• The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having their annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale.
    Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals. Daffodil pre-orders are being taken now through March 3.
    Order a glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) of daffodils for $15, a glass vase with one bunch for $10, or a single bunch (10 stems) for $5. Delivery is free with any $10 minimum order to a single address.
    Flowers will be delivered Saturday, March 8, or can be picked up at Daffodil Central (location to be announced) from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 6-7. Watch for location sales at LANB and Smith’s grocery stores those days. The sale is sponsored in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico. To place an order call the Visiting Nurse Service at 662-2525 or order online at lavns.com.

  • Las Aranas Spinners and Weavers Guild from Albuquerque and Central New Mexico and Las Tejedoras Fiber Arts Guild from Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, Tapestry Show featuring the Alphabet Soup Exhibit begins 10 a.m. Friday at the Fuller Lodge Art Center Portal Gallery. The exhibit runs through March 15.
    The tapestry show features the Alphabet Soup Exhibit, that consists of 31 small tapestries representing letters of the alphabet and numbers zero through four.
    The display came out of a joint meeting of the two guild tapestry groups when they decided to collaborate on a project.
    Twenty-nine weavers decided to participate in this project. Each weaver was assigned a letter or number and created a representational, metaphorical or abstract design using a color scheme of the weaver’s choosing. The letter or number that is the theme of the piece can be obvious or hidden within the tapestry.
    Additional tapestries from the two tapestry groups will also be shown as part of the exhibit. These tapestries vary in size, feature a variety of techniques and diverse subject matter.
    Both Las Aranas and Las Tejedoras Guilds were founded in the early 1970s. These guilds provide educational experiences to their members and participate in projects that increase awareness of the fiber arts.

  • Margaret Blewett grew up in northern New Mexico and developed a deep appreciation for this area. It is that love and the Pajarito Plateau that drives her to volunteer at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    She first started volunteering as a preschool teacher, leading a class for young ones at the nature center, and more recently Blewett volunteers as a docent.
    Even at 81 years of age, she has plenty of energy to share with the community.
    Blewett grew up in Albuquerque. “I spent my summers at a Girl Scout camp in the Jemez mountains. It was during those summers that I fell in love with this area,” she said in a recent PEEC interview. “I went to the camp for many years, first as a camper and then as a counselor.
    She has taught in Australia for one year and then returned to Albuquerque, before moving to Los Alamos. She has resided on the Hill with her husband for the past 51 years. “We raised our six kids in Los Alamos, and naturally they grew up to be New Mexico lovers,” Blewett said. “I especially love northern New Mexico and southeastern Utah, where I have spent a lot of time camping and hiking.” Blewett boasts she is the proud grandmother of 14 grandchildren.

  • I’m compelled to spend at least one more week on the topic of lemonade.
    Stopping at “Every Lemonade Stand: How to Create a Culture that Cares for Kids,” by James Vollbracht is a community read, to begin some small conversations that can make a big impact.
    The books are available for $10 at the Family YMCA and it doesn’t matter if you can attend any of the book groups, or even the final chat, which is pending, via Skype with the author.
    Even though I hope at least one of those free events piques your interest, I’d really like one of two things to come out of the rally of the troops.
    Number one is I would really like the YMCA to sell all of their books, so they don’t get stuck with any extras.
    The second is that I would like the reader to see that it is the small interaction that I’m going for, not what new program we can do for kids or with kids. It is what you, the individual do, to make any interaction with kids better.
    I thought how great it would be if everyone that purchased the book went on a mission to keep the book going. A meaningful chain letter if you will — are you old enough to remember the chain letter?

  • 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 adoptables:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.
    JANUARY SPECIAL OFFER FOR LOS ALAMOS RESIDENTS ONLY! The Los Alamos Animal Shelter wants to thank you for shopping and adopting locally. The shelter is offering one chance on a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Pet Pangaea and a $50 gift certificate to Smith’s for each animal adopted from the Los Alamos Shelter during the month of January. This offer is only valid on animals that arrived at the shelter during 2013.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to can 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.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

  • Karen Wray Fine Art Studios is offering art classes for those who want to learn how to paint, but are not sure where to start or what medium to use (oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels?)
    An Art Class Test Drive will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Wray’s new studio space at 166 East Gate Drive, near the Los Alamos Animal Clinic, next to Yeaman’s Machine Shop.
    New classes start the first week in February.
    The purpose of the test drive is to get an opportunity to try out different mediums before signing up for the classes in February and invest in art supplies.
    Karen Wray Fine Art has offered art classes since 2009. The classes have expanded from one oil painting class to several classes in oils, watercolors, pastels, drawing and creative color and design classes. In addition, this winter, there will be a Thursday evening oil painting class for the convenience of working individuals.
    Classes are designed to cover fundamental art principles and methods, while having fun. The instructors are all professional, local, working artists.
    The instructors include Karen E. Wray — oil painting, Janice Parker Muir — Oil Painting, Allen brown — Watercolor Painting and Melissa Bartlett — Dynamic Design/Creative Color.

  • The Los Alamos Co-op Market’s “Shop with the Chef” cooking classes is back for the season to give local chefs the opportunity to share their love of cuisine, picking out the ingredients and taking participants through the process to the final product.
    Three classes are available for $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers plus tax:
    • Healthy One-Dish Meals by Emily Schmidt on Jan. 28
    • Valentine’s Day Dinner Made Simply by Co-op General Manager Steve Watts on Feb. 11
    • The Key to French Cuisine by Edwin Theodore on March 11.
    The classes will be 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Co-op, 95 Entrada Drive. Registration is now available at the
    Co-op. Class size is limited to accommodate the space, so registering early will ensure a chance to attend.
    The Healthy One-Dish Meals class focuses on making a delicious, healthy, balanced breakfast and dinner using nutritious whole foods. Participants will learn with a hands-on demonstration, in addition to sampling the meals. Schmidt practices family-friendly, nutritious cooking and believes that “food is the answer” to being on track with health and wellness. Schmidt’s recipes are gluten-free.

  • Santa Fe
    Subway, 2801 Rodeo Road, Suite B-9
    Date inspected: Jan. 6
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Vents and fans have dust build up.Top of bread warmer is dusty. Door handles have grime build up.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Taco Bell, 1201 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: Jan. 6
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Ice from condensation or from a leak in the condenser unit is pooling onto food product and/or container. Ice is not a potable water source.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up with Corrective Action Response by Jan. 17.

    Panda Express, 3522 Zafarano Drive, Suite F1
    Date inspected: Jan. 8
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Food temperatures in in danger zone for front display line and some items in walk in. Two moderate-risk violations. Grill equipment has grease build up on all sides. Wood handle utensils are degraded and shall be made smooth, non-absorbent and cleaned.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up with Corrective Action Response by Jan. 14.

    Chuck Higgins LLC, 847 Ninita St.
    Date inspected: Jan. 8
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Dirk Norris, former Outreach Programs Manager for the New Mexico Film Office, announced the creation of the New Mexico Film Foundation, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is “To help support the independent film industry in New Mexico while offering financial assistance and educational opportunities to New Mexico independent film makers.”
    While the film industry continues to grow in New Mexico through the efforts of the New Mexico Film Office, programs such as the “New Visions” contract award, “Governor’s Cup” and “Film Maker Intensive,” programs designed to help New Mexico filmmakers, no longer exist. “We have a large community of independent film makers right here in New Mexico,” Norris said, “and the time is now to bring more attention to them, and offer them support.”
    Once it gets funding, the New Mexico Film Foundation will offer a variety of grants aimed at helping those creative “above the line” writers, directors, producers and actors that want to tell stories through film and digital media.

  • BOSTON — “Antiques Roadshow,” PBS’s series, has announced its Summer 2014 Tour destinations: Bismarck, N.D., Santa Clara, Calif., Birmingham, Ala., Austin, Texas; Albuquerque, Chicago, New York and Charleston, W.Va.
    Programs recorded in those locations will make up the 11-time Emmy® Award nominated production’s 19th broadcast season on PBS, airing in 2015. 
    The stop in Albuquerque is July 19.
    “‘Antiques Roadshow’ couldn’t be happier to embark on our second summer of a beefed up, eight-city tour,” said Executive Producer Marsha Bemko. “From a first-time visit to West Virginia to a long-awaited return to New York’s thriving antique scene, we are thrilled about each and every city we are traveling to.”
    Roadshow’s 2014 Tour invites almost 50,000 fans to join the production as it travels across the country on the search for America’s next hidden treasure. 
    Admission to “Antiques Roadshow” events is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Ticket applications and complete ticketing rules will be available on pbs.org/antiques or by dialing toll-free 1-888-762-3749 by 7 p.m. local time.

  • Assemblage and collage have a long history in contemporary art and Mesa Public Library Art Gallery shows a local master of mixed media, Santa Fe artist Dirk Wales.
    From densely texted paper juxtaposed with reprinted photographic images, bits and pieces of tickets and paper bric-a-brac, Wales’ works are small worlds contained in one-of-a- kind boxes.
    An artist, author and film maker, the “eclectic” work of Dirk Wales is intriguing and engaging.
    Enjoy visiting the eccentric worlds of Dirk Wales beginning next week at the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery.
    The exhibition will run from Jan. 29 through Feb. 27, with a talk with the artist from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 30.
    A steady influence for the work is the presence of the American artist of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, Joseph Cornell who essentially “invented” box art, that is, collage and assemblage in boxes.
    Wales follows Cornell’s lead with assemblage in photographs and in boxes.
    A good example of this work is a category called Heroes. Featured are three of Wales’ mentors: Joseph Cornell, Camille Claudel and Egon Scheile. He has made cubes of their images, photographed the cubes in compelling ways and then combined the cubes and images in a box.

  • Are you an adult with an ongoing health condition? Join a free 2 ½ hour MyCD Workshop being sponsored by the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and the Family Y.
    There is information on how to manage chronic disease for support and finding practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to communicate with a doctor and family.
    If anyone has conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety, a MyCD Workshop can help take charge of one’s life.
    MyCD Workshop will be once a week for six weeks beginning from 1:00-3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The program runs through March 18.
    Learn from Pauline Schneider, executive director, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and Paula Roybal Sánchez, extension home economist, Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and trained volunteer leaders with health conditions themselves.
    Topics that will be discussed include:
    Session 1 – Feb. 11: Introduction to workshop, Group introductions, Mind-Body connection/distraction, Getting a good night sleep and Introduction to action plans;

  •  Northern New Mexico Community members are preventing type 2 diabetes together by participating in the free National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) offered in Española by The Family YMCA and the Rio Arriba Cooperative Extension Service.
    Guided by trained lifestyle coaches, groups of participants will learn the skills necessary to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.
    People with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are five to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within three years.
    “One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater.” said Melanie Chapman, Wellness Director of The Family YMCA. “The NDPP Program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”
    Participants will learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.

  • Zinio, the world’s largest digital newsstand is now part of the Mesa Public Library.
    This service has been added in addition to audio books and eBooks available to download instantly from the library’s website free of charge. Zinio is an online newsstand with full content, online magazines — and its all free. The program launched on Jan. 8.
    Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.
    Current issues of more than 40 magazines in a broad range of subject areas will be available to library patrons, no limit on checkout and no returns. “Unlimited number of people can be reading the same issue at the same time,” Electronic Services Manager Gwen Kalavaza said. “That is different than ebooks and it holds a future for magazines, which is good.”
    Anyone with a library card can either come by the Mesa Public Library Reference Desk for more details, or sign up online.
    All the details to sign up for a free account are available on the library webpage, losalamosnm.us/library.
    Library staff are available to help patrons get started using the new service. Call the Mesa Reference Desk at 662-8253 to find out more.

  • Middle school science teachers in New Mexico are being asked this month to nominate their promising female students to attend the Tech Trek summer camp in July, sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Young Women in Computing program at NMSU.
    The camp is open to seventh grade girls from throughout New Mexico who have an interest in science, math, engineering, or technology (STEM) careers.
    At Tech Trek, girls are immersed in a world that empowers and encourages them to think about themselves as future scientists, engineers, mathematicians and computer specialists.
    Camp attendees will stay in the dorms at New Mexico State University to attend challenging classes and fascinating, hands-on workshops taught by university instructors and professionals in a wide range of fields.
    The camp program also includes a field trip to the NASA space center to experience women in real-world science careers, and a career night to meet dozens of professionals who will share their experiences with the girls.
    Parents of seventh grade girls who attend the summer camp will pay only a small registration fee, as the entire camp has been funded by generous contributions from the AAUW and local technology companies.
    However, girls must be nominated by their science teachers before they can apply.

  • It is the little things that make the difference, because you never know what is going on in someone’s life.
    I’ll give you an example that I hesitate to share, because the purpose isn’t to evoke an “awwww” from you the next time I see you, but for you to see something a little differently.
    The last six months of 2013 really sucked, to be honest with you.
    Don’t get me wrong, there were some pretty awesome things that happened too, but every month from July through December, something difficult in the Lauritzen family took place.
    The things ranged from major family medical issues, to a vehicle accident and really, just more than you could imagine.
    While I won’t get into details here, suffice it to say that each month got harder and harder to the point where we didn’t always share what was taking place.
    It wasn’t because we didn’t want people to know, or didn’t want to share; it was the simple fact that it was difficult thing after difficult thing that eventually seemed unreal, making me feel like a drama queen or at the least, Debbie Downer, from “Saturday Night Live.”
    Our close friends were great, being kind, making dinners from time to time and mainly listening to the occasional vent.

  • As a thank you for providing a shelter pet with a forever home, we would like to offer you a free one-month subscription to the “Los Alamos Monitor.”
    All you need to do is provide your name, address and phone number on a form at the shelter upon adoption, to begin delivering your paper to your home. After the free one-month subscription expires, we invite you to contact us about your service and to extend your subscription.
    Thank you again for saving a life. Best wishes from the “Los Alamos Monitor.”  

  • Families in Los Alamos County are helped through the office of Self Help, Inc. who serves as the local Salvation Army branch. The generosity of the community helps Los Alamos County families to pay for basic needs such as housing, food, utility bills, emergency travel, and clothing.
    The 45 volunteers started ringing the bells right after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at both Smith stores.
    Annie Bard, director of the White Rock Senior Center, and Irene Powell, RSVP director at the Betty Ehart Senior Center scheduled the ringers. Ringers were creative in dressing up like Santa or singing or putting candy canes on top of the donation bucket.
    A special thanks to the Smith’s stores for allowing the bell ringers to be there.
    Thank you, Los Alamos, for donating $15,000 to help needy families of Los Alamos County.
    2013 Salvation Army Bell Ringers:
    Annie Bard
    Jessica Bard
    Janet Basinger
    Al Bateman
    Nancy Bearss
    Romayne Betts
    Brian Boyer
    Josephine Boyer
    Lee Builta
    Mary Cernicek
    Bev Copper
    Bert Dennis
    Janet Donnelly
    Heather Donnelly
    Mike Donnelly
    John Fitzpatrick
    Terry Hahn
    Louise Hassman
    Roy Hopwood
    Sandy Jennings
    Bert Kortegaard

  • On Tuesday, Assets In Action presents its next installment of “What’s Up Doc?” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at White Rock Town Hall.
    The program, which has brought the health professionals from the Los Alamos Children’s Clinic to educate the community in family-friendly venues, has added other professionals to the fold as they delve into the tough topic of striving for a health community.
    Tuesday’s session will include a presentation from the New Mexico Suicide Prevention Coalition, to highlight some warning signs for parents and caregivers of youth.
    NMSPC Director Laura Harrison, knows the topic can be tough for many, “Suicide prevention sounds scary, but it’s really simple. It’s about knowing the warning signs of suicide, and then knowing what to do with that info. That’s what we teach on a basic level.”
    Harrison was impacted at the age of 19, after a suicide death of a friend. “I didn’t want other teens to go through what I had,” Harrison said.
    The Assets program would like the gathering to be multi-purpose and reflect on current needs and long-range strategies to build resilience and enhance community.

  • JANUARY SPECIAL OFFER FOR LOS ALAMOS RESIDENTS! The Los Alamos Shelter wants to thank the community for shopping locally and adopting locally. The shelter is offering one chance on a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Pet Pangaea and a $50 gift certificate to Smith’s for each animal adopted from the shelter during the month of January. The animal must be one who arrived in 2013.
    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 adorable adoptables:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 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 the 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.
    Two for one this week