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  • Los Alamos Middle School has chosen to participate in Read to Feed‚ a reading incentive program designed by Heifer International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending world hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.
    Read to Feed allows children to help find solutions to global problems like hunger and poverty.
    LAMS students will record each of the books they read on the back of a sheet, through Dec. 14. Students will ask for pledges for each book they read.  
    A “buck a book,” from their family and friends is recommended, but any amount will be accepted, no matter how small. Cash or checks will be accepted.
    Checks should be made out to LAMS with “Read to Feed” on the memo line. School district policy prohibits canvassing: going door-to-door, to collect pledges.
    The Read to Feed Committee (a group of seventh graders organizing the fundraiser) will decide what kinds of animals to buy through Heifer International.
    Heifer then decides where the need is greatest and provides families and communities with the animals they’ve purchased through the money raised.

  • The 27th annual Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair was held at Griffith Gymnasium Oct. 27. What a tremendous success. We had close to 1,700 attendees.  
    There were 67 exhibitors representing a wide range of health-related organizations. More than 700 flu shots were given and 307 blood draws were done. Along with many other health screenings, 190 bike helmets were given out to Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico children.  
    The health fair is only possible with the support of many organizations, a large number of volunteers and the broader community. Thanks are due to the Los Alamos Heart Council Board (a United Way community partner), which has put on the health fair every year for 27 years; to the Los Alamos Medical Center, which co-sponsors and assists the Heart Council by covering the costs associated with flu shots and advertising; to the phlebotomists from the medical center; to the Los Alamos Council on Cancer which subsidizes the PSA blood test for men; to the Los Alamos Monitor that publishes the Health Fair guide; to KRSN for their support of community activities such as the Health Fair through their interviews and public service announcements; and to the Tuff Riders for help in fitting the helmets for the kids.  

  • Asset number eight is Youth as Resources — and our focus for this week.
    What ways can you involve youth in decision making? As a part of your home, school, community or business, what input can they provide to make things better?
    The Chamisa Student Council is currently collecting food items to donate to those in need — in and around our community.
    The youth work as decision makers for the school, with the leaders selected to bring the thoughts and concerns of the school to the table.
    They work on a variety of projects including taking collections for non-profits and more importantly, coming up with the list of those organizations, for which to give.
    Often adults may want input from kids, but lead them in decision making by providing all of the information.
    At Chamisa Elementary, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade representatives staff every class from kindergarten through sixth grade to get their input.
    The students are taught how to ask questions and field answers, regardless of the responses they receive.
    The students then get the final say as to what projects they work on and when they do them.
    The leaders take full responsibility for bringing the decisions back to their classes and promoting the events as they arrive on the calendar.

  • Los Alamos MainStreet is working with the Betty Ehart Senior Center and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) to make this the most wonderful time of the year.

    The festivities kicked off with the Festival of Chocolate and rolls into a weeklong event called The Festival of Trees.

    All week, residents are invited to tour the Betty Ehart Senior Center and view (and in some cases) bid on silent auction items.

    While the event is free and open to the public, it is an excellent opportunity to help those in need, during the holiday season.

  • The University of New Mexico at Los Alamos will feature two opportunities for the community to view its student showcase of projects this month, at the campus.

    The first is a Greek Mythology Exhibit that will be from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday. 

    The second takes place on Thursday, with a daytime and early evening reception titled, “UNM-LA on Display.” 

    The event will feature displays and presentations from a variety of students throughout the 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. showcase.

  • Presley Gao, 10, presented Sally Wilkins, president of Friends of the Shelter, with a $217 check for donations he received for performing a benefit concert Sept. 8.
    Gao began taking piano lessons with Dr. Madeline Williamson on his sixth birthday in 2008. Today, he is performing solo piano recitals more likely found in the repertory of concertizing pianists. 

    He has earned several awards in piano competition, including the Santa Fe Sonata Contest, the District and the New Mexico State Honors Auditions and the Dennis Alexander Piano Competition in Albuquerque. 

    For four years, he has also earned the international level (15 solos) and national level (10 solos) certificates in Guild Auditions.   

  •  While most people in the U.S. are preparing for holiday activities, Los Alamos volunteers with Operation Christmas Child — the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind — are filling shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas. 

    This year-round project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization, Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is ramping up as local businesses, churches and community groups prepare to collect 590 gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week (Nov. 12-19). 

     Anyone can drop off a packed shoebox at the Los Alamos-area collection site. Then, using whatever means necessary — trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants — the shoebox gifts will be hand delivered to children in 100 countries around the world.

  • PAC 8 is hosting its annual Holiday Wine and Cheese Silent Auction and Fundraiser at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Fuller Lodge.

    Attendees can do some holiday shopping in one evening, while they taste wines and cheeses from around the world. Items such as sushi making lessons with sushi dinner; ski passes from Pajarito Mountain; a 12 lb. organic turkey from the Los Alamos Co-op; bagels and cream cheese for a year from Ruby K’s, artwork, jewelry, many gift certificates and more will be available for bidding.

    Rumelia, a Balkan/Folk/World female trio from Santa Fe will provide entertainment. Their music is derived from the traditional and popular tunes of Albania, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Bulgaria, with some Gypsy music thrown in.

  • Nov. 12-17

    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 in observance of Veterans Day

    TUESDAY

    8:45 a.m. Variety training

     10:30 a.m. AARP Board mtg.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on site adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. 

    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. 

    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped. Visitor guides: Between 4-6 p.m. Friday, volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential adopters personal introductions to the adoptable animals.

    DOGS

  • Army National Guard Pvt. Jerin D. Killingsworth graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

    Killingsworth is the son of Jack Killingsworth of Jemison, Ala., and Robin Dabbs of Los Alamos.

     He is a 2011 graduate of Jemison High School, Jemison, Ala.  

  • Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    Oct. 25: A girl, MaKenzie Rose Roybal-Shott, born to Alana Roybal and Mark Shott
    Oct. 28: A girl, Anailey Gianna Romero, born to Tristan Lovato and Anthony Romero

       

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center welcomes national skunk expert Jerry Dragoo, who talk at the Nature Center from 2-3 p.m. Nov. 11.
    This adult and family talk is free to PEEC members and is $5 per person or $10 per family for non-members. Dragoo will talk about his years of skunk research and give a behind-the-scenes look at the PBS Nature episode, “Is That Skunk,” on which he was featured.
    The skunk is one of the most recognized mammals in North America and, due to its use of scent glands as a defense mechanism, it also is one of the most maligned.
    However, “the skunk” refers to more than the well-known striped skunk.
    The Mephitidae (skunk family) is composed of 12 species, which occur primarily in the western hemisphere (four of these species are in New Mexico).
    Skunks are a diverse group of carnivores living in a variety of habitats with different ecological requirements and a wide variety of behavioral and reproductive idiosyncrasies.
    Skunks also can provide economic benefits, but occasionally, individual animals are perceived as nuisance animals.

  • James Petersen’s talk on Historic Wendover Airfield will touch on the origin of Wendover, Utah, and then focus on the period from the inception of the Army Air Force base to the end of World War II.
    The talk is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2012-2013 lecture series, “History and Science,” and will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Fuller Lodge.  
    The history of the B-17 and B-24 bomber training, as well as the contribution of Wendover to the Manhattan project, will be discussed.
    The presentation will include original photographs from the airfield and current images of the airfield and restoration projects. Some vintage film footage and interviews from the WWII veterans will also be shown.
    Petersen is a Salt Lake City, native and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Utah.  He worked on U.S. Air Force projects in the 1970s, including airborne computer design, fire control systems, remotely piloted aircraft communication systems and a U-2 project.  
    He later worked in industrial automation, founding a real-time controls company that completed projects throughout the U.S.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center welcomes national skunk expert Jerry Dragoo, who talk at the Nature Center from 2-3 p.m. Nov. 11.
    This adult and family talk is free to PEEC members and is $5 per person or $10 per family for non-members. Dragoo will talk about his years of skunk research and give a behind-the-scenes look at the PBS Nature episode, “Is That Skunk,” on which he was featured.
    The skunk is one of the most recognized mammals in North America and, due to its use of scent glands as a defense mechanism, it also is one of the most maligned.
    However, “the skunk” refers to more than the well-known striped skunk.
    The Mephitidae (skunk family) is composed of 12 species, which occur primarily in the western hemisphere (four of these species are in New Mexico).
    Skunks are a diverse group of carnivores living in a variety of habitats with different ecological requirements and a wide variety of behavioral and reproductive idiosyncrasies.
    Skunks also can provide economic benefits, but occasionally, individual animals are perceived as nuisance animals.

  • The New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT–PC), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, will present its first production of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” on Nov. 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.
    “NMDT-PC dancers have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to perform my version of this much-loved ballet,” Baker-Dillingham said. “I hope NMDT–PC’s premiere of
    ‘The Nutcracker’ will renew and rejuvenate your enthusiasm for this holiday favorite and prepare you for the joys of the season.”
    NMDT-PC is known in the Los Alamos community for presenting both original and traditional ballets, including “Dracula,” “Snow White,” “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” “Cinderella,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Alice,” “Aladdin” and “A Christmas Carol.”
    NMDT–PC, joined by special guests from the NMDT School, will now add Baker-Dillingham’s version of “The Nutcracker” to its repertoire.

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

    Los Alamos

    Daniel’s Café Haagen Dazs, 800 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 31
    Notes: Not open at time of inspection. Will move this facility to November food list.

    Home Run Pizza
    Date inspected; Oct. 30, follow-up
    Violations: Improper holding — prep refrigerator, corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Los Alamos Ski Club (Pajarito Mountain Café), Pajarito Mountain Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 31
    Violations: None
    Notes: No food preparation occurring. Facility check overall OK, clean.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española

    Tortilleria Temosachi, 419 Corlett Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 21, follow-up
    Violations: Storage, paints, toxic chemicals present in food facility. Corrected, removed.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Shell Deli No. 92, 615 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 31

  • Best Overall and People’s Choice: LA Heart Council, “The Tin Man Found His Heart”

    Best Business Traditional: Flowers By Gillian, “Flower Lady”

    Best Business Contemporary: Village Arts, “Batte’s Up!”

    Best Organization Traditional: LAHS Living Skills Class, “Hilltopper Spirit”

    Best Organization Contemporary: LA Public Schools Foundation, “Ignorance is Scary”
        
    Best Family Contemporary: Dare-Morgan Families, “Friends Together in One Spirit”
                    
    Best Dressed Award: Little Theater, “Woman in Black”

    The Rock and Roll Award: Canyoncito Montessori, “Rockin’ Kids”

    Skinniest Scarecrow Award: Sunrise Therapeutics, “It  Works”

    The Pain Free Award: B-Fit Chiropractic, “Spinal Health”
    The Ageless Award: LARC, “Fit at any Age”

    Earth Day Award: PEEC, “Halloween Hikers”

    Cutest Scarecrow in a Can Award: Rotary Club of Los Alamos, “Oscar the Grouch”

    Gold Medal Award: LA School of Gymnastics

  • Those that attend the Festival of Chocolate Saturday will get a sneak peek at the trees on display for the Festival of Trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

  • Settling an estate can be difficult and time consuming. Those that have been in the position of trying to find all the papers and information needed at the time of death and for estate settlement, know how much time and frustration can be involved. “After I’m Gone — Things to think about your Estate” is a program intended to provide individuals with information to make the process easier.  
    “After I’m Gone — Things to think about your Estate,” will be presented by Don Davidson, from 9 a.m.-noon Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1100 Bathtub Row.  
    Davidson will share what he has learned going through the process of getting his affairs in order. Learn what you can be done to help a family handle their affairs upon a loved one’s death.  
    The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization are sponsoring this program.  
    Those that would would like to join the seniors for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center can do so for a suggested donation of $4 (for seniors).
    For more information, Paula Roybal Sánchez at 662-2656.