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  • Credit unions throughout the state are participating in a search for a young adult “spokester” who will reach out to Gen Yers ages 18-25 via social media, special events and other activities to get them on track for a lifetime of financial well-being through the Young & Free New Mexico program. The spokester must be:
    • Social media savvy
    • Video natural
    • Creative blogger
    • Self-motivated
    • A personality that pops! Dynamic, likeable and outgoing — able to talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime
    • Can create a buzz and get people talking
    • Comfortable with all things Web
    • Comfortable on camera

  • Last Friday, the Methodist Church celebrated 50 years of their skating program. Don Casperson has volunteered for almost 20 years with the program.

  • The Russ Gordon Concert Series opens at Overlook Park tonight with a pair of bands. Performing will be Tiho Dimitrov Band and DK & the Affordables. The concert, which is free, starts at 7 p.m.

  • The Los Alamos Choral Society presents their Spring Concert at 3 p.m. May 20 at the United Church of Los Alamos, featuring songs of love and romance in a program titled, “Love In Bloom.”
    From the 1959 musical “Gypsy,” with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Jule Styne, comes the hit song “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”
    Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943) — a composer from the late 20th and 21st century — has developed his trademark style of composition of which “Dirait on,” from the song cycle “Chanson Des Roses” is an example.

  • State Rep. Jim Hall stopped for a lengthy visit at Los Alamos Middle School last Tuesday. Here, seventh grade student Dylan Sanchez speaks with Hall during one of three lunch periods. Hall asked students about their education, shared details about his school life and work at the Legislature and took part in an update on the Los Alamos Youth Food Project. Hall also took time to visit staff during their luncheon hosted by Prinicpal Rex Kilburn, Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez and Summit Foods.

  • The hard work of many dedicated volunteers resulted in a successful Northern New Mexico Spring Arts and Crafts Fair. It was a fantastic day with perfect weather, giving people the opportunity to visit with friends and mingle among the booths.
    In addition to the Los Alamos Arts Council, the fair benefited from the efforts of RSVP members who posted flyers around Los Alamos before the fair, the Coffee House Café, Joe Baldanado  and Darcie Marino for providing the beverages and food for the event.
    We also wish to thank L.A. County Parks Department for mowing and trimming the grounds around Fuller Lodge, as well as cleaning up trash during the fair.

  • “Doing Good and Doing Well: Embodying Your Values in Your Investment Choices,” a talk by Johann Klaassen, vice president of Investment Services for First Affirmative Financial Network in Colorado Springs, will be May 21 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    While many people shop carefully and consciously in order to maximize their impact and minimize their footprint, relatively few people try to do the same with their savings and investments.
    Those who ask their financial advisors about investing according to their values are often discouraged — but it is possible to direct money’s power in the marketplace to shape the world according to one’s values, and this can be done without sacrificing competitive returns.

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

    Española

    Arby’s, 931 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: May 9, complaint
    Violations: One high-risk violation for improper holding — meat product held at 123 degrees, corrected by disposing. One moderate-risk violation for other — walls/ceilings need repair/maintenance.
    Notes: Dry storage overall OK, clean. No chemicals stored in food prep area. Staff wearing clean uniforms, observed good sanitary skills. Facility needs maintenance, i.e., paint, replacement of ceiling tiles, etc. Permit missing. NMED will research expiration date and provide copy.

  • Dance Arts Los Alamos is celebrating 20 years of bringing professional dance training and performances to the community. This weekend, three programs will highlight the accomplishments of dancers ages three through adult, as well as the DALA faculty. All performances will be at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Admission is free.

  • Sometimes we try really hard to like things and no matter how hard we try, it just doesn’t work.
    Let’s just preface by saying that sometimes if you have to try to like something, then something must be wrong.
    Such was the case with the musical “Cowboy Poet.”
    It would be easy enough to blame the nasty weather outside or maybe it was the length of the show (two-and-a-half hours). Whatever the reason, it seemed as though many in the audience couldn’t help but wonder when the Los Alamos Little Theatre production would end.

  • Abandon everything that comes to mind when the word “naked” is spoken and try to see things in a different light without blushing or giggling like a teenager.
    The staff at the Fuller Lodge Art Center is hoping that patrons will do just that, as it presents its newest exhibit, “Naked,” opening with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday. More than 50 artists will share their interpretations of what it means to be naked.
    The range of work on display is as varied as the artists. From sketches and photographs of nudes, to ceramic and bronze interpretations of the female body, to photographs of stingrays and trees, each individual shares their vision.

  • On behalf of the New Mexico Dressage Association and the Los Alamos Pony Club, we would like to say thanks to all who helped make our recent Dressage Show and Pony Club Rally so successful.
    NMDA members and LAPC families supported the show by helping set up and prepare the arena, acting as arena stewards, rally judges, assisting with judge hospitality and programs, and all the other tasks required for a horse show.  

  • Sculptor Destiny Allison will talk about her work and the sources of art in everyone during a talk at 6 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. She will also sign her book, “Shaping Destiny,” after the talk. The Fuller Lodge Art Center and Otowi Station Bookstore are sponsoring the event.
    Working in bronze, stone and steel for the past 15 years, Allison first fell in love with sculpting while playing with her son’s modeling clay during a moment of writer’s block and domestic frustration. Since then, Allison has focused solely on the art of sculpture. Dedication, tenacity and what she calls “downright stubbornness” have yielded her current success.

  • New Mexico will hold its 2012 Primary Election on June 5. Although many offices will appear on the ballot, only five offices have contested primary races.
    In order to inform the electorate about these contests, the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos will host a forum Thursday at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos in the Lecture Hall in Building 2 to introduce the community to the candidates.  
    Refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. — along with a chance to meet the candidates — followed by the forum at 7 p.m.

  • Yesterday I ate goldfish cheese crackers for breakfast. I think I carried my sandwich to several meetings until there was time around 2:30 p.m. to eat it. Welcome to May!
    All of the regular insanity is mixed with the increasing calamity of the rush at the end of the month.
    This is the time that I write down all of those good ideas — things that need to be done and things I am contemplating for the summer — or they will be lost in the shuffle and pile of papers that is accumulating on my kitchen counter.
    This may be the week of cereal for dinner or eating off paper plates so the kitchen can be clean when I go to bed at night.

  • Doug Shepherd’s mentors for Alpine climbing are proponents of “disaster style” alpinism, which led him to many failures on Alpine routes ranging from South America to Alaska. The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host Shepherd, who will present his most recent adventure in detail, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
    “Given that every fool is bound to strike gold every now and again, my friend John Frieh and I recently completed a new route, ‘No Such Thing As A Bargain Promise’ on the Northeast face of Mt. Dickey in the Ruth Gorge in the Central Alaska Range,” Shepherd said.

  • Editor’s note: In observance of Mother’s Day, students from Kati Steinberg’s second grade class at Piñon Elementary wrote letters, explaining why their moms are special.

     

  • Sophia Click of Los Alamos was recently awarded a scholarship in the amount of $500 by the Los Alamos Garden Club, in memory of Jeanne Nilsson, Daryl Jackson and June Warren. 

    Click will attend Knox College and plans to major in chemistry and minor in theater design.

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

    Happy Mother’s Day. Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love.

  • May 13-19

    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.