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Today's Features

  • On behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank the community for its outstanding support of our fourth annual Crab Fest, held recently at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
    Although our final tally has not been tabulated yet, our fundraiser exceeded expectations. With the money raised, we will once again be able to give academic and vocational awards to high school students, and this year, we will also be able to purchase an automatic external defibrillator for Fuller Lodge, which we hope to install this spring.
    We extend a special and heartfelt thank you to Melissa Paternoster and the staff of the Blue Window Bistro. Of note, we’d like to acknowledge Melissa’s tireless day-long efforts to prepare virtually our entire evening menu. With the exception of the seafood, which she and her chefs prepared, Blue Window donated all of the food, including the trays of extravagant desserts, overall an in-kind donation of more than $1,500. We also thank the members of the Los Alamos High School National Honor Society, who efficiently and energetically waited tables with smiles and good cheer for more than 200 guests.

  •  Art openings

     

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition and paintings by Michael Freitas Wood, titled, “Presentiment.” The exhibit will be up March 29-April 29 at 435 S. Guadalupe St. There will be a reception from 5-7 p.m. March 29.

     

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    As part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2012-2013 lecture series, “History and Science,” John A. Andersen will present, “Hiroshima and Nagasaki 2010,” at 7:30 p.m. March 12 at Fuller Lodge.  

    “Hiroshima and Nagasaki 2010” is a pictorial tour of the peace parks and museums at the locations of the two U.S. atomic bombings of Japan in August 1945. 

    The epicenters are visited, numerous monuments and shrines are shown, and some impression is given of the groups of Japanese people in visitation. Local travel arrangements and the reception as a visitor and the hospitality accorded are noted. A brief view of the Japanese cultural icons in Kyoto is added as an adjunct to the primary trip destinations.

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    It’s well known that some birds fly south for the winter, but migrating raptors put on a show when hundreds of them converge near Veracruz, Mexico each year.

    Learn more about this phenomenon from birder Robert Templeton at 7 p.m. March 14 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    The largest concentration of migrating raptors in the world occurs each fall in the Mexican state of Veracruz. The geography of North America causes most of the migratory raptors from the U.S. and Canada to be funneled onto a narrow stretch of coastal plain just north of Veracruz City. On average, 4.5 million raptors are recorded at two migration count sites operated by Pronatura Veracruz, a Mexican Conservation Organization. U.S. Birders generally experience raptors as solitary birds. But during migration these “super-flocking” species form flocks that number in the tens of thousands.  The result is a natural phenomenon of epic proportions and stunning natural beauty.

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    “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” is a title that’s bound to pique just about anyone’s interest. And because the book is penned by Willie Nelson, that makes it even that much more interesting.

    Nelson is probably best known for his movie roles and for being one of the Highway Men, along with Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. But who would have thought that in addition to his acting and singing careers, he’s also found time to write a book or two? Actually, he’s written more than just a couple. He wrote a fiction piece titled, “A Tale Out of Luck,” but he’s also authored “The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart) with Turk Pipkin; “The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes” and “Willie: An Autobiography” with Bud Shrake. His latest book, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” was written in 2012. Kinky Friedman supplies the foreword and Nelson’s son Micah, provides illustrations for the book.

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    Many people learn how to rock climb the hard way. If you ask them how they learned to climb, their answers might include “my buddy, Ernie,” “it was a great day, but,” and “the best thing in my life.” 

    They may also utter phrases like “but I kept at it anyway,” “after that I went back and bought better (shoes, harness, rope),” and “we didn’t really know what we were doing, but we had a great time and we’re still alive.” Though seat-of-the-pants and trial-by-fire work for some intrepid souls, most would prefer less struggle and better results, as offered by the long-running Los Alamos Mountaineers’ Rock Climbing School. 

    The 2013 school runs from March 26-May 4, with an application deadline of March 17. Teams of experienced local climbers will teach students what they need to be competent and safe on the high-angle out-of doors. 

  • Today
    Increasing atmospheric temperature is causing droughts to become more severe and is driving an acceleration of forest mortality throughout the Earth. Climate scientist Nathan Mcdowell will review this evidence both for the Southwest United States and other locations globally, with data from the level of individual plants to the earth, during the Sierrans meeting at 7 p.m. in Media Room 203, building 2, at UNM-LA.
    Thursday
     Assets In Action will cure culinary sparks at the Teen Center at 3:15 p.m., making desserts with students to promote community partners as spring nears. Students can also make nominations for the Hubba Bubba Awards and get information about Cookies and Conversation.

    The March meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall. Discussion will be plans for the Hope Garden.

  • Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 7:30-9 p.m. Sunday at the White Rock Overlook Park ball fields, to see a comet, Jupiter, galaxies and more.
    PEEC will have several telescopes set up for viewing and the event is free and open to the public.
    Comet Pan-STARRS might be in the sky right after sundown. After the comet sets, Jupiter will come into view. Participants will also be able to see several galaxies, the Orion Nebula and open and globular clusters and what is called zodiacal light. Zodiacal light is sunlight scattered off interplanetary dust in the inner solar system.
    Before and during the viewing, astronomers from PEEC will discuss the shape of the solar system and galaxy and point out how each object participants are seeing fits into the astronomical big picture.
    Be sure to bundle up, as it will be cold, especially once the sun goes down.
    For more information, contact PEEC at pajaritoEEC.org, 662-0460, or Programs@PajaritoEEC.org. 

  • With Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tim Wilkinson and Maggie Smith amongst a captivating ensemble cast and the rainbow of Jaipur, India, as its setting, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is a wonderful choice for this week’s installment of Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series.
    The film follows seven British senior citizens as they leave everything familiar behind and head to an Indian hotel for the “elderly and beautiful.” Graham (Wilkinson), a high court judge, is the only one who has been to Jaipur previously. The rest are experiencing something completely new, from forms of transportation and rules of the road, to how to digest an Indian diet and the idea that in India, “there is always room.”
    Doug (Nighy) and his wife Jean (Penelope Wilton) come to Jaipur after investing most of their retirement savings in their daughter’s Internet start-up. The Marigold is all they can afford. After paying off her husband’s debts, recently widowed Evelyn (Dench) is also short on cash.
    Madge (Celia Imrie) has plenty of money, but is alone and hoping to meet someone to grow old with. Norman (Ronald Pickup) is a sly old dog looking not for love, but simply one really excellent night.
    Muriel (Smith) is a racist in need of a hip.

  • The Los Alamos Middle School student council spends their days learning about leadership and then turns that knowledge into action on campus and in the community, through various projects.
    Recently, the team raised a total of $1,341.45 to benefit Pennies For Patients sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
    LAMS teacher and Hawk Hubba Bubba recipient, Linda Bennett, works with the students to achieve their goals.
    The students held a raffle to assist the fundraising, selling tickets during lunch for a chance to win prizes, made by student council members.
    The project raised, $95.66 for the campaign after students were inspired by Leukemia and Lymphoma Society videos, which explained the importance of their fundraising efforts.
    “They got the entire campus involved with Pennies For Patients by promoting a pizza party contest between the eighth period classes and raffling off theme baskets to raise even more money,” Bennett said. “The Student Council Members were so excited to pick up the money and count it every day.”
    “I loved the feeling that I have helped to save someone’s life,” eighth grader Louisa Belian said.