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  • 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”

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    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets. Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

  • Santa Fe
    Walter Burke Catering, 1209 Calle de Commercio
    Date inspected: Sept. 4
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Pesticides stored along side cleaning agents, but should be stored in a locked cabinet outside of food preparation and storage area. Exposed insulation over storage area. Three moderate-risk violations. All sides of equipment have dark grime and dust build up. Microwave is not ANSI or NSF approved. Pest activity in outside storage buildings. Employees have no hair restraints.   
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Oct. 7.

    Bambini’s Steaks and Hoagies, various locations
    Date inspected: Sept. 9
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. No date labels on cooked food and held more than 24 hours, which was corrected at the time of inspection. Barehanded contact with ready to eat food, which was corrected at the time of inspection. Two moderate-risk violations. Ammonium test strips not available to test sanitizer. Window for ventilation does not have screen or mesh.   
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Cesar Chavez Elementary School, 6251 Jaguar Dr. 
    Date inspected: Sept. 8
    Violations: None.   
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • In honor of all veterans and Native American Heritage Month, Jemez Springs Public Library will present a talk by author Judith Avila and Latham Nez, grandson of the last code talker, Chester Nez who passed away in June.
    They will talk about Nez’s memoir of his experiences as a code talker, one of the Native American heroes of World War II.
    Chester Nez was the last survivor of the original 29 Navajo code talkers of WWII — the men who developed the only unbroken code in modern warfare. During World War II, the Japanese managed to crack every code the U.S. military used. But when the Marines turned to their Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret language, the men stymied the enemy and helped to assure victory for the United States in the South Pacific.
    After a career working at the VA hospital in Albuquerque, he lived with his son’s family in his later years. The family believes it is very important for the legacy of the code talkers to be remembered. Talking about the book, co-authored by Nez and Judith Avila, is a way to do so, to honor Chester Nez’s memory and the remarkable story of all the code talkers.

  • “Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women,” is the first exhibit of its kind featuring leading American Indian Women sculptors of 20th and 21st centuries.
    The exhibit is open now at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and runs through Oct. 19, 2015. The exhibition features figures of women sculpted by seven American Indian women artists. Most of the 10 works on view will be in the museum’s outdoor Roland Sculpture Garden.
    There is a long history of sculpting among the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The artists in Courage and Compassion, while contemporary in their approach are steeped in tradition. Using the same materials as their ancestors did thousands of years ago, the works presented draw on cultural influences of those who have gone before
    The depictions of women shown in this exhibit are not portraits of particular women, with one exception, but speak to their strength in their native cultures, their roles and how they are viewed.

  • Self Help, Inc. recently received seed money for Self Reliance grants that provides individuals and families assistance in seeking the skills, equipment and resources to initiate job training, continuing education, vocational development, home businesses/cottage industries, or other projects that will encourage integration into the workforce and enhance financial self-reliance.
    The recipients are:
    • Phoenix Eco-Sustainable Fashions by Thalia Gibbs-Jackson. Creating eco-sustainable fashion by repairing, repurposing, refashioning, recycling yarn, natural-fiber fabrics, and garments. Her goal is to educate as well as assist clients in shopping with a conscience by saving the planet one garment at a time.
    • The original kangaroo scarf with pockets made by women living in Taos. Kangaroo scarves are for men and women that provide warmth utility and style perfect for outdoor activities, and indoor warm-ups. Pockets keep needed things handy. One of the lines of fleece scarves are made of 100 percent recycled material.
    • The Kangaroo Girls by Gail Russel. Grantees will be showing their creations at The Los Alamos Arts Council Holiday Arts and crafts Fair on Nov. 22 and at the 2015 Empty Bowls Project on March 7, 2015. For more information, visit kangarooscarves.com/.

  • Los Alamos High School NJROTC unit recently hosted Albuquerque’s La Cueva High School and Farmington’s Piedra Vista High School for the Northern New Mexico Tri-Meet for marksmanship. There were 23 cadets who competed in the event and participated in an informal orienteering activity.
    La Cueva’s Maggie Guetersloh finished in first place precision with 581 followed by LAHS’s JoAnna with 579. LAHS’s Samantha Miller was eighth place with 564. Other LAHS precision shooters were: Holly Hayes (550) and David Murphy (535). LAHS sporter shooters were: Stephanie Nielsen (502) Victor Kim (492), Jodi Thomas (429), Jacob Torres (366), and Felicity Kubic (460). Stephanie Nielsen was the high sporter shooter overall.
    The La Cueva Silver and Blue teams, coached by 1st Sgt. Al Griego took first and second place, while LAHS coached by LCDR Wes Shumaker placed third, with Piedra Vista coached by Lt. Col. David Naber in fourth.
    The cadets were treated to a barbecue by the booster club following the event.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center kicked off its annual fund drive on Nov. 1. Its goal is to raise $15,000 to support the costs of operating the nature center all year long and providing free or low cost nature programs to the community.
    Again this year, PEEC is keeping track of donations through a “bearometer.” If PEEC reaches its goal by Dec. 31, the bear will be able to hibernate for the winter.
    Unique to this year’s annual drive is an opportunity for matching funds. For every $1 donated to the annual fund drive, anonymous donors will match with an equal donation to the one-time Take Wing campaign to raise funds for the new nature center, up to $20,000.
    “We are so grateful for the many people who have generously contributed to our Take Wing fundraising campaign, and they may be asking themselves why PEEC is asking for donations again,” said PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson. “In fact, it’s two entirely different campaigns to support very different things.”
    Gifts to the fund drive go toward the annual operating budget and allows PEEC to keep offering the hikes, classes, talks and school field trips.

  • Selected Los Alamos High School students recently participated in a retreat at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort as part of the Natural Helpers program. The trip was funded by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB). For more information about the program visit preventionnewmexico.com/Natural_Helpers.html.

  • A recent grant of $1,500 was given to Pajarito Environmental Education Center by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation to hold seven field trips, as well as classroom visits for local fifth graders, through the Migratory Bird Study Science Field Trip program.
    The bird-banding program introduces the students to the birds that share their environment.
    “This program exposes our schoolchildren to the core values of PEEC: nature, education and community,” said PEEC’s Director of Education Siobhan Niklasson. “The migratory bird study is a collaborative effort bringing together scientists from across agencies, cultures and continents with a shared passion for birds.
    Scientists from LANL and Bandelier National Monument participate in the study, and PEEC’s educators share our natural heritage and a truly authentic experience of field science with the next generation of students.” Niklasson said. “We are extremely grateful to the LANL Foundation for making this opportunity possible.”
    Through this program, students from Los Alamos and Jemez Pueblo have had the opportunity to see field science in action, and they have gained an appreciation for the wild bird neighbors and a sense of the excitement for doing science in the field.

  • Today
    Auditions for “Mr. Roberts.” 6-9 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theater’s Green Room, 1670 Nectar St. Scripts are available for check out at the Mesa Public Library Reference Desk. For more information, call 670-9448.

    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. Meetings moderated by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson, or by a group member. Past presentations are posted and available to all on the website laaug.wordpress.com/. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    LAHS Dance program students and Ballroom dance teacher Mrs. Natasha Barkhudarova will be teaching four weeks of Tango lessons. 7-8 p.m. at the LAHS ’Topper Theater, also known as the Black Box. Adults $40; students/teachers, $20 (for four weekly one-hour classes). Drop-in rate for adults $12; students/teachers, $6 (per class). Proceeds go to the dance program.

    The Los Alamos Historical Society hosts The Southwestern Wine Guy, Jim Hammond to speak about the 400-year-old history of wine making in New Mexico. 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

  • Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley and Los Alamos Inc. is celebrating 20 years of service in Los Alamos and Española. There will be a festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 726 N. Riverside Drive at the thrift store location.
    Activities include free bouncy house for kids, special sales in the stores, face painting for a $2 suggested donation and a fundrasing lunch with hot dog, chips and drink for $10.
    The fundraiser will help Habitat for Humanity make the thrift store buildings safe and efficient. The Española branch recently attained vacant and aged buildings to give new life and purpose to the community.
    Through the business in these stores, funding for construction activities are possible.
    There is much to celebrate, including 10 new homes constructed, 56 home repairs completed and six 6 Brush With Kindness projects completed.
    Habitat for Humanity is partners with Help NM, La Alba, United Way and offering help to the Red Cross, Social Services, Goodwill, Crisis Center and more.
    The public is welcome.

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council announces its Brown Bag Performance Series concert on Nov. 5 at noon in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. This concert features local Los Alamos music students.
    The teachers of all these students are members of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the Professional Music Teachers of NM (PMTNM) and its local affiliates, Los Alamos Music Teachers Association (LAMTA) and the Santa Fe Music Teachers Association (SFMTA).
    The LAAC’s Brown Bag concerts showcase local performing artists and are free and open to the public.
    More information about the LAAC visit losalamosartscouncil.org/.

  •  Nov. 2-8, 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

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Green chile baked potato soup

    Noon Grief Support 

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    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 a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your 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.

    CATS

    This is a great time to select from a variety of lap-warming cats. The shelter has something for everyone. Choose from young to mature, playful to peaceful, interactive to solitary, claws to no claws and every color you could want.