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Today's Features

  • TODAY
     Aviation Weather presentation at 3 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. David Bruggeman, a LANL meteorologist, will present a summary of the Los Alamos Laboratory weather monitoring system and components. This will be followed by a Q&A. Sponsored by Pajarito Flying Club. Contact Scott Miller at scott@pajaritoflyingclub.com, or 453-3327, for more information.

    Artist, photographer, and writer Diana Molina will speak at 2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of the Mesa Public Library. Molina has made a life-long study of the borderlands of Mexico, New Mexico and Texas. She brings her observational experiences together in a presentation called “Seven String Barbed Wire Fence.”

    Los Alamos Concert Association will present a performance at 4 p.m. at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Jon Manasse, principal clarinetist with American Ballet Theater, and Jon Nakamatsu, 1997 Cliburn Gold medalist, will perform music by Brahms, Chopin, Debussy and Messager. Tickets are $30-$35, available at losalamosconcert.org, ticketssantafe.com, Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, the Lensic box office in Santa Fe and at the door. Youth 6-18 are free.

  • Every year National Park Service areas all over the country celebrate National Park Week in April with events and activities.
    This year is special since it is also the Centennial year for Bandelier National Monument as well as the National Park Service itself. Nationwide from April 16-24 NPS areas will be fee-free, with no entrance fees being charged, for nine days.
    At Bandelier, National Park Week activities will include:
    • A special presentation of all the entries of artwork for the 2017 Bandelier Annual Pass, along with announcement of the winners, Saturday, April 16, at 4  p.m. in the Visitor Center theater.
    • Interviews with staff members on local AM station KRSN, am1490 and fm107.1, each morning of the week, 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday.
    • “Secrets of the Museum” tours at 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Visitor Center, indoors, 30-45 minutes, no signups needed.
    • “Geology and Botany of the Falls Trail” at noon on Saturday, April 16, Thursday, and Friday. Participants should bring water and wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes. It will be three miles, last two to three hours, moderate difficulty and no signups are needed.

  • According to the American Heart Association, there have been reported associations between pet ownership and cardiovascular health in the last decade. Owning pets—specifically dogs—may help reduce the risk of heart disease in pet owners in a number of ways.
    In addition to companionship, dogs can encourage laughter, physical activity, and other benefits effective in decreasing stress levels. Dr. Sarah Griffin, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical sciences explained why owning dogs may be related to decreased stress levels.
    “The American Heart Association has said that owning pets can have a positive effect on how people react to stress,” she said. “Chronic stress has not been shown to directly increase risk factors associated with heart disease, but it can lead to unhealthy lifestyle choices that are associated with high blood pressure and increased risk for heart disease.”

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Peekaboo—An older gal who is mellow. Her favorite things are gazing out the window, helping her humans make coffee, and cuddling with her people. She has had both dog and cat companions in the past, so she might be OK with an older, mellow dog or cat. She loves being petted, and when she’s super happy, she sticks her little pink tongue out! She has an incredibly sweet personality, and she would be overjoyed to share her love.

  • 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 with a classic liturgy each Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:15 a.m. and Christian Education for all ages at 10:30 a.m.  A service of Midday Matins with Communion is celebrated at 11:45 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors, Rev. Bruce Kuenzel and Rev. 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. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    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.

  • Texas A&M Aggies from around the world will gather for the annual Aggie Muster memorial service. Los Alamos area Aggies will gather at 6 p.m. April 21 at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road, in Craig Hall, the building nearest the west parking lot.
    The speaker will be James G. Ivey ‘73 of Houston. He is a founder, senior officer and board member of Pintail Energy, a petroleum exploration and production company. Ivey served in the U. S. Army Reserve for 30 years and retired with the rank of Colonel.
    Dinner will be barbecue with all the fixings. Suggested donation is $10 per person with children under age 10 free. RSVP by April 19 to Nancy Bliss at  Bliss.nd@gmail.com. Contact David Powell at dwpowell68@msn.com or 662-5877 for more information.

  • Texas A&M Aggies from around the world will gather for the annual Aggie Muster memorial service. Los Alamos area Aggies will gather at 6 p.m. April 21 at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road, in Craig Hall, the building nearest the west parking lot.
    The speaker will be James G. Ivey ‘73 of Houston. He is a founder, senior officer and board member of Pintail Energy, a petroleum exploration and production company. Ivey served in the U. S. Army Reserve for 30 years and retired with the rank of Colonel.
    Dinner will be barbecue with all the fixings. Suggested donation is $10 per person with children under age 10 free. RSVP by April 19 to Nancy Bliss at  Bliss.nd@gmail.com. Contact David Powell at dwpowell68@msn.com or 662-5877 for more information.

  • The Military Order of the World Wars meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. This month’s speaker is Alan Carr, who will speak about “Project Y Spies: An Historical Perspective on a Perennial Threat.”
    The meeting will be held in Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room. The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner.  The meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.  Call Gregg Giesler, USA Retired, Chapter Commander, 662-5574 (g.giesler@computer.org) or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (depinyan@cybermesa.com).

     

  • Los Alamos County reminds property owners that the second installment for 2015 property tax bills becomes delinquent after May 11.  
    Payment must be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m. May 11 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges. The 311 Customer Care Center is located in the Municipal Building lobby at 1000 Central Ave. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, NM  87544.  
    Payments are also accepted through a property tax lockbox at Los Alamos National Bank.

     

  • After multiple comments on my column last week about Texas, I felt I needed to continue my train of thought and how I see it relating to youth.
    I was fascinated in Texas by so much state support of just being Texas. Now I know there is a fine line between having some self-pride and gloating.
    What I mean by this is that the Texas star is everywhere! It was on the bag of potatoes in the grocery store. It was on those self-sealing bags you use for kid’s sandwiches for lunch. People had it on their salt and pepper shakers on the dinner table, painted in their driveways beside the house number and prominently and quite largely displayed on their homes.
    I see a little bit of pride in our state, but how can we raise our children to be proud of where they come from, when as adults, we don’t seem to have very much?
    I’m excited to see the New Mexico True commercials because there are many things to be proud of about our community and our state. If you don’t feel that way, then I am sure there is an equal amount that can be said of us as individuals too, so what do you do to make it better?
    I don’t mean what does the government do, I mean each and every day, and what do you do to make life for someone better?