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  • 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 a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Annie — A 9-year-old, spayed, female who just loves being petted. She has a very pretty black/gray, orange and white coat with short hair. Due to medical care needed by her owner, Annie is now at the shelter looking for her forever home. She can sometimes be a bit shy with shelter visitors, but she quickly warms up to you when you offer her some belly rubs!

  • As elementary students transition into seventh grade, Los Alamos Middle School had its WEB Crew orientation on Tuesday.
    WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) was introduced last year with help from Los Alamos County to send a Los Alamos Public School employee to train with the best.
    “Students participating in WEB crew last year were able to be​come part of a team making a difference together at our school,” said LAMS Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez. “They were ​​able to take on and develop leadership skills ​as they helped our seventh graders transition to Middle School.”
    “Our LAMS WEB Crew team mentors go through a minimum of 10 hours of training ​prior to the school year beginning,” Vargas-Gutierrez said. “Parents should encourage seventh graders to attend orientation on the Aug. 11 so that they will have an opportunity to meet fellow seventh graders.”
    The four-hour orientation allows those students that are feeling nervous, anxious or worried to begin to make new friends.”
    The two days of training, in addition to preparation prior to orientation includes team building, planning out a tour of the new school building and recalling what questions they may have had upon entering LAMS.

  • The Los Alamos Co-op Market is once again hosting cooking classes for the public.
    Starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 21, Ray Joggerst will explain the intricacies of preparing gourmet steak and sauces. Class participants will learn to prepare steak au poivre, steak with sauce béarnaise and merchant’s steak. Joggerst is excited about the class and plans to leave participants with confidence and recipes to make first-class steak meals at home. Registration is open at the co-op’s Entrada Drive location. Class size is limited to accommodate the space.
    Joggerst enjoys sharing the chemistry behind cooking, and brings an in-depth knowledge of food to each class. He debuted his Shop with the Chef class career in 2013, at the co-op’s with a fermentation class, where he covered vegetable and dairy fermentation techniques. Last year, he taught the Chemistry of Cooking, as part of the ScienceFest activities. This year, he will share his love of gourmet cuisine.
    Each class starts with shopping for the ingredients, takes participants through the cooking process, and concludes with enjoying the final product.
    The Los Alamos Co-op Market provides the community with access to a wide variety of local, natural and organic foods and can be found at 95 Entrada Dr. For more information, visit losalamos.coop, or call 695-1579.

  • Our New Mexico Teacher of the Year, Debra Minyard has been busy as the school year came to an end and summer officially began with duties that while at times are demanding are opportunities of a lifetime.
    Minyard traveled to the nation’s capital with her fellow Teachers of the Year and husband, Josh, to be heralded as educators, meet Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan and, of course, meet and be photographed with the leader of the free world.
    The individual Teacher of the Year recipients had a moment with President Barack Obama, answering a quick question and having their photograph taken before being formally announced as they entered the Rose Garden while the press coverage the entire event, some live online.
    “The visit in the Oval Office took only 20 seconds or so, but it felt like a lifetime,” said Minyard. “Then to hear him speak so eloquently about us in the Rose Garden was terrific. I was particularly struck by his approachability and sincere appreciation for our work as teachers.”

  • As you read this, many Los Alamos High School and Middle School students will be starting out their year with a whole new perspective of school.
    Link Crew and Web Crew, two new programs that were fresh out of the gate at this time last year, will have just wrapped up their second school year educating students with the motto, “Students Helping Students Succeed.”
    On Tuesday, the eighth grade leaders for the LAMS Hawks will have walked potentially 270 incoming seventh graders with a tour, Words of Wisdom and team building activities that will help to assist the affectionately termed, “sevies,” with easing up the nerves and welcoming them to one of the new jewels in the Los Alamos Public School district.
    Also on Tuesday, the ’Topper Link Crew, the high school version of the program, were a welcoming force to be reckoned with as upperclassmen consisting of juniors and seniors provided Advice for Freshmen and traditional orientation activities, but with a lot more fun and comradery.
    The two programs are from the Boomerang Project and are two of only three programs in the State of New Mexico with Pojoaque Valley High School being the first in the state to ease the transition and bridge one school level to the next.

  • One of the many benefits of living in New Mexico is the prevalence of fossils. Sometimes, however, it’s nice to have an experienced guide point out the best places to look for them.
    On Saturday, Allen Schmiedicke and Jennifer Macy will lead a field trip to a road cut near the small town of Holman to collect plant and tree fossils preserved in mudstone in the same pattern when they were laid down about 300 million years ago.
    Only 30 spots are available. This event is free, but advanced registration is required. Due to the popularity of these outings, register soon to save a spot. Participants will meet at Sullivan Field at 8 a.m. and drive to Holman Hill from there. Because this field trip is to a road cut, it is not recommended for children 5 or under.
    Schmiedicke is a long-time member of the Los Alamos Geological Society. He has been collecting minerals and fossils since he was 8 years old, when his dad introduced the family to the hobby. Besides collecting, he also does his own fossil preparation and mineral photography.
    To learn more, visit peecnature.org.
     

  • Aug. 10-15, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Green chile cheese             burger
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Legal workshop
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:45 a.m.        Music with Ruth

  • It is time to submit entries for the Friends of the Shelter Calendar. It is easy to do online at calendar lafos.org. If anyone has adopted a shelter pet, particularly a pet from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, consider adding a photograph to the 2016 calendar.

    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 a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS

  • Today
    Los Alamos High School Class of 1985 is having its 30-year reunion. More information can be found on lahs85.org, or on Facebook at Los Alamos High School, Class of 1985.
    Monday
    Nature Playtimes at the Nature Center. 10-11 a.m. Kids aged 0-5 and their caregivers come to the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore the natural world. Children rotate through themed centers inside and outside, with story time to start them off. Mondays except holidays. Free. More information at losalamosnature.org.
    Tuesday
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon in the meeting room at the golf course, 4250 Diamond Dr. Guest speaker will be Gabe Baca, UNM-LA director of the Adult Learning Center.

    The Great Books discussion group is now called Mesa Readers. The group meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Mesa Public Library. The group chooses selections that interest its members and selects books and short stories that meet participants’ choices. All are welcome. For more information, call Mary Cernicek at 662-7100.

    Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II lecture. 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. New Mexico State Historian Rick Hendricks will talk about the role New Mexico played in World War II.

  • For many centuries, dogs have been referred to as “man’s best friend.”
    Many of us consider our dogs a part of the family and would do anything to protect them. Whether your dog stays primarily outside or takes regular naps on your bed, a dog house is essential for your pet’s protection outdoors.
    Providing a safe outdoor place for your dog is important, especially if they live outside or are going to spend long periods of time outdoors. Portability, durability and size are all factors to consider when purchasing or building an outdoor shelter for Fido.
    An effective dog house will protect your dog from extreme temperatures, wind, rain, snow and even potential predators.
    Dr. Sarah Griffin, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, explains why a dog house is essential for Texas dog owners.
    “Dogs dissipate heat by convection (fan or wind blowing), radiation (through their skin), conduction (laying on something cool) and evaporation (panting). On a summer day in central Texas when the temperature is 100-plus degrees, 60 percent humidity and 5 mph wind, the dog can only dissipate heat effectively by evaporation. The dog needs a shelter to help him stay cool,” she said.

  • The new White Rock Branch Library will host an Open House from 5- 8 p.m. on Tuesday, featuring best-selling author Hampton Sides. Sides is an award-winning editor of Outside and the author of the bestselling histories, “Hellhound on his Trail,” “Blood and Thunder” and “Ghost Soldiers.” His latest book, “In the Kingdom of Ice,” has just been released in paperback.

    Sides will give a talk at 6 p.m. about the book, and remain after the talk to meet with people and sign copies of his book. Paperback copies will be available for purchase at the event. Refreshments are provided by Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.

    Photography by White Rock photographer Martin Cooper will also be dedicated at 5:30 p.m. at the Open House. Cooper and his wife, Bev, have donated six large pieces, which have been printed on wood, to the library’s permanent art collection.

    The White Rock Branch opened to the public July 31.The Los Alamos County Libraries are open seven days each week, from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Today
    Los Alamos High School Class of 1985 is having its 30-year reunion. More information can be found on lahs85.org, or on Facebook at Los Alamos High School, Class of 1985.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The Derailers, country. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.

    Summer Art Camp Showcase. Aug. 3-8. Opening reception from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 8.
    Saturday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    The Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Parade. 10-11:30 a.m. along Central Avenue.

    Thrash n’ Bash. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Los Alamos Skate Park. Meet & greet the Derby Dames and see what the Atomic Kings have to offer and the community has a chance to show off skating skills to earn some custom items or gear. And for music, local punk rock band The Nukeproofs will be playing their final show together as a group, followed by the band Flesh Castle.

    White Rock Artist Market. First Saturday of the month at the Visitor Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Runs through October.

    Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo. Parade. 10-11:30 a.m. along Central Avenue.

  • “Not Back-to-School” breakfast for retirees is Aug. 13.
    For 43 years, retired Los Alamos Public Schools employees have gathered at the yearly event on the first day of Back to School for students and teachers.
    The event was founded by retired teacher Bill Hudson.
    It is the event all retired educators eagerly look forward to each August. Retirees from all over the United States make a special effort to attend the event to share memories and talk with friends and visit after their no agenda, no dues, no obligation meeting.
    This year the breakfast is 9:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 13 in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill. There is a nominal charge of $12 for the breakfast, and for those who can, please add a donation for the use of the church.
    All new retirees should have received an invitation in the mail and other retirees an email about the event. It is important that retirees RSVP to Emily Engel at 662-3846, larse@ieee.org, or Melissa Alexander at 662-4322, talexand@cybermesa.com.
    Leave information on whether or not you plan to attend and be sure to state name, email address and phone number for future contact by this “alumni” group by Monday.
    Those interested are advised to respond early to ensure there is plenty of food for everyone.

  • Former Los Alamos resident James Carothers is currently among the leaders in the Nash Next Contest, a talent competition sponsored by Cumulus Media designed to discover up-and-coming country music artists. Ultimately, the winner will be signed to the new Nash Next Record Label, called Big Machine Records and the Top 10 place winners will participate in a nationwide tour in 2016. First-round voting is underway and continues through today. As of Thursday afternoon, Carothers is ranked No. 10.
    Artist rank is determined by a real-time “Spin Score,” which is a combination of fan voting and fan interaction on the artist’s Nash Next profile. Friends, family, and fans wishing to help increase Carothers’ “Spin Score” and overall ranking in the competition should take the following steps:

    • Visit nashnextcountry.com
    • Click “Register as a Fan” and submit (Name, Email, Password)
    • Find “James Carothers” on the Leaderboard and go to his profile page.
    • Click the arrow to “Vote” (Fans may vote once every 24 hours through today)
    • Click the heart on the top picture to officially become James’s “Fan”
    • Hover over each song and click “Like” once for each song

  • THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, August 7, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 7-28-15
    02:00 PM United in Christ
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Exploring Mars
    with the Curiosity Mars Rover”
    08:00 PM The Garage
    08:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock & Roll
    09:00 PM Bandelier National Monument Naturalization Ceremony
    10:30 PM FMP Live
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, August 8, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, August 9, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:15 PM Los Alamos Non-Profit Spotlight
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, August 10, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

  • Art exhibits
    The 11th Annual Gala Exhibition and Auction on display through Aug. 28 will showcase artists from across the U.S. and abroad who find inspiration in Fechin’s legacy, Taos and the creative traditions of the Southwest.

    Photographs Keith Carter “Ghostland” and Kate Breakey “Shadow and Light,” at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe. Show runs through Aug. 22.

    Zane Bennett Gallery announces “IMPACTS! II” an exhibition featuring Bi Rongrong, Shen Fan, Liang Shaoji and others, with seven artists in total. The show is at 435 South Guadalupe St., across from the rail station in Santa Fe, and coincides with the Last Friday Art Walk in the Railyard Arts District. The grand opening will be from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21. There will be exciting events occurring during these openings involving traditional and contemporary Chinese culture, with more information to follow.

    “Where the Buffalo Roam.” Angel Wynn, American artist and photographer. Show runs through Aug. 31 at Angel Wynn Gallery in Santa Fe.

    Kathleen Doyle Cook, “Intensity in Abstraction.” Friday through Aug. 31. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Friday at the New Concept Gallery in Santa Fe.

  • On Aug. 6, 1945, the Nakajima district of Hiroshima was a bustling neighborhood ... until the first atomic bomb was dropped by the U.S. military.
    A screening of the film “Message from Hiroshima” will be presented 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe.
    Director Masaaki Tanabe reflects upon the 70th anniversary through heart-wrenching testimonials of survivors, plus digital recreations of life prior to the bomb.
    The film will be followed by a panel discussion of nuclear weapons issues by Valerie Plame of Global Zero, The Rev. John Dear of Campaign Nonviolence and Jay Coghlan of NukeWatch.
    Tickets for the event are $15 for the film and panel discussion. For $25 the event includes a reception and silent auction with the panel members.
    Reservations are recommended. ccasantafe.org/cinematheque/upcoming-films/382-nuke-watch, or call CCA at 982-1338. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles.
    The producers of “Message From Hiroshima” will be available to answer the public’s questions at 1 p.m. Thursday for one hour as part of a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). Visit reddit.com/r/IamA to join the discussion live, or to read the responses afterwards.

  • Cleveland Millfest and benefit dance

    Cleveland Roller Mill Museum presents the 2015 Cleveland Millfest Festival. 10 a.m. Sept. 5 at the museum in Cleveland, 2 miles northwest of Mora.
    The festival is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 5-6, off N.M. 518, near mile marker 31 in the community of Cleveland.
    There will be 60-plus artists, native foods, baked goods, dance exhibitions and continuous musical entertainment.
    The Cleveland Roller Mill Museum, a three-story adobe water-powered historic flourmill, will be in continuous operation. There are three tours available daily.
    The festival is free into the arts, crafts and entertainment area, and $4 for admission into the museum. Parking is $2 per vehicle.
    For more information, visit clevelandrollermillmuseum.org, or 575-387-2645.
    Also scheduled in Cleveland, is the Roller Mill benefit dance featuring the Rifters. The dance is 5 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Cleveland Roller Mill Museum.
    The Annual Mill Dance benefits the mill, which is the only flourmill of its size, and type that has been restored to operating condition in the southwestern United States.
    Mark Eaglehart and friends are the opening entertainment followed by the Rifters, one of northern New Mexico’s favorite south western country dance bands.

  • All concerts in St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, unless otherwise noted.
    6 p.m. Sunday
    5 p.m. — Pre-concert talk with composer Marc Neikrug and Steven Ovitsky
    Debussy Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet & Piano
    Todd Levy, clarinet; Haochen Zhang, piano
    Neikrug Acequias for Guitar and String Quartet
    Łukasz Kuropaczewski, guitar; Orion String Quartet
    Dvorak String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Op. 106
    Orion String Quartet
    Tickets: $10-$78

    10 a.m. Aug. 10
    Youth Concert
    Lukasz Kuropaczewski, guitar; Orion String Quartet
    Tickets: Free

    6 p.m. Aug. 10
    5 p.m. — Pre-concert talk with composer Mark Neikrug and Steven Ovitsky
    Debussy Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet & Piano        
    Todd Levy, clarinet; Haochen Zhang, piano
    Neikrug Acequias for Guitar and String Quartet
    Łukasz Kuropaczewski, guitar; Orion String Quartet
    Dvorak String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Op. 106
    Orion String Quartet
    Tickets: $10-$78

    Noon Aug. 11
    Giuliani Rossiniana No. 3, Op. 121
    Łukasz Kuropaczewski, guitar