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Today's Features

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    Los Alamos National Laboratory retiree Leandro Thomas Gonzales, released his novel, “Follow the Spinning Sun.” 

    It explores why the Anasazi abandoned their homeland, which made way for the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and the founding of the town of Los Alamos.   

    The novel is based on the legend of the Great Migration, where the spinning sun led the Anasazi away from their ancestral homelands to new locations.  

    Gonzales said he associated the role of the spinning sun to the cloud, in the “Book of Exodus,” that led the Jewish people out of Egypt.

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    The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz and colorful characters. Students are in their final week of rehearsals for Atomic City Children Theater II’s production of Disney’s “The Jungle Book Kids.”

    The cast is made up of 34 third and fourth-grade students from all five elementary schools in Los Alamos and White Rock.

    ACCT II will present two performances of Disney’s “The Jungle Book Kids” at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. March 16 in the Mountain Elementary school gym. Those attending are asked to enter through the gym doors at the back of the school. The show runs about 30 minutes and admission is free.

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    PAC 8 is offering Spring Music Video Classes. Be a part of new classes that have never been offered before. Classes will be in two sessions. One session began March 6 and will run through March 27. 

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    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department. 

     

    Española

     

    Cariños Charter School, 116 Calle Espinoza

    Date inspected: March 6, other, second inspection

    Violations: None

    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

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    The Pajarito Brewpub and Grill next to Beall’s in the Mari-Mac shopping center, is like a beacon in the night for those who want dinner after 8 p.m.

    Despite what appears to be a very small space from outside, the owners have done a good job of using the space they have available. Not only do they have a bar in the establishment, but they also have a few booths and a decent amount of seating for diners. 

    Admittedly, the brewpub and grill was not the first choice on a recent Sunday afternoon, but alas, it was one of the only choices open after 2 p.m. A trip to another restaurant was attempted and despite the fact that the sign said they closed at 3 p.m. and it was only 2:36 p.m., the doors were locked. So a visit to the brewpub was in order.

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    Patagonia, one of the great wild places of the Americas, will be the subject of the March meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. 

    Doug Shepherd, who will tell the tale, is simultaneously a sponsored athlete (Mammut, Sterling Ropes, Cilogear Backpacks) and a post doc in systems biology at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Doug writes, “Patagonia has always stood out as a far away place that I would never be able to visit, let alone climb in, because of the horrible weather. In December 2012, I took a chance and went on a two-week trip, crossing my fingers and hoping we would get to climb instead of sitting around and drinking wine. Thankfully, we had almost too much good weather, and spent the majority of our trip in the mountains.”

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    Last year, Ken Nebel from the Fuller Lodge Art Center was throwing around ideas about collaboration with Raffi Andonian from the Los Alamos Historical Society, and Andonian suggested that if the Art Center hosted a show about pots, the Historical Society could share its collection of works by well-known potters. 

    Eventually, the idea morphed into “We Who Are Clay,” a collection of contemporary works by (mostly) New Mexico artists at the Art Center and the history of clay and adobe at the Historical Society, as well as a variety of clay-related activities throughout town. For the kick-off, the Art Center will hold an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, hosted by Self Help, Inc. Then on Saturday, Self Help hosts the Empty Bowls Project.

  • On Sunday, youth from across the community unite for one cause.
    The Mexico Mission auction will feature both, a silent and live auction, designed to raise funds for homes to be built during spring break in Mexico.
    The workers will include members from the United Church of Los Alamos, the Unitarian Church and non-church members, all who are on a mission to help their fellow man.
    The students have donated their time and gift certificates for services. The items include tennis lessons, babysitting, a photo session and more.
    The process wouldn’t be possible without UNCHLA member Laura Erickson and husband Randy.
    “I am excited about the auction because it brings the whole community and church family together to support the mission trip,” Laura said. “It is a very tangible way for everyone to say they support the youth and adults who are going to build in Puerto Peñasco.”
    The United Church of Los Alamos heads out on trip number 28 this year with an equal number of adults and youth — experienced and freshmen trip-goers.
    Just prior to the auction, the team often finds out information on the families they will build for. Amor Ministries works with local Pastors of Puerto Peñasco to decide who will receive the gift.

  • Today
    Poetry Gatherings with Jane Lin will be at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in room 3 at the Mesa Public Library. The speaker will be Irma Holtkamp. She will speak on “Using Ancestry and Ancestry DNA to Research Your Family History.” The public is invited.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, Building 2, Room 203. The speaker will be Frances Fernandes, president of SFFRW. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for charity donations. All Republicans are encouraged to attend.  For more information, call Donna MacDonald at 662-4001.
    Friday
    The AARP local chapter  will host coffee at 9:30 a.m. in the classroom at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. A welcome to new retirees  and ideas for future programs will be part of this informal  gathering. For more information, call 662-8920.

    The local Battle of the Books begins at 6 p.m. Register in the Mesa Public Library lobby.

  • There are lots of opportunities to do good for those in need this weekend.
    The annual Empty Bowls Project to benefit Self Help will take place on Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    KRSN AM 1490 radio station owner Gillian Sutton has been working throughout the year to build relationships with project partners to benefit the program.
    Sutton has rallied volunteers from near and far to donate the soup that fills the purchased bowls.
    Amy’s Intergalactic Bakery, the Decadent Table, De Colores, Dixie Girl, Morning Glory Bakery, Pajarito Brew Pub, Starbucks, Viola’s and more come together to raise funds to assist others.
    Empty Bowls is the flagship community service event for KRSN, where they not only donated hundreds of hours of time and promotion, but this year, will donate gift certificates from their latest venture, Flowers by Gillian.
    KRSN/Flowers by Gillian will also provide refreshments at the Fuller Lodge Art Center artist reception and the Historical Museum opening, Friday evening, to promote the Empty Bowls Event.
    A silent auction with more than 70 gift baskets, gift certificates, donations of clothing and more will be on display and available for bid.
    The event is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and includes music from the Brave New Brass Quintet and the Craig Martin Experience.