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Today's Features

  • As the daughter of a professional photographer, Maria Thibodeau spent much of her childhood in front of the camera.
    “I thought having hundreds of pictures of any occasion was the norm, Thibodeau said, “I remember my mother calling on me to help her test new equipment or ideas — of course, this was in the film days, and she’d have to write down her camera settings after each shot.”
    Today, she is the photographer. While that’s not her day job — she graces the halls as a teacher at Los Alamos High School — it’s as passion on the side with her.
    The switch from being in front of to behind the camera is always a revelation when one realizes that they prefer to be behind the lens. The benefit was that through her experience as her mother’s test model she gained a certain awareness.
    Thibodeau has a knack for what her photography subjects are feeling and how to put them at ease with her kindness, demeanor and sense of humor.
    Born and raised in Martha’s Vineyard, schooled at the University of Kent at Canterbury, Thibodeau wanted a change that was far removed from her hometown. She spent time in Los Angeles before arriving in Los Alamos and has been here for three years.

  • Self Help, Inc. and the Empty Bowls Project raises thousands of dollars to support the basic needs of people in Northern New Mexico.
    Over the past 25 years, many talented children and adults have created bowls to donate to the Empty Bowls Project which is held every March in Los Alamos. Preparing the 400 to 500 bowls for the event has become a year-round activity.
    In addition to offering traditional glazed ceramic bowl-making opportunities, Green Bowls are being donated to the Empty Bowls Project.
    Green Bowls or Upcycled Bowls utilize readily available recyclable materials such as magazines, printer paper, paper máché, or newspapers to create handcrafted decorative containers.
    The first series of Green Bowl workshops, taught be Deborah Gill, will be from 1-3 p.m. Friday and July 25 at the Los Alamos Teen Center. The first workshop began July 11.
    “We really are happy about the partnership and collaboration with the Empty Bowls Project — we are thrilled to host the bowl-making sessions!” Sylvan Argo, director of the Teen Center.
    The Los Alamos Teen Center is operated by The Family YMCA through a contract with Los Alamos County.

  • Today
    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. Musical performance by Wise Fool. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District. For more information, visit creativelosalamos.org.

    Summer Family Evenings: Making Adobe and Mud. 6:30-8 p.m. With imagination, mini adobe bricks, and mud plaster, you can create the mini adobe building of your dreams. Instruction by Cornerstones Community Partnerships. No advance registration required. $5 for non-member families/free for PEEC members. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.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. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Eureka! at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through July 26.

  • Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Santa Fe offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
    The “Savvy Caregiver Program” will meet once per week for seven consecutive weeks at Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court in Santa Fe. The course is from 2-4 p.m. Thursday.
    The evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behavior. It also imparts tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to Alzheimer’s caregivers. The course explains the signs, impacts and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. 
    To register or for further information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter at 473-1297, or email amontoya@alz.org.
    Participants may be reimbursed for the cost of having others tend to their loved one while they attend the classes. 

  • Jason Lott, Superintendent of Bandelier National Monument, will be the featured speaker at the July meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. The talk will begin 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Lott’s talk will follow the business portion of the meeting, which will include information on recent and upcoming Los Alamos Mountaineer-sponsored trips and outings.
    Among the topics Lott will cover are the conceptual 30-mile hike/bike trail for Bandelier, the monument’s recovery from the Las Conchas Fire, upcoming trail modifications and information on some of Lott’s favorite areas of Bandelier.
    Lott became superintendent at Bandelier in May 2009. He has overseen the rehabilitation of the visitor center and response to the extensive and continuing impacts from the Las Conchas fire, including the installation of an ongoing shuttle service to bring visitors to and from the monument.
    Lott came to Bandelier from the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona where he was also superintendent.
    In 2005, he won the NPS director’s award for natural resource management in a small park while program manager for resources management at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Texas.
    The Los Alamos Mountaineers, founded in 1952, promotes a variety of outdoor-oriented activities.

  • I have to confess, I am very excited about the new Smith’s Marketplace opening this week, aren’t you?
    I think I may visit long after the “rush hour” traffic, when things have calmed down and are a bit slower. I want to be able to take it all in at a slower pace.
    One reason I am excited about the new Smith’s is for more money to stay local.
    One former Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation Director, Kevin Holsapple, used to give an excellent presentation about how spending money off the Hill was similar to holes in a bucket of water. The leaking water represented the drip, dribble, or flow of money going off the hill.
    When we keep our money local, more community programs benefit from our spending.
    So whether those are library or parks and rec programs, free busses, teen center or Assets programs, your spending allows more things to happen locally. In this time of budget cuts, that is particularly important, but I’ll save that for another column.
    My column isn’t really just about spending locally, but also about loyalty.
    For those that don’t know me very well, I’m a White Rocker. That’s right; I live twice as far from Los Alamos as you live from White Rock.

  • July 13-19, 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
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Tater tot
    casserole
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m. Mac users group
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Lemon cod
    1 p.m. Bingo
    2 p.m. MindBody massage
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m. LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken and rice
    1:30 p.m. Daytime Duplicate Bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:30 a.m. Walk-in-the-woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: BBQ pulled pork
    1:30 p.m. Beginning tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    FRIDAY
    9:15 a.m. Line Dancing
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Hot roast beef sandwich
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “The Natural,” 1963
    2 p.m. Kids bridge
    SATURDAY
    10 a.m.-1 p.m. BESC open
    10 a.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 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    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

    Bindi — A 10-month-old, spayed, female, tabby with white. She came to Los Alamos Shelter from Taos Animal Shelter. This petite girl loves to play, but she also enjoys taking naps in the sun once she’s worn out from playing. She is a very small kitty, and most likely will remain petite. Initially shy, she has now warmed up, thriving on making new kitty friends and greeting shelter visitors.

  •  

    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 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    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

    Bindi — A 10-month-old, spayed, female, tabby with white. She came to Los Alamos Shelter from Taos Animal Shelter. This petite girl loves to play, but she also enjoys taking naps in the sun once she’s worn out from playing. She is a very small kitty, and most likely will remain petite. Initially shy, she has now warmed up, thriving on making new kitty friends and greeting shelter visitors.

  • 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. Summer worship, at 9 a.m., runs from mid-May through mid-August. Fellowship with refreshments following the service at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical, 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.