In And Around Town: Oct. 20, 2020

In and Around Town:

The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas. Send event announcements to bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Check with groups that meet regularly to see if they are meeting.

 

FRIDAY Oct. 23
Photo Tour of Brazil with Martin Cooper
Seniors enduring the pandemic who find the need to “get out” are welcome to attend a Zoom presentation, hosted by the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO), at 5:30 p.m., available by emailing Director@losalamoseniorcenter.com.
SATURDAY Oct. 24

The Los Alamos Community Winds is hosting “Bring Back Music – Los Alamos
The Los Alamos Community Winds is hosting “Bring Back Music – Los Alamos,” a live concert for the community 1 p.m. The concert will be held in the north parking lot of Central Park Square, on the corner of 15th Street and Nectar Street, in Los Alamos. Registration is via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bring-music-back-los-alamos-registration-124799357237. Bring Back Music – Los Alamos will include performances from The Los Alamos Flute Choir, the Los Alamos Clarinet Quintet, The SaxAtomix, percussionist George Price, and LACW Director Ted Vives playing trombone accompanied by pianist Julian Chen. Bring Back Music – Los Alamos will be performed in a safe, socially distanced environment. Concert attendees will be able to listen to the concert from their vehicles, either live or by tuning into an FM broadcast on their car radios. Restrooms will be available. All other existing New Mexico COVID-19 regulations will be observed. Members of the community also can watch this live-streamed concert on YouTube at https://youtu.be/WTB9PyiF9p0.

October 24-25

New Mexico Jewish Historical Society Fall Conference
Jewish Life in New Mexico and Beyond: A Mosaic of Stories is the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society’s theme for its virtual 2020 fall conference Oct. 24-25. Both Saturday and Sunday 2-4:30 p.m. Zoom.com programs will feature two sessions each day, led by noted New Mexicans. Zoom pre-registration will be required. Contact: admin@nmjhs.org or call 505.348.4471.

OCTOBER 24-31

Trick-or-Trot 5K and Fun Run
Barranca PTO is sponsoring a brand new Halloweekend event, the Trick-or-Trot 5K and Fun Run! This year, the event will take place virtually, with participants running Oct. 24-31. Participants can choose to run (or walk or hike or swim) on any course that they choose, wherever they may be. Barranca PTO is raising money for desperately needed playground equipment. Especially given the current crises, the schools need multiple areas for kids to play. Registration is open now at www.barrancapto.org/trickortrot. Register by Oct. 7 to make sure you get your shirt. The cost is $15 (no-t-shirt) or $25 (t-shirt). Family of 4 registration is $75 with $10 for each additional family member. When you run, make sure to take pictures and post on social media using #barranca5k so that we can see your accomplishment!

Teatro Paraguas will present a live Zoom performance of Volver Volver Volve
Teatro Paraguas will present a live Zoom performance of Volver Volver Volver, a play by New Mexico playwright Leonard Madrid, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. A young man who led a fast and reckless life is called back from the dead by an unknown bruja in Portales, and finds the inner peace, which eluded him in life. Volver Volver Volver kicks off Teatro Paraguas’ 7th annual El Día de los Muertos community celebration, with videos of past Day of the Dead scenes and dances posted on xerb.tv beginning Thursday, Oct. 29.  An online Calavera contest will be presented Sunday, Nov. 2 on Zoom  (time TBA). Details for the contest will be posted on teatroparauas.org. Admission for Volver Volver Volver is free; a suggested donation of $7 is gratefully accepted to help keep Teatro Paraguas’ venues open. The link to register is teatroparaguas.org.

October 29-31

Halloweekend
Halloweekend returns to haunt Los Alamos Oct. 29-31 with a variety of family-friendly and COVID-safe activities in lieu of the popular Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet, which has been canceled this year due to state-issued mass gathering restrictions. For more information on these and other Halloweekend activities Oct. 29-31 and throughout the month of October, including registration information for applicable virtual events, visit www.LosAlamosMainStreet.com/halloweekend.

November 6-7

Alzheimer’s Assoc. 16th Annual New Mexico Caregiver Conference
The Alzheimer’s Association has announced that its 16th Annual New Mexico Caregiver Conference (Nov. 6-7) is now a user-friendly virtual event, available statewide. The new platform is designed to educate, inform and uplift the caregiver and improve the caregiving experience – and now, professional and family caregivers can attend from the safety and comfort of home. Professional Caregivers 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. MDT, Nov. 6 Family Caregivers is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. MDT, Nov. 7 Both days are free, but registration is required. To register or learn more, visit https://www.alz.org/newmexico/helping_you/caregiver-conference, or call 1.(800).272.3900 for registration information. Professionals will receive a certificate of completion.

November 7-8

Virtual Dixon Studio Tour
Now in our 39th year, the artists of the Embudo Valley invite you to the first ever Virtual Dixon Studio tour The tour is available on dixonarts.org.

November 13-15

STEM Pathways for Girls Virtual Conference
The STEM Pathways for Girls Conference will be virtual this year but just as engaging and hands-on. Registration is now open but space is limited. Northern New Mexico girls in 5th-8th grade are invited. They will choose two out of 12 STEM workshops offered via Zoom with materials locally distributed a week before the conference. STEM Santa Fe is able to offer the conference to all girls at low to no cost by waiving the registration fee of $25 upon request. More information and registration at stemsantafe.org.

Ongoing Events in October

The 46th Annual Los Alamos Triathlon takes on a different face in 2020, by going virtual.Run & bike anywhere! Swim at a pool available to you, including the Aquatic Center, by making a reservation.Registration is open until Oct. 10.

Participants have until Oct. 31 to complete the required legs and distances:

  • Bike 20 kilometers (12.4 miles);
  • Pool Swim 400 meters;
  • Run 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).

Registration fees are $60 for individuals, $120 for 3-person teams and includes:

  • Long-Sleeved Tri Shirt;
  • Pair of Tri socks; and
  • Placement award (TBD).

All awards and gifts will be mailed out.

For more information and to register individually or as a team, visit website.

YMCA Online Fundraising Event Oct 17-31
The Family YMCA’s annual gala has been replaced with a “Be The Light” online fundraising event to run Oct. 17-31. This link details the change. The online event will feature a silent auction including premium items, a message from Nashville sensation James Carothers, a $1,000 raffle, videos, sponsor thanks, and a special tribute from children and adults in Y programs. Donations and auction purchases will support the Y through the COVID-related service pause, and provide financial assistance to more than 300 low-income individuals who use Y programs through financial assistance. A link to the Online Auction site will be announced and available starting Oct. 13 at www.laymca.org.

IHM Pumpkin Patch Oct. 16-31
Weekdays 1-7 p.m. Weekends 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and by appointment (call 661-8303)

 

Central Park Square Gift Card Reward Promotion to Support Local Businesses Continues!
There are still gift cards available! Anyone who spends at least $10 at a participating Central Park Square business is eligible to receive a $20 gift card for that business, or another located in Central Park Square.
Here’s how to participate:
Spend at least $10 at a participating Central Park Square business: Allure Hair Salon, Bankens Martial Arts, Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, Boese Brothers Brewpub, Dave’s Barbershop, Don Taylor’s
Photography, Origami, Pet Pangaea, Red Dragon Bowl (formerly China Moon), Rigoberto’s, Rose Chocolatier, Time Out Pizzeria, Upex.
Bring your receipt to projectY cowork Los Alamos, 150 Central Park Square, Monday-Friday between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (with the exception of 12-1 p.m.) to claim your $20 gift card to a local Central Park Square business. Only one receipt is allowed per day, but there are no restrictions on the number of submissions per person/family. Additional gift cards will not be awarded based on higher receipt totals. Recipients will be able to choose the gift card of their choice, based on availability, on a first-come basis. The promotion will conclude once all gift cards have been awarded to local shoppers.
Shop Local this Summer and Earn Chamber Checks Continues Through Labor Day
To help support our local businesses that have all been affected by the pandemic, shop local this summer and receive Chamber Checks! Shop, Snap, Submit and Shop Again! Submit your receipts by Labor Day!
Here’s how to participate and support your local businesses:
  • Shop at 5 different Los Alamos/White Rock businesses between July 13 to September 7, spending a minimum of $10 at each business. As an incentive to shop at DP Road businesses during the road construction, a receipt from any business located there will count as 2 receipts!
  • Snap a legible photo of all 5 receipts, with date and amount visible, and submit your photo by email to ufemia@losalamos.org, including your name and address. Feel free to black out your purchases for privacy.
  • Once your receipts have been verified, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will mail you a $10 Chamber Check, redeemable at dozens of local participating Chamber member businesses.

ONGOING EVENTS ONLINE, TELE-CONFERENCING ETC., VIRUS RELATED ONGOING EVENTS

The Los Alamos Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Support Group
Virtual meetings at 2 p.m. every Wednesday.Through the PMD Alliance (Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Alliance), the group uses Zoom and has made it a secure site by requiring a password and using the “waiting room” function to let members in. The problem in doing it this way is that it has left out the newly diagnosed and their care partners. But anyone interested in joining, may call Allie Thompson at 505.672.9498 to be added to the membership.

Free Food Boxes for Seniors & Disabled Residents
New Mexico Aging and Long Term Services Department has provided the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization with more than 400 free food boxes for seniors over 60 or those with disabilities. You do not need to be a member or live in Los Alamos. You will be asked to provide your name, address, phone number and birthday, and a staff member will load your box into the vehicle. Call 505.662.8920 to arrange a pick, and free delivery is available in Los Alamos and White Rock. Visit www.losalamosseniorcenter.com to learn more about the free membership and services available.

Enterprise Bank Free Financial Classes
Enterprise University’s fall semester offers more than 50 courses covering a variety of topics. Courses range from hiring in the digital age to the legal implications of COVID-19 to developing a cash flow forecast. Classes will be taught by industry experts who are leaders in their field and who live what they teach. The Enterprise University program offers practical, in-depth information that will challenge and energize attendees. Some of this fall’s class offerings are:

  • The Disruption Cycle: What is it, why it Matters and What you Need to Know About it, Sept. 24, Steve McKee Co-Founder McKee Wallwork + Co.
  • Mentorship: Change your work, change your life, Oct. 6, Annemarie Henton Vice President of Business Development & Marketing Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc.
  • Design and Creativity: Tools for Your Business, Oct. 29, Rathi Casey Partner and CEO UKUU Creative
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Fraud in the COVID-19 Era, Nov. 12, Janet M. McHard, CPA, CFE, MAFF, CFF Founding Partner The McHard Firm

Virtual sessions begin Sept. 9 and run through Nov. 19. Attendees can sign up for individual classes or all of them. All courses are 90-minutes in length and are offered at no cost. The full course schedule and registration can be found at enterprisebank.com/eu.

Nurses With Heart Home Care provides both personal and medical care in one’s own home. They have professional and trained caregivers who assist with bathing, grooming, light meals, light housework, companionship and transportation. Their team follows COVID-19 safety precautions, and are licensed by the New Mexico Department of Health.

This allows their medical staff to fulfill doctor’s orders, provide wound care, medication management and other nursing services, and can assist families with case management. registration can be found at enterprisebank.com/eu.

 

Nurses With Heart
Nurses With Heart Home Care provides both personal and medical care in one’s own home. They have professional and trained caregivers who assist with bathing, grooming, light meals, light housework, companionship and transportation. Their team follows COVID-19 safety precautions, and are licensed by the New Mexico Department of Health. This allows their medical staff to fulfill doctor’s orders, provide wound care, medication management and other nursing services, and can assist families with case management. To learn more about any of the services offered with Nurses with Heart, or to register, call Carolyn Moore at (505).424.9099 or email her at wecare@nurseswithheart.com.

YMCA Reopening

  • The Y will be open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The hours of 7-8:30 a.m. are reserved for senior and high health risk members until further notice
  • The facility will operate at less than 50% capacity
  • Areas and rooms will have posted capacities to support social distancing
  • A new waiver needs to be signed by all members, see in reopening plan
  • Masks are required upon entering, but not while exercising
  • Members and employees will be screened with a no-contact thermometer;   individuals with a
  • temperature above 100.4 will not be allowed in the facility
  • Physical distancing is required at all times
  • Hand sanitation is required upon entering, also available at exit
  • Members must wipe down equipment before and after each use, and
  • Members need to bring in and take out daily their own stretching mats
  • No-touch water bottle filling stations are available, but not fountains

Eastgate Toastmasters: Learn public speaking in a fun and supportive environment. Noon on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Now meeting via Zoom. Guests are always welcome. Visit the website to get connected on Zoom. http://eastgate.toastmastersclubs.org/

Family Strengths Network Offers Beginning English Classes
Free remote Beginning English class for those persons that may have little to no English experience and are interested in improving their abilities. The class is 7-8 p.m. each Thursday beginning June 25 via Zoom. Attendees need to register at least once to receive a link each week. Note that it is not necessary to attend each week. Beginners English is open to all individuals and covers a range of beginner topics (ex: Introducing yourself, asking for help, going to the grocery store, etc.). The class also features open sessions with different weekly topics. Call 505.662.4515 for more information and to register.

PEEC Summer Family Evenings
Via Zoom every Wednesday. These events start at 6 p.m. and provide virtual fun for the whole family. Registration is required to get the link and password for the Zoom broadcast. Visit peecnature.org/events to sign up for this event and other upcoming programming.Free.

COVID-19 Testing Available
The New Mexico Public Health Office in Los Alamos has begun offering the COVID-19 test 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays. Note: Testing will take place in individual’s vehicles, similar to the drive-thru testing that was previously completed at Overlook Park in White Rock. Residents who want to be tested must call the office at 505.662.4038 to make an appointment. No walk ins will be accepted. There is no cost for the test.The office is at 1183 Diamond Dr., Suite D, across from Los Alamos High School.

Chamber Business List

Buy from any local small businesses still open. Any help you can give right now makes a big difference. Top link, who’s open. Bottom link Los Alamos small businesses

https://docs.google.com/…/1My90zKWNCYlCWeuWeXieHMkKrg…/edit…

#ShopSmallLosAlamos #LiveLosAlamos #KeepLosAlamosStrong #SHOPSMALL

Restaurants Open For Pick-up or Delivery

Click here for a list of restaurants in Los Alamos and White Rock

Senior Shopping Times at Smith’s Stores

Smith’s Store Manager Isaac Chavez told the Los Alamos Daily Post that both the Los Alamos and White Rock stores have set aside special hours for senior citizens (60 and older) to shop.

Effective immediately, the following days and times are set aside exclusively for senior citizens:

  • Monday – 7-8 a.m.;
  • Wednesday 7-8 a.m.; and
  • Friday 7-8 a.m.

Farmers Market Open Thursdays and Saturdays
The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays through October in Ashley Pond Park. Saturday Market 8 a.m.t o noon. Saturdays at the  Justice Center Parking Lot.

Teen Center’s Los Alamos QUARANTEEN Center Website

While the Los Alamos Teen Center is temporarily closed, its staff members have created a new website and an online space where Teen Center staff and teen members can interact via text and voice.Named, “Los Alamos QUARANTEEN Center”, the website can be reached at www.losalamosquaranteencenter.com and will allow youth to access a curated collection of web resources shared by their favorite Teen Center staff, other teens and community members.

Online at the Library
See services available here. For questions, information or assistance, library staff is available to help. Sullivan said a librarian is at the library 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patrons can call 505.662.8250 or email libweb@lacnm.us.

Eco Station and White Rock Convenience Center Hours

Los Alamos Eco Station

3701 East Jemez Road in Los Alamos
Phone: 505.662.8163
Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

White Rock Overlook Convenience Center

At Overlook Park in White Rock
Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Closed Wednesday and Thursday

Grief Support Group Via Zoom
5:30-7:30 Thursdays Visit goldenwillow retreat.com to join.

Dial-A-Ride Bus Service

Because of low ridership, Atomic City Transit announced today that bus fixed-route services will be suspended effective Wednesday, March 18. ACT will still be operating Dial-a-Ride services 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with reservations accepted up to one day in advance. Call 661-RIDE for information.

YMCA Online Fitness Classes

The Family YMCA is now offering live virtual classes online during this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The schedule of virtual classes is published on the Y website and includes classes like Power Up, Insanity, Silver Sneakers, Yoga, Stretching, Zumba, Toning, Hi-Lo, Cardio Kickboxing and Power HIIT! All classes will be modified so that no fitness equipment is required, but will include suggested everyday household items.  Y membership is not required to participate so everyone can invite family and friends to join virtually. Link to virtual classes: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCljcZeKHTD7Gm-Zqmaqmpkw/live

Take It Outside with PEEC! Online Series

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has launched a new online series to help the community get outside, have fun and continue to learn about nature while the schools and Los Alamos Nature Center are closed. Each week, PEEC’s staff and volunteers will focus on a different nature-related theme. They will provide daily activities and challenges to help people of all ages have fun and learn new things about our natural environment. Adults and children alike can take part in these challenges and contests, and share their experiences with the community. Learn more and view the daily challenges at peecnature.org/take-it-outside. New challenges will be posted on weekdays by 10 a.m. for the duration of the school and County facility closures. More than one challenge can be completed per day, if you need to catch up on the program!

Ongoing Events CHECK WITH VENUE OR GROUP ABOUT WHETHER MEETINGS ARE TAKING PLACE

Meet-Up: Local Meetup is free for participants, visit www.meetup.com, find “Los Alamos Yours to Discover” and join. Meetup then sends invitations to all of its events. Ignore the email if unable to attend or click Join Us to RSVP. Contact Anna Dillane at Boomerang for more information. Calendar at https://www.meetup.com/Los-Alamos-Yours-to-Discover/events/calendar/2019-03/

Autism Support Group: An informal support group for parents, family and friends of autistic children and adults. Held the 6-7:30 p.m., third Monday of the month at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St.

Chit-Chat Infant and Toddler Discussion Group: offers parents/caretakers of babies and expectant parents the opportunity to connect and explore timely topics. This group is meant to be a quieter space. Infants up through walking are welcome. Wednesdays 9:30-10:15 a.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St.

Ad Hoc Hiking Group: Meet downstairs at the Betty Ehart Senior Center every Thursday morning. For adults of all genders. Where do we hike? All over the place, and we usually decide the destination on the morning of, depending on participation and weather – hence the name Ad Hoc. Nearby hikes of 3 to 4 miles or more on uneven ground are typical. Occasional special trips are planned and announced in advance. Always dress in layers for conditions, wear a hat, and bring water. Departure times:  8:30 a.m. May thru August; 9 a.m. September through April. To get on the email list (for last minute weather cancellations or other schedule information), send your request to: Patricia Rathbone at patricx42@yahoo.com.

Alcoholics Anonymous: (AA) is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. There are 14 meetings each week in Los Alamos; see https://nm-aa.org to find meeting times and locations in Los Alamos (as well as other New Mexico locations).

Al-Anon Family Groups (Al-Anon): is for friends and families of alcoholics.  Members share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of AA ourselves, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic. Anyone who has been affected by someone else’s drinking is welcome. There are four meetings each week in Los Alamos; see https://www.nmal-anon.com to find meeting times and locations in Los Alamos (as well as other New Mexico locations). “Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.”

Russian Language Group: Russian speaking children meet and immerse in the language, kids will sing, do skits and play games in Russian. This group meets 10 a.m. to noon every other Sunday at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St.

Los Alamos Writers Group: meets 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in Room 627, Building 6 at UNM-LA. All writers of fiction and non-fiction, published or not, are welcome. Bring a piece of writing for critique.

MISS Foundation: meets 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Trinity on the Hill Church. It is a grief support group for parents who have lost a child at any age or gestation.  

Support Group for Family, Friends and Caregivers of Cancer Patients: 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month (second Wednesday group meets at White Rock Senior Center, 137 Longview Dr., 4th Wednesday group meets at Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row in Los Alamos). This support group is free and provides a safe and loving environment in which everyone has the opportunity to share and learn. Offered by the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico in collaboration with the Los Alamos Council on Cancer and facilitated by Lori Padilla. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Bob Ansheles 505.955.7931, Diane Hammon 505.672.3058.

Chit-Chat & Change (Diapers): offers parents/caretakers of babies and expectant parents the opportunity to connect and explore timely topics. This group is meant to be a quieter space. Infants up through walking are welcome. Wednesdays 9:30-10:15 a.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St.

Chit-Chat & Parenting Topics: offers parents/caretakers of children of varying ages the opportunity to connect and explore timely topics while their children play. Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St.

Sons of American Legion Squadron 90 Breakfast: 8 a.m. to noon every third Sunday in the restaurant in the American Legion Post 90 at 1325 Trinity Dr. Proceeds benefit American Legion charities. 

Los Alamos International Folkdance Club: Meets Tuesdays at Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar. First, second and third Tuesdays: 7:15-8 p.m. teaching, 8-9:30 p.m. open dance session. Fourth Tuesday (including July 25): 7:30 p.m. review of recently taught dances, followed by open dance session. Cost is $3 per session, first session FREE. Family-friendly, children welcome, beginners welcome. Great exercise for body and brain! For more information: contact Dennis at 505.661.4240.

Ballroom Etcetera Dance: Ballroom Etcetera invites all social dancers to Fuller Lodge for an evening of Ballroom, Latin and Swing dancing. Bring your dance shoes and, optionally, a snack to share. A donation of $6/dancer is requested. Open to all comers. See you on the dance floor! http://ballroometcla.org/

Science On Tap: happens every third Monday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. The talk is 5:30 p.m. at Project Y cowork, 150 Central Park Square.

Mountain Mixer Square Dance Club: Lessons 6-7 p.m. Dancing 7-8 p.m. Saturdays at Betty Ehart Senior Center. Call Barb at 505.412.9637, for more information.

​CoDA Meeting: White Rock CoDA group, a 12-step recovery group for codependency, meets 7 p.m. Mondays at White Rock Methodist Church on Meadow Lane. For information call 505.672.3874 or 505.672.1498. Leave message, name and phone number.

Join the conversation: 10 Minutes A Week To Reimagine Education! There will be a link to a video, podcast or article sent out each week for people to watch, share and talk about. Plus, at 4 p.m. every Wednesday, a group of folks who have watched the video will host a conversation at a Coffee Klatch at Smith’s Starbucks and they hope you will join them to chat, listen, discuss and share. Educators, parents, students, community members are all invited.

Investment Group at BESC: This is an informal group that meets weekly at 10 a.m. Thursdays at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The purpose of this group is primarily to share knowledge and information, including presentations on a broad array of investment topics. Investment strategies, stock and mutual fund tips may be discussed, as well as general discussions about the economy, except that politics is usually avoided. This group does not invest any shared funds as a group and is not an investment club in that sense. A new group that restricts its subject matter to options trading also meets at BESC but meets at 10 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays twice a month. Anyone interested in attending can contact Harry Watanabe at 505.662.6284, Don Blossom at 505.984.9995, or just show up at meetings.

German Conversation Group: Mesa Public Library upstairs, Room 1. Meetings are 3-4 p.m., the first Monday of the month. All levels welcome. For information, email Margie Bruell at marbruell@centurylink.net.

Senior Civic Issue Discussion Group: The Senior Civic Issue Discussion Group, initiated by the local AARP chapter, meets 10-11:30 a.m. the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month in the Betty Ehart Senior Center classroom. The objectives of the discussions are to better understand the important, often controversial, issues that face the community, state, nation and world and to evaluate potential solutions. The discussions are non-partisan, and topics for discussion are selected by the participants. Everyone is invited to participate. Recent issues have included the Los Alamos economy, threats to US security, income inequality, the Iranian nuclear agreement, long-term energy sources and US immigration policies. For information, contact Joe D’Anna at 505.672.9371 or civicdiscussion@centurylink.net.

White Rock Senior Center Social Activities: The community is welcome to sing old and familiar tunes at 3 p.m. Fridays. Song sheets provided and pianist accompanies singers. The center also offers a “Gals Gab Group”, at 1 p.m., Tuesdays. The social club is geared toward women who live alone and do not get to talk much to other women. Rides are available, call 505.662.8922. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/white-rock-senior-center-becoming-social-hub

Weekly Events for Entrepreneurs and Innovators: http://www.ladailypost.com/content/meetups-entrepreneurs-innovators-and-idea-people

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