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  • Join the Santa Fe National Forest from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 8 to as part of the Forest Your Health, a local partnership and health initiative.
    The Window Rock Trail hike will include trash pickup, sign installation, archeological interpretation and campfire finale (hot dogs and s’mores).
    The hike is part of Window Rock and lies north of Española off of the highway to Abiquiu.
    Participants should not bring less than three liters of water, plus lunch, shade hat, sunscreen and clothing layers. The round-trip hike is eight miles.
    Contact Jennifer Sublett for more information and to sign-up for this bi-annual stewardship hike at jasublett@fs.fed.us or 505-753-7331.

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre is engaged in producing short staged readings periodically for the Betty Ehart and White Rock senior centers.
    The group is looking for anyone interested in either directing or acting in the staged readings. Because these are brief (10 - 15 minute plays), they are a great opportunity for people who would like to get some experience or practice without a huge investment of time.
    Interested directors or actors should send an e-mail to Pat Beck at pdbeck@aol.com.
    The next time slot for providing a staged reading is in May.

  • Los Alamos Public Schools honored their bus drivers March 17 during National Bus Driver Day.
    “We are truly fortunate in this District to have such a tremendous group of professional drivers and bus assistants. Our team performs their job assignments each day with concern for the safety of students and the public. It is an honor to be a part of this team and district,” said Keith Rosenbaum, LAPS transportation director.
    “Today we celebrated National Bus Driver Day to show our appreciation to the unsung heroes of our community. They get up early every day to guarantee our children get to school on time, safe and sound. The Los Alamos Schools Credit Union wanted show them that we care and that their role in our community is important.  I’d like to thank Bethany for organizing this event and Keith for giving us this opportunity to brighten their day,” said Matt Schmidt of the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union.

  • TODAY
    Fish Fry Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Cost is $10 for Adults, $7 for children.

    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Astronomy Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Canter. Explore the night sky from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Habitat for Humanity is hosting a Hawaiian at the Pajarito Brew Pub and Grill. Live Hawaiian-themed music. A special menu of Hawaiian and Hawaiian-inspired dishes and beverages. What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring? So don your loudest Hawaiian shirt and your best grass skirt and hula over to a tropical island paradise at the Pajarito Brew Pub and Grill.

    Snowshoe Hike in the Valles Caldera at 1 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join a ranger and PEEC on a 2 - 2.5 hour, easy-to-moderate snowshoe hike in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Preserve entrance fee. More information at peecnature.org.

    Feature Film: Exoplanets at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center.

  • The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) announced the launch of its free Los Alamos DPU app Thursday by Smart Energy Systems. 
    The a new cloud-based platform has a friendly interface for DPU customers to access their accounts, track consumption and pay utility bills from their computers or mobile devices, according to department officials.
    In 2015, a DPU customer satisfaction survey revealed that a segment of customers wanted more online functions.
    “Customers under the age of 45 told us that they wanted better ways to do business with us online. We listened and believe the Los Alamos DPU App will allow customers the flexibility and convenience they seek,” said Utilities Manager Tim Glasco, in a statement issued Thursday.  
    Some of the advantages that DPU customers can expect from the Los Alamos DPU app when used on their computers or downloaded to their mobile devices include the ability to:
    • Customize the home screen to create personalized dashboards,
    • View current and historic bills,
    • Make payments with a credit card or electronic check,
    • View current and historic consumption,  
    • Compare personal consumption to the average of all Los Alamos customers’ consumption, and
    • Receive alerts for high or low usage.

  • March 19-25
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY    
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    9:45 a.m.        Pilates
    10 a.m.         Senior Civic Discussion
    10 a.m.        LARSO Advisory Council
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Taco Salad
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Mac Users Group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury steak
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7:30 p.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 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, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Fernando—A young white and orange kitty who loves lounging the day away. This friendly male is currently in a larger kennel that has a “cat hammock” hanging inside – he loves lounging in it! He can be a bit picky about his feline friends, so he might need a little bit of time to warm up to new companions.
    Mr. Whiskers—A big tabby cat that is about 4 years old. Changes are a bit stressful for him, so he will likely need a little bit of time to adjust to his new home. He can be independent, but he’s also very sweet and likes to snuggle when he’s in the mood! He is okay with mellow cats, but other dominant males sometimes bother him.

  • Although the idea of your pet having surgery can be scary, spaying and neutering is a common practice performed by veterinarians that can be beneficial to both you and your pet. In fact, the decision to spay or neuter your pet may be the best decision for your pet’s overall health.
    Dr. Mark Stickney, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained the benefits of spaying and neutering.
    “Spaying is the removal of reproductive organs in female dogs and cats,” Stickney said. “Spaying has a few general benefits, such as owners not having to tend to heat cycles or surprise litters of puppies or kittens. Benefits to neutering male pets—or removing the testicles – include decreased urine marking and aggression toward other males. In addition, neutered male pets are less likely to roam, a behavior that typically occurs when females of the same species are in heat. Roaming also puts your male pet at risk for getting lost, hurt, or injured by a car. Spaying and neutering also helps combat pet overpopulation.”

  • Melissa Savage, the author of “Rio: a Photographic Journey down the Old Rio Grande,” will speak at 7 p.m. at Mesa Public Library Thursday.
    Savage is a conservationist, geographer, professor emerita with UCLA, and director of the Four Corners Institute in Santa Fe. Her book is comprised of historical photographs of the Rio Grande, which are accompanied by essays written by people who are closely associated with the history of the river.
    UNM Press describes the book as: “The dynamic Río Grande has run through all the valley’s diverse cultures: Puebloan, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo. Photography arrived in the region at the beginning of the river’s great transformation by trade, industry and cultivation. In RIO, Melissa Savage has collected images that document the sweeping history of that transformation – from those of 19th-century expeditionary photographer W. H. Jackson to the work of the great 20th-century chronicler of the river, Laura Gilpin.”
    The Authors Speak program at Mesa Public Library provides a unique opportunity to meet prominent authors from the region. The readings and conversations take place on the fourth Thursday of each month, upstairs at Mesa Public Library. The Authors sell and sign books after the talks.

  • By Mandy Marksteiner

    Marksteiner:  How did you first come up with the idea for LAMOA?

    Tatter: My mother was living in a condo in Los Alamos and one of her neighbors was a gentleman who had an incredible art collection. He had been collecting for a long time and was looking for a place to put it.

    Los Alamos needs to have this place where these collections can go. There’s a scientific history here that has been well documented, but there's a cultural history that goes along with this of art and artists who've been here from the beginning.                                                                                                              

  • Join Ming Franz, an International Artist Magazine's recent grand prize winner, will teach a splash color workshop at the Fuller Lodge Art Center this weekend.

    The class will be from 9:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    Beginning with ancient black-and-white splash, the class will evolve into marbling splash and then abstract splash using liquid watercolor, acrylic, and Asian ink.

    The foundation of this painting process is based on principles originating in Tang Dynasty China with a technique, known as PoMo. Essentially the artist freely "splashes" liquid color onto stacks of dampened sheets of mulberry paper. After the sheets dry, they are separated and the real magic begins.

  • National Kick Butts Day activities will be Wednesday at Los Alamos High School.
    The LAPS Prevention Office is working with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids to encourage young people to kick the habit or to avoid using tobacco.
    The high school Robotics Department and the Art Department have created a visual display to “Destroy Tobacco” which will take place during lunch-time activities.
    Free tobacco cessation programs are also available for students and staff members and information can be accessed by calling Bernadette Lauritzen in the Prevention Office at 663-3252.

  • Feb. 21 — A boy. Ira Daniel Weis. Born to Danielle Hauck and Eric Weis.
    Feb. 22 — A boy. Jared Smidt. Born to Esther and Joe Smidt.
    Feb. 25 —A girl. Ginny Lynn Williams. Born to Anna and Dwigth Williams.
    March 3 — A girl. Olivia Lake Parish. Born to Amanda Babicke and Mychael Parish.

  • “Fresh Out” is a 12-minute comedy by local playwright, Robert F. Benjamin. The comedy will be performed by Pat Beck and Kate Ramsey at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The performance is free and will include a “talkback” after the show.
    “Fresh Out” is a wacky, evocative comedy. Since Ruby, who is in her late 60s, became a widow several years ago, she’s had several brief romances. When another fling is about to collapse, she is at a crossroads. Should she continue to wallow in regrets about failed romances or embrace a new perspective on late-in-life companionship? Can Ruby become energized to take on a fresh approach to courtship? Of what use are regrets, anyway? What can seniors do about regrets?

  • The LAPS Healthy Schools Initiative invites parents, teachers, and community members to join a Community Book Read sponsored by 100+ Women Who Care and the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.
    LAPS staff meet regularly in professional learning circles to read and discuss the latest developments in educational research and practice. These book groups have been supported by the LAPS Foundation and other generous funders. The Healthy Schools Initiative is offering this opportunity to the community.
    The first selection is the book “How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims.” Having spent 10 years as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, Lythcott-Haims served as an advocate for young adults.
    In her work and her personal life, the author saw first-hand how our best intentions can prevent children from developing the skills they need to thrive, she said. The book includes a discussion of the pitfalls of overhelping our children as well as practical suggestions for raising resilient adults.

  • 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, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Mr. Whiskers—A big tabby cat that is about 4 years old. Changes are a bit stressful for him, so he will likely need a little bit of time to adjust to his new home. He can be independent, but he’s also very sweet and likes to snuggle when he’s in the mood! He is okay with mellow cats, but other dominant males sometimes bother him.
    Lemon —A sweet older cat that was left at the front door of the shelter with no information or history. Lemon is in foster care receiving treatment for diabetes; her foster home reports that they call her Sugar, since she’s so sweet! When Lemon is feeling better, she’ll be looking for a mellow home that is understanding of the needs of a diabetic cat.

  • March 12-18
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY    
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    9:45 a.m.        Pilates
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Soft Beef Taco
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Frito Pie (Pi-Day)
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY    
    8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.    LAVA Quilters
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus
    10:30 a.m.        Music w/Ruth

  • TODAY
    Los Alamos Little Theatre’s “The Other Place” play shows at 2 p.m. at the Los Alamos Performance Center, 1670 Nectar St. This compelling drama centers on Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged.
    MONDAY
    The United Church of Los Alamos’s annual Mexico Mission live and silent auction. The church is looking for the donation of auction items to build homes for the poor during spring break. Auction items can include; art, jewelry, household items, gift certificates, services and more. Items can be left at the church during business hours and those with large items can request a pick up by calling 662-2971 and leaving your contact information. The United Church is located at 2525 Canyon Road.

    Feature Film: From Earth to the Universe at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy 180 degrees of entertainment. Join us on a colorful and inspiring journey through our universe. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    TUESDAY
    Nature Playtimes, Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.

  • If you’ve noticed your pet’s eye lenses becoming cloudy or opaque, your pet could be developing cataracts.
    Though cataracts can decrease vision, or even cause complete blindness, not every companion animal that develops cataracts requires surgery. Dr. Lucien Vallone, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how cataracts can affect pets.
    “A cataract is an opacity of the lens,” Vallone said. “A clear lens is necessary for good vision; thus, any opacification can cause decreased vision. However, not all cataracts are the same. Some cases of cataracts are so severe they can cause blindness and inflammation in the eye, which may cause significant discomfort. Some cases are small enough they don’t interfere with vision at all and should be monitored.”
    All companion animals can develop cataracts, but Vallone said cataracts are common in dogs. Several breeds of dogs may be predisposed to cataracts, though not every dog within these breeds are affected.

  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “The Other Place” took home awards for outstanding leading actor, direction and set design at the New Mexico State Theatre Festival held in Las Cruces last weekend.
    The production placed second overall and is the alternate for a regional competition.  
    Cindy Hines was awarded the leading actor award for her portray of Julianna.  
    Director Gwen Lewis received the direction award and Paul Lewis received the set design award.  
    Other LALT participants in the festival included cast members Eric Bjorklund and Andi Bishofberger, cast member and stage manager Iain May, and backstage support Kelli Guider and Kathy Bjorklund.
    The festival is sponsored by Theatre New Mexico, and is a part of AACTFest, a national theatre competition sponsored by the American Association of Community Theatre that is held every two years.  Competition begins at the state level, advances to Regionals, and culminates in a national festival. LALT has participated in AACTFest for many years and has hosted the New Mexico festival on many occasions, most recently in 2013.