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Today's Features

  • The English tradition of the “Coffee Morning” returns to Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday.
    The event is an informal fundraiser intended to raise funds for the House of Hope and Trinity Builders house-building mission teams.
    The Coffee Morning will also offer an opportunity to share that Saturday morning cup of coffee and a scone or other treat, while visiting with friends and neighbors. The event will also include tempting stalls or tables, including home-baked bread and cakes, plants and flowers, a white elephant table, used books and other media, games for children, a car wash organized by the Youth Choir, hats and a Scarf Market. All items will be reasonably priced.
    The car wash will also raise funds for the Youth Choir.
    Coffee Mornings are a very popular way of raising money for good causes at many churches in the UK. “A Coffee Morning is just what it sounds like: You get together, drink coffee, eat goodies and, this is the most important part, spend money,” said Claire Singleton, who is from the UK and has been part of the House of Hope women’s house-building team since its inception in 2005. For this reason, items will be reasonably priced to encourage patrons to dip into their wallets frequently.

  • The Northern New Mexico Spring Arts and Crafts Fair will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the Fuller Lodge lawn. There will be creative, original art by nearly 100 artists. There will also be a meet-and-greet with the Greyhound Pets of America New Mexico branch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. across from the Memorial Rose Garden. Top: Recycled wood products by Bob Riolo. Right: A Zozobra-inspired birdhouse. los Alamos Arts council/Courtesy

  • There are hundreds of perennial-flowing waterfalls in the Land of Enchantment, and Doug Scott is widely recognized as the expert on the subject. Scott returns to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center to give a presentation starting at 7 p.m. May 5 at the new Los Alamos Nature Center. The talk is free and open to the public.
    Scott is a outdoorsman who has been exploring New Mexico since he was a young child.  
    He started the Taos Mountain Outfitters in 1972 and was a commercial whitewater rafting guide and ski touring guide for many years, besides being a successful artist.
    Scott loves discovering waterfalls and sharing them with others. Attendees of his programs have said they are always greatly inspired to become “Waterfall-lovers” and begin “Waterfalling” immediately.
    All four of Scott’s outdoor books will be available to be signed and personalized: Taos Waterfalls, Taos Mountains, New Mexico Waterfalls and New Mexico Waterfall Handbook.   
    The talk will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • LAMS fundraisers to aid ill staff members

    Los Alamos Middle School is currently conducting two fundraisers for staff members fighting serious health battles. On Friday, students can donate $1 for the opportunity to wear their hats in the building throughout the day.
    Students can donate their dollar before school or during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    On Friday, they stop by our booth in the main office for their official hand stamp. Tickets will still be available Friday.
    For any questions or more information, call 663-3252.
    The funds will benefit teachers Sherri Bublitz and Ryan Finn.
    Olions to perform Shakespeare

    The Los Alamos High School Olions presents its annual spring production this weekend. This year, the students will perform William Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Duane Smith Auditorium.  
    A preview performance will be 7 p.m. Thursday. Opening night is 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday, there will be two shows 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee will be Sunday.  
    Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 students and the preview show is $5.
    For more information, contact Rosemary Vigil at 500-5983.

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

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Thursday
    “Fire Up” for Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America is holding its annual  recruiting events at fire stations. 6:30-8 p.m. at Station No. 4 in Los Alamos (4401 Diamond Drive across from the Golf Course). Parents can sign up boys by check, registration fees are $24. If you cannot attend event, then contact Kevin McClelland, NNM District director Kevin.McClelland@scouting.org, or Bill Blumenthal, NNM District Membership Chair, billblumenthal@comcast.net, 667-0986.

  • Today
    “What if… A Parent’s Intro to Wills and Trusts.” 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Strengths Network, 1990 Diamond Dr. $15 individuals/family. $10 for FSN members. For more information call 662-4515.

    “Fire Up” for Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America is holding its annual recruiting events at fire stations. 6:30-8 p.m. at Station No. 3 in White Rock (129 N.M. 4). Parents can sign up boys by check, registration fees are $24. If you cannot attend event, then contact Kevin McClelland, NNM District director Kevin.McClelland@scouting.org, or Bill Blumenthal, NNM District Membership Chair, billblumenthal@comcast.net, 667-0986.

    Bighorn Sheep in Los Alamos. 7 p.m. The Sierra Club and PEEC team up to present a talk on bighorn sheep in New Mexico. Speaker Eric Rominger has worked for the last 19 years as the bighorn sheep biologist for the state. 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.

  • New Mexico writers, authors and publishers were at the 2015 Book Fair Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Book signings and information on how to publish were available to the public.

  • The Boy Scouts of America will have its annual Fire-Up for Scouting Cub Scout recruiting events at fire stations in Los Alamos and White Rock next week:
    • 6:30-8 p.m. today at Station No. 3 in White Rock, 129 N.M. 4)
    • 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Station No. 4 in Los Alamos, 4401 Diamond Dr. across from the golf course)
    Boys who will graduate from kindergarten through 4 grades (5-10 years old) can be registered for the Cub Scouting program, including summer activities such as June Day Camp. Information for registering older boys in Boy Scouting will also be available. Fire station firefighters will give the boys and family members tours of the fire trucks and station during the registration event.
    Parents can sign up boys at either the Los Alamos or White Rock events. Bring a checkbook for payment of registration fees of $24.
    If you cannot attend either event, then contact Kevin McClelland, NNM district director (Kevin.McClelland@scouting.org), or Bill Blumenthal, NNM district membership chair, (billblumenthal@comcast.net), or call 667-0986.

  • I normally write this column on Monday night, but this week is a busy one, so I left a note to myself, “My Coffee Pot Ponderings,” so I could make lunches and hit the ground running today.
    I knew the column would be easy because I had the topic in mind, but at about 3 a.m., there was a song in my head that just wouldn’t go away.
    “It’s the final countdown,” by the rock band Europe.
    I feel compelled once again to warn the class of 2015 that not only will the next month fly, but to remind everyone that at the end of this week, it is May.
    May — that ridiculous, nutty time of year when there’s so much to get done and sometimes it doesn’t happen.
    So remember patience is a virtue, tell the family to cut everyone some slack, give constant, tactful reminders to get all homework in, especially the missing ones that will still be accepted and hang on for a bumpy ride.
    As we begin the month of May, I also want to remind you that May 4-8 is staff and teacher appreciation week.
    I miss those elementary days when it just felt like something everyone did, to recognize the folks that work so hard for our kids.

  • 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 a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

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