•  Los Alamos
    Blue Window Bistro and Catering, 812 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Jan. 28
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Ice scoop laying on top of ice machine, which was corrected at time of inspection. Two moderate-risk violations. Need thermometer inside refrigerators. One low-risk violation. Bottle of chemicals laying on top of prep refrigerator, which was corrected at time of inspection.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Morning Glory, 1377 Diamond Dr.
    Date inspected: Jan. 29
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Origami Japanese Restaurant, 182 Central Park Square
    Date inspected: Jan. 29
    Violations: Two low-risk violations. Food handlers must wear caps or hair nets. Wall behind stove needs to be repaired, must be smoothed and cleanable.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • The Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest returns to Albuquerque for its fourth year from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 22-23. There will be exhibitors, demonstrations, competitions and other surprises at the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds as the event promises more chocolate, more coffee and more space than ever before.
    The SW Chocolate and Coffee Festival is the place to join those flavors with a great time of learning, enjoying live entertainment for the whole family.
    In addition to more than 100 exhibitors — all eager to share their products and expertise — there will be Guttard Chocolate baking competitions with great cash prizes — including a competition for “Best Young Baker” that nets the winner $75 and a professional baking class at The Specialty Shop.
    Professional cooking demonstrations by the Southwest Dairy Farmers and the Santa Fe Culinary Institute will be around to show the community how to try new things in their own kitchen. The public can also enjoy live cow milking demonstrations, family-friendly live music, a chocolate sculpture contest and more than 16,000 chocolate and coffee lovers expected to attend.
    A new feature is an entire area dedicated to family fun with kid-friendly entertainment and special activities.

  • Saddle up for the last two weekends of the New Mexico History Museum’s exhibit, Cowboys Real and Imagined, closing March 16. Besides learning about more about 400 years of cowboying in the Land of Enchantment, there are free, family-friendly activities. The schedule:
    The Cowboy Hoedown in from 1-4 p.m. March 9 with music, dancing and crafts.
    Dance to the western music of Holy Water and Whiskey in the lobby and as a bonus, there will be free dance lessons by folks in threads inspired by 19th-century cowboys.
    Bring the kids to the classroom to craft a take-home collage of cowboy lingo and words of wisdom. Head upstairs for hat-fitting demonstrations by J.D. Noble of the Hatsmith of Santa Fe will be offering hat-fitting demonstrations.
    Holy Water and Whiskey is an Albuquerque trio performing traditional cowboy, bluegrass and miscellaneous whiskey tunes. Maggie Washburne plays bass, Scott Altenbach, guitar, and Bruce Washburne, guitar and banjo.
    The next weekend features “Billy the Kid in the Movies,” 2 p.m. March 16. A lecture with film clips by historian Baldwin G. Burr.
    How was a relatively minor participant in the Lincoln County War transformed into the legendary outlaw?

  • Santa Fe Gallery Association announces Art Matters. The third installment of the series is “Sustenance,” which runs through March 14-23.
    The series will be presented in Santa Fe galleries, museums and other locations to be announced separately.
    Sustenance can be anything that keeps someone alive by providing nourishment and strength. Therefore, the cornerstone of this event will be the unique exhibitions and discussions in the member galleries and museums that nourish the body, mind and soul with both food and art.
    These events will range from exhibitions and critical discussions with artists, critics and historians over a meal in the gallery to thematic exhibitions around food and its roll in art and culture.
    Throughout Art Matters — Sustenance, SFGA member galleries and museums will partner with Santa Fe’s celebrated chefs to host important art exhibitions and conversations with a world-class culinary presentation in their respective galleries and venues.
    The exhibitions will cover a wide range of art, historical periods and related topics.
    Most in-gallery events are ticketed as the event is a fundraiser for Art Matters to create a lecture series and support educational and marketing efforts by SFGA.

  • The Los Alamos Community Winds presents its mid-winter concert “Wagner and the Movies” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. The performance will honor the work of composer Richard Wagner.
     The program is part of worldwide series of performances and events during the 2013-2014 concert season commemorating the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth.
    Wagner (1813-1883) is one of the most controversial figures the history of music. “The Guinness Book of World Records” estimates that there are no less than 10,000 books or articles written about him. His operas or “music dramas” as he preferred to call them, broke all the conventional rules of harmony and theory and in many ways launched music into the wide spectrum of styles that has made up the music of the 20th century and today.
    “Concert bands are no stranger to Wagner’s music,” says LACW musical director, Ted Vives. “In many ways, the orchestra that Wagner used in most of his works was the forerunner of today’s modern concert band.”

  • Bob Dryja has been volunteering at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for the past 12 years, first with some of the children’s programs, and more recently as a board member. He still finds time to help out with field trips.
    Many volunteers said that he always has a smile on his face, a joke to tell and he is always willing to lend a hand.
    Dryja began his work with PEEC when fellow volunteer, Michele Altherr was looking for people to help with the Living Earth Adventure Program (LEAP) and Nature Odyssey Day Camp Programs.
    “I responded because I thought it would be fun to help with Nature Odyssey — it would be cool to be stuck in the Valle Grande for a week!” Dryja said. “I like the idea of getting kids outdoors into the high country of the Valle Grande or the Rio Grande valley for daily field trips. Over time, the programs have evolved and now its with another generation of parents,” he said. He makes frequent trips to the Valles Caldera.
    He said he enjoys working with school age children and looks forward to showing them that there is more to life than cell phones, text messaging and video games.

  • The Search is on for New Mexico’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer.
    Every day, New Mexico senior volunteers generously give their time and service to help others. Now here’s a chance to give back by nominating a deserving older adult in the community for his or her outstanding service through the Salute to Senior Service program.
    Sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, Salute to Senior Service recognizes the invaluable contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.
    “Seniors have so much to give and make a positive impact on our communities daily,” said Chico Marquez, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office, serving Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Española. “Senior volunteerism not only benefits others, but also helps seniors stay active and socially engaged in their communities — important elements of healthy aging.”
    Members of the community are asked to nominate and vote for these everyday heroes through Saturday at
    State winners will be determined by popular vote. A panel of senior care experts will then select a national Salute to Senior Service winner from among the state honorees.

  • Los Alamos Middle School has had a very awesome February. Earlier this month, the LAMS Science Bowl team won their final heart-stopping match against Albuquerque Academy.
    Science bowl is a high-speed, “Jeopardy”-like competition where kids work in teams to answer questions in life science, physical science, energy, earth and space science, general science, and math.
    LAMS teacher, Naomi Unger, and one of her two teams has qualified for an all-expense paid trip to the National Science Bowl tournament in Washington, D.C. in April.  
    “It has been seven years since we qualified for Nationals,” Unger said, “and I couldn’t be more proud of how these students have dedicated themselves to excellence. They were truly a team.”
    This has been Unger’s second year coaching the team and last year her two teams placed fourth and second.
    The last time the team won was 2008 and this is the first time both the middle and the high school team has qualified, in the same year.
    The team began weekly practices in September and moved to twice weekly sessions in January.
    The A team consisting of Captain David Gao, Presley Gao, Phillip Martin and Sonyia Williams, will enjoy time in D.C. touring the monuments and spending time on the mall.

  • Cancer Services of New Mexico’s Spring 2014 Family Cancer Retreat will be May 2-4, at the Marriott Pyramid North hotel in Albuquerque.
    This free, three-day educational program will provide New Mexico’s adult cancer patients/survivors and their loved ones with the tools and information they need to manage the treatment and recovery process.
    More than 300 people from more than 125 New Mexican families coping with cancer are expected to participate, making this the largest general cancer education program in New Mexico and the largest program of its type in the United States.
    The program will combine discussions and lectures by many of New Mexico’s leading cancer specialists with fun activities that provide a break from the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer.
    Participants will also have the opportunity to spend time with each other in informal sessions, speaking with and learning from others who are coping with similar issues. Supervised childcare and recreational activities will be provided for children and teens during the educational sessions.
    There is no charge to participate in the retreat — the entire program, including meals, lodging, and all educational activities is provided at no cost to participants.

  • This week, I’d like to step back and look at the way adults sometimes treat youth. This week it has grown too great to keep silent on the matter, in what amounts to adult bullying.
    I assume when adults are behaving badly, it may be just getting caught up in the moment and not paying attention to what is being said out loud.
    At a youth sporting event this past weekend, I heard a grown man scream for one kid to break another kid’s back. I realize the adult is just hoping his team scores the point or wins the match, but I was appalled at the comment.
    I am certain that you could just take a second to think about what you are yelling and to pick something a little more appropriate.
    Next, I want to move on to the basketball game at The Pit this weekend.
    After an altercation at the end of the game, during the handshake part, the coaches separated the teams to just go back to their locker rooms.
    Again, what we will refer to as an adult threw trash and even a drink at the opposing team, as they were leaving the court.
    These young gentlemen are just that, young men. I hazard to say they are young men ... and you may need to sit down for this part … just playing a game.


    The weather is warming up and spring is around the corner. Now’s the time to start thinking about a garden, and certified arborist Laural Hardin will help do just that. 

    Thinking about using compost to improve the garden, but not sure how to do it? Hardin will teach all the basics about composting and answer any questions in a presentation 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.  

    Homemade compost is packed with organic matter, microbes and plant available nutrients, but building a working pile takes a little know-how. 


    The Mesa Public Library presents Darynda Jones, award winning romance and mystery writer. The talk is part of the Quotes: The Authors Speak Series 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in the upstairs rotunda. 

    Jones, a New York Times best selling author, winner of multiple awards including a RITA and Golden Heart for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. 

    Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors, gives the RITA — the highest award of distinction in romance fiction — that recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. 

    The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts and New Mexico’s own Jones has won both prestigious awards. 

  •  Dr. Roger Wiens will discuss “Curiosity” rover on Mars and lasers in a talk Feb. 27 at Fuller Lodge, Pajarito Room. 

    Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 6:40 p.m.

    The one-ton Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars for the last 18 months, having already found evidence for an ancient freshwater lake in 90-mile-wide Gale crater. 

    The rover holds 10 instruments including Los Alamos National Laboratory ChemCam laser instrument which vaporizes bits of rock up to 25 feet from the rover to determine their compositions. 


    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Dogs and cats are great at chasing away the blues on cold nights, so come adopt a new 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 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    Thank you Los Alamos for visiting the shelter and giving all adoptable animals their forever homes!

    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 favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals, or cats and dogs currently in foster care.

    The shelter will be having a mobile adoption from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 1 at Smith’s.

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


  • The public is invited to celebrate the beauty of winter and the coming of spring at the annual Fire and Ice Restoration Festival.
    The event, hosted by Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District and the Village of Jemez Springs, will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Father Fitzgerald Park in Jemez Springs.
    The free community event will feature educational booths and presentations that highlight the 210,000 acre Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project. Special Guests include Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl.
    Activities are scheduled throughout the day including a chainsaw carving competition and exhibition, cross-cut saw contest, chicken bingo, arts and crafts and the famous Jemez Duck Race.
    The Band of Enchantment and Austin Van Landingham will provide musical entertainment.
    Children can attend a jump house, get their face painted and much more.
    A variety of food and beverages will be offered by vendors. Participants also have the option of a rejuvenating soak in the hot springs.
    Free parking and shuttle service will be provided to and from the festival. This service will be available at Jemez Springs Community Park, next to Jemez Valley Credit Union. This is located an easy half-mile walk south of Father Fitzgerald Park. Limited accessible parking will be available onsite.

  • With spring break for most school districts just a few short weeks away, the Los Alamos Historical Society is gearing up for tourist season by offering free training about the community’s history and historic district.
    Training will be 11 a.m. Feb. 26 in the Nambè Room of Fuller Lodge. It will be led by professional tour guide Georgia Strickfaden. Registration for the training is not required.
    Tours of the Los Alamos Historic District allow visitors to step inside the homestead-era Romero Cabin, visit an Ancestral Pueblo site, hear about the giants of 20th century physics who walked the streets, and learn how Bathtub Row got its name.
    The Los Alamos Historical Museum offers guided tours Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 11 a.m. during spring break season and from Memorial Day weekend through the end of Balloon Fiesta in October. Tours are $10 per person for those 18 and over, $5 for children 13-17 (free with high school or mid-school ID), and free for children 12 and under with a ticketed adult.

  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos’ class, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, is enrolling students for spring semester. Students will enter a business incubator where they will receive hands-on training, practical assistance, be matched with a mentor, and experiment with crowdfunding and other ways of financing a business. The experience will culminate in a real business pitch.
    Instructor Nicholas Seet is an entrepreneur and business expert who created Auditude, an online video advertising platform that became the fourth largest video ad network in the world and was acquired by Adobe in November 2011.
    Seet is now focusing his creative energy on building an online virtual incubator for training and vetting up-and-coming entrepreneurs and matching them with the venture capitalists that fund new business ideas.
    His virtual incubator, sivi.com, gives entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed, like specific steps and resources to guide a startup,
    real-time challenges that measure your entrepreneurial attitude-awareness and aptitude, and rewards such as start-up tools, mentor connections and opportunities to connect with investors. Students in the UNM-LA class will have the first opportunity to test Seet’s new model.

  • Santa Fe
    Mission Viejo Christian Academy, 4601 Mission Bend
    Date inspected: Jan. 27
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Improper storage of eggs, food shall be stored in the order of vegetable and fully cooked meat on top, then fish and pork, followed by whole cuts of beef with ground beef on the bottom, then chicken and eggs at the very bottom. Can opener has metal shavings. Dented cans are mixed in with good stock, shall put “Do Not Use Dented Cans” sign in storage area. Three moderate risk violations. No indicating thermometer, old glass type. Top of food equipment has food build up. No test kit/strips for sanitizer.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Jan. 28.

  • ARTfeast begins Friday and runs throught Sunday in downtown Santa Fe. The following list is the schedule of events.
    • Edible Art Tour (EAT): 5-8 p.m. Friday, downtown and Canyon Road
$35 per person, $70 with Fashion Feast
Underwriter: Santa Fean magazine.
Thirty-six members of the respected Santa Fe Gallery Association pair up with the city’s finest restaurants and caterers in Santa Fe’s two world-renowned art districts of Canyon Road and the Plaza. Ticket holders have three hours to sample food, art, and exhibitions. Circulating buses shuttle attendees throughout and between the galleries and districts, including the Scottish Rite Center for Fashion Feast.
    • Fashion Feast, Friday,
    8 p.m. to midnight, Scottish Rite Center, 463 Paseo de Peralta
$40 per person, $70 with EAT
Underwriters: Collector’s Guide and Goler Fine Imported Shoes. Media by American Art Collector and Western Art Collector. This is for a over-21 crowd. A cash bar is open throughout the evening. A live auction includes lunch for six with Mondo on Saturday.

  • Los Alamos has been selected as the “chosen” location for the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival’s first “satellite screening” outside of the City Different, announced Festival Director, Marcia Torobin.
    “There is a vibrant and active cultural community on the Hill. It’s an ideal environment for expanding the reach and enjoyment of the eclectic mix of documentaries and first run features the Festival presents,” Torobin said.
    The local kickoff begins with the screening of award-winning Israeli documentary film, “Precious Life,” 4 p.m. March 9 at the Reel Deal Theater.
    “Precious Life” follows the real-life story of a Palestinian baby with a rare immune deficiency disorder and the Israeli doctor who hopes to save the baby’s life.
    It is an up-close and personal story set against the larger backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film was featured at the Telluride, Toronto and Mill Valley Film Festivals and won the Ophir Award (the Israeli Academy Award) for Best Documentary.
    It has garnered accolades from The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Chicago Tribune, and was described by film critic Thomas Friedman as “a story of compassion among enemies and cruelty among neighbors.”