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Today's Features

  • Throughout its history, Los Alamos National Laboratory has been synonymous with supercomputing, achieving a number of milestones along the way. Those milestones and more are showcased in a new, updated supercomputing exhibit on display at the Bradbury Science Museum. The public grand opening of the exhibit, featuring a guest lecture and reception, is from 4-6 p.m. May 26.

  • Kathy Strong, landscape designer, readies the courtyard in her home in Pajarito Acres for her lecture for the Summit Garden Club meeting June 6.

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sid Cutter, who founded the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta almost 40 years ago that has turned into one of the city's signature events, died Saturday. He was 77.

    Officials with the Balloon Fiesta said Cutter died in his sleep after a long battle with stomach cancer.

    The Albuquerque-born Cutter is credited with organizing the first Balloon Fiesta in 1972.

    The yearly event grew steadily for decades and now is considered one of world's largest hot air balloon festivals.

    The nine-day event is held in Albuquerque in early October and is one of the city's biggest tourist attractions. It also serves as a major showcase of New Mexican culture and history.

  • Do slime molds make good pets? You’ll find out during Relf Price’s talk at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange Street at 7 p.m. Wednesday. This talk is free and open to the public.
    Learn what plasmodial slime molds are, where to find them and when to look. You might have some in your own yard. Price’s talk will be illustrated with colorful photographs of some of the 900 species of these fascinating organisms.

  • May 22-28, 2011
    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 plus exercise
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch:  Red chile beef enchilada
    Noon        Lunch talk: Vial for life
    12:30 p.m.    Driver safety program
    1 p.m.        Bridge
    1:30 p.m.    Pilates
    7 p.m.     Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  
    We get lots of roaming cats and dogs. Don’t assume your cat was a meal for a coyote. Check with the shelter and see if your best friend is bunking with us. Proof of rabies vaccination is required when claiming your pet.

    Cats

  • A woman talks to a vendor at the Farmers Market before making a selection on Thursday.

  • This week at the Youth Activity Center:
     Monday — Free throw contests
    Tuesday — Lego towers
     Wednesday — Movies and munchies in White Rock, dreamcatchers
    in Los Alamos
    Thursday — Air hockey
    Friday — Frisbee (last day of school)

    Membership is free and open to third through eighth graders. Summer hours begin May 31. The YAC is open all summer, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Kids promoted to third grade may join on May 31 and kids promoted to eighth grade may join the Teen Center and will be put on the YAC expired list. For more information, call 662-9412 or 672-1565.
    The Youth Activity Center is a program  of the Los Alamos Family Council.

  • Ted Garcia, who has worked for the Los Alamos Public School District for the past 18 years, was  recently named the “Classified Employee of the Year.” Garcia most recently served as the head custodian at Aspen Elementary.  
    He received the award May 5 at a ceremony at Fuller Lodge. On the same day, he announced his retirement.  
     “It is an honor.  I do this work because I like it. Aspen is a wonderful place,” Garcia said when he accepted his award. “I do extra if I can. I love helping people.  I do my best to make everyone’s day a little bit better.”

  • Five students, two from Los Alamos Middle School and three from Los Alamos High School, will travel to College Park, Md. June 12-16 to represent New Mexico in the 2011 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest.
    The theme for NHD this year is “Debate and Diplomacy; Successes, Failures, Consequences.”
    Only students placing first or second at the state level NHD competitions are eligible to participate nationally.
    From Los Alamos Middle School, Grace Kim and Madeline Lockhart won second place at the state level in the Junior Group Documentary category for their documentary, “The Pueblo Revolt: Debating Spain’s First Colonization of New Mexico — A Story of Oppression and Redemption.”