• 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.

  • Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club will begin March 11. Classes will begin the week of April 1. Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website ladoc.dogbits.com and at the LADOC building, 246 East Road. Registration is first-come, first-served, and classes often fill quickly, so timely registration is advised. Registration materials must be postmarked by March 22.

  • Once again, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank our many friends in the community for their recent support of this month’s Cowboy Pancake Breakfast, which benefited our club’s local and international projects.
    More than 250 tickets were sold to the hungry breakfast crowd Sunday morning.
    We would also like to give a standing ovation and long round of applause to all the dedicated members of the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse who made the event possible. Not only did they help us set up tables and chairs the evening before the breakfast, but they were back again at daybreak to bring the kitchen to life with the enticing aromas of bacon sizzling and coffee brewing, all against the backdrop of mixing bowls clattering and pancake batter hissing on hot griddles.
    The Posse members also cheerfully helped serve breakfast throughout the morning and then stayed to help us with every step of clean-up chores. After the deduction of food costs, the Posse donated all the profits from breakfast to our Club, a remarkable and greatly appreciated gesture of generosity.

  • Members of the VFW Post 8874 and their Ladies Auxiliary, the Military Order of the Cooties and their Auxiliary, the Patriot Guard Riders, Paws and Stripes, the Blue Star Moms, the American Women Riders and Santa Fe Harley Davidson visited the Albuquerque Veterans Hospital on Feb. 17.
    As part of the Valentines for Vets program, we distributed many amenities to our hospitalized veterans on the spinal cord injury ward. This could not have been possible without the generous contributions of many in our community.
    We wish to express our deepest appreciation to these supporters for their devotion, thoughtfulness and charity.
    Santa Fe Harley Davidson donated $500 in Harley Davidson T-shirts (a veteran favorite); the Patriot Guard Riders hand-made 20 lap blankets, baked goodies for the nursing staff and contributed boxes of additional supplies; Paws and Stripes brought a therapy dog that was a big hit with the veterans; the Blue Star Moms brought T-shirts; the American Women Riders brought tube socks; and Drs. McDonald and Lewis donated all of the requested dental supplies.
    These generous donations allowed the VFW and the Ladies Auxiliary to purchase $100 in canteen books (for commissary supplies), in addition to numerous other supplies and toiletries.

  • Let’s get ready to Papalllllllllll! It is time for the Sweet Sistine.

    I should begin by telling you that I’m not Catholic, so please bear with me.

    The last few weeks have been about the retiring of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of the next leader for the church.

    How does this relate to building assets, you ask? Well technically, it relates to asset number 19, religious community.

    That wasn’t where I was headed with this though. I’m actually thinking of asset number 14, adult role models.

    The RNS, or Religious New Service, has an actual posting of the, “Sweet Sistine,” brackets.

    The latest round is called the Sacred Semifinals and is down to four choices: Canada, Brazil, Italy and Nigeria.

    Don’t look at it as being disrespectful. Instead, look at it as people caring about something important.

    More than 25,000 people have voted and for a simple online poll, that’s pretty good.

    We’ve become a world where we care more about voting for singers on television than we do in voting in important elections.

  • 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.
    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.
    Basil — Young, petite Lab-mix. Even with all of the barking dogs at the shelter, she sits calmly at her kennel door until you open it to let her out. She would love to show offer her obedience skills to a new mom or dad.
    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. She is a very sweet girl who wants to please.

  • On your mark, get set, wag. Dogs and their human companions will gather at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock on the morning of April 27, to run the five-kilometer course or walk the two-mile course in the annual Dog Jog.
    Race prizes and awards will be given for the fastest runners, random walkers and dogs in all manner of categories.
    Coordinated by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, the Mountain Canine Corps and the Atomic City Roadrunners, the Dog Jog is a fundraising event for the Friends of the Shelter.
    Friends of the Shelter is a non-profit organization that finds volunteers and helps purchase needed items and vet services for the homeless dogs and cats in northern New Mexico.
    The time is now for early bird 2013 Los Alamos Dog Jog registration.
    Early bird entry fees are $20 for adults and $5 for kids. Participants registering now will save $5 off of the entry fee for the event if submitted on or before April 7.
    Participants will receive an event T-shirt with a logo designed by local fifth grader Kirsten Carrara and a packet filled with dog-related information.
    Anyone interested in joining can get entry forms at the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, or at Los Alamos businesses, including Pet Pangaea, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital and Animal Clinic of Los Alamos.

  • Local teens were treated to “dirt cakes” Thursday from Assets In Action/JJAB, at the Teen Center. The desserts were away to announce community events with the Los Alamos Historical Society, Village Arts and other community partners, which will hold a variety of activities over the next two months on the theme of dirt and clay.

  • For the past five years, KRSN AM 1490 has named the Empty Bowl project as their flagship community service endeavor. With the event just a few weeks away, coordinator Gillian Sutton works behind the scenes to organize final details and collect donations to ensure it’s success.
    “The event involves the whole community and it is fun bringing all the different participants together to work on the event and participate in helping our community,” Sutton said. “We are still looking for quality items for our silent auction and members of the community to donate bread and cookies.”
    Sutton said she is happy to receive the donation of Girl Scout cookies for the event, benefiting two community programs, at the same time.
    She has received participation from the following restaurants; Amy’s Intergalactic Bakery, Aspen Ridge Lodge, Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, China Moon, Coffee Booth Café, Decadent Table, DeColores, Dixie Girl, Fabulous 50’s Diner, Home Run Pizza, Los Alamos Co-Op, LA Medical Center, Morning Glory Bakery, Pajarito Brewing Company, Papa Murphy’s, Ruby K’s, Smith’s, SMP Soup Kitchen, Starbucks and Viola’s.
    To donate bread or cookies, call 663-1490. 

  • Cancer Services of New Mexico’s Spring 2013 Family Cancer Retreat will be May 3-5, at the Marriott Pyramid North hotel in Albuquerque.
    This free, three-day educational program will provide New Mexico’s adult cancer patients/survivors and their loved ones with the tools and information they need to manage the treatment and recovery process.
    More than 300 people from more than 125 New Mexican families coping with cancer are expected to participate, making this the largest general cancer education program in New Mexico and the largest program of its type in the U.S.

  • Caroline Schramm, a junior at Los Alamos High School, was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for February.
    Schramm is the daughter of Janet and Garry Schramm and the sister of Christopher, Kaitlin, Kurt, Cory and Carson.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition.
    Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community.
    Schramm, who is currently trying to coordinate a service project to collect school supplies for under-privileged students in the community, has also volunteered to read to children in local elementary school classrooms with her Los Alamos Youth Leadership group, and assisted in this year’s Los Alamos County Science Fair.

  • Los Alamos County Science Fair Coordinator Dawn Brown, is still hard at work, even after the Regional Science Fair last week.
    “The Regional Fair was a very competitive competition with our 68 LAPS students rising to the challenge,” Brown said.
    “The students presented and displayed projects which garnered 37 Regional awards and 23 State Science and Engineering Fair qualifiers.”
    Brown said she was impressed with the Regional Qualifiers and how they presented themselves to the judges and the public.
    Prior to the event, many of them worked to get ready. “Many of them had emailed me with questions about improving upon their projects and their presentation skills,” Brown said.
    The efforts of Brown and her site coordinators yielded representation of all seven LAPS schools at the fair March 2.
    “The science minds of our students is amazing. Their curiosity and interests are a credit to our community that is all about discovery,” said LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt.
    “Dawn is a sensation. Under her guidance our program has grown both in quality and in caliber.”
    Once again, Brown went above and beyond the call of duty, arranging an ice cream social for those arriving the night before and a luncheon for the time in between judging and awards.

  • Los Alamos residents whose eyesight is fading, do not need to stop reading newspapers, all thanks to volunteers that read aloud for Newsline.
    Newsline is a program of the New Mexico Commission for the Blind and is need of volunteers to read newspapers aloud, via a touch-tone phone and landline, for an hour per week. Volunteers will read from their homes and will connect with the Newsline computer, which captures spoken words, to bring the news to hundreds of blind and visually impaired New Mexicans.
    For more information about reading for Newsline, call 662-0408. 

  • 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.





    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.


    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.


    “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.


    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. 

  • 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.