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  • TODAY
    The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, four uniquely accomplished musicians, will perform at the Duane Smith Auditorium at 4 p.m. The quartet brings a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach. Tickets are $30-$35 at losalamosconcert.org, ticketssantafe.com, Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock; the Lensic box office in Santa Fe; and at the door. Youth 6 -18 are free; no children under 6. For details and tickets see losalamosconcert.org.

    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.

    Chapter AK, P.E.O. meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Joann Brown, 1722 18th St. Joy Beery is the co-hostess and Ruth Lear will give a program on Manhattan Project Connections to Chapter AK. RSVP to Joann at 662-3501.
    TUESDAY
    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Committee day.

  • The next round of classes at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club will start Oct. 3.
    Registration is ongoing and ends today.
    Class offerings include Basic Manners, Puppy Kindergarten, Getting Addicted Agility, Puppy Pre-School, introduction to Nose Work, Introduction to Herding, and Canine Good Citizen.
    To register online, visit losalamosdogs.com.

  • Sept. 25-Oct. 1
    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
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beer Batter Cod
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Low Vision/Hearing talk             “Tips on Travel”
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pork Loin    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” Meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters

  • 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
    Juan—A distinguished 4- to 5-year-old male tabby with white markings. He was a stray living outdoors, with no known previous owner. Juan is afraid if people approach him too closely, but he loves cats and kittens. He would like a home where he can maintain his distance until he is ready to come closer. Of course, he would love to have cat or kitten companions, too. At the shelter, Juan has started becoming more comfortable with people who have spent time near him while respecting his boundaries.

  • THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members.
    FRIDAY
    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Los Alamos Health Fair from 8 a.m. to noon at Griffith Gymnasium at the Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Drive.

    “Opera on the Rocks” at Bandelier National Monument Campground Amphitheater. Tickets are $10 per person or $20 per family for guild members, and $15 per person or $35 per family for non-members. The free shuttle bus will take attendees from Sullivan Field in Los Alamos or White Rock Visitor Center in White Rock. Buses will leave between 4-4:30 p.m. and return at about 8 p.m.

    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers and the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers speech and debate teams will be hosting The Peak Tournament at Los Alamos Middle School from 3-9:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Saturday.
    Additionally, a Model Congress Tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge. Speech and Debate teams from across the state will converge on Los Alamos to speak and debate for titles in the first full speech and debate tournament of the season.
    Los Alamos Middle School coach Sherri Bublitz and Los Alamos High School coaches Margo Batha and Christine Engelbrecht are seeking volunteers to judge speech and debate rounds, or to donate food to feed visiting coaches and volunteer judges.
    Approximately 100 judges are needed to volunteer a total of 300. Judges can be anyone over the age of 18 in any profession. Volunteers may or may not be associated with Los Alamos Public Schools. Judges must commit to a minimum of two volunteer hours.
    Please register at bit.ly/2c1Rsmq to volunteer to judge at the Los Alamos Peak tournament.
    A variety of snacks, entrées and beverages are needed to feed the 300 judges and roughly 30 coaches who will volunteer their time at the tournament.
    Donations of disposable plates, silverware and napkins are also welcome and appreciated.

  • The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women announced the winners of the 2016 Constitution Day Essay Contest.
    Elementary school grades four-six winners were: tie for first place, each winner will receive $100, Jack Ammerman, homeschool student, Julie Nolen, Piñon Elementary.
    Middle school: winner will receive $200, Anna Clark.
    High school: winner will receive $300, Brooklyn Scott.
     

  • The Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew (Where Everybody Belongs) started the year off strong.
     The day before school started they welcomed more than 241 seventh graders to the Los Alamos Middle School with a four-hour orientation.
    The goal of the event was to ease the transition from elementary school to middle school and to get students ready for a new year. Fifty-six eighth grade leaders spend time during the summer to receive the training they needed to welcome the newest Hawks.
     During the orientation, the WEB Crew students had a fundraising raffle to support program activities. One staff member helped the students raise $112 by letting them cut off her long hair during a raffle. She donated her hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a program that makes wigs for cancer patients. 

  • Aspen Elementary kindergarten- through sixth-grade students will participate in the Tiger Trot today by trotting around the school track.
    The purpose of this fun event is to create a fitness activity that will help the school raise funds for playground equipment and improvements.
    The school is asking the public to join their efforts to keep Aspen a fun and healthy place to attend school. They would appreciate any contribution, no matter how large or small. Donations can be made any time in September through the following secure fundraising link: tinyurl.com/aspentigertrot.
    For more information, please contact the Aspen PTO at helpaspenPTO@gmail.com, or via the school office at 663-2275.

  • This week, I am going to write about friendship.
    You see I don’t mind admitting when I am wrong, it allows one to grow if they don’t believe they are always perfect.
    You see I missed Facebook’s Friends Day celebrating connections in February, International Friendship Day on July 30 and Friendship Day on Aug. 7.
    Apparently I need a new calendar or to pay attention, but we will take it as a teaching moment.
    You don’t need a special day to tell someone how wonderful they are, but when you have a platform, that helps the message to get out.
    My close circle of friends includes one; Pauline Powell Schneider, she’s the executive director of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO), which runs both the Betty Ehart Senior Center and the White Rock Senior Center.
    She is an excellent person, some might say brilliant actually with a penchant for being one of those people you just like to be around.
    I think I may sign on to assist with any fundraiser she does just so we can do things together, but don’t let that get around.

  • TODAY
    Feature Film: “We are Astronomers” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    “Not Quite Right” performance at 2 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and can be purchased at the door or in advance at CB Fox or from Brown Paper Tickets. Visit lalt.org for more information.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.
    TUESDAY
    Wildflower Walk at 5:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Take a gentle stroll while learning about our local wildflowers. Free.
    WEDNESDAY
    Pebble Pups: Future Rockhounds of America at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to May 16 at the Nature Center. Start your journey learning about rocks, foxholes and local geology. For youth ages 5-9. Cost is $190 for non-members, $160 for PEEC members.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Susan and Jeff Mather, Rotarians from Fiji, will speak.  

    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Meeting agenda to be announced.

  • Aug. 28 — A girl. Margaret June King. Born to Katharine Garduño-King and Graham King.
    Aug. 28 — A girl. Born to Emerson Evangeline Betts. Heidi and Stephen Betts.
    Sept. 10 — A girl. Leah Vigil. Born to Maureen Armijo and Vincent Vigil.

  • Sept. 18-Sept. 24
    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
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion             Group
    10:30 a.m.        Advisory Council
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Pot Pie
    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 Group
    11:30 a.m.         Lunch: Egg Salad
            Sandwich on Rye    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)

  • Halloweekend will haunt downtown Los Alamos once again Oct. 28-29.
    Los Alamos MainStreet will host Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet Oct. 28 in downtown Los Alamos.
    Main Street and Central Avenue, from 15th to 20th Streets, will be closed to auto traffic and become a safe pedestrian area from 4-6:30 p.m., where local businesses and organizations distribute candy to costumed families.
    While businesses in the downtown area open their doors to the public, this is also an opportunity for businesses and organizations that are not located in the downtown area to be involved.
    Last year an estimated 4,000 people took part in the weekend’s festivities.
    Other activities Friday will include Trick-or-Treating at Los Alamos Medical Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and High Tech Halloween at the Bradbury Science Museum from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Pet Costume Parade will march down Central Avenue at 5:30 p.m., and the YMCA Costume Climb is set for 6-8 p.m.
    Halloweekend festivities will continue Oct. 29, beginning with pumpkin carving at the Smith’s Marketplace from 10 a.m. to noon.
    The Los Alamos Arts Council will host the Pumpkin Glow on the lawn at Fuller Lodge from 6-9 p.m.
    Los Alamos MainStreet will provide live entertainment inside Fuller Lodge from 6:30-9 p.m.

  • National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced last week the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  Los Alamos High School announced that 13 members of the Class of 2017 received the distinction.  
    The students are: Rose Click, Nicolas Dowdy, Megan Kornreich, Justin Lemke, Opale Shappert, Andrew Tang, Zephram Tripp, Darcy Turin, Jennifer Wang, Wilbur Wang, Michelle Yang and Robert Zhu.
    “We are very proud of our 2017 National Merit Semifinalists,” said Principal Brad Parker.  “These students are truly a positive reflection of what our school stands for, the dedication of our staff here at Los Alamos High School and the support of their parents, family and friends.”
    The seniors can continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth some $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level.  About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

  • This month’s meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Los Alamos Research Park, in the second-floor conference room.
    Police Chief Dino Sgambellone will discuss current law-enforcement related topics to include crime statistics, gun safes in local schools and the School Resource Office Program, program efforts, the direction of the department including seeking National Accreditation, and any other topic of interest.
    The Los Alamos Research building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east of the fire station, or east of the Research Park building.
    The meeting will begin with a social period, followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. Dinner meetings are open to interested citizens with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. Call LTC Gregg Giesler, 662-5574 (email: g.gieslercomputer.org), or Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (email: depinyan@cybermesa.com).

  • TODAY
    Chamber Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in room 230, building 2, at UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive. Topic will be an Economic Development Panel with Will Gleason, Patrick Sullivan and Therese Varela. Catered by Daniel’s Café. Chamber Members can register using their username and password on the events page of the chamber website at losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks at 8: 30 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    “Not Quite Right” performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and can be purchased at the door or in advance at CB Fox or from Brown Paper Tickets. Visit lalt.org for more information.

    Astronomy Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • LAPS invites the community to a public meeting to share comments and questions about the Smith Auditorium lobby redesign.
    The Smith Lobby Redesign Public Meeting will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 20.
    Lobby construction is tentatively planned to begin in the late spring of 2017. The lobby redesign is anticipated to be completed by November 2017.
    LAPS has contracted with FBT Architects for the redesign work. FBT has met several times with interested community users of Smith Auditorium to work out the initial requirements for the lobby.
    Smith Lobby Redesign Committee members include, LAPS COO Ahlers, Facilities Herb McLean, LAPS Smith Theater Manager Ross Mason, LAPS Rentals Coordinator Kristy Vigil, LA County’s Anthony Strain and Wayne Kohlrust, with Ann McLaughlin representing the LA Concert Assn. and Daren Savage representing Atomic City Children’s Theater.
    Lobby redesign highlights include moving the restroom doors from the theater side of the foyer to the lobby, as well as increasing the sizes of the restrooms and adding a family restroom. FBT’s redesign also adds a will-call window, formal concessions area and moving the theater manager office to the lobby area.
    Anyone who cannot attend can send comments to j.ahlers@laschools.net.

  • Looking for an outdoorsy way to spend a Saturday? Join Evan Rose as he leads a beautiful hike on the Caja del Rio trail Saturday.
    The eight- to 10-mile trek through Santa Fe National Forest offers spectacular views of the Rio Grande, a vast array of wildflowers, and some much-needed fresh air. This outing, organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
    This hike is intended as an introduction to the Caja del Rio region. Participants will descend from Frijoles Overlook to the Rio Grande, providing a unique opportunity to access New Mexico’s greatest river from the east.
    Because the terrain will be steep and rocky, it is important to come prepared. Hikers are asked to wear sturdy hiking boots and bring a backpack containing three liters of water, food for the day, rain gear, a fleece layer, sunscreen and a hat.
    The group will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 8 a.m. before carpooling to the trailhead. Expect to spend the whole day on this trip. The outing is limited to 12 participants, so register now to save a spot. Admission costs $8 for members and $10 for non-members.
    Rose worked on laser and radiography projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory after receiving his Ph.D. in physics. Upon retiring, he began to focus on outdoor activities such as backpacking, canyoneering, climbing and skiing.

  • This is the time of year when we can have a week of fun and reflection, it, my friends, is homecoming week.
    By the time you read this, a revival of the volleyball and powder puff games will have taken place and we will be ready to feel the burn.
    The burn of course is the heat from the Los Alamos High School bonfire, which with the technical assist from the Los Alamos Fire Department will ignite a storm of spirit in the Sullivan Filed Parking lot from 8-9:30 p.m. Stop on by and thank those fine young men and women of the LAFD for their service if you didn’t get a chance to this weekend.
    The community should come on by for a little bit of fun to launch a whole lot of school spirit.
    The big parade is on Friday and community organizations are ready for a fun fest before the football game, and yeah! No politics. No offense to those running for office, but it is nice to have a political-free zone, even if only for 30 minutes or so.
    I’d like to highlight something that was brought to our attention last year just after the parade.
    Last year, we lost a stellar community guy by the name of Bill Hudson. Someone reflected that something that would have made Hudson happy was to assist in cleaning up the route after the parade, before we all head off to our own corners of the world.