• Whether one is a new or experienced birder, it is always helpful to have more insight into what bird species live nearby and when is the best time of year to spot them.
    On Tuesday, visitors to the Los Alamos Nature Center can join local authors Judy Liddell and Barbara Hussey as they share information about some of the more than 30 birding sites included in their book, “Birding Hot Spots of Santa Fe, Taos and Northern New Mexico.”
    In addition to general information about local sites, including how to get there and a description of the local habitat, the authors will highlight some of the bird species that can be seen at these locations during spring and summer.
    Immediately following the talk, books will be available to purchase and have signed.
    Both authors have a long and rich history of birding in New Mexico.
    In addition to leading bird walks for Central New Mexico Audubon, Liddell also serves as their vice president and program chair. She is president of New Mexico Audubon Council, is a member of the board of Audubon New Mexico, and is a bird monitor for the Rio Grande Nature Center.

  • Santa Fe will host a June 23 overnight stop on the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty, race organizers have announced.
    The Great Race is the world’s premiere old car rally, a $150,000 prize event that this year will bring 120 of the world’s finest antique automobiles to the historic Downtown Santa Fe Plaza — the race’s first visit to “The City Different” since 1989.
    The race starts Saturday in Kirkwood, Missouri, and travels along historic Route 66, stopping in Santa Fe on Tuesday, before finishing June 28 at the Santa Monica Pier in California. Along the 2,400-mile route, competitors travel parts of The Mother Road in all of its original eight states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
    The Great Race began 32 years ago and is not a speed race but a time/speed/distance rally. The vehicles each have a driver and navigator and are given precise instructions daily that detail every move down to the second.
    They’re scored at secret check points along the way and are penalized one second for each second early or late. As in golf, the lowest score wins.

  • Rodeo de Santa Fe announces its 66th annual rodeo from June 24-27.
    The rodeo, founded in 1949, is New Mexico’s oldest continuing Pro Rodeo and is sanctioned by the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).
    The Rodeo de Santa Fe offers visitors all the standard Pro Rodeo Events, including bareback bronc riding, tie down calf roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, sheep riding for four to eight year old boys and girls, team roping, and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Ladies barrel racing.
    Then, of course, there’s bull riding, with the biggest, meanest and best bulls ever seen trying to throw off some of the world’s best bull riders.
    Fortunately, the rodeo has two of the best “Cowboy Protectors” in Luke Kraut and Clifford Maxwell who will be going head to head with the bulls.
    Once again, the rodeo is bringing in 11-time PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year Harry Vold and his championship Bucking Bulls and Horses, along with 1998 NFR Bull Rider and Stock Contractor Travis Sullivan with his miniature Brahma Bulls for the 12-year-old and under little cowboys.
    Other highlights will include the rodeo’s own yellow biplane, Slim Garner’s funny clown acts, and Dan Fowlie, who will be announcing with a new sound system.

  • Due to the popularity of the Nature Center’s Night Sky shows in the planetarium, more presentations have been added.
    On Saturday, there will be two programs, one at 1 p.m. and another at 2 p.m. The presentation will introduce beginning stargazers to the planets that can be seen throughout June, and to selected objects of interest that can be viewed using binoculars and asterisms (star patterns) during spring and summer nights. Particular emphasis will be given to the closest approach of Venus with Jupiter that occurs later this month, a conjunction that will not reoccur until Aug. 27, 2016.
    Although the planetarium is open for business, the new chairs are still delayed. Short-backed chairs will be available to use, or if patrons prefer, they may view the presentation from the floor. If audience members elect to view the show from the floor, feel free to bring a yoga mat, pillow or headrest to get comfortable. Doors will open at 6:10 p.m. so patrons can experiment with what seating arrangement works best for them.
    Ticketing will be limited to 40 individuals per program. Tickets may be purchased for $3 at the Nature Center before the show. The discounted price is for this event only. Ticket sales will end 10 minutes before the start of the show to allow all guests to be in their seats on time.

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

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be at 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Dawn Brown, will speak about Big Brothers Big Sisters. The public is welcome to attend.

    Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting. 7 p.m. Presentation by Larry Hersman, a Los Alamos native and sailor, “Sailing Around the World.”

    Summer Family Evenings: Taxidermy Museum Sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. James Brooks of Yukon Wildlife Studio returns to give us a chance to see fascinating animals up close. He’ll bring a mountain lion, elk, black bear, raccoon, oryx, antelope, mule deer and more. $5 per family/free for member families. All ages. More information at losalamosnature.org.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.

  • Free CPR training offered Saturday

    Project Heart Start of New Mexico will be offering free hands-only CPR training at 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday at Fuller Lodge.
    The 6th annual Project Heart Start Day in New Mexico will include free 40-minute CPR classes at 9, 10 and 11 a.m.
    Project Heart Start training includes recognizing heart attack signs, performing compression CPR, using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and saving choking victims.
    Los Alamos area residents of all ages are encouraged to attend and learn how to save lives.  
    “CPR-trained individuals find that their training is often needed to save a loved one’s life. What could be more important?” said Dr. Barry Ramo, well-known New Mexico cardiologist. “Hands-only CPR is easy to learn. It provides a strategy for saving a life, and that life may be your spouse or partner, your child, your parent.”
    For more information, see projectheartstartnm.org.

    Meeting regarding lab
    workers set for Tuesday

  • Los Alamos High School teachers Debbie Grothaus, Liz Bowden, Olivia Lujan and Brent Collom are big fans of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.
    Recently, the quality innovating nonprofit funded a gift for the physics department that is literally generating a lot of buzz and enhancing some lessons.
    “The foundation’s grants have allowed us to buy basic equipment that we use all-the time,” said conceptual and honors physics teacher, Grothaus. “We have also bought equipment specific to labs that are integral to our curriculum: momentum carts, sets of springs, tuning forks, meter sticks with numbers they can read, spring scales and timers.”
    What might be even better than that was the addition of a Van de Graaff generator, which according to Grothaus has added a great deal to their unit on Electrostatics.
    “The kids are having a lot of fun with it,” Grothaus said. “We’ve made long human chains, human circuits, sent pie plates flying and just had a very shocking experience.”  

  • Hikers can take a step back in time and explore one of the earliest mineral deposits worked by prehistoric man in North America.
    Join geologist Patrick Rowe on Saturday to explore Cerro Pedernal, a prominent landmark in the Chama Valley, rich in both beauty and history.
    The Cerro Pedernal is narrow mesa, capped by volcanic rock and containing the outcrops of the bedded Pedernal Chert Member of the Abiquiu Tuff several hundred feet below its flat summit.
    Artifacts made of Pedernal Chert have been found hundreds of miles from its source. Some of these date back to the earliest human occupation of northern New Mexico, 10 or 11 thousand years ago, while other artifacts belong to the 20th century.
    The steep mountain slopes, the canyons and the meadows and the hummocky landslide areas of Cerro Pedernal all contain evidence of the quarries, workshops and camps of the American Indian.

  • Today
    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. Los Alamos Community Winds. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Bees: Midwives of Agriculture. 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Beekeeper Melanie Kirby is a native New Mexican who began beekeeping as a Peace Corps volunteer. In this talk she will highlight the connections between our landscapes and pollinators. Kirby will bring an observation hive, honey for tasting, and other interesting tools of the trade. $8/$6.50 PEEC members. losalamosnature.org.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.

  • The YMCA crew will showcase the recent work in developing the North Mesa garden site and plans for this growing season. The Youth Conservation Corps’ funding focus is organic and sustainable. The crew plans to demonstrate food growing approaches well-suited to living in Los Alamos County. The crew also plans to create a place for exchange on best practice in food production based on the experience of growers in the county.
    The garden crew plan a garden with something for everyone from permaculture, to trickle tape row crops, to pollinator friendly live mulch, composting with bio-dynamics, and aerated compost tea. For this year, choose among five greenhouse options ranging from low cost production greenhouses to more upscale, user-friendly grow dome designs.
    As the garden grows, the community will be invited to hands-on learning projects, volunteer-driven teaching of trade skills and to the monthly “meet-up” workgroup starting the third Thursday, beginning this week from 6:30-7:30 p.m. “Meet-ups” are for active volunteers working at the site. The garden crew will continue to hold seasonal walkabout or open house type meetings throughout the year.

  • A reminder this week for Father’s Day on Sunday. I hope you spoil your dad rotten.
    Dads have it a little harder than moms from time to time. They don’t seem to receive the same latitude as moms when it comes to the doling out of affections.
    There’s no huge sale of flowers for Father’s Day, and I’m not hearing all the commercials about buying chocolate dipped strawberries, a manicure or pedicure.
    Dads seem to get relegated to ties, cakes and, of course, don’t forget the great sale at the golf course from the Los Alamos High School golf team as they raise funds for the year at 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Are you still in need of a gift idea?
    Two Youth Business Grant recipients from the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation are young budding artists.
    LAHS freshmen Jude Valdez and buddy Isaiah Aylmer can occasionally be seen around town selling their artwork at a great price.
    Valdez taught Aylmer and a few friends how to paint the space themed portraits and now the pair has each received funding for supplies to keep them in business all summer long.
    Aylmer will be on hand this Friday night at the Gordon’s Summer Concert series with a variety of his work on sale.

  • The next Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will be Wednesday at Fuller Lodge, where there will be a presentation by Larry Hersman, a Los Alamos native and sailor. Social and reports of recent and upcoming trips will be discussed at 7 p.m. and Hersman’s program will start at 7:30 p.m.
    Hersman began sailing around the world shortly after retiring from Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2007. What was to take two years ended up being just over six years — starting and ending in Washington, North Carolina on the Pamlico Sound.
    Why did he do it? Hersman said, for starters the “sea” must be considered the first great wonder of the world as it covers more than 3/4 of the world’s surface and controls much of the weather and climates.  And like mountains, it has drawn mankind to it. When walking on a beach there are those who look only at the shore, waves, seabirds and salt grass bending in the breeze, but there are those few who only look out to sea, drawn to “what is out there, beyond the horizon.” The question, “Why go to sea?” is similar to the question “why climb a mountain?” Hersman said the answer is “because it is there.”

  • June 14-20, 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
    10:30 a.m.        LARSO Advisory Council
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Fish and chips
    2 p.m.        “A Stone Age Temple in Turkey”             with Paul Keaton
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    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

  • 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.
    There are also a number of kittens in foster care, so please stay tuned for more information as the kittens become available.
    Annie — A 9-year-old spayed female who needs a peaceful indoor home. She was adopted from the shelter as a kitten, but unfortunately due to medical care needed by her owner, so she is now back at the shelter looking for a new home! She has a very pretty black/gray, orange and white coat, and she quickly warms up to you when she realizes that you’re going to give her belly rubs!

  • Anticipation is high as Taos School of Music prepares to premier its 53rd season with the Borromeo String Quartet. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. June 21 at Taos Community Auditorium.
    The program includes Haydn: String Quartet Op. 77, No. 1; Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 13; and Schubert: Death and the Maiden. If you are a fan of chamber music or know someone who is, this concert is not to be missed. According to the Boston Globe, “The Borromeo String Quartet is simply the best there is on this planet; every appearance they make is an event.”
    Individual tickets can be purchased online at taosschoolofmusic.com, in advance at Mudd-n-Flood, 103-B Bent St., Taos or the evening of the performance at the auditorium box office, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Adult tickets cost $25 and children 16 years of age and under cost $10.
    Season tickets for all five summer concerts are $100 each. Young Artist concert tickets are an additional $10 each. For information, call 575-776-2388.

  • A full schedule of diverse musical and innovative dance events has been announced for visitors to Santa Fe this summer as “The City Different” seeks to grow its reputation as one of America’s most culturally vibrant destinations. From opera to bluegrass, Santa Fe will offer a wide range of live musical performances along with award-winning international ballet.
     A full calendar of summer performances can now be found on santafe.org.
    Santa Fe Opera: July 3–Aug. 29
    Surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains, the Santa Fe Opera is one of the most iconic venues of its kind in the country. The 2015 season welcomes performances such as “Cold Mountain,” “The Daughter of the Regiment” and “Salome.” In addition to the shows, the Opera hosts “Opening Night Dinners” — a special event with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a three-course seated dinner with wine on the opera’s lush grounds. Keep reading the Los Alamos Monitor’s Diversions section for a full preview.
    Santa Fe Bandstand: July 7-Aug. 28

  • Get ready for some informative talks coming up at the Los Alamos Nature Center, courtesy of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    Bees: Midwives of Agriculture

  • You can almost hear the voices of the ancestral people as you stand amid the ruins at Chaco National Historical Park in northern New Mexico. They seem to echo within the walls of this monumental architectural site that was once home to a vibrant center of Puebloan culture some 1,000 years ago.
    As you look around, it’s hard to believe that the high-desert landscape, harsh winters and short growing seasons were conducive to the creation of such an achievement. Yet, the valley became the hub of an advanced social organization and community life that thrived and flourished for centuries.
    It all began in the mid-800s, when the Chacoan people started building massive stone buildings or Great Houses with hundreds of rooms. Early on, they used the dark brown sandstone from the nearby cliff tops; later, they preferred the light tan sandstone from the lower canyon walls. Construction of some of the buildings spanned decades or longer and although each is unique in its own way, they all share recognizable Chacoan architectural features: planned layouts, multistoried construction, distinctive masonry, spacious rooms, open plazas and huge subterranean ceremonial chambers called “great kivas.” The latter most likely served as gathering places for different communities in the region and could have accommodated multitudes of people at one time.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The topic will be genealogical travel with presentations from Roberta Day Idzorek and Rick and Carolyn Wallace. Come and learn what to do and what not to do on genealogical research trips. The traditional no-host dinner before the meeting will be at China Moon at 5:30 p.m.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The Jimmy Stadler Band. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.  
    Farmers Cooperative Market. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Co-op Market. The Farmer’s Cooperative Market will bring food from four farms, Camino de Paz, Monte Vista Farm, Tesuque Pueblo Farm and Shepherd’s Lamb. The producer’s co-op is also working with the co-op to make items from thesde farmers available in the store on a daily basis.

    ChamberFest. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Businesses and nonprofits showcase their products and services for the public. Entertainment will include Eddy & the Nomads, a car show, pet activity area, kids activity area with the LANB sand pile and a special showdown at high noon.

  • The NJROTC program had a stellar year this year and Lt. Cdr. Wes Shumaker, Los Alamos High School’s contender for Los Alamos Public Schools Teacher of the Year, knows he couldn’t have done it without the help of a great deal of parent support.
    “Our booster club is extremely helpful in taking the load of planning and orchestrating the fundraising efforts to support our activities,” Shumaker said. “Over the past several years thanks to their efforts we have developed standard by-laws and applied for and received a 501(c)(3) status for the Booster Club. Both these accomplishments took a considerable amount of time and effort. The result is we have a lot more flexibility in how we can conduct fundraising.”
    A large portion of the fundraising supports the unit’s ability to travel to a variety of competitions throughout the state and the nation. This year the travel included Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Roswell, Texas, Arizona, Ohio, Colorado and Alabama, leading all the way into summer.
    Booster Club members like Maire O’Neill helped with events including the spaghetti dinner and fall awards ceremonies, while Karen Murphy served as booster club secretary and heading up the Smith’s gift card program.