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Today's Features

  • Individual and group registrations for a “Got Dance?” Contest Showcase are now open at The Family YMCA. The contest is limited to 24 acts. Acts may register in person at the Y, or by phone.
    The contest showcase will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 24 at New Beginnings Fellowship Church, with “People’s Choice” and “Judges” awards given. The contest is a fundraiser for Y scholarships with tickets available at the door for $10 per person. Registration is open until April 10.
    Acts must apply through a free registration process at the Y, 1450 Iris Street, online at laymca.org under the “Dance” category, or by phone. For questions call Diana Martinez at 662-3100.

  • Tracy Juechter, who holds a master’s degree in school counseling, will be giving a demonstration of the Alcohol Literacy Challenge (ALC) underage drinking prevention program.
    The ALC has been proven to reduce underage and binge drinking in six published studies. The program challenges a person’s expectancies (i.e., beliefs) about alcohol by teaching that most of the good effects of drinking are caused by the mental associations a person has with alcohol, rather than the actual chemical effects alcohol causes in a person’s body.
    The presentation is 5:30 p.m. today at Duane W. Smith Auditorium. The program will soon debut in Los Alamos schools and the public is welcome take the challenge for one’s own beliefs about drinking.
    Students who understand that they’re responsible for most of the positive effects associated with alcohol naturally drink less.

  • Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Learn the process of starting a successful company from someone who has both academic training in entrepreneurship and the experience of turning his garage-invented technology into a multimillion-dollar business.
    “Everybody has an idea,” said Nicholas Seet, who will teach Intro to Entrepreneurship (Business Plan Development) at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos during the spring semester. “During this class I will give you the steps you need to take to turn your idea into a profitable business.”
    Seet explained in a recent interview that everyone should “look before they leap” and to create a business plan to avoid making costly mistakes.
    “You never know exactly how things will play out when you start a business, but you can use your business plan to put your best guess of what you think you’ll need, explore your ideas, and think through all the details of your business before you start spending money,” Seet said.

  • Daddy/Daughter
    Valentine dance today

    The Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division will host the annual Valentine’s Dessert Dances at Fuller Lodge in February.
    The Daddy/Daughter event is today, the Mother/Son event is Feb. 11 and the Family Dance is Feb. 12. All events are from 6-8:30 p.m. and includes light refreshments, dancing, a craft project and a digital photo keepsake.
    The cost for the event is $16 per couple, $8 for each additional child and $30 per family (includes two adults and two children.) The event is limited to 80 participants.
    For more information about “Dessert Dances,” visit the website at losalamosnm.us/rec or contact the LAC Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division at 662-8170.

    Hilltalkers reschedule bake sale for Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team have rescheduled its bake sale fundraiser from 3-6 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Drive.
    The high school speech and debate team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including spanakopita, red bean paste buns, macaroons, caramels, brownies, cookies, breads and cakes.
    Baked goods will be available in small portions, as well as whole cakes and loaves.

  • “You could be that one person to make a difference in the life of a teen,” challenged Jason Sole, author of the book “From Prison to Ph.D.” Sole carries a heavy rap sheet from his past.
    A former drug dealer and gang-banger, Sole put in years of hard work and found the courage and resilience to turn his life around.
    He is now a proud family man and an assistant professor of criminal justice. He manages his own consulting business and tours the country as a motivational speaker, a gang prevention specialist and a trainer for the One Circle Foundation.
    Sole attributes much of his success to the mentors in his life — the people who believed in him and his ability to realize his full potential.
    Sponsored by the Los Alamos JJAB and funding from CYFD, Sole recently traveled from Minnesota to Los Alamos to lead a training program for facilitators of the Council for Boys and Young Men. Twenty-four professionals from New Mexico and Colorado gathered to participate.
    “This was one of the best trainings I have ever attended,” said Michelangelo Lobato, counselor at Chamisa Elementary School.

  • Master Gardener class forming now

    Los Alamos gardeners interested in expanding their horticultural horizons may register for the 2015 New Mexico State University Master Gardener training course, sponsored by the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension.  
    Designed specifically for home gardeners, the class is held every Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 17-May 12.
    NMSU College of Agriculture, Environmental and Consumer Sciences faculty will teach the class and topics run the gamut from pruning and soils to pesticide safety and landscaping.
    Certified Master Gardeners become official educational agents of the university and work closely with faculty and staff to provide horticultural services and information to the general public.  
    “More than 650 Los Alamos residents have completed the training program since its inception in 1984,” said Carlos Valdez, director of the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service.  “They have both honed their horticultural skills and found satisfaction in sharing their expertise with the Los Alamos community.”
    In addition to the Demonstration Garden, the Los Alamos Master Gardeners’ Association has reached out to the community through various activities, programs and donations.

  • OK, we’ll start with something heavy and end with something light.
    I want to know what you think is missing, not just for youth, but in what makes a community?
    I want this to be a virtual, or if you wish, postal meeting where you tell me your thoughts. If you feel like you can trust me and can drop me an email, text, or phone call.
    I dislike meetings when things are decided by only who can show on that day. I want everyone to have valuable input which is my reason for the column.
    If you don’t know me well or just feel more comfortable putting pen to paper, then drop me a note.
    I’m not looking for two things in this goal. I am not looking for a free-for-all anonymous rant. It can be anonymous but I want to know real issues, for your family, a friend, or about something you see or hear in the community.
    I am also not looking for pie in the sky things, a Jacuzzi in every home, an indoor athletic facility that would take millions of dollars.
    I want to know what you’re seeing or not seeing. What are you, the youth, the senior citizens, or the poor, not feeling from this community?
    There will be a public meeting on March 12. Details will come later, but I want the community to help craft the resources pooled for such a meeting. I have heard some great suggestions and I want more.

  • Do you see birds around Los Alamos and find yourself asking, “What is that bird? Can anybody help me figure out what I’m seeing?” Avid birder Dave Yeamans will give it a try in a presentation starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    The program, which has been very popular in the past, will last about an hour, followed by time for sharing problematic bird identifications, bird feeding ideas and general birding information. Yeamans will share photos, videos, and sounds, concentrating on about 20 common birds — some that are easy to identify and others that aren’t. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars.
    Yeamans has watched birds most of his life, starting in Los Alamos many years ago, and in the last five years has become a birder of the type he calls “semi-pro.” He is active in Audubon bird counts, bird banding, field trips, and local birding activities, and he has led birding trips for the PEEC birders group and for the PEEC Nature Center. He has been an outdoor educator all his life, especially as an Outward Bound instructor and BSA scout leader.

  • Feb. 1-7, 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    
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken and rice
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Pork roast
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1 p.m.        My CD workshop
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    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 chile             cheese soup

  • 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

    Crest — An orange tabby. He is one of the current cat room greeters, and loves to be the center of attention! He can be a bit demanding and may prove to be a dominant presence in a multi-cat setting.