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Today's Features

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, 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.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS  
    Juan—A distinguished 4- to 5-year-old male tabby with white markings. He was a stray living outdoors, with no known previous owner. Juan is afraid if people approach him too closely, but he loves cats and kittens. He would like a home where he can maintain his distance until he is ready to come closer. Of course, he would love to have cat or kitten companions, too. At the shelter, Juan has started becoming more comfortable with people who have spent time near him while respecting his boundaries. This is surely a good time for him to find a permanent home! If you would like to take on this special boy and possibly win him over, call for more information and visit him at the shelter.

  • Los Alamos authors will showcase their wares at the Local Authors Book Fair from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.
    A wide range of genres and styles will be shared, from books for children, middle grades and young adults to biographies, social sciences and science fiction. The authors will have books available for purchase.
    The fair will include:
    Laura Kelly’s book “Splintered Reflections” tells the story of a young woman who feels she is losing herself after a traumatic loss. The story is one that will resonate with young and old alike, as the main character Cathy, finds a new way to be in the world. Laura Kelly works full-time at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and part-time as a fitness instructor at the Family YMCA, in addition to her new writing career.
    Bridget Thomas, of White Rock, has taken a true story and expanded on it, in which a little girl in Santa Fe creates Christmas joy by mixing the little she has with the natural bounty provided all around her. Her book “The Tumbleweed Christmas Tree” is illustrated by Jessie Baca.
    It is evident that Mary Maurice loves a good pun, and loves a good mystery. Her book “Fruit Loops the Serial Killer” starts off with a bang and never slows down until all is revealed.

  • Auditions for the Los Alamos Little Theatre’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” will be held this weekend at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.
    Auditions  will start at noon Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.  Callbacks will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
    Audition materials are available at the Mesa Public Library or by arrangement with John Cullinanl. Email Cullinanl at rev.jcullinan@gmail.com for information.
    Actors are requested to memorize one of two monologues provided in the audition materials.
    The monologues will be delivered solo to the production staff. After the solo readings, the group will gather everyone together to read scenes from the play.
    Casting for this play will be gender blind.

  • Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Christian Church will hold inquirers classes for anyone who is curious about the ancient Christian Faith, on Thursday evenings in February.
    The classes will begin at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
    The first class on Feb. 2 will be on Church History.
    For more information, visit stjobla.org, or call Father Theophan Mackey at 575-915-6535.

  • MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Chapter AK, P.E.O., will hold its next meeting Monday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Emma Stafford, 30 Paige Circle, in White Rock. Norma Puckett is the co-hostess. Emma also will provide the program. RSVP to Emma at 672-0540.
    TUESDAY
    A Mountaineer’s Story: Skiing and Climbing from Argentina to Antarctica at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Meet an adventurer. Be inspired. Plan your next expedition. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Committee Day.

    Los Alamos Piecemakers meeting at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Presbyterian Church. The meeting with be a 4-corners demonstration.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course.  Cheryl Pongratz, of the LA Family Council, will speak.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members. More information at peecnature.org.

  • A local group is asking the community to donate gently used or new formal wear, including dresses, suits and accessories, to help teens at Pojoaque Valley Schools enjoy prom.

    Pojoaque Valley Schools, in cooperation with Buffalo Thunder Resort, will collect formal wear for girls and boys from Feb. 1-28. The community can donate the clothing at Buffalo Thunder Resort Players Club, Cities of Gold Players Club and the Buffalo Thunder Hilton front desk.

    Every formal wear donation will be entered into a drawing to win a night stay and dinner for two at Buffalo Thunder Resort.

    For girls, donations can include formal prom-appropriate and semi-formal dresses, bridesmaid or cocktail dresses, matching jewelry, handbags, shawls and accessories, and matching dress shoes of all sizes.

    For boys, donations can include suits, tuxedos and formal wear, gently new or used dress shoes of all sizes, neckties and bowties, cufflinks and handkerchiefs that go with the suit that is donated.

    For information, text 690-1166 or 709-0598, or email pvispac@gmail.com.

  •  Take a close look at planets in the solar system and beyond with Dr. Rick Wallace at 7 p.m. Friday in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
    The film “From Earth to the Universe” will let attendees embark on a colorful and inspiring journey through our universe on Saturday and at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 and 29. For more information about these and future planetarium shows, please visit peecnature.org/planetarium or call  662-0460.

  • In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a day of service, I like to promote the wonderful work done in the community by wonderful people.
    When a big event is ahead and I know potentially hundreds of people will see her, and I hope comment, I‘d like to celebrate the lifetime work, in Los Alamos, of Dawn Lee Brown.
    Brown is the coordinator of the Los Alamos Science Fair. It is astounding to believe that this is actually Brown’s 10th year with the science fair.
    Since arriving in Los Alamos, Brown has rallied some friends and many community members to a variety of projects to benefit others. This particular event benefits hundreds of children and inspires so many others.
    I believe the older population is inspired when they see the sheer genius of our youth today. When the media portrays that today’s youth is sitting for hours on end on computers and phones, this two-day event demonstrates otherwise.
    The younger generation is inspired when they see what time and effort can accomplish. The youth see what ideas can be when they take shape from a simple question, one that may be brewing inside them.
    Brown is a mighty force, but she is surrounded by a pretty awesome family, too. Mama Melba Lee passed on the genes, as a mom, a member of Beta Sigma Phi and having a life-long passion for kids.

  • TODAY
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting at 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. JoAnne Tucker, Ph.D., will present on Healing Voices/Personal Stories, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Cheyanne’s Story. The public is welcome to attend.

    Leage of Women Voters of Los Alamos forum for LAPS and UNM-LA advisory board candidates from 7-8:30 p.m. at Piñon Elementary School, 90 Grand Canyon Drive. Refreshments start at 6:30 p.m.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members.
    FRIDAY
    Rotary Club of Los Alamos will have a club assembly from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. The public is welcome.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” at 7:30 p.m. at LALT, 1670 Nectar, Los Alamos. Performance contains strong language, mature subject matter, dark humor and bold statements of sexuality. Not recommended for children under 16 years old. Contact Gracie Coinelli, cainelli@comcast.net, or 662-9352.
    SATURDAY

  • Applicants for the title of Mrs. Los Alamos are now being accepted.
    The winner will advance to represent the community in the Mrs. New Mexico Pageant to be held July 1 at the African American Performing Arts Center in Albuquerque.
    Applicants must be at least 18 years old (no age limit), married at the time of competition and a New Mexico resident, no performing talent required.
    To request the official application or for information, contact Sheree, New Mexico’s State Director at 720-549-0440 or mrsnewmexicoamerica.com.
    —Staff