• The Mesa Public Library will be host to a book group round-up, summer reading for grown ups. There will be two sessions, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
    A book group round-up is a chance for people to get together and talk about books — whatever kinds of books they like.
    It’s a chance for people who would like to form or join a book discussion group to meet. It’s a chance for established book groups to find new members. It’s a chance for readers to break out of old patterns and read something different, based on personal recommendations from others in the group.
    Mesa Public Library will have two sessions of Book Group Round-up to kick off the summer reading season, and to introduce people to a new, library-sponsored book club called the “Any Book” Book Club.
    Everyone who likes to read and talk about books is invited. If you can’t attend, but are interested in sharing information about book groups you may belong to, fill out the questionnaire at either library in Los Alamos or White Rock.
    An “Any Book” book club is one where everyone gets together to talk about the book they are reading at the time, or the most recent one they’ve read, or the one that made the biggest impact on them.  

  • Los Alamos High School students Katie Delgado, Wilbur Wang and Devon McClesky, along with 11 others received medals from the American Association of German Teachers for scoring in the 91st to 99th percentile, when compared to German students on a nationwide scale.
    “Wunderbar!” Dr. Debbie Belew-Nyquist said. “We have outstanding students who also have an outstanding teacher in Ms. Boshier. She works hard to enthusiastically design lessons and activities that brings out the best in them through learning German in her classroom.”
    LAHS sophomore Katie Delgado scored in the 99th percentile on the level 2 exam and was the top nominee for their Study Trip Award. Her efforts secured the top spot and Delgado was gifted a three-week stay in Germany to attend school. She will stay with a host family, where she will also visit Berlin.
    Wilbur Wang, also a sophomore, scored a 99 percent on the level 3 exam, receiving a gold medal and their 2015 Austrian Book Award.
    Devon McClesky, a junior scored in the 97th percentile for the level two exam, also receiving a medal and the 2015 Austrian Book Award.
    Additional gold medal recipients include Rose Click, Emily Brown, George Margevicius, Andreas Runde, Alexander Ionkov, Kayla Parker, Louise Belian, Tabitha Welch, Rachel Wallstrom, Jennifer Wang and Andrew Makela.

  • Bradbury part of Blue Star program

    The Bradbury is again partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families Foundation and the Department of Defense in the Blue Star Museums program to host active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 25 through Labor Day Sept. 7.
    “We are excited and proud to be a part of the 2,000 museums throughout the United States participating in the Blue Star Museum program to thank our nation’s military personnel — and their families — for their service. The museum already has a free-admission policy, but we’re participating in this program to raise awareness of the importance of honoring members of the U.S. armed services, as we share our collective history,” said Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck.
    Blue Star Museums are more than 2,000 museums nationwide that offer free admission to active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, as well as their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
    For a full list of participating museums nationwide, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

    Puppy adoption set for this weekend

  • Piñon Park Pool has memberships available for the 2015 season. The pool, located at 104 Bryce Ave., has been a part of the White Rock community for 49 years.
    The pool offers three types of memberships based upon number of swimmers. A one-person membership cost $200 and includes five guest passes. A two-person membership is $325 plus 10 guest passes. A family membership is $450 guest packages and includes 20 guest passes.
    Current members who refer a new member will receive a $50 credit toward his or her 2016 assessment for each referral.
    The pool features a covered lounge area, tables and grill for picnic, a shaded kiddy pool area, play area and snack bar.
    It offers lane swimming, water aerobics and late night swims every Wednesday, as well as special theme night and other activities throughout the summer.
    On July 4, the pool will host a members-only party, including games and prizes for the kids, a diving contest and the famous greased watermelon contest between members and staff.
    Swim lessons are being held the weeks of June 8-12, June 22-26, July 6-10 and July 20-24 for all levels for both members and non-members.
    The cost is $30 per swimmer for members and $40 per swimmer for non-members. Private lessons are available upon request.

  • The Rotary Deborah Beene Music Awards auditions last week at Fuller Lodge.  
    The committee of judges included Cindy Little, Charlene Cox-Clifton, Rotarians Brian Newnam, Mandy Marksteiner and Ed Van Eeckhout.  
    Nine students participated, with performances ranging from voice to strings, woodwinds to percussion.
    The winners were: First place, $1,200 — Michelle Yang, violin (teacher Kay Newnam). Second place, $800 — Caitlin Dahl, cello (teacher Dana Winograd). Third place tie, $300 each — Jennifer Necker, oboe (teacher Aaron Lewis). Catherine Runnels, soprano (teacher Nathan Salazar).
    The Deborah Beene account provided $1,000.
    Another $1,000 was given by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos and the remaining funds were provided through private donation.
    The Rotary Deborah Beene Music Awards program was established in the memory of Deborah Beene, daughter of Donald and Sara Beene, a violin and piano student who died in December 1973 while enrolled in school here. The awards are intended to assist students in their musical growth.
    The 9th-12th grade LAHS students may compete.

  • Since the start of school year, the dance students of Los Alamos High School have been learning and perfecting the art of Ballroom dance.
    The students are showing off what they have learned at the Spring Dance Show at 7 p.m. today at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Admission is free.
    LAHS teacher Natasha Barkhudarova teaches her students the fundamentals of dance and performance. The students dance everything from the convivial Quickstep to the passionate Samba. See student choreographed dances and artfully crafted formation dances, as well as guest performances by the LAHS Bollywood, Hip-Hop and Ballroom clubs, and guest-performers from New Mexico Dance Theater, DALA, Folklorico, YMCA Kathak and NMSU Hip-Hop.

    See this story in Diversions on Thursday.

  • Today
    Grief support group. 6:30 p.m. in the lounge of the United Church. All members of the community are welcome. For more information, visit uceducation@unitedchurchla.org, or call 662-2971.

    The Western Landowners Alliance: Stewardship with Vision. 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. The WLA is a voice for conservation-minded landowners across the West. They work to ensure private and leased public lands and waters in the West are healthy and resilient to environmental and developmental stressors. Executive Director Leslie Allison will talk about WLA’s goals and work. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    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.

  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre will be having a play reading for the classic tale, “Harvey,” which kicks off the 2015-16 season in September.
    Readings will be 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Green Room at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.
    Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary, 6-1/2 foot tall rabbit.
    To avoid future embarrassment for her family — and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae — Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium.
    At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that her years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also, and so the doctors mistakenly commit her instead of her mild-mannered brother.
    The truth comes out, however, Veta is freed, and the search is on for Elwood, who eventually arrives at the sanitarium of his own volition, looking for Harvey.
    But it seems that Elwood and his invisible companion have had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors.
    Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all.

  • PAC 8 Community Media Center is offering 18 video classes this summer.
    The classes are a new addition this year that PAC 8 will be partnering with PEEC in six of its video sessions.
    In the “Outdoor Fun” classes, kids will show their point of view about favorite outdoor locations around Los Alamos.
    The videos from each class will be combined into a short “Los Alamos Welcomes You” film to be projected in the nature center’s planetarium on a continuous basis.
    Participants will be involved in various aspects of video production (acting, camera operation, voice-overs, audio and editing).
    Each participant will receive a PEEC T-shirt and DVD of the film. “Outdoor Fun” classes cost $110. An anonymous donor is offering two half-tuition scholarships, based on need, for the “Outdoor Fun” classes.
    PAC 8 is also offering classes in 2-D and 3-D animation, logic music production, GoPro and Drone classes, Google Earth and music videos.
    The first two sessions of the summer classes will be shot at the The Nature Center where the kids will create a short documentary on the new Center.
    These classes cost $90. Pay for classes at least two weeks before they start.
    Class size is limited to six students per teacher.

  • My column this week is about a variety of assets. You can pick one or try to do them all: family support, positive family communication, caring school climate, caring for others.
    I would like everyone to understand the stress on youth and school staff as the year winds down. I just want to take a minute and give a nod to school staff and how hard this year in particular is with PARCC, final exams, end of course, etc.
    However, my main focus this week is on youth and how we as a community need to step up for the next two weeks. We need to understand the pressure, real or perceived, we need to be understanding, we need to have conversations around fun stuff that doesn’t involve academics.
    It doesn’t matter if you have school-aged kids or not, you too can step up and be a support system. Pass a kid on the sidewalk, look them in the eye and say hello, how’s it going, almost summer.
    The song by A Great Big World, “Say Something,” keeps coming to mind.
    Tensions are high and the troops are restless. I see it in people of all ages, not just the kids. I see crabby adults, people that need to tell you every grumpy thing on their mind. No matter how much you try and persuade yourself that your poor attitude isn’t or doesn’t rub off on the children, you are mistaken.

  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi announces that James Wendelberger, of Los Alamos, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Wendelberger was initiated at The University of New Mexico.

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    Aubrie Powell, of Los Alamos was among a talented group of student composers, choreographers and dancers who produced Baldwin Wallace University’s “fyoo zh en ‘15: new music + dance” this spring. The annual “fyoo zh en” dance concert pairs choreographers from the Department of Theatre and Dance’s Dance Program with composers from the Conservatory of Music. Together they create new works inspired by an academic research project. Baldwin Wallace University is in Berea, Ohio.

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    Sarah Tripplehorn, a University of Dallas freshman from Los Alamos, mentored students at Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center this past year.
    Tripplehorn, along with 39 other undergraduates, met with her “mentee” each week for lunch and conversation. Mentors offered guidance and advice — and most importantly, friendship — to their mentees, acting as “big sisters.”

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  • May 17-23, 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
    10:30 a.m.    Advisory council
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury steak
    Noon        Grief support
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8 a.m.        Mac users group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.         Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Tilapia
    1 p.m.         Bingo
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis

  • 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 a new best friend today! 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, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Annie — A 9-year-old, spayed, female who needs a peaceful indoor home. She came into the shelter several years ago as one of a kitten litter being cared for by a big gentle cat. That “mama” cat turned out to be a gentleman. Both he and Annie became part of a household. Because of medical care now needed by their owner, Annie had to come back to the shelter, now as a grown-up girl.

  • 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 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 Friday at the Tarnoff Art Center in Rowe. For more information and directions, visit tarnoffartcenter.org, or call 919-8888.  

    Marta Light-Acrylic/Mixed Media Painting, “Rhythm and Gestures” at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque. First Friday citywide event. 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Show closes May 29.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces “Creating Shape.”  Zane Bennett Contemporary Art will unveil to the public for the first time our latest acquisitions.  The exhibition will feature works by Karen Yank. The opening will be 5-7 p.m. May 29. Show runs until June 19.

  • From simply stunning mountain communities like Taos, to quirky desert towns like Truth or Consequences, boasts some of the USA’s most scenic spots. Here are towns that were rated most beautiful in ‘The Land of Enchantment’.
    Nestled in the foothills of New Mexico’s stunning Sangre de Cristo Mountains just a short drive north of Santa Fe is Chimayó — a tiny community originally founded by Spanish settlers in the late 17th century. Recently listed amongst Budget Travel’s Most Beautiful Towns in the World, Chimayó is a town with roots in spirituality: the El Santuario de Chimayó, a shrine and National Historic Landmark, marks the spot where a miraculous healing is said to have taken place 200 years ago.  
    A town steeped in history and culture, Taos was named amongst the World’s Prettiest Mountain Towns by Travel and Leisure Magazine, and is known for its scenic location in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, historic architecture and art heritage. Since the early 20th century, artists including Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keeffe have flocked to the town enchanted by its beauty, and with organizations like Taos Art Museum alongside regular arts and crafts fairs, Taos remains an artists’ haven today.
    Silver City

  • The Dance Barns and National Dance Institute New Mexico celebrates the accomplishments of its students in the annual year-end extravaganza in Santa Fe.
    Performers include more than 1,000 Santa Fe Public School students, teachers, firefighters, police officers, and parents.
    “Imagine the Possibilities... A Celebration of Reading” journeys into the enchanting world of books where one can solve a mystery, learn about another culture, and be inspired through poetry. Each performance features more than 500 Santa Fe Public School children dancing together in a true demonstration of teamwork and excellence.
    Performances attract more than 4,000 audience members to the Dance Barns. The gala began last week and continues this weekend.
    On Saturday, NDI New Mexico’s annual Santa Fe Gala fundraiser “From Page to Stage” will host supporters from across New Mexico.  The evening begins with a performance at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing in the Gala tent.  Special guests this year include Governor Susana Martinez performing with students on stage and music by Manzanares. NDI New Mexico’s statewide outreach programs are offered at no cost to children and families.
    The Annual Gala raises important operating funds for the nonprofit organization.

  • Musical Theatre Works, in association with The Lensic Performing Arts Center of Santa Fe presents “Fiddler on the Roof.”
    Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. June 19 and June 20, and 2 p.m. June 21. Tickets are $17-27 and can be purchased at the Lensic box office, 211 West San Francisco St., by phone 988-1234, or online at ticketssantafe.org.
    Also, there will be a special lecture — “Marc Chagall — Creativity and Madness” by renowned psychiatrist Dr. Barry Panter. The lecture will be 11 a.m. June 21 at the Lensic. Tickets $15. Free admission to Fiddler ticket holders.

  • Unknown to many is that there are a number of waterfalls in New Mexico, and Doug Scott is the expert on the topic. Scott will be offering a tour through the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on May 16 for a small group limited to 10 people.
    The group will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7:30 a.m. and will return around 5 p.m. Scott will introduce tour participants to his secret access passages and vantage points for eight waterfalls within a two-mile radius in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness.
    Among the waterfalls the group will discover is Rio Puerco, which cuts a deep, narrow slot canyon through a massive pink granite mastiff as it descends the eastern slopes of the San Pedro Parks Wilderness. Resumadero Falls is a 90-foot waterfall with three separate tiers, while 60-foot Lichen Falls is known as the “Queen” of this land. The group will also visit 50-foot Echo Falls and 30-foot Double Falls in this amazing canyon.
    This is a class 3 hike with a few class 4 spots. The group will navigate through and within sheer granite walls but will climb no class 5 sheer walls. No ropes or belaying will be necessary. This is a safe but thrilling adventure, covering as much as six miles with about 900 feet in vertical elevation gain.

  • Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers for a presentation by Andy Thein after the monthly meeting at
    7 p.m. May 20 at Fuller Lodge.
    Thein’s program begins at 7:30 p.m.
    In June of 2011, Jason Halladay, Mark Schraad, Thien and his wife Sarah took a trip to the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to an unusually mild-tempered Mother Nature, they managed to climb and ski four classic volcanoes: Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood.
    The Los Alamos Mountaineers meetings offer, in addition to the featured talk, refreshments and casual conversation, as well as updates on upcoming trips and safety advice learned from outdoor adventuring.

  • Today
    Student Art Show. 4-7 p.m. at Karen Wray Fine Art Studios, 166 East Gate Drive, next to Yeaman’s Machine Shop. For more information, visit karenwrayfineart.com, or call 660-6382.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The two-part program, “Additional Genealogical Programs to use with Family Search and with Ancestry.com.” Kent Parsons and Irma Holtkamp will present the program. The public is invited. The traditional no-host dinner will be held at China Moon at 5:30 p.m. before the meeting.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Student Art Show. Noon-6:30 p.m. at Karen Wray Fine Art Studios, 166 East Gate Drive, next to Yeaman’s Machine Shop. For more information, visit karenwrayfineart.com, or call 660-6382.

    The 18th Annual Los Alamos Arts Council Kite Festival. 7 p.m. at Overlook Park in White Rock. Event will open with the Gordon’s Summer Concert. There will be a lighted kite flying demonstration, food vendors and free kite building workshops for children. Each child receives a free T-shirt after building a kite. Sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank.