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Today's Features

  • Summer music starts
    at Santa Fe museum

  • Peñasco is one of the largest of the culturally diverse villages along the ‘High Road To Taos’ Scenic Route, and for the first time, people from all parts of the community are coming together to share what makes this place so special. The event runs June 12-14.
    The weekend kicks off with a dance and music provided by Cipriano Vigil, a native of nearby Chamisal, has a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology and a lifelong passion to preserve and share northern New Mexico music. He has been honored as a Living Treasure. The performance 6 p.m. June 14 at the Peñasco Theatre.
    As well as the dance, the Peñasco Theatre is hosting two other events over the weekend:
    • Poetry readings by Levi Romero, the New Mexico Centennial Poet Laureate. Romero’s poems are immersed in the regional manito dialect of northern New Mexico, and have been published internationally. 7 p.m. June 13.
    • Presentations and exhibits of community and family history, including genealogy, stories and photographs, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. June 13-14.

  • TOURISM Santa Fe had its grand opening of a new visitor center on the historic downtown plaza last week.
    The Plaza Visitor Center is in the Plaza Galeria at 66 E. San Francisco Street, on the main level, and will be open and staffed from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
    TOURISM Santa Fe Visitor Centers welcome the world’s travelers to The City Different and provide assistance in all aspects of the Santa Fe experience from historical sites and tours to lodging, dining, culture and the great outdoors. There have been 30,000 travelers that visited the centers in 2014. With the addition of the Plaza Visitor Center, this number is conservatively estimated to more than double.
    “The strong increase in travel to Santa Fe and everyone’s interest in visiting the historic plaza makes this expansion of services a natural one,” said Randy Randall, executive director for TOURISM Santa Fe. “Even travelers who’ve been to Santa Fe before can be surprised by how much high quality experience is available at any given time of the year. The Visitor Centers are a key part of our ongoing effort to raise awareness of all the city has to offer.”

  • What would it be like to see the world from a bird’s perspective? To experience riding on the backs of bald eagles, snow geese, and pelicans flying over Alaska, the Grand Canyon, the Great Plains, and the Golden Gate Bridge as they encounter and engage with bears, bison and spawning fish. 
    “Earthflight: Birds of North America” is being shown from 10 a.m.-noon at the Nature Center and sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    The program is part of the New Mexico PBS Science Café. The public is welcome to watch a segment of the six-part series, “Earthflight: A Nature Special Presentation.”
    In addition, there is a public discussion with Stephen Fettig, Wildlife Biologist, who will explore a range of topics from feathers to migration to bird diversity and the tree of life.
    This will be the last presentation of the New Mexico PBS Science Cafes for the summer and will return Sept. 19.
    Admission to the Science Café is free but a reservation is required. RSVP to Rose Poston, Community Outreach Coordinator, New Mexico PBS Education & Outreach Department, at 277-2396 or rposton@newmexicopbs.org, or online at newmexicopbs.org/science-central. Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Tuesdays at the Pond began this week with Marcos Cavalcante playing guitar at Ashley Pond. Tuesdays at the Pond, a summer entertainment series, started its second season on Tuesday and will run through Aug. 11. It brings a variety of entertainment acts to the Ashley Pond stage in downtown Los Alamos every Tuesday evening.
    The Craig Martin Experience is scheduled to perform June 9.
    Marcos Cavalcante is a Brazilian guitar player, composer and arranger. He has a doctoral degree in classical guitar performance and literature and a master’s degree in music from Indiana University School of Music. Cavalcante’s bachelor’s degree is in music composition from Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
    The Los Alamos Creative District directs a variety of programs that bring people to downtown Los Alamos. Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers special programming at Mesa Public Library, Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society and Fuller Lodge Art Center.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education’s Summer Family Evenings kicks off with a bang this year with a visit from Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, thanks to new sponsorship from Del Norte Credit Union.
    Kids can visit with an ambassador wolf, and the sanctuary’s staff will teach all about wolves, including their diet, hunting strategies, family life, physical adaptations, pack structure and more. The event will be 6:30 p.m. June 10 at the Nature Center.
    Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program at PEEC, and now, with the Del Norte Credit Union’s support, they will be better than ever.
    Look for a visit from the rattlesnake museum, one from the bug zoo, the Wildlife Center, the return of the taxidermy museum, baby goats and much more.
    Summer Family Evenings every Wednesday evening throughout June and July at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. They are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.
    For more information about this and other programs offered by PEEC at the Nature Center, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Los Alamos
    China Palace, 739 Central Ave.
    Date Inspected: May 14
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Thermostat not working properly. Oyster shell held at improper temperature. Both high-risk violations were corrected at time of inspection. One moderate-risk violation. Need thermometers in refrigerator. One low-risk violation. Bag of rice stored on floor and must be stored 6 inches off the floor.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    White Rock
    Smith’s Bakery, 32 Sherwood Blvd.
    Date Inspected: May 14
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations. Invalid permit. Temperature gage not working properly.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Smith’s Meat Market, 32 Sherwood Blvd.
    Date Inspected: May 14
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Today
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library 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.

    History on Tap: Experiences of Iwo Jima with Bill Hudson. 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room. For more information visit losalamoshistory.org.

    Free Film Series. “About Time.” 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Friday
    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. Ryan Finn Septet and the Craig Martin Experience. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.
    Saturday
    Summerfest. Biking from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Beer and festival from 1-6 p.m. at Pajarito Mountain.

  • Residents living in and around Los Alamos can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening.  
    New Beginnings Fellowship Church will host this community event on June 22. The church is located at 112 East Road.
    Screenings can check for:
    • The level of plaque buildup in arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
    • HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels
    • Diabetes risk
    • Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis
    • Kidney and thyroid function, and more
    Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Free parking is also available.  
    Packages start at $149, but consultants will work with to create the right package that is right based on age and risk factors.  
    Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit the website at lifelinescreening.com.  Pre-registration is required.

  • Rotary Youth Exchange student Markus Essl, of Austria, recently gave a presentation at the Rotary Club about his high school year in Los Alamos as part of Rotary International’s youth exchange program.  
    He and Frederiek Gerretschen, of the Netherlands, were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos and were hosted by local families on a three-month rotation.
    Essl and Gerretschen will return to their home countries in July. Both students commented that a year abroad is “not a year in your life, but a life in your year.”  The local Rotary Club will welcome a new student, Krissi Wellis, of Brandenburg, Germany, in August for the new school year.  
    Rotary offers exchanges for students 15-19 years of age in more than one dozen countries in Europe, South America and Asia. High school students who are interested in studying overseas through rotary will find information at rotary.org or may contact local club coordinator Lisa Harris at losalamosrye@gmail.com.