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  • The Pig + Fig Cafe will welcome Kurt Beitler, owner and winemaker at Bohème Winery at 6 p.m. today.

    The restaurant will serve a five-course dinner with pairings from the wines from the Bohème winery, including the 2014 Boheme English Hill Vineyard Chardonnay and the 2013 Bohème Old Mancini Ranch Zinfandel and three different Pinot Noirs.

    These wines aren’t available in New Mexico. Beitler is travelling to New Mexico to represent Bohème in the Taos Winter Wine Festival, where he plans to meet distributors in the state. 

    Laura Crucet, Pig + Fig Café’s executive chef and owner, said she is pleased to introduce Beitler to her customers and present these wines.

    “These wines are very fresh and approachable. Their pinot noirs are especially delightful,” she said.

    Tom Hill, a local wine enthusiast who helps plan the wine dinners at the Pig + Fig said, “Across the board, the wines are outstanding...but in a more refined and elegant style than a typical in-your-face California style favored by many winemakers. The Syrah is a classic cold-climate Syrah with a lot of peppery character.

    The Zin, a one-off production, comes from the very old Mancini Ranch in the Russian River Valley along Olivet Lane. I think you will be impressed.”

  • By Debbie Stone

    Special to the Monitor

    St. Augustine, Florida, is a treasure trove of historical attractions. The city has more than 60 points of interests, including Ponce De Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaological Park.

    Visitors can enjoy the city’s many attractions but with all of this activity, it is a good time for sustenance. Not to worry, St. Augustine’s got you covered. Restaurants and bars dot the city and surrounding areas, offering a variety of cuisines.

    Head to intimate and trendy Catch 27 for some of the most delectable seafood in town. The establishment prides itself on preparing and serving fresh, locally caught seafood, and everything is made from scratch.

    Another special place is Michael’s Tasting Room, which emphasizes fresh, local and seasonal Spanish and Mediterranean inspired creations. This St. Augustine gem resides in a converted historic home dating back to 1764. Also memorable is lunch at Café Alcazar. This elegant eatery is situated in the Lightner Museum in a space originally designated for the largest indoor swimming pool of the Hotel Alcazar. The menu emphasizes entrees made from the freshest ingredients, local and organic.

  • The public is invited to the program of the Summit Garden Club at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road. 

    Gillian Sullivan, owner of Flowers by Gillian (flowersbygillian.net/index.html) will provide information on treating flowers from the gardens or florist.

    She will also demonstrate how to use unusual vases and containers for flower arrangements. If you have a vase or container you would like to use for an arrangement, bring it or a photo to the meeting for an opportunity to have Gillian’s input. 

    The public is invited to attend and learn more about the Summit Garden Club, participate in the program and enjoy refreshments.  For more information, contact Susan Larocque 695-0378 fdlsjl@yahoo.com or Shelby Redondo 662-2625 redondo@cybermesa.com, co-presidents of the Summit Garden Club. 

    Included among the club’s projects are maintaining gardens at the Bandelier National Monument and the White Rock Community Garden (across the highway from the Visitors Center).

    The Summit Garden Club is a member of the New Mexico and National Garden Clubs. The mission of the NGC is to provide education, resources, and national networking opportunities for its members, to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility.

  • Talking about money is one of the trickiest conversations for couples.

    A workshop is set for Saturday at projectY cowork Los Alamos that aims to empower individuals to hear each other’s values and bring their actions into alignment. 

    Financial Coach Pi Luna and Relationship Coach Nameh Marsin will offer practicals for developing a budget as well as gaining insights for what can help partners reach consensus.

    The workshop will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at projectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square, Los Alamos.

    The cost is $39 for individuals or $59 for couples. To register, visit bringlovefinances.eventbrite.com.

    Participants will receive a copy of Pi Luna’s book “Budgeting Basics” with the class.

    Some of the topics covered at the workshop will include how personal values will lead to spending habits. Couples will learn how to communicate with their partners around differences and find common ground.

    Attendees will also learn how to build a budget to bring objectivity and clarity to relationships and create long-term financial goals with partners.

  • The February Brown Bag Performance will feature Juanita Madland, who will perform classical piano compositions.

    To the delight of Los Alamos audiences, Madland will present a program of music by composers Chopin, Granados, Brahms, Schumann, and Schubert. The program will conclude with a special rendition of a composition by Juanita and David Madland. Mary Helen Klare, violinist and educator, will join Madland in a reading of her poem about Glenn Gould.

    The Los Alamos Arts Council invited the public to join them from noon-1 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge for this special free performance. Donations are accepted.

    Los Alamos Arts Council has been presenting the free Brown Bag Performances to audiences, who enjoy the warm acoustics and atmosphere of Fuller Lodge, almost every month since 1973. Join them in supporting talented performers by spending your lunch period every first Wednesday of the month at the Lodge.

    For more information, call 663-0477, or visit LosAlamosArtCouncil.org.
     

  • SUBMITTED TO THE MONITOR

    Students, small businesses and other community members and groups in northern New Mexico will benefit this year from a recent, nearly $1.9 million grant from Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), which is the managing and operating contractor for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The LANS Board of Governors approved the funding through Oct. 1 to support education, economic development and community giving in the region.

    “The board’s decision continues their legacy of positive community support that totals $34.8 million since 2006,” said Laboratory Director Terry Wallace. “This commitment allows us to continue to work with organizations across the region, magnifying the impact of our employees generous support of nonprofits.”

    Funds approved by the LANS Board of Governors are administered through a Community Commitment Plan managed by the Laboratory’s Community Partnerships Office.

  • I love when the student becomes the teacher!

    Occasionally, we need our eyes opened by a child, so we can see clearly and know there is hope for the future.

    Last week, a friend shared a wonderful, heart warming story with me. While I didn’t witness the story with my own eyes, I did verify it myself, before sharing it with you.

    A very young teenage boy witnessed what he believed to be someone treating a special education student in an unkind manner. The student mustered the fortitude to call the person he thought was being ignorant, on their handling of the situation.

    The person was then equally ignorant to the young boy, probably never dreaming their actions would be called into question. The boy replied a second time in defense of the special education student.

    The next time I crossed paths with the young man, I asked if he indeed stood up to the person in question. He cast his eyes downward as if he were about to be reprimanded by me.

    I smiled and while trying not to choke on the huge frog in my throat, I told him how very proud I was of him.

    You see, what I haven’t shared with you is that the young man stood up to an adult for being too harsh. He did it not once, but twice.

  • The Valle Grande Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet on Feb. 10 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center from 10 a.m.-noon.

    This month’s program will feature the New Mexico State President, Children of the American Revolution, Samantha Streseman.

    Streseman will speak about her state project, and provide information about other NM C.A.R. activities.

    DAR is a service organization open to women who can prove descent from a Patriot during the American Revolution.
    For more information on the DAR, visit the National website dar.org.”

  • FRIDAY
    Gentle Walk
at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    February Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty on our planetarium dome. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information atpeecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Feature Film: Black Holes at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SUNDAY
    Cowboy Breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, near the stables. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 years and under. Proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse.

    Nature Yoga and Trail Run
at 11:45 a.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Optional: Arrive at 10:30 a.m. to join Christa for a pre-yoga run. Admission: yoga or run for $7/$5 for members; yoga and run for $12/$8 for members. More information at peecnature.org.
    MONDAY

  • February is the perfect time to begin planting seeds indoors to extend your growing season. In a two-part class at the Los Alamos Nature Center, Natali Steinberg will teach everything you need to know to start your veggies and annuals from seed. The class meets Sundays, February 11th and March 18th, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

    This class will teach attendees how to read a seed catalog and a seed packet, what equipment they need to start seeds indoors, how to transplant successfully into the garden, and how to start some veggies directly in the garden.

    There will be a lot of handouts and demonstrations, but no seed planting during class.

    Steinberg has taught this class for 20 years at a nursery/greenhouse in Boulder. She had a large vegetable garden on her farm, and she sold produce at the Boulder Farmers Market. Steinberg also raised and sold bedding plants.

    The cost is $50 for both sessions. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) members can take the class for a discounted rate of $40. Advance registration is required.

    To register or learn more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Paul Arendt will introduce celestial objects in the February night sky along with some recent discoveries in astronomy at 7 p.m. Friday at the Pajarito Environmental Center Planetarium. On Saturday at 2 p.m. the full-dome film “Black Holes” will play on the planetarium dome.

    During the night sky show, images of celestial objects will be projected onto the planetarium dome. “Black Holes” explores a place where time stands still, universal order breaks down and the unimaginable becomes reality.

    The Nature Center will be open regular hours in February: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The nature center is open late on Tuesdays, until 8 p.m., and closed Thursdays.
     

  • Students and parents are invited to attend AP Night at Los Alamos High School from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday in the IMC (school library).

    Attendees will be able to meet with teachers and students to learn more about specific AP and Honors course offerings at LAHS, as well as the dual credit programs offered at the high school. 

    Representatives from the University of New Mexico-LA, Northern New Mexico College and Santa Fe Community College will also be available to discuss dual credit and other college level courses.

    AP Night attendees are asked to park in the Sullivan field lot since Future Topper Night is also being held the same evening.

    All LAHS students must take an AP class, an Honors class, an online class, or a dual-credit class to fulfill a graduation requirement.  LAHS currently offers seven Honors courses, 25 AP courses, and several dual-credit classes.

    Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses are college-level courses offered in high school.  At the end of the course, students are required to take the AP exam. 

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre announces auditions for “The Dining Room” by A.R. Gurney, the final production of LALT’s 2017-18 season.

    Auditions will take place 2–5 p.m. Feb. 4, and 6:30–9:30 p.m. Feb. 5, at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

    Auditioners are asked to prepare a short 1-2 minute monologue of their choice and will be asked to read scenes from the play. Copies of the script are available for check out at Mesa Public Library.

    The script calls for six adults (three women and three men) who each portray approximately nine varied characters. The production dates are May 11-12, 18-20 and March 25-26. The show is directed by Cindy Hines.

    The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. 

    The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes – some funny, some touching, some rueful – which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: The upper-middle-class WASP.

    The actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuoso skill as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids.

  • The New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) and State Auditor Wayne Johnson have selected Los Alamos County as the recipient of one of its annual Audit Accountability Awards.

    Helen Perraglio, the County’s Chief Financial Officer, was there to accept the award at NMAC’s Legislative Conference last week.

    The awards are given in recognition to large, mid-size and small counties that have done outstanding work on their audits, submitted their audits in a timely manner, and have sustained excellence with the highest audit opinions. In addition, an award is given to the most improved county.

    Los Alamos County received unmodified opinions with no findings in 2016.

    An unmodified opinion is the best opinion that can be given, and means that the financial statements are presented fairly in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. 

    This is the third time Los Alamos County has won the Audit Accountability Award since the inception of the awards in 2011.

    Doña Ana, Curry, Chaves, Guadalupe, Quay and Roosevelt counties also received the award.  

  • The internationally attended Albuquerque FIRST Technical Challenge Qualifying Tournament was held for the first time at the Next Gen Academy in Albuquerque.

    The Alpha Hawks, a team comprised of mostly eighth-graders, and the Beta Hawks, a team comprised of seventh-graders, competed in a field of 16 robotics teams with older high school teams, teams from Mexico, and Colorado. 

    After five seeding matches, where robots are paired together in randomly organized alliance pairs that compete against other robot alliances in this year’ challenge known as FIRST Relic Recovery, the Alphas were second ranked team and the Betas were seeded fifth.

    The top four teams automatically advanced to the semifinals but were required to choose one other team to complete their final alliance.

    The top team, Data Force from Highlands Ranch Colorado, impressed the participants and audience with its ability to complete all the games challenges and honored the Alpha Hawks by inviting them to join their alliance in the final matches.  

    However the Alpha Hawks regretfully declined the invitation in order to be in a position to invite and compete with their sister team, the Beta Hawks. 

  • The Los Alamos County Library children’s librarians and the Los Alamos JJAB invite children and their parents or caregivers to a community playdate being held at the Mesa Public Library, Youth Services Zone from 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 3. 

    This free, drop-in event is being hosted to launch the Los Alamos County Library’s new board book collection and to continue to introduce the Los Alamos Affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

    In addition to providing families opportunities to peruse the board book collection and sign up for the Imagination Library, there will be additional play activities for children. Snacks will be provided. 

    Angie Manfredi, children’s librarian, has a collection of 80 board books that are now available for circulation. These books will be on display and available for check-out on Feb. 3.

    Many of these books are available only as board books, so this collection brings a new dimension to the library’s early childhood book collection.

    This is the first time the library has created and curated a specific collection made entirely of board books.

    The board books are geared towards children from birth to three years, but they can be enjoyed by others outside this age group.

  • TODAY
    Los Alamos Historical Society presents the continuation of the Atomic Film Festival with the showing of the 1952 film “The Atomic City,” starring Gene Barry, at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The movie follows a scientist as he struggles to recover his kidnapped son from enemy agents.

    A free performance of “Broken Off,” a new, 10-minute play by local playwright, Robert F. Benjamin, performed by Claire Singleton and Richard Cooper, will be at 12:30 p.m. at the White Rock Senior Center, 133 Longview Drive. An audience talkback discussion will follow the performance.
    THURSDAY
    A free performance of “Broken Off,” a new, 10-minute play by local playwright, Robert F. Benjamin, performed by Claire Singleton and Richard Cooper, will be at 12:30 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row in Los Alamos. An audience talkback discussion will follow the performance.

    Backcountry Film Festival
at 7 p.m. at the Reel Deal Theater. This is an evening of inspiring and entertaining short films along with prizes and fun. Cost is $12 in advance, $15 on the day of the show. Buy your tickets at the Reel Deal Theater. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having their 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 now through March 2.

    For a glass vase with three bunches (30 stems) of daffodils for $20, a glass vase with two bunch for $15 or a single bunch (10 stems) for $5.  

    The service is unable to offer delivery this year. Delivery will be offered in 2019.

    Customers can pick up their orders at “Daffodil Central.” Call LAVNS for the location in Central Park Square, March 8 or 9 from 8-5:30 p.m.

    Watch for location sales at LANB and Smith’s grocery stores March 8 and March 9.

    To place an order, call Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service at 662-2525 or order online at lavns.com.

  • Los Alamos Public Schools is launching the LAPS Volunteer Program with the help of Volunteer Coordinator Samantha Lippard.

    The goal of the program to connect people in the community with opportunities in the schools where they can share their expertise, lend a helping hand in the classroom or mentor students. Those interested in the program can contact Lippard to find an volunteer opportunity and she will coordinate with teachers and staff to find the best placement for the benefit of students.

    The three main categories of volunteering are tutoring and mentoring, short-term assistance and long-term help. Tutoring and mentoring will focus on semi-frequent visits to school sites where the volunteer is paired with a student who has been identified by a teacher and guidance counselor as needing some extra help socially or academically.