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  • The annual benefit party for the Pajarito Environmental Educational Center, will be from 5-8 p.m. April 22 at the Hilltop House. This is the 13th year for PEEC’s involvement in the community-wide Earth Day Festival with its fundraising effort.
    For the past three years, Felicia Orth has been the chef at the Party for PEEC.  In 2010, she prepared food of the Native American period of history. Last year she gave attendees a taste of Spanish food related to the Spanish colonial period.
    This year, in commemoration of New Mexico’s Centennial, her menu will be related to the period of settlement of this continent,  celebrating 100 years of  New Mexico history and statehood.   

  • The possibility of espionage in a laboratory town is a very real threat. It’s hard not to imagine that spies are lurking and working in towns like Los Alamos.
    Former Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist and author Michael Gamble brings those fears to life in his book, “Zeroscape.”
    A modern-day espionage thriller set in Los Alamos and Santa Fe, “Zeroscape” follows Richard Adams, a disgraced professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. LANL has recruited Adams, “verifying the operability of a post-Soviet Republic’s gamma ray laser,” according to a description of “Zeroscape.”

  • The Piñon sixth grade leadership team planted spinach and lettuce with the Los Alamos Youth Food Project, before heading off for spring break last week. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board-funded project has a goal to plant with each elementary school in Los Alamos.

  • Thank you, Steve and Judi Brownell, for all the memories

    March 30 was a bittersweet day for the Los Alamos community and the Brownells.
    This is the day that Steve and Judi Brownell closed Brownell’s Hallmark store. We are happy for them because they can now retire, move close to their children/grandchildren and enjoy life. We are also very sad to see them go.  
    Brownell’s Hallmark was not just a store, it was a memory maker.  
    Shortly after they bought the Hallmark store, they had an open house for Easter and allowed the local children to take their photo with the Easter Bunny.

  • Los Alamos Public Schools is working with Bernadette Lauritzen, of Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) to assist with the application process for the 100 Best Communities for Young People, through America’s Promise.
     Los Alamos received this recognition in an effort spearheaded by Vanessa de los Santos, (of the Coffee Booth). The process will once again be assisted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.
    The effort is asking anyone that offers a program or opportunity for youth (of any age) to email information about their programs, with a point of contact.  
    The community can send information as soon as possible or leave messages at the contact information below:
    Lauritzens@att.net or 661-4846.

  • Chris Morris of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Proton Radiography Program will speak at the April 17 dinner meeting of the Major Gen. Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars.
    The meeting will be at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel, third floor and will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Morris’ talk will begin at about 7:15 p.m.
    The dinner entrée is chicken parmesan on bed of fettuccini, with vegetables, garlic bread and salad. Cost of the dinner is $23 per person.

  • Mountain Elementary School launched the Great American Can Roundup. Above, the Green Team is pictured with the mountain of cans they collected. They urge other Mountain School alumni to donate cans.

  • There’s only 33 days of school left, if you don’t count weekends. So what will you do?
    It isn’t too early to ponder what the summer holds for youth and after some down time, they need something to do.
    There are lots of programs and projects for youth, but usually not a budget to constantly promote them.
    The Los Alamos Youth Food Project will be running full steam ahead, so if gardening is your SPARK, then learn more from The Family YMCA.
    The Bradbury Science Museum usually has fun in store and some youth ambassadors to assist in their educational outreach.

  • 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-site in foster homes. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    Also check out the Petfinder page at petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.

    DOGS
    Rocky — Three-year-old neutered Pug/Boston Terrier-mix. His favorite activities include playing with other dogs and running around the dog park like he owns the place. He has often been called wiggly, which describes him perfectly. Brindle color and crate-trained.

  • Earlier this month, the Los Alamos Youth Food project took the next step in creating a community garden and greenhouse with Los Alamos Middle School.
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and The Family YMCA-coordinated initiative received the signed memorandum of agreement with Los Alamos Public Schools required to start building.
    LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt spoke about the recent presentation.
    “Sylvan Argo presented a very compelling and convincing explanation about the importance of introducing students to the world of growing their own vegetables, learning the importance of composting and utilizing space when it is available,” he said.

  • Thomas C. Reed, former secretary of the Air Force under presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and co-author with Danny Reed of “The Nuclear Express,” returns to Los Alamos to sign his first novel, “The Tehran Triangle.”
    While taking a trip through New Mexico three years ago, Reed noticed the Santa Fe railroad ran past Trinity, the first nuclear test site.
    “How logical, I thought, for the Iranians to simply build another Hiroshima-type A-bomb in El Paso, ship it to Trinity by rail, then fire it by cell phone when it got to ground zero,” Reed said.

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

    Española

    Abedon Lopez Senior Citizen Center, Santa Cruz
    Date inspected: March 27
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for other: floor tiles/floor surface needs repair in kitchen. Repeat violation. Need to repair, easy to clean, prevent slips, trips or falls.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Carlos Vigil Middle School, 1602 Johnny Valdez
    Date inspected: March 23
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required

    McCurdy School, McCurdy Road
    Date inspected: March 27
    Violations: None

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools elementary librarians and fourth graders, with help from the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, have been working on a project to research and choose their favorite species for Los Alamos County.
    Librarians Beverly Baker, Marilyn Branton, Julie Goen and Jeffrey Lloyd have guided their fourth grade students in researching local mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and birds.
    Using their research, students have posted information about their creatures and arguments about why it should or should not be the representative for its species for Los Alamos, on an educational wiki. The wiki can be viewed at losalamosspecies.wikispaces.com.

  • History and ecology meet in a presentation on repeat photography called “Then and Now.” The free event is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2011-2012 lecture series.
    Terry Foxx and John Hogan will share their experiences at 7:30 p.m. April 10. The duo are ecologists that have looked at the past to help understand the future. Each of them became interested in using photography as a tool not only to document history, but also to document change in what seems like a changeless or slowly changing landscape.

  • Poetry combined with art is not a new concept. It’s seen in ballet, theatre and will be  part of “Rhythm and Rhyme,” Fuller Lodge Art Center’s newest exhibit. The show will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday.
    A variety of artists combined art and poetry to showcase their talent, using different concepts. They were tasked with extracting the poetry in art, by visually bringing out love sonnets, haikus, epic adventures and nursery rhymes through their creations. They were encouraged to work as their own poet, or use others as inspiration. Approximately 37 individuals answered the FLAC’s call for artists and will show their work.

  • Great Conversations is an afternoon of appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert.
    The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation will host the Third Annual Great Conversations from 2-4:30 p.m. April 22 at Los Alamos High School, in the new building.
    Two of the 14 tables are featured below.           
                           
    Round the Roundhouse: Where are the big wheels?

  • Thanks from Hadassah

    On behalf of the Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah, I want to thank all the participants and the sponsors of our “Second Annual Run for Her Life to Fight Breast Cancer,” Hadassah’s second 5K and 10K races in Los Alamos, dedicated to raising awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.
    On a cold and windy Sunday morning (March 18), we had 100 participants who walked or ran along a scenic course in the Eastern Area, expertly designed by Ted Williams, president of the Atomic City Roadrunners.  Our efforts raised $4,000 and all the proceeds will go toward breast cancer research by Hadassah Hospital, the premier medical institution in the Middle East and discoverer of the breast cancer genes BRCA-1 and BRCA-2.

  • April, spring break, snow and the asset month of Constructive Use of Time … This area encompasses assets 17-20 and looks at creative activities, youth programs, religious community and time at home.
    First of all, I hope you’ll spend a bit of time this week doing what I like to call, “A whole lot of nothing.”
    Take some time to hang out, relax and enjoy some simple things.
    Asset #17 is creative activities. When a young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practices music, theater or arts, look at it as them doing something with their hands, hence, they are engaging in creative activities.

  • Great Conversations is an afternoon of appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert.
    The Third Annual Great Conversations will be from 2-4:30 p.m. April 22 at Los Alamos High School, in the new building. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by filling out a registration form available at lapsfoundatio.com/greatconversations.shtml.
    There will be 14 different conversations going on at the event, two of the speakers are featured here.
    The rest of the speakers will be featured in future editions of the Los Alamos Monitor.  
    “Earthquakes!  Will the world end in 2012?”