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  • At a luncheon in White Rock recently, members and friends of Summit Garden Club celebrated the club’s first 50 years and looked to future events.
    Chartered in 1961, Summit began with eight members whose goal was to learn various aspects of gardening and flower arranging, starting with the basics of floral design. Four members, Dorothy Crawford, Margaret Hanson, Bunnie Newman and Kathleen Hoverson, were honored for 50 years of service.

  • A team of four sixth graders from Barranca Mesa Elementary placed second in the MathCounts chapter competition, on Feb.12 at Pojoaque Valley High School. MathCounts is a nationwide coaching and competition program for students in grades six through eight. The MathCounts program encourages excellence, confidence and curiosity through fun and challenging math programs. With their second-place finish, the Barranca students advanced to the state competition in Albuquerque on Saturday.

  • Thanks for supporting HOH’s pancake supper

    Once again, the House of Hope Women were overwhelmed by the community’s support of our latest fundraiser, the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. The funds raised will go toward our next house building mission trip to Juárez, Mexico in October.
    In addition to the traditional all-women’s trip, we are hoping to organize a co-ed, intergenerational trip, possibly over the Veteran’s Day weekend.

  •   Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club is offering the “RENT” Free club to local youth and their dogs.
    The RENT Free club, or paRENT free class, is open to youth in 4th grade through high school.
    Dogs must have completed Basic Manners or have instructor approval. This class will be at 6:39 p.m. Thursdays, starting April 14.
    Parents are expected to attend the first class, where dog safety, dog health and the responsibilities of owning a dog will be discussed.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  

  • In honor of Women’s History Month, the American Association of University Women is hosting Deanise Marta who will present a program about the key players in the women’s suffrage movement at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  The public is invited hear to Marta speak.

  • It is the golden age of astronomy when many age-old questions are being answered.
    Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center for a free exploration of the wonders of the sky at 7 p.m. March 26.
    Attendees will hear a talk by James Maxwell, astronomy tour leader for the Valles Caldera National Preserve and see examples of his astrophotography. The group will then head outside to see the stars through a large, 20-inch telescope (weather permitting).

  • Once again, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual Great Conversations dinner is coming to town. Join a group of tablemates and a speaker at 5:30 p.m. April 10 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for an informative and fun conversation.

  • Aspen Elementary Chess club grabbed the team title in the boys 3-5 grade division to highlight its participation in the Susan Polgar National Open in Chandler, Ariz. March 4-6.
    The team, comprised of Donald Poston fifth grade, Alex Ionkov, fifth grade, Henry Poston, third grade and Dimitri Lopez, third grade, scored 20.5 points to best Anasazi’s 17.5 points for the team championship in a field of over 25 teams.

  • “Moonlight and Magnolias” — currently in production at the Los Alamos Little Theatre — was one of two plays selected at last weekend’s state theatrical competition to represent New Mexico at the regional competition next month in Texas.
    The play, along with “The Laramie Project” performed by the Nat Gold Players of Las Vegas, was selected from among six productions. “Moonlight and Magnolias” also won the award for “best set” among the competitors.

  • Amaya Coblentz, a third-grader at Aspen School, is the winner of the 2011 Dog Jog Logo Contest. Eight-year-old Coblentz, the daughter of David and Kristine Coblentz, is the contest’s youngest-ever winner.
    She is also the first contestant ever to picture a cat cheering on the dogs. Coblentz’s design will be printed on all official Dog Jog T-shirts.
    Other winners in the contest are:
    • 2nd place: Valerie Li, 4th grader, Piñon School;
    • 3rd place: Eleanor Rightley
    • 4th place: Brigham Leikness

  • This week, Assets In Action focuses on asset number 27, equality and social justice. This means that a young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.
    This couldn’t come at a better time because the month of March usually finds Assets In Action working with the local schools and a March on Hunger.
    This year, Los Alamos Middle School, along with Aspen, Chamisa and Mountain Elementary schools, are working to benefit a local food program and to support a LAMS student project to benefit the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.

  • 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, March 18, 2011
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting (Replay 3-01-11)
    04:00 PM Udall Update
    04:30 PM New Mexico History Conference – Chuck Hormung
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Manattan         Project Memories”

  • The Los Alamos Monitor has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

    1.  “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Mark Twain

    2.  “The English Patient,”
    Michael Ondaatje
     3.  “To Kill a Mockingbird,”
    Harper Lee
    4.  “Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers,” Scott Kelby
     5.  “American Prometheus,” Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin

  • Opera season is just around the corner, so the Los Alamos Opera Guild of the Santa Fe Opera is celebrating the upcoming 2011 opera season with a spring membership party from 3-6 p.m. March 20 at the White Rock home of Roland and Anna Earlene Caspersen. Melissa Riedel-Espinoza, a local soprano will entertain, and Paula Nichols will accompany her.
    The spring membership party is the start of a series of events including a performance of the apprentices of the Santa Fe Opera for Los Alamos at Fuller Lodge at 7 p.m. April 23.

  • Beth Groundwater debuts a new mystery, “Deadly Currents,” the first in her Rocky Mountain Outdoor Adventures series, at Otowi Station Bookstore at 6 p.m. March 23.
    She writes, “My hope is that my new series will marry the wilderness settings and ranger lifestyles with the thrill of running roiling rapids!”

  • Taking a walk back through time is not as difficult as some may think. It does not require any sort of time machine or wormhole; all that is required is taking a drive down Route 14 to Los Cerrillos.

  • Celtic band FEAST will present an Irish St. Patrick’s show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Celtic Fire is an Irish music and dance show with toe-tapping, Irish music and Ireland’s new champion dance duo coming straight from Dublin. Virtuoso temperaments and symphonic textures characterize the sound of FEAST.

  • A team of Girl Scouts from Los Alamos has developed an interest in science and engineering while having fun creating and programming robots made of LEGOs.
    The girls, including five 4th graders, three 6th graders and two 7th graders, call their team the “Atomic Flying Pickles,” and they recently completed the 2010 season of an educational program called First Lego League.