Chamber Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. at UNM-LA building 2, room 230. Cynthia Delgado, Mandy Marksteiner and Kelly Stewart will be featured on a panel. The topic will be “Preparing Los Alamos Businesses for the Summer 2016 Tourism Season.” Breakfast will be pastries from Rose Chocolatier.

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

    Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting at 7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation on the state of the Bandelier back country and trails post Las Conchas fire by Kevin Stillman. There will be a slideshow and presentation about the Conchas fire and the floods of 2011 and 2013, how the backcountry and trails were affected, and where Bandelier is rebuilding the trail system.

    The Forest Stewards Guild, county officials and stakeholders will have their first public meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Municipal Building, 100 Central Ave., to discuss the update of the 2009 Community Wildfire Protection Plan learn about progress made since 2009 to reduce wildfire risk in your community. The public is encouraged to attend and provide input. For more information, visit forestguild.org/losalamosCWPP, or contact Matt Piccarello at matt@forestguild.org or call 983-8992.  

  • Los Alamos High School Olions will proudly present Monty Pythons “Spamalot” beginning with an opening night show at 7 p.m. Friday.
    In this musical retelling of the classic movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” King Arthur and his trusted knights seek the Holy Grail.
    Arthur and his knights encounter famous friends and formidable foes from the Lady of the Lake to the Killer Rabbit.
    Directed by David Daniel and starring Devon McCleskey as Arthur, Evelyn Wohlbier as the Lady of the Lake, and a student pit orchestra. The Olions cast and crew has poured their hearts and souls into the production, they said.
    All showings will take place in Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 5 and under.
    The play has PG-13 content.
    Spamalot’s performance dates and times are:
    • 7 p.m. Thursday, special dress preview
    • 7 p.m. Friday, opening night
    • Noon Saturday pre-prom matinee
    • 7 p.m. April 29
    • 2 p.m. matinee April 30; 7 p.m. evening show
    • 2 p.m. May 1 closing matinee.

  • Glen Wurden of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plasma Physics group will discuss his work with the Wendelstein 7-X stellerator in Germany at Science on Tap at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Unquarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.
    Wurden will talk about how this work is allowing researchers to peer in the world of super hot plasmas during the lively program and allow questions from the audience.
    Science on Tap is a project of the Los Alamos Creative District. Discussions take place every Thursday evening at various locations and feature discussions on science, nature, history and art.
    The Bradbury Science Museum website has more information about Science on Tap and other museum activities.
    For more information, call Linda Anderman  at 665-9196.

  • Did you know that April is underage drinking prevention month?
    I have known about it for years, since the time my husband Chad and I began volunteering at Chamisa Elementary.
    You see as you drive past the school, there should be tulips and daffodils that call to you from the Pledge Garden, installed some eight years ago, under the tutelage of Principal Kate Thomas.
    That was when the efforts started to take on a more formal shape. Each year, students would plant a promise to make healthy choices for themselves and their bodies. As they graduated and moved on to Los Alamos Middle School, and later Los Alamos High School, the garden would bloom during April and remind them of their pledge.
    You could always count on a lovely time each October, during what is called, Red Ribbon Week. The Sci Guy, as he later became known, was then garden guy and would educate them about making healthy choices. He would tie the lesson into a life of the plant and what it needs, then physically have them plant their own bulb.  They would sign a pledge with then counselor Jen Schmierer and later counselor Michaelangelo Lobato and go on their way, keeping watch until April.
    Today, the DWI Planning Council still tries to drive the message to encourage both youth and adults to make the same healthy choices for themselves and our community.

  • April 17-23
    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
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    10 a.m.        Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Catfish
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:30 a.m.        Mac Users Group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Salisbury Steak    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis

  • March 27 — A girl.  Katherine May Shewmaker. Born to Terra and Andrew Shewmaker.
    March 29 — A boy. Emilio Luis Marquez Born to Jessica Mendez and Jorge Marquez.
    March 31 — A girl. Kayla Lynn Myers.  Born to Kendall Micco and Thomas Myers.
    April 3 — Twins: A boy. Born to Khristian Kobe Martinez. A boy. Kameron Jordan Martinez. Born to Katrina Trujillo and Chris Martinez.

     Aviation Weather presentation at 3 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. David Bruggeman, a LANL meteorologist, will present a summary of the Los Alamos Laboratory weather monitoring system and components. This will be followed by a Q&A. Sponsored by Pajarito Flying Club. Contact Scott Miller at scott@pajaritoflyingclub.com, or 453-3327, for more information.

    Artist, photographer, and writer Diana Molina will speak at 2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of the Mesa Public Library. Molina has made a life-long study of the borderlands of Mexico, New Mexico and Texas. She brings her observational experiences together in a presentation called “Seven String Barbed Wire Fence.”

    Los Alamos Concert Association will present a performance at 4 p.m. at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Jon Manasse, principal clarinetist with American Ballet Theater, and Jon Nakamatsu, 1997 Cliburn Gold medalist, will perform music by Brahms, Chopin, Debussy and Messager. Tickets are $30-$35, available at losalamosconcert.org, ticketssantafe.com, Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, the Lensic box office in Santa Fe and at the door. Youth 6-18 are free.

  • Every year National Park Service areas all over the country celebrate National Park Week in April with events and activities.
    This year is special since it is also the Centennial year for Bandelier National Monument as well as the National Park Service itself. Nationwide from April 16-24 NPS areas will be fee-free, with no entrance fees being charged, for nine days.
    At Bandelier, National Park Week activities will include:
    • A special presentation of all the entries of artwork for the 2017 Bandelier Annual Pass, along with announcement of the winners, Saturday, April 16, at 4  p.m. in the Visitor Center theater.
    • Interviews with staff members on local AM station KRSN, am1490 and fm107.1, each morning of the week, 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday.
    • “Secrets of the Museum” tours at 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Visitor Center, indoors, 30-45 minutes, no signups needed.
    • “Geology and Botany of the Falls Trail” at noon on Saturday, April 16, Thursday, and Friday. Participants should bring water and wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes. It will be three miles, last two to three hours, moderate difficulty and no signups are needed.

  • According to the American Heart Association, there have been reported associations between pet ownership and cardiovascular health in the last decade. Owning pets—specifically dogs—may help reduce the risk of heart disease in pet owners in a number of ways.
    In addition to companionship, dogs can encourage laughter, physical activity, and other benefits effective in decreasing stress levels. Dr. Sarah Griffin, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical sciences explained why owning dogs may be related to decreased stress levels.
    “The American Heart Association has said that owning pets can have a positive effect on how people react to stress,” she said. “Chronic stress has not been shown to directly increase risk factors associated with heart disease, but it can lead to unhealthy lifestyle choices that are associated with high blood pressure and increased risk for heart disease.”

  • 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.
    Peekaboo—An older gal who is mellow. Her favorite things are gazing out the window, helping her humans make coffee, and cuddling with her people. She has had both dog and cat companions in the past, so she might be OK with an older, mellow dog or cat. She loves being petted, and when she’s super happy, she sticks her little pink tongue out! She has an incredibly sweet personality, and she would be overjoyed to share her love.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated with a classic liturgy each Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:15 a.m. and Christian Education for all ages at 10:30 a.m.  A service of Midday Matins with Communion is celebrated at 11:45 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors, Rev. Bruce Kuenzel and Rev. Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.

  • Texas A&M Aggies from around the world will gather for the annual Aggie Muster memorial service. Los Alamos area Aggies will gather at 6 p.m. April 21 at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road, in Craig Hall, the building nearest the west parking lot.
    The speaker will be James G. Ivey ‘73 of Houston. He is a founder, senior officer and board member of Pintail Energy, a petroleum exploration and production company. Ivey served in the U. S. Army Reserve for 30 years and retired with the rank of Colonel.
    Dinner will be barbecue with all the fixings. Suggested donation is $10 per person with children under age 10 free. RSVP by April 19 to Nancy Bliss at  Bliss.nd@gmail.com. Contact David Powell at dwpowell68@msn.com or 662-5877 for more information.

  • Texas A&M Aggies from around the world will gather for the annual Aggie Muster memorial service. Los Alamos area Aggies will gather at 6 p.m. April 21 at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road, in Craig Hall, the building nearest the west parking lot.
    The speaker will be James G. Ivey ‘73 of Houston. He is a founder, senior officer and board member of Pintail Energy, a petroleum exploration and production company. Ivey served in the U. S. Army Reserve for 30 years and retired with the rank of Colonel.
    Dinner will be barbecue with all the fixings. Suggested donation is $10 per person with children under age 10 free. RSVP by April 19 to Nancy Bliss at  Bliss.nd@gmail.com. Contact David Powell at dwpowell68@msn.com or 662-5877 for more information.

  • The Military Order of the World Wars meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. This month’s speaker is Alan Carr, who will speak about “Project Y Spies: An Historical Perspective on a Perennial Threat.”
    The meeting will be held in Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room. The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner.  The meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.  Call Gregg Giesler, USA Retired, Chapter Commander, 662-5574 (g.giesler@computer.org) or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (depinyan@cybermesa.com).


  • Los Alamos County reminds property owners that the second installment for 2015 property tax bills becomes delinquent after May 11.  
    Payment must be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m. May 11 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges. The 311 Customer Care Center is located in the Municipal Building lobby at 1000 Central Ave. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, NM  87544.  
    Payments are also accepted through a property tax lockbox at Los Alamos National Bank.


  • After multiple comments on my column last week about Texas, I felt I needed to continue my train of thought and how I see it relating to youth.
    I was fascinated in Texas by so much state support of just being Texas. Now I know there is a fine line between having some self-pride and gloating.
    What I mean by this is that the Texas star is everywhere! It was on the bag of potatoes in the grocery store. It was on those self-sealing bags you use for kid’s sandwiches for lunch. People had it on their salt and pepper shakers on the dinner table, painted in their driveways beside the house number and prominently and quite largely displayed on their homes.
    I see a little bit of pride in our state, but how can we raise our children to be proud of where they come from, when as adults, we don’t seem to have very much?
    I’m excited to see the New Mexico True commercials because there are many things to be proud of about our community and our state. If you don’t feel that way, then I am sure there is an equal amount that can be said of us as individuals too, so what do you do to make it better?
    I don’t mean what does the government do, I mean each and every day, and what do you do to make life for someone better?

  • The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women meeting will be at noon Thursday in the Patio Room at 1001 Oppenheimer Drive. Special guest speakers will be Nora Espinoza, candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State, and Yvonne Chicoine, candidate for First Judicial District Attorney.  Anyone is welcome.
    Espinoza was born and raised in Panama City, Panama, (Canal Zone) and graduated from Balboa High School. She and her husband, Sonny, have been married for 41 years and they have a son, daughter-in-law, and a young granddaughter.
    Espinoza holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious education and spent 22 years as a teacher at Christian schools in Roswell.
    Following her career in education, Espinoza gained valuable experience in government as a legislative assistant in Santa Fe, before moving on to become the protocol liaison for New Mexico Military Institute, where she guided and influenced the lives of young men and women cadets until winning the nomination for state representative in 2006.
    Espinoza also has considerable business experience as the sole proprietor of her own company from 1981-1987, and later as managing partner of a food supply company from 2011-1015.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s 2016 Earth Day talk will feature Valles Caldera superintendent Jorge Silva- Bañuelos, who will talk about the past, present and future of the national preserve.
    The talk is sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, and will be held at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    The talk is free and open to the public.
    Silva-Bañuelos will discuss the history of the Valles Caldera from its geologic origins to its designation as a unit of the National Park System. He will also share his vision and plans for the short- and long-term future of the preserve.
    Silva-Bañuelos was recently selected as the first National Park Service superintendent of Valles Caldera National Preserve.

  • “Plants of the Jemez Mountains, Volume 1, Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Ferns and Horsetails,” by local naturalists Teralene Foxx, Craig Martin and the late Dorothy Hoard is an updated and expanded version of Foxx’s and Hoard’s valuable guide, “Flowering Plants of the Southwestern Woodlands.”
    The original was published in 1984 and updated in 1995.
    “She and I were going to revise it in 2014, and she had the gall to die,” Foxx laughed. “But before she died she gave me all her drawings, and there were over 400 drawings. And I really didn’t want to just let those go into oblivion, and I knew Craig was interested in plants, and a good naturalist, so I asked him if he’d like to do this, and he said yes.”
    Foxx took a more serious tone later in the conversation.
    “For me, this book is a dedication. I was a friend with Dorothy for over 40 years, so it was hard when she died, because we’d done a lot of things together,” Foxx said. “And this, to me, was a way of honoring her. And I think we both feel that way.”
    Martin – who was also a friend of Hoard’s – agreed.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society will host a lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday upstairs at the Mesa Public Library. Dr. Nikki Nojima Louis will speak on her experiences as a Japanese American in World War II and beyond.
    Nojima Louis has lived through two historic dates for Japanese Americans: Dec. 7, 1941, identified as “the date that will live in infamy,” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Feb. 19, 1942, the date President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry. This was when two-thirds of them American citizens, to be placed in barb-wired “relocation camps.”  
    Nojima Louis will provide a historic overview of Japanese American immigration, incarceration, and self-determination that compares and contrasts her own experiences to those of other Americans who lived in the mid-20th century. She looks forward to a “talk back” with the audience addressing issues of class, race and identity, the importance of story telling and the winds of change that transform our lives.  
    Nojima Louis was celebrating her fourth birthday on Dece. 7, 1941, when the FBI entered her home in Seattle and took her father away. He ended up in a place called Santa Fe, while Nikki and her mother were incarcerated in a camp in Minidoka, Idaho.