Features http://www.lamonitor.com/features/todaysfeatures en Exploring henna designs at Art on Tap http://www.lamonitor.com/content/exploring-henna-designs-art-tap <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/3-shoulder.jpg" alt="Heather Beemer will discuss the art of henna tattoos at the next Art on Tap starting at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room. " title="Heather Beemer will discuss the art of henna tattoos at the next Art on Tap starting at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Using henna for body art has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. The intricate designs can symbolize passages of life and are also applied simply for their beauty. Getting a henna tattoo is preferred by many people over a traditional tattoo because it is not painful and it is not permanent.<br /> Heather Beemer will be discussing the art of henna tattoos from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday for Art on Tap at UnQuarked Wine Room. &nbsp;<br /> Beemer will share some cultural and historical information about henna, talk about how she mixes the henna she uses and answer questions. She may even apply some henna tattoos once participants get the discussion rolling.<br /> Beemer has been intrigued with henna for many years. By career she is a speech-language pathologist but she still finds time to placate her artistic side by doing henna tattoos on people at events and painting henna designs on objects like candles and skulls. She named her henna business &ldquo;Hippie Chique.&rdquo; Visit the website at hippiechiquehenna.com.<br /> Dance classes ongoing at YMCA http://www.lamonitor.com/content/dance-classes-ongoing-ymca <p> The YMCA announces dance classes for those who love to dance or wish to learn. The center hosts a dance class on Friday at the YMCA gym for a night of social dancing. Free swing lessons are at 7 p.m. and social dancing begins at 7:30 p.m.<br /> Also, come check out the ballroom classes Mondays held at the YMCA.<br /> This month is Waltz at 8 p.m. and Salsa at 9 p.m. Cost is $5 for Y members, $10 for non-members per month. Cost is $1.25/$2.50 a class.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Youth business grants recently released http://www.lamonitor.com/content/youth-business-grants-recently-released <p> The Youth Business Grants from the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation were released recently.<br /> Youth ages 13-19 are invited to assemble a mini business plan and apply for up to $400 in start-up funds, to launch a summer business.<br /> &ldquo;The program allows youth in Los Alamos and the surrounding communities to put together a business plan and have some help along the way,&rdquo; said Program Coordinator, Bernadette Lauritzen. &ldquo;We help youth through the process, try to find them a mentor and assist with publicity.&rdquo;<br /> Last year 10 businesses supporting 11 local youth were funded for the summer. As a result, several maintained their sales efforts throughout the year, making funds and building relationships along the way.<br /> The businesses included landscaping, pet care, chocolate candies, jewelry, fresh roasted coffee beans, handcrafted knitted garments and more.<br /> The summer ended with presentations by the young entrepreneurs and a chance to win additional funds to further their offerings.<br /> The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C&rsquo;YA) queried contestants to see who had the passion to make their businesses grow.<br /> Review: Errors lead in the right direction http://www.lamonitor.com/content/review-errors-lead-right-direction <p> Everyone knows the way to a man&rsquo;s heart is through his lunch. So what happens if an unintended male eats an especially potent midday curry? &ldquo;The Lunchbox&rdquo; (2013, Rated PG) explores the possible consequences of just such a life-changing mix-up.<br /> The film, screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library as part of its Free Film Series, begins with a most unlikely occurrence: Despite Mumbai&rsquo;s nearly flawless lunchbox-delivery service, wherein restaurants and wives can pack hot meals to be dropped off at workers&rsquo; desks at lunchtime, a mistake is made. Somehow, the wonderful food Ila (Nimrat Kaur) prepares for her loathsome husband starts landing in the stomach of a stranger.<br /> Meanwhile, the stranger, Saajan (Irrfan Khan) is set to retire at the end of the month after a 35-year career in accounting. He is not eager to train his replacement (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui). He is not, it seems, happy about anything &mdash; except for the magical, delicious entrees that accidentally end up beside his ledger.<br /> Ila and Saajan are connected by a bureaucratic error, but as Ila says, sometimes &ldquo;the wrong train can lead you to the right station.&rdquo;<br /> Be There calendar 5-6-15 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/be-there-calendar-5-6-15 <p> Today<br /> Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.<br /> <br /> Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.<br /> <br /> Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.<br /> Thursday<br /> Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.<br /> <br /> Los Alamos Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday. 6 p.m. at 84 Barcelona Ave. in White Rock. For further information contact Mary Swickard at 672-3300 or Dennis Wulff at 672-9563.<br /> <br /> Dr. Bob Fuselier, of the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, will provide a free lecture about dog bite awareness. 6:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club building at 246 East Road. Dr. Fuselier&rsquo;s dog-bite awareness lecture promotes proper greeting of dogs and their owners, offering adults and children easy-to-remember steps to avoid becoming a dog-bite victim. Talk is for people only, no dogs are allowed. Freebies given to all that attend.<br /> Friday<br /> Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.<br /> <br /> Teacher is featured artist at library http://www.lamonitor.com/content/teacher-featured-artist-library <p> Paintings, illustrations and photography by artist Michelle Grove Griffin will be on display during the month of May at Mesa Public Library. Her work has been shown previously in several of the Fuller Lodge Art Center shows, as well as in various galleries.<br /> Grove Griffin is a teacher at Los Alamos High School and an adjunct professor at Northern New Mexico College in Espa&ntilde;ola.<br /> &ldquo;The artworks I create have been founded on influences in my life and things I like to do. I like to paint, draw and photograph things like fish, trees and anything that surrounds my world that makes life beautiful,&rdquo; Grove Griffin said. &ldquo;I am influenced by my upbringing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, my parents and experiences I have had. I have also always been inspired by my passions in life. Teaching, fishing, photography, rock climbing, skiing, biking, my dogs, where I came from, the goals I have in life, treasure, how we connect to the world ... etc. It&rsquo;s all about the process, the sequence of thoughts and events &mdash; how I arrive to a finished work. The colors and patterns found in animals, rocks, plants, shadows, words, thoughts, feelings, effort, time and energy is what I make my work about.&rdquo;<br /> Assets In Action: Motherhood journey throughout the years http://www.lamonitor.com/content/assets-action-motherhood-journey-throughout-years <p> As Mother&rsquo;s Day approaches, I thought I would share the perspective of the mother as Sunday approaches.<br /> I once heard that being a mother is taking your heart and letting it walk around outside of your body.<br /> Recently a friend, the mother of a 20-year-old said it never gets easier, the worry just changes.<br /> So you may be about to embark on the journey of motherhood and to that I say, the fun is just about to begin.<br /> When our first child turned one, the mother of a 2-year-old said, &ldquo;The second year is even more fun.&rdquo; I thought that was the coolest thing to say and even thought the first year was great, I looked ahead to the second year with great joy.<br /> One day that baby started kindergarten and I thought that was that hardest day ever. I knew he was in the capable hands of Becky Sims and that pill became easier to swallow.<br /> The night before his first field trip, I gently wept after my adventurer fell asleep that night. I knew he&rsquo;d be alright, but there went my heart walking outside of my body.<br /> As they head into sports, baseballs to the face, tackling, take downs and pins.<br /> Then becomes driving &mdash; first with a parent and then as the parent you sit at the Department of Motor Vehicles waiting for your child to return with the DMV employee, bless their hearts.<br /> Queen's Court competition set for Saturday http://www.lamonitor.com/content/queens-court-competition-set-saturday <p> &nbsp;</p>