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Today's Features

  • The Santa Fe Raptor Center will bring birds of prey to Pajarito Environmental Education Center as part of the Summer Family Evenings series of programs at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Summer Family Evenings are free for PEEC members, and the raptor event is $5 per non-member family, which will be donated to the Raptor Center.  
    Laura Swartz will bring a variety of raptors to PEEC, including the Raptor Center’s newest educational bird, Angel. Angel is a Mississippi Kite. She is a young raptor with a distinctive and attractive call.

  • The popularity of Giacomo Puccini’s opera, “Tosca” is almost unparalleled.  
    Most opera lovers have seen it multiple times and opera greats such as Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi and Placido Domingo performed the leading roles.
    It has a reputation for being an accident waiting to happen because of the intense action onstage, but the Santa Fe Opera’s production Saturday was accident-free and the audience seemed to enjoy Puccini’s masterpiece.

  • Join Joe Hayes for a family evening of tall tales in English and Spanish at 7 p.m. July 26 on the lawn at Fuller Lodge, as part of Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series.

    Bring a picnic and come early to get a good spot for this official New Mexico Centennial storyteller and former teacher with Los Alamos Public Schools. In case of inclement weather, the event will be inside Mesa Public Library.
    As Hayes notes, “I’ll tell a selection of favorite stories gleaned from New Mexico’s diverse cultures. I’ve been traveling the state with my stories for more than 30 of the 100 years of statehood, so I’ll share stories that people seem to have especially enjoyed.”

  • Anna Carroll was the recipient of the Jay Wechsler Scholarship Award. Wechsler was a lifetime Kiwanian who passed away last year.
    Carroll plans to attend Smith College and study neuroscience. She also served as a member of Key Club International and was the division lieutenant governor.  She was also active in Girls Scouts and Teen Court.  
    Pictured from left to right are: Morrie Pongratz, Don Casperson, Becky Oertel (Jay Wechsler’s daughter), Anna Carroll, Deborah Wechsler (Jay Wechsler’s daughter) and David and Janice Carroll.

  • ’Tis the season when an unexpected get-away may arise, leaving homeowners struggling to find childcare for their furry friends or house-sitting services so homes look occupied while away.
    Los Alamos Middle School, eighth grade student Esperanza Tapia is here to save the day (or the week), with the help of the Los Alamos Youth Business Grant Program.
    The 13-year-old has turned her passion for childcare into a family-friendly, one-stop service.
    “I have been pet sitting and babysitting for a few years for family, friends and neighbors,” said Tapia, who is the proud owner of a dog, cat and (very soon) of a Havana rabbit.

  • Thursday
    The next Los Alamos Community Blood Drive is from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. Every donor will receive a limited edition alien T-shirt while supplies last. Allow about one hour to give blood, including screening and blood draw. For more information, visit unitedbloodservices.org, or log in and register. Walk-ins always welcome.

    The White Rock Family Friendly Films series presents, “The Muppets” at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Friday

  • The Kiwanis Club presented a scholarship to Megan Kelley, a Key Club member who is planning to attend the University of California-Santa Barbara to study physics. Kelley has performed in many ballets with Dance Arts Los Alamos.
    Pictured from left to right are: Dan Casperson, Morrie Pongratz, Megan Kelley, Lori Kelley and Craig Kelley.

  • Today
    Summer Family Evenings at PEEC: Harrell House of Natural Oddities’ Bug Zoo. Come to a show from the Harrell House of Natural Oddities. They’ll bring a selection of live critters, including tarantulas, scorpions, insects, centipedes, crabs and more. Free to member families. $10 for non-member families, with proceeds shared with the Harrell House.  No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or e-mail Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    Wednesday

  • You might not like the column today, because it invokes the fusspot in me.
    What tipped the scale was some time spent out this weekend. A mother was picking flowers outside a county building and giving them to her daughter.
    No, she didn’t ask anyone if she could pick the flowers, she just took them.
    I’m also not talking about the child being an 18-month-old that doesn’t know that this would be wrong. This child was old enough to know that you shouldn’t pick flowers that you don’t own.
    It comes down to responsibility — and the times when adults do things that are wrong, that clearly make an impression on our youth.

  • Hofstra University Law School,  Hempstead, N.Y. announces that Patricia Yvette Medina, daughter of Victor and Patricia Medina of Los Alamos, was named to the dean’s list for the 2012 Semester. She is concurrently working on a Juris Doctor degree and a master’s degree.