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  • FRIDAY
    Gentle Walk
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.

    February Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty on our planetarium dome. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information atpeecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Feature Film: Black Holes at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SUNDAY
    Cowboy Breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, near the stables. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 years and under. Proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse.

    Nature Yoga and Trail Run
at 11:45 a.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Optional: Arrive at 10:30 a.m. to join Christa for a pre-yoga run. Admission: yoga or run for $7/$5 for members; yoga and run for $12/$8 for members. More information at peecnature.org.
    MONDAY

  • February is the perfect time to begin planting seeds indoors to extend your growing season. In a two-part class at the Los Alamos Nature Center, Natali Steinberg will teach everything you need to know to start your veggies and annuals from seed. The class meets Sundays, February 11th and March 18th, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

    This class will teach attendees how to read a seed catalog and a seed packet, what equipment they need to start seeds indoors, how to transplant successfully into the garden, and how to start some veggies directly in the garden.

    There will be a lot of handouts and demonstrations, but no seed planting during class.

    Steinberg has taught this class for 20 years at a nursery/greenhouse in Boulder. She had a large vegetable garden on her farm, and she sold produce at the Boulder Farmers Market. Steinberg also raised and sold bedding plants.

    The cost is $50 for both sessions. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) members can take the class for a discounted rate of $40. Advance registration is required.

    To register or learn more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Paul Arendt will introduce celestial objects in the February night sky along with some recent discoveries in astronomy at 7 p.m. Friday at the Pajarito Environmental Center Planetarium. On Saturday at 2 p.m. the full-dome film “Black Holes” will play on the planetarium dome.

    During the night sky show, images of celestial objects will be projected onto the planetarium dome. “Black Holes” explores a place where time stands still, universal order breaks down and the unimaginable becomes reality.

    The Nature Center will be open regular hours in February: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The nature center is open late on Tuesdays, until 8 p.m., and closed Thursdays.
     

  • Students and parents are invited to attend AP Night at Los Alamos High School from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday in the IMC (school library).

    Attendees will be able to meet with teachers and students to learn more about specific AP and Honors course offerings at LAHS, as well as the dual credit programs offered at the high school. 

    Representatives from the University of New Mexico-LA, Northern New Mexico College and Santa Fe Community College will also be available to discuss dual credit and other college level courses.

    AP Night attendees are asked to park in the Sullivan field lot since Future Topper Night is also being held the same evening.

    All LAHS students must take an AP class, an Honors class, an online class, or a dual-credit class to fulfill a graduation requirement.  LAHS currently offers seven Honors courses, 25 AP courses, and several dual-credit classes.

    Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses are college-level courses offered in high school.  At the end of the course, students are required to take the AP exam. 

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre announces auditions for “The Dining Room” by A.R. Gurney, the final production of LALT’s 2017-18 season.

    Auditions will take place 2–5 p.m. Feb. 4, and 6:30–9:30 p.m. Feb. 5, at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

    Auditioners are asked to prepare a short 1-2 minute monologue of their choice and will be asked to read scenes from the play. Copies of the script are available for check out at Mesa Public Library.

    The script calls for six adults (three women and three men) who each portray approximately nine varied characters. The production dates are May 11-12, 18-20 and March 25-26. The show is directed by Cindy Hines.

    The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. 

    The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes – some funny, some touching, some rueful – which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: The upper-middle-class WASP.

    The actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuoso skill as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids.

  • The New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) and State Auditor Wayne Johnson have selected Los Alamos County as the recipient of one of its annual Audit Accountability Awards.

    Helen Perraglio, the County’s Chief Financial Officer, was there to accept the award at NMAC’s Legislative Conference last week.

    The awards are given in recognition to large, mid-size and small counties that have done outstanding work on their audits, submitted their audits in a timely manner, and have sustained excellence with the highest audit opinions. In addition, an award is given to the most improved county.

    Los Alamos County received unmodified opinions with no findings in 2016.

    An unmodified opinion is the best opinion that can be given, and means that the financial statements are presented fairly in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. 

    This is the third time Los Alamos County has won the Audit Accountability Award since the inception of the awards in 2011.

    Doña Ana, Curry, Chaves, Guadalupe, Quay and Roosevelt counties also received the award.  

  • The internationally attended Albuquerque FIRST Technical Challenge Qualifying Tournament was held for the first time at the Next Gen Academy in Albuquerque.

    The Alpha Hawks, a team comprised of mostly eighth-graders, and the Beta Hawks, a team comprised of seventh-graders, competed in a field of 16 robotics teams with older high school teams, teams from Mexico, and Colorado. 

    After five seeding matches, where robots are paired together in randomly organized alliance pairs that compete against other robot alliances in this year’ challenge known as FIRST Relic Recovery, the Alphas were second ranked team and the Betas were seeded fifth.

    The top four teams automatically advanced to the semifinals but were required to choose one other team to complete their final alliance.

    The top team, Data Force from Highlands Ranch Colorado, impressed the participants and audience with its ability to complete all the games challenges and honored the Alpha Hawks by inviting them to join their alliance in the final matches.  

    However the Alpha Hawks regretfully declined the invitation in order to be in a position to invite and compete with their sister team, the Beta Hawks. 

  • The Los Alamos County Library children’s librarians and the Los Alamos JJAB invite children and their parents or caregivers to a community playdate being held at the Mesa Public Library, Youth Services Zone from 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 3. 

    This free, drop-in event is being hosted to launch the Los Alamos County Library’s new board book collection and to continue to introduce the Los Alamos Affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

    In addition to providing families opportunities to peruse the board book collection and sign up for the Imagination Library, there will be additional play activities for children. Snacks will be provided. 

    Angie Manfredi, children’s librarian, has a collection of 80 board books that are now available for circulation. These books will be on display and available for check-out on Feb. 3.

    Many of these books are available only as board books, so this collection brings a new dimension to the library’s early childhood book collection.

    This is the first time the library has created and curated a specific collection made entirely of board books.

    The board books are geared towards children from birth to three years, but they can be enjoyed by others outside this age group.

  • TODAY
    Los Alamos Historical Society presents the continuation of the Atomic Film Festival with the showing of the 1952 film “The Atomic City,” starring Gene Barry, at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The movie follows a scientist as he struggles to recover his kidnapped son from enemy agents.

    A free performance of “Broken Off,” a new, 10-minute play by local playwright, Robert F. Benjamin, performed by Claire Singleton and Richard Cooper, will be at 12:30 p.m. at the White Rock Senior Center, 133 Longview Drive. An audience talkback discussion will follow the performance.
    THURSDAY
    A free performance of “Broken Off,” a new, 10-minute play by local playwright, Robert F. Benjamin, performed by Claire Singleton and Richard Cooper, will be at 12:30 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row in Los Alamos. An audience talkback discussion will follow the performance.

    Backcountry Film Festival
at 7 p.m. at the Reel Deal Theater. This is an evening of inspiring and entertaining short films along with prizes and fun. Cost is $12 in advance, $15 on the day of the show. Buy your tickets at the Reel Deal Theater. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having their annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale.

    Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals.

    Daffodil pre-orders are being taken now through March 2.

    For a glass vase with three bunches (30 stems) of daffodils for $20, a glass vase with two bunch for $15 or a single bunch (10 stems) for $5.  

    The service is unable to offer delivery this year. Delivery will be offered in 2019.

    Customers can pick up their orders at “Daffodil Central.” Call LAVNS for the location in Central Park Square, March 8 or 9 from 8-5:30 p.m.

    Watch for location sales at LANB and Smith’s grocery stores March 8 and March 9.

    To place an order, call Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service at 662-2525 or order online at lavns.com.

  • Los Alamos Public Schools is launching the LAPS Volunteer Program with the help of Volunteer Coordinator Samantha Lippard.

    The goal of the program to connect people in the community with opportunities in the schools where they can share their expertise, lend a helping hand in the classroom or mentor students. Those interested in the program can contact Lippard to find an volunteer opportunity and she will coordinate with teachers and staff to find the best placement for the benefit of students.

    The three main categories of volunteering are tutoring and mentoring, short-term assistance and long-term help. Tutoring and mentoring will focus on semi-frequent visits to school sites where the volunteer is paired with a student who has been identified by a teacher and guidance counselor as needing some extra help socially or academically.

  • Justin Stevenson will discuss the life history, behavior, and biology of bats at 7 p.m. Feb. 6.

    Thanks to support from the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club, several native species will be on hand to provide a unique opportunity to see these beautiful and amazing mammals up-close and in person.

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club invite you to celebrate North American bats and the important role they play in our ecosystems.

    Attendees will also learn about conservation risks including those effected by the highly contagious and deadly white-nose syndrome. He formerly co-chaired of the New Mexico Bat Working Group, currently serves as vice president of the Western Bat Working Group.

    He is also cofounder of R.D. Wildlife Management and Fightwns, a non-profit initiative focusing on raising critical research funds for white-nose syndrome.

    This event is free thanks to support from the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club. There are bat-themed door prizes.

  • The Valles Caldera National Preserve has opened the application period for its 2018 livestock grazing program. 

    The National Park Service is accepting permit applications to graze livestock on the preserve for a four-month grazing season, which runs from June 1 through Sept. 30.

    All livestock operators are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed for compliance with NPS requirements, and a selection will be made by random drawing from the group of qualifying applications.

    The NPS will authorize between 93 and 352 livestock Animal Units per Month (AUM), depending on range conditions during the spring, within a grazing area totaling approximately 1,350 acres.

    The 2018 livestock program may be delayed or canceled if the preserve experiences significant drought conditions.

    Applications and associated documents can be found on the preserve’s website (nps.gov/vall). They can also be obtained by sending an email to vall_info@nps.gov, in person at the Valle Grande Entrance Station during normal business hours, or by calling the NPS permit coordinator at 575-829-4100, ext. 4.

  • I believe that any time of year is an opportunity to make a resolution to be better, do better or try harder. I use to teach a class for youth that reminded them that they get a clean slate, every 24 hours.

    This year I have taken on some challenges that are designed a little different compared to other years. The idea is to do a new resolution each month, perhaps making an impact on 12 areas of my life.

    We don’t discuss resolutions as a family really, but perhaps I will gather their thoughts. One of the ones I only slightly forced on them was a gratitude jar. Once a month, everyone writes one slip about something they are grateful for, folds it and puts it in the jar.

    So, on New Year’s Eve or day, we will read through all of the things we are grateful for and for our family, ideally there will be 60 slips of gratitude. I have so many thoughts on this project, but not enough space to write. Ask me how things are going later this year and no, not everybody was as keen on the idea as mom.

    January is to eat less and move more with a cheat day on Sunday. I am happy to be down eight pounds. OK, that and some Jazzercise with friends. It is easy to make good choices and have something to blame it on, too. I hope to continue with this one.

  • Azrah, a 7-year-old calico short hair cat, got the raw end of dispute between a landlord and a tenant, and wound up at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter on Jan. 6.

    She’s putting on a brave face though, still hoping that special someone is going to come in any day and take her to her forever home.

    Azrah has been around and knows what she’s about. Primarily, Azrah likes to snack on canned food and prefers to be indoors napping in a sunny spot or sitting on a warm lap being petted.

    Azrah has had all her shots and is house trained. She’s fond of just about anything and anyone that likes her too, but she is especially fond of kittens and kids.

    Since Azrah is an older kitty, the shelter has lowered her adoption fee to just $35.

    For more information, call the shelter at 662-8179 or email at police-psa@lacnm.us.
    Photo By Paulina Gwaltney Photography, 910-333-6362, Gwaltney’s studio is located at 3500 Trinity Drive.

  • UNM-Los Alamos Community Education classes started this month, targeting a range of interests.

    From Health and Wellness to Language, from Home, Garden and Fine Arts to Professional and Personal Development, there are many classes to feed the spirit of lifelong learners. UNM-LA Community Education program coordinator Mike Katko invites the public to, “Come join us!”

    New and short-term classes begin each month, and the Community Education department is always interested in adding new subjects. Registration continues throughout the spring.

    Some of the new non-credit Community Education classes offered this spring include:
    How to Publish Your Book, a nuts and bolts course taught by Carol MacLeod, a published author with years of experience.

    Chinese Ink Painting-Poetry and Music, taught by Kahlil Tung, a professional artist from China, who instructs in the ancient art of ink painting thousands of years old. 

    Personal Self-Defense, a non-sparring course taught by Miles Ledoux, a self-defense expert who has owned his own studio in the Los Angeles, California area.

  • An updated fractal show will play in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 7 p.m.  Jan. 26 and the full-dome “Sea Monsters” film is screening at 2 p.m.
    The fractal show incorporates math, science, art and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music. “Sea Monsters” is a film that uncovers a time when prehistoric sea creatures come to life.
    For more information, visit peecnature.org/planetarium. To reserve tickets, call 662-0460.

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “God Of Carnage,” by Yasmina Reza, continues this weekend at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nector St. in Los Alamos. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through Jan. 27, along with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.
    More information can be found on the LALT website lalt.org.

  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre Library Database Committee is looking for a donation to replace an approximately 15-year-old iBook G4 they’ve been using to maintain the group’s catalog of more than 1,600 plays. 

    The venerable iBook is on its last legs. Either a Mac or PC would be compatible with the database.

    Anyone who has a machine to donate or knows of one, can contact DS Magid at
    MagidMagidMagid@gmail.com, or Jim Sicilian at JimSicilian@comcast.net.

  • Los Alamos Public Schools will hold the Science Fair this weekend and Eva Abeyta along with a cadre of staff and volunteers are working hard behind the scenes to get ready.

    “This is the perfect opportunity to come support our wonderful talented students and see their hard work up close,” said Abetya. “We have 345 participants which was an increase from last year.”

    Abeyta is very proud to work in a community who volunteers their time for Science Fair and finds it heartwarming to see the community come together and support our youth.

    “I would like to thank all of the people who donated to the Los Alamos District Science Fair,” Abeyta said.

    The Science Fair will be held at the Los Alamos Middle School today (registration) and Saturday. The community is welcome to visit from 1-2 p.m. in the gymnasium, cafeteria, and library.

    The awards assembly for the Elementary Division will take place at 4:30 p.m. and Junior/Senior Division at 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. The 2018 t-shirts were designed by E&E Sports and Graphics in Española.