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Today's Features

  • As a little girl growing up in Kentucky, I was always surrounded by interesting cars. One of my grandfathers was a mechanic and owned a small garage in a tiny town called Midway.
    I have fond memories of conversing with the customers, swindling free bubble gum and riding my bike in the gravel outside the garage.
    Occasionally, I would have the honor of being his helper. Grandpa would have both hands under the hood of a car, shouting out the name of the tool he needed. I would revel in the praise I received when I handed him the correct one.
    My other grandpa collected and restored old Chevys, including a deep burgundy 1957 Chevy Wagon. One of his garages was filled with cars in various stages of restoration.
    Part of that garage was filled with his completed projects, all carefully covered in white drop clothes. The only time the covers were removed was during parade season and for the occasional, and very rare, Sunday drive.
    As I grew up and moved away, I lost touch with the car culture a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I can still spot a sexy car from a mile away and, luckily, the car culture in this state is alive and kicking. I simply admire from the comfort of my Toyota sedan, as I tour the interstates of New Mexico.

  • Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival announces the artists, many of them related, whom will be participating in the festival this year. The current roster includes top painters, jewelers, potters, glass artists, sculptors, carvers and weavers who will showcase their work May 24–25 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.
    The festival benefits the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe.
    Jeweler, Victoria Adams, and her sister, Alexis Adams (both Southern Cheyenne/Arapaho), will make their first appearance at Native Treasures this year.
    Victoria Adams is well known for her detailed and refined jewelry designs. She recently branched out into handmade purses with sterling silver and gemstone decorations.
    Alexis Adams is a potter whose designs are influenced by the forms of her Cheyenne ancestors and the plants native to her home in the Sierra foothills of California. The result is a pottery style reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement.
    Mother and daughter, Mona and Charlene Laughing, (both Diné), are master weavers who regularly win first-place ribbons for their striking and colorful work at the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard show in Phoenix. They have participated in Native Treasures for the last several years.

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    “Sisters in Art — Sisters at Heart,” shows daily in the Portal Gallery of Fuller Lodge Art Center through April 26.  

    Thursday

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. 

     

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    The Project Management Institute was recently awarded Los Alamos resident John Jones PMI Region 7 volunteer of the year. Jones is a PMI chapter board member.

    The award recognized his contributions during the 2013 calendar year. 

    The board said that as vice president of programs, Jones had reached out to the membership of the Otowi Bridge PMI chapter, asking what changes they wanted.

    Based on membership responses, Jones initiated quarterly dinner meetings and arranged for high quality presenters at these events. 

    Jones also spearheaded New Mexico’s inaugural International Project Management Day (IPMD) event last November in collaboration with the Rio Grande chapter of PMI. 

  •  The Family Strength Network offers programs to help teens and young adults throughout the year. The next round of classes and workshops are available now for registration. Some classes are have been going on since the beginning of the year, however anyone may register for a session until the program ends. Anyone who can’t make the times listed can call 662-4515 or email fsn@lafsn.org to be notified of future classes.

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    Artist and instructor Lisa Coddington’s class at PEEC last summer was well received, so Pajarito Environmental Education Center has welcomed Coddington back for another hands-on art workshop. 

    Participants will learn how to use drawing materials to portray animals such as those found at PEEC or around the Pajarito Plateau. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with a 30-minute break for lunch.

    With the class size limited to nine, Coddington will be able to work one-on-one with participants as they explore how to use pencil techniques to portray animals. Coddington will teach participants how to select a subject and start an animal portrait. This class is suggested for beginner and intermediate levels. Price is $45, or $36 for PEEC members. There is also a list of required art supplies, which participants will need to purchase separately. Village Arts will carry all the supplies and will offer a 10 percent discount to anyone who brings in the class list.

  • Today
    LA Walks meeting. 5-6 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs meeting room No. 1. Public is invited to meet with the LA Walks advocacy group and to help develop ideas that would ensure pedestrian safety and convenience in Los Alamos County.

    The Los Alamos Volunteer Examiner Group will be giving exams for Amateur Radio Licenses. The session will be 6:30 p.m. in the Club Meeting Room at 4017 Arkansas Ave. (the Old Fire Barn). For a new license bring a picture ID or two other forms of ID with name and address one them, such as a bill. Fee is $15 cash or check made out to “ARRL VEC.” Social Security number is required on the form 605 License Application. For a license upgrade, bring picture ID or two other forms of ID plus the original license and a copy of the license, or a valid CSCE (Certificate of Successful Completion of Exam) and a copy of the CSCE plus the exam fee of $15. For additional information, call Bill Boedeker at 662-4220, or email at boedeker@cybermesa.com.

  • Activities kicked off at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center this week.
    From now until Friday, the aquatic center presents a Spring Fling at the pool. The obstacle course will be up and running every day from 1-3 p.m.
    The aquatic center supports its students, and offers a discount all week for youth from 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
    The aquatic center also launches a new program on April 19. The in-pool egg hunt will begin at 1 p.m. Admission is $2.50/child, and all youth — ages 16 and under — are invited to hunt for
    some colorful eggs in the water. The limit is 150 youth, and all participants are invited to stary after and enjoy the pool.
    The Double Dive-In Feature will present “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” from 7 to 8:45 p.m. April 25. The lights are dimmed, the float toys are out, and the big theater-like screen will go up for the movie. Advance ticket sales are available at the aquatic centers front counter for $5.
    Admission includes treats, a glow necklace, and access to the pool during the movie.  
    At 9 p.m., the featured movie for teens will be “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” and will include pizza sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and is free for all high schoolers.

  • Judging by the success of the Los Alamos High School Speech and Debate team, the coaches have a large part of the honor. Three coaches have recently been recognized both statewide and nationally.
    During the past year, all three have earned the Diamond Coach Award from the National Speech and Debate Association.
    The Diamond Coach Award reflects both excellence and longevity in coaching speech and debate. Of the 25 High School teams which compete in New Mexico and the 34 active coaches, only five have earned a Diamond Coach Award. Three of those five coaches are located here in Los Alamos.
    Margo Batha and Janet Newton are coaches of the LAHS Hilltalkers. Carolyn Connor is coach of the Jemez Mountain Homeschool Speech and Debate team.
    At the state level, the New Mexico Speech and Debate Association (NMSDA) is a professional association of educators and coaches representing public, private and charter schools statewide who are actively engaged in forensics education and high school-level speech and debate competition. 
    Each year the NMSDA awards Speech Coach of the Year and Debate Coach of the Year to two exemplary coaches. To be considered, coaches must be nominated, lead a successful program, and exhibit dedication, involvement and sportsmanship.

  • 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 friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals: