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  • See the world through the eyes of a photographer during the annual Los Alamos Photography Club show. A variety of photos taken by photographers of all levels will be on display March 5 through March 30 at Mesa Public Library.
    Local photographer TK Thompson started the LA Photographers’ Show about 17 years ago. Doug Coombs, a member of the LAPC, has been involved with the show for several years. He said the show is open to anyone who would like to display their photographs, however, there is a limit because of the size  of the display area. Approximately 120 pieces may be hung.

  • Bennett’s Fine Jewelry gave back to the community during the holiday season by making a contribution to Self Help, Inc. During their Christmas season sale, the Bennetts sold slices of cake for $5. Under the icing of each slice of cake, was a gemstone, donated by the jewelry store. Each slice was guaranteed to contain a gemstone. Bennett’s Fine Jewelry matched the amount raised from their customers and made a $515 contribution to Self Help, Inc. They also decided to make the fundraiser an annual event at the store. The contributions will go to a different organization each year. Pictured from left to right are Alison Bennett and Melanie Bennett of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, along with Self Help, Inc. Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond and secretary Debbie Gill.

  • Bennett’s Fine Jewelry gave back to the community during the holiday season by making a contribution to Self Help, Inc. During their Christmas season sale, the Bennetts sold slices of cake for $5. Under the icing of each slice of cake, was a gemstone, donated by the jewelry store. Each slice was guaranteed to contain a gemstone. Bennett’s Fine Jewelry matched the amount raised from their customers and made a $515 contribution to Self Help, Inc. They also decided to make the fundraiser an annual event at the store. The contributions will go to a different organization each year. Pictured from left to right are Alison Bennett and Melanie Bennett of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, along with Self Help, Inc. Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond and secretary Debbie Gill.

  • Bennett’s Fine Jewelry gave back to the community during the holiday season by making a contribution to Self Help, Inc. During their Christmas season sale, the Bennetts sold slices of cake for $5. Under the icing of each slice of cake, was a gemstone, donated by the jewelry store. Each slice was guaranteed to contain a gemstone. Bennett’s Fine Jewelry matched the amount raised from their customers and made a $515 contribution to Self Help, Inc. They also decided to make the fundraiser an annual event at the store. The contributions will go to a different organization each year. Pictured from left to right are Alison Bennett and Melanie Bennett of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, along with Self Help, Inc. Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond and secretary Debbie Gill.

  • Bennett’s Fine Jewelry gave back to the community during the holiday season by making a contribution to Self Help, Inc. During their Christmas season sale, the Bennetts sold slices of cake for $5. Under the icing of each slice of cake, was a gemstone, donated by the jewelry store. Each slice was guaranteed to contain a gemstone. Bennett’s Fine Jewelry matched the amount raised from their customers and made a $515 contribution to Self Help, Inc. They also decided to make the fundraiser an annual event at the store. The contributions will go to a different organization each year. Pictured from left to right are Alison Bennett and Melanie Bennett of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, along with Self Help, Inc. Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond and secretary Debbie Gill.

  • Bennett’s Fine Jewelry gave back to the community during the holiday season by making a contribution to Self Help, Inc. During their Christmas season sale, the Bennetts sold slices of cake for $5. Under the icing of each slice of cake, was a gemstone, donated by the jewelry store. Each slice was guaranteed to contain a gemstone. Bennett’s Fine Jewelry matched the amount raised from their customers and made a $515 contribution to Self Help, Inc. They also decided to make the fundraiser an annual event at the store. The contributions will go to a different organization each year. Pictured from left to right are Alison Bennett and Melanie Bennett of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, along with Self Help, Inc. Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond and secretary Debbie Gill.

  • Bennett’s Fine Jewelry gave back to the community during the holiday season by making a contribution to Self Help, Inc. During their Christmas season sale, the Bennetts sold slices of cake for $5. Under the icing of each slice of cake, was a gemstone, donated by the jewelry store. Each slice was guaranteed to contain a gemstone. Bennett’s Fine Jewelry matched the amount raised from their customers and made a $515 contribution to Self Help, Inc. They also decided to make the fundraiser an annual event at the store. The contributions will go to a different organization each year. Pictured from left to right are Alison Bennett and Melanie Bennett of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, along with Self Help, Inc. Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond and secretary Debbie Gill.

  • The Los Alamos Republicans will hold their pre-primary convention Feb. 23 at the VFW, 1793 Deacon St. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and doors close promptly at 7 p.m.  
    A Central Committee meeting will be at 7 p.m.
     At 7:15 p.m., Ward Caucuses will be held to elect ward delegates to the County Pre-primary convention.
    At 7:30 p.m., the County Convention will convene to elect delegates to the RPNM Pre-primary Nominating Convention.  
    The purpose of the pre-primary convention is to elect delegates to the Republican Party of New Mexicco Pre-primary Nominating Convention to be held March 17 in Albuquerque.
     For information call Ron Dolin, 672-3581.

  • The Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter 2012 Dog Jog is scheduled for April 28 and the search is on for a T-shirt logo.
    Children who love animals and would like a shot at local fame are encouraged to create and submit their T-shirt logo for the contest, adhering to the following guidelines:
    • All entries should be drawn in black ink on white paper. The lines should be thick enough to reproduce properly on a T-shirt.
    • All entries should be no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches in size.
    • The words “Dog Jog 2012” should prominently appear somewhere on the design.
    • The artist’s name, birth date, address, phone number and T-shirt size should be included lightly on the back of the design.

  • Welcome to February and the asset category of “social competencies” and assets 32-36.
    This asset category includes planning and decision-making, interpersonal competence, cultural competence, resistance skills and peaceful conflict resolution.
    This is always an excellent way to show youth that we make mistakes, too.
    As the sixth grade elementary classes visit the Hawk’s nest and the eighth grade Hawks visit the high school, this is a grand time to talk about working ahead.
    Because I’ve had two students go through middle school I will share a few words of wisdom with you to pass along to your children.
    The most important thing you need to know is, always turn in your homework!

  • In May of 2011 Aspen Elementary School received a $2,000 grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.
    This $2,000 allowed most of Aspen’s teachers to attend the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in Albuquerque last November.
    To many, $2,000 may not seem like a lot of money, but the power of this grant gave each teacher at Aspen the opportunity to become more skilled at teaching mathematics, which in turn has led to increased student skills in mathematics.
    Teachers attended math workshops of their choice for two days and with their new knowledge have come back to Aspen inspired and with an expanded expertise in math.

  • 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.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter.

    DOGS

    Ariel — Sweet three-year-old Chihuahua-mix. Very loving and affectionate. Good with gentle, older children.  

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center was awarded a $7,500 grant from the Albert I. Pierce Foundation in Albuquerque. The grant will support PEEC’s Pajarito Plateau Field Science Curriculum in the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    This curriculum gets kids in grades K-6 outside once a month to do hands-on field science in their schoolyards and on the trails and open spaces around their schools.
    The Albert I. Pierce Foundation is a private charitable foundation, which supports the environment and the arts.
    The mission of the AIP is to memorialize its benefactor through grants that enrich the cultural life, education, and environment primarily of the citizens of New Mexico.

  • La Leche League of Los Alamos has quietly provided breastfeeding support to mother’s in Northern New Mexico for almost 40 years.  
    There are currently six accredited La Leche League Leaders serving the area; five lead twice-monthly support group meetings, answer questions by phone, and provide home visits. An additional service, Breastfeeding 101, is now being offered.  
    Breastfeeding 101 is a class offered to expectant parents and covers the basics of breastfeeding, including positioning and latch, how to tell if baby is getting enough, reading baby’s cues and what to expect the first few days of breastfeeding.   

  • It’s a new year, which means there’s a new project for community members to be involved in, creating an asset-rich environment of Healthy Community! Healthy Youth!
    The Family Y and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board are underway to create a community greenhouse and garden to grow food that that can be donated or sold locally, all in the name of Los Alamos Youth Food Project.
    The community collaboration exudes a work ethic not often seen.
    Kristine Coblentz, coordinator for JJAB has seen the project from idea to inception with Debbie Gill and Stephanie Krantz, checking presentation and securing the grant.

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

    Santa Fe

    Chef to Table, 1600 Lena St., F-1
    Date inspected: Jan. 27
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Cocopelli Chocolatier, 3482 Zafarano Dr., Suite A
    Date inspected: Jan. 30, opening
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Crumpackers Fresca Catering, 25 Bisbee Court
    Date inspected: Jan. 27
    Violations: One low-risk violation for storage — boxes of frozen food items were stored on the floor. Lift above floor at least six inches.
    Status of establishment: Approved

  • Christine Chavez, the Los Alamos Department of Utilities’ Conservation coordinator, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.
    This program is co-sponsored by PEEC and the Sierra Club, and is free and open to the public.
    It is the second in a series of three talks in the Sustainable Los Alamos Series.  
    In the first Sustainable Los Alamos Series, Tom Nagawiecki, Environmental Services specialist for the county, talked about what kinds of waste Los Alamos produces.
    Chavez will talk about energy and water usage in Los Alamos. She will have ideas for how residents can cut back on their own usage, and will also discuss the free energy and water usage audit the county offers to residents.

  • More than 100 stories describe various metaphysical phenomenon ranging from ghosts to demons, soul memories and healings to miracles and angel sightings in “It’s a Metaphysical World,” a compilation of personal stories by Marion K. Williams and Elena J. Michaels, M.Ed. The events occur in everyday life, but have an unusual twist.

  • When John Adams served in the Continental Congress working on the Declaration of Independence, he received a letter from his wife Abigail admonishing him to “remember the ladies.” Not only did John and other founding fathers forget them, history has also forgotten one of those first founding ladies – until now.

  • Women from Los Alamos and the surrounding areas will tear up the mountain during the 2012 K2 Women’s Weekend Feb. 10-12 at Pajarito Mountain.
       Not only will they hit the slopes for fun, but they also will help raise money to help men and women in New Mexico that have been diagnosed with cancer.
    The event also encourages women skiers to improve their skills and explore their limits in snow sports and to make new friends with similar interests.