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  • Since Los Alamos’s nature center chose the name Pajarito Environmental Education Center, punsters realized that the center needed to celebrate with an annual PEECnic. This year the celebration is from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at 3540 Orange Street and the community is invited.
    Park Flight interns, Andrés Felipe Peña Monroy, from Medellín, Colombia and Laila Yunes Jiménez, from Mexico City, will give a photo presentation called “Flying with Birds in Mexico and Colombia.”  

  • Sage Cottage preschool received a $10,000 grant from the United Way of Northern New Mexico to support the Children Youth and Families Department low-income families with childcare and preschool education.
    This grant allows parents and guardians to work and pursue continuing education while knowing their children are being well cared for and provided with a unique combination of Montessori, play- and science-based education. 
    Sage Cottage is grateful to the United Way Board for entrusting them with this grant.

  • Habitat for Humanity of the Española Valley and Los Alamos, Inc. in Partnership with Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Los Alamos, is unable to receive applications for home repair through its Building Kindness Program at this time.  
    Due to an overwhelming need for home repairs and receipt of applications, the application process must be closed for a period of six months. Building Kindness looks forward to serving the community.
    For more information call the Habitat for Humanity at 505-747-2690.

  • Monster Movie Wednesdays at UNM-Los Alamos will feature “The Invisible Man” (1933, 71 minutes, NR) at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the UNM-LA Lecture Hall in Bldg. 2. The movie is free and open to the public.
    Based on H.G. Wells’ novel, the film is directed by James Whale of “Frankenstein” fame and stars Claude Rains as a “mad scientist” who discovers a drug that turns him invisible.
    The iconic figure covered in bandages and wearing sunglasses, finds the drug also compels him to commit unspeakable acts.

  • Anticipation weighed heavily on three girls from Los Alamos on Aug 28. Annija Westfall, Marija Westfall and Sarah Hutchens clutched their Build A Bear stuffed animals as they listened to the announcer call their names as contestants for the national qualifying round in the New Mexico Bible Bee, held in Los Alamos.
    The girls competed in the 7-18 year old category and spent their summer memorizing and comprehending 250-800 Bible verses, Greek words and the entire Book of the Colossians.

  • Editor’s note: This story ran in Thursdsay’s Kaleidoscope, but contained  an error in the headline. The Monitor regrets any confusion the report may have caused.

    The 2010-2011 season of the Los Alamos Concert Association opens Nov. 17 with a concert featuring two American artists, cellist Julie Albers and pianist Orion Weiss. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium.

  • Positive Family Communication is the goal this week. Locally, only 34 percent of students feel like they have this asset in their lives.
    I always like to be mindful that a portion of this data point is how that communication is interpreted by our youth.
    Nevertheless, one might consider their daily interactions and how they might come across. I also like to bring up an old saying from when I was a kid, “Monkey see, monkey do.”

  • The Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild will sponsor the 2010 Quilt Market Oct. 16, during which quilted “treasures” will be up for sale.
    Each year the LA Piecemakers Guild sponsors either a show or market in October. This year the Quilt Market will be presented at the Baptist Church in Los Alamos.
    Bed quilts, table runners, placemats, wall hangings and wearables are just a few of the items that will be featured. In addition, there will be holiday quilted items that could make great gifts for friends and family.

  • The Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild will sponsor the 2010 Quilt Market Oct. 16, during which quilted “treasures” will be up for sale.
    Each year the LA Piecemakers Guild sponsors either a show or market in October. This year the Quilt Market will be presented at the Baptist Church in Los Alamos.
    Bed quilts, table runners, placemats, wall hangings and wearables are just a few of the items that will be featured. In addition, there will be holiday quilted items that could make great gifts for friends and family.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  

  • Merrick & Company is offering a scholarship to high school seniors graduating in 2011 within Northern New Mexico. The scholarship is available to students enrolling or enrolled at UNM-Los Alamos, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical or structural engineering.

  • The public is invited and encouraged to clean up “LA Mountain” and join a worldwide day of service at 10 a.m. Sunday.

  • “I read recently that religion is bad for society. The author claimed that religion, especially Christianity, only serves to hamper progress in ethics, education and science.  Any comments?”— Lisa

    Christianity is often caricatured as “stupid, narrow, legalistic, bigoted, unthinking and regressive.” Such a critique may be appropriate to the degree that the faith is defined by the actions of individuals who claim the name while acting stupidly, ignorantly and with narrow, legalistic bigotry.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran

  • As a way to honor the lives of those who have passed away in the last year, Odyssey Hospice hosts an Annual Day of Remembrance from 3-4 p.m. Oct. 17 at the International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe.
    This is a non-religious, (though spiritual), memorial with the primary focus reading the names of loved ones.  
    Community names are incorporated upon request.The event is free for New Mexico residents.
    Their campus includes an outdoor meditation labyrinth, which participants are encouraged to walk prior to the memorial.

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is again accepting donations of gently used wind instruments for use in the LAPS music program.
    Over 15 instruments were donated last year to fifth-12th grade students.  
    It is important that the instruments be in working order, or in need of only minor repair. Donations can be dropped off at the LAPS Foundation office located at 1900 Diamond Drive (in the Pueblo Complex) between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
    Donors will be asked to fill out a short form in order to receive a tax receipt through the mail.  

  • The Little Forest Playschool annual Fall Resale will be from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 23 at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.
     “The Resale is a big tradition in Los Alamos,” Executive Director Jennifer Morrison said. “We count on it to help support many of our programs.”
    The Resale has been a regular, semi-annual fundraiser for Little Forest Playschool for more than 20 years, Morrison said.

  • August and September are usually the two busiest months at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter and this year is no exception.
    There are more cats in the shelter right now than the shelter has seen in over 10 years and the cat room is nearing maximum capacity.

  • The Family YMCA and the Los Alamos Heart Council are co-sponsoring a poster contest for kids in Kindergarten through sixth grade.
    The theme of this contest is “Be Heart Smart.” Posters/pictures may be in any medium (crayon, paint, etc.)  Posters must be brought to the Y by Oct. 21.
    Winners will be notified Oct. 22 and will have their posters on display at the Health Fair on Oct. 23.

  • Last year Pajarito Environmental Education Center began a citizen science project, trying to establish a late-blooming plant list that could form a database for later years and ultimately gauge the effect, if any, of global warming/climate change on our local environment.  
    This year’s Big Plant Day will continue this work on Saturday.  Participants should call PEEC at 662-0460 and arrange to cover a specific area under the leadership of various plant experts.