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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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS  
    Juan—A distinguished 4- to 5-year-old male tabby with white markings. He was a stray living outdoors, with no known previous owner. Juan is afraid if people approach him too closely, but he loves cats and kittens. He would like a home where he can maintain his distance until he is ready to come closer. Of course, he would love to have cat or kitten companions, too. At the shelter, Juan has started becoming more comfortable with people who have spent time near him while respecting his boundaries. This is surely a good time for him to find a permanent home! If you would like to take on this special boy and possibly win him over, call for more information and visit him at the shelter.

  • Los Alamos authors will showcase their wares at the Local Authors Book Fair from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.
    A wide range of genres and styles will be shared, from books for children, middle grades and young adults to biographies, social sciences and science fiction. The authors will have books available for purchase.
    The fair will include:
    Laura Kelly’s book “Splintered Reflections” tells the story of a young woman who feels she is losing herself after a traumatic loss. The story is one that will resonate with young and old alike, as the main character Cathy, finds a new way to be in the world. Laura Kelly works full-time at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and part-time as a fitness instructor at the Family YMCA, in addition to her new writing career.
    Bridget Thomas, of White Rock, has taken a true story and expanded on it, in which a little girl in Santa Fe creates Christmas joy by mixing the little she has with the natural bounty provided all around her. Her book “The Tumbleweed Christmas Tree” is illustrated by Jessie Baca.
    It is evident that Mary Maurice loves a good pun, and loves a good mystery. Her book “Fruit Loops the Serial Killer” starts off with a bang and never slows down until all is revealed.

  • Auditions for the Los Alamos Little Theatre’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” will be held this weekend at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.
    Auditions  will start at noon Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.  Callbacks will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
    Audition materials are available at the Mesa Public Library or by arrangement with John Cullinanl. Email Cullinanl at rev.jcullinan@gmail.com for information.
    Actors are requested to memorize one of two monologues provided in the audition materials.
    The monologues will be delivered solo to the production staff. After the solo readings, the group will gather everyone together to read scenes from the play.
    Casting for this play will be gender blind.

  • TODAY
    February Night Sky Show from 7-8 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    The Jemez Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock will have its Bag Sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    SATURDAY
    Mesa Public Library book fair from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the library, 2400 Central Ave. Several local authors will have books available for purchase.

     The Jemez Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock will have its Bag Sale from 9 a.m.-noon. (The thrift shop closes at noon on bag day Saturdays.)
    SUNDAY
    Española Valley and Los Alamos for a Super Bowl fundraiser at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Pajarito Brew Pub. Kickoff is scheduled for local time. If your team did not make it to the Big Game, drown your disappointment with one of 30 beers on tap or 52 in the bottle. Pajarito Brew Pub General Manager Patrick Mockler-Wood has agreed to donate 10 percent of the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity on all food and drink orders during the game.

    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.

  • TODAY
    Business After Hours from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Rose Chocolatier, 149 Central Park Square. Get some ideas for Valentines Day. Drop your business card in the bowl for a drawing for a door prize from Flowers by Gillian.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members. More information at peecnature.org.

    Backcountry Film Festival at 7 p.m. Join us for an evening of inspiring and entertaining short films along with prizes and fun. Cost is $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

    Topper Review 2017 at 7 p.m. for a preview at Duane Smith Auditorium. Do you like singing, dancing, and bad jokes? Then do we have the show for you. Come to the Topper Revue experience of a lifetime. Watch as dozens of acts from all across the land perform Topper Revue 2017 at the Duane Smith Auditorium from January 26-28. Starting at 7 p.m. for a preview, and for a performance Friday and Saturday, and a matinee Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Student tickets for the matinee and all tickets for the preview are $5.
    FRIDAY

  • Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) announced their annual Spirit of the West winner, named for former county council member Jim West.
    Lois Eddleman has been volunteering for the Los Alamos County Fair for over 55 years.  
    Eddleman was nominated by Claire Swinhoe, who described Eddleman as someone with an energy level and stamina, which are amazing.  
    At the county fair each year, as well as helping secure the superintendents, volunteers and officials, she also provides food for the volunteers during the three days of fair. This year, she brought back her famous “sloppy Joe’s,” which are well known and enjoyed by all.  
    This year, she is also teaching more than 30 piano students, possibly connecting with thousands of Los Alamos children, their parents and siblings throughout the years.
    “I have great admiration and respect for her,” said Swinhoe. “Not least of all is the reason that she has been volunteering since 1961, but the fact that Lois is 91 years young.”
    Eddleman will receive a handcrafted award made by Richard Ronquillo.
    The Community Asset Awards was sponsored by Champions of Youth Ambitions and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.
    Read more on all of the award nominees later this week.

  • One column would never be enough to mention all of the great things that happened last weekend.
    That’s right, on Saturday night, more than 100 people braved the weather conditions to celebrate the annual Community Asset Awards. The evening highlighted a variety of great work being done in the community by those young and young at heart.
    Today, I want to highlight those in the background that do the work and allow others to shine.
    It probably started two months ago, when the current Leadership Los Alamos class, quite possibly the best class, took the idea of a fellow classmate, okay my husband Chad, and helped him run with it.
    The goal was to increase the youth nominations more than ever before, after a year when they were sadly absent from the annual event.
    The good news is they indeed helped us to accomplish that goal with a record 33 youth being celebrated Saturday night. There were even four youth nominated twice for different efforts.
    Technically 94 names were celebrated, representing individuals, clubs, organizations and businesses.  
    Those Leadership Los Alamos students were Kirsten Bell, Kim Sherwood, Desiree Mendonca and Mihaela Popa-Simil.

  • MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Chapter AK, P.E.O., will hold its next meeting Monday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Emma Stafford, 30 Paige Circle, in White Rock. Norma Puckett is the co-hostess. Emma also will provide the program. RSVP to Emma at 672-0540.
    TUESDAY
    A Mountaineer’s Story: Skiing and Climbing from Argentina to Antarctica at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Meet an adventurer. Be inspired. Plan your next expedition. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Committee Day.

    Los Alamos Piecemakers meeting at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Presbyterian Church. The meeting with be a 4-corners demonstration.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course.  Cheryl Pongratz, of the LA Family Council, will speak.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program is holding its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale.
    Proceeds from the sale will support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill people.
    Daffodil pre-orders are being taken now through March 3.
    People can order the following items:  
    • A single bunch (10 stems) for $5
    • A small glass vase with single bunch for $10
    • A small glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) for $15
    •A large glass vase with three bunches (30 stems) $20.
    Delivery is free with any $10 minimum order to a single address.
    Flowers will be delivered March 11 or customers can pick them the orders up at “Daffodil Central” (call LAVNS for location in Central Park Square) from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 9 and 10.
    Watch for location sales at Los Alamos National Bank, both Smith’s grocery stores, Pig + Fig bakery and café, Uli’s Clothing Boutique and the Betty Ehart Senior Center March 9 and 10.
    The sale is sponsored in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico and Walmart.
    Anyone who would like to place an order, can call Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service (the only local hospice) at 662-2525 or order online at lavns.com.

  • A local group is asking the community to donate gently used or new formal wear, including dresses, suits and accessories, to help teens at Pojoaque Valley Schools enjoy prom.

    Pojoaque Valley Schools, in cooperation with Buffalo Thunder Resort, will collect formal wear for girls and boys from Feb. 1-28. The community can donate the clothing at Buffalo Thunder Resort Players Club, Cities of Gold Players Club and the Buffalo Thunder Hilton front desk.

    Every formal wear donation will be entered into a drawing to win a night stay and dinner for two at Buffalo Thunder Resort.

    For girls, donations can include formal prom-appropriate and semi-formal dresses, bridesmaid or cocktail dresses, matching jewelry, handbags, shawls and accessories, and matching dress shoes of all sizes.

    For boys, donations can include suits, tuxedos and formal wear, gently new or used dress shoes of all sizes, neckties and bowties, cufflinks and handkerchiefs that go with the suit that is donated.

    For information, text 690-1166 or 709-0598, or email pvispac@gmail.com.

  •  Take a close look at planets in the solar system and beyond with Dr. Rick Wallace at 7 p.m. Friday in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
    The film “From Earth to the Universe” will let attendees embark on a colorful and inspiring journey through our universe on Saturday and at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 and 29. For more information about these and future planetarium shows, please visit peecnature.org/planetarium or call  662-0460.

  • In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a day of service, I like to promote the wonderful work done in the community by wonderful people.
    When a big event is ahead and I know potentially hundreds of people will see her, and I hope comment, I‘d like to celebrate the lifetime work, in Los Alamos, of Dawn Lee Brown.
    Brown is the coordinator of the Los Alamos Science Fair. It is astounding to believe that this is actually Brown’s 10th year with the science fair.
    Since arriving in Los Alamos, Brown has rallied some friends and many community members to a variety of projects to benefit others. This particular event benefits hundreds of children and inspires so many others.
    I believe the older population is inspired when they see the sheer genius of our youth today. When the media portrays that today’s youth is sitting for hours on end on computers and phones, this two-day event demonstrates otherwise.
    The younger generation is inspired when they see what time and effort can accomplish. The youth see what ideas can be when they take shape from a simple question, one that may be brewing inside them.
    Brown is a mighty force, but she is surrounded by a pretty awesome family, too. Mama Melba Lee passed on the genes, as a mom, a member of Beta Sigma Phi and having a life-long passion for kids.

  • TODAY
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting at 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. JoAnne Tucker, Ph.D., will present on Healing Voices/Personal Stories, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Cheyanne’s Story. The public is welcome to attend.

    Leage of Women Voters of Los Alamos forum for LAPS and UNM-LA advisory board candidates from 7-8:30 p.m. at Piñon Elementary School, 90 Grand Canyon Drive. Refreshments start at 6:30 p.m.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members.
    FRIDAY
    Rotary Club of Los Alamos will have a club assembly from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. The public is welcome.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” at 7:30 p.m. at LALT, 1670 Nectar, Los Alamos. Performance contains strong language, mature subject matter, dark humor and bold statements of sexuality. Not recommended for children under 16 years old. Contact Gracie Coinelli, cainelli@comcast.net, or 662-9352.
    SATURDAY

  • Applicants for the title of Mrs. Los Alamos are now being accepted.
    The winner will advance to represent the community in the Mrs. New Mexico Pageant to be held July 1 at the African American Performing Arts Center in Albuquerque.
    Applicants must be at least 18 years old (no age limit), married at the time of competition and a New Mexico resident, no performing talent required.
    To request the official application or for information, contact Sheree, New Mexico’s State Director at 720-549-0440 or mrsnewmexicoamerica.com.
    —Staff

  • THURSDAY
    Chamber Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. in room 230, building 2, UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive, Los Alamos. County Manager Harry Burgess will present the County’s annual report. He will be reviewing the county’s accomplishments in the past year and looking forward to the coming year. Reserve a seat online.

    Nature Yoga from 5:15-6:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.  The program will be “Fantastic Lesser-Known Genealogical Sources and Where to Find Them,” and will include videos, viewgraphs and opportunities to share personal success stories with finding lesser-known genealogical source records. The traditional no-host social dinner preceding the meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the China Moon Restaurant.
    FRIDAY
    Take Out Talk at noon in the Chamber Conference Room. Bring your Take Out (or brown bag lunch) and come hear a talk for free. Financial Advisor Trish Gallegos will present a talk on personal and small business owners financial planning. Reserve a seat online.

  • Pig and Fig’s owner, Chef Laura Crucet Hamilton, has hosted over 60 wine dinners over the past few years. Every one of them has sold out in less than two hours.
    Luckily, there are four more scheduled in the next two months. But diners have to be on the email list to get a table.
    The dinners often feature California, Washington or Oregon wineries specializing in Rhone varietals. “It’s just a very food friendly style of wine,” said Crucet Hamilton.
    Although she has no formal wine training she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, and while she was living in Paris, her love of wine took off.
    But the story of her wine dinners doesn’t start in Paris. It starts in White Rock, where she got together with sort of an underground group of hard core wine nerds, and big time wine collectors.
    This group, which includes Tom Hill and Glenn Magelssen, has been getting together for years just to taste wines and see what they go well with. “From there the idea for these wine dinners started,” said Crucet Hamilton. “They’ve just taken off, and now I’ve got all these people advising me and helping me and supporting me.”

  • If you are reading this on Wednesday, there are 73 days until spring break!
    That message wasn’t meant to cause you woe, but as a special, “top of mind,” statement. I want send a message to everyone with a tip of the hat to the Class of 2017, the parents of the Class of 2017 and to the parents of current sixth-graders.
    As each day seems to trudge by over the next few months, I want to get in an early reminder to enjoy this time.
    All too soon, the time will come when it is the last of everything, so for a semi halfway reminder, enjoy it while it lasts.
    Parents of seniors, especially if this is your first graduate, the next five months are about to move at a warp speed. It is easy not to see it due to deadlines, upcoming this and that, but it will all fly by too quickly.
    I feel the same way for parents of sixth-graders and want you to relish the next few months, too. Yes, even though middle school is great with wonderful, new things on the horizon, you will miss these elementary moments more than you can imagine one day.
    Who can believe 2016 is gone and we have a whole new year ahead.
    This is the year when we all need to engage in kindness, compassion and putting others first.

  • The University of New Mexico Acting President Chaouki Abdallah will visit UNM-Los Alamos for an evening of events at 5:15 p.m. Monday.
    The community is invited to meet with Abdallah and other UNM individuals representing Anderson School of Management and the School of Engineering.
    At 5:30 p.m., Abdallah will share a few remarks about UNM, the role of UNM-LA and the importance of the local mil levy election.
    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, UNM-LA Board Chair Steve Boerigter, and others will also share brief remarks.
    After the event, the newly renovated EMS classrooms will be open and available for tours until 7:30 p.m.

  • Dr. Galen Gisler will reveal the stories behind star colors at 7 p.m. , Jan. 13, Nature Center planetarium. On Jan. 14 and 15, Mysteries of the Unseen World, a film that uncovers what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum, will play in planetarium at 2 p.m.
    The Nature Center will be open regular hours this month: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday as well as 1 p.m. to 4 p.m on Sunday, and closed Thursdays.

  • Dec. 10 — A boy. Kai Robert Larsen. Born to Karla Sartor and Brian Larsen.
    Dec. 22 — A boy. Zoddyn Sisson. Born to Thane Sisson.
    Dec. 25 — A boy. Aarik Rey Griego. Born to Stephanie and Daniel Griego.
    Dec. 27 — A boy. Andrew Yian Dai. Born to Yamin Hou and Yaomin Dai.
    Dec. 31 — A girl. Aria Jayme Garcia. Born to Amanda and Ruben Garcia.
    Dec. 31 — A boy. Ashton Chanin Lovato. Born to RatchaniDa “Nam” and Joseph Lovato.