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Today's Features

  • TODAY
    The United Thrift Shop will have a half-price sale on everything to do with Valentine’s Day.
    THURSDAY
    Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The presentation will be given by Ron Smith and it is entitled “Understanding Genealogical DNA Test Results and One User’s Experience with the Different Tests. The traditional no-host social dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. at China Moon Restaurant.

    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.

    Art on Tap from 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square in Los Alamos. The Los Alamos Museum of Art will be there to talk about Los Alamos’ newest art entity. The museum will speak about their mission as a museum, upcoming educational programs, art collections, and they will have some of their pieces on display. They will also hold a question and answer session, as well as bring up an awareness of the importance of the arts.
    FRIDAY
    Astronomy Show: Asteroid Threats at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join us to learn about asteroids-the close calls, current risk, and how we know what to expect. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  •  Bring a take out (or brown bag lunch) and come hear a talk for free at noon Friday in the Chamber Conference Room 109 Central Park Square.
    The topic is “Diversify Your Income Stream”   with presenter Shelly A. Wiemann, a financial advisor with Edward Jones.
    Reserve a seat online at losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/take-out-talk-feb-2017-201.

  • Claire Swinhoe was recently invited to join the Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) Board of Directors for her love to promote the great youth of the community.
    When asked why she joined, she said, “Having worked with students at the Los Alamos Middle School for almost five years, I met some incredible young people and came to appreciate them for all their amazing qualities, compassion and caring.
    C’YA announces their fundraiser for the month of February, bake a plate of cookies, snap a photo and send it to them or donate $5 to their community youth award fund.
    Then challenge three others to do the same.

  • U.S. Senator Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C. office.
    For more information and to apply for an internship, visit tomudall.senate.gov/internships.
    During the upcoming summer internship program, Udall’s office in Washington, D.C., will host two summer sessions: May 30 to June 30, and July 3 to Aug. 4.
    Applications and letters of recommendation for either summer internship session must be submitted by March 15.
    “Internships on Capitol Hill offer students a unique opportunity to learn about the inner workings of our government and experience firsthand how a Senate office works,” Udall said. “These internships allow students to attend committee hearings and House and Senate floor proceedings, give them the chance to learn how to write a press release, research legislation and draft correspondence, and provide an invaluable, educational experience for anyone interested in pursuing a career in government or public service.”
    Students of all majors are encouraged to apply and internships may count toward college credit. Students should check with their respective college or university for requirements.

  • The LANL Foundation supports the work of schools, nonprofits and community programs in northern New Mexico through its grants program. Changes have been made to the grantmaking process to assure fair distribution of funds and alignment of outside programs with Foundation strategies.
    Public school districts, nonprofit New Mexico educational institutions, IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) organizations, government agencies, and Pueblo/Tribal communities are eligible to apply for grants of up to $2,500. The individual grant amount was increased from $1,500 to be more impactful. However fewer allocations will be made, making the process more competitive.
    Grant applications are now accepted quarterly instead of monthly. Deadlines are Feb. 15, May 15, Aug. 15 and Nov. 15. Award notification and funding will be received within one month of each deadline. Grantees have one full year to spend the money, rather than three months as in prior years.
    There are two types of grants for which an organization, school or program may be eligible. Education Outreach Grants directly support public school children in grades K–12.
    The updated application form and instructions may be found online at lanlfoundation.org/grants.
    For more information, contact LANL Foundation grants coordinator Sally Gallegos at 505-753-8890 or sally@lanlfoundation.org.

  • Today, I hope you’ll indulge me in a lesson in time travel.
    I feel like the most important thing you can learn from me is how fast time goes when you have children. I assume because for adults it becomes a new measure of time. I’m not sure what it is called exactly, “BC,” before children and “AC,” after children, but hopefully you are aware before it is too late.
    If you know me well, the most important thing in life is our children. The bad news for them is that doesn’t mean that we buy them everything.
    Hopefully it does mean we have passed along some wisdom, some life skills, some meaning that all of this daily grind is supposed to be worth it.
    On Saturday, our oldest, Chandler, one of a handful of fine folks that printed this very newspaper you are reading, turns 21. It’s probably the most important age for a young person today. It is also probably the last “celebrated” age.
    Sure we turn 30 or 40 or 50, but the same excitement doesn’t exist until that age is close to a retirement number.
    This beautiful baby boy came into our lives on Feb. 11, 1996 and it seems like yesterday.
    His beautiful blue eyes, just like his dad and these big box like feet, ahh that’s my boy.

  • Art exhibits
    The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, 601 Eubank SE in Albuquerque, will host “Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944: An Installation by American Sculptor Jim Sanborn,” through Oct. 8. This special exhibit, created by world renowned sculptor Jim Sanborn – best known for creating the encrypted “Kryptos” sculpture at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia – invites visitors to explore and study the recreations of the super secret experiments from the Manhattan Project’s atomic bomb program. The museum is open from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., 361 days a year. For information, visit nuclearmuseum.org, or call 505-245-2137.

  • Jim O’Donnell, director of operations of the Reel Deal Theater, treated students of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos’ Intro to Film Studies class (MA210) to a tour of the projection room Feb. 1, then a viewing of the musical film “La La Land.”  
    A topic of discussion was the transition from film projectors to digital projectors. The students in this semester-long course at UNM-LA have already studied the history of musicals in film.  
    Follow up projects will address how specific techniques employed in the film impact the overall experience for the viewer. “La La Land” has garnered 214 award nominations, and received 144 awards.
    The film also has 14 nominations for the Oscar Awards, which will be announced on Feb 26. Hardy and the students gave the experience behind the scenes at Reel Deal Theater “two thumbs up!”

  •  Family Night is set for 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities for the whole family with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey. The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m.
    Mark your calendars: the second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the nature center. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all. For more information about this and other programs offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Los Alamos offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
    The “Savvy Caregiver Program” course will be held each Wednesday from Feb. 21 through April 4.
    The program will be held once per week at the Aspen Ridge Lodge Retirement Home, 1010 Sombrillo Court. Each class lasts two hours from 1-3 p.m. The course is free and open to all.
    This evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behavior. It also imparts tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to Alzheimer’s caregivers.
    The course explains the signs, impacts and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease.
    To register, or for further information, please contact Tina De Luz at (505) 266-4473, or email her at tdelaluz@alz.org. You can also contact Mary Yamada at (505) 661-0066, or email her at mary.d.yamada@gmail.com.
    Class size is limited and they do fill up quickly. Call now to register. Participants may be reimbursed for the cost of having others tend to their loved one while they attend the classes.