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Today's Features

  • Earlier this month, the Mesa Public Library hosted the annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Children dropped their plush at the library overnight and picked them up in the morning. The “animals” had a fun-filled night with the library staff.
    In the morning the children returned to pick up their animals. Youth Services Director Angie Manfredi read a storybook with the kids and treated them to juice and donuts, followed by a slideshow of the stuffed animals adventures at the library, which had the children rolling with laughter.
    One of the organizers Melissa Mackey said the library staff and student volunteers worked hard to put together the event. Special thanks to staff members Chelsea Wilson and Elly Olivas and students Dillon Barnes and Jared Tapia.
    A digital photo frame of the slideshow is featured on the library’s Facebook page.
    The purpose of the event was to show youth that there is all kinds of fun to be had to the local library.

  • Sage Cottage Montessori invites the community to an open house from 3-5 p.m. Saturday.
    Director Sandra Sorensen took over when the former owner Cheri Host passed away from ovarian cancer.
    Sorensen began as a classroom educator and sees the love her staff has for watching those in their charge grow.
     “They are wonderful, loving caring teachers who are always looking out for the best interest of the children and being sure to treat them as individuals,” Sorensen said. “Our core staff has worked at Sage Cottage for over six years.”
    Sage is a 4-star school that works hard to maintain its rating through a variety of educational opportunities for their students. The school caters to families with children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 5 years old.
    Sage Cottage offers a great teacher to student ratio, which includes a librarian, music teacher and special monthly science activities in addition to their daily science lessons.
    “We use zoo-phonics at Sage Cottage, to teach language, Montessori and science-based play,” Sorensen said. “We also have Las Cumbres services for a variety of services and an inclusion specialist at our disposal.”
    Sorensen is a married mother of two grown children and one grandchild.

  • Today
    Green Hour Hikes with PEEC. 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. 9:30 a.m. Free. All ages. Check PEEC’s website for trailhead meeting points. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

    The local chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday at the White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd. Confidential weight in begins at 9 a.m. The meeting starts at 9:45 a.m. The first visit is free. Membership is open to people at least 7 years old. For more information, contact whiterocktops@gmail.com.

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

    Summer Family Evenings: Treasure! Sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. Follow treasure maps and learn to geocache! The Family YMCA’s Youth Earth Service Corps lead this fun wrap-up to Summer Family Evenings. $5 per family/free for member families. 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. All ages. More information at losalamosnature.org.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

  • After more than a 20 year run, Bear Camp is saying farewell following the 2015 season. The reason is the program has experienced declining numbers for the last five years, according to Dianne Marquez, recreation programs manager with the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division.
    “It’s been a great run of over 20 years of Bear Camp at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, but 2015 is the last summer this wonderful program will be offered by the county,” a recent press release stated, which Marquez said disappointed some parents and kids, but for the most part the closing was understood. “When we started this program back in the 1990s, we were the only game in town,” Marquez said. With the addition of many other camps in the region over the years, the county reviewed the program and decided it was no longer cost effective to continue.
    It began with a purpose to fill a gap in summer childcare services, but now many other camps have come to Los Alamos and there are several more summer camp activities to choose from.
    Marquez has been there from the beginning along with her predecessor Annie Pyburn, whom she worked with for many years.

  • Today
    Las Conchas Fire: Sketches in Charcoal and Fire. Join artist Rumi Vesselinova as she presents photographs of the Las Conchas fire as she viewed it from Santa Fe during the fire, and images of the fire-altered landscape as it appeared after the fire. 7 p.m. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. Los Alamos Light Opera. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11 at Ashley Pond. Free.

    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    Art, Wind, and Fire. Artist Rumi Vesselinova shares her photographs of wildlfire and scientist Terry Foxx talks about how the landscape recovers. Free. 7 p.m.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Wednesday

  • If you have the flexibility to take a play day on Friday afternoon, consider a tactile experience with clay. Kneading and shaping clay is an experience that relieves stress.
    Start the weekend by joining a Fuller Lodge Art Center field trip to the professional studio of Ginny Zipperer in Santa Fe to learn how to create two pieces of art.
    Participants will work in a spacious, well-equipped pottery studio. Adults and children alike will lose themselves in the magic of working with clay. Zipperer is an experienced instructor who can teach basic techniques to students of all ages.
    She will provide clay tiles and teach participants how to carve into the tiles and also build clay on top of the tiles to create designs. Friends and family that join the field trip together can work to build a mural.
    After the first project, the class will choose whether to make a second tile or roll the clay slabs into tumblers, which can also be relief decorated.
    Zipperer will later glaze and bake the pieces following detailed color directions left by each tile artist. Finished pieces will be fired and delivered to the Art Center at a later date.
    The class runs from 2-5 p.m. at 2709 Camino Chueco in Santa Fe. A carpool will leave the art center around 1 p.m. for those interested.

  • I’m so excited! Another adventure in lifetime learning is about to begin.
    There will be a bunch of new rooms to learn about, the great smiling staff, the smell of new books in the air, new computers to check out and so much more.
    I’m talking, of course, about the new White Rock Branch Library. After a brief closure, lots of packing, several moving trucks and a sprinkling of volunteers, the time has almost arrived for us.
    Rumor has it that there will be a soft opening, but I say no, wait for the grand event. Don’t worry about being first, but participate in the celebratory day when youth will get to see people of all ages excited about reading.
    My kids are too old, of course, but wouldn’t it be great to camp out in the parking lot the night before as if hoping one could be first through the doors?

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center offers the public a opportunity to explore fire through both art and science. The Las Conchas Fire in 2011 burned more than 150,000 acres in the areas around Los Alamos.
    During the fire and over the next four years, photographer Rumi Vesselinova has sought to capture how the event altered the visual landscape of the region. Join the artist as she presents these images from 7-7:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Immediately after the artist reception, Terry Foxx will discuss the fire from the perspective of a plant ecologist. Having studied fire for 40 years, she shares what she has learned about nature recovering after fire and why we have conditions relating to fire and catastrophic fires.  She presents a positive outlook about how the forest will recover after the devastation of a major wildfire.  
    Foxx is a plant ecologist, writer and artist. She taught plant taxonomy at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos in the 1970s, wrote a book with Dorothy Hoard, “Flowers of the Southwestern Woodlands,” taught classes and led hikes for more than 40 years.

  • Possibly the biggest crowd of the season came out Friday night for Satisfaction, a tribute band that covers the Rolling Stones.

    Satisfaction played as part of the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond. Satisfaction featured performers who dressed up as the Stones, one of the most recognizable bands of the rock era, including frontman Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards.

    This coming Friday is Los Alamos Monitor Night at the Summer Concert Series. The concert will feature Big Sam’s Funky Nation, a funk band from New Orleans.

  • Charles and Deirdre Bonner, of Los Alamos are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Elisa Rachelle Bonner to Stephen Douglas McNulty, son of Douglas and Elizabeth McNulty of Chester, New Jersey. The couple met and currently work at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria.
    A September wedding is planned in Angel Fire.