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Today's Features

  • Today
     The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a discussion about atheism-related books. Do you have a favorite book you’d like to tell us about? Are you a fan of Richard Dawkins, or is there something more obscure that interests you? Join us from 6:30-8 p.m. in meeting room 1 of the Mesa Public Library. Questions? Find us on facebook or email losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com.

    The LA Democratic County Party Convention is at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. They will elect ward, precinct, and county leaders. All registered Dems are encouraged to meet candidates running for state offices and just have fun. Call Mike Wheeler 662-5577 for more information.
    Thursday
    The Piñon Elementary Book Fair will be from 7:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m. March 28; and from 7:30-11 a.m. March 29. There will also be an online book fair. Log on to bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/pinonelemsch.

    Club Anime will meet from 4-5 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. Club Anime is for ages 13-19. Come watch some anime and enjoy ramen with other snacks.

  • Today
    Los Alamos High School National Art Honor Society is hosting a Renaissance Spaghetti Dinner 6-8 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on North Road. Funds raised will be used to support the NAHS scholarship. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 13 and younger and may be purchased at the door.
    Wednesday
     The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a discussion about atheism-related books. Do you have a favorite book you’d like to tell us about? Are you a fan of Richard Dawkins, or is there something more obscure that interests you? Join us from 6:30-8 p.m. in meeting room 1 of the Mesa Public Library. Questions? Find us on facebook or email losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com.

    The LA Democratic County Party Convention is at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. They will elect ward, precinct, and county leaders. All registered Dems are encouraged to meet candidates running for state offices and just have fun. Call Mike Wheeler 662-5577 for more information.
    Thursday
    The Piñon Elementary Book Fair will be from 7:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m. March 28; and from 7:30-11 a.m. March 29. There will also be an online book fair. Log on to bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/pinonelemsch.

  • It all started with the Hill Diner’s banana cream pie.
    A year ago last month, you may have read my column about local teacher, Valerie Adams receiving a surprise proposal after the conspiracy of the Hill Diner, De Colores at the Gate and few devious pals.
    Adams and boyfriend Tim, went on their first date to the Hill Diner. Recently, a new chapter was opened as the couple exchanged nuptials in the backyard of Valerie’s dad’s home.
    The story gets better.
    When the couple met, my husband Chad introduced his former Navy pal to Valerie. That weekend visit included stops at the Bradbury Science Museum and a spin around The Next Big Idea at Ashley Pond — and of course a stop for banana cream pie.
    The weekend was over too soon and after a drop at the airport, Val went to breakfast with her dad at an Albuquerque eatery.
    Feeling like a giddy schoolgirl, Val prayed that if she wasn’t too old to feel this way, she needed a sign. She also asked that the sign be pretty blatant because sometimes even adults miss the signs.
    Her dad took her to a restaurant in Albuquerque called Tim’s place.
    Tim is a lovely young man with Down’s Syndrome and the owner of the restaurant where their motto is, “World’s friendliest restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and hugs.”

  • Great Conversations is an afternoon of appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. This is the Fourth Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. It will take place from 2-5 p.m. April 28 at Los Alamos High School in the new building. This is part of a series about the conversations that will take place.
    “Developing Strong, Resilient Children” featuring Sandy Beery.
    What is the power of assuming positive intent? Sandy Beery is an experienced teacher and school administrator. She will guide a discussion about how the composure of the many adults in a child’s life will have a lasting affect on a child’s ability to learn self-regulation.
    She will lead a discussion about moving children from the survival or emotional state of the brain to the executive state of the brain and how this will impact their learning both in and out of the school setting. Berry is currently the director of an elementary charter school.
    She has been an educator for 20 years and began her career as a high school math teacher and has been a school administrator for more than 16 years.  

  • ULSAN, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's weapons program is not the only nuclear headache for South Korea. The country's radioactive waste storage is filling up as its nuclear power industry burgeons, but what South Korea sees as its best solution — reprocessing the spent fuel so it can be used again — faces stiff opposition from its U.S. ally.

    South Korea fired up its first reactor in 1978 and since then the resource poor nation's reliance on atomic energy has steadily grown. It is now the world's fifth-largest nuclear energy producer, operating 23 reactors. But unlike the rapid growth of its nuclear industry, its nuclear waste management plan has been moving at a snail's pace.

    A commission will be launched before this summer to start public discussion on the permanent storage of spent nuclear fuel rods, which must be locked away for tens of thousands of years. Temporary storage for used rods in spent fuel pools at nuclear power plants is more than 70 percent full.

    Undeterred by Japan's Fukushima disaster or recent local safety failings, South Korea plans to boost nuclear to 40 percent of its energy needs with the addition of 11 new reactors by 2024.

  • Great Conversations is an afternoon of appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. This is the Fourth Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. It will take place from 2-5 p.m. April 28 at Los Alamos High School, in the new building. This is the first in a series about the conversations that will take place.

  • March 24-30, 2013
    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
    MONDAY
    8:30, 10:30 a.m. Tax preparation
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Hamburger
    12:30 p.m. Driver safety program
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Low vision/hearing support
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Baked ham
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.
    DOGS
    Fly —A very sweet female Border Collie-mix. She is very shy and living in a foster home, where she is gaining some confidence. To meet Fly in her foster home, call 412-3451.
    Mildred — Young Lab-mix with a bundle of energy. She has a wonderful time running her energy off at the dog park and despite her small size, she enjoys the company of large dogs more than small dogs.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • “Wrapped in God’s Love” is the theme for a countywide mini-conference, “Women-to-Women Brunch and More.” The mini-conference, which seeks to connect Los Alamos women with each other and with God, will be from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday at the Los Alamos Church of Christ building, 2323 Diamond Dr.
    The morning of Christian fellowship, encouragement and strengthening, is open to all women of the community. There is no charge for the conference. Brunch will be served and complimentary babysitting will be available.
    Featured speakers for the morning are Dr. Zandree Stidham, chair of the Department of Communications at the University of New Mexico Los Alamos and Shirley Raye Redmond, award-winning author of 27 books for children and adults.
    The speakers will focus on how Christian women can effectively interact with each other and reach out to others.
    Zandree Stidham, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of communications. Wife of the Los Alamos Church of Christ youth minister Tony Stidham, she is the mother of four children. She is also a native of Los Alamos and a graduate of Los Alamos High School.
    Stidham works as an adoptive family contact for the New Mexico Fiesta Project, offering support and training for adoptive families.