Today's Features

  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos’ Adult Basic Education office is offering free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and New Mexico High School Equivalency (HSE) prep classes beginning Tuesday and running through Aug. 4.
    UNM-LA Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program Coordinator Jane Clements, Ph.D. emphasizes that the classes have rolling enrollment.
    This allows students to join the class at any time during the session, which makes it easier to work around summer plans.
    “Joining either an ESL or HSE class this summer can provide a jumpstart for students,” Clements said. “We are hoping that they will take advantage of this opportunity to either improve their English skills or earn their High School Equivalency credential.”
    English as a Second Language classes are for students 16 years and older, and are designed to benefit anyone wishing to improve their English language skills.
    Because the sessions are multi-level, students often continue for several sessions to further improve their English language skills.
    The High School Equivalency prep classes are for students 16 and older. Students between the ages of 16–17 must have a completed Underage Permission Form to be admitted.

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

    July Night Sky Show from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 children.
    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.

    Feature Film: “Exoplanets” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. How do we know there are planets outside our solar system, exoplanets? Find out and venture past the edges of our solar system. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    A Starry Night in Seville from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy a special Spanish-themed dinner catered by Pig + Fig paired with fine Spanish wines and beer served by Pajarito Brewpub. Cost is $75 per person (wine or beer included), $60/person (non-alcoholic).
    Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 years old and younger. Proceeds benefit the Los Alamos Rotary Club.

  • Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon completed her term as president of the New Mexico Association of Counties last week at the association’s annual conference held in Lea County.
    Stover was praised for logging over 10,000 miles and meeting with every county commission in NM during her year as president, she said in a release Thursday.
    In a letter to NMAC members, Stover credited past boards, members and staff for setting a positive and engaging direction for the organization. Stover also thanked the dedication and commitment of current members for their work to improve their home counties.  
    “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve as President this year,” Stover said. “The experience of traveling over 10,000 miles with our Executive Director, Steve Kopelman, to meet and visit with commissions in each county was invaluable. We shared the good work of NMAC and the many services offered. Most important, we heard first-hand the issues counties are facing and seeing the diversity across our state.
    NMAC Executive Director Kopelman praised Stover’s tenure as President during a speech to NMAC members at the conference, and he called her, “the best President I have worked with in my life, bar none.”

  • Robert Atcher, Ph.D., MBA, a communication specialist in the Community and Public Affairs division at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of New Mexico/LANL Professor of Pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy at UNM is among 35 new Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Fellows.
    The society announced the creation of an SNMMI Fellowship recognizing distinguished service to SNMMI, and exceptional achievement in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging at its 2016 annual meeting, held June 11-15 in San Diego, California.
    A past president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (now SNMMI), Atcher has been at Los Alamos for 19 years. His research focuses on the development of radiopharmaceuticals for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
    Atcher has published 100 papers in peer reviewed journals, holds eight patents, presented over 80 papers at national and international meetings, and given more than 150 invited talks.
    He is also a member of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center and serves as president of the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.
    A Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, Atcher is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Radiation Oncology and the Society of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences.

  • 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.
    The shelter just transferred in a number of kittens and young cats from Stray Hearts Animal Shelter in Taos, including Temple, Galileo and Edwin.

  • Art exhibits
    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces form & concept, a nonprofit arts organization founded to push and explore the boundaries of perceived distinctions between art, craft and design. The programming acts as a conversation between these disciplines, supporting contemporary creative practice through exhibitions of regional and international artists. Form & concept serves the community through its educational programming by producing artist residencies, workshops, lectures and other events.

    “Gardening at Night: Photographs by Cig Harvey” at Photo-eye Gallery, 541 South Guadalupe in Santa Fe.

    “Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods.” New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe. Through July 31.

  • The 31st Annual Taos Pueblo Pow Wow will take place July 8-10.  This celebration is a fun filled weekend of Native American contemporary dance and songs; with a variety of Native arts and delicious foods.
    “A pow wow is a gathering of Indian Nations in a common circle of friendship,” says Richard Archuleta, chairman of the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Committee. “A pow wow is the common fiber which draws Indian people together.”
    Attending a pow wow offers visitors the chance to listen to Native American music, eat a variety of delicious foods, and watch dance competitions, which are at the heart of the pow wow experience.
    For more information, including a full list of events and dances, visit taospueblopowwow.com. For more information, call 888-285-6344.
    Admission is $15 per person, per day and $20 per person for a two-day pass. The cost is $25 per person for a three-day pass. Children 10 and under are free.
    The Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Committee asks that visitors observe these rules: the arena area and announcers stand are off limits to photographers. Ask permission of an individual before taking their photo. They ask that photographers do not touch dancers regalia without permission.

  • The New Mexico Brewers Guild announced Monday that it will host the 2016 IPA Challenge July 9-23.
    The Challenge, now in its third decade, will be the continuation of a long tradition as it travels to four different New Mexico breweries - Rio Bravo Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Co., Three Rivers Brewery and Tractor Brewery – to determine the best India Pale Ale (IPA) in the Land of Enchantment.
    The events will begin on June 9 at the Rio Bravo Brewing Company in Albuquerque. Each event will consist of individual tasting flights of the IPAs in the challenge.
    With the purchase of the 2016 IPA Challenge ticket, attendees will receive one flight to taste as well as a commemorative pint glass and complimentary pint fill of their choice.
    Throughout the 2016 IPA Challenge, the New Mexico Brewers Guild hopes to promote small breweries in New Mexico to create a larger following for locally-brewed craft beer.
    Tickets are required for each event and are available for purchase online for $20 each. Attendees must be 21 years of age to enter the events. For information about the 2016 IPA Challenge or the New Mexico Brewers Guild visit nmbeer.org.

  •  Summer Family Evenings continues with the Harrell House Bug Museum at 6:30 p.m. July 6.
    Families are invited to discover the amazing 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 kept 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 currently the president of the American Tarantula Society. In 2011 Harrell, his wife Beth, and daughter, Lily, moved to Santa Fe to start the Harrell House Bug Museum and Science Shop.
    Summer Family Evenings take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center every Wednesday evening throughout June and July at 6:30 p.m. They are free for Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.

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