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Today's Features

  • The popular University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Community Education Summer Program for Youth (SPY) returns in July with week-long classes for children in grades 1-10.  
    Children’s College, for children entering the first through third grades, and Youth College, for children entering the fourth through sixth grades, runs July 18-22. Teen College, for students entering the seventh through tenth grades, will be July 25-29.
    For students in first through third grades, this year there will be a morning class, Adventures at the University, and an afternoon class, Afternoon Adventures. Students who choose to participate in both classes can stay on campus through the supervised lunch hour.
    Grades 4-6 meet only in the afternoon, and may select a specific topical class. Nicole Lloyd Ronning, an astrophysicist at LANL and also a Bradbury Science Museum science ambassador, is teaching Awesome Astrophysics.
    The final alternative, Teen College, for students entering the seventh through tenth grades, will take place July 25-29.
    For more complete class descriptions and to register online, visit losalamos.unm.edu/community-education/2016-summer-program-for-youth.html. For more information, call Lisa Caldwell at 662-0346, or email commed@unm.edu.

  • TODAY
    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Fourth Friday Fractals from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Young at Heart Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join PEEC on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

    June 25-26 — Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club Field Day exercise at the North Mesa Picnic Ground, off North Mesa Road. Ham radio operators across North America will operate from noon Saturday to noon Sunday using generator, solar and battery power to make radio contacts. Public is invited to attend. For more information, call Charles Rogers, KJ5KU, 412-3149

    Feature Film: “Black Holes” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of the answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Enjoy a talk by a local astrophysicist. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    SUNDAY

  • A movie filming in the area will produce special effects and closures through the end of July, county officials announced this week.
    “Granite Mountain,” a film based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that battled a fire in Arizona.
    The production is based at Pajarito Mountain, and started filming Sunday. The production will continue through July 29 and will be producing the special effects and impacts.
    Film crews will conducted a controlled ground fire Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain, under direct supervision of the Los Alamos Fire Department’s wildland division. Ground fires are set to be conducted June 27 and June 28.
    For updates on real-life fire events, residents and visitors may check nmfireinfo.com, nmfireinfo on Facebook, the Fire Restrictions Hotline: 1-877-864-6985 or the Santa Fe National Forest Fire Information Hotline: 1-877-971-FIRE (3473).
    Film crews will create smoke effects Thursday, June 30 and July 1, under the supervision of the Los Alamos Fire Department’s wildland division. The smoke will be produced from a natural, water-based compound that looks like real smoke, with black and grey components.

  • TODAY
    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum summer series continues tonight at 6 p.m. at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill. Dinner will be provided with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. and discussion at 7 p.m., ending around 8 p.m. All are welcome.

    Business After Hours will be from 5:30-1 p.m. at Float Los Alamos, 927 Central Ave. Business After Hours is a monthly after-work-hours social that promotes interaction, friendship and identification of business opportunities.

    Summer Family Evening: Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is  $5 for non-member families and free for PEEC member families. More information at peecnature.org.
    THURSDAY
    June 23 — Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members. More information at peecnature.org.
    FRIDAY

  • The Military Order of the World Wars Chapter 229 will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Research Park Building, second-floor conference room, located west ofthe South Mesa Fire Station.

    This month’s speaker is CPT Michael Helpin USMC, who will speak on “Fourth Turning.” Helpin is the commander of MOWW Region XIII, chair of the MOWW National Membership Committee, president of the Sunbelt Patriotic Youth Leadership Conference Inc., and past commander of the Santa Fe and Phoenix Chapters of the MOWW.

    Helpin is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. He has done many things in many places but mostly in aviation and airport management. Among his accomplishments are standing atop Mt. Suribachi viewing the invasion beaches of Iwo Jima; piloting a B-17 Flying Fortress; and making eye contact and exchanging a friendly wave with Queen Elizabeth II in London. Semper Fi!

    Parking is available east to the fire station (accessible from southbound land of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building (access is through the LANL control stations to West Jemez road.) Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the 2nd level.

  • The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting at 7 p.m. tonight at 1738 North Sage St.
    The names of the dead will be recited and prayers for peace will be offered. The church will also take up a special collection for the relief fund for the surviving families. All are invited to attend.
    The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is a congregation that welcomes people of diverse beliefs who share a common vision of a fair, just planet where all people are valued, according to its website. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your life’s journey, you are welcome. Call 662-2346. 1738 for information.

  • Fuller Lodge Art Center will celebrate the marriage of art and music with its newest exhibit PULSE.
    The Art Center will host a day of celebration today that will include an exhibit preview and a volunteer appreciation event.
    Over 40 artists will be on display, many of whom have assigned a piece of music to accompany their artwork. QR codes will show side by side with the art so that anybody with a cell phone can scan the code and listen to the artist’s soundtrack.
    In the Portal Gallery, White Rock artist Britton Donharl will be opening her solo show, 101 Faces. Britton has used a plethora of media to bring faces, both real and imagined, to life.
    During the opening reception, the Fuller Lodge Art Center will stop all of the music and have a moment of silence for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.
    Also on Friday at the Art Center and in the Pajarito Room at the Fuller Lodge, the New Mexico Garden Clubs, District 2 members of Floral Designers, Los Alamos Garden Club, and Summit Garden Club will hold a Standard Flower show THE PULSE OF Life to coincide with the opening of PULSE.
    From 8-inch-tall miniature floral sculptures to large-scale horticulture exhibits, both buildings will be filled with greenery.

  • TODAY
    Plaque dedication ceremony honoring the recent addition of the U.S. Post Office in downtown Los Alamos to the National and State Register of Historic Places at 3:30 p.m. near the entrance to the post office. After brief remarks by those involved in obtaining the designation, the plaques will be unveiled and refreshments will be served.

    Los Alamos Kite Festival at the soccer fields in Overlook Park in White Rock. Children of all ages are welcome to come and join the festivities. The Kite Festival weekend kicks off today at 7 p.m. with the Summer Concert Series. Kite artists will be on the field with their kites on display and a night kite fly demonstration. The main festival is held from noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The day includes music, food, kite-building workshops for kids, and kite flying.
    SATURDAY
    Mason Lodge waffle breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Pajarito Masonic Lodge  on 15th Street and Canyon. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 6 and under.

    The Los Alamos Community Winds will present its Season Finale Concert at 7 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church, 80 State Road 4, White Rock. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. A $10 donation per guest is suggested. A reception will follow the concert to which the audience is cordially invited.

  • This week, I choose to write about something positive and that something is Leadership Los Alamos.
    Leadership Los Alamos is a local program for adults that takes students on a journey through the workings of our community.
    I was lucky enough to be in the “Best Class,” the class of 2007, “double-oh-seven” as we like to say. The best class part is just a friendly jab associated with the group, because the current class is really always the best class at the time.
    So perhaps that class, where applications are due on the 25th of this month could include a seat for you.
    I read about the class in the Monitor and needed to wait a full year until I could attend as a student. I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship in order to attend, because I was just a mom working part time.
    What I remember most was leaving a class one day and saying to then board member, Marla Brooks, something like, will I ever leave a session without a list of things I want to do? She implied hopefully not.
    I really believe that Leadership Los Alamos helped to make me the person I am today.

  • As students raced to the end of the school year, two local men were inducted into a small club with the highest honor in scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout.
    Jack Thomas Whitacre and Duncan Jeffrey Fuehne were awarded their medals May 21 with a National Eagle Court of Honor.
    The young men each earned 24 merit badges, a variety of special awards, served in many leadership billets and rounded out their efforts with an Eagle Scout project to benefit their community for years to come.
    The first candidate, Whitacre earned many special awards including; the Arrow of Light, Century Awards: 50 Nights Camping, 50 Hours Service, Mile Swim, Polar Bear, Totin’ Chip.
    Whitacre’s project was to refurbish the high school boys and girls golf team equipment shed at the Los Alamos Golf Course. The effort included moving internal walls, adding shelving, removing and replacing rotted trim, rebuilding the door, priming and repainting the exterior, landscaping and more.
    Whitacre was introduced to receive his honor by LAMS teacher and LAHS golf coach, Andy Ainsworth.
    Whitacre enjoyed directing the project and knows it couldn’t be possible without his fellow scouts. “It took a lot of planning and hard work, but it was worth the effort,” Whitacre said.