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Today's Features

  • Get ready for some informative talks coming up at the Los Alamos Nature Center, courtesy of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    Bees: Midwives of Agriculture

  • You can almost hear the voices of the ancestral people as you stand amid the ruins at Chaco National Historical Park in northern New Mexico. They seem to echo within the walls of this monumental architectural site that was once home to a vibrant center of Puebloan culture some 1,000 years ago.
    As you look around, it’s hard to believe that the high-desert landscape, harsh winters and short growing seasons were conducive to the creation of such an achievement. Yet, the valley became the hub of an advanced social organization and community life that thrived and flourished for centuries.
    It all began in the mid-800s, when the Chacoan people started building massive stone buildings or Great Houses with hundreds of rooms. Early on, they used the dark brown sandstone from the nearby cliff tops; later, they preferred the light tan sandstone from the lower canyon walls. Construction of some of the buildings spanned decades or longer and although each is unique in its own way, they all share recognizable Chacoan architectural features: planned layouts, multistoried construction, distinctive masonry, spacious rooms, open plazas and huge subterranean ceremonial chambers called “great kivas.” The latter most likely served as gathering places for different communities in the region and could have accommodated multitudes of people at one time.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The topic will be genealogical travel with presentations from Roberta Day Idzorek and Rick and Carolyn Wallace. Come and learn what to do and what not to do on genealogical research trips. The traditional no-host dinner before the meeting will be at China Moon at 5:30 p.m.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Friday
    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The Jimmy Stadler Band. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.  
    Saturday
    Farmers Cooperative Market. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Co-op Market. The Farmer’s Cooperative Market will bring food from four farms, Camino de Paz, Monte Vista Farm, Tesuque Pueblo Farm and Shepherd’s Lamb. The producer’s co-op is also working with the co-op to make items from thesde farmers available in the store on a daily basis.

    ChamberFest. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Businesses and nonprofits showcase their products and services for the public. Entertainment will include Eddy & the Nomads, a car show, pet activity area, kids activity area with the LANB sand pile and a special showdown at high noon.


  • The NJROTC program had a stellar year this year and Lt. Cdr. Wes Shumaker, Los Alamos High School’s contender for Los Alamos Public Schools Teacher of the Year, knows he couldn’t have done it without the help of a great deal of parent support.
    “Our booster club is extremely helpful in taking the load of planning and orchestrating the fundraising efforts to support our activities,” Shumaker said. “Over the past several years thanks to their efforts we have developed standard by-laws and applied for and received a 501(c)(3) status for the Booster Club. Both these accomplishments took a considerable amount of time and effort. The result is we have a lot more flexibility in how we can conduct fundraising.”
    A large portion of the fundraising supports the unit’s ability to travel to a variety of competitions throughout the state and the nation. This year the travel included Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Roswell, Texas, Arizona, Ohio, Colorado and Alabama, leading all the way into summer.
    Booster Club members like Maire O’Neill helped with events including the spaghetti dinner and fall awards ceremonies, while Karen Murphy served as booster club secretary and heading up the Smith’s gift card program.

  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre will hold its annual meeting starting at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.
    During the meeting patrons can renew their LALT membership by paying $1 annual due, hear about the achievements of the past season and plans for the next and mingle in a relaxed social environment.
    At the meeting members can vote on candidates for the LALT Board of Directors.
    Anyone interested in being a part of the LALT family is welcome to attend.

  • The monthly meeting for the Military Order of the World Wars will be on June 16. The guest speaker will be LTC Ruth Hamilton, MOWW Senior Vice CINC.
    She has served in many positions from local to national levels in MOWW in addition to her military assignments. She is nominated to be the next CINC of MOWW. She plans to discuss who the MOWW are and what they do along with providing reminders about the tenets of the Preamble and the need for chapters to focus on the Order’s strategic goals.
    Hamilton’s talk will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars. The general meeting is at the Hot Rocks Java Cafe.

  • For students entering seventh and eighth grades, this week was filled with fun at the Living Earth Adventure Program (LEAP).
    Every year, the weeklong day camp allows student participants to explore the diverse ecosystems of the Pajarito Plateau and surrounding areas.
    The kids delve into the archeology, geology, ecology and wildlife from the Rio Grande Valley to the Jemez Mountains and beyond. It is a learning experience with opportunities for outdoor recreation and discuses everyone’s responsibility to protect the environment, as well as its inhabitants.
    Some of the activities included rocking climbing, hiking, geocaching and more. Opportunities arose to enjoy the great outdoors with games, stargazing and cooking at overnight camping sites.  
    The group meets daily at the Nature Center and students are picked up in the late afternoon. LEAP 2014 will be taught by environmental educators Tony Hinojosa and Beth Cortright. The last day is Friday.
    The program is made possible in part by the Valles Caldera Trust.

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

    Summer Family Evenings at the Nature Center: Wolves, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Free for PEEC members, $5 per family for non-members. 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
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Helen Idzorek of Los Alamos County Extention will test canner gauges, and show the proper way to check canned fruits and vegetables to ensure proper canning methods. The crew from the YMCA garden will also be discussing the program.

    The Los Alamos Federation of Republican Women is having its June meeting, 10 a.m.-noon at Ashley Pond. The event is open to all women, especially those with small children, who would like to know more about the LAFRW. There will be food for the ducks and snacks for kids and adults. A county clerk office representative will be the guest speaker and will address voter registration.

  • Nominations needed for STEM women calendar

    New Mexico Women of STEM are being honored with the creation of a 16-month calendar featuring the top New Mexico women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Nominations are now being accepted from across the state with a focus on those in rural New Mexico working in STEM related fields of expertise.
    The calendars will be distributed to students at schools throughout New Mexico in August and will serve a dual purpose, with each feature page including the women’s accomplishments and stories that can also be used as a tear-off promotional poster to encourage young women in schools to make STEM choices for their own education.
    The Supercomputing Challenge is one of the main sponsors and recently wrapped up its 25th anniversary year of introducing middle and high school students across New Mexico, to the combined power of supercomputers, modeling and problem solving.

  • With all the rain, brings wildflowers abound. Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for a Wildflower Walk beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
    This will be an easy walk to identify some of the wildflowers that can be found in and around Los Alamos. The group will meet at the Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, and then carpool to the trail that Keller will select based on what is blooming at the time. The walk is free and there is no advance registration required.
    Participants will receive a plant list and that, along with instruction from Keller, will help them learn how to identify wildflowers currently blooming in Los Alamos.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.