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Today's Features

  • An adoption event was held recently in Rio Rancho and was hosted by Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Center — New Mexico’s largest no-kill facility. The organization would like to give its appreciate to everyone who turned out to adopt a dog, cat, puppy or kitten, and to all the volunteers who made it possible.
    Included along with adoptions was a Swimsuit and Sundress Contest.
    There were almost twice as many participants from last year.
    The event was certainly meant to be fun, but more importantly, it helps the shelter to bring animal rescue and the animals needing good homes to the forefront in the community. Most of the contestants were rescues themselves, who have found homes.
    For more information on Watermelon Mountain Ranch, animals available for adoption, volunteer and donation opportunities, visit wmranch.org.
    Courtesy photos

  • Now in its 10th year, the Up and Over 10K Run in the Taos Ski Valley will hit the ground running with a challenging 6.2 mile trail run on Aug. 1. And, to celebrate trail running, there will be a presentation of nine inspirational films at the “Trails in Motion Film Festival,” on July 31.
    

Runners will have amazing views of both Kachina and Wheeler Peaks at the 10K trail run. The trail run starts at 9,207 feet with more than a 2,600-foot elevation gain in the first three miles. Because of the steep grade changes and elevation, the race is considered to be a great way for runners to test their endurance. The race be from 8 a.m.- noon on Aug. 1.
    Awards will be given following the race to the top three competitors in each age group, and in male and female divisions. The awards after party will include live music and scenic chairlift rides. Runners will have the option to take a “locals day” at Taos Cooking Studios, take a horseback ride up by Kachina Peak, llama trek in the Columbine or float along the Rio Grande River.

  • The 12th Annual Pork & Brew and New Mexico BBQ State Championship will return to the Santa Ana Star Center Friday through Sunday.
    Bringing together the best barbecue vendors from around the region, this three-day festival featuring barbecue, beer, live music and interactive family activities will be one of the biggest events of the summer.
    This year’s event also features participation from additional local breweries to the likes of Red Door Brewing, Kaktus Brewing, Turtle Mountain Brewing and Cazula’s Brewing. Also being served inside the Santa Ana Star Center arena will be Tractor Brewing and Kelly’s Brewing products.
    New this year, as a special treat and exclusive sneak peek, each brewery has created a special Pork & Brew themed beer and they will be released during their respective tapping party events. Each tapping party event gave away 100 free admission tickets to the 12th Annual Pork & Brew for each pint served of their special Pork & Brew concoction while supplies lasted.
    • Turtle Mountain Brewing Company in Rio Rancho. Featuring “Pork & Brew Premium Lager
    • Cazuela’s Brewing Company in Rio Rancho. Featuring their “Pork & Brew Kilt Kicker”
    • Red Door Brewing Company in Albuquerque. Featuring their “Sowbelly Blond Ale”

  • Art exhibits
    The photo-eye Gallery in Santa Fe announces two concurrent exhibitions, “Emergent Behavior” by Thomas Jackson and “Home by Nightfall” by Angela Bacon Kidwell. This is the first exhibition by both artists at photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. Show runs until Saturday.

    Ann Hosfeld and Reg Loving: Nature Diversified. Through Aug. 3 at New Concept Gallery in Santa Fe. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

    The 11th Annual Gala Exhibition and Auction on display through Aug. 28 will showcase artists from across the U.S. and abroad who find inspiration in Fechin’s legacy, Taos and the creative traditions of the Southwest.

    Photographs Keith Carter “Ghostland” and Kate Breakey “Shadow and Light,” at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe.  Opening reception 3-5 p.m. July 11. Show runs through Aug. 22.

  • Today
    Downtown Dogs is a weekly walking group. All dogs and their humans are invited to walk from Pet Pangaea, 158 Central Park Square for a stroll around Downtown Los Alamos. 7 p.m. Come prepared with a standard leash, no longer than 6 feet.
    Friday
    Gentle Hikes with PEEC. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. 8:30 a.m. Free. Adults. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. 531st Air Force Band plays patriotic and big band music. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. July 3-Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. July 10.
    Saturday
    Los Alamos YMCA Firecracker Fun Run. 8 a.m. Sign up at the YMCA. $30/$20 for YMCA members/$10 youth under 14. All participants get a T-shirt and are eligible for prizes. Stick around for the children’s parade at 11 a.m.

  • The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team recently announced Ani Nadiga, Los Alamos High School Class of 2015, is part of a winning team at the 2015 National Speech and Debate Tournament held by the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) in Dallas last month.
    Nadiga and four qualifiers from two high schools in Albuquerque made up winning team New Mexico Blue in World Schools Debate.
    New Mexico Blue beat out more than 100 other teams from across the United States and four foreign countries in this inaugural event at the National Speech and Debate Tournament.
    Worlds Schools Debate is a new event at the NSDA National Tournament. The USA World Schools Debate Invitational featured six preliminary rounds with a mix of teams from the U.S. and around the world debating in the British parliamentary style.
    Also competing at the NSDA Tournament were Los Alamos Hilltalkers Sudeep Dasari, Ben Duan, James Sinnis, Irene Gerrish, Rebecca Cai, Katherine Wang, William McCumber, Robert Zhu and Wilbur Wang. The teams that competed at the tournament in all events were up against the other nationally ranked competitors in speech and debate representing the best of each National Speech and Debate Association district.

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

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620. Also, the United Thrift Shop, 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos will be closed due to resurfacing of the parking lot.

    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.

    Summer Family Evenings at the Nature Center: Harrell House Bug Museum, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Harrell House will bring a selection of live critters including tarantulas, scorpions, insects, centipedes, crabs and more.  Free for PEEC members, $5 per family for non-members. All ages. More information at losalamosnature.org.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week Helen Idzorek will answer questions about canning and drying. Ice cream will be available starting at 10 a.m. until gone. Also, Los Alamos magician Robert Lopez will perform.

  • Summer Family Evenings returns with a presentation from the owner of the Harrell House Bug Museum. The talk will start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
    Come and see a large selection of live critters including tarantulas, scorpions, insects, centipedes, crabs and more. Wade Harrell, founder of the Bug Museum, will be on hand to answer questions and share amazing facts about these unusual animals.
    Harrell has been keeping strange animals as pets since he was 6 years old. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in fine art. He was the Animal Specialist at Three Lakes Nature Center in Henrico County, Virginia for 12 years. He is current president of the American Tarantula Society.
    In 2011, Harrell, along with his wife Beth, and daughter, Lily, moved to Santa Fe to start the Harrell House Bug Museum and Science Shop.
    Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, and now is supported by the Del Norte Credit Union.
    Summer Family Evenings take place at the Nature Center every Wednesday evening throughout June and July. They are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.

  • I still feel the need to continue with absolute positivity this week, more on the reason for that next week.
    This week, we spotlight some additional entrepreneurs with the Youth Business Grant summer series.
    Today, we look at Los Alamos High School  ’Topper Junseo Kim. Kim started playing tennis in the sixth grade and as a sophomore continues with a travel team and as a Hilltopper.
    Kim applied for a Los Alamos Commerce and Development Youth Business Grant to extend his love of tennis by extending his knowledge to others. He enjoys teaching elementary students and occasionally teaches middle school students, too.
    He sees the benefits of the one on one time spent by him as a coach to help his students avoid distractions while allowing the student to learn a significant amount.
    You can find him on the Nina Marsh Courts in Los Alamos where Kim’s rates are extremely reasonable. The sessions run just $10 for a 30-minute session and $15 for a 45 minute session.
    He can be reached at 412-7589, or via email at JunsLATennis@gmail.com.
    If the hot weather has you not wanting to lift a finger to mow that yard then Macklin Cunico is your guy.
    Cunico is no newcomer to the yard business as he celebrates his fourth year with the LACDC program.

  • Today
    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. The Nukeproofs, a Los Alamos band playing hardcore punk and rock and roll. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11.

    Star Party: Jupiter and Venus. 8 p.m. at the Nature Center. Start off with a brief orientation to the night sky inside the planetarium, then go outside to see the Milky Way through our telescopes, plus Mars and Jupiter passing closely to each other. Free. More information at losalamosnature.org.
    Wednesday
    Green Hour Hikes with PEEC. 9:30 a.m. 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. Free. All ages. Check PEEC’s website for trailhead meeting points. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620. Also, the United Thrift Shop, 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos will be closed due to resurfacing of the parking lot.

    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.