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  • 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. 

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    Los Alamos Family Council’s 8th Annual Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop will be from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church’s Parish Hall. 

    This alcohol-free, multi-generational yearly event is LAFC’s only fundraiser, said executive director Joyce Beery. “Families interested in a evening of fun will find it at the Hop,” Beery said, noting that in addition to music and dancing for all ages — including dance contests — activities will be provided for children.  

    An appearance by “Elvis” is a distinct possibility, Beery added, saying he would love to see everyone dressed in  ’50s garb. 

  • Brendan DeRoma, 6, of Los Alamos, tries his best to hold onto a baby goat during a trip to the Montessori Camino De Paz School and Farm in Santa Cruz. Brendan was on a field trip with his brother Gavin, to see where their food comes from. Every week, staff from Camino De Paz come to the Los Alamos Food Co-op to sell produce and milk.

  • There will be a mandatory meeting at 3 p.m. Monday in the Los Alamos Middle School cafeteria for all eighth grade students going to Washington, D.C. over spring break.
    The meeting is mandatory for students and parent participation is encouraged. Call Roberta Cocking at 505-670-0679 with questions.  

  • Selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat and sodium can be a challenge for diabetics.
    The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program will offer a series of free cooking classes for people with diabetes.
    Kitchen Creations will meet Wednesdays for four weeks beginning April 3, from 5-8 p.m. in the Training Room of the Los Alamos Community Building, 475 20th St.
    Mary Beugelsdijk, registered diabetes educator and Paula Roybal Sánchez, Extension Home economist, will teach participants how to plan healthy meals and prepare dishes that manage carbohydrates without adding extra sugar, sodium or fat.
    The class participants will prepare and taste recipes and will receive a participant workbook and two recipes books.
    Each class is different and builds on the previous session so participants will want to attend all four classes.
    This program is free to people with diabetes. Priority for participating will be given to people with diabetes.
    The deadline for registration is Friday. After that date, the class will be opened to others including people with pre-diabetes, caregivers and family members of people with diabetes. Call 662-2656 to register or for more information.

  • Job applications will be accepted until March 22 from youth ages 14-25, for hiring consideration with The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps. The program will employ up to 45 youth in part- or full-time positions for work in the Jemez Mountains and Canyons.
    The positions are based in the outdoors, improving public footpaths. The Y is hiring local area youth from Pojoaque, Rio Arriba County and Los Alamos in fulfillment of a grant goal to build friendships among neighboring community youth.
    Crew member wages pay $9.90 per hour. The Y is also hiring two experienced crew leaders, which pays $11.90 per hour. Applications are available at the Española and Los Alamos Teen Centers, at the Y, 1450 Iris St., and online at laymca.org/ycc.
    No previous experience is necessary, however a strong work ethic is required. Job descriptions and complete information is contained in the YCC employment packet, so interested participants should review the packet.
    For more information, contact Community Programs Director Sylvan Argo at 662-3100, or via email at sargo@laymca.org.

    From a press release 

  • Non-traditional students in New Mexico at risk of not being able to afford a college education will benefit from $76,000 in Boundless Opportunity Scholarships announced today by the Daniels Fund.
    Colleges and universities in New Mexico receiving Boundless Opportunity Scholarship awards include: Central New Mexico University; Eastern New Mexico University; and the University of New Mexico, Taos campus.
    Funding is awarded in two-year cycles, so Boundless Opportunity Scholarships are available at other colleges and universities that received awards last year. A complete list of schools offering the scholarship can be found on the Daniels Fund website, DanielsFund.org.
    The Boundless Opportunity Scholarship is available at select two- and four-year colleges and universities and is intended for highly-motivated students seeking the next level of achievement in their lives, regardless of their life path.
    Candidates for the scholarship must demonstrate financial need, and each college or university may focus on particular populations from a list of categories established for the program. The categories include: adult learners; GED recipients; foster care youth; juvenile justice youth; returning military; and individuals pursuing EMT/paramedic training.

  • The entries this year for the Dog Jog Logo contest were “inventive and creative,” according to the Dog Jog Committee.
    The winner of this year’s contest is Kristen Carrara, a fifth-grader from Piñon Elementary School. Second place went to Malea Joyce; third place went to Makenna Ellsworth; and fourth place went to Paige Power.
    The committee chose to award 12 honorable mentions this year to the following artists:
    Emily Carr (a second submission in addition to her winning entry)
    Amaya Coblentz (and special recognition for her inventive signature)
    Kaylee Ellsworth
    Alexis Garcia
    Mirabella Guerin
    Elise Olivas
    Lauren Poague
    Neha Sadasivan
    Lily Shevitz
    Marissa Smith
    Sofie Vandenkieboom
    Carrara, as the winning artist, can look forward to seeing her design on 300 or so Dog Jog 2013 T-shirts around town this spring. She will also receive a free 2013 Dog Jog T-shirt with her design on it.  

  • Faith, hope and love — and the greatest of these, is the one you need at that moment.
    Faith is the thing you believe in, that which is bigger than you. It doesn’t matter to me whether you wear the cross of Jesus or the Star of David or whether you believe in Buddha or some other good deity. Your faith is what pulls you out of the moment and makes you believe in goodness.
    Hope, to me, is what lifts your eyes from the ground to sky. It is what lifts your heart out of your head and transports you to what could be, what will be and how life should be.
    Love is also best defined by you at the moment. Love is the feeling that surrounds you — the people, the community and the zest for appreciation. It is those that take you for who you are, how you best receive it and highlight what is best about you, in any given moment.
    I hope you have all three. I hope you give all three and I hope you look around to others that might not have all three and lend them a kind word or a smile. The best thing is they are free — a low-impact exercise yielding a large payoff.
    I heard an interpretation of the Pope’s mass this morning, where I understand he told those in attendance not to mistake tenderness for weakness.
    I hope the world is listening.

  • The search is on for New Mexico’s outstanding senior volunteer.
    The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.
    Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers will be accepted until March 31.
    State winners then will be selected by popular vote at SalutetoSeniorService.com. Online voting will take place from April 15-30.
    From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree.
    Home Instead, Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ favorite nonprofit organizations and their stories will be posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame.
    In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s nonprofit charity of choice.
    “We all know seniors who do so much for our community,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc.
    “These silent heroes give selflessly, expecting nothing in return. And yet, their contributions often make a difference not only to the organizations they serve, but in changing how the public views growing older.”

  • They say it takes a village to raise a child. I believe not only that, but even beyond. Sometimes life brings you rainbows and all is perfect in your world.
    Sometimes life brings you a storm of the century and you wonder how you will ever make it through the darkness.
    We have had so many of those storms, I’m wondering if the rainbows will ever come back.
    One thing I do know, I can always count on my family, friends and community, because we have had so many storms in the last 16 years and without fail, all of you have been by our side.
    Ken and I are very lucky to have so much love sent our way. Saturday evening, March 2 touched my heart beyond any imagination. There are so many people to thank, although words just do not come close to show how you all made me feel and what a financial ease you have given me.
    Thanks to each and everyone of you for everything. You all are the silver lining to my very dark clouds. I send my love and deepest of gratitude to everyone.

    Cindy Geoffrion
    Los Alamos 

  • Local orthodontist and former wrestler, Dr. Devan  Vest, along with Rich Welding, SOC and El Parasol, were all recently recognized for their contributions to the Los Alamos High school wrestling team. Richard Ronquillo of Rich Welding presented hand-crafted awards created for the annual banquet. The sponsors also aided students in raising $2,000 for a fellow wrestler from another school recently diagnosed with cancer. 

  • The Family YMCA is taking registration for its free Diabetes Education and Prevention program. Topics to be covered are: what Type 2 diabetes is; what having pre-diabetes means; the signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes; how to reduce the risk of getting type 2 diabetes; and how to make the necessary lifestyle changes to lower that risk.
     Sara Pocernik will teach the class. She is a registered dietitian with experience in many areas of nutrition. She completed her bachelor’s degree in dietetics and nutrition science at Michigan State University and a got her master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry from Tufts University. She has also worked as a clinical dietitian in intensive care and dialysis units.
    This class is made possible by Lou Santoro State Farm Insurance Agency. Classes will be from 11:15 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays, March 26-May 7, for six weeks. Pre-register at the Y by March 21. Class size is limited.
      For more information, visit laymca.org, or call 662-3100.  

  • The Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars in Los Alamos announces that Alan Carr will present a talk on the British Mission to the World War II Los Alamos Manhattan Project.
    The meeting will be Tuesday at the Masonic Shrine Club Hall, on the southeast corner of the 15th Street and Trinity Drive intersection. Parking and entrance is on the east side of the building.
    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. The dinner entrée is salmon with appropriate side dishes, served buffet-style. Carr’s presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $23 per person. Note the change in venue for this meeting from the previous venue of the Hilltop House.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to the general public for the dinner and program, or the program only at no cost. A dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s).
    RSVP (yes or no) for the dinner is needed by today. Call Lt. Col. Gregg Giesler AUS retired, chapter commander, at 662-5574 or send email to g.giesler@computer.org; or Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson USAF retired, chapter adjutant, at 662-9544 or NrmWil5@cs.com.