Today's Features

  • Los Alamos
    Viola’s, 1360 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: April 29
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Los Alamos County Police Department, 2500 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: April 30
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Sonic Drive In, 1605 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: April 30
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Dry storage on floor.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    American Legion Post No. 90, 1325 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: April 30
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Food handlers must wear hair restraints.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Triple S. Grocery, 514 Oñate
    Date inspected: April 21
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Hot holding not adequate, steamers did not hold enough hot water to keep pans hot, which was corrected at time of inspection. One low-risk violation. Food handler is not wearing hair restraints.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Santa Fe Bandstand returns June 23 with an expanded 10-week schedule. The annual free, live music program on the Plaza contains a line-up of high profile national touring artists and many of the best bands from Santa Fe’s local music scene. New features for the 2014 Bandstand season include an expanded season that will run for 10 weeks, up from seven weeks. Food trucks will be on the Plaza on selected Bandstand nights.
    For the first time, video streaming will be available for iPhones and Android smartphones.
    On four Saturdays, the Bandstand will be on the other side of town — in San Isidro Plaza, next to the Regal Cinema 14 and the Plaza Southside Café. The south side location dates are to be announced at a later date.
    The 2014 lineup features the kind of genre diversity that Bandstand fans have come to expect. From Americana to Zydeco, there’s something for fans of almost every kind of music.
    The bandstand will close Aug. 28.

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  • Each weekend in the summer, families and adventure-seekers can enjoy live music, scenic chairlift rides and a cool mountain escape from the heat at Taos Ski Valley’s (TSV’s) new Saturday Summer Music Series, at no charge. Situated at 9,200 feet in the Northern New Mexico town of Taos Ski Valley, this series of events celebrates summer and the many various styles of music.

    Every Saturday through Aug. 30, TSV presents a variety of live music by up-and-coming musical artists. Highlights include Austin, Texas based blues guitarist Cody Jasper; Americana Indie folk music by The Gleewood Band; Afrobeat Cumbias music by Radio La Chusma; Austin singer/songwriter Dana Falconberry’s vocal harmonies mixed with cello and banjo; and local favorite, Michael Hearne’s Mini Barn Dance.
Music lovers can bring their own blankets and enjoy the music from 3-6 p.m. at the TSV Resort Center stage. Kids will enjoy the TSV playground with hula hoops and complementary popcorn, volleyball, horseshoes and disc golf. TSV’s new Pioneer Bike Park will also be available — a lift-served, beginner’s mountain bike area for downhill biking on easier terrain.
    For more information about TSV’s Saturday Summer Music Series, visit taosmountainmusicfestival.com or taos.org/tsv-summer-music.

  • Taos’ rich history (one of the oldest art colonies in America) has made it for over a century an ideal place to visit for art enthusiasts and collectors.
    There are four distinct areas within the downtown Historic District, all within walking distance from Taos Plaza, the town center. In addition there are many other things Taos has to offer; such as restaurants, a music scene and a mix of cultures.
    Ledoux Street is just a half block off the southwest corner of the plaza. This quaint adobe-lined lane is full of colorful courtyards and architecture.
    On this charming street you will discover internationally renowned artists and galleries, two museums; The Harwood Museum of Art and The Blunenschein Home and Museum, several shops, wine tasting and restaurants. This is where you will discover 203 Fine Art, specializing in important early Taos Moderns, contemporary paintings and sculpture, as well as the well-known vibrant and colorful impressionist painter, Inger Jirby Gallery and Sculpture Garden.
    Bent Street is just one street north of the plaza, with easy access through the John Dunn shops.

  • Getaway > Scenic  railroad runs from May through October

  • Rancho de Chimayó will kick off its 50th Anniversary Celebration with a book signing June 21.
    Florence Jaramillo, owner of the historic Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante, along with cookbook authors Cheryl and Bill Jamison, will sign copies of the newly released cookbook, “The Rancho de Chimayó Cookbook – The Traditional Cooking of New Mexico.”
    The public is invited to the book signing event from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with entertainment by mariachis and refreshments. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner.
    Rancho de Chimayó will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on Sept. 19, 2015 with a grand event. The launch of the cookbook commemorates the beginning of more than a year-long celebration of events and festivities.
    Jaramillo was recently named a New Mexico Culinary Treasure by the State of New Mexico. “Mrs. J.” as she is know to her customers and staff, is still at the restaurant daily to greet diners and keep things running smoothly. She opened the restaurant in 1965, along with her husband, Arturo Jaramillo, in the restored home of Arturo’s grandparents.

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

    Play reading for “Mister Roberts.” 7-9 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theater green room. Open to the public.

    The Darker Side of White: Art by Tiffany Rose at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Art Gallery. Shows runs daily through June 29.

    “Things with Wings,” is a juried group exhibit displaying the work of Los Alamos artists and artists from northern New Mexico. Daily through June 14 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Eat fresh, eat local and don’t forget the contest. Musician Jill Cohn will be performing from 9 a.m. to noon.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. The speaker will be Eowyn Langholf from Albuquerque and her topic will be “A Quickie on the Wiki, It’s not that Tricky.” The public is invited.

  • Butterflies, birds, bears and bindweed will be the topics of discussion at tonight’s wildlife habitat forum, 7 p.m. at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Each local wildlife enthusiast on the panel will discuss his or her respective topic, and then together they will give community members a better idea of how we can give these species a better environment by making Los Alamos a certified Community Wildlife Habitat, an initiative that is already well-underway.
    The forum is free to attend, and no advance registration is required.
    Each featured expert in the forum will present information and answer audience questions. The panel of experts includes Steve Cary on “Butterflies,” Bob Walker on “The Best Places to See Birds in Los Alamos and White Rock,” Hari Viswanathan on “How to Discourage Wild Animals From Becoming a Nuisance” and Terry Foxx on “Our Changing Landscape and Invasive Plants.”
    The steps toward making Los Alamos a certified Community Wildlife Habitat are already being undertaken, as the county already has more than 100 homes, two schools and four public places in with Certified Wildlife Habitat designations. The next steps are to increase the number of habitat certifications, and to conduct more community outreach events, clean ups and restoration projects.

  • The American Association of University Women invites the public to coffee, dessert and a presentation by award-winning author Stacia Lewandowski on the History of the Santa Fe Art Scene.
    The talk is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Oppenheimer Senior Condos patio room at 1001 Oppenheimer Dr.
    Lewandowski will share stories and artwork from her book and signed copies will be for sale.
    Entrance is by a tax-deductible donation to the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, with a memo line stating “Jean Nereson Books Memorial Fund.”
    Also, this is the last chance to donate library books for elementary school libraries.
    The AAUW campaign’s goal is to raise $20,000 for the Jean Nereson Books Memorial Fund is nearing its goal, according to AAUW committee member, Nina Thayer.
    Each of the five local elementary schools has already received $1,000 that was used to purchase new books that are now available to the students for library check-out.
    The completed goal will provide identical funds for purchases of new books each year for the next three years. 

  • “Fun!” “Colorful!” “Interesting!” This is what Los Alamos High School students are saying about a new program premiering this upcoming school year.
    The selecting of this program started its journey when United Way of Northern New Mexico’s Youth Team was interested in reinvesting the money they raised to help current and future students.
    Through numerous meetings and conversations with people in the community United Way was directed to The Boomerang Project by Dr. Marvel Harrison. This lead to the convening of organizations interested in providing peer to peer support services for our students.
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, LAPS Foundation, YMCA Teen Center, LAHS, LAMS, and United Way of Northern New Mexico came together to begin implementation of Link Crews and WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Crews in LAHS and LAMS.
    At the high school level, this peer to peer mentorship program partners incoming freshmen with two upper classman to not only welcome the to the school, but to help them succeed through their tenure at LAHS.