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.
    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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  • Roger Handrahan said one year he looked down at the crowd in Overlook Park and wondered what all of the sparkle was. It turned out to be cameras flashing back at him as he floated to the ground with the American Flag flying behind him.
    This Fourth of July, he hopes to do the same again.
    With Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” blasting away, Handrahan and the Habañero Sky Diving Team plans to entertain the community gathering Monday night.
    The skydiving event is part of a Kiwanis Fourth of July night of family fun that starts at 2 p.m. at Overlook Park in White Rock.
    The longtime White Rock resident and Army veteran said he spends months planning the skydive. He also enjoys helping the Kiwanis.
    “I always try to dedicate the jump itself to all of the men and women who either have served or are serving,” Handrahan said. “I do have a soft spot in my heart for military. It also helps draw a little bigger crowd for the Kiwanis. It’s their only fundraiser they have all year, and I do believe in what they do.”
    The cost can be expensive to pay for the divers, ground crew the planes and pilot, he said, but he it is a way of giving back.

     Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Los Alamos Retirement Community, Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, and LAMC present “Bone and Joint Health in the Senior Population” with Culley Christensen, M.D. at 3 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living, 1010 Sombrillo Court. Refreshments will be served. No RSVP needed. For information, call Cynthia Goldblatt, community liaison, at 662-4300.

    Summer Family Evening: Goats 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. More information at peecnature.org.

    DK & the Affordables with Eddy and the Nomads at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos.
    Rain or shine Los Alamos Farmers Market is from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot at 2400 Central Ave.

    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. 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. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The weather has been hot lately, so perhaps my brain is working properly, but I have been thinking a lot about technology.
    There is a particular commercial that highlights a car that detects what could happen and stop the vehicle for you if the driver is unaware.
    I guess I am feeling a little old school about the need to learn how to do things the “hard way.”
    When I was a teenager, we learned to count back the change when you worked with money. I vaguely remember the discussion that there would always be calculators and there isn’t a need to count back money.
    Flash forward and now. Kids are doing math with not just their calculators, but their phones. Then there comes a time when they need to do math, but don’t have access to either or have to show their work.
    Old school. Sometimes we just need to learn things old school.
    It is the same reason that when the opportunity avails itself, you should learn how to drive a stick shift. There may come that time when you find yourself in a situation where that may be your only choice.
    Today’s cars are on the verge of doing the driving for you. You might not ever need to parallel-park again. There are even cars that may allow you to just sit inside while they do the driving for you.

    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Fourth Friday Fractals from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    Young at Heart Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join PEEC on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

    June 25-26 — Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club Field Day exercise at the North Mesa Picnic Ground, off North Mesa Road. Ham radio operators across North America will operate from noon Saturday to noon Sunday using generator, solar and battery power to make radio contacts. Public is invited to attend. For more information, call Charles Rogers, KJ5KU, 412-3149

    Feature Film: “Black Holes” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of the answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Enjoy a talk by a local astrophysicist. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.