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  • Today, I hope you’ll indulge me in a lesson in time travel.
    I feel like the most important thing you can learn from me is how fast time goes when you have children. I assume because for adults it becomes a new measure of time. I’m not sure what it is called exactly, “BC,” before children and “AC,” after children, but hopefully you are aware before it is too late.
    If you know me well, the most important thing in life is our children. The bad news for them is that doesn’t mean that we buy them everything.
    Hopefully it does mean we have passed along some wisdom, some life skills, some meaning that all of this daily grind is supposed to be worth it.
    On Saturday, our oldest, Chandler, one of a handful of fine folks that printed this very newspaper you are reading, turns 21. It’s probably the most important age for a young person today. It is also probably the last “celebrated” age.
    Sure we turn 30 or 40 or 50, but the same excitement doesn’t exist until that age is close to a retirement number.
    This beautiful baby boy came into our lives on Feb. 11, 1996 and it seems like yesterday.
    His beautiful blue eyes, just like his dad and these big box like feet, ahh that’s my boy.

  • Art exhibits
    The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, 601 Eubank SE in Albuquerque, will host “Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944: An Installation by American Sculptor Jim Sanborn,” through Oct. 8. This special exhibit, created by world renowned sculptor Jim Sanborn – best known for creating the encrypted “Kryptos” sculpture at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia – invites visitors to explore and study the recreations of the super secret experiments from the Manhattan Project’s atomic bomb program. The museum is open from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., 361 days a year. For information, visit nuclearmuseum.org, or call 505-245-2137.

  • Jim O’Donnell, director of operations of the Reel Deal Theater, treated students of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos’ Intro to Film Studies class (MA210) to a tour of the projection room Feb. 1, then a viewing of the musical film “La La Land.”  
    A topic of discussion was the transition from film projectors to digital projectors. The students in this semester-long course at UNM-LA have already studied the history of musicals in film.  
    Follow up projects will address how specific techniques employed in the film impact the overall experience for the viewer. “La La Land” has garnered 214 award nominations, and received 144 awards.
    The film also has 14 nominations for the Oscar Awards, which will be announced on Feb 26. Hardy and the students gave the experience behind the scenes at Reel Deal Theater “two thumbs up!”

  •  Family Night is set for 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities for the whole family with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey. The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m.
    Mark your calendars: the second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the nature center. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all. For more information about this and other programs offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Los Alamos offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
    The “Savvy Caregiver Program” course will be held each Wednesday from Feb. 21 through April 4.
    The program will be held once per week at the Aspen Ridge Lodge Retirement Home, 1010 Sombrillo Court. Each class lasts two hours from 1-3 p.m. The course is free and open to all.
    This evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behavior. It also imparts tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to Alzheimer’s caregivers.
    The course explains the signs, impacts and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease.
    To register, or for further information, please contact Tina De Luz at (505) 266-4473, or email her at tdelaluz@alz.org. You can also contact Mary Yamada at (505) 661-0066, or email her at mary.d.yamada@gmail.com.
    Class size is limited and they do fill up quickly. Call now to register. Participants may be reimbursed for the cost of having others tend to their loved one while they attend the classes.

  • Hon Nguyen, owner of Chicken Teriyaki in White Rock, doesn’t like to brag. He lets his food speak for itself.
    But if he does talk about his food, he will readily give up the secret to his success, which is fresh food at a reasonable price, any way the customer wants it.
    “I’m not like those commercial restaurants,” Nguyen said. “We cook how the customer wants it.”
    While making a profit is a good thing, Nguyen also said that’s not what drives him. As a corrections officer who is nearing retirement, the real reward for him is customer satisfaction.  
    “Money is important, but what’s really important is when I see the customer finish the food, and then they come back,” Nguyen said. “That means to me they come here not because they happen to be hungry, but because my food tastes good, they come back because they can’t get that taste anywhere else. That’s what makes me happy.” Nguyen said he has customers come as far as Taos, Española and Santa Fe to eat his food.

  • Award-winning poet Joni Wallace will give a reading entitled “Mesas and Particles: Los Alamos as Literary Muse” at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos, presented by the Los Alamos Historical Society.
    Wallace grew up in Los Alamos and is the award-winning author of three books of poetry. Her lecture includes readings from her latest book, “Kingdom Come Radio Show” (Barrow Street, 2016).  
    Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project compose the backdrop for “Kingdom Come Radio Show,” a poetic documentation of place (Los Alamos) and history (both personal, and that of the Manhattan Project).
    “Oppenheimer, pacing at dawn, smoking, working the equation that says the atmosphere will/will not ignite when the gadget blows straight up into Kingdom Come. In the tilt shot, Kitty Puening Oppenheimer, drink in hand, clink, clink of ice against glass. … Cut to a long drive along a stretch of road, almost-dark, the percussive hiss of cicadas, stereo. Hank singing on this road of sin you are sorrow bound.” – “Kingdom Come Radio Show,” Barrow Street Press, 2016.

  • Belisama Irish Dance will host a fundraiser from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 North Sage St.
    The lively afternoon will include ceili dancing (Irish social dance), live music, a short Irish dance demonstration and refreshments to help fund the Belisama Irish Dance Company’s future performances and new costumes. A Girl Scout Fun Patch will be offered for those Girl Scouts joining the fun.
    Meet the dancers, then participate and learn some ceili dance. Special guests Billy Turney and Lucinda Sydow of Chili Line Accordions will provide traditional tunes in a fun environment for the whole family.
    Tickets priced at $10 for children, $15 for adults, and $50 for families with 4+ members (plus a young guest). Ages 4 and under are free. Call 795-8011 for tickets or stop by CB Fox in Los Alamos.

  • TODAY
    Española Valley and Los Alamos for a Super Bowl fundraiser at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Pajarito Brew Pub. Kickoff is scheduled for local time. If your team did not make it to the Big Game, drown your disappointment with one of 30 beers on tap or 52 in the bottle. Pajarito Brew Pub General Manager Patrick Mockler-Wood, a long-time nail banger for Habitat for Humanity, has agreed to donate 10 percent of the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity on all food and drink orders during the game.

    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    MONDAY
    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.
    TUESDAY
    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Christa Tyson, the volunteer coordinator for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), will be our speaker. She will outline the benefits of volunteering and the opportunities available at PEEC.

  • Though some may consider a horseshoe a symbol of luck, many horse owners depend on horseshoes to help keep their horse’s hooves healthy. In turn, healthy horse hooves can result in a happy and performance-ready horse.
    The skilled tradesman that make horse shoes and apply them to horses’ hooves are called farriers. Jason Maki, farrier for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained the important role of his job.
    “Farriers manage and provide protection for horse hooves,” Maki said. “Protection for the hoof is frequently a steel shoe which is formed and fit to the horse’s trimmed foot. The hoof also grows over time and often does not wear evenly or enough to allow the horse to remain comfortable. Thus, farriers trim excess growth and restore the hoof to a functional form.”
    Though Maki said a few horses may be able to self-maintain their feet, horses who perform repetitive motions, such as working or show horses, require horse shoes. If horse hooves are not trimmed and fitted for shoes, the result could mean lameness.

  • 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. This is surely a good time for him to find a permanent home! If you would like to take on this special boy and possibly win him over, call for more information and visit him at the shelter.

  • Los Alamos authors will showcase their wares at the Local Authors Book Fair from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.
    A wide range of genres and styles will be shared, from books for children, middle grades and young adults to biographies, social sciences and science fiction. The authors will have books available for purchase.
    The fair will include:
    Laura Kelly’s book “Splintered Reflections” tells the story of a young woman who feels she is losing herself after a traumatic loss. The story is one that will resonate with young and old alike, as the main character Cathy, finds a new way to be in the world. Laura Kelly works full-time at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and part-time as a fitness instructor at the Family YMCA, in addition to her new writing career.
    Bridget Thomas, of White Rock, has taken a true story and expanded on it, in which a little girl in Santa Fe creates Christmas joy by mixing the little she has with the natural bounty provided all around her. Her book “The Tumbleweed Christmas Tree” is illustrated by Jessie Baca.
    It is evident that Mary Maurice loves a good pun, and loves a good mystery. Her book “Fruit Loops the Serial Killer” starts off with a bang and never slows down until all is revealed.

  • Auditions for the Los Alamos Little Theatre’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” will be held this weekend at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.
    Auditions  will start at noon Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.  Callbacks will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
    Audition materials are available at the Mesa Public Library or by arrangement with John Cullinanl. Email Cullinanl at rev.jcullinan@gmail.com for information.
    Actors are requested to memorize one of two monologues provided in the audition materials.
    The monologues will be delivered solo to the production staff. After the solo readings, the group will gather everyone together to read scenes from the play.
    Casting for this play will be gender blind.

  • TODAY
    February Night Sky Show from 7-8 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    The Jemez Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock will have its Bag Sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    SATURDAY
    Mesa Public Library book fair from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the library, 2400 Central Ave. Several local authors will have books available for purchase.

     The Jemez Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock will have its Bag Sale from 9 a.m.-noon. (The thrift shop closes at noon on bag day Saturdays.)
    SUNDAY
    Española Valley and Los Alamos for a Super Bowl fundraiser at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Pajarito Brew Pub. Kickoff is scheduled for local time. If your team did not make it to the Big Game, drown your disappointment with one of 30 beers on tap or 52 in the bottle. Pajarito Brew Pub General Manager Patrick Mockler-Wood has agreed to donate 10 percent of the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity on all food and drink orders during the game.

    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.

  • TODAY
    Business After Hours from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Rose Chocolatier, 149 Central Park Square. Get some ideas for Valentines Day. Drop your business card in the bowl for a drawing for a door prize from Flowers by Gillian.
    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. More information at peecnature.org.

    Backcountry Film Festival at 7 p.m. Join us for an evening of inspiring and entertaining short films along with prizes and fun. Cost is $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

    Topper Review 2017 at 7 p.m. for a preview at Duane Smith Auditorium. Do you like singing, dancing, and bad jokes? Then do we have the show for you. Come to the Topper Revue experience of a lifetime. Watch as dozens of acts from all across the land perform Topper Revue 2017 at the Duane Smith Auditorium from January 26-28. Starting at 7 p.m. for a preview, and for a performance Friday and Saturday, and a matinee Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Student tickets for the matinee and all tickets for the preview are $5.
    FRIDAY

  • Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) announced their annual Spirit of the West winner, named for former county council member Jim West.
    Lois Eddleman has been volunteering for the Los Alamos County Fair for over 55 years.  
    Eddleman was nominated by Claire Swinhoe, who described Eddleman as someone with an energy level and stamina, which are amazing.  
    At the county fair each year, as well as helping secure the superintendents, volunteers and officials, she also provides food for the volunteers during the three days of fair. This year, she brought back her famous “sloppy Joe’s,” which are well known and enjoyed by all.  
    This year, she is also teaching more than 30 piano students, possibly connecting with thousands of Los Alamos children, their parents and siblings throughout the years.
    “I have great admiration and respect for her,” said Swinhoe. “Not least of all is the reason that she has been volunteering since 1961, but the fact that Lois is 91 years young.”
    Eddleman will receive a handcrafted award made by Richard Ronquillo.
    The Community Asset Awards was sponsored by Champions of Youth Ambitions and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.
    Read more on all of the award nominees later this week.

  • One column would never be enough to mention all of the great things that happened last weekend.
    That’s right, on Saturday night, more than 100 people braved the weather conditions to celebrate the annual Community Asset Awards. The evening highlighted a variety of great work being done in the community by those young and young at heart.
    Today, I want to highlight those in the background that do the work and allow others to shine.
    It probably started two months ago, when the current Leadership Los Alamos class, quite possibly the best class, took the idea of a fellow classmate, okay my husband Chad, and helped him run with it.
    The goal was to increase the youth nominations more than ever before, after a year when they were sadly absent from the annual event.
    The good news is they indeed helped us to accomplish that goal with a record 33 youth being celebrated Saturday night. There were even four youth nominated twice for different efforts.
    Technically 94 names were celebrated, representing individuals, clubs, organizations and businesses.  
    Those Leadership Los Alamos students were Kirsten Bell, Kim Sherwood, Desiree Mendonca and Mihaela Popa-Simil.

  • MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Chapter AK, P.E.O., will hold its next meeting Monday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Emma Stafford, 30 Paige Circle, in White Rock. Norma Puckett is the co-hostess. Emma also will provide the program. RSVP to Emma at 672-0540.
    TUESDAY
    A Mountaineer’s Story: Skiing and Climbing from Argentina to Antarctica at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Meet an adventurer. Be inspired. Plan your next expedition. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Committee Day.

    Los Alamos Piecemakers meeting at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Presbyterian Church. The meeting with be a 4-corners demonstration.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course.  Cheryl Pongratz, of the LA Family Council, will speak.
    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. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program is holding its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale.
    Proceeds from the sale will support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill people.
    Daffodil pre-orders are being taken now through March 3.
    People can order the following items:  
    • A single bunch (10 stems) for $5
    • A small glass vase with single bunch for $10
    • A small glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) for $15
    •A large glass vase with three bunches (30 stems) $20.
    Delivery is free with any $10 minimum order to a single address.
    Flowers will be delivered March 11 or customers can pick them the orders up at “Daffodil Central” (call LAVNS for location in Central Park Square) from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 9 and 10.
    Watch for location sales at Los Alamos National Bank, both Smith’s grocery stores, Pig + Fig bakery and café, Uli’s Clothing Boutique and the Betty Ehart Senior Center March 9 and 10.
    The sale is sponsored in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico and Walmart.
    Anyone who would like to place an order, can call Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service (the only local hospice) at 662-2525 or order online at lavns.com.

  • A local group is asking the community to donate gently used or new formal wear, including dresses, suits and accessories, to help teens at Pojoaque Valley Schools enjoy prom.

    Pojoaque Valley Schools, in cooperation with Buffalo Thunder Resort, will collect formal wear for girls and boys from Feb. 1-28. The community can donate the clothing at Buffalo Thunder Resort Players Club, Cities of Gold Players Club and the Buffalo Thunder Hilton front desk.

    Every formal wear donation will be entered into a drawing to win a night stay and dinner for two at Buffalo Thunder Resort.

    For girls, donations can include formal prom-appropriate and semi-formal dresses, bridesmaid or cocktail dresses, matching jewelry, handbags, shawls and accessories, and matching dress shoes of all sizes.

    For boys, donations can include suits, tuxedos and formal wear, gently new or used dress shoes of all sizes, neckties and bowties, cufflinks and handkerchiefs that go with the suit that is donated.

    For information, text 690-1166 or 709-0598, or email pvispac@gmail.com.