Today's Features

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Bingley—A10-year-old fluff ball who was adopted from the shelter 3 years ago, and she’s a little sad to be back! Unfortunately one of her human friends developed an allergy to Bingley, so she’s looking for a new forever home. This sweet girl has a very pretty gray and tan longhaired coat.
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter, but two very dedicated Friends of the Shelter volunteers have been working with Juan to help him relax. He’s finally learning that people can be nice and gentle, particularly when they have treats! Check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan!

    Summer Family Evenings: Aparejo Burro Packing System 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.
    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. 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.
    The United Thrift Shop at 2545 Canyon Road is having a half price sale on glassware from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The thrift shop has had an especially nice donation of glassware.

    Gentle Walks from 8:30 a.m. to noon. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 a.m. at the Nature Center. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children.
    Rockhound Geology Outing: Small Fry Prospect Mine from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore an old mining site to find fluorescent deep purple fluorite. Free for member families, $20 for non-member families.

    Young at Heart Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing all new laser light shows to the Los Alamos Nature Center July 31 through Aug. 7.
    Visitors can choose from up to four different shows each day. Enjoy laser shows choreographed to music as a full-dome experience in the nature center planetarium.
    With 14 laser light shows, there is truly something for everyone. Music fans will love to see how laser light transforms their favorite bands in Laser Rock, Laser Retro, and Laser Vinyl. There are separate shows dedicated to the music of Metallica, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, U2, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Family friendly offerings include Greek Legends, Laser Magic, Laser Mania, and more. The Laser Light Shows are sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank.
    Tickets are limited. Each show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Los Alamos Nature Center or reserved by phone.
    Ticket sales will end 10 minutes before the start of the show. To see which shows are offered on a particular day, please visit our website at peecnature.org, and click on the “Events” tab.

  • U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Los Alamos native Gillian Hsieh Ratliff Monday for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her seven weeks on Capitol Hill, Hsieh Ratliff worked primarily on health-related issues.
    “Gillian has worked on a number of important health policy issues this summer and has been of great help in my Washington, D.C. office,” Udall said. “I hope that she finds her experiences during her internship valuable as she finishes college and begins her career.”
    Hsieh Ratliff said her desire to help others led to apply for an internship in Udall’s office, and that the time she spent in the Capitol gave her a more positive perspective on Congress and the lawmaking process.
    “I’ve learned that it’s hard working on the Hill, and the hours are long, but it is also very rewarding,” Hsieh Ratliff said.
    Hsieh Ratliff is the daughter of Linda Hsieh and Gilbert Ratliff. She graduated from Los Alamos High School, and studies human biology at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where she will be a senior this fall. She is a member of the Asian Pacific American Coalition. Hsieh Ratliff served as an intern at Los Alamos National Laboratories beginning in 2012.

  • We are hearing a lot of negatives about the Pokémon Go game, but if your kids are old enough and know better, let them play. OK, slather those teens up with sun block because many of them have not seen the sun since school let out. Recently, I saw two adults out walking the routes with their ‘tweens and I was elated.
    Engage, engage, engage – all kids and every time your conscience will allow you. It does have to be in a grand and over-powering way, say “hello,” give a nod, pass a compliment and be on your way. If they are kids you see often, try something different the next time.
    I have said before that you never stop gaining assets, so if young people make you too nervous, pick on someone your own age. Think of the change you might make at work when you say something kind to someone that annoys the stuffing out of you.
    Try someone older, if so inspired by asking if there’s something you can do to help or bring them a small treat.
    One of my favorite things is to tell someone thanks for their service. You can target folks in the grocery store; police officers, firemen, men and women in uniform and of course the young person that bags your groceries.
    Think of people you can say something kind to about the work they do and change the direction of their day.

  • “Police officers, like teachers, have seen their roles expand. They are now called upon to do things that go far beyond the job description.”
     The quote above is from a book called United by Cory Booker. After all of the things that have happened in the past month, I was encouraged to read something that may inspire the feeling that, “Love Will Out.”
    I believe that love will out-live the ugliness that we see being perpetuated from so many places.
    The thing I planned to focus on here was about conversation with all of your kids, but perhaps especially those going off and into the “real world.”
    I’m sure I have told you of a friend I had back in my radio days that use to say, “Los Alamos, 65 square miles surrounded by reality.”
    No I am sure we aren’t 65 square miles, and no he wasn’t being derogatory. Don’t miss my point.
    We’re pretty lucky on this parcel of land up on the hill. We have some really awesome police officers to boot. Now I won’t start naming them because I don’t know all of them anymore and I wouldn’t want to leave someone out. There are a few that are pretty spectacular, if you ask me.

  • The League of Women Voters will host speaker Beverly Billie at their community Lunch with a Leader event at 11:45 July 19 at Mesa Library.
    Billie is the Cultural and Outreach Coordinator for Tewa Women United. Her experience in experiential education and facilitation is extensive, and she is able to work effectively to accomplish desired outcomes that measure the success of her projects. Billie has been project coordinator and lead facilitator for a variety of youth programs for youth at risk, bullying prevention and youth leadership.
    Billie’s women’s work includes leadership, empowerment, as well as healing and development of life skills. She provides programs for survivors of domestic violence, trauma, recovery, wellness and family reunification.
    To order a $10 lunch from the Co-op, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 231-8286 or email her at kaskacayman@gmail.com for the extensive menu. It is not necessary to buy a lunch.

    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    Bird Walk in Lower Rendija Canyon from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nature Center.  Join Joe Fitzgibbon for a hike to find, identify and admire birds. Free for members, $5 for non-member.
    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.  

    Chapter AK, P.E.O meeting at 12:15 p.m. at the home of Linda Valenti, 34 Spirit Ct., Santa Fe. Katie Brousseau is co-hostess. Nancy Coombs will present a program on bats. Members with last names H-Z please bring salads. RSVP by July 8 to Linda at (505) 984-9153.
    Amateur Radio License exam session at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Fire Barn at 4017 Arkansas in Los Alamos. The session will be held in the upstairs meeting room. Those wishing to take the entrance level Technician exam will need a picture ID or two other forms of ID with their name and address and the $15 exam fee in cash or a check made out to the “ARRL VEC.” Call Bill Boedeker at 662-4220 or email him at boedeker@cybermesa.com.

  • Auditions for the Los Alamos Little Theatre September production of “Not Quite Right,” by E. Jarvik and R. Benjamin, will be from 2-5 p.m. July 10 and 7-9 p.m. July 11 at the Performing Arts Center. Call backs will be July 14.
    Copies of the script will be available for two day checkout at Mesa Public Library and at the White Rock Library (reference desk). Auditions will be closed, i.e., a private session between the director, staff and the auditioning actor. Audition material will be a presentation of one of the six monologues offered.

  • June 10-16
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10-11 a.m.        LANB “Help with the
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Grilled Pork chop
    2–3 p.m.        LANB “Help with the
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury Steak
    Noon        Medicare talk with
            John Lujan    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis