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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • The League of Women Voters will have their monthly Lunch with a Leader from 11:45 a.m. June 16 at the Mesa Public Library.
    This month the guest speakers are Jeremy Marshall and Jarrett Garcia from the Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project (Southwest Jemez CFLRP).
    Marshall has been with the SW Jemez CFLRP Implementation Leader from November 2013 to present.
    He has been involved with planning and implementation of prescribed fire, thinning and watershed restoration work associated the SW Jemez CFLRP on the Santa Fe National Forest. 
    Prior to this he worked on the Sweet Home All Hands Collaborative doing restoration work on the Willamette National Forest in Oregon. Marshall has a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies (Forest Ecology Focus) 1998 Humboldt State University, Arcata, California.
    He has worked for the Forest Service in New Mexico and other Rocky Mountain states since 1996, primarily as a field Ecologist.”

  • Today
    Family Night at the Nature Center sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. The second Tuesday of every month is Family Night at PEEC. There will be games, activities, experiments, crafts and more. This summer, also join Melissa Mackey at the campfire outside (ages 4-10), or explore the nature center inside. 5:30 p.m. Free. All ages. More information at losalamosnature.org.

    Historical Society and Museum will have docent training aimed at teens, but open to everyone who have missed regular meetings. Volunteers are welcome from 1-4 p.m. at the Bethe House, 1350 Bathtub Row.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.  
    Wednesday
    Green Hour Hikes with PEEC. 9:30 a.m. Meet at local trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Some days you’ll hike far, others you’ll stop and play at an interesting spot. Free. All ages. Check PEEC’s website for trailhead meeting points at losalamosnature.org.

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

  • Join veteran docent Natali Steinberg on the popular trip to the Leonora Curtin Wetlands Preserve. Located south of Santa Fe, the 35-acre preserve is adjacent to El Rancho de las Golondrinas in La Cienega.
    The diverse landscape includes riparian, transitional and arid habitats, allowing for visitors to experience everything from cattails ponds and gnarled cottonwoods to yucca and cactus, all in one outing. June is a lovely time at the wetland, and numerous birds, insects and reptiles can be seen, in addition to a wide variety of local flora.
    The field trip is limited to 20 participants, and advanced registration is requested. The cost is $6 for the general public and $5 PEEC members. Remember to bring a snack, hat and bottled water. There is no drinking water available at the preserve.
    Meet at the Nature Center at 8 a.m. June 21 to carpool to the preserve. The estimated return time to the Nature Center is noon.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Hooray! It is summer and finally some free time. I hope you are enjoying some fun asset building experiences.
    One year ago this week, I officially became the executive director of a nonprofit, called Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA).
    My husband Chad and I believe in the assets and as funding continued to decrease and the need always seemed to be increasing, we began the mammoth amount of paperwork to apply for 501(c)(3) status.
    Last year, on June 9, yet another letter arrived, which I was sure was a need for another copy of another document before it could be official. After what had been a long, difficult day, I decided not to open the letter until the next day.
    The next day, I opened the letter and to my surprise, we were official. We call it the Golden Ticket, a throwback to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and our work began anew.
    In one year, we increased the number of elementary schools where we provide free hands on science to six. We staffed a middle school leadership/mentoring program and played host to the 2015 Community Asset Awards.
    We received a grant from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation that resulted in teaching 11 science topics, 609 role model interactions, 71 hours of science instruction, 282 feet doing science (just ask us) and 3,280 hands doing science.

  • In an effort to provide more locally grown food to Los Alamos, the members of the Farmers’ Cooperative Market have partnered with the Los Alamos Cooperative Market. Farmers’ Cooperative Market members are making limited products available daily inside the Los Alamos Co-op Market grocery store.
    From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, the co-op hosts the Farmers’ Cooperative Market at the outdoor booths. The market is comprised of four vendors: Camino de Paz, Monte Vista Farm, Tesuque Pueblo Farm and Shepherd’s Lamb. The outdoor booths started May 16 with meat, dairy, strawberries and fresh veggies.
    The Farmers’ Cooperative Market is owned and democratically controlled by four participating farms. It is independent from the Los Alamos Co-op Market. Each farmer sends products to the market with a Farmers’ Cooperative Market representative. In addition, the farmers make a rotating presence at the market so that customers have an opportunity to meet the growers. The collaboration allows each farmer more time to devote to their growing.

  • June 7-13, 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
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Tuna salad
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken cordon bleu                 sandwich
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:45 a.m.        Music with Ruth