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  • S.F. yarn shop celebrates Fiestas at new location

  • Los Alamos ScienceFest has expanded to a full week of mind-blowing demonstrations, interactive activities, art, discussions for inquisitive minds of all ages, from Sept. 5–13. The majority of ScienceFest events are free.
    Two highly anticipated special events are new to Los Alamos ScienceFest this year. RocketDay, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday will take off in White Rock, with the launch of 220 model rockets over a period of a few hours. The event, sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Boeing, will include an appearance by former shuttle astronaut, John Phillips.
    The festival will culminate with the biggest science festival in the state — Expo Day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Ashley Pond. Expo Day will feature 60 interactive exhibitors who will provide hands on activities showcasing science, technology, engineering and math. Expo Day is designed to encourage young people to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

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    Presenter Laural Hardin returns to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center to discuss about which insects are beneficial, and what you can do to cultivate their benefits.

    The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. today. 

    Predacious beneficial insects are becoming the preferred method for treating problem insects in professional greenhouse production and in the backyard garden. Many people are unwittingly destroying beneficial insect populations with poor gardening practices. 

    This hands-on workshop will cover the types of beneficial insects, and how they can be encouraged to thrive, or be safely introduced into your environment.

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    WGN’s “Manhattan” continues with another dramatic episode and great turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the fifth episode, which aired Aug. 24. 

    Below are some of the common questions that the Historical Society heard that night and on social media. Every week the society will be updating a bulletin board in the museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues. Previous episodes are discussed at losalamoshistory.org, on the Facebook page and in the museum. 

    Join the Los Alamos Historical Society Sundays at Time Out Pizzeria in Los Alamos from 8–9:30 p.m. for a viewing and discussion of “Manhattan” (TV-14 rating). 

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    Two Los Alamos students were recipients of The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s Summer Youth Business Grants. 

    Jonmichael Weaver is a youth on a mission and a Christian mission at that. 

    The LACDC’s youth business grant recipient has created Buddy’s Beans, a local coffee roaster with a mission on a mission. 

    Weaver orders beans through Christian missions around the world, grown in small quantities, which honors the farmers and demonstrates care for the land.

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    Today

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

     

    Beneficial Insects for your Greenhouse and Garden. 6:30-8 p.m. Presenter Laural Hardin is back at PEEC to talk about which insects are beneficial for a yard and/or garden. No advance registration required. $8/$6.50 PEEC members. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

     

  • Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year … Assets Month!
    My hope is that you’ll continue to build Assets all month long and in a variety of ways.
    The biggest day on the calendar this week is Friday. On Friday, we ask that you wear a college or military T-shirt to demonstrate where you or a family member received their lifelong learning.
    In addition to that, I ask that you email me a picture or post in on the Assets In Action Facebook page. Last year, I had the pleasure of running around town and snapping photos of county employees, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos employees, school staff, senior citizens and more all supporting Assets throughout the day.
    This year, I have to work on Friday and won’t have the opportunity to enjoy a really great visual throughout the day.
    Our email address is AssetsInAction@att.net or you can text the photo to 505-695-9139.
    I already know that UNM-LA, Los Alamos County and a handful of schools are excited to participate once again.
    On Tuesday, local businesses will also begin supporting our program with our annual Change for Change campaign. While in the past only two locations have collected, this year many local businesses are supporting the Assets by collecting your spare change.

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    Along with the advent of the 2014-2015 school year arrived a wave of fresh faces, not just among the student body, but also the staff. Last year, retirees of Los Alamos High School left the district and the school board wondering who would fill the empty slots. However, their uncertainty soon transformed into firm decision when capable and qualified applicants arrived. Christine Engelbrecht, a comparative world literature teacher, is one out of the group of recently hired individuals. 

    Engelbrecht attended high school at Norman North High School in Oklahoma. 

    She received an associate’s degree in liberal studies from Oklahoma City community college in liberal arts and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in language arts education. 

    Engelbrecht graduated Magna Cum Laude with highest honors. 

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    Antonia Batha, of Los Alamos, was named to the Dean’s List at Union College for the 2013-14 academic year. Batha is majoring in women’s studies and a 2013 graduate of Los Alamos High School.

     

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    Yuan-Yen Tai, a resident of Los Alamos, was among nearly 5,000 students who graduated from the University of Houston in the spring 2014 semester. Tai graduated with a Ph.D. in physics.

     

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    Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 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.

    September is National
    Senior Center Month

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY

    BESC closed Labor Day
    TUESDAY

    8:45 a.m. Variety training

    10 a.m. Computer users group

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    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 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    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.

  • Fiestas de Santa Fe are underway and Zozobra, aka Old Man Gloom is scheduled to burn Friday at dusk at Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe. Tickets to enter the park at $10. Fiesta revelers should expect a new look for Old Man Gloom.

  • THIS WEEK
    ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 PM County Council Meeting Replay 8-26-14
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Avadh Salje
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – La Mesa Fire – A Wake-Up Call?”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Santa Fe
    Wild Leven Baker, 26 Old Galisteo Way
    Date inspected: May 2
    Violations: One high-risk violation. No water test at time of inspection.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Harry’s Roadhouse, 96B Old Santa Fe Trail
    Date inspected: July 2
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Employee handled ready-to-eat food with bare hands. Food in danger zone.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Inspection after complaint. Follow up required July 14.

    The Station at the Railyard, 530 S. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: July 2
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations. Money was being counted at food prep area, which was corrected at time of inspection and counter was sanitized. Two door reach in refrigeration unit back surface is dirty. One low-risk violation. The wall by the mop sink is filthy.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Recognized as the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day weekend is being celebrated in Taos and Taos Ski Valley with several festivals that take place between Friday and Sept. 1, including The High Mountain Hideout, Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival and TAO Studio Tour.
    More than 30 regional and local acts will bring a variety of music to Taos Ski Valley from Friday through Sunday with The High Mountain Hideout, presented by Glad Castle. The festival features three full days of music, food, local art, camping along the high alpine setting of the Kachina Basin, art installations, yoga, mountain biking, campfires and acoustic sets at William’s Lake, among other activities. The festival will be at The Bavarian Lodge and Restaurant.
    Tickets are $35 for a weekend pass; $15 for a day pass; and $10 for a weekend camping pass. Tickets can be purchased online at highmountainhideoutfestival.com or at holdmyticket.com/event/178202. For more information, visit highmountainhideoutfestival.com or via social media at facebook.com/highmountainhideout.
    For the first time in four years, Kit Carson Park in Taos will again be the site for the Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival, organized by Blue Skies Productions in Taos. The festival is scheduled from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 1.

  • Michael Benanav is a Dixon resident, who has written a book about his grandparents survival of the Holocaust called the “The Luck of the Jews: An Incredible Story of Loss, Love and Survival in the Holocaust.”
    Benanav will be speaking about his novel 6:45 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Los Alamos Jewish Center, 2400  Canyon Road. The community is invited to attend. His book is available on amazon.com.
    Benanav is an author and freelance photographer known for immersing in foreign cultures and bringing compelling images and stories back from distant places. In addition to his book, he writes and/or shoots for The New York Times, Lonely Planet, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN.com, among others.
    He is also the founder of the educational nonprofit organization Traditional Cultures Project.
    One December night in 1944, while sailing across the Black Sea on the deck of a refugee ship filled with Jews fleeing the Nazi genocide in Europe, Joshua Szereny met Isadora Rosen. He was 23, from Czechoslovakia; she was 20, from Romania.

  • Los Alamos ScienceFest has expanded to more than a full week of mind-blowing demonstrations, interactive activities, art and discussions for inquisitive minds of all ages. The festival is from Sept. 5–13.  The majority of the festival activities are free and open to the public. The festival was formerly known as the Next Big Idea.
    Festival highlights include an appearance by former shuttle astronaut and Los Alamos National Laboratory employee John Phillips, drone demonstrations and giveaways, photography exhibition of early work by Berlyn Brixner, Detonography art, 3-D chalk artist, Rocket Day and Expo Day, among many others.
    In addition, live music concerts will take place on both Fridays of the festival from 7–10 p.m. courtesy of the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series.
    
“Los Alamos is a place of world changing ideas. Los Alamos ScienceFest celebrates this and explores how science lies at the heart of everything through an entertaining and engaging series of events, exhibitions and happenings,” said Suzette Fox, executive director of Los Alamos MainStreet.
    ScienceFest features nine days of interactive demonstrations, workshops, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage in thought provoking discussion and even includes a few big nights out.”

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society will host an evening under the stars starting at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 5 at Fuller Lodge. The fundraising event, which is black-tie optional, will include a three-course dinner, the society’s annual Experience Auction and dancing to the music of the Los Alamos Big Band.
    Tickets are $75 each, and many of the 120 available have already been sold. Only a few ticket remain for an exclusive pre-party wine and cheese reception, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row. Tickets for both the gala and reception are $125. The public can also take advantage of the opportunity to meet and speak with the first recepient of the annual Los Alamos History Award.
    Tickets are available through the Historical Society’s website at losalamoshistory.org (click on the link to the gala on the right side of the screen) or by check to P.O. Box 43 in Los Alamos. Reservations must be made by Friday.

  • Dawn Brown of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico spends a good deal of time during the summer thinking of the new school year and the number of students that could use an adult friend in their life.
    “As the Los Alamos Rio Arriba regional director I reach out to the communities for volunteers, youth for our program, regional board development, public speaking engagements, PR, fundraising and event planning,” Brown said.
    Brown oversees the site-based and community-based programs, which match “bigs” and “littles” for as little as 45 minutes per week or up to six to eight hours per month.
    The one-to-one mentorship programs only vary in the amount of time an adult is available to mentor a local youth. The Northern New Mexico BBBS program offers training, and works hard to match adults and youth based on common goals and activities.
    These relationships help to build a child’s skills, confidence and increase the chances of them staying in school,” Brown said. “A positive role model in a youth’s life helps increase the chances that a child will be able to overcome adversity and lead a successful life.”
    Brown also wants volunteers to know that the relationships are nurtured and supported by their degreed and professionally trained program staff.

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    Today

    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org. 

     

    The Great Books discussion group is now called Mesa Readers. The group meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Mesa Public Library. The group chooses selections that interest its members and selects books and short stories that meet participants’ choices. All are welcome. For more information, call Mary Cernicek at 662-7100.