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  • The Los Alamos Co-op Market is hosting a Health and Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 7. This free event will take place outside at the Co-op, and everyone is welcome to attend.
    Come get to know some of Los Alamos’ local healthcare practitioners — many of whom will offer free consultations, samples and massages. Co-op wellness vendors will also provide free samples.
    This year’s attendees include: Dr. Wendy Van Dilla, Naturopath and Instructor; Li Liu DOM, Acupuncture; Beverly Neal-Clinton, Access Consciousness; Henry Ahleflder CA, Acupuncture Center of Los Alamos; Suzanne and John Wilcox, CrossFit Los Alamos at Mesa Elite Fitness; Gregory Barthell, Massage Therapist; Jessica Gutfreund, LM CPM, Midwife; Jo Ann Burtard, Therapy Yoga; Seva Khalsa, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Kim Lazarus DC, B-Fit Chiropractic; LeAnne Parsons ELI-MP, La Dolce Vita Coaching; Dr. Letitia Krakowski RH (AHG), Herbalist and Integrative Healing; Galey Bland, Rodan + Fields Dermatologists Independent Consultant; Mike Hoog, Yogi and Shanti Therapeutics — Dry Needling by Physical Therapists; Lisa Smole, Creative Clinical Hyphotherapy; and Faith Almasi CLT, Lymph Drainage.
    The Los Alamos Co-op Market is located at
    95 Entrada Dr., next to the Holiday Inn Express. 

  • The Wheelmobile team rolls into Albuquerque and Santa Fe in search of contestants to play on “Wheel of Fortune,” America’s No. 1 syndicated series. From 2-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the team will be at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe.
    Wheel of Fortune’s Wheelmobile, the show’s promotional vehicle, will be in search of game players who are energetic, enthusiastic and fun.
    Viewers interested in being a contestant on an upcoming episode are invited to attend. Fans will have the opportunity to fill out an application, have his or her name drawn at random to play a simulated version of the game onstage, win unique prizes and be evaluated as a potential contestant for the broadcast version of the show.
    All ages are welcome to attend the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino Wheelmobile event. The event will take place inside the Pueblo Ballroom at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino.
    Staff members from the Wheel of Fortune promotions team will begin handing out applications one hour before each show begins. Searches will be at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., with each show lasting about an hour. Everyone who attends the event will be able to submit an application.
    Participants will be selected to come to the stage and audition via a random draw.

  • The First Annual ZozoFest was Aug. 30-31 at the Santa Fe Railyard. The Zozobra poster contest winner, Sebastian Velazquez’s work was unveiled. Many artist displayed their work for sale at the Art Show. Public got a first look at this year’s “Old Man Gloom.” The Santa Fe band, La Junta offered entertainment. Zozobra burns tonight at Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe.

  • It’s 1923: Time Magazine hits newsstands, Warner Brothers is founded, Louis Armstrong makes his first recording and Lucy Harwood, in collaboration with several members of the Taos Society of Artists, forms the Harwood Foundation to establish the Harwood Museum of Art.
    The Harwood Museum of Art has been bringing Taos arts to the world and world arts to Taos ever since.
    To commemorate the 90th anniversary of this cultural hub of Northern New Mexico, the Harwood has planned a series of exhibitions, community parties and other public programs.
    The museum officially kicks off the 90th anniversary, Sept. 21, with free admission to 90th Anniversary exhibitions “The Harwoods,” “Burt Harwood: Historic Photographs” and “Highlights from the Taos Municipal Schools Historic Art Collection.” Other family-friendly activities will make the community day a true anniversary celebration.

  • Los Alamos

    Ruby K’s Bagel, 1789 Central Ave., No. 2
    Date inspected: Aug. 20
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Improper temperatures in refrigerator, food was tossed and issue was corrected at time of inspection. Refrigerator is not working and is being replaced.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on Aug. 31.

    Starbucks, 1801 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Aug. 20
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Need thermometers inside refrigerator and freezers. One low-risk violation. All food handlers need hair restraints.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Rose Chocolate, 4710 Quemazon
    Date inspected: Aug. 20
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Facility closed at time of inspection, second attempt was made on Aug. 22. Will attempt re-schedule in September.

    Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road.
    Date inspected: Aug. 20
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Every year the Santa Fe Children’s Museum hosts a Fall Festival and Ice Cream Social. Both events have long been local family favorites and this year SFCM is combining the two from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 15.
    The Fall Festival celebrates local abundance and three new exhibits in the outdoor learning landscape, Earthworks Gardens. The new exhibits include an Horno, a traditional adobe outdoor oven, which was built this summer by New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) members and sponsored by Cornerstones Community Partnership and First National Bank.
    “The YCC members have worked very hard all summer and have done a great job tending the gardens, constructing exhibits and facilitating programs,” SFCM Programs Director Rachael Kissling-Gilman said. “We are very proud of all that they have accomplished in just a few months.”
    Visitors will be able to sample foods that were harvested from the gardens and cooked in the Horno. In addition, several YCC members will offer hands-on programs such as papermaking and recycled art projects. Local farmers and artisans will be on hand educating visitors on a variety of subjects such as yarn spinning, candle making, goat milking, beekeeping and more.

  • The Los Alamos Co-op is cooking up some classes that can teach the average person how to eat healthy and cook a variety of inexpensive, alternative recipes.
    Casey Greenling has been special events caterer for about eight years. He specializes in raw and vegan cooking for festivals and retreats all around the United States.
    Greenling lent his expertise on Aug. 20 with the first class of the series, Raw Dessert Alchemy and taught how to use cacao, the raw version of chocolate. In his first class, Greenling taught participants how to use some of the best superfoods using raw preparation techniques, which maintain the maximum energetic potential and taste. Greenling will teach another class on cookies and pies using raw preparation on Sept. 10.
    “I have a passion for food and teaching,” Greenling said. “Food is an art.” He cooks gourmet food that is raw, yet savory.
    Regarding healthy dishes, cooking raw can sometimes be time consuming, because Greenling uses a dehydrator rather than baking in the traditional oven. Temperatures are lower so the “cooking” time is slower. “It takes time for the enzymes to break down in a dehydrator,” Greenling said.

  • With all the rain lately, crops of mushrooms have popped up all around.
    The public is invited to join Pajarito Environmental Education Center and members of the New Mexico Mycological Society for a free mushroom walk, 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Pajarito Ski Hill.
    Four experts from the Mycological Society will be on hand to identify and interpret the different mushrooms growing after the wet summer.
    The program will begin with some introductory comments from the NMMS experts, and then the participants will be divided equally into groups, each with one NMMS leader.
    Each group will depart to a predetermined location largely within walking distance, where they will foray for about an hour.
    Following that, all groups will return to the parking lot for identifications and discussions, lasting roughly an hour.
    Finally, the NMMS experts will be available to answer any one-on-one questions. The activity should wrap up around 12:30 p.m.
    There will be an informal picnic afterward for those who wish to bring a lunch. Participants should meet 9:30 a.m. at PEEC to carpool to the Pajarito Ski Area.
    The program is free, but those interested should register in advance, as space is limited. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email programs@PajaritoEEC.org, or call 662-0460. 

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society offers its 2013-2014 lecture series, “Frontiers.”
    Visit losalamoshistory.org/Events.htm for a schedule and for a synopsis of each lecture.
    Sponsored by the Los Alamos National Bank and the members of the Historical Society, the lectures are on the second Tuesday of the month.
    The first in the series is “People, Politics, and Prospects in the Post-Soviet Peripheries,” by Dr. Erika Monahan, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Mesa Public Library, upstairs meeting rooms.
    In this talk, Professor Erika Monahan will survey borderlands of the post-Soviet space. From issues of economic development and migration to security and energy politics, this talk will explore the prospects and challenges that peoples in the post-Soviet borderlands currently face with a perspective that takes into account the Soviet and imperial Russian imperial legacies of the vast and variegated Eurasian space.
    In 2013, Dr. Monahan won a spot as a visiting fellow at the Davis Center at Harvard University to participate in a seminar entitled “Imperial Legacies and International Politics in the Post-Soviet Space.”
    The talk draws on the issues and research the historians, political scientists, literary scholars and economists explored in that seminar.

  • Mei-Li Shih Milonni, Ph.D., after retiring as a theoretical physicist 15 years ago, now finds beauty and expression in pottery.
    Her work will be at the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery in the display cases. The exhibit will be on display until Sept. 25 during regular business hours.
    Working at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos ceramics studio, she began creating her vibrantly colored and elegantly formed vessels about 10 years ago.
    Sometimes whimsical, such as her ceramic handbag and shoes in bright green, and sometimes subtle with simple, functional forms and earth toned, graded glazes, Shih’s pottery is expressive of a gamut of creative impulse. While she doesn’t have any particular influences she mentions Van Gogh as her favorite artist.
    In addition to her elegant forms, Milonni uses Chinese characters and poetry, her own and traditional verses, to further enrich the surface and content. “I feel there is great beauty in traditional Chinese poetry and calligraphy and try to incorporate aspects of that in my work,” she said. “I try to use simple and natural forms. I think that including Chinese writings adds an additional artistic dimension to my pieces.”

  • Our September focus for Assets is, Commitment to Learning. This category includes Asset numbers 21 through 25, which include:
    21. Achievement motivation — Young person is motivated to do well in school.
    22. School engagement — Young person is actively engaged in learning.
    23. Homework — Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day.
    24. Bonding to school — Young person cares about her or his school.
    25. Reading for pleasure — Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.
    This week, we’ll focus on No. 21, Achievement Motivation.
    I will pose a few questions, to which I would love to see responses via email, Facebook or Twitter.
    • What was your motivation to get through school?
    • What is the achievement motivation for your student today?
    I would have to say my motivation to be successful in high school was to get out. I knew I was headed to Valencia Community College and my future lie ahead.
    My high school senior knows that his success in high school may decide how the rest of his future turns out.

  • Get those cameras ready, polish those smiles, and say “Cheese.” (or “Tuna” or “Kibble” ) Friends of the Shelter is accepting photo entries for the 2014 Shelter Alumni Calendar through Sept. 6. We need your help because without your photos and stories, there can be no FOS calendar.
    Pet owners who have adopted an animal from any shelter, or any abandoned, or homeless animal are invited to send a photo and a brief story about their pet. You do not have to live in Los Alamos, nor have adopted, or rescued the animal from Los Alamos. Owners whose pets were featured in last year’s calendar are welcome to submit new photos of their pets for this year’s calendar. Entry forms are available at Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Pet Pangaea and the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. Entries are also available online at lafos.org/ and the process can be done completely electronically. The entry form includes entry information, as well as tips on getting great photos of your pet.
    Friends of the Shelter, a humane organization based in Los Alamos is trying to improve the quality of life for unwanted pets and find homes for homeless animals. The shelter works closely with the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, with local veterinarians and with other humane societies.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home!
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    NEW SHELTER HOURS: The Los Alamos County Shelter is open Noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the weekends.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating, as well as read up on the animals and learn more about special needs animals, or cats and dogs that are currently in foster care. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all adoptable pets.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    DOGS
    Bella — How can you resist such a cute face? Bella is active and friendly — in fact, when she sees someone she likes, she loves to bounce up and down and show off her big floppy ears. She is a little shy initially with strangers, but quickly warms up to friendly human interaction. Bella is good with other dogs and loves going to the dog park. For a personalized introduction to this friendly dog, call her sponsor at 709-0651.

  • The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Paulina Majewska with a scholarship recently. Majewska will be attending the University of New Mexico and will study pre-med biology. Pictured from left to right are: Beata Majewska, mom, Majewska, and Kiwanis President Don Casperson. Majewska was selected because of her participation in Key Club and she was elected club treasurer during her senior year. In addition, she was the president of National Honor Society, volunteered at Los Alamos Medical Center and was communications captain for the Speech and Debate Team. For more information on Kiwanis, visit losalamos.kiwanisone.org. 

  • As most of us settle into the back to school routine, one former ’Topper, Bahram Banisadr, is climbing for a cause to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

    “Growing up, we are constantly told to pursue our dreams and go after the things that excite us, but when it really comes down to it, we hardly ever do,” Banisadr said. “We say we’ll do it in a few years when (insert excuse here), and we say it again, and we say it again until we are too old to do the things we have been waiting our entire lives to do.”

    Well, not only is Banisadr pursuing a dream, but his pursuit is being used to help others.

    While talking to friend and climbing partner, Matt Schulman, about a hike he had done two years ago to raise money for a cause, the dream became a reality.

    “Make-A-Wish really just made sense with our project,” Banisadr said. “What better way than to use one of our dreams to help someone else’s dream come true? The Make-A-Wish Foundation’s mission of helping kids reach their dreams, fit well with the nature of the climb.”

    Once the duo realized they had the same three weeks free between the end of their internships and the beginning of school the course was set.

  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos is set to host a CommUnity University gathering on campus, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7.
    The event is designed to offer an intergenerational learning opportunity that highlights everything from art and science to fitness and fun.
    “There are so many extraordinary organizations in Los Alamos that contribute to lifelong learning in this community, and it’s fabulous to be able to help provide an opportunity for many of these groups to showcase the type of learning and services they offer,” said Eva Artschwager, UNM-LA’s director of Community Education. “One of the things I love most about working in this town is the way in which the community works together.”
    Artschwager has been supported by many of the organizations and is elated to provide them the opportunity to offer the greater community a sampling of their classes on the UNM-LA campus.
    According to Artschwager, the event will provide something for people of all ages and interests. It is especially suitable for families, with programming for younger people, as well as for parents and older adults.

  • The public showed its support Aug. 23 at Ashley Pond for the Relay For Life to fight cancer and celebrate survivors and caregivers.

  • Compositions of 17 young New Mexico preteens have been selected for the 2013 Hey, Mozart! New Mexico project, a statewide program that encourages children to create music. Youngsters from around the state submitted more than 130 original melodies to the project.
    Karin Ebey, 9, Los Alamos, a student at Mountain Elementary, composed an original melody, Coelophysis on the Rio Grande, which was selected for the project. It will be arranged by Christian Newman, of University of New Mexico for orchestra. Ebey’s teacher is Juanita Madland, a permanent nationally certified teacher of music. Ebey is the daughter of Dr. Ruth Skoug and Dr. Peter Ebey.
    Joining her as composers for Hey, Mozart! New Mexico 2013 are Jessica Allen, Analise Granados, Jim Helmich, Isabelle Jordan, Mark Koshkin, Malcom Parnall, Angie Romano and Sophie Rubeo, all of Albuquerque; Xavier Almodóvar, of Rio Rancho; Kira Cunniff, of Las Cruces; JoeLi Evans and Emily Townsend, of Hobbs; Andreas Landstedt, of Los Lunas and Rachael Snodgrass, of Clovis.
    To make the singular Hey, Mozart! experience available to more children, the project created a master class category for children who had been selected as composers in previous years. This year’s master class composers are Geneva Todd from Albuquerque and Ivory Heister from Hobbs.

  • The voting was very close, the burgers were amazing but it finally came down to one choice for the Lucky No. 7 finalist who will join the original six restaurants in Santa Fe’s first Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown.
    After working his way through 12 burgers over two days, KOB-FM’s Morning Mayhem show host Carlos Duran, the designated judge, chose the three-patty, “Skinny Green Chile Cheeseburger” at Dr. Field Goods as the Lucky No. 7 winner.
    Duran announced his choice live Tuesday during his radio broadcast and the competitors didn’t make it easy.
    Duran used the same judging criteria that the Smackdown burgers will be evaluated on with a total of 20 points possible. The burgers are judged on appearance, burgerability/eatability, quality of ingredients, melding of flavors and chile flavor/heat.
    Dr. Field Goods, owned by Josh Gerwin, joins the other six finalists who will throwdown on Sept. 7. The other competitors are Terra Restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Luminaria Restaurant and Patio Inn and Spa at Loretto, Bert’s Burger Bowl, Cowgirl BBQ, Agave Lounge at Eldorado Hotel and Spa and Realburger.
    The seven finalists will be judged at the Santa Fe Railyard during the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Green Chile Harvest Festival.

  • The Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos announces the Turquoise Legend Jewelry Show and Sale on Sept. 6-8.
    The show features more than 30 jewelry artists and six woodworkers making unique jewelry boxes, exhibiting and selling their items.
    “We are thrilled to bring such a high quality of jewelry to the museum,” Peter S. Seibert, executive director, Millicent Rogers Museum said. “Our namesake, fashionista Millicent Rogers, had one of the largest private collections of turquoise and silver jewelry in the world. Housed here at the museum, it is the perfect backdrop for this spectacular show and sale of contemporary jewelry by both established and up-and-coming artists.”
    The show and sale will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 with a ticketed reception, $30 per person. The show and sale continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 7-8.
    Entrance to the show is free with museum admission fee. Two lectures, will be during the show.
    ABC’s of Turquoise by Ernie Montoya and Dan Hall of Sun West Silver will be presented at 2 p.m. Sept. 6.