• Chaperones needed for sixth grade dance

    The end of the year dance for sixth graders is Saturday and is open to all area sixth graders.
    The dance will be from 7-9 p.m. at Pueblo Gym on Diamond Drive. Admission is $3.
    Volunteers are needed who are a parent of a sixth grade student attending the dance. Students of chaperones get in free. Call 662-9412 no later than Thursday to volunteer. The dance is sponsored by the Youth Activity Center, a program of the Los Alamos Family Council.

    LAVNS seek hospice volunteers

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice is looking for people interested in assisting with the hospice program.
    Training will include, diversity, confidentiality, psycho/social needs, family dynamics and meeting the needs of the individual patient.
    Orientation meeting will be from noon-1:30 p.m. July 1 at Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service office, 2202 Canyon Road.
    To reserve a space, call Visiting Nurses at 662-2525.

  • The Los Alamos Garden Club has chosen Los Alamos High School senior Maria Gibson as the winner of the 2015 scholarship award. The award will be presented to Maria at the Honors Convocation May 27.
    Gibson will be attending New Mexico State University in the fall to study range land science and agricultural business. She has been chosen from the Los Alamos High School to attend the DECCA National Business and Marketing event.
    This summer, she will be working at the Los Alamos County Bear Camp. Gibson has also worked for the county as a lifeguard and at the YMCA as a counselor. Courtesy

  • The League of Women Voters’ Lunch with a Leader event will have Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE) President Ellen Mills as the speaker.
    The event will be 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Mesa Public Library. Mills grew up in Chicago and in Brookhaven, New York.  She came to Los Alamos with her husband, Geoff, and two sons in 1992.  
    Mills has been teaching special education for a total of 37 years. She taught in California, Kansas and Switzerland after she completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Colorado. She has been at several elementary schools and the middle school in her 23 years in Los Alamos, but has been at Mountain Elementary as contact person for the majority of the time. She has held the positions of building representative, secretary, vice president and president of LAFSE. 
    Mills is currently completing her 7th year as president. During that time she has established a strong working relationship with the administration and the Board of Education.

  • Sonyia Williams, daughter of Lian and Matt Williams, was honored recently by Rotary District 5520, the 71 Rotary clubs of New Mexico and west Texas, during this year’s annual conference in Clovis. Williams was selected as the District’s first-place winner in the four-way Rotary Club essay competition. The competition is open to all eighth grade students in District 5520. Williams is the student of Los Alamos Middle School Language Arts teacher Julia Agnew. The Rotary essay committee was chaired by Susan O’Leary.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society’s Made in New Mexico Series presents the lecture, “Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover,” with Dr. Nina Lanza, on Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    The lecture follows the annual meeting with begins at 6:30 p.m. Lanza will speak at 7:30 p.m.
    The Curiosity rover has been on the surface of Mars for about three years. The goal of the Curiosity mission is to determine whether life could have been sustained in the Martian environment at some point in time. Curiosity has confirmed that Mars was indeed habitable: there is abundant evidence that her landing site, Gale crater, has had flowing liquid water in it. Lanza will discuss the latest results from the Rover mission, with a focus on data from the ChemCam instrument.
    Lanza is a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is working on a spaceship with lasers on Mars as part of the ChemCam instrument team on the Curiosity rover. Lanza is broadly interested in understanding the history of water on the martian surface at a variety of scales. Her most recent work focuses on manganese in the martian environment and its implications for habitability.

  • The time has finally come for me to write a column that is much needed by society as a whole. OK, the time has come for some levity and I put it off until today. The theme is that at any age you can re-frame the way you think about things. It might take some effort, but you can do it.
    My husband Chad and I were married 25 years on Feb. 24. Now while I did write about the event, I didn’t write about a pretty nice gift I received due to the fact that I didn’t want to appear to be gloating, but the time has come.
    I was very excited to buy a Volkswagen Beetle. Also because I don’t want the hate mail, don’t worry, our family has bought an American car my entire married life and even before then. So fuss if you want about my purchase of a non-American vehicle, but I am sure that everyone employed at the University Volkswagen in Albuquerque is American and lives and works in the state of New Mexico, I’ll climb off my soap box now.
    It is also the first car that I own in my own name and my first vehicle that is not a mini van.
    The first day I headed to work and saw two young men almost get in a fight at a bus stop.

  • May 10-16, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic discussion group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Ceasar salad bar
    Noon        Grief support
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Baked ham
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio plus exercise

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Buttercream — An orange kitty who was recently surrendered to the shelter. Shelter staff and volunteers are still getting to know Buttercream, so stay tuned for more information.
    Moose (previously known as Moo Moo) — A beautiful, long-haired Maine Coon mix. She is approximately 4 years old, and she was surrendered due to owner allergies. She is reported to get along well with older kids, but younger, rambunctious kids are a bit scary for her. She also prefers the company of humans rather than dogs. This gorgeous girl has a very long snout, which makes her look very exotic. Come meet this cutie today!

  • Today
    Los Alamos Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday. 6 p.m. at 84 Barcelona Ave. in White Rock. For further information contact Mary Swickard at 672-3300 or Dennis Wulff at 672-9563.

    Dr. Bob Fuselier, of the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, will provide a free lecture about dog bite awareness. 6:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club building at 246 East Road. Dr. Fuselier’s dog-bite awareness lecture promotes proper greeting of dogs and their owners, offering adults and children easy-to-remember steps to avoid becoming a dog-bite victim. Talk is for people only, no dogs are allowed. Freebies given to all that attend.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    Art show opening for Michelle Grove. 4 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. Snacks and refreshments will be provided at opening reception. The show will be on display through May. Grove is a teacher at Los Alamos High School and an adjunct professor at Northern New Mexico College.  

  • Heather Ward, whose work currently fills the Portal Gallery at the Fuller Lodge Art Center, will teach a workshop on Saturday and again on May 16 on the tools and techniques of scratchboard.
    Scratchboard is a board coated with white clay, then coated with a thin layer of black ink.
    The ink is scratched away leaving white-on-black designs.
    Students will learn to create detailed, realistic drawings using a variety of instruments from tattoo needles to steel wool, and optionally also adding color with ink, watercolor pencils, colored pencils, or acrylic paint.
    It’s almost impossible to take just a quick look at a scratchboard piece by Ward.
    At first glance many appear to be photographs. The first hint that they are not is the predominance of black in the background, while the animal subject is distinct with a vast amount of detail.
    Ward captures exquisitely fine detail in the portrayal of fur and feathers, using different sizes and kinds of scratches to produce very realistic looking textures.

  • After surfing through the Legislature on a rare wave of bipartisan support, the debate over civil asset forfeiture now moves to local communities, as defenders of the controversial practice hope to preserve county and municipal ordinances as a tool in the ongoing war on drunk driving.
    In the Legislature, where a discouraging word can almost always be heard on even the most Mom-and-Apple-Pie issue, the question of whether the government should be able to seize your property without actually proving you guilty of a crime seems to arouse the libertarian in even the staunchest law-and-order advocate.
    The bill, sponsored by Ruidoso Republican Rep. Zachary Cook, passed both House and Senate without a single dissenting vote despite dire warnings from the Department of Public Safety that ending asset forfeiture absent a criminal conviction of the property’s owner would have an “indeterminate but substantial” negative impact on law enforcement statewide.
    And, although her former colleagues in the law enforcement community urged Gov. Susana Martinez to veto, she signed the bill in April.

  • Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Artist Julia Roberts: Etchings & Collagraphs. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday at New Concept Gallery, 610 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.  Show runs until June 1.

    Jock Sturges: Fanny. Show runs until May 23 at photo-eye Gallery.

    “Women’s Work.” Art exhibition featuring 25 top female artists of New Mexico. Show is free to the public and runs through May 15 at the Tarnoff Art Center in Rowe. For more information and directions, visit tarnoffartcenter.org, or call 919-8888.  

    Expressions in Weaving: A Group Exhibition. Featuring Tapestries by Linda Running Bentley, Connie Enzmann-Forneris Barbara Marigold and Robin Reider. Show runs until today at Marigold Arts in Santa Fe.

    Northeast Heights Artscrawl. 2-5 p.m. May 16. Show closes May 29.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces “Up in Neon.”  Zane Bennett Contemporary Art will unveil to the public the exhibition, featuring works by Frederic Bouffandeau and Francois Morellet. The show runs until May 22.  

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    Friday, May 8, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    12:00 PM County Council Meeting - Live
    02:00 PM Los Alamos Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00    PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – President Truman
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, May 9, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, May 10, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, May 11, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM The Garage

  • Abiquiu to hold all-day conference

    Pueblo de Abiquiu Library and Cultural Center  announces an all-day conference, “Abiquiu: Honoring the History & Experience of a Genizaro Pueblo. The conference is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 16 at Joe Ferran Gym in Abiquiu Plaza.
    The conference is free, but advance registration is needed. Participants may register at the library during regular hours, from 1-6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, or by calling the library at 505-685-4884, or via email abiquiupl@gmail.com. Separate registration for dinner is required.
    Conference participants will learn about issues and historical events at Abiquiu Pueblo, including why children from Abiquiu were able to attend Santa Fe Indian School in the early 20th century or what it means for the Abiquiu area to be considered a world culture migration site. Attendees will also hear about details of the 2007 Senate Memorial 59 recognizing the contributions of Genizaros to New Mexico state history, learn what was  unearthed in the archaeological dig next to the library last summer and  hear about how Abiquiu Pueblo is viewed in the Tewa world.

    Fans invited to decide Balloon Fiesta theme

    The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta board and staff invite Balloon Fiesta fans to help name the theme for the 2016 event.

  • The three-day Taos Lilac Festival, May 15-17, is blossoming into one of the town’s largest annual events with the addition of several activities, including a Taos Taco Cook Off, Lilac 5K run, New Mexico Beer and Wine Garden, fashion show and more. There is no charge for the family-friendly event, which is held at Kit Carson Park in Taos.
    “This unique Taos event was established to celebrate our heritage of Lilacs and to promote their care and planting throughout the Taos area,” said co-festival organizer, John Hamilton. “With the founding of the Taos Society of Artists, whose 100th anniversary we are celebrating this year, many lilacs sprung up around Taos which were most likely brought here from outside the area. They are a staple of Taos’ beautiful landscape.”
    For the first time, the festival will include a Taos Lilac Festival 5K Run beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday. All levels are welcome and the run will take competitors along the lilac-laden historic part of Taos. Prizes will be awarded to the top three placements per age group and overall winner.
    Registration before May 16 is $30 or $35 on race day. The run will begin at the parking lot of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s gym, located at 205 Don Fernando St.

  • The second Tuesday of every month is Family Night at the new Los Alamos Nature Center.  The center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m., and there will be games, activities, experiments, crafts and more for families to enjoy. Family Nights at the Nature Center are sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos. They are free to attend.
    For more information about this and other programs offered by PEEC at the Nature Center, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT) presents its 11th annual spring recital, “The Elements,” this weekend at the Duane W. Smith auditorium.
    “The Elements” features 25 dances performed by 170 students enrolled in the NMDT School. NMDT special guests, The Los Alamos Hilltappers and Los Alamos Belly Dancers, will also perform.
    NMDT will recognize the 15th anniversary of the Cerro Grande Fire at the recital with a special piece by local composer Eric Bjorklund and choreographed by NMDT director Susan Baker-Dillingham.
    “Eric approached me last spring with the idea of a collaboration revolving around the Cerro Grande Fire and his composition called ‘Wind and Flame,’” Baker-Dillingham said. “I was intrigued with his idea and with the idea of collaborating, but mostly the thought of creating a dance about such an incredibly emotional event was very compelling.”  

  • Theatre > Show runs through May 16;  not recommended for children

  • Today
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Los Alamos Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday. 6 p.m. at 84 Barcelona Ave. in White Rock. For further information contact Mary Swickard at 672-3300 or Dennis Wulff at 672-9563.

    Dr. Bob Fuselier, of the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, will provide a free lecture about dog bite awareness. 6:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club building at 246 East Road. Dr. Fuselier’s dog-bite awareness lecture promotes proper greeting of dogs and their owners, offering adults and children easy-to-remember steps to avoid becoming a dog-bite victim. Talk is for people only, no dogs are allowed. Freebies given to all that attend.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.