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  • April 1-6, 2013

    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

    8:30, 10:30 a.m. Tax preparation

    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    11:30 a.m. Lunch:Chicken 

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.

    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. 

    Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.

    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Santa Fe

    Bistro 315, 315 Old Santa Fe Trail
    Date inspected: Mach 19
    Violations: Two low-risk violations, two for contaminated equipment — dirty ice crusher; dirty top of maka table.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Fox’s Uptown Grill, 450 Galisteo St.
    Date inspected: March 20
    Violations: Two low-risk violations, one for animals/vermin/openings — screen door needs to be self-closing. One for floors/walls/ceilings — replace light cover over stove.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Giant #861, 5741 Airport Road
    Date inspected: March 20
    Violations: None
    Notes: Bathrooms very clean
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Giant #863, 1229 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: March 20
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for other — burritos at 138 degrees, turn heater up.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

  • If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it can apply to many things — including restaurants.
    Recently, the Hill Diner, a longtime Los Alamos staple closed down. Owner Denise Lane, who opened the Dixie Girl Restaurant late last year, shifted some of the Hill Diner menu items over to the new eatery, but don’t be fooled — the Dixie Girl shares very few similarities with the Hill Diner.
    An attempt to visit the Dixie Girl was made a few weeks ago, but despite the sign on the door that said they close at 3 p.m. on Sunday, the door was locked at 2:35 p.m. Recently, however, the visit was successful — of course, it was also around noon.
    The Dixie Girl occupies the old Central Avenue Grill location right next door to Starbucks. A menu is on display outside so you can decide if going in is worth it.
    Despite the lunch hour, the restaurant was nearly empty, with only a handful of tables occupied. The hostess was pleasant and a table was secured very quickly.
    The one-page menu offered a variety of choices from soups and salads to burgers, sandwiches and “blue plate specials” like meatloaf.
    Hill Diner items like the New Mexican Dip sandwich and the Texan hamburger have new names, but are available at Dixie Girl — as is the club sandwich. There are a few new offerings as well.

  • An exhibit, “Underground of Enchantment,” featuring 3D photos of the microbial secrets of Lechuguilla Cave in southeastern New Mexico, will open with a reception from 4-5:30 p.m. April 5 at Mesa Public Library; and from 5-6:30 p.m. at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    The cave is part of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the exhibit originated with — and is traveled by — Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

    Lechuguilla Cave is the deepest limestone cave (1597.4 ft./486.9m) in the United States and the fifth-longest cave in the world (128miles/206km). The cave holds a fragile ecosystem, which was cut off from the surface until 1986. To protect this system, entry into Lechuguilla is restricted to exploration and science. This exhibit gives the public a chance to glimpse the varied forms and geologic features all in 3D photographs and films.

  • Leadership Los Alamos was founded in 2003 with the recognition that the future of Los Alamos is directly dependent upon the quality and contributions of its leaders.
    The LLA program offers an education that makes participants more effective leaders with a deeper knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our community.
    The LLA Board of Directors is now accepting applications for the class of 2013-14. They cordially invite you to apply and become a part of their vision:
    “Leadership Los Alamos identifies, enlightens and encourages leaders of diverse backgrounds, occupations and cultures for the purpose of broadening the understanding of our community and enhancing the quality of leadership.”
    In 2013, the LLA program will offer an exciting updated curriculum, new alumni continuing education and social/networking activities and a greater focus on leadership skills training. The program is nine months in duration beginning with a leadership orientation and retreat, followed by one full-day educational session per month. Program session topics include:
    • Cultural issues
    • Economic development
    • Local government
    • Nonprofit/community organizations
    • Education
    • Youth
    • Environment

  • The Posse Shack Breakfast on April 7, will benefit Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter, a local non-profit organization. It’s more than a breakfast — bid on gift baskets; register early for the 2013 Dog Jog; enter a raffle for a $400 gift certificate for a pet photograph from Don Taylor; Josephine Boyer will do glitter tattoos (on face and hands); meet some shelter dogs at a mobile adoption. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the event. They might even have a Doggie Kissing Booth again this year. The Posse Shack is at 650 North Mesa Road, near the stables.  The cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children younger than 10-years-old. 

  • The 2012-2013 school year found Los Alamos Middle School implementing the beginning stages of a program called Restorative Justice.
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, with help from Los Alamos County. funded the work with training in 2005, led by the Los Alamos Community Health Council.
    The cases were criminal in nature and generally referred by the Juvenile Probation Officer.
    According to JJAB Coordinator Ellen Ben-Naim, “LAMS is implementing a Restorative Justice program to address conflicts before they escalate into situations involving criminal offenses,” she said. “We felt like the program would be more successful if several members of the LAMS staff were trained in Restorative Justice.”
    The program is designed to handle conflict by allowing everyone in the room to be heard, while allowing the offender to admit responsibility, accept group sanctions and end by regaining a place in the community.
    This month, training was designed not just for those interested in the handling issues locally, but to those interested in the CYFD offering from across the state.
    Approximately 45 attendees representing Silver City, Lordsburg, Raton, Luna, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Rio Arriba and Taos attended the daylong event.

  • It all started with the Hill Diner’s banana cream pie.
    A year ago last month, you may have read my column about local teacher, Valerie Adams receiving a surprise proposal after the conspiracy of the Hill Diner, De Colores at the Gate and few devious pals.
    Adams and boyfriend Tim, went on their first date to the Hill Diner. Recently, a new chapter was opened as the couple exchanged nuptials in the backyard of Valerie’s dad’s home.
    The story gets better.
    When the couple met, my husband Chad introduced his former Navy pal to Valerie. That weekend visit included stops at the Bradbury Science Museum and a spin around The Next Big Idea at Ashley Pond — and of course a stop for banana cream pie.
    The weekend was over too soon and after a drop at the airport, Val went to breakfast with her dad at an Albuquerque eatery.
    Feeling like a giddy schoolgirl, Val prayed that if she wasn’t too old to feel this way, she needed a sign. She also asked that the sign be pretty blatant because sometimes even adults miss the signs.
    Her dad took her to a restaurant in Albuquerque called Tim’s place.
    Tim is a lovely young man with Down’s Syndrome and the owner of the restaurant where their motto is, “World’s friendliest restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and hugs.”

  • Great Conversations is an afternoon of appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. This is the Fourth Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. It will take place from 2-5 p.m. April 28 at Los Alamos High School in the new building. This is part of a series about the conversations that will take place.
    “Developing Strong, Resilient Children” featuring Sandy Beery.
    What is the power of assuming positive intent? Sandy Beery is an experienced teacher and school administrator. She will guide a discussion about how the composure of the many adults in a child’s life will have a lasting affect on a child’s ability to learn self-regulation.
    She will lead a discussion about moving children from the survival or emotional state of the brain to the executive state of the brain and how this will impact their learning both in and out of the school setting. Berry is currently the director of an elementary charter school.
    She has been an educator for 20 years and began her career as a high school math teacher and has been a school administrator for more than 16 years.  

  • Great Conversations is an afternoon of appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. This is the Fourth Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. It will take place from 2-5 p.m. April 28 at Los Alamos High School, in the new building. This is the first in a series about the conversations that will take place.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.
    DOGS
    Fly —A very sweet female Border Collie-mix. She is very shy and living in a foster home, where she is gaining some confidence. To meet Fly in her foster home, call 412-3451.
    Mildred — Young Lab-mix with a bundle of energy. She has a wonderful time running her energy off at the dog park and despite her small size, she enjoys the company of large dogs more than small dogs.

  • The Weidlinger Navarro Northern New Mexico Joint Venture made a $1,500 donation to the Family Council’s Youth Activity Center in Los Alamos. The Weidlinger Navarro JV provides architectural and engineering design support to Los Alamos National Laboratory, under subcontract to Los Alamos National Security, LLC.  The donation was used to upgrade the youth activity center with equipment including a new flat screen LED TV and to resurface badly worn pool tables. The Family Council youth centers in Los Alamos and White Rock are used daily by more than 100 children from Northern New Mexico.
    Pictured are Paul Martinez, executive director of the Youth Activity Center, middle; Jim Weeks, program manager for the Weidlinger Navarro JV, right; and Scott Den Baars, vice president for Navarro Research and Engineering, left.  

  • Charlene Cox-Clifton of Los Alamos, was recently honored by Music Teachers National Association as an MTNA Foundation Fellow at the 2013 MTNA National Conference, March 9-13, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.
    Cox-Clifton, a nationally certified teacher of music, has previously served as the president of the Kansas Music Teachers Association, president of the New Mexico Music Teachers Association, president of the West Central Division of MTNA and a member of the MTNA National Board of Directors.
    She was named the Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Kansas Music Teachers Association in 1987. Cox-Clifton served as music director for the film series “Music Images” and was coordinator of piano classes and piano pedagogy at Kansas State University and Wichita State University.
    She presented “Teaching for Success,” at the MTNA National Conference in Kansas City in 1982. In 2007, the New Mexico Music Teachers Association presented her with the Outstanding Teacher award.
    The MTNA Foundation Fellow program offers a method of recognition for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to music teaching.
    The award is bestowed when a peer or group of peers donates $1,000 to the MTNA Foundation Fund in an individual’s name.

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    Santa Fe artist Richard Tashjian has been a nature lover since his early childhood. 

    His initial artistic memories are of drawing on the back of his sister’s notebooks from school. Tashjian, a native of Massachusetts, and a second generation Armenian American, eventually settled in Santa Fe in 2001, after being drawn by New Mexico’s scenery, during his travels. 

    Now, at age 87, Tashjian has been painting for more than 75 years, and several of his paintings are of the red cliffs and skies of the Southwest.

    Tashjian’s experiences come from a rich and diverse background. He began his career in the Navy, during World War II, as an aerial photographer.

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    The Reel Deal Theater and Pajarito Environmental Education Center will present two short films that teach sustainability through fly-fishing. For one night only,  “Jungle Fish” and “Currents of Belize” will take viewers on eye-opening journeys to South America and Belize at 7p.m. March 29.

    “Jungle Fish” follows three expert fishermen deep into the heart of Guyana’s rain forest.  They seek the largest freshwater fish in the world, the arapaima, in hopes of bringing a viable sport fishing industry to the native peoples.  

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    Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on a journey to the land down under, as they view the birds of Eastern Australia and Tasmania through a visitor’s lens.  

    Bandelier’s Stephen Fettig will show highlights of his birding trip to these distant lands from 7-8 p.m. March 28 at PEEC.

    Australia is often best known as the land of pouched mammals such as kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats and the Tasmanian devil. 

    But for those interested in songbirds, Australia can be an equally interesting place. Based on the most current DNA evidence, Gondwana was likely the birthplace of the earliest songbirds. 

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department. 

     

    Santa Fe

     

    Chaparral Elementary School, 2451 Avenida Chaparral

    Date inspected: March 19

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    On Saturday, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery, Fuller Lodge Art Center, the Los Alamos Arts Council and Village Arts are teaming up to bring a new recycled art event to Los Alamos. 

    Re-Art will be from 10 a.m.-noon and will feature an art supplies swap, a recycled crafts fair and tons of hands-on recycled art activities for everyone to enjoy. Re-Art will be followed by the film, “Waste Land,” which will be shown at the Reel Deal Theater at 6 p.m. Sunday.

    There are several ways to get involved in this event. Those with art supplies can take them to PEEC and trade them to others. This part of the event is designed to give artists and creators a chance to mingle and a chance for materials and art treasures to be discovered. 

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    Authors Bart Kaltenbach and Barbara Anschel, along with photographer Steve Fitch, have created a book chronicling the history of habitation and architecture in the desert Southwest with a personal slant. 

    They will be part of the Authors Speak Series, at 7 p.m. March 28, in the upstairs rotunda at Mesa Public Library.

     The area they chose is 1,000-miles x 1000-miles, from west Texas to the Pacific coast, Chihuahua, Mexico to Utah. The book comprises essays on architectural history, including details of all manner of materials and techniques right up to new, sustainable green buildings; a travel journal of the authors’ quest to document the many structural styles and variations across state and national boundaries; and photographs of unusual buildings: ancient structures to cutting edge contemporary residential and commercial architecture.