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  • Summit Garden Club members Priscilla Hardekopf, left, and Margaret Hanson, are shown with scrapbooks and a “crazy hat” from past events of the club, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary at a luncheon Feb. 2.  Past and present members are welcome. Call Dorothy Crawford at 672-3315 for more information.

  • 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.  
    Every cat is only
    $35 with an extended two-for-one sale.

  • The Black Hawks of Los Alamos Middle School took a trip to the Valles Caldera in December with a second visit slated for this month. Teacher Stephanie Kratntz, along with eight parent volunteers and four LAMS staff members, wanted students to be inspired and gain a better understanding of the natural world through observations and inquiry science, as they survey and monitor wildlife.The trip was made possible by a grant from the LANL Foundation and PEEC and

  • Best Selling Author Tom Bird is offering free downloads of his book, “You Were Born to Write,” to the general public.
    Anyone who enrolls in his writing class at UNM Continuing Education, will also receive a free copy of his book, “You Were Born to Publish,” as well as a copy of his subliminal CD, which offers help on removing writer’s block.
    Bird is the author of 21 books. He has also made over 3,800 appearances at colleges and universities sharing his Tom Bird Method of Writing and Publishing.

  • Well-known master gardener Martha Davis will teach an introductory-level gardening class called “The Gardener’s Calendar” from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 1 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.
    Have you ever wondered when a good time of year would be for some gardening task? What do gardeners do in the winter? The class will take you on a tour of the gardening year and share ideas about times for composting, making new beds, planting trees, starting seeds indoors, starting native plants and perennials, pruning, grafting, etc.

  • Otowi Station Bookstore and the Blue Star Mothers of America are partnering to collect gently used books to send to U.S. servicemen, women and veterans. Contributors may drop off books during business hours at Otowi Station Bookstore, 1350 Central Avenue.
    “Our customers have already brought in enough books to fill four large cartons,” said Ellen Ben-Naim, coordinator of the project at Otowi Station. “We’re so happy to help get books into the hands of men and women serving in all branches of our armed forces.”

  • For the past several years, the Los Alamos Photography Club has helped promote the appreciation of photography in Los Alamos County. This year is no different, as the LAPC, in conjunction with Mesa Public Library, hosts the 16th Annual Los Alamos Photographers’ Show.

  • Seven people — three women, four men; five Europeans, two Americans — all have the same goal: to make a new life for themselves in an emerging nation. How their lives intersect and collide is the subject of Reid Rosenthal’s best-selling debut novel, “Threads West: An American Saga.” Rosenthal will sign his book, which re-creates and celebrates the Rocky Mountain West of the mid 1850s, at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at Otowi Station.

  • When the credits appeared on the movie screen for “Black Swan,” I turned to my sister with my best “shocked and amazed” face. She whispered to me, “I’m glad I never danced in Swan Lake.”
    Indeed. This classic ballet takes a complete psychotic turn in the movie. Yet, despite the horrible hallucinations and the terrible paranoia, “Black Swan” is fabulous. And I am not going nuts here.

  • The Santa Fe Opera and University of New Mexico School of Fine Arts have embarked on a joint production of a new children’s opera.  The work will be performed in late 2011 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque and the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.  
    The American composer Stephen Paulus is writing the opera, based on the children’s story, “Shoes for Santo Niño,” by Peggy Pond Church.   Andrea Fellows Walters, the Opera Director of Education and Outreach, is the librettist.

  • BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — It seems only fitting that, at a Golden Globes ceremony where the host humorously insulted nearly every A-lister in the room, the big winner was a movie about a guy who riles up everyone on campus with his new and invasive website.
    And that’s exactly what Ricky Gervais, and “The Social Network,” did Sunday night.

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

    Friday, January 21, 2011
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay
    02:00 PM Classic Movie
    04:00 PM Udall Update
    04:30 PM The LA Times
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Pure Mind
    09:00 PM UCTV

  • For people with diabetes, selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat and sodium can be a challenge. 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 and their family members or caretakers.

  • The Piñon Panthers started out the new year doing good deeds for the needy. Prior to the break, Kristen Martines and her second and third graders did a community service project collecting pajamas for Safe House in Albuquerque.

  • The Asset Awards have been distributed for 2010 and 2011 has begun. The good news is that you can nominate someone who does good deeds anytime during the year. The Asset website has been updated to allow nominations through from January until December. Soon it will include the names of all the winners and pictures, too.
    As we strive to show that everyone can take a second to make a difference, we want to educate the community about how we need to be thankful all the time, not just during Thanksgiving.

  • Discover what is possible for climbers and mountaineers who follow their dreams.
    The Reel Rock Film Tour will have showings at 7 p.m. Thursday and at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Reel Deal Theater as a benefit for The Family YMCA’s climbing program. The film features cinematography of climbers pushing their limits on rock and ice. A post-show party and climbing gear raffle will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Y.
    The Reel Rock Film Tour features jaw-dropping scenes of athleticism and nature and humorous escapades, as well.

  • Skiers will soon have the opportunity to hit the slopes and raise funds for charity.
    The K2 Women’s Weekend at Pajarito Mountain, to be held Feb. 4-6, is an event that provides financial assistance to men and women in New Mexico with breast or cervical cancer.
    The event also encourages women skiers to improve their skills and explore their limits in snow sports and to make new friends with similar interests.
    The event is not limited to skiers, however. Alpine, telemark and snowboardettes of all ability levels are welcome.

  • Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars in Los Alamos announces that Robert Gibson, a former county councilor, will present a talk on a recent excursion to Tanzania where he and his party climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, visited several East African historic sites and observed many of the region’s wildlife.  

  • The Los Alamos League of Women Voters is sponsoring a forum to introduce the community to the candidates for the Los Alamos Public Schools Board and to the candidates for the University of New Mexico Los Alamos Advisory Board.
    There are three candidates for the three open positions on the LAPS School Board:  Judith Bjarke-McKenzie for District 3, Kevin G. Honnell for District 4, and David R. Foster for District 5.

  • La Leche League of Los Alamos will discuss “Nutrition and Weaning” at their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Teen Room at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr.
    All interested, pregnant, or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics and benefits of breastfeeding.
    A lending library with books and audiotapes concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available.
    Nursing babies and toddlers who have difficulty separating, are welcome.