• The Family YMCA is celebrating National Mentoring Month throughout January by continuing to bring awareness about the Y’s Reach & Rise youth mentoring program and the ongoing need for caring adults in Los Alamos.
    Being a caring adult is great, but when caring adults put forth caring actions it changes the course of a child’s life. Youth mentoring guarantees to a young person that somebody cares about them.
    During the month of January, Reach & Rise is looking for five Los Alamos adults over the age of 23 to participate in the next Reach & Rise youth mentoring training.
    Kim, a Reach & Rise Y mentor talks about why she chooses to mentor a Los Alamos youth. “I have always loved the movie ‘The Sound of Music,’ and I always especially loved the relationship between Maria (the new governess of the Von Trapp children) and the Liesl (the eldest of the seven Von Trapp children). From the outset, Liesl von Trapp claims, ‘I don’t need a governess,’ but Liesl quickly and repeatedly learns about the great help and guidance that she can receive from governess Maria.”
    Like Liesl and the rest of the Von Trapp children, many mentors have had similar guide, such as sisters, brothers, aunties, godparents, or even that babysitter who also came to all of the kinder-kick games.

  • Los Alamos High School freshmen counselor Michelle Harrison, along with co-sponsors Sherri Smith and Family Resource Advocate, Troy Palmer spent the first weekend in November at the Sipapu Ski Resort for the Natural Helpers Fall Retreat. The JJAB collaboration yielded the training of 18 new Natural Helpers students and a refresher for three returning members.
    The goal of Natural Helpers is to help and support other students, to learn ways of caring for themselves and each other, and to help foster a safe and supportive environment in their school and community.
    A theme that seemed to return for the team was that everyone is special in their own way and how important it is emphasize the uniqueness of each individual and what they bring to the group.
    “We had an amazing time and formed a tremendous bond with one another,” Harrison said. “I look forward to working with each of them and getting to know the additional members as the year progresses.”
    As one of their many projects, the Natural Helpers brought about a weeklong event earlier this month called, The Attitudes of Gratitude Bucket Challenge. The students worked to man tables allowing students and staff to identify the many things they are thankful for in life on a daily basis. Their goal was to fill a 5-gallon bucket by the end of the week.

  • Today

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

    Temporary exhibit: Saul Hertz, MD: A pioneer in the Use of Radioactive Isotopes. Daily through Jan. 31 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Keep It Classy. Ongoing at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    For the January meeting of the Los Alamos Genealogical Association, Kent Parsons will lead a discussion on “Descendancy Research” at 7 p.m., upstairs in the meeting room of the Mesa Public Library. The public is invited. The usual no-host social dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. at China Moon before the meeting.

    Backcountry Film Festival. 7 p.m. The Backcountry Film Festival is back in Los Alamos for another year, with nine unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled. It promises to be an evening of entertainment, prizes, and fun. Pajarito Brewpub returns to sell beer and wine. Reel Deal Theater. $12 advance/$15 at door. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Author and teacher Sharon Oard Warner will talk about her work for this month’s Authors Speak Series. Her latest book, “Sophie’s House of Cards,” was published by UNM Press in October.
    Warner will bring copies of her books to sell and sign. The event starts at 7 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Rotunda.
    Warner is also the author of “Deep in the Heart,” and “Learning to Dance and Other Stories,” and the editor of “The Way We Write Now, Short Stories from the AIDS Crisis.” She teaches creative writing at the University of New Mexico.
    “Sophie’s House of Cards,” is set in New Mexico, where Warner has made her home for many years, so the descriptions of the landscape, flora and seasons will ring true to every New Mexican. The family portrayed in the novel also carries that same sense of authenticity. Peggy, Jack, Sophie and Ian are just moving forward, in the way of most families, until the young Sophie finds herself pregnant. That fact causes the family to examine everything about how they have been living. The house of cards in the title refers both to the fragility of the stories people construct in order to proceed, and also to Tarot cards, which introduce each chapter.

  • Financial aid workshop available to help students

    A representative from the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation will be at Los Alamos High School to help students and parents complete the Financial Aid Application at the FAFSA Workshop at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the MacLab (located in the IMC).
    Parents and students will need to bring several important documents to complete the FAFSA, including a 2014 Federal Income Tax Return, W-2 Forms, birth date, Social Security number, any 2014 business and investment mortgage information, business farm records, stock, bond and other investment records, and current bank statements and an alien registration card for non-U.S. citizens.
    For more information on FAFSA, go to nmknowledge4college.org.

    Kiosk art contest now underway

    Los Alamos MainStreet announces the “Living Los Alamos” Kiosks Art Contest. The contest is a call for original photographs or artwork that represent “Living Los Alamos.”
    Winning art will be displayed in the four directional kiosks along Central Avenue. The only qualification is that the art should be representative of living in Los Alamos or the surrounding area.

  • With the new year comes a new focus on the Los Alamos County Nature Center. The building, now nearly completed, sits ready for the next phase of construction: installing the professionally designed and developed exhibits and planetarium projector.
    Meanwhile, finishing touches are being made on the exhibits in a fabrication facility in Albuquerque. Soon they will be transported up to Los Alamos and installation will begin. The new nature center is still on track to open on April 22, which is Earth Day.
    “Every step of this process has been exciting,” said PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson, “But now it’s getting down to the final stages, and we’re all becoming more excited for the grand opening. The exhibits that we’ve been talking about for over a year are taking shape, and we can finally imagine them going into the beautiful new building.”
    The new nature center is a public-private partnership between Los Alamos County and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Under the partnership agreement, the county is responsible for construction of the $4.3 million facility. PEEC has been chosen by the county to operate the new nature center.

  • Businesses
    Cross Fit     
    Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock
    Liz Martineau and Gordon McDonough
    Jim Hay and Reine Williams
    Individuals & Programs
    Sylvan Argo     
    Natalia Barkurdarova   
    Jeff Bingham
    David Bradshaw      
    Dawn Brown    
    Margie Candler  
    Carol Clark     
    Robyn Collom    
    Anna Dillane  
    Andy Erickson    
    Nicole Ferry     
    Dave Fox     
    Joanna Gillespie
    David Griggs     
    Sally Grindstaff     
    Cynthia Justice
    Chloe Keilers     
    John Kottman    
    Phillip Kunsberg
    Jane Lin      
    Joann Lysne     
    Ross Mason
    Heather McClenahan     
    Ann McLaughlin    
    Michael Mason    
    Judy Nekimken     
    Dave Phillips     
    Barbara Pigott   

  • This past weekend was the acknowledgement of the 2014 Assets In Action nominees for our community.
    I’m sure my husband and our children would tell you that I delight in the fact I get to talk the entire evening and it is expected for my duties.
    It is true, I get to preside over the many stories for a variety of people, programs and businesses that make our little world, even better than many of us know.
    There will be a variety of stories about the many do-gooders we recognized, but today, I will highlight a few.
    Two of those recognized are gentlemen who do the hard jobs many of us take for granted each day. They are the postman and the policeman.
    One particular postman, Aaron Tompkins was recognized by a local senior for being her eyes and ears. Tompkins made a note that she didn’t seem right one day, as he delivered her mail. He returned after his rounds just to make sure she was feeling better and didn’t need medical intervention.
    The second gentleman was Los Alamos Police Department Officer David Bradshaw. Bradshaw was recently recognized as the Detention Officer of the Year for 2014. He was recognized for being an honorable man that treats inmates with respect. On occasion, those with warrants would surrender to the Los Alamos jail because they knew they would be treated with compassion.

  • Jan. 18-24, 2015
    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
    BESC closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    8:30 a.m.    Mac users group
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Red chile beef             enchilada
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1 p.m.         Bingo
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Green chile             chicken tortilla soup

  • 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.
    Cordelia — A short haired, all-black cat with a tiny little white patch on her chest and a small notch out of her ear. She was trapped on 48th Street on New Year’s Eve, and she was certainly happy to be somewhere warm for the new year! She is extremely friendly, and she will be ready for a warm, indoor home of her own once she gets a clean bill of health from the vet.

  • The 2014 Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot was a great success with 196 runners and walkers attending in spite of cool and very windy conditions. Participants had a wonderful time with the random drawings of turkeys and pumpkin pies after the fun walk/run with time to chat with friends, colleagues and neighbors. The fundraiser ended up with $14,216 donated to the CROP Hunger Walk for emergency relief efforts, and hunger and poverty alleviation, with 25 percent of that amount plus an additional $200 donated to our LA Cares food bank.
    We would like to give special thanks to our main sponsor, Lou Santoro’s State Farm Insurance Agency, as well as The Atomic City Road Runners.
    Thanks also to our other fabulous business sponsors, Eye Associates of New Mexico, Hartway & Breshears, Los Alamos Medical Center, New Mexico Sinus Institute, Santa Fe Sports & Images, Smith’s Marketplace, USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association, The Finishing Touch, Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, United Church of Los Alamos, Veterinary Cancer Clinic, Los Alamos Chiropractic and Sage Integrated Health and Aspen Copies. Thanks for publicity from KRSN radio, LA Daily Post, and the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Los Alamos
    Home Run Pizza, 1627 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Oct. 27
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations. Soda nozzles need to be cleaned. Thermometers needed in all refrigerators. Three low-risk violations. Walls need cleaning to remove food product accumulation. Outside doors are propped open. Sanitizer bottle too close to dough.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    El Rigobertos Taco Shop, 166 Central Park Square
    Date inspected: Oct. 27
    Violations: One high-risk violation. No sanitizer solution in bucket, which was corrected at time of inspection. One moderate-risk violation. Ice scoop stored outside of ice maker, which was corrected at time of inspection.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Classic Fare – TA3 Otowi
    Date inspected: Oct. 28
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Holiday Inn Express, 60 Entrada Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 28
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Hot food items held at improper temperatures, items were thrown out and the violation was corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Albuquerque native Ryan Montaño has been chosen as a “Rising Star” and will perform live as the at the annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Panama City, Florida in April.
    Jazz trumpeter, Montaño, hit the Billboard charts in 2014 with his single, “I’d Like That.”
    For more than 17 years Seabreeze Jazz Festival has featured new talent in their Rising Star segments that have gone onto become some of Jazz’s largest stars including Chris Botti, Eric Darius,
    Euge Groove and Steve Cole just to name a few.
    “I feel, landing the Rising Star gig at Seabreeze Jazz Festival is an affirmation of everything towards which I’ve worked this past decade. To be included on the same artist line-up as many of my musical heroes is truly indescribable,” Montaño said.
    Seabreeze is the first large Jazz festival of the season, attracting fans from across the globe in the thousands. It is closely watched and evaluated by festival organizers, as well as music producers. The Rising Star segment for 2015 is already anticipating more than 8,000 fans in attendance.
    Montaño’s performances can be viewed on Youtube, youtube.com/watch?v=kEJwF5BAEdI.

  • The nation’s largest quilting event will be this weekend in Albuquerque.
    The 2015 Quilt Week event will feature four special exhibits centered on the cultural and artistic heritage of its host state and region. The event is hosted by the American Quilter’s Society.
    QuiltWeek Albuquerque will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center through Saturday. Exhibit hours are from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
    From the “Land of Enchantment: 30 Years of Quilts,” by Gail Garber consists of 30 quilts by Albuquerque’s own Gail Garber. The quilts include traditional and geometric designs, Southwestern pictorial quilts, and the free-form art quilts she is now known for.
    Garber has lived in New Mexico for more than 40 years and uses the elements of the Land of Enchantment as inspiration. Many of Garber’s quilts have not been shown together, as well as some that have never been exhibited.
    Navajo Rug Exhibit shares the history and art of Navajo textile weaving as weaver Vanessa Begay-Lee creates a rug on her loom. 
    The Route 66 collection features around 50 art quilts depicting each quiltmaker’s personal engagement with the iconic Mother Road.

  • Dave Hahn, a professional climbing guide and ski patroller in Taos, will be the presenter at the next Mountaineers meeting.
    The talk will begin at 7p.m. Jan. 21 at Fuller Lodge.
    Hahn will provide a slideshow of a year in review, detailing his work in guiding and patrolling from Taos to Everest, with a little Antarctica, Africa, Alaska and Mt. Rainier thrown in.
    Hahn has been climbing professionally since 1986. Mount Rainier is his summer home, with almost 30 summers guiding there.
    Hahn has guided extensively in the Antarctic, reaching the highest point on the continent, Mt. Vinson, a record 35 times, and he is well-known for leading expeditions on the Shackelton Traverse on South Georgia Island.
    Hahn has made 30 expeditions over 28 years to Denali and is a veteran of 20 Mt. Everest expeditions, having made the summit 15 times.
    Hahn participated in three expeditions to the north side of Everest intent on solving the mystery of what became of a 1924 pioneering effort; he was part of the 1999 team that found George Mallory’s body at 27,000 feet.
    He has been published in Outside Magazine, and has contributed to several climbing books.

  • Now in its fourth year, the Winter Wildlands Alliance in cooperation with the Reel Deal Theater will bring nine independent grassroots films to Los Alamos on Jan. 22 as part of the “Backcountry Film Festival.”
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up once again. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world.
    The local screening will be 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Reel Deal Theater. It will be the only one in New Mexico.
    Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Reel Deal Theater for $12, or at the door on the day of the show for $15. As in years past, the film festival is expected to sell out, so advance purchase tickets are recommended. To purchase advance tickets, visit fyilosalamos.com/event/backcountry-film-festival/ or call PEEC at 662-0460.
    The Pajarito Brewpub will be selling beer and wine in the lobby before the show and at intermission. Also at intermission PEEC will have a raffle for prizes, including items donated by local businesses the Los Alamos Cooperative Market, CB Fox, Fusion Multisport and the Reel Deal Theater, as well as national sponsors Yak Trax, Ambler, Mountain Khakis, Point 6 and Winter Wildlands Alliance.

  • Today
    Science on Tap. 5:30 p.m. at Unquarked Wine Room. The speaker will be Sara Del Valle talking about using social media to forecast the spread of infectious diseases.

    Atomic Film Festival. “On the Front Lines: The War Years.” 7 p.m. in Fuller Lodge. Free. On Dec. 8, 1941, the Disney Studio was taken over by the military as part of the war effort. Disney spent the next four years creating training, propaganda, and educational films for the Armed Forces.

    Temporary exhibit: Saul Hertz, MD: A pioneer in the Use of Radioactive Isotopes. Daily through Jan. 31 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Keep It Classy. Ongoing at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    “Murdered to Death.” 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theater. $12-14. Tickets available at CB Fox, online or at the door.
    Kiwanis aluminum can collection. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Sullivan Field. Free.

    “North Korea Beyond ‘The Interview’ and Russia Beyond Crimea.” Sig Hecker from Stanford University will present a free public lecture. 6 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1967 18th St.  

  • Assisted Listening System to debut at LALT on Friday

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will unveil its new assisted listening system at the opening performance of “Murdered to Death” by Peter Gordon on Friday.
    The induction loop system generates a signal that can be picked up by persons wearing a common type of hearing aid. It will be fed by microphones that pick up the dialogue and sound effects generated on stage.
    “This is new technology for us and I expect there will be fine-tuning as we go along,” said LALT President Gracie Cainelli. “We would enjoy feedback from audience members who make use of the system so we can optimize its performance.”
    Cainelli said the system’s purchase and installation was made possible by a generous grant from Los Alamos National Bank and significant donations from a number of LALT patrons.
    LALT also purchased five headsets that can be checked out during performances, for use by persons who do not have compatible hearing aid technology.
    “Murdered to Death,” a spoof on Agatha Christie mysteries, performs 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 16-31, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan 25. Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com, CB Fox or at the door. For more information visit lalt.org.

  • Auditions for “Avenue Q” will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Toolshed in Dixon, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center in Los Alamos and again 6 p.m. Monday.
    “Avenue Q” is a Tony Award-winning musical about 20-somethings trying to make it in the real world, which can be hard for both humans and puppets. The show focuses on young adults trying to figure out life in a big city, scrambling for jobs, dates and finding their purpose in life.
    The cast includes eight puppets, operated by actors on stage, and three humans. Holly Haas, from Dixon, is the director and set designer; Sheila Schiferl, from Los Alamos, is the music director. Brian Huysman will lead the orchestra for performances.
    The show contains full-puppet nudity and is not appropriate for children.
    “Avenue Q” is a joint production of the Dixon Community Players and Los Alamos Little Theatre. Holly Haas of DCP (and formerly of the Los Alamos High School Olions) will direct; Brian Huysman is the music director.
    Persons interested in auditioning should prepare a song from the show for the character(s) they are interested in playing.  The script for the play and a CD of its music are available at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos and the Embudo Valley Library in Dixon.

  • Jane Clements, a Bradbury Museum guide shows Eli Carrasco, 5, how to create slides with water samples from the area, then examines the slides through a microscope.
    The Bradbury Science Museum hosts the “Scientist in the Spotlight” series every second Saturday of the month. The informal conversations led by scientists and other professionals are hands-on and interactive with kids of all ages and adults.
    Teri Roberts, a software engineer, also showed a group of children how computers work through the entire process from binary digits to supercomputers. Roberts works at Los Alamos National Laboratory. GINA SCHULTZ/Monitor