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Today's Features

  • Following the recent ice and snow storm Monday, the Environmental Services Division is seeking volunteers to help collect and dispose of branches in areas that have already received bulk item collection on the quarterly pick up schedule.
    Residents are encouraged to help with branch clean up and ask others to help in neighborhoods.
    Trees around many properties sustained damage and breakage due to the wet, heavy snowfall, and many individuals aren’t capable of cleaning up the debris around their property.
    Free gloves and bags are available to everyone participating in this effort and the 13th Annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day on April 30.
    Volunteers who participate in this particular tree branch removal effort are asked to go online and register with Environmental Services so that county resources for extensive, large piles of branches can be staged in areas that can be easily retrieved by county vehicles and scheduled for pick up that day.
    For smaller loads collected by volunteers, branches and other debris brought down by Monday’s storm should be taken to the Eco-Station, which is offering free load disposal on an unlimited basis on Saturday – as part of planned Clean Up Los Alamos Day promotional events.
     Volunteers can register at losalamosnm.us/gogreen.

  • The Family YMCA’s registration drive, where the $25 registration fee is waived, for  Y Camp, iCare Camp and 2016-2017 Afterschool care closes on Sunday, May 8. Parents may continue to sign up for the programs after that date, but will only have through that day for the per/child registration fee to be waived. Y Summer Camp is offering additional discounts to those registering by this date.
    The YMCA’s “Best Summer Ever” Camp will be based at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, as will LAPS’s summer school. Camp’s theme is Most Excellent Adventure and will focus on a wide range of adventurous experiences and places where youth will be in peer age-groups as they make explorations into science, art, reading, sports, swimming, field trips and community service projects.
    The registration fee will also be waived for the YMCA’s iCare camp, which is an outdoor free-play based, nature-focused summer camp. This program’s basecamp will also be at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.

  • Art and food enthusiasts will be delighted with the creations on display beginning Friday at the opening of DIGEST THIS! At Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    DIGEST THIS! opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Inspired by all things edible, the show is a tasty mix of 3D, mixed media, traditional oils, textiles and ceramics. Anyone who hungers for eclectic art should be well satisfied.
    Culinary-related creations by artists from northern New Mexico include media ranging from Wonder Bread to clay to taxidermy. An “Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony” doll by fiber artist Fran Black and a pen-and-ink spread of “Rainbow Cupcakes” by Trish Ebbert, offer an energy boost while Jeri Burzin’s photograph of squash “Blossoms” and Celia Cortez’ pencil drawing of artichokes, “Violetta and Friends” add fresh produce to the menu.
    Watercolor artist Patricia Gould contributed another healthy-eating entry, “Lemon and Kale,” and said: “I just liked the way the lemon was reflective and juicy and the kale was rough and curly.”

  • As Bandelier National Monument celebrates its centennial year, a newly released book titled “Bandelier National Monument” offers a visual celebration of the history of the park.
    The book is part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. Author Paul R. Secord has drawn together historic photographs, images of San Ildefonso artist Pablita Velarde’s murals and historic documents to illustrate Bandelier’s signature moments.
    The book’s content was drawn from archival sources, private collections and the Bandelier library’s recently catalogued collection of more than 14,000 images spanning 135 years. Volunteers have spent two-and-a-half years digitalizing the collection.
    The fascinating trek back through time gives readers an opportunity to see images of long-gone places and people of Bandelier.
    Photographs such as two of the Lodge of Ten Elders, built in 1909 by Judge A. J. Abbott of Santa Fe, of women rangers dressed like airline stewardesses and one of a flock of sheep spanning the bridge over the Rio Grande near the Buckman railhead help to characterize each era of the park’s history.

  • TODAY
    Chamber Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. at UNM-LA building 2, room 230. Cynthia Delgado, Mandy Marksteiner and Kelly Stewart will be featured on a panel. The topic will be “Preparing Los Alamos Businesses for the Summer 2016 Tourism Season.” Breakfast will be pastries from Rose Chocolatier.

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

    Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting at 7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation on the state of the Bandelier back country and trails post Las Conchas fire by Kevin Stillman. There will be a slideshow and presentation about the Conchas fire and the floods of 2011 and 2013, how the backcountry and trails were affected, and where Bandelier is rebuilding the trail system.

    The Forest Stewards Guild, county officials and stakeholders will have their first public meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Municipal Building, 100 Central Ave., to discuss the update of the 2009 Community Wildfire Protection Plan learn about progress made since 2009 to reduce wildfire risk in your community. The public is encouraged to attend and provide input. For more information, visit forestguild.org/losalamosCWPP, or contact Matt Piccarello at matt@forestguild.org or call 983-8992.  

  • Los Alamos High School Olions will proudly present Monty Pythons “Spamalot” beginning with an opening night show at 7 p.m. Friday.
    In this musical retelling of the classic movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” King Arthur and his trusted knights seek the Holy Grail.
    Arthur and his knights encounter famous friends and formidable foes from the Lady of the Lake to the Killer Rabbit.
    Directed by David Daniel and starring Devon McCleskey as Arthur, Evelyn Wohlbier as the Lady of the Lake, and a student pit orchestra. The Olions cast and crew has poured their hearts and souls into the production, they said.
    All showings will take place in Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 5 and under.
    The play has PG-13 content.
    Spamalot’s performance dates and times are:
    • 7 p.m. Thursday, special dress preview
    • 7 p.m. Friday, opening night
    • Noon Saturday pre-prom matinee
    • 7 p.m. April 29
    • 2 p.m. matinee April 30; 7 p.m. evening show
    • 2 p.m. May 1 closing matinee.

  • Glen Wurden of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plasma Physics group will discuss his work with the Wendelstein 7-X stellerator in Germany at Science on Tap at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Unquarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.
    Wurden will talk about how this work is allowing researchers to peer in the world of super hot plasmas during the lively program and allow questions from the audience.
    Science on Tap is a project of the Los Alamos Creative District. Discussions take place every Thursday evening at various locations and feature discussions on science, nature, history and art.
    The Bradbury Science Museum website has more information about Science on Tap and other museum activities.
    For more information, call Linda Anderman  at 665-9196.

  • Did you know that April is underage drinking prevention month?
    I have known about it for years, since the time my husband Chad and I began volunteering at Chamisa Elementary.
    You see as you drive past the school, there should be tulips and daffodils that call to you from the Pledge Garden, installed some eight years ago, under the tutelage of Principal Kate Thomas.
    That was when the efforts started to take on a more formal shape. Each year, students would plant a promise to make healthy choices for themselves and their bodies. As they graduated and moved on to Los Alamos Middle School, and later Los Alamos High School, the garden would bloom during April and remind them of their pledge.
    You could always count on a lovely time each October, during what is called, Red Ribbon Week. The Sci Guy, as he later became known, was then garden guy and would educate them about making healthy choices. He would tie the lesson into a life of the plant and what it needs, then physically have them plant their own bulb.  They would sign a pledge with then counselor Jen Schmierer and later counselor Michaelangelo Lobato and go on their way, keeping watch until April.
    Today, the DWI Planning Council still tries to drive the message to encourage both youth and adults to make the same healthy choices for themselves and our community.

  • April 17-23
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    10 a.m.        Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Catfish
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Mac Users Group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Salisbury Steak    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY

  • March 27 — A girl.  Katherine May Shewmaker. Born to Terra and Andrew Shewmaker.
    March 29 — A boy. Emilio Luis Marquez Born to Jessica Mendez and Jorge Marquez.
    March 31 — A girl. Kayla Lynn Myers.  Born to Kendall Micco and Thomas Myers.
    April 3 — Twins: A boy. Born to Khristian Kobe Martinez. A boy. Kameron Jordan Martinez. Born to Katrina Trujillo and Chris Martinez.