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  • The Los Alamos High School ’Topper Parent Organization is for parents who would like to be involved, to help ensure the best possible educational experience at LAHS. For more information about the TPO, visit laschools.net/LAHS/committeesandorganizations/tpo.
    One of the ongoing activities of the LAHS TPO is to present a list of items requested by LAHS staff to meet or enhance educational needs. Parents, community groups and individuals are encouraged to donate.
    Drop off items at the LAHS front office with a note indicating which department and to whom you would like the donation directed.  
    The following items have been requested:
     
    All departments
    and staff
    • Kleenex

    Attendance/bookkeeping, attention:
    Maire O’Neill
    • Kleenex (12)

    Biology, attention: Stephanie Mitchell
    • Kleenex
    • Stapler
    • Electronic pencil
    sharpener
    • Dry erase markers
    • Construction paper
    • Plastic rulers (10)
    • Dish drying rack
    and mat for cleaning lab
    equipment

    Chemistry, attention: Rachel Cowan
    • Kleenex
    • Re-fillable scotch tape
    dispensers (2 or 3)
    • Wide clear packaging

  • Art openings

    An exhibit featuring photos by Jamey Stillings, Linda Connor, Chris McCaw, David H. Gibson and Sharon Harper will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 28 at photo-eye Gallery, 376-A Garcia St.

    Art exhibits

    The fourth biennial Taos Art Glass Invitational and Walking on Glass Tour will be through Oct. 7. They are both featured events in Taos’ “Grand Fall Arts,” a series of art-related events in September and October. For more information, visit tiganm.org or call Delinda VanneBrightyn at 575-613-6484.
    Benefits

    St. Vincent Hospital Foundation presents Glamour and Gauze, featuring Paula Poundstone, at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa. The event will feature dinner and dancing to the band Soulstice. There will also be silent and live auctions. Tickets are $250 per person. For more information, call 505-913-5209 or visit stvinfoundation.org.2.

    Exhibits

    The Harwood Museum of Art is celebrating the centennial of the birth of artist Bea Mandelman with two exhibitions exploring the Taos Modernist’s body of work. “Bea Mandelman: Collage” remains on view through Oct. 14. The museum is located at 238 Ledoux St., Taos. For more information, call 575-758-9826 or visit harwoodmuseum.org.

  • As part of the Authors Speak Series, William Dunmire will present a free, 45-minute slide-illustrated program that will take listeners on a tour through New Mexico’s six ecoregions and along some of the magnificent state and National Scenic Byways at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.
    From grasslands to mountains, deserts to forests, this talk will focus on the wide range of New Mexico’s landscape features. Blue Gramma grass, apache plume, mesquite and yucca, elk, burrowing owls and cranes are just a few of the the plants and wildlife that occur in the ecoregions Dunmire explores.
    His narrative, along with color photography, will provide audiences with an understanding of the elements that define the natural environments and will direct road travelers to many of the state’s best-loved natural features.
    “New Mexico’s Living Landscapes: A Roadside View  by William Dumire,” features photographs by Christine Bauman.
    “New Mexico’s Living Landscapes” is a guide through the ecoregions and down the scenic byways of the state’s natural world, from grasslands to mountains to deserts, focusing on some of  the landscape features and the plants and wildlife found therein.

  • THIS WEEK ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, September 21, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (9-11-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    07:00 PM Ice Cream Man
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, September 22, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, September 23, 2012
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, September 24, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Spirituality Today
    11:30 AM The LA Times – Legislative Review with Jim Hall
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Elizabeth Claire Project
    01:30 PM Summer Video Classess Showcase
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Española
    Cariños Charter School, 116 Calle Espinoza
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — sanitizer at <50 ppm. Corrected.
    Notes: Cariños serving staff must attend the in-house food safety class when offered.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Carlos Vigil Middle School, 1602 Johnny Roybal Industrial Park Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 7
    Violations: One high-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — No towels at hand wash sink, out at serving line. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Santa Fe
    Airport Shell, 7510 Airport Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 10
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations, one for improper holding — no thermometer inside walk-in refrigerator; one for contaminated equipment — soda machine dispensers were not cleaned and sanitized.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Baked in Tesuque, 138 C.R. 73
    Date inspected: Sept. 10

  • • The Los Alamos Choral Society is preparing for its January 2013 Winter Concert that will feature Handel’s “Messiah.” Regular rehearsals, which begin Sept. 25, are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Church. All singers are welcome.

    • The Los Alamos Concert Association presents Rachel Barton Pine, playing works by Mozart, Villa-Lobos and Brahms, at 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets, $30, are available at losalamosconcert.org or at Otowi Station Bookstore and CB Fox in Los Alamos; Smith’s Food and Drug in White Rock; and at Nicholas Potter and the Lensic Box Office in Santa Fe. Tickets are also available for $35 at the door. For more information, call 662-9000.

  • Quilts galore will be on display at the 2012 Quilt Market.
    Co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild and Jemez Mountains Bear Paw Quilting Guild, the event will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Crossroads Bible Church.
    Members have made quilted “treasures” that will be for sale. Bed quilts, table runners, placemats, wall hangings and wearable items are just a few of the items that will be featured.
    There is a selection of holiday quilted items, including mug rugs, cosmetic bags and ornaments. Co-chairs for the market, Libby Carlsten and Brenda Edeskuty, both agree that there is something for everyone.  
    The “Smokey River Quilt,” is the name of this year’s donation quilt. The item has been designed, pieced and quilted by members and will be raffled off at 3:30 p.m. Tickets for a chance to win the quilt will be on sale.
    There will be a section of second-hand and gently used quilt-related items for sale as well. Some offerings will include fabric, books, tools, patterns, equipment, unfinished projects and other quilting-related items.
    Once again, there will also be a Silent Auction at the Quilt Market with children’s quilts, wall hangings and table runners. One wall hanging features the 12 days of Christmas.

  • Those who are not fans of romance or erotic novels should steer clear of “50 Shades of Grey.” Though that sums up the feelings on this particular book and the review could end there, let’s take a closer look at what made this book so disappointing.
    After hearing rave reviews, it was only natural to be curious. Despite the fact that romance and the erotic genre have never been of interest, the praises of this book were sung repeatedly and it was too tempting to pass up.
    The tome, written by E.L. James, is the first part of a trilogy and introduces the reader to Anastasia Steele, a recent college graduate, and Christian Grey, a multi-millionaire who carved out a place in the business world at a young age.
    The couple meet by chance, when Steele’s college newspaper reporter friend Katherine Kavanaugh becomes ill and is unable to keep her interview appointment with Grey. Being the good friend she is, Steele steps in and agrees to interview him on Kavanaugh’s behalf.
    Despite the fact that she finds him attractive, Steele dismisses any thought of becoming involved with someone like Grey because of his status in the business world and because she believes that he would never be interested in someone like her.

  • Technology has allowed humans to interact in different ways. It’s not uncommon for friends that live on opposite ends of the U.S. to get on Facebook and chat as a way to stay in touch.
    Meeting new, different people is not beyond the realm of possibilities these days and even though they may never meet face-to-face, that doesn’t stop folks from socializing via social media. Cell phones have also opened up communication, by allowing texts to be sent in seconds, replacing phone calls because they are quicker and can be sent when phone conversations are not possible.
    What would happen, though, if you found a stranger’s cell phone one day and decided to start conversations with the people calling that phone? That’s exactly what Jean (Kate Ramsey) does in “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” presented by Los Alamos Little Theatre.
    Though Jean has never owned a cell phone, she decides to answer Gordon’s phone, once she realizes that he has died in the café, where she is enjoying some soup. As a result of her curiosity, she encounters some interesting characters along the way. She also starts to imagine what Gordon was like and dreams up a personality for him. Not only does Jean meet Gordon’s family, but she also meets his mistress.

  • Los Alamos Middle School students and Principal Rex Kilburn pose with the 100 BEST trophy as it tours through Los Alamos Public Schools.