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  • Once again, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual Great Conversations dinner is coming to town. Join a group of tablemates and a speaker at 5:30 p.m. April 10 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for an informative and fun conversation.
    This is the sixth in a series of articles on the featured speakers. For a complete list of speakers, topics and to print a registration form, visit www.lapsfoundation.com. Tickets are $60 per person and include appetizers, a gourmet meal, wine, dessert and coffee. Registration is open now and is complete when payment is received.

    Rosalie Heller

    Topic:  Classical Music — What Good Is It? Speaking points include:

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  • THIS WEEK ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, January 14, 2011
    Friday, March 25, 2011
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting (Replay 3-01-11)
    04:00 PM Udall Update
    04:30 PM New Mexico History Conference – Dianne R. Layden
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Manhattan Project Memories”
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Pure Mind
    09:00 PM UCTV

    Saturday, March 26, 2011
    UCTV

    Sunday, March 27, 2011

  • A trip to Chama is a feast for the eyes. The splendor begins even before the town limits are reached.
    Travelers can view the towering cliffs and mesas in Abiquiu that boast every shade of yellow and orange before the landscape melts into the wide, deep-blue Abiquiu Reservoir. As one continues down the road, there is another visual change. The landscape becomes forest and jagged mountains. The orange and yellow hues become shades of green.
    Nestled within this picturesque scene is the town of Chama.
    Chama offers not just expansive, beautiful views but a rich history, an arts community and a variety of recreational activities. The town, however, is most well known for the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad.

  • The success of a program is often based on the person at the helm. If this is true, the Barranca K-Kids program couldn’t ask for more.
    The Asset Award-winning Sharon Allen, of Barranca Elementary, not only fits the bill of the woman at the helm, but also wears it well.
    K-Kids is the elementary version of Kiwanis, known as Key Club at the high school level and Builder’s Club at the middle school level. The goal of the elementary program is community service.
    Local Kiwanian, Morrie Pongratz, believes that the faculty position for the success of K-Kids is important and that Allen holds the keys to the castle.

  • The story of the Casad family began as a classic westering tale with families moving from New Jersey to Ohio to Illinois to Kansas. There, an act of violence propelled the family on a flight from justice that took it to New York to Panama to California to New Mexico.
    Along the way, fortunes were made and lost and made again. In southern New Mexico, the Casads became large landowners, agricultural innovators and leading families.
    Rick Hendricks, Ph.D. is the current State Historian of New Mexico and will talk about his upcoming book on the Casad family of the Mesilla Valley. He will be part of the Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

  • National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, Michael Chapdelaine will play a solo concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge, as part of the Guitars at the Lodge Series.
    Chapdelaine has won top honors in five international guitar competitions, including first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America Competition, the world’s most prestigious classical guitar competition. He has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowships and holds a master’s degree from Florida State University. He studied with Spanish maestro Andres Segovia and has been professor of guitar at the University of New Mexico since 1985.

  • At a luncheon in White Rock recently, members and friends of Summit Garden Club celebrated the club’s first 50 years and looked to future events.
    Chartered in 1961, Summit began with eight members whose goal was to learn various aspects of gardening and flower arranging, starting with the basics of floral design. Four members, Dorothy Crawford, Margaret Hanson, Bunnie Newman and Kathleen Hoverson, were honored for 50 years of service.

  • A team of four sixth graders from Barranca Mesa Elementary placed second in the MathCounts chapter competition, on Feb.12 at Pojoaque Valley High School. MathCounts is a nationwide coaching and competition program for students in grades six through eight. The MathCounts program encourages excellence, confidence and curiosity through fun and challenging math programs. With their second-place finish, the Barranca students advanced to the state competition in Albuquerque on Saturday.

  • Thanks for supporting HOH’s pancake supper

    Once again, the House of Hope Women were overwhelmed by the community’s support of our latest fundraiser, the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. The funds raised will go toward our next house building mission trip to Juárez, Mexico in October.
    In addition to the traditional all-women’s trip, we are hoping to organize a co-ed, intergenerational trip, possibly over the Veteran’s Day weekend.

  •   Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club is offering the “RENT” Free club to local youth and their dogs.
    The RENT Free club, or paRENT free class, is open to youth in 4th grade through high school.
    Dogs must have completed Basic Manners or have instructor approval. This class will be at 6:39 p.m. Thursdays, starting April 14.
    Parents are expected to attend the first class, where dog safety, dog health and the responsibilities of owning a dog will be discussed.

  • 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.  

  • In honor of Women’s History Month, the American Association of University Women is hosting Deanise Marta who will present a program about the key players in the women’s suffrage movement at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  The public is invited hear to Marta speak.

  • It is the golden age of astronomy when many age-old questions are being answered.
    Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center for a free exploration of the wonders of the sky at 7 p.m. March 26.
    Attendees will hear a talk by James Maxwell, astronomy tour leader for the Valles Caldera National Preserve and see examples of his astrophotography. The group will then head outside to see the stars through a large, 20-inch telescope (weather permitting).

  • Once again, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual Great Conversations dinner is coming to town. Join a group of tablemates and a speaker at 5:30 p.m. April 10 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for an informative and fun conversation.

  • Aspen Elementary Chess club grabbed the team title in the boys 3-5 grade division to highlight its participation in the Susan Polgar National Open in Chandler, Ariz. March 4-6.
    The team, comprised of Donald Poston fifth grade, Alex Ionkov, fifth grade, Henry Poston, third grade and Dimitri Lopez, third grade, scored 20.5 points to best Anasazi’s 17.5 points for the team championship in a field of over 25 teams.

  • “Moonlight and Magnolias” — currently in production at the Los Alamos Little Theatre — was one of two plays selected at last weekend’s state theatrical competition to represent New Mexico at the regional competition next month in Texas.
    The play, along with “The Laramie Project” performed by the Nat Gold Players of Las Vegas, was selected from among six productions. “Moonlight and Magnolias” also won the award for “best set” among the competitors.

  • Amaya Coblentz, a third-grader at Aspen School, is the winner of the 2011 Dog Jog Logo Contest. Eight-year-old Coblentz, the daughter of David and Kristine Coblentz, is the contest’s youngest-ever winner.
    She is also the first contestant ever to picture a cat cheering on the dogs. Coblentz’s design will be printed on all official Dog Jog T-shirts.
    Other winners in the contest are:
    • 2nd place: Valerie Li, 4th grader, Piñon School;
    • 3rd place: Eleanor Rightley
    • 4th place: Brigham Leikness

  • This week, Assets In Action focuses on asset number 27, equality and social justice. This means that a young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.
    This couldn’t come at a better time because the month of March usually finds Assets In Action working with the local schools and a March on Hunger.
    This year, Los Alamos Middle School, along with Aspen, Chamisa and Mountain Elementary schools, are working to benefit a local food program and to support a LAMS student project to benefit the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.