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Today's Features

  • Due to the popularity of the Nature Center’s Night Sky shows in the planetarium, more presentations have been added.
    On Saturday, there will be two programs, one at 1 p.m. and another at 2 p.m. The presentation will introduce beginning stargazers to the planets that can be seen throughout June, and to selected objects of interest that can be viewed using binoculars and asterisms (star patterns) during spring and summer nights. Particular emphasis will be given to the closest approach of Venus with Jupiter that occurs later this month, a conjunction that will not reoccur until Aug. 27, 2016.
    Although the planetarium is open for business, the new chairs are still delayed. Short-backed chairs will be available to use, or if patrons prefer, they may view the presentation from the floor. If audience members elect to view the show from the floor, feel free to bring a yoga mat, pillow or headrest to get comfortable. Doors will open at 6:10 p.m. so patrons can experiment with what seating arrangement works best for them.
    Ticketing will be limited to 40 individuals per program. Tickets may be purchased for $3 at the Nature Center before the show. The discounted price is for this event only. Ticket sales will end 10 minutes before the start of the show to allow all guests to be in their seats on time.

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

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be at 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Dawn Brown, will speak about Big Brothers Big Sisters. The public is welcome to attend.

    Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting. 7 p.m. Presentation by Larry Hersman, a Los Alamos native and sailor, “Sailing Around the World.”

    Summer Family Evenings: Taxidermy Museum Sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. James Brooks of Yukon Wildlife Studio returns to give us a chance to see fascinating animals up close. He’ll bring a mountain lion, elk, black bear, raccoon, oryx, antelope, mule deer and more. $5 per family/free for member families. All ages. More information at losalamosnature.org.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Thursday

  • Free CPR training offered Saturday

    Project Heart Start of New Mexico will be offering free hands-only CPR training at 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday at Fuller Lodge.
    The 6th annual Project Heart Start Day in New Mexico will include free 40-minute CPR classes at 9, 10 and 11 a.m.
    Project Heart Start training includes recognizing heart attack signs, performing compression CPR, using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and saving choking victims.
    Los Alamos area residents of all ages are encouraged to attend and learn how to save lives.  
    “CPR-trained individuals find that their training is often needed to save a loved one’s life. What could be more important?” said Dr. Barry Ramo, well-known New Mexico cardiologist. “Hands-only CPR is easy to learn. It provides a strategy for saving a life, and that life may be your spouse or partner, your child, your parent.”
    For more information, see projectheartstartnm.org.

    Meeting regarding lab
    workers set for Tuesday

  • Los Alamos High School teachers Debbie Grothaus, Liz Bowden, Olivia Lujan and Brent Collom are big fans of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.
    Recently, the quality innovating nonprofit funded a gift for the physics department that is literally generating a lot of buzz and enhancing some lessons.
    “The foundation’s grants have allowed us to buy basic equipment that we use all-the time,” said conceptual and honors physics teacher, Grothaus. “We have also bought equipment specific to labs that are integral to our curriculum: momentum carts, sets of springs, tuning forks, meter sticks with numbers they can read, spring scales and timers.”
    What might be even better than that was the addition of a Van de Graaff generator, which according to Grothaus has added a great deal to their unit on Electrostatics.
    “The kids are having a lot of fun with it,” Grothaus said. “We’ve made long human chains, human circuits, sent pie plates flying and just had a very shocking experience.”  

  • Hikers can take a step back in time and explore one of the earliest mineral deposits worked by prehistoric man in North America.
    Join geologist Patrick Rowe on Saturday to explore Cerro Pedernal, a prominent landmark in the Chama Valley, rich in both beauty and history.
    The Cerro Pedernal is narrow mesa, capped by volcanic rock and containing the outcrops of the bedded Pedernal Chert Member of the Abiquiu Tuff several hundred feet below its flat summit.
    Artifacts made of Pedernal Chert have been found hundreds of miles from its source. Some of these date back to the earliest human occupation of northern New Mexico, 10 or 11 thousand years ago, while other artifacts belong to the 20th century.
    The steep mountain slopes, the canyons and the meadows and the hummocky landslide areas of Cerro Pedernal all contain evidence of the quarries, workshops and camps of the American Indian.

  • Today
    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. Los Alamos Community Winds. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11.

    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.

    Bees: Midwives of Agriculture. 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Beekeeper Melanie Kirby is a native New Mexican who began beekeeping as a Peace Corps volunteer. In this talk she will highlight the connections between our landscapes and pollinators. Kirby will bring an observation hive, honey for tasting, and other interesting tools of the trade. $8/$6.50 PEEC members. losalamosnature.org.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Wednesday

  • The YMCA crew will showcase the recent work in developing the North Mesa garden site and plans for this growing season. The Youth Conservation Corps’ funding focus is organic and sustainable. The crew plans to demonstrate food growing approaches well-suited to living in Los Alamos County. The crew also plans to create a place for exchange on best practice in food production based on the experience of growers in the county.
    The garden crew plan a garden with something for everyone from permaculture, to trickle tape row crops, to pollinator friendly live mulch, composting with bio-dynamics, and aerated compost tea. For this year, choose among five greenhouse options ranging from low cost production greenhouses to more upscale, user-friendly grow dome designs.
    As the garden grows, the community will be invited to hands-on learning projects, volunteer-driven teaching of trade skills and to the monthly “meet-up” workgroup starting the third Thursday, beginning this week from 6:30-7:30 p.m. “Meet-ups” are for active volunteers working at the site. The garden crew will continue to hold seasonal walkabout or open house type meetings throughout the year.

  • A reminder this week for Father’s Day on Sunday. I hope you spoil your dad rotten.
    Dads have it a little harder than moms from time to time. They don’t seem to receive the same latitude as moms when it comes to the doling out of affections.
    There’s no huge sale of flowers for Father’s Day, and I’m not hearing all the commercials about buying chocolate dipped strawberries, a manicure or pedicure.
    Dads seem to get relegated to ties, cakes and, of course, don’t forget the great sale at the golf course from the Los Alamos High School golf team as they raise funds for the year at 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Are you still in need of a gift idea?
    Two Youth Business Grant recipients from the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation are young budding artists.
    LAHS freshmen Jude Valdez and buddy Isaiah Aylmer can occasionally be seen around town selling their artwork at a great price.
    Valdez taught Aylmer and a few friends how to paint the space themed portraits and now the pair has each received funding for supplies to keep them in business all summer long.
    Aylmer will be on hand this Friday night at the Gordon’s Summer Concert series with a variety of his work on sale.

  • The next Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will be Wednesday at Fuller Lodge, where there will be a presentation by Larry Hersman, a Los Alamos native and sailor. Social and reports of recent and upcoming trips will be discussed at 7 p.m. and Hersman’s program will start at 7:30 p.m.
    Hersman began sailing around the world shortly after retiring from Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2007. What was to take two years ended up being just over six years — starting and ending in Washington, North Carolina on the Pamlico Sound.
    Why did he do it? Hersman said, for starters the “sea” must be considered the first great wonder of the world as it covers more than 3/4 of the world’s surface and controls much of the weather and climates.  And like mountains, it has drawn mankind to it. When walking on a beach there are those who look only at the shore, waves, seabirds and salt grass bending in the breeze, but there are those few who only look out to sea, drawn to “what is out there, beyond the horizon.” The question, “Why go to sea?” is similar to the question “why climb a mountain?” Hersman said the answer is “because it is there.”

  • June 14-20, 2015
    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
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior civic discussion group
    10:30 a.m.        LARSO Advisory Council
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Fish and chips
    2 p.m.        “A Stone Age Temple in Turkey”             with Paul Keaton
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    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