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Today's Features

  • Join Ming Franz, an International Artist Magazine's recent grand prize winner, will teach a splash color workshop at the Fuller Lodge Art Center this weekend.

    The class will be from 9:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    Beginning with ancient black-and-white splash, the class will evolve into marbling splash and then abstract splash using liquid watercolor, acrylic, and Asian ink.

    The foundation of this painting process is based on principles originating in Tang Dynasty China with a technique, known as PoMo. Essentially the artist freely "splashes" liquid color onto stacks of dampened sheets of mulberry paper. After the sheets dry, they are separated and the real magic begins.

  • The LAPS Healthy Schools Initiative invites parents, teachers, and community members to join a Community Book Read sponsored by 100+ Women Who Care and the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.
    LAPS staff meet regularly in professional learning circles to read and discuss the latest developments in educational research and practice. These book groups have been supported by the LAPS Foundation and other generous funders. The Healthy Schools Initiative is offering this opportunity to the community.
    The first selection is the book “How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims.” Having spent 10 years as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, Lythcott-Haims served as an advocate for young adults.
    In her work and her personal life, the author saw first-hand how our best intentions can prevent children from developing the skills they need to thrive, she said. The book includes a discussion of the pitfalls of overhelping our children as well as practical suggestions for raising resilient adults.

  • National Kick Butts Day activities will be Wednesday at Los Alamos High School.
    The LAPS Prevention Office is working with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids to encourage young people to kick the habit or to avoid using tobacco.
    The high school Robotics Department and the Art Department have created a visual display to “Destroy Tobacco” which will take place during lunch-time activities.
    Free tobacco cessation programs are also available for students and staff members and information can be accessed by calling Bernadette Lauritzen in the Prevention Office at 663-3252.

  • “Fresh Out” is a 12-minute comedy by local playwright, Robert F. Benjamin. The comedy will be performed by Pat Beck and Kate Ramsey at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The performance is free and will include a “talkback” after the show.
    “Fresh Out” is a wacky, evocative comedy. Since Ruby, who is in her late 60s, became a widow several years ago, she’s had several brief romances. When another fling is about to collapse, she is at a crossroads. Should she continue to wallow in regrets about failed romances or embrace a new perspective on late-in-life companionship? Can Ruby become energized to take on a fresh approach to courtship? Of what use are regrets, anyway? What can seniors do about regrets?

  • 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 the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Mr. Whiskers—A big tabby cat that is about 4 years old. Changes are a bit stressful for him, so he will likely need a little bit of time to adjust to his new home. He can be independent, but he’s also very sweet and likes to snuggle when he’s in the mood! He is okay with mellow cats, but other dominant males sometimes bother him.
    Lemon —A sweet older cat that was left at the front door of the shelter with no information or history. Lemon is in foster care receiving treatment for diabetes; her foster home reports that they call her Sugar, since she’s so sweet! When Lemon is feeling better, she’ll be looking for a mellow home that is understanding of the needs of a diabetic cat.

  • Feb. 21 — A boy. Ira Daniel Weis. Born to Danielle Hauck and Eric Weis.
    Feb. 22 — A boy. Jared Smidt. Born to Esther and Joe Smidt.
    Feb. 25 —A girl. Ginny Lynn Williams. Born to Anna and Dwigth Williams.
    March 3 — A girl. Olivia Lake Parish. Born to Amanda Babicke and Mychael Parish.

  • March 12-18
    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: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY    
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    9:45 a.m.        Pilates
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Soft Beef Taco
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Frito Pie (Pi-Day)
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY    
    8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.    LAVA Quilters
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus
    10:30 a.m.        Music w/Ruth

  • If you’ve noticed your pet’s eye lenses becoming cloudy or opaque, your pet could be developing cataracts.
    Though cataracts can decrease vision, or even cause complete blindness, not every companion animal that develops cataracts requires surgery. Dr. Lucien Vallone, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how cataracts can affect pets.
    “A cataract is an opacity of the lens,” Vallone said. “A clear lens is necessary for good vision; thus, any opacification can cause decreased vision. However, not all cataracts are the same. Some cases of cataracts are so severe they can cause blindness and inflammation in the eye, which may cause significant discomfort. Some cases are small enough they don’t interfere with vision at all and should be monitored.”
    All companion animals can develop cataracts, but Vallone said cataracts are common in dogs. Several breeds of dogs may be predisposed to cataracts, though not every dog within these breeds are affected.

  • TODAY
    Los Alamos Little Theatre’s “The Other Place” play shows at 2 p.m. at the Los Alamos Performance Center, 1670 Nectar St. This compelling drama centers on Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged.
    MONDAY
    The United Church of Los Alamos’s annual Mexico Mission live and silent auction. The church is looking for the donation of auction items to build homes for the poor during spring break. Auction items can include; art, jewelry, household items, gift certificates, services and more. Items can be left at the church during business hours and those with large items can request a pick up by calling 662-2971 and leaving your contact information. The United Church is located at 2525 Canyon Road.

    Feature Film: From Earth to the Universe at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy 180 degrees of entertainment. Join us on a colorful and inspiring journey through our universe. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    TUESDAY
    Nature Playtimes, Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.

  • Think doing the laundry has to be a boring task that sucks up all of theprecious hours that could be spent relaxing? Say no more. “Film Festival,” Los Alamos’ go-to place for movie rentals and coffee, now offers a coin-op laundry service.
    The store has six washers and six dryers. Drying costs $1.25 a load and $2.75 for a wash, giving folks a $4 bargain that is somewhat less expensive that other laundromats “off the hill.”
    Leisure time-wise, it pays for itself in other ways, too.
    “There’s a TV back there so if you’re in the middle of March Madness you won’t miss anything,” co-owner Abbie Burk said. “We’re making it a quiet place for people, where they can get a coffee and wait it out.”
    For those who want to watch a movie, Film Festival has that aspect covered, as well.
    “We’re going to look at doing specials, where if someone brings in their laptop, they can get a reduced rental DVD for the time they’re in here”, Burk said.
    Burk and her husband Brad have owned and operated the store for 21 years, after taking it over from Gerry Washburn. Washburn went on to become a teacher, then assistant superintendent with the Los Alamos Public Schools. He left Los Alamos in 2015 to become a school superintendent in Roseburg, Oregon.