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  • If you know me even remotely well, you know I love to celebrate even the smallest of occasions. It might be custodian day, bosses day, boo buddies, it doesn’t matter. There is always a reason to celebrate the good things in life.
    This week we arrive at bus safety week and we tip our hat to bus drivers everywhere.
    I particularly salute the school bus drivers who deserve our thanks, and appreciation more than once a year.
    When I was a schoolgirl, my bus driver gave me my first job. She even made me my first pair of overalls, in the most delightful shade of blueberry. Sandy was her name and she played a major role in my childhood.
    Does anyone ever believe they might have that sort of impact on someone?
    My kids didn’t really ride a bus until middle school, but it was, “bus driver Bill,” who drove the special Chamisa Elementary bus. He allowed my kids to climb aboard so they could see what it was like.
    There was Mr. K, Steve O and now, forgive me for not yet knowing names, but the drivers of 137 in the morning and 117, 138 and 139 in the afternoon. I promise to report those names to you next week.
    Now for another of my favorites, how about the idea that someone drove a bus for 25 years! One of my neighbors, Ollie Bergauer drove a bus for Los Alamos Public Schools for 25 years.

  • The Los Alamos Community Winds with Conductor Ted Vives, have achieved third place in the community band division of the national The American Prize competition. The band was selected from applications reviewed during the summer from all across the United States.
    The American Prize is a series of new, nonprofit, competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts.
    The Community Winds offered the following autobiographical sketch:
    “The Los Alamos Community Winds is a wind ensemble made up of members of the Los Alamos community. We comprise both amateur and professional musicians of all ages and backgrounds from middle and high school students to retirees in our area. The first performances of a concert band in Los Alamos were noted in newsletters from 1946. Activities over the years have included many weekly summer concerts as well as performing at various civic functions such as the 4th of July fireworks celebrations.”
    Among the goals are:
    1. To provide the Los Alamos community with a quality performing ensemble specializing in the best literature for the concert band and wind ensemble.

  • 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
    Dantez — A young, neutered, male gray and white cat who lost his left eye in an accident at the shelter. He gets around just fine and is accepting gentle visitors. He loves to be petted and he enjoys his best friend Jay.
    Hobbes — A 5-month-old, neutered, male, tabby kitten who will be available for adoption after his immunizations on Oct. 16. He is very friendly and playful.

  • Becoming a Love & Logic Parent: Early Childhood ®
    Dates: Wednesdays, Oct. 1 - 29               Time: 5:30-7:00pm
    Instructor: Karen Brown, RN
    Cost: $40/individual or couple. Financial aid available, please ask!
    Child Care: Available on-site at no extra cost. Must be requested at least one week in advance.
    Registration Required: On-line at lafsn.org <http://lafsn.org>  or use form on last page

  • Free seminar educates about testicular cancer

    Testicular cancer is the most common and most treatable cancer in young men.
    Curing Testicular Cancer is a free community seminar scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. Dr. Eric D. Bernstein, MD, MPH, will be the featured speaker.
    The seminar, being sponsored by the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, begins with a free light meal at 5:15-6 p.m., followed by the seminar. Included in the presentation will be a Q&A session. Bernstein is an oncologist and hematologist with Northern New Mexico Cancer Care at Los Alamos Medical Center. He will focus his presentation on the most current research on testicular cancer treatment.
    The program is free, but pre-registration by Oct. 20 is appreciated. To register call Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service at 662-2656 or register online at LosAlamosCouncilonCancer.org.
    For more information contact Paula at 570-0906.

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  • On Oct. 1, the Friends of Rachel Anti-Bullying Club, under the direction of John Pawlak kicked off Bullying Prevention Awareness Month on Oct. 1, working with students to create Chains of Kindness. The club and the prevention office will host educational opportunities and have resources available throughout the school year. From left, Erin Kennison, Kes Luchini, Claudia Rice and Mikaela Bayardo.

  • Los Alamos
    Giant No. 6380, 2373 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Aug. 19
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Giant No. 6371, 3701 Arkansas Ave.
    Date inspected: Aug. 19
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. No soap and towels in hand sink. No sanitizer readily available. Both high-risk violations were corrected at time of inspection. One low-risk violation. All boxes must be stored six inches off the floor.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Starbucks, 1801 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Aug. 21
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road
    Date inspected: Aug. 21
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Knapps Wraps, 128 N.M. 4
    Date inspected: Aug. 26
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Los Alamos County and The Family YMCA recently signed a formal agreement that allows the Y to host a Community Education Garden on county-owned property with annually renewable options. This action has provided a home for and will forward previously grant-funded community educational garden efforts. The Y has named staff member David Clark to lead the work and to convene community members to forward the garden.
    Clark is issuing a call for interested parties to attend a planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Y-Express.
    Additionally, Clark asks individuals who would like to share garden subjects and skills to contact him. Specifically, he is seeking individuals who want to help provide programs based around growing food, especially practices that can be realistically carried out on long term in the region. He is seeking to provide programs that are educational, for specific age groups or all ages, any duration — from an evening seminar to a multi-year project.
    He opens to gather expertise on teaching soil chemistry, water use, drafting and planning, art, history and other areas that could teach hands-on and meaningful projects.
    Interested individuals may contact him at 662-3100 or via email at dclark@laymca.org.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society will have Dr. David R. Pesiri as the guest speaker at the next part of the “Made in Los Alamos” lecture series.
    “A Perspective on the Laboratory’s Impact on Products and Industry” will be 7:30 p.m. today.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory has a long history in national security, and from this past has come a wealth of technologies and products used every day. In fact, Los Alamos can lay claim to the creation of entire industry segments, starting with precision explosives and extending to materials, computing, medicine and energy.
    Pesiri is the director of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation. He will describe the theme of innovation — the ability to bring a new technology or idea to unmet markets of need — in the context of Los Alamos. In the breadth and impact that “Made In Los Alamos” has carried throughout its 70-year history, there is a lesson about the past and a prelude to the future.
    Pesiri’s duties include forming strategic partnerships, promoting collaborations to enhance innovation, creating and leveraging valuable intellectual property, developing technology spinouts and promoting economic development within the region and throughout the nation.

  • The public is invited to the Los Alamos Mountaineers’ October meeting to hear a first-hand account of the club’s first organized trek to the Grand Teton in Wyoming in more than a decade.
    Speaker Michael Altherr will describe the trip preparations and results at the meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. In addition to the featured talk, the meeting will include refreshments and casual conversation, as well as updates on upcoming trips and safety advice learned from outdoor adventuring.
    The Grand Teton, the highest mountain in Grand Teton National Park, is a challenging and technical climb not to be undertaken lightly. Pioneer American climber Paul Petzoldt, while preparing to climb the peak in 1924 (others had reached the summit before), heard the Jackson Hole locals express their incredulity of the attempt by stating, “By god, I ain’t lost nothing up there, so why would you want to climb it?”

  • The month of October is Bullying Prevention Month and many groups are hoping to raise awareness to keep bullies at bay.
    The number one thing to do if you are being bullied, or know someone being bullied is to tell someone… anyone.
    If you are a student that know something isn’t right, find any adult you like and talk about it. Ask someone for help, for yourself or a friend and stand up for doing what is right.
    Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School have tip lines that you can call or email, to make a report. You don’t have to leave a name or a number, just some details.
    If you don’t know the name of the people involved, give a time, a date, a location or some kind of descriptive information about what took place.
    The most interesting thing I hear from time to time, is that someone may be dealing with a bully, but no one reports it. There’s absolutely no reason not to tell, but every reason for wanting to make things better.
    There are so many people that care, so many people trying to make a difference in the lives of children and help for both the bully and the victim.

  • 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.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Chaos and Hobbes — Recent additions to the shelter. They are 5-month-old, neutered male kittens who will be available for adoption after their vet visit. They are both friendly and we believe they will be medium size cats when fully grown. One is a brown tabby and the other an orange tabby.
    Dantez — A young, gray and white cat who was forced to have his left eye removed. He has been recovering well at the shelter, but is still a bit leery of most visitors. Stay tuned for more information about this guy as he starts to feel better and volunteers get to interact with him more.

  • Oct. 12-18, 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
    BESC closed for Columbus Day
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Red chile beef enchilada
    1 p.m. MindBody massage
    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
    10:30 a.m. AARP meeting
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Tuna or salmon with mango sauce
    1:30 p.m. Daytime duplicate bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:30 a.m. Walk-in-the-woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    9 a.m. Toenail clipping (Eva is back)
    9:30 a.m. LARSO board meeting
    10-11 a.m. Ukulele lesson
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Baked ham
    1:30 p.m. Beginning tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    FRIDAY
    7 a.m. Leadership Los Alamos
    9:15 a.m. Line Dancing
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken parmesan linguini
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “Mom’s Night Out,” 2014

  • There’s a new class being offered at Karen Wray Studios. “All About Awesome Acrylics,” sign up is under way with the first class starting Oct. 15.
    “Acrylics paints are awesome,” artist Melissa Bartlett said. “They are the masters of disguise and Jack of all trades of the art supplies world. You can create a soft wash watercolor or a thick palette knife impasto painting, a mixed media collage or a hand pulled print  all with the same  set of acrylic paints.”
    Bartlett, a nationally known artist, is teaching the six-week class for those who wish to learn more about the medium.
    The class will cover a wide range of techniques and styles and can accommodate beginners, as well as experienced painters.
    According to Bartlett, acrylic paints are a fun way to experiment with painting. “They are a non-toxic, easy to clean up alternative to oils that provide good opportunities to learn about values, color, mixing paints, brushwork and more,” she said. “Acrylics allow for a wide ranged of effect by using gels and special techniques. They also dry fast, which let’s us paint over mistakes, or simply finish a painting in record time!”

  • Councilor Rick Reiss stops to congratulate Assets Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen on the program’s proclamation. The program is trying to collect change at several local businesses to support the Community Asset Awards for 2014.

  • Santa Fe
    Physicians Medical Center, 2990 Rodeo Park Drive East
    Date inspected: Aug. 13
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Food temperatures in danger zone for tuna salad and cold cuts. No paper towels or trash can at hand washing station. One low-risk violation. Storage boxes on floor and must be six inches off the ground. .
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Aug. 22.

    Texaco Burger King, 100 N. St. Francis Dr.
    Date inspected: Aug. 13
    Violations: Five high-risk violations. Ice from condensation leaking onto food product. Employee drinks have potential for cross contamination in food prep area. Ice scoops have grime build up. Paper towels at hand washing station are touching waste basket. Chicken temperature in danger zone. One moderate-risk violation. Vents and fans have dust and mold build up. One low-risk violation. Employees have no hair restraints.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Sept. 3.

  • In November 2013, the Winter Spanish Market celebrated its 25th Anniversary by moving the event from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, a move that brought new energy to the market with thousands of visitors from the Albuquerque area.
    The Winter Spanish Market returns to Albuquerque Nov. 28-29 at Hotel Albuquerque near Old Town.
    With more than 100 artists who embrace the traditional Spanish Colonial arts participating, visitors can expect to see santos, tinwork, straw appliqué, weaving, pottery, precious metal, colcha, bone carving, furniture, woodcarving and utilitarian objects — all traditions endorsed by Spanish Colonial Arts of New Mexico. The market brings the opportunity to capture the authenticity of Spanish Colonial Arts through the vision of the artists who will be featured in this year’s event.
    The event will open at noon Nov. 28 with live music that honors the Spanish Colonial tradition, and the opportunity to view the works of both adult and youth artists.
    At 9 a.m. Nov. 29, the day will start with a procession of artists from the San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town, accompanied by mariachi and a blessing of the market by Father Dennis Garcia.

  • Pottery was crucial to agrarian life in the southern United States, with useful forms such as pitchers, storage jars, jugs, and churns being most in demand for the day-to-day activities of a household and farm. Today, a century after that lifeway began to change, potters in the south continue to make vital wares that are distinctively southern.
    The Museum of International Folk Art will celebrate this “living tradition” of American regional culture with the exhibition, “Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition.” The exhibit begins with a free public reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 24. The opening will be hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico. The two-man folk orchestra Round Mountain will perform southern-inspired music, including original compositions, at the opening reception.
    The exhibition presents traditional stoneware from North Carolina and north Georgia, current works characterized by local clays, salt and ash glazes and effects of wood firing.
    “These are plain-spoken pots with a quiet beauty,” states guest curator Karen Duffy, a folklorist. “They have subtle ornamentation and an emphasis on form. The focus of the exhibition will be the potters themselves, above all their creativity and commitment to tradition.”

  • Every year in October, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center hosts its annual membership meeting fondly called PEECnic. The celebration is open to the public and is free. This year’s event will be from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the current location, 3540 Orange St. It will be the last PEECnic at the location because by next October, the new Los Alamos Nature Center will be open on Canyon Road.
    To commemorate the last PEECnic at its current location, there are many special activities planned, including a special PEEC-to-PEEC hike (from the new location to the current location).
    There will also be a dessert buffet, games and cookie decorating for kids, photo opportunities, a glimpse of the new nature center renderings, contests, prizes and live music by the Craig Martin Experience.
    To start of the week, PEEC invites the community to join Oct. 13-19 for Take Wing Week.
    In honor of the new nature center, which some say is shaped like a dragonfly, PEEC is hosting a week of free or nearly free programs all about things that fly. There will be talks by experts, and a special movie screening at the Reel Deal Theater.

  • For nearly a decade, Natali Steinberg has been involved with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center from its infancy. Several members of her family have also been a part of PEEC’s history, since the early days at its Orange Street location to the new Nature Center.
    Born and raised in Winnetka, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, she realized her love for the southwest while spending summers in Colorado as a teen. After college, she and her husband moved to Denver. “We had two farms there,” she said in a recent interview with PEEC. “A big farm where we grew sugar beets, corn and alfalfa and a small farm where we lived and raised our kids.”
    The children each had a 4-H project, which provided the family with meat and dairy products. “We enjoyed the farming lifestyle. It felt like a great place to raise kids and teach them responsibility,” she said.
    A decision was made to move to New Mexico after 60 years of living in Colorado. Although she said it was difficult at first, she fell in love with the area. “Colorado had gotten to be too populated for me — too many people and too much traffic,” she said.