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  • Presley Gao, 10, presented Sally Wilkins, president of Friends of the Shelter, with a $217 check for donations he received for performing a benefit concert Sept. 8.
    Gao began taking piano lessons with Dr. Madeline Williamson on his sixth birthday in 2008. Today, he is performing solo piano recitals more likely found in the repertory of concertizing pianists. 

    He has earned several awards in piano competition, including the Santa Fe Sonata Contest, the District and the New Mexico State Honors Auditions and the Dennis Alexander Piano Competition in Albuquerque. 

    For four years, he has also earned the international level (15 solos) and national level (10 solos) certificates in Guild Auditions.   

  •  While most people in the U.S. are preparing for holiday activities, Los Alamos volunteers with Operation Christmas Child — the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind — are filling shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas. 

    This year-round project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization, Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is ramping up as local businesses, churches and community groups prepare to collect 590 gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week (Nov. 12-19). 

     Anyone can drop off a packed shoebox at the Los Alamos-area collection site. Then, using whatever means necessary — trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants — the shoebox gifts will be hand delivered to children in 100 countries around the world.

  • PAC 8 is hosting its annual Holiday Wine and Cheese Silent Auction and Fundraiser at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Fuller Lodge.

    Attendees can do some holiday shopping in one evening, while they taste wines and cheeses from around the world. Items such as sushi making lessons with sushi dinner; ski passes from Pajarito Mountain; a 12 lb. organic turkey from the Los Alamos Co-op; bagels and cream cheese for a year from Ruby K’s, artwork, jewelry, many gift certificates and more will be available for bidding.

    Rumelia, a Balkan/Folk/World female trio from Santa Fe will provide entertainment. Their music is derived from the traditional and popular tunes of Albania, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Bulgaria, with some Gypsy music thrown in.

  • Nov. 12-17

    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

    BESC closed in observance of Veterans Day

    TUESDAY

    8:45 a.m. Variety training

     10:30 a.m. AARP Board mtg.

  • 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

  • Army National Guard Pvt. Jerin D. Killingsworth graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

    Killingsworth is the son of Jack Killingsworth of Jemison, Ala., and Robin Dabbs of Los Alamos.

     He is a 2011 graduate of Jemison High School, Jemison, Ala.  

  • Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    Oct. 25: A girl, MaKenzie Rose Roybal-Shott, born to Alana Roybal and Mark Shott
    Oct. 28: A girl, Anailey Gianna Romero, born to Tristan Lovato and Anthony Romero

       

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center welcomes national skunk expert Jerry Dragoo, who talk at the Nature Center from 2-3 p.m. Nov. 11.
    This adult and family talk is free to PEEC members and is $5 per person or $10 per family for non-members. Dragoo will talk about his years of skunk research and give a behind-the-scenes look at the PBS Nature episode, “Is That Skunk,” on which he was featured.
    The skunk is one of the most recognized mammals in North America and, due to its use of scent glands as a defense mechanism, it also is one of the most maligned.
    However, “the skunk” refers to more than the well-known striped skunk.
    The Mephitidae (skunk family) is composed of 12 species, which occur primarily in the western hemisphere (four of these species are in New Mexico).
    Skunks are a diverse group of carnivores living in a variety of habitats with different ecological requirements and a wide variety of behavioral and reproductive idiosyncrasies.
    Skunks also can provide economic benefits, but occasionally, individual animals are perceived as nuisance animals.

  • James Petersen’s talk on Historic Wendover Airfield will touch on the origin of Wendover, Utah, and then focus on the period from the inception of the Army Air Force base to the end of World War II.
    The talk is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2012-2013 lecture series, “History and Science,” and will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Fuller Lodge.  
    The history of the B-17 and B-24 bomber training, as well as the contribution of Wendover to the Manhattan project, will be discussed.
    The presentation will include original photographs from the airfield and current images of the airfield and restoration projects. Some vintage film footage and interviews from the WWII veterans will also be shown.
    Petersen is a Salt Lake City, native and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Utah.  He worked on U.S. Air Force projects in the 1970s, including airborne computer design, fire control systems, remotely piloted aircraft communication systems and a U-2 project.  
    He later worked in industrial automation, founding a real-time controls company that completed projects throughout the U.S.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center welcomes national skunk expert Jerry Dragoo, who talk at the Nature Center from 2-3 p.m. Nov. 11.
    This adult and family talk is free to PEEC members and is $5 per person or $10 per family for non-members. Dragoo will talk about his years of skunk research and give a behind-the-scenes look at the PBS Nature episode, “Is That Skunk,” on which he was featured.
    The skunk is one of the most recognized mammals in North America and, due to its use of scent glands as a defense mechanism, it also is one of the most maligned.
    However, “the skunk” refers to more than the well-known striped skunk.
    The Mephitidae (skunk family) is composed of 12 species, which occur primarily in the western hemisphere (four of these species are in New Mexico).
    Skunks are a diverse group of carnivores living in a variety of habitats with different ecological requirements and a wide variety of behavioral and reproductive idiosyncrasies.
    Skunks also can provide economic benefits, but occasionally, individual animals are perceived as nuisance animals.

  • The New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT–PC), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, will present its first production of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” on Nov. 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.
    “NMDT-PC dancers have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to perform my version of this much-loved ballet,” Baker-Dillingham said. “I hope NMDT–PC’s premiere of
    ‘The Nutcracker’ will renew and rejuvenate your enthusiasm for this holiday favorite and prepare you for the joys of the season.”
    NMDT-PC is known in the Los Alamos community for presenting both original and traditional ballets, including “Dracula,” “Snow White,” “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” “Cinderella,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Alice,” “Aladdin” and “A Christmas Carol.”
    NMDT–PC, joined by special guests from the NMDT School, will now add Baker-Dillingham’s version of “The Nutcracker” to its repertoire.

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

    Los Alamos

    Daniel’s Café Haagen Dazs, 800 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 31
    Notes: Not open at time of inspection. Will move this facility to November food list.

    Home Run Pizza
    Date inspected; Oct. 30, follow-up
    Violations: Improper holding — prep refrigerator, corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Los Alamos Ski Club (Pajarito Mountain Café), Pajarito Mountain Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 31
    Violations: None
    Notes: No food preparation occurring. Facility check overall OK, clean.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española

    Tortilleria Temosachi, 419 Corlett Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 21, follow-up
    Violations: Storage, paints, toxic chemicals present in food facility. Corrected, removed.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Shell Deli No. 92, 615 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 31

  • Best Overall and People’s Choice: LA Heart Council, “The Tin Man Found His Heart”

    Best Business Traditional: Flowers By Gillian, “Flower Lady”

    Best Business Contemporary: Village Arts, “Batte’s Up!”

    Best Organization Traditional: LAHS Living Skills Class, “Hilltopper Spirit”

    Best Organization Contemporary: LA Public Schools Foundation, “Ignorance is Scary”
        
    Best Family Contemporary: Dare-Morgan Families, “Friends Together in One Spirit”
                    
    Best Dressed Award: Little Theater, “Woman in Black”

    The Rock and Roll Award: Canyoncito Montessori, “Rockin’ Kids”

    Skinniest Scarecrow Award: Sunrise Therapeutics, “It  Works”

    The Pain Free Award: B-Fit Chiropractic, “Spinal Health”
    The Ageless Award: LARC, “Fit at any Age”

    Earth Day Award: PEEC, “Halloween Hikers”

    Cutest Scarecrow in a Can Award: Rotary Club of Los Alamos, “Oscar the Grouch”

    Gold Medal Award: LA School of Gymnastics

  • Those that attend the Festival of Chocolate Saturday will get a sneak peek at the trees on display for the Festival of Trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

  • Settling an estate can be difficult and time consuming. Those that 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 individuals with information to make the process easier.  
    “After I’m Gone — Things to think about your Estate,” will be presented by Don Davidson, from 9 a.m.-noon Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1100 Bathtub Row.  
    Davidson will share what he has learned going through the process of getting his affairs in order. Learn what you can be done to help a family handle their affairs upon a loved one’s death.  
    The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization are sponsoring this program.  
    Those that would would like to join the seniors for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center can do so for a suggested donation of $4 (for seniors).
    For more information, Paula Roybal Sánchez at 662-2656.

  • The Rotary Club of Los Alamos would like to thank the community for its generous support of our recent flower bulbs fundraiser to support our annual end-of-year financial awards to Los Alamos High School seniors. 
    Through the hard work of a dedicated club committee and the interest of our many customers, we also collected numerous donations of bulbs purchased for the new LAHS Memorial Garden, which is being designed and built through collaborations among our Rotary Club, Los Alamos Public Schools, Oasis Landscape and Los Alamos Landscaping. 
    With several hundred bulbs purchased specifically for the Memorial Garden, it will be resplendent in springtime with red tulips, pink tulips and daffodils.
    The garden is now under construction on the LAHS campus between the library and gym complex, close to Diamond Drive.
    Our note of appreciation would not be complete without thanking Los Alamos National Bank, CB Fox and Dixie Girl Restaurant for providing space for us on several occasions to conduct our sales; a special thank-you also goes to Fuller Lodge Art Center and Crossroads Bible Church for giving us outdoor space during the recent arts and crafts fair held at the church to benefit the art center.

  • This week, I’d like to continue along the Community Values Youth path, with a spin on Community Values Itself.
    Thank goodness it is Election Day, because it will finally be over tonight.
    Perhaps the Mayans were wrong and they didn’t mean the world would end, but by the time this election came to pass, we might wish it had ended.
    The most important thing is that if you are eligible to vote, that you cast your ballot. I believe if you don’t vote, you forfeit the right to complain.
    As a nation, we have been horrible role models to our children during this entire process.
    So take a minute to see it through the eyes of the children.
    As a speech communications major, I love to listen to the debates and try not to argue with the television … I said, I try.
    No matter what the outcome, tomorrow we need to do a good job to model acting like grown-ups.
    Try and be old school tomorrow and reflect back on the days when you honored the position, no matter who sat behind the desk.
    Jenna Bush Hager did a wonderful piece on the “Today Show” this morning, about youth elections.
    We can learn a lot from the children.

  • Volunteers are being recruited for the 2013 event planning committee for the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event Relay For Life of Los Alamos.
    Dedicated volunteers are needed with skills and talents in the areas of communication, marketing, sales, technology, training, motivation, photography, creativity and organization.
    Relay For Life is a fundraiser that allows participants from all walks of life — including patients, medical support staff, corporations, civic organizations, churches and community volunteers — to celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost to cancer and fight back against the disease.
    “Relay For Life is a community owned, volunteer-driven event that is about awareness and the progress made against cancer,” said Gloria Martinez, Relay For Life manager.  “Individuals who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event, as a volunteer or participant, have made a commitment to fight back against this disease and let the community know that you can beat cancer.”
    Relay For Life is a family oriented, team event where participants walk around a track relay-style overnight.

  • Heart Smart Poster Contest Winners

    The Family YMCA and Los Alamos Heart Council co-sponsored a Heart Smart Poster Contest for children in grades K-6th.
    Posters were judged on originality and the healthy message it depicted, winning posters were displayed at the Los Alamos Health Fair. The following children won prizes for their posters:

    Kindergarten through third grade

    First place: Heidi and Wendy Sheppard
    Second place: Sarah Taylor
    Third place: Ryan Worley
    Fourth place: John Worley

    Fourth through sixth grade

    First place: Sarah Worley
    Second place: Eliana Rodriguez
    Third place: Paulina Burnside
    Fourth place: Maarla Duffield

  • This year’s Veterans Day community celebration will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the American Legion Post 90, 1325 Trinity Dr. All veterans, their families and friends, as well as the general public are invited to attend. The local theme is “Honoring the Vietnam Veteran.”
    More than three million men and women served in Vietnam and more than 58,000 made the ultimate sacrifice.
    Veterans Day is a national holiday to thank and honor the 23 million living veterans that have honorably served their country in both wartime and peacetime. There are currently 1.4 million Americans serving in the U.S. military with thousands currently deployed overseas, many in harm’s way.   
    This year’s guest of honor and speaker will be Major Dave Carver, USMC (ret).
    Carver served more than 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a Los Alamos resident and Los Alamos National Laboratory employee. He served in a variety of positions in a long and distinguished career. Carver was wounded four times in action in Vietnam serving as a radioman in an infantry company.
    Deacon Michael Irving, from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church of Los Alamos, will deliver the invocation and benediction.