Today's Features

  • With the new school season around the corner, the County of Los Alamos is giving families an excuse to enjoy one last summer weekend trip with the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Friday through Sunday.
     “This family-oriented County Fair and Rodeo gives families something fun to do before the start of another school year and the end of summer,” said Suzette Fox, executive director, Los Alamos MainStreet. “We hope the event contributes to the overall feeling of well being in the community by giving both locals and visitors an opportunity to get acquainted with downtown Los Alamos, while also allowing local businesses to have incentive opportunities.”
    The three-day event kicks off Friday with exhibits at Mesa Public Library, between 5 and 8 p.m. Everything from locally made art and arts and crafts to baked goods will be on display.
     At 10 a.m. Saturday, Central Avenue will be lined with decorated floats centered on the theme, “Celebrate Los Alamos.” Awards will be given to the first, second and third best floats as determined by judges.

  • Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, 4 p.m., Sept. 28
    Salzburg Marionette Theater with pianist Orion Weiss, 7 p.m. Nov. 1
    Red Priest, 7 p.m. Jan. 9
    Cuarteto Lationamericano with Daniel Binelli, bandoneón, 4 p.m. March 15
    Ethos Percussion Group, 4 p.m. April 15

    Duane Smith Auditorium on the campus of Los Alamos High School
    1300 Diamond Drive
    Wheel chair accessible
    Box office opens 45 minutes before performance

    CB Fox and Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock
    Lensic Box Office in Santa Fe


  • The Los Alamos Concert Association has announced its 69th season which will feature the added attraction of a newly refurbished venue.
    The first phase of a multi-year upgrade of the Duane Smith Auditorium on the campus of Los Alamos High School is currently under way. New seating, carpeting, paint, and improved hall lighting will greet concert-goers at the first concert in September. Plans for future hall upgrades over the next three years include lobby redesign as well as acoustic, technical and back-stage improvements.
    “The Smith Auditorium is an important community asset,” said Ann McLaughlin, LACA Artistic Director. “We look forward to welcoming our audience to a fresh and attractive space that will showcase our great artists at their very best.”
    LACA audiences will have their first look at the hall on Sept. 28 with a performance by the Anderson and Roe Piano Duo. Millions have watched their Emmy-nominated music videos on YouTube and the press has dubbed them “the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of the keyboard” for their imaginatively choreographed performances.

  • Tuesday
    Butterflies in Los Alamos, and Facts About Butterflies. 7 p.m. In preparation for the 22nd Annual Butterfly Count, Roy Michelotti will discuss butterflies present in Los Alamos, as well as an overview of basic butterfly biology, behavior, life cycles and some unique facts about butterflies. Free. No advance registration required. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Entertainment by DK & the Affordables. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District. For more information, visit creativelosalamos.org.

    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. Meetings moderated by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson, or by a group member. Past presentations are posted and available to all on the website laaug.wordpress.com/. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers announce a specialty course for rock climbers on building anchors, the protection that prevents gravity from making a climber’s day a nightmare.
    Zack Baker will lead the 2014 “REALLY Understanding Rock Climbing Anchors” class, to be held 6-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m .Saturday.
    The class is free to all graduates of the 2014 Climbing School, and costs $20 for all other LAM members. (If you are not already an LAM member, annual LAM dues are $15 for an individual and $20 for a family.)
    “The techniques of proper movement and well-built rock anchors are the two ways climbers stay attached to the cliff and enjoy a long, happy life,” Baker said. “Technique you learn in the climbing course and by assiduous practice and experience. Anchors are the subject of this specialty course. ““In the Saturday session we take up the subject of building belay and top rope anchors. These involve redundant, equalized, non-extending, multidirectional anchor points. This course is a lot of fun and very much worthwhile for anyone serious about climbing safety.”
    Interested climbers can register for the course at the LA Mountaineers website — lamountaineers.org — by following the links “Climbing” and “Speciality Climbing Courses.”

  • For many years, retired Los Alamos Public Schools’ employees have looked forward to the famous NOT Back-to -School breakfast. It is held annually on the first day that students and teachers go back to school.
    Retirees from all over the USA make a special effort to attend the event to share memories and talk with friends. This year the breakfast will be at 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill. For those who are able to pay, there is a nominal charge of $10 to help defray the rental cost to the church for use of the hall.
    All new retirees should have received an invitation in the mail and other retirees an email about the event.
    The important point for retirees is to RSVP to 662-9117 or drummer@rt66.com or larse@leee.org.
    Leave information on whether or not you plan to attend and be sure to state your name, email address, and phone number for future contact by this “alumni” group by this coming Sunday.  

  • What a great week for some youth building activities.
    This weekend the fair and rodeo will be held and youth fun and activities are all around.
    First of all, as you head to the pond and quite possibly park behind CB Fox, consider stopping in for a truffle. The construction is hard on many businesses in that area, so if you can make even a small purchase, they’d love to see you.
    Please take the time to check out any of the Youth Business Grant recipients that you might find at the pond this weekend. Wednesday they will each make a pitch to win additional funds for their businesses, so if you know a youth, wish them well.
    Another place for a truffle is the Rose Chocolatier, located by the Motor Vehicles Division. Youth Business Grant recipient Ruby Selvage has worked with the owner and has her souvenir chocolates for sale right in her shop. How wonderful for a local business to support our youth.
    How wonderful that the community has selected Alex Kirk as the Grand Marshal. I plan to wear my AlbuKIRKque T-shirt and wave as he goes by.
    Speaking of waving, rumor has it that Chad the Sci Guy will be at the pond with some hands on science.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    DQ — This 8-year-old, neutered, Manx lost his home due to a divorce. He is declawed and is an indoor kitty only. DQ likes the comfort and security of his own space. He is a bit shy at first, so it will take some time for him to adjust to a new home. Once he warms up to you, he has a cute little chirp that he lets out when he is ready for some attention — sometimes his bottom lip will snag on his tooth after his chirping, so he gets a funny little snaggletooth! He would love the comfort and security of a forever home and person, and having a safe place to retreat to will help him adjust. Because changes and loud noises startle DQ, the shelter recommend a home without children.

  • Aug. 3-8, 2014
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Baked chicken
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Computer users group
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Breaded pollock
    1 p.m. MindBody massage
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis
    8:30 a.m. LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chef salad
    1:30 p.m. Daytime Duplicate Bridge
    8:30 a.m. Walk-in-the-woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Frito pie
    1:30 p.m. Beginning tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    8 a.m. Country Class pool tournament
    9:15 a.m. Line Dancing
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: BBQ chicken thigh
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “While You Were Sleeping,” 1995
    1-4 p.m. Shuffleboard
    2 p.m. Kids bridge
    10 a.m.-1 p.m. BESC open

  • Kimberly Boerigter and Rebecca Martineau, former residents of Los Alamos, attended a volunteer program in Ecuador for five weeks this summer through International Volunteer Headquarters.
    Boerigter and Martineau have traveled abroad on separate occasions in the past. Boerigter went to India for a college class and Martineau has been to Mexico, Costa Rica and Peru.
    The two are also recent college graduates, Boerigter from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and Martineau from Kansas State University. Both are 2010 graduates of Los Alamos High School.
    Boerigter and Martineau said they both enjoyed the experience of the program through IVHQ saying that is was less expensive and more controlled then some other volunteer programs.
    “Not only was it reasonably priced but the program has a tons of locations and options for lengths, all of which they try and keep the cost affordable so people who want to make a difference can actually make a difference,” Boerigter said.
    The volunteer program mixed work with pleasure — Monday through Thursday, the girls worked with street kids and Friday through Sunday, they were free to explore the country and get a feel for the culture and location.