fair from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the library, 2400 Central Ave. Several local authors will have books available for purchase.

     The Jemez Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock will have its Bag Sale from 9 a.m.-noon. (The thrift shop closes at noon on bag day Saturdays.)
    SUNDAY
    Española Valley and Los Alamos for a Super Bowl fundraiser at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Pajarito Brew Pub. Kickoff is scheduled for local time. If your team did not make it to the Big Game, drown your disappointment with one of 30 beers on tap or 52 in the bottle. Pajarito Brew Pub General Manager Patrick Mockler-Wood has agreed to donate 10 percent of the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity on all food and drink orders during the game.

    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.

  • One column would never be enough to mention all of the great things that happened last weekend.
    That’s right, on Saturday night, more than 100 people braved the weather conditions to celebrate the annual Community Asset Awards. The evening highlighted a variety of great work being done in the community by those young and young at heart.
    Today, I want to highlight those in the background that do the work and allow others to shine.
    It probably started two months ago, when the current Leadership Los Alamos class, quite possibly the best class, took the idea of a fellow classmate, okay my husband Chad, and helped him run with it.
    The goal was to increase the youth nominations more than ever before, after a year when they were sadly absent from the annual event.
    The good news is they indeed helped us to accomplish that goal with a record 33 youth being celebrated Saturday night. There were even four youth nominated twice for different efforts.
    Technically 94 names were celebrated, representing individuals, clubs, organizations and businesses.  
    Those Leadership Los Alamos students were Kirsten Bell, Kim Sherwood, Desiree Mendonca and Mihaela Popa-Simil.

  • Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) announced their annual Spirit of the West winner, named for former county council member Jim West.
    Lois Eddleman has been volunteering for the Los Alamos County Fair for over 55 years.  
    Eddleman was nominated by Claire Swinhoe, who described Eddleman as someone with an energy level and stamina, which are amazing.  
    At the county fair each year, as well as helping secure the superintendents, volunteers and officials, she also provides food for the volunteers during the three days of fair. This year, she brought back her famous “sloppy Joe’s,” which are well known and enjoyed by all.  
    This year, she is also teaching more than 30 piano students, possibly connecting with thousands of Los Alamos children, their parents and siblings throughout the years.
    “I have great admiration and respect for her,” said Swinhoe. “Not least of all is the reason that she has been volunteering since 1961, but the fact that Lois is 91 years young.”
    Eddleman will receive a handcrafted award made by Richard Ronquillo.
    The Community Asset Awards was sponsored by Champions of Youth Ambitions and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.
    Read more on all of the award nominees later this week.

  • TODAY
    Business After Hours from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Rose Chocolatier, 149 Central Park Square. Get some ideas for Valentines Day. Drop your business card in the bowl for a drawing for a door prize from Flowers by Gillian.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members. More information at peecnature.org.

    Backcountry Film Festival at 7 p.m. Join us for an evening of inspiring and entertaining short films along with prizes and fun. Cost is $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

    Topper Review 2017 at 7 p.m. for a preview at Duane Smith Auditorium. Do you like singing, dancing, and bad jokes? Then do we have the show for you. Come to the Topper Revue experience of a lifetime. Watch as dozens of acts from all across the land perform Topper Revue 2017 at the Duane Smith Auditorium from January 26-28. Starting at 7 p.m. for a preview, and for a performance Friday and Saturday, and a matinee Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Student tickets for the matinee and all tickets for the preview are $5.
    FRIDAY

  • The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program is holding its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale.
    Proceeds from the sale will support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill people.
    Daffodil pre-orders are being taken now through March 3.
    People can order the following items:  
    • A single bunch (10 stems) for $5
    • A small glass vase with single bunch for $10
    • A small glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) for $15
    •A large glass vase with three bunches (30 stems) $20.
    Delivery is free with any $10 minimum order to a single address.
    Flowers will be delivered March 11 or customers can pick them the orders up at “Daffodil Central” (call LAVNS for location in Central Park Square) from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 9 and 10.
    Watch for location sales at Los Alamos National Bank, both Smith’s grocery stores, Pig + Fig bakery and café, Uli’s Clothing Boutique and the Betty Ehart Senior Center March 9 and 10.
    The sale is sponsored in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico and Walmart.
    Anyone who would like to place an order, can call Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service (the only local hospice) at 662-2525 or order online at lavns.com.

  • Philanthropic efforts are meant to help the less fortunate, but the benefits of being charitable also extend to those doing the giving. The National Institutes of Health found research participants who chose to donate a portion of the $100 they were provided enjoyed activated pleasure centers in the brain. Being charitable also can motivate others to give, including children who realize the benefits of philanthropy.
    Another benefit of being generous is that it can recharge a person’s life for the better. Donating time or money can create opportunities to meet new people who support the same causes. This may be the driving force behind countries around the world that have established themselves as the most giving per capita.

  • To help the local business community enhance their personal branding in 2017, projectY cowork and Paulina Gwaltney Photography will offer an open house for professional headshots from noon-7 p.m. Wednesday.
    The event will be held at Paulina Gwaltney’s studio at 3500 Trinity Dr., Ste. D1. Gwaltney will take walk-ins for headshot sittings, which will take about 15 minutes. On that day, all people in need of a new professional portrait will receive a $101 credit, which will bring the cost of a headshot to only $99 (normally a $200 value). All clients will be presented with three quality headshots from which to choose.
    Gwaltney is also offering custom packages for small business and corporate teams for individual headshots and group photos. Visit paulinagwaltney.com or contact her at info@paulinagwaltney.com.

  • The National Park Service at Bandelier National Monument is soliciting input on an Environmental Assessment for a project that proposes to construct two tri-plex housing units for temporary employees, and two group campsites for work crews, in the park’s Mesa Housing Area.
    The tri-plexes would replace four NPS-owned trailers which were set up in 1982 to be used for office space and housing for temporary employees.  In the intervening years they have deteriorated from age and are subject to rodent infestation; they are now condemned and unusable.  
    The tri-plex houses replacing the trailers would house five to nine NPS employees. The two 20-person campsites will provide facilities for short-term NPS work groups, researchers, and volunteers. Formerly, such crews have had to camp in Juniper Campground, which is intended and designed for family camping by park visitors.
    Detailed information on this project is available online at parkplanning.nps.gov/triplex; look under the “Open for Comment” tab.  Comments can be submitted at that location, online, or by mail to:  Superintendent, Bandelier National Monument, 15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, NM  87544. Comments are most useful if submitted by March 12.