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  •  “Keep It Co-op” food drive on through Dec. 19
    The local cooperatives, which are Little Forest Playschool, Los Alamos Co-op Market, Zia Credit Union, Del Norte Credit Union, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union and the Los Alamos Beer Co-op, recently started a non-perishable food drive in order to help those in need. The “Keep It Co-op” food drive will run through Dec. 19. Donations are accepted at Little Forest Playschool, the Co-op and Zia Credit Union and will be distributed by local food banks, L.A. Cares and St. Martin de Porres Food Kitchen.
    Donations can be dropped off at the following locations in Los Alamos:
    Little Forest Playschool – 3880 Villa St., Los Alamos Co-op Market – 95 Entrada Dr., Zia Credit Union – 1001 Central Ave. and Zia Credit Union – 707 S. Riverside Dr. in Española.
    Cooperatives all share and follow cooperative principles, including concern for community, a value at the heart of the holiday season. The local co-ops are practicing the principle of cooperation among cooperatives, through this food drive project and their “Keep It Co-op” message. Visit the co-op website (losalamos.coop/whats-a-co-op/) to learn more about co-ops and the seven principles.

    Community Giving Tree at LA Co-op Market

  •  “Keep It Co-op” food drive on through Dec. 19
    The local cooperatives, which are Little Forest Playschool, Los Alamos Co-op Market, Zia Credit Union, Del Norte Credit Union, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union and the Los Alamos Beer Co-op, recently started a non-perishable food drive in order to help those in need. The “Keep It Co-op” food drive will run through Dec. 19. Donations are accepted at Little Forest Playschool, the Co-op and Zia Credit Union and will be distributed by local food banks, L.A. Cares and St. Martin de Porres Food Kitchen.
    Donations can be dropped off at the following locations in Los Alamos:
    Little Forest Playschool – 3880 Villa St., Los Alamos Co-op Market – 95 Entrada Dr., Zia Credit Union – 1001 Central Ave. and Zia Credit Union – 707 S. Riverside Dr. in Española.
    Cooperatives all share and follow cooperative principles, including concern for community, a value at the heart of the holiday season. The local co-ops are practicing the principle of cooperation among cooperatives, through this food drive project and their “Keep It Co-op” message. Visit the co-op website (losalamos.coop/whats-a-co-op/) to learn more about co-ops and the seven principles.

    Community Giving Tree at LA Co-op Market

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council will host its 44th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday. The event returns to Los Alamos Middle School at 1 Hawk Dr.
    A Los Alamos tradition for 47 years, the fair will be from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and admission is free.
    To keep the tradition of a pre-Thanksgiving, holiday shopping spree alive, the LAAC has lined up artists from across New Mexico and nearby regions. As in past years, jewelry, pottery, painting, metal work, fabric arts and photography will be among the highlights, as well as a wide range of holiday-oriented crafts.
    New artists and longtime favorites will be on hand to make this year’s Holiday Arts and
    Crafts Fair better than ever. Kathy Hjeresen who sells handmade jewelry and woodworker Adrian Martinez, who are both favorites, will be returning. Mary Ann Somers and Marilyn Lisowski two more local jewelers will be also at the fair.
    Local fiber artists will be at the fair, including Jeanne Robinson and her daughter, Elise  Koskelo who will have knitwear, wraps and shawls. Fiber artist Madeline Stark will also be in attendance. Local artist DeeDee McInroy will present glass art, snowmen and ornaments.
    Erika Eckerstrand will have her vinyl fiber baskets, totes and handbags. Neal Crosier will return with hand-carved wooden and gourd ornaments.

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Patti Vowell, New Mexico State Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative coordinator, will discuss the state’s progression towards implementing reform in the Juvenile Justice System in the context of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday and Thursday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    “No Limitations.” Work by photographer Kimber Wallwork-Heineman. Daily through November at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery.
    Thursday
    Book and Gift Fair. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the doctor’s lobby area of the Los Alamos Medical Center. Prices are 30-70 percent off retail. Proceeds benefit LAMC Auxiliary.

  • This year’s CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot is raring to go with enthusiasm.
    Among those preparing for Sunday’s event are Ted Williams and Vincent Chiravalle. Each of these gentlemen has committed energy to help this great community effort succeed. The race starts at 2 p.m. in Los Alamos Middle School cafeteria. Registration begins at 1 p.m.
    The CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot has been held annually in Los Alamos since 1997.
    Williams has been involved in Atomic City Roadrunners for 30 years and is a co-creator of the CROP Walk/Turkey Trot event. Each year, he takes care of reserving the middle school, measuring and marking the course, timing the runners and walkers and other details. Ted notes that, before the CROP Walk was added to it, the last race of the season for the Atomic City Roadrunners would always be a Turkey Trot, held on North Mesa around Thanksgiving time.

  • Today
    Co-op cooking class. Dehydrator snacks with Lisa Johnson. 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Co-op Market, 95 Entrada Dr. in the café. $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. For more information call 695-1579.

    “No Limitations.” Work by photographer Kimber Wallwork-Heineman. Daily through November at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery.  
    Wednesday
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Patti Vowell, New Mexico State Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative coordinator, will discuss the state’s progression towards implementing reform in the Juvenile Justice System in the context of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.
    Thursday

  • There are several great community events taking place this weekend and into next week, so as we begin to kick off the holiday season, whatever your holiday, I hope you can participate in at least one.
    The Los Alamos High School Child Development Class is hosting a community wide drive to receive donations of hats, mittens, scarves and even some snack items for school kids in need, in and around our community. The collection locations include the high school, middle school, Chamisa Elementary and both senior center locations.
    Those nifty knitters at the senior centers have already knitted more than two-dozen hats for the terrific teen project. The big collection ends on Monday so they can add to the thankfulness of Thanksgiving.
    As you should know, Nov. 22 is the big Smith’s Marketplace, Boy Scout, Cub Scout food drive. Our faithful mail carriers, with the help of those trusty scouts and the pleasant people at Smith’s will be collecting, bagging picking up and delivering your items to LA Cares.
    I might ask that you take the time to consider your donations and about who is receiving them. Families could use nutritious and delicious snacks to fill lunch pails or kick off a good breakfast with fun cereals or warm oatmeal.

  • At the November meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers, Josh Payne will provide a first-hand account of his 22 days on the Denali, also known as Mt. McKinley, as he and a partner tackled a path to the summit that very few of those drawn to the mountain attempt.
    Mt. McKinley is the highest peak in North America, more than 20,000 feet tall, with temperatures framed by its proximity to the Arctic Circle, winds that can top 10 miles per hour, and an unforgiving landscape of glaciers and crevasses, Denali is a siren song to adventurers and mountaineers.
    The meeting will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. In addition to Payne’s talk, “Degenerate States of Euphoria in the Valley of Death,” the meeting offers refreshments, reports on recent and upcoming trips, safety tips drawn from outdoor adventures and more. The meeting is open to any interested members of the public, as well as club members.
    “In my talk I will tell the story of our climb,” Payne said. “From the highest highs to the lowest lows there were many different paths to euphoric moments on that mountain.”

  • 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 micro-chipped, 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, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of more adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    CATS

  • Nov. 16-22, 2014
    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
    10:30 a.m.    Advisory council    
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Green chile chicken tortilla soup
    Noon        Grief support
    12:15 p.m.    Smart Driver class
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing    
    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    Mac users group
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Grilled tuna steak
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise

  • Pierotti to speak at MOWW meeting

    Lou Pierotti, of Los Alamos, will be the guest speaker at the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars November meeting.
    The evening will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Research Park in the second floor conference room, followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Pierotti will speak at 7:15 p.m. He will be talking about his experiences serving stateside during World War II.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. RSVP for the dinner is needed by Sunday. To RSVP, call Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson, USAF Retired, Chapter Senior Vice Commander and Past Chapter Commander, 662-9544 (email NrmWil5@cs.com), or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (email depinyan@cybermesa.com).
    Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. Note that a dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s).

    Recycle fashion show
    set for Saturday

  • Students copy names off of the Vietnam Memorial during last year’s trip. Eighth graders are encouraged to sign up for the next trip.

  • Whether someone is an avid or occasional hiker, it’s important to know what to do if someone is in distress on a hike. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will be offering a wilderness first aid for day hikers course from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at PEEC. The class, taught by Carl Gilmore, will lay the groundwork for how to help someone in need of first aid.
    During the class, Gilmore will talk about the basics of first aid and also how to deal with specific problems on the trail such as dehydration, altitude sickness, heatstroke and hypothermia. Prevention will be stressed, and there will be ample time for questions and answers.
    Gilmore has been involved in pre-hospital medicine for 49 years, as an EMT since 1971 at various levels. He has developed and directed countywide EMS agencies, been a volunteer fire fighter, and taught pre-hospital medicine with a special focus on care in frontier, rural and wilderness environments.
    Gilmore is currently active as an EMT-I with Taos Ski Valley, both as a member of the ski patrol and as a volunteer EMS. In 1992, he was awarded the title of master EMS instructor by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s EMS Academy.

  • Santa Fe
    Sweeney Head Start, 501 Airport Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 11
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Cleopatra’s Café, 418 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 9
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. The metal shelf in the true reach-in unit is rusting and needs replacing. Two low-risk violations. The seal between the wall and the hand sink in the kitchen is loose. Five LED light bulbs are not shielded in the kitchen and food prep areas.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Piccolino Italian Restaurant, 2870 Agua Fria St.
    Date inspected: Sept. 9
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Bulk containers are not labeled. One low-risk violation. Ceilings in the dish room area and around dry storage are rusting and some tiles are cracking, seal and repaint.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • The Santa Fe Children’s Museum has gingerbread houses on display, handcrafted by area chefs. In a partnership with Hutton Broadcasting, the museum is raising funds to benefit educational programs. There will be an auction of various items from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. Patrons can also view the designs of the gingerbread houses through November, vote for the favorite and purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to take a gingerbread house home with them.

  • TaraShea Nesbit’s first novel has captured the essence of what it was like to be a woman starting a new — and usually unwanted life in a strange land during World War II.
    The strange land being the secret spot of Los Alamos, which was so secret no one could drive up there.
    Scientists who were summoned for their skills, brought their wives with little or no explanation.
    These wives were usually educated women from big cities like Chicago or Boston, or another big city east of the Mississippi. The dusty terrain of Los Alamos of the past was, to say the least, difficult to get used to.
    Told in a collective voice, Nesbit’s novel has the various perspectives of many women, without giving names. The constant of the novel contained the frustrations with the hardships of every day life and the curiosities of “Why are we here?” and “What does my husband do at work?”
    None of those questions were answered, of course, until the first atomic bomb was completed and two cities in Japan were reduced to a smoldering pile of rubble. The women returned back home and to their former lives, but changed in many grand ways.

  • The Los Alamos Co-op Market is having its last two cooking classes of the year.
    Dehydrator snacks will be the focus on Nov. 18. Lisa Johnson will show the calss how to make healthy snacks and save money by making the most out of a dehydrator.
    Johnson will also discuss how to customize each recipe to meet the participant’s desired flavor profile.
    The final cooking class of the year will be Dec. 9. Harshini Mukundan will share vegetarian recipes from North India. The cuisine is inspired by Mughalai cooking style, developed by the imperial kitchens of the Muslim Mughal Empire in South Asia.
    Although vegetarian versions will be taught, Mukundan will discuss how to modify the dishes to include chicken, if there is interest.
    Mukundan will also describe low fat and vegan alternatives for both the rice and curry dish.
    The co-op’s Shop with the Chef cooking classes give local chefs the opportunity to share their love of cuisine, starting with shopping for the ingredients and taking participants through the cooking process to all the way to the final product.
    Registration is available through the co-op for $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Classes are at 6 p.m. and held in the café at the Entrada location.

  • This week, I wanted to focus on the data from the 2013 New Mexico Risk and Resiliency Survey.
    I will also remind you that I write this column as the assets coordinator, based on the 40 Developmental Assets that when put together illustrate what traits, values, experiences to help youth grow to become successful adults.
    One of the items that received attention was the use of meth and heroin. The data reports that the use is 3.7 to 3.1, respectively. As a parent in the community, I am equally not thrilled with some of the numbers.
    I know most people won’t take the time to look up the data, so I’ll use this column and more in the future to highlight some of the data, for those that don’t have the time.
    One of the larger numbers was marijuana use, which was 20 percent. While I find that number high, you can’t look at that without the consideration of how many adults find it a recreational thing, turn a blind eye, see it as a rite of passage and it doesn’t help that our neighboring state has made it legal and available.
    What we really need to think about is what is driving them to get high, and school isn’t always the reason.
    Inhale, roll your eyes at me and read on because there is so much more.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host two different programs regarding birds.
    “What Do You Eat with a Bill Like This?” is the idea behind the interactive program that shows how birds live and eat. The presentation will be from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the center on Orange St.
    Nature photographer and birder Steve Kaye will show photos of birds, and then he will invite the children to guess how each bird might use its bill to find food. There will be a short hike afterward.
    Kaye will then lead a photo tour of birds 7 p.m. that same day at PEEC. In this presentation, Kaye will demonstrate how his photographing birds have led to a deeper connection with nature and important lessons in joyful living.
    Kaye has been taking photos casually since 1965 and professionally since 2010. He uses these photos in talks and articles to inspire respect for nature. He is the author of a novel, four books on leadership topics, more than 400 articles and five collections of poetry. Learn more at stevekayephoto.com.
    The programs are free to attend, and no registration is required. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org, or call 662-0460.

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    Nov. 9-15, 2014

    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

    10 a.m. Talk: Alan B. Carr, “Overview of the
    Second World War”