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Today's Features

  •  The Family Strength Network offers programs to help teens and young adults throughout the year. The next round of classes and workshops are available now for registration. Some classes are have been going on since the beginning of the year, however anyone may register for a session until the program ends. Anyone who can’t make the times listed can call 662-4515 or email fsn@lafsn.org to be notified of future classes.

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    Artist and instructor Lisa Coddington’s class at PEEC last summer was well received, so Pajarito Environmental Education Center has welcomed Coddington back for another hands-on art workshop. 

    Participants will learn how to use drawing materials to portray animals such as those found at PEEC or around the Pajarito Plateau. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with a 30-minute break for lunch.

    With the class size limited to nine, Coddington will be able to work one-on-one with participants as they explore how to use pencil techniques to portray animals. Coddington will teach participants how to select a subject and start an animal portrait. This class is suggested for beginner and intermediate levels. Price is $45, or $36 for PEEC members. There is also a list of required art supplies, which participants will need to purchase separately. Village Arts will carry all the supplies and will offer a 10 percent discount to anyone who brings in the class list.

  • Today
    LA Walks meeting. 5-6 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs meeting room No. 1. Public is invited to meet with the LA Walks advocacy group and to help develop ideas that would ensure pedestrian safety and convenience in Los Alamos County.

    The Los Alamos Volunteer Examiner Group will be giving exams for Amateur Radio Licenses. The session will be 6:30 p.m. in the Club Meeting Room at 4017 Arkansas Ave. (the Old Fire Barn). For a new license bring a picture ID or two other forms of ID with name and address one them, such as a bill. Fee is $15 cash or check made out to “ARRL VEC.” Social Security number is required on the form 605 License Application. For a license upgrade, bring picture ID or two other forms of ID plus the original license and a copy of the license, or a valid CSCE (Certificate of Successful Completion of Exam) and a copy of the CSCE plus the exam fee of $15. For additional information, call Bill Boedeker at 662-4220, or email at boedeker@cybermesa.com.

  • Activities kicked off at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center this week.
    From now until Friday, the aquatic center presents a Spring Fling at the pool. The obstacle course will be up and running every day from 1-3 p.m.
    The aquatic center supports its students, and offers a discount all week for youth from 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
    The aquatic center also launches a new program on April 19. The in-pool egg hunt will begin at 1 p.m. Admission is $2.50/child, and all youth — ages 16 and under — are invited to hunt for
    some colorful eggs in the water. The limit is 150 youth, and all participants are invited to stary after and enjoy the pool.
    The Double Dive-In Feature will present “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” from 7 to 8:45 p.m. April 25. The lights are dimmed, the float toys are out, and the big theater-like screen will go up for the movie. Advance ticket sales are available at the aquatic centers front counter for $5.
    Admission includes treats, a glow necklace, and access to the pool during the movie.  
    At 9 p.m., the featured movie for teens will be “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” and will include pizza sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and is free for all high schoolers.

  • Judging by the success of the Los Alamos High School Speech and Debate team, the coaches have a large part of the honor. Three coaches have recently been recognized both statewide and nationally.
    During the past year, all three have earned the Diamond Coach Award from the National Speech and Debate Association.
    The Diamond Coach Award reflects both excellence and longevity in coaching speech and debate. Of the 25 High School teams which compete in New Mexico and the 34 active coaches, only five have earned a Diamond Coach Award. Three of those five coaches are located here in Los Alamos.
    Margo Batha and Janet Newton are coaches of the LAHS Hilltalkers. Carolyn Connor is coach of the Jemez Mountain Homeschool Speech and Debate team.
    At the state level, the New Mexico Speech and Debate Association (NMSDA) is a professional association of educators and coaches representing public, private and charter schools statewide who are actively engaged in forensics education and high school-level speech and debate competition. 
    Each year the NMSDA awards Speech Coach of the Year and Debate Coach of the Year to two exemplary coaches. To be considered, coaches must be nominated, lead a successful program, and exhibit dedication, involvement and sportsmanship.

  • 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 friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

  • April 6-12, 2014
    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
    8:30, 10 a.m. Tax prep
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Orange chicken over rice
    1 p.m. Assisted Living talk
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Cheese Pub burger
    Noon Chronic Kidney Disease talk
    2 p.m. MindBody massage
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30, 10 a.m. Tax prep
    8:30 a.m. RSVP 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: Tilapia
    1:15 p.m. Alzheimer’s support
    1:15 p.m. Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m. Daytime Duplicate Bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:30 a.m. Walk-in-the-woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Antarctica talk
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Spaghetti with sauce
    1:30 p.m. Tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    FRIDAY
    9:15 a.m. Line dancing

  • “If everyone in the world had a neighbor like John, this would be a wonderful world.”
    Behind most endeavors is someone who just does his job, keeps things going, avoids the limelight – and is indispensable. Such a one is 2014 Living Treasure John Stewart.
    John was born in New York City and raised mostly in Richland, Washington, where his father worked at the Hanford Atomic Site. He graduated from Washington State College with a degree in psychology, but two years in the Army convinced him that a different specialty might enhance his job prospects. Returning to school, he earned a master’s degree in mathematics. He and Margaret married in 1955; a 60th wedding anniversary beckons. John hired on at the Los Alamos Laboratory in 1959 as a computer programmer (later system manager). He started working in an astronomy group, then oceanography, and ended with seismology.
    “When I retired, I didn’t know what to do with myself, what to keep me off the street.” John reached out to the community.

  • Throughout her life, 2014 Living Treasure Teralene (Terry) Foxx has felt close to nature. “When I
    was six, we moved to a wheat ranch in Idaho on the Little Camas Prairie. Every spring the Camas lilies bloomed. We would walk along the road and my mother would talk about the lilies or pick up a snake and let us touch it. That was my introduction”, Terry’s interest was cemented at the College of Idaho. There she took a seven- week camping field trip from Southern Idaho into Mexico, studying the flora and fauna of Mexico and the Southwest. Later she earned an MS in biology from Kansas State University.

    Terry and her husband Jim arrived in Los Alamos in 1969 with two daughters Alison and Erin.
    He had accepted a job as an inorganic chemist at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. Their third
    daughter, Kerri, was born in Los Alamos. Terry credits the pull of Los Alamos’ natural setting as
    an immediate attraction. “I have a heart for the mountains. I never got use to the flatness of
    Kansas. It was a chance to come back home.”

  • To kick off this year’s Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, there will be a fundraiser with an auction — with several items that were donated by local businesses and members of the community.
    The event starts at 7 tonight at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge with music by DK & the Affordables, with special guests musician Eddy Partridge of the Nomads fame and James Carothers of the Renegade Mountain Band.
    The silent and live auction will begin at 8:30 p.m. All funds goes into the 2014 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. Only cash and checks will be accepted.
    The price of the event is $15 per person and $25 per couple.
    The food items available will be hand-pressed hamburgers or cheeseburgers cooked on a grill with all the fixings, including green chile, lettuce, onions, etc. The dinner comes with Aunt Annie’s coleslaw, Mama Debe’s Texas baked beans and soda for $8. If the food items do not appeal, the public is free to bring its own refreshments.
    The Summer Series line-up starts May 16 at Overlook Park and then moves to the new stage at Ashley Pond on May 23. The complete schedule of entertainment will be available next week.
    Auction Items for 2014 Summer Concert Series:
    • Personal two hour plane ride in Cessna 210 with Rob Heineman around northern New Mexico Value.