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  • Los Alamos High School student Andy Shen was awarded the high school Community Youth Award from Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) last week.
    The award, sponsored by the Los Alamos Children’s Clinic and the Los Alamos Animal Clinic, was for his efforts to mentor speech and debate students and help the Hilltalkers succeed.

  • The League of Women Voters will host the second of two non-partisan candidate forums on Oct. 13 in building 2, room 230 at UNM-LA.  
    This forum features U.S. House of Representatives candidates Michael H. Romero (R) and Ben R. Lujan (D); County Council candidates Patrick Monroe Brenner (R), Jaret J. McDonald (R), Steven P. Girrens (R), Peter T. Sheehey (D), Chris Chandler (D), and Antonio L. Maggiore (D); and County Clerk candidates Naomi D. Maestas (R) and Amy Woods (D).
    Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers will again assist in running the forum.
    Democracy is not a spectator sport.  To become better informed, join the League Women of Voters Los Alamos.  Membership in the League is open to men as well as women.  For more information, check lwvlosalamos.org.

  • Bandelier National Monument will host a Fall Fiesta and an International Observe the Moon Night Saturday.
    The Fall Fiesta will be from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Frijoles Canyon near the Visitor Center, with more than a half dozen local Pueblo artists offering their handmade crafts for sale, including pottery, drums, kachinas and jewelry. There will also be a dance group presenting traditional dances in late morning and early afternoon.
    There is no charge for the event beside the regular park entry fee. Visitors arriving after 9 a.m. and before 3 p.m. will need to take the free shuttle buses from the White Rock Visitor Center.
    That night, rangers and visitors will join sky enthusiasts worldwide in International Observe the Moon Night. There will be a talk on the moon, “Lunacy,” at 7 p.m., followed by telescope viewing, in the shuttle parking area in Juniper Campground.
    Nights are turning chilly, so warm clothing is encouraged, and viewing will depend on cloud cover.
    For more information, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517. 
    The park also has a website, nps.gov/band, and a Facebook page, BandelierNPS.

  • TODAY
    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    October Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    Bag Day at the Jemez Thrift Shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    SATURDAY
    Bag Day at the Jemez Thrift Shop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Feature Film: “Black Holes” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.  

    Fenton Lake Fishing Program at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Learn how to fish and what makes a healthy aquatic ecosystem in this fishing adventure for all ages at Fenton Lake. Equipment provided. No previous experience needed. Advance registration required 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Cost is $5 entry fee for Fenton Lake
    SUNDAY
    Feature Film: Black Holes at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for child. More information at peecnature.org

  • Unamendable: a law that cannot be changed, no matter how problematic it has become. Think about that.
    An “unamendable” provision of the New Mexico Constitution has finally been amended. This was the provision that required school board elections to be held at a separate time from all other elections. It has resulted in miserably low turnouts at school elections for decades.
    The provision was written in a way that required impossible majorities to change it. So even though solid majorities have voted several times over the years to change this, it was not done until a few weeks ago, when the state Supreme Court found a legally adequate argument to acknowledge the will of the voters.
    It will still take several steps, including new legislation, before the change can be implemented, so that school elections can be held together with municipal and other nonpartisan elections.
    At the same time, however, the voters of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County have just temporarily dodged a bullet of unamendability: a proposed city ordinance to require all employers, with no exclusions, to provide sick leave.

  • The Albuquerque District United Methodist Women are planning a day tour to McCurdy School, 216 S. McCurdy Road in Santa Cruz (near Española) from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The “McCurdy Mission Day” will start with a short tour and them volunteers will be assigned tasks that will help expedite the programs.
    For information, contact Peggy Blackburn at 884-2412, or email her at yanespeg@swep.com by Oct. 18.
    The group needs to know how many will attend to plan for tasks and reservations for lunch at a local restaurant, to be paid by attendees.

  • TODAY
    Book and Gift Fair at the Los Alamos Medical Center from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Doctor’s Lobby. Sale benefits the LAMC Auxiliary. All major credit cards accepted.

    Gentle Walks at 8:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Admission: Free.
    SATURDAY
    High Tea at 3 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 10 and under. Tea served with savory and sweet offerings, piano music by Joe Cox, fashions from Shop on the Corner, and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the church office. All proceeds go to support the “House of Hope” and “Trinity Builders” in their house building mission work in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico November 2016. Call 662-5107 for more information.

    Tales on the Trail at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center.  Join storytellers for a walk around the nature center landscape and Kinnikinnik Park. Free.

    Feature Film: “Exploding Universe” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through space and discover explosive events that shaped the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SUNDAY

  • Members of the public are invited to meet the top candidates vying for the position of county attorney at a reception hosted by the County Council at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Community Room at the Golf Course. Refreshments will be served.
    Becky Ehler recently retired as the county attorney.
    The position is appointed by the Council.

  • It will be an “out of this world” Pumpkin Splash & Halloween Carnival at the Walkup Aquatic Center on Oct. 29.  
    Admission is $7 per person and limited to 150 space travelers. Admission includes diving into the pool to collect your pumpkin, flying over to the classroom for pumpkin decorating, then moving from one adventure to the next with space themed carnival games, a photo booth and crafts. The event is from 10 a.m.– 1 p.m. with the pumpkin retrieval beginning at 11 a.m.
    The 2016 Pumpkin Splash is a “Teal Pumpkin” event that offers food and non-food treat options to all participants.
    For more information contact the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Division at 662-8170 or lacrec@lacnm.us. Registration is also available online at losalamosnm.us/rec. 

  • Bears are incredibly intelligent animals who use vocalizations and body language to communicate.
    Join wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Nature Center for an exciting talk about the language of bears.
    Ratajczak will share photos, stories and data that explain how bears communicate in the wild. This is a free talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Ratajczak is a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service in the Santa Fe National Forest. Apex (top) predators and other large mega-fauna are his passion and specialty.
    Before he joined the Forest Service, Ratajczak managed a black bear rehabilitation, research and education facility outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
    He then went on to work for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and served as the big game program coordinator managing the state’s bear, deer and elk programs.
    He eventually became chief of wildlife for the state of Tennessee but found the “desk-life” didn’t suit him and decided to pursue his lifelong dream of living and working in the west.
    Ratajczak’s talk will be at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. The talk is free to attend, and no registration is required.

  • TODAY
    The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, four uniquely accomplished musicians, will perform at the Duane Smith Auditorium at 4 p.m. The quartet brings a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach. Tickets are $30-$35 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 free; no children under 6. For details and tickets see losalamosconcert.org.

    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.

    Chapter AK, P.E.O. meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Joann Brown, 1722 18th St. Joy Beery is the co-hostess and Ruth Lear will give a program on Manhattan Project Connections to Chapter AK. RSVP to Joann at 662-3501.
    TUESDAY
    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Committee day.

  • The next round of classes at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club will start Oct. 3.
    Registration is ongoing and ends today.
    Class offerings include Basic Manners, Puppy Kindergarten, Getting Addicted Agility, Puppy Pre-School, introduction to Nose Work, Introduction to Herding, and Canine Good Citizen.
    To register online, visit losalamosdogs.com.

  • Sept. 25-Oct. 1
    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: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beer Batter Cod
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Low Vision/Hearing talk             “Tips on Travel”
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pork Loin    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” Meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters

  • 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 the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Juan—A distinguished 4- to 5-year-old male tabby with white markings. He was a stray living outdoors, with no known previous owner. Juan is afraid if people approach him too closely, but he loves cats and kittens. He would like a home where he can maintain his distance until he is ready to come closer. Of course, he would love to have cat or kitten companions, too. At the shelter, Juan has started becoming more comfortable with people who have spent time near him while respecting his boundaries.

  • THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members.
    FRIDAY
    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Los Alamos Health Fair from 8 a.m. to noon at Griffith Gymnasium at the Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Drive.

    “Opera on the Rocks” at Bandelier National Monument Campground Amphitheater. Tickets are $10 per person or $20 per family for guild members, and $15 per person or $35 per family for non-members. The free shuttle bus will take attendees from Sullivan Field in Los Alamos or White Rock Visitor Center in White Rock. Buses will leave between 4-4:30 p.m. and return at about 8 p.m.

    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers and the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers speech and debate teams will be hosting The Peak Tournament at Los Alamos Middle School from 3-9:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Saturday.
    Additionally, a Model Congress Tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge. Speech and Debate teams from across the state will converge on Los Alamos to speak and debate for titles in the first full speech and debate tournament of the season.
    Los Alamos Middle School coach Sherri Bublitz and Los Alamos High School coaches Margo Batha and Christine Engelbrecht are seeking volunteers to judge speech and debate rounds, or to donate food to feed visiting coaches and volunteer judges.
    Approximately 100 judges are needed to volunteer a total of 300. Judges can be anyone over the age of 18 in any profession. Volunteers may or may not be associated with Los Alamos Public Schools. Judges must commit to a minimum of two volunteer hours.
    Please register at bit.ly/2c1Rsmq to volunteer to judge at the Los Alamos Peak tournament.
    A variety of snacks, entrées and beverages are needed to feed the 300 judges and roughly 30 coaches who will volunteer their time at the tournament.
    Donations of disposable plates, silverware and napkins are also welcome and appreciated.

  • The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women announced the winners of the 2016 Constitution Day Essay Contest.
    Elementary school grades four-six winners were: tie for first place, each winner will receive $100, Jack Ammerman, homeschool student, Julie Nolen, Piñon Elementary.
    Middle school: winner will receive $200, Anna Clark.
    High school: winner will receive $300, Brooklyn Scott.
     

  • The Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew (Where Everybody Belongs) started the year off strong.
     The day before school started they welcomed more than 241 seventh graders to the Los Alamos Middle School with a four-hour orientation.
    The goal of the event was to ease the transition from elementary school to middle school and to get students ready for a new year. Fifty-six eighth grade leaders spend time during the summer to receive the training they needed to welcome the newest Hawks.
     During the orientation, the WEB Crew students had a fundraising raffle to support program activities. One staff member helped the students raise $112 by letting them cut off her long hair during a raffle. She donated her hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a program that makes wigs for cancer patients. 

  • Aspen Elementary kindergarten- through sixth-grade students will participate in the Tiger Trot today by trotting around the school track.
    The purpose of this fun event is to create a fitness activity that will help the school raise funds for playground equipment and improvements.
    The school is asking the public to join their efforts to keep Aspen a fun and healthy place to attend school. They would appreciate any contribution, no matter how large or small. Donations can be made any time in September through the following secure fundraising link: tinyurl.com/aspentigertrot.
    For more information, please contact the Aspen PTO at helpaspenPTO@gmail.com, or via the school office at 663-2275.

  • This week, I am going to write about friendship.
    You see I don’t mind admitting when I am wrong, it allows one to grow if they don’t believe they are always perfect.
    You see I missed Facebook’s Friends Day celebrating connections in February, International Friendship Day on July 30 and Friendship Day on Aug. 7.
    Apparently I need a new calendar or to pay attention, but we will take it as a teaching moment.
    You don’t need a special day to tell someone how wonderful they are, but when you have a platform, that helps the message to get out.
    My close circle of friends includes one; Pauline Powell Schneider, she’s the executive director of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO), which runs both the Betty Ehart Senior Center and the White Rock Senior Center.
    She is an excellent person, some might say brilliant actually with a penchant for being one of those people you just like to be around.
    I think I may sign on to assist with any fundraiser she does just so we can do things together, but don’t let that get around.