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Today's Features

  • Classic Air Medical will bring its rescue helicopter to the Los Alamos Nature Center, as part of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union.  The helicopter will touch down at 6:45 p.m. today in the nature center parking lot.  
    PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings have been going strong, so far, with Los Alamos families enjoying wolves, rattlesnakes, baby goats and more at the Wednesday evening events.  Today, the wildland firefighters were scheduled to bring their fire engine, but they’ve been called away to fight fires in other states. Classic Air Medical was happy to step in to show their helicopter and to let kids know how rescues happen in the wilderness.
    For more than 26 years, Classic Air Medical has been providing air medical transport in the states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico and Wyoming. They recently opened a new base in Los Alamos.  
    Summer Family Evenings are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

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    Also, today is the Discovery Canyon Bird Walk.

  • On Aug. 1, Amy Ross and her pilot pals of the Young Eagle program will be hosting free flights for youth at the Los Alamos Airport.
    “The Young Eagle Program enables people who have a passion for aviation to share that passion with kids,” said Ross, the event coordinator. “Flying small planes, referred to as general aviation airplanes, is much different than flying commercially much like driving a car is very different than riding a bus.”
    Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and continues through 11:30 a.m. at the Los Alamos Airport Terminal, as long as good weather prevails. Students ages 8 to 17, must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the required paperwork prior to flight time and remain at the airport during the trip.
    “Once at the field and registered, the kids and the rest of their family will talk about what they’ll be doing during the flight, said Ross.” “They’ll do a pre-flight walk around to talk about the aircraft and how it flies, and finally, the kids will go out for their flight.”
    Recently Los Alamos volunteers Lloyd Hunt and Roger Smith assisted regional pilots John Elling, David Roe, Larry Haight, Ken Dominy, Chuck Swanberg and Doug Warwick for the Santa Fe Young Eagle Flights last month.

  • As summer began, butterflies are more frequent visitors to the Pajarito Plateau. To learn more about these creatures, local butterfly enthusiast Roy Michelotti will introduce listeners to the most common species of butterflies seen in and around Los Alamos.
    In addition to discussing butterfly identification, he will also explore the creature’s biology, behavior, life cycle, and more. This talk will start at 7 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center. It is free, and no registration is required.
    This event precedes the Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count that is scheduled on Saturday. For the day of the butterfly count, participants will meet butterfly expert Steve Cary at three separate areas to observe, count and learn about butterflies: mesa top, high altitude and streamside.
    Participants will meet at the Burnt Mesa Trailhead at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, and will stay around this area until 10:45 a.m.
    Next, they will count at Camp May from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., followed by a lunch. The last stop is Cañon del Valle on N.M. 501, where the group will stay from between 1:45-3:15 p.m. Participants are welcome to stay for the whole day, or only opt to only count at some locations.
    This event is $5 for adults and free for children. Register in advance.

  • 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.

  • Los Alamos High School 2011 graduate, Edward Dai, at the age of 18, recently graduated from Stanford University with university distinction.
    He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in the mathematics honors program and a minor in economics, as well as a master’s of science degree in management science and engineering.
    Dai spent four years in Stanford, holding several positions in the university, such as teaching assistant in the Computer Science Department, the head of teaching assistants, president of the Stanford University Mathematical Organization, director of the Stanford Mathematics Tournament, deputy director of the Mathematics Tournament China 2014, and the co-founder of a Stanford dance club.
    Edward Dai and his parents, William Dai and Anna Zhang, would like to take this opportunity to praise the quality of education at Los Alamos, and thank the teachers in Mountain Elementary School, Los Alamos High School, and the Los Alamos Schools District, particularly then-superintendent Dr. Mary McLeod who initiated the accelerated program for talented students at Los Alamos when Dai was at his elementary School.
    Dai has recently started his employment at Google Incorporation. He will travel to Beijing in August to organize the Mathematics Tournament China 2015.

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  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Today
    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. Opera at the Pond: Singers Christina Martos (soprano), Carlos Archuleta  (baritone) and Olivia Hakel (mezzo soprano) will be joined by award winning pianist John Rangel for an evening of opera and musical theater favorites. The performance will include selections from “Carmen,” “The Barber of Seville,” “Porgy and Bess,” “Les Miserables,” and much more. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11. Free.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

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

  • I don’t want to say it, but it seems like has to be the first because it feels like that elephant in the room. School starts soon.
    There’s a lot to do ahead like back-to-school shopping, a special orientation for both freshmen and seventh graders and checking school websites.
    There’s also plenty of time to read a good book and have some good conversation before it all begins.
    Our teens today have to deal with a lot. If they aren’t the ones going through something big, chances are they know someone that is doing just such a thing.
    The staff at Mesa Public Library are trying to assist me in assembling tools to educate youth and their families with some resiliency reading. I don’t mean books on how to be a better you, but actual stories where you can read similar life situations in story form and see what others tried and how they came out on the other side.
    The topics range from cutting, stalking, depression and mental health issues and while tough topics, it might help some youth see that they aren’t alone in the world. The titles include “Willow,” by Julia Hoban, “Kiss of Broken Glass,” by Madeleine Kuderick, “Scars,” by C.A. (Cheryl A.) Rainfield, “Cut,” by Patricia McCormick.