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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
    Cordelia — A short haired, all-black cat with a tiny little white patch on her chest and a small notch out of her ear. She was trapped on 48th Street on New Year’s Eve, and she was certainly happy to be somewhere warm for the new year! She is extremely friendly, and now that she has received a clean bill of health, she’s ready for her own warm, indoor home.

  • Jan. 8: A boy, Jayceon Salazar, born to Eryana and Julian Salazar
    Jan. 15: A girl, Kayleigh Suzanne Hollowell, born to Brittany and Ben Hollowell
    Jan. 17: A boy, Elisa Daniel Mora, born to Samantha Jo Martinez and Isidro Urias Mora

  • Jan. 25-31, 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
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Pasta primavera
    12:15 p.m.    Smart Driver course
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Tilapia
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.    “Friends”
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table Tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken chile             cheese soup
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate             bridge

  • The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will be having its winter concert, once again under the direction of Music Director Mary Badarak and accompanied by Cindy Little.
    More than 70 singers and 35-40 members of the Los Alamos Symphonic Orchestra will grace the stage at 4 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. This year’s concert has an unusually large group of participants this year, according to coordinator Chuck Tallman. “It’s an amazing for this little town,” he said. The number of participants have continued to grow as the years go by.
    Tallman has been involved with the choral society for 43 years. “I’ve always been active in it and it is one of the main reasons I stay in Los Alamos,” Tallman said, who worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for more than 30 years and is treasurer of the choral society.
    Two programs will be presented. First, will be Anitonia Viavaldi’s “Gloria,” followed by  Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore K. 339. The text for both will contain an English translations.

  • Los Alamos High School freshmen counselor Michelle Harrison, along with co-sponsors Sherri Smith and Family Resource Advocate, Troy Palmer spent the first weekend in November at the Sipapu Ski Resort for the Natural Helpers Fall Retreat. The JJAB collaboration yielded the training of 18 new Natural Helpers students and a refresher for three returning members.
    The goal of Natural Helpers is to help and support other students, to learn ways of caring for themselves and each other, and to help foster a safe and supportive environment in their school and community.
    A theme that seemed to return for the team was that everyone is special in their own way and how important it is emphasize the uniqueness of each individual and what they bring to the group.
    “We had an amazing time and formed a tremendous bond with one another,” Harrison said. “I look forward to working with each of them and getting to know the additional members as the year progresses.”
    As one of their many projects, the Natural Helpers brought about a weeklong event earlier this month called, The Attitudes of Gratitude Bucket Challenge. The students worked to man tables allowing students and staff to identify the many things they are thankful for in life on a daily basis. Their goal was to fill a 5-gallon bucket by the end of the week.

  • The 28th Annual Taos Winter Wine Festival will be uncorking a palatable blend of new additions to the event including an Aprés Ski Tasting at the newly remodeled TSV Resort Center and chairlift access to Taos Ski Valley’s Kachina Peak along with the return of key festival events including the Grand Tasting, Reserve Tasting, wine-paired dinners and seminars.
    Taos’ best restaurants will serve their finest signature appetizers paired with tastes of reserve wines from 40 participating wineries during the Reserve Tasting from 4-6 p.m. Jan. 29. The evening includes a silent auction of wines to benefit the Taos High School Culinary Arts Program. The cost is $75 per person and will be at the El Monte Sagrado Resort.
    Master Sommelier Joseph Spellman will be joined by importer Charles Neal to lead an Old World versus New World Blind Tasting with four pairs of wines on Jan. 29 at El Monte Sagrado Resort — a great way to test one’s wine knowledge and learn at the same time. The “Old World vs. New World Blind Tasting” seminar begins at 2:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at taoswinterwinefest.com.

  • The Family YMCA is celebrating National Mentoring Month throughout January by continuing to bring awareness about the Y’s Reach & Rise youth mentoring program and the ongoing need for caring adults in Los Alamos.
    Being a caring adult is great, but when caring adults put forth caring actions it changes the course of a child’s life. Youth mentoring guarantees to a young person that somebody cares about them.
    During the month of January, Reach & Rise is looking for five Los Alamos adults over the age of 23 to participate in the next Reach & Rise youth mentoring training.
    Kim, a Reach & Rise Y mentor talks about why she chooses to mentor a Los Alamos youth. “I have always loved the movie ‘The Sound of Music,’ and I always especially loved the relationship between Maria (the new governess of the Von Trapp children) and the Liesl (the eldest of the seven Von Trapp children). From the outset, Liesl von Trapp claims, ‘I don’t need a governess,’ but Liesl quickly and repeatedly learns about the great help and guidance that she can receive from governess Maria.”
    Like Liesl and the rest of the Von Trapp children, many mentors have had similar guide, such as sisters, brothers, aunties, godparents, or even that babysitter who also came to all of the kinder-kick games.

  • Applications available for Veterans Creative Arts Festival
     
    New Mexico’s veterans are invited to show off their talents in the 13th annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival to be held Feb. 25-27 at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1501 San Pedro Dr. SE, Albuquerque.
    Main divisions for the festival are Music, Art, Creative Writing, Drama and Dance. Local winners go on to compete at the national level via digital images and videotape.
    The Visual Arts entries will be on display from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 25-26 in the Recreation Hall (Building 2), while the Performance Arts competition takes place from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Education Auditorium (Building 39). First-place winners from local competition may be invited to the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival taking place Oct. 12-19 in Durham, N.C.
     The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Legion Auxiliary, is the culmination of a yearlong, fine arts talent competition involving more than 3,000 participants nationwide. The festival is open to all veterans receiving care at VA medical facilities, including NMVAHCS veteran employees.

  • Air Force Airman 1st Class Ramiro A. Pereyra, of Los Alamos graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.
    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
    Pereyra is the son of James H. and Adrienne Y. Lovato of Los Alamos, and grandson of Vangie and Vicente Lovato of Española and Karen V. and Frankie L. Sandoval of Los Alamos.
    He is a 2014 graduate of Los Alamos High School.
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    Sakura Kawano, of Los Alamos was named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester for 2014-15 academic year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester.
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    Miranda Olinger, of Los Alamos, was named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota.
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  • When Geologist Patrick Rowe leads a trip for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, it always fills up with a waiting list equally as long.
    So this time, PEEC decided to bring Rowe to the PEEC nature center, to give everyone a chance to learn from Rowe’s extensive knowledge about geology.
    The free program begins 7 p.m. Wednesday. Rowe will share and discuss samples from his amazing rock collection, making special note of what can be found in northern New Mexico.
    The event will be a great introduction to local geology, or a refresher for those already knowledgeable about the subject.
    The program is free, and no advance registration is required. To learn more about this and other PEEC programs, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or call 662-0460.