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    By Bernadette Lauritzen

    Author James Vollbracht, of “Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand, How to Create a Culture that Cares for Kids,” will Skype his way into Los Alamos, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chamisa Elementary.

    The Assets In Action, JJAB and Los Alamos Public Schools event comes after a series of community discussions and group book reads kicked off by community leaders like Heather McClenahan, Charlie Kalogeros Chattan and Ellen Ben-Naim earlier this year.

    What would Vollbracht say to those who feel that one person can’t make a difference?

    “If we go out of our way to talk to a kid, ask them about their hopes for the future, help them make contacts, it's a life changing experience; not always, but probably most everyone had a coach, choir director, parent, uncle, grandparent, who changed their lives,” he said.

    LA MainStreet also is sponsoring the event. 

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre would like to honor eight couples who have been married for 50 years or longer during the May 2014 performances of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” (by Joe DePietro and Jimmy Roberts). Each of the eight couples selected will be provided free admission for one of the May performances, and they will be introduced during the intermission of the show.
    “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is a musical revue focusing on the development of relationships over a lifetime. Many of the vignettes are comedic, some are poignant and a few cross the line of sexual innuendo. LALT performances are scheduled for May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17.
    Submit names, year of marriage and brief comments on the longevity of the marriage and/or things that might have changed (or did change) over the decades. Submissions can be made in writing to Pauline at the Senior Center or by email to jimsicilian@comcast.net no later than May 1. 

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    Art exhibits

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “A Day in the Life: Works by Holly Roberts.” The opening exhibition will be 5-7 p.m. May 30. Show runs until June 21. 

     

    Art tours

  • The 2014 Dog Jog will be this Saturday at its new location in front of the White Rock United Methodist Church, 580 Meadow Lane, across from the entrance to Overlook Park.
    The Dog Jog is open to all participants, with or without a dog and at any pace. Participants can choose a 3.1-mile competitive run or 2 mile non-competitive fun walk/run.
    Race check-in, T-shirt and informational packet pick-up begins at 8 a.m. T-shirts may have to be mailed. Race prizes and awards will be given for the fastest runners, random walkers and dogs in all manner of fun categories. Registrants will get an event T-shirt with a logo designed by local sixth grader Katie Laintz and a packet filled with entertaining and educational dog-related information.
    The fee for the first adult or child 12 years and older is $25. Additional adults or older children are $15 each and younger children are $5 each.
    Registration forms are available at the Friends of the Shelter website at lafos.org/dogjog, or at the local businesses such as Pet Pangaea, Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital and CB Fox. Participants may also register on race day.
    From 9–10:30 a.m., local veterinarians will be offering a microchip clinic for dogs and cats for a reduced fee of $20. No pre-registration is needed for the microchip clinic.

  • The Los Alamos Young Guns, a team of high school level shooters, placed second in the New Mexico High Schools Spring Satellite Shoot. The team is sponsored by the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club.
    Shooters from 12 high schools participated in the event.
    Top female shooter and second overall was Young Gun member JoAnna O’Neill, with 47, just one shot below the overall winner, Colton Kelley of Aztec High School. Tom Hanlon, also of Los Alamos, placed seventh with a score of 43.
    Team members’ scores (out of 50 shots) were as follows: JoAnna O’Neill, 47, Chris Bond, 40, Nick Greenfield, 38, Josh Smith, 35 and David Smith, 31. Other Los Alamos shooters competing were Sam Stringfield, Quentin Brown and Hannah Willbanks.
    The State High School Shoot is scheduled for April 26 at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton. The Young Guns will compete there also.
    For more information on the youth shotgun program, call 662-0980. 

  • The annual Bobcat Bonanza carnival is from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, home of the Bobcats.
    The family-friendly event features food, carnival games, a bouncy castle and face painting. Dinner is available from Chuck’s Wagon. Visit the bake sale for a wide variety of homemade treats.
    Kids and adults can try their hand at dunking Barranca Principal Brad Parker, Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn, School Board Member Kevin Honnell, pediatrician Ben Neal and others at an inflatable slide and dunk tank. Anyone 18 and over can sit in the dunk seat themselves.
    The event also features a silent auction with a vast array of prizes donated by various local organizations. Prizes up for grabs include spa services, dining options, one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry and handicrafts, more than two dozen bottles of wine, themed gift baskets creatively designed by each classroom, professional portrait packages, museum passes and memberships from around the state, recreation memberships (including golf, yoga, gym), children’s classes, movie passes and much more.
    The funds raised at the event will help support school programs such as the science fair, field trips, playground improvements, teacher stipends and the school lunch assistance program.

  • Santa Fe
    Starbucks at Target, 3550 Zafarano Dr.
    Date inspected: March 4
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Dishwasher is not sanitizing properly. Upright refrigerator holding at improper temperature.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Water Boyz, 1700 Llano St., Suite 112
    Date inspected: March 5
    Violations: All high risk violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from previous inspection. No further follow up required. 

    Fox’s Uptown Grill, 450 Galisteo St.
    Date inspected: March 6
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Inadequate drain board space, dirty dishes held in all three-compartments of wash sink and in the two drain tabs. Two low-risk violations. Base covering and wall peeling away near refrigerator. Wall near wash area is not easy to clean.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Rasa, 815B Early St.
    Date inspected: March 6
    Violations: One low-risk violation. No base covering on lights throughout the entire facility.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Community Winds to host giving event

    The Los Alamos Community Winds is participating in the largest giving event in history, “Give Grande New Mexico.”
    The May 6 event brings together with communities across the country, including people from Los Alamos to come together on a single day to designate gifts to organizations already doing important work in the community.
    A partnership between the Coalition of Community Foundations in New Mexico and local nonprofits, hundreds (if not thousands) of donors from every neighborhood in the community will come together on a single day to raise significant funds for local needs.
    Give Grande New Mexico is part of a national campaign happening that same day called Give Local America. Both the national campaign and New Mexico’s campaign is supported by a pool of matching funds.

    Jemez Fine Art Gallery celebrates Earth Day

  •  The National Multiple Sclerosis Society invites individuals and teams to pedal toward a world free of MS during Bike MS: Pedal los Pueblos 2014, presented by Sam’s Club, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-7. This annual two-day fundraising ride is fully supported from start to finish and features a figure-eight route through Northern New Mexico. Registered cyclists commit to raise a minimum of $250 to fund MS education, programs, services and research that directly impact the lives of those affected by the disease. 
    “Bike MS represents more than just an opportunity to raise awareness and funds toward the MS movement, it’s the chance for community members, neighbors, and families to come together and connect with one another,” notes Maggie Schold, Senior Development Manager for the National MS Society in New Mexico. “We are excited for our cyclists to experience this extraordinary ride as they support an extraordinary cause.” 

  • The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Kids Ride Free program is back for a second year. Children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old will ride for free with the purchase of one full price adult ticket on the daily excursion trains. The successful program has also been extended to the Cinder Bear Experience — a half day excursion from Chama to Cumbres Pass.
    The train climbs the 10,015-foot-high Cumbres Pass, winds through tunnels and over trestles, and past waterfalls, mountain forests, and alpine meadows.
    A ride on the train is an adventure and is now a top summer vacation pick with the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Kids Ride Free program.
    The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is America’s highest and longest narrow gauge railroad.
    The railroad is owned jointly by the states of New Mexico and Colorado and crosses back and forth between the two states 11 times.
    Daily excursion trains stop at the Osier Dining Hall for a lunch of roast turkey, homemade meatloaf, baked fish and a fresh salad bar. The children’s menu includes hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and chocolate and pumpkin pie peach cobbler desserts made fresh daily.
    The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad was designated a National Historic Landmark in October of 2012.

  • Originally from Massachusetts, Heather Ward has lived in Los Alamos for more than 10 years. She strives to create highly realistic drawings of animals, both wild and domestic and pushes her media to the limits to achieve the effects she wants.
    Preferring to work with dry media, her favorites are charcoal, graphite, pyrography and scratchboard.
    Scratchboard is a subtractive medium, similar to carving, where material is removed to create the art. Abrasive tools are used to scratch away the ink on the surface to reveal a white clay underneath. “I was very reluctant to try scratchboard because I assumed it was very unforgiving — once you make a scratch it’s there for good,” said Ward who is a self-taught artist. “But it turns out that’s not the case at all. By using different tools and adding black ink when necessary, many mistakes can be covered up.”
    It’s not just knife-work either; almost any abrasive tool will work. “I use sandpaper, fiberglass brushes, even tattoo needles to get the textures and values I want.” To see what tools Ward uses, visit heatherwardwildlifeart.blogspot.com/2013/02/scratchboard-tools.html.

  • The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will hold its spring concert in May and it will be conducted by Don Gerheart. The concert master will be Los Alamos High School alum Rachel Hixson.
    The spring concert will be 7 p.m. May 2 at the Crossroads Bible Church. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
    The program will consist of the following: Overture to Nabucco from Verdi, Carmen Suite No. 1 from Bizet and Symphony in D Minor from César Franck.
    For Hixson, the program is a wide-range mix of classical rhythms and scales. She said she is looking forward to the duties of maintaining the orchestra and helping colleagues tune and bow their instruments.
    “It is an excellent program,” Hixson said. “It is filled with fun overtures and Carmen is the perfect introduction to the Santa Fe Opera production coming up this season.”
    Gerheart also said he enjoys the range of tempos in Carmen, such as the overture to the bull fighting scene in the opera to the march-like beats.
    Gerheart admits the program is long and challenging. “It’s a nice variety of ranges,” he said. “Franck’s work is an extensive piece with many changing modulations.” The piece is several minutes long and switches from string to wind instruments.

  • After 23 years of teaching at Los Alamos High School, math teacher Joy Handsberry has had a chance to see a totally different side of staff and students, one of love and compassion.
    Handsberry was diagnosed with ovarian cancer earlier in the school year, which was discovered during a routine doctor’s appointment and after an odd pain that happened a day earlier.
    “I mentioned it to my doctor, Dr. Molly Vosburg, the next day to her great credit, Dr. Vosburg immediately ordered a CT scan and we caught the cancer at stage 2,” Handsberry said. “Since the diagnosis, it’s been quite a whirlwind of treatment with surgery followed by chemotherapy. The thing that has stood out most to me along this path is just how wonderful people are and how much they long to help.”
    Thursday, LAHS students Emily Pittman, Emma Lathrop and the LAHS Key Club, with the help of the Kiwanis Club, will host a spaghetti fundraiser dinner at the Christian Church on East Road.
    The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with spaghetti, meatballs, bread, salad, cookie and a drink on the menu. Donations will be accepted for Handsberry.
    Pittman’s involvement was the organization of events. Pittman found the location for the dinner and also found adults and students willing to help with set up and clean up.

  • This week, we will cover two different Assets, numbers 18 and 19, youth activities and religious community.
    We’ll take a look at youth activities, when a young person spends one or more hours per week in a sport, club, organization, or in the community.
    We have so many kids doing so many great things, some things get some great publicity and so many other youth do things that don’t get such coverage.
    This past weekend, we had some great members of the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program held its annual Wild Day celebration for the elementary youth.
    While the day comes off as an intense day of play, there’s a lot of youth thought that goes into the event. The planning, the coordinating, the purchasing, the calling, the organizing and let’s not forget the paperwork.
    There are a number of Eagle Scout projects that make the community a great place to live and take a lot of work on behalf of the Scout and their troop.
    There are pancake breakfasts where choirs sing, car washes, even in not so great weather and fundraising galore.
    There are many high school students that go into the younger grades to teach, read and work with students in art, music and more.

  • Sarah Gustafson has an interest in nature as it relates to the young people of the community.
    She is the coordinator of the Nature Odyssey summer program for children in fourth through sixth grade. It takes place one to two weeks in June. Over the years, it has evolved to combine outdoor adventure with field science, which the kids love.
    “We have a lot of kids whose parents work at the lab, so that’s their view of what scientists do,” Gustafson said. “We try to instill the idea that you can do science outside, too. So we bring in geologists, ecologists and other field scientists. Over the last 4-5 years, I’ve been developing the theme of Nature Detectives to tie the activities together.”
    Gustafson also coordinates the Living Earth Adventure Program program for middle schoolers, that is also a summer program in June. “What (kids) love about it really comes back to the connections they make with nature, with other people, and with themselves. They all talk about making new friends and discovering interesting things,” she said.
    Gustafson served as the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s first vice president and was very involved in early Earth Day celebrations. During PEEC’s infancy, she focused on forging connections with Bandelier and other local organizations.

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    April 21-26, 2014

    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

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    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care. 

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

  • It’s time for a big birthday party. April 22 marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, and the Los Alamos Historical Museum is hosting a daylong birthday party to celebrate.
    The museum, 1050 Bathtub Row (just north of Fuller Lodge), will have free cupcakes available while supplies last. Oppenheimer biographies, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “American Prometheus,” will be 20 percent off regular price.
    In addition, Los Alamos visitors and residents alike can pick up coupons at the museum for $1 off Oppenheimer martinis and 10 percent off specially prepared Oppenheimer meals at the Manhattan Project Restaurant (formerly Dixie Girl).
    Coupons will only be available in the museum and are only valid on April 22.
    The restaurant will display Manhattan Project-era pictures from the museum and have some Oppenheimer “trivia” available, as well.
    Oppenheimer, scientific director of the Manhattan Project and a “founding father” of Los Alamos, was born in 1904 in New York. He visited New Mexico as a young man, and his love for the area helped him convince Gen. Leslie Groves, military director of the project, that it would be a good place for a remote, top-secret laboratory during World War II.

  • It’s that time of year again for school-aged kids to let loose and go wild. The annual Los Alamos Youth Leadership Wild Day is Saturday.
    Students (kindergarten through the sixth grade) are welcome to sign up and enjoy a day of fun with adult mentors and teen coordinators that encourage teamwork.
    The day kicks off 9 a.m. at either Los Alamos Griffith Gym or Sullivan Field, depending on the weather.
    The “Teamtastic” trio of teen coordinators will guide the children through arts and crafts, games and team events with younger kids vs. older kids. Nine kids will be assigned to each team coordinator.
    The teen coordinators helped plan the events and all are veterans to the Wild Day celebration.
    Los Alamos High School senior Haley Bridgewater has been with LAYL throughout her high school career, she has been a coordinator for Wild Day for three years. She has participated in many fundraising events for LAYL as well.
    “I helped organize a car wash fundraiser,” Bridgewater said. She has also participated in other activities associated with LAYL, such as setting up bike racks around town and plan Adopt-A-Family activities.

  • Closing party scheduled for exhibit

    A closing party for “Two Views One Vision” at 3 p.m. Saturday at the La Tienda Exhibit Space, 7 Caliente Road in Eldorado.
    Come see 60 collaborative paintings by Cuban artist Pablo Perea and American artist Linda Storm
    “To me our paintings are a visual representation of the harmony that can exist between different cultures.” Storm said.
    “We found our common ground as two artists. We thought we knew everything about ourselves, but from this surreal land that we created the whole world looks different... including us.”

    Jemez Gallery to host reception