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  • Oct. 25-Oct. 31, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45        Cardio
    11:30        Lunch: Dill Baked Fish
     1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    9 a.m.–3 p.m.    Medicare Open Enrollment
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beef Tips
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” Meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise

  • Students at Piñon Elementary have been spending lunch in the art room painting rocks. The finished rocks will be hidden all over White Rock, with some even making their way up the Hill.
    They want to spread happiness by leaving hidden smiles in places people would not expect to find them, they said this week. Those who find a smiley rock can keep it, or they can hide it somewhere else to spread the joy.
    People are encouraged to take a picture of where they find  rocks and email them to S.Rittner@laschools.net. The kids might enjoy knowing their  “smiles’ were found.

    This project has been a collaboration of Stephanie Rittner, Pinon Art Teacher  
    and Britton Donharl, Pinon parent and Pinon substitute teacher.

  • Sept. 29 — A girl. Ava Jo Romero. Parents Valerie Duran and Joseph Romero.
    Oct. 3 — A boy. Emerson Hepbron Holmes. Parents Karen and Matthe Holmes.
    Oct. 9 — A girl. Stevie Rae Martinez. Parents Tanya and Steven Martinez.
    Oct. 12 — A boy. Kaius Roman Preston. Parents Annette and Daniel Preston.
    Oct. 16 — A boy. Zachary Allyn Williams. Parents Stephanie and Garett Williams.
    Oct. 9 — A boy. Noah Michael Unzueta. Parents Christina and Michael Unzueta.
    Oct.19 — A girl. Alithyia Jenae Gallegos. Parents Stephanie Sandoval and Patricio Gallegos.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • TODAY
    Annual Barbershop Show. The Lads of Enchantment will be holding its Annual Barbershop Show this year at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the United Church of Los Alamos. Tickets are $15 and $5 for students. Visit ladsofenchantment.org.
    SATURDAY
    The County Department of Public Utilities is sponsoring a Home Efficiency Expo from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Municipal Golf Course Community Room to provide information on ways to save money and energy by making water- and energy-efficient upgrades to a home. Booth space is available for companies with appropriate services and products for the Expo, contact Alex Zubelewicz Admission is free.

    Pumpkin Patch at Calvary Chapel. Come join the fun! 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Calvary Chapel, 580 North Mesa Road. Free. Pumpkins, food, face painting, petting zoo, hay rides, pony rides and games.

    Scarecrow contest. Los Alamos Arts Council brings a bit of frightful autumn fun to downtown Los Alamos with the annual Scarecrow Contest. Registration fee is $10, and prizes are awarded to scarecrows for creativity and seasonal spirit. Bring the assembled scarecrow to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce office at 109 Central Park Square. Applicants will be received from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Scarecrows will be on display Nov. 1.

  • Los Alamos Creative District’s Final Fourth Friday of 2015 will happen in downtown Los Alamos today. The next Fourth Friday will continue in January.
    Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers extended hours or special programming at Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society, Fuller Lodge Art Center, The Nature Center and Mesa Public Library. Fourth Fridays also promotes special offerings from participating local businesses.
    This month Fourth Friday special events and include:
    The Bradbury Science Museum will be open late until 6 p.m. for Fourth Friday, offering extended access to exhibits. The museum will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and is located at 1350 Central Avenue. For information, visit lanl.gov/museum.

  • I just wanted to use the space this week to say thank you.
    The Assets In Action program has run an intergenerational event called “Cookies and Conversation” for a good number of years.
    The Betty Ehart Senior Center brings the loveliest of seniors out to the middle and high school to have lunch and fun conversation for young adults and the elders of our community.
    The conversations are light hearted topics about life experiences, best holiday vacations, favorite book or movie and of course, favorite cookie.
    This year the program ran out of funding and two local community groups and a handful of individuals stepped up to benefit my program and some others, as well.
    The congregation of Bethlehem Lutheran and the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club donated a variety of cookies to pull us through the next several months of programming. Lots of local families added to the kindness cupboard too.
    The Cookies and Conversation program is off and running thanks to the kindness of so many.
    You might realize I have a fondness for seniors and the Betty Ehart Senior Center, and particularly the director, Pauline Powell Schneider. We have two wonderful events ahead that benefit both of our non-profits, The Festival of Chocolate and the Festival of Trees.

  • Oct. 19-Oct. 24, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Pot Pie
     1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Roast Beef
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise

  • TODAY
    Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at the Nature Center. Kids aged 0-5 and their caregivers come to the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore the natural world. Children rotate through themed centers inside and outside, with story time to start them off. Mondays except holidays from 10-11 a.m. Free.
    TUESDAY
    Lunch with a Leader. This month’s League of Women Voters’ Lunch with a Leader will feature League member and retired LANL applied physicist, county council and Board of Public Utilities member Robert Gibson, along with Kathy Taylor, Ed Birnbaum and Dan Machen discussing the Future Energy Resources Committee’s findings at Mesa Library 11:45 a.m. Lunch is $10 lunch from the Co-op. To order a lunch, contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 231-8286 or kaskacayman@gmail.com.

  • Paul Gibson is the Santa Fe coordinator for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president and the creator of “Share the Bern.”
    “Share the Bern” is a new national initiative to activate internet-based networks of Sanders supporters throughout the country.
    Gibson will speak on the national and local campaign at the Oct. 19 Los Alamos Democratic Party meeting.
    He will describe the specific differences between Sanders, Clinton and GOP candidates in relation to past Senate votes, current positions and major funders. This presentation will include video clips illustrating the concentration of wealth in the country, how PACs and lobbying effectively purchase the electoral and legislative processes, and how Sanders would address these challenges.
    Gibson will also describe the “Share The Bern” initiative. The initiative is designed first to identify, engage, educate and activate networks of Sanders supporters and to provide these supporters a variety of tools and materials to make it easier to engage and educate others. The presentations include breaks for discussion and participant guidebooks to create a more interactive experience.
    For more information about Democratic Party of Los Alamos County, visit losalamosdemocrats.org/.

  • Have you ever watched your pet eat their meal and thought, “Wow, did they even taste it?” Though some pets require more energy than others, it is important to know your pet’s normal eating and drinking habits so you are more likely to detect any dietary abnormalities. Being familiar with your pet’s standard schedule of urination and defecation is also important, as any continuous irregular activity could be a sign of an illness
    One of the most common ailments in dogs and cats is kidney (renal) disease, a broad term that applies to any disease process that leaves the kidneys unable to effectively filter toxins out of the blood and maintain water balance in the body. In acute kidney disease, signs can occur quickly and can be very severe, while chronic renal issues include non-specific signs and the disease develops slowly.

  • 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
    Hyacinth and Tiptoe — Another momma cat and her kitten were left at the front door of Ridgeview Vet earlier this week. They will soon be fixed, vaccinated and ready for adoption, and they are certainly welcoming visitors!

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a county-sponsored Dark Night at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park. Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze.
    A crescent moon and the planets Saturn, Neptune and Uranus may be visible. There will be a tour of the summer and fall constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.
    The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker at 662-3252 for information.

  • TODAY
    Science on Tap. Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Thomas Leitner has been working on tracking phylogenetics and epidemics. Join him at this Science on Tap beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square, for Science on Tap.

    Science on Tap. Tracking Virus Filigenetics and Epidemics. 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room. Studying Virus Spread and Evolution through the Use of Computer Modeling. Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are investigating the complex relationships between the spread of the HIV virus in a population (epidemiology) and the actual, rapid evolution of the virus (phylogenetics) within each patient’s body.

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, Bldg 2, Lecture Hall, Room 230. For more information, contact Bill McKerley, 672-1067.

    “Meru” movie screening at the Reel Deal Theater. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 7 p.m. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Salsa Making. 1 p.m. in Graves Hall Kitchen at United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road. Registration is $15 payable by cash or check at the church office. Class size is limited to 12 people.

  • Thirty shooters of all ages competed in the David Smith Memorial Ambidextrous Trap Challenge Oct. 11 at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club. The event raised $1,270 for the Smith family.
    Smith was a New Mexico Hunter Education Instructor and NRA Level 1 shotgun coach who excelled in ambidextrous trap-shooting, which made him the best ambidextrous instructor. He and his wife Kathy were two of the founding coaches for the Los Alamos Young Guns youth shotgun group that began six years ago at the LASC. The Young Guns, including Smith’s sons Josh and David, have been successful in state competitions and have competed in the National Junior Olympic Championships in Colorado Springs.
    LASC Youth Programs Coordinator Mike O’Neill said the event was a tribute to the dedication Smith had to the youth shotgun program.
    “He quietly worked at practices and events, always looking to see where his help was needed, whether it was loading the trap house, sweeping shells off the range, or gently instructing a young shooter who needed help,” O’Neill said.
    Winners were:
    Male combination 18 and over:
    1. James Cash
    2. Charles Patterson
    3. Alan Bond
    Male combination under 18:
    1. Camron Martinez
    2. Josh Smith
    3. Chris Bond
    Male strong side trap 18 and over:

  • Los Alamos MainStreet will host Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet in downtown Los Alamos from 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 30.
    Local businesses and organizations will open their doors and set up tables along Central Avenue to hand out treats to costumed trick-or-treaters.
    A performance by Dance Arts Los Alamos will start the event, followed by the pet costume parade. Find a complete event list at losalamosmainstreet.com.

  • As October is dedicated to bullying prevention month, I am often confronted with two things, people wanting to know the definition of bullying and the thought that it goes underreported in many cases.
    According to the website stopbullying.com, here is some information.
    There are three main things to help you decide if an issue is bullying;
    Is the behavior unwanted aggression or is it rough play?
    Is the question of repeated behavior?
    Is there a power imbalance?
    There are many ideas and suggestions of what to look for and what defines many of the situations one might not be involved in explaining behavior.
    There are also many apps that you can download onto phones or additional websites you can look for online.
    What I think is most important is conversation. Does your child feel safe with bringing a problem like this to your attention? Can you listen calmly and without judgment? Can you allow the discussion to flow logically without an overreaction?
    I also suggest never ignoring any such behavior. There are plans and policies in place for dealing with situations.
    My hope is if the issue is school related, you would discuss it with the teacher you or they like best. If the first person doesn’t listen, go to the next person in the line of command.

  • Art exhibits
    Michael Lange – Wald/Fluss. Show runs through Saturday at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe.
    Art tours
    The 22nd annual Abiquiu Studio Tour. Through Oct. 30. There will be the annual driving tour and previews of their work in the upstairs gallery.

    Allan Houser Studio and Sculpture Garden Tours. Arranged by appointment. The Sculpture Gardens are located 20 miles south of Santa Fe, and the tours last approximately two hours. There is a $25/person fee for the guided tours. To schedule, call 471-1528. David Rettig, curator of Collections for the Allan Houser Estate will lead a tour for collectors and special guests. Space is limited.
    Arts shows
    Origami in the Garden. Through Oct. 24 at the Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden, 3453 N.M.14 in Cerrillos, N.M. Open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Tours by appointment. $10 per person, free for children under 12. For more information, call 471-4688.
    Concerts
    Jimmy Buffet. 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque. For tickets visit livenation.com.

    Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin. Oct. 20 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Tower of Power. 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe. For tickets, ticketnetwork.com.

  • The New Mexico Film Foundation, in partnership with the New Mexico Post Alliance and the New Mexico Tourism Department, is seeking submissions from state residents to complete a media project entitled “Life in New Mexico.”
          

    “The purpose of this project is to bring attention to the post production process that is part of the New Mexico film industry, and to highlight the New Mexico men and women who work in this area of filmmaking,” said Dirk Norris, executive director of the New Mexico Film Foundation. “We are very excited to be working closely with the New Mexico Tourism Department this year, utilizing their branding slogan of ‘New Mexico True.’ ”

    New Mexico residents are invited to submit video clips up to three minutes in length answering the question “what is New Mexico True to you?” All types of video will be accepted but must meet content requirements. The submitted films will be given to professional post production companies in New Mexico for them to compile to promote their expertise and abilities in editing.
    Post-production professionals have the choice to edit any or all footage accepted for the project. Editors have the option of working with New Mexico music composers to create sound tracks.