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  • 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
    Bingley—A10-year-old fluff ball who was adopted from the shelter 3 years ago, and she’s a little sad to be back! Unfortunately one of her human friends developed an allergy to Bingley, so she’s looking for a new forever home. This sweet girl has a very pretty gray and tan longhaired coat.
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter, but two very dedicated Friends of the Shelter volunteers have been working with Juan to help him relax. He’s finally learning that people can be nice and gentle, particularly when they have treats! Check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan!

  • TODAY
    Summer Family Evenings: Aparejo Burro Packing System 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.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. 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.
    FRIDAY
    The United Thrift Shop at 2545 Canyon Road is having a half price sale on glassware from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The thrift shop has had an especially nice donation of glassware.

    Gentle Walks from 8:30 a.m. to noon. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 a.m. at the Nature Center. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Rockhound Geology Outing: Small Fry Prospect Mine from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore an old mining site to find fluorescent deep purple fluorite. Free for member families, $20 for non-member families.

    Young at Heart Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.
     

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing all new laser light shows to the Los Alamos Nature Center July 31 through Aug. 7.
    Visitors can choose from up to four different shows each day. Enjoy laser shows choreographed to music as a full-dome experience in the nature center planetarium.
    With 14 laser light shows, there is truly something for everyone. Music fans will love to see how laser light transforms their favorite bands in Laser Rock, Laser Retro, and Laser Vinyl. There are separate shows dedicated to the music of Metallica, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, U2, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Family friendly offerings include Greek Legends, Laser Magic, Laser Mania, and more. The Laser Light Shows are sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank.
    Tickets are limited. Each show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Los Alamos Nature Center or reserved by phone.
    Ticket sales will end 10 minutes before the start of the show. To see which shows are offered on a particular day, please visit our website at peecnature.org, and click on the “Events” tab.

  • U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Los Alamos native Gillian Hsieh Ratliff Monday for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her seven weeks on Capitol Hill, Hsieh Ratliff worked primarily on health-related issues.
    “Gillian has worked on a number of important health policy issues this summer and has been of great help in my Washington, D.C. office,” Udall said. “I hope that she finds her experiences during her internship valuable as she finishes college and begins her career.”
    Hsieh Ratliff said her desire to help others led to apply for an internship in Udall’s office, and that the time she spent in the Capitol gave her a more positive perspective on Congress and the lawmaking process.
    “I’ve learned that it’s hard working on the Hill, and the hours are long, but it is also very rewarding,” Hsieh Ratliff said.
    Hsieh Ratliff is the daughter of Linda Hsieh and Gilbert Ratliff. She graduated from Los Alamos High School, and studies human biology at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where she will be a senior this fall. She is a member of the Asian Pacific American Coalition. Hsieh Ratliff served as an intern at Los Alamos National Laboratories beginning in 2012.

  • We are hearing a lot of negatives about the Pokémon Go game, but if your kids are old enough and know better, let them play. OK, slather those teens up with sun block because many of them have not seen the sun since school let out. Recently, I saw two adults out walking the routes with their ‘tweens and I was elated.
    Engage, engage, engage – all kids and every time your conscience will allow you. It does have to be in a grand and over-powering way, say “hello,” give a nod, pass a compliment and be on your way. If they are kids you see often, try something different the next time.
    I have said before that you never stop gaining assets, so if young people make you too nervous, pick on someone your own age. Think of the change you might make at work when you say something kind to someone that annoys the stuffing out of you.
    Try someone older, if so inspired by asking if there’s something you can do to help or bring them a small treat.
    One of my favorite things is to tell someone thanks for their service. You can target folks in the grocery store; police officers, firemen, men and women in uniform and of course the young person that bags your groceries.
    Think of people you can say something kind to about the work they do and change the direction of their day.

  • “Police officers, like teachers, have seen their roles expand. They are now called upon to do things that go far beyond the job description.”
     The quote above is from a book called United by Cory Booker. After all of the things that have happened in the past month, I was encouraged to read something that may inspire the feeling that, “Love Will Out.”
    I believe that love will out-live the ugliness that we see being perpetuated from so many places.
    The thing I planned to focus on here was about conversation with all of your kids, but perhaps especially those going off and into the “real world.”
    I’m sure I have told you of a friend I had back in my radio days that use to say, “Los Alamos, 65 square miles surrounded by reality.”
    No I am sure we aren’t 65 square miles, and no he wasn’t being derogatory. Don’t miss my point.
    We’re pretty lucky on this parcel of land up on the hill. We have some really awesome police officers to boot. Now I won’t start naming them because I don’t know all of them anymore and I wouldn’t want to leave someone out. There are a few that are pretty spectacular, if you ask me.

  • The League of Women Voters will host speaker Beverly Billie at their community Lunch with a Leader event at 11:45 July 19 at Mesa Library.
    Billie is the Cultural and Outreach Coordinator for Tewa Women United. Her experience in experiential education and facilitation is extensive, and she is able to work effectively to accomplish desired outcomes that measure the success of her projects. Billie has been project coordinator and lead facilitator for a variety of youth programs for youth at risk, bullying prevention and youth leadership.
    Billie’s women’s work includes leadership, empowerment, as well as healing and development of life skills. She provides programs for survivors of domestic violence, trauma, recovery, wellness and family reunification.
    To order a $10 lunch from the Co-op, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 231-8286 or email her at kaskacayman@gmail.com for the extensive menu. It is not necessary to buy a lunch.

  • TODAY
    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
     
    Bird Walk in Lower Rendija Canyon from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nature Center.  Join Joe Fitzgibbon for a hike to find, identify and admire birds. Free for members, $5 for non-member.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.  

    Chapter AK, P.E.O meeting at 12:15 p.m. at the home of Linda Valenti, 34 Spirit Ct., Santa Fe. Katie Brousseau is co-hostess. Nancy Coombs will present a program on bats. Members with last names H-Z please bring salads. RSVP by July 8 to Linda at (505) 984-9153.
    TUESDAY
    Amateur Radio License exam session at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Fire Barn at 4017 Arkansas in Los Alamos. The session will be held in the upstairs meeting room. Those wishing to take the entrance level Technician exam will need a picture ID or two other forms of ID with their name and address and the $15 exam fee in cash or a check made out to the “ARRL VEC.” Call Bill Boedeker at 662-4220 or email him at boedeker@cybermesa.com.

  • Auditions for the Los Alamos Little Theatre September production of “Not Quite Right,” by E. Jarvik and R. Benjamin, will be from 2-5 p.m. July 10 and 7-9 p.m. July 11 at the Performing Arts Center. Call backs will be July 14.
    Copies of the script will be available for two day checkout at Mesa Public Library and at the White Rock Library (reference desk). Auditions will be closed, i.e., a private session between the director, staff and the auditioning actor. Audition material will be a presentation of one of the six monologues offered.

  • June 10-16
    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
    10-11 a.m.        LANB “Help with the
            changes”
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Grilled Pork chop
    2–3 p.m.        LANB “Help with the
            changes”
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury Steak
    Noon        Medicare talk with
            John Lujan    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis

  • The technology of the future is now at your fingertips at the Los Alamos Nature Center with the new Oculus Rift virtual reality machine. Try out the machine at 7 p.m. July 19 at 7 p.m. as they push the boundaries of visualization technologies.
    HTC’s Vive and Oculus’ Rift are two up-and-coming programs that connect present and future in a single device.
    Imagine drifting among the stars from the comfort of a living room, exploring the ocean depths without having to come up for air, and exploring the human cell inside and out.
    No registration is required for this event, and admission is free.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • 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
    Waggs—A loving senior kitty that lost her home due to a family medical situation. This little tortie gal just wants to share her love with someone! Waggs has spent her entire life as an only cat, but with a bit of patience, Waggs could successfully integrate herself into an existing pride of cats. She does require solitude at mealtime, as she is submissive about her food bowl. Waggs is currently in foster care with Friends of the Shelter – call Mary at 505-470-6973 to meet her.

  • To help beginning birders recognize some of the species living in Los Alamos, long-time resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon will lead a three-mile hike at 7 a.m. July 10 at the Nature Center.
    Adults and children who can hike quietly are encouraged to attend. This is an opportunity to spot, identify and admire local species of birds. Potential sightings may include white-throated swifts, red-tailed hawksand sapsuckers.
    Fitzgibbon is passionate about the outdoors and the history of Los Alamos. Aside from working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory until 2013, he holds the first and only sighting of a California Condor in Los Alamos.
    This hike is limited to 12 people, so register now. Admission costs $5/non-member and $0/member.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • June 3-July 9
    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
    BESC Closed July 4th

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Alfredo
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    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 a.m.        Options Trading                 Group    
    10:30 a.m.        Music with Ruth    
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Mussels over Saffron
            Risotto
    1:30 p.m.        Duplicate Bridge

  •     TODAY
    Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 years old and younger. Proceeds benefit the Los Alamos Rotary Club.

    Feature Film: “Exoplanets” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. How do we know there are planets outside our solar system, exoplanets? Find out and venture past the edges of our solar system. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    MONDAY
    “Fireworks Extravaganza” from 2-11 p.m. at Overlook Park in White Rock. The Kiwanis Fourth of July Celebration will have food, activities and fun for the entire family.
    TUESDAY
    “We are Stars” Planetarium Film at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. What are we made of? Discover how life on earth is linked to the evolution of the universe by following the formation of hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of carbon, and the molecules for life. Cost is $6 adults, $4 for children.
    WEDNESDAY
    Movies in the Park at 8:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos. “Minons.” Free. Bring blankets, pajamas and snacks to watch a movie under the stars. Weather cancellations are made an hour before showtime.

  • 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
    Maggie is a 13-year-old gray tabby that was recently surrendered to the shelter. She’s hanging out in a larger kennel, since the kittens are a bit too rambunctious for her, but she loves company from visitors and volunteers. Maggie just wants a quiet home with someone to snuggle with! This sweet kitty is declawed, so she will need to be an indoor-only cat (as we prefer that all of our cats be, declawed or not).

  • The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council reminds the public to drink responsibly this Fourth of July holiday weekend, and find a safe ride home.
    The Planning Council would like the public’s input on how state DWI grant funds are spent.
    A survey has been created in Open Forum and the council encourages the public’s participation.
     The survey will close at 10 p.m. Aug. 5.
    The survey can be found at peakdemocracy.com/3755.
    Anyone who would like to serve on the DWI Planning Council, or who would like more information, can call Kirsten Bell, DWI Program coordinator, at 662-8241 or email kirsten.bell@lacnm.us.

  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos’ Adult Basic Education office is offering free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and New Mexico High School Equivalency (HSE) prep classes beginning Tuesday and running through Aug. 4.
    UNM-LA Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program Coordinator Jane Clements, Ph.D. emphasizes that the classes have rolling enrollment.
    This allows students to join the class at any time during the session, which makes it easier to work around summer plans.
    “Joining either an ESL or HSE class this summer can provide a jumpstart for students,” Clements said. “We are hoping that they will take advantage of this opportunity to either improve their English skills or earn their High School Equivalency credential.”
    English as a Second Language classes are for students 16 years and older, and are designed to benefit anyone wishing to improve their English language skills.
    Because the sessions are multi-level, students often continue for several sessions to further improve their English language skills.
    The High School Equivalency prep classes are for students 16 and older. Students between the ages of 16–17 must have a completed Underage Permission Form to be admitted.

  • TODAY
    Gentle Walks from 8:30-noon at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    July Night Sky Show from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 children.
    SATURDAY
    Young at Heart Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

    Feature Film: “Exoplanets” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. How do we know there are planets outside our solar system, exoplanets? Find out and venture past the edges of our solar system. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    A Starry Night in Seville from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy a special Spanish-themed dinner catered by Pig + Fig paired with fine Spanish wines and beer served by Pajarito Brewpub. Cost is $75 per person (wine or beer included), $60/person (non-alcoholic).
    SUNDAY
    Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 years old and younger. Proceeds benefit the Los Alamos Rotary Club.

  • Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon completed her term as president of the New Mexico Association of Counties last week at the association’s annual conference held in Lea County.
    Stover was praised for logging over 10,000 miles and meeting with every county commission in NM during her year as president, she said in a release Thursday.
    In a letter to NMAC members, Stover credited past boards, members and staff for setting a positive and engaging direction for the organization. Stover also thanked the dedication and commitment of current members for their work to improve their home counties.  
    “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve as President this year,” Stover said. “The experience of traveling over 10,000 miles with our Executive Director, Steve Kopelman, to meet and visit with commissions in each county was invaluable. We shared the good work of NMAC and the many services offered. Most important, we heard first-hand the issues counties are facing and seeing the diversity across our state.
    NMAC Executive Director Kopelman praised Stover’s tenure as President during a speech to NMAC members at the conference, and he called her, “the best President I have worked with in my life, bar none.”