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Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will be holding a bake sale fundraiser from 3-6 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr.
    The high school speech and debate team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including brownies, cookies, breads and cakes. Baked goods will be available in small portions, as well as whole cakes and loaves.
    The speech and debate team is raising money to send 10 students from Los Alamos High School to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Dallas in June. To date, this is the largest group of Hilltalkers to qualify to attend the annual NSDA tournament.
    Among those students attending are seniors Sudeep Dasari, Benjamin Duan, James Sinnis, Aniruddha Nadiga, Irene Gerrish; juniors Rebecca Cai, Katherine Wang; and sophomores William McCumber, Robert Zhu and Wilbur Wang.
    Veteran head coach, Margo Batha, and assistant coach, Christine Engelbrecht, will also attend with a number of chaperones.
    “This De-Bake Sale is our third and final fundraiser for this trip. We really need to raise our last $1,500 to make this trip affordable for our students,” Batha said.  
    “This has been an amazing year for the Hilltalkers and I could not be more proud of my kids,” Engelbrecht said.

  • Los Alamos High School students have ranked nationally in the 80th annual event, according to Lisa Narug, national director of Le Grand Concours, a national French contest.
    The students ranked were Zoe Hemez (gold medal), Opale Schappert (gold medal), Theodore Warner (silver medal), Elise Koskelo (silver medal), Rebecca Cai (bronze medal), Irene Kwon (bronze medal) and Esperanza Tapia (bronze medal).
    Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French. More than 90,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2015 event.
    More than 20 LAHS students entered the competition under the direction of their French teacher Louise Foliot-Gentile.
    In addition to these national and chapter winners, Serena Birnbaum, Sophia Jeffery, Kayleen Lederman, Sophia Li, Beatrice Nisoli, Michael Mallett and Ariel Rawls ranked in the top 10 in the New Mexico Chapter.

  • Four Los Alamos High School seniors were recently awarded $2,500 scholarships by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.
    The selected students were Astrid Hengartner, Madeleine LeScouarnec, Kimberly Pestovich and Sarah Wallstrom. A fifth senior, Sopahn Kellogg, was selected to receive the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.
    The students each submitted a personal narrative of about 500 words on a book which was not required for school and which has not been translated into a visual medium.
    They were asked to tell their readers in what ways the book has added to their understanding of the human condition or has enhanced their life.
    Volunteer readers for the Friends of the Libraries were Patty Kokesh, Ruth Cox, Candee Haskins, Art Brown, along with Joanna Gillespie of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. The readers independently read 19 essays and the five top-scoring writers were awarded the scholarships.
    The Friends raise money for the annual scholarship through their all-volunteer bookstore at Mesa Public Library and by public donations. For more information, stop by the bookstore.

  • Today
    Wildlife Rehab: Why is it Important? 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Dr. Kathleen Ramsay is a New Mexico legend and founder of the New Mexico Wildlife Center. In this lecture, she will discuss her career as a wildlife rehabber, and why this work matters. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Wednesday
    Blood Drive in Los Alamos community. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Hall, 2200 Diamond Drive. For more information, call United Blood Services at 1-877-827-4376. Bring photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation. Volunteers provided by LAVA. Egg salad made by Lorraine Thorn, ham or turkey sandwiches and chips provided by Hospital Auxiliary.  

  • History Adventures for kids starts June 2

    History Adventures is the Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum’s summer program for kids. On Tuesdays, from June 2-July 21, there will be a hands-on program at 10 a.m. and repeated at 11 a.m.
    History Adventures is free and no registration is required. Activities are aimed at children in grades K-3. Visit losalamoshistory.org for more information. Contact Aimee at educator@losalamoshistory.org with any questions.

    Meeting about educational garden set for Thursday

    The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Garden Crew is holding a community informational meeting from 6-7 p.m. Thursday at an educational garden site it is developing that is immediately next to the North Mesa tennis courts.  
    The meeting will brief the community about crew activities, current garden design, and demonstration greenhouse choices. The crew will collect input from community members on all plans and activities.
    In case of inclement weather, the meeting will move to the North Mesa Stables, lot 67-68 on North Mesa Road, a short walking distance from the tennis court area and the educational garden site. For more information, contact garden@laymca.org, or call Myriem Le Ferrand at 662-3100.
     

  • Wow, we made it through.
    We have arrived at the last week of school and another Hilltopper graduation.
    The Class of 2015 is sleeping in today, while the rest of us are up and at ’em or in the case of Los Alamos, perhaps up and atom.
    This week will find them picking up their caps and gowns, having their final class meeting, attending the traditional barbeque and of course there should be a powdered paint fight in their somewhere. Technically it shouldn’t be called a paint fight, but more of a dousing.
    Here’s some little known facts about the class that you don’t often hear about, unless of course you are one of the graduates: The class flower for 2015 is the sunflower. Their class color is turquoise. The class song is, “Beautiful Day,” by U2 and their class motto is, and “We’ll make H15story.”
    The yearbook this year is called IMPACT and what an impact the seniors have on their school and their community. To the yearbook students and their advisor Kendall Micco, well done!
    The senior favorites section of the yearbook lists 15 categories and while we don’t have the space to name them all, here’s just a few to tickle your fancy. I hope it represents a well-roundedness, academics, art, sports and the most important category, so read on to learn more.

  • It’s time to sign up for next year’s annual eighth grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C.
    The trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home-schooled eighth grade students. The trip is a private and not school-sponsored. It has been a highlight for students at LAMS for more than 30 years.
    Sign up online at worldstrides.org using ID Number 116072 or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same ID Number.
    The trip will include sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. Highlights of the trip include the White House, the International Spy Museum, the Walter Reed Medical Museum, a Capitol tour, the Newseum, the Pentagon Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Arlington National Cemetery, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Iwo Jima, Korean, the Vietnam Memorials, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and much more.
    The trip will be four days and three nights in duration. The group will stay in a five-star hotel minutes from the D.C. sites.

  • LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King played tens of thousands of gigs around the world and often said he was blessed to play for presidents and the common folk.
    On Saturday, the music legend was mourned and praised as the King of the Blues and father to 15 children during a family-and-friends memorial in Las Vegas, where he died May 14 at age 89.
    “He was the best,” said 83-year-old alto sax blues player Earl “Good Rockin” Brown, one of the first of more than 1,000 people who viewed King’s open casket during a public viewing on Friday. Brown remembered being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1990, the same time as King, who won 15 Grammys, sold more than 40 million records worldwide and was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    “Everyone else copied after him,” Brown said.
    Some of King’s 11 surviving adult children are feuding with LaVerne Toney, his longtime business agent and power-of-attorney, who is now executor of his estate.
    Attorney Larissa Drohobyczer, representing a group of heirs, said Saturday that she met with five adult King daughters — Patty King, Michelle King, Karen Williams, Barbara King Winfree and Claudette King Robinson — before issuing a statement saying they’ll contest the blues legend’s will and the actions of Toney.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 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 micro-chipped, 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.

    Puppy Fest at the Shelter is today at the shelter from 1-3 pm. Come pick out your puppy.

    Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter’s website, lafos.org, has information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    Pet of the Week: Egypt is a spayed female lab/hound/shepherd mix, 18 months old. She can be a little bit shy at first but is a friendly girl who responds to gentle attention.

    CATS

    Luna is a very pretty 9-year-old spayed female Russian blue/Himalayan cross. She is a DSH gray kitty. Luna has been around cats and gentle dogs but has never been in a home with children. She is shy but loves gentle attention.

  • May 24-30, 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

    Closed for Memorial Day

    TUESDAY

    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Lemon pepper cod
    1:30 p.m. Party bridge
    1:30 p.m. “Friends” meeting
    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 salad
    1 p.m. My CDWorkshop
    1:30 p.m. Daytime Duplicate Bridge

    THURSDAY

    8:30 a.m. Walk-In-The-Woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Ukulele practice
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Hamburger/cheeseburger
    1:30 p.m. Beginning tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    7 p.m. Bridge

    FRIDAY

    9:15 a.m. Line dancing
    9–11 a.m. “Matter of Balance” class
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Pizza
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “The Horse Whisperer" (1998)