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  • Because of cuts, there is not enough money in the budget to fill the Los Alamos Middle School Library with the books their students and teachers need for reading and research, therefore, they are asking for monetary donations, which will be used to purchase the library materials needed.
    For every $15 donated, staff can purchase a new book for the library, ready to be checked out. One hundred percent of all donations go to the library and can be made by visiting www.funds4books.com and enter school code 80ca. Donations must be made by Oct. 17.

  • The Blue Star Mothers Northern New Mexico Chapter Four and the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services are hosting a Veterans’ Benefits Bazaar from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in Española at the National Guard Armory, 2011 Industrial Park Road.
    Representatives from the NMDVS, the VA Regional Office, the VA Health Care System, Presbyterian Medical Services and other state and local veterans’ service organizations will be there to answer any questions and assist veterans and their families with health care needs, mental health counseling, pensions, finding employment, utilizing a veteran’s G.I. Education Bill and many other VA and state veterans’ benefits and programs.

  • Thanks for helping with the 2011 Relay for Life

    The 2011 Los Alamos Relay for Life was Aug. 5-6 at Ashley Pond, along with the Gordon’s Concert featuring Los Pinguos. Ron and Kim Selvage at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel were the primary sponsors for the Gordon’s Concert. They were very generous to allow the concert to be held at Ashley Pond with the Relay.
    By 9 p.m. the pond was glowing from the light of luminarias, white bags of remembrance for those affected by cancer.  

  • The Los Alamos High School ’Topper Parent Organization is for parents who would like to be involved to help insure the best possible educational experience at LAHS. The TPO is dedicated to serving the needs of students, parents and staff. For more information, visit www.laschools.net/LAHS under Committees and Organizations, or join today at lahstpo@gmail.com.
    One of the ongoing activities of the LAHS TPO is to present a list of items needed by LAHS staff to meet or enhance educational needs. Parents, community groups and individuals are encouraged to donate. Based on available funds and priorities, the TPO may also acquire items for staff use.

  • Jim Ottaviani, a writer of comics and graphic novels about science, will be in Los Alamos Sept. 28, for school visits, a lecture at the Bradbury Science Museum at 5:15 p.m., and a signing at Otowi Station Bookstore at 6 p.m. Ottaviani’s graphic biography of Richard Feynman, titled, “Feynman,” has received excellent reviews from physicists and comics fans alike.
    In his biography of Feynman, Ottaviani presents the larger-than-life exploits of a Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer and musician. “Feynman” tells the story of the man’s life from his childhood in Long Island to his work on the Manhattan Project and the “Challenger” disaster. Ottaviani tackles the bad with the good.

  • The Los Alamos High School ’Topper Parent Organization is for parents who would like to be involved to help insure the best possible educational experience at LAHS. The TPO is dedicated to serving the needs of students, parents and staff. For more information, visit www.laschools.net/LAHS under Committees and Organizations, or join today at lahstpo@gmail.com.
    One of the ongoing activities of the LAHS TPO is to present a list of items needed by LAHS staff to meet or enhance educational needs.
    Parents, community groups and individuals are encouraged to donate. Based on available funds and priorities, the TPO may also acquire items for staff use.

  • Residents show appreciation for the dog park

    If you peer between a soccer field and a baseball field near the east end of Overlook Park, you’ll see that the dog park in White Rock has been getting some major renovations — a sprinkler system has been installed, grass seeds have been planted and grass is starting to grow.
    What an excitement for us to see a beautiful place for our dogs to play in the near future.
    We want to express our sincere gratitude to Dick McIntyre, Parks Division manager and Jeff Humpton, Parks superintendent, for listening to our request and working diligently to plan these renovations in a timely and cost-effective manner.

  • This week we look at asset #24, bonding to school and how a young person needs to care about their school.
    I love that this asset falls at this time of the year because homecoming is upon us. This is the time when everybody is a Hilltopper.
    It doesn’t matter if you grew up here, graduated from here or have kids in the school system. Next week we all bleed green and gold when the ’Toppers take the field.
    I would love to bottle this week and carry it around all year.
    We need to have ’Topper spirit when we attend the homecoming game, when the girl’s volleyball team plays a game, when the Olions have a production, the Hilltalkers, debate and when the NJROTC, runs, shoots and drills their way through a competition.

  • Sept. 25-Oct. 1 2011
    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    
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9:45 a.m.    Matter of balance class
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken and dumplings
    12:30 p.m.    Driver safety program
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training

  • 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.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    The shelter has just received a new group of cats and has appointments for their veterinary updates. They are available for viewing and will be adoptable very soon. Come visit Michael, Princess, C-2 and Yoda.

    Cats

  • Los Alamos

    • Hot Rocks Java at Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road
    Inspection date: Sept. 16

  • The September meeting of the Piecemakers Guild will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at the United Church, Los Alamos.
    A potluck dinner will be served. After the dinner there will be a time of sharing stories about quilts. Participants are encouraged to bring a quilt and share it’s story.
    Every quilt has a story. The quilt might be an old family quilt, your first quilt, a challenging quilt, or a quilt made for a special occasion.
    This event kicks off the 2012 membership and programs. Everyone who loves to sew or wants to sew is encouraged to join the Piecemakers Guild. Enjoy the fellowship of quilting provides and get help, advice and ideas for projects.

  • Autumn doesn’t officially start until Sept. 23, but already the leaves on the trees are beginning to fall and hot summer nights have given way to cool evenings. Halloween is right around the corner and soon little ghosts and goblins will hit the streets seeking treats to satisfy their craving for sweets. The Fuller Lodge Art Center is also getting into the spirit with their “Muerto” show opening set for 5-7 p.m. Friday.
    The show is a six-week tribute honoring endings. Opinions on death are as unique as people are. Some see death as a transcendental experience, while others see it as the ultimate end. Some have a melancholy attitude about it, while others have a sense of humor about dying.

  • Piñon Elementary sixth graders went to the Jemez, as part of a Pajarito Environmental Education Center program on bird banding. Here, Bandelier National Monument employee Steve Fetig teaches the students about bird banding and the impact of the Las Conchas Fire.

  •   The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring.
      Los Alamos High School Merit semifinalists are left to right: Scott Carlsten, Andrew Zhao, Victoria Wang, Myles Gurule, Horace Zhang, Peter Ahrens, Ciara Sterbenz, Lorenzo Venneri, Miriam Barnum, Isaac Koh, Micha Ben-Naim, Mei Liu, Donald (Andy) McAninch.

  • Community members concerned about climate change will take over Los Alamos on Sept. 24 as part of “Moving Planet,” an international day of action, calling for the world to transition away from fossil fuels. Hundreds of thousands of people across the world are expected to participate by moving their bodies toward solutions in climate change.
    In costume and by foot, bike, skateboard, pogo stick — or any other sustainable mode of transit — the rally will move around downtown to call for the community to move beyond fossil fuels.

  • The Next Big Idea overflowed with invention and inspiration last weekend as innovators demonstrated their projects for the community to enjoy.
    From SMART (Science, Math Art) displays to classroom curriculum, there were things to inspire the mind and delight the senses.
    “The festival has just gotten better and more fun each year. There’s more to see and do, and the quality of the presentations is awesome,” said Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Member Services Director Katy Korkos. “I’m looking forward to next year and I’m sure we’ll begin planning for next year this week.”
    After a year of planning, Los Alamos MainStreet Director Suzette Fox has grown the event yet again.

  • 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.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.

    Cats
    Betty — Two year old orange Tabby. Nice, big girl with the look of Garfield. Friends of the Shelter are addressing some reported health issues, but we expect them to be resolved quickly.
    Dexter  — Beautiful, neutered male Siamese, about a year old. Will be available after vet visit Monday.

  • The Santa Fe Parliamentary Unit will present a two-hour seminar titled, “Productive Meetings,” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.
    The seminar will provide information and practical applications of the procedures outlined in the 2011 edition of “Roberts Rules of Order,” newly revised. Handout will be provided to al participants.
    The interactive seminar will focus on:
    • Practicing parliamentary basics in a way that all members will be comfortable carrying out;
    • Developing and using an agenda effectively;
    • Practicing presiding skills in order to fairly conduct productive meetings;
    • Composing, presenting and defending motions.