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Today's Features

  • Los Alamos teens Lauren Marcus and Brenna Graham have qualified to go to the United States Pony Club National Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park this week. The two will compete in the Quiz category.
    Quiz is a competition that tests overall horse knowledge. It consists of multiple phases, tested over several days, against teams from the more than 40 regions of United States Pony Clubs across the country.
    The phases are an oral test on a wide range of horse management, veterinary knowledge, equestrian sports rules, hands-on horse management; a written test; and working together to assemble tack or other group tasks and identification of exotic equipment and horse breeds. There are complex strategies and tactics involved to win.
    The girls put in more than 100 hours of study time and have pored over thousands of pages of reference material. Both girls have competed at this level previously, as well as having won at various equine-knowledge competitions at the regional and interregional level.
    Marcus is the daughter of Wendy and Alan Marcus, and Graham is the daughter of Samara and Paul Graham, all of Los Alamos.
    USPC states as one of its goals that all members shall learn horse management in addition to riding skills, and that horse-management emphasis is one of the items for which USPC grads are particularly well known.

  •  Ryszard Wasilewski poses with one of his paintings on display at the opening reception for his exhibit on July 11. The art will be in the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery daily through Aug. 5.

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

    Eureka! at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through July 26.

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Celebrate the 44th season. This week at market will be Leroy Pacheco from Los Alamos Recycling. Come find out what’s happening with recycling and what can be recycled. First drawing for the contest 10 a.m.

    “Science on Tap.” 5:30-7 p.m. at Blue Window Bistro.

  • The Los Alamos Youth Business Grant entrepreneurs are underway and making the grade in Los Alamos.
    The 11 recipients include a variety of services from coffee roasters and landscapers to jewelry/apparel design and video production.
    Elise Koskelo is the creator of Blue Wrap Designs. Koskelo is a returning applicant looking at expanding her business to include renting space from the new Nu 2 U Consignments on Trinity Drive and will use technology to enhance sales.
    “I have created a new retail website, blueprintwraps.weebly.com, where customers and admirers can view pictures of my work, purchase a wrap, or see that dates of upcoming venues,” said Koskelo, who can also be reached at blueprintwraps@gmail.com.
    Koskelo was inspired by her mother, also a knitter and enjoys creating new pieces by mixing various yarns and colors together. A designer at heart, she is always designing new stitches to create a one-of-a-kind wraps and enjoys marketing the product, creating photo shoots and interacting with customers face-to-face.
    The youth designer makes all season wraps with lighter weight yearns used for summer shawls and wraps that are perfect for a summer evening or those chilly air conditioned offices.

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation recently awarded the Jim Sims Memorial Engineering Scholarship to Los Alamos High School graduates Emily Pittman and Nathan Phillips.
    Pittman will attend the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. She is daughter of Pete and Carissa Pittman.
    Phillips will attend Montana State University. He is the son of David and Edie May Phillips. Both scholarship recipients will study mechanical engineering.
    The award is named for Sims, who worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a mechanical engineer for 34 years.
    During his distinguished career, he worked as a design engineer and as a leader of project engineering teams. He was an internationally recognized expert in high-field magnet design and had an unparalleled knowledge of hardware engineering, design and fabrication. He was committed to sharing his knowledge and experience through mentoring young engineers, designers and students.
    Sims was also a dedicated husband and father and always supported his children as they followed their interests and passions. As a family, Sims’ wife Becky and grown children Jessica and Bradford began this scholarship to honor his love of engineering.

  • As the daughter of a professional photographer, Maria Thibodeau spent much of her childhood in front of the camera.
    “I thought having hundreds of pictures of any occasion was the norm, Thibodeau said, “I remember my mother calling on me to help her test new equipment or ideas — of course, this was in the film days, and she’d have to write down her camera settings after each shot.”
    Today, she is the photographer. While that’s not her day job — she graces the halls as a teacher at Los Alamos High School — it’s as passion on the side with her.
    The switch from being in front of to behind the camera is always a revelation when one realizes that they prefer to be behind the lens. The benefit was that through her experience as her mother’s test model she gained a certain awareness.
    Thibodeau has a knack for what her photography subjects are feeling and how to put them at ease with her kindness, demeanor and sense of humor.
    Born and raised in Martha’s Vineyard, schooled at the University of Kent at Canterbury, Thibodeau wanted a change that was far removed from her hometown. She spent time in Los Angeles before arriving in Los Alamos and has been here for three years.

  • Self Help, Inc. and the Empty Bowls Project raises thousands of dollars to support the basic needs of people in Northern New Mexico.
    Over the past 25 years, many talented children and adults have created bowls to donate to the Empty Bowls Project which is held every March in Los Alamos. Preparing the 400 to 500 bowls for the event has become a year-round activity.
    In addition to offering traditional glazed ceramic bowl-making opportunities, Green Bowls are being donated to the Empty Bowls Project.
    Green Bowls or Upcycled Bowls utilize readily available recyclable materials such as magazines, printer paper, paper máché, or newspapers to create handcrafted decorative containers.
    The first series of Green Bowl workshops, taught be Deborah Gill, will be from 1-3 p.m. Friday and July 25 at the Los Alamos Teen Center. The first workshop began July 11.
    “We really are happy about the partnership and collaboration with the Empty Bowls Project — we are thrilled to host the bowl-making sessions!” Sylvan Argo, director of the Teen Center.
    The Los Alamos Teen Center is operated by The Family YMCA through a contract with Los Alamos County.

  • Today
    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. Musical performance by Wise Fool. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District. For more information, visit creativelosalamos.org.

    Summer Family Evenings: Making Adobe and Mud. 6:30-8 p.m. With imagination, mini adobe bricks, and mud plaster, you can create the mini adobe building of your dreams. Instruction by Cornerstones Community Partnerships. No advance registration required. $5 for non-member families/free for PEEC members. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Eureka! at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through July 26.

  • Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Santa Fe offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
    The “Savvy Caregiver Program” will meet once per week for seven consecutive weeks at Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court in Santa Fe. The course is from 2-4 p.m. Thursday.
    The evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behavior. It also imparts tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to Alzheimer’s caregivers. The course explains the signs, impacts and pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. 
    To register or for further information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter at 473-1297, or email amontoya@alz.org.
    Participants may be reimbursed for the cost of having others tend to their loved one while they attend the classes. 

  • Jason Lott, Superintendent of Bandelier National Monument, will be the featured speaker at the July meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. The talk will begin 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Lott’s talk will follow the business portion of the meeting, which will include information on recent and upcoming Los Alamos Mountaineer-sponsored trips and outings.
    Among the topics Lott will cover are the conceptual 30-mile hike/bike trail for Bandelier, the monument’s recovery from the Las Conchas Fire, upcoming trail modifications and information on some of Lott’s favorite areas of Bandelier.
    Lott became superintendent at Bandelier in May 2009. He has overseen the rehabilitation of the visitor center and response to the extensive and continuing impacts from the Las Conchas fire, including the installation of an ongoing shuttle service to bring visitors to and from the monument.
    Lott came to Bandelier from the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona where he was also superintendent.
    In 2005, he won the NPS director’s award for natural resource management in a small park while program manager for resources management at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Texas.
    The Los Alamos Mountaineers, founded in 1952, promotes a variety of outdoor-oriented activities.