• Junior or senior students in need of community service to bolster their college or summer employment applications are being sought.
    The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is looking for interested students to make phone calls at a telethon hosted from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 7-17.
    Students will work in a call center with adult supervision for several hours in the evening over a two week period.
    They will call parents of elementary, middle and high school students from within the school district.
    Student volunteers will be expected to show up as scheduled and to conduct themselves with dignity and maturity.

  • With the help of State Farm, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board took a small idea and started to make it happen at Los Alamos Middle School.
    Last November, former JJAB coordinator Debbie Gill and Los Alamos Middle School teacher Stephanie Krantz had a conversation that sparked a plan.
    Gill, who currently serves on the Board of Self Help and the Planning and Zoning Commission, has a 35-year history of working to develop community and youth.
    “I believe Stephanie and I first brainstormed projects during a neighborhood book club meeting. We talked for two hours about how to establish more hands on experiences for kids,” Gill said.

  • Twisted fairy tales are in vogue: NBC’s new series, “Grimm” and ABC’s, “Once Upon a Time” attest to the trend.
    Coincidentally, Los Alamos Light Opera is presenting “Into the Woods,” a modern Broadway musical that takes simple, well-known fairy tales and twists them into something a bit darker, more like the original Grimm fairy tales, and then finds resolution.
    The only frequently recorded song from the show, “You Are Not Alone,” tells  how to get through the darkness and the whims of the woods.

  • On Oct. 25 Mountain School celebrated the completion of “Learning Landscapes,” a project made possible by funding from Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.  Mountain School was awarded a $3,000 grant from LAPSF this spring and used the funds to build nine garden boxes on the lower playground area.  
    The garden boxes are next to the kindergarten through second grade classrooms and provide an opportunity for an outdoor classroom experience. This project has helped beautify the playground and allowed students to learn about planting, landscaping, water conservation and many other areas of botany and ecology through hands-on learning experiences.  

  •      Local music students will be featured in the Brown Bag Concert Series at noon Nov. 2 at Fuller Lodge. The students will compete in the Music Teachers State Conferences at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales on Nov. 4-5.
         Victor Kim will compete in the junior division and Kevin Gao will compete in the senior division. The winners of the state competition will advance to the divisional competition in Las Vegas, Nev.
         Presley Gao, 9; Sonyia Williams, 10; Jenny Wang, 12; and Benjamin Liu, 14  will compete in the honors competition with other New Mexican musicians for first place title in their age group. Their teachers are Ae Jin Chang, Ron Grinage and Madeline Williamson.

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

    Santa Fe

    • Agapao Coffee by Luminaria, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail
    Date inspected: Oct. 25, closing
    Actions: No longer in business

    • Albertson’s, 3001 S. St. Francis
    Date inspected: Oct. 24, complaint
    Action: Inspected, no problem found during inspection. Talked to manager regarding complaint. They will increase supervision on a daily basis. Complaint closed. No follow-up required.

    • Backroad Pizza, 1807 Second St.
    Date inspected: Oct. 19

  • This weekend, while the kids recover from collecting sugary sweets at Trick or Treat on MainStreet, adults can treat themselves to fat-free arts and crafts at the 34th annual Fuller Lodge Art Center “Gateway to the Holidays” arts and crafts fair.
    The Parish Hall at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church will be filled with artists and their work, from jewelry and potholders to angels and Santas. The fair offers just enough for a wide spectrum of choices, without the confusion of too much to digest in one visit.
    Art lovers can pick up a handmade basket from retired Los Alamos High School teacher Ronnie Moss and continue through the hall to fill it with gifts for everyone they know, as well as things for their own homes.

  • Visit www.dixonarts.org  and click on “tour map.” It’ll be easy to understand why the Dixon Studio Tour is considered by many to be one of the best New Mexican studio tours.
    It’s all there … drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, weavings, baskets, pottery, glassworks, photography, digital work, tin mirror frames, fresh apple cider, dance, music  and poetry. And to top it off, the tour also features two award winning wineries, a brewery, a café and two public mercados.  Altogether there are 40 artists and 17 businesses participating in this year’s tour, which will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6.  
    This year, the Dixon Studio Tour introduces five new members:

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council, Los Alamos MainStreet and Bradbury Science Museum, along with downtown Los Alamos businesses are gearing up for Friday’s Trick or Treat on MainStreet events.
    On Friday, an estimated 3,000 children will gather downtown for the annual event. This year, however the hours have changed and will be from 4-6:30 p.m.
    More than 50 local businesses and organizations will open their doors and set up booths along Central Avenue to give out treats to local trick-or-treaters. There will also be a dance performance by New Mexico Dance Theater and a Hallowiener parade at 5:30 p.m., during which Dachshunds are paraded down Central Avenue in costume.

  • The Los Alamos High School cross country team sponsored an elementary run Friday. Students of various ages participated in the run.

  • The University of New Mexico, Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the PNM Foundation have announced the UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest for the 2011-2012 school year.
    The goal of the contest is to promote mathematical investigation, enhance problem-solving skills and recognize and honor outstanding mathematics achievement among students in grades 7-12 in the state.
    Approximately 1,500 New Mexico students benefit from this program annually.

  • Engage. Listen. Listen. Repeat.
    This is what one should do when talking to our youth.
    Last week, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board hosted their annual retreat to talk about youth issues.
    As always, they host an event that not only allows adults to talk about youth issues, but involves youth.
    Many groups would like to do this, but it takes some extra effort. It also needs to be planned around everyone’s schedules and of course, food needs to be provided.
    Now let’s go back to what I said at the beginning of this column and see what we can learn. Sometimes as adults, we know these things but tend to forget.

  • 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.
    Two for the price of one. This is an opportunity to double your feline pleasure. Also, we will not adopt out black cats until Nov. 7.

    The shelter has just received a new group of cats and has appointments for their veterinary updates. They will be available for viewing and will be adoptable very soon.

  • Cub Scouts from Los Alamos and White Rock joined together for push-mobile races last weekend. The annual event is held at the White Rock LDS church.

  • New Mexico landscapes can take your breath away and Kirt Kempter attempts to capture every bit of that beauty with each of his large format photographs now on view at Mesa Public Library Art Gallery.
    The exhibition starts Oct. 31 and runs through the end of November.
    The display is available for viewing during regular library hours.
    Kempter is a student of rocks and landforms, working both as a geologist and photographer.
    Thus, his landscape photography has a geologic bent, focusing on landforms and abstract rock textures. Although most of Kempter’s photographic repertoire is from New Mexico, he also has numerous images from around the world, a result of leading educational tours for Smithsonian Journeys and National Geographic Expeditions.

  • Los Alamos Middle School seventh grade student Claire DeCroix, 12, created the logo for this year’s New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge. She won $200 at last year’s award ceremony for the best logo. Her logo is used on all promotional material for the statewide competition for the 2011-2012 challenge.
    DeCroix would like to thank her GATE teacher Zeynep Unal for all her support and getting Claire interested in the supercomputing challenge in the fifth grade.
    DeCroix decided to enter the contest because she thought it would be great to win the competition.

  • Fire Prevention Specialist Marla Rogers and Recreation Specialist Kimberly DeVall will represent the Valles Caldera National Preserve at the American Association of University Women meeting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.

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

    Santa Fe

    Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill #2, 3777 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 17
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for improper holding — thermometer for the undercounter unit was not working, corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Church’s Chicken 2, 2778 Sawmill Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 17
    Violations: One high-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — hand sink in kitchen was used to store clean pans, corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Estudio Phi, 2043 A Calle Lorca

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer Nature Photography for Beginners at 11 a.m. Oct. 29 at PEEC, 3540 Orange St. Photographer and outdoor enthusiast Jaye Gilmore will lead the class. Fees are $20 or $18 for PEEC members.
    The class will begin indoors with a PowerPoint presentation giving a basic overview of photography techniques, vocabulary and equipment. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and try out what Gilmore is demonstrating with their own cameras.
    After the introduction, the group will go outside to put its new skills into action on the trails around PEEC.

  • For the first time, the Eldorado artists are coming to downtown Santa Fe with the annual fall show. Sixty-one artists will show work in genres including oils, acrylics, encaustics, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, glass, photography, sculpture, fiber art, wearable art, wood, watercolors, tin work and musical instruments.
    The show will be from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 28 and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 29 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail (at Cordova), Santa Fe. For more information, visit www.eldoart.org.