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Today's Features

  • Today
    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.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    Wednesday
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday
    Middle school Battle of the Books. 6-8 p.m. at Mesa Public Library, Youth Services. Seventh and eighth graders who read the Battle of the Books titles are invited to test knowledge. Snacks and prizes for the competitors will be available. Family and friends are invited.

    Authors Speak Series. Richard Ruddy. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.
    Friday
    Sing-a-long with old, familiar songs. 3 p.m. Fridays at the White Rock Senior Center. Song sheets will be provided.

  • 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
    Benji — A big orange/buff colored male tabby. He was found roaming in White Rock and eventually adopted a family that has taken care of him for the last 6 months. Unfortunately, Benji didn’t do very well with the other cats in the house, so he might be better as an only cat. He absolutely adores people though, and he will start purring before you even start petting him!

  • March 22-28, 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
    8:30 a.m.                   Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury steak
    12:15 p.m.        Smart Driver course
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pasta primavera
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” meeting
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge

  • Whoever christened the U.S.S. Reluctant must have met the crew.
    “Mister Roberts” originally won the Tony for Best Play in 1948, and was followed by a film in 1955 starring Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell and Jack Lemmon. Its success was followed by a TV series and a live television broadcast.
    Those are a lot of shoulders to stand (or float) on, and the cast of the Los Alamos Little Theatre has done an admirable job bringing this classic to life.
    We meet the crew of the Reluctant engaged in war. No, not the dramatic war playing out throughout the oceans of World War II — the charismatic Lt. Roberts (Jeff Favorite) is leading the troops in a small rebellion against their overbearing and personally ambitious captain (Larry Gibbons).
    Mister Roberts, though, longs to be off of the Pacific cargo ship and off fighting the real war, even as it threatens to come to an end without him.
    The brave efforts of the lieutenant are aided by his two best friends and fellow officers, Pulver (Don Monteith) and “Doc” (Richard Parker).

  • Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Paul Arendt as he leads a hike through Ancho Canyon on Saturday. The group will meet at 9 a.m., and the hike is expected to last about 5-6 hours.
    There are many canyons to explore in White Rock, and the outing will give participants a chance to go with an experienced guide and a group of other hikers. The hike will begin down the Power Line Trail into lower Ancho Canyon, and then it will continue on to Ancho Rapids. From there the hike will proceed upriver to the Red Dot Trail. Along the way the group will examine several petroglyphs and a few old rock formations. The total distance is more than eight miles, with an elevation gain/loss of around 1,200 feet. A limited amount of bush whacking over uneven terrain will be required. The level of this hike is moderate to difficult.
    While it’s free to participate, the hike is limited to 15 adults, and advance registration is required. Meeting location details will be provided upon registration. For more information about this event and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org or contact the organization at Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or 662-0460.

  • Española
    Ortega’s Grill, 819 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date Inspected: Jan. 16
    Violations: None
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Shanghai Oriental Restaurant, 734 N. Riverside Dr., Suite D
    Date Inspected: Jan. 27
    Violations: All high-risk violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Walmart No. 2656 — Meat Market, 1610 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date Inspected: Jan. 27
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Beverage container equipped with straw in food prep area — open coffee cup not acceptable however no contents in cup during inspection. Two low-risk violations. Base coving tiles pulling away from wall and loose, missing or cracked floor tiles need repair. Open space along ceiling/walls need to be sealed.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Albuquerque’s Opera Southwest closes its 42nd Season with four performances of Giacomo Puccini’s “La bohème,” which run from this Sunday through March 29 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St., SW.
    Bohème musically intertwines the youthful gaiety of the 19th Century Parisian Latin Quarter with the despair of poverty, cold and death and the passion and eloquence of young love.
    Leading the cast in her OSW debut will be soprano Emily Dorn, whose credits include the roles of both Carmen and Micaёla in “Carmen,” Violetta in “La traviata,” and Fiordiligi in “Cosi fan tutte” at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland, and the Dresden Semperoper, Germany.
    Additional cast members include Sarah Asmar, who sang Desdemona in 2012’s “Otello,” as Musetta; her real-life husband Joshua Kohl, Pinkerton in the 2013 “Madama Butterfly,” as Rodolfo; baritone Timothy Mix, our 2013 Don Giovanni, as Marcello; former apprentice artist Joseph Hubbard as Colline; and local favorites Paul Bower as Schaunard, Joseph Cordova as Parpignol and Sam Shepperson in the double role of Alcindoro and Benoit.
    Maestro Anthony Barrese will conduct, with Maestro Domenico Boyagian conducting on March 25. David Bartholomew will direct.

  • With great advances in technology comes the increasing rush to keep up with these advances.
    Libraries are great users of these advances, because of their role as record keepers, catalogers, reference sources, and providers of free reading, listening and viewing materials.
    The Los Alamos County Library System is upgrading to a new Integrated Library System (ILS), in order to have the capacity to accommodate new resources, and to make all these resources easy to find.
    Get ready for a new library catalog, with user friendly features:
    • Mobile compatibility — search from your phone
    • Simple single-box searching, as in search engines
    • Searching all formats — books, downloadables, audiobooks, DVDs — simultaneously
    • Integration of e-books and e-audiobooks into the catalog
    • Fuzzy logic — gives good results even with spelling errors
    • Separate kids and teens catalogs

  • LAHS seniors can apply for library scholarships

    The Friends of LA County Libraries will award up to four $2,500 scholarships again this year and also will administer the $2,500 June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.
    Any senior in good standing, who is enrolled at Los Alamos High School or in an approved home school program in Los Alamos County and plans to continue his or her education at a recognized institution by September of the year following graduation, may apply for the scholarships.
    The June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship is only available to LAHS seniors. June Ettinger was a long-time resident of Los Alamos who taught for more than 20 years at Barranca Mesa and Mountain Elementary Schools.
    The basis of the award is a personal narrative of about 500 words, typed and double-spaced, concerning an age-appropriate book that was not required for school and has not been translated into a visual medium.
    “The student’s essay should tell readers in what way this book has added to their understanding of the human condition or has enhanced their life,” said Maire O’Neill, Scholarship Chairman for the Friends.
    Deadline for the scholarship essays is 5 p.m. April 14. Essays must be delivered to the Friends Bookstore at Mesa Public Library prior to that time.

  • It’s easy to see why streams of visitors flocked to Estrella Del Norte Vineyard on Sunday to experience the winery’s “Zozobra Red” red table wine.
    Named after one of Santa Fe’s iconic Fiesta traditions, this popular wine is vinted from local grapes and labeled with artwork traditional of the historic Zozobra character with a modern flair.
    Estrella Del Norte Vineyard, voted Santa Fe’s No. 1 winery (Santa Fe Reporters 2014 Best of Santa Fe) and two-time recipient of TripAdvisor’s Customer Service Excellence Award was able to secure an agreement with Kiwanis of Santa Fe for the use of the popular Zozobra character on the red table wine.
    This strategic partnership was created to promote the Zozobra brand and help the Kiwanis organization with their good work in the community.
    At the event, Ray Sandoval, Zozobra Event Committee Chair, said in a speech to the crowd, “The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is more than happy to partner with our local business Estrella Del Norte Vineyard to bring forth this signature wine, as unique as the cultural event of Zozobra itself.”