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  •  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
    Ciera — Spayed female Shepherd-cross who likes to get to know her human associates before she shares her story with them.
    Coqueta — Six-year-old spayed female Retriever/Chow-mix surrendered. Good with adults and gentle children. Has been an outdoor dog.
    Five Border Collie puppies (Desmond, Bones, Reggie, Romper and Fly) — Four-months-old, four males and one female. They are pretty shy and the volunteers are working on socialization. Keep watching as they develop into fun, approachable pups.
    Minestrone — Currently in foster care, getting ready for a new family.
    Remy — Spayed female Shepherd-mix now adapting to her new circumstances.

  • Former Los Alamos High School student William O’Donnell, has produced the film “Education is Hope,” tracing the impact of education in Kenya on students, their family and their community.
    There will be a free screening at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Reel Deal Theater.
    “Education is Hope” is a grassroots film that will transport the audience to a country where poverty and back-breaking labor can usually only be overcome by education. 
    Education for young Kenyans is a sometimes elusive goal, hindered by the day-to-day responsibilities of maturing children to help support their families through hard labor. Dylan Westfall and O’Donnell embark on a journey through three months in Kenya.
    While living, sleeping and eating with the locals, they document the hardships and beliefs held among many Kenyan’s that only education can lift the poor, diseased and marginalized out of desperate circumstances.
    In the film, locals tell their stories, which illustrate that the hope of education is warranted. It shows that those who complete high school and some form of higher education find opportunities that would otherwise be non-existent.
    Meet the producers and Fredah, a Kenyan woman featured in the film, with a reception to follow. 

  • Ed Stein has been playing table tennis since 1934. The most senior member of the Los Alamos Table Tennis Club, he turned 90-years-old Sept. 12. He has been constantly involved with Los Alamos table tennis for many years and helped found the current club, with the help of Herman Owens, in 1970. Stein was ranked nationally with his highest ranking in 1976. He was a national umpire in the 1960s. The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7-10:30 p.m. every Tuesday night and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with a fee of $2 per player, and every Saturday morning for free on the bottom floor of the Betty Ehart Senior Center. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, contact club president Avadh Saxena at Avadh_s@hotmail.com.

  • The Los Alamos High School ’Topper Parent Organization is for parents who would like to be involved, to help ensure the best possible educational experience at LAHS. For more information about the TPO, visit laschools.net/LAHS/committeesandorganizations/tpo.
    One of the ongoing activities of the LAHS TPO is to present a list of items requested by LAHS staff to meet or enhance educational needs. Parents, community groups and individuals are encouraged to donate.
    Drop off items at the LAHS front office with a note indicating which department and to whom you would like the donation directed.  
    The following items have been requested:
     
    All departments
    and staff
    • Kleenex

    Attendance/bookkeeping, attention:
    Maire O’Neill
    • Kleenex (12)

    Biology, attention: Stephanie Mitchell
    • Kleenex
    • Stapler
    • Electronic pencil
    sharpener
    • Dry erase markers
    • Construction paper
    • Plastic rulers (10)
    • Dish drying rack
    and mat for cleaning lab
    equipment

    Chemistry, attention: Rachel Cowan
    • Kleenex
    • Re-fillable scotch tape
    dispensers (2 or 3)
    • Wide clear packaging

  • As part of the Authors Speak Series, William Dunmire will present a free, 45-minute slide-illustrated program that will take listeners on a tour through New Mexico’s six ecoregions and along some of the magnificent state and National Scenic Byways at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.
    From grasslands to mountains, deserts to forests, this talk will focus on the wide range of New Mexico’s landscape features. Blue Gramma grass, apache plume, mesquite and yucca, elk, burrowing owls and cranes are just a few of the the plants and wildlife that occur in the ecoregions Dunmire explores.
    His narrative, along with color photography, will provide audiences with an understanding of the elements that define the natural environments and will direct road travelers to many of the state’s best-loved natural features.
    “New Mexico’s Living Landscapes: A Roadside View  by William Dumire,” features photographs by Christine Bauman.
    “New Mexico’s Living Landscapes” is a guide through the ecoregions and down the scenic byways of the state’s natural world, from grasslands to mountains to deserts, focusing on some of  the landscape features and the plants and wildlife found therein.

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

    Española
    Cariños Charter School, 116 Calle Espinoza
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — sanitizer at <50 ppm. Corrected.
    Notes: Cariños serving staff must attend the in-house food safety class when offered.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Carlos Vigil Middle School, 1602 Johnny Roybal Industrial Park Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 7
    Violations: One high-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — No towels at hand wash sink, out at serving line. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Santa Fe
    Airport Shell, 7510 Airport Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 10
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations, one for improper holding — no thermometer inside walk-in refrigerator; one for contaminated equipment — soda machine dispensers were not cleaned and sanitized.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Baked in Tesuque, 138 C.R. 73
    Date inspected: Sept. 10

  • • The Los Alamos Choral Society is preparing for its January 2013 Winter Concert that will feature Handel’s “Messiah.” Regular rehearsals, which begin Sept. 25, are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Church. All singers are welcome.

    • The Los Alamos Concert Association presents Rachel Barton Pine, playing works by Mozart, Villa-Lobos and Brahms, at 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets, $30, are available at losalamosconcert.org or at Otowi Station Bookstore and CB Fox in Los Alamos; Smith’s Food and Drug in White Rock; and at Nicholas Potter and the Lensic Box Office in Santa Fe. Tickets are also available for $35 at the door. For more information, call 662-9000.

  • Quilts galore will be on display at the 2012 Quilt Market.
    Co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild and Jemez Mountains Bear Paw Quilting Guild, the event will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Crossroads Bible Church.
    Members have made quilted “treasures” that will be for sale. Bed quilts, table runners, placemats, wall hangings and wearable items are just a few of the items that will be featured.
    There is a selection of holiday quilted items, including mug rugs, cosmetic bags and ornaments. Co-chairs for the market, Libby Carlsten and Brenda Edeskuty, both agree that there is something for everyone.  
    The “Smokey River Quilt,” is the name of this year’s donation quilt. The item has been designed, pieced and quilted by members and will be raffled off at 3:30 p.m. Tickets for a chance to win the quilt will be on sale.
    There will be a section of second-hand and gently used quilt-related items for sale as well. Some offerings will include fabric, books, tools, patterns, equipment, unfinished projects and other quilting-related items.
    Once again, there will also be a Silent Auction at the Quilt Market with children’s quilts, wall hangings and table runners. One wall hanging features the 12 days of Christmas.

  • Los Alamos Middle School students and Principal Rex Kilburn pose with the 100 BEST trophy as it tours through Los Alamos Public Schools.

  • Settling an estate can be difficult and time consuming.
    Those who have been in the position of trying to find all the papers and information needed at the time of death and for estate settlement, know how much time and frustration can be involved.
    “After I’m Gone — Things to think about your Estate” is a program intended to provide the public with information to make the process easier.  
    Don Davidson will present the talk at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the White Rock Town Hall. Davidson will share what he has learned going through the process of getting his affairs in order.
    Learn what can be done to help family handle personal affairs upon a family member’s death.
    At the time of a death, there are various immediate questions.  
    Is there a will and/or trust? Where are the will and trust? What kind of funeral service should there be? Where are the telephone numbers of relatives? Who else needs to be informed? More questions arise as the estate settlement proceeds. What bills need to be paid? Wasn’t there land in another state? Where are all the stock certificates? How do we divide some of the personal belongings? Who gets the china and silver candlesticks? Was there more than one life insurance policy? The list goes on and on.  

  • The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. today at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.
    The featured speaker will be Greg Conklin, MS Optira Inc. His talk is titled, “LIDAR (Light Ranging and Detection) Techniques and Use.”
    LIDAR is a commercial technique that utilizes phase based lasers to collect measurements of points on the surface of a physical object.
    These points can be projected into 3D space and used to make 3D meshes and solids. Conklin received his master’s degree in chemistry from New Mexico Tech and has vast experience in managing large LIDAR projects.
    The September field trip will be to Shark’s tooth ridge some miles off of N.M. 550 on a dirt road located between San Ysidro and Cuba.
    For this trip, they will meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Sullivan Field. Fossil shark’s teeth and septarian nodules may be found with the potential for visiting an ammonite locality as well.
    Plan on bringing collecting gear, plastic baggies, a camera, sunscreen, a hat, water, lunch and snacks.
    Contact Paul Bradley at Ppbradpp@aol.com for more details and to confirm attendance.

  • This week, we salute the Bonding to School asset, number 24.
    I like to connect the community in the spirit of homecoming, during this week.
    I did not grow up here, I did not attend the schools here, but I feel connected to them because of my children.
    When I am at Chamisa Elementary, I am, indeed, a Cheetah. Although I do not currently have students in the middle school, I do a great deal of work with students and staff and when there, I feel like a Hawk. Finally I feel like a ’Topper and proudly wear my #16 jersey and soon, a delighful T-shirt, representing the NJROTC unit.
    This week, we can all feel like ’Toppers as we view their spirit days from afar, take part in the LAYL bonfire, watch the parade or attend or listen to the football game.
    This week, we can all take pride in the accomplishments of students, whether they are in the ’Topper band, part of the unit of Navy Color Guard or the elementary-age students that will sell cotton candy during the football game to raise money for physical education programs. Go Mr. Black!
    This past week, we also celebrated the honor of receiving the award for one of the 100 BEST Communities for Young people from America’s Promise and ING.

  • 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. 

    Five Border Collie puppies— Four-months-old, four males and one female. They are pretty shy and the volunteers are working on socialization. Keep watching as they develop into fun, approachable pups.

    Ponjo — Black-and-white Jack Russell/BC-mix, neutered male. Social and active. Good with other dogs.

    Two-step — One-year-old neutered male brindle Boxer/Shepherd-mix. Housebroken, really nice dog. Loves the dog park. Friendly and active, good with people.

    CATS

  • Art openings

     

    An exhibit featuring photos by Jamey Stillings, Linda Connor, Chris McCaw, David H. Gibson and Sharon Harper will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 28 at photo-eye Gallery, 376-A Garcia St. 

    Art exhibits

     

  • 1. “American Dream ...,” Jim Cullen

    2. “The Scarlet Letter,” Nathaniel Hawthorne

    3. “Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass,” Frederick Douglass

    4. “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin,” Benjamin Franklin

    5. “All Things Shining ...,” Hubert Dreyfus

    6. “Hamlet,” William Shakespeare

  • 1. Whistle, Flo Rida

    2. We Are Never Getting Back ..., Taylor Swift

    3. One More Night, Maroon 5

    4. Lights, Ellie Goulding

    5. Some Nights, fun.

    6. Everybody Talks, Neon Trees

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

     

    Santa Fe

     

    Agua Fria Elementary, 3160 Agua Fria

    Date inspected: Sept. 4

  • Local flavor

     

    • The Los Alamos Choral Society is preparing for its January 2013 Winter Concert that will feature Handel’s “Messiah.” Sign-up and music check-out will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 18, 2012 at the United Church. Regular rehearsals, which begin Sept. 25, are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Church. All singers are welcome.