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Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council hosted the third annual Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk last Saturday. It was a beautiful day and Fuller Lodge lawn was bustling with artists of all ages expressing their creativity on the sidewalks. Artists of all ages had an enjoyable time.
    Thank you to those who helped to make the event interesting and fun. We were a part of the Next Big Idea Festival and enjoyed all of the activity provided by the nearby booths. Fuller Lodge lawn was definitely the place to be.
    Special thanks goes to Sec Sandoval who attended the event and talked with many of the budding artists about their artistic efforts.
    Thank you to those local businesses that provided prizes for the different categories:
    Coffee House Café, Home Run Pizza, Village Arts, Reel Deal Theater, Metzger’s, Starbucks Coffee, Ruby K’s and  Daniel’s Café. LAAC appreciates your support of our community events.
    LAAC also thanks the Los Alamos County Parks Division for their help in washing away the artistic designs on Sunday. This is in keeping with the reality of the fleeting life of chalk drawings.
    The event could not happen without Arts Council board members who helped with the preparation and monitoring the event.

  • The Rotary Club of Los Alamos, which sponsors Youth Exchange programs overseas, will make a lunchtime (11:15 a.m.) presentation about educational opportunities abroad in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School on Wednesday.
    All students (and their parents) who are interested in learning about Rotary’s Youth Exchange program are encouraged to attend. Parents will need to check-in at the main office.
    Find out how to qualify and apply, what responsibilities students have while abroad and what the general expenses will be.
    See a video, get a brochure and information packet, and ask questions about a foreign study experience.
    For more information, contact Linda Hull, president, Rotary Club of Los Alamos, 662-7950.

  • Our community goal for this week is to increase the number of youth that read for pleasure.
    That means reading three or more hours per week for fun.
    The reading for pleasure category is one of the bottom data points for the community, provided by the last data capture.
    Asset number 25 only comes in at 32 percent when the data is tallied and with school work abounding, may be hard for some students to increase during certain times.
    What is my answer to the problem?
    I suggest you head over to Mesa Public Library and talk to Angie Manfredi.
    Tell her your student likes zombies or finds Captain Underpants hilarious and she will provide a solution.
    If you tell her you like adventure, she could probably reel off a list of four titles that would spark your interest.
    Manfredi is a card catalog on legs. For those too young to know what a card catalog is, feel free to ask any librarian for an explanation.
    If you are a super bold parent or caregiver, drag your pre-teen, ’tween or teenager down to the youth services section and find her. Make that child hold a two-minute conversation and they will leave that library with enough ideas to last them for months.

  • The Los Alamos High School Navy JROTC co-hosted the annual New Mexico Summer Biathlon with La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, Sept. 15. Fifty-six individuals representing eight schools participated.
    This year, the Los Alamos girl’s team of Tessa Snyder, Rachael Barthell, Marissa Ronquillo and Joanna O’Neill took first place in their division by besting the La Cueva girl’s team by three minutes. O’Neill took first place overall for the girls and Snyder took third.
    In the boys division, the Los Alamos team of Tristan Goodwin, Samuel Wolfe, David Murphy and Richard Whittemore took second by posting a team time just one minute behind the winning team from Eldorado High School. Individually, Goodwin took second and Wolfe was third.

  •  The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on site adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.
    DOGS
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.
    Coqueta — Six-year-old spayed female Retriever/Chow-mix surrendered. Good with adults and gentle children. Has been an outdoor dog.
    Five Border Collie puppies (Desmond, Bones, Reggie, Romper and Fly) — Four-months-old, four males and one female. They are pretty shy and the volunteers are working on socialization. Keep watching as they develop into fun, approachable pups.
    Minestrone — Currently in foster care, getting ready for a new family.
    Remy — Spayed female Shepherd-mix now adapting to her new circumstances.

  •   Sept. 23-29
    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
    8:45 A.M. Cardio
    9:45 a.m. Matter of Balance class
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: catfish
    12:30 p.m. AARP driver safety program
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Low vision/hearing
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken enchilada
    12:30 p.m. Long-term care
    workshop, L. Salgado
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis

  • Former Los Alamos High School student William O’Donnell, has produced the film “Education is Hope,” tracing the impact of education in Kenya on students, their family and their community.
    There will be a free screening at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Reel Deal Theater.
    “Education is Hope” is a grassroots film that will transport the audience to a country where poverty and back-breaking labor can usually only be overcome by education. 
    Education for young Kenyans is a sometimes elusive goal, hindered by the day-to-day responsibilities of maturing children to help support their families through hard labor. Dylan Westfall and O’Donnell embark on a journey through three months in Kenya.
    While living, sleeping and eating with the locals, they document the hardships and beliefs held among many Kenyan’s that only education can lift the poor, diseased and marginalized out of desperate circumstances.
    In the film, locals tell their stories, which illustrate that the hope of education is warranted. It shows that those who complete high school and some form of higher education find opportunities that would otherwise be non-existent.
    Meet the producers and Fredah, a Kenyan woman featured in the film, with a reception to follow. 

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail 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 at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. 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. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

    The Christian Church

  • Is Orthodoxy “religious” or “spiritual.” — Anonymous

    Part 1
    It depends on how you understand the words “religious” and “spiritual.” I hear so frequently the sentiment that one is “spiritual, not religious.” Really? Orthodox too! At least according to the more classical definition of “religion.”
    The word “religion” implies a movement of humanity toward God or “the greater.” Thus, religion becomes a matter of human persons searching out and discerning God or  the “higher things,” via personal experience. In other words, humanity tries to figure out “god.”
    In Orthodox Christianity, we believe that God is on the approach to us and that he has revealed himself to us. In order to demonstrate my point, I need to articulate some of our beliefs.
    The Orthodox gathering of believers believe that God has revealed to humanity how he has existed from eternity as Trinity.
    We believe that God, in order to more perfectly reveal himself and actually restore us back to himself, became a human man while remaining God. This was the God-man named Jesus Christ, God the Son of God the Father.

  • Ed Stein has been playing table tennis since 1934. The most senior member of the Los Alamos Table Tennis Club, he turned 90-years-old Sept. 12. He has been constantly involved with Los Alamos table tennis for many years and helped found the current club, with the help of Herman Owens, in 1970. Stein was ranked nationally with his highest ranking in 1976. He was a national umpire in the 1960s. The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7-10:30 p.m. every Tuesday night and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with a fee of $2 per player, and every Saturday morning for free on the bottom floor of the Betty Ehart Senior Center. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, contact club president Avadh Saxena at Avadh_s@hotmail.com.