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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.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Thursday
    The New Mexico Department of Health Alcohol Epidemiologist Dr. Laura Tomedi will speak at a meeting regarding DWI awareness. 8:30 a.m. in council chambers of the Municipal Building. Tomedi will be speaking on “Alcohol: Public Health and Policy” and the presentation will focus on how alcohol effects many facets of public health with particular emphasis on the statistics in Los Alamos County and what policies are working to reduce the excessive use of alcohol. For more information, contact Linda Matteson, Los Alamos County DWI coordinator at 662-8241 or linda.matteson@lacnm.us.

    Open House with Environmental Scientists. Noon-1 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. Ask laboratory biologists and anthropologists about natural resource questions.

  • Get ready for the annual Dog Jog

    Saturday is time for the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter’s annual Dog Jog.
    There are expanded the number and types of prizes this year.
    The competitive 3.1 mile race and the 2 mile non-competitive fun walk/run begin at a new location  — at Rover Park. Race day registration is $25 and packet pick up will be from 8:10 a.m. -8:40 a.m. the 3.1 mile race will begin at 9 a.m. and the 2 mile fun walk/run at 9:01 a.m.
    The Friends of the Shelter is also announces that there will be an onsite reduced fee microchip clinic from 9-10:30 a.m. No preregistration is required in order to have your dog or cat microchipped for the very modest fee of $20.
    Even those who do not have a dog can still participate. Although the shelter population fluctuates, it is possible that some shelter dogs will be available to accompany you on a first come-first served basis. Or you are welcome to run or walk without a canine companion.
    For safety’s sake, keep all dogs on a 6 feet or shorter leash at all times. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome, but leave bicycles, roller blades and skateboards at home as many dogs find them upsetting.
    Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult (although the adult need not register).

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  • On April 17, the Los Alamos Volunteer Association, also known as LAVA celebrated its annual appreciation celebration for its senior volunteers.
    The event, which included food and dancing, was held at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    My Blue Heaven performed for the crowd.
    Door prizes were given out, donated by CB Fox, Starbucks and Smith’s. LANB printed out the programs.
    Home Instead partnered with LAVA by doing the postcard invitations and a DVD showing how “Volunteers are changing the face of aging.” They also presented LAVA with a plaque saluting all the volunteers and their contribution of more than 78,370 hours they donated in 2014, which is equal to approximately $1,619,907 worth of service.
    Members of the Los Alamos High School Student Council were on hand to serve food.
    For more than 40 years the senior centers in Los Alamos have had this service to help seniors (age 55-plus) find volunteer work that is just right for them.
    Volunteering is important to an individual, they benefit physically, mentally and emotionally by helping others.
    Nonprofit organizations appreciate the free help and support and everyone benefits.  
    Volunteering certainly can guard against boredom, lonliness and uselessness that aging might bring on.

  • Today
    Los Alamos Texas A&M Aggie Muster. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at United Church, 2525 Canyon Road in Graves Hall. Potluck. Call Irene Powell 662-5877 to RSVP.

    The Los Alamos Geological Society monthly meeting. 7:30 p.m. at Los Alamos Christian Church, 92 East Road. The topic of discussion is “Methane hot spot in Four Corners: Where is it coming from? Why does it matter?” The talk will be led by Manvendra Dubey, scientist and climate focus lead from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Wednesday
    The Nature Center Grand Opening Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. 2 p.m. Local school choirs are preparing a special performance for the ceremony and refreshments will be served. Free to attend, and no registration is required.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday

  • In September 2014, Everfound, a Christian rock band came to town and entertained the community. Event promoter Phil Jacobson said that it was so successful, he formed “Infinitely Squared Music” on Facebook to promote and attract interdenominational, northern New Mexico Christian concerts. White Rock Baptist Church supports the effort, as well as many other churches in the area.
    “My intention is to have at least two shows per year, and would like to grow into a bigger event of some kind next year,” Jacobson said. “This is good for our entire town and broader New Mexico community.”
    For this year’s concert, Jacobson, again with the help of his daughter Kaela, has booked the band 7eventh Time Down, along with Ryan Stevenson and introducing, Shiloh. The show is aptly named the Wild West Music Tour and is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 26 at White Rock Baptist Church. All walks of life are invited to the all ages show. “It is a small venue in a small town,” Jacobson said.
    The event is marked as a post prom event since prom happens on April 25. For prom-goers the show is free. See details at the church website wrbcnm.org or call the church office, 672-9764.

  • This week, I will reflect on some quotes I have read recently from an Assets book, “A Moment’s Peace for Parents of Teens,” by Patricia Hoolihan.
    The book, while printed in 2007, is perfect for the many stages of the development of your teenager.
    Unfortunately you need prior permission from the author to quote it and there wasn’t time to accomplish that before I wrote my weekly column.
    If you know me and my family well enough to be considered a friend, then you might also think that not everything you read is always exactly as it seems.
    When you are unsure of something with your teen or with anyone, remember conversation, conversation, conversation.
    There are at least two keys of importance this week and the first is communication.
    We aren’t big on holding “family meetings,” but sometimes they are necessary for everyone to get the same message, everyone to hear exactly the same thing or for a parent to get feedback in general.
    I would have to say that another equally important key is perception. As adults, we perceive the world around us much differently than youth. You see, one of the benefits we have as adults is the frame of reference because we are so old.

  • New Mexico author and local favorite Stan Crawford will talk about his latest book, “The Canyon,” at 7 p.m., Thursday in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library. His talk is part of the ongoing Authors Speak Series, held on the fourth Thursday of each month.
    Crawford, a Dixon resident, has spent a lot of time in Los Alamos, teaching writing at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, selling garlic at the Los Alamos Farmer’s Market and speaking at previous library events.
    In addition to “The Canyon,” he is the author of “Petroleum Man” and four other novels, as well as three books of nonfiction published by the University of New Mexico Press: “Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico,” “A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm” and “The River in Winter: New and Selected Essays.”
    His books are full of subtle (and not so subtle) humor, and his characters are portrayed with great compassion. “The Canyon” is a gently-told story whose main character is a 14-year-old boy named Scotty. His perspective on life is at once pragmatic and romantic — naïve and wise.
    Crawford will talk about the art and craft of writing and the particulars of this book and other recent work. The talk will be followed by a book signing.

  • April 19-25, 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
    10:30 a.m.    Advisory Board meeting
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Roast pork
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Mac users group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beef tacos
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge

  • 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.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Columbo — A cute, young, white and tabby cat that was found roaming at the Masonic Temple. He is a total sweetheart, and he quickly rolls over and begins purring when he knows that someone is about to pet him! A family was interested in Columbo once his straight hold expired, so be sure to call the shelter before heading over to meet him in case he has already been adopted.

  • Registration for The Family YMCA’s Talent Show closes on Monday, April 20. Registration of talent is free, but the Show, starting at 6:30 p.m. April 24, at New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road, will have a $10 per person entrance fee with tickets sold at the door. Funds raised will support the Y’s annual campaign for scholarships and youth programs.

    Individuals or groups wishing to participate in the talent show must register by close of business on Monday, April 20, and may do so in person at the Y, or by calling 662-3100, or online at laymca.org

    The Talent Show will have judges and “people’s favorite” awards given.

  • The Los Alamos High School “Pegasus” literary magazine will have its annual swap meet from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium parking lot.

    In inclement weather, the swap meet will be held in the lower commons of Los Alamos High School. A variety of furniture, clothing, toys, and knick-knacks will be available for purchase. Funds from the rental of space for the swap meet will support the publication of “Pegasus,” the Los Alamos High School literary magazine.

    Starting at 7:45-9 a.m., “Pegasus” will also welcome donations from the community for resale. Community members are invited to bring unwanted clothing, furniture or other items (in good condition) to the Pegasus tables.  Space rental/donationg is $20. Sellers may begin set up at 7:30 a.m..  Shopping will begin at 8 a.m.

    A 50-year tradition, “Pegasus” needs funds to publish student writing and art. Additional funds raised will be donated to either the Thurston or Fabry Memorial Funds.

    The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate Team will host a table at the resale to raise money to send 10 qualifiers to the National Speech and Debate Tournament this June to Dallas.

  • The Museum of International Folk Art presents a dialogue on southern pottery, featuring leading ceramic writer and commentator Garth Clark and prominent North Carolina potters Mark Hewitt and Matt Jones.
    Traditional Pots and Provocations is the latest chapter of an ongoing discussion that began as a blog scuffle between Jones and Clark in 2011 and continued as a symposium at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012. The event will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday in the Kathryn O’Keeffe Theater of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The program is in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition. The program is by museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free on Sundays.

  • If things go bump in the night during your stay at The Lodge Resort & Spa, not to worry.
    It’s most likely Rebecca, the friendly and mischievous ghost that wanders the hall of this historic hotel in Cloudcroft.
    She’s a popular legend in these parts, whose tale is one of passion, betrayal and unrequited love. A beautiful young chambermaid with striking blue eyes and long red tresses, Rebecca mysteriously disappeared from her quarters after her jealous and enraged lumberjack boyfriend found her in the arms of another.
    That was a century ago, yet there are those who vow that Rebecca’s spirit is still present in the hotel today. Some have seen her apparition in mirrors; others note such unexplained incidents as ashtrays sliding across tables unassisted, doors opening and closing for no apparent reason, lights turning on and off by themselves and even fires that have spontaneously ignited in the lobby fireplace.
    Over the years, both guests and employees attribute these odd happenings to Rebecca’s ghost, who many believe is in search of a new lover or friend who might appreciate her playful and flirtatious nature.
    Rebecca is not the only famous person attributed to The Lodge.

  • The Family YMCA holds many different types of dance classes. One class that focuses on Indian dance is taught by Kavita Nandakishore, who has been an instructor with the Family YMCA in Los Alamos for eight years. The Bharatanatyam type of dance will be performed by students in the class instructed by Nandakishore. The show is entitled “Kala Vandana.”
    Nandakishore has been a part of “Dances with India,” since 2007. “Dances with India” is an annual show, which performs familiar stories adapted for Indian culture with many different styles of Indian dance. In the past few years, “Dances with India” has adapted the stories of “Cinderella,” “Aladdin” and “Snow White.” Those performances are in October. Nandakishore helps organize the event with colleague Alina Deshpande.
    “This dance performance is more of a small recital for the students in the class,” Nandakishore said of the show that is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. April 18 at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.
    Bharatanatyam is the dance that encompasses music, rhythm and expressional dance, which adheres to the scripture of classical Indian dance.

  • Today
    Science on Tap. 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked — The Wine Room. Laboratory scientists will talk about fabricating high-efficiency perovskite solar cells.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Friday
    The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will have a bake sale from 3-6 p.m. in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank, 1200 Trinity Dr. The team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including brownies, cookies, breads and cakes. Proceeds go to raising money to send nine students to the national tournament in Dallas this June.

    Senior Volunteer Appreciation Day. 3-5 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Saturday
    Los Alamos High School NJROTC Boosters Club will host a waffle breakfast fundraiser. 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge at 15th Street and Canyon. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children under 6, and are available from any NJROTC cadet or at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 662-0980.

  • The Santa Fe Opera announces auditions for 2015-2016 Young Voices Program. The auditions will be from 2-4 p.m. May 2 at the Center for the Arts at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. More auditions are scheduled from 2-4 p.m. May 3 at the Santa Fe Opera Ranch Lounge.

    • Open to high school students (grades 9-12) who desire to study the art of singing.
    • Instruction by Santa Fe Opera artists and music staff includes individual voice lessons and musical coachings. Attention to diction and language issues will be addressed.
    • Lessons offered in Albuquerque and in Santa Fe.
    • Master classes with noted singers and teachers are planned.
    • Tickets to local cultural events are included.
    • Program culminates with a recital in May 2016 for all students enrolled.
    • Participation in this program is free of charge however participants are asked to commit to a regular and rigorous training process.

    Application form available online at santafeopera.org/communityactivities/youthprograms/index.aspx (Community & Youth Activities; scroll down to Young Voices) Print application, enter the requested information, scan and email to: youngvoices@santafeopera.org.

  • Louise Majorey’s Money Smarts class at Los Alamos High School is hoping to raise money while benefitting a good cause, which touches the hearts of many.
    The financially fiscal youth are selling raffle tickets for the 2015 Los Alamos High School prom while raising money for the Watermelon Ranch Animal Shelter in Rio Rancho.
    “We’re selling raffle tickets for prom, the winner will receive a prom ticket, by their purchase of $2 for one or $5 for three raffle tickets,” said William Whitman, a LAHS junior. The $48 savings will have one lucky recipient feeling very money smart and adding to the welfare of animals.
    The students have extended sales until Friday during lunch in an attempt to meet their goal for the Watermelon Ranch. The official winner will be selected during their class period, which meets right after lunch this Friday. This still allows students needing to acquire tickets to purchase them the following week, as the prom committee will continue to sell on Monday and Tuesday.
     “The money will provide shots, food and bedding for all animals in Watermelon Ranch,” LAHS junior Nicole Garcia said.
     

  • The next meeting for the Military Order of World Wars will be on April 21 with Stephanie Garcia Richard, representative from District 43, as the guest speaker. She will be reporting on the Legislative session.
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m., Garcia Richard’s presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.
    The meeting will be in the Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room.
    The Los Alamos Research Park building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east to the fire station (accessible from southbound land of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building (access is through the LANL control stations to West Jemez road.)
    Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the second level.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.  

  • Authors and publishers will gather in Fuller Lodge for the Second Annual Los Alamos Book Fair. The event will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 25. There will also be many talks from a slew of publication professionals.
    Among one of the talks will be Books 101 by Barbe Awalt. It is a crash course on some of the best tips, trends, and hints from the New Mexico Book Co-op. This is a chance for book people in the Los Alamos area to understand ebooks, agents, different publishers, getting in book stores, the publishing timeline, covers, competitions and so much more. The talk begins at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
    Awalt is co-founder of the New Mexico Book Co-op with more than 1,500 members. She is the co-owner of LPD Press/Rio Grande Books in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, the largest independent book publisher in New Mexico. LPD Press/Rio Grande Books has won many awards including the Eric Hoffer Award, New Mexico Press and National Press Women Awards, Nautilus Awards, New Mexico Historical Society book awards, Ippy Awards, and NM & AZ Book Awards. Awalt recently released her 16th book, “Don’t Touch This Book” for children.
    The Los Alamos Book Fair will have books to buy. This is an opportunity to speak with authors and publishers. One of the many features will be discounted books to buy.

  • Today
    April lecture: Noel Pugach, retired professor of history at UNM, performs the role of Harry Truman, who left an indelible mark on the United States and the world. 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.  

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Wednesday
    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women’s April meeting will be at noon at the Justice Center. The meeting will include a tour of the Justice Center and Municipal Judge Alan Kirk will share his responsibilities and about the JJAB program. Members are request to bring canned goods/staples for the shelter. For further information contact Donna MacDonald 662-4001.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be at 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Representatives from Los Alamos Youth Leadership and Youth Mobilizers will give updates about these programs. The public is welcome to attend.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.  
    Thursday