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  • I’m beyond excited to use the column space this week to talk about some of the finest folks at Los Alamos Public Schools.
    National Custodian Day is Oct. 2! That’s right, some of the hardest working folks in the district have their very own day to be celebrated and I hope you will join me in the salute.
    These are the hard working crews that sweep, mop, wipe tables, clean bathrooms, empty trash and recycle bins. They wipe down water fountains, set up lunchrooms take down lunchrooms, get tables and chairs for the multitude of awards assemblies, open houses, meetings, science fairs and probably a hundred other things they are asked to do on a moment’s notice.
    Who are some of those fine folks I talk about, you might ask? Well, let me name just a few.
    Barranca: Santiago Ortiz, Maria Marquez and Daniel Baca.
    Aspen: Jesus Talamantes is head custodian, Martha Torres and Magalay Perez are evening custodians.
    Chamisa: Jorge Aragon, Carole Pollat and Carmen Miramontes.
    Mountain: Randy Ritche, Bruce Reibe and Eileen Jaramillo.
    Piñon: Patsy Sanchez, Isidro Rodriguez and Carmen Miramontes.
    Middle School: Alfredo Tena is head custodian, Lorraine Sisneros, Mark Mascarenas, Daniel Baca, Janet Torres are evening custodians.

  • Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Nature on Tap. 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room.

    The Los Alamos Master Gardeners’ October meeting is at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Library meeting room. Ron Midgett of New Earth Orchids will present the program.
    Friday
    The Los Alamos Light Opera presents “Young Frankenstein.” 7:30 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. Tickets are available at CB Fox, or at Brown Paper Tickets $12 seniors & students/$15 adults. For more information, visit losalamoslightopera.org.

    Gentle Hikes with PEEC. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. 9 a.m. Free. Adults. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. More information at peecnature.org.

    Night Sky Show. Explore the universe and enjoy its beauty from the planetarium. Afterward, see the night sky through telescopes, weather permitting. Suitable for ages 3 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children. 2 p.m.

  • 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
    Tanker — A very sweet beige and white tabby who was found at Los Alamos Fire House 4. Tanker is about a year old, and he does well with both people and cats. He also might do OK with dogs, if introduced slowly and properly. Tanker is currently our only cat at the shelter, and he is relishing in all of the attention from shelter staff and volunteer! He loves lounging on laps, and he would be so happy if someone decided to take him home!
    In foster care

  • Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Fried Steak
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Caesar Salad
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:45 a.m.        Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Fish and Chips    
    1:30 p.m.        Daytime Duplicate Bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Walk-In-The-Woods
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training

  • BY RIGEL BARON
    Special to the Monitor

  • Recently several members of the Los Alamos Volunteer Association Quilter’s group traveled to Santa Fe and Albuquerque to deliver quilts to the Youth Shelter and Ronald McDonald House, respectively. Sixteen quilts and three layettes were donated to the Youth Shelter and received with much appreciation. The Santa Fe Youth Shelter provides housing and educational opportunities to youth.
    The Ronald McDonald House gives the quilts as gifts to new clients and were delighted with the 24 quilts and knitted booties, complete with buttons and a matching beanie that were donated by the quilter’s group.
    The Association would like to give special thanks to Dick Tatro, a LAVA volunteer, for driving the quilters to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and to the Betty Ehart Senior Center for the use of their van.

  • Today
    Fourth Friday Downtown: Illusions of Light and Reflection. Celebrate the International Year of Light by experimenting with kaleidoscopes, mirrors and shadows. 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Harvey.” 7:30 p.m. at 1670 Nectar St. $14 adults, $12 students and seniors.

    Absinthe Minded: Elena Georgi. today through Nov. 14. Opening reception 5-7 p.m.
    Saturday
    White Rock Artist Market. First Saturday of the month at the Visitor Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Runs through October.

    Opera on the Rocks. 4 p.m. at Bandelier National Monument. Opera Alta Presents Mozart’s “Bastion and Bastienne” and Selections from Mozart’s “Magic Flute.” “Bastion and Bastienne” was composed by a 12-year-old Mozart. For tickets and information, visit Guildsofsfo.org/LA. Guild members $10/Family (4) $20 — Non-Guild $15/Family (4) $35. Shuttles available from White Rock Visitor Center and Los Alamos Sullivan Field.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Harvey.” 7:30 p.m. at 1670 Nectar St. $14 adults, $12 students and seniors.
    Sunday

  • Lately, I’ve been thinking about how often when things seem to go wrong, they can still end up incredibly right.
    Ten years ago, the news was all abuzz with the story of Hurricane Katrina.
    As a sister of the sorority Beta Sigma Phi, a “sister,” had recently moved into town.
    Dawn Brown, husband Art and daughter Ariana were new to Los Alamos and they became family to the community in many ways, but more on that later.
    Dawn’s mother Melba Lee and her daughter Stephanie were still back there and tensions were high.
    The next thing I knew, Dawn was loading the car up with bottled water and on her way to the area.
    As we fast forward, Melba Lee decided to make Los Alamos her home as she figured out the new ripple in her life. Also a sorority sister, Melba was greeted with open arms and soon began to make herself at home.
    The children of our community received a special blessing as someone like Melba Lee greeted them warmly and returned hugs when requested from the children. Don’t tell her I said it, but it was like the youth of Los Alamos and White Rock got to spend afternoons with “grandma” over at the Youth Activity Center.

  • Today
    Social Security Made Simple. Noon at Mesa Public Library. Free educational seminar with Certified Financial Planner and national financial expert Lee Munson, CFA, CFP, learn the basics, top strategies and how to avoid mistakes. Call 884-3445, or email SeminarNM@PortfolioLLC.com to register.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Authors Speak Series. Author TBA. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Chamber Breakfast. Register for the Chamber breakfast. A panel will be discussing ways to Help Los Alamos Attract Business. The panel will include Steve Vierk from the New Mexico Partnership and Patrick Sullivan, of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. The 7:30 a.m. breakfast will be at UNM-LA in Building 2, room 230. Reserve your seat at losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com or call 505-661-4816.
    Friday
    Fourth Friday Downtown: Illusions of Light and Reflection. Celebrate the International Year of Light by experimenting with kaleidoscopes, mirrors and shadows. 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

  • This weekend is going to be a busy and enjoyable one at Bandelier National Monument.
    “Bandelier is always a great place to visit, but this weekend is going to be extraordinary,” said Superintendent Jason Lott. “Come take a walk on the trails, and then enjoy a really special event each of the evenings.”
    For starters, Saturday is Public Lands Day, a celebration of all the public lands nationwide – National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and all the others owned by all Americans. This year, Public Lands Day is Fee Free. No entrance fees will be charged at Bandelier and nationwide. The next Fee Free Day will be Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
    Next, that evening is the fourth-annual Opera on the Rocks, presented at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater by Opera Alta, Atomic City Transit and Bandelier National Monument.  Featured will be pieces by Mozart, including “Bastien and Bastienna,” written when Mozart was 12, and selections from his famous “Magic Flute,” including the 3 Spirits and Papageno, as well as arias from Tamino and Pamina. All will be sung in English.
    Tickets are available at guildsofsfo.org/LA, but only through Thursday.
    After that, tickets must be purchased at the door.

  • Aug. 27:  A boy. Charlie Noble Brake. Born to Rita and Mike Brake
    Sept. 1: A boy. Tresdin William Beaux. Born to Allison and Miles Beaux
    Sept. 2: A girl. Juliet Aaliyah Concha. Born to Andrea Blue Arm and Julian Concha
    Sept. 3: A boy. Matias Abran Castañeda. Born to Anita Archuleta and Paul Castañeda
    Sept. 4: Twin boys. Nico Bryan Reeves and Sam Lawrence Reeves. Born to Alyssa and Kirk Reeves
    Sept. 6: A girl. Hailey LeAnn Cordova. Born to Clorinda and Matthew Cordova.
    Sept. 9: A boy. Harshiv Arulkumar. Born to Nivethitha Dhanasekaran and Arulkumar Mariyappan
    Sept. 9: A boy. KC Martinez. Born to Sheila and Kardy Martinez

  • Sept. 13- 19, 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: Pork Tamales with             red chile
    10:30 a.m.    Advisory Council Meeting
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Low Vision Hearing
    11:30 p.m.    Lunch: Salmon with apricot Salsa
    1 a.m.        Party Bridge
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY

  • 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
    Bella — An older cat given up when her family no longer wanted to help manage her diabetes. She is currently in a foster home. For more information, call 470-6973.

  • I love homecoming in Los Alamos and how it really makes us all feel like one, with a common goal.
    We don’t find the feeling at any other time, except times of tragedy. Now as the political season begins with a vengeance, any opportunity to come together is a good one.
    You could feel it from the words spoken at the pep rally, to the attendance at the parade. There is such joy in seeing everyone in their glory, from the homecoming court to the Cub Scouts.
    I know that one shouldn’t have too much pride, but I think too much pride is OK when you are proud of one another. I am so proud of every cheerleader, the Native American Club, for every freshman and senior parent that donated candy, streamers and balloons.
    A special thanks to Mark and Ro Saunders who allowed the senior class to borrow their trailer, even though their son Lane was riding in style as a member of the court. I am also thankful to Dave Ploeger who drove the truck that took the trailer hauling the same senior class. There were many moments of collaboration that allowed an event to come together.
    Finally, I am especially thankful to the Los Alamos Police Department’s cops on cycles. I believe they saved a lot of sanity and, dare I say, a life or two, when wandering eyes don’t see the little kids that dart into the middle of the street.

  • TODAY
    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Harvey.” 7:30 p.m. at 1670 Nectar St. $14 adults, $12 students and seniors.
    SATURDAY
    Sept. 19 — White Rock Artist Market. First Saturday of the month at the Visitor Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Runs through October.

    Family Strengths Network Grand Re-opening. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 3540 Orange St., the old PEEC building. Activities for the entire family. For more information, call 662-4515, or email lafsn.org.

    W. Va. State Rep. Saira Blair visit. The public is invited to meet West Virginia State Rep. Saira Blair, the nation’s youngest elected state representative, at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos in the Student Center, building 2, Saturday from 1-3 p.m. for a “meet and greet” with refreshments. Sponsored by the Republican Party of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Federated Women. Blair will also speak at the Republican Party Constitution Day dinner at Cottonwood on the Greens Saturday evening. For more information, visit losalamosgop.com.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Harvey.” 7:30 p.m. at 1670 Nectar St. $14 adults, $12 students, seniors.

  • TODAY
    United Way of Northern New Mexico invites the public to kick off the season of philanthropy today from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank and catered by Blue Window Bistro. Music will be provided by The Craig Martin Experience, cream sodas from De La Crème, and the company of many community philanthropists. For more information, visit UnitedWayNNM.org, or call 662.0800. RSVP preferred but not required.

     Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting with a presentation by climber Steve “Crusher” Bartlett. Social and reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m., with talk starting at 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.  

    Conversations in Clay. Through Sept. 19 at the Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    Business After Hours. United Way is holding a kick-off celebration today, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank and the Blue Window Bistro. Enjoy a live performance from The Craig Martin Experience and an Italian Soda from de la crème, Cream Soda Creations. The community is invited to join in the celebration at the Ashley Pond Pavilion from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. For more information call 505-662-0800 or visit unitedwaynnm.org.
    THURSDAY

  • Scientist Ribeiro to speak about HIV Thursday

    Scientist Ruy Ribeiro, of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group, will discuss why it has been so difficult to conquer human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) Thursday during a Science on Tap discussion at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square at 5:30 p.m.
    Currently there are still over 35 million people living with HIV in the world. These grim numbers make this one of the most devastating infectious diseases in memory. However, very significant steps have been made in understanding and combating this disease.
    Ribeiro has been working on understanding the virus and the immune response against it for over a decade. He will talk about why now there is reason for cautious optimism.
    Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each week. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum, this series begins each evening with an informal 10 to 15-minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. “On Tap” is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests.
    Admission is free and open to the general public.

  • The public is invited to a special lecture Thursday by national security expert Emile Nakhleh about “ISIS, the Middle East, and US Policy: Regional Reflections Since the Iran Agreement.”
    The event starts with refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by the talk at 7 p.m., at Fuller Lodge. The League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women are sponsoring the talk, which is free and open to the public.
    Nakhleh is a government consultant on national security issues, particularly Islamic radicalization, terrorism, and the Arab states of the Middle East. He is a retired senior intelligence service officer, a research professor and coordinator of national security programs at the University of New Mexico, a National Intelligence Council/IC associate, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
    The talk will highlight the continuing threat from ISIS, the factors that drive it, and its apparent resiliency.
    The presentation will also focus on U.S. regional policy and the threats and challenges it faces in the coming decade in light of the Iran agreement and the integration of Iran in the international community.

  • Rigel Leonard Baron graduated from Marine boot camp Aug. 28 in San Diego, California. Baron is now a Private First Class in the Marines. Baron graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2015. Baron will be continuing his Marine training at Camp Pendleton, California, and then he plans to attend University of New Mexico so he can become an officer in the Marine Reserves. He is the son of Miles and Erica Baron of Los Alamos.

    Jonathan Vander Wiel, of Los Alamos, was named to the Spring 2015 Dean’s List at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. He is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering.

    Irina Alvestad, Ph.D. was recently awarded tenure at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos as an associated professor of mathematics.

    Kiana Zerr, of Los Alamos, has been named to the Greyhound softball roster at Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU is a NCAA Division II institution, affiliated with the Lone Star Conference.

    Felicity Kubic, of Los Alamos, joined the Class of 2019 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the 2015-2016 school year. More than 1,400 freshmen joined the Rensselaer community on Aug. 31 with the first day of classes. They hail from 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and from countries all over the world.

  • Aug. 14: A boy, John Robert Heineman IV, born to Staci and John Heineman
    Aug. 17: A girl, Eva Korynne Storey, born to Amanda and Isaac Storey
    Aug. 20: A boy, Isaya Brian Trujillo, born to Tanya Valdez and Felipe Trujillo
    Aug. 27: A boy, Charlie Noble Brake, born to Rita and Mike Brake
    Sept. 1:  A boy, Tresdin William Beaux, born to Allison and Miles Beaux
    Sept. 2: A girl, Juliet Aaliyah Concha, born to Andrea Blue Arm and Julian Concha
    Sept. 4: Twins, Nico Bryan Reeves and Sam Lawrence Reeves, born to Alyssa and Kirk Reeves
    Sept. 6: A girl, Hailey LeAnn Cordova, born to Clorinda and Matthew Cordova