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  • ALBUQUERQUE — Former prisoners of war from World War II, Korea and Vietnam and their families will be the guests of a special ceremony April 4, at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, 1501 San Pedro Drive SE, Albuquerque.
    The annual Former Prisoner of War (ex-POW) Recognition Ceremony runs from 11 a.m. to noon in the Education Building (#39) auditorium.
      The guest speaker will be Col. Steven B. Reese, Commander of the 377th Medical Group, Kirtland Air Force Base.
      The program celebrates Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, observed nationally April 9.

  • There’s still time to register for the 2012 Dog Jog April 28 at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.  To enter, visit lafos.org or one of many pet-friendly locations around town (including Pet Pangaea and veterinarian offices) to pick up a form.  
    The entry fees are:
    • $20 for the first adult or child 12 years or older ($25 after pre-registration)
    • $35 for two adults in the same household ($40 after pre-registration)
    • $25 for a registration with one child and one adult ($30 after pre-registration)
    • $15 for each additional adult or child over 12 years in the same household
    • $5 for each additional child
    Registration is available up to, and including, the day of the event.

  • Posse Shack breakfast from 7-11 a.m. today to benefit Friends of the Shelter, 650 North Mesa Road.
    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

  • On March 10, the Los Alamos Middle School Student Council put on a fundraising event. Communities members piled into the Reel Deal Theater in the early morning to watch Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax.” The council raised almost $600 and then donated the money to LA Cares.

  • The Building Kindness Program of Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications for its home repair program. Applicants must provide proof of need, own or pay a mortgage on their home, be willing to help the volunteers, reimburse Habitat for materials and live in the areas of Española or Los Alamos.   
    Drop by the Habitat ReStore in Española at 726 N. Riverside Dr. for an application, or call 505-901-7689 for more information.
    Applications are also available in Los Alamos at Self Help 662-0107.

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

    Española

    Beatrice V. Quintana Martinez Senior Center, 735 Vietnam Veterans Road
    Date inspected: March 16
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — dishwasher needs service. It’s not sanitizing correctly. Don’t use until serviced.
    Status of establishment: Approved, follow-up required April 15.

    Beatrice V. Quintana Martinez Senior Center, 735 Vietnam Veterans Road
    Date inspected: March 22, follow-up
    Violations: None. Dishwasher is now working.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Santa Fe

  • Starting April 3, Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer a series of “Quiet, Gentle Walks” for adults.
    Walkers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at PEEC and walk short distances. The walks are free, but space is limited and advance registration is requested.
    Sue Watts will lead these walks for those who want a quiet walk along a relatively flat trail. In the beginning, walks will be a mile or less in length. As the group coalesces, they will try different trails suited to the needs of participants.

  • Jack Aeby witnessed the first atomic bomb test in the United States on July 16, 1945. Not only did he witness this history-making event, he was permitted to take photographs with his personal 35mm camera.

  • There will be a mandatory meeting at 2 p.m. Friday on the third floor of the Los Alamos Public Library for Los Alamos Middle School students going to Washington, D.C. Be prompt and bring a pencil to the meeting.
    Parents are welcome to attend.  
    For more information, call Mrs. Cocking at 505-670-0679.

  • Beginning in April, the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will offer a series of eight Saturday morning Taiji (T’ai Chi) classes to study the Yang Style 24 Forms.
    Classes will run from 11 a.m.-noon and begin April 7 in Robinson Hall.
    No previous experience is necessary. Classes will explore proper body alignment with coordination and flexibility exercises, and breathing techniques to cultivate the flow of Qi, or life energy.
    The primary focus of the class is to study the 24 forms of the Taiji routine, which can become a daily discipline of spiritual practice.

  • Teen chefs unveiled their restaurant concepts and created tantalizing dishes at the New Mexico ProStart Invitational, hosted by Ben E. Keith Foods at the Albuquerque Convention Center in the Northeast Exhibit Hall today.
    Fifteen New Mexico high school culinary and management teams vied for scholarships and the opportunity to represent the state at the National ProStart Invitational in Baltimore, Md.
    The ProStart Invitational consisted of two competitions: culinary and management. Teams that participated in the culinary competition demonstrated their creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course gourmet meal in 60 minutes.

  • The Los Alamos Middle School Green Team celebrated the school board’s approval of an agreement for a community garden and greenhouse. The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Family YMCA oversee the Los Alamos Youth Food Project, which is sponsored by a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.

  • Assets 30 and 31 top the list week as we look at responsibility and restraint.
    These may be two very perfect assets to look at just prior to spring break.
    First of all, you must show restraint in not eating all of the Girl Scout cookies that you purchase.
    It is however, the responsible thing to do, to buy the rest of these Girls Scout cookies while shopping at Smith’s, and get these young ladies back to their normal activities.
    Several times during the last week, I’ve had conversations with other parents about the need to let kids experience things in life, that later make them responsible adults.
    Sometimes you have to give kids the keys to the castle and see what they will do with them.

  • The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Assets in Action Cookies and Conversation event is held twice a month, on Monday. The program unites local senior citizens and students for lunch and conversation. Those wishing to volunteer or donate cookies for the event can call 661-4846.

  • Parents that have students in the Los Alamos Public Schools are invited to take the 2011-2012 Quality of Education Survey. The survey allows school districts and the Public Education Department to obtain input from parents for continuous improvement and to better educate students.
    To participate in the survey visit, 164.64.166.19/studentsurvey/SurveyFrame.asp, then go to the left side of the screen and click on the link, “Take a Survey.” Follow the directions and take the survey provided for your student(s) school(s).
    Hard copies of the survey will be provided at LAPS schools or may be obtained from the receptionist at the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration office. The survey will be active until May 1.
     

  • Chamisa third and fourth graders performed the annual musical revue, focusing on Los Alamos history, before a packed audience March 15.
    Beginning with the first inhabitants, the ancient pueblo people, the program progressed forward in time featuring the conquistadores, the Hispanic settlers, the Santa Fe Trail and the Ranch School Boys.  
    Gen. Leslie Groves and J. Robert Oppenheimer took the stage with solos, as the workers, wives, children and the soldiers from the World War II era sang about their place on the Hill.
    Oppy and Groves sang about knowing “The World Would Never Be the Same Again.”  
    The musical ended with the workers of today’s Hill, celebrating the discoveries, technologies and missions of present-day.

  • Rotary says thanks

    On behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank the community for its outstanding support of our third annual Crab Fest recently at Central Avenue Grill.  
    With the money raised, we will once again be able to give academic and vocational awards to high school students and we will begin construction this summer of the new memorial garden at Los Alamos High School, replacing the original, which was demolished during construction of the new buildings.

  • The Family YMCA is taking registrations for the March 31 First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification course. Classes are generally the first Saturday of each month and are taught by American Red Cross certified instructors.  They also offer Red Cross classes in babysitting and infant/child CPR.
    Participants age 13 and older that complete the course will receive American Red Cross certification. There is a maximum of 12 participants for each class.
    The class will be from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Y, March 31  and is open to the public. The cost is $80 for YMCA members and $110 for program members. The certificates are good for two years.    

  • Posse Shack breakfast from 7-11 a.m. April 1 to benefit Friends of the Shelter, 650 North Mesa Road.
    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

  • The competition for the 2012 Dog Jog Logo Contest was tough, but after sorting through what was thought to be the most entries seen in years, one submission stood out.
    Kaylee Rogers, a fourth grader at Barranca Elementary School created the winning design for the 2012 Dog Jog Logo contest.
    Rogers said she entered the contest because she likes to draw and thought it would be fun to enter, but was inspired by her dog Penny.
    Rogers and her family adopted Penny from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter more than a year ago. In addition to her interest in drawing, Rogers also like arts, music and baton twirling.