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  • Happy Valentine’s Day! This week, we look at asset number 33, interpersonal competence. This is when a young person demonstrates that he or she has empathy, sensitivity and friendship skills.
    I witnessed a beautiful example of this last weekend at the state district wrestling competition, but let me provide a little background.
    You know, we often recognize athletes when they succeed in their sport and are even more impressed by their ability to maintain good grades while doing it, but what about their character?

  • Valentine’s Day is the holiday for candlelight dinners, chocolate and roses. It’s the day when lovers are to profess their love in sentimental verses whether written by their own hand or purchased in greeting cards at the local card store.
    Valentine’s Day may seem like a day of shameless commercialism, but it’s true beginnings are rooted in the expression of romantic love during a time when romance was still very much alive.

    Documented in Early History

    Many researchers associate Valentine’s day with the ancient Roman fertility rite, Lupercalia, practiced between Feb. 13-15; however the first written proof appears in a poem by the father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer.

  • Former Marine and Iwo Jima veteran Bill Hudson will show a video, “Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima,” produced by the Canadian History Channel, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.
    The showing will commemorate the 67th anniversary of the historic battle.
    Hudson went back to Iwo Jima for a military reunion and was interviewed by the producers of the video. He earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his actions during the infamous battle. He will comment about his personal experience between scenes from that operation where 6,841 Marines were killed and another 20,000 were wounded.

  • MANA del Norte is accepting scholarship applications for the 2012–2013 academic year.
    Applicants must be a resident of one of the following Northern New Mexico counties: Rio Arriba, Taos, Los Alamos, Mora, Santa Fe or San Miguel. This year, five – $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to selected recipients.
    “Since inception in 1989, MANA del Norte has awarded over $125,000 to residents of Northern New Mexico,” said Dolores E. Roybal, president, MANA del Norte.

  • 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, lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    Thank you to the community of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Monitor staff for the outstanding support you give to the animals lovingly cared for in the shelter.

    DOGS
    Poncho — Thirteen-pound, older neutered male blond Chihuahua/Dachshund-mix. Surrendered because family is moving. Housebroken, good with dogs. Gentle little guy who needs a loving home. No health issues.

  • Selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat and sodium can be a challenge for people with diabetes.
    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 diabetes sufferers, their family members or caretakers.
    Kitchen Creations will meet from 5-8 p.m. every Thursday for four weeks, beginning March 8, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road.  

  • Vera Gallagher has painted china for 30 years. She demonstrated her skills last month at the Martin Luther King Day event, sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and RSVP.

  • Love is in the air for those celebrating Valentine’s Day a bit early. But don’t fret, there’s music for couples and singles alike at Fuller Lodge.
    Local pianist Juanita Madland will perform a concert at 7 p.m. to benefit the Los Alamos Arts Council. The proceeds will help with funding for the programs and events that the Arts Council brings to Los Alamos.

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

    Santa Fe

    Aztec Café, 317 Aztec St.
    Date inspected: Feb. 1, closing
    Status of establishment: Voluntary closure

    Burger King, 3478 Zafarano
    Date inspected: Feb. 3
    Violations: One high-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — hand sink dirty, obstructed, plugged drain. Corrected. Two moderate-risk violations, one for contaminated equipment — knife was not cleaned and sanitized after use; one for storage — unlabeled plastic bottle in the kitchen.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Burrito Spot, 5741 Airport Road

  • Celebrate engineering  and Engineers Week at the Discover E event, an evening of interactive engineering, science, math and technology demonstrations for K-12 students and their parents or guardians.
    The 10th annual Engineers Week activity will  be from 4:30-7 p.m. Feb. 23 at University of New Mexico – Los Alamos Building 2. The event is co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Chapter of ASM International (a professional society for Metallurgical  Engineers and Materials Scientists), the Northern New Mexico Chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Northern New Mexico Chapter of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and  UNM-LA and is supported by a variety of groups at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • In this election year, from the presidential election all the way to elections on the local level, how will United States citizen choose who represents them?
    What are the nuts and bolts of the current system and what are alternatives used in other communities across the country and in other countries?
    Speakers Kathy Campbell and Terry Goldman will host a talk during which these and other questions about how voting methods are determined will be explored.
    The event, at 7 p.m. Feb. 16, is co-sponsored by the Los Alamos League of Women Voters and the Los Alamos County Library System.
    The following description is from Campbell and Goldman:

  • See the world through the eyes of a photographer during the annual Los Alamos Photography Club show. A variety of photos taken by photographers of all levels will be on display March 5 through March 30 at Mesa Public Library.
    Local photographer TK Thompson started the LA Photographers’ Show about 17 years ago. Doug Coombs, a member of the LAPC, has been involved with the show for several years. He said the show is open to anyone who would like to display their photographs, however, there is a limit because of the size  of the display area. Approximately 120 pieces may be hung.

  • Bennett’s Fine Jewelry gave back to the community during the holiday season by making a contribution to Self Help, Inc. During their Christmas season sale, the Bennetts sold slices of cake for $5. Under the icing of each slice of cake, was a gemstone, donated by the jewelry store. Each slice was guaranteed to contain a gemstone. Bennett’s Fine Jewelry matched the amount raised from their customers and made a $515 contribution to Self Help, Inc. They also decided to make the fundraiser an annual event at the store. The contributions will go to a different organization each year. Pictured from left to right are Alison Bennett and Melanie Bennett of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, along with Self Help, Inc. Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond and secretary Debbie Gill.

  • Bennett’s Fine Jewelry gave back to the community during the holiday season by making a contribution to Self Help, Inc. During their Christmas season sale, the Bennetts sold slices of cake for $5. Under the icing of each slice of cake, was a gemstone, donated by the jewelry store. Each slice was guaranteed to contain a gemstone. Bennett’s Fine Jewelry matched the amount raised from their customers and made a $515 contribution to Self Help, Inc. They also decided to make the fundraiser an annual event at the store. The contributions will go to a different organization each year. Pictured from left to right are Alison Bennett and Melanie Bennett of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, along with Self Help, Inc. Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond and secretary Debbie Gill.

  • Bennett’s Fine Jewelry gave back to the community during the holiday season by making a contribution to Self Help, Inc. During their Christmas season sale, the Bennetts sold slices of cake for $5. Under the icing of each slice of cake, was a gemstone, donated by the jewelry store. Each slice was guaranteed to contain a gemstone. Bennett’s Fine Jewelry matched the amount raised from their customers and made a $515 contribution to Self Help, Inc. They also decided to make the fundraiser an annual event at the store. The contributions will go to a different organization each year. Pictured from left to right are Alison Bennett and Melanie Bennett of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, along with Self Help, Inc. Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond and secretary Debbie Gill.

  • Bennett’s Fine Jewelry gave back to the community during the holiday season by making a contribution to Self Help, Inc. During their Christmas season sale, the Bennetts sold slices of cake for $5. Under the icing of each slice of cake, was a gemstone, donated by the jewelry store. Each slice was guaranteed to contain a gemstone. Bennett’s Fine Jewelry matched the amount raised from their customers and made a $515 contribution to Self Help, Inc. They also decided to make the fundraiser an annual event at the store. The contributions will go to a different organization each year. Pictured from left to right are Alison Bennett and Melanie Bennett of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, along with Self Help, Inc. Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond and secretary Debbie Gill.

  • Bennett’s Fine Jewelry gave back to the community during the holiday season by making a contribution to Self Help, Inc. During their Christmas season sale, the Bennetts sold slices of cake for $5. Under the icing of each slice of cake, was a gemstone, donated by the jewelry store. Each slice was guaranteed to contain a gemstone. Bennett’s Fine Jewelry matched the amount raised from their customers and made a $515 contribution to Self Help, Inc. They also decided to make the fundraiser an annual event at the store. The contributions will go to a different organization each year. Pictured from left to right are Alison Bennett and Melanie Bennett of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, along with Self Help, Inc. Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond and secretary Debbie Gill.

  • Bennett’s Fine Jewelry gave back to the community during the holiday season by making a contribution to Self Help, Inc. During their Christmas season sale, the Bennetts sold slices of cake for $5. Under the icing of each slice of cake, was a gemstone, donated by the jewelry store. Each slice was guaranteed to contain a gemstone. Bennett’s Fine Jewelry matched the amount raised from their customers and made a $515 contribution to Self Help, Inc. They also decided to make the fundraiser an annual event at the store. The contributions will go to a different organization each year. Pictured from left to right are Alison Bennett and Melanie Bennett of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, along with Self Help, Inc. Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond and secretary Debbie Gill.

  • The Los Alamos Republicans will hold their pre-primary convention Feb. 23 at the VFW, 1793 Deacon St. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and doors close promptly at 7 p.m.  
    A Central Committee meeting will be at 7 p.m.
     At 7:15 p.m., Ward Caucuses will be held to elect ward delegates to the County Pre-primary convention.
    At 7:30 p.m., the County Convention will convene to elect delegates to the RPNM Pre-primary Nominating Convention.  
    The purpose of the pre-primary convention is to elect delegates to the Republican Party of New Mexicco Pre-primary Nominating Convention to be held March 17 in Albuquerque.
     For information call Ron Dolin, 672-3581.

  • The Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter 2012 Dog Jog is scheduled for April 28 and the search is on for a T-shirt logo.
    Children who love animals and would like a shot at local fame are encouraged to create and submit their T-shirt logo for the contest, adhering to the following guidelines:
    • All entries should be drawn in black ink on white paper. The lines should be thick enough to reproduce properly on a T-shirt.
    • All entries should be no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches in size.
    • The words “Dog Jog 2012” should prominently appear somewhere on the design.
    • The artist’s name, birth date, address, phone number and T-shirt size should be included lightly on the back of the design.