• Science On Tap will cover
    antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    The Los Alamos Creative District will present the next installment of its On Tap series 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked — The Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    The Bradbury Science Museum hosts this week’s brief presentation and interactive discussion will follow.
    Harshini Mukundan, research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss the global threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
    Mukundan asserts the unnecessary and uncontrolled use of antibiotics and the use of antibiotics in food animals to prevent, control and treat disease and for promoting growth are only some of the reasons for the rapid increase in antibiotic resistance today.
    “To prevent the world from entering a post-antibiotic era in the very near future, where even common infections can prove life threatening, urgent and immediate change is mandatory,” Mukundan said. “The choices we make and the responsibility we show can slow down the emergence of antibiotic resistance and ensure the viability of these miracle drugs for future generations.”
    The Los Alamos Creative District regularly brings On Tap to downtown Los Alamos on every third Thursday of the month.
    Sign-up ongoing for spring
    Family Cancer Retreat

  • The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council in collaboration with Family Strengths Network will offer a free course to the parents of local teenagers, called “Love and Logic.”
    The class will be from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays from 8:30-10:30, between Feb. 28 and March 21 at Los Alamos High School
    “Being a teenager is very difficult,” said course leader, Michaelangelo Lobato. “Often times adults won’t talk to teens because they are afraid of them, and it’s very easy to feel ostracized by the community. Don’t talk at your kids, talk with them.”
    Lobato, a Chamisa Elementary School counselor and the former director of the local Teen Center understands teens deeply and has worked for years in front of and behind the scenes to ensure their success.
    “I struggle every day trying to be a good parent, and these techniques have really helped me when I feel helpless,” Lobato said. “It is positive, uses humor and works.”
    Lobato advises parents to let teens know how their behavioral affects everyone around them, without blaming and arguing. He reminds parents to instead give choices, give fair, enforceable consequences when they make a mistake and to be consistent.

  • Atomic City Children’s Theater and Los Alamos Public Schools will reprise “Willy Wonka, Jr.”
    Originally presented in 2009, the current production is performed by a cast of Los Alamos Middle School students.
    Follow the adventures of five lucky children who win a contest to tour the famous Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory.
    Evelyn Wohlbier plays the eccentric Willy Wonka and leads the tour down the Chocolate River, through the Candy Inventing Room, the Fizzy Lifting Room and the Chocolate Dipping Room.
    Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company with his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory, or suffer the consequences. Cast members hail from LAMS with a few supporting Oompa Loompas from various LAPS elementary schools.
    Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Duane Smith Auditorium.  
    ACCT is funded through a grant and affiliated with LAPS. For more information see atomiccitychildrenstheater.com or contact Daren Savage at d.savage@laschools.net.  
    Auditions for a third and fourth grade production of Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” are coming Feb. 25.

  • Today
    “Jump Start Your Gardening” — First Session. 7-8:30 p.m. In this two-part program, Natali Steinberg will give instruction on how to start veggies and annuals from seed indoors. Second session on March 10. $40/$32 PEEC members for both sessions. Registration required. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Great Books discussion group is now called Mesa Readers. The group meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Mesa Public Library. The group chooses selections that interest its members and selects books and short stories that meet participants’ choices. All are welcome. For more information, call Mary Cernicek at 662-7100.

    “Climate Prisms:” Understanding Climate Change. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. Learn how the museum, a scientist, and an artist are working together to shed light on climate change data. Admission is free and open to the public.

  • “Uncommon Valor,” a documentary about the battle on Iwo Jima will be presented to the public at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the upstairs meeting rooms.  
    “Uncommon Valor” is a Canadian-produced documentary, which is not often shown in the United States. This free showing commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima.
    Los Alamos Living Treasure Bill Hudson was among the first Marines to land on the small volcanic island on Feb. 19, 1945. He described the scene as follows:
    “I never heard so much noise or saw so much smoke in my life. The scene could only be described as chaos, havoc, destruction, carnage, suffering and death. That was an experience that was just absolutely unbelievable.”
    At the end of that first bloody day, only 27 of the 47 men in Hudson’s platoon were left, and after a month of intense fighting, only two platoon members remained to fight- many had been killed, and many others injured. The United States Marine Corps counted more than 26,000 casualties in the battle, with 6,800 dead.

  • This column is not meant to incite a riot, just for me to share information some may not be aware of related to the dreaded topic of immunizations.
    I respect the right to immunize or not immunize your child for religious or health reasons, but sometimes as we grow older and experience different things, we learn something new and hope that an experience may benefit another.
    I am 46 years old, just for a frame of reference, so when we were kids we didn’t have the opportunity to get a chicken pox vaccine. As a matter of fact, many neighborhood moms would pool all the children together, so everyone got it at once, had someone they could play with and they got through it together.
    The funny thing is, it wasn’t until I was 24 years old and working for a children’s radio station that I finally got the chicken pox. I didn’t learn until many, many years later that my oldest brother didn’t get them until he was 27 years old.
    Fast forward some 20 years later when another relative didn’t get them until he was 50 years old. He had no idea he didn’t have them as a child, especially after all of the chicken pox party stories.

  • The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale in March. Daffodil preorders are being taken now through March 1.
    Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals.
    “We look forward to making it a huge success this year,” Executive director Georgia Mesibov said. LAVNS has a goal of 2,500 bunches. “We appreciate the community support.”
    A large glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) of daffodils is available for $15. A small glass vase with one bunch is for $10. A single bunch with no vase (10 stems) is for $5. Delivery is free with any $10 minimum order to a single address. Gift cards are optional.
    Order forms are available the LAVNS.com. Payments are by cash or check only. No credit cards are accepted.
    The flowers will be delivered within Los Alamos County by a team of volunteers from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program associated with the senior centers in Los Alamos and White Rock. Other people of the community to lend their hand were Irene Powell of LAVA — Los Alamos Venture Accelerator, members of the Los Alamos High School Key Club and the participants of the Salvation Army Bell Ringers.

  • 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:
    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.
    Bella — Another aged cat given up when her family no longer wanted to deal with her diabetes. She is currently in a foster home. For more information, call 470-6973.

  • Jan. 21: A boy, Ryder Lee Guise, born to Rhiana and Jonathan Guise
    Jan. 22: A girl, Malila Lee Porter, born to Nalisha Johnson and Mark Porter
    Jan. 23: A boy, Jason Coriz, born to April and Eric Coriz
    Jan. 23: A boy, Nathan Sung Nguyen, born to Doan and Ham Nguyen

  • Today
    Monthly Poetry Gatherings. 6:30-8 p.m., every second Thursday of each month at the Southwest Room at Mesa Public Library.

    CANCELLED Aaron’s Kids Closet, a free store, will be open 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. Available items are clothing, shoes and coats for school aged children. For information on how to donate, call the church office or Michelle at 660-0340.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The speaker will be Amanda Galbraith and her topic will be “Family Search and Family Tree: A Valuable Tool for Every Family Historian.” The traditional no-host dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. at China Moon prior to the Genealogy Meeting. The public is invited.

    The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery. On display daily through Feb. 20.

    “In Bounds.” Abstract expressionism in “The Heat of the Day,” by Dianna Shomaker. Daily Jan. 31-Feb. 22 in the Portal Gallery.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.

  • Two local, active Los Alamos Mountaineer members will be speaking about a recent trip to Colorado.
    Norbert Ensslin and Nathan Moody will discuss their adventure during the monthly mountaineers meeting, 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Fuller Lodge.
    At the northern end of Colorado’s Alamosa Valley, the Sangre de Cristo mountain range ends in a compact, 20-mile-long line of peaks. The ridgeline dominates the view to the East for anyone driving through the little town of Villa Grove on the way to Poncha Pass. Over the years, many Mountaineers on their way to climb Fourteeners in the summer or do hut trips in the winter have stared at this ridge and wondered what it would be like to traverse the whole length of the ridge.
    How long would it take?  Where would you get water?  How would you get on the ridge and off again? In September, two small groups of Mountaineers, along with Ensslin and Moody, set out to find the answers to these questions. The program will present what they saw, did and discovered on this adventure, especially the answer to that classic mountaineers question, “How hard could it be?”
    The Los Alamos Mountaineers meetings also offer refreshments and casual conversation, as well as updates on upcoming trips and safety advice learned from outdoor adventuring.

  • Los Alamos
    Comfort Inn & Suite Hotel, 2455 Trinity Dr.
    Date Inspected: Dec. 30
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Eggs thrown out — corrected. Refrigerator isn’t cooling down below 43˚F.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required Jan. 31.

    Los Alamos County Ice Rink, 4475 West Road
    Date Inspected: Dec. 30
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Sanitizer 0ppm, corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    Midtown Bistro, 901 West San Mateo
    Date Inspected: Dec. 10
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Some metal shelves in the walk-in cooler are rusting. One low-risk violation. Employees restroom and the other restrooms are not self-closing doors.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Weck’s, 2000 Cerrillos Road
    Date Inspected: Dec. 11
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Glass of two-door refrigerator motor panel missing allowing heavy particle accumulation. Three low-risk violations. Sink not sealed to wall. Particle accumulation along wall and under storage racks in dry storage area. Coving separating from wall in commissary area and improper in areas.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Boy Scouts to test survival skills

    Northern New Mexico District, Great Southwest Council Boy Scouts of America
    announces the Annual Klondike 2015 at the Elliott Barker Girl Scout Camp in Angel Fire on Saturday.
    This year’s Klondike is hosted by BSA Troop 98 of Taos.
    In the late 1890s, gold prospectors traveled the frigid reaches of Alaska and Canada by dog sleds to reach the gold fields of the Klondike. They braved all kinds of winter weather and hardships, and therefore needed keen survival skills.
    Boy Scouts recreate this awesome trek using their heads, scouting skills and teamwork. Scouts build their own sleds, pulled by scouts and race a course with challenges involving winter first aid, fire building, winter rescue, snowshoeing, map reading, orienteering and animal track identification.
    Cub Scouts will also have a special one-day Klondike Challenge. Nearly 180 scouts, leaders and family members are expected to be in attendance. For more information about the Klondike, contact Eddie Dry 575-754-3364.
    Community leaders or Eagle Scouts who are interested in joining in the festivities from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 14, and can contact Chaz Mitchell 575-758-4845 to RSVP.

    Native Plant Society
    meeting scheduled for Feb. 18

  • An “epic” partnership between Santa Fe arts production company Meow Wolf, and world-renowned “Game of Thrones” novelist and Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin has been agreed upon to open a large-scale, multi-use art complex on the site of a former bowling alley.
    Meow Wolf will lease the 33,000 sq. ft. building site, purchased by Martin, for the next 10 years. Following a planned $2.7 million renovation, the complex will feature 19 artist studio spaces, a Learning Center to provide affordable youth arts education, classic gallery space, a venue for nighttime events programming and a gift shop featuring the work of local artisans.
    The space will also serve as a home to Meow Wolf’s new 20,000 sq. ft. permanent art attraction, House of Eternal Return.
    Originally organized in Santa Fe as an informal art collective in 2008, Meow Wolf has since grown into a multi-faceted arts and entertainment production company, specializing in immersive multi-media experiences.
    Since its creation, Meow Wolf has developed 22 fully-immersive exhibits in eight cities across the nation, combining digital technologies, dynamic narrative and structural elements that allow for multi-level exploration.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a two-part afterschool program on Wednesday afternoons introducing school-aged children to geology and minerals.
    Geologist Patrick Rowe will tailor the workshop to kids, so that they can explore the topic in a fun and hands-on manner. The classes will be from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 at PEEC. Parents can sign their children up for one or both sessions.
    During the first session on Feb. 18, Rowe will describe the three different types of rocks, go through the rock cycle, show examples of each type of rock, and then talk about how to identify different kinds of rocks. On Feb. 25, Rowe will go into more detail about how each kind of rock is formed and where it can be found.
    The cost is $20 for one session, or $35 for both sessions. PEEC members receive discounted rates of $16 for one session, or $28 for both. Advance registration is required and those interested can sign up online at PajaritoEEC.org.

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

    Play Reading for “Dial ‘M’ for Murder.” Join at Los Alamos Little Theatre. 7 p.m. in the Green Room at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

    The Chama River: A New Mexico Gem. 7 p.m. The Chama River is probably one of the West’s most undiscovered and diverse rivers. It offers opportunities for rafting, hiking and fishing, but has been facing some serious issues recently. Noah Parker, of Land of Enchantment Guides, will discuss the current situation on the river and a catch and release initiative that is being proposed. No advance registration is required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Play Reading for “Dial ‘M’ for Murder.” Join at Los Alamos Little Theatre. 7 p.m. in the Green Room at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.

    The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery. On display daily through Feb. 20.

    “In Bounds.” Abstract expressionism in “The Heat of the Day,” by Dianna Shomaker. Daily Jan. 31-Feb. 22 in the Portal Gallery.

  • FSN offers more classes

    Family Strengths Network has three upcoming classes in various subjects. The community is encouraged to sign up now, because space is limited.
    Special Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 14 is for children with developmental or physical special needs. The class consists of rock climbing at the YMCA. Cost is $10.
    Sibshops are from 10:15-11:45 a.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 14-March 7. The classes are for siblings of special needs children. Cost is $50 non-members, $40 members. Classes are held at Family Strengths Network, 1990 Diamond Dr.
    Baby Makes Three are classes for first time expecting parents. They are from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 19-March 26 at Family Strengths Network. Cost is $75 non-members and $60 members.
    For more information, visit lafsn.org, or call 662-4515.
    National African
    American Read-In

    The Mesa Public Library is celebrating the works of African-American authors Feb. 16 through Feb. 20. All of the regular storytimes and M&M sessions will include songs, stories and rhymes from African-American artists. The library will also be hosting after school read-ins for the whole family in the downstairs rotunda.
    Hours will be 3-4 p.m. Feb. 16, 4-5 p.m. Feb. 17 and 4-5 p.m. Feb. 20.

  • A Mindfulness Class at Los Alamos High School is underway now during lunch period in Lynn Ovaska’s psychology classroom. Students can register online at losalamosjjab.com.
    The nine-week session follows the Mindfulness in Schools Project’s curriculum, an evidence-based program developed in the United Kingdom. This curriculum was specifically designed by classroom teachers to help students:
    • Feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled
    • Get along better with others
    • Concentrate and learn better
    • Cope with stress and anxiety
    • Perform better in music and sport
    Mindfulness is simply paying attention with kindness and curiosity to the breath, body, thoughts, feelings and what is happening in the world.
    Much like going to the gym strengthens muscles and building mileage increases endurance, mindful awareness training enhances the ability to focus, deal with strong emotions and enjoy life. In a mindfulness class, the students practice mindful eating, breathing, listening and moving.
    The class takes a look at how the brain and the body work in response to stress, depression and anxiety. Techniques are learned for pausing before speaking or acting and calming down when tied up in knots.

  • The Chama River is one of the southwest’s most undiscovered and diverse rivers. Yet the river has been facing some serious issues recently due to drought conditions, water management and unregulated fishing.
    In a free talk at 7 p.m. today at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Noah Parker will discuss the current situation on the river from a holistic point of view, as well as touch upon a catch and release initiative that is being proposed for the fishery.
    Starting in the mountains on the Colorado border, the charming Chama River flows as a freestone stream for many miles through high mountain forests and meadows.
    Below El Vado reservoir, it runs for more than 30 miles through rugged, multi-colored sandstone canyons and rough terrain with limited access. For six miles of this section it passes through the 50,000 acre Chama River Canyon Wilderness area. Another less remote stretch flows from below Abiquiu dam down to the Rio Grande. This diverse river provides amazing opportunities for rafting, hiking and fishing.
    For the last 10 years, Parker and the other guides that work with him have spent many days a year on the Chama, giving them the opportunity to experience first-hand the challenges that the river faces. Parker will share these observations.

  • Today
    “Ernie Pyle — Bringing the World to America’s Doorstep,” by Baldwin G. Burr. 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    The American Institute of Architects presents, “Fires and the Archaic Landscapes of the Valles Caldera,” by Anastasia Steffen from the Valles Caldera National Preserve.  She will address the issue of wildfires and how they impact the archaeological protected areas across the western United States. Lecture to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Pecos Trail Cafe back room in Santa Fe. For more information, contact Mary Ann Essig at essigmae@gmail.com, 505-231-7624.

    The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery. On display daily through Feb. 20.

    “In Bounds.” Abstract expressionism in “The Heat of the Day,” by Dianna Shomaker. Daily Jan. 31-Feb. 22 in the Portal Gallery.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.

    Play Reading for “Dial ‘M’ for Murder.” Join at Los Alamos Little Theatre. 7 p.m. in the Green Room at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.