• Sept. 25-Oct. 1 2011
    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

    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9:45 a.m.    Matter of balance class
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken and dumplings
    12:30 p.m.    Driver safety program
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing

    8:45 a.m.    Variety training

  • 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, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    The shelter has just received a new group of cats and has appointments for their veterinary updates. They are available for viewing and will be adoptable very soon. Come visit Michael, Princess, C-2 and Yoda.


  • Los Alamos

    • Hot Rocks Java at Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road
    Inspection date: Sept. 16

  • The September meeting of the Piecemakers Guild will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at the United Church, Los Alamos.
    A potluck dinner will be served. After the dinner there will be a time of sharing stories about quilts. Participants are encouraged to bring a quilt and share it’s story.
    Every quilt has a story. The quilt might be an old family quilt, your first quilt, a challenging quilt, or a quilt made for a special occasion.
    This event kicks off the 2012 membership and programs. Everyone who loves to sew or wants to sew is encouraged to join the Piecemakers Guild. Enjoy the fellowship of quilting provides and get help, advice and ideas for projects.

  • Autumn doesn’t officially start until Sept. 23, but already the leaves on the trees are beginning to fall and hot summer nights have given way to cool evenings. Halloween is right around the corner and soon little ghosts and goblins will hit the streets seeking treats to satisfy their craving for sweets. The Fuller Lodge Art Center is also getting into the spirit with their “Muerto” show opening set for 5-7 p.m. Friday.
    The show is a six-week tribute honoring endings. Opinions on death are as unique as people are. Some see death as a transcendental experience, while others see it as the ultimate end. Some have a melancholy attitude about it, while others have a sense of humor about dying.

  • Piñon Elementary sixth graders went to the Jemez, as part of a Pajarito Environmental Education Center program on bird banding. Here, Bandelier National Monument employee Steve Fetig teaches the students about bird banding and the impact of the Las Conchas Fire.

  •   The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring.
      Los Alamos High School Merit semifinalists are left to right: Scott Carlsten, Andrew Zhao, Victoria Wang, Myles Gurule, Horace Zhang, Peter Ahrens, Ciara Sterbenz, Lorenzo Venneri, Miriam Barnum, Isaac Koh, Micha Ben-Naim, Mei Liu, Donald (Andy) McAninch.

  • Community members concerned about climate change will take over Los Alamos on Sept. 24 as part of “Moving Planet,” an international day of action, calling for the world to transition away from fossil fuels. Hundreds of thousands of people across the world are expected to participate by moving their bodies toward solutions in climate change.
    In costume and by foot, bike, skateboard, pogo stick — or any other sustainable mode of transit — the rally will move around downtown to call for the community to move beyond fossil fuels.

  • The Next Big Idea overflowed with invention and inspiration last weekend as innovators demonstrated their projects for the community to enjoy.
    From SMART (Science, Math Art) displays to classroom curriculum, there were things to inspire the mind and delight the senses.
    “The festival has just gotten better and more fun each year. There’s more to see and do, and the quality of the presentations is awesome,” said Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Member Services Director Katy Korkos. “I’m looking forward to next year and I’m sure we’ll begin planning for next year this week.”
    After a year of planning, Los Alamos MainStreet Director Suzette Fox has grown the event yet again.

  • 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, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.

    Betty — Two year old orange Tabby. Nice, big girl with the look of Garfield. Friends of the Shelter are addressing some reported health issues, but we expect them to be resolved quickly.
    Dexter  — Beautiful, neutered male Siamese, about a year old. Will be available after vet visit Monday.

  • The Santa Fe Parliamentary Unit will present a two-hour seminar titled, “Productive Meetings,” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.
    The seminar will provide information and practical applications of the procedures outlined in the 2011 edition of “Roberts Rules of Order,” newly revised. Handout will be provided to al participants.
    The interactive seminar will focus on:
    • Practicing parliamentary basics in a way that all members will be comfortable carrying out;
    • Developing and using an agenda effectively;
    • Practicing presiding skills in order to fairly conduct productive meetings;
    • Composing, presenting and defending motions.

  • Those interested in learning about nutrition and ways to make your lifestyle healthier, those who have gained weight, those who can’t figure out how to make the family meals healthy and people looking for support might be interested in Y Weight.
     Unlike other weight loss classes, this class puts an emphasis on lifestyle changes and gives people the tools and skills necessary to manage and improve their family’s dietary habits and be successful with weight loss goals.
    This program consists of six classes, which will address various nutritional topics as well as provide fitness advice.

  • Self Help, Inc., a community partner of the United Way of Northern New Mexico, has received a $5,000 grant from the Mission in the North.
    The Mission in the North Initiative is currently funded by the Presbytery of Santa Fe and administered by the Jicarita Cluster of Presbyterian Churches.  
    An ecumenical committee make the grants in three focus areas: organizations providing medical and health services; community and faith-based organizations; and agencies serving families, children and youth.
    Mission in the North considers one-time grants for specific projects, start-up grants for new organizations, or grants for continuing program support of groups in Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Taos, Mora or San Miguel counties.

  • There’s always time to stop for a snack during the day and this flower in White Rock made the perfect location for a bee.

  • Have you ever wondered what it takes to write a play, poem, story, or novel? Is it inspiration, hard work, or both? According to Thomas Alva Edison, it is mostly the latter: “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”  Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series is offering the chance to find out from the experts.
    “Inspiration and Perspiration: A Conversation,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in the upstairs rotunda, is a symposium featuring four authors of four different genres, moderated by Los Alamos County Library Manager Charlie Kalogeros Chattan, whose job it is to foster and provide access to the product of the authors’ efforts.

  • A book combining photography with one of the most interesting journeys in New Mexico’s history is the topic of a slideshow at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Greg Mac Gregor and Siegfried Halus, photographers and authors of “In Search of Dominguez & Escalante” will give a slideshow presentation about the book.

  • The Family YMCA is taking registration for its free Diabetes Education and Prevention program.  
    Topics to be covered are: what Type 2 diabetes is; what having pre-diabetes means; the signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes; how to reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes; and how to make the necessary lifestyle changes to lower your risk.

  • The 2011 Homecoming Parade will be Sept. 30. Staging begins at 1:30 p.m. on 4th Street, in the Canyon School parking lot.
    The parade will step off at the intersection of 4th Street and Central Avenue promptly at 2:30 p.m. Parade participants should arrive no later than 2 p.m.
    The parade will head down Central Avenue, past the judges’ stand at Starbucks, and down to Rose Street. This year’s homecoming parade theme is, “Short Circuit the Chargers,” pertaining to Albuquerque Academy.
    Entries for the parade are $10-$15. Checks should be made payable to LAHS and must be hand delivered to the LAHS bookkeeper at the high school.
    The bookkeeper is located off of Orange Street, behind Duane Smith Auditorium.

  • Wikipedia defines the phrase, “Death by a thousand cuts” as a torture originating in Imperial China. In modern usage, it has come to mean a major negative change that happens in small, unnoticed increments so it isn’t perceived as objectionable. In other words, creeping normalcy.
    Death by a thousand paper cuts might be a good phrase for what is happening to the public school systems. Strapped for money to purchase supplies, teachers and administrators are forced to make decisions about what not to buy.