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    First impressions are usually lasting ones, but sometimes you just have to give a restaurant a second chance. Maybe there was something going on that day, or maybe they were in the midst of a transition in ownership. For some reason they didn’t hit the mark the first time, but that may not necessarily be the case the second time around.

    It took a few months to work up the courage to go back to the Fabulous 50’s Diner at the American Legion on Trinity Drive. During the first and last visit, the food was found to be mostly frozen, the portions a bit on the small side for the price and let’s just say the ambiance left much to be desired.

    The second trip to the diner was made in search of breakfast. There are only a couple of restaurants in Los Alamos open in the morning on the weekend and the Fabulous 50s Diner is one of them. 

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    Author and freelance photojournalist Christina Nealson has traveled to Africa, Canada, Central America, Mexico and across the western United States. 

    From 1-3 p.m. Sunday, she will be in Los Alamos to talk about her latest book, “Drive Me Wild: A Western Odyssey.” 

    She has also written, “New Mexico’s Sanctuaries, Retreats and Sacred Places,” “Living on the  Spine: A Woman’s Life in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains,” and “At the Edge: Cooperative Teachings for Global Survival.”

    Nealson was born and raised in the small farming village of West Liberty, Iowa. She spends the majority of the year traveling and writing, but when she’s not globe-trotting, she calls Mancos, Colo., home.  

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    The first thing that comes to mind when hearing “Van Choc Straw” probably isn’t family ties. In fact, it may sound a bit strange, but some may be able to make the vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, Neapolitan ice cream flavor-connection.

    Ice cream aside, one would probably never guess that Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest production goes by that name. The flyer description says it’s a “comedic tale  about tenuous family ties and the often stronger bonds of friendship that lattice the final years of our lives.”

    Consequently, family ties are not just part of the story line. They are a real-life factor in the production of “Van Choc Straw.” Mimi Adams is directing the play written by her friend, Mark Dunn, while her son, Sequoyah Adams-Rice, is serving as the assistant director and co-stage manager.

  • The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale. Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals. Daffodil pre-orders are being taken through Sunday.
    The following orders may be placed: a glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) of daffodils for $15.00; a glass vase with one bunch for $10 or a single bunch (10 stems) for $5. Delivery is free with a minimum of two bunches or one vase to a single address. Flowers will be delivered March 9 or they may be picked up at Daffodil Central (location to be announced) from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 7 and 8. Watch for location sales at local restaurants, banks and grocery stores on March 7 and 8.
    The sale is sponsored in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico and Wal-Mart in Española. To place an order, call the Visiting Nurse Service at 662-2525. 

  • Physics and Astronomy
    Junior Division,
    regional
    Jesse Prime, Aspen Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Armanpreet Singh, Aspen Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Alicia Gonzales, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Antonio Gonzales, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Joanna Romero, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Jillian Bennett, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Hannah Clegg, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Antonio Dowdy, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Karyssa Garcia, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Jennifer Martinez, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Teresa Ramos, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Jessi Thompson, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Shihong He, Los Alamos Middle School, LANL Participation Award $10

    Esperanza Tapia, LAMS, Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra $50 and concert tickets

    Dante Cote, Mountain Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Dylan Irish, Mountain Elementary, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $25

    Dylan Ma, Mountain Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

  • The United Church of Los Alamos is requesting donations of any items for their 2013 auction. New or used items including furniture, toys and certificates for services will allow community youth to build homes for the poor, during spring break. Items donated can even be picked up request. For more information, call 662-2971.

  • Members of the Los Alamos High School NJROTC shooting team traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah last weekend to compete in the Western Navy Championships. The precision team of Tessa Snyder, Brandon Frank, Noah Marriott and John Gibson beat out the team from Socorro High School in El Paso,Texas, for the first place team award. Three members of the team made the Top 8 finals match. Receiving individual awards were: Snyder, third overall;  Frank, fourth overall; and Marriott, seventh overall. Additionally, Gibson and Samuel Wolfe were awarded medals for ninth and 10th place, respectively. In the sporter class, Nikita Belooussov placed fourth individually and set a new unit record in the kneeling position with a 97.
    Pictured, left to right, front row: Gibson and Snyder. Back row: Beloousov, Wolfe, Frank and Marriott. 

  • Elementary Physical Science

    Maximus Jiron, Mountain Elementary, Mountain Elementary, NNMASME Chamber Check $10, American Association of University Women $5, Chamisa PTO $5

    Lydia Kenamond, Mountain Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Manisha Khawas, Mountain Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Gopal Nadiga, Mountain Elementary, CB Fox $15 gift card

    Declan O’Leary, Mountain Elementary, American Association of University Women $5

    Gracie Swensen, Mountain Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Mikey Aslam, Piñon Elementary, Pajarito Lodge #66, Explora Museum $50 gift certificate, American Association of University Women $5, Chamisa PTO $5

    Kevin Clarke, Piñon Elementary, American Association of University Women $5, Chamisa PTO $5

    Sasha Dolin, Piñon Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10
    Katherine Fanning, Piñon Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Michaela Gonzales, Piñon Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Rebekah Lockhart, Piñon Elementary, American Association of University Women $5

    AJ McPherson, Piñon Elementary, Cheryl Pongratz $20

    Kara Moss, Piñon Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

  • Elementary Physical Science

    Kaitlyn McGrane, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Pajarito Lodge #66 Explora Museum $50 gift certificate, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $10

    Sean Mitchell and Joseph Merl, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5 each team member, Cheryl Pongratz $20

    Ben Moulton, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, LA County Environmental Services and Environmental Sustainability Board $20 Chamber Check, NNMASME Chamber Check $10, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $10

    Mrs. Schembri’s class, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, American Association of University Women $35, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $20, Aspen PTO $50, Mountain PTA $10

    Ryan Schwarzkopf, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Colin Simpson, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5
    Mrs. Snow’s class, Olivia Koo, Kamaya Ronnine, Shane Tobin, Elizabeth Frost, Amelia Morgan, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $20, Mountain PTA $10

    Kezia Tripp, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Piñon PTO $10 Target gift card, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $10

    Abby Wescott, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Laila Amin, Chamisa Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Collin Buksas, Chamisa Elementary , Elks Participation Award $10

  • There are a variety of opportunities ahead where you can support youth. It gets even better when it involves eating.
    Your first chance is Thursday night, when the Los Alamos High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp hosts brisket night.
    This cadre of cadets will set up, sell and serve — all in the name of fundraising to make themselves and their unit even better.
    Brisket night is a monthly event that takes place at the Posse Lodge and will be at 5:30 p.m.
    The food fest includes tender, slow roasted brisket, potato salad, baked beans, a roll, cookie and drink for $10.
    The funds allow the NJROTC teams to travel to competition and compete in a variety of activities from inspection and drill to shooting and using their mad skills in the Brain Bowl.
    Our second group of fundraising young people is our local girl scouts. These pint-sized entrepreneurs will host booths at our neighborhood Smith’s stores, to sell a host of baked goodies, from low-fat to full decadence.
    If counting calories is high on your list, take them up on their option to send treats to troops or buy a few boxes to drop off at our local teen center.
    The quicker these young ladies unload their supplies, the sooner they can get back to earning their badges and advancing to the next level.

  • 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.

    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter.

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

     

    DOGS

    Fly —A very sweet female Border Collie-mix. She is very shy and living in a foster home, where she is gaining some confidence. To meet Fly in her foster home, call 412-3451. 

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    Feb. 24-March 2, 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

  • Microbiology
    Junior Division
    Third place
    Natalie Stafford, Chamisa Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10, CB Fox $25 gift card, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $50, J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee, book

    Honorable mention
    Sydney Alexander, Aspen Elementary, Elks Participation Award

    June Cooke, Los Alamos Middle School, Superintendent’s Choice Award, Haagen Dazs certificate, LA Elks Lodge #2083 $50, CB Fox $60 gift card, J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee, book

    Physical Science
    Elementary Division
    Anna Abeyta, Aspen Elementary, Chamisa PTO $5

    Connor Ahrens, Aspen Elementary, Superintendent’s Choice Award, Haagen Dazs certificate, Chamisa PTO $5

    Luca Alexander, Aspen Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Guadi Fanelli, Aspen Elementary, Los Alamos Heart Council $25, Chamisa PTO $5

    Ella Gaffney, Aspen Elementary, Chamisa PTO $5

    Christopher Garcia, Aspen Elementary, Pajarito Lodge #66, Explora Museum $50 gift certificate

    Mrs. Hendricks’ class, Aspen Elementary, Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra $50 and concert tickets, Los Alamos National Bank $25, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $20, Mountain PTA $10

    Patsy Hensley, Aspen Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

  • Los Alamos music teachers will present a Student Musicale at 2 p.m. Sunday in Fuller Lodge. Students of Madeline Williamson, Kay Newnam, Gina Doorn, Frances Meier, Richard Hannemann, Aejin Chang and Janna Warren will perform. The performing students are Jerry Lee, Daniel and Yunseo Kim, Joshua Chung, Jacob Romero, Bailey Yost, Catherine Bitteker, Joey Ladino, Joshua Morgan, Helen Liu, Grace Kim, Lily and Josh Shevitz, Jenny Wang and Jennifer Wang. They represent a variety of ages, musical proficiency and composers. Everyone is invited.
    Bailey Yost and Catherine Bitteker are seated at the piano with teacher Regina Doorn

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

    Española

    Johnson Controls, community kitchen, 1027 Railroad Ave.
    Date inspected: Feb. 15
    Violations: Two high-risk violations for improper holding — cream cheese, yogurt, eggs, sliced cheese, turkey breast need to be thrown out. Walk-in refrigerator tomatoes at 51 degrees. One low-risk violation for storage — dry storage, boxes with cups directly on the floor. Must be stored six inches off the floor.
    Status of establishment: Approved, follow-up Feb. 28.

    Subway #5655, 745-B Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Feb. 15, complaint
    Violations: None
    Notes: Complaint based on “bad tasting” tuna sandwich. Tuna holding at 37.7 degrees on prep line and 37.8 degrees in walk-in, salami at 37-38 degrees. Tuna shelf stable, until used/mixed with mayonnaise and chilled. Possible that toasted bread changes flavor on tuna sub, otherwise tuna sandwich process is fairly safe.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Tortilleria Temosachi, 419 Corlett Road
    Date inspected: Feb. 15
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

  • The next time you’re in Santa Fe and craving a good burger, drop into Five Star Burgers on Guadalupe Street. The name says it all.
    The location can be a bit tricky to find because it’s part of a strip mall. However, it’s across the street from the Santa Fe National Cemetery, in a parking lot right next to Albertson’s grocery store.
    The restaurant is small and simple. Gold and purple hues grace the walls, which will suit Los Angeles Lakers fans just fine. There is a TV above the bar and the tables are small, but sufficiently spaced apart.
    The menu is not very extensive, but it doesn’t need to be. The restaurant does a few things, but they do them well. They offer burgers, but also different kinds of sandwiches, along with salads.
    On a recent visit, the appetizer of choice was fried pickles. These aren’t your thinly sliced pickle chips. These are spears — four to be exact. They are dipped in batter and fried and served with ranch and green chile ranch dipping sauce. At $3, they might seem a bit pricey, but they are well worth it. The batter is crispy and the pickles retain their flavor through the frying process.

  • The Jim Sagel Memorial Lecture Series at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, presents the award-winning poet David Mills, who will perform an excerpt from his show, “Dreamweaver: The Works of Langston Hughes,” on March 4.
    Actor and writer Mills’ one-person dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes poems and short stories journeys through the Harlem Renaissance — from the 1920s through the 1960s. Mills will also read his own work and participate in a Q&A session. As a prelude, Mills will perform his complete show at the Lensic in Santa Fe on Feb. 27, for the Lannan Foundation.
    The reading is free, open to the public, and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Building 2 Lecture Hall at UNM-LA. Mills will also visit Zandree Stidham’s classes (English 100 and 101) the same day as the performance.
    Mills studied economics and theater at Yale before spending three years as writer-in-residence at Hughes’ landmark home. Author of a collection of poems, “The Dream Detective,” he has performed on stages around the country and overseas.
    Hughes was first recognized as an important literary figure during the 1920s, a period known as the “Harlem Renaissance” because of the number of emerging black writers.

  • Los Alamos landscapes, events around town and a plethora of other subjects have all been photographed and will on display at Mesa Public Library during the Los Alamos Photography Club’s show.
    Photographers of all ages, who live or work in Los Alamos, are invited to submit their photos for the 18th annual non-juried show. The pictures should be dropped off at Mesa Public Library from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 2. They will remain on display through March 29. Photographers may pick up their photos on March 30. The opening reception will be at 5:30 p.m. March 4.
    The show is held each year in March, because according to LAPC member Doug Coombs, “there’s more light in the gallery” during that time.
    Coombs said last year’s show featured 125 entries, which was “just about right.” He said the group encourages young people to show their work.
    “A past participant is majoring in fine arts and photography,” Coombs said. “Her mom said the show was a good influence.”
    The subject matter can be as varied as the size of the photos. There is only one rule for submissions: they must be presentable for the library. There is also a limit on how many entries an individual may submit.

  • Medicine and Health
    Junior Division

    Second place
    Tommy Merl, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $50

    Third place
    Anna Lemke, Chamisa Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Honorable mention
    Marina Espinosa, LANL Participation Award $10
    Presley Gao, Mountain Elementary, Mountain PTA $10

    Charolette Gonzales, Aspen Elementary, Elks Participation Award $10

    Medicine and Health
    Senior Division

    First place
    Esteban Abeyta, Los Alamos Hig School, LA Elks Lodge #2083 $25, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union $10
    Microbiology
    Junior Division

    First place
    Sarah Shipley, Los Alamos Middle School, Preceptor Beta Chapter $25, Superintendent’s Choice Award, Haagen Dazs certificate

    Second place
    Priyanka Velappan, Los Alamos Medical School, Elks Participation Award $10

  • The New Mexico Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the state government agency that distributes specialized telecommunications equipment, is now offering New Mexicans with hearing loss a first-of-its-kind amplified phone that allows users to read as well as hear conversations.
     Clarity — a division of Plantronics — and ClearCaptions joined together to develop Ensemble, a phone that captions conversations in real time through its seven-inch tablet display, while amplifying incoming sound up to 50 decibels.  Launched in January, Ensemble provides the most accurate phone conversation possible for people with hearing loss.
     “Our agency works to provide New Mexico’s deaf and hard of hearing community with the best possible solutions for their needs, and Ensemble is precisely what we need,” said Shannon Smith, NMCDHH’s director of Telecommunications and Technical Assistance/relay administrator. “With Ensemble, we’re bringing our program participants the latest in phone technology — precise text coupled with amplified voice—so they have the ability to communicate with friends and family, which is critical but often taken for granted by those of us who do not have from hearing loss.”