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Today's Features

  • It's a medical nightmare: a 24-year-old man endures 350 surgeries since childhood to remove growths that keep coming back in his throat and have spread to his lungs, threatening his life. Now doctors have found a way to help him by way of a scientific coup that holds promise for millions of cancer patients.

    The bizarre case is the first use in a patient of a new discovery: how to keep ordinary and cancerous cells alive indefinitely in the lab.

    The discovery allows doctors to grow "mini tumors" from each patient's cancer in a lab dish, then test various drugs or combinations on them to see which works best. It takes only a few cells from a biopsy and less than two weeks to do, with materials and methods common in most hospitals.

    Although the approach needs much more testing against many different types of cancer, researchers think it could offer a cheap, simple way to personalize treatment without having to analyze each patient's genes.

  • Italian music will fill the Hilltop House Hotel, when Assets In Action hosts “A Night in Italy.”
    Local Chef Jarda Belmonte of Tasty Creations by Jarda, will stir, sauce and sauté her way through the kitchen to benefit the local program of youth and community development.
    “After raising three daughters, I believe you can never do enough to help them along their way,” Belmonte said when asked why she decided to help the local program.
    The Hilltop House Hotel, also home of AIA’s Community Asset Awards, was ready and willing to work with the fundraising team to make it happen.
    After a scheduling bump, the event has been slated for Oct. 20, with cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.
    The multi-faceted menu will be a buffet, just like mama use to make, as Belmonte delivers various dishes of comfort food meant to stir the soul, while invoking memories or perhaps future trips to Italy.
     “Cooking is like therapy for me,” Belmonte said. “I am relaxed and comfortable when I am cooking.”
    Guests will find themselves in an Italian intervention as Belmonte prepares ensalada caprese, braciole, mussels in marinara, chicken marsala, Italian-style pork roast and various pastas. The meal will include wine and dessert for $40 a person.

  • 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.
    Four Border Collie puppies (Desmond, Bones, Reggie and Romper) — Four-months-old, all males. They are pretty shy and the volunteers are working on socialization. Keep watching as they develop into fun, approachable pups.
    Houdini — Not a magician, but rather an adorable black-and-white Spaniel/Border Collie-mix. He recently got a bath and is ready to show off his lovely, clean coat. He is affectionate and sweet with both dogs and people and would love to accompany his new person everywhere.

  • Sept. 30-Oct. 6
    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: Beef tips
    7 p.m.         Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computers users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Green chile chicken enchilada
    12:30 p.m.    Better breathers
    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: Sausage, wild rice
    1:15 p.m.    Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:45     a.m.    Variety training

  • On the top of a list of varied things Roberta Arruda likes to do is playing her violin. She likes to play in chamber groups and big and small orchestras, but best of all she likes to solo.  
    “Playing as a soloist is very special,” she said. At 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Crossroads Bible Church, Arruda will solo with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra. She will play the “Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3” —a work that Arruda grew up listening to on recordings by Josh Bell.
    Arruda, born in Brazil to non-musical parents, began her musical journey on the recorder at the age of seven. By 10, she had switched to the violin. It was a perfect match and she has continued to study violin all over the world — the United States, France, Belgium and Hungary.  
    Now, living in New Mexico, she has an active life, which involves teaching at New Mexico State University, playing with the La Catrina Quartet (the resident quartet at NMSU), and playing with the Santa Fe Pro Musica.  
    In past years, she has played with the Opera Southwest, the San Juan Symphony, UNMSO, the Santa Fe Symphony and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

  • Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    • Sept. 6: A boy, Winston Thomas-James Fronk, born to Melissa and Tyler Fronk
    • Sept. 12: A boy, Owen Forrest Judge, born to Beth and Dan Judge
    • Sept. 12: A girl, Annalia Faith Martinez, born to Mariquita and Adrian Martinez

  • Dr. Genna Frances Reeves-DeArmond, a 2002 graduate of Los Alamos High School, graduated from Oregon State University in September.
    She earned a doctorate in design and human environment, with an emphasis in historic and cultural aspects of dress and textiles and a minor in visual rhetoric and museum and heritage studies.
    Reeves-DeArmond completed a dissertation titled, “Understanding historical events through dress and costume displays at Titanic museum attractions.”
    She received the Ruth Warnke Graduate Fellowship for outstanding research from Oregon State University. She also received awards for Outstanding Graduate Teaching, Student Engagement and Leadership of Undergraduate Research and served as the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services Advisory Board Co-Chairwoman while at OSU.
    She is the recipient of the 2012 Sara Douglas Fellowship for Doctoral Professional Promise through ITAA. She completed an internship at the Santa Fe Opera in the costume departments during her undergraduate coursework in 2005.
    Reeves-DeArmond is the daughter of Margaret and Frank Reeves Jr. of Los Alamos.

  • 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

  • “What is the benefit of publicly identifying that I am a Christian?”— Anonymous teen

    As a teenager, you may fear you will jeopardize your social position and popularity if you let it be known you have a genuine belief in Christ.
    There are good reasons for coming out as a Christian, however.
    For one thing, the Bible is quite clear that God expects his followers to own up to their faith.  
    Joshua minced no words when publicly declaring his allegiance to God (Josh. 24:15).  Jesus’ meaning was obvious when he said, “If you deny me before men I will deny you before my Father.” (Matt. 10:32-33).
    A living faith in a living God is clearly a private matter with a public face.
    Second, publicly identifying your faith is a matter of integrity; i.e., being true to yourself. Who you are, what you value, the choices you make, and how you relate to others are all a reflection of your core beliefs. Hiding your faith is essentially dishonest.
    Third, you probably won’t keep your faith a secret anyway because you will inevitably be drawn into a community of believers.
    The New Testament teaches that the Spirit of God who is present and active in each individual also establishes the corporate life of the church (Acts 2:42-47).