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  • Join Poet Laureate of Santa Fe, Jon Davis, to kick off the beginning of the new line-up of Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series with a poetry reading at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in the upstairs rotunda.
    “Jon Davis is the author of three chapbooks and three full-length collections of poetry, ‘Preliminary Report’ (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), ‘Scrimmage of Appetite’ (University of Akron Press, 1995), for which he was honored with a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry and ‘Dangerous Amusements’ (Ontario Review Press, 1987), for which he received a G.E. Younger Writers Award and the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the Academy of American Poets,” according to santafenm.gov.
    “He has also received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Lannan Residency and a fellowship to The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.”

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Española

    Burger King, Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Jan. 4
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations, one for poor personal hygiene — hand sink was removed from food prep area. Need to re-install in original food preparation area to make it convenient for employees to wash hands. Notify NMED when completed, within 30 days. One for animals/vermin/openings — back door has gap at bottom and side. Potential to allow insects and vermin access to facility. Need to seal.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    El Espresso, 1451 Calle Hermanas Dominicas
    Date inspected: Jan. 3, closing
    Status of establishment: Closed

  • The American Cancer Society has selected Cindy Eaton to serve as event chair for the 2013 Relay For Life of Los Alamos.
    Eaton was selected because of her past experience on the Relay committee.
    She was the event chair a couple of years ago and has knowledge of the event.
    “Cindy brings leadership and organizational skills with a passion to fight against cancer,” Gloria Martinez, event manager for the Relay for Life of Los Alamos said.
    “The American Cancer Society is truly blessed to have Cindy come back on board as event chair.”
    Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.
    Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening.
    Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold fundraisers at their campsites during Relay.

  • Ahh, it is that time of year again, time for my annual germ column.
    No, I didn’t go back to find what I wrote last year, but usually around this time, I attempt to write something about germs.
    For those of you that haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, please do so, as we still have a long way to go. I hear many people say, “well I never get a flu shot and I have never gotten the flu.” My answer to that is, your fortune is due to the 97 percent of people around you that probably do get it — and that is why you are healthy.
    If I had the time to investigate it, I would research the number of shots given out in our community through various resources. Blue Cross Blue Shield providing flu shots at our local Smith’s grocery was such a great resource to the community.
    While I’m pretty sure that we still don’t have a local public health nurse, probably going on the third or fourth month, I’m sure arrangements can be made with them.
    I used to babysit for a doctor and she said she picked me because she knew I would spray the handle of the grocery store cart with Lysol before putting my baby in it. You only have to see a baby suck on that one time to actually feel your skin crawl. My advice — unless you really have to take them to the store — don’t do it!

  • Perhaps one of the most cohesive and flawlessly run programs in the community is on the horizon and if you have the time, talent or financial means, the Los Alamos County Science Fair has a place for you.
    The county science fair, slated for Jan. 26, is clearly down to a science and there’s no better place to put on a show than Los Alamos.
    Dawn Brown has taken the event to new heights, enlisting volunteers — and if you always wanted to be involved, this is the time of year to jump in with both feet.
    “The judges will judge our students for regional awards, as well as locally donated awards and prizes,” Brown said.
    Individuals with particular backgrounds including math, physics, computer sciences, earth and environmental sciences, engineering, animal sciences or in the areas of medicine and health, can be helpful, as judges are still needed.
    Los Alamos Public Schools will utilize a total of 100 judges from the community.
    Currently, the program is still in need of about 20 judges for the event at Los Alamos High School.
    “LAHS is the gem of our public school system,” Brown said. “It was very exciting for us to host our science fair at such a wonderful venue.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.

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    Art exhibits

     

    Taos artist Maye Torres will exhibit “Maye Torres: Unbound,” at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos. Her one-person exhibit opens Saturday and remains on view through Jan. 27. For more information, visit harwoodmuseum.org or call 575-758-9826.

     

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    Learn about restoration work in the Jemez Mountains from 7-8 p.m. Jan. 17 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center. 

    Anne Bradley, Forest Conservation program manager for The Nature Conservancy, will give a talk about the Conservancy’s current projects in the area, which include the Conservation Canines.

    The Nature Conservancy has recently partnered with several organizations to provide information about climate change and tools to aid in forest conservation and restoration. 

    One of the collaborations is the study of the Jemez Mountains Salamander, which includes a partnership with the “Conservation Canines” from the University of Washington.  

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    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department. 

     

    Santa Fe

     

    Allsup’s #336, 650 Cerrillos Road

    Date inspected: Jan. 3

    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations for contaminated equipment — inadequate dishwashing facility, no stoppers, no dish rack for clean dishes. Non-NSF hot dog warmer.

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    New Mexico native Jeremy Denk will be the featured artist as the Los Alamos Concert Association continues its 2012-2013 season with a performance at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.  

    Denk has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and London. 

    He regularly gives recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia and around the United States. Denk is known for his music writing, which has appeared in the New Yorker, the front page of the New York Times Book Review, Newsweek and on the NPR Music website. 

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    Three summers ago, Fuller Lodge Art Center hosted a weeklong exhibit of children’s artwork after Summer Art Camp, with the art hung in the regular Exhibit Gallery. The show was so popular that it has become an annual tradition. 

    Now the Art Center is expanding the concept of student art shows by offering a two-week exhibit of adult student work from Jan. 11 through Jan. 26. 

    “Show Some Class” will feature more than 100 works by students, their teachers and also works produced in art groups that meet at the Art Center or Village Arts.

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    Richard Swenson and David Trujillo are Los Alamos neighbors, friends and fellow sculptors of forms. Rabbits, prancing stylized horses, plunging and cavorting wild hogs, giraffes, whales, sinuous dragons, armadillos, porcupines — not to mention humans — are melded and welded from all manner of scrap metal. 

    The duo will show their work in “Metal Menagerie: Scrap Metal Sculpture by Richard Swenson and David Trujillo,” at Mesa Public Library. The show opens with a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 16.

    “Do you know what this is?” Swenson asked, smiling and pointing to a solid chunk of machined metal that happens to be a giraffe’s shoulder. “A piece from a tool to yoke oxen together!” 

  •  Today

    PEEC and Reel Deal Theater team up to show the Back Country Film Festival. Seven films, all shot in the backcountry, make up this 90-minute celebration of winter. There will also be a raffle for outdoor gear. Tickets $10 adults/$5 kids in advance or at the door. 7 p.m. at Reel Deal. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

     

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in Room 3 at Mesa Public Library. The speaker will be Irma Holtkamp and her topic will be, “Using Ancestry.com to do Family History Research.” The public is invited.

     

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    Those interested in training guidance for an upcoming cycling event or those looking to work on their cycling endurance might be interested in the Family YMCA’s Endurance Training for Cyclists Class.

    Each class will have a two-hour riding component and a half-hour of core conditioning. In addition, the following topics will be discussed:  

    • Proper bike fit, clothing and equipment

    • Nutrition and hydration

    • Aches and pains — preventing them and what to do if you have them

    • Weekly training recommendations and how to design your own training plan.

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    In December, Jorge Aragon, Chamisa Elementary’s head custodian, was awarded the Golden Dustpan Award, by Chamisa Principal Debbie Smith. Aragon was thanked for keeping Chamisa in tip-top shape everyday. In addition, Chamisa Elementary fifth grade teachers Valerie Adams, left, and Deidre Thorn, right, were awarded with the first-ever Positive Behavior Support Awards by school counselor Jen Schmierer. The staff members took the time to highlight the largest number of good deeds put forth by Chamisa students during the semester. The ladies were given crowns and scepters made by Chamisa Library teacher Renee Mitsunaga. 

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    Today

    The League of Woman Voters and the American Association of University Women will sponsor the New Mexico Legislative Preview, Fuller Lodge at 7 p.m. Hear what our legislators have to say about the coming session. Marcela Diaz, of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, and Dick Mason of Health Action New Mexico will also speak. Refreshments start at 6:30 p.m.

    Thursday

    The League of Women Voters will have their monthly Lunch with a Leader at 11:40 a.m. at Mesa Public Library. The speaker will be Tom Ribe. He will discuss Los Alamos’ vulnerable power supply and give information about the Valles Caldera. To purchase a $10 lunch from the Los Alamos Co-op to eat during the talk, contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com, by Jan. 8. The public is welcome to attend without ordering lunch.

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    For the third year, Elena Lapteva, an instructor at Family Strengths Network, organized a New Year’s party for the Russian play group she instructs. The children gave a performance based on a Russian fairytale and narrated poems, had contests and were visited by Grandfather Frost (Russian Santa Claus) and his granddaughter Snegurochka (which can be translated as snow maiden), who brought presents for the children. There was also New Year tree decorating. The play group is for Russian and international children and their families living in Los Alamos and White Rock, who are interested in supporting their native language.


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    Today

    The Los Alamos Volunteer Examiner Group will give exams for amateur radio licenses at 6:30 p.m. in the Club Meeting Room at 4017 Arkansas (the Old Fire Barn).  If you are testing for a new license you will need a picture ID or two other forms of ID with your name and address on them (utility bill, credit card bill or other) and a test fee of $15, either in cash or check made out to “ARRL VEC.” You will need to fill in your Social Security number on the form 605 License Application. For those seeking a license upgrade, you will need the picture ID or two other forms of ID plus your original license and a copy of the license or a valid CSCE (Certificate of Successful Completion of Exam) and a copy of the CSCE, plus the exam fee of $15. For more information, call Bill Boedeker at 662-4220 or email boedeker@cybermesa.com.

    Wednesday

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    Welcome back to school! I understand the homeschoolers had it a little more rough, as it is easier to start. In either case, I hope your teachers were glad to see you.

    As we start off on a new calendar year, I hope you’ll spend some time celebrating the little things that make life so great.

    We are fresh off the Community Asset Awards, where community members and employees were recognized for making our community a little bit better. 

  • There’s still time to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C.
    This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and homeschool eighth-grade students. The trip is private and not school-sponsored.   
    The trip will include sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Md. Highlights include the White House, the International Spy Museum,  the Walter Reed Medical Museum, a Capitol tour, the Washington Monument, the Holocaust Museum,  the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Arlington Cemetery, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Iwo Jima, Korean, the Vietnam Memorials, the Newseum, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial,  the National Aquarium in Baltimore and much more.
    The trip will be four days and three nights in duration. The group will stay in a five-star hotel in Arlington, minutes from the D.C. sites.
    The deadline for receiving the current price on the trip is Jan. 15. After this date, sign-up will continue until airline seats are no longer available, however, after Jan. 15, the price may increase if airline prices increase.  
    Call Roberta Cocking at 505-670-0679 or 623-225-7953 with questions.
     Visit worldstrides.org to sign up for the trip using trip ID Number 77813 or call 1800-468-5899 using same ID Number.