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Today's Features

  • Piñon Park Pool has memberships available for the 2015 season. The pool, located at 104 Bryce Ave., has been a part of the White Rock community for 49 years.
    The pool offers three types of memberships based upon number of swimmers. A one-person membership cost $200 and includes five guest passes. A two-person membership is $325 plus 10 guest passes. A family membership is $450 guest packages and includes 20 guest passes.
    Current members who refer a new member will receive a $50 credit toward his or her 2016 assessment for each referral.
    The pool features a covered lounge area, tables and grill for picnic, a shaded kiddy pool area, play area and snack bar.
    It offers lane swimming, water aerobics and late night swims every Wednesday, as well as special theme night and other activities throughout the summer.
    On July 4, the pool will host a members-only party, including games and prizes for the kids, a diving contest and the famous greased watermelon contest between members and staff.
    Swim lessons are being held the weeks of June 8-12, June 22-26, July 6-10 and July 20-24 for all levels for both members and non-members.
    The cost is $30 per swimmer for members and $40 per swimmer for non-members. Private lessons are available upon request.

  • The Rotary Deborah Beene Music Awards auditions last week at Fuller Lodge.  
    The committee of judges included Cindy Little, Charlene Cox-Clifton, Rotarians Brian Newnam, Mandy Marksteiner and Ed Van Eeckhout.  
    Nine students participated, with performances ranging from voice to strings, woodwinds to percussion.
    The winners were: First place, $1,200 — Michelle Yang, violin (teacher Kay Newnam). Second place, $800 — Caitlin Dahl, cello (teacher Dana Winograd). Third place tie, $300 each — Jennifer Necker, oboe (teacher Aaron Lewis). Catherine Runnels, soprano (teacher Nathan Salazar).
    The Deborah Beene account provided $1,000.
    Another $1,000 was given by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos and the remaining funds were provided through private donation.
    The Rotary Deborah Beene Music Awards program was established in the memory of Deborah Beene, daughter of Donald and Sara Beene, a violin and piano student who died in December 1973 while enrolled in school here. The awards are intended to assist students in their musical growth.
    The 9th-12th grade LAHS students may compete.

  • Today
    Grief support group. 6:30 p.m. in the lounge of the United Church. All members of the community are welcome. For more information, visit uceducation@unitedchurchla.org, or call 662-2971.

    The Western Landowners Alliance: Stewardship with Vision. 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. The WLA is a voice for conservation-minded landowners across the West. They work to ensure private and leased public lands and waters in the West are healthy and resilient to environmental and developmental stressors. Executive Director Leslie Allison will talk about WLA’s goals and work. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.
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  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre will be having a play reading for the classic tale, “Harvey,” which kicks off the 2015-16 season in September.
    Readings will be 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Green Room at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.
    Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary, 6-1/2 foot tall rabbit.
    To avoid future embarrassment for her family — and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae — Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium.
    At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that her years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also, and so the doctors mistakenly commit her instead of her mild-mannered brother.
    The truth comes out, however, Veta is freed, and the search is on for Elwood, who eventually arrives at the sanitarium of his own volition, looking for Harvey.
    But it seems that Elwood and his invisible companion have had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors.
    Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all.

  • PAC 8 Community Media Center is offering 18 video classes this summer.
    The classes are a new addition this year that PAC 8 will be partnering with PEEC in six of its video sessions.
    In the “Outdoor Fun” classes, kids will show their point of view about favorite outdoor locations around Los Alamos.
    The videos from each class will be combined into a short “Los Alamos Welcomes You” film to be projected in the nature center’s planetarium on a continuous basis.
    Participants will be involved in various aspects of video production (acting, camera operation, voice-overs, audio and editing).
    Each participant will receive a PEEC T-shirt and DVD of the film. “Outdoor Fun” classes cost $110. An anonymous donor is offering two half-tuition scholarships, based on need, for the “Outdoor Fun” classes.
    PAC 8 is also offering classes in 2-D and 3-D animation, logic music production, GoPro and Drone classes, Google Earth and music videos.
    The first two sessions of the summer classes will be shot at the The Nature Center where the kids will create a short documentary on the new Center.
    These classes cost $90. Pay for classes at least two weeks before they start.
    Class size is limited to six students per teacher.

  • My column this week is about a variety of assets. You can pick one or try to do them all: family support, positive family communication, caring school climate, caring for others.
    I would like everyone to understand the stress on youth and school staff as the year winds down. I just want to take a minute and give a nod to school staff and how hard this year in particular is with PARCC, final exams, end of course, etc.
    However, my main focus this week is on youth and how we as a community need to step up for the next two weeks. We need to understand the pressure, real or perceived, we need to be understanding, we need to have conversations around fun stuff that doesn’t involve academics.
    It doesn’t matter if you have school-aged kids or not, you too can step up and be a support system. Pass a kid on the sidewalk, look them in the eye and say hello, how’s it going, almost summer.
    The song by A Great Big World, “Say Something,” keeps coming to mind.
    Tensions are high and the troops are restless. I see it in people of all ages, not just the kids. I see crabby adults, people that need to tell you every grumpy thing on their mind. No matter how much you try and persuade yourself that your poor attitude isn’t or doesn’t rub off on the children, you are mistaken.

  • April 30: A boy, Callum Jude Ferguson, born to Kim and Jim Ferguson
    May 5: A boy, Lucas Li, born to Shan Li and Hongbo Li
    May 10: A boy, Anthony Harold Lee Kedge, born to Amanda and Anthony Kedge

  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi announces that James Wendelberger, of Los Alamos, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Wendelberger was initiated at The University of New Mexico.

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    Aubrie Powell, of Los Alamos was among a talented group of student composers, choreographers and dancers who produced Baldwin Wallace University’s “fyoo zh en ‘15: new music + dance” this spring. The annual “fyoo zh en” dance concert pairs choreographers from the Department of Theatre and Dance’s Dance Program with composers from the Conservatory of Music. Together they create new works inspired by an academic research project. Baldwin Wallace University is in Berea, Ohio.

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    Sarah Tripplehorn, a University of Dallas freshman from Los Alamos, mentored students at Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center this past year.
    Tripplehorn, along with 39 other undergraduates, met with her “mentee” each week for lunch and conversation. Mentors offered guidance and advice — and most importantly, friendship — to their mentees, acting as “big sisters.”

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  • May 17-23, 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.    Advisory council
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury steak
    Noon        Grief support
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8 a.m.        Mac users group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.         Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Tilapia
    1 p.m.         Bingo
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis

  • 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
    Annie — A 9-year-old, spayed, female who needs a peaceful indoor home. She came into the shelter several years ago as one of a kitten litter being cared for by a big gentle cat. That “mama” cat turned out to be a gentleman. Both he and Annie became part of a household. Because of medical care now needed by their owner, Annie had to come back to the shelter, now as a grown-up girl.