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  • This week, I choose to write about something positive and that something is Leadership Los Alamos.
    Leadership Los Alamos is a local program for adults that takes students on a journey through the workings of our community.
    I was lucky enough to be in the “Best Class,” the class of 2007, “double-oh-seven” as we like to say. The best class part is just a friendly jab associated with the group, because the current class is really always the best class at the time.
    So perhaps that class, where applications are due on the 25th of this month could include a seat for you.
    I read about the class in the Monitor and needed to wait a full year until I could attend as a student. I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship in order to attend, because I was just a mom working part time.
    What I remember most was leaving a class one day and saying to then board member, Marla Brooks, something like, will I ever leave a session without a list of things I want to do? She implied hopefully not.
    I really believe that Leadership Los Alamos helped to make me the person I am today.

  • June 12-18
    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
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Salad
    6 p.m.         Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Baked Potato Bar
    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: Tilapia

  • School’s out and it is a good time to come to Bandelier for ranger talks and hikes.
    Upcoming activities include wilderness hikes. Be sure to bring at least three liters of water per person, sunscreen, hat and sturdy comfortable shoes. Numbers are limited, so call the Visitor Center at 672-3861 ext. 517 for details and to sign up.
    • June 18: Burnt Mesa, about 5 miles round trip, moderate, about 300 feet of elevation change  (Elliot Schultz).
    • June 25: Visitor Center to the mid-Alamo Canyon rim, about 7 miles round trip, crosses three canyons, 700 feet of elevation change, difficulty moderate to strenuous  (Elliot Schultz).
    For more information, call the Visitor Center at 672-3861 ext. 517; check the park website at nps.gov/band.

  • Vernon Kerr was presented with a Patrick Henry Silver Award by the MG Franklin E. Miles Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars at the organization’s May dinner meeting.  
    The Patrick Henry Silver Award is the highest award a chapter can award to an individual for significant contributions to the cause of Patriotism in their community.  
    After serving in the military during the Korean War, Kerr moved to Los Alamos and began working for Los Alamos National Laboratory. From 1971 through 1986, he served as the state representative from Los Alamos. He later served as several other posts in the state legislative and executive branches.
    For many years, Kerr worked with youth, especially Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and an Explorer Post. For 17 years, he has been a government councilor for the American Legion New Mexico Boys State.

  • Los Alamos Elks Lodge invited the public to celebrate Flag Day at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Elks Lodge, 1601 Trinity Drive. Food and beverages will follow.
    Flag Day is celebrated every year on June 14. The Elks organization provides services to many local communities through programs that promote Americanism and support our nation’s youth and its veterans.
    For more information on this event, or other Elk programs, visit elks.org.

  • 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
    The shelter just transferred in a number of kittens and young cats from Stray Hearts Animal Shelter in Taos. If you’ve been in the cat room lately and were shocked by our low numbers, come see the cat room now! There are lots of cute cats and kittens running around that are waiting to meet you and hopefully find their forever home!

  • The Los Alamos ScienceFest has announced its call for entries for its sixth annual SMART Contest – a Science and Math-Based Art contest. A panel of local judges will select winners that will share in cash prizes.
    The SMART Contest is free to enter. All entrants must be 18 years of age or older. To enter, artists must upload a digital representation of their artwork onto the contest website. Entries will be accepted through July 4. Contest winners and awards will be announced during the Los Alamos ScienceFest Festival Day on July 16. Winning and selected art pieces will also be on exhibit during the festival in Los Alamos. To enter the SMART Contest, visit: woobox.com.
     

  • Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility and Aspen Ridge Lodge/Assisted Living will celebrate the 39th-annual Nursing Assistants Week by recognizing our nursing assistants who have dedicated their work lives to the wellbeing of others at our facilities.
    The CNAs provide hands-on attention to the frail, elderly or chronically health challenged residents in the nursing home and long-term care settings. They create an environment of kind and thoughtful attention to the important needs of each resident of the facility. The CNAs lessen the concerns of family members when a loved one is in need of care.  
    Sombrillo Nursing Facility will be celebrating Certified Nursing Assistants throughout the week. Staff will be dressing up and having appreciation parties with the CNAs, residents and their family members.
    Those with a family member or a friend in the facility are encouraged to join with enthusiasm and spirit.
    • June 9: Sock Hop Day  
    • June 10: Western Day
    • June 11: Jean Day
    • June 12: Hoodie Day
    • June 13: Commercial Day
    • June 14: Crazy Hair Day
    • June 15: arnival Day/Managers in the Dunk Tank!
    • June 16: Storybook Character Day/Barbeque & Appreciation gifts for our CNAs.

  •      Roger and Betty Smith announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Sonja Smith to Sam Elson.
    Parents of the groom are Jay and Jen Elson of Los Alamos and Dean and Jean Sanzo of Bellaire Beach, Florida.
    Their vows will be said mid-summer, at the United Church of Los Alamos, where she is a third generation member. Both Sonja Smith and Samn Elson recently graduated with honors from New Mexico State University, where they will return in the fall so he can pursue his master’s in Mechanical Engineering and she can work in her field of technical writing.
    These former Los Alamos High School marching band members will honeymoon in the family’s 100-year-old, high-mountain cabin.

  • May 24—A girl. Jacy Elizabeth Walker. Born to Elizabeth and Joe Walker.
    May 27—A girl. Marcelle Gurule. Born to Gwen and James Gurule.
    May 30—A girl. Ellie Rosa Garcia. Born to Veronica Aguilar and Andrew Garcia.

  • 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 very 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; otherwise, she just wants to be part of your family and enjoy a soft bed in a sunny location. She gives a cute little squeak of “Mew!” when she wants company or food. Waggs is currently in foster care with Friends of the Shelter – call Mary at 505-470-6973 to meet her.

  • The League of Women Voter’s community event, Lunch with a Leader, will feature Tamara Baer  June 21.
    Baer is the principal planner for the Community Development Department of Los Alamos County since 2015. She will explain and answer questions about the comprehensive plan for Los Alamos.
    The event is upstairs  at Mesa Library from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. The community is welcome to join the League at the lunch. To order a $10 lunch from the Co-op, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 231-8286 or email kaskacayman @gmail.com. It is not necessary to order a lunch to attend the talk.
    Baer is a registered  landscape architect with over 25 years experience in urban design, and city and regional planning in public and private sectors. She and her architect husband have worked together designing buildings in New Mexico and Massachusetts. She was also the planning manager with the land use department in Santa Fe.
    Under her direction, Santa Fe worked on restructuring the city’s land development laws, and she was the primary author of a new Business and Industrial Park district, an outdoor lighting ordinance, as well as the state’s first “big box” ordinance.

  •  Bandelier National Monument hosted a local dedication ceremony Thursday to mark the issuance of a stamp depicting the visitor center in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier.
    The stamp is one of 16 stamps commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.
    The ceremony took place at the Bandelier Visitor Center and was one of more than a dozen taking place at National Park locations nationwide.
    It was the first of two such events in New Mexico, with a stamp honoring Carlsbad Caverns National Park being issued later Thursday.
    “Deeply rooted in American life and thought, our parks, monuments, historic sites, memorials, battlefields and even seashores and lakeshores are magnificent views and landscapes of unparalleled beauty,” said USPS Vice President of Finance and Planning Luke Grossmann during the ceremony.
    “Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged canyon and mesa country. Rugged but beautiful,” Grossmann said. “Indeed, Bandelier is a true American treasure worthy of the stamp that we present today.”

  • The White Rock Artist Market returns Saturday, outside the White Rock Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
    The June market will feature artists and artisans from the Los Alamos, White Rock and Northern New Mexico area and is the first of four Artist Markets this summer.
    This is the fourth year of the market, which takes place on the lawn outside the White Rock Visitor Center located at 115 NM State Road 4. Artists will feature fused glass products, jewelry, natural beauty products, knitted items, paintings, Native American pottery, natural stones, handmade birdhouses and much more. The June’s Artist Market will include “The Spot” food vendor who will be selling food and drinks.
    The LAHS Band will also be selling snow cones as a fundraiser for their Washington, D.C. trip later this summer.
    The White Rock Artist Market is held the first Saturday of every month in summer. Space is available for artisans to sell their work for the July, August and September Artist Markets. The fee to participate is $25 per market. For more information, call Melanie Pena at 661-4836, or email her at melanie@losalamos.org.

  • TODAY
    Jemez Thrift Store Bag Day 10 a.m-3 p.m. Jemez Thrift is urgently asking donors to not drop off broken or un-saleable items and don’t block exits this poses a safety threat according to the fire marshal.

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

    Aaron Lee Tasjan Bank will play alternative rock and outlaw country from Ohio at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos at 7 p.m.

    June 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 for children.

    Aaron Lee Tasjan Bank present alternative rock and outlaw country from Ohio at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Friday.
    SATURDAY
    Young at Heart Hike at 10 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. More information at peecnature.org.

  • BY KELLY DOLEJSI
    Special to the Monitor

  • The Summit Garden Club is pleased to announce Ashlynn Trujillo as the recipient of the $500 2016 Jim and Pat Edmonds Memorial Scholarship. Trujillo plans to attend New Mexico Highlands University as a biology major and pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine.
    The Summit Garden Club has been awarding annual scholarships since 1972 to support a graduating senior in his/her pursuit of higher education.
    Trujillo and her mother will be attending the next Summit Garden Club monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. June 6, at the home of Shirley Carter: 690 Camino Encantado, Los Alamos.
    The program will be a tour of two member’s gardens. After touring the Carter garden, the group will move on to 860 Camino Encantado, to tour the garden of Freda McCormick. After the tour, refreshments will be served, followed by the business meeting.
    Non-members are invited to join the club for the tour and if desiring more information on the Summit Garden Club, all are invited to stay for refreshments and the business meeting. Anyone with questions can call Doris Thielemann at 672-9291.

  • Scholarship winners, their families and donors recently gathered at the J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory to celebrate the 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund award recipients and to mark the start of the annual fundraising campaign.
    This year, 95 Northern New Mexico Students were awarded $566,750 in scholarships, primarily funded by donations from Laboratory employees and a $250,000 matching contribution from Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS). Due to the record-setting campaign in 2015 with $356,299 donated by Lab employees, this year the program awarded an additional $150,000 and 20 more awards to students from the seven counties surrounding the Lab.
    In addition to receiving awards, 45 of the 2016 scholars will also have the opportunity to work at the Lab as interns with a mentor this summer due to support and funding from Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan. Several past recipients are returning for summer employment as well.

  • THURSDAY
    “Authors Speak” will feature Anita Rodriguez from 7-8:30 p.m. upstairs in the rotunda at Mesa Public Library. Join us to hear Taos resident Anita Rodriguez talk about her new book, “Coyota in the Kitchen.”
    FRIDAY
    DK & the Affordable and Eddy & the Nomads will play classic rock and rockabilly music at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond at 7 p.m.
    MONDAY
    Memorial Day celebration at 11 a.m. at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Elks Lodge 2083 will host the celebration to thank those serving and remember those lost. Guest of Honor Corporal Vernon Kerr will give the address.
    TUESDAY
    Los Alamos Rotary Club meeting at noon at the golf course community room.  A salute to veterans.
    WEDNESDAY
    Jemez Thrift Store Bag Day 10 a.m-1 p.m. Jemez Thrift is urgently asking donors to not drop off broken or un-saleable items and don’t block exits this poses a safety threat according to the fire marshal.

    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.
    JUNE 2

  • 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
    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!