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  • TODAY
    Join Ray Monk, biographer of J. Robert Oppenheimer, for a talk and book signing in historic Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos at 5:30 p.m., sponsored by the Los Alamos History Museum and the Bradbury Science Museum. The event is free, and the biography will be available for purchase. Members of the Historical Society and the Bradbury Science Museum Association are invited to share membership benefits for this one event only – membership in either organization will get you a member discount at both museum’s sales tables at the event.
    THURSDAY
    Santa Fe author Anne Hillerman will speak at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms, in the latest offering from the Library system’s Authors Speak series. Hillerman has just released “Song of the Lion,” her third mystery since taking up the series started by her late father Tony Hillerman.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks
at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. 9:00 AM Admission: Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Astronomy Show: Nebulae
at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join local Astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace to explore Nebulae and their significance in our galaxy. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Los Alamos County is partnering with Los Alamos senior centers and Los Alamos Retirement Community to celebrate the 24th Annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 31, called “With Movement… There’s Improvement!”
    National Senior Health and Fitness Day is all about showcasing what local groups are doing to help keep seniors healthy and fit.  
    Why not try out a dance, music, and physical fitness class at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, White Rock Senior Center, or the Aquatic Center?  
    On that day, the Parks, Recreation & Open Space Division will honor free water fitness classes to those ages 60 and up. Some seniors will be selected as lucky fitness class participants to win a free reusable grocery/tote bag filled with useful health resources and information.
    How about some Putt-Putt Golf at East Park? Seniors may rent one set of putter and balls, and they will get one-set free.  Or why not play a few holes at the Los Alamos Golf Course?  Seniors can enjoy 50 percent off 18-holes, nine-holes or the driving range.  

  • Again this summer the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum will present a series of talks by local speakers during May, June and July. The theme of the talks is “Hope: Science, Religion and the Future”. There will be seven Wednesday evening meetings, on May 31; June 7, 14, 28; July 12, 19, 26.
    The meeting format will be a light supper at 6 p.m., talk at 6:30 p.m. followed by questions and then table discussions. In a change from the past two years, these talks will be in the Fellowship Hall of the Unitarian Church located at 1738 N Sage Loop, Los Alamos.
    On May 31, Nels Hoffman will give the first talk entitled “Hope, Hopelessness, and the Future.” Titles and abstracts for the remaining talks will be announced soon.
    Also, as part of the summer program, the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum has invited distinguished theologian John Haught of Georgetown University to visit Los Alamos and present two lectures, which he will do on Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23. His lectures are titled “Science, Religion, and Cosmic Purpose” and “Evolution and Faith: What Is at Stake.”
    More information about Prof. Haught and his contributions to theology will be forthcoming.

  • This week with two weeks of full summer fun ahead, I think it is important to talk about being safe on the roads.
    Distracted Driving month was back in April, but truthfully any and every month needs to be distracted driving month.
    According to a National Safety Council report, “cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. 1 out of every four car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.”
    Perhaps an adult is the one most guilty of being distracted behind the wheel?
    That doesn’t necessarily mean texting and driving, but includes everything from drinking, changing the music dial or even using hands free devices. There is so much to distract a driver today.
    If you aren’t sure how to start the conversation, visit their website for a family contract. The Distracted Driving Family Contract allows you to have the important conversation and take a variety of things into consideration. Imagine how empowering it could be for your teens if you are the one that needs to change and they see you initiating the change?

  • Sonic Drive-In surprised a teacher from Aspen Elementary School, Jennifer Washnok, with more than $290 in classroom project funding as part of their Limeades for Learning campaign.
    Sonic recognized that public schools in New Mexico are experiencing some of the poorest chances for success among its students in comparison to other states due to factors such as the high poverty rate and low graduation rate, so Sonic decided to help out.
    The lucky recipient, Washnok, teaches the Living Skills program at Aspen elementary, which includes eight students with multiple disabilities. The students work on communication, motor, social and emotional skills and real life academics. Washnok’s students run a coffee bar twice a month for the staff at Aspen Elementary where they take orders, collect money, and make beverages.
    According to Washnok, “This project that we began this spring is very popular with the students and the staff.” Not only does the coffee bar provide beverages for teachers, it also helps the students learn basic accounting and business skills.
    Usually, the supplies for the coffee stand would have come out of her own pocket. With the proceeds, Washnok’s students will be able to replenish their supplies, purchase additional equipment and provide free beverages to staff on their birthdays.

  •  The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a new program this summer for 5-8 year olds called Forest Explorers.
    This hike-and-play club will take children on weekly hikes every Wednesday from June 14 through Aug. 9.
    Forest Explorers is a nine-week drop off program that will meet every Wednesday from 9:30 -11 a.m. at the Nature Center, starting June 14. The children will take hikes into the canyon next to the nature center and play in the creek and surrounding forest. They will have time to build forts, make seasonal observations, learn to identify different plants and animals, and create their own nature journal.
    Admission to this 9-week program is $110 for PEEC members and $135 for non-members. Advance registration is required at peecnature.org/events, and space is limited to 20.

  • April 19 — A girl. Gemma Valentina Rodriguez. Born to Rebecca and Jose Rodriguez.
    May 3 — A boy. Izrael Julian Ezekiel Cole. Born to Lori and Lee Cole.
    May 5 — A boy. Owen Baxter Schmitt Born to Hannah and Kyle Schmitt.

  • MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes, Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM
at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun, hands-on activities, hikes, games, and stories in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.
    TUESDAY
    Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. LAHS Hilltalkers will be speaking at the meeting.

    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. The Rev. David Elton of the United Church and the Rev. John Cullinan of the Unitarian Church will speak on rebuilding/replacing Manhattan Project churches in Los Alamos. Each minister will be accompanied by an expert from his church on renovation/rebuilding.

    Pebble Pups: Future Rockhounds of America at 4:30 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Start your journey learning about rocks, foxholes, and local geology with active games and activities. This geology program is for youth ages 5-9. Cost is $24 for non-members, $20 for PEEC members.

    Unusual Wildlife of Madagascar at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
See photos of lemurs, chameleons, birds, and more. Free.

  • Four Los Alamos High School students took home awards from the state National History Day event on April 28 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
    Over 70 students out of the hundreds of participants were selected as state finalists and will go on to represent the state at the national competition, which takes place in College Park, Mayland in June.
    With the support and guidance from NHD teacher, Brent Collom, LAHS students Sydne Ashford and Miriam Wallstrom won second place for their website on the Berlin Airlift and Soviet Union resistance in post-World War II Germany. Ashford and Wallstrom will represent New Mexico at nationals in Maryland.
    Kyler Parkinson and Liam Devlin won third place and the LGBTQ Award for their website on the Stonewall Riots, the impetus for the gay civil rights movement.
    National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades six-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic.

  • May 14-20
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY    
    8:45 a.m.         Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Pilates
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance class
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion
    10 a.m.        LARSO Advisory Council
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pork Loin
    12:45 p.m.        Hand Yoga Demonstration             (classroom)
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Soup de Jour
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge    
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis

  • The Jemez Springs Public Library is actively seeking former and current residents of the Jemez Valley area to share their stories and history as part of the library’s ongoing Jemez Valley History Project.
    The library is hosting an interactive program May 20 to encourage residents to make videos of personal stories, learn how to write a memoir of their history, scan and share historic photos and much more.
    The public is also invited to find out more about what the library has compiled so far about the area, which contains everything from land grants, early families, pueblo history and other information.

  • If adding a dog or cat to the family is out of the question, pet birds are extremely intelligent and form strong bonds with their owners. However, because companion birds are so smart, they need plenty of mental stimulation and attention to be happy in their environment.
    Before you choose to adopt or purchase a pet bird, Dr. Sharman Hoppes, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, recommended doing your research on the responsibilities of pet bird ownership.
    “A pet parrot of any size is not a low-maintenance or inexpensive pet,” Hoppes said. “Depending on the species and age, the bird itself will vary in cost. Pet bird owners also need a large cage, play gyms, multiple toys, and perches in different textures and diameters to prevent foot problems.”
    The species and number of birds present will determine the amount of time pet owners should spend caring for their birds. However, Hoppes said this does not mean you have to hold your bird for hours a day. Being at home and having the bird out of its cage on a play gym or perch will keep the bird happy.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 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 micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are 12–6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, and 12–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating.
    CATS  
    Scarlet—A sweet 12-year-old kitty who was recently surrendered when her family was worried about her medical care. Scarlet was pre-diabetic, but after a stay with the vet, she is doing much better and currently does not require any medication. She could use help with her diet though – she’ll feel much better after losing a few pounds!
    Mr. Whiskers—A big tabby cat that is about 4 years old. Changes are a bit stressful for him, so he will likely need a little bit of time to adjust to his new home. He can be independent, but he’s also very sweet and likes to snuggle when he’s in the mood! He is OK with mellow cats, but other dominant males sometimes bother him.

  • The next meeting for the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will be Fridayat the Chamber of Commerce Office from 1-3 p.m. 

    Speaker Michael Grimler, a local National Rifle Association (NRA) training counselor,  holds multiple firearm instructor certifications from the NRA. He will speak to firearm safety in general, defensive use of firearms both inside the home and out, and will talk about the considerations needed if people are interested in becoming a concealed carry permit holder. 

    Seating is limited, so come early. For more information, call at Donna MacDonald 662-4001.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator Chick Keller will lead a Wildflower Walk starting at 5:30 p.m. May 22.
    These popular monthly outings are easy walks to identify some of the wildflowers in and around Los Alamos.
    Each month, Keller will pick a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.
    The Wildflower Walks will take place one Monday a month for the season. Instead of having a walk in June, there will be two walks in July: July 3 and 24. 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.
    The group meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center, located at 2600 Canyon Road, to carpool to the trailhead.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Sometimes you just need to celebrate and this is certainly the month to do it.
    This week is teacher appreciation week! Yes they give us a whole week to pick a day to let our teachers know we care about them. You don’t have to do something spectacular to acknowledge the day in and day out devotion they have for our children.
    If you need an idea or two, drop an email and say thanks, have a bit more time, hand write a short note to say thank you. Pick flowers from your own garden or do it in baking or crafting or a special candy from the store. The truth is most people just want to know that you notice.
    One of my favorite elementary years for our oldest was allowing him to pick out a candy for the teacher. He picked a pretty big one and I was certain her own children would be thankful too.
    Did you also know it is National Nurse’s week?
    There are school nurses and hospital nurses and you may know one or two that you salute on your own. My personal favorites are Megan Pfeffer, Valencia Jenkins, Kathy Semelsberger, Mrs. Ballew and Peggy Ickes. There are many, many more and I hope you have one or two in your life.

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

    The Bear Buffet at 6 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Come “Eat like a Bear” during bear month! Join in a discussion about rescued bear cubs with Dr. Kathleen Ramsay and partake of a representation of the many delicacies of a bear diet. Cost is $30 for non-members, $24 for PEEC members.
    SATURDAY
    “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” plays at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets are $14. Cost is $12 for students and seniors.

    Bear Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Bring your friends and family to discover more about the amazing creatures with which we share our home! Free.

    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. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” plays at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets are $14. Cost is $12 for students and seniors.

     

  • League of Women Voters’ community event, Lunch with a Leader, will present information about the Recreation Bond at 11:45 a.m. May 16 at the Mesa Public Library.
    Darren Meadows, Philo Shelton, James Chrobocinski, Susan O’Leary, Lisa Shin, James Whitehead and Lisa Brenner will explain both sides of the bond and answer questions.
    Both sides will present for 15 minutes and then the group will open up for questions.
    The Recreation Bond is currently up for a vote with a mail-in ballot that is already in county homes. The mail-in ballots must be received at the County Clerk’s office by mail or in person by May 23.
    Speaking as proponents of the bond are County Councilors O’Leary and Chrobocinski, Los Alamos County Public Works Director Shelton, and Meadows, a professional engineer consulting for Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Presenting opposing views are Shin, an optometrist in town, Brenner, the Creative Director of EDJ Werks, and Whitehead. These three local citizens started A Better Way for LA PAC.
    More information about the projects, the projected cost, and the operations and maintenance cost is available at losalamosbondprojects2017.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Planned-Project-Overview.pdf.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 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 micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are 12–6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, and 12–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating.
    CATS
    Mr. Whiskers—A big tabby cat that is about 4 years old. Changes are a bit stressful for him, so he will likely need a little bit of time to adjust to his new home. He can be independent, but he’s also very sweet and likes to snuggle when he’s in the mood! He is OK with mellow cats, but other dominant males sometimes bother him.

  • The Los Alamos Garden Club ‘s 2017 scholarship recipient is Madeline Makenzie Beck.
    The club chose Beck as she is an exceptionally well-rounded student, with excellent grades and many athletic achievements.
    Additionally, Beck is a volunteer in community service organizations such as the Special Olympics, the Nature Center and Reaching Through Reading.
    The club particularly appreciated her environmental efforts in the Los Alamos High School ECO Club and her own home garden. They wished her continued success as she pursues her course of study in Exercise Science at Montana State University.