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  • Community members gathered at the Fuller Lodge Art Center Friday evening for the opening of “Beauty in the Best.” Residents got a chance to talk to the artists and view their work. The exhibit will be on display through March 31.

  • Support has poured in for a youth project benefiting a Los Alamos Middle School student and there’s one week left for community members to take part.
    The LAMS Passion project was launched to help gather food, toys and other pet supplies for animals in need.
    The first-year project attempted to fill a gap for the animal shelter by collecting collars and leashes provided to pets on their way to their new homes and help with getting the word out about shelter calendars.
    The project for the 2011-2012 school year has taken a new turn, beginning with a pet food drive at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

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

    Madrid

    Mine Shaft Tavern, 2896 Hwy. 14
    Date inspected: Feb. 14
    Violations: One high-risk violation for inadequate cooling — improper cooling procedures of potentially hazardous food. Corrected. Three moderate-risk violations, two for improper holding — no thermometer available inside refrigerator and no food-grade thermometer available to monitor food temperature; one for contaminated equipment — food scales were not sanitized after use.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Santa Fe

  • Los Alamos seventh graders have read it and some fifth graders are currently reading it, but the truth is, nearly everyone can find some meaning in Lois Lowry’s “The Giver.” A 1994 Newberry Medal winner, “The Giver” offers a lot of thought on how people conduct their lives and what it means to achieve true happiness.
    “The Giver” was adapted into a play for the Oregon Children’s Theatre in 2006. Los Alamos Little Theatre’s version opens at 7:30 p.m. March 2 and includes performances from Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos Middle School, Aspen, Mountain, Barranca and Chamisa Elementary School students.

  • The show, “Beauty in the Beast” caught the attention of more artists than any other at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The new exhibit, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, will feature the work of 57 artists from near and far, with everything from watercolor to bronze to taxidermy.

  • The Los Alamos NJROTC precision air rifle team traveled to Camp Perry, Ohio to compete in the Navy air rifle championships Feb. 13-14.
    On the first day of the matches, the team members finished with a 30-point advantage over the second place team from Georgia. Day two saw several schools picking up ground, but the Los Alamos team ended the day on top with a 13-point advantage to win the overall championship.

  • Kaity Burke, a member of Mountain School’s Green Team, shows off a bin full of aluminum cans. The school is competing to collect the most aluminum cans in the state as part of the Great American Can Roundup. During the first week, students brought in more than 2,000 cans.  If they win, the team will receive a cash prize, which will be donated to an animal rescue organization. The competition runs until April 22. Donated cans may be dropped off at Mountain School or at the Pajarito Environmental Education Nature Center.

  • This week, our asset efforts concentrate on number 34, cultural competence.
    The youth and sponsors of the United Church are on the move to collect items for a silent and live auction to benefit their Mexico Mission trip, during spring break.
    On March 18, a slew of activities will take place to raise funds to cover everything from lumber to food, to ensure their weeklong trip is a success.
    The youth are involved in a variety of activities, from knocking on doors to ask for donations, to setting up for the event and delivering large items like desks and dressers when the auction is complete.

  • 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
    Enzo — Small, four-year-old neutered male Poodle-mix. Good indoors, mostly  housebroken. Loves to go on walks. Good in the cat room. No children, please. Has some allergies, comes with medications.  

  • The Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars in Los Alamos announces that Kevin Smith, Los Alamos NNSA Site Office manager, will be the guest speaker at the Feb. 21dinner meeting.
    Smith will share his observations regarding his responsibilities in administering the management and operations Los Alamos National Laboratory contract and all federal activities on the site since his arrival in 2010.

  • Habitat for Humanity of New Mexico put the finishing touches on its 600th home built, rehabilitated or repaired throughout the state and marked this major milestone with a commemoration ceremony led by Gov. Susana Martinez at the Capitol Building Rotunda, Feb. 3.                         
    Representatives from the Española Valley and Los Alamos, Inc. Affiliate traveled to Santa Fe to participate in this event and receive a proclamation from the governor. The 500th Habitat House was celebrated with the Marquez family in Española on Sept. 15, 2007.

  • Panayoti Kelaidis, an internationally known horticulturalist, scientist and artist, will speak on “Intermountain West Gardening” March 16, at the White Rock Baptist Church.  
    The event, open to the public and sponsored by Summit Garden Club, is part of the District 2 meeting of New Mexico Garden Clubs.
    Kelaidis, senior curator and director of Denver Botanical Gardens outreach, is involved in exploration and introduction of xeric plants.
    He is developing a large enough volume of landscape plants, that are so well adapted to dry landscapes that, should a severe drought set in, residents could continue to plant and maintain gardens in the face of no — or minimal — irrigation.

  • Students from Bernadette Morrow’s, Matt Felton’s and Sue Souza’s fifth grade Mountain Elementary classes went on a field trip to the State Capitol recently. Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties, met with the classes and talked with the students.

  • Some people believe that Boys’ State and Girls’ State helps shape the future of the nation in training young men and women to take their place in running and preserving the nation’s form of government.
    Since 1948, thousands of New Mexico’s young men and women have stepped up to the plate and trained themselves to lead in public life. Boys’ State and Girls’ State graduates are found in all walks of life.  Former Governors Garrey Caruthers and Toney Anaya, as well as Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, are among them. Some graduates go on to become legislators, mayors, city counselors, physicians, businessmen and women, and work in the ranks of corporate officers.

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

    Española

    Home Run Pizza, 1010 Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Feb. 13, complaint
    Violations: Complaint investigation regarding dog present in facility. Person working states he isn’t aware of anyone bringing in a dog to work. Claims complaint is not true. One moderate-risk violation for administration: facility has changed ownership, therefore permit is no longer valid. New owner needs to acquire permit to continue. Facility needs to close until permit is issued.
    Status of establishment: Voluntary closure

    Johnson Controls NNM, 1027 Railroad Ave.
    Date inspected: Feb. 7

  • For the past two years, The Santa Fe Opera Guild has offered a course for the opera neophyte, opening the door to this world.  Registration filled the sessions almost immediately.  Buoyed by the response, the Guild is offering a new look at opera, “Opera 201.”  The course is open to all, beginners, aficionados and the curious, who would like to know something about this art form.

  • Join Craig Martin, open space specialist for Los Alamos County and Dale Coker, ranger at Bandelier National Monument, for an update on post-fire trail conditions in the county and at the monument. The talk will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St., and is free and open to the public.
    The Las Conchas Fire devastated many favorite trails in the county and Bandelier, and the floods that followed finished off many others. Martin and Coker will discuss what happened to the local trails and what has been done to repair them, and what work still remains to be done. For people interested in volunteering to help with the repair work, Martin and Coker will provide information on how to get involved.

  • “This is what my honored grandfather told me, all of it. Someone long ago taught him how to tell a tale, someone who knew what to do with the space between en años pasados and así fue. When we sat up together nights, waiting for babies to be born or for horses to foal, for travelers to return, or for news of the men who ran to the mountains after the uprising, he told me of those murderous times …” From the prologue of “The King’s Lizard: A Tale of Murder and Deception in Old Santa Fe,” by Pamela Christie        

  • Once the roses have wilted and the heart-shaped box of chocolates is almost empty, treat your sweetheart to another dose of “romance” at the New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company’s  production of “Dracula,” based on Bram Stoker’s novel.

  • 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.