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Today's Features

  •  Summer Family Evenings continues with the Harrell House Bug Museum at 6:30 p.m. July 6.
    Families are invited to discover the amazing selection of live critters including tarantulas, scorpions, insects, centipedes, crabs and more. Wade Harrell, founder of the Bug Museum, will be on hand to answer questions and share amazing facts about these unusual animals.
    Harrell has kept strange animals as pets since he was 6 years old. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in fine art. He was the Animal Specialist at Three Lakes Nature Center in Henrico County, Virginia, for 12 years.
    He is currently the president of the American Tarantula Society. In 2011 Harrell, his wife Beth, and daughter, Lily, moved to Santa Fe to start the Harrell House Bug Museum and Science Shop.
    Summer Family Evenings take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center every Wednesday evening throughout June and July at 6:30 p.m. They are free for Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.

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  • Roger Handrahan said one year he looked down at the crowd in Overlook Park and wondered what all of the sparkle was. It turned out to be cameras flashing back at him as he floated to the ground with the American Flag flying behind him.
    This Fourth of July, he hopes to do the same again.
    With Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” blasting away, Handrahan and the Habañero Sky Diving Team plans to entertain the community gathering Monday night.
    The skydiving event is part of a Kiwanis Fourth of July night of family fun that starts at 2 p.m. at Overlook Park in White Rock.
    The longtime White Rock resident and Army veteran said he spends months planning the skydive. He also enjoys helping the Kiwanis.
    “I always try to dedicate the jump itself to all of the men and women who either have served or are serving,” Handrahan said. “I do have a soft spot in my heart for military. It also helps draw a little bigger crowd for the Kiwanis. It’s their only fundraiser they have all year, and I do believe in what they do.”
    The cost can be expensive to pay for the divers, ground crew the planes and pilot, he said, but he it is a way of giving back.

  • TODAY
     Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Los Alamos Retirement Community, Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, and LAMC present “Bone and Joint Health in the Senior Population” with Culley Christensen, M.D. at 3 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living, 1010 Sombrillo Court. Refreshments will be served. No RSVP needed. For information, call Cynthia Goldblatt, community liaison, at 662-4300.

    Summer Family Evening: Goats at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is $5 for non-member families and free for PEEC member families. More information at peecnature.org.

    DK & the Affordables with Eddy and the Nomads at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos.
    THURSDAY
    Rain or shine Los Alamos Farmers Market is from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot at 2400 Central Ave.

    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members. More information at peecnature.org.
    FRIDAY

  • The weather has been hot lately, so perhaps my brain is working properly, but I have been thinking a lot about technology.
    There is a particular commercial that highlights a car that detects what could happen and stop the vehicle for you if the driver is unaware.
    I guess I am feeling a little old school about the need to learn how to do things the “hard way.”
    When I was a teenager, we learned to count back the change when you worked with money. I vaguely remember the discussion that there would always be calculators and there isn’t a need to count back money.
    Flash forward and now. Kids are doing math with not just their calculators, but their phones. Then there comes a time when they need to do math, but don’t have access to either or have to show their work.
    Old school. Sometimes we just need to learn things old school.
    It is the same reason that when the opportunity avails itself, you should learn how to drive a stick shift. There may come that time when you find yourself in a situation where that may be your only choice.
    Today’s cars are on the verge of doing the driving for you. You might not ever need to parallel-park again. There are even cars that may allow you to just sit inside while they do the driving for you.

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

    Fourth Friday Fractals from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Young at Heart Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join PEEC on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

    June 25-26 — Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club Field Day exercise at the North Mesa Picnic Ground, off North Mesa Road. Ham radio operators across North America will operate from noon Saturday to noon Sunday using generator, solar and battery power to make radio contacts. Public is invited to attend. For more information, call Charles Rogers, KJ5KU, 412-3149

    Feature Film: “Black Holes” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of the answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Enjoy a talk by a local astrophysicist. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    SUNDAY

  • The popular University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Community Education Summer Program for Youth (SPY) returns in July with week-long classes for children in grades 1-10.  
    Children’s College, for children entering the first through third grades, and Youth College, for children entering the fourth through sixth grades, runs July 18-22. Teen College, for students entering the seventh through tenth grades, will be July 25-29.
    For students in first through third grades, this year there will be a morning class, Adventures at the University, and an afternoon class, Afternoon Adventures. Students who choose to participate in both classes can stay on campus through the supervised lunch hour.
    Grades 4-6 meet only in the afternoon, and may select a specific topical class. Nicole Lloyd Ronning, an astrophysicist at LANL and also a Bradbury Science Museum science ambassador, is teaching Awesome Astrophysics.
    The final alternative, Teen College, for students entering the seventh through tenth grades, will take place July 25-29.
    For more complete class descriptions and to register online, visit losalamos.unm.edu/community-education/2016-summer-program-for-youth.html. For more information, call Lisa Caldwell at 662-0346, or email commed@unm.edu.

  • TODAY
    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum summer series continues tonight at 6 p.m. at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill. Dinner will be provided with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. and discussion at 7 p.m., ending around 8 p.m. All are welcome.

    Business After Hours will be from 5:30-1 p.m. at Float Los Alamos, 927 Central Ave. Business After Hours is a monthly after-work-hours social that promotes interaction, friendship and identification of business opportunities.

    Summer Family Evening: Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is  $5 for non-member families and free for PEEC member families. More information at peecnature.org.
    THURSDAY
    June 23 — Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members. More information at peecnature.org.
    FRIDAY

  • A movie filming in the area will produce special effects and closures through the end of July, county officials announced this week.
    “Granite Mountain,” a film based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that battled a fire in Arizona.
    The production is based at Pajarito Mountain, and started filming Sunday. The production will continue through July 29 and will be producing the special effects and impacts.
    Film crews will conducted a controlled ground fire Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain, under direct supervision of the Los Alamos Fire Department’s wildland division. Ground fires are set to be conducted June 27 and June 28.
    For updates on real-life fire events, residents and visitors may check nmfireinfo.com, nmfireinfo on Facebook, the Fire Restrictions Hotline: 1-877-864-6985 or the Santa Fe National Forest Fire Information Hotline: 1-877-971-FIRE (3473).
    Film crews will create smoke effects Thursday, June 30 and July 1, under the supervision of the Los Alamos Fire Department’s wildland division. The smoke will be produced from a natural, water-based compound that looks like real smoke, with black and grey components.

  • The Military Order of the World Wars Chapter 229 will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Research Park Building, second-floor conference room, located west ofthe South Mesa Fire Station.

    This month’s speaker is CPT Michael Helpin USMC, who will speak on “Fourth Turning.” Helpin is the commander of MOWW Region XIII, chair of the MOWW National Membership Committee, president of the Sunbelt Patriotic Youth Leadership Conference Inc., and past commander of the Santa Fe and Phoenix Chapters of the MOWW.

    Helpin is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. He has done many things in many places but mostly in aviation and airport management. Among his accomplishments are standing atop Mt. Suribachi viewing the invasion beaches of Iwo Jima; piloting a B-17 Flying Fortress; and making eye contact and exchanging a friendly wave with Queen Elizabeth II in London. Semper Fi!

    Parking is available east to the fire station (accessible from southbound land of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building (access is through the LANL control stations to West Jemez road.) Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the 2nd level.