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NEWSLETTER OF THE LOS ALAMOS COOPERATIVE MARKET  (APRIL 2013)  
Greetings!

Here is an updated version of the newsletter. The previous one had an inconsistent time for the Annual Meeting. We apologize for the multiple emails.  Thank you for your patience.

Spring is in full swing, and we have a variety of events and news to accompany this transition period.

Enjoy!

Our regular hours are Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
New and Improved! The Co-op Annual Meeting

  

Scrumptious dessert, amazing door prizes and Co-op business are on the agenda for the Los Alamos Co-op's Annual Member Meeting hosted by the LACM Board of Directors. This year's event will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 7-8 PM at the Holiday Inn Express, just adjacent to the Co-op. Please come and listen to the financial and operational report for our second year performance and listen to the four (4) member-candidates running for your Board. While this meeting is intended to be short, but sweet, there will be ample time for socializing and Q & A.

 

~Steve, GM

New Faces  & Other Changes at the Co-op

 

I want to welcome Sallye Sibbitt as our new Accounting Specialist. Sallye was born and raised in Los Alamos, left as a young person and later returned. The Co-op has benefited from her decision to live back in her hometown, and we look forward to the strong direction Sallye will bring to the finance department. Sallye is also Los Alamos' own "Duck Lady!"

 

I'd like to thank Aviv Stein for his 2+ years of service in our wellness department. He brought a great deal of expertise to the store. The Co-op features a wide and diverse product mix in our wellness departments due to Aviv's work--we wish him well in his future endeavors!

 

~Steve Watts, GM

Solar Array Reinstall

   

The solar array, which was heavily damaged by a vendor's semi-truck, has been re-engineered and is in the process of being re-installed in our parking lot. The new unit will be higher in front to avoid collisions with trailers from vendor's semis. Greg Mechels, President of Select Solar LLC, expects work and inspections to take 2-3 weeks and we should start offsetting our electrical use by the end of April.

 

~ Steve Watts, GM

Los Alamos Beer Cooperative Nears 100 Founding Members!                 

Los Alamos Beer Co-op (LABC), only the 3rd brewery co-op in the US, is moving right along in its pursuit of an operating brewery and taproom here in LA. As of March 29th, LABC had 92 total members, 81 of those considered "Founding Members." Founding members are distinguished from others in that they paid their full-share life time membership and will be honored with an engraved mug to be displayed on the "wall of fame" in the taproom, once it becomes reality. Several committees have formed to deal with fundraising, membership and marketing. We are also working steadfastly on building the business plan, financial model and feasibility analysis.

  

Please help your community experience locally produced fresh beers (and root beer). Join by surfing to losalamosbeer.coop. Membership and payment can be done with our easy on-line form and PayPal. We invite anyone interested in learning about LABC and/or co-ops in general to attend one of our two monthly meetings, held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Small Business Development Center, 190 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM, (505) 662-0004.

 

~Steve, GM

Successful first wine pairing featuring
Vivác Winery
On Saturday, April 6, we hosted our first wine pairing class by Michele Padberg, Vivác's Marketing Director and Executive Sommelier. Her knowledge and the delicious Vivác wines gave the mind and the palate a refreshing experience and paired well with the Co-op sampler plate. The class showcased 5 Viváwines, which were also available for purchase after the class, an option many attendees enjoyed. Some participants were surprised by the quality of the Viváwines, since many New Mexico wines are not been known for such flavor and body. 
 
This class taught us a lot about the opportunities to combine pairings with education and the different ways to hold a pairing class. We enjoyed working with Vivác, and we are looking forward to offering more classes/events featuring Viváwines in the future. 
 
Vivác Winery is located on the road to Taos, and their wines are putting New Mexico wines back on the map. 
What Co-ops are in our area?

  

 

New Mexico Co-ops:

Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. (electricity)

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Inc. (electricity)

REI (retail - sports/outdoor equipment)

La Montanita (grocery)

Mountain View Market (grocery)

Silver City Food Co-op (grocery)

Dixon Cooperative Market (grocery)

Española Community Market (grocery)

Mujeres en Acción (tamales +)

  

Los Alamos Co-ops:

Los Alamos Beer Co-op (Beer)

Little Forest PlaySchool (child care/education)

Del Norte Credit Union (financial)

Los Alamos Schools Credit Union (financial)

Zia Credit Union (financial)

  

Buying from Co-ops at the Co-op:

Sweet Grass Co-op (beef)

Alvarado Street Bakery (baked goods)

Bob's Red Mill (flour)

Equal Exchange (coffee)

Frontier (spices+) 

King Arthur Flour (baking goods)

Organic Valley (dairy products)

Pachamama (coffee)

Volunteering at the Co-op:

  

Thank you to everyone who has come to a volunteer orientation.   If you haven't already oriented please join us in the cafe area on Monday, April 15th at 6:30 or Tuesday, April 16th at 1:30. We take a fun tour of the co-op, review volunteer policies and do some hands on work.  You will earn an 18% discount card for participating in this one hour orientation.  Once you have oriented, you are eligible for future volunteer opportunities.  For every hour you volunteer, you earn 18% off a single shopping trip.  Help your community, help yourself and help your Co-op.  Win! Win! Win!

 

I look forward to seeing you.
Your Volunteer Volunteer Coordinator,
Terra
Upcoming Events
 

  

Apr. 15  Co-op Volunteer Orientation 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
(Open to members; Receive your first discount card at the orientation!)
Apr. 16  Co-op Volunteer Orientation 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
(Open to members; Receive your first discount card at the orientation!)
Apr. 16  Shop with the Chef: Tempura 6 - 8 p.m.
($15 for members; $20 for non-members Registration Required)
Apr. 17  Co-op Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.
(at the Holiday Inn Express)
Apr. 18  Traditional Green Building Talk 7 p.m.
(FREE; See more "We Who Are Clay" events)
Apr. 20  PEEC Earth Day Festival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(at PEEC)
Apr. 22  Earth Day Hoop House Work Party 5 - 7 p.m.
(at the Co-op; snack provided)
Apr. 23  YOUTH* Shop with the Chef: Lasagna 6 - 8 p.m.
*Grades 7-12
($5 for members; $10 for non-members Registration Required)
Apr. 27  Clean up LA Day: Canyon Clean-up 8:30 a.m.
(Meet-Up Location TBD)
Apr. 28  Co-op Annual Membership Meeting 7 - 8 p.m.
Includes a raffle and Co-op desserts.
(Open to members)
May 5  Save 5% on the 5th 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
(Members save 5% on all regular priced items.)
May 12  Member Appreciation Day 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
(Members save 10% on all regular priced items.)
May 15  Co-op Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.
(at the Holiday Inn Express)
May 21  Co-op Volunteer Orientation 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
(Open to members; Receive your first discount card at the orientation!) 
May 21  Shop with the Chef: Wontons 6 - 8 p.m.
($15 for members; $20 for non-members Registration Required) 
May 22  Co-op Volunteer Orientation 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
(Open to members; Receive your first discount card at the orientation!) 
May 23  Beer Dinner 6 - 8 p.m.
Featuring: Marble Brewery & Chef Chris McLean
($50 for members; $60 for non-members
Tickets go on sale May 1st)
Jun. 1  Co-op & LASA Bike Swap morning (TBD)
Equipment drop off will be earlier in the week.
(More information coming soon.)

 

Happy Holidays!

 

Sincerely,

 


Sandra West
Los Alamos Co-op Market
Tuesday,
April 16
6 to 8 PM

Tempura & Sauces
with
Edwin Theodore 

Join us for an evening of art and flavor on Tuesday, April 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. This class is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

 

Register at the Co-op Today!

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Tuesday,
April 23
6 to 8 PM

YOUTH*
Veggie Lasagna Class
with
Nicole Kliebert 

This is our first Shop with the Chef class designed for youth grades 7-12. Join Nicole Kliebert to learn how to make a delicious meal and get your daily serving of veggies.

 

Register at the Co-op Today!

 

*Grades 7-12

This class is Gluten-Free. 

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Sunday,
April 28
7 to 8 PM
 
Annual Membership Meeting
 (at the Holiday Inn Express)

Join us for our Annual Membership Meeting to meet the Board, enter a raffle, enjoy free Co-op desserts, and ensure good governance of the Co-op. This meeting is open to all current co-op members.


Additional Resources:

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Tuesday,
May 21
6 to 8 PM

Wontons
with
Ara Whetten

Learn the art of making vegetable wontons and Indian samosa from Ara Whetten on Tuesday, May 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

Register at the Co-op Today!

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Thursday,
May 23
6 & 8 PM

Beer Dinner Featuring
Marble Brewery & Chef Chris McLean

The next Beer Dinner, held out on our lawn, will feature the delicious Marble Beers and Co-op food prepared by Chef Chris McLean.  Join us for an evening of savory food and beer deliberately paired to bring out the best of both. This beer dinner will consist of 5 beers and 4 courses.

 

Tickets go on sale May 1st.  Only 40 tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.

 

(This class is not Vegetarian, Vegan, or Gluten-Free; however, we are planning a vegetarian/vegan beer dinner option in the future.)

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Co-op Cookbook:  
Asparagus Antipasto Platter

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NEW:
FREE Co+op Kitchen App  
 
The Co+op Kitchen app is a convenient way to bring delicious Co+op Kitchen recipes (videos and written versions) and handy techniques directly into your kitchen. This resource is provided by the National Cooperative Grocer's Association, which helps individual co-op be stronger together.
 

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County Community Garden Spots Available
The Los Alamos Community Garden has 2 garden plots available.  Each plot is less than $60 for the season, which includes all the free water you could ever need.  If you are interested, please contact Karen Gallegos at 662-8405

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Heart of the Community at the Edge of Town.
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Sun 8 - 8 p.m.
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