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    The League of Women Voters will have their monthly Lunch with a Leader at 11:40 a.m. Jan. 10. The speaker will be Tom Ribe. The event is open to the public.

    Ribe is a native of Los Alamos, raised by long-time League of Women Voters activist Mally Ribe. 

    He worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory between 1992 and 1997 in the Environmental Restoration program. He has his master’s degree in environmental policy from the University of Oregon and has written extensively on energy, public lands and wildfire. 

    His talk will cover Los Alamos’ power sources and urge an update of the electricity supply over the next decade to address climate change. 

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     The Los Alamos Arts Council's January Brown Bag Series will feature guitarist Dr. Gregory Alan Schneider. The concert will be at noon Jan. 9 at Fuller Lodge.

    Schneider, a composer, guitarist and educator, holds degrees from Indiana University and the University of North Texas.  

    His compositions have been performed across the U.S., Canada and Europe.  As a guitarist, he has performed as an orchestra member with the Santa Fe Opera and served as artist-in-residence for five seasons with the SFO.  

    He owns Music Together of Los Alamos, has served as music director for the Los Alamos Choral Society, teaches at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and teaches guitar/bass privately.

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    There is an opportunity awaiting those who made a New Year’s resolution to get into shape and get fit.

    The Strong Women and Men program is a research-based strength training program for women and men 50 years of age and older.  Previously called the StrongWomen and Men Growing Stronger programs, this offering allows for both women and men to strength train in the same class.  

    Scientific research has demonstrated that exercise with weights(strength training) will increase strength, muscle mass and bone density in middle-aged women and men.  

    Additionally, strength training improves self-confidence, sleep, vitality and reduces risk for diabetes, heart disease, depression and obesity. Components of the program include:

  • Friday
    The Fuller Lodge Art Center is seeking art for its first thematic exhibit of the New Year titled, “Behind the Scenes.” There’s a story behind every piece of artwork; something magical in the process of its creation. Create and collaborate to help tell the whole story — and document all steps. Download an application for the show at library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103899759177-507/CFA_Behind-the-Scenes-form.pdf.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Frost/Nixon,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4,5,11,12,18 and 19; and at 2 p.m. Jan. 13. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. They are available at C.B. Fox or at the door. For more information, visit lalt.org.
    Sunday
    A Cowboy Breakfast will be from 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. The menu will feature plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and special variety of the month pancakes, along with sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. The cost for adults is $7 and is $4 for children 10-years-old and younger. Proceeds benefit the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse.
    Jan. 7

  • Los Alamos High School senior and NJROTC Cadet John Gibson, is one young man that likes to make things a little better, when there is something to be done. The ’Topper teen is currently the commander of the tug-of-war and small-bore rifle teams and a cadet ensign with four years of service in NJROTC.

    “I enjoy the practice of mutual support that I see every single day in the cadets,” Gibson said. “The unit runs on the effort, blood, sweat and tears poured in by each and every cadet. If it weren’t for each one, we could not have the whole.”

    Like any club or organization, the unit finds itself raising funds to travel to events and compete in a variety of areas. Gibson knew that in addition to regular fundraising duties, he could contribute a bit more.

    He was inspired to make paracord bracelets after attending a Science Technology Engineering and Math seminar, in Daytona, Fla. Gibson attended the presentation at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, via the NJROTC program.

    “It’s no secret the unit is very active in the community and as a result of our constant travel expenses and materials costs, I was simply trying to do my part to give a little bit back to the organization that has given me so much throughout high school and helped prepare me for my future,” Gibson said.

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    Friday

    The Fuller Lodge Art Center is seeking art for its first thematic exhibit of the New Year titled, “Behind the Scenes.” There’s a story behind every piece of artwork; something magical in the process of its creation. Create and collaborate to help tell the whole story — and document all steps. Download an application for the show at library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103899759177-507/CFA_Behind-the-Scenes-form.pdf.

    Jan. 7

    The Pajarito Chapter of the Embroiders Guild of America will meet at 7 p.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Signs at the door will direct you to the meeting location. After a short business meeting, the program will be needle felting. For more information call Marilyn at 672-9404.

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    I love this time of year, when we have lots of time off, the town has a slow pace and everyone seems mellow.

    I hate the fact that the holidays are over, but there’s at least one exciting event ahead, the Community Asset Awards.

    There are more than 50 nominees this year and they range in age from 13 to, forgive my guess, 83.

    The best part for me is the secret. As folks are nominated, they only find out the date and the time for the recognition event. They don’t find out who nominated them or why until the actual event.

    If they can’t attend the event, due to being out of town, they find out after the event takes place. It is akin to not being able to open a present until your birthday.

    I know, it’s kind of corny on my part, but the goal is for the nominee is to ponder what wonderful thing they could have done and who noticed their kindness.

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    Navy Ensign Bruce W. Melton has graduated from the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C.

    Nuclear Power School is a rigorous six-month course that trains officer and enlisted students in the science and engineering fundamental to the design, operation, and maintenance of naval nuclear propulsion plants.

    Graduates next undergo additional instruction at a prototype training unit before serving as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard a nuclear-powered surface ship or as an Electronics Technician aboard a nuclear-powered submarine.

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    Learn about the underground life of the forest from 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 12 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Biologist and author, Leslie Dendy, will give a talk and demonstration on the study and identification of critters that live in the soil. 

    Instead of looking at plants and animals that live above ground in the forest, this class will check out the much more numerous and seldom-seen critters underground in the complex soil ecosystem.  

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    Adults with ongoing health issues might be interested in joining a free, two-and-a-half-hour MyCD Workshop, being sponsored by Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization, the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and the Family Y.  

    Attendees will get the support they need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices and learn better ways to talk with their doctor and family about health.  Those with conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety could benefit from a MyCD Workshop.

    MyCD Workshops will be once a week, from 1:30-4 p.m., for six weeks, beginning Feb.5 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.  

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    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.

    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.

    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter. Open Sunday, Monday, but closed Tuesday. Happy holidays from Friends of the Shelter and the shelter staff. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.

     

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    Dec. 30, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013

    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

    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Green chile tortilla soup

    7 p.m. No ballroom dancing

  • Solar professionals from Consolidated Solar Technologies are conducting a pair of free informational solar seminars Jan. 26, 2013 at Body of Santa Fe.
    Several aspects of solar integration will be discussed in these presentations that will include a question-and-answer session with Patricia Mattioli and Katie Kelly from Consolidated Solar Technologies.

    Specific topics that will be discussed are:
    • The future of solar technology
    • A complete explanation of state and federal tax credits
    • The evolution and efficiency of solar panels
    • Process and procedure in custom-fitting a low-cost, high-quality system
    “Solar energy in New Mexico not only has the opportunity to save consumers money over the entire life of their systems, and all but eliminate their electric bills, but it also greatly alleviates the weight of our carbon footprint,” Mattioli said.
    The seminars are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Space is limited. If are interested in attending, RSVP with Tommy Trujillo, at 274-3246, or via email, ttrujillo@gocstsolar.com.
    Body of Santa Fe is located at 333 West Cordova Road.

  • Los Alamos Middle School teacher Dana Kline and her hawks soar to new heights raising funds to benefit others through reading.
    The Hawks read their way to success for “Read to Feed,” earning a total of $453.65.
    “I am so proud of my kids, especially the committee itself,” Kline said. “It was totally voluntary and kids gave up their lunches to write school announcements, make posters and visit other classrooms. I’m really proud, not just with how much money we raised, but with the motivation and
    commitment my seventh grade students have.”
    Kline knows that some people think students this age can’t think beyond their own needs, but she proves that isn’t true.
    Once the team collected all the money, a committee of seventh graders who have been working on the fundraiser for seven weeks, chose which animals to purchase.
    “With that money, Heifer International will purchase one llama, one pig, one flock each of ducks, geese and chickens, two hives of bees and three bunnies,” Kline said.

  • This week, so many nice things have taken place — and I would like to highlight a few.
    On Thursday, the employees of Los Alamos Medical Center were asked to take part in a Day of Compassion. They were to tell a fellow employee something they appreciate about them.
    What a wonderful idea for someone to try at their workplace.
    Warren Tidwell began a Facebook page to do 26 acts of kindness, one for every student and teacher killed in the tragic event.
    NBC’s Ann Curry decided to bring attention to the acts of kindness and it continues to gain steam and bring some degree of meaning to a senseless act.
    One local teacher decided to do 26 random acts of kindness. She purchased a handmade cross and presented it to one of her students who is dealing with cancer.
    She stopped by the house of another local youth and donated $20 to the teen who will be taking a trip, to improve the lives of those less fortunate.
    Many continue to make get well cards for a local youth injured in a car accident and for local Police Chief Wayne Torpy. If you haven’t had a chance to contribute, there’s still time.
    Many nominated local residents for the Community Asset Awards. The ages of those nominated range from 13-83. We will provide more information on that during the coming weeks.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter. Open Sunday, Monday, but closed Tuesday. Happy holidays from Friends of the Shelter and the shelter staff. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.

    DOGS
    Coqueta — A three-year-old Golden-mix. She is smart, confident, energetic and loves people. She is good with smaller and younger dogs, kids and does very well in crowds. Spayed, shots and micro chipped.
    Remy — Spayed female, Lab/Shepherd-mix with a pretty red coat. She is good with some dogs, not others. No cats or small dogs, please. She would love a home where she will get lots of exercise. She has some crate training. She is shy but ready to be trained.

  • The new social group in town, “Los Alamos Friends,” is throwing their first Christmas Party from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the home of Beau Gerard (the Bike Doc), 3711 Trinity Dr.
    The party is open to the general public, but seating is limited, so an RSVP is needed to reserve a spot.
    Bring a treat to share with about 20 people. Gerard will play Christmas Carols.  
    In addition to being the Bike Doc, he is a concert pianist that donates his time as a  music therapist for institutionalized people in Las Vegas and he will be featured on  “America’s Got Talent” this summer.
    To RSVP, or for more information, call Celia at 695-5788.

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

    Española

    Angelina’s at Northern New Mexico College, 921 N. Paseo de Oñate
    Date inspected: Dec. 12
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — sanitizer > 200 ppm. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española Hospital, 1010 Spruce St.
    Date inspected: Dec. 12, other
    Violations: One high-risk violation for plumbing/waste disposal — need 2” air gap at three-compartment and vegetable sink. Will be corrected Dec. 12 or this week. Hospital is being renovated. Needed sink inspection.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    La Cocina, Santa Clara Bridge road
    Date inspected: Dec. 12, other
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations for administration — no person shall operate without a current permit; catering, but doesn’t have a permit. One low-risk violation for administration — plan and review must be submitted.

    Steve’s La Cocina, 310 Old Los Alamos Hwy.
    Date inspected: Dec. 12, follow-up

  • Michelle Grove’s Los Alamos Middle School crafts students folded 1,000 paper cranes and they are on exhibit at the Mesa Public Library from today through Jan. 20.  
    Students were inspired to make the cranes after reading the book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” by Eleanor Coerr.
    The thousand origami cranes were popularized through the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who was two years old when she was exposed to radiation  from the atomic bombing during World War II. Sasaki soon developed leukemia and, at age 12, inspired by the senbazuru legend, began making origami cranes with the goal of making 1,000.
    In a popular version of the story as told in the book, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” she folded only 644 before her death. In her honor, her classmates felt sorry and agreed to complete the rest for her. In an alternate version of the story, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum states that she did complete the 1,000 cranes and continued past that when her wish did not come true.
    “A thousand origami cranes” is a group of 1,000 origami paper cranes held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.

  • The Youth Activity Center recently acquired a new air hockey table and a new popcorn machine. The air hockey table was donated to the Los Alamos Youth Activity Center by James and Darlene Potter for Marie Koss Potter Warsaw, in memory of her grandson Gregory James Potter.
    James and Darlene also donated a new popcorn machine in memory of their son Gregory James Potter. Greg worked at the Youth Activity Center prior to his passing in 2003.