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  • With new outbreaks of illness around the globe like the zika virus, forecasting the potential spread of infection has become even more important.
    Come by UnQuarked Wine Room at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for Science on Tap with speaker Nick Generous with Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Information Systems and Modeling group for a brief introduction to the subject of disease forecasting and how new social media tools are helping make predictions even more accurate. The short presentation will be followed by a lively discussion. UnQuarked is located at 145 Central Park Square.
    Science On Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum. The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. All ages are welcome.

  • The Los Alamos School Board and Community Budget Committee are inviting parents and interested people from Los Alamos to attend and participate in a conversation about the draft Strategic Plan and 2016-17 LAPS budget proposal.
    The first meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, will begin with an overview of the draft Strategic Plan followed by a review of the school funding formula, results from the Legislative session, and considerations for 2016-17 budget.  
    The school board and budget committee are asking for ideas and suggestions from parents and community members.
    The second and third meetings, scheduled for April 5 and 7, will focus on listening to suggestions about the strategic plan and draft budget proposal.
    • 5:30-7 p.m. Tuessday in the high school speech theater
    • 5:30-7 p.m. April 5 in the White Rock Library multipurpose room
    • 5:30-7 p.m. April 7 in the high school speech theater

  • Feb. 15 — A girl. Natalia Sisneros. Born to Gavina Velarde and Nathan Sisneros.
    Feb. 16 — A boy. Elijah Marcus Martin. Born to Veronica R. and Herschel M. Martin.
    Feb. 19 — A boy. EamRoose. Born to Richenda Fox and Richard Roose.
    Feb. 27 — A boy. Bentley David Martinez. Born to Amber and Matthew Martinez.
    March 7 —A boy. Miles Sicheng Chen. Born to Aiping Chen and Pei Huang.

  • Bandelier National Monument has announced this year’s contest for photographers and artists to submit images to be used on the park’s Annual Pass. 
     “Different photographers and artists see Bandelier in many different ways, and we look forward to seeing all of them," said Superintendent Jason Lott."The image we choose will appear on hundreds  of  passes purchased by visitors from all over the country.”  
    The winner will receive an America the Beautiful annual pass, honored at federal recreation areas nationwide.
    Second, third and honorable mention winners will receive a Bandelier annual pass and a copy of the park video, “This Place Knows Us.”
    Winning images will be presented at the Bandelier Visitor Center theater at 4 p.m. April 16. 
    Everyone, entrants and public, are invited to attend and see all of the images, as well as the awarding of the prizes.
    To be considered, images must be representative of Bandelier National Monument.  Due to cultural concerns, images may not include kivas, masks, or petroglyphs/pictographs of humans. Entries must be received by the park by 4:30 p.m. on March 31. 
    For questions about entries, call Chris Judson at 672-3861, ext. 513. 

  • March 6-12, 2016
    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 must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Fried Steak
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    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: Pork Roast    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY

  • Equine lameness affects all types horses – whether they are ridden for pleasure, racing, or sport. Lameness, a health condition that affects a horse’s gait, is the most costly health problem in the equine industry in regards to the price of medical treatment and for time lost to rest.
    Dr. Ashlee Watts, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained what equine lameness is and how it happens. “Lameness is limping in the horse,” she said. “Sometimes the limping can be so subtle that it is difficult or impossible to see and sometimes it is very obvious. Lameness usually happens because of a problem with the musculoskeletal system in a limb, such as arthritis in a joint; however, it can also occur because of neck or back pain.”
    Orthopedic injuries, or injuries that directly affect the musculoskeletal system, are the most common cause of equine lameness and include any damage to the hoof, bones, joints, or soft tissue.
    According to Watts, signs of lameness can vary anywhere from limping to a mild reduction in normal athletic ability. Common signs of more severe lameness include head bobbing while walking or trotting. Head bobbing is usually a tell-tale sign of front limb lameness, while hind limb lameness is usually identified by a hip hike or drop.

  • 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 our 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 our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Juanz—A big tomcat who was trapped earlier this week. He was a bit traumatized from being neutered earlier in the week, but hopefully shelter staff can start interacting with this big boy soon. Check back for more information!
    Waggs—A loving senior kitty that lost her home due to a family medical situation. This little tortie gal just wants to share her love with someone! Waggs has spent her entire life as an only cat, and she would probably prefer to not have to share her person. Waggs is currently in foster care with Friends of the Shelter – call Mary at 505-470-6973 to meet her.
    DOGS

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory employees pledged a record $2.2 million to United Way and other nonprofits during the 2016 Employee Giving Campaign. More than 500 community and social service organizations will benefit from the generosity of Laboratory personnel.
    “Our Laboratory employees can take pride in this accomplishment,” said Kathy Keith, Community Relations and Partnerships Office director. “Once again, employees have shown through their generosity that their community is important to them and that we are eager to help those around us.”
    Los Alamos National Security, LLC, which operates the Laboratory, plans to prorate its $1 million match among nonprofits selected by employee donors bringing the total donated to $3.2 million.
    The Laboratory has operated an annual employee giving campaign since 1954.

  • What is patience? Why do we need it? Where do we get it? How do we practice it?
    These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the fourth annual Women-to-Women mini-conference 9 a.m. to noon March 19 at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive.
    The morning of Christian fellowship, mutual encouragement, and spiritual strengthening is open to all women of the community. There is no charge for the event. Tea and finger foods will be served.
    The annual series is focusing on the nine fruit of the Spirit, listed by the Apostle Paul in the Biblical book of Galatians 5:22-23. Previously studied topics have included “Wrapped in God’s Love,”  “Filled with God’s Joy,” and “Living in God’s Peace.”
    The event heretofore has featured guest speakers sharing thoughts on the topic of the day.
    The 2016 program, “The Blessing of Patience,” will follow a different format.
    From audience-submitted evaluations of previous years, event planners have learned that attendees would enjoy more discussion time and worship during the morning than were included before. So, this year the program will feature three guided table discussion sessions on the aspects of patience – what it means, how it flows out of love, and how Christians can demonstrate it.

  • TODAY
    March 11 — The Dover Quartet at 7 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, Los Alamos High School Campus. Tickets are $30-$35, available 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 always free. This young American string quartet rose to international prominence after a sweep of the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2013. The concert includes work by Mozart, Beethoven and David Ludwig.

    Astronomy Show at the Nature Center at 7-7:45 p.m. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Telling on the Wild Side: (Mis)adventures in Story from 10 a.m. to noon at the Nature Center. Explore the process of finding, crafting, and telling stories based on your own experiences and adventures. Cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for PEEC members.  
    More information at peecnature.org.

    Feature Film: “Mysteries of the Unseen World” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center.  Discover what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum. There is far more to nature than meets the eye. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    SUNDAY

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers invite the public to its next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for an exciting presentation by life-long trail explorer and outdoors adventurer Benedict Dugger, of Phoenix. A social time will be followed by reports of recent and upcoming trips.
    Dugger was born and raised in the Netherlands, 5,200 miles away from the Grand Canyon, surrounded by green rain-soaked pastures in a country where the highest hill is 300 feet and the closest mountains are over 600 miles away.
    At an early age he developed a love for exploring nature and heading out on adventures. After traveling to many countries around the world in his 20s and 30s, he moved to the American Southwest five years ago, where he fell in love with trail and adventure running.
    Dugger has more than 20 years of background in athletics and wellness coaching, sports, fitness and running technique training. The main sport he played and coached was soccer until his early 40s, when he picked up running, and especially trail and endurance running, for the first time.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated with a classic liturgy each Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:15 a.m. and Christian Education for all ages at 10:30 a.m.  A service of Midday Matins with Communion is celebrated at 11:45 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors, Rev. Bruce Kuenzel and Rev. Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.

  • I may have said something kind of similiar before, but I want to tell you that I may have decided what I want to be when I grow up –  Mary Brooks.
    Mary Brooks is a Los Alamos Living Treasure and more important than that, she’s happy to see me whenever I cross her path.
    Mary is the kind of person where you are just happy to be in her presence and I hope you all have a Mary Brooks, who makes your day a little brighter when you see them.
    Lately, I have spent a lot of time on the road. When I remember, I head on over to the White Rock Branch Library and get some books on CD.
    I figure if I have to utilize a large amount of time, I may as well learn something along the way. I’ve been listening to two audiobooks over the last week, and I thought I would share some of the wisdom to enlighten you this week.
    The first is, “The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die,” by John Izzo. I’ll let you discover all of the secrets yourself, but one of them in a nutshell is to become love.

  • THURSDAY
    History on Tap from 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room. The evening’s discussion will be led by award-winning tour guide Georgia Strickfaden. She will discuss what it is like to be a history tour guide in Los Alamos and stories from history.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of the Mesa Public Library. The program will be on using Google for Genealogy. The traditional no-host social dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the China Moon restaurant before the meeting at 7 p.m.
    FRIDAY
    The Dover Quartet at 7 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, Los Alamos High School Campus. Tickets are $30-$35, available 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 always free.
    Astronomy Show from  7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. $6 for adults and $4 for children.  
    SATURDAY
    Telling on the Wild Side: (Mis)adventures in Story from 10 a.m. to noon at the Nature Center. Explore the process of finding, crafting, and telling stories. $25 for non-members and $20/PEEC members. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The Military Order of the World Wars Chapter 229 meeting will be March 15. Speaker State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard will talk about what did and didn’t happen at this year’s Legislative session, including items of particular interest to Los Alamos County.
    The meeting will be held in Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room. The Los Alamos Research Park building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east to the fire stationor east of the Research Park building.   
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m, followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.  The Hot Rocks Java Cafe staff will be catering the dinner: Meatloaf and appropriate side dishes. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. Please note that a dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s). RSVP (yes or no) for the dinner is needed by Sunday. Call LTC Gregg Giesler, USA Retired, Chapter Commander 662-5574 (email g.giesler@computer.org) or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (email depinyan@cybermesa.com).

  • Political infamy has spread far and wide from the loading of lead in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan. We know the story, at least in rough form.
    As often happens, the problem began with a shortage of funds. The state appointed a special official to cut the city’s costs.
    In April 2014, the city of Flint switched to a cheaper source of drinking water, namely, the Flint River.
    The murky part is who gave warnings to whom and when. The murk extends to who botched the known methods of corrosion control used on river water to prevent leaching lead from old water pipes. So came the lead into the drinking water of Flint.
    People ask the question, “How could this happen?” And the answer comes back, “How could this happen?”
    Crowds of political analysts, and lawsuits, will uncover the political causes. Fewer eyes will look to find better remedies in the technical world.
    The technical world is but a fraction the size of politics, as we know from its name. The history of politics is reflected in the Greek word “politikos,” which refers to “townsman.” Indeed, politics is a task for all citizens.

  • March 6-12, 2016
    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 must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury Steak
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Clam Chowder
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise

  • When dog and cat owners notice their pet excessively scratching, biting, and licking, many of them associate these signs with fleas. With so many products on the market for flea treatment and prevention, finding the right product to treat your pet and house can be both intimidating and confusing.
    Controlling fleas is a multi-step process and often involves assistance from your veterinarian, especially in severe cases. For every flea an owner finds on their pet, it is likely that many other immature flea life stages, such as eggs, larvae, and cocoons, are in the pet owner’s home and yard. Thus, an efficient flea treatment and prevention plan includes caring for both the pet and the pet’s environment.
    However, it is important to note that no flea treatment plan shows immediate results, so it is important for pet owners to be patient and continue routine care for flea prevention.

  • 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 our 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 our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Milo—A sweet and quiet 6-year-old orange tabby that would be so excited to share his love with you. He can be a bit slow to warm up to new people, but with a tiny bit of patience, he’ll be cuddling on your lap in no time. When he’s not cuddling with his humans, he loves to play with laser pointers and chomp down on wet food. This sweet guy does well with other cats and gentle children. In fact, Milo and Shorty (below) were just introduced to each other earlier this week, and they are already best buddies! Shorty loves to play, and Milo is very patient and gentle with him.

  • The League Of Women Voters will host Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. March 15 at the Mesa Public Library. This month’s speaker will be Tim Glasco, Los Alamos County utilities manager.
    In 2014, Glasco stepped in as the utilities manager for the Los Alamos County-owned Department of Public Utilities after selection by the Board of Public Utilities, and approval from the Los Alamos County Council.  
    He oversees all operations of the department, including electric production and distribution; water production and distribution, natural gas distribution, and the collection and treatment of wastewater.  
    Prior to this position, Glasco was hired at the department as the deputy utilities manager for gas, water and sewer in 1995.
    Glasco holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and civil engineering, and a master’s degree in civil engineering (sanitary engineering). A licensed professional engineer and certified as a level IV wastewater and water systems operator, Glasco has over 30 years of experience in municipal and public works engineering and management.  
    He and his wife Charla moved to Los Alamos in 1990 and raised their four daughters in the Los Alamos community.