• Felt coats and mittens are soft and warm. Many shaped hats are felt, and nowadays colorful hats that are more freeform are all the rage. Artist Jo Thompson is indroducing felt-making in a one-day workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Felt has been used for producing headwear for many centuries and is perhaps the oldest textile material. Archaeological evidence shows that from very early on, people had discovered the tendency for fibers to mat together when warm and damp, many years before they learned how to spin and weave yarn. Felt is made by a process called “wet felting” where natural wool fibers, stimulated by friction and lubricated by moisture (usually soapy water) build into cloth. Felting leads to a fabric with no set grains, so it can be molded into forms, or sewn without concern for edges raveling.
    Thompson’s enthusiasm for making felt “magic” essentially began when she learned that felt is believed to be the earliest form of textile making. She headed for Konya, Turkey to study the traditional wet felt method with Master Mehmet Girgic in 2008, and subsequently studied with American Master Horst who influenced the development of her free form.

  • Lauren TenCate, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. TenCate is the daughter of Deb Summa and Jim TenCate, and sister of Emily TenCate.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. This year’s recipients reflect a combination of both LAHS seniors and juniors; next year, only juniors will be recognized in hopes of inspiring their interest in Rotary programs that fall during the summer following junior year.
    Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities and, in particular, their service to the community.
    Community service has been an important part of TenCate’s high school years. With particular interests in science and technology, TenCate serves on the Youth Leadership Team for Café Scientifique, a program for high school students interested in current news related to science. She is also a member of the LAHS NJROTC Cadet Corps and has been awarded ribbons for service to her unit and to the community, as well as for academic success and physical fitness.

  • Santa Fe
    Cowgirl Hall of Fame BBQ, 319 S. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: Jan. 14
    Violations: One low-risk violation. The bar floor area is not sealed.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Cowgirl Hall of Fame BBQ-Catering, 319 S. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: Jan. 14
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Flying Star, 500 Market St.
    Date inspected: Jan. 14
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Prep refrigerators not maintaining proper temperatures. One moderate-risk violation. Dust accumulation on fans in walk-in cooler. One low-risk violation. Dish rack stored on floor.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Jan. 22.

    Santa Fe Community College cafeteria, 6401 Richards Ave.
    Date inspected: Jan. 14
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Bulk food containers lack labeling, which was corrected during time of inspection. One low-risk violation. Dish rack stored on floor.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • The Santa Fe Science Initiative and the Santa Fe Children’s Museum announces the opening of the exhibit “Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child: The Philosophy of David and Frances Hawkins.”
    The exhibit was designed at the Hawkins Centers of Learning in Colorado and features panels describing the Hawkins’ work in science education and observations of children and teachers, as well as hands-on activities for children ages 2-10. The exhibit will be at the museum through Feb. 9.
    Originally from New Mexico, David Hawkins, a philosopher and mathematician, was the official historian of the Manhattan Project. After World War II, he collaborated with other renowned scientists to create the first inquiry science curriculum in the United States: Elementary Science Study.
    Santa Fe Science Initiative (SFSI), a not-for-profit organization, has been providing professional development for teachers in Northern New Mexico schools since 2001. SFSI brought the exhibit to Santa Fe to educate the community and about science curriculum presently being used in Northern New Mexico schools and to enrich families’ experiences at the museum with Hawkins-inspired activities.

  • Taos has been named by USA Today as both its No.1 “Novel Retirement Destination” in the United States and the top location among a list of the 10 best “Guy Ski Resort Trips” in the world.
     One of the original art colonies in the U.S., Taos grabbed the top spot in an exclusive list of only four U.S. locations which Where to Retire Magazine, in partnership with USA Today, deemed a “literary locale to love”  — towns where Baby Boomers with interests in literature or the arts might want to consider for retirement.
    Aspiring writers come from all over the world to attend the annual Taos Summer Writer’s Conference in Taos, which will be from July 13–20.
    “The sky is really blue, the edges of things are really clear and delineated, and that’s one reason artists like it,” said Sharon Oard Warner, a professor at the University of New Mexico and founding director of the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference.

  • The Society of the Muse of the Southwest (SOMOS) in Taos will host the next leg of reading and book signing event with internationally known former CIA agent, Valerie Plame Wilson, 7 p.m. Feb. 7.
    Plame will read from her latest espionage thriller, “Blowback,” at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House.

    Following the reading, Managing Editor of the Taos News, Joan Livingston, will interview Plame about the book and her days as a CIA ops officer.

    “I have always been alarmed by how women in the CIA are treated in popular culture,” Plame said. “They are generally depicted as obtaining intelligence through sexual favors or accomplished gun-play. The female characters tend to be one-dimensional and, to my mind, almost always verging on cartoonish. I wanted to change that perception and create a female character that was intelligent, strong-willed, and much more realistic than what we have seen thus far.”  

  • Tens of thousands of people from all around the world are expected to participate in the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count this February.
    With that in mind, PEEC has planned a fun-filled February with many bird-themed activities for all ages. From children’s crafts and activities, to an adult bird identification class, to a family birding weekend at Bosque del Apache, PEEC wants the community to be ready to join the count.
    On Feb. 3 and 10, PEEC’s regular Nature Playtimes, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico, will be transformed to fit the birding theme. Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers will have the chance to participate in fun bird-themed activities, crafts and story times. As always, the Nature Playtimes are free, and are from 10-11 a.m. every Monday.
    For the school-aged set, PEEC has planned a Backyard Birding Workshop from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 5. Elementary children and their families will learn how to set up their own yard or outdoor space, no matter how small, to observe birds. Participants will build a birdhouse and bird feeder and learn about how to create a mini-bird habitat in their own backyard.

  • The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having their annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale.
    Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals. Daffodil pre-orders are being taken now through March 3.
    Order a glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) of daffodils for $15, a glass vase with one bunch for $10, or a single bunch (10 stems) for $5. Delivery is free with any $10 minimum order to a single address.
    Flowers will be delivered Saturday, March 8, or can be picked up at Daffodil Central (location to be announced) from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 6-7. Watch for location sales at LANB and Smith’s grocery stores those days. The sale is sponsored in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico. To place an order call the Visiting Nurse Service at 662-2525 or order online at lavns.com.

  • Las Aranas Spinners and Weavers Guild from Albuquerque and Central New Mexico and Las Tejedoras Fiber Arts Guild from Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, Tapestry Show featuring the Alphabet Soup Exhibit begins 10 a.m. Friday at the Fuller Lodge Art Center Portal Gallery. The exhibit runs through March 15.
    The tapestry show features the Alphabet Soup Exhibit, that consists of 31 small tapestries representing letters of the alphabet and numbers zero through four.
    The display came out of a joint meeting of the two guild tapestry groups when they decided to collaborate on a project.
    Twenty-nine weavers decided to participate in this project. Each weaver was assigned a letter or number and created a representational, metaphorical or abstract design using a color scheme of the weaver’s choosing. The letter or number that is the theme of the piece can be obvious or hidden within the tapestry.
    Additional tapestries from the two tapestry groups will also be shown as part of the exhibit. These tapestries vary in size, feature a variety of techniques and diverse subject matter.
    Both Las Aranas and Las Tejedoras Guilds were founded in the early 1970s. These guilds provide educational experiences to their members and participate in projects that increase awareness of the fiber arts.

  • Margaret Blewett grew up in northern New Mexico and developed a deep appreciation for this area. It is that love and the Pajarito Plateau that drives her to volunteer at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    She first started volunteering as a preschool teacher, leading a class for young ones at the nature center, and more recently Blewett volunteers as a docent.
    Even at 81 years of age, she has plenty of energy to share with the community.
    Blewett grew up in Albuquerque. “I spent my summers at a Girl Scout camp in the Jemez mountains. It was during those summers that I fell in love with this area,” she said in a recent PEEC interview. “I went to the camp for many years, first as a camper and then as a counselor.
    She has taught in Australia for one year and then returned to Albuquerque, before moving to Los Alamos. She has resided on the Hill with her husband for the past 51 years. “We raised our six kids in Los Alamos, and naturally they grew up to be New Mexico lovers,” Blewett said. “I especially love northern New Mexico and southeastern Utah, where I have spent a lot of time camping and hiking.” Blewett boasts she is the proud grandmother of 14 grandchildren.

  • I’m compelled to spend at least one more week on the topic of lemonade.
    Stopping at “Every Lemonade Stand: How to Create a Culture that Cares for Kids,” by James Vollbracht is a community read, to begin some small conversations that can make a big impact.
    The books are available for $10 at the Family YMCA and it doesn’t matter if you can attend any of the book groups, or even the final chat, which is pending, via Skype with the author.
    Even though I hope at least one of those free events piques your interest, I’d really like one of two things to come out of the rally of the troops.
    Number one is I would really like the YMCA to sell all of their books, so they don’t get stuck with any extras.
    The second is that I would like the reader to see that it is the small interaction that I’m going for, not what new program we can do for kids or with kids. It is what you, the individual do, to make any interaction with kids better.
    I thought how great it would be if everyone that purchased the book went on a mission to keep the book going. A meaningful chain letter if you will — are you old enough to remember the chain letter?

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Dogs and cats are great at chasing away the blues on cold nights, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptables:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.
    JANUARY SPECIAL OFFER FOR LOS ALAMOS RESIDENTS ONLY! The Los Alamos Animal Shelter wants to thank you for shopping and adopting locally. The shelter is offering one chance on a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Pet Pangaea and a $50 gift certificate to Smith’s for each animal adopted from the Los Alamos Shelter during the month of January. This offer is only valid on animals that arrived at the shelter during 2013.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some 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.

  • Karen Wray Fine Art Studios is offering art classes for those who want to learn how to paint, but are not sure where to start or what medium to use (oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels?)
    An Art Class Test Drive will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Wray’s new studio space at 166 East Gate Drive, near the Los Alamos Animal Clinic, next to Yeaman’s Machine Shop.
    New classes start the first week in February.
    The purpose of the test drive is to get an opportunity to try out different mediums before signing up for the classes in February and invest in art supplies.
    Karen Wray Fine Art has offered art classes since 2009. The classes have expanded from one oil painting class to several classes in oils, watercolors, pastels, drawing and creative color and design classes. In addition, this winter, there will be a Thursday evening oil painting class for the convenience of working individuals.
    Classes are designed to cover fundamental art principles and methods, while having fun. The instructors are all professional, local, working artists.
    The instructors include Karen E. Wray — oil painting, Janice Parker Muir — Oil Painting, Allen brown — Watercolor Painting and Melissa Bartlett — Dynamic Design/Creative Color.

  • The Los Alamos Co-op Market’s “Shop with the Chef” cooking classes is back for the season to give local chefs the opportunity to share their love of cuisine, picking out the ingredients and taking participants through the process to the final product.
    Three classes are available for $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers plus tax:
    • Healthy One-Dish Meals by Emily Schmidt on Jan. 28
    • Valentine’s Day Dinner Made Simply by Co-op General Manager Steve Watts on Feb. 11
    • The Key to French Cuisine by Edwin Theodore on March 11.
    The classes will be 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Co-op, 95 Entrada Drive. Registration is now available at the
    Co-op. Class size is limited to accommodate the space, so registering early will ensure a chance to attend.
    The Healthy One-Dish Meals class focuses on making a delicious, healthy, balanced breakfast and dinner using nutritious whole foods. Participants will learn with a hands-on demonstration, in addition to sampling the meals. Schmidt practices family-friendly, nutritious cooking and believes that “food is the answer” to being on track with health and wellness. Schmidt’s recipes are gluten-free.

  • Santa Fe
    Subway, 2801 Rodeo Road, Suite B-9
    Date inspected: Jan. 6
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Vents and fans have dust build up.Top of bread warmer is dusty. Door handles have grime build up.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Taco Bell, 1201 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: Jan. 6
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Ice from condensation or from a leak in the condenser unit is pooling onto food product and/or container. Ice is not a potable water source.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up with Corrective Action Response by Jan. 17.

    Panda Express, 3522 Zafarano Drive, Suite F1
    Date inspected: Jan. 8
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Food temperatures in in danger zone for front display line and some items in walk in. Two moderate-risk violations. Grill equipment has grease build up on all sides. Wood handle utensils are degraded and shall be made smooth, non-absorbent and cleaned.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up with Corrective Action Response by Jan. 14.

    Chuck Higgins LLC, 847 Ninita St.
    Date inspected: Jan. 8
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Dirk Norris, former Outreach Programs Manager for the New Mexico Film Office, announced the creation of the New Mexico Film Foundation, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is “To help support the independent film industry in New Mexico while offering financial assistance and educational opportunities to New Mexico independent film makers.”
    While the film industry continues to grow in New Mexico through the efforts of the New Mexico Film Office, programs such as the “New Visions” contract award, “Governor’s Cup” and “Film Maker Intensive,” programs designed to help New Mexico filmmakers, no longer exist. “We have a large community of independent film makers right here in New Mexico,” Norris said, “and the time is now to bring more attention to them, and offer them support.”
    Once it gets funding, the New Mexico Film Foundation will offer a variety of grants aimed at helping those creative “above the line” writers, directors, producers and actors that want to tell stories through film and digital media.

  • BOSTON — “Antiques Roadshow,” PBS’s series, has announced its Summer 2014 Tour destinations: Bismarck, N.D., Santa Clara, Calif., Birmingham, Ala., Austin, Texas; Albuquerque, Chicago, New York and Charleston, W.Va.
    Programs recorded in those locations will make up the 11-time Emmy® Award nominated production’s 19th broadcast season on PBS, airing in 2015. 
    The stop in Albuquerque is July 19.
    “‘Antiques Roadshow’ couldn’t be happier to embark on our second summer of a beefed up, eight-city tour,” said Executive Producer Marsha Bemko. “From a first-time visit to West Virginia to a long-awaited return to New York’s thriving antique scene, we are thrilled about each and every city we are traveling to.”
    Roadshow’s 2014 Tour invites almost 50,000 fans to join the production as it travels across the country on the search for America’s next hidden treasure. 
    Admission to “Antiques Roadshow” events is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Ticket applications and complete ticketing rules will be available on pbs.org/antiques or by dialing toll-free 1-888-762-3749 by 7 p.m. local time.

  • Assemblage and collage have a long history in contemporary art and Mesa Public Library Art Gallery shows a local master of mixed media, Santa Fe artist Dirk Wales.
    From densely texted paper juxtaposed with reprinted photographic images, bits and pieces of tickets and paper bric-a-brac, Wales’ works are small worlds contained in one-of-a- kind boxes.
    An artist, author and film maker, the “eclectic” work of Dirk Wales is intriguing and engaging.
    Enjoy visiting the eccentric worlds of Dirk Wales beginning next week at the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery.
    The exhibition will run from Jan. 29 through Feb. 27, with a talk with the artist from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 30.
    A steady influence for the work is the presence of the American artist of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, Joseph Cornell who essentially “invented” box art, that is, collage and assemblage in boxes.
    Wales follows Cornell’s lead with assemblage in photographs and in boxes.
    A good example of this work is a category called Heroes. Featured are three of Wales’ mentors: Joseph Cornell, Camille Claudel and Egon Scheile. He has made cubes of their images, photographed the cubes in compelling ways and then combined the cubes and images in a box.

  • Are you an adult with an ongoing health condition? Join a free 2 ½ hour MyCD Workshop being sponsored by the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and the Family Y.
    There is information on how to manage chronic disease for support and finding practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to communicate with a doctor and family.
    If anyone has conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety, a MyCD Workshop can help take charge of one’s life.
    MyCD Workshop will be once a week for six weeks beginning from 1:00-3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The program runs through March 18.
    Learn from Pauline Schneider, executive director, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and Paula Roybal Sánchez, extension home economist, Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and trained volunteer leaders with health conditions themselves.
    Topics that will be discussed include:
    Session 1 – Feb. 11: Introduction to workshop, Group introductions, Mind-Body connection/distraction, Getting a good night sleep and Introduction to action plans;

  •  Northern New Mexico Community members are preventing type 2 diabetes together by participating in the free National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) offered in Española by The Family YMCA and the Rio Arriba Cooperative Extension Service.
    Guided by trained lifestyle coaches, groups of participants will learn the skills necessary to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.
    People with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are five to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within three years.
    “One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater.” said Melanie Chapman, Wellness Director of The Family YMCA. “The NDPP Program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”
    Participants will learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.