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  • 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.

  • Join Jennifer Foote and the Los Alamos Mountaineers on Wednesday in the main room of Fuller Lodge, for their monthly meeting. The meeting will begin with dessert and social time at 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion of trips past and future. The presentation will begin at approximately 8 p.m.
    After being invited to “cave” in China several times, Foote decided that the time to travel was now. She began an “around the world trip” with stops in China, Thailand, Cairo, Holland, Iceland and Tennessee. She’ll share her tales Wednesday.

  • Representatives of Self Help, Inc., Walter Barkley, Joyce Nickols (coordinator of the Children’s Tools for School Project), and Ellen Morris Bond, receive a check from the Los Alamos Masons to purchase Xerox/copy paper for Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico schools. Rick Garland, of the Masons, presented the check.

  • The MG Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars in Los Alamos announces Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will present a talk on the recent visit to Sarov, Russia by a Los Alamos Development Corporation, Community Development Team.
    The meeting will be  at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday at the Best Western Hilltop House, third floor. It will begin with a short social period and business meeting, followed by dinner and speaker. Korkos’ talk begins at 7:15 p.m.
    The dinner entrée is lasagna, vegetables and salad. The cost of the dinner is $20 per person.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to the general public for the dinner and program, or the program only, at no cost.

  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos has been awarded a $337,725 three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for a proposal to “Reinvigorate Information Technology Education with Cyber Security.” Dean of Instruction Dr. Kate Massengale wrote the grant. Dr. Lynne Williams, who has a doctorate in cyber security, is the principal investigator.
    The New Mexico Consortium helped Massengale initiate this effort by providing training in grant writing. Michelle Hall, a professor and grant writer, who now works at NSF, gave the training. Hall is also the creator of the regional Café Scientifique, which exposes teens to science and technology in innovative ways to attract them to these fields.  

  • Enriqueta Gonzales was recently awarded New Mexico Health Care Association’s Best of the Best Resident Support Award for 2011.  She is an employee at Aspen Ridge Lodge.
    The Resident Support award is a board category that covers all of those staff members outside of direct care who work hard for the residents. They make contributions to the comfort and safety of the residents, yet they may be rarely seen. The housekeeping, dietary, laundry and maintenance staff are often ‘invisible,’ yet they can make or break the living experience of residents, according to a NMHCA press release.