• OK, we’re on that downhill slide toward spring break.
    I like to joke with students that this is the time of year when students and staff tend to lose their minds. The closer we get, the more everybody will be beyond ready for some time off.
    What I would say is that we all need a reminder to get back to basics, to help everyone hang in there.
    No matter your age, stay hydrated, get enough sleep, try to take the stairs when possible or find any type of exercise you enjoy. This is what keeps the boat floating and helps us stay grounded when times are tough.
    I would also like parents to remind their students to be extra aware of the work of the custodial crew. We as parents would be sad to see the mess left behind each day. Trash left right on lunch tables and under them, paper towels thrown right beside the trash can.
    Parents please be cautious of constantly concentrating on grades and always speaking of academics. Kids still need to be kids and there is a time and a place for everything. Make sure you give a darn about asking how your day is and making sure the answer only relates to life in general.

    Jemez Thrift shop bag day from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having their annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale fro 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Los Alamos National Bank and Smith’s grocery stores. Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals.
    Jemez Thrift Shop bag day from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Los Alamos County Transportation Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. in room 110 at the municipal building. The New Mexico Department of Transportation will provide an update regarding the NM 502 Trinity Drive Improvements Project.

    Group Coaching Session on Using Testimonials and Case Studies from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Pig+Fig Café in White Rock. Join Mandy Marksteiner when she shows you how to use case studies and testimonials in your marketing materials. Breakfast is on Mandy.

    Los Alamos Little Theater will perform “Lions in Illyria” at 7 p.m. The show is appropriate for all ages, and will last about 75 minutes. For this production only, tickets are priced at $10 for all seats. Get tickets at C.B. Fox, online through lalt.org or at the door.

  • The first film ever in which a Latino was nominated for an Oscar, Director Robert Montgomery’s “Ride the Pink Horse” (1947), will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.
    In this noir-style film shot in Santa Fe, Gagin (Montgomery) speaks few words but carries a big secret – or at least, so it seems – all the way to the border town of San Pablo, where FBI Agent Bill Retz (Art Smith) and bad guy Frank Hugo (Fred Clark) figure him out posthaste, or so it seems.
    Basically, Gagin and Retz both want something from Hugo, and the main question is who will get it first. But “Ride the Pink Horse” is full of shifty glamor and merry-go-round rides. Gagin’s criminal involvement offers plenty of bewilderment, but as sometimes happens in noir, most enigmatic of all is a naive woman.
    Pila (Wanda Hendrix), a teenager Gagin meets in San Pablo, tails him everywhere. She helps him find the La Fonda hotel, warns him of dangers, heals him after his inevitable knife fight, and even changes her hair to suit his liking. In exchange, he verbally abuses her. He appears to have suffered a bad relationship in the past, which doesn’t excuse his behavior.

  • While Fuller Lodge is being renovated, Wednesday's noontime Brown Bag show will be at United Church. The Los Alamos Arts Council showcases the En Saga Players, as well as two works by Wolfgang Mozart and Jean Sibelius.  
    En Saga Players is made up of local musicians including Kay Newnam, violin; Brian Newnam, viola; Joseph Fasel, clarinet; Laura Taylor, flute; James Knudson, cello; Regina Doorn, contrabass, as well as high school students and violinists Michelle Yang and Grace Kim.
    Brian Newnam explained the pieces the ensemble are performing, Mozart’s “Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major, K. 581” and Sibelius’ “En Saga Septet,” are very different from one another. He described Sibelius’ work as dark and turbulent. Still, when Brian Newnam said he came across the work, “I was just infatuated by it. I love it.”  
    Turns out others feel the same way.
    The Newnams helped introduce New Mexico to the piece in 2013. Brian Newnam recalled after the performance one audience member commented, “I wished it never ended.”
    In contrast, Mozart’s piece is “a lighter work. Totally different mood,” Brian Newnam said. It is cheerful and light-hearted.

  • Feb. 28-March 5, 2016
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pork Chop
    6 a.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 a.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11 a.m.-1 p.m.     Visit from rep. of U.S. Sen.             Udall
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Fried Chicken    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters

  • Jan. 26— A boy. Oliver Ruxson Privette. Born to Jessica and James Privette.
    Feb. 7 — A girl. Hanna Carmen Valencia. Born to Evelena and Matthew Valencia.
    Feb. 8 — A boy. Aiden Michale Maestas. Born to Kayla and Antonio Maestas.
    Feb. 9 — A girl. Lakai Krantz. Born to Felicia Montoya and Kyle Krantz.
    Feb. 13 —A boy. Wakely Carl Parkinson. Born to Desta and David Parkinson.

  • This weekend is the last weekend to enjoy the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Hours are Saturday: Public skate is noon-5:30 p.m. LAHA 5:45-9:30 p.m. Sunday: Public skate from noon-5 p.m. LAHA 5:30-7:30 p.m. Adult hockey 7:45-9:45 p.m.

  • Rebecca Boerigter and Jason Lengyel, of Wisconsin, have announcement their engagement.
    Boerigter is the daughter of Stephen and Kathleen Boerigter, of Los Alamos. Lengyel is the son of Paul and Joan Lengyel, of Osceola, Wisconsin.
    The afternoon wedding is planned for Oct. 7 in Beloved Barn, Wisconsin.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Double Digit—A young orange and white kitty with lots of extra toes! This sweet guy still needs to visit the vet for a check up, but in the meantime, he would love to meet new people to see if they might be the perfect person for him!

  • U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will hold office hours for Los Alamos residents from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.
    Anyone in the area who needs help with issues related to federal agencies should stop by.
    “If you need assistance with a federal agency, my staff will guide you through the process and do whatever they can to help,” Udall said. “I encourage you to meet with them during our Udall Serving YoU community office hours so we can review your case and learn what options are available.”
     Some of the areas Udall can help with include veterans’ benefits, eligibility determinations, VA home loans, and replacements of medals earned; Social Security benefits and eligibility, missing checks; immigration assistance with facilitating the naturalization application process, immigrant petitions for relatives and adjustment of status applications that are delayed or lost; and assistance obtaining passports.

    Los Alamos Little Theater will perform “Lions in Illyria” at 7 p.m. The show is appropriate for all ages, and will last about 75 minutes. For this production only, tickets are priced at $10 for all seats. Get tickets at C.B. Fox, online through lalt.org or at the door.
    Los Alamos Little Theater will perform “Lions in Illyria” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The show is appropriate for all ages, and will last about 75 minutes. For this production only, tickets are priced at $10 for all seats. Get tickets at C.B. Fox, online through lalt.org or at the door.
    Los Alamos Little Theater will perform “Lions in Illyria” at 2 p.m. The show is appropriate for all ages, and will last about 75 minutes. For this production only, tickets are priced at $10 for all seats. Get tickets at C.B. Fox, online through lalt.org or at the door.
    Community Resiliency Committee quarterly meeting from 10-11 a.m. in meeting room 1 at Mesa Public Library. The resiliency committee is a subcommittee of the Los Alamos Community Health Council. For more information, to provide input or request minutes, call 470-0841.

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre’s “Lions in Illyria,” a new play by Robert Kauzlaric, opens Friday, with a showing at 7 p.m. and runs for the next two weekends.
    Based on William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” the story has been adapted for all ages with themes of friendship, bullying, love, and sibling rivalry, plus epic sword-fighting, dancing, disguises, and silliness.
    Four adult actors bring the story alive, transforming into a crazy cast of animal characters inhabiting the magical world of Illyria, accompanied by live music from Shakespeare’s time played on recorders, viola and drum.
    Separated from her brother by a storm at sea, the young lioness Violet must brave an unknown country all alone. Disguised as a boy, she joins up with a preposterous peacock on a quest to claim the attentions of the most graceful gazelle in town. But soon Violet is torn between multiple masters and her adventure takes a turn for the absurd when she becomes entangled in the clownish antics of a hilarious hyena, a wacky warthog and his featherbrained dodo sidekick – and don’t forget the monkey pirate!
    The play is directed by Jess Cullinan, and stars Rose Corrigan, Jim
    Jenkins, Tina Jenkins and Patrick Webb. Musicians are Patricia Fasel,
    Galen Gisler, Kathy Gursky and Donna O’Donnell.

  • Beginning March 3, the Los Alamos Nature Center will have a different type of class: yoga. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with registered yoga instructor, Christa Tyson, to provide weekly yoga sessions with a view of nature.
    The classes will be 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, where participants can enjoy the nature center’s breathtaking view of the Los Alamos canyons, skies and wildlife.
    Weather permitting, the class will be on the patio outside the nature center, where the sounds and smells of nature can also be incorporated into the nature yoga experience.
    Tyson is a registered yoga instructor and has been teaching yoga since 2003. Trained in Hatha Yoga through ‘Yoga Yoga’ in Austin, Texas. Her teaching style is a marriage between Viniyoga (therapeutic healing yoga), Ashtanga flow yoga and aspects of Anusara yoga. She has vast knowledge in the anatomy and physiology of yoga.
    The Los Alamos Nature Center is at 2600 Canyon Road. It is $15 per class or $120 for 10 classes. PEEC members can attend for $12 per class, and no advance registration is required. Arrive a few minutes early to pay for class. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460. To learn more about Tyson, visit SphereMama.com.

  • What does the future hold for alpine animals? Find out at a lecture about climate change at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Nature Center.
    Marie Westover will present her research on the impacts of climate on pika ecology and evolution. This talk is part of a lecture series on climate change organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
    Westover is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Biology at the University of New Mexico. She studies how alpine animals respond to climate change by using pikas as a model system. Her research has taken her to natural history museums across the country and to fieldwork sites in Alaska, Canada, and throughout New Mexico.
    Originally from San Diego, California, she first found her love of pikas in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She plans to spend the upcoming summer studying pikas in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.
    PEEC’s Climate Change Lecture Series is as follows:
    • March 1: The Future of New Mexico’s Pikas with Marie Westover
    • March 15: Insights from Climate Models with Dr. Philip Jones
    • March 29: Understanding the Impact of Drought, Wildfire, and Infestation with Dr. Richard Middleton

  • The Jewish Federation of New Mexico, a nonprofit organization that serves the needs of New Mexico’s Jewish community through leadership, philanthropy, education and social action, has reintroduced its organization to Jewish and broader communities throughout the state.
    The newly revitalized group will launch initiatives, including a new website, online Jewish Resource Center, improved communications, new programs for young professionals, the availability of more funds for allocations and community development projects, stronger partnerships with both Jewish and non-Jewish community organizations, a capital campaign, and the return of the printed New Mexico Jewish Link.  
    In 2014, the Jewish Federation of New Mexico worked in conjunction with Marina Arbetman-Rabinowitz, Ph.D. and Kupersmit Research to launch the two-part demographic survey of Jewish residents in New Mexico. A questionnaire collected data from nearly 1,700 respondents via phone calls, email, an open website and a survey. The second part of the research process included an in-depth series of focus groups with Jewish residents to gain qualitative details about local communities.  

  • NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's "like" button isn't going away, but it's about to get some company.

    Facebook has been testing alternatives to "like" in about a half-dozen countries, including Ireland, Spain and Japan. On Wednesday, Facebook started making "haha," ''angry" and three other responses available in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

    In changing a core part of Facebook — the 7-year-old "like" button has become synonymous with the social network — the company said it tried to keep things familiar. The thumbs-up "like" button will look just as it long has, without the other choices cluttering the screen or confusing people. You have to hold that button or mouse over the "like" link for a second or two for the alternatives to pop up.

    Here are seven things to know about Facebook's latest feature, known as Reactions.


    When a friend posts that his father has died, or a cousin gets frustrated with her morning commute, hitting "like" might seem insensitive. Users have long requested a "dislike" button, but that was deemed too negative and problematic. Are you disliking the death or the call for sympathy?

    Discover E 2016 from 4:30-7 p.m. in the commons area at Los Alamos High School. Discover E (Engineering) is an evening of interesting, interactive and fun engineering, science, math and technology demonstrations for K-12 students and their parents or guardians.
    Community Resiliency Committee quarterly meeting from 10-11 a.m. in meeting room 1 at Mesa Public Library. The resiliency committee is a subcommittee of the Los Alamos Community Health Council. For more information, to provide input or request minutes, call 470-0841.
    MARCH 1
    LRG First Tuesday Breakfast. Lab retirees are invited to join the Laboratory Retiree Group for breakfast on the first Tuesday of each month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Morning Glory Restaurant, 1377 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos (across from the high school). Morning Glory serves a full breakfast and pastries. LRG will pay for hot coffee or tea. Contact sgirard@losalamos.com for more information.

    Climate Change: The Future of New Mexico’s Pikas at 7 p.m. Find out what pikas can tell us about the future of New Mexico’s alpine animals. Free.

  • The Los Alamos Dog Jog Committee is calling on all creative young artists to put their imaginations and love of dogs to work by submitting a drawing for the 2016 Los Alamos Dog Jog Logo Contest.
    The contest is open to youngsters in the third through sixth grades whose families live or work in Los Alamos County. The winning design will be used as the official logo and be placed on event t-shirts and other materials. The winner will receive one free t-shirt in the size of their choice.
    Go to lafos.org to download the entry form. Entries are due March 5.

  • This week, I’d like to talk to the parents of seniors. This is the time when as parents we need to breathe in and breathe out, “keep calm and carry on.”
    The tendency during this time of year is to freak out realizing all of the things that need to be done. There’s letters to write and applications to send, and volunteer work still missing from the resume.
    Don’t get so consumed by the process that you don’t enjoy the ride. Since I have been down the path before, I will tell you that the time between now and spring break will fly.
    The time between spring break and the end of the year, on the other hand, will travel at warp speed. You won’t even know what you have to do and by when and where to be at what time and if there’s a music, band or dance student in the mix, there’s the last everything to attend.
    You don’t get it back, ever. So try and slow down, force everybody to the table for a dinner here and there, yes even between the multitude of practices. There will be games at home and games away, but when you can take the reins, reign everyone in to sit and eat dinner together.
    When our oldest child went through it, it was all I could do not to weep at the thought that it might be the last everything!

  • The Summit Garden Club’s next meeting is 1:30 p.m. March 7 at the home of  Eva Zhang, 2161 Deer Trail. The program presenter will be Gillian Sutton, owner of Flowers by Gillian. Her talk will be “The Advantages of Using your own Flowers/Local Florist.” Call Shelby Redondo, club president, at 662-2625 for information on the meeting and club.