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Today's Features

  • OK, still on resolutions for 2015, it is never too late to start, so let’s go!
    My idea for you is to run, don’t walk to the nearest place to buy a page-a-day calendar. The one I’m thinking is called, “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff.”
    Richard Carlson, Ph.D. is behind the calendar and countless books of the same name and various topics.
    If our local Smith’s doesn’t have one, I wanted to point you in a direction to find one. The online store that starts with an A charged more in shipping and handling than I purchased the calendar for in the region.
    The store that starts with a W had it for $4.96 and yes, even though I like to shop local, sometimes I can’t pass up a good deal.
    What I have enjoyed about it and only in the first dozen days of 2015, is simple wisdom. Maybe because I am simple, maybe because I’ll take all the wisdom I can get but I do like it when it is easy.
    Here’s a sample:
    When a person begins to recognize happiness moments, their “ordinary life,” becomes much richer, happier, full of gratitude, yes and even more, “extraordinary.”

  • As a part of fundraising efforts for the Los Alamos High School Dance Program, Ballroom Dance students and teacher Natasha Barkhudarova are offering four weekly sessions of Waltz dance classes for beginners.
    Classes are 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday, starting today. Other classes will be Jan. 20, 27 and Feb. 3 at the Topper Theater at LAHS. No partner is required. Everybody is welcome to join the class. The cost is $40 for adults and $20 for children, students and LAPS staff (for all four classes). Drop-in fee is $12 for adults and $6 for children, students and LAPS staff (per class).
    All proceeds go toward students’ travel to represent Los Alamos High School in the dance events and conferences around the state of New Mexico.
    For information, contact n.barkhudarova@laschools.net or call 663-2577.

  • There’s still time to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C. The trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school eighth grade students. The trip is a private trip and not a school-sponsored trip. Visit worldstridesdiscovernow.org or call 1-800-468-5899 to sign up, using trip ID Number.
    The trip will include sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Maryland. Highlights of the trip include the White House, the International Spy Museum,  the Walter Reed Medical Museum, a Capitol tour, the Washington Monument, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Arlington Cemetery, night tours of all Presidential Monuments, the Iwo Jima, Korean, the Vietnam Memorials, the Newseum, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and much more.
    The trip will be four days and three nights. The group will stay in a five-star hotel in Arlington, Virginia minutes from the D.C. sites.
    The deadline is nearing for the current price.  Sign up will continue until airline seats are no longer available, however, soon the trip price may increase if airline prices increase.  Sign up today to ensure a place on the trip and to lock in the current price of the trip.

  • Jan. 11-17, 2015
    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
    10:30 a.m.    LARSO Advisory                 Council        
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Sloppy Joe
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Beer cheese             soup
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:30 a.m.     AARP board meeting
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Glazed ham

  • Dec. 15: A girl, Mayah Ruiz, born to Michelle and Fernando Ruiz
    Dec. 28: A girl, Emi Helena Wilson, born to Hanako and Brant Wilson
    Dec. 30: A boy, Elliot Lee Neese, born to Brooke and Noonday Neese
    Jan. 2: A boy, GianCarlo Gabriel Herrera, born to Lynette Duran and Justin Herrera
    Jan. 2: A girl, Kuuyaa Tsawa Star Vigil, born to Noelle and Agoyo Vigil
    Jan. 6: A boy, Johnathan Cyrus Reyes Pino, born to Crystal and Cyrus Pino
    Jan. 7: A girl, Violet Mary Romero, born to Victoria and Richard Romero

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Cordelia — A short haired, all-black cat with a tiny little white patch on her chest and a small notch out of her ear. She was trapped on 48th Street on New Year’s Eve, and she was certainly happy to be somewhere warm for the new year! She is extremely friendly, and she will be ready for a warm, indoor home of her own once she gets a clean bill of health from the vet.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email 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.  The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 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.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • “Does the Bible say anything about making New Year’s resolutions?” — Karen

    No. New Year’s resolutions are a relatively recent cultural accoutrement! The impulse to make resolutions, however, runs deep, reflecting a truly human penchant for wanting to “put things right.”
    The concomitant change in a calendar year somehow seems to connote the opportunity for a fresh start — we are drawn to the possibilities of doing things differently, hopefully better.
    The Bible does talk about new beginnings. Much of the biblical message, in fact, holds that people who follow God actually become new people, set on a journey of transformation and change (e.g., II Cor. 5:17).
    Jesus told a seeker that he needed to be “born again” — that he could only see “the kingdom of God” if he were re-birthed by the Spirit of God (Jn. 3:3ff).
    Paul wrote that we are being transformed (literally “metamorphosing”) by the Spirit of God in us (II Cor. 3:18; Rom. 8:29ff). This metamorphosis is spiritual in nature but has direct implications for ethical behavior and character development. Paul also referred to the ultimate new beginning: one day Christ-followers will exchange mortality for immortality (I Cor. 15:50ff)!

  • NEW YORK (AP) — Sting will be going down with his ship.
    Producer Jeffrey Seller said Tuesday that the Grammy Award-winning songwriter’s Broadway musical “The Last Ship” will close when his stint in the show ends Jan. 24 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
    Sting, who wrote the songs, jumped into the musical in early December, playing a shipyard foreman that had been portrayed by Jimmy Nail. While that improved sales, they didn’t skyrocket and the future looked bleak without him.
    “We made the musical we wanted to make and we’re fiercely proud of it,” Seller said. “It’s been spectacular that Sting could be in it for its final weeks because now we go out with some degree of triumph. Not what I wanted. But some degree of triumph.”
    “The Last Ship” is a semiautobiographical story about a prodigal son who returns to his northern England shipbuilding town to reclaim the girl he abandoned when he fled years before. He finds the workers are now unemployed and entertaining the idea of building one last boat to show off their skill and pride.

  • New Mexico School for the Arts’ Theater Department will open its 2015 season with “Radium Girls,” by D.W. Gregory, directed by Joey Chavez and Deborah Potter.
    Inspired by a true story, “Radium Girls” follows the popularity of radium as a medical and industrial product, used for a variety of purposes — from fighting tumors to providing luminous paint for wristwatch faces — until the workers painting them began to fall ill from a mysterious disease.
    Gregory’s play traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a wristwatch dial painter in the 1920s, as she fights for her day in court. Shows will be 7 p.m. Jan. 29-31 at the James A. Little theater.
    Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online at nmschoolforthearts.org/tickets.
    On Feb. 7, the Theater Department will present an encore performance of The Shakespeare Project, first performed in October 2014, as part of a Dessert Theater fundraiser for the Parent Association. Showtime will be 7 p.m. in NMSA’s Large Rehearsal Hall, 275 E. Alameda with a raffle and silent auction.