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  • Six, young, aspiring pianists in Los Alamos were winners in the annual Santa Fe Sonata Contest on Feb. 5 in Santa Fe. The students competed among 33 other contestants for their trophy awards. 

  • Last week, Family Strengths Network hosted their first Special Saturday of the New Year. This program is designed for children ages five to 14 with diagnosed developmental or physical special needs.  

  • Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, February 18, 2011
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting (Replay 2-08-11)
    04:00 PM Udall Update
    04:30 PM New Mexico History Conference
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Stone Calendars”
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Pure Mind
    09:00 PM UCTV

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

  • Listen to tales of the Southern Tewa Pueblo Indian culture and view slides of the Galisteo Basin as the Authors Speak Series presents Lucy R. Lippard at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.
    Lippard will talk about her new book, “Down Country: The Tano of the Galisteo Basin, 1250-1782,” while Edward Ranney, photographer of more than 80 images included in “Down Country,” will show slides of the Galisteo Basin, homeland of the Tano.

  • Visual/spatial thinkers, those with more of a bodily/kinesthetic learning style and those who have considered exploring art as a creative outlet should begin this season because Fuller Lodge Art Center just published their spring art class schedule, and it’s chock full of opportunities for all styles of learners.

  • With so many beautiful places to visit above ground, it should be no surprise that beneath the Earth, about 300 miles south of Los Alamos, lies one of the most intriguing and beautiful National Parks in New Mexico.
    Carlsbad Caverns is one of those places that tourists flock to visit, but residents tend to forget about. A couple of years ago when my family and I finally visited the park, it was the middle of July and the parking lot was packed. Though there were a few New Mexico license plates on the parked cars, most were from out-of-state.

  • It’s 1939 and the melodrama “Gone with the Wind” is promised to be the largest and greatest film of all time; that is, if the filming is ever completed.
    Rumors abound that producer and film financier David O. Selznick is unhappy with the screenplay, and today the announcement was made that filming will be shut down until further notice.

  • Calling all young artists, it’s Dog Jog Logo Contest time! The Los Alamos Dog Jog Committee is calling on all creative young artists to put their imaginations and love of dogs to work by submitting a drawing for the 2011 Los Alamos Dog Jog Logo Contest.
    The 2011 Los Alamos Dog Jog Logo Contest is open to any youngster in third through sixth grades, whose family lives or works in Los Alamos County.
    The winning design will be used as the official 2011 Los Alamos Dog Jog logo and will be placed on event T-shirts and other official event materials.

  • Those who have wanted to go on a National Geographic or Smithsonian exploration, but balked at the almost $4,000 cost are in luck. It’s not a discount on these adventures being offered, but rather the same level of experience in their own backyards for a much lower cost.
    Local geologist Kirt Kempter, who leads group trips for both National Geographic and Smithsonian exploration, is leading a trip for Pajarito Environmental Education Center to Georgia O’Keeffe country on Saturday. The cost is $25 per person or $60 per family.   

  • The risks for identity theft are everywhere. Mail, computers, credit cards, even trash all present opportunities for criminals to gain access to personal information. To prevent identity theft, people must constantly be aware of the ways that criminals use to gain access to personal, identifying information.
    The Los Alamos Council of the Extension Association of New Mexico in conjunction with the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization are sponsoring a program on learning how to recognize the most common scams and how to protect identity.  

  • Thank you to local
    pediatrician Dr. Tom
     
    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk Cheerleaders have just completed their season for 2010 and 2011.
    The team cheered at every one of the Hawk home football games, the complete seventh and eighth grade girl’s and boy’s basketball seasons, home wresting meets, and girl’s volleyball.

  • “The battle of Iwo Island has been won. The United States Marines by their individual and collective courage have conquered a base which is as necessary to us in our continuing forward movement toward final victory as it was vital to the enemy in staving off ultimate defeat. By their victory, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions and other units of the Fifth Amphibious Corps have made an accounting to their country which only history will be able to value fully. Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue.”

  • The asset of the week is #34, cultural competence. This is when a young person has knowledge of — and comfort with — people of different cultural, racial or ethnic backgrounds.
    Have you heard of the Juntos program? The word Juntos actually stands for Joining and Understanding Now Teens Overcome Separation and is sponsored by both the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Y.

  • 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.  
    Don’t forget our two-for-one, $35 Cat-a-Palooza adoption event is still going on for a limited time.
     
    Cats

  • The Kingdom of Bhutan, or the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is a small landlocked country bordered by Tibet on the north and northwest and surrounded by northern India.
    High Himalayan peaks form the western and northern boundaries and Bhutan’s elevation ranges from 100 to 7,541 m. In fact, Gangkhar Puensum, on the disputed border with China and the country’s highest point, is widely recognized as the world’s highest unclimbed peak.

  • Ten year-old Cade Allen Cummins was the center of attention recently at a special Court of Honor. Pack 27 Cub Scouts and the Great Southwest Council of Boy Scouts of America convened on Jan. 24 to award the distinguished Certificate of Merit to Cummins for his bravery.  

  • At the White Rock Senior Center members and guests are always greeted with a cup of coffee and a treat.
    This simple act of hospitality sets the tone for that person’s experience in the center.
    Those who visit can enjoy their snack in the chat room with 621 other members and guests that frequented the 283 square foot space last year. That equals 5,241 times.

  • 1.  “The Secret Life of Bees,” Sue Monk Kidd
    2.  “Anathem,” Neal Stephenson
     3.  “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” Garth Stein
    4.  “The Constitution of the United States, The National Center for Constitutional Studies,” ed.
     5.  “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times,” Pema Chodron
    6.  “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” Jamie Ford
    7.   “Arsenals of Folly,”

  • Otowi Station Bookstore and the Blue Star Mothers of America collected four vanloads of gently used books to send to U.S. servicemen, women and veterans.
    “During the campaign, which started January 16, customers dropped off books in boxes, bags, and plastic tubs,” said Ellen Ben-Naim, coordinator of the project at Otowi Station.
    Marla Griffith, Blue Star Mother and coordinator of the project in Los Alamos, said that she has made three trips to Albuquerque, where the books were sorted, packed and distributed.