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Today's Features

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     NASA's Curiosity rover has zapped its first Martian rock, aiming its laser for the sake of science.

    During the target practice on Sunday. Curiosity fired 30 pulses at a nearby rock over a 10-second window, burning a small hole.

    Since landing in Gale Crater two weeks ago, the six-wheel rover has been checking out its instruments including the laser. During its two-year mission, Curiosity was expected to point the laser at various rocks as it drives toward Mount Sharp, a 3-mile-high mountain rising from the crater floor.

    Its goal is to determine whether the Martian environment was habitable.

  • 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
    Coqueta — Six-year-old spayed female Retriever/Chow-mix surrendered. Good with adults and gentle children. Has been an outdoor dog.
    Naney — Senior brown-and-white English Hound-mix. Owner going abroad. Needs a quiet retirement home. Has reasonable doggy manners. Would be a nice, calm companion in a quiet home.  Will have some tumors removed and a good dental next week.
    Phoebe — Young, black female Spaniel-mix. temperament testing shows no aggression or guarding issues. Enjoys being around people. Her choice is not to share her new home with another dog or cat.
    Olympia — Sweet, young Dachshund-mix Loves to be with her people, but not to be left alone for long periods of time as she tends to bark.

  • Aug. 19-25
    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
    10 a.m.    Lier travel talk: France-Seine
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken alfredo fettuccini
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    Mac users
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Fried chicken
    Noon        Lunch talk: Dr. Shepard, allergies
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    7 p.m.    Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Fish
    Noon        Lunch talk: Eva Artschnager, UNM

  • La Leche League of Los Alamos will discuss “Nutrition and Weaning” at their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Teen Room at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr.
    All interested, pregnant, or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics and benefits of breastfeeding.  
    A lending library with books and audio tapes concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting, and nutrition is available. Nursing babies and toddlers who have difficulty separating, are welcome.
    For more information, contact Cathleen at 661-4033 or Gina at 661-8740.

  • Dr. Robert Fuselier, DVM, will present a talk on his recent return from Afghanistan at the The Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars dinner meeting Tuesday at the Hilltop House, third floor. The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m.
    Fuselier’s presentation will begin at about 7:15 PM. Dinner entrée is meat loaf with mashed potatoes, vegetables and salad. Cost of the dinner is $23 per person. For more information contact Lt. Gregg Giesler at 662-5574, g.giesler@computer.org; or Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson at 662-9544 or NrmWil5@cs.com.

  • 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 located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. Summer worship at 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments following at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical, 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

  • Why do people think that Orthodoxy is an ethnic thing?  — B.A.

    Christianity is not of this world. It is about heaven. It is about a tangible encounter with the living God. Thus, the more connected to Christ himself and to the fullness of belief and spirit, the more it will seem foreign to the worldly, regardless of ethnicity.
    As we know, the apostles and their disciples went to different countries and proclaimed the good-news of Christ. As semitic people, they must have appeared foreign to all they met, but this external didn’t prevent the people.
    As a result of massive growth, gatherings of Orthodox Christians continuing as the ancient church, became identified with nationality. Thus, the orthodox believers within the nation of Greece, became known as “Greek Orthodox.”
    We know that the Greeks were the missionaries to Russia. They proclaimed Orthodox Christianity and naturally had a Greek “flavor.”
    It would have been easy for Russians to think, “Oh, that’s that foreign religion. We don’t go there.”

  • Today
    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.

    The monthly Los Alamos County Democratic party meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. The topics of the meeting will be the upcoming events with congressmen, candidate updates and other developing news. All registered Democrats are invited to attend.

    Saturday
    There will be a Masonic Waffle Breakfast 7:30-10 a.m. at the Los Alamos Masonic Lodge, 15th and Canyon. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity’s 2012 Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project in Haiti. Price of the breakfast is $7 and $3 for children age six and younger.

    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church will present a high tea and fashion show event at 2:30 p.m. at 3900 Trinity Dr. This is the third annual event. All proceeds go toward the two-house build trips to Juaréz in the fall. For more information, call Cathy Walters at 662-5107.

  •  The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents Texas blues-rocker Carolyn Wonderland at 7 p.m. Friday at Rover Park in White Rock. The show is free. Donations from Los Alamos County and many Los Alamos businesses, professionals and friends pay for the series.
    Wonderland is a blues and blues/rock artist with diverse influences from elements of country, swing, zydeco, surf, churchy gospel-soul, jazz, Latin and soul.
    “Carolyn is a great guitarist and singer. She’s played the world’s best venues, including public television’s ‘Austin City Limits,’ the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, all the Texas and New Mexico clubs as well as the European clubs,” LASCS Promoter Russ Gordon said.
    Wonderland is married to A. Whitney Brown, a comedian and writer for shows like “Saturday Night Live,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and the liberal radio network’s “Air America Radio.” Brown is quoted as saying he’s “a vegetarian not because he loves animals. I’m a vegetarian because I hate plants.”
    An LA Times article said about a recent concert, “Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal. She’s an amazing guitarist. She whistled a solo. She even played trumpet, and damn can she sing.”

  • Award-winning University of California-Berkeley astrophysicist Alex Filippenko will deliver the 42nd Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos.
     The lecture, “Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe,” is free and open to the public.
     Filippenko has made a career of studying supernovae and using these cosmic beacons to probe the vastness of space. Filippenko was a member of two independent teams that in 1998 reported, based on observations of supernovae that the universe was expanding at a runaway pace. The leaders of those teams received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery.
     Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his research, Filippenko’s skills in teaching and conveying scientific concepts to non-scientists has been recognized with the Carl Sagan Prize, the Richtmyer Memorial Award and a Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation.
     Filippenko will discuss how observations of supernovae have led scientists to conclude the universe contains a repulsive force, dubbed “dark energy,” that forces space to expand at an ever-increasing rate, pulling galaxies and other matter along with it. Einstein had once postulated such a mechanism but later rejected it and called it his “biggest blunder.”