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Celebrate Chinese New Year With Lab’s Asian Association on Feb. 25

The Berkeley Lab Asian Association (BLAA) will host its annual Chinese New Year Festival on Sunday, Feb. 25, from noon to 3 p.m., at Perseverance Hall inside the cafeteria building (Bldg. 54, Room 130). Lab employees and affiliates are welcome to bring their family and friends to the celebration; email BLAA President Larry Li Guo if you’re planning to attend.

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Marissa Smithwick Gives Life to Lab’s Red Cross Blood Drives

Since joining the Lab, Marissa Smithwick of the Facilities Division has been devoted to safety and volunteering. She is a member of the Building Emergency Team and a certified Emergency Medical Technician. She also keeps the Lab’s Red Cross blood drive going. The next session is Feb. 15, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the cafeteria parking lot. Register here (code LBL). More>

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Winners Announced for Photo Club ‘Fog & Clouds’ Contest

Tied for first place are Karen Salvini (Directorate), James King (OCFO), and Alex Friedman (ATAP). In second place is Christina Patricola (EESA). Tied for third are Haris Mahic (ALS) and Doug Lockhart (retiree). In fourth place is Sayan Gupta (Biosciences). Go here to view the winning images and for more on the Photo Club.

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Lab Dance Club Offers Noon Salsa Lessons

Join fellow members of the Lab Dance Club for free salsa lessons, geared toward beginner and intermediate skill levels. Weekly sessions start Monday, Feb. 12, in Bldg. 76-235 over the noon hour, with practices on Wednesdays at the same time and location. No previous dance experience or partner required. Participants should wear comfortable shoes that don’t grip the floor. Contact Jeff Philliber (x5257) for more information.

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Seismic Improvement Rebates Offered for Berkeley Residents

Berkeley residents are eligible for rebates up to $3,000 from California’s Residential Mitigation Program for making certain seismic improvements to their homes. Registration is open until Feb. 23. Learn more at an information meeting on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at 997 Cedar St. RSVP here.

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Employee Discount for Feb. 1 Berkeley Symphony Concert

The Berkeley Symphony Concert Program III, Guetty & Berlioz, takes place at 8 p.m. at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. Lab staff can purchase balcony seats for $10 with the code LABGRAD10, or rear or front orchestra, or rear-side mezzanine for $20 with code LAB20. Go here to purchase tickets. The Lab’s Postdoc Association is sponsoring this offer.

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Staffer Captures Frolicking Deer in the Pit Parking Lot

Deb Wendt of Strategic Communications parks in the Pit (D) lot so she can climb the steps and get some exercise each day. Last month, she noticed movement out of the corner of her eye and saw two young deer that appeared to be playing with each other. She quickly pulled out her phone and captured this adorable video. “It reminded me of the dog park, except with deer!” she said.

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Full Results of Runaround Now Posted

Did you participate in the Nov. 17 Runaround? Now you can find your official time by visiting the Runaround website. Harmen Hoek was the top male runner and Jennifer Doyle was the top female. Norman Edelstein was the only over-80-year-old finisher. Brian Bonner, Jorgen Randrup, and Michael Barnett were top runners in the age 70-79 bracket.

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Season’s Greetings from the Lab’s Photo Club

In lieu of the club’s monthly theme contest, members were invited to submit “anything holiday” images. Contributors included Karen Lingua, Haris Mahic, Karen Salvini, Lena Trotochaud, John Christensen, Stephanie Daglia, Julie Kang, and Sayan Gupta. Go here to view all images and for more on the Lab’s Photo Club.

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Engineering’s Nick Palaio Selected as ‘Golfer of the Year’

Nick Palaio of the Engineering Division won the Lab Golf Club’s “Golfer of the Year” award for the 2017 season. The Golf Club is currently conducting its annual membership drive. All Lab employees/retirees are invited to join. For more information, contact Patty Giuntoli.

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