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  • Los Alamos has a new nonprofit in town, Champions of Youth Ambitions also known as C’YA.
    The youth development program has worked for two years to get through the paperwork and red tape of officially becoming recognized 501(C)(3).
    The Board of Directors includes Valerie (Adams) Harris, a former Los Alamos Public School teacher now teaching in Andrews, Texas, with new husband Tim, Pauline Powell Schneider, Los Alamos retired and senior organization director, Debra Minyard, Pojoaque Valley High School music instructor and Link Crew leader, Karen Greenfield, Los Alamos Family Council and Megan Pfeffer, a Department of Health employee and former Mercy Award recipient.
    The C’YA executive director is Bernadette Lauritzen, who along with husband Chad, known by many elementary students as the “Sci Guy” have worked hard to volunteer for many programs locally, regionally and occasionally a little further.
    There were so many things we wanted to accomplish,” Bernadette said. “There were always small grants and opportunities available, but without being recognized as a nonprofit, the doors were closed to us.
    The duo put many hours into projects like the Festival of Trees and Chocolate as they envisioned future funds for programs from youth development to hands on science in the schools.

  • The Los Alamos Middle School football team descended on the school garden, as part of their practice last week.
    Its volunteer work assisted the “Hawks Landing,” project from a Keep New Mexico Beautiful grant. Aid from the LAMS Parent-Teacher Organization, Los Alamos Landscaping and More and community donations of soil and compost will help the school achieve phase two of their project.
    Donations can still be made to the prevention office by calling 663-3252.
    The football team will play at home Thursday and Oct. 9. 

  • As Los Alamos High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps heads into its 31st year, Senior Naval Science Instructor LCDR Wes Shumaker welcomed MSgt. Phil Carter to the program.
    Shumaker has been leading the unit since 2002 and Carter came to Los Alamos after spending five years at Rio Rancho High School and a year at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School in Albuquerque as a Marine JROTC instructor.
    Shumaker says the cadets are back in full swing following a busy summer full of activities ranging from precision air rifle shooting camps to participation in the Montrose Adventure Race in Montrose, Colorado.
    Cadets Victor Kim, Rigel Baron, Sam Wolfe, Mikyla Smith, JoAnna O’Neill and Felicity Kubic, along with Commander Shumaker, traveled to Montrose for the race, which was hosted by the Montrose High School NJROTC unit.
    The cadets competed in activities such as orienteering, canoe races, knot tying and extensive physical training.
    Another aquatic camp was the Sail Academy at Cochiti Reservoir, which was attended by Cadets Jared Rodriguez, Deja Sandoval and Zach Carson. Cadets learned about boating safety, knot-tying, how to sail a 14-foot laser sailboat. They also completed their initial sail qualification among other activities.

  • There are so many things I would like to discuss today, but the one that rises to the top is something fun.
    Did you know that Oct. 2 is National School Custodian Day?
    Custodians are such an important part of the school day. I don’t mean just in the area of their job duties, but the relationships they build with students every day.
    On a job duty note, much to a recent letter to the editor about schools and potential illnesses, these find men and women work each day to keep our buildings clean.
    While I have not witnessed middle school-aged students climbing all over each other drooling and dripping snot, I have noticed within a one week period of time two high school-aged students eat something off a public floor.
    It is my belief that a portion of the reason we don’t see major outbreaks of illness once the germ pools come together in August is due to the attention to detail these fine folks bring to their work every day.
    Let’s salute Piñon Elementary and Patsy Sanchez, Isidro and Neil Gallegos. Then we head over to Aspen with Jesus, Leonard and Bruce.
    Hello to Barranca and Santiago, Daniel and Maria. Those Mountain Lions are joined by Randy, Eileen and Bruce. Chamisa is graced by the fine work of Jorge, Carol and Neal.

  •  The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home.
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.
    CATS
    Abby and Maddie — Older, declawed cats who were surrendered when their owner’s health prevented her from keeping them. Abby is almost all black. Maddie is part Abysinnian. Abby and Maddie would love to be adopted together for $35.
    Dantez — A young, gray and white cat who had to have his left eye removed. He has been recovering well at the shelter, but is still a bit leery of most visitors. Stay tuned for more information about this guy.
    Hazel — A white and gray tabby. He (yes, he) is 4-5 months old and a bit shy.
    Jay — A very cute, long-haired gray and white kitten who was a little leery of humans at first, but he is quickly warming up to human attention, and he loves attention from other cats!
    Kittens — The shelter has many that will be available for adoption as soon as they are old enough to spay or neuter.
    Naftali — An all-black young female cat who was left at the front door. She will be spayed soon.

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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 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    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.

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    The 25th Annual Rocky Mountain Shapenote Convention will be from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday and from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Fuller Lodge.

    All are welcome for two full days of shapenote singing from the

    1991 edition of “The Sacred Harp.” Loaner books will be available.

    Dinner will be available on the grounds both days. Singing school will be 7 p.m. today at Kelly Hall in Trinity on the Hill Episcopalian Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.

    It’s old.  It’s spirited.  It’s hauntingly beautiful… and it’s 

    loud! Come sing for yourself!

    For more information call Claire Singleton 661-2666. 

  • The Los Alamos Piecemakers are having the Quilt Market from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Crossroads Bible Church. The Jemez Mountain Bear Paw quilters are joining in hosting the Quilt Market.
    The Quilt Market alternates each September with the Quilt Show. Libby Carlsten and Micky Taylor are co-chairs for this year’s market.
    Quilt Guild members have made quilted items that will be for sale. 
    Bed quilts, table runners, placemats, wall hangings and wearable items are just a few of the items that will be for sale. There will be a selection of holiday items.
    The Donation Quilt this year is titled, “North by Northwest” and was pieced and quilted by members of the Quilt Guild. The quilt will be raffled off at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the market. Tickets for a chance to win the quilt will be on sale at the market. Winners will be the same day.
    There will be a section of second-hand and gently used quilt-related items for sale as well. Some offerings will include fabric, books, tools, patterns, unfinished projects and other quilt related items.
    The Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild is active in the community by doing service projects.
    The LA Piecemakers meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Visitors and guests are welcome. For more information visit vla.com/lap.  

  • Visit a slot canyon so secret that most townies know nothing of it, or get off the beaten path at Tsankawi to explore little known caves, petroglyphs and visits.
    In both cases, explorers will be guided by experts County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin to the slot canyon, and Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott through Tsankawi.
    These are two of the Take Wing events that the Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering to those who donate $150 or more to its capital campaign.
    The Tsankawi tour will be 10 a.m. Monday and the slot canyon adventure is 9 a.m. Oct. 4. In both cases, space is limited for donors only.
    PEEC’s goal is to raise about $1.2 million through the capital campaign to fund indoor and outdoor exhibits and a professional planetarium projector for the new Los Alamos County Nature Center.
    Monday, Lott will lead a special off-trail tour through Tsankawi ruins. The small group will be scrambling up some rocks and climbing north mesa. Then they will head to Duchess Castle, the remains of a home and school built by Madame Vera von Blumenthal, who was not actually a duchess, but a baroness, and her friend Rose Dougan in 1918. Next, the tour will lead the group to the Doll House, to explore cavates and to see some petroglyphs and vistas.

  • Tune into the mystery and excitement of a masquerade. The next juried/curated show has artwork from artists who were intrigued by the theme and applied, as well as artwork from artists invited to share their work. There are literal masks and there are metaphorical masks, there are figures and faces and totems.
    Cultivate the flavor of fall by attending the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Santa Fe artist Max Lehman juried and curated the show creating a bewitching experience. Lehman is both a full time artist and webmaster at the New Mexico Tourism Department which provides the perspective of daily moving between a virtual sphere to the tactile realm of clay. He occasionally teaches both disciplines at the Santa Fe Community College. “My pieces are often a conglomeration of unrelated ideas that somehow just seem to work together,” he said. “Exercising unrestrained disregard for tradition or convention gives me the ability to process new ideas rapidly. I have an idiosyncratic perspective for approaching my art and subject matter. I also observe how graphic designers apply their designs to various objects. This gives me additional insight for approaching a 3-D form.”
    More of Lehman’s art can be found at maxdna.com.

  • Los Alamos
    TA-55, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Date inspected: July 28
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Java City Coffee Booth, TA-55 Building LANL
    Date inspected: July 28
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Dry storage boxes must be six inches off the floor.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Santa Fe
    Whole Foods Market, 1090 St. Francis Dr.
    Date inspected: Aug. 4
    Violations: Hummus container had two labels with different expiration date, which was corrected at time of inspection.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Kikka @WFCER, 753 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: July 28
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Some of the cutting boards are stained with food debris.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Counter Culture, 603 Baca St.
    Date inspected: Aug. 1
    Violations: All high-risk violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from July 27. No further follow up required.

  • SANTA FE (AP) — Governor Susana Martinez and Department of Cultural Affairs Secretary Veronica N. Gonzales recently honored seven artists and art supporters as the recipients of the 2014 Annual Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts at the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe.
    “These seven artists and supporters bring acclaim to New Mexico through their creativity and accomplishments,” Governor Martinez said. “These talented artists and dedicated contributors help define who we are as New Mexicans and inspire our children to act on their dreams.”
    The 2014 Governor’s Arts Awards recipients are Robert Mirabal of Taos — artist, music; Jean Anaya Moya of Galisteo — artist, straw applique; Donald Redman of Santa Fe —artist, sculpture; Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt of Hillsboro — artist, graphite/cowboy art; Dr. Kent Jacobs and Sallie Ritter of Las Cruces, major contributors to the arts; George R.R. Martin of Santa Fe, major contributor to the arts; and Dr. Dave Warren of Santa Clara Pueblo, major contributor to the arts.

  • When the Stars Trembled in Río Puerco, an oral history play, which premiered earlier this year to sold-out audiences in Santa Fe, will kick off the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s first-ever Latino Theatre Festival, Siembra this month.
    From now through May 2015 in partnership with 10 New Mexico theatre companies,The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) will stage a wide variety of works by acclaimed Latino and Latina playwrights.
    Santa Fe-based Teatro Paraguas begins the festival with its presentation of “When the Stars Trembled in Rio Puerco.” Presented in English, this oral history play is based on stories of viejitos of the Río Puerco valley, collected and edited by celebrated New Mexico folk historian, Nasario García, adapted and directed by Santa Fe playwright Shebana Coelho.

  • TAOS (AP) — Voters across the country chose Taos Pueblo as the second “Best Native American Experience” in the United States based on USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice contest. Acoma Pueblo in Albuquerque was chosen as the No. 1 pick.
    In August, USA Today asked readers to choose their top 10 choices for Best Native American Experience out of 20 nominees across the U.S. Half of the top 10 winners are based in New Mexico.
    Taos Pueblo has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years and is the only living Native American community to be designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark.
    On Sept. 29 and 30, Taos Pueblo will celebrate the pueblo’s patron saint, St. Gerome (San Geronimo), with their “San Geronimo Eve Vespers” and “San Geronimo Day.”
    “San Geronimo Vespers” begins on Sept. 29 with mass at the Pueblo’s San Geronimo Chapel at 3 p.m. San Geronimo Chapel was built in 1850 to replace the original 16th century church, which was destroyed in 1847. Later that evening at 6 p.m., a “Sundown Dance” with a ceremonial drumming ceremony will take place.

  • Millions of men, women and children struggle with mental illness.
    The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 26.2 percent of Americans age 18 and over suffer from a mental disorder — one in five adults.
    In age group 13-18, one in five suffer a serious debilitating mental disorder.
    Overcoming the stigma associated with mental illness is an uphill battle.
    To increase the understanding of problems those with mental illness face, the week of Oct. 5-11 has been designated National Mental Illness Awareness Week. There will be a number of events throughout the week focusing on mental illness, including “Inside Out,” an art exhibition. The show will kick off with a preview fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the James Kelly Contemporary Gallery in the Santa Fe Railyard.
    The following day, Oct. 11, the exhibition will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. with a reception for the artists from 4-6 p.m.
    The “Inside Out” event is being produced with assistance from SITE Santa Fe. The artwork in the exhibition is by artists in Santa Fe who are receiving support for mental illness.
    The show will provide a forum for these artists to share how they view their world. With the help of the sponsors, the artists’ receive 100 percent of the art sales.

  • Blunders happen in life, but when they occur in nature, those who witness them usually walk away with interesting stories.
    This will be the topic of the next installation of Nature on Tap, hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, which is part of an informal discussion series started by the Los Alamos Creative District.
    The talk will begin 5:30 p.m. today at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. PEEC’s new Director of Interpretation Jonathan Creel, will facilitate the discussion.
    Has anyone ever witnessed unique animal behavior or been stuck on a camping trip where nothing could go right, despite all the best planning? Come to Nature On Tap and share your stories (and a few laughs) with others.
    Creel is in charge of design and interpretive programming for the new Nature Center and he joined the PEEC team in July.
    For more information call PEEC at 662-0460. 

  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre announces a play reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 1670 Nectar St. Refreshments will be provided.
    Two plays will be read:
    A cut version of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” by Sarah Ruhl. “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” explores the paradox of modern technology’s ability to both unite and isolate people in the digital age. This play was produced in its entirety at LALT in September 2012.
    “The Pillowman,” by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. It tells the tale of Katurian, a fiction writer living in a police state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town.
    Both plays have been proposed to the board of directors of LALT as entries into the 2015 TNM Play Festival, which will be held in Artesia. Gwen Lewis proposed “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” and Patrick MacDonald proposed “The Pillowman.”
    Those interested are asked to enter through the front door and proceed to the Green Room as there will be a rehearsal in progress in the auditorium.
     

  • It wasn’t all that long ago that the Pajarito Environmental Education Center operated as an all-volunteer organization. Last fall three new part-time staff members joined the team, more than doubling the staff, and last month a sixth part-time staff member came on board.
    Jonathan Creel moved from his home in Florida last month to join PEEC as the director of interpretation, a newly created role. 
    As the director of interpretation, Creel will be in charge of designing the rotating exhibits at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center. Creel will also be charged with lining up the regular programs for which PEEC is so well known.
    “I envision designing some of the programs around the rotating exhibits we’ll have at the nature center,” Creel said. “I would like to see PEEC kick off each new exhibit with a corresponding presentation by an expert in the field.”

  • This week, I wanted to encourage the community to support the United Way Youth in a Taste of the Sky.
    Dinner and entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Airport and are sure to please as local youth fundraise to benefit great community programs.
    I also write in support of the freshmen class as they lead the tip war, between the classes to add to the fundraiser.
    The fun challenge started with the Dinner over Diamond project and continues again this weekend.
    Our waiter was freshman Marciano, who was superb and I want to encourage those attending the airport affair to help the freshmen overcome this challenge and reign supreme.
    One of the many projects the team has aided from past and current fundraisers is the new Los Alamos High School Link Crew program.
    The welcoming transition program run by teachers Jonathan Lathrop and Robyn Collom is an awesome new program, supported by the hardworking efforts of the Youth United Way.
    The fundraising not only shows how the community supports the youth when they attempt to do good for their fellow man, but also shows that the community supports the fundraising of youth to benefit youth in a grand way.

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    Sept. 21-27, 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.

    September is National
    Senior Center Month

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY

    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    10:30 a.m. Feldenkreis class