.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Features

  •  As we look at the category of positive values his month, I thought we could talk about the programs and experiences that help to shape our youth.
    Let’s start with the Girl Scouts and their cookie sales that should be wrapping up soon. The Girl Scout program is helping to shape the women of the future through community service and leadership to build courage, confidence and character.
    Make sure to stop by your local Smith’s and even on the corner by Warm Heart Yarn, in White Rock. If you don’t want to buy a box for yourself, support the troops, donate a box or two to the firehouse or the police station.
    The Naval Jr. ROTC Unit from Los Alamos High School, as well as the baseball team, are both having pasta dinner fundraisers on Thursday night. The JROTC unit will have its at the IMH Catholic Church and the baseball team at the Elks Lodge. Both fundraisers begin at 5:30 p.m.
    Their fundraisers offset the cost of travel, hotel stays, entry fees and awards. The programs build character, endurance and a sense of family for their members. The events are even similar in price, just $10.
    The Empty Bowls project on Saturday is a program that provides the basic necessities for youth and their families. An added bonus is the fact that many youth of the community have donated time to make the bowls.

  • The winner of this year’s contest is Katie Laintz, a sixth grader from Piñon Elementary School. Second place goes to Amaya Coblentz, third place to Kaylee Ellsworth, fourth place to Abigail Lechel and fifth place to Lily Shevitz.
    The committee also chose to award seven honorable mentions to the following artists: Sruthi Garimella, Daniel Haertling, Kalen Melton, Olivia Nichols, Sevanna Swanson, Isabelle Teana and Ronald Terp.
    The Dog Jog committee would like to thank all of the young artists who participated in the contest to design the 2014 Dog Jog T-shirt logo for this year’s event.
    Laintz will also receive a free 2014 Dog Jog T-shirt with her design on it.
    Early Bird Registration is now going on. Early Bird entry fees are $20 for adults and older children and $5 for children ages 11 and under. Participants registering now will save $5 off the entry fee.
    The Dog Jog will be April 26 at White Rock United Methodist Church. There is a 5K run or a 2-mile walk. Race prizes and awards will be given for the fastest runners, random walkers and dogs in all manner of fun categories.
    To sign up visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, or get entry forms at Pet Pangaea, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital and Animal Clinic of Los Alamos.

  •  

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Dogs and cats are great at chasing away the blues on cold nights, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Monday – Friday Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends.

    Thank you Los Alamos for visiting the shelter and giving adoptable animals their forever homes!

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals, or cats and dogs currently in foster care.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

     

    CATS

     

  • Los Alamos Middle School is preparing for the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) this month by offering an opportunity for students to eat breakfast prior to the start of the day.
    The Hawk Hangout is Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting today beginning at 7:30 a.m. and will feature food, fun, music and activities to engage students to start the day on a positive note.
    Summit Food Services Manager, Ian Tillotson has agreed to call his troops in a bit earlier to accommodate the idea brought to Principal Rex Kilburn by students last month.
    As having breakfast prior to SBA testing is an additional bonus, the timing just seemed too perfect to pass up.
    “Ian has been fantastic to work with these last few years,” Kilburn said. He goes out of his way to help students and he does the same when I go to him for ways for me to do things for the staff.”
    Tillotson and his great staff work every morning at both Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School to provide service with a smile across the district.
    The addition of a breakfast option as part of this pilot project just increases the amount of dedication his staff has to care for hungry children.

  • For this weekend only, buy fresh cut daffodils to support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Hospice. Funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico. A vase with one bunch is $10, vase with two bunches is $15, bunches without a vase is $5 per bunch. Stop by the following locations from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Watch for Booth sales at Smith’s and LANB today and Friday
    • Daffodil Central at 181 Central Park Square, today and Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    The daffodil’s are about to bloom and ready for the weekend. “They tend to sell out quickly,” Susan Winton, this year’s coordinator. People who have preordered can have free delivery on Saturday, with a minimum order of $10 per address. For more information call 662-2525.

  • Los Alamos
    Aspen Ridge Lodge, 1010 Sombrillo Ct.
    Date inspected: Feb. 18
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, 3801 Arkansas Ave., Suite G
    Date inspected: Feb. 18
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Floor next to smokers need cleaning, which was corrected at the time of inspection.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Los Alamos Co-op Market, 95 Entrada Dr.
    Date inspected: Feb. 19
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    Subway, 554 Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: Feb. 5
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Food temperatures in danger zone. Drain line to floor has a leak in prep area. Employee drinks could cross-contaminate food prep area. Four moderate-risk violations. Top of food equipment has food and dust build up. Improper use of three-compartment sink. One low-risk violation. Employees have no hair restraints, nets or hats.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up inspection Feb. 12.

  • Concert spotlights young musicians
    The Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association presents the eighth Annual  “Spotlight on Young Musicians” concert, 7 p.m. March 15 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe. Special guest, music educator and 12 Grammy Award winning composer David Grusin, will perform pieces during the evening.
    The concert will feature outstanding young musicians from northern New Mexico who auditioned to participate. Winners will perform selections from Broadway to Bach, and jazz to pop.
    Proceeds from the concert will support music education for youth.
    Tickets for the Spotlight Concert are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children 5 and under will be admitted free.  Tickets will be available at the door, or in advance by calling the Santa Fe Youth Symphony offices at 467-3770.
    Call or visit sfys.org for additional information.  

    Time to break away in Taos
    For less than the cost of two roundtrip airline tickets to a crowded beach destination, spring break in Taos, is an attractive option with numerous outdoor and cultural activities including a “Spectacular Spring Break” concert Saturday, featuring music by Taos singer/songwriter Max Gomez and alternative band from Austin, Texas, Alpha Rev.

  • The next Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture will feature “Globetrotters, Border Crossers, and the Tangled Tales of U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History,” by Dr. Samuel Truett.
    The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. March 11 at Fuller Lodge.
    Set sail with two enigmatic globetrotters for the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. One was a former English adventurer who fought pirates and sailed opium clippers. The other was a Cossack warrior who became an Indian fighter, border guard and spy. Their stories connect the U.S.-Mexico borderlands to world history in unexpected ways.
    Truett is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of New Mexico, where he teaches borderlands history. He is author of several publications, including “Fugitive Landscapes: The Forgotten History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,” selected as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2007 by Choice Magazine. He was selected “Top Young Historian” by HNN History News Network in April 2008. 

  • Hear the story of species of beetle, its introduction into the United States and eventual migration into New Mexico.
    Dr. Carol A. Sutherland, an extension entomologist at New Mexico State University and also State Entomologist for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, will give a presentation, 7 p.m. March 11 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. The program is free, and no advance registration is necessary.
    Since its introduction into the U.S. nearly 200 years ago, saltcedar has demonstrated it can out-compete native vegetation for available water, causing serious economic and environmental problems as this noxious weed has spread throughout the West. While saltcedar can be controlled with burning, herbicides, goats and mechanical means, these methods are temporary and expensive.
    Since no effective natural enemies of saltcedar occurred in the U.S., scientists spent many years screening various natural enemies of saltcedar in Eurasia and North Africa.

  • Learn/Practice ART in a relaxed atmosphere. The Fuller Lodge Art Center offers many classes this spring. The art workshops are both multi-week and one day workshops.
    There are three that will begin this first week in March that still have space for students to register.
    • Watercolor Introduced with Jacob Spill.
    Experience the world of water color painting! Learn and try a variety of techniques and subject matter. Students will work on both studies and finished artwork. See the instructor’s work at: Visual Arts by Jacob Spill. Classes are 6-8 p.m. Mondays, through March 31. $100 plus a supply list.
    • Drawn In with Ken Nebel.
    Get into the Zen of drawing, learn to see things differently, and help your hands draw what you see. Students will learn to look at the negative space around an object, work with the whole canvas and work large. Take on a variety of subject matters and mark making mediums. Classes are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through April 1. $100 plus supply list.

  • Registration opened for Y summer programs this week.
    Camp registrations completed through April 30 save a $25 registration fee.
    Summer options for teens and elementary-school aged youth are available.
     The Y has two camp choices for youth in kindergarten through seventh grade. 
     Y Camp offers a traditional day “camp” experience for elementary age youth featuring arts and crafts, drama, sports, assembly, swimming, hikes, field trips and the opportunity to create friendships with other kids in one’s own age group.
    It includes fun, hands-on science projects, and a Camp Readers program. Y Camp will have a Dr. Seuss-book weekly theme at Barranca Elementary School.
     The also has an outdoor-based camp, iCARE Adventures on the Pajarito Plateau, which focuses on hands-on, nature and play-based environmental education. Barranca Elementary is the point for drop-off, pick up and inclement weather, but this camp is held at area trails and canyons.
     Additionally, during the two days before school starts, iCARE Day Camp will hold a garden-themed outdoor-based camp.
    Several sports-themed day camps are also being offered with dates to be announced.

  • Wow, it is finally over. The 2013-2014 Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling season has come to an end.
    As the mother of a senior, 145-pounder Chandler Lauritzen, this season end has particular meaning and a sense of melancholy that I assume is practice for graduation day itself.
    It started our with P-Knut, aka John Michael Romero who signed my oldest son’s name on the line as someone interested in finding out about the Los Alamos Middle School wrestling team.
    Our family didn’t know a thing about wrestling, except what we saw on television, but with the youth advice of John Gibson and the adult assurance of Lee Gibson, he would give it a try.
    Then comes a time when we meet Coach Ben Salas and Coach David Rendell, they taught the basics and began to train the seventh grade boy that would spend the next six years, pursuing a passion, striving for a goal.
    I’ve said it before, but this may be the last time I’ll say it, that the sport of wrestling makes the man.
    The setbacks and pitfalls may not be able to be overcome, but the process teaches skills that build life long lessons.
    The sport creates a sense of family because it doesn’t just become about how good my child does, but I equally cheer for your child, because I want them to be successful too.

  • The last time the Pajarito Environmental Education Center offered a trip lead by local Geologist Patrick Rowe to Shark’s Tooth Ridge, the trip filled up with a waiting list. So, back by popular demand, PEEC is again offering the trip to this aptly named site near Cabezon, where participants of all ages can expect to find samples of Cretaceous Period sharks’ teeth. The day trip will be March 15.
    It’s hard to imagine New Mexico was once under the sea, but during the Cretaceous Period, between 145.5 and 65.5 million years ago, much of the state was. Because of this, remains of sharks’ teeth can be found at the site named Shark’s Tooth Ridge, less than two hours from Los Alamos.
    Participants on the trip will look for the five different species of shark’s teeth that can be found at this location. In addition, they will look for septarian nodules, which are also known as “dragon stones,” due to their sometimes-scaly appearance. The nodules in this area often contain open pockets with beautiful calcite and barite crystals, making them special samples to take home. Participants of all ages are welcome to join, and the inevitability of finding samples makes this an excellent trip for kids.

  •  

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Dogs and cats are great at chasing away the blues on cold nights, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    Thank you Los Alamos for visiting the shelter and giving the adoptable animals their forever homes!

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals, or cats and dogs currently in foster care.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

    CATS

  • Kudos to community for supporting waffle breakfast

    Boy Scout Troop 222 would like to thank the Pajarito Masonic Lodge No. 66 and the community for supporting their waffle breakfast on Feb. 1. The 17 boy scouts who participated in the event sold 325 tickets and worked a total of 73 hours cooking and serving breakfast. An additional 73 hours were also put in from other volunteers, parents, siblings and the Masonic Lodge members to make this fundraiser for summer camp and Philimont a huge success.
     

  •  

  •  Los Alamos
    Blue Window Bistro and Catering, 812 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Jan. 28
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Ice scoop laying on top of ice machine, which was corrected at time of inspection. Two moderate-risk violations. Need thermometer inside refrigerators. One low-risk violation. Bottle of chemicals laying on top of prep refrigerator, which was corrected at time of inspection.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Morning Glory, 1377 Diamond Dr.
    Date inspected: Jan. 29
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Origami Japanese Restaurant, 182 Central Park Square
    Date inspected: Jan. 29
    Violations: Two low-risk violations. Food handlers must wear caps or hair nets. Wall behind stove needs to be repaired, must be smoothed and cleanable.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • The Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest returns to Albuquerque for its fourth year from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 22-23. There will be exhibitors, demonstrations, competitions and other surprises at the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds as the event promises more chocolate, more coffee and more space than ever before.
    The SW Chocolate and Coffee Festival is the place to join those flavors with a great time of learning, enjoying live entertainment for the whole family.
    In addition to more than 100 exhibitors — all eager to share their products and expertise — there will be Guttard Chocolate baking competitions with great cash prizes — including a competition for “Best Young Baker” that nets the winner $75 and a professional baking class at The Specialty Shop.
    Professional cooking demonstrations by the Southwest Dairy Farmers and the Santa Fe Culinary Institute will be around to show the community how to try new things in their own kitchen. The public can also enjoy live cow milking demonstrations, family-friendly live music, a chocolate sculpture contest and more than 16,000 chocolate and coffee lovers expected to attend.
    A new feature is an entire area dedicated to family fun with kid-friendly entertainment and special activities.

  • Saddle up for the last two weekends of the New Mexico History Museum’s exhibit, Cowboys Real and Imagined, closing March 16. Besides learning about more about 400 years of cowboying in the Land of Enchantment, there are free, family-friendly activities. The schedule:
    The Cowboy Hoedown in from 1-4 p.m. March 9 with music, dancing and crafts.
    Dance to the western music of Holy Water and Whiskey in the lobby and as a bonus, there will be free dance lessons by folks in threads inspired by 19th-century cowboys.
    Bring the kids to the classroom to craft a take-home collage of cowboy lingo and words of wisdom. Head upstairs for hat-fitting demonstrations by J.D. Noble of the Hatsmith of Santa Fe will be offering hat-fitting demonstrations.
    Holy Water and Whiskey is an Albuquerque trio performing traditional cowboy, bluegrass and miscellaneous whiskey tunes. Maggie Washburne plays bass, Scott Altenbach, guitar, and Bruce Washburne, guitar and banjo.
    The next weekend features “Billy the Kid in the Movies,” 2 p.m. March 16. A lecture with film clips by historian Baldwin G. Burr.
    How was a relatively minor participant in the Lincoln County War transformed into the legendary outlaw?

  • Santa Fe Gallery Association announces Art Matters. The third installment of the series is “Sustenance,” which runs through March 14-23.
    The series will be presented in Santa Fe galleries, museums and other locations to be announced separately.
    Sustenance can be anything that keeps someone alive by providing nourishment and strength. Therefore, the cornerstone of this event will be the unique exhibitions and discussions in the member galleries and museums that nourish the body, mind and soul with both food and art.
    These events will range from exhibitions and critical discussions with artists, critics and historians over a meal in the gallery to thematic exhibitions around food and its roll in art and culture.
    Throughout Art Matters — Sustenance, SFGA member galleries and museums will partner with Santa Fe’s celebrated chefs to host important art exhibitions and conversations with a world-class culinary presentation in their respective galleries and venues.
    The exhibitions will cover a wide range of art, historical periods and related topics.
    Most in-gallery events are ticketed as the event is a fundraiser for Art Matters to create a lecture series and support educational and marketing efforts by SFGA.