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YMCA Scholarships Fund Camp, Health - Support Drive Targets $23,000

on April 25, 2012 - 10:46pm

FAMILY YMCA News

In 2011, three people a week requested financial assistance at The Family YMCA so their children could participate in after school, or camp, or so they could participate in healthy programs.

In the end, 148 people were awarded more than $75,000 in assistance.

The Y is running its annual Strong Kids Campaign, a fundraising drive to support these scholarships.

“Of these 148 people, 74 were kids in our camp or afterschool program,” said volunteer campaign chair Emily McGay, “these 74 kids require seven staff.

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Local Contingent Joins Manhattan National Park Conference in Richland, Wash.

on April 25, 2012 - 9:00pm

A contingent of community, business and civic leaders arrived in Richland, Wash., today to confer on the possible inclusion of Los Alamos, Oak Ridge and Hanford as a unit in the national park system. Participants belong to the Energy Community Alliance and were treated to a local  Richland theater group's performance of the historical skit "Tale of Three Cities" at the conference opening event.
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Rotary Crab Fest Fundraiser Breaks Record

on April 25, 2012 - 7:49am

The Los Alamos Rotary Club's thrid annual “All-You-Can-Eat Crab Fest” fundraiser held Feb. 26 at Central Avenue Grill drew a record crowd and topped previous years in terms of proceeds from the dinner and silent and live auction events. Crab Fest Chair Skip King, center, and Queen Crab Linda Hull present Rotary President Thurman Talley with a check for $14,412.16 during Tuesday's Rotary Club luncheon meeting at Fuller Lodge. Last year's Crab Fest extravaganza raised about $11,000. Proceeds from the annual fundraiser benefit local scholarships and the Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden.
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The Family YMCA Encourages Kids to Play and Learn at Healthy Kids Day, April 28

on April 24, 2012 - 10:53pm

FAMILY YMCA News:

On April 28, The Family YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day with a free community event for kids and families.
More than 1,900 Ys across that country are taking part in the celebration, meant to kick start physical activity and learning throughout the summer.
 
Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the Y to improve the health and well-being of kids, is filled with fun, active play and educational activities that will help parents improve their kids’ lifestyles for the long term.
Research shows that without access to activities that stimulate the mind and body,

Enriching the Picture of the Immigrant Experience

on April 24, 2012 - 10:27pm

Stephanie Sydoriak will sign the biography of her parents, An Ocean Between: 100% American – 100% Ukrainian, on Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. at Otowi Station Bookstore.

In a recent interview, Sydoriak discussed her approach to writing the biography of her parents. Her main sources were her father’s scrapbook and the stories her parents told her. “The only research I did was to look through my father’s thin scrapbook which held some newspaper articles concerning him or the Ukrainian community in Boston.

The Family YMCA to Offer Red Cross Courses

on April 24, 2012 - 10:20pm

FAMILY YMCA News

First Aid, CPR and AED

The Family YMCA is now taking registration for its May 5th and June 2nd First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification courses.  The courses, taught by American Red Cross certified instructors, are generally scheduled for the first Saturday of each month throughout the year.

First Aid training includes the basics of wound care, bleeding control, and bandaging and provides information about poisoning, sudden illness, and how to care for other injuries.

Bilingual Montessori School Demonstrates Earth Day Spirit

on April 24, 2012 - 8:39pm

Students, staff and parents from the Bilingual Montessori School, 115 Longview Dr., in White Rock picked up trash for Earth Day. (Student names intentionally withheld) Courtesy Photo

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Crowd Packs Party for PEEC Benefitting Nature Programs

on April 24, 2012 - 5:35pm

Applause rang out for Pajarito Environmental Education Center Board President Becky Shankland, left, and Board Vice-president and Earth Day Chair Teralene Foxx during the PEEC Party to Benefit Nature Programs held Sunday evening at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The annual "Party for PEEC" benefit dinner supports the Nature Center at 3540 Orange St. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

PEEC Board President Becky Shankland and Patron Dave Schiferl chat with Rep. Jim Hall. Photo by Carol A. Claek.ladailypost.com

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Earth Day Activities Clean Up Countryside

on April 24, 2012 - 8:51am

Evelyn Simons works with volunteers during Saturday's Earth Day event in the Jemez celebrated with participants picking up trash along N.M. 4. Each party of people or person signed up for a mile and collected bags of recyclable debris and trash. A strong turnout of volunteers filled bags with trash from the countryside that comprised more than six truckloads. Courtesy Photo

Volunteers begin to sign in for duty in the Jemez. Courtesy Photo

Rep. Jim Hall of White Rock joins the volunteer effort in honor of Earth Day. Courtesy photo

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Pajarito Enviromental Education Center - Earth Day Video

on April 23, 2012 - 4:54pm

Video footage from PEEC's Earth Day 2012 Celebration. By Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Horizons Preschool Becoming Own Entity

on April 22, 2012 - 12:03pm

A classroom at Horizons Preschool and Daycare inside White Rock United Methodist Church, 580 Meadow Lane. Courtesy/Horizons

By Kirsten Laskey

After 19 years as a preschool and 29 years as an afterschool program through White Rock United Methodist Church (WRUMC), Horizons Preschool and Daycare is becoming its own entity.

“Horizons is becoming a separate entity from WRUMC financially, for tax purposes, but will continue the strong Christian and proven academic curriculum that it now uses,” Horizons Board President Nancy Ferenbaugh said.   

This Christian-based day care takes children from

Expect Surprises at LASO's Spring Concert Friday

on April 22, 2012 - 11:02am

Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra violinist Jane Duan. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

By Bonnie Gordon

Beautiful music was wafting from the band room at Los Alamos High School as the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra (LASO) rehearsed for their Spring Concert, but a passerby may not have recognized the melodies.

LASO will perform “Polonaise” by Antonin Dvorak.

The performance is almost certainly the New Mexico premiere of the work, said Dr. Ivan Shulman, music director of LASO.

The piece was originally suggested to Shulman by his mother, and when he heard it a few years later, “I thought,

Classic Cars Take Tour Through Bandelier

on April 22, 2012 - 9:23am
All lined up in the Bandelier parking lot, these classic cars drew a lot of admirers Friday. The cars were Cord and Auburn automobiles from the 1930s and made in America. They were quite ahead of their time with front wheel drive, supercharged V8 engines, very aerodynamic styling, concealed door hinges ... some even had headlights that turned direction along with the front wheels when turning a corner.

Perfect Weather, Large Crowd, Loads of Fun Surrounded PEEC's Earth Day 2012

on April 21, 2012 - 10:24pm

Community members of all ages soaked in the sunshine, activities and music at today's Earth Day Festival at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on Orange Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The Ever-Changing Land of Enchantment is this year's Earth Day theme. PEEC's Earth Day logo connects people to the land they live in and its changes over the past 100 years since New Mexico's Centennial. It also reminds people that they must live gently on this beautiful and vulnerable land. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos National Bank employees Keely Garrity and

Bandelier Offers National Park Week Activities in Los Alamos

on April 21, 2012 - 8:24pm

BANDELIER News:

Perhaps the most distinctive furry resident at Bandelier is the Aberts Squirrel. Courtesy/Bandelier

National Park Week runs through April 29 and Bandelier National Monument is offering opportunities both in Los Alamos and at the park to celebrate National Park Week.

“Bandelier partners with many organizations in Los Alamos. We’re very happy to be able to offer National Park Week activities in town where they are available to people who may not be able to get down to the park," Park Superintendent Jason Lott said. "We hope to see lots of our neighbors this week.”

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Renowned Scientist George Cowan Has Died

on April 20, 2012 - 5:33pm

By Carol A. Clark

Internationally renowned scientist George A. Cowan has died. 

Cowan was a scientist, philanthropist and businessman who conducted early research for the Manhattan Project and went on to found Los Alamos National Bank and the Santa Fe Institute.

Los Alamos National Laboratory issued the following statement today on the death of the Laboratory's Senior Fellow.

“Dr. Cowan was a central figure at the Laboratory for 39 years. As a Senior Fellow and Los Alamos National Laboratory Medal Winner, he set an example of service to the nation that we strive to follow today.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview - April 20, 2012 [AUDIO]

on April 20, 2012 - 3:43pm

The Los Alamos Daily Post's events calendar audio webcast, "Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview."  Carol A. Clark and Greg Kendall co-host this weekly program, which previews each upcoming weekend's events scheduled throughout Los Alamos and White Rock.

Today's Weekend Preview ran about 20 minutes in length because there is so much going on around the community this weekend and beyond that was covered in this webcast.

This program is sponsored by Kristin Henderson for Council (Paid for by Kristin Henderson for County Council, George Chandler, Treasurer, Andrea Cunningham, Co-treasurer.)

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Who is Giving Out Half a Million Free Books All Across America?

on April 19, 2012 - 9:37pm

OTOWI STATION BOOKSTORE News

Otowi Station Bookstore is a community partner for the first World Book Night in the United States. From Kodiak, Alaska, to Key West, Florida, in 5,000 towns and cities across America, volunteer book givers will give away half a million free books to reluctant or underserved readers on April 23.

Front row: Patrice Goodkind, Dana Kline, and Nina Thayer. Middle row: Judy Goldie, Kelly and Amelia Dolejsi, Thelma Hahn, and Melanie Sorsby. Back row: Linda Carver and Ellen Ben-Naim. Courtesy Photo

“We are so excited to host activities for World Book Night,” said

Bandelier National Monument Seeks Public Input on Management of Tsankawi Unit

on April 19, 2012 - 9:22pm

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT News

Bandelier  National  Monument  has  announced that the park is initiating a 30-day  scoping  period,  from  April  16, 2012 to May 15, 2012, as part of planning  to  improve  resource protection and visitor understanding of the unique  Tsankawi  Unit.  The resulting decisions will provide guidance and direction  for  managing  visitor  safety,  accessibility, and natural and cultural resource protection for the next ten years.

Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

According to Park Superintendent Jason Lott, “We invite everyone who is interested in the future

Rio Grande Guitar Quartet Performs April 26

on April 19, 2012 - 9:03pm

LOS ALAMOS ART COUNCIL News:

Rio Grande Guitar Quartet. Courtesy Photo

Los Alamos Arts Council presents the Rio Grande Guitar Quartet at 7 pm., April 26 at Fuller Lodge. The cost is $15 ($10 for LAAC members) and includes light refreshments.

The Rio Grande Guitar Quartet, made up of premiere New Mexico classical guitarists Mickey Jones, Jeremy Mayne, Lynn McGrath and Ben Silva, is an exciting ensemble whose eclectic repertoire spans centuries and genres, including new compositions and new transcriptions. 

The members of RGGQ bring a deep wellspring of expertise, talent and experience

PEEC offers New Survival Skills Class for Kids

on April 19, 2012 - 7:32pm
PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER (PEEC) News:
 
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This summer, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer a primitive skills class in the Jemez for children entering grades 4-7. 

 
The class will meet on Saturdays (and two Sundays) in June and July from 1:30-3:30 p.m., and will be held at various locations in the Jemez area. 
 
Experienced educator Rourke McDermott will teach the class. 
 
The cost is $60 or $48 for PEEC members or a second sibling for the whole summer.
Each week students will be immersed in the outdoors, learning to watch and listen, to be

Cleanup at Los Alamos Middle School Garden Site

on April 19, 2012 - 5:34pm

On Thursday evening students, Victoria Young, Gabriela Vallejos and Jamie Justice picked up trash from around the site of the Los Alamos Middle School Community Garden. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos Youth Food Project's [LAYFP] key goal is to develop a community garden adjacent to the Los Alamos Middle School near the new Solar Array and KRSN AM 1490 antenna.

The garden will be available to K-12 LA Public School students, to community organizations and to individuals.

Other garden locations may be developed as well, including a greenhouse at the Los Alamos

Griffith Gymnasium Ribbon Cutting and Rededication is 6 p.m. Monday

on April 18, 2012 - 6:35pm

LOS ALAMOS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT News

The community is invited to the Ribbon Cutting/Rededication of Griffith Gymnasium at 6 p.m. Monday, April 23.

Griffith Gym is named after 1st Lt. Thurston “Turk” Griffith, Jr., a 1958 graduate of Los Alamos High School.

“Turk” was awarded posthumously by General William Westmoreland the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

In December of 1964 “Turk” was assigned to the Military Assistance Command in Vietnam.

He served as an adviser to units of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in Binh Tuy Province.

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