• The United Church of Los Alamos and the Universalist Unitarian Church hope the public will attend a life-changing auction Sunday.
    A silent auction will begin at 2 p.m., followed by a live auction at 3 p.m., and will feature items from the gently used to handmade just for the occasion. Along with those items, attendees will get a chance to bid on gift certificates for memory making and muscle-intensive activities for all ages, ranging from yard work to babysitting and more.
    “The campers have gone out in teams to ask local businesses to contribute items to the auction,” said trip coordinator Laura Erickson. “There are many tasks to be done to set up, organize, sell and cleanup at the auction, and the campers have signed up for these various tasks.”
    Some of the task, include entering every one of hundreds of items into a database, picking up large donated items and preparing the room for the day of the sale.  
    Youth team member Michael Keeler will take trip number four as he rounds out his senior year at Los Alamos High School.
    “The most meaningful memory of all the trips has been handing the keys to the family,” Keeler said. The ceremonial event after a very hands-on, labor-intensive week results in a foundation that will transform life for several families forever.

  • There will be a mandatory meeting Friday for this year's Los Alamos Middle School eighth-grade students who are planning to travel to Washington, D.C., over spring break. The meetings will be held after school in the Los Alamos Middle School Media Center. Parents are welcome to attend.

    Seventh-grade students are welcome to stop by the Media Center to get information regarding next's years trip. Sign up is now underway for next year's spring break trip. There is an early bird discount for students who sign up prior to June 6. This is a private trip and not a school-sponsored trip.

    It is not too late for this year's eighth-graders to sign up for the trip. Those interested must contact Worldstrides Customer Center at 1-800-468-5899 and reference trip No. 116072. Call Roberta Cocking at 670-0679 with questions.

  • Art exhibits
    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.

    Free Art Event: Twenty Years of Text, Image and Objects, a Presentation by Bonnie Stahlecker. 7-9 p.m. March 11 at the Santa Fe Community College Board Room in the main building. Stahlecker, a nationally recognized artist, who will talk about her journey of artmaking that began with artist’s books. For more information on Santa Fe BAG, visit santafebag.org/.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces form & concept, a nonprofit arts organization founded to push and explore the boundaries of perceived distinctions between art, craft and design. The programming acts as a conversation between these disciplines, supporting contemporary creative practice through exhibitions of regional and international artists. form & concept serves the community through its educational programming by producing artist residencies, workshops, lectures and other events.The grand opening will be 5-7 p.m. May 27.

  • The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture will open Landscape of an Artist: Living Treasure, Dan Namingha, an exhibition of 11 works in various media by the artist, from 1-4 p.m. March 20.
    Every year at Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture honors an artist as a MIAC Living Treasure. This year the MIAC Living Treasure honor goes to Namingha (Tewa/Hopi).
    “Dan Namingha is part of a distinguished family of artists. He’s the great-great-grandson of famed Hopi-Tewa potter Nampeyo (1856-1942) and his sons Arlo and Michael are artists as well. Dan is a highly regarded artist for works that respectfully interpret Native culture and demonstrate his concern for Mother Earth.”
    During the opening, the film "Dan Namingha: Seeking Center in Two Worlds," screens at 1 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the artist at 2 p.m.

  • Española
    Jalapenos, 1115 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Feb. 17
    Violations: Six high-risk violations. Condensation drain line in walk in is not shielded. Paper towel dispenser at hand wash sink empty. Sanitizer solution not available. Wiping cloth stored out of soapy or sanitizer water. Tissue paper roll stored or placed out of dispenser. Paper towel dispenser in restroom is not operating correctly. Four moderate-risk violations. Sanitizer test strips not available. Refrigerators don’t have thermometers. Metal stem thermometers are not available. Hood and vents have grill or cover missing. Three low-risk violations. Seal sinks to the wall. Wall and ceiling in food prep, cooking, dishwashing area are not light in color, painted brown. Base covering is damaged in some areas.      
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Los Alamos
    The Spot, address not available
    Date inspected: Feb. 11
    Violations: Six moderate-risk violations. Hood and vent need cleaning. Bowls laying on rice. pH meter for rice and vinegar needed. Thermometers needed in refrigerator. Seal of door on refrigerator needs replacing. Walls, floors, some tiles and ceilings have food product and need cleaning.        

  • The next total solar eclipse will be visible on March 8 over Indonesia and the Pacific Ocean.
    From 5-8:15 p.m. the Nature Center will show the live feed of the solar eclipse from a telescope on Woleai Atoll in Micronesia.
    In addition to live telescope feed, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will have telescopes set up outside starting about 5 p.m. for those who want to see the sun from our perspective.
    PEEC will also show a narrated webcast at 6 p.m. and have local astronomers on hand to discuss the many fascinating aspects of our solar system.
    Total solar eclipses occur somewhere on earth on average once every eighteen months. Since the viewing path is only 100 miles wide, they are quite rare for any given location. Thus, many people travel great distances in order to experience this natural and beautiful celestial phenomenon. The next total solar eclipse visible in North America will be seen in August of 2017.
    This viewing will take place at the Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.
    This is a free event and no registration is required. To register or learn more about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • The week of April 3 through April 9, Paul Singh, a successful entrepreneur and seed-stage investor, will visit Taos, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque to deliver a week-long series of events for aspiring entrepreneurs and community members.
    His “2016 Tech Tour” is a great opportunity for anyone starting a business, getting some practice at pitching, or getting that idea off the back burner. It will also be an opportunity for entrepreneurs all over the state to get together for networking.
    “I’m driving across North America to visit the places that startups actually start (and grow) their businesses,” wrote Singh on his website,  resultsjunkies.com. “Over the past 5 years, I’ve flown 500,000 miles, raised tens of millions of dollars for my venture funds, and invested in hundreds of companies around the world. I know startups and small businesses better than anyone else. And they know me. Along the way, I’ll mentor thousands of entrepreneurs, visit incubators and co-working spaces, hold investor dinners and dive into the local (tech) culture. I’m doing it all with a pickup truck and a custom-built Airstream travel trailer.”

  • For the first time in New Mexico, the American Society of Media Photographers New Mexico and United Photo Industries has announced an open call for entries for the national photography exhibit called The Fence, and associated regional exhibit, The Fence New Mexico.
    Los Alamos residents are encouraged to apply.
    The Fence 2016 is an annual outdoor photography exhibition series with an annual audience of more than 3 million visitors.
    This year, Santa Fe is joining the roster of exhibition locations, Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City, as well as Boston, Atlanta and Houston.
    The Jury’s Choice winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000 to support their work, a Leica T Camera Package and a Solo Exhibition at Photoville 2016.
    The Fence New Mexico, a regional component of the national exhibit, will be presented in the same format and along with the national exhibit in Santa Fe at the Railyard Park during the summer. The project is also a collaborative partner in the second annual PhotoSummer 2016.
    Only New Mexico residents are eligible to apply for the Fence New Mexico.

  • The public is invited to attend the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. March 11 for “What’s Past is Prologue,” a thematic group exhibit at Fuller Lodge Art Center,  that includes the work of 29 different artists from northern New Mexico.
    Artists will be on hand during the reception to talk about their interpretation of the theme. Light refreshments will be served.
    The phrase “what’s past is prologue” appears in William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Antonio suggests that the past has set the stage for their next act, murder, as a prologue does in a play.
    Artists were challenged to consider how their current art has been shaped by their personal histories, or to look to the future and consider how today may be shaping tomorrow. “What’s Past is Prologue” will be on display March 11 to April 16.

  • In the age of technology, Kindle and social media, the traditional book has started to fall by the waste side. Scholastic book fairs and other programs to draw in younger readers have also dwindled over the years, but there is still hope.
    Los Alamos native Phil Rink is fighting to keep school-age children reading – especially boys.
    “Some kids are bored with some of the books they are given to read,” Rink said. “Boys will read if you give them something to read.” Rink is a 1978 graduate of Los Alamos High School.
    Rink has written a collection of short books surrounding the lives of two boys – Jimi and Issac.
    Jimi and Isaac Books use a new approach to storytelling, but the books will feel familiar to older readers.
    “Our books are full of short sentences, short pages, short chapters and really big ideas,” Rink said. “These were once called ‘Boy’s Books,’ but the industry is now allergic to that category.”
    The main characters are Jimi, named after Jimi Hendrix and Isaac, named after Isaac Newton.


  • OK, we’re on that downhill slide toward spring break.
    I like to joke with students that this is the time of year when students and staff tend to lose their minds. The closer we get, the more everybody will be beyond ready for some time off.
    What I would say is that we all need a reminder to get back to basics, to help everyone hang in there.
    No matter your age, stay hydrated, get enough sleep, try to take the stairs when possible or find any type of exercise you enjoy. This is what keeps the boat floating and helps us stay grounded when times are tough.
    I would also like parents to remind their students to be extra aware of the work of the custodial crew. We as parents would be sad to see the mess left behind each day. Trash left right on lunch tables and under them, paper towels thrown right beside the trash can.
    Parents please be cautious of constantly concentrating on grades and always speaking of academics. Kids still need to be kids and there is a time and a place for everything. Make sure you give a darn about asking how your day is and making sure the answer only relates to life in general.

    Jemez Thrift shop bag day from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having their annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale fro 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Los Alamos National Bank and Smith’s grocery stores. Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals.
    Jemez Thrift Shop bag day from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Los Alamos County Transportation Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. in room 110 at the municipal building. The New Mexico Department of Transportation will provide an update regarding the NM 502 Trinity Drive Improvements Project.

    Group Coaching Session on Using Testimonials and Case Studies from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Pig+Fig Café in White Rock. Join Mandy Marksteiner when she shows you how to use case studies and testimonials in your marketing materials. Breakfast is on Mandy.

    Los Alamos Little Theater will perform “Lions in Illyria” at 7 p.m. The show is appropriate for all ages, and will last about 75 minutes. For this production only, tickets are priced at $10 for all seats. Get tickets at C.B. Fox, online through lalt.org or at the door.

  • The first film ever in which a Latino was nominated for an Oscar, Director Robert Montgomery’s “Ride the Pink Horse” (1947), will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.
    In this noir-style film shot in Santa Fe, Gagin (Montgomery) speaks few words but carries a big secret – or at least, so it seems – all the way to the border town of San Pablo, where FBI Agent Bill Retz (Art Smith) and bad guy Frank Hugo (Fred Clark) figure him out posthaste, or so it seems.
    Basically, Gagin and Retz both want something from Hugo, and the main question is who will get it first. But “Ride the Pink Horse” is full of shifty glamor and merry-go-round rides. Gagin’s criminal involvement offers plenty of bewilderment, but as sometimes happens in noir, most enigmatic of all is a naive woman.
    Pila (Wanda Hendrix), a teenager Gagin meets in San Pablo, tails him everywhere. She helps him find the La Fonda hotel, warns him of dangers, heals him after his inevitable knife fight, and even changes her hair to suit his liking. In exchange, he verbally abuses her. He appears to have suffered a bad relationship in the past, which doesn’t excuse his behavior.

  • While Fuller Lodge is being renovated, Wednesday's noontime Brown Bag show will be at United Church. The Los Alamos Arts Council showcases the En Saga Players, as well as two works by Wolfgang Mozart and Jean Sibelius.  
    En Saga Players is made up of local musicians including Kay Newnam, violin; Brian Newnam, viola; Joseph Fasel, clarinet; Laura Taylor, flute; James Knudson, cello; Regina Doorn, contrabass, as well as high school students and violinists Michelle Yang and Grace Kim.
    Brian Newnam explained the pieces the ensemble are performing, Mozart’s “Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major, K. 581” and Sibelius’ “En Saga Septet,” are very different from one another. He described Sibelius’ work as dark and turbulent. Still, when Brian Newnam said he came across the work, “I was just infatuated by it. I love it.”  
    Turns out others feel the same way.
    The Newnams helped introduce New Mexico to the piece in 2013. Brian Newnam recalled after the performance one audience member commented, “I wished it never ended.”
    In contrast, Mozart’s piece is “a lighter work. Totally different mood,” Brian Newnam said. It is cheerful and light-hearted.

  • Feb. 28-March 5, 2016
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pork Chop
    6 a.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 a.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11 a.m.-1 p.m.     Visit from rep. of U.S. Sen.             Udall
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Fried Chicken    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters

  • Jan. 26— A boy. Oliver Ruxson Privette. Born to Jessica and James Privette.
    Feb. 7 — A girl. Hanna Carmen Valencia. Born to Evelena and Matthew Valencia.
    Feb. 8 — A boy. Aiden Michale Maestas. Born to Kayla and Antonio Maestas.
    Feb. 9 — A girl. Lakai Krantz. Born to Felicia Montoya and Kyle Krantz.
    Feb. 13 —A boy. Wakely Carl Parkinson. Born to Desta and David Parkinson.

  • This weekend is the last weekend to enjoy the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Hours are Saturday: Public skate is noon-5:30 p.m. LAHA 5:45-9:30 p.m. Sunday: Public skate from noon-5 p.m. LAHA 5:30-7:30 p.m. Adult hockey 7:45-9:45 p.m.

  • Rebecca Boerigter and Jason Lengyel, of Wisconsin, have announcement their engagement.
    Boerigter is the daughter of Stephen and Kathleen Boerigter, of Los Alamos. Lengyel is the son of Paul and Joan Lengyel, of Osceola, Wisconsin.
    The afternoon wedding is planned for Oct. 7 in Beloved Barn, Wisconsin.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Double Digit—A young orange and white kitty with lots of extra toes! This sweet guy still needs to visit the vet for a check up, but in the meantime, he would love to meet new people to see if they might be the perfect person for him!