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  • While most of us are familiar with the Red and Blue Dot Trails in White Rock Canyon, there are a number of smaller, lesser-known canyons in the area that are worth exploring.
    Experienced hiker Paul Arendt will lead a PEEC hike at 9 a.m. Saturday to discover the wonders of some of these canyons.
    Arendt will lead a small group on a looping hike, which will include several smaller canyons south of White Rock and east of N.M. 4.
    The hike will begin at 9 a.m. and will proceed (roughly) adjacent to Route 4 for approximately 2.5 miles, before turning east along a small wooded canyon south of Water Canyon.
    The group will then proceed through Water Canyon and have a short rest and snack at a spectacular promontory overlooking Water Canyon (and a bit of the Rio Grande Gorge).
    The hike will then gradually turn back toward the beginning, while going up another lovely small wooded canyon that eventually rises up onto Power Line Mesa.
    The hike is expected to end at roughly 1 p.m.
    Arendt, who leads many hikes for PEEC, enjoys hiking and climbing in the White Rock Canyon, the western U.S., Europe and South America.
    This hike is free to attend, but registration is required and space is limited to only 20 participants, so those interested are encouraged to register soon.

  • Presley Gao, of Los Alamos and Gavin Laur, of Santa Fe will be traveling to Santa Barbara, California, in January to compete as division finalists in the Music Teacher National Association Piano Competition. Gao will be competing as a finalist in the Junior Piano Competition and Laur will be in the Senior Piano Competition.
    Gao is the son of Jun Gao and Hongzhao Tian.
    Gao earned this opportunity after winning the Junior Division of the MTNA Statewide Piano Competition.
    An eighth grader at Los Alamos Middle School, he has been studying piano for six years and currently is a student of Steinway Artist Jacquelyn Helin.
    Laur is the son of Ruth and Paul Laur and won the senior division of the competition. He is a junior at the New Mexico School for the Arts. He has been studying piano under the direction of Helin for 10 years.
    Gao was awarded the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico’s Danfelser Scholarship in 2012 and has won many other awards, including first place in the State Honors Level One (2010) and Level Two in 2012. He had first place in District Honors for a consecutive three years in 2010-12. Gao had won the MTNA junior competition previously and also achieved the highest level of Santa Fe Sonata Contest. He is currently an Epik Artist of Performance Santa Fe.

  • Dates set for festivals
    of chocolate, trees

    The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) have announced dates for the annual festivals.
    The Festival of Chocolate, a fundraiser will take be from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 15. Reservations for the gala event will be announced soon.
    The Festival of Trees will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 22. The silent auction of fully decorated holiday trees, a craft fair and pictures with Santa is free with the donation of breakfast, lunch and snack items to be used for local schools and to benefit area food banks.
    Both festivals will be at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    To learn more call 662-8920.

    Winter donations being collected around town

    Los Alamos High Schools students in the Child Development classes are seeking donations of snack items, hats and mittens for needy students in and around Los Alamos.
    Donation drop points include Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos Middle School, Chamisa Elementary and the Los Alamos and White Rock locations of the senior center.
    Large donations can be retrieved by calling 663-3252.

    Search is on for Mrs. Los Alamos

  • The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club hosted the 2014 Northern New Mexico Youth Clay Challenge earlier this month for athletes from Los Alamos, Taos, Otero, Mora and Sandoval counties.
    Shooters from 4-H, Scholastic Clay Target Program and Boy Scouts participated in the event. The competition included three age groups: 12 and under, 13-15 and 16-18.
    Los Alamos girls dominated the 16-19 females with JoAnna O’Neill taking first overall, Kes Luchini took second and Shelby Chavez took third. Luchini and O’Neill played through tiebreakers to determine the winners in two events.
    In the 16-18 males, Nick Greenfield took overall first place and Josh Smith took overall third place. Tom Hanlon took fourth overall.
    First place overall in 13-15 females went to Andrea Simons.
    “Our young shooters and their coaches had a great time at this event,” said LASC youth programs coordinator Michael O’Neill. “It is always nice to see the big smiles on the kids’ faces when they are breaking clays.”
    The event was sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish and the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club.
    Last month, nine Los Alamos youths participated in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Shooting Access for Everyone (SAFE) Program at the Los Alamos Sportsmens Club.

  • Costumed participants experimented with science-related activities for High-Tech Halloween on Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum.

  • This week, I start with an apology to “my bus drivers,” those that haul my precious cargo to and from school most mornings. Those fabulous people include; Jiri Kubicek, Jill Beck and Mike Thompson. If you missed the opportunity to celebrate bus safety week, keep them in mind as Thanksgiving approaches.
    The Asset coordinator in me wants to respond to the recent information about kids and drug use, but you’ll have to wait for next week for that one, for this week, we celebrate.
    First I celebrate, the next New Mexico Teacher of the Year, Debra Minyard, a music teacher and AVID instructor at Pojoaque Valley High School. Minyard is the reason we currently have Link Crew and WEB Crew programs at our high school and middle school this year.
    Speaking of WEB Crew, a salute to Joshua Archuleta, who organized some of his fellow leaders to carve a small patch of pumpkins for the pumpkin glow.
    It wasn’t just that Archuleta invited his fellow members, but made sure they had drinks and snacks and patiently taught them some of the art of pumpkin carving. He demonstrated techniques that yielded big results and continued to answer questions for the team.

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    Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 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. Feldenkreis Class

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken with fettuccini

  •  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. 

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    Today 

    Race for the Cure Makeover Marathon at The Beauty Villa, 146 Central Park Square. Join local Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants to raise money funds for breast cancer research and get a free no obligation facial. Call to reserve a date and time, 660-7258.

     

    Trick or Treat on Main Street. 4:30-6:30 p.m.

     

    High-Tech Halloween. 4-6:30 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. 

     

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    On Sunday, WGN’s series, “Manhattan,” a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, completed its first season.

    The Los Alamos Historical Society would like to thank everyone who joined us this season to view and discuss the show and the history of the Manhattan Project.

    The final discussion for this season is below. Previous episodes are discussed on the Historical Society’s website, losalamoshistory.org, or on its Facebook page and in the museum.

    Episode 13: “Perestroika”

    Was the implosion method used?

  • Los Alamos High School will host a Financial Aid Information Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Speech Theater. All interested students and parents are encouraged to attend.

    Cindy Black, guidance counselor at LAHS, will provide information about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), Scholarships, Grants, Work Study programs and loan programs.
    This is an important first step for seniors in planning how to pay for college.
    For more information about the Financial Aid Information Night, contact Connie Goettee in the Career Resource Center at 663-2595 or c.goettee@laschools.net.  

  • Los Alamos Middle School student Emilie Von Harders recently displayed their Pinwheels for Peace marking the International Day of Peace.

  • The Authors Speak Series presentation will feature two professionals who devote many hours researching and understanding the stories of Los Alamos.
    Sharon Snyder and Heather McClenahan on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of Mesa Public Library at 7 p.m. tonight in the upstairs meeting rooms.
    Also in attendance on Thursday will be many of the accomplished amateurs known as “The History Nuts.”
    “Libraries are revered worldwide,” Snyder said. “They come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Some are designed by famous architects, or have recognizable names- the Bodleian, the Library of Congress, the Huntington. Others occupy a structure the size of a phone booth. Or even smaller, no matter. They all represent one of mankind’s best hopes for the future. And associated with them are a myriad of stories, from the Library of Alexandria to a humble library cat to an Iraqi librarian who saved 30,000 books from destruction. To those will be added the account of a small library at the Los Alamos Ranch School that evolved through the Manhattan Project years to become the library we know today.”

  • Los Alamos is disguising itself as the spookiest place to be with the two-day “Halloweekend” featuring events Friday and Saturday, as well as Halloween Day.
    “Halloweekend” kicks off 4 p.m. Friday with Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet, when businesses along Central Avenue keep its doors open until 6 p.m. and hand out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters.
    A special performance by Dance Arts Los Alamos begins at 5 p.m. with a performance by the High Flyers Gymnastics at 5:15 p.m. A “Halloweiner” parade will march down Central Ave. at 5:30 p.m. followed by the New Mexico Dance Theater.
    The Los Alamos Medical Center will be transformed into a giant candy dispenser as they hand out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters between 3-5 p.m.
    Bradbury Science Museum will bring out their creepiest critters — including owls, millipedes, spiders and snakes — and present an interactive show involving optics, dry ice and lights as part of “High Tech Halloween” from 4-6:30 p.m. There is no charge to be a part of the well-attended event. Finally that evening, the local YMCA chapter will host a “costume climb” from 6-8 p.m. at the Los Alamos YMCA.

  • Get your passports ready and enjoy the “Wines of the World” from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Blue Window Bistro. The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will host an autumn wine tasting that will pair 10 wines from around the world with 10 hors d’oeuvres.
    Sample scallop and salmon cakes dressed with creamy remoulade and sip on California Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay.
    Plan on Chilean empanadas and a taste of Terrunyo Carmenere. Zig-zag to Italy and Sicilian flat iron roulade with honey-red wine demi-glace coupled with Buglioni, Valpolicella Ripasso.
    Head to the southern hemisphere and bite into spicy prawns peri peri paired with South Africa’s MA N Chenin Blanc. Don’t forget about the friends down-under for herbed lamb chops with a Grenache reduction, served with Yangarra Old Vine Grenache. For the sweet tooth, stop in France for lavender infused crème brulee and Chateau La Riviere, Sauternes.
    This and much more is waiting for taste buds.
    Forget about time-zones and jet-lag, prepare for an evening that will be fully satisfying with a napkin stamped with flavors from around the globe.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center welcomes back artist Lisa Coddington, who will teach a workshop about using simple drawing materials to portray furry, feathery and slimy animals.
    The class will be from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at PEEC, including a 30-minute break for lunch. The workshop is suggested for beginner and intermediate levels.
    Cottington will teach pencil techniques that portray animals in a workshop. Learn how to select your subject and how to start an animal portrait. Various drawing demonstrations offer possibilities for sketching animals in the PEEC collection.
    A minimum of five students is required for the class to go, so those interested in the workshop must register on the PEEC website by today, otherwise the class will be cancelled if there is not enough interest. Space is limited to only nine students.

  • Northern New Mexico’s history is rich in stories, cultures and passion. Going back in time to try to capture the lyrical energy is photographer Angel Wynn, who will present her latest body of work, “Ghost Dance: Spirits & Angels,” which consist of haunting photographs that give the illusion of ghostly encounters.
    The show will kick off with an opening reception from 4-6 p.m. on Halloween night at Wynn’s studio-gallery, 1036 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
    Last year, while preparing images of an Anasazi ruin, Wynn came across one that had a wisp-like lens flare.
    Intrigued by this ghost-like anomaly, Wynn, who specializes in photographing North American Indian cultures, was inspired to begin a new project. “With New Mexico’s 400 years of cultural history,” Wynn said. “If I was about to try and capture places with a sense of spirit, then the project had to cross over to include all heritages.”

  • Hot air balloons took to the sky for the 43rd Annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Oct. 4-12.

  • The 4th Annual Community Charity Pumpkin Patch will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Calvary Chapel on North Mesa next to the Posse Shack. Bring the kids to the event is free where everybody gets a pumpkin, as well as Frito pies, donuts, cookies, hot chocolate, hot cider and other treats. There will also be face painting, games, a hayride and a petting zoo.

  • Los Alamos will soon be among only a handful of cities in the country to open the first cooperative craft brewery, and is brewing up several rich and tasty incentives to attract 300 new member/owners and investors to make that happen. Without more capital, the brewery will have to delay opening.
    The Los Alamos Beer Co-op (LABC) estimates that the future brewery will open its new location early in 2015. With 300 more memberships in the next few months, the Co-op hopes to hire a professional brewer and eventually produce four varieties of beer, along with root beer and cider.
    A co-op brewery is different from traditional breweries in that members own part of the business. Therefore, each member has the power to vote on how the business should be run, what types of beers should be offered, and other decisions which independently-owned craft breweries don’t allow anyone other than the owners to make. Unlike traditional breweries, any revenue has to be reinvested or returned to the members/owners.
    There are currently only three co-op breweries in the country and the idea is fast becoming the preferred business model for startup breweries who are tapping their communities for the funds and sweat equity it takes to get the brewery off the ground.