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  • Jan. 15-21, 2011
    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.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    BESC closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    Mac users
    8:45        Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30        Lunch: Pork chop
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    7 p.m.    Bridge

  • In recognition of  events over the past 100 years of New Mexico statehood, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts will open an exhibit of furniture and tinwork created by the Civilian Conservation Corp participants on March 23.
    These men were stationed at the Bandelier National Monument, Frijoles Canyon Camp #815 from the years of 1933-1942.
    The museum is searching for the names of the men who created the furniture and tinwork during that time.  
    Many of those who made the furniture and tinwork at the camp continued to use those skills throughout their lifetime and passed them on to their family members.

  • Below is a complete list of those who received 2012 Community Asset Awards

    • Jennifer Hanson Bartram          
    • Barbara Blair          
    • Dawn Brown
    •Elizabeth Brug          
    • Erin Burr         
    • Don Casperson
    • Marc Clay          
    • Tom Courtney          
    • Jean Dewart
    • Alison Dorries          

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

    Santa Fe

    Allsup’s, 650 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: Jan. 9
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — ware wash sink cluttered, darn boards cluttered.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    El Tapatio, 1640 Sixth St. (at Hopewell)
    Date inspected: Jan. 5
    Violations: One high-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — no hot water available (corrected).One moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — no sanitizer test kit available.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

  • Weavers from Las Tejedoras Tapestry Group will show examples of their work in a show titled, “Passages.” The show begins Friday at in the Portal Gallery space at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Twelve tapestry artists from the group will feature their work. Las Tejedoras Tapestry Group, an offshoot of the Las Tejedoras Fiber Arts Guild, started as a venue for tapestry artists to share ideas and critique each other’s work.
    Now the weavers meet monthly, participate in group shows and work together on design challenges.
    The group is diverse and made up of weavers who vary in experience, but are all drawn to the medium of fiber, which allows them to express their artistic views.

  • Those that think they can’t garden in the winter need to think again!
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering two classes that will help gardeners get a head start on growing food all year long.
    From 7-9 p.m. Jan. 17, PEEC will offer a class on “Planting Vegetable and Herb Seeds and Transplants Inside and Out” at PEEC. From 7-8 p.m. Jan. 24, PEEC and the Los Alamos Cooperative Market will offer an “Introduction to Hoop Houses” at the Co-op.
    In Martha Davis’s seed and transplanting class, participants will learn how to start seeds indoors and when to move them outside.

  • Stephen McCranie, author of the “Mal and Chad” series, returns to Los Alamos for a launch of his second book, “Mal and Chad: Food Fight!” at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Otowi Station Bookstore.
    “We are delighted to have Stephen back in Los Alamos,” said Peggy Durbin, co-owner of the bookstore. “He made such a positive impression on the kids during his school visits in May, and his books have helped even reluctant readers become eager for more adventures with Mal and Chad. I know that the kids will be excited when they see him again when he visits Barranca Mesa, Aspen, Mountain and Piñon elementary schools on Jan. 19.”

  • Crece Como Va, or “Grows as it Goes” from the Latin “Crescit Eundo,” is not the most easily understood state motto. Is it a philosophical reflection on the inevitable nature of progress, or more in line with the well known “mañana,” often associated with New Mexico citizens? Whatever the case, it is the title of the current exhibit at Fuller Lodge Art Center, which is registered as an official New Mexico Centennial event.

  • Those who have made a New Year’s resolution to get into shape and get fit have one more option to help them meet their goals.
    The Strong Women and Men program is a research-based strength training program for women and men 50 years of age and older. Previously called the Strong Women and Men Growing Stronger programs, this program allows both women and men to strength train in the same class.  
    Scientific research has demonstrated that exercise with weights will increase strength, muscle mass and bone density in middle-aged women and men.
    Additionally, strength training improves self-confidence, sleep, vitality and reduces risk for diabetes, heart disease, depression and obesity.
    Components of the program include:

  • The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and the American Association of University Women will hold a legislative preview from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to participate.
    Legislators Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe and Sen. Carlos Cisneros, D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos; and Sen. Phil Griego, D-Los Alamos, Mora, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos, have all been invited.
    Sen. Richard Martinez will not be able to attend due to a prior commitment.
    Deputy County Clerk Sheryl Nichols will also be there to discuss voter verification from the perspective of the County Clerk’s office.

  • As we look at self-esteem when talking about assets this month, let me reflect one more time on the Community Asset Awards.
    The night wouldn’t be possible without my husband Chad seeing to some last minute details. It never fails that I have forgotten something on the kitchen counter and he has to scramble at the last minute. Yes, it happens each year.
    Then there are great people like Peggy Pendergast, Jordan George and Ben Schilling and the beyond over the moon staff of the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.
    The beautiful setting and stellar desserts they displayed were second to none. The attention to detail and the superior staff allow the event to shine.

  • Pictured are Salvation Army bell ringers and organizers. Irene Powell, Annie Bard, Jim Little  and Burt Dennis recruited and scheduled bell ringers in White Rock and Los Alamos, who raised $15,275.  All funds are distributed by Self Help, Inc. to help residents of Los Alamos County.

  • 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
    Bandit — One year old male Shih-Tzu/Poodl-mix. Maybe 20 lbs. Will be vetted Monday.
    Callie and Misty — Callie is a small brown and white terrier mixed-breed female. Misty is a Border Collie-mix, medium-size female.

  • Tom Nagaweicki, Los Alamos County Environmental Services specialist, will give an interactive talk at Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday.  
    The talk is free and open to the public and is the first in a series of three talks focusing on sustainability in Los Alamos.
    Nagawiecki will guide an interactive discussion filled with facts and focused on identifying and discussing what residents can do now to help create a more sustainable Los Alamos.
    The presentation will focus on waste and energy and will include updates on actions being taken by the county government.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center once again brings the Backcountry  Film Festival to the Reel Deal Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday, for the only New Mexico showing of the film.
    Last year’s show was sold-out. Tickets are $10 at the door and will benefit PEEC, thanks to Jim O’Donnell and the Reel Deal. There will also be a raffle for winter gear.
    The seventh annual world tour of the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival highlights the winter backcountry experience.
    Submissions come from filmmakers who travel every corner of the globe to submit their best backcountry work and from grassroots filmmakers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions and submit their best film short.

  • Jan. 8-14, 2011
    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.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9 a.m.    Toenail clipping
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Pork roast
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45        Variety training
    10:30 a.m.    AARP Board meeting
    11:30        Lunch: Stuffed chicken

  • Jan. 8-14, 2011
    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.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9 a.m.    Toenail clipping
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Pork roast
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45        Variety training
    10:30 a.m.    AARP Board meeting
    11:30        Lunch: Stuffed chicken

  • Jan. 8-14, 2011
    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.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9 a.m.    Toenail clipping
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Pork roast
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45        Variety training
    10:30 a.m.    AARP Board meeting
    11:30        Lunch: Stuffed chicken

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

    Santa Fe

    Better Day Coffee, 905 W. Alameda
    Date inspected: Dec. 27, pre-opening
    Actions: Permit issued. Restricted menu: coffee, tea, soda, juice, milk, food from approved sources, baked goods from Plaza Bakery, salads from providers.

    Cowgirl BBQ, 319 S. Guadalupe
    Date inspected: Dec. 29, complaint
    Violations: One high-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — hand washing sink obstructed, no soap; one moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — food scales, tomato slicer were not cleaned and sanitized; Notify NMED by Jan. 10 of compliance.

  • Hot chile on a cold day usually hits the spot, unless the chile lacks heat.
    On a recent trip to Española, a visit to Los Arcos was in order. The main motivation for the trip was to order chicken fried steak. A generous portion, it was offered with either white or brown gravy, a side of calabacitas and choice of potatoes (mashed, baked or in the French fry form).
    A few months had lapsed since the last visit to Los Arcos and all it took was a quick glance at the menu and I soon realized I wasn’t going to get what I wanted that day.
    The chicken fried steak is still on the menu, but instead of brown gravy, it’s now offered with white pepper gravy. When I asked the waitress if brown could be substituted, she said no.