Members of the LA Jazz Project entertain the audience with live jazz music. Photo by Leslie Bucklin Karen Easton worked with Kokoman Fine Wine & Liquor to pick the French wines that perfectly paired with the food. Easton also donated her time to serve at the event, along with other volunteer servers Beth Bathrick, Beth Bouman, Jean Harris and Jennifer Harris. This year there were two seatings: An Afternoon in Provence and An Evening in Paris. Both featured French food and wine pairings, silent and live auctions, all in the relaxed setting of the Pig + Fig Café. For the third year in a row, the event sold out. LAPSF News: Jill Cook very graciously agreed to act as auctioneer again this year, facilitating lively auctions at both events. Volunteer Karen Easten, left, enjoys a quiet moment with the other wine servers in between courses. Photo by Leslie Bucklin LAHS instructor Becca Jones arranged for culinary students to once again help Pig +Fig to prepare the food. The students were Tiana Lopez and Haley Adams-Brown. The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is an independent organization that invests in a successful future for all Los Alamos public school students. Since its inception in 2005, the LAPS Foundation has raised more than $1 million for Los Alamos public schools. The Foundation raises money through generous contributions from individuals and organizations who share the Foundation’s core values. To learn more about the LAPS Foundation and how to get involved and/or make a donation, visit lapsfoundation.com or call 505.500.6501. LAHS student helpers pose for a photo. Photo by Leslie Bucklin Laura Crucet and her team at Pig + Fig went above and beyond to plan, prepare and serve two incredible menus, each featuring five French dishes. Members of the LAHS Jazz Project, headed by LAMS Band Director Ryan Finn, charmed the audience with live music. They were Addie Richie, Evs Alexander, Kevin Bojorquez, Alexander Waters, Beth Short and Jackson Bell. Many businesses and individuals generously contributed to the auction: Albuquerque Isotopes;Blue Window Bistro;Bob’s Bodacious BBQ;Century Bank;China Moon;Chris and Helen Ortega;Classic Air Medical;Don Taylor’s Photography;EXIT Realty Advantage;Extended Play Photography;Float Los Alamos;Hal Davis;Hilltop Spa;Jill Cook;Julie Goen;LA Canvas Events;Los Alamos Daily Post;Los Alamos Fire Department;LAHS Prostart;Lance Eaton;LAPS Athletics;Los Alamos Concert Association;New Mexico United;Origami;Papa Murphy’s;PEEC;Petree Garden Center & Florist;Pig + Fig Café;Reel Deal Theater;Renee Mitsunaga;Richard Swenson;Ruby K’s;Ruby Magdalena Vineyards;Ryan Finn Quartet;Sandia Peak Tramway;Shelley Clark;Suzy Kroesche;Thom Mason;Tom Hill;Vintage Hair Co.;Viola’s;Windgate Healing Arts; and Zia Credit Union. The LAPS Foundation would like to sincerely thank everyone who made Taste of Knowledge such a great success again this year. Pig + Fig Café Executive Chef Laura Crucet oversees the main course at the LAPSF a ‘Taste Of Knowledge’ fundraiser. Photo by Leslie Bucklin Gathered at the LAPSF ‘An Evening in Paris’ fundraiser from left, LANL Director Thom Mason, his wife Jennifer, Barbara and Andy Phelps, Matt McKinley, his wife LAPSF Board President Melanie McKinley, LAPSF oard member Stephanie Archuleta and Jennifer Payne. Photo by Leslie Bucklin Members of the community turned out Aug. 25, to generously support education at the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual fundraiser, a “Taste Of Knowledge”. The event was a great success and raised a record-breaking $50,000 for Los Alamos Public Schools. Of the total raised, almost $30,000 was given during the paddle raise and through online donations from a number of extremely generous individuals. In addition, a number of LAHS student volunteers, including several members of the Key Club, volunteered many hours to help with setting up, managing the auction, serving food and cleaning up. The student volunteers were Christina Nisoli, Shena Han, Melisa Varol, Audrey Nolen, Andrew Watson, Max Corliss, Andy Corliss and LAPS Foundation student board members Isaac Ronning and Victoria Nisoli.
Two Americans and a Canadian have been rescued from a vessel that began taking on water this morning 150 nautical miles (280km) south-south west of American Samoa.The initial report was received via Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Honolulu shortly after 4.30am, with the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) receiving a transmission from the vessel’s emergency locator beacon (EPIRB) just before 8am.The crew of the vessel, the 31m MV Horizons, was communicating via satellite phone and email with a contact in Tonga and reported the vessel was taking on water and expected to sink. Liferafts were deployed alongside, in case it became necessary to abandon ship, with the crew equipped with a handheld vhf radio to maintain communications.RCCNZ Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Dave Wilson said three vessels were directed to the scene with charter fishing vessel MV Last Stall the first to arrive, rescuing the crew at around midday.An RNZAF P3 Orion was also dispatched to area and due to arrive at around 2pm, but was recalled following the rescue.The MV Horizons remains afloat at this stage and a navigation warning will be issued alerting shipping in the area. It is not known what caused the vessel to take on water but it is expected to sink. The vessel is registered in the Cayman Islands and is believed to be a long-range support vessel for fishing charters.“This is an excellent outcome for what could have been a very serious incident,” Mr Wilson said.“We were fortunate there were a number of vessels relatively close to the scene and particularly appreciate the efforts of the MV Last Stall, which was heading for Tonga for repairs to its propeller shaft when it responded.”The MV Last Stall is continuing to Tonga with the rescued crew on board, a journey expected to take around two days.[mappress]Maritime NZ, June 17, 2013
Xledger will become the official sponsors of the South Stand with immediate effect with their company branding featuring at the stadium and on matchday tickets.With thousands of customers worldwide and four offices, including a UK base in central Bristol, Xledger deliver automated management solutions, hosted entirely on the cloud.Ashton Gate managing director Mark Kelly said: “We’re delighted to be in partnership Xledger; a reputable global business with strong roots in the city.“Xledger share our vision for success and understand the importance of the local community and the role sport can play. It’ll be fantastic to see their branding on the South Stand at Ashton Gate.”