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Today's Features

  • The University of New Mexico, Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the PNM Foundation have announced the UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest for the 2011-2012 school year.
    The goal of the contest is to promote mathematical investigation, enhance problem-solving skills and recognize and honor outstanding mathematics achievement among students in grades 7-12 in the state.
    Approximately 1,500 New Mexico students benefit from this program annually.

  • Engage. Listen. Listen. Repeat.
    This is what one should do when talking to our youth.
    Last week, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board hosted their annual retreat to talk about youth issues.
    As always, they host an event that not only allows adults to talk about youth issues, but involves youth.
    Many groups would like to do this, but it takes some extra effort. It also needs to be planned around everyone’s schedules and of course, food needs to be provided.
    Now let’s go back to what I said at the beginning of this column and see what we can learn. Sometimes as adults, we know these things but tend to forget.

  • Monday — Scavenger hunt
    Tuesday — Make a Halloween mask
    Wednesday —   Movies and  munchies
    Thursday — Twister challenge
    Friday —   Costume contest
     
    All children   promoted to third through eighth grade are welcome to join free of  charge.

  • The Family YMCA and the Los Alamos Heart Council are co-sponsoring a poster contest for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. The theme of this contest is “Be Heart Smart.” Posters/pictures may be in any medium (crayon, paint, etc.) Posters must be brought to the Y by Oct. 27. Winners will be notified Oct. 28 and will have their posters on display at the Health Fair on Oct. 29.
    Include name, address, phone number, school and grade. Winners may pick up their prizes at the YMCA booth during the fair or at the YMCA after the health fair is over. Posters will be on display at the Y through Nov. 6. Participants who wish to keep their posters must pick them up on or before Nov. 13. For more information call the Y at 662-3100.

  • Oct. 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 plus exercise
    9 a.m.    Toenail clipping
    9:45 a.m.    Matter of balance class
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Orange chicken
    12:30 p.m.    Driver safety program
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY

    8:45 a.m.    Variety training

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    Two for the price of one. This is an opportunity to double your feline pleasure. Also, we will not adopt out black cats until Nov. 7.

    Cats
    The shelter has just received a new group of cats and has appointments for their veterinary updates. They will be available for viewing and will be adoptable very soon.

  • Cub Scouts from Los Alamos and White Rock joined together for push-mobile races last weekend. The annual event is held at the White Rock LDS church.

  • New Mexico landscapes can take your breath away and Kirt Kempter attempts to capture every bit of that beauty with each of his large format photographs now on view at Mesa Public Library Art Gallery.
    The exhibition starts Oct. 31 and runs through the end of November.
    The display is available for viewing during regular library hours.
    Kempter is a student of rocks and landforms, working both as a geologist and photographer.
    Thus, his landscape photography has a geologic bent, focusing on landforms and abstract rock textures. Although most of Kempter’s photographic repertoire is from New Mexico, he also has numerous images from around the world, a result of leading educational tours for Smithsonian Journeys and National Geographic Expeditions.

  • Los Alamos Middle School seventh grade student Claire DeCroix, 12, created the logo for this year’s New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge. She won $200 at last year’s award ceremony for the best logo. Her logo is used on all promotional material for the statewide competition for the 2011-2012 challenge.
    DeCroix would like to thank her GATE teacher Zeynep Unal for all her support and getting Claire interested in the supercomputing challenge in the fifth grade.
    DeCroix decided to enter the contest because she thought it would be great to win the competition.

  • 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, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. 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