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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is more than just a day off of work. It’s a day to serve those in and around the community.
    According to www.mlk
    day.gov, “The King Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, addresses social problems and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”  
    One way to bridge barriers and build a “beloved community” is to volunteer within the community. Volunteers are always needed to help various organizations in Los Alamos.

  • Santa Claus (Pat Soran) dropped into the Kiwanis Pancake breakfast last month, where he visited with the children in attendance.

     

  • Get out your parka and wax your boards — it’s time for the Backcountry Film Festival. This national traveling film festival will be in Los Alamos for one night only — Jan. 27.  It will show at the Reel Deal Theater at 7 p.m. for $7, which will benefit the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.  
    Now in its sixth year, the Backcountry Film Festival highlights the beauty, diversity and fun of the winter backcountry experience.

  • A photographic journey through Ethiopia is currently on display at Village Arts, located at 216 DP Road.
    The exhibit features work by local artist, Brandon Stone, as well as the photography of fellow travelers.  
    An opening reception is planned from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, where the artist will be present to speak about his work and his plans to return to Ethiopia.

  • Mango Languages is a new database being offered by Los Alamos County Library System and it’s free and accessible from either the library or at home.
    Mango includes 29 foreign language courses and 15 courses in English as a Second Language-English for speakers of 15 different first languages.

  • The 2010 Community Asset/Spirit of the West awards were presented Saturday night at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.
    The second annual event garnered 44 nominations with recipients ranging from county councilors and Kiwanians, to a middle school student and one spectacular senior citizen.
    Los Alamos High School student Corbin Pfeffer and 91 year old Lorin Cox were selected for the first-time presentation of the Director’s Award.

  • There’s still time to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home-schooled eighth grade students.
    The trip is private and not a school-sponsored trip. Sign up forms for the 29th annual 8th grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C. can be obtained at the Los Alamos Middle School office or can be found on the LAMS homepage.

  • At 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19, the designers of the New Mexico Veterans Museum will conduct a meeting for Los Alamos-area veterans at the Los Alamos National Lab’s Otowi building, second floor cafeteria, side rooms A, B and C.
    Retired Marine Corps Col. Joe Long, the museum planner, will present a multimedia description of the project, solicit ideas from the public and answer questions.  Attendance by a representative of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services is also planned.  

  • 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.  
    Every cat is only
    $35 with an extended two-for-one sale.

  • The second annual, Community Asset/Spirit of the West awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.
    The event will host an array of appetizers and desserts to reward community servants with a sweet treat to toast their accomplishments of 2010.
    “I’m so excited about the sponsorship of the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel,” said Assets Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen. “The family was award recipients the first year and I’m pretty sure they believe in the work and philosophy of Assets.”

  • Fuller Lodge Art Center offers an antidote to the winter doldrums with the latest exhibit, “Inner Child” and invites the whole community to an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday.
    The call-for-artists for this show says, “Bring your inner child out to play. Show us work inspired by children and childhood, toys and play. Help us expand our imaginations and relive childhood memories.”

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society invites the public to the fourth talk of its 2010-2011 lecture series that will be at 7:30 p.m.
    Jan. 11 in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge.
    This month’s lecture will feature Todd Urbatsch, speaking on, “Bengt Carlson: Supercomputers and Apple Wine.”

  • I’ve always been a daydreamer. And of course what is envisioned inside my head is far different and much easier than coping with reality. I became all too aware of this fact when I volunteered to care for my sister’s five-month-old Pug, Bailey, while she and her family traveled to Florida for a few days.

  • The Monitor has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

  • The League of Women Voters will have Steve Watts as its speaker for the monthly Lunch with a Leader from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Jan. 11 at Central Avenue Grill. There is a menu at the grill, which includes entree, iced tea, water, or lemonade, tax and gratuity for $15.

  • An opening reception for “New Mexico Journey,” featuring artwork by Mi Ra Won will be from 4-5:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. The artwork will be on display through Jan. 28. Pictured above is one of Won’s paintings, entitled, “Song of Santa Fe.”

  • Los Alamos High School will participate in the American Mathematics Competition on Feb. 8. The mission of the Mathematical Association of America in offering this competition is to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving through a fun competition.  Teachers and schools benefit from the chance to challenge students with interesting mathematical questions that are aligned with curriculum standards at all levels of difficulty.

  • I hope as you look back on 2010, you were proud of the time you spent supporting the youth of the community as they grow each day.
    While your interaction with children may not be plentiful, hopefully any opportunity was used to build assets.
    Our work in the community does not come to an end as we approach the end of the calendar year, but begins anew with endless opportunities to build relationships with the future of our country.