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  • Hedy Dunn has taken on many volunteer responsibilities. Since retiring from her position as director of the Historical Museum in 2011, which she held for 33 years, she has given her time to Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), the Santa Fe Opera, Bandelier National Monument, the Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Historical Society.
    She has volunteered at PEEC since 2011.
    “I volunteer because I believe in the organization and enjoy what goes on at PEEC,” Dunn said in a recent interview with the nature center. “I thought I could bring a certain degree of expertise to the table that could be valuable to PEEC.”
    Dunn serves on the PEEC Advisory Board.
    Her first job as a board member was treasurer. She is currently involved in the Certified Wildlife Habitat initiative and has been helping fund funding for new exhibits in the Nature Center that is scheduled to open in 2015.
    Dunn said she is amazed how the Historical Museum and PEEC have evolved since her early days of involvement. “I don’t think we had any inkling of what PEEC would become today. We wanted a place to get together to foster environmental education for people of all ages,” she said.

  • Today
    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    “Sisters in Art — Sisters at Heart,” shows daily in the Portal Gallery of Fuller Lodge Art Center. Daily through April 26.

    The 19th Annual Los Alamos Photographers Show. Daily through March 28 at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Art Gallery.
    Wednesday
    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will have a fundraising dinner 6:30 p.m. at the Research Center, 4200 W. Jemez Road. Secretary of State Dianna Duran will be the keynote speaker. Price is $50 per person. Checks should be made payable to Republican Party of Los Alamos and mailed to P.O. Box 832, Los Alamos. For more information, contact Robert Gibson, 662-3159.

    Los Alamos Community of Atheists will have its monthly meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. upstairs at Mesa Public Library. This month there will be an open discussion — bring questions or thoughts to share. Email losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com or on Facebook.

  • The last asset in the Positive Values category is No. 30, Restraint. That is when a young person believes it is important not to be sexually active, or to use alcohol or other drugs.
    So, I will start out with the data, because I’m sure it keeps some people reading the rest of the column. The survey for 2009 has the data at 47 percent. The 2013 data has the more recent number at 51 percent.
    I have two thoughts about these numbers. One that I have mentioned before, is that if your vehicle only worked half of the time, would that be OK? If you only got paid for 51 percent of your work week, would that be OK?
    So, only half of the time, youth are making the right choice, when it comes to drugs and alcohol.
    The other difference is that, I’ll bet if you spoke to almost anyone that works regularly with youth, they would say things are much more stressful now than they were five years ago.
    Do we know all of the reasons why we believe that to be true? No, but something needs to change and it needs to change soon.
    One way to get involved is to come to the showing of, “Race To Nowhere,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA. The student-led production will include resources from several local programs available to families and ways even those without children can help.

  • Light diffraction, gravity and black holes might be typical subjects for a college lecture hall…or a second grade classroom at Barranca Elementary School.
    This semester students in Melanie Haagenstad’s and Kay Swadener’s classes have begun a six-lesson program introducing physics. This unit is made possible through a Los Alamos Public School Foundation Great Ideas Grant awarded to Haagenstad last fall. 
    The lessons are created and taught by Nicole Lloyd-Ronning, an astrophysicist affiliated with Los Alamos National Laboratory. With three young children of her own, Lloyd-Ronning has a gift for making high-level concepts accessible to early elementary students by breaking down the topics into simple concepts and by coupling instruction with a variety of hands-on experiments.

  •  The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Dogs and cats are great at chasing away the blues on cold nights, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of the adorable adoptable animals:

  • April is National Poetry month. The Mesa Public Library is celebrating a few days early as Quotes: The Authors Speak Series presents Veronica Golos and Andrea Watson, noted poets and publishers. The presentation is set for 7 p.m. March 27 at the upstairs rotunda.
    Golos is acquisitions editor and Watson is founding publisher and editor of 3: A Taos Press, a multicultural and ethically voiced publishing house, dedicated to fostering and honoring the work of writers of all cultures. The press places an emphasis on poetry manuscripts.
    Golos is an accomplished poet, teacher, editor, curator and activist. Her early writing was inspired by blues singers and the gospel and  protest songs of the 1960s.
    Her own poetry looks beneath the “accepted truths” to  investigate other possible perceptions. Golos’ first book, “A Bell Buried Deep,” (Story Line Press) was a co-winner of the 2004 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Her book, “No Ordinary Women,” was adapted for stage in New York’s Theatre Row, and at Claremont Theological Seminary in California. Her latest book, “Vocabulary of Silence” (Red Hen Press), won the 2011 New Mexico Book Award, for best single book of poetry.

  • The month of March found a new idea coming to life at Los Alamos High School, The Listening Post.
    As New Mexico SBA testing springs into action, The Listening Post will be open with a friendly ear as a place to stop by and pick up a snack on the way to or in between testing times.
    The times will vary and posters will be displayed around campus to let students know that The Listening Post is “open.”
    Listening Post volunteers have all been vetted by the district, fingerprinted for background checks and are available on a short term basis throughout the month.
    Listening Post volunteers will have resources including handouts on good nutrition, the additional need for sleep and benefits of a good old fashioned walk, when times are stressful.
    Parents and community members are welcome to donate healthy snack options to the prevention office to stock the proverbial shelves, when hunger pangs come to call.
    “I thought it would be fun to have a place to go if you need a granola bar, or to gripe,” said Bernadette Lauritzen, LAPS Prevention Specialist. “Sometimes you run out the door in the morning and didn’t remember to eat the most important meal of the day or you just need to vent about math, just kidding.”

  • Los Alamos High School’s Child Development 2 class, along with FCCLA hosted a diaper drive at LAHS, Los Alamos Middle School, Piñon and Aspen Elementary Schools last month. The project was to benefit a number of local families through LA Cares. Diapers are an expensive item for families and the LAHS youth greatly appreciated the community support for their project. From left: Mariah Armijo, Desiree Lopez, Jennifer Aguilar and Morgan Hohner.

  • Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) will begin Monday. Classes start April 14.
    Classes this session will include a special offering to introduce kids to the fun sport of agility. Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Recall, Intermediate Agility, Conformation, the paRENT Free Club, Canine Good Citizen and Competitive Obedience will also be offered.
    Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website (ladoc.dogbits.com) and at the LADOC building (246 East Road, Los Alamos). Registration is first-come, first-served, and classes often fill quickly, so timely registration is advised.
    Registration materials must be postmarked by April 4. 

  •  MathCounts coaches, Phuong Nguyen, Jane Lataille and the students swept the regional on competition as sixth, seventh and eighth grade students worked their way into the record books.
    Participants go through a series of tests starting at the school level in January, the chapter level in February, the state level in March and for one lucky student, the national level in April.
    On Feb. 8, the Hawks ran away with the Chapter Competition, at Pojoaque High School.
    “This year we had one eighth grader and three seventh graders,” said Nguyen. “Unfortunately, this year the Chapter Competition was on the same day as the Science Bowl Competition, so a few students couldn’t attend both, we lost some good ones.”
    The coaches agree that the students are much faster at the computations, their solutions were even better than the adults could produce and that the students have excellent visualization skills.
    The teams have practiced on Tuesdays after school, since September, working through booklets of 300 problems to hone their skills, with additional practices added prior to the competition.
    The competition consisted of four rounds, much like a game show, with the top 50 percent of the total teams and 25 percent of individuals advancing to the state finals.

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    Art exhibits

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “Bits and Pieces: Works by Karina Hean, Catherine Gangloff and Michel Déjean.” From 5-7 p.m. March 28 through April 19.  The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. March 24.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “A Day in the Life: Works by Holly Roberts.” The opening exhibition will be 5-7 p.m. May 30. Show runs until June 21.

    Auditions

    Auditions for Adobe Theater’s production of Painting Churches by Tina Howe. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5. Callbacks 6-8 p.m. April 5. Performance dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 20-July 13.

    Announcements

    Open mic night. 6 p.m. every Friday at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort’s Riverside Café. This free night is open to the public and will be through the end of March. A basic PA system and amplifier will be provided. Visit SipapuNM.com, or call 800-587-2240 for more information.

  • More than 120 films from 22 countries will be showcased at the 7th annual Taos Short Film Fest this weekend in Taos. Along with a chance to meet industry professionals, the Taos Shortz Film Fest includes networking parties, panel discussions, awards ceremonies and a chance to see the best short films including those made by New Mexicans, which will be featured in the Tamalewood Zia Showcase and the “Locals” Program 1.
    “Whether you are a devoted fan of Taos Shortz, or a newcomer to the festival, these short films will take you on an emotional journey through time and space,” said executive director of Taos Short Film Fest, Anna Cosentine. “This year, we have an incredible line up of ‘shortz’ not only from New Mexicans, but American and international filmmakers throughout the world — so we’re excited not only showcase these films, but to showcase Taos as well.”
    The films will be divided into several programs over the course of four days. 
    For more information about Taos Shortz Film Fest and a detailed list of the programs, prices and films showing, visit taosshortz.com and anna@taosshortz.com.

  • Ticket applications can be submitted through April 7. Apply for your chance to visit the Antiques Roadshow” set and be considered for broadcast.
    PBS’s highest-rated ongoing primetime series “Antiques Roadshow,” a production of WGBH Boston, visits Albuquerque, as part of an eight-city summer production tour. “Antiques Roadshow” and New Mexico PBS will host the all-day appraisal event on July 19. “Antiques Roadshow” airs locally Ch.5.1 — Mondays at 7 and 8 p.m. and on Ch. 9.1 — Wednesday at 9 and 10 p.m.
    Apply for tickets now at pbs.org/antiques and go online to pbs.org/roadshow/tickets and for a chance to win a pair of tickets to “Antiques Roadshow” in Albuquerque.
    “Antiques Roadshow” is also accepting furniture submissions for the 2014 Tour. The series is looking for a few pieces of furniture to appraise and display on the set. Selected pieces will be transported to the event and back at no cost to the owner. For more details: pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/furniture.
    At the appraisal event, approximately 6,000 ticketed guests will receive free valuations of personal antiques and collectibles from specialists from the country’s leading auction houses and independent dealers. Each guest is invited to bring two items for appraisal.

  • Santa Fe
    Giant — snack bar, 3730 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: Feb. 4
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Food temperatures in danger zone in display refrigerators. Potential for cross-contamination because of improper storage of chemicals over three-compartment sink. One moderate-risk violation. Vents and fans have dust and mold build up.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Feb. 28.

    Panda Express, 500 N. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: Feb. 5
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Food temperatures in danger zone in walk-in and prep refrigerators. Soap dispenser at hand washing station not working, which was corrected at time of inspection. Two moderate-risk violations. Wood handle utensils are degraded and shall be made smooth, non-absorbent and clean. Food equipment has grease, food and dust build up on all sides.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Feb. 28.

  • Santa Fe Community Foundation is accepting nominations through April 15, for the 28th annual Piñon Awards, which honor exemplary nonprofit organizations in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico.
    Nominations may come from any interested member of the community, including board members, volunteers, donors, past award recipients and employees of nonprofits. Those wishing to submit a nomination should visit the Foundation website at santafecf.org, for guidelines and a nomination form.
    Each year, Santa Fe Community Foundation recognizes the extraordinary work of area nonprofits with the Piñon Award — the only local award devoted exclusively to recognizing nonprofit organizations. Winners receive an unrestricted grant, public recognition in the media and at an awards ceremony, and a statuette recognizing their achievement.
    This year’s ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place Oct. 7 at La Fonda on the Plaza.
    Nominations will be accepted in the four categories:
    • Courageous Innovation Award: An organization, building off a solid base of knowledge, which is creating a new approach to solving a persistent problem in the community; is using a bold and courageous approach, based on sound theory, to create solutions that don’t currently exist in our region.

  • The first thing you’ll probably notice when you visit Red River is the smiles. People seem genuinely happy living in this small Northern New Mexico hamlet surrounded by the Southern Rockies. They are warm and hospitable towards visitors and show a sincere interest in wanting others to experience the magic of their town so they, too, can be in a perpetual state of contentment during their stay.
    Red River has a rich history as a mining town that was originally called River City. Back in the late 1800s, when prospectors discovered the area, hundreds of gold, silver and copper mines were carved into the mountain with names like Golden Treasure, Silver King and Black Copper. In its heyday, the population soared to several thousand residents.

  • Charles M. Carrillo has blended craft, conservation, and innovation throughout his career as a santero — a “saintmaker,” or carver and painter of images of saints. Carrillo started his creative journey in 1978 when he began researching the techniques, materials, and subject matter of the early santeros. Today he is recognized not only as the primary authority on this subject but also as the most accomplished artist practicing in this regional tradition.
    Carrillo has won many awards, including the Museum of International Folk Art’s Hispanic Heritage Award, as well as numerous First Place, Best of Show, and Grand Prize entries in the Annual Traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe, where he has been a participant for more than 20 years.
    In 2006, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Spanish Market and the prestigious NEA National Heritage Fellowship. His work is exhibited in many major museums including The Heard Museum, Denver Art Museum, Regis University, Albuquerque Museum, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and the Smithsonian.

  • Recently, the Los Alamos Master Gardeners increased the love of reading by donating five books to the Los Alamos Middle School Library.

    The titles include “Gardening in New Mexico,” “Guide to Rocky Mountain Vegetable Gardening,” “Growing Food in the Southwest Mountains,” “Southwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles” and “Gardening in the Southwest.”
    The group regularly donates garden-related books to Mesa Public Library and upon hearing about the Youth Food Project, the Master Gardeners thought the middle school could use some resources for their library.
    Visit the Master Gardeners website to contact them for all of gardening questions or problems at lamgonline.org, or County Extension Officer, Carlos Vigil at 662-2656. From left, LAMS Librarian Lisa LaPrairie-Whitacre and Master Gardeners Club member Coleen Meyer.
     

  • Santa Fe artistic photographer KiP Walker and watercolor artist Jan Wright of Mancos, Colo., have created a collaboration of photography and watercolors, which expresses their love of the New Mexico landscape. “Sisters in Art — Sisters at Heart” exhibits artwork that reflects similar subjects and themes in two very different media. This is their second exhibit together, having created a “Sisters” show in Cortez, Colo., in July of 2013.
    The show will premiere in conjunction with the “It’s Not Easy Being Green” exhibit also starting March 21. The public is invited to a reception for “It’s Not Easy Being Green” show from 5-7 p.m. at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. Forty-five artists join forces to present 78 pieces on living green.
    “Sisters in Art — Sisters at Heart” shows in the Portal Gallery through April 26.
    Walker only recently re-entered the art scene. During a hiatus from exhibiting she continued to photograph and hone her creative vision, leaving the darkroom behind and embracing digital photography and the wonders of Digital Art. Walker sees her work as expressing “multidimensional realities...layering images, ideas, and archetypes.”

  • In light of the recent suicides among youth in Los Alamos, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board has programs available that are geared toward saving teens and supporting them through hard times.
    “I want to bring attention to the community, because I think there is a lack of knowledge about these programs,” JJAB Youth Resource Advocate, Troy Palmer said.
    Enrollment for these weekly programs are generally low, Palmer said. He is hoping that a change is on the horizon.
    Community support is welcome for anyone who would like to take part in the programs, whether they are teens or adults. The community can benefit from the programs, Palmer said.
    Volunteers are encouraged for the following:
    • adults to help facilitate discussion
    • monetary donations for light snacks or raffle prizes
    • donations of light snacks or raffle prizes
    • adults to help provide supervision (for the Just Do It study program)
    • adults volunteers or student volunteers to help provide tutoring, particularly in math, Spanish, chemistry, physics and literature (for the Just Do It study program)
    All free programs are available and provide light snacks. Funding is provided through Los Alamos JJAB.