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  • The Book of My Very Own campaign is halfway to its goal and will end Aug. 1.
    Otowi Station, Los Alamos Rotary Club and Self-Help, Inc., are partnering to provide free books to 500 local disadvantaged schoolchildren.
    The books will be distributed with school supplies for the neediest elementary school children in Los Alamos and surrounding communities, as designated by school counselors. The project is part of Self-Help’s “Tools for Schools” program.
    “We’ve been delighted with the response so far,” said Ellen Ben-Naim, children’s book buyer at Otowi Station Bookstore.

  • Esta Lee Albright will give an interactive talk on her work with orphaned sea otters in California at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The talk is free for Pajarito Environmental Education Center members and $5 per family for non-members.
    Albright will discuss some of the problems and challenges that arise when wild animal habitats intersect with human habitats, and what happens when an animal species needs help. Albright was a volunteer “otter mom” for 14 years in the sea otter rehabilitation program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which was one of the first centers to raise a wild orphan sea otter successfully.  

  • The Spanish Colonial Arts Society announces the receipt of a grant from the Harry Chapin Foundation to support the educational programs of the society, according to Donna Pedace, executive director of the society.
    The grant from the Harry Chapin Foundation will be used to support the Arts Outreach Program, which is a school-based program where the society sends Spanish Market artists into the local public schools to teach hands-on art workshops to either fourth or seventh grade students.
    These workshops are scheduled at the request of individual schools and teachers and, for many, these are the only art classes the students receive.

  • Kiwanis awarded Erin Burr a scholarship. She will attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins and will study dance and health, with a focus on exercise science. Burr participated in Dance Arts Los Alamos since she was three years old and performed in several performances of “The Nutcracker.” She also served on the United Way Youth Team and Los Alamos Youth Leadership. Pictured left to right are: Thomas Burr, Lynn Finnegan, Erin Burr and Kiwanis Second Vice President Karen Kendall.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on site adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.

    DOGS
    Coqueta — Six-year-old spayed female Retriever/Chow-mix surrendered. Good with adults and gentle children. Has been an outdoor dog.

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

    Los Alamos

    Dixie Girl Market, 1789 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: July 23, opening
    Violations: One high-risk violation for plumbing/waste disposal — icemaker, three-compartment sink and dishwashing machine piping must be two inches above the floor drain. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española

    La Cocina Restaurant, 415 Santa Clara Bridge
    Date inspected: July 13
    Violations: Two high-risk violations for contaminated equipment — food handlers must wear gloves. Corrected. Sanitizer too strong. Corrected.

  • Anyone that’s visited Rancho de las Golondrinas in Santa Fe knows that it’s steeped in history.
    In addition to educating visitors about Spanish Colonial ways of life, the living museum also offers various festivals and events throughout the year. One of the museum’s regular events is the Herb and Lavender Fair. This year, will mark its 10th year and will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
    The fair provides visitors with the opportunity to listen to Marimba and Flamenco music while celebrating their love of herbs and lavender. In addition, there will also be tours of the Las Golondrinas herb gardens, arts and crafts vendors and lavender crafts vendors.

  • Diedra DeMello, a longtime Los Alamos resident passed away Saturday from cancer. The American Legion Riders will have a memorial ride that will include breakfast, a poker run to Cimarron and a steak dinner. Everyone is invited to any portion of — or the entire event.
    The proceeds will go toward returning “Ma” back to Los Alamos to be buried with her brother Pat Turner.
     The ride will start with a breakfast at 7 a.m. at the American Legion, 1325 Trinity Dr. The riders will leave at 8 a.m. on their way to Cimarron for lunch at the Express St. James hotel.

  • An individual’s home insurance rates may increase if they own pets. Some insurance companies are now requiring proof of pet breed, especially if they own a dog breed deemed “aggressive” or an exotic animal.
    Some agents and companies may even ask for pictures of the pets in order to finalize a rate.
    One way is to fight against this is to have a dog declared a “canine good citizen.”
    Started in 1989, the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program focuses on teaching dogs to be well behaved at home and in the community.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program
    Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower PEEC to better serve the residents of Los Alamos by helping it to meet and exceed the highest professional standards of the museum field. The $4,000 cost of this program will be completely funded through the grant received.

  • The Assets program oversees the local coordination of a program called Change of Heart.
    The seven-hour curriculum is about improving school climate. It focuses on more than bullying — like the foundational relationships and life experiences that mold youth throughout their school years.
    After what happened in Aurora, Colo., on Friday, I feel I would be remiss not to address it, at least on a local level.
    I’m actually quite impressed that we haven’t seen everyone that has ever known the shooter coming forward to have their say and get their 15-minutes of fame.
    Their police department isn’t leaking out every detail of what is going on post-event. They are releasing what needs to be known and that’s it.

  • An audition for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Beauty Lou and the Country Beast” will be from 10 a.m.-noon. Monday at Crossroads Bible Church. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Parents or guardians must accompany the child to registration to sign the permission slip. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal following the audition.

  • This summer I had an experience that made me appreciate my community. I am a teenager that lives in White Rock.
    Our one-year-old Malti-Poo has never been away from our family before, so when we went on a two-week vacation, we picked a family similar to ours, where she would receive lots of love and attention.  
    After five days into our vacation, we got a call that one of the kids got a rash, possibly from the dog. She was then taken to an alternative family that has a dog of its own.  
    Our puppy did not handle that change well, so when the opportunity came, she took the chance to escape from the unfamiliar people’s yard.  

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer a special, late-night Summer Family Evenings Star Party, starting at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. The program is free and open to the public and no registration is required. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is located at 3540 Orange St., behind the high school. PEEC will have several telescopes available so participants can view different objects.

  • After what seems to be a busy summer, Los Alamos High School senior Leia Roach, of Mush Crafts is getting down to business.
    The anime-inspired artist has built a business around her SPARK, creating jewelry and plush animals, made specifically for her clients.  
    “Last year, I started making plushes with my friend and we thought people would enjoy them,” Roach said.
    The idea drove her to etsy.com/shop/.mushcrafts, which allows her to sell to online shoppers, looking for a gift.
    Mush Crafts jewelry starts out as a hand-drawn piece of art. Roach is happy to take suggestions from customers and create custom orders, during the creative process.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on site adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.

    DOGS
    Cessna— Roamer from the airport. Golden Retriever-mix. Shy, but seems sweet and submissive. Will be available for adoption after vet appointment Tuesday.

  • Trinity on the Hill members serve pies at their Pie in the Sky fundraiser last week. The House of Hope fundraiser auctioned off pies and served dinner to the community with a goal to build a home in Juaréz in October. Those wishing to make donations can contact the church for details.

  • 2012 marks a significant milestone for New Mexico, for Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails and for Girl Scout councils across the country — they all celebrate their 100th anniversaries.
    The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails and the New Mexico State Parks co-hosted a Centennial Celebration on Saturday at Hyde Memorial Park in Santa Fe with more than 100 Girl Scouts, troops, families and members of the public joining in the celebration. Gov. Susana Martinez was the honored guest speaker.
    The festivities began at 10:30 a.m. with the opening ceremony with Martinez.  Following the ceremony, there was cake and activities provided by state parks, the Girl Scouts and community partners.  

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

    Santa Fe

    Above Sea Level, 1274 Calle de Commercio
    Date inspected: July 10
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — food scales were not properly cleaned and sanitized. One low-risk violation or floors/walls/ceilings — ceiling needs to be repaired.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Atomic Grill, 103 E. Water St.
    Date inspected: July 12, complaint

  • When a restaurant does something right, patrons take notice. The same can be said when a restaurant does something wrong.
    One has to ask what happens when an eatery that usually does something right takes a wrong turn and churns out not just a bad dish, but a horrible dish. Perhaps it was a bad day. Perhaps it was a different cook. No matter the reason, it’s difficult to not be disappointed when you feel as though you just threw money away on an awful meal. Such was the case on a recent afternoon.