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Today's Features

  • In September 1973, the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Volunteer Program began with less than 20 volunteers and four volunteer workstations, which included the Los Alamos Public  Schools, Los Alamos Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary, Los Alamos Family Council and Casa Mesita.  
    Since then, the program has grown to over 500 members.
    In the last quarter, 388 of those volunteers  contributed 23,199 hours of volunteer service at the 62 workstations.  
    This estimate only includes the hours that volunteers turned in, many forget or are modest about their work so the numbers are greater.

  • CHICAGO (AP) — Oprah Winfrey ended her famous talk show Wednesday by telling her viewers of 25 years that they weren't saying goodbye.

    "I won't say goodbye, I'll just say until we meet again," Winfrey said.

    She hugged and kissed her longtime partner Stedman Graham and shook hands with audience members before walking through the halls of Harpo Studios in Chicago, hugging and crying with her staff.

    Winfrey shouted "We did it!" The last shot of the finale showed Winfrey walking away with her cocker spaniel, Sadie.

  • If you’re reading this, the world didn’t end, darn it. That’s right, in case you didn’t know, there was a group that believed May 21 was Judgment Day and that the world would end with a series of earthquakes.
    During the last two weeks of school, the kitchens and the living rooms of any house in which school-age children live, probably look like an earthquake has hit, but several friends, including myself, have agreed that the result is the fact that it’s May.
    You see, in the midst of insanity, I have remembered to put a loaf of bread in the deep freezer in case we run out. That can only mean one of two things: hell is freezing over or school is coming to an end.

  • Wednesday
    “Do Slime Molds Make Good Pets?” talk by Relf Price. At 7 p.m. at PEEC, 3540 Orange St. Free and open to the public.

    June 2
    Los Alamos Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. Those interested in the Lions Club should call Dennis Wulff at 672-9563 or email drwulff47@aol.com.

    June 5
    Field trip to the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, led by docent Natali Steinberg.  Meet at noon at PEEC.  Bring lunch, water. Free, but let PEEC know you’re coming, 662-0460 or programs@pajaritoeec.org.  

    June 6

  • Throughout its history, Los Alamos National Laboratory has been synonymous with supercomputing, achieving a number of milestones along the way. Those milestones and more are showcased in a new, updated supercomputing exhibit on display at the Bradbury Science Museum. The public grand opening of the exhibit, featuring a guest lecture and reception, is from 4-6 p.m. May 26.

  • Kathy Strong, landscape designer, readies the courtyard in her home in Pajarito Acres for her lecture for the Summit Garden Club meeting June 6.

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sid Cutter, who founded the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta almost 40 years ago that has turned into one of the city's signature events, died Saturday. He was 77.

    Officials with the Balloon Fiesta said Cutter died in his sleep after a long battle with stomach cancer.

    The Albuquerque-born Cutter is credited with organizing the first Balloon Fiesta in 1972.

    The yearly event grew steadily for decades and now is considered one of world's largest hot air balloon festivals.

    The nine-day event is held in Albuquerque in early October and is one of the city's biggest tourist attractions. It also serves as a major showcase of New Mexican culture and history.

  • Do slime molds make good pets? You’ll find out during Relf Price’s talk at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange Street at 7 p.m. Wednesday. This talk is free and open to the public.
    Learn what plasmodial slime molds are, where to find them and when to look. You might have some in your own yard. Price’s talk will be illustrated with colorful photographs of some of the 900 species of these fascinating organisms.

  • May 22-28, 2011
    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
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch:  Red chile beef enchilada
    Noon        Lunch talk: Vial for life
    12:30 p.m.    Driver safety program
    1 p.m.        Bridge
    1:30 p.m.    Pilates
    7 p.m.     Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY

  • 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.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  
    We get lots of roaming cats and dogs. Don’t assume your cat was a meal for a coyote. Check with the shelter and see if your best friend is bunking with us. Proof of rabies vaccination is required when claiming your pet.

    Cats