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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Angel Fire Resort, located in the southern Rocky Mountains is throwing its 11th Annual Big Ol’ Texas Weekend party on Friday and Saturday. It’s an appreciation weekend to thank the ski area’s loyal Texas crowd, which makes up more than 50 of its winter visitors, with themed entertainment, live music and special discounts for those living in Texas and in other parts of the country.
    “While we’re bringing back some of our favorite events from years past for this annual tribute weekend we are adding in a new Denim and Diamonds Ball, as well as, a day-long Texas Tailgate party at our base area,” said Dan Swanson, director of marketing, Angel Fire Resort. “If you’re looking for a great guys weekend, Angel Fire is the place to be with a poker tournament, a steak-eating contest, brews, BBQ and whiskey tastings and of course ski deals. If you’re on the hunt for a fun couples getaway then the Denim and Diamonds three-course dinner, Jim Beam Whiskey Tasting event and live music at our Country Club is a perfect tie-in to a weekend on the slopes.”
    In celebration, discounted lift tickets and lodging packages for the weekend are available online-with advance purchase only.
    The weekend will kick off Friday night with Texas themed events:  

  • 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.

  • Today
    For the January meeting of the Los Alamos Genealogical Association, Kent Parsons will lead a discussion on “Descendancy Research” at 7 p.m., upstairs in the meeting room of the Mesa Public Library. The public is invited. The usual no-host social dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. at China Moon before the meeting.

    Backcountry Film Festival. 7 p.m. The Backcountry Film Festival is back in Los Alamos for another year, with nine unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled. Pajarito Brewpub returns to sell beer and wine. Reel Deal Theater. $12 advance/$15 at door. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Authors Speak Series. Sharon Oard Warner. Author of “Sophie’s House of Cards,” a family novel set in New Mexico. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Temporary exhibit: Saul Hertz, MD: A pioneer in the Use of Radioactive Isotopes. Daily through Jan. 31 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Keep It Classy. Ongoing at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Friday

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Today

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Temporary exhibit: Saul Hertz, MD: A pioneer in the Use of Radioactive Isotopes. Daily through Jan. 31 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Keep It Classy. Ongoing at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Thursday
    For the January meeting of the Los Alamos Genealogical Association, Kent Parsons will lead a discussion on “Descendancy Research” at 7 p.m., upstairs in the meeting room of the Mesa Public Library. The public is invited. The usual no-host social dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. at China Moon before the meeting.

    Backcountry Film Festival. 7 p.m. The Backcountry Film Festival is back in Los Alamos for another year, with nine unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled. It promises to be an evening of entertainment, prizes, and fun. Pajarito Brewpub returns to sell beer and wine. Reel Deal Theater. $12 advance/$15 at door. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Author and teacher Sharon Oard Warner will talk about her work for this month’s Authors Speak Series. Her latest book, “Sophie’s House of Cards,” was published by UNM Press in October.
    Warner will bring copies of her books to sell and sign. The event starts at 7 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Rotunda.
    Warner is also the author of “Deep in the Heart,” and “Learning to Dance and Other Stories,” and the editor of “The Way We Write Now, Short Stories from the AIDS Crisis.” She teaches creative writing at the University of New Mexico.
    “Sophie’s House of Cards,” is set in New Mexico, where Warner has made her home for many years, so the descriptions of the landscape, flora and seasons will ring true to every New Mexican. The family portrayed in the novel also carries that same sense of authenticity. Peggy, Jack, Sophie and Ian are just moving forward, in the way of most families, until the young Sophie finds herself pregnant. That fact causes the family to examine everything about how they have been living. The house of cards in the title refers both to the fragility of the stories people construct in order to proceed, and also to Tarot cards, which introduce each chapter.

  • Financial aid workshop available to help students

    A representative from the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation will be at Los Alamos High School to help students and parents complete the Financial Aid Application at the FAFSA Workshop at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the MacLab (located in the IMC).
    Parents and students will need to bring several important documents to complete the FAFSA, including a 2014 Federal Income Tax Return, W-2 Forms, birth date, Social Security number, any 2014 business and investment mortgage information, business farm records, stock, bond and other investment records, and current bank statements and an alien registration card for non-U.S. citizens.
    For more information on FAFSA, go to nmknowledge4college.org.

    Kiosk art contest now underway

    Los Alamos MainStreet announces the “Living Los Alamos” Kiosks Art Contest. The contest is a call for original photographs or artwork that represent “Living Los Alamos.”
    Winning art will be displayed in the four directional kiosks along Central Avenue. The only qualification is that the art should be representative of living in Los Alamos or the surrounding area.