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Today's Features

  • Family Night is Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m., and there will be games, activities, experiments, crafts and more for families to enjoy. Family Nights at the Nature Center are sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos and are free to attend.
    In June, July and August, there will be extra special family campfire fun. Join Melissa Mackey for songs, stories and a little science from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    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.

  • Today
    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: losalamosnature.org.

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

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

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. New market baskets, bags and aprons are available.

    History on Tap: Experiences of Iwo Jima with Bill Hudson. 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room. For more information visit losalamoshistory.org.
    Friday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    Summerfest. Starting at 7 a.m. at Pajarito Mountain.

  • The Los Alamos Creative District has brought Fourth Fridays to downtown Los Alamos.
    Fourth Fridays is an initiative for local businesses to offer extended hours, special programming or discounts to encourage people to visit and enjoy the downtown area; and timed to happen right before the Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond. Special programming in downtown Los Alamos is offered at Mesa Public Library, Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society and Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    This month Fourth Friday events include: Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum will host an “Eye Spy the Historical District” scavenger hunt, a shared activity with the Fuller Lodge Arts Center.
    All events occur between 4-6 p.m.   
    The Bradbury Science Museum features Exploring the Solar System: Travel through space and experience gravity on other planets through a walking tour of the solar system.
    Fourth Fridays will continue throughout the year. For more information visit creativelosalamos.com.

  • Everyone has wondered: If a young, charming British man could time travel within his own life, what would he change?
    Find out at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when Mesa Public Library screens “About Time” (2013, rated R) in the upstairs meeting room.
    When Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) finds out from his father (Bill Nighy) that all the men in his family can travel back in time, he does what any respectable 21-year-old heterosexual male would do? He uses his new power to trick women.
    Now, “trick” misrepresents somewhat what Tim aims to do. He’s no scoundrel. He only wants to fall in love, and be loved in return. But even so, I couldn’t help but cringe as he “replayed” various conversations, undergarment-removal difficulties, and acts of physical congress in order to better his performance.
    His eventual wife (Rachel McAdams), after all, has to get it right the time, and never knows that the love of her life gets to cheat.
    That being said, most of the “rom-com” antics take place in the first half of the movie.
    The second half offers more interesting situations. Tim has the girl, but now he also has a family, a sibling for whom he feels responsible and aging parents. Life has become more complex, and so have the consequences of his secret excursions into the past.

  • The 4th Annual Bike & Gear Swap will be from 7:30-11:30 a.m.  Saturday at the Los Alamos Co-op Market.
    It is the perfect time to support summer outdoor adventures and the local Los Alamos Tuff Riders — the local 501(c)(3) nonprofit International Mountain Bike Association chapter. Drop off items at the co-op on Thursday or Friday and purchase items on Saturday for enjoying the outdoors this summer.
    If those who want to sell items, drop off equipment at the co-op Thursday or Friday, between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Ask for the outreach coordinator, Sandra West, at the customer service desk. Allow enough time to fill out sale tickets and attach them to items. The co-op will store all dropped-off equipment in secured storage.
    Sellers receive 85 percent of the ticket price for all items sold, and 15 percent of the proceeds go to Tuff Riders.
    The co-op will pay sellers starting at 1:30 p.m. following the Bike & Gear Swap. Sellers will receive payments as cash for amounts under $100 and checks for amounts exceeding $100.
    Sellers who do not pick up their proceeds by 9 p.m. on Saturday will obtain a check via mail if an address is provided. Pick up any unsold items between noon and 9 p.m. following the Bike & Gear Swap.
    Any items not picked up by 9 p.m. will be donated to a local nonprofit.

  • Today
    Slot Canyon Talk. 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Doug Scott brings us an all-new slot canyon talk. Doug has documented over 100 slot canyons in New Mexico, and in this talk he’ll show pictures of many of them and talk about where and how to find them. He will also sign copies of his new slot canyon book. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. Marcus Cavalante. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11

    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. Meetings moderated by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson, or by a group member. Past presentations are posted and available to all on the website laaug.wordpress.com/. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.
    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: losalamosnature.org.

  • Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) will begin Thursday. 
    Classes this session will include Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Beginning Agility, Self-Directed Practice, Continuing Scent Work and Recall. Classes begin the week of July 13.
    There are three ways to register:
    From 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, those interested can register in person LADOC, 246 East Road, near East Park. Bring vaccination records, registration form and payment. The public is asked not to bring the dog to registration.
    People may also register online at LosAlamosDogs.com.
    The public can also register by mail by using the downloadable registration form available at the website.
    Schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website and at the LADOC building.
    Registration is first-come, first-served and classes often fill quickly, so timely registration is advised. Registration materials must be postmarked by June 24.

  • Yesterday, I was sent a link for a story by Elizabeth Richardson Rau for “Brain Child,” the magazine for thinking mothers.
    I’ll add the link at the bottom, but the gist of the article is summed up for me in one quote, “Be instead of brag.”
    I’ll have to make you read the full text of the story, but know that I fall somewhere in the middle.
    I think parents need a balance of bragging about kids, but not over sharing or doing it at the extent of making themselves look better.
    Trust me, there are plenty of kids out there that need to know their parents are proud of anything they do and an equal number that are too proud of everything they do.
    This summer families should do as Rau says and, “be instead of brag.”
    We need to teach youth that sometimes you do good things because it is the right thing to do. There are times when you do something good and that in and of itself should fill their hearts with joy.

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council announces its next Brown Bag Performance Series with Karen Hall and the Santa Fe Woodwind Quintet.
    The show starts at noon June 3 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.
    Performance includes “Musical Poems and Memories,” Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, by composer Aaron Copland, arranged by James Preuss.
    Copland remains one of the most identifiably “American” of composers. He is probably best known for his ballet scores Appalachian Spring, Rodeo and Billy the Kid.  From 1949-1950, he composed the intense song cycle “Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson.” This collection constitutes the summit among his works for voice providing compositional maturity and a deeply evocative style, characterized by true, sober and deep emotion. Copland chose texts expressing the main themes of Emily Dickinson’s poetry: nature, life, love, time and eternity, showing profound sensitivity and understanding of the poems.  

  • Sophia Rose Stroud received her doctor of medicine degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine during the commencement and hooding ceremony on May 8.  
    Stroud was selected by the faculty as the outstanding neurology medical student in the Class of 2015.
    She will begin her residency in pediatric neurology at Oregon Health and Science University.

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    The following students have been named to the Dean’s List at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Jillian Lane of Jemez Springs, Lindsay Roach of Los Alamos, Daniel Steward of Los Alamos and Michael Walker of Los Alamos.

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    Amethyst Collins, of Los Alamos, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Collins was initiated at Eastern New Mexico University.