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  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center once again brings the Backcountry  Film Festival to the Reel Deal Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday, for the only New Mexico showing of the film.
    Last year’s show was sold-out. Tickets are $10 at the door and will benefit PEEC, thanks to Jim O’Donnell and the Reel Deal. There will also be a raffle for winter gear.
    The seventh annual world tour of the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival highlights the winter backcountry experience.
    Submissions come from filmmakers who travel every corner of the globe to submit their best backcountry work and from grassroots filmmakers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions and submit their best film short.

  • Jan. 8-14, 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

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9 a.m.    Toenail clipping
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Pork roast
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45        Variety training
    10:30 a.m.    AARP Board meeting
    11:30        Lunch: Stuffed chicken

  • Jan. 8-14, 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

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9 a.m.    Toenail clipping
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Pork roast
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45        Variety training
    10:30 a.m.    AARP Board meeting
    11:30        Lunch: Stuffed chicken

  • Jan. 8-14, 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

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9 a.m.    Toenail clipping
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Pork roast
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45        Variety training
    10:30 a.m.    AARP Board meeting
    11:30        Lunch: Stuffed chicken

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

    Santa Fe

    Better Day Coffee, 905 W. Alameda
    Date inspected: Dec. 27, pre-opening
    Actions: Permit issued. Restricted menu: coffee, tea, soda, juice, milk, food from approved sources, baked goods from Plaza Bakery, salads from providers.

    Cowgirl BBQ, 319 S. Guadalupe
    Date inspected: Dec. 29, complaint
    Violations: One high-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — hand washing sink obstructed, no soap; one moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — food scales, tomato slicer were not cleaned and sanitized; Notify NMED by Jan. 10 of compliance.

  • Hot chile on a cold day usually hits the spot, unless the chile lacks heat.
    On a recent trip to Española, a visit to Los Arcos was in order. The main motivation for the trip was to order chicken fried steak. A generous portion, it was offered with either white or brown gravy, a side of calabacitas and choice of potatoes (mashed, baked or in the French fry form).
    A few months had lapsed since the last visit to Los Arcos and all it took was a quick glance at the menu and I soon realized I wasn’t going to get what I wanted that day.
    The chicken fried steak is still on the menu, but instead of brown gravy, it’s now offered with white pepper gravy. When I asked the waitress if brown could be substituted, she said no.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society invites the community to its 2011-2012 lecture series.  This year, the Centennial Lecture Series celebrates 100 years of Los Alamos History and New Mexico Statehood.
    Lectures are the second Tuesday of the month in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. Lectures start at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public, thanks to Los Alamos National Bank and the donations of members of the Historical Society.
    The New Mexico Humanities Council is also co-sponsoring this lecture.

  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre starts 2012 with Herb Gardener’s classic American play, “A Thousand Clowns.” Directed by veteran director and actor Richard Klamann, “A Thousand Clowns” tells the story of a young boy who lives with his eccentric uncle Murray, who is forced to conform to society in order to keep custody of the boy.

    Unemployed television writer Murray Burns (Patrick MacDonald) lives in a cluttered New York City one-bedroom apartment with his 12-year-old nephew, Nick (Sequoyah Adams-Rice).

  • Seats are still available to the mini gala, also known as the Community Asset Awards. The event will be Saturday night at the Best Western Hilltop Hotel.
    The local program recognizes community residents with the can-do attitude that makes Los Alamos a better place to live and work.
    More than 40 will be recognized, ranging from student to senior and business to individual.
    While the event focuses on the community as a whole, youth take center stage with key roles in the festivities.
    The musical stylings of the Sage Street Saxtet will provide entertainment for the evening. The saxtet members include: Nate Hall, Adam Sayre, Doug Jones and Alex Martin.

  • On New Year’s Eve, along with the standard resolutions to run iron man races and dislike butter and sugar, many of us renewed our commitments to sucking the marrow out of life, to being happier despite our imperfect, troublesome, sometimes very painful existences.
    Poppy Cross, the peppy protagonist of “Happy-Go-Lucky” offers one model  on how to do this.
    “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008), the next feature in the Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series, allows viewers to spend a few weeks with 30-year-old Poppy (played by Sally Hawkins) as she teaches elementary school children, takes driving lessons and  takes flamenco lessons in contemporary Camden, England.

  • The League of Women Voters’ community event, Lunch with a Leader, will be Jan. 12 at the Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be Anne Laurent.
    Laurent initially began work with Los Alamos County in September 2008 as the Capital Projects and Facilities director, after having served in other cities in Arizona and Michigan.
    Her responsibilities included operational oversight of the Capital Projects and Facilities and Public Works Departments.
    She was appointed acting assistant county administrator in February 2011.
    Laurent holds two bachelor’s degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and has more than 15 years of public and private team leadership, project management, building design and facility management experience.

  • Welcome to 2012, how are things going so far?
    Are you working on building those assets yet? Don’t worry if you haven’t started yet. You can always start today.
    I’m going to harp on you getting started, just like the weight-watching commercials or the quit-smoking commercials. But since I don’t have that kind of budget, whenever you see or hear one of those commercials, pretend you are hearing me talk about asset building.
    This month we continue to work on the asset category of positive identity, so let’s talk about thank you cards.

  • Adults with ongoing health conditions are invited to join a free 2-½ hour Manage Your Chronic Disease Workshop, sponsored by the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, in conjunction with the Family Y.
    Participants 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 their health.
    A MyCD workshop can help those with conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety.

  • Dec. 25-31, 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

    MONDAY
    BESC closed. Happy New Year!

    TUESDAY
    8:45        Variety Training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30        Lunch: Oven fried chicken
    12:30 p.m.    Better breathers
    7 p.m.    Bridge
    7:30p.m.    Table tennis

  • 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.
    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. Happy holidays!

    DOGS
    What a blessing for the New Year. There are no adoptable dogs. This won’t last. We currently just have these two little roamers:

  • Art openings

     

    Act I Gallery presents “Seasons of the Rio Grande,” a solo exhibition by Ken Daggett. There will be an opening reception from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the gallery, 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. The show will continue through Feb. 17.

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    On Jan. 6, 1912, New Mexico became the 47th State in the United States. Throughout 2012,  communities statewide will commemorate 100 years of New Mexico statehood, telling stories of the past, while envisioning the state’s next 100 years.

  • Saturday

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “A Thousand Clowns,” by Herb Gardner. Cowgirl BBQ will cater a Texas-style dinner. There will be a New Year’s Eve countdown and celebration, with music and dancing following the show. Patrick Kelly will act as emcee and DJ. Tickets are $45 per person and are available at CB Fox Department Store. Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Jan. 2

    Williams Lake snowshoe with Pajarito Environmental Education Center. This moderate snowshoe is four miles roundtrip, with 1,500 feet of elevation gain to a lake in the Taos Ski Valley. Meet at PEEC at 8:30 a.m. to carpool. Dog friendly. Free, but registration is required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    Jan. 6

  • So I hear you are in the market for a resolution?
    How about one that doesn’t cost anything, doesn’t require the purchase of any additional equipment and doesn’t require a special location in your house?
    If this sounds intriguing, then let’s build some assets. I’ll even try and package it the way you need it … I would like you to build some assets. I really need you to build some assets. I implore you to build some assets and finally, I demand that you build some assets!
    I did have one a little harsher, but I’ll save that for those of you who need to discuss it — or for midway through the year.

  • 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.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter. Happy holidays!

    DOGS

    Baby — Young spayed female GSD-mix. Very friendly. Loves the dog park.