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  • National YMCA survey finds more than half of American adults say outside support can help keep their 2015 resolutions
    Each year, millions of Americans resolve to get in better shape and become healthier versions of themselves. According to a recent national YMCA survey of more than 1,000 adults, less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolution in 2014. An overwhelming 71 percent said they tried but fell short, and 40 percent confessed that they made it through only a couple of weeks or months.  
    However, there’s hope for the coming year. One-third of survey respondents who plan to make a resolution in 2015 believe they’ll stick to it and reach their goals, with more than half believing that encouragement from others will keep them committed.
    “Finding a supportive community like the Y can be beneficial in keeping resolutions on track, because our organization is so much more than a nonprofit gym,” said Linda Daly, CEO of The Family YMCA. “It’s a community of supportive neighbors that offers more health, more hope and more opportunity for the New Year and years to come.”

  • Los Alamos got some nationwide attention in 2014 with the “Manhattan” TV series, which focused on the early days of the Manhattan Project.
    First aired on WGN America in July, the show is about “brilliant but flawed scientists” who lived in Los Alamos during World War II and were racing to build the world’s first atomic bomb.
    The characters are fictional, and the drama focuses on family life, such as, what was it like for wives “not knowing about their husbands’ work,” according to the network’s synopsis.
    Although filmed in Santa Fe, the Los Alamos Historical Society and Time Out Pizzeria hosted a viewing party and discussion group for each of the 13 episodes.
    Large numbers of residents showed up for each viewing party and discussed the historical accuracies and inaccuracies of the show. Notable historical facts were also highlighted during the community talks.
    Weekly post-viewing discussions can be viewed on the Los Alamos Historical Society’s website at losalamoshistory.org.
    “Manhattan” has been renewed for a second season and more viewing parties will be scheduled.

  • Los Alamos Elks Christmas Family committee members Lisa Harris (past exalted ruler), Craig Taylor (exalted ruler), Sue Cummings (past exalted ruler) and Natalie Dimitruck (committee chair, lodge trustee) stand with gifts the Elk’s Lodge members donated this year for more than 90 northern New Mexico children.

  • Ahh, the new year.Aand even better, New Year’s resolutions. I know the big decision is whether to do it or not, can you do it or not, will it be beneficial or not?
    I have an answer to the problem and to all of the questions, the answer is yes!
    You already know it, this year make the choice, and I mean really make the choice to intentionally build Assets.
    It doesn’t matter if it is for your own child, a neighbor, a grandchild, a niece or nephew, or for someone you don’t really know.
    I get asked all the time, what can be done to help our youth? And the answer is to intentionally build Assets, every day.
    I can post things on Facebook, I can write columns for the newspaper, but the best thing I can do as an individual is to build them in my own children, in your children and for children I don’t even know, or just haven’t met yet.
    Good attendance at school? Check. A reduction in risk-taking behaviors? Check. A chance to build the resiliency factors that make kids strong? Check.
    So why is it so hard to convince educated people that this is really the answer? Why don’t individuals or organizations adopt the entire philosophy and put it into everyday practice?

  • Dec. 28, 2014-Jan. 3, 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
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio        
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Fish Taco,                 Mango Salsa
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Teriyaki chicken
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Posole w/ pork
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate             bridge

    THURSDAY
    BESC closed New Year’s Day

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. 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.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Ellie — A 3-year-old, spayed, female, white with lovely calico markings. She is pretty, friendly, and good with adults, gentle children and most other cats. No dogs, please!
    Evee — A domestic short hair, black and white, spayed female who likes adults and older, gentle children. She requests a home with no dogs and no small children.
    Koko — A declawed, indoor only, spayed, female, domestic short hair, white cat with lovely tabby markings and a demure pink nose. She’s about 10 years old, and was with the same owner for the entire time.  

  • Art exhibits
    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.

    Solo Exhibition: “A Southwest Exploration in Glass by William C. Glass. Show runs until Dec. 30 at Act I Gallery.

    Artist at Work Series: Robert Tenorio. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Case Trading Post. Tenorio, from Santo Domingo, will be demonstrating pottery techniques.

    Hiroshi Watanabe – The Day the Dam Colllapses at  photo-eye Bookstore and Project Space, 376 Garcia Street Suite A in Santa Fe. Exhibition runs through Feb. 14, 2015.

    Many Voices of Arlene Ladell Hayes. Solo exhibit opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 20 at Joe Wade Fine Arts, 102 East Water St. in Santa Fe. Show runs through Dec. 28.

    Hand-Woven for the Holidays: Holiday Group Textile Exhibition featuring new work by New Mexico Weavers Connie Enzmann-Forneris, Sandy Voss and Barbara Marigold. Show runs through Jan. 2 at Marigold Arts, 424 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.

  • 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, Dec. 26, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 12-16-14
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “New Mexico Wines: Past to Present”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Dec. 28, 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

    Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM The Garage
    12:30 PM EuroMax

  • Los Alamos
    Pajarito Mountain Café, 397 Camp May Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 6
    Violations: None.  
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Facility under management change. Will need to permit to operate. Facility will remain closed until new permit is established. No follow up required.  
    Española
    Chili’s Bar & Grill, 415 Lowdermilk Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 2
    Violations: Three moderate-risk violations. Cutting boards need to be replaced. Hair restraints needed for all employees. Ceiling and walls need thorough cleaning. One low-risk violation. Cleaning and maintenance needed in the kitchen.   
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Giant, 1616 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 2
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Boxes of beer and soda stored on floor, need to be six inches off the ground.    
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Permit has expired and must be replaced with new one. No follow up required.

    Home Run Pizza, 1031 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 2

  • The Recycle Fashion Show held Nov. 15 at Fuller Lodge was an event with more than a dozen creative “Trashionista” entries. Steve Boerigter, Environmental Sustainability Board Chair, emceed the event, while Philo Shelton, Don Machen and Deanna Salazar volunteered to judge the fashion contest. It was an opportunity to promote recycling and reuse in the community and celebrate America Recycles Day. 

  • Many strolled the roads at the Albuquerque Biopark for the River of Lights, which remains on display through Jan. 3. John Mchale/Monitor

  • Looking for something to do on Sunday afternoon? The Library will screen the Ken Burns film “The Dust Bowl,” free, as a lead-in to a major exhibit, which will open in early January. “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” a national traveling exhibition about the causes and aftermath of the historic Dust Bowl period, will be on display at Mesa Public Library from Jan. 7 to Feb. 20.
    “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry” will be accompanied by a series of free library programs, including lectures and film screenings. The first film screening, of the Ken Burns Film “The Dust Bowl,” will be from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library.  
    The exhibition recalls a tragic period in history — the drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc on the Great Plains in the 1930s — and explores its environmental and cultural consequences. It raises several thought-provoking questions: What caused fertile farms to turn to dust? How did people survive? What lessons were learned?
    Mesa Public Library is one of 25 sites throughout the United States and one of only two in New Mexico selected to present the exhibition and associated public programs in their communities.

  • Looking for something to do in Los Alamos once Christmas is over? Why not bring a friend to a Big Band dance?
    Monday is the annual Big Band after Christmas Dance in Los Alamos.
    The dance is free open to the public, but donations are encouraged. The dance is  from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Proceeds from the dance will be used to help the IHM youth group.
    Music will feature the Los Alamos Big Band with featured vocalist Rene LeClair. The Los Alamos Big Band has been playing at dances throughout northern New Mexico since 1984 under the direction of Jan McDonald, who for many years was the bandleader at Los Alamos High School.  
    The band features the danceable music of the Big Band Era such as “In The Mood,” “String of Pearls,” “Sing, Sing, Sing” and “Moonlight Serenade.” They also play other danceable music such as “Moon River,” Latin numbers like “Besame Mucho” and even “Rock Around the Clock.” Several new Christmas tunes will also be featured.
    Decorations and refreshments will be provided by the IHM Youth Group.

  • Recently, the Los Alamos Public School choirs combined for a festive event at Los Alamos High School. The choirs performed as an elementary, middle and high school choirs and then combined as one large ensemble.
     

  • Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) will start Monday.
    Classes this session will include Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Agility,  Canine Good Citizen, Introduction to Scent Work, and Rally Obedience, which will begin the week of Jan. 26.
    Three new, one-session “Try It” Classes (Agility, Scent Work and Rally), and “Cujo to Compadre” (for dog-aggressive dogs) will also be offered.
    Schedule, guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website (ladoc.dogbits.com) and at the LADOC building, 246 East Road. Registration is first-come, first-served, and classes often fill quickly, so timely registration is advised. Registration materials must be postmarked by Jan. 16.

  • Ecologist Karla Sartor has been a board member at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for the past three years. In October, she was the guest speaker at the Nature on Tap Series, which focused on the topic of prescribed burns.
    Sartor told PEEC in a recent interview that she chose that particular topic because with proper planning, prescribed burning can help prevent fires, protect communities, and improving watershed and forest health. “There is a huge need for more prescribed burning, and a need for more people who are qualified to do it effectively and safely,” she said. Fire is a sensitive issue in Los Alamos and planning for prescribed burns is crucial. The way a prescribed burn is considered might reduce the severity of wildfire risk in the future. The burns are helpful in preventing large, high intensity fires.
    Sartor was accompanied by Craig Martin, who from 2005 to earlier this year, was in charge of the prescribed burning for Los Alamos County and he spoke of his experience.

  • Once again, it is time for my semi-annual column, for when there is some down time.
    I would like you to spend some time over the next two weeks either doing not much or doing something fun with your kids.
    I enjoy this time of year when people ask, “What plans do you have for winter break?” My answer is, “A whole lot of nothing.”
    Once you get through a little holiday hustle and bustle, spend some time chilling out, hanging around and schedule some time to do nothing together.
    Did you know the public library lets you borrow books for free? A book is a paper collection of words that…just kidding. The point is that sometimes we need to unplug and just find some solace in doing the simplistic things.
    Let your kids see you reading and encourage them to do it too.
    Purchase some cocoa and cookies, rent a movie and push back the living room furniture. Next, grab every pillow and blanket you can find and toss it into the middle. Then lay back and prepare for memories to form.
    My next idea is one for any day other than the actual celebratory days of Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa and that is to eat dinner around the table. If you do that every day anyway, then you are asked to eat on the floor around the coffee table, perhaps while playing a board game.

  • For a last minute holiday gift, why not consider giving someone entry to all the national park areas in the country for a full year? Come by the Visitor Center at Bandelier National Park and buying an Interagency Annual Pass. 
    With this pass, the recipient can visit all the National Park Service areas all over the country (think Petroglyphs, Pecos, Grand Canyon, Everglades, Glacier, Rocky Mountain and 395 others), as well as areas under the Bureau of Land Management (Tent Rocks — Kasha Katuwe), United States Forest Service (Mount St. Helens), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (Bosque del Apache or Las Vegas Wildlife Refuges). 
    In addition, the Valles Caldera National Preserve may begin honoring these passes sometime in 2015. For $80 the pass is good for a year from the month it is purchased, so one bought this December is good through the end of December 2015.  Many of the larger parks, such as Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon, charge $25 per visit, so the pass can repay its cost in just a few visits.  This year’s passes will be available while supplies last.

  • Dec. 21-27, 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.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken stew
    Noon        Grief support
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Fish and                 chips
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Carne asada
    1 p.m.        Downton Abbey                 show

  • 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
    Aztec — A 14-week-old, male, gray tabby with white paws and tummy. When he was just getting used to humans, he was cautious and preferred to watch as his more outgoing siblings explored their new territory. Now he is right in the middle of things. He seeks out your attention with a sweet little meow and has a soft, gentle purr when you pet him. He would probably do best in a quieter home where he can feel confident and loved.