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  • TODAY
    Business After Hours from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Rose Chocolatier, 149 Central Park Square. Get some ideas for Valentines Day. Drop your business card in the bowl for a drawing for a door prize from Flowers by Gillian.
    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. More information at peecnature.org.

    Backcountry Film Festival at 7 p.m. Join us for an evening of inspiring and entertaining short films along with prizes and fun. Cost is $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

    Topper Review 2017 at 7 p.m. for a preview at Duane Smith Auditorium. Do you like singing, dancing, and bad jokes? Then do we have the show for you. Come to the Topper Revue experience of a lifetime. Watch as dozens of acts from all across the land perform Topper Revue 2017 at the Duane Smith Auditorium from January 26-28. Starting at 7 p.m. for a preview, and for a performance Friday and Saturday, and a matinee Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Student tickets for the matinee and all tickets for the preview are $5.
    FRIDAY

  • Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) announced their annual Spirit of the West winner, named for former county council member Jim West.
    Lois Eddleman has been volunteering for the Los Alamos County Fair for over 55 years.  
    Eddleman was nominated by Claire Swinhoe, who described Eddleman as someone with an energy level and stamina, which are amazing.  
    At the county fair each year, as well as helping secure the superintendents, volunteers and officials, she also provides food for the volunteers during the three days of fair. This year, she brought back her famous “sloppy Joe’s,” which are well known and enjoyed by all.  
    This year, she is also teaching more than 30 piano students, possibly connecting with thousands of Los Alamos children, their parents and siblings throughout the years.
    “I have great admiration and respect for her,” said Swinhoe. “Not least of all is the reason that she has been volunteering since 1961, but the fact that Lois is 91 years young.”
    Eddleman will receive a handcrafted award made by Richard Ronquillo.
    The Community Asset Awards was sponsored by Champions of Youth Ambitions and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.
    Read more on all of the award nominees later this week.

  • One column would never be enough to mention all of the great things that happened last weekend.
    That’s right, on Saturday night, more than 100 people braved the weather conditions to celebrate the annual Community Asset Awards. The evening highlighted a variety of great work being done in the community by those young and young at heart.
    Today, I want to highlight those in the background that do the work and allow others to shine.
    It probably started two months ago, when the current Leadership Los Alamos class, quite possibly the best class, took the idea of a fellow classmate, okay my husband Chad, and helped him run with it.
    The goal was to increase the youth nominations more than ever before, after a year when they were sadly absent from the annual event.
    The good news is they indeed helped us to accomplish that goal with a record 33 youth being celebrated Saturday night. There were even four youth nominated twice for different efforts.
    Technically 94 names were celebrated, representing individuals, clubs, organizations and businesses.  
    Those Leadership Los Alamos students were Kirsten Bell, Kim Sherwood, Desiree Mendonca and Mihaela Popa-Simil.

  • MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Chapter AK, P.E.O., will hold its next meeting Monday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Emma Stafford, 30 Paige Circle, in White Rock. Norma Puckett is the co-hostess. Emma also will provide the program. RSVP to Emma at 672-0540.
    TUESDAY
    A Mountaineer’s Story: Skiing and Climbing from Argentina to Antarctica at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Meet an adventurer. Be inspired. Plan your next expedition. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Committee Day.

    Los Alamos Piecemakers meeting at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Presbyterian Church. The meeting with be a 4-corners demonstration.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course.  Cheryl Pongratz, of the LA Family Council, will speak.
    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. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program is holding its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale.
    Proceeds from the sale will support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill people.
    Daffodil pre-orders are being taken now through March 3.
    People can order the following items:  
    • A single bunch (10 stems) for $5
    • A small glass vase with single bunch for $10
    • A small glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) for $15
    •A large glass vase with three bunches (30 stems) $20.
    Delivery is free with any $10 minimum order to a single address.
    Flowers will be delivered March 11 or customers can pick them the orders up at “Daffodil Central” (call LAVNS for location in Central Park Square) from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 9 and 10.
    Watch for location sales at Los Alamos National Bank, both Smith’s grocery stores, Pig + Fig bakery and café, Uli’s Clothing Boutique and the Betty Ehart Senior Center March 9 and 10.
    The sale is sponsored in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico and Walmart.
    Anyone who would like to place an order, can call Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service (the only local hospice) at 662-2525 or order online at lavns.com.

  • A local group is asking the community to donate gently used or new formal wear, including dresses, suits and accessories, to help teens at Pojoaque Valley Schools enjoy prom.

    Pojoaque Valley Schools, in cooperation with Buffalo Thunder Resort, will collect formal wear for girls and boys from Feb. 1-28. The community can donate the clothing at Buffalo Thunder Resort Players Club, Cities of Gold Players Club and the Buffalo Thunder Hilton front desk.

    Every formal wear donation will be entered into a drawing to win a night stay and dinner for two at Buffalo Thunder Resort.

    For girls, donations can include formal prom-appropriate and semi-formal dresses, bridesmaid or cocktail dresses, matching jewelry, handbags, shawls and accessories, and matching dress shoes of all sizes.

    For boys, donations can include suits, tuxedos and formal wear, gently new or used dress shoes of all sizes, neckties and bowties, cufflinks and handkerchiefs that go with the suit that is donated.

    For information, text 690-1166 or 709-0598, or email pvispac@gmail.com.

  •  Take a close look at planets in the solar system and beyond with Dr. Rick Wallace at 7 p.m. Friday in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
    The film “From Earth to the Universe” will let attendees embark on a colorful and inspiring journey through our universe on Saturday and at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 and 29. For more information about these and future planetarium shows, please visit peecnature.org/planetarium or call  662-0460.

  • In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a day of service, I like to promote the wonderful work done in the community by wonderful people.
    When a big event is ahead and I know potentially hundreds of people will see her, and I hope comment, I‘d like to celebrate the lifetime work, in Los Alamos, of Dawn Lee Brown.
    Brown is the coordinator of the Los Alamos Science Fair. It is astounding to believe that this is actually Brown’s 10th year with the science fair.
    Since arriving in Los Alamos, Brown has rallied some friends and many community members to a variety of projects to benefit others. This particular event benefits hundreds of children and inspires so many others.
    I believe the older population is inspired when they see the sheer genius of our youth today. When the media portrays that today’s youth is sitting for hours on end on computers and phones, this two-day event demonstrates otherwise.
    The younger generation is inspired when they see what time and effort can accomplish. The youth see what ideas can be when they take shape from a simple question, one that may be brewing inside them.
    Brown is a mighty force, but she is surrounded by a pretty awesome family, too. Mama Melba Lee passed on the genes, as a mom, a member of Beta Sigma Phi and having a life-long passion for kids.

  • TODAY
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting at 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. JoAnne Tucker, Ph.D., will present on Healing Voices/Personal Stories, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Cheyanne’s Story. The public is welcome to attend.

    Leage of Women Voters of Los Alamos forum for LAPS and UNM-LA advisory board candidates from 7-8:30 p.m. at Piñon Elementary School, 90 Grand Canyon Drive. Refreshments start at 6:30 p.m.
    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
    Rotary Club of Los Alamos will have a club assembly from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. The public is welcome.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” at 7:30 p.m. at LALT, 1670 Nectar, Los Alamos. Performance contains strong language, mature subject matter, dark humor and bold statements of sexuality. Not recommended for children under 16 years old. Contact Gracie Coinelli, cainelli@comcast.net, or 662-9352.
    SATURDAY

  • Applicants for the title of Mrs. Los Alamos are now being accepted.
    The winner will advance to represent the community in the Mrs. New Mexico Pageant to be held July 1 at the African American Performing Arts Center in Albuquerque.
    Applicants must be at least 18 years old (no age limit), married at the time of competition and a New Mexico resident, no performing talent required.
    To request the official application or for information, contact Sheree, New Mexico’s State Director at 720-549-0440 or mrsnewmexicoamerica.com.
    —Staff

  • THURSDAY
    Chamber Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. in room 230, building 2, UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive, Los Alamos. County Manager Harry Burgess will present the County’s annual report. He will be reviewing the county’s accomplishments in the past year and looking forward to the coming year. Reserve a seat online.

    Nature Yoga from 5:15-6:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.  The program will be “Fantastic Lesser-Known Genealogical Sources and Where to Find Them,” and will include videos, viewgraphs and opportunities to share personal success stories with finding lesser-known genealogical source records. The traditional no-host social dinner preceding the meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the China Moon Restaurant.
    FRIDAY
    Take Out Talk at noon in the Chamber Conference Room. Bring your Take Out (or brown bag lunch) and come hear a talk for free. Financial Advisor Trish Gallegos will present a talk on personal and small business owners financial planning. Reserve a seat online.

  • Pig and Fig’s owner, Chef Laura Crucet Hamilton, has hosted over 60 wine dinners over the past few years. Every one of them has sold out in less than two hours.
    Luckily, there are four more scheduled in the next two months. But diners have to be on the email list to get a table.
    The dinners often feature California, Washington or Oregon wineries specializing in Rhone varietals. “It’s just a very food friendly style of wine,” said Crucet Hamilton.
    Although she has no formal wine training she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, and while she was living in Paris, her love of wine took off.
    But the story of her wine dinners doesn’t start in Paris. It starts in White Rock, where she got together with sort of an underground group of hard core wine nerds, and big time wine collectors.
    This group, which includes Tom Hill and Glenn Magelssen, has been getting together for years just to taste wines and see what they go well with. “From there the idea for these wine dinners started,” said Crucet Hamilton. “They’ve just taken off, and now I’ve got all these people advising me and helping me and supporting me.”

  • If you are reading this on Wednesday, there are 73 days until spring break!
    That message wasn’t meant to cause you woe, but as a special, “top of mind,” statement. I want send a message to everyone with a tip of the hat to the Class of 2017, the parents of the Class of 2017 and to the parents of current sixth-graders.
    As each day seems to trudge by over the next few months, I want to get in an early reminder to enjoy this time.
    All too soon, the time will come when it is the last of everything, so for a semi halfway reminder, enjoy it while it lasts.
    Parents of seniors, especially if this is your first graduate, the next five months are about to move at a warp speed. It is easy not to see it due to deadlines, upcoming this and that, but it will all fly by too quickly.
    I feel the same way for parents of sixth-graders and want you to relish the next few months, too. Yes, even though middle school is great with wonderful, new things on the horizon, you will miss these elementary moments more than you can imagine one day.
    Who can believe 2016 is gone and we have a whole new year ahead.
    This is the year when we all need to engage in kindness, compassion and putting others first.

  • The University of New Mexico Acting President Chaouki Abdallah will visit UNM-Los Alamos for an evening of events at 5:15 p.m. Monday.
    The community is invited to meet with Abdallah and other UNM individuals representing Anderson School of Management and the School of Engineering.
    At 5:30 p.m., Abdallah will share a few remarks about UNM, the role of UNM-LA and the importance of the local mil levy election.
    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, UNM-LA Board Chair Steve Boerigter, and others will also share brief remarks.
    After the event, the newly renovated EMS classrooms will be open and available for tours until 7:30 p.m.

  • Dr. Galen Gisler will reveal the stories behind star colors at 7 p.m. , Jan. 13, Nature Center planetarium. On Jan. 14 and 15, Mysteries of the Unseen World, a film that uncovers what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum, will play in planetarium at 2 p.m.
    The Nature Center will be open regular hours this month: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday as well as 1 p.m. to 4 p.m on Sunday, and closed Thursdays.

  • Dec. 10 — A boy. Kai Robert Larsen. Born to Karla Sartor and Brian Larsen.
    Dec. 22 — A boy. Zoddyn Sisson. Born to Thane Sisson.
    Dec. 25 — A boy. Aarik Rey Griego. Born to Stephanie and Daniel Griego.
    Dec. 27 — A boy. Andrew Yian Dai. Born to Yamin Hou and Yaomin Dai.
    Dec. 31 — A girl. Aria Jayme Garcia. Born to Amanda and Ruben Garcia.
    Dec. 31 — A boy. Ashton Chanin Lovato. Born to RatchaniDa “Nam” and Joseph Lovato.

  • The Natural Resources Conservation Service, in cooperation with the New Mexico Natural Resources Department, Forestry Division, is offering applications for low-cost tree seedlings sales.
    To be eligible, applicants must own at least an acre of land, and plant the seedlings for either windbreaks, reforestation, Christmas trees, erosion control, conservation education or wildlife plantings.
    There are many species available that are adapted to the area, in deciduous and conifers. For more information or to get on the mailing list, call 471-0410, ext. 3, between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31.

  • The Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Division is taking over the Los Alamos Nature Center from 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and putting up a putt-putt course.
    Play through the nature center and win prizes, including free passes to the pool or ice rink and more.
    It is a great way to learn about the latest news about the trails and enjoy a fun, free evening. This family-friendly event is open to all ages.
    The putt-putt evening will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. The event is free and no registration is required.
    For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker, of Stanford University and Director Emeritus of Los Alamos National Laboratory, will be the next speaker in the Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2016-2017 lecture series.
    Hecker will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. His presentation will be “Are we still ‘Doomed to Cooperate?’”
    The lecture series theme is “Multiple Perspectives of the Atomic Bomb.”
    Hecker’s book, “Doomed to Cooperate” was published in 2016 by Bathtub Row Press. It tells the story of nuclear scientists from Russia and the U.S. who reached across political, geographic and cultural divides to confront the new nuclear threats that resulted from the collapse of the Soviet Union.
    Hecker will tell the story of how the book was completed during a time when relations between Moscow and Washington collapsed. He will also look at future prospects for the U.S.-Russian nuclear cooperation in the new political environment.

  • TODAY
     Feature Film: “We are Astronomers” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    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 Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Jane Phillips, 110 Grand Canyon in White Rock. Pamela Massey is the co-hostess. Katie Brousseau will provide the program. RSVP to Jane at 672-1677.
    TUESDAY
    Family Night Sponsored by Kiwanis Club from 6-7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Come to the nature center for a night of fun activities.Free.

    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton will speak on the upcoming election on the proposed county Recreation Bond Issue.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Siobhan Niklasson of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will speak on outdoor play.