• Nominations needed for STEM women calendar

    New Mexico Women of STEM are being honored with the creation of a 16-month calendar featuring the top New Mexico women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Nominations are now being accepted from across the state with a focus on those in rural New Mexico working in STEM related fields of expertise.
    The calendars will be distributed to students at schools throughout New Mexico in August and will serve a dual purpose, with each feature page including the women’s accomplishments and stories that can also be used as a tear-off promotional poster to encourage young women in schools to make STEM choices for their own education.
    The Supercomputing Challenge is one of the main sponsors and recently wrapped up its 25th anniversary year of introducing middle and high school students across New Mexico, to the combined power of supercomputers, modeling and problem solving.

  • With all the rain, brings wildflowers abound. Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for a Wildflower Walk beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
    This will be an easy walk to identify some of the wildflowers that can be found in and around Los Alamos. The group will meet at the Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, and then carpool to the trail that Keller will select based on what is blooming at the time. The walk is free and there is no advance registration required.
    Participants will receive a plant list and that, along with instruction from Keller, will help them learn how to identify wildflowers currently blooming in Los Alamos.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • The League of Women Voters will have their monthly Lunch with a Leader from 11:45 a.m. June 16 at the Mesa Public Library.
    This month the guest speakers are Jeremy Marshall and Jarrett Garcia from the Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project (Southwest Jemez CFLRP).
    Marshall has been with the SW Jemez CFLRP Implementation Leader from November 2013 to present.
    He has been involved with planning and implementation of prescribed fire, thinning and watershed restoration work associated the SW Jemez CFLRP on the Santa Fe National Forest. 
    Prior to this he worked on the Sweet Home All Hands Collaborative doing restoration work on the Willamette National Forest in Oregon. Marshall has a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies (Forest Ecology Focus) 1998 Humboldt State University, Arcata, California.
    He has worked for the Forest Service in New Mexico and other Rocky Mountain states since 1996, primarily as a field Ecologist.”

  • Today
    Family Night at the Nature Center sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. The second Tuesday of every month is Family Night at PEEC. There will be games, activities, experiments, crafts and more. This summer, also join Melissa Mackey at the campfire outside (ages 4-10), or explore the nature center inside. 5:30 p.m. Free. All ages. More information at losalamosnature.org.

    Historical Society and Museum will have docent training aimed at teens, but open to everyone who have missed regular meetings. Volunteers are welcome from 1-4 p.m. at the Bethe House, 1350 Bathtub Row.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.  
    Green Hour Hikes with PEEC. 9:30 a.m. Meet at local trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Some days you’ll hike far, others you’ll stop and play at an interesting spot. Free. All ages. Check PEEC’s website for trailhead meeting points at losalamosnature.org.

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

  • Join veteran docent Natali Steinberg on the popular trip to the Leonora Curtin Wetlands Preserve. Located south of Santa Fe, the 35-acre preserve is adjacent to El Rancho de las Golondrinas in La Cienega.
    The diverse landscape includes riparian, transitional and arid habitats, allowing for visitors to experience everything from cattails ponds and gnarled cottonwoods to yucca and cactus, all in one outing. June is a lovely time at the wetland, and numerous birds, insects and reptiles can be seen, in addition to a wide variety of local flora.
    The field trip is limited to 20 participants, and advanced registration is requested. The cost is $6 for the general public and $5 PEEC members. Remember to bring a snack, hat and bottled water. There is no drinking water available at the preserve.
    Meet at the Nature Center at 8 a.m. June 21 to carpool to the preserve. The estimated return time to the Nature Center is noon.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Hooray! It is summer and finally some free time. I hope you are enjoying some fun asset building experiences.
    One year ago this week, I officially became the executive director of a nonprofit, called Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA).
    My husband Chad and I believe in the assets and as funding continued to decrease and the need always seemed to be increasing, we began the mammoth amount of paperwork to apply for 501(c)(3) status.
    Last year, on June 9, yet another letter arrived, which I was sure was a need for another copy of another document before it could be official. After what had been a long, difficult day, I decided not to open the letter until the next day.
    The next day, I opened the letter and to my surprise, we were official. We call it the Golden Ticket, a throwback to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and our work began anew.
    In one year, we increased the number of elementary schools where we provide free hands on science to six. We staffed a middle school leadership/mentoring program and played host to the 2015 Community Asset Awards.
    We received a grant from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation that resulted in teaching 11 science topics, 609 role model interactions, 71 hours of science instruction, 282 feet doing science (just ask us) and 3,280 hands doing science.

  • In an effort to provide more locally grown food to Los Alamos, the members of the Farmers’ Cooperative Market have partnered with the Los Alamos Cooperative Market. Farmers’ Cooperative Market members are making limited products available daily inside the Los Alamos Co-op Market grocery store.
    From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, the co-op hosts the Farmers’ Cooperative Market at the outdoor booths. The market is comprised of four vendors: Camino de Paz, Monte Vista Farm, Tesuque Pueblo Farm and Shepherd’s Lamb. The outdoor booths started May 16 with meat, dairy, strawberries and fresh veggies.
    The Farmers’ Cooperative Market is owned and democratically controlled by four participating farms. It is independent from the Los Alamos Co-op Market. Each farmer sends products to the market with a Farmers’ Cooperative Market representative. In addition, the farmers make a rotating presence at the market so that customers have an opportunity to meet the growers. The collaboration allows each farmer more time to devote to their growing.

  • June 7-13, 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
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Tuna salad
    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: Chicken cordon bleu                 sandwich
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:45 a.m.        Music with Ruth

  • 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.

  • The Couse Foundation will present a Roundtable Discussion with the Descendants of the six founding members of the Taos Society of Artists at the Taos Center for the Arts beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. Seating is limited so contact the TCA today at 575-758-2052. Tickets are $10 per person.
    On Saturday, The Couse Foundation will host its first Open House of the season from 3-5 p.m. at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site, 146 Kit Carson Road.
    Directly after the Open House there will be a short reception honoring the Descendants of the TSA in the gardens at the Couse-Sharp Site.
    The exhibit “Italy to Taos: Rolshoven and the Taos Society of Artists,” will open on July 4 and will run until Sept. 27.
    Starting on Oct. 3, etchings by J.H. Sharp will be on exhibit in the Luna Chapel as part of the larger exhibition “Pressing Through Time.” The Sharp exhibit will continue through October.
    Tour the historic studios of E.I. Couse and J.H. Sharp, two of the founders of the Taos Society of Artists, and enjoy a stroll through Virginia Walker Couse’s garden.
    Also visit the studios of Randy LaGro, Ed Sandoval, Ann Huston, Gail Goodwin, and Gene and Sara Jean Gray. Visit the Town of Taos to view exhibits in other museums and galleries featuring the works of TSA artists.

  • Summer music starts
    at Santa Fe museum

  • Peñasco is one of the largest of the culturally diverse villages along the ‘High Road To Taos’ Scenic Route, and for the first time, people from all parts of the community are coming together to share what makes this place so special. The event runs June 12-14.
    The weekend kicks off with a dance and music provided by Cipriano Vigil, a native of nearby Chamisal, has a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology and a lifelong passion to preserve and share northern New Mexico music. He has been honored as a Living Treasure. The performance 6 p.m. June 14 at the Peñasco Theatre.
    As well as the dance, the Peñasco Theatre is hosting two other events over the weekend:
    • Poetry readings by Levi Romero, the New Mexico Centennial Poet Laureate. Romero’s poems are immersed in the regional manito dialect of northern New Mexico, and have been published internationally. 7 p.m. June 13.
    • Presentations and exhibits of community and family history, including genealogy, stories and photographs, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. June 13-14.

  • TOURISM Santa Fe had its grand opening of a new visitor center on the historic downtown plaza last week.
    The Plaza Visitor Center is in the Plaza Galeria at 66 E. San Francisco Street, on the main level, and will be open and staffed from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
    TOURISM Santa Fe Visitor Centers welcome the world’s travelers to The City Different and provide assistance in all aspects of the Santa Fe experience from historical sites and tours to lodging, dining, culture and the great outdoors. There have been 30,000 travelers that visited the centers in 2014. With the addition of the Plaza Visitor Center, this number is conservatively estimated to more than double.
    “The strong increase in travel to Santa Fe and everyone’s interest in visiting the historic plaza makes this expansion of services a natural one,” said Randy Randall, executive director for TOURISM Santa Fe. “Even travelers who’ve been to Santa Fe before can be surprised by how much high quality experience is available at any given time of the year. The Visitor Centers are a key part of our ongoing effort to raise awareness of all the city has to offer.”

  • Tuesdays at the Pond began this week with Marcos Cavalcante playing guitar at Ashley Pond. Tuesdays at the Pond, a summer entertainment series, started its second season on Tuesday and will run through Aug. 11. It brings a variety of entertainment acts to the Ashley Pond stage in downtown Los Alamos every Tuesday evening.
    The Craig Martin Experience is scheduled to perform June 9.
    Marcos Cavalcante is a Brazilian guitar player, composer and arranger. He has a doctoral degree in classical guitar performance and literature and a master’s degree in music from Indiana University School of Music. Cavalcante’s bachelor’s degree is in music composition from Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
    The Los Alamos Creative District directs a variety of programs that bring people to downtown Los Alamos. Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers special programming at Mesa Public Library, Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society and Fuller Lodge Art Center.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education’s Summer Family Evenings kicks off with a bang this year with a visit from Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, thanks to new sponsorship from Del Norte Credit Union.
    Kids can visit with an ambassador wolf, and the sanctuary’s staff will teach all about wolves, including their diet, hunting strategies, family life, physical adaptations, pack structure and more. The event will be 6:30 p.m. June 10 at the Nature Center.
    Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program at PEEC, and now, with the Del Norte Credit Union’s support, they will be better than ever.
    Look for a visit from the rattlesnake museum, one from the bug zoo, the Wildlife Center, the return of the taxidermy museum, baby goats and much more.
    Summer Family Evenings every Wednesday evening throughout June and July at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. They are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.
    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.

  • Los Alamos
    China Palace, 739 Central Ave.
    Date Inspected: May 14
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Thermostat not working properly. Oyster shell held at improper temperature. Both high-risk violations were corrected at time of inspection. One moderate-risk violation. Need thermometers in refrigerator. One low-risk violation. Bag of rice stored on floor and must be stored 6 inches off the floor.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    White Rock
    Smith’s Bakery, 32 Sherwood Blvd.
    Date Inspected: May 14
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations. Invalid permit. Temperature gage not working properly.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Smith’s Meat Market, 32 Sherwood Blvd.
    Date Inspected: May 14
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Today
    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.

    History on Tap: Experiences of Iwo Jima with Bill Hudson. 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room. For more information visit losalamoshistory.org.

    Free Film Series. “About Time.” 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Ryan Finn Septet and the Craig Martin Experience. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.
    Summerfest. Biking from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Beer and festival from 1-6 p.m. at Pajarito Mountain.

  • Residents living in and around Los Alamos can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening.  
    New Beginnings Fellowship Church will host this community event on June 22. The church is located at 112 East Road.
    Screenings can check for:
    • The level of plaque buildup in arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
    • HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels
    • Diabetes risk
    • Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis
    • Kidney and thyroid function, and more
    Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Free parking is also available.  
    Packages start at $149, but consultants will work with to create the right package that is right based on age and risk factors.  
    Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit the website at lifelinescreening.com.  Pre-registration is required.

  • Rotary Youth Exchange student Markus Essl, of Austria, recently gave a presentation at the Rotary Club about his high school year in Los Alamos as part of Rotary International’s youth exchange program.  
    He and Frederiek Gerretschen, of the Netherlands, were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos and were hosted by local families on a three-month rotation.
    Essl and Gerretschen will return to their home countries in July. Both students commented that a year abroad is “not a year in your life, but a life in your year.”  The local Rotary Club will welcome a new student, Krissi Wellis, of Brandenburg, Germany, in August for the new school year.  
    Rotary offers exchanges for students 15-19 years of age in more than one dozen countries in Europe, South America and Asia. High school students who are interested in studying overseas through rotary will find information at rotary.org or may contact local club coordinator Lisa Harris at losalamosrye@gmail.com.

  • Family Night is Tuesday at the 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 and are free to attend.
    In June, July and August, there will be extra special family campfire fun. Join Melissa Mackey for songs, stories and a little science from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    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.