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  • Ahh Spring break, the time when many get an opportunity to take a break, a brief vacation, or just an opportunity to unwind.
    On Saturday, 45 youth and adults from the United Church of Los Alamos and the Unitarian Church, woke up bright and early to head to Mexico.
    This inter-congregational gathering isn’t for a vacation, but for the chance to work their behinds off.
    The team will build three homes in one week and change the lives of three families forever.
    The start of the trip wasn’t easy as the van nicknamed El Sol, broke down multiple times on the way to Arizona.
    After some very patient travelers arrived at the guest church, a team worked into the night to repair the alternator, before the border crossing the next day.
    Sunday the team crossed the border and set up a camp they would call home for the week. Here culinary caretakers prepared each meal with love.
    Monday was concrete day, as the team poured three home foundations of concrete all mixed by hand in a wheel barrow with a shovel and a lot of determination.
    Today is framing day, when walls take shape and depending on the concrete, may even be put into place.
    Wednesday the pieces go up, the roof goes on and then they will get have their first lunch in the shade, the shade of the home.

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    April 7-13, 2013

    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

    8:30, 10 a.m. Tax preparation

    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Orange chicken

  • Don’t forget about the Posse Shack Pancake Breakfast. All proceeds from this morning’s pancake breakfast will go towards Friends of the Shelter. Some of our current adoptable dogs will be there as well. 

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505-662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets just 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. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are microchipped.

  • A great opportunity is available April 27 at the 2013 Los Alamos Dog Jog, a $20 reduced fee microchip clinic.
    Veterinarians from Animal Clinic of Los Alamos have donated their time and expertise to implant the microchips and Friends of the Shelter is very appreciative of their participation. 
    The fee includes the registration of the microchip to a database that can be read by shelters and veterinary clinics throughout the United States.
    No sign up is required ahead of time, just stop by Chamisa School in White Rock from 9-10:30 a.m. The clinic is open to the public, even if you aren’t registered for the Dog Jog.
     The best reason to have your animal microchipped is the improved chance that you’ll get your animal back if it becomes lost or stolen. Disasters where animals become displaced, you leave your pet with a sitter and the animal escapes, dogs that run away during thunderstorms or 4th of July fireworks, auto accidents, these are all times when your animal can become lost.
     A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice.

  • The busy season has arrived at Bandelier National Monument, with over 500 visitors per day arriving in Frijoles Canyon to explore the Ancestral Pueblo sites and enjoy the spring weather.
    A number of events have been planned through the rest of the year for visitors to enjoy.
    In April, National Park Week (April 20-28) is a good time to visit Bandelier and other national parks and monuments. To promote  events at parks and monuments, April 22-26 will be “Fee Free Days,” with no fees charged for entry to national parks and monuments around the nation.
    This year, Bandelier National Monument will again have a summer shuttle service. Beginning on May 24, visitors arriving between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. will park at the new White Rock Visitor Center in White Rock on N.M. 4 to pay their entrance fees and ride the shuttle (no additional charge) to the monument. Visitation is already filling the parking area in Frijoles Canyon, and the shuttles will help relieve congestion once the summer season arrives. 
    Some highlights of this year’s events will include a number of trail hikes, as well as star programs. The Nightwalk will take place on Friday nights in July and August, starting from Bandelier Visitor Center.

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

    The Bitter End, 7 Caliente Road
    Date Inspected: March 29
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Trattoria Nostrani, 304 Johnson St.
    Date Inspected: March 22
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Shihumi Reamenya
    Date Inspected: March 22
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Starbucks at Target, 3550 Zafarano Road.
    Date Inspected: March 15
    Violations: No paper towels hand wash area.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Allsup’s #307, Agua Fria and Morningside
    Date Inspected: March 22
    Violations: One high risk violation — improper storage. 4 moderate risk violations — contaminated equipment. 4 low risk violations — storage and ventilation and lighting.
    Status of Establishment: No follow up required.

  • The weather is warming up and that means it’s time to build more forts at PEEC.
    The fort-building area now includes a mud pie kitchen, complete with mud muffin tins, shovels, and spatulas. Whether you are an architect or mud chef, plan to be at PEEC on Friday, 3:30-5 p.m. for First Friday Forts!
    PEEC’s Nature Play area is fun for kids of all ages. Preschoolers come during field trips to explore and find insects while older kids watch their little seedlings turn into vegetable-producing plants. Spring of 2013 promises exciting improvements to the Nature Play area, including the much-anticipated mud kitchen.
    A recently downed tree has provided new building materials, so the forts are growing bigger and better than ever. Last month saw front porch and multiple room additions to a main fort complex. There was no shortage of help hauling branches to the site, as parents and many children worked together to construct their forts. Meanwhile, kids ranging in ages 1 to 11 worked the mud into cool creations at the dirt piles.

  • On Monday, the kindergarten through the sixth graders unofficially celebrated the end of SBA testing and the countdown to spring break with a parade.
    A variety of masks were created while working with local artist and teacher, Thelma Hahn and Renee Mitsunaga, for an upcoming celebration.
    On Thursday, from 5-7 pm, a White Rock Multi-cultural Fair will take place at Chamisa with performances and displays from all around the world, presented by students, parents, friends, neighbors, staff, and community members.
    The 5th and 6th graders at Chamisa and 4th and 5th grades at Pinon have studied Carnival celebrations around the world with, artist-in-residence and former LAPS Art Teacher, Thelma Hahn.
    Funding for the six week, artist-in-residence program for White Rock schools, came through a LAPS Fine Arts Grant.
    “This project perfectly integrated into another event sponsored by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation called “Around the World in White Rock”- Multicultural Fair,” said Mitsunaga. “Thelma Hahn was wonderful to observe and work with in our classroom. She showed her love for teaching and art through her instruction and interactions.”
    Mitsunaga benefited from Hahn’s instructional strategies and insight into the pedagogy of art.

  • Join PEEC on a historical hike of Burnt Mesa Pueblo. Dorothy Hoard will lead this popular hike to spectacular viewpoints starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    In the 1290s, the Ancestral Pueblo people built several villages across the Pajarito Plateau of a special design that archaeologists came to call “plaza sites.” Roomblocks were built in a tight square around a plaza with only one narrow entrance.
    The roomblocks were multistoried, even up to five stories high in some places.
    The intervening years have eroded the pueblos into mounds resembling giant donuts or bunkers. Burnt Mesa Pueblo is the most accessible of these plaza sites. It has been excavated (but backfilled) so that quite a bit is known about it.
    Hoard will share interesting facts about the trails and locations on her historical hikes.
    The level hike is two miles round trip. Estimated time is 3 hours, or a bit more if you would like to see the Los Alamos County alligator juniper trees.
    Meet at 9:30 a.m. at PEEC or 10 a.m. at the Burnt Mesa trailhead on N.M. 4. Free, no registration required.
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is located at 3540 Orange Street, behind the high school.
    Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.  

  •  The Los Alamos Cooperative Market is hosting its first wine and food pairing class on Saturday in the Co-op’s Café. 

    There will be two 75 minute classes; at 1:30 p.m. and at 3 p.m. 

    Vivác Winery’s Marketing and Publicity Director Michele A. Padberg, a certified executive sommelier, will teach the basics of wine and food pairing in a relaxed setting so attendees can feel free to explore different taste sensations. 

    Experience five different Vivác wines, all using New Mexico grapes, paired to local, regional and international cheese, beef and dark chocolate. 

    Learn what to look for when pairing wine and food and how to describe the flavor sensations. 

  • The Family YMCA will be offering free orientations to the new Y Express facility.
    These orientations are free to the public and there is no need to register.
    Dress comfortably.
    There are several days and times to choose from:

    Thursday — 12:30p.m.
    Friday — 4:30 p.m.
    April 9 — 5:30p.m.

    The Y Express is located at
    140 Central Park Square, facing the Little Theater. Please call The Family YMCA, 500-8026 or
    662-3100 for more information. 

  • Buffalo Thunder Resort will host a walk to benefit high school students at Pojoaque for their 2nd annual after prom fundraising event.
    For just $10 for adults and $5 for youth, the Walk to Stop DUI is a 5K, noncompetitive walk geared toward businesses and their employees, family members and individuals to raise funds through pledges. Walkers collect pledges from family, friends, and co-workers and all monies raised support the Santa Fe County DWI Program’s mission to stop Underage Drinking and Driving Under the Influence of drugs and alcohol. This event is sponsored by the Santa Fe County DWI Program and Santa Fe County Public Safety Division (Sheriff’s Office, Fire Dept. and Dept. of Corrections).
    This walk begins at the Buffalo Thunder Resort on Saturday. Registration is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.
    “The money raised will go towards the purchase of doors prizes such as laptop computers, flat screen TVs, Nooks, gas cards, digital cameras,” said Victoria De Vargas, a coordinator for the event.
    They also hope to raise enough to provide students with complimentary photos and frames for each participant and to purchase breakfast burritos for the Post Prom Party for Pojoaque High School. For more information, check their website at santafecountynm.gov under hot topics or call 995-6529. 

  • For more information or to register for an event, visit Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.
    Friday
    First Friday Forts. Come to PEEC and get building! Join other kids and parents who like fort building to construct, play, and hang out. Also, check out the mud pie kitchen! 3:30–5 p.m. Free.

    Underground of Enchantment Exhibit Opening. The 3D photo exhibit and movie features one of the most beautiful caves in the world- Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns NP. Opening reception at Mesa Public Library 4-5:30 p.m. and at PEEC 5-6:30 p.m. Contact PEEC or MPL for more information.

  • This year on April 7, World Health Day, focuses on high blood pressure, one of the many chronic diseases that are increasingly common around the world. 

    The World Health Organization reports that one third of adults worldwide have high blood pressure, and one in ten adults worldwide have diabetes. These diseases are already well known in the United States, where high blood pressure affects 31 percent of American adults. However, the highest levels of hypertension now occur in many African countries, where more than 40 percent of adults are affected, but where the money and infrastructure needed for treatment are most lacking.

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    Wednesday

    Brown Bag, LAAC presents Belisama Dance Company and Scottish Country Dancers. Presenting a wide range of programs, from Beethoven to ballet, opera to jazz, chamber music to bagpipes. Noon at Fuller Lodge. Free. Brown bag is funded in part by the County of Los Alamos. 

     

    Christine Chavez, Los Alamos County’s Water and Energy Conservation coordinator will present the county’s Energy and Water Conservation Plan, which outlines conservation goals for utility customers. The talk will be at 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, media room 203, building 2.

    Friday

  • Welcome to April and the Asset category of Constructive Use of Time.

    This category contains four Assets, which include: 

    • Creative activities — Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.

    • Youth programs — Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in community organizations.

    • Religious Community —Young person spends one hour or more per week in activities in a religious institution.

    • Time at home — Young person is out with friends “with nothing special to do” two or fewer nights per week.

  •  Hannah Breshears of Los Alamos, has been named to the dean’s List at the Savannah College of Art and Design for fall quarter 2012. Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the dean’s list.

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    Andrea Cherne graduated from the Adams State University, Alamosa, Colo., fall 2012 commencement on Dec. 15, in Plachy Hall. Cherne received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry and music/performance. Adams State awarded 155 undergraduate degrees in the fall ceremony.  

     

  • April 1-6, 2013

    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

    8:30, 10:30 a.m. Tax preparation

    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    11:30 a.m. Lunch:Chicken 

  • 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.

    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.

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

    Santa Fe

    Bistro 315, 315 Old Santa Fe Trail
    Date inspected: Mach 19
    Violations: Two low-risk violations, two for contaminated equipment — dirty ice crusher; dirty top of maka table.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Fox’s Uptown Grill, 450 Galisteo St.
    Date inspected: March 20
    Violations: Two low-risk violations, one for animals/vermin/openings — screen door needs to be self-closing. One for floors/walls/ceilings — replace light cover over stove.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Giant #861, 5741 Airport Road
    Date inspected: March 20
    Violations: None
    Notes: Bathrooms very clean
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Giant #863, 1229 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: March 20
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for other — burritos at 138 degrees, turn heater up.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.