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Today's Features

  • 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.
    Grove Griffin is a teacher at Los Alamos High School and an adjunct professor at Northern New Mexico College in Española.
    “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,” Grove Griffin said. “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’s all about the process, the sequence of thoughts and events — 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.”

  • As Mother’s Day approaches, I thought I would share the perspective of the mother as Sunday approaches.
    I once heard that being a mother is taking your heart and letting it walk around outside of your body.
    Recently a friend, the mother of a 20-year-old said it never gets easier, the worry just changes.
    So you may be about to embark on the journey of motherhood and to that I say, the fun is just about to begin.
    When our first child turned one, the mother of a 2-year-old said, “The second year is even more fun.” 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.
    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.
    The night before his first field trip, I gently wept after my adventurer fell asleep that night. I knew he’d be alright, but there went my heart walking outside of my body.
    As they head into sports, baseballs to the face, tackling, take downs and pins.
    Then becomes driving — 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.

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  • Today
    County Branding and Logo Development meeting. 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Atlas Advertising will have a public meeting about Los Alamos County plans for proceeding with Los Alamos County logo development.

    Waterfalls of New Mexico. 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Doug Scott returns with his popular Waterfalls of New Mexico talk. He will also sign copies of his books. Free.

    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. Meetings moderated by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson, or by a group member. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Wednesday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Moose (previously known as Moo Moo) — A beautiful, long-haired Maine Coon mix. She is approximately 4 years old, and she was surrendered due to owner allergies. She is reported to get along well with older kids, but younger, rambunctious kids are a bit scary for her. She also prefers the company of humans rather than dogs.
    Noel — A gorgeous, domestic, long-haired calico. She is a spayed, female, 6 years old. She has never been introduced to dogs. This is an indoor kitty.

  • May 2-9, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Catfish
    Noon        Grief support
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chili dog
    Noon         Lunch talk: Helen Idzorek
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters

  • The Summit Garden Club will be holding its annual business meeting, 1:30 p.m. Monday at 235 Kimberley Dr. in White Rock. Each May the club meets to assess its activities during the past year and to discuss its projects for the coming year. Included among the club's many projects are refurbishing and maintaining gardens at the Bandelier National Monument and the creation of the White Rock Community Garden (across the highway from the Visitors Center). Anyone is invited to attend Monday's meeting to learn more about the club. New members are always welcomed. While the May meeting is a business meeting, all other meetings include gardening education. For more information contact Shelby Redondo, president at 662-2625 or redondo@cybermesa.com.

  • The Northern New Mexico Spring Arts and Crafts Fair will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the Fuller Lodge lawn. There will be creative, original art by nearly 100 artists. There will also be a meet-and-greet with the Greyhound Pets of America New Mexico branch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. across from the Memorial Rose Garden. Top: Recycled wood products by Bob Riolo. Right: A Zozobra-inspired birdhouse. los Alamos Arts council/Courtesy

  • New Mexico is home to dozens of slot canyons, which provide for peaceful hikes and beautiful surroundings. New Mexico outdoorsman Doug Scott will guide a small group to discover some amazing slot canyons in the Abiquiu area, through an outing starting at 7:30 a.m. May 9 offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    The group will explore several slot canyons in the Abiquiu area, which is where Georgia O’Keeffe drew much of her artistic inspiration. The slot canyons planned for this outing are not technical, in that ropes and climbing equipment will not be necessary. Total distance covered by the group will be up to six miles, with a 900-feet vertical elevation gain.
    Scott will lead a free tour of New Mexico waterfalls as well on May 5.
    The cost is $20 per person, or $16 for PEEC members. Advance registration is required, and the hike is limited to only 10 people.
    Also on Saturday, PEEC is offering a tour of the Valles Caldera. The Valles Caldera is one of only three active calderas in the mainland United States. Join geologist Patrick Rowe for a fact-filled driving tour from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • The English tradition of the “Coffee Morning” returns to Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday.
    The event is an informal fundraiser intended to raise funds for the House of Hope and Trinity Builders house-building mission teams.
    The Coffee Morning will also offer an opportunity to share that Saturday morning cup of coffee and a scone or other treat, while visiting with friends and neighbors. The event will also include tempting stalls or tables, including home-baked bread and cakes, plants and flowers, a white elephant table, used books and other media, games for children, a car wash organized by the Youth Choir, hats and a Scarf Market. All items will be reasonably priced.
    The car wash will also raise funds for the Youth Choir.
    Coffee Mornings are a very popular way of raising money for good causes at many churches in the UK. “A Coffee Morning is just what it sounds like: You get together, drink coffee, eat goodies and, this is the most important part, spend money,” said Claire Singleton, who is from the UK and has been part of the House of Hope women’s house-building team since its inception in 2005. For this reason, items will be reasonably priced to encourage patrons to dip into their wallets frequently.