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Today's Features

  • I’d like to open this column with a special thank you to the Los Alamos Public Utilities Department, water, sewer and trash and road repair crews.
    I confess that I lied to you in last week’s column and you may have noticed I was suspiciously absent last week.
    While I told you to take it easy and stay in your pajamas, I spent the week with 54 of my fellow community members, working harder than many of us have ever worked in our lives.
    A crew of 55 traveled to Mexico during the break, not for fun and frolic, but to build two homes, and a youth school classroom in just four days, that’s correct, three structures in four days.
    Of the 55, half of these were youth from our community. The youngest was in seventh grade and the rest were high school students. They worked aside their adult counterparts, working so hard for the benefit of their fellow man, in Assets language; cultural competency at it’s finest.
    Our youth did what it might take their parents, 10 or even 30 years to accomplish, home ownership. Their free time resulted in a home that provides, safety, security and a door with a key and a handmade keychain.
    The families receiving the gift have weekly incomes of $65 to $115 and that may be from working two different jobs. There are five members living in each home.

  • Los Alamos County will be holding public information meetings about the teen center. The meetings are for teens from 3-5 p.m Wednesday at the current teen center, located in the lower level of the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    There were also be a meeting to update residents on the design of the new teen center. This meeting will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Building. The same material will be presented at each meeting.
    The design for the new teen center is underway and estimated construction completion set for August 2015. The Teen Center will be located in the Community Building, utilizing vacated space now that the county tenants have moved to the Municipal Building. NCA Architects is the architect of record and will be presenting concepts for review and evaluation. The County Council approved $4.2 million in funding in FY13 to design and remodel the Community Building for use as a Teen Center. The remaining tenants at the Community Building (United States Forest Service, New Mexico Extension Service, Youth Activity Center and PAC-8) are to remain in their current locations.
    During the upcoming meetings, the public will be able to view conceptual floor plans, exterior renderings, and site plans for the new Teen Center.

  • The April program of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature a free talk by Rich Carlson, regarded as perhaps the most renowned canyoneer in the United States.
     Carlson will present his talk at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge, following the business portion of the Mountaineers’ meeting.
     Mountaineers ascend whereas canyoneers descend, through the twists and drops and geology of canyons narrow and wide. Carlson has been canyoneering for more than 35 years, building a reputation as the most experienced professional canyoneering guide and instructor in the United States.
     Carlson, in his talk, will give a general introduction to the sport of canyoneering and the basic skills and tools required to navigate canyons safely. He will then focus on a recent trip to Nepal and show the hidden treasures that canyoneering can unlock for adventurers, and why people are taking up canyoneering increasingly every year.
     Founder of the American Canyoneering Association, Carlson is extremely active in the global canyoneering community, offering training opportunities, building online resources, sponsoring events and designing canyoneering-specific gear with companies like BlueWater Ropes and Rock Exotica.

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    The Los Alamos Phi Beta Kappa Association will have its 58th annual banquet to honor the top graduates of Los Alamos High School. 

    The banquet for the honored graduates, Phi Beta Kappa Members and their guests, will be 5:30 p.m. April 27 at Fuller Lodge and catered by The Blue Window.

    There is a deadline for the members who did not receive an invitation as of April 16 to call 672-0249 or 667-8927 if they would like to attend. 

    Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honor society in the United States and has about 255 members in Los Alamos County (1.5 percent of the county’s population).  

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    April 13-19, 2014

    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

    SUNDAY

    2 p.m. Living Treasures Ceremony

    MONDAY

    8:30, 10 a.m. Tax prep

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    La Leche League of Los Alamos will be discussing nutrition and weaning at its monthly meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the First United Methodist Church teen room at 715 Diamond Dr.

    All interested, pregnant, or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics, and benefits of breastfeeding.  

    A lending library with books concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available. Nursing babies and toddlers who have difficulty separating, are welcome.

    LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing information, education, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.

    For more information, contact Gina at 661-8740, Cathleen at 480-0593, or Keisha at 500-6246. 

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    The Dog Jog will begin at 9 a.m. April 26 at the White Rock United Methodist Church. (Race check-in is 8-8:40 a.m.) The Dog Jog offers a 3.1 mile competitive course or a 2 mile fun walk/run and is open to all participants with or without a dog and at any pace. Entry forms and instructions are available online at wordpress.lafos.org/dogjog/. A reduced-fee microchip clinic ($20) for dogs and cats will be offered from 9-10:30 a.m., no pre-registration is necessary.

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. 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 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., at 9:45 a.m. we have classes for every age — new to 90+ with coffee and doughnuts served in the Gathering Space for The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church will celebrate Holy Week and Pascha (Easter), beginning with the end of Great Lent on Lazarus Saturday. Orthodox and Western Christians celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection on April 20 this year as Gregorian and Julian Calenders mark the same day.
    At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Liturgy for the Raising of Lazarus will be celebrated.  
    Beginning Palm Sunday morning, worship moves to the expectation of Christ the Bridegroom. Each evening at 7 p.m. from Sunday throughout Holy Week services focus on the events of Christ’s Passion.
    At 6:30 a.m., Holy Thursday, Liturgy will be celebrated as the initiation of Holy Eucharist.  Thursday evening readings from the Gospels continue to guide worship on the path of Our Lord’s Passion. Holy Friday, the body of Christ is symbolically taken from the Cross and carried in procession as though the event, beyond time, were taking place in our time. Vespers will be sung at 4 p.m. Friday with the procession of the Holy Shroud a part of the evening Matins service.
    At 10 a.m. Saturday Liturgy of Saint Basil with Old Testament readings is celebrated in anticipation of the Resurrection.