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  • Los Alamos Arts Council Brown Bag Performance Series presents Belisama- Irish Dancers
    Noon Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.
    Wednesday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Sierra Club Public Meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, building 200, room 202. Guest speaker will be Angelica Gurule, of the Los Alamos County Green Team leader and county staff liaison to the Environmental Sustainability Board. Public is welcome to attend.
    Thursday

  • For teens that are experiencing the effects of stress and pressure, or having trouble concentrating, it can seem impossible with the constant distractions all around. There is a different way to deal. Without leaving the obligations of everyday life behind, teens can learn to manage stress and increase ability to focus. All with the next mindfulness class available this week.  
    The class allows time for learning the foundations of mindfulness training, weekly practice and thoughtful discussion. No experience necessary.
    Space is still available for the eight-week class. Register online or download the Teen Mindfulness Class Registration Form (losalamosjjab.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/teenMindfulnessClass_registration.pdf.)
    Classes begin from 7-8 p.m. today through April 28. There will be no class April 7. Classes will be held at UNM-LA, lecture hall, room 230, building 2 unless otherwise announced.
    This class is for high school teens. The class for adults is full.
    Mindfulness is paying attention with kindness and curiosity to breath, body, thoughts, feelings and what is happening in the world.

  • A day-long workshop in collaboration with the Betty Ehart Senior Center is a program and a perspective that helps older people develop a balanced plan for their elder years. The workshop, “Awakening the Sage Within” is presented by Drs. Gary and Charlotte Carlson, Ph.D., Jungian Analysts.
    The workshop is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row. Cost is $60, $70 with CEUs.
    The goal is an elder lifestyle that is personally fulfilling and also beneficial to others.
    The highly interactive workshop will introduce “sage-ing” concepts including life review, forgiveness work and issues surrounding mortality. It will help participants explore feelings about aging and the role of spiritual development in later years. Finally, it will begin the development of a personalized plan for elder years, including serving others and leaving a legacy.
    Today, most people approaching their elder years can expect to live another 20 or 30 years. But how do we want to live those years? “Sage-ing” (also known as Spiritual Eldering or Conscious Aging) is a model for living one’s elder years more consciously, more joyfully, and more compassionately.

  • The column this week is all about kudos. There are so many kudos that need to be handed out and sometimes we get so mired in muck that we forget to be grateful.
    Let us start with the Olympic-sized event that kind of took place at Los Alamos Middle School this weekend. Well, almost the whole weekend.
    The State Speech and Debate tournament kicked off on Thursday as students graciously left early, teachers readied their rooms and volunteers poured in by the droves.
    Margo Batha, Sherri Bublitz, Christine Engelbrecht along with the homeschool community pulled together their finest competitors and volunteers to amass the needed determination and willpower to pull off the coordinating, hosting and judging of about 900 hours of speech and debate.
    How lucky for New Mexico that we had more snow than most of us have seen in quite a number of years. How sad for such a terrific team, their talented teens and a large number of folks willing to step up and lend an ear.
    While it may not have been a perfect weekend you all did, “Own the Room.”
    Let’s stay on the topic of snow.
    There were plenty of good neighbor stories to be found throughout the community. I know that I was witness to two such acts of kindness.

  • March 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
    8:30 a.m.     Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Sweet ‘n’ sour             pork
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Lemon cod
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.    Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)

  • 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
    Bella — Another aged cat given up when her family no longer wanted to deal with her diabetes. She is currently in a foster home. For more information, call 470-6973.

  • Art exhibits
    Willy Bo Richardson: Reverberant Matter/Project I. Show runs through Friday at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design at Wade Wilson Art.

    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Gallery artists group show at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 South Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe. Exhibit runs through March 14.

    Recently acquired works by artists Ansel Adams, Gustave Baumann, Betty Hahn and many others will be on view in “Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museum Collection.” The exhibition runs through March 29.
     
    Solo exhibition by Jeri Moore. “The Language of Humanity.” Through February at the Act I Gallery.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces “Master Prints of the ‘70s-’90s.”  Zane Bennett Contemporary Art will unveil to the public for the first time our latest acquisitions. The exhibition will feature works by Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Helen Frankenthaler, Jim Dine, Rufino Tamayo, Bernar Venet and Robert Motherwell among others. Opening is 5-7 p.m. Friday. Show will run until March 20.

  • Patrons took to the streets in Santa Fe for Fat Tuesday Feb. 17.

  • The 27th annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show is drawing near as hundreds of exhibitors prepare their best gourmet foods, sauces, spices, sweet-heat treats and rubs to showcase.
    The show is March 6-8 at Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. The event will feature more than 1,000 different products from the U.S. and around the world.
    The Fiery Foods Show is the country’s largest gathering of fiery food products and barbecue sauces. The 2014 event welcomed more than 20,000 attendees and organizers expect even more for the 27th annual event.
    In 2015, the Fiery Foods Show will introduce its very own mascot, Chile the Kid, for the first time. Chile the Kid will attend the event and greet guests throughout the weekend. Additionally, Sandia Resort and Casino will have 2,500 more parking spaces for guests during this year’s event, making it easier for guests to enjoy the show.
    While many exhibitors will display their award-winning selections, others will showcase first-time products. The annual competition organized by the producers of the Fiery Foods Show is one of the most competitive blind tasted food competitions in the U.S. with more than 80 judges and receives hundreds of entries each year.
    Hours of the show:
    • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6: Trade only

  • With the diversity of bird species and the number of birders in Los Alamos, it’s easy to wonder why the Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running citizen science project nationwide, has yet to come to Los Alamos. A group of local birders have decided that it is time to change that, and they intend to submit an application to the National Audubon Society.
    As part of the application, in order to demonstrate sufficient interest and logistical support, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will sponsor a “mock” Christmas Bird Count from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. March 8. Community members are encouraged to take part as much as they would like, from going out as part of a bird-counting team, to counting birds in their own backyard.
    The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) has a long and interesting history. In the 1800s, many in North America participated in a common holiday tradition of going out on Christmas day and competing to kill as many birds as possible. At the turn of the 20th century, American ornithologist Frank Chapman suggested that perhaps it would be better to simply count the birds rather than shoot them. Chapman enlisted the help of 26 like-minded bird enthusiasts and in December of 1900, held the first annual CBC.

  • The public is invited to celebrate the beauty of winter and the coming of spring at the annual Fire and Ice Restoration Festival on Saturday.  Hosted by the Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District and the Village of Jemez Springs, the event will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Father Fitzgerald Park in Jemez Springs.
    The free community event will feature educational booths and presentations that highlight the 210,000-acre Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project. Every year includes special guests will include Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl.
    Activities scheduled throughout the day include a chainsaw carving competition and exhibition, cross-cut saw contest, chicken bingo and arts and crafts. Face painting, a jump house and much more is available for children.
    Entertainment will be provided by Taninai Celtic Blues Band and Train Wreck Blues Band. Vendors will offer a variety of foods and beverages. The public is also welcome to enjoy a rejuvenating soak in the local hot springs.
    Parking is free at the Jemez Springs Community Park next to the Jemez Valley Credit Union, an easy half-mile walk south of Father Fitzgerald Park. Limited accessible parking will be available onsite.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Heart Council announces its Heart Month Seminar for 2015. “The Hidden Dangers of Your Health Supplements. How Common Supplements affect you and your Heart,” will be presented by Dr. Jenny Mills, Pharm.D., Ph.C., Clinical Pharmacologist, Presbyterian Healthcare Services. 5:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Los Alamos, 2200 Diamond Dr. Complementary dinner will be served.

    Nature on Tap: Solar Power for Los Alamos? 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked — The Wine Room. Los Alamos County is poised on the cusp of an energy shift. What would it take to move off fossil fuels entirely? What are the consequences of not transitioning? Join Positive Energy Solar’s Karen Paramanandam to discuss the topic. Free. No registration required. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Authors Speak Series. Don Usner. “Chasing Dichos through Chimayó.” 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Friday
    Senior Appreciation Night meeting. 10 a.m. in the Aquatic Center training room.

  • The documentary “Wrenched” delves into Edward Abbey’s most famous and influential work of fiction, “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” which came to be known for its protest of environmentally damaging activities in the American Southwest.
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host a special screening of the movie starting at 6:30 p.m. March 5 at the Reel Deal Theater. Special guest Jack Loeffler, a close friend of Abbey’s, will introduce the film and answer questions prior to the screening.
    “Wrenched” reveals how Abbey forever changed the course of the environmental movement.
    Tapping Abbey’s anarchistic spirit and humor, the film explores the history of monkey wrenching and the motivation behind these acts. It features candid interviews with Abbey’s close friends, those who inspired his most memorable characters.
    Outraged by the degradation of the American Southwest, they pioneered a radical form of environmental activism, a blueprint for “wrenching the system.” Abbey’s writing became a call to action for the generation of conservationists who came of age in the 1970s and ’80s. “Wrenched” follows the exploits of these determined monkey wrenchers as they cross legal and ethical lines to defend the land.

  • Los Alamos High School NJROTC precision air rifle team recently won the National Navy JROTC Championships for 2015. Shooters JoAnna O’Neill, Samantha Miller, Samuel Wolfe, David Murphy and Holly Hayes attend the event last week in Arizona.
    Individual results: O’Neill placed second nationally, Miller ninth and Wolfe landed 10th place.
    Regional results: O’Neill placed first, Miller second, Wolfe third, Hayes fifth and Murphy ninth.
    The team had four shooters make the finals match for the Navy with O’Neill, Miller and Wolfe taking the top three spots and Hays finishing in a tie for 4th place.
    This is the second time team coach LCDR Wes Shumaker has led a team to a national win. Miller’s brother, Cory, was on the first LAHS team to take the championship in 2012.
    The team has an automatic invitation to the National All-Service Junior ROTC championships in March at Camp Perry, Ohio.

  • Valentina Devine loves fiber.
    She loves dying yarn. She loves creating fabulous free-form wearable art combining knitting and crochet, yarns and fabric scraps, old lace and even old clothing. She loves teaching others to leave behind the constraints of knitting only in rows; to capture a freedom of motion in their pieces. She loves the delight of her customers when they walk away wearing a new Valentina design.
    And she loves telling stories about her life as a fabric artist.
    Devine’s solo exhibition “Knit One, Crochet Two” will have an opening reception Friday from 5-7 p.m. The show will be on display until March 21.
    When planning the show, Devine said, “My medium is fiber. Any kind of fiber. Yarn, fabric, ribbon, twine, and sometimes even wire. Anything I can get on a knitting needle or through a crochet hook will work for me. My vision is to fill the gallery with many different items, which are all hand knitted and/or crocheted. I will fill this gallery with interesting pieces and show the public that using fiber in any form can be exciting and rewarding.”
    Devine said the exhibit lives up to her vision. In one area, labeled “Not Arsenic but Old Lace,” there is an array of pieces incorporating all kinds of vintage lace.

  • Today
    Geology & Minerals for Kids – Second Session. 1-3 p.m. Geologist Patrick Rowe will hold a special two-part workshop for kids. During the second session, Rowe will go into more detail about how each kind of rock is formed and where it can be found. $20/$16 PEEC members for one session. Registration required. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    First Born Program of Los Alamos launching celebration. A home visitation non-profit organization that supports child development for children ages 0-3 years of age. 5-7 p.m. at Bridge Care for Women, 3500 Trinity Dr.

    The first meeting of the Los Alamos Public Schools 2015 Budget Committee. 5-6:30 p.m. at the high school Speech Theater.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Thursday

  • Applications available for cancer retreat

    Applications are available now for the spring 2015 Family Cancer Retreat. The free educational program provides New Mexico’s adult cancer patients/survivors and their loved ones with tools to better manage the disease, treatment and recovery process. The retreat is scheduled for April 17-19 and will be at the Marriott Pyramid North hotel in Albuquerque.
    More than 300 people from more than 125 New Mexican families coping with cancer are expected to participate, making this the largest general cancer education program in New Mexico and the largest program of its type in the United States. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
    The program will combine discussions and lectures by many of New Mexico’s leading cancer specialists with fun activities that provide a break from the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer.

  • The Los Alamos Co-op Market is celebrating its fourth anniversary Saturday by offering fun learning experiences for all ages, live music, food sampling, cake and semi-annual Inventory Reduction Sale.
    Celebrate community while enjoying interactive booths by a variety of nonprofit organizations including the New Mexico State University County Extension, Camino de Paz, the Family YMCA, and Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    To show appreciation for the co-op’s member/owners, the co-op is offering a 10 percent discount on all regular priced items.
    The co-op will have activities for all ages this weekend:
    • All Day:  Member/owners save 10 percent on regular priced items
    • Start of the member/owner Drive
    • Free gift for new, renewed or upgraded member/owners
    •  Free food and wellness samples
    • 9 a.m.: Local singer/guitarist Dana Smith
    • 10 a.m.:  Shrubs & Switchels (vinegar drinks) by the NMSU County Extension
    • Chair massages by Angela Love-Storkan
    • 11 a.m.:  Bouncy House provided by Little Forest Playschool
    • “I love my Co-op because…” photo shoot
    • Learning on a cellular level by Camino de Paz
    • Environmental fun by PEEC

  • Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley & Los Alamos, Inc. is now accepting applications for a new house in Los Alamos.
    Applicants must currently live or work in Los Alamos to qualify.This is the first time in 20 years Habitat for Humanity is able to build an affordable home in Los Alamos. It is an opportunity to become a homeowner.
    Call 505-747-2690 or 505-614-5853 for more information. Stop by the ReStore at 726 N. Riverside Dr. in Española for an application.