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    April 13-19, 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

    SUNDAY

    2 p.m. Living Treasures Ceremony

    MONDAY

    8:30, 10 a.m. Tax prep

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    La Leche League of Los Alamos will be discussing nutrition and weaning at its monthly meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the First United Methodist Church teen room at 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 concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available. Nursing babies and toddlers who have difficulty separating, are welcome.

    LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing information, education, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.

    For more information, contact Gina at 661-8740, Cathleen at 480-0593, or Keisha at 500-6246. 

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    The Dog Jog will begin at 9 a.m. April 26 at the White Rock United Methodist Church. (Race check-in is 8-8:40 a.m.) The Dog Jog offers a 3.1 mile competitive course or a 2 mile fun walk/run and is open to all participants with or without a dog and at any pace. Entry forms and instructions are available online at wordpress.lafos.org/dogjog/. A reduced-fee microchip clinic ($20) for dogs and cats will be offered from 9-10:30 a.m., no pre-registration is necessary.

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. 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 — Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

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    Art exhibits

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “Bits and Pieces: Works by Karina Hean, Catherine Gangloff and Michel Déjean.” Through April 19.  

     

    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 month of April has many health-awareness workshops offered to caregivers and those who suffer from such aliments as Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Diabetes and Melanoma.
    Free Alzheimer’s education offered in Spanish. The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter will present a course in Spanish specifically designed for people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. “Cuidando con Respeto,” is an intensive training will meet over two days from 1-4 p.m. April 19 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20. The class will be at San Isidro Catholic Church, 3552 Agua Fria St. in Santa Fe.
    These sessions will teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with Alzheimer’s, for long-term planning and for coping with associated stresses. The course also explains the signs, behaviors and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease.
    The course attempts to impart burnout-avoidance methods to a population, which is u nder chronic emotional duress. More than 60 percent of family caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia rate their emotional stress from care giving as high or very high, and about 33 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers report symptoms of depression.

  • The Irishman who helped Charles L. Tiffany and others seek turquoise in territorial New Mexico left a treasure trove of letters… this is his story.
    For the first time, discover the adventure in the search for turquoise outside of Cerrillos on the Turquoise Hill.
    “Tiffany Blue” is the true story of territorial New Mexico told through the extensive documents of the immigrant Irishman who was the superintendent of the once biggest and best turquoise mine in all of America.
    Author Patricia McCraw discusses the novel, 7:30 p.m. April 15 at Fuller Lodge.
    The public is welcome to learn about parts played by Indians, outlaws, governors, sheriffs, adventurers, bandits, the New Mexico Insane Asylum, politicians — both good and bad — and an assortment of schemers and dreamers all seeking a piece of the American Turquoise Company. And the backers of the American Turquoise Co. were titans: Charles Lewis Tiffany, the New York jeweler, James Stillman, president of First National City Bank of New York and one of America’s richest men and Allan Pinkerton of the detective agency.

  • Santa Fe
    Chocolate Maven — food service, 821 San Mateo, Unit C
    Date inspected: Feb. 25
    Violations: Eleven total violations (Level of violation not specified): Light in prep area unprotected. Missing base covering in various areas. Opening in wall around storage area door. Ceiling not smooth, plaster coating ruptured with fiberglass exposed in prep area. No sanitizer test kits. Peeling paint on wall near hot holding area. Worn paint at front service area. Inadequate light in prep areas. Rafters and utility lines exposed not easy to clean. Hand sink access difficult with equipment close by. Service area hand sink is in poor condition. Last two violations were corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Recruitment day for volunteers will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15.
    Volunteers are an integral part of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.
    The museum rely on the dedication and commitment of volunteers to help in a multitude of ways and we offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities, including events such as Spanish Market, in offices, and in the gift shop. Volunteers are invaluable to making the Society and Museum function smoothly.
    Volunteer positions are now open to all individuals who are willing to commit. The musuem suggest that volunteers become Society members so they will receive all mailings about the changing exhibitions and ongoing activities within the various departments. As members, volunteers also receive discounts on
    Museum lectures, in the Museum Shop and will receive invitations to special events.
    Almost all departments throughout the Society need volunteers to be an indispensable addition to their staff. If needed, training is provided by the staff.   

  • Twirl Toy Store and Playspace in Taos has been named by CNN as one of the “15 Best Spots for Kids” in America. Twirl is in good company, alongside the country’s top kid-friendly attractions such as Legoland (Calif.), Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Fla.) and American Museum of Natural History (N.Y.), among others.
     The selections stem from Gogobot Traveler’s Favorites awards, which is based on user recommendations and the number of visits by the site’s 3.7 million users. The list includes only those kids friendly attractions which were also fun for adults.

  • Dubbed as the No. 1 “spiritual center” in the United States by Travel and Escape Magazine (2012), Taos will also be the peaceful center of the 19th annual “Global Peace Walk” until April 22, hosted by Turtle Compassion, a nonprofit organization based in Taos. 
    Among many activities, newly elected Taos Mayor Dan Barrone is expected to read this year’s Global Peace Zone proclamation at noon on Earth Day, April 22.  
    “Our goal is to bring light to the darkness of our society and stand together as one global family supporting each other to successfully manifest our highest potentials,” said Global Peace Walk coordinator, Wendy Mason-Sherwood. “Global peace is a prayer for future generations and it is our last resolve as human beings. If this message of peace spreads throughout the globe, then the earth will become peaceful.”

  • As a little girl growing up in Kentucky, I was always surrounded by interesting cars. One of my grandfathers was a mechanic and owned a small garage in a tiny town called Midway.
    I have fond memories of conversing with the customers, swindling free bubble gum and riding my bike in the gravel outside the garage.
    Occasionally, I would have the honor of being his helper. Grandpa would have both hands under the hood of a car, shouting out the name of the tool he needed. I would revel in the praise I received when I handed him the correct one.
    My other grandpa collected and restored old Chevys, including a deep burgundy 1957 Chevy Wagon. One of his garages was filled with cars in various stages of restoration.
    Part of that garage was filled with his completed projects, all carefully covered in white drop clothes. The only time the covers were removed was during parade season and for the occasional, and very rare, Sunday drive.
    As I grew up and moved away, I lost touch with the car culture a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I can still spot a sexy car from a mile away and, luckily, the car culture in this state is alive and kicking. I simply admire from the comfort of my Toyota sedan, as I tour the interstates of New Mexico.

  • Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival announces the artists, many of them related, whom will be participating in the festival this year. The current roster includes top painters, jewelers, potters, glass artists, sculptors, carvers and weavers who will showcase their work May 24–25 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.
    The festival benefits the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe.
    Jeweler, Victoria Adams, and her sister, Alexis Adams (both Southern Cheyenne/Arapaho), will make their first appearance at Native Treasures this year.
    Victoria Adams is well known for her detailed and refined jewelry designs. She recently branched out into handmade purses with sterling silver and gemstone decorations.
    Alexis Adams is a potter whose designs are influenced by the forms of her Cheyenne ancestors and the plants native to her home in the Sierra foothills of California. The result is a pottery style reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement.
    Mother and daughter, Mona and Charlene Laughing, (both Diné), are master weavers who regularly win first-place ribbons for their striking and colorful work at the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard show in Phoenix. They have participated in Native Treasures for the last several years.

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    Today

    “Sisters in Art — Sisters at Heart,” shows daily in the Portal Gallery of Fuller Lodge Art Center through April 26.  

    Thursday

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. 

     

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    The Project Management Institute was recently awarded Los Alamos resident John Jones PMI Region 7 volunteer of the year. Jones is a PMI chapter board member.

    The award recognized his contributions during the 2013 calendar year. 

    The board said that as vice president of programs, Jones had reached out to the membership of the Otowi Bridge PMI chapter, asking what changes they wanted.

    Based on membership responses, Jones initiated quarterly dinner meetings and arranged for high quality presenters at these events. 

    Jones also spearheaded New Mexico’s inaugural International Project Management Day (IPMD) event last November in collaboration with the Rio Grande chapter of PMI. 

  •  The Family Strength Network offers programs to help teens and young adults throughout the year. The next round of classes and workshops are available now for registration. Some classes are have been going on since the beginning of the year, however anyone may register for a session until the program ends. Anyone who can’t make the times listed can call 662-4515 or email fsn@lafsn.org to be notified of future classes.

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    Artist and instructor Lisa Coddington’s class at PEEC last summer was well received, so Pajarito Environmental Education Center has welcomed Coddington back for another hands-on art workshop. 

    Participants will learn how to use drawing materials to portray animals such as those found at PEEC or around the Pajarito Plateau. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with a 30-minute break for lunch.

    With the class size limited to nine, Coddington will be able to work one-on-one with participants as they explore how to use pencil techniques to portray animals. Coddington will teach participants how to select a subject and start an animal portrait. This class is suggested for beginner and intermediate levels. Price is $45, or $36 for PEEC members. There is also a list of required art supplies, which participants will need to purchase separately. Village Arts will carry all the supplies and will offer a 10 percent discount to anyone who brings in the class list.

  • Activities kicked off at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center this week.
    From now until Friday, the aquatic center presents a Spring Fling at the pool. The obstacle course will be up and running every day from 1-3 p.m.
    The aquatic center supports its students, and offers a discount all week for youth from 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
    The aquatic center also launches a new program on April 19. The in-pool egg hunt will begin at 1 p.m. Admission is $2.50/child, and all youth — ages 16 and under — are invited to hunt for
    some colorful eggs in the water. The limit is 150 youth, and all participants are invited to stary after and enjoy the pool.
    The Double Dive-In Feature will present “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” from 7 to 8:45 p.m. April 25. The lights are dimmed, the float toys are out, and the big theater-like screen will go up for the movie. Advance ticket sales are available at the aquatic centers front counter for $5.
    Admission includes treats, a glow necklace, and access to the pool during the movie.  
    At 9 p.m., the featured movie for teens will be “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” and will include pizza sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and is free for all high schoolers.

  • Judging by the success of the Los Alamos High School Speech and Debate team, the coaches have a large part of the honor. Three coaches have recently been recognized both statewide and nationally.
    During the past year, all three have earned the Diamond Coach Award from the National Speech and Debate Association.
    The Diamond Coach Award reflects both excellence and longevity in coaching speech and debate. Of the 25 High School teams which compete in New Mexico and the 34 active coaches, only five have earned a Diamond Coach Award. Three of those five coaches are located here in Los Alamos.
    Margo Batha and Janet Newton are coaches of the LAHS Hilltalkers. Carolyn Connor is coach of the Jemez Mountain Homeschool Speech and Debate team.
    At the state level, the New Mexico Speech and Debate Association (NMSDA) is a professional association of educators and coaches representing public, private and charter schools statewide who are actively engaged in forensics education and high school-level speech and debate competition. 
    Each year the NMSDA awards Speech Coach of the Year and Debate Coach of the Year to two exemplary coaches. To be considered, coaches must be nominated, lead a successful program, and exhibit dedication, involvement and sportsmanship.

  • 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:

  • “If everyone in the world had a neighbor like John, this would be a wonderful world.”
    Behind most endeavors is someone who just does his job, keeps things going, avoids the limelight – and is indispensable. Such a one is 2014 Living Treasure John Stewart.
    John was born in New York City and raised mostly in Richland, Washington, where his father worked at the Hanford Atomic Site. He graduated from Washington State College with a degree in psychology, but two years in the Army convinced him that a different specialty might enhance his job prospects. Returning to school, he earned a master’s degree in mathematics. He and Margaret married in 1955; a 60th wedding anniversary beckons. John hired on at the Los Alamos Laboratory in 1959 as a computer programmer (later system manager). He started working in an astronomy group, then oceanography, and ended with seismology.
    “When I retired, I didn’t know what to do with myself, what to keep me off the street.” John reached out to the community.