• The Pajarito Environmental Education Center welcomes back artist Lisa Coddington, who will teach a workshop about using simple drawing materials to portray furry, feathery and slimy animals.
    The class will be from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at PEEC, including a 30-minute break for lunch. The workshop is suggested for beginner and intermediate levels.
    Cottington will teach pencil techniques that portray animals in a workshop. Learn how to select your subject and how to start an animal portrait. Various drawing demonstrations offer possibilities for sketching animals in the PEEC collection.
    A minimum of five students is required for the class to go, so those interested in the workshop must register on the PEEC website by today, otherwise the class will be cancelled if there is not enough interest. Space is limited to only nine students.

  • Northern New Mexico’s history is rich in stories, cultures and passion. Going back in time to try to capture the lyrical energy is photographer Angel Wynn, who will present her latest body of work, “Ghost Dance: Spirits & Angels,” which consist of haunting photographs that give the illusion of ghostly encounters.
    The show will kick off with an opening reception from 4-6 p.m. on Halloween night at Wynn’s studio-gallery, 1036 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
    Last year, while preparing images of an Anasazi ruin, Wynn came across one that had a wisp-like lens flare.
    Intrigued by this ghost-like anomaly, Wynn, who specializes in photographing North American Indian cultures, was inspired to begin a new project. “With New Mexico’s 400 years of cultural history,” Wynn said. “If I was about to try and capture places with a sense of spirit, then the project had to cross over to include all heritages.”

  • Hot air balloons took to the sky for the 43rd Annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Oct. 4-12.

  • The 4th Annual Community Charity Pumpkin Patch will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Calvary Chapel on North Mesa next to the Posse Shack. Bring the kids to the event is free where everybody gets a pumpkin, as well as Frito pies, donuts, cookies, hot chocolate, hot cider and other treats. There will also be face painting, games, a hayride and a petting zoo.

  • Los Alamos will soon be among only a handful of cities in the country to open the first cooperative craft brewery, and is brewing up several rich and tasty incentives to attract 300 new member/owners and investors to make that happen. Without more capital, the brewery will have to delay opening.
    The Los Alamos Beer Co-op (LABC) estimates that the future brewery will open its new location early in 2015. With 300 more memberships in the next few months, the Co-op hopes to hire a professional brewer and eventually produce four varieties of beer, along with root beer and cider.
    A co-op brewery is different from traditional breweries in that members own part of the business. Therefore, each member has the power to vote on how the business should be run, what types of beers should be offered, and other decisions which independently-owned craft breweries don’t allow anyone other than the owners to make. Unlike traditional breweries, any revenue has to be reinvested or returned to the members/owners.
    There are currently only three co-op breweries in the country and the idea is fast becoming the preferred business model for startup breweries who are tapping their communities for the funds and sweat equity it takes to get the brewery off the ground.

  • No one wants to see another mega fire like Las Conchas tear through New Mexico, and prescribed burning, when done safely and properly, can go a long way toward preventing such fires.
    But in order to be safer in fighting wildfires, firefighters need to receive certain qualifications, and there is a growing concern that there will not be enough qualified firefighters within 10 years.
    In response, organizations around the country are conducting Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX). Ecologist and PEEC board member Karla Sartor is fresh off the lines of a two-week, bilingual TREX in the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Monument. Sartor will introduce this topic at the next Nature on Tap, which will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Manhattan Project Restaurant.
    Nature on Tap, hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, is part of an informal discussion series started by the Los Alamos Creative District.
    Each month a different topic about nature is introduced by a facilitator, and then the topic is opened up to the group for informal discussion.
    The fourth Spanish-language international prescribed training exchange wrapped up its work burning and learning on and around the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Monument last month.

  • If you know me even remotely well, you know I love to celebrate even the smallest of occasions. It might be custodian day, bosses day, boo buddies, it doesn’t matter. There is always a reason to celebrate the good things in life.
    This week we arrive at bus safety week and we tip our hat to bus drivers everywhere.
    I particularly salute the school bus drivers who deserve our thanks, and appreciation more than once a year.
    When I was a schoolgirl, my bus driver gave me my first job. She even made me my first pair of overalls, in the most delightful shade of blueberry. Sandy was her name and she played a major role in my childhood.
    Does anyone ever believe they might have that sort of impact on someone?
    My kids didn’t really ride a bus until middle school, but it was, “bus driver Bill,” who drove the special Chamisa Elementary bus. He allowed my kids to climb aboard so they could see what it was like.
    There was Mr. K, Steve O and now, forgive me for not yet knowing names, but the drivers of 137 in the morning and 117, 138 and 139 in the afternoon. I promise to report those names to you next week.
    Now for another of my favorites, how about the idea that someone drove a bus for 25 years! One of my neighbors, Ollie Bergauer drove a bus for Los Alamos Public Schools for 25 years.

  • The Los Alamos Community Winds with Conductor Ted Vives, have achieved third place in the community band division of the national The American Prize competition. The band was selected from applications reviewed during the summer from all across the United States.
    The American Prize is a series of new, nonprofit, competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts.
    The Community Winds offered the following autobiographical sketch:
    “The Los Alamos Community Winds is a wind ensemble made up of members of the Los Alamos community. We comprise both amateur and professional musicians of all ages and backgrounds from middle and high school students to retirees in our area. The first performances of a concert band in Los Alamos were noted in newsletters from 1946. Activities over the years have included many weekly summer concerts as well as performing at various civic functions such as the 4th of July fireworks celebrations.”
    Among the goals are:
    1. To provide the Los Alamos community with a quality performing ensemble specializing in the best literature for the concert band and wind ensemble.

  • 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:
    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.
    Dantez — A young, neutered, male gray and white cat who lost his left eye in an accident at the shelter. He gets around just fine and is accepting gentle visitors. He loves to be petted and he enjoys his best friend Jay.
    Hobbes — A 5-month-old, neutered, male, tabby kitten who will be available for adoption after his immunizations on Oct. 16. He is very friendly and playful.

  • Becoming a Love & Logic Parent: Early Childhood ®
    Dates: Wednesdays, Oct. 1 - 29               Time: 5:30-7:00pm
    Instructor: Karen Brown, RN
    Cost: $40/individual or couple. Financial aid available, please ask!
    Child Care: Available on-site at no extra cost. Must be requested at least one week in advance.
    Registration Required: On-line at lafsn.org <http://lafsn.org>  or use form on last page

  • Free seminar educates about testicular cancer

    Testicular cancer is the most common and most treatable cancer in young men.
    Curing Testicular Cancer is a free community seminar scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. Dr. Eric D. Bernstein, MD, MPH, will be the featured speaker.
    The seminar, being sponsored by the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, begins with a free light meal at 5:15-6 p.m., followed by the seminar. Included in the presentation will be a Q&A session. Bernstein is an oncologist and hematologist with Northern New Mexico Cancer Care at Los Alamos Medical Center. He will focus his presentation on the most current research on testicular cancer treatment.
    The program is free, but pre-registration by Oct. 20 is appreciated. To register call Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service at 662-2656 or register online at LosAlamosCouncilonCancer.org.
    For more information contact Paula at 570-0906.

    Church plans
    rummage sale

  • On Oct. 1, the Friends of Rachel Anti-Bullying Club, under the direction of John Pawlak kicked off Bullying Prevention Awareness Month on Oct. 1, working with students to create Chains of Kindness. The club and the prevention office will host educational opportunities and have resources available throughout the school year. From left, Erin Kennison, Kes Luchini, Claudia Rice and Mikaela Bayardo.

  • Los Alamos
    Giant No. 6380, 2373 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Aug. 19
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Giant No. 6371, 3701 Arkansas Ave.
    Date inspected: Aug. 19
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. No soap and towels in hand sink. No sanitizer readily available. Both high-risk violations were corrected at time of inspection. One low-risk violation. All boxes must be stored six inches off the floor.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Starbucks, 1801 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Aug. 21
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road
    Date inspected: Aug. 21
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Knapps Wraps, 128 N.M. 4
    Date inspected: Aug. 26
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Los Alamos County and The Family YMCA recently signed a formal agreement that allows the Y to host a Community Education Garden on county-owned property with annually renewable options. This action has provided a home for and will forward previously grant-funded community educational garden efforts. The Y has named staff member David Clark to lead the work and to convene community members to forward the garden.
    Clark is issuing a call for interested parties to attend a planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Y-Express.
    Additionally, Clark asks individuals who would like to share garden subjects and skills to contact him. Specifically, he is seeking individuals who want to help provide programs based around growing food, especially practices that can be realistically carried out on long term in the region. He is seeking to provide programs that are educational, for specific age groups or all ages, any duration — from an evening seminar to a multi-year project.
    He opens to gather expertise on teaching soil chemistry, water use, drafting and planning, art, history and other areas that could teach hands-on and meaningful projects.
    Interested individuals may contact him at 662-3100 or via email at dclark@laymca.org.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society will have Dr. David R. Pesiri as the guest speaker at the next part of the “Made in Los Alamos” lecture series.
    “A Perspective on the Laboratory’s Impact on Products and Industry” will be 7:30 p.m. today.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory has a long history in national security, and from this past has come a wealth of technologies and products used every day. In fact, Los Alamos can lay claim to the creation of entire industry segments, starting with precision explosives and extending to materials, computing, medicine and energy.
    Pesiri is the director of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation. He will describe the theme of innovation — the ability to bring a new technology or idea to unmet markets of need — in the context of Los Alamos. In the breadth and impact that “Made In Los Alamos” has carried throughout its 70-year history, there is a lesson about the past and a prelude to the future.
    Pesiri’s duties include forming strategic partnerships, promoting collaborations to enhance innovation, creating and leveraging valuable intellectual property, developing technology spinouts and promoting economic development within the region and throughout the nation.

  • The public is invited to the Los Alamos Mountaineers’ October meeting to hear a first-hand account of the club’s first organized trek to the Grand Teton in Wyoming in more than a decade.
    Speaker Michael Altherr will describe the trip preparations and results at the meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. In addition to the featured talk, the meeting will include refreshments and casual conversation, as well as updates on upcoming trips and safety advice learned from outdoor adventuring.
    The Grand Teton, the highest mountain in Grand Teton National Park, is a challenging and technical climb not to be undertaken lightly. Pioneer American climber Paul Petzoldt, while preparing to climb the peak in 1924 (others had reached the summit before), heard the Jackson Hole locals express their incredulity of the attempt by stating, “By god, I ain’t lost nothing up there, so why would you want to climb it?”

  • The month of October is Bullying Prevention Month and many groups are hoping to raise awareness to keep bullies at bay.
    The number one thing to do if you are being bullied, or know someone being bullied is to tell someone… anyone.
    If you are a student that know something isn’t right, find any adult you like and talk about it. Ask someone for help, for yourself or a friend and stand up for doing what is right.
    Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School have tip lines that you can call or email, to make a report. You don’t have to leave a name or a number, just some details.
    If you don’t know the name of the people involved, give a time, a date, a location or some kind of descriptive information about what took place.
    The most interesting thing I hear from time to time, is that someone may be dealing with a bully, but no one reports it. There’s absolutely no reason not to tell, but every reason for wanting to make things better.
    There are so many people that care, so many people trying to make a difference in the lives of children and help for both the bully and the victim.

  • 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:
    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.
    Chaos and Hobbes — Recent additions to the shelter. They are 5-month-old, neutered male kittens who will be available for adoption after their vet visit. They are both friendly and we believe they will be medium size cats when fully grown. One is a brown tabby and the other an orange tabby.
    Dantez — A young, gray and white cat who was forced to have his left eye removed. He has been recovering well at the shelter, but is still a bit leery of most visitors. Stay tuned for more information about this guy as he starts to feel better and volunteers get to interact with him more.

  • Oct. 12-18, 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
    BESC closed for Columbus Day
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Red chile beef enchilada
    1 p.m. MindBody massage
    6 p.m. Mahjong
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis
    8:30 a.m. LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio plus exercise
    10:30 a.m. AARP meeting
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Tuna or salmon with mango sauce
    1:30 p.m. Daytime duplicate bridge
    8:30 a.m. Walk-in-the-woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    9 a.m. Toenail clipping (Eva is back)
    9:30 a.m. LARSO board meeting
    10-11 a.m. Ukulele lesson
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Baked ham
    1:30 p.m. Beginning tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7 a.m. Leadership Los Alamos
    9:15 a.m. Line Dancing
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken parmesan linguini
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “Mom’s Night Out,” 2014

  • There’s a new class being offered at Karen Wray Studios. “All About Awesome Acrylics,” sign up is under way with the first class starting Oct. 15.
    “Acrylics paints are awesome,” artist Melissa Bartlett said. “They are the masters of disguise and Jack of all trades of the art supplies world. You can create a soft wash watercolor or a thick palette knife impasto painting, a mixed media collage or a hand pulled print  all with the same  set of acrylic paints.”
    Bartlett, a nationally known artist, is teaching the six-week class for those who wish to learn more about the medium.
    The class will cover a wide range of techniques and styles and can accommodate beginners, as well as experienced painters.
    According to Bartlett, acrylic paints are a fun way to experiment with painting. “They are a non-toxic, easy to clean up alternative to oils that provide good opportunities to learn about values, color, mixing paints, brushwork and more,” she said. “Acrylics allow for a wide ranged of effect by using gels and special techniques. They also dry fast, which let’s us paint over mistakes, or simply finish a painting in record time!”