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    May 19-25, 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

    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    10:30 a.m. LARSO Advisory Council

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Spaghetti and meatballs

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    By Angela Clendenin

    Many pet owners love their feline friends, and will do whatever it takes to keep them relaxed and happy. This makes it especially alarming for pet-owners to witness their cat suffer from the discomforting symptoms that come with hairballs.

    Knowing how to prevent this common problem and how to treat it when it occurs is essential to keeping your cat healthy.

    “A hairball is an accumulation of hair in the GI tract,” James Barr said, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.” It simply accumulates together and is usually contained within the stomach.”

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    Los Alamos resident Bill Hudson and his son, Ty, attended the 51th annual United States Marine Corps Scholarship Ball, which took place in April at the Grand Ballroom of the New York City Hilton Hotel. 

    Hudson, a Marine Corps Iwo Jima veteran, and his deceased wife, Maureen, were honored by Col. (Ret.) Jim Pritzker with a $10,000 memorial scholarship given to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in their name. 

    Since 1962, the Foundation has awarded more than 30,000 scholarships, valued at over $70 million. For the 2012-2013 academic years, the Foundation has awarded over $6 million to 1,909 recipients. In addition, through the “Heroes Tribute Scholarship Award,” the Foundation has contributed a total of $30K to the children of Marines killed in the global war on terror.

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    Irene Powell, director of Retired Senior Volunteer Program at the Betty Ehart Senior Center holds the bowl while Ruth Klien, director of Transportation Services, draws the winning name for the prize of a round trip plane ticket on New Mexico Airlines, which flies from Los Alamos to Albuquerque. The contest took place at the May 4 Spring Arts and Crafts Fair this year. The winning entry belongs to Bin Hu, a Los Alamos resident. Los Alamos Arts
    Council thanks New Mexico Airlines for providing the prize. LAAC/Courtesy

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    Today

    State chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party, John Billingsley will speak 7 p.m., in room 220 on the UNM-LA campus. All members of the Republican Party are invited.

     

    Cleanup along State Road 4. 5 p.m., at the Ponderosa Campground to carpool to Pajarito Group’s stretch of road at the Valles Caldera. Bring gloves and water. Trash bags will be provided. For more information, contact Ilse Bleck at 662-2368 or ibleck@yahoo.com.

     

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    Los Alamos High School student, Charles Mielke has been awarded an all-expense paid trip summer study trip to Germany.

    Mielke was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 98.53 percentile on the Level III 2013 National German Exam for High School Students sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German. 

    Nearly 23,000 students participated in the program. After qualifying with a high score on the National German Exam, he or she submitted responses to several short essay questions in German and in English and was then interviewed by a committee comprised of high school teachers and college professors of German. 

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    The 2013 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series will have it’s first show Friday at Overlook Park in White Rock. 

    “Our 24th Season will be a tremendous year,” Coordinator Russell Gordon said. “Why do I say this when I say the same thing every year? I’m an excitable boy! I’ve been working on this Series since last September, and we’re ready. I’m thrilled! The clock is ticking.”

    The featured band is What Made Milwaukee Famous. The show starts at 7 p.m. Public should bring chairs, blankets, family and friends. It’s also the first night of the Los Alamos Kite Festival, so bringing a kite is encouraged.

    LA County and the Summer Series sponsors will present at least 20 acts from May 17 through Sept. 6. A complete schedule can be found at gordonssummerconcerts.com.  

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    Art exhibits

     

    Again: Repetition, Obsession and Meditation. Opening reception, 3-5 p.m. through June 16. Lannan Gallery. 309 Read Street. Gallery is open Saturday and Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information call 954-5149. 

     

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition, “European Perspectives, The Radiant Line.” European artists Francois Morellet, Gregoire Cheneau, Diana Blok, Pieter Bijwaard, Oliver Mosset, Ruth Gschwendtner-Wölfe, Miguel Mont and Tony Soulie will show paintings, prints, photos and neon sculpture. The artists’ work focuses on light, line and color. The exhibit will be through May 24 at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe.

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    More than 450 students graduated at Eastern New Mexico University’s 124th Commencement Convocation Saturday. 

    Three Los Alamos students received their degrees. Vanessa Espinoza, has earned a BS in Biology. Christina Flavin, has earned a BS in Mathematics. Allison Washburn, has earned a MED in Education.

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    Two-man shows can be a bit of a drag, especially if the story is uninteresting. Constant character changes between the duo make it nearly impossible for the audience to get sidetracked and still understand what’s going on.

    Christina Martos and John Cullinan found themselves in that very situation — constantly switching characters — as they portrayed a total of 15 players in Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “Stones in His Pockets.” However, the show was anything but a drag.

    Written by Marie Jones, directed by Chris Monteith and produced by Jess Cullinan, the show is set in County Kerry, Ireland and tells the tale of Charlie Conlon and his friend Jake Quinn. 

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    After a long hiatus and 13 years since their last studio album, Suicidal Tendencies is back. 

    The band performed for scores of fans at the Sunshine Theater May 9, with the same intensity that have kept concert-goers coming back for more than 20 years. 

    Their new album, release in March is called “13,” appropriately so.

    The hard-core punk group has gone through a revolving door of band members over the years but always kept front man Mike Muir, who formed the band in 1981. The current members are Dean Pleasants on lead guitar, Eric Moore on drums, Nico Santora on rhythm guitar and Tim “Rawbiz” Williams on bass guitar. Santora and Williams offered riveting solos to get the crowd riled up for more moshing. 

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    Two-man shows can be a bit of a drag, especially if the story is uninteresting. Constant character changes between the duo make it nearly impossible for the audience to get sidetracked and still understand what’s going on.

    Christina Martos and John Cullinan found themselves in that very situation — constantly switching characters — as they portrayed a total of 15 players in Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “Stones in His Pockets.” However, the show was anything but a drag.

    Written by Marie Jones, directed by Chris Monteith and produced by Jess Cullinan, the show is set in County Kerry, Ireland and tells the tale of Charlie Conlon and his friend Jake Quinn. 

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    Steve Sheinkin, award-winning author of “Bomb: The Race to Build- and Steal- The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” will give a free talk on Thursday, May 23, at the Mesa Public Library of Los Alamos, as part of the library’s Authors Speak Series. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the upstairs area. The book follows the history of the atomic bomb, integrating Los Alamos within its pages. This will be the author’s first time visiting Los Alamos. 

    Sheinkin, who has written several other titles for young adults, will spend the day talking about his book to middle school and high school students, as well as host a pizza party for teens at 5:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. 

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    The Jemez House Thrift Shop in White Rock is celebrating its 45th year. It is, and has been, a valuable resource and contributor to the community. The store has always been manned by volunteers. 

    The store provides a base for recycling useable goods, clothing, housewares, toys, games, books, electronics, furniture, low priced goods to Northern New Mexico, as well as providing scholarships for young people who would otherwise might not have an opportunity for advanced education. 

    The thrift stores were open in 1991, to support the ranch. The Española store eventually became too costly to operate, and it was shut down in 1996. 

    “The economy was getting bad and other thrift shops were opening it up,” said Nancy Nunnelly, board member of Jemez House in White Rock. 

  • Looking back at your childhood, what memories come to mind? Having family picnics at the park? Running through an open field with your friends? Gazing at the sky making shapes out of the clouds? How about attending the Los Alamos Kite Festival?
    For the 16th year, the Los Alamos Arts Council presents the Los Alamos Kite Festival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the soccer fields in Overlook Park in White Rock. Children of all ages are welcome. Whether you build a kite, fly a kite, enjoy a picnic with family and friends, or just take in the artful scene, this is community tradition not to be missed.
    Thanks to the generous funding from Los Alamos National Bank, the Kite Festival will continue to be a free event.
    The Kite Festival weekend kicks off 7 p.m., Friday with the Summer Concert Series. Kite artists will be on the field with their kites on display and a night kite fly demonstration. In this event, small lights are attached to the kites before they are launched into the night sky. It is an amazing light show over White Rock.
    The main festival is held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The day includes music, food, kite-building workshops for kids, and a lot of kite flying.

  • This year’s Memorial Day community ceremony will be 11 a.m., May 27 at Guaje Pines Cemetery. This year’s theme is “Remembering those who have lost their lives for their country and a special remembrance of Vietnam.”
    Memorial Day is a national holiday to thank and honor more than 1,258,000 Americans that have given their lives for their country during wartime and conflicts around the globe defending freedom and way of life. More than 58,000 died in Vietnam and some 1,600 remain Missing in Action in Vietnam. At least 42 million citizens have served in the United States military during times of conflict.
    This year’s speakers include four living heroes and residents of Los Alamos who all served in Vietnam during the height of the conflict. They include Leland Lehman, Nick Mezins, Ed Miller and Dennis Hawley.
    American Legion officials said it would be an honor to have the community turn out for the ceremony at Guaje Pines. Lunch and socializing to remember the fallen will be at the conclusion of the ceremony at the American Legion Post 90, 1325 Trinity Drive.

  • Los Alamos Youth Food Project gives youth opportunities to participate in the food project this summer. Youth can submit entries for a logo and slogan contest, increase their leadership skills in Garden Leadership, or explore the garden and its environment through iCare About Gardening camp.
    LAYFP is a youth-driven initiative. The project name was created and voted on by youth, the project is grant funded by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board and youth have the opportunity to voice their ideas and visions for LAYFP. LAYFP wants to continue youth input by having youth design a logo and slogan.
    The logo and slogan contest is open to youth of all ages. The winner will receive a prize and their logo will be on promotional items such as bags, hats, T-shirts and other items.
    All entries must be submitted by 9 p.m., May 31. Paper entries should be delivered to The Family YMCA’s front desk and electronic entries should be emailed to layouthfoodproject@laymca.org. Email original file and a pdf. All entries should have the contestant’s name, phone number and school on the back of the entry, or in the body of the email.
    The Garden Leadership program (Wednesday afternoons June and July) is designed for youth ages 11 to 17 to build leadership skills through garden-focused projects.

  • When everything seems like it is going to hell in a handbasket, we would say my friend Connie must have been praying for you to have pateince.
    Welcome to May! OK, I’m not sure if this is the same for you, but I must be getting old. It isn’t possible that we have arrived in May again, wasn’t it just last May?
    When things couldn’t seem to get busier, when there couldn’t be more to do, then we have arrived at the final three weeks of the school year.
    My main goal today is to find the kitchen table. You see in some insane notion to get ahead on my filing, I decided to use the kitchen table to assist me to get organized during the task.
    Then life in general happened and alas, the kitchen table has been covered in files for much longer than anticipated, so today is the day!
    My point today is to remind you to inhale deeply and enjoy the final push, or at least to try to do your best.
    I have a great demonstration called, A Day in the Life of a Teen. It takes the audience on a quick trip in what could be an average day for a young person.
    What it ends up teaching you is that you just never know what a typical day holds, but you do hold the key to how you act for your portion of it.