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  • A choral concert, “If Music Be the Food of Love, Sing On,” will be at 7 p.m. April 30 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s Kelly Hall, 3900 Trinity Dr.

    The concert, performed by Coro de Camara, will feature music from the Renaissance to today, including pieces from Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Durufle, Copland, Thompson and others.

    The group does not charge admission to its performances, but donations are accepted at the door.
    Coro de Camara is a chorus of the room (or chamber) as the Spanish name translates and is made up of a group of 16-24 vocalists, depending on the repertoire.

  • By participating in UNM-LA’s eight-week Summer Bridge Program 2011, high school graduates and GED Recipients can get a tuition-free head start on college.  
    “Students enroll with a cohort of other first-time college students and receive personalized attention from the UNM-LA staff and faculty,” said Student Advisor Jackie La New.  “The students will take classes together, participate in focused study sessions with faculty, learn to navigate college, and build a support network of other students, faculty and staff.”
    This summer, students will take a math or English course and have the option to take a one-credit course of introduction to opera, T’ai Chi Chu’un, yoga, or aquatic aerobics.  

  • One spring morning, the birds outside Becky and Tom Shankland’s house at the edge of White Rock Canyon set up a ruckus.
    They hurried to the window to see the birds scolding something — a cat. Not a neighborhood house cat prowling for a feathered snack, but a slightly larger creature with a distinctive spotted coat and cropped tail. A bobcat.
    Bobcats are fairly common but secretive predators in much of New Mexico, including Los Alamos County.
    According to Rick Winslow, a carnivore biologist with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, there are about 35,000 to 55,000 bobcats in New Mexico and in Los Alamos, their population density is comparable to that of coyotes.

  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will host a scholarship fundraiser at Central Avenue Grill on Saturday. Proceeds from the fundraiser will provide scholarships to UNM-Los Alamos students and assist them in successfully completing their educational goals.
    “UNMLA serves both traditional and non-traditional students. Many of our adult students do not have the same scholarship options as our students entering college directly after high school graduation,” said Director of Students Services Dr. Patricia Boyer.

  • Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center at the Second Bloom Goat Farm in White Rock from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, for a chance to learn how to make lavender lotion, balms and bars.  
    Debby Wood, owner of the Second Bloom Farm, will use local beeswax and lavender, as well as local lavender essential oils and her goats’ milk, to demonstrate how she makes lavender lotion balms and bars.
    Each participant will take home their own balm and bar after the class. The session will also feature a tour of the farm, where participants will get to meet this year’s crop of  kid goats.  

  • THIS WEEK ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, April 15, 2011
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting (Replay 4-05-11)
    03:00 PM Troop 22 Eagle Court of Honor Program
    04:15 PM New Mexico History Conference – Nancy Bartlitt
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Manhattan Project Memories”
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Pure Mind
    09:00 PM UCTV

    Saturday, April 16, 2011
    8:30 Budget Hearings
    5:00 UCTV

  • Anyone walking into Danne DeBacker’s house might think, “This man is compulsively creative.” There are a few reasons for this thought. For one, he replaced the door to his studio with one that looks like the opening of a submarine.
    He also invents games like the “cube eater,” which consists of a cube with a big, toothy mouth.  Kids toss numbered cubes into the mouth and learn how to add.
    In addition, when he turned nine, his birthday present was a series of traditional Japanese watercolor lessons. He has homemade trains and guitars all over his house.

  • Some artists are born into their craft and realize from a very young age that they have talent, while others make the discovery of a hidden talent later in life.
    Robert “Spooner” Marcus, an artist from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo can identify with being born into an artistic family as well as discovering his talent for art as he grew older.
    His great-grandmother and grandmother are potters, his mother makes ceramics and his younger brother also does pottery, so it’s no surprise that this artist would endeavor to take his skills to a higher level.

  • The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society  will be at 7:30 p.m. April 19 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.  
    The group will highlight student achievements in earth science research with the presentations of 2011 Los Alamos County Science Fair winners Julia Murphy, Alexander Kendrick and Ryan Erickson.
    Their three senior-level student projects were presented at the 2011 Los Alamos County Science Fair and received recognition by LAGS for outstanding projects related to Earth Science.  
    LAGS will host short presentations by each of those students at this month’s meeting.

  • The Española Public Library will celebrate National Library Week through April 16.
    Activities for children and families are ongoing. From 11:30-1 p.m. Thursday, the Friends of the Library will host a reception for National Library Week that will include a book discussion and book signing with local authors Robert Trapp, Robert Torrez and Isabel Ziegler. Luncheon refreshments will be served.
    Saturday’s activity will celebrate Dia De Los Niños and will include a book give-away to all children, while supplies last.
    A Book by author Pat Mora will be read. Mora is the founder of Dia de Los Niños.
    For more information call the library at 505-747-6087 or visit www.youseemore.com/espanola.

  • Despite the lack of snow this winter, the ski patrol from Pajarito Mountain have continued their training.
    In February, Grace and Seth Longon, Nate Phillips and Nate Kamm, four local young adult ski patrollers attended the National Ski Patrol Young Adult Patrol Jamboree at Copper Mountain, Colo.
    The Rocky Mountain Division hosted 17 young patrollers from six regional ski areas and held an in-depth program on avalanche safety and rescue.
    The young patrollers dug a snow pit to evaluate the snow layers and risk of avalanche occurring. They used locator beacons, avalanche probes and shovels to search for buried mock victims.

  • Kathy Brown of The Seventh Generation Institute in Santa Fe will visit Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday, to talk about how climate change is affecting pikas and what citizen scientists can do to help.
    Hikers visiting the highest peaks of New Mexico, have probably seen the little relatives of the rabbit family or heard the pika’s distinct high-pitched squeak coming from the talus slopes they call home. Like polar bears, pikas have gained attention as early indicators of the effects of climate change on wildlife.

  • On May 1, the Los Alamos Phi Beta Kappa Association will hold its 55th annual banquet to honor the top graduates of Los Alamos High School.
    Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honors society in the United States and has about 260 members in Los Alamos County (1.5 percent of the county’s population).  
    The banquet, for the honor graduates, Phi Beta Kappa Members, and their guests, will be at 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The Decadent Table will cater the event.

  • NEW YORK (AP) — Disposables, cloth. Cloth, disposables. Fifty years after Procter & Gamble introduced affordable throwaway diapers, dubbing them Pampers, the battle over baby's bottom rages on.

    The brand brought on a revolution in baby care, obliterating safety pins, soaking pails and diaper delivery trucks. But reusables have been slowly inching back into the mainstream, with the predictable faceoff among parents choosing one or the other — though some families use both.

  • By Dr. Wendy Van Dilla, Naturopathic Physician

     

    Many of my patients come for help with their allergy symptoms.  They have

    tried lots of over the counter and prescription drugs, allergy shots,

    de-sensitization therapies, herbal formulas, homeopathic remedies,

  • Con Alma Health Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2011 Small Grant Cycle.
    The Foundation’s Small Grant Cycle awards grants of up to $15,000 each to nonprofit organizations serving residents of New Mexico. Priority consideration is given to proposals that demonstrate strong collaborative relationships and address systemic change rather than direct services. Applications are due June 1.
    Grant investments will address key findings and recommendations made in the Foundation’s report, “Closing the Health Disparity Gap in New Mexico: A Roadmap for Grant making,” which is based on statistics provided by New Mexico government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

  • A group of 15 students from Los Alamos High School attended the Family Career Community Leaders of America State Leadership meeting last month in Albuquerque.
    FCCLA is a national student organization that is dedicated to equipping young men and women to become leaders while making a difference in the lives of families, careers, and communities across the nation by addressing important personal, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education.
    The following students excelled in their respective S.T.A.R. events, developing skills through practical applications:
    Destiny Velasquez and Maria Trujillo — Focus on Children — Bronze Medal
    Amanda Ponce and Katie Turner — Crudites Tray —Silver Medal

  • Thirty children participated in the Los Alamos County Library’s annual Battle of the Books competition on March 18. Battle of the Books is a statewide program in which children are invited to read books from a designated list of recommended titles selected by librarians across the state, and then participate in a competition testing their knowledge of the material. The competition encourages children to read quality literature from a variety of genres and learn how to compete as a team in a quiz-bowl format.
    Winners received a certificate of participation and an autographed book. The Friends of the Library provided sponsorship for the event.

  • 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.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  
    We get lots of roaming cats and dogs. Don’t assume your cat was a meal for a coyote. Check with the shelter and see if your best friend is bunking with us. Proof of rabies vaccination is required when claiming your pet.

    Cats

  • An opportunity to participate in a $20 reduced fee microchip clinic will be offered at the 2011 Dog Jog April 16. Veterinarians from the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos and Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital have donated their time and expertise to implant the microchips. The fee includes the registration of the microchip to a database that can be read by shelters and veterinary clinics throughout the United States. No sign is up required ahead of time, just stop by Chamisa School in White Rock from 9:00-10:30 am. The clinic is open to the public, even if you aren’t registered for the Dog Jog.