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Today's Features

  • Our son Spencer turns 18 today, a big deal in our house. You see I hate politics, but we have raised our children to know that voting is one of the most important rights you have as an American.
    Every year my husband and I waited until he got home from work and then would walk as a family down to the polling location, so they could watch us vote.
    Since it is a small town, we often knew the poll workers and they always got a sticker, but we hoped they were noticing it was important to us.
    So I have told him to avoid the sweet League of Women Voters table at the high school. Why you ask? It was equally important for me to take each young man to register as well. We even wait for our favorite worker to be there to do the official registering. Yes I take a photo and yes, I take a photo the first time they get to vote too.
    I remember being 18, I remember going to register to vote and casting my ballot. Ah, but it was, “the good old days.” It was a time when you kept your mouth shut because voting was personal, like how much you paid for your house or how much money you made. Oh how we long for the old days sometimes.
    When I was growing up, the only thing I remember about the whole process was my parents always saying, “You vote for the lesser of two evils.”

  • The Summit Garden Club will hold its May meeting at 1:30 p.m. May 2 at the home of Laurie Hixson, 307 Potrillo Dr., Pajarito Acres, White Rock.
    The meeting will start with a short talk on gophers by “Gopher Andy,” Andy Espinoza.  In addition, each May the club meets to assess its activities during the past year and to discuss its projects for the coming year.
    Included among the Club’s many projects are refurbishing and maintaining gardens at the Bandelier National Monument and the creation of the White Rock Community Garden (across the highway from the Visitors Center). Election of officers will also take place at this meeting.
    Anyone is invited to attend the meeting to learn more about the club. New members are always welcome. While the May meeting is a business meeting, all other meetings include gardening education.  
    The Summit Garden Club is a member of the New Mexico and National Garden Clubs. The mission of the NGC is to provide education, resources and national networking opportunities for its members, to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility.
    For more information contact Shelby Redondo, president at 662-2625, or redondo@cybermesa.com. 

  • The Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary will hold a book and gift fair from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the Doctor’s Lobby area of the Los Alamos Medical Center.
    Books will be 30-70 percent off retail. All major credit cards will be accepted.

  • Anyone with a clown phobia might want to miss out on this week’s talk at Mesa Public Library.
    The Authors Speak presentation will feature Benjamin Radford, author most recently of “Bad Clowns,” published by UNM Press.
    The talk will begin at 7 p.m.
    Radford is the deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine, a research fellow for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, the author of eight books and more than a thousand articles on a variety of topics including urban legends, the paranormal, critical thinking and media literacy.
    Corrales resident Radford has built a career in “myth-busting” – finding those urban and rural legends that are pervasive, and then writing perceptive articles and books exploring how those myths might have come into being. Pick up any recent issue of Skeptical Inquirer and you can find Radford holding forth on topics as diverse as the efficacy of online brain games, the court case against seismologists who failed to warn the residents of Aquila of earthquake danger (they were acquitted), witchcraft claims and cryptozoology (which examined the effect of climate change on monster sightings).
    Bad Clowns blends humor, investigation and scholarship to reveal what is behind the clown’s dark smile.

  • TODAY
    Feature Film: “Mysteries of the Unseen World” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum. There is far more to nature than meets the eye. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    MONDAY
    Chapter AK, P.E.O., meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Joann Brown, 1722 18th Street. Membership Committee will provide the program. Gaye Talley is the co-hostess. RSVP to Joann at 662-3501.

    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.

    Wildflower Walk at 5:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Take a gentle stroll and learn our local wildflowers.
    TUESDAY
    Fuller Lodge Art Center Takes Over the Nature Center from 6-7:30 p.m. Enjoy a family-friendly evening of nature-inspired art and learning. Free.

    Chamber Coffee and Connections, Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe at 10 a.m. Chamber members invited, there is no set agenda and the conversation is open to all topics. Reserve a seat at losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com.

    Kiwanis meeting from noon to 1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos. Committee Day.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Gracie—A 7-year-old tabby who was surrendered when her elderly owner could no longer care for her. She loves attention from adults and older, gentle children. She also enjoys lounging in the sunshine and hanging out in high perches, where she can survey her domain. She prefers a quiet, calm house, and she doesn’t mind the company of cat-friendly dogs!

  • TODAY
    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Fourth Friday Fractals from 7-7:45 p.m. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! $10/adult and $8/child. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
     Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Celebrate Earth Day at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Free.

    Feature Film: “We are Astronomers” at 11 a.m. at Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at noon at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    Young at Heart Hike. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

  • Following the recent ice and snow storm Monday, the Environmental Services Division is seeking volunteers to help collect and dispose of branches in areas that have already received bulk item collection on the quarterly pick up schedule.
    Residents are encouraged to help with branch clean up and ask others to help in neighborhoods.
    Trees around many properties sustained damage and breakage due to the wet, heavy snowfall, and many individuals aren’t capable of cleaning up the debris around their property.
    Free gloves and bags are available to everyone participating in this effort and the 13th Annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day on April 30.
    Volunteers who participate in this particular tree branch removal effort are asked to go online and register with Environmental Services so that county resources for extensive, large piles of branches can be staged in areas that can be easily retrieved by county vehicles and scheduled for pick up that day.
    For smaller loads collected by volunteers, branches and other debris brought down by Monday’s storm should be taken to the Eco-Station, which is offering free load disposal on an unlimited basis on Saturday – as part of planned Clean Up Los Alamos Day promotional events.
     Volunteers can register at losalamosnm.us/gogreen.

  • The Family YMCA’s registration drive, where the $25 registration fee is waived, for  Y Camp, iCare Camp and 2016-2017 Afterschool care closes on Sunday, May 8. Parents may continue to sign up for the programs after that date, but will only have through that day for the per/child registration fee to be waived. Y Summer Camp is offering additional discounts to those registering by this date.
    The YMCA’s “Best Summer Ever” Camp will be based at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, as will LAPS’s summer school. Camp’s theme is Most Excellent Adventure and will focus on a wide range of adventurous experiences and places where youth will be in peer age-groups as they make explorations into science, art, reading, sports, swimming, field trips and community service projects.
    The registration fee will also be waived for the YMCA’s iCare camp, which is an outdoor free-play based, nature-focused summer camp. This program’s basecamp will also be at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.

  • Art and food enthusiasts will be delighted with the creations on display beginning Friday at the opening of DIGEST THIS! At Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    DIGEST THIS! opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Inspired by all things edible, the show is a tasty mix of 3D, mixed media, traditional oils, textiles and ceramics. Anyone who hungers for eclectic art should be well satisfied.
    Culinary-related creations by artists from northern New Mexico include media ranging from Wonder Bread to clay to taxidermy. An “Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony” doll by fiber artist Fran Black and a pen-and-ink spread of “Rainbow Cupcakes” by Trish Ebbert, offer an energy boost while Jeri Burzin’s photograph of squash “Blossoms” and Celia Cortez’ pencil drawing of artichokes, “Violetta and Friends” add fresh produce to the menu.
    Watercolor artist Patricia Gould contributed another healthy-eating entry, “Lemon and Kale,” and said: “I just liked the way the lemon was reflective and juicy and the kale was rough and curly.”