• The Los Alamos Mountaineers invite the public to its next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for an exciting presentation by life-long trail explorer and outdoors adventurer Benedict Dugger, of Phoenix. A social time will be followed by reports of recent and upcoming trips.
    Dugger was born and raised in the Netherlands, 5,200 miles away from the Grand Canyon, surrounded by green rain-soaked pastures in a country where the highest hill is 300 feet and the closest mountains are over 600 miles away.
    At an early age he developed a love for exploring nature and heading out on adventures. After traveling to many countries around the world in his 20s and 30s, he moved to the American Southwest five years ago, where he fell in love with trail and adventure running.
    Dugger has more than 20 years of background in athletics and wellness coaching, sports, fitness and running technique training. The main sport he played and coached was soccer until his early 40s, when he picked up running, and especially trail and endurance running, for the first time.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated with a classic liturgy each Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:15 a.m. and Christian Education for all ages at 10:30 a.m.  A service of Midday Matins with Communion is celebrated at 11:45 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors, Rev. Bruce Kuenzel and Rev. Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.

  • I may have said something kind of similiar before, but I want to tell you that I may have decided what I want to be when I grow up –  Mary Brooks.
    Mary Brooks is a Los Alamos Living Treasure and more important than that, she’s happy to see me whenever I cross her path.
    Mary is the kind of person where you are just happy to be in her presence and I hope you all have a Mary Brooks, who makes your day a little brighter when you see them.
    Lately, I have spent a lot of time on the road. When I remember, I head on over to the White Rock Branch Library and get some books on CD.
    I figure if I have to utilize a large amount of time, I may as well learn something along the way. I’ve been listening to two audiobooks over the last week, and I thought I would share some of the wisdom to enlighten you this week.
    The first is, “The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die,” by John Izzo. I’ll let you discover all of the secrets yourself, but one of them in a nutshell is to become love.

    History on Tap from 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room. The evening’s discussion will be led by award-winning tour guide Georgia Strickfaden. She will discuss what it is like to be a history tour guide in Los Alamos and stories from history.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of the Mesa Public Library. The program will be on using Google for Genealogy. The traditional no-host social dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the China Moon restaurant before the meeting at 7 p.m.
    The Dover Quartet at 7 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, Los Alamos High School Campus. Tickets are $30-$35, available at: losalamosconcert.org, ticketssantafe.com, Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, the Lensic box office in Santa Fe and at the door. Youth 6-18 are always free.
    Astronomy Show from  7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. $6 for adults and $4 for children.  
    Telling on the Wild Side: (Mis)adventures in Story from 10 a.m. to noon at the Nature Center. Explore the process of finding, crafting, and telling stories. $25 for non-members and $20/PEEC members. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The Military Order of the World Wars Chapter 229 meeting will be March 15. Speaker State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard will talk about what did and didn’t happen at this year’s Legislative session, including items of particular interest to Los Alamos County.
    The meeting will be held in Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room. The Los Alamos Research Park building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east to the fire stationor east of the Research Park building.   
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m, followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.  The Hot Rocks Java Cafe staff will be catering the dinner: Meatloaf and appropriate side dishes. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. Please note that a dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s). RSVP (yes or no) for the dinner is needed by Sunday. Call LTC Gregg Giesler, USA Retired, Chapter Commander 662-5574 (email g.giesler@computer.org) or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (email depinyan@cybermesa.com).

  • Political infamy has spread far and wide from the loading of lead in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan. We know the story, at least in rough form.
    As often happens, the problem began with a shortage of funds. The state appointed a special official to cut the city’s costs.
    In April 2014, the city of Flint switched to a cheaper source of drinking water, namely, the Flint River.
    The murky part is who gave warnings to whom and when. The murk extends to who botched the known methods of corrosion control used on river water to prevent leaching lead from old water pipes. So came the lead into the drinking water of Flint.
    People ask the question, “How could this happen?” And the answer comes back, “How could this happen?”
    Crowds of political analysts, and lawsuits, will uncover the political causes. Fewer eyes will look to find better remedies in the technical world.
    The technical world is but a fraction the size of politics, as we know from its name. The history of politics is reflected in the Greek word “politikos,” which refers to “townsman.” Indeed, politics is a task for all citizens.

  • March 6-12, 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
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury Steak
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Clam Chowder
    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
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise

  • When dog and cat owners notice their pet excessively scratching, biting, and licking, many of them associate these signs with fleas. With so many products on the market for flea treatment and prevention, finding the right product to treat your pet and house can be both intimidating and confusing.
    Controlling fleas is a multi-step process and often involves assistance from your veterinarian, especially in severe cases. For every flea an owner finds on their pet, it is likely that many other immature flea life stages, such as eggs, larvae, and cocoons, are in the pet owner’s home and yard. Thus, an efficient flea treatment and prevention plan includes caring for both the pet and the pet’s environment.
    However, it is important to note that no flea treatment plan shows immediate results, so it is important for pet owners to be patient and continue routine care for flea prevention.

  • 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.
    Milo—A sweet and quiet 6-year-old orange tabby that would be so excited to share his love with you. He can be a bit slow to warm up to new people, but with a tiny bit of patience, he’ll be cuddling on your lap in no time. When he’s not cuddling with his humans, he loves to play with laser pointers and chomp down on wet food. This sweet guy does well with other cats and gentle children. In fact, Milo and Shorty (below) were just introduced to each other earlier this week, and they are already best buddies! Shorty loves to play, and Milo is very patient and gentle with him.

  • The League Of Women Voters will host Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. March 15 at the Mesa Public Library. This month’s speaker will be Tim Glasco, Los Alamos County utilities manager.
    In 2014, Glasco stepped in as the utilities manager for the Los Alamos County-owned Department of Public Utilities after selection by the Board of Public Utilities, and approval from the Los Alamos County Council.  
    He oversees all operations of the department, including electric production and distribution; water production and distribution, natural gas distribution, and the collection and treatment of wastewater.  
    Prior to this position, Glasco was hired at the department as the deputy utilities manager for gas, water and sewer in 1995.
    Glasco holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and civil engineering, and a master’s degree in civil engineering (sanitary engineering). A licensed professional engineer and certified as a level IV wastewater and water systems operator, Glasco has over 30 years of experience in municipal and public works engineering and management.  
    He and his wife Charla moved to Los Alamos in 1990 and raised their four daughters in the Los Alamos community.

    Jemez Thrift Shop bag day from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Los Alamos County Transportation Board meeting at 5:30 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.

    March Night Sky Show at the Nature Center from 7-7:45 p.m. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org
    Geocaching 101 from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Nature Center. Discover the fun of geocaching in this hands-on class. Free. More information at peecnature.org.
    Jemez Thrift Shop bag day from 9 a.m.-noon.

  • 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.