• Gardening instructor Martha Davis is returning to PEEC to teach “Things to Do in the Fall Garden,” from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 27 and is $18 for PEEC members and $20 for all others.  
    Many tasks should or can be done in the fall in preparation for the gardens of spring.
    A range of things from garlic and spinach to daffodils and trees can be planted. Fall also brings a wealth of materials for compost piles, mulch and new garden beds. Davis will tell participants how to make the best of their gardens in the fall for gardens next summer.  
    Master gardener Davis has taught many classes for PEEC.

  • For people with diabetes, selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat and sodium can be a challenge.  
    The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program will offer a series of free cooking classes for people with diabetes and their family members or caretakers.
    Kitchen Creations classes are from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 10 and 17 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road.

  • This week, I’m off topic again as we are still in the asset category of support.
    I will also say that I may be getting on my soapbox, so proceed with caution.
    This week, I’d like us, as a community, to prepare our children to be losers. I don’t mean I want them to be losers, I just mean it is a reality they must be ready to accept.
    When I see so many adult examples of not being a gracious loser, combined with children who seem to crumble when they suffer the smallest setback, I worry.
    I tend to indulge in an occasional cooking show on the weekend. I’m usually just hoping to find a new recipe idea, try a new ingredient or see a cupcake I’d like to make.

  • It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning colors, there’s a chill in the air, fall is officially here and so is the 6th Annual Piñon Pumpkin Patch. This year, they are joining forces with the Chamisa Arts and Crafts Fair, forming the first ever White Rock Fall Festival. Events will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Piñon Elementary Saturday at 90 Grand Canyon Drive in White Rock.
    This year, not only will they sell pumpkins and baked goods, but they will also have Chamisa’s Arts and Craft Fair tables in the Piñon Gymnasium. A variety of items will be available, including jewelry, Scentsy products, fashion and clothing, children’s items, decorative silverware, baskets and photography.

  • 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.

    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.

  • Join Jennifer Foote and the Los Alamos Mountaineers on Wednesday in the main room of Fuller Lodge, for their monthly meeting. The meeting will begin with dessert and social time at 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion of trips past and future. The presentation will begin at approximately 8 p.m.
    After being invited to “cave” in China several times, Foote decided that the time to travel was now. She began an “around the world trip” with stops in China, Thailand, Cairo, Holland, Iceland and Tennessee. She’ll share her tales Wednesday.

  • Representatives of Self Help, Inc., Walter Barkley, Joyce Nickols (coordinator of the Children’s Tools for School Project), and Ellen Morris Bond, receive a check from the Los Alamos Masons to purchase Xerox/copy paper for Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico schools. Rick Garland, of the Masons, presented the check.

  • The MG Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars in Los Alamos announces Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will present a talk on the recent visit to Sarov, Russia by a Los Alamos Development Corporation, Community Development Team.
    The meeting will be  at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday at the Best Western Hilltop House, third floor. It will begin with a short social period and business meeting, followed by dinner and speaker. Korkos’ talk begins at 7:15 p.m.
    The dinner entrée is lasagna, vegetables and salad. The cost of the dinner is $20 per person.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to the general public for the dinner and program, or the program only, at no cost.

  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos has been awarded a $337,725 three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for a proposal to “Reinvigorate Information Technology Education with Cyber Security.” Dean of Instruction Dr. Kate Massengale wrote the grant. Dr. Lynne Williams, who has a doctorate in cyber security, is the principal investigator.
    The New Mexico Consortium helped Massengale initiate this effort by providing training in grant writing. Michelle Hall, a professor and grant writer, who now works at NSF, gave the training. Hall is also the creator of the regional Café Scientifique, which exposes teens to science and technology in innovative ways to attract them to these fields.  

  • Enriqueta Gonzales was recently awarded New Mexico Health Care Association’s Best of the Best Resident Support Award for 2011.  She is an employee at Aspen Ridge Lodge.
    The Resident Support award is a board category that covers all of those staff members outside of direct care who work hard for the residents. They make contributions to the comfort and safety of the residents, yet they may be rarely seen. The housekeeping, dietary, laundry and maintenance staff are often ‘invisible,’ yet they can make or break the living experience of residents, according to a NMHCA press release.

  • Los Alamos Light Orchestra presents, “Into the Woods” a musical written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. It showcases half a dozen Grimms’ fairytales, to include the classic, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” which is intertwined with an original story about a childless baker and his wife.
    Once upon a time, in a far off kingdom, there lived a sad young lad whose name was Jack. Jack lived with his mother in a house that was rapidly falling apart and to Jack’s mother’s dismay, her son would rather daydream than help her with everyday tasks.

  • The letters “MD” after a name can denote “medical doctor” or “musical director.”  In the case of Ivan Shulman, these letters denote both, what he describes as a natural combination.
    Shulman, the conductor of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s Oct. 21  Fall Concert, grew up studying oboe under the tutelage of his father, oboist Harry Shulman, who played in the NBC Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini.
    In college he studied pre-med and went on to medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, with a general surgery residency in New York, Seattle and San Francisco.
    While keeping a busy medical career, Shulman always sought out opportunities to play in both community and professional groups.

  • Get a jumpstart on Halloween at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The center will host a Halloween carnival and pumpkin splash on Oct. 23. Participants will have the opportunity to hunt for their favorite pumpkin in the pool and then get to decorate it, all while enjoying festive treats and playing carnival games throughout the building.
    The cost is $7 per pumpkin splasher, and admission includes participation in all carnival games, as well as one pumpkin and one decorating kit. All ages are welcome. Maximum participation is 150 people. Advanced tickets are being sold at the Aquatic Center.

  • Dates announced

    The Betty Ehart Senior center has announced the dates for the Festival of Chocolate and the Festival of Trees.
    The fundraisers will benefit programs for youth and seniors in 2011 and 2012.
    The Festival of Chocolate will be  from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 12, with tickets available for $20, starting at the end of October.
    The Festival of Chocolate formally launches the Festival of Trees which hosts their event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 19.
    Admission is free, but collections of non-perishable items are taken to benefit programs.
    To donate a chocolate dessert or a holiday tree for auction call 672-4089 for more information.

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


    McDonald’s, 618 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 11, complaint
    Reason for complaint: Someone complained about menudo being sold during the weekend.
    Action: Called Vangie Martinez to inquire about complaint. Upon speaking with her, she asked her workers and they were having a potluck — personal use of menudo lunch. No menudo was sold, given to public and menudo was kept out of the contact of other foods as per manager. Complaint closed out.

    Santa Fe

    Adobe Abode, 202 Chapelle St.
    Date inspected: Oct. 6

  • “This concerto is one of the greatest pieces in clarinet repertoire — one of the prime jewels in literature.  I am delighted to be playing it.”  Dr. Robert Marcus used these words to describe “Mozart’s Concerto For Clarinet, K 622 (1791),” which he will perform with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Crossroads Bible Church.
    Marcus is a retired physician from the department of Medicine at Stanford University, now living in Santa Fe. He has had an active musical life, performing in symphony and chamber groups, while also maintaining a busy medical career. In 1995 he performed the “Mozart Clarinet Concerto” with the Redwood Symphony in California.

  • For the seventh year, Los Alamos will get a sampling of Indian culture, as Dances of India entertains residents with its free performance at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    This year, the group headed by dance instructors Kavita Nandakishore and Alina Deshpande, will showcase their skills as they offer up their own version of the classic tale, “Snow White.” The event will be from 4-6 p.m. Saturday.

  • Autumn is swiftly settling upon our enchanted land. The amount of daylight diminishes with each passing day as the Aspen leaves reveal the first signs of their golden transformation.  
    The first leg of the journey traveled the passes of N.M. 4 through Jemez Springs, proceeding west on N.M. 485 to Gilman Tunnels. The next leg of the journey, from Gilman Tunnels to Porter Landing, offers many opportunities to enjoy unique scenery and history, while soaking in the changing fall colors.

    Beyond Gilman Tunnels

     Shortly past the tunnels, the road switches from paved to gravel where it becomes Forest Road 376. The continuing road loosely follows an old railroad spur leading to Porter Landing.   

  • When thinking of New Mexico, few Americans think about spy vs. spy intrigue, but in fact, to many international intelligence operatives, the state’s name is nearly synonymous with espionage, and Santa Fe is a sacred site.
    The KGB’s single greatest intelligence and counterintelligence coups and the planning of the organization’s most infamous assassination, all took place within one mile of Bishop Lamy’s statue in front of the St. Francis Cathedral in downtown Santa Fe.
    In his book, “A Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque,” former CIA agent E. B. Held uses declassified documents from both the CIA and KGB, as well as secondary sources, to trace some of the most notorious spying events in U.S. history.

  • I write this column with a very heavy heart this week. On Sunday, I learned that Search Institute leader Dr. Peter Benson passed away after a battle with colon cancer.
    Benson was essentially the leader of the band, but feel free to insert the description of your choice: the front man, choir director, chairman of the board, or the coach.
    The “coach” is probably the best description because he is known for saying, “If you’re breathing, you’re on the team.”
    I had seen Benson numerous times at asset conferences in Minnesota, New York and Ohio. After one particular conference where we spent a lot of time talking about sparks, I decided to write him a letter.