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Today's Features

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    Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about vegetable gardening.  Carlos Valdez comes to PEEC at 7 p.m. March 7 to talk about Vegetable ABCs. The talk is free and open to the public.

    The last and first frost used to be the beginning and end of the vegetable gardening season — but not anymore. This program will provide the knowledge necessary for growing food during every month of the year.

    Learn season-defying techniques to garden where summers are short and low levels of winter sunlight create the ultimate challenge.

    Year-round gardens are doable and affordable for gardeners in any location where frost has traditionally defined the growing season.

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    Learn about holistic methods of orchard management at 7 p.m. March 5 at Pajarito Envionmental Educaion Center. Gordon Tooley, owner of Tooley’s Trees in Truchas, will talk about the best practices when maintaining an orchard.

    Have you ever dreamed about picking ripe fruits from your own orchard? Well, there are a few things to consider first. Successful fruit production can’t be confined to managing pests or finding the right fertility practice. Selecting the appropriate varieties, understanding and managing the structure of trees, achieving good pollination, siting and many other factors also enter in. All need to be considered together to achieve a healthy and happy orchard.

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

     

    Santa Fe

     

    The Beestro, 1805 Second St.

    Date inspected: Feb. 15, initial

    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for other — need to thoroughly wash vegetables before cooking or serving. Two low-risk violations for ventilation/lighting — hood vent needs filters. Exhaust pipe needs seal round ceiling exit.

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

     

    Cloud Cliff Bakery, 1805 Second St.

    Date inspected: Feb. 15

    Violations: Three high-risk violations, one for poor personal hygiene — hand sink not in immediate vicinity of prep and wash areas. Two for plumbing/waste — cross-connection on mop sink. Corrected; no air gap on three-compartment sink. One low-risk violation for floors/walls/ceilings — proof box floor has food particles accumulated.

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    First impressions are usually lasting ones, but sometimes you just have to give a restaurant a second chance. Maybe there was something going on that day, or maybe they were in the midst of a transition in ownership. For some reason they didn’t hit the mark the first time, but that may not necessarily be the case the second time around.

    It took a few months to work up the courage to go back to the Fabulous 50’s Diner at the American Legion on Trinity Drive. During the first and last visit, the food was found to be mostly frozen, the portions a bit on the small side for the price and let’s just say the ambiance left much to be desired.

    The second trip to the diner was made in search of breakfast. There are only a couple of restaurants in Los Alamos open in the morning on the weekend and the Fabulous 50s Diner is one of them. 

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    Author and freelance photojournalist Christina Nealson has traveled to Africa, Canada, Central America, Mexico and across the western United States. 

    From 1-3 p.m. Sunday, she will be in Los Alamos to talk about her latest book, “Drive Me Wild: A Western Odyssey.” 

    She has also written, “New Mexico’s Sanctuaries, Retreats and Sacred Places,” “Living on the  Spine: A Woman’s Life in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains,” and “At the Edge: Cooperative Teachings for Global Survival.”

    Nealson was born and raised in the small farming village of West Liberty, Iowa. She spends the majority of the year traveling and writing, but when she’s not globe-trotting, she calls Mancos, Colo., home.  

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    The first thing that comes to mind when hearing “Van Choc Straw” probably isn’t family ties. In fact, it may sound a bit strange, but some may be able to make the vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, Neapolitan ice cream flavor-connection.

    Ice cream aside, one would probably never guess that Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest production goes by that name. The flyer description says it’s a “comedic tale  about tenuous family ties and the often stronger bonds of friendship that lattice the final years of our lives.”

    Consequently, family ties are not just part of the story line. They are a real-life factor in the production of “Van Choc Straw.” Mimi Adams is directing the play written by her friend, Mark Dunn, while her son, Sequoyah Adams-Rice, is serving as the assistant director and co-stage manager.

  • Today
    Club Anime will meet from 3:45-5:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. Club Anime is for teens, 14-19. No permission slip needed. Watch some anime and enjoy ramen and other snacks.

    The LAHS NJROTC will host its monthly brisket night at 5:30 p.m. at the Posse Lodge. The menu includes brisket, potato salad, baked beans, roll, cookie and drink for $10. The funds raised will benefit unit travel and supplies throughout the year.

    The Authors Speak Series presents Slim Randles, veteran newspaperman and outdoorsman, at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda.
    Friday
    It’s Fish Fry time again at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, from 5-7 p.m. The Knights of Columbus sponsor the dinners and proceeds will benefit Nuestros Pequeños Orphanage in Honduras and other charities. Adult plates are $10 and have two pieces of cod with coleslaw, rice or French fries, plus a drink and dessert. Children may have one piece of fish or a grilled cheese sandwich with all the rest for $7 a plate.

  • The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having its 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 through Sunday.
    The following orders may be placed: a glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) of daffodils for $15.00; a glass vase with one bunch for $10 or a single bunch (10 stems) for $5. Delivery is free with a minimum of two bunches or one vase to a single address. Flowers will be delivered March 9 or they may be picked up at Daffodil Central (location to be announced) from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 7 and 8. Watch for location sales at local restaurants, banks and grocery stores on March 7 and 8.
    The sale is sponsored in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico and Wal-Mart in Española. To place an order, call the Visiting Nurse Service at 662-2525. 

  • Physics and Astronomy
    Junior Division,
    regional
    Jesse Prime, Aspen Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Armanpreet Singh, Aspen Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Alicia Gonzales, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Antonio Gonzales, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Joanna Romero, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Jillian Bennett, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Hannah Clegg, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Antonio Dowdy, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Karyssa Garcia, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Jennifer Martinez, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Teresa Ramos, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Jessi Thompson, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Shihong He, Los Alamos Middle School, LANL Participation Award $10

    Esperanza Tapia, LAMS, Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra $50 and concert tickets

    Dante Cote, Mountain Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

    Dylan Irish, Mountain Elementary, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $25

    Dylan Ma, Mountain Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Community Health Council is sponsoring the Leadership Connection Town Hall, an event from 5:30-7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The goal of the town hall is to report on key Los Alamos County health issues, trends and recommendations. Community leaders will give short presentations followed by questions and discussion. Local LACHC member agencies will have materials about resources and services in Los Alamos. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to deborahfgill@gmail.com by Feb. 25.

    This month the Los Alamos Community of Atheists will discuss the deconversion process. Discuss life after faith, tell your story, hear other people’s experiences. How are you recovering? Join us at 6:30 p.m. in meeting room one of Mesa Public Library. Questions? Find us on Facebook or email losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com. All are welcome.
    Thursday
    Thinking of starting a business? Would you like to learn about what will be presented at Startup Weekend Santa Fe? Eric Renz-Whitmore, executive director of New Mexico Technology Council, will lead a session at The Hive during Thursday’s brown bag lunch. The brown bag will start at 11:30 a.m. and Renz-Whitmore will start his session at noon. There is no charge.