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Today's Features

  • After more than a 20 year run, Bear Camp is saying farewell following the 2015 season. The reason is the program has experienced declining numbers for the last five years, according to Dianne Marquez, recreation programs manager with the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division.
    “It’s been a great run of over 20 years of Bear Camp at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, but 2015 is the last summer this wonderful program will be offered by the county,” a recent press release stated, which Marquez said disappointed some parents and kids, but for the most part the closing was understood. “When we started this program back in the 1990s, we were the only game in town,” Marquez said. With the addition of many other camps in the region over the years, the county reviewed the program and decided it was no longer cost effective to continue.
    It began with a purpose to fill a gap in summer childcare services, but now many other camps have come to Los Alamos and there are several more summer camp activities to choose from.
    Marquez has been there from the beginning along with her predecessor Annie Pyburn, whom she worked with for many years.

  • Today
    Green Hour Hikes with PEEC. Meet at local trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Some days you’ll hike far, others you’ll stop and play at an interesting spot. 9:30 a.m. Free. All ages. Check PEEC’s website for trailhead meeting points. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

    The local chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday at the White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd. Confidential weight in begins at 9 a.m. The meeting starts at 9:45 a.m. The first visit is free. Membership is open to people at least 7 years old. For more information, contact whiterocktops@gmail.com.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Summer Family Evenings: Treasure! Sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. Follow treasure maps and learn to geocache! The Family YMCA’s Youth Earth Service Corps lead this fun wrap-up to Summer Family Evenings. $5 per family/free for member families. 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. All ages. More information at losalamosnature.org.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center offers the public a opportunity to explore fire through both art and science. The Las Conchas Fire in 2011 burned more than 150,000 acres in the areas around Los Alamos.
    During the fire and over the next four years, photographer Rumi Vesselinova has sought to capture how the event altered the visual landscape of the region. Join the artist as she presents these images from 7-7:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Immediately after the artist reception, Terry Foxx will discuss the fire from the perspective of a plant ecologist. Having studied fire for 40 years, she shares what she has learned about nature recovering after fire and why we have conditions relating to fire and catastrophic fires.  She presents a positive outlook about how the forest will recover after the devastation of a major wildfire.  
    Foxx is a plant ecologist, writer and artist. She taught plant taxonomy at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos in the 1970s, wrote a book with Dorothy Hoard, “Flowers of the Southwestern Woodlands,” taught classes and led hikes for more than 40 years.

  • If you have the flexibility to take a play day on Friday afternoon, consider a tactile experience with clay. Kneading and shaping clay is an experience that relieves stress.
    Start the weekend by joining a Fuller Lodge Art Center field trip to the professional studio of Ginny Zipperer in Santa Fe to learn how to create two pieces of art.
    Participants will work in a spacious, well-equipped pottery studio. Adults and children alike will lose themselves in the magic of working with clay. Zipperer is an experienced instructor who can teach basic techniques to students of all ages.
    She will provide clay tiles and teach participants how to carve into the tiles and also build clay on top of the tiles to create designs. Friends and family that join the field trip together can work to build a mural.
    After the first project, the class will choose whether to make a second tile or roll the clay slabs into tumblers, which can also be relief decorated.
    Zipperer will later glaze and bake the pieces following detailed color directions left by each tile artist. Finished pieces will be fired and delivered to the Art Center at a later date.
    The class runs from 2-5 p.m. at 2709 Camino Chueco in Santa Fe. A carpool will leave the art center around 1 p.m. for those interested.

  • I’m so excited! Another adventure in lifetime learning is about to begin.
    There will be a bunch of new rooms to learn about, the great smiling staff, the smell of new books in the air, new computers to check out and so much more.
    I’m talking, of course, about the new White Rock Branch Library. After a brief closure, lots of packing, several moving trucks and a sprinkling of volunteers, the time has almost arrived for us.
    Rumor has it that there will be a soft opening, but I say no, wait for the grand event. Don’t worry about being first, but participate in the celebratory day when youth will get to see people of all ages excited about reading.
    My kids are too old, of course, but wouldn’t it be great to camp out in the parking lot the night before as if hoping one could be first through the doors?

  • Today
    Las Conchas Fire: Sketches in Charcoal and Fire. Join artist Rumi Vesselinova as she presents photographs of the Las Conchas fire as she viewed it from Santa Fe during the fire, and images of the fire-altered landscape as it appeared after the fire. 7 p.m. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. Los Alamos Light Opera. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11 at Ashley Pond. Free.

    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    Art, Wind, and Fire. Artist Rumi Vesselinova shares her photographs of wildlfire and scientist Terry Foxx talks about how the landscape recovers. Free. 7 p.m.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Wednesday

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! 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, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Annie — A 9-year-old, spayed, female who just loves being petted! She has a very pretty black/gray, orange and white coat with short hair. Due to medical care needed by her owner, Annie is now at the shelter looking for her forever home. She can sometimes be a bit shy with shelter visitors, but she quickly warms up to you when you offer her some belly rubs!

  • July 26-Aug. 1, 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: Chicken pot pie
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beef taco
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:45 a.m.        Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chef salad

  • Today
    Valles Caldera Preserve Days Celebration. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Banco Bonito Staging Area. A 15th birthday celebration. $20/vehicle entry permit (valid for 7 days). Free entry with all federal public land passes

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Monday
    Nature Playtimes at the Nature Center. 10-11 a.m. Kids aged 0-5 and their caregivers come to the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore the natural world. Children rotate through themed centers inside and outside, with story time to start them off. Free. More information at losalamosnature.org.Fourth Friday Downtown: Under the Microscope. Explore the natural world through the eyes of microscopes. Examine pond water, plants, fiber, pollen and more. 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse. 7:30 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. Free. The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee presents Professor Alan Guth, Victor F. Weisskopf professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Guth will speak on the subject, followed by reception at Fuller Lodge.
    Tuesday

  • It’s a great year for wildflowers and with all the rain that has fallen on New Mexico this year, wildflowers are emerging in record numbers. The new field guide “Wildflowers of the Northern and Central Mountains of New Mexico: Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia, and Manzano,” has been published just in time for wildflower enthusiasts to find out more about this year’s bounty.
    Author Larry J. Littlefield is the featured speaker starting at 7 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library. Littlefield is a professor emeritus of plant pathology at Oklahoma State University. He has been a volunteer with the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center and the trails maintenance crew for the U.S. Forest Service since retiring in Albuquerque in 2005. He co-authored the new book with Pearl M. Burns.
    “This unique reference work describes more than 350 wildflowers and flowering shrubs that grow in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia, and Manzano Mountains, as well as neighboring ranges, including the Manzanita, San Pedro, Ortiz and other lower-elevation mountains in central portions of the state.