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  • The Los Alamos High School cross country team sponsored an elementary run Friday. Students of various ages participated in the run.

  • The University of New Mexico, Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the PNM Foundation have announced the UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest for the 2011-2012 school year.
    The goal of the contest is to promote mathematical investigation, enhance problem-solving skills and recognize and honor outstanding mathematics achievement among students in grades 7-12 in the state.
    Approximately 1,500 New Mexico students benefit from this program annually.

  • Engage. Listen. Listen. Repeat.
    This is what one should do when talking to our youth.
    Last week, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board hosted their annual retreat to talk about youth issues.
    As always, they host an event that not only allows adults to talk about youth issues, but involves youth.
    Many groups would like to do this, but it takes some extra effort. It also needs to be planned around everyone’s schedules and of course, food needs to be provided.
    Now let’s go back to what I said at the beginning of this column and see what we can learn. Sometimes as adults, we know these things but tend to forget.

  • 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, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    Two for the price of one. This is an opportunity to double your feline pleasure. Also, we will not adopt out black cats until Nov. 7.

    Cats
    The shelter has just received a new group of cats and has appointments for their veterinary updates. They will be available for viewing and will be adoptable very soon.

  • Cub Scouts from Los Alamos and White Rock joined together for push-mobile races last weekend. The annual event is held at the White Rock LDS church.

  • New Mexico landscapes can take your breath away and Kirt Kempter attempts to capture every bit of that beauty with each of his large format photographs now on view at Mesa Public Library Art Gallery.
    The exhibition starts Oct. 31 and runs through the end of November.
    The display is available for viewing during regular library hours.
    Kempter is a student of rocks and landforms, working both as a geologist and photographer.
    Thus, his landscape photography has a geologic bent, focusing on landforms and abstract rock textures. Although most of Kempter’s photographic repertoire is from New Mexico, he also has numerous images from around the world, a result of leading educational tours for Smithsonian Journeys and National Geographic Expeditions.

  • Los Alamos Middle School seventh grade student Claire DeCroix, 12, created the logo for this year’s New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge. She won $200 at last year’s award ceremony for the best logo. Her logo is used on all promotional material for the statewide competition for the 2011-2012 challenge.
    DeCroix would like to thank her GATE teacher Zeynep Unal for all her support and getting Claire interested in the supercomputing challenge in the fifth grade.
    DeCroix decided to enter the contest because she thought it would be great to win the competition.

  • Fire Prevention Specialist Marla Rogers and Recreation Specialist Kimberly DeVall will represent the Valles Caldera National Preserve at the American Association of University Women meeting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.

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

    Santa Fe

    Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill #2, 3777 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 17
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for improper holding — thermometer for the undercounter unit was not working, corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Church’s Chicken 2, 2778 Sawmill Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 17
    Violations: One high-risk violation for poor personal hygiene — hand sink in kitchen was used to store clean pans, corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Estudio Phi, 2043 A Calle Lorca

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer Nature Photography for Beginners at 11 a.m. Oct. 29 at PEEC, 3540 Orange St. Photographer and outdoor enthusiast Jaye Gilmore will lead the class. Fees are $20 or $18 for PEEC members.
    The class will begin indoors with a PowerPoint presentation giving a basic overview of photography techniques, vocabulary and equipment. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and try out what Gilmore is demonstrating with their own cameras.
    After the introduction, the group will go outside to put its new skills into action on the trails around PEEC.

  • For the first time, the Eldorado artists are coming to downtown Santa Fe with the annual fall show. Sixty-one artists will show work in genres including oils, acrylics, encaustics, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, glass, photography, sculpture, fiber art, wearable art, wood, watercolors, tin work and musical instruments.
    The show will be from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 28 and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 29 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail (at Cordova), Santa Fe. For more information, visit www.eldoart.org.

  • The Lads of Enchantment will have their Annual Barbershop Harmony Show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29 at the United Church of Los Alamos.
    The show will feature songs and entertainment by the Lads of Enchantment Chorus and Quartets, Los Alamos High School’s Bel Canto female ensemble and special guest quartet, “Reprise,” the 2001 Collegiate champion and semifinalist at the 2002 Internationals.
    This year’s songs by the LOE and Bel Canto are drawn from different eras of the 20th century.  
    They vary in tempo and style, but they are connected by the theme, “Nostalgia Ain’t What It Used to Be,” and the onstage contemplations of the LOE’s two high school members, Ethan Clements and Bear Schacht.

  • The autumn
    winds have blown in the inevitably changing season, casting leaves from green to deep hues of gold and red. Locals and visitors scurry into the mountains in hopes of catching the last glimpses of this colorful transformation.
    The journey, thus far, followed N.M. 4 through Jemez Springs and on to N.M. 485, traveling west to Gilman Tunnels. From Gilman, the road turns into Forest Service 376 where the journey stops at Porter Landing before entering Lake Fork Canyon.  

    Into Lake Fork Canyon
        

  • Los Alamos Middle School, State Farm and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will host bulb planting from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday  at LAMS to kickoff plans for a Planting Festival. Students will be asked to suggest ideas of what foods can be grown at the school. LAMS Principal Rex Kilburn is pictured with the State Farm Good Neighbear.

  • Chamisa Elementary is having an online book fair from Oct. 25 to Nov. 21.
    All books ordered online will be delivered free of charge to Chamisa after the book fair is over.
    There will also be a  school book fair at Chamisa from 7:30 a.m.-3:40 p.m. Oct. 28-Nov. 8.
    The funds raised will pay for the Accelerated Reader program, STAR literacy  program and books for the library.  They hope to raise at least $1,800 to fund their programs for another year.
    For more information, call Librarian Beverly Baker at 663-2470, or visit http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/chamisa.

  • Gardening instructor Martha Davis is returning to PEEC to teach “Things to Do in the Fall Garden,” from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 27 and is $18 for PEEC members and $20 for all others.  
    Many tasks should or can be done in the fall in preparation for the gardens of spring.
    A range of things from garlic and spinach to daffodils and trees can be planted. Fall also brings a wealth of materials for compost piles, mulch and new garden beds. Davis will tell participants how to make the best of their gardens in the fall for gardens next summer.  
    Master gardener Davis has taught many classes for PEEC.

  • For people with diabetes, selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat and sodium can be a challenge.  
    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 people with diabetes and their family members or caretakers.
    Kitchen Creations classes are from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 10 and 17 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road.

  • This week, I’m off topic again as we are still in the asset category of support.
    I will also say that I may be getting on my soapbox, so proceed with caution.
    This week, I’d like us, as a community, to prepare our children to be losers. I don’t mean I want them to be losers, I just mean it is a reality they must be ready to accept.
    When I see so many adult examples of not being a gracious loser, combined with children who seem to crumble when they suffer the smallest setback, I worry.
    I tend to indulge in an occasional cooking show on the weekend. I’m usually just hoping to find a new recipe idea, try a new ingredient or see a cupcake I’d like to make.

  • It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning colors, there’s a chill in the air, fall is officially here and so is the 6th Annual Piñon Pumpkin Patch. This year, they are joining forces with the Chamisa Arts and Crafts Fair, forming the first ever White Rock Fall Festival. Events will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Piñon Elementary Saturday at 90 Grand Canyon Drive in White Rock.
    This year, not only will they sell pumpkins and baked goods, but they will also have Chamisa’s Arts and Craft Fair tables in the Piñon Gymnasium. A variety of items will be available, including jewelry, Scentsy products, fashion and clothing, children’s items, decorative silverware, baskets and photography.

  • 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, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.

    Cats
    The shelter has just received a new group of cats and has appointments for their veterinary updates. They will be available for viewing and will be adoptable very soon.