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Today's Features

  • Even factoring in the normally turbulent life of a rock star, the last year-plus has been especially turbulent for Lita Ford.

    But this summer, Ford, one of the members of the groundbreaking music group, The Runaways, who also went on to have a successful solo career, has hit the road touring and is having a blast doing so.

    Ford and her band will stop at the Sandia Casino Amphitheater in Albuquerque Sept. 11.  She will open for Def Leppard and Poison, whom Ford has joined for several dates across the country.

    “It’s been really great,” Ford said of the tour. “We have a great crew. It’s a great bunch of guys. I couldn’t have asked for a better summer. The shows have been great and the fans are amazing.”

    Ford was the lead guitarist for The Runaways, an all-girl rock band formed in the mid-1970s, the lineup of which included Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Joan Jett on rhythm guitar and vocals and, briefly, bassist Micki Steele, who would later join The Bangles.

    Ford would find success as a hard rock act in the late 1980s, scoring Top 20 hits like “Kiss Me Deadly” and her highest-charting single to date, “Close My Eyes Forever,” a duet with heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne.

  • Spend an afternoon with local bird photographer Bob Walker and consider a variety of methods for photographing hummingbirds, from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 8.
    Hummingbirds are colorful summer visitors that can be both challenging and rewarding photographic subjects. Because these little birds are adaptable, relatively fearless and easily attracted to nectar feeders, it’s possible to get nice photographs of them by temporarily turning a part of your backyard into an outdoor photo studio.
    This workshop will start with a setup session showing how to prepare an outdoor studio, and will conclude with a field session in which participants can take some photos, either with their own cameras or using one that Walker will provide. Depending on the number of registrants, additional field sessions may be scheduled so that everyone who wants to take photos will get a chance to do so.
    Equipment available for use at the workshop will include a camera, tripod, hummingbird feeder and camera flashes that are used for flash setups. Participants need only bring their own camera and/or CF or SDHC flash cards. Participant cameras should be able to have the shutter speed, aperture and ISO value set manually. It’s also best if the camera can focus manually and the lens should have a zoom lens with a telephoto setting equivalent to 200mm or more (6x or greater).

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will hold a FAN Club from 5:30-7 p.m. for Los Alamos Visiting Nurses, at 2202 Canyon Road.

    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Family Game Night at Mesa Public Library. Join the geeks and gamers from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda for game boards galore. All ages welcome, please bring a parent or another adult if you’re 12 or younger.

    W.O.L.F. Foundation at PEEC. Elke Duerr of the Web of Life Foundation will talk about the Mexican Gray Wolf. This will be a hands-on, interactive presentation, for all ages. Duerr will also share footage from her wolf documentaries. Free. 6:30 p.m.  Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    Friday
    Summer Family Evenings: Duck Buddies. An interactive presentation all about ducks.  Learn about wild and domestic ducks, make a duck footprint, do duck crafts and meet live ducks. Free to PEEC members, $5 donation to Duck Buddies for non-member families. 6:30 p.m. at PEEC. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    Sept. 4

  • We would like to thank the community for its support of our third annual High Tea and Fashion Show on Aug. 18, 2012. We served approximately 108 guests.  
    More than 50 volunteers worked for weeks to make this event our most successful fundraising effort,  with the proceeds going toward the costs of our house building mission trips to Juaréz, Mexico.
    The fashions, modeled by 13 ladies, men and children,  were from the Shop on the Corner Thrift Shop, which is open Wednesday mornings on the corner of Diamond and Canyon, across from Griffith Gym.
    In addition, we had a silent auction featuring everything from silk scarves to a wide variety of gift baskets to an airplane ride.
    Several church members donated and prepared the sweets and savories offered, while others, including several members of the youth choir, served our guests.
    We also wish to thank local businesses and individuals who contributed to the event. The Los Alamos Monitor did a beautiful article with color photographs  on the front page of the “Diversions” section.
    KRSN aired an interview with the event chair, RSVP distributed flyers and several people advertised the tea on Facebook. Photos are still posted on the Trinity on the Hill Facebook Group.

  • The Piñon Panthers had a portion of their Change of Heart training on Thursday. The Assets program, sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board is built on improving school climate. The training kicked off Piñon’s ROPES (Rite Of Passage Experience for Sixth), that took place on Friday.

  • The 2012 Los Alamos Master Gardeners’ Tour welcomed more than 200 visitors to each of five private gardens and more than 100 visitors to the Community Gardens on North Mesa.
    The Master Gardeners thank the garden owners Tony and Shelby Redondo, Martha and Terry Hawkins, Delbert and Shirley Harbur, Pamela and Michael Hundley and Bob and Laurie Walker for sharing their gardens with the community.
    We thank fellow master gardeners, Kimberli Tanner, Barbara Fox and Lee Builta for sharing their gardening expertise as visitors toured the Community Gardens.
    The Los Alamos Extension Office and extension agent Carlos Valdez, provided logistic support. The Los Alamos Monitor, Los Alamos National Bank and the Los Alamos Senior volunteers helped with publicity.
    Master gardeners who served on the garden selection committee and who worked as docents on the tour contributed many hours to the success of this tour.  

    Denise George
    president Los Alamos Master Gardeners

  • Wednesday
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will hold a FAN Club from 5:30-7 p.m. for Los Alamos Visiting Nurses, at 2202 Canyon Road.

  • Piñon Panther alumni Dallin Stokes has almost completed his Eagle Scout project for Piñon Elementary School. The Los Alamos High School junior worked on behalf of Scout Troop 422. Stokes is quick to praise community members for their  assistance with the project including Lynne Compton at Metzgers who helped to acquire the paint; Piñon personnel; his mother; dedicated mentor and guide Garth Tietjen.
    “Dallin is a wonderful example of a proud Piñon alumnus who is giving back,” said Piñon Principal Jill Gonzales. “Dallin took careful measurements, created scale drawings and meticulously painted each of the 48 contiguous states in a variety of colors — the final product of which looks absolutely wonderful!”
    Stokes hopes to receive a degree in history education at Brigham Young
    University in the future and teach high school or college history.

  • Next week, we begin to focus on an asset of the week, to ensure another year of relationship building.
    This year, I feel like we need a slogan. I won’t give up the ones we already use which are, “Healthy Community, Healthy Youth,” or “Take A Second, Make A Difference.”
    Sometimes I feel like we need something to rally the troops, something to ignite the little fire that makes you want to get something done.
    When we think of asset building, we need to be intentional in our efforts.
    It doesn’t matter if it is eye contact in passing, a friendly nod or an actual conversation, just be aware.
    This is the chance to give students a second chance and help them get on the good path.
    This charge if you will, extends to parents, caregivers, coaches, teachers, staff, neighbors and anyone that associates with kids.
    The work I do isn’t just for those that are in school, it is for anyone interested in building a better community.
    I do tend to focus a lot of working with the schools, but mainly because they are a captive audience.
    I can also work with scouts, church youth groups or whatever adults are open to sharing a few minutes to see how they can do better.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering two new clubs for kids in grades kindergarten through third: “Nature Detectives” for grade K-1, and “Outdoor Explorers” for grades 2-3. The clubs will begin Sept. 4 and run every Tuesday from 3:45-5:15 p.m., through Nov. 27. Angelique Harshman and Beth Cortright will teach the clubs.
    PEEC’s Nature Clubs are a way to help children connect with the outdoors. Members will investigate local animals and plants and connect with the wild side of the Pajarito Plateau through a variety of activities. Because the clubs are targeted to just two grade levels each, activities will be more age-appropriate than before. Club members hike in the canyon, do science experiments and get in-depth with nature.
    Harshman is an environmental educator with more than 15 years of experience working with kids from preschool to high school age. Cortright is a biologist with a specialty in entomology and has worked with many PEEC programs, including field trips and summer camps.