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  • 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. 

  • Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church and the House of Hope (HoH) Women will commemorate Shrove on Tuesday, by hosting a pancake supper fundraiser from 5:30-7 p.m. in Kelly Hall, 3900 Trinity Drive. 

  • Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation presents, Great Conversations!

  • The Santa Fe National Forest will offer public information meetings on volunteer opportunities near Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Los Alamos this spring and early  summer. 

  • While the coming Little Forest Playschool Annual Spring Resale will still offer the same variety and deals, participants should be on the look out for some new changes this year, said school director, Jeni Morrison. 

  • WASHINGTON — Turns out it really does take a rocket scientist to beat Watson, the “Jeopardy”-winning computer.
    U.S. Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey — a five-time champion during the trivia show’s original run 35 years ago — topped the IBM computer Monday night in a “Jeopardy”-style match of congressmen vs. machine held at a Washington hotel.

  • Opera Alta and the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos present a condensed concert version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore,” or “The Lass that Loved a Sailor,” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St.  
    Enjoy a tongue-in-cheek look at authority based solely on class distinctions and romance that refuses such confinement, all in the world’s perkiest and wordiest music ever written.     

  • Otowi Station, an official sponsor the 2011 Empty Bowls event, began selling tickets and bowls on Feb. 27. Patrons can choose a bowl from an assortment of locally sculpted and painted ceramic bowls to add to their home collections, or choose from one of hundreds of bowls at the event.
    Self Help, Inc., will host this year’s Empty Bowls event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 12 at the Betty Erhart Senior Center. In addition to a luncheon featuring homemade soup, bread and dessert, the event will also include a silent auction and live music.

  • Sometimes deciding what to eat for dinner can be harder than trying to solve a calculus problem, especially when you’re in the mood for something different.
    Luckily, Jo-Ji’s Sushi and Teppan Grill located at 1508B N. Riverside Drive in Española can help anyone out of their culinary doldrums.
    Located in a strip mall, between a cell phone store and a defunct pizza buffet joint, the restaurant isn’t much to look at from the outside, but once inside, the atmosphere changes.

  • Teatro Paraguas will present “Jim Sagel, poeta nuevomexicano,” a tribute to the poet, writer, instructor and long-time Española resident at 7 p.m. Friday in the the Univeristy of New Mexico-Los Alamos Lecture Hall (Bldg. 2). The event is free and open to everyone.
    Sagel was an instructor at UNM-LA for a number of years. He was director of the Division of Humanities at UNM- LA, a post he held until his untimely death (by suicide) in 1998.

  • Moonlight and magnolias is a phrase used to describe the beauty, serenity and romanticism of the South before the Civil War, as experienced by the landed gentry. The popular film “Gone with the Wind” exemplifies this feeling. The South’s wealthy landowners lost everything they held near and dear in the Civil War, and so moonlight and magnolias was forevermore tarnished. Today, films like “Gone with the Wind” have the ability to temporarily, but perfectly, restore this long-lost feeling to a fortunate audience.

  • On Feb. 14, the Los Alamos Monitor unveiled Teen Pulse, a page that features content produced for teens, by teens. The students pictured are some of the members of the Teen Pulse staff.
    From left to right, front row: Maria-Jaleh McTeigue, Dana Crooks, Cary Bronson, Adam Brehm, Tom Hanlon. Left to right, top row: Sebastian Garcia, Safiya Bahar, Alexandra Hehlen, Ariane Oro and Courtney Collier. Not pictured: Katelyn Collier.
    Teen Pulse runs every Sunday.

  • This Thursday, Los Alamos moviegoers will have a chance to catch a free screening of “A Mighty Wind” at Mesa Public Library.
    Christopher Guest’s 2003 mockumentary takes a spoofy look at the folk scene with a “Behind the Music”-esque presentation about three folk ensembles preparing for a PBS special.
    Bob Balaban, as the son of the recently deceased folk icon Irving Steinbloom, has decided his father needs memorializing on TV. He arranges to have some of the elder Steinbloom’s favorite musicians perform on the show.

  • The League of Women Voters will have a different format for their March 8 luncheon. The event will be on Tuesday not Thursday this month and will meet at the Justice Center, not Central Avenue Grill.
    Judge Pat Casados will welcome people for a private tour of the Justice Center. This will include a tour of the courthouse and a description of the magistrate court, as well as the position of magistrate judge.
    Lunch  will  follow  after the tour at the Justice Center.

  • You must know that as I write these weekly columns, I try to keep a positive spin on things. After all, to me that’s what assets really boils down to.
    On the other hand, sometimes it is hard to pretend all is right in the world, when it really isn’t.
    The asset for this week is peaceful conflict resolution. While the definition entails ending conflict non-violently, I feel that should also extend to words and deeds, and not just boil down to throwing punches.

  • Breaking news: David O. Selznick has announced that the long-delayed “Gone with the Wind” film production has a new screenwriter, “the Shakespeare of Hollywood,” Ben Hecht. Hecht is best known for other successful screenplays, including “Underworld (1927),” “Scarface (1932),” and “Nothing Sacred (1937).”

  • 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.
     
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  • It won’t take long for the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual Great Conversations dinner to become a favorite in town. The public can join a group of tablemates and a speaker on April 10 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for an informative conversation. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m.   
    For the next few weeks, a series of features on the event’s speakers will run.  For more information, a complete list of speakers, topics and to print a registration form, visit www.lapsfoundation.com.