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  • Twelve-week old Rachel Parkison and mom Laura, a teacher at Los Alamos Middle School assisted with a bake sale for Los Alamos High School teacher Joy Handsberry on Monday. with a successful community fundraiser.
    Handsberry has had a re-occurrence of her cancer and community members and former students rallied to support with, “better living  through baked goods.”
    A GoFundMe account has also been set up by a friend.
    The sale raised $592.55.

  • As a society, I think we are in a crisis situation, for which many may be unaware.
    Words really do matter and we need not only be aware, but have the discussions, teach our children and step up when we see ugly things taking place.
    The news this week highlighted 17-year-old Michelle Carter and the role she played in her boyfriend’s suicide.
    I find so many things wrong with this situation, but think there needed to be a consequence in order to ignite a nationwide conversation. We need to have the conversation!
    Recently at a community meeting, I was approached by a health professional that asked what we are going to do locally to make a change. I believe that many don’t even know one needs to be made here.
    We still need to teach children the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” At the same time, we need to teach kids that what you say can have a dramatic impact on another person.
    There are many local youth that don’t hesitate to tell a peer, “You should just drink bleach and die.”
    You might think it would be a certain type of student that would say that, but it can be anyone. That is why we need to have the conversation with all of our kids.

  • TODAY
    Chamber Breakfast at 9 a.m. in the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus, building 2, room 230. Panel discussion on progress on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    Summer Family Evening: Orienteering
at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Learn to find your way with a map and compass and take a journey by following clues along the way. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is $0 for member families, $5 for non-member families.
    THURSDAY
    Lenton Malry will speak at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library as part of the Authors Speak series.
    FRIDAY
    Summer Constellations
at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify constellations and planets visible in our night sky this summer, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children
    SATURDAY
    Feature Film: Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure at 2 p.m. 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, $4 for children.
    SUNDAY

  • “Let’s Roll This Train” is a memoir by one of New Mexico’s leading educators and public servants, Dr. Lenton Malry. Malry will give a talk at Mesa Public Library, 7 p.m. Thursday, in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Malry is a great storyteller, and he has an inspiring story to tell, having been raised in the segregated South at a time when access to housing, education, employment and recreation were limited for Black people.  His family prized education and public service.
    It was his passion for education that led him to first become a teacher, then to become the first African American to receive his Ph.D. in education from the University of New Mexico, and on to become the first African American school principal in Albuquerque.
    He was the first African American elected to the New Mexico Legislature and the first African American Bernalillo County Commissioner.
     He served in the New Mexico legislature from 1968 to 1978, where his proudest accomplishment was a bill that provided for kindergartens in all New Mexico public schools. Malry was influential in changing New Mexico from a state where in 1962, covenants were still in place restricting African-Americans from purchasing a home, to a state where diversity is respected and celebrated.
    Malry’s talk will be followed by a book-signing.

  • More than 150 public transit systems and organizations are celebrating the 12th Annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday. Los Alamos County will take it one step further by asking its residents to Dump the Pump and Bike It, Walk It or Bus it. 

    The county will host a three-mile Community Ride. The ride was originally scheduled for Bike to Work Day on May 19, but was postponed due to snow. 

    “Dump the Pump Day” is another a way to celebrate bicycle transportation. 

    The ride will start at 11:30 a.m. from the Ashley Pond Pavilion.  Members of the Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos Police Department bike patrols will lead the ride through town. 

    After the ride, free hot dogs, chips and refreshments will be served to the first 100 participants. 

    Staff and a bus from Atomic City Transit will be on site to demonstrate use of bus mounted bike racks along with information promoting safe cycling.

    A raffle will be held at the lunch time event for a 26th Roadmaster Mountain Bike that was donated by Wal-Mart, and adult bike helmets donated by the Los Alamos Heart Council. 

  • Smith’s Food and Drugstores have made the Los Alamos community and New Mexico proud with their recent fundraising efforts, to benefit the UNM Children’s Hospital.
    A variety of events took place to for the Children’s Hospital culminating is a silent auction and Frito pie lunch. “We would like to thank all of the people who donated to the silent auction and also the customers that bought the items,” said Smith’s Associate and Community Specialist Kathryn Fulton.
    The local Smith’s stores raised $16,294, making them first in the state of New Mexico. The store was also second in the Smith’s Division, which includes Nevada, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.

  • Los Alamos High School junior Radhika Iyer was honored recently by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos as a Distinguished Student of Service. Iyer is the daughter of Rashia and Srinivas Iyer.    
    Each school year, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects nine high school juniors to honor as a Distinguished Student of Service. Juniors are recognized in hopes of inspiring their interest in Rotary programs that fall during the summer following junior year.  Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community.

  • Want to learn more about the mysterious objects whizzing through space?
    Dr. Rick Wallace will reveal the secrets of gravitational waves and quasars after presenting the full-dome film “Black Holes” June 16. This special show takes place at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
    “Exploding Universe,” a film that uncovers cosmic events that shaped the Universe, will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. June 17 and 18, The film explores a world where supernovas erupt, massive materials collide, and protons give birth to life as we know it.
    The Los Alamos Nature Center will be open regular hours this month: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday as well as 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The nature center is open late on Tuesdays until 8 p.m., closed Thursdays for regular maintenance.
    For more information about these and future planetarium shows, please visit peecnature.org/planetarium. To reserve tickets, call 662-0460.

  • This week I am writing about Father’s Day. The relationship is so important and even if there isn’t a father in your family, chances are there wonderful men in your life.

    I hope you take note of those that don’t have that person in their life. A kind word, an acknowledgment of the good things they accomplish, or the hard work they put forward, may feel like water on their soul in a time they need it most.

    To dads I say, I hope there is something you do with your children that is yours alone.

    It doesn’t matter if it is simple or extravagant or changes over time, just that you have something that bonds you, that binds you to a small tradition of each other.

    When kids are young, perhaps you collect rocks from travels near and far. You can keep them in jars, line them on windowsills or build a path through the garden.

    Maybe it is camping, hiking, target shooting or simply watching your favorite teams together. The benefit of the latter is that it is a bond you can still enjoy no matter how many miles may come in between you.

    I hope you’ll take the time this weekend, if your kids are close to do something together. If they are little, maybe it is the zoo, if they are older a movie together, perhaps one mom would never see.

  • With the solstice on June 21 comes the grand opening of Wednesday Evening Market from 3-7 p.m. in the Railyard, 1607 Paseo de Peralta.
    Wednesday Evening Markets will be open from 3-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 21 – Sept. 27.
    In addition to the freshest produce around, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market will host fun family activities, multiple farm-fresh dinner options to choose from, and a diverse array of programming from author and storyteller Joe Hayes to Wise Fool New Mexico (circus entertainment).
    The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market partners with multiple businesses in the Railyard (including galleries, restaurants, and the Violet Crown) to present the weekly “Wednesday Eve @ The Railyard” event series. Come feed your senses with an evening farmers’ market amazing, art, music, dinner, drinks, family movies, African Dance Classes with Elise Gent, and more!
    Opening day on June 21 coincides with “Make Music Santa Fe,” a nationwide music event with a local concert.

  • Ever wonder what types of cosmic events shaped the Universe?
    Dr. Rick Wallace will discuss the importance of novae and supernovae after a presentation of the film Exploding Universe On June 30.
    This special show takes place at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
    Exploding Universe, a film that uncovers the cosmic events that shaped the Universe, will play in the planetarium on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, at 2 p.m.
    The film explores a world where supernovas erupt, massive materials collide, and protons give birth to life as we know it.
    The Los Alamos Nature Center will be open regular hours the rest of June: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday as well as 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.
    The nature center is open late on Tuesdays, until 8 p.m., closed Thursdays for regular maintenance.
    The nature center will be closed on Independence Day, July 4.
    For more information about these and future planetarium shows, please visit peecnature.org/planetarium.
    To reserve tickets, call 662-0460.

  • For over 32 years, the Los Alamos Piecemakers (LAP) Quilt Guild has provided inspiration and education for its members.
    The enthusiastic and active group is now inviting community members to join the organization to learn to quilt, become a better quilter, learn new techniques, or to be inspired, and have a chance to give back to the community.
    They are encouraging anyone with an interest in quilting to give the group a try and attend a meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
    Meetings alternate between the United Church in Los Alamos and the White Rock Presbyterian Church.
    Visit the group’s website for meeting information and membership forms with submission instructions: losalamos.com/lap.
    The Los Alamos Piecemakers invites educational speakers to their meetings to give talks and workshops on their areas of expertise twice yearly. Recent past workshops have been Shannon Brinkley from Austin, Texas, teaching “Techniques for Raw Edge Applique” and Michelle Watts of Roswell, showing them “Triple Stitch Machine Embroidery with a Domestic Machine.”
    Members also share their own techniques, such as how use paint sticks and stencils, color theory, and free motion quilting.

  • Los Alamos County partnered with the Los Alamos Senior Centers and Los Alamos Retirement Community to celebrate the 24th annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day May 31, which focused on showcasing what local groups are doing to help keep seniors healthy and fit. 

    Seniors were encouraged to take advantage of the dance, music and fitness classes offered at the Betty Erhart Senior Center, White Rock Senior Center and Aquatic Center.

    Many business offered discounts for seniors that day. East Park putt putt offered buy one set of putter and balls and get one set free. For those interested in real gold, the Los Alamos Golf Course offered 50 percent off for the driving range, nine or 18 holes.

    At Aspen Ridge, a few residents celebrated Senior Fitness Day by taking a walk to the nearby East Park. David Genth, Jenny Reichelt, Helen Benso, Korky Cockburn and John Bradley were in attendance for their walk that brisk morning.
    Reichelt commented on her experience at Aspen. “The food’s good and the people are lovely,” she said.

  • BY KELLY DOLEJSI
    Special to the Monitor

  • Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square for an engaging discussion about the Soviet side of the Cold War with Samantha Lippard.
    This edition of History on Tap will explore the Soviet side of the Cold War, from Levi’s blue jeans and the British Invasion to cosmonauts and Soviet television. Come learn about the many ways in which the Soviet Union and the United States were similar during this turbulent period, as well as the unique experiences of the Soviet people.
    Lippard graduated from Texas Tech University in 2013 with a degree in Russian Language and Area Studies and a degree in History. She loved her time at Texas Tech so much, she returned and graduated in 2015 with a master’s degree in European history with a focus on Soviet history. During her time at Texas Tech, her areas of study were Soviet sports history and Soviet social policies in Central Asia and the Caucasus.
    More information about History on Tap and other Historical Society programs and events can be found at losalamoshistory.org and by following the Los Alamos History Museum on Facebook.

  • Join the Santa Fe Animal Shelter for a tail-wagging presentation hosted by the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. June 7.
    Don’t miss your chance to play with furry friends and get tips on how to care for them. This event is part of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program.
    This week’s Summer Family Evening event is a great way to get involved with an animal-friendly organization. Humane Education Coordinator Tom Alexander will be present to share the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s mission, teach animal safety, and highlight various volunteer opportunities.
    Here is a list of this year’s Summer Family Evenings schedule:
    • June 21 – Reptiles from the International Rattlesnake Museum in Albuquerque,
    • June 21 – Orienteering with the New Mexico Orienteers,
    • June 28 – Science experiments from the Explora Museum of Albuquerque,
    • July 5 – Gardening activities with the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens,
    • July 12 – Burro packers from Paraje Atajo Guest House,
    • July 19 – Animals from the New Mexico Wildlife Center, and
    • July 26 – Solar Eclipse Night.

  • THURSDAY
    Drawing and Painting Natural Forms from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Enjoy botanical drawing and watercolor with Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington. Cost is $24 for members, $30 for non-members. More information at peecnature.org.

    Free movie night at 6:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. “Two Days, One Night” (PG-13, 2014, subtitled), or “Deux Jours, Une Nuit,” has been well-recognized by critics and audiences for acting, directing and overall excellence. All screenings are screened thanks to the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.

    Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap at 5:30 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square for an engaging discussion about the Soviet side of the Cold War with Samantha Lippard.
    FRIDAY
    June Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
at Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Bird Walk: Upper Water Canyon from 7 a.m.-noon at the Nature Center.
Join Joe Fitzgibbon on a walk through a mosaic of burned and unburned areas in Water Canyon. Free for members, $5/non-member. More information at peecnature.org.

  • This is a life-changing week for so many and even though time passes quickly, it has been a long road.

    The Los Alamos High School class of 2017 will cross the stage Saturday, marking an end to high school, but the beginning of life long dreams that lie just ahead.

    It is bitter sweet to see the students leave realm of the Topper hallways, but head on to so many great possibilities. It is important to mark the occasion, take more photos than you could possibly need and just enjoy the time.

    You may bite your tongue to stop the floodgates of tears that lurk just behind those sunglasses. Don’t worry though, that can all catch up with you again if plans include another life change yet again in August or September.

    There are many that will retire as the school year comes to a close, too. There are teachers and elementary and middle school counselors and one principal, too. While there isn’t enough space to talk in depth about them all, there are two that I would like to highlight.

    Lt. Commander Wes Shumaker and LAHS Principal Brad Parker will retire from Los Alamos Public Schools this year.

    Why do I take the time to talk about only two when there are so many others? Perhaps it is because we come off the Memorial Day weekend and salute those that have given all.

  • The summer series “Tuesdays at the Pond” will be returning to the Ashley Pond stage every Tuesday night at 7 p.m., beginning June 6 at Ashley Pond.
    This year’s summer entertainment series will feature a wide variety of musical acts, and there promises to be something for everyone.
    Performances will range from a professional wind ensemble to an R&B artist, a folk rock group to a big brass band, and everything in between.
    The following acts will be part of the excitement from June to August:
    June 6: The Bus Tapes
    June 13: Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers
    June 20: Marcos Cavalcante
    June 27: Roaring Jelly
    July 11: TBD
    July 18: Ronnie Bell
    July 25: Los Alamos Community Winds
    Aug. 1: The Hill Stompers
    Aug. 8: TBD
    To view an up-to-date Tuesdays at the Pond schedule, as well as get more information about each band, listen to samples of their work, and other details on the Los Alamos Creative District, visit creativelosalamos.com.