• Kristi Beguin will offer another of her popular classes, called “Get Grounded,” from 9 a.m. to noon on on Saturday.
    After meeting at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, participants will spend the morning connecting with nature in an unusual way. While traveling scenic trails off the beaten path, attenders will have the chance to explore concepts of natural movement, grounding, mindfulness and balance.
    In this age of fast-paced, high-tech lifestyles, this class will allow individuals to slow down, observe, breathe and enjoy the outdoors in a deeply experiential manner.
    Kristi Beguin is a scientist, an environmental consultant, and expert herbalist. She has practiced her skills through outdoor activities, martial arts, writing and making medicines. Her medical applications incorporate Western herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and flower essence therapy.
    Advance registration is required. The class is designed for adults and costs $25 for non-members or $20 for PEEC members. Further information may be found on the PEEC website, PajaritoEEC.org or by phoning 662-0460.
    The class will meet at PEEC (Pajarito Environmental Education Center), 3540 Orange Street, and will then move out to a nearby trail.

  • The 16th Annual Santa Fe Greek Festival, hosted by the St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church, has new dates and a new and improved menu for 2013. This year’s festival is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., June 21-22, at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Experience Greek culture, food, pastries, music, dancing and beer and wine too.
     “We have recruited many Santa Fe restaurant owners and chefs who are of Greek descent to create a new menu for the festival this year including our priest, Father Dimitrios Pappas, whose family owned a Greek restaurant in Denver for many years called, “Chef Zorba’s,” Violet Santikos said, advertising chair for this year’s festival. “Father Dimitri is a great Greek chef and will be baking the kourambiedes and melomakarona cookies for this year’s festival!” Santikos added.

  • Santa Fe
    Tree House LCC, 163 Paseo de Peralta
    Date inspected: June 6
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Paper towels were not available near the hand sink, cloth towels are not allowed and violation was corrected during inspection. One moderate-risk violation. Cutting boards are stained with veggie coloring and must be sanded or replaced. Two low-risk violations. Thermometer must be placed in refrigeration unit where it can be easily seen. Soap dispenser recommended for hand sink in kitchen, soap container was placed inside sink.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Rio en Medio Senior Center, 1 El Alto Lane
    Date inspected: June 6
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    RAAGA, 544-B Agua Fria St.
    Date inspected: June 6
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. No soap or paper towels at all hand sinks, water draining into bucket. One low-risk violation. No light in wash area, after shielding was missing.
    Status of Establishment: Follow up from May 28. Immediate suspension.

    Inn on the Paseo, 630 Paseo de Peralta
    Date inspected: June 6
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

  • The Spanish Colonial Arts Society announces the largest permanent gift of art from outside of New Mexico, ever donated to the society in its 88-year history.
    An exhibition of the gift items will open to the public on June 22 at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 750 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill in Santa Fe.
    Silver filigree baskets from Ayacucho, gilded frames from Cuzco, reverse-painted glass from Cajamarca, folding screens from Korea and China, porcelain tableware from France, silver-plated dessert settings from London — these were just some of the furnishings found in the elegant home of Miriam and Pedro Beltrán in Lima in the 1950s where dignitaries from around the world were entertained.
    The collection amassed by the Beltráns, guided by Miriam’s artistic eye, reflects not only their international life style, but their abiding interest in and passion for Peru.
    Side-by-side with European and Asian golden age furnishings are pieces emblematic of Peru and its history.
    Selected to be Peru’s Ambassador to the United States, Peru’s prime minister and minister of finance and editor and publisher of Peru’s highly regarded newspaper, La Prensa, Beltrán was the quintessential Peruvian gentleman.

  • It’s time to sign up for the annual eighth grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C.
    This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school eighth grade students, and not a school sponsored trip. Sign up online at worldstrides.org using ID Number 94821, or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same ID Number.
    For four days and three nights, the students will experience a sightseeing tour in and around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Maryland. Highlights of the trip include the White House, the International Spy Museum, the Walter Reed Medical Museum, a Capitol tour, the Newseum, the Pentagon Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Arlington Cemetery, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Iwo Jima, Korean, the Vietnam Memorials, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and much more.
    Wreaths will be laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Students from the Los Alamos Public Schools won eleven awards at the recent statewide National History Day contest, and eight of those students are going to the national contest in the nation’s capital next month.
    The state winning students are:
    First Place
    • Sophomores Kimberly Pestovich, Yamira Dejesus, and Kaylen Pocaterra, for their senior group exhibit on “Building the Railroad: A Vehicle to Opportunity and Success”
    • Senior Emily McClenahan, with her senior individual documentary, “Dress Rehearsal For Hell: The Meridian Campaign, a Turning Point in History and Modern Warfare”
    • Seventh graders Ruby Selvage and Kathryn McClenahan, in junior group performance for “Atomic Age Act II: The Russian Atomic Bomb”
    Second Place
    • Sophomore Anne Scripsick, with her senior individual exhibit on “Fighting The Speckled Monster” about the small pox vaccine
    • Seventh grader Miriam Wallstrom, in junior individual website for her project, “The 13th Amendment: Free At Last”
    The students will travel to the University of Maryland and compete against students from around the country this month at the national NHD contest.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is sponsoring lots of fun, free activities for families this summer.
    At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Gail Haggard of Plants of the Southwest will create a wildflower meadow near PEEC’s new Mud Kitchen, and participants can watch and learn.
    Haggard will share tips about how to seed an area to create that beautiful effect. She’ll also discuss which seeds work best, when to plant, and how to care for the flowers.
    Plants of the Southwest has been in operation in Santa Fe since 1976 and Haggard has been working there since it opened. She loves native plants, and loves to share that knowledge with others.
    This event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.
    Nature Playtimes commence from 10-11 a.m. every Monday at PEEC. During Nature Playtimes, kids up to age five enjoy a short storytime and a wide variety of activities about nature. Kids and parents rotate through activity stations together, with each week bringing new activities on a different theme.
    The National Wildlife Federation recommends that every kid get outside for a “Green Hour” each day.

  • Those new to Los Alamos are welcome to a special event … Discover Los Alamos, Friday night at the Bradbury Science Museum.
    The multi-agency collaboration was designed to provide an opportunity for new community members to have a taste of what Los Alamos has to offer in the way of low and no cost activities.
    “Since I didn’t bring a family with me I was keen to meet people and make friends,” Marcus Weigand said. “This event would help me to find clubs and societies where I could get to know new people. In addition, it might allow me to start a new hobby that I hadn’t pursued in the past.”
    Weingand is a post-doctorate in masters of public administration and computerized maintenance management system.
    The Bradbury staff, along with Los Alamos National Laboratory members and Assets In Action have rallied community programs to provide handouts and answer questions about things to keep those new to Los Alamos on the hill and heartily occupied with activities.
    The event will be an open house style that takes place from 5 to
    8 p.m. that residents can visit before heading over to Ashley Pond before the summer concert.

  • As some of you may know, I graduated from elementary school a few weeks ago.
    After three sons and 12 years, my time at Chamisa Elementary, has formally come to an end.
    So this week, we gain some insight from the view of the graduating sixth grader.
    On May 31, graduation speaker, Anna Lemke captured my interest with her words and then my heart with her perspective of the journey.
    This graduation experience was the first time I heard more than one reference to the Assets-Change of Heart program during the pomp and circumstance.
    Lemke spoke of the relationships with her fellow classmates and how it translates to welcoming new students to the fold.
    “I feel the class of 2013 is unique because of its effort to make others feel welcome,” Lemke said. “We have seen so many children come and go throughout the years. Each time a new student is introduced, there is always at least one person who makes the effort to be their friend. We hope each child that passes by will feel welcomed.”
    We as adults need to embrace the same attitude as our youth role models, when it comes to additions to our community, new ideas to the drawing board, changes to our circumstances, or new lessons in our goal of lifelong learning.

  • May 29 marked the first presentation of the year in a series of informal, brown bag lunch lectures taking place in the Bradbury Science Museum Auditorium.
    The first lecture, “A Little Bird Told Me: The Prehistory of the Pajarito Plateau,” was hosted by Dr. Jennifer E. Payne, a Team Leader for the archaeologists and cultural resources managers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    In honor of National Heritage Preservation Month, the presentation focused on the high density of archaeological sites present on LANL property and the archeologists’ role in preserving these sites.
    “I have been involved in many successful archaeological projects during my time at the laboratory. The Land Conveyance and Transfer Project excavations from 2002-2006 allowed us to learn a lot about the prehistory of the Pajarito Plateau. We also had the privilege of developing professional relationships with Tribal Monitors from the Pueblo de San Ildefonso and Santa Clara Pueblo. That experience is one of the highlights of my time at the laboratory,” Payne said of her work at LANL.

  • League of Women Lunch with a Leader features Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard.
    11:40 a.m. at Mesa Library. This is open to public. Bring own lunch or order a $10 lunch from Karyl Ann Armbruster. For more information, call 661-6605 or email at kaskacayman@gmail.com.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home!
    Be sure to check out our brand new website at lafos.org, for more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs that are currently in foster care. Check out Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all adoptable pets. petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.

    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and come microchipped!

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is hosting classes in the Four Elements to teach kids about Earth, air, fire and water.
    Each class will be 2-3:30 p.m., every other Wednesday in June and July, beginning June 12. The cost is $8 or $6.50 for PEEC members.
    Melissa Mackey, a children’s librarian will teach the classes for students 8-12 years old.
    June 12, the theme is Earth. Kids can build a mud town. Mackey will instruct how to make adobe bricks and educate with information about ancient and modern ways to build mud houses.
    June 26, the theme is air. Kids will learn about air pressure science and make different hot air balloons. They will also learn the history of ballooning and the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.
    July 10, the theme is fire. The kids will learn the methods of fire building and cooking. A discussion on fire safety with permission from the Los Alamos Fire Department will instruct kids on fire dangers. In light of the Thompson fire, safety is an issue.
    July 24, the theme is water. The kids will be taught about water resources and how to preserve, and on the scarcity on the Pajarito Plateau. They will also do some water science experiments and play scenario games that illustrate life without water.

  • This month’s League of Women Voters’ Lunch with a Leader is at 11:40 a.m., June 13 at Mesa Public Library.
    All members of the community are encouraged to attend. Stephanie Garcia Richard will be the speaker. She is the representative for District 43 that includes Los Alamos, and parts of Sandoval, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe.
    Stephanie is a native born New Mexican who grew up in Silver City, attended Columbia as a pre-med student, but graduated with a degree in political science.
    Besides being active in politics, she has taught in several countries, in several states, and in both public and private schools.
    Currently she is teaching third grade in Pojoaque, as well as being a state representative. Stephanie lives in White Rock with her husband and two daughters.
    Stephanie will discuss her year as a freshman representative,  her work on the House Appropriations and Education committees, the bills she wants to pursue next year and a general overview of the 60-day session.
    To order a lunch, contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605, or kaskacayman@gmail.com, for the extensive list of options from the Co-op. The cost of all lunches is $10.
    The public may bring lunch, or order one, but there will not be other food available.
    Place your food order by 7 p.m., June 11. 

  • Los Alamos
    DeColores, 2470 East Road
    Date inspected: May 31
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Can opener had food residue on it.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.
    White Rock
    Lees Chinese Restaurant, 12D Longview Drive
    Date inspected: May 31
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Inadequate food temperatures. Ice scoop should not be stored in ice bin.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.
    Santa Fe
    Sage Bakehouse, 5351 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: May 13
    Violations: Five high-risk violations. Milk and ham need to have date of preparation labels. Hand washing station needs soap. Used gloves on food in reach in. Eggs stored over veggies. Large food containers and buckets have build up and need to be cleaned. Dented cans and damaged good need to be stored away from good stack.
    Three moderate-risk violations. Flour build up on food equipment needs to be cleaned. Wood stands and floors needs to be made smooth and non-absorbent. Back door is open and should always be closed. One low-risk violation for dust and build up on fans and vents.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow-up required in one month.

  • Samuel Pena, a member of the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, survived an F5 tornado that ripped through the heart of Oklahoma. As the tornado spent over 15 minutes on the ground in Moore, Okla., it tore through several homes and businesses and caused more than $1 billion in damage.
    Pena and his son took cover at the Briarwood Elementary School.
    Pena, though, recalled the harrowing moments as the ultimate moment of survival as he along with his son, Benji, and seven other school boys huddled in the boys bathroom on the southwest side of the school.
    There, the last wall remained standing and according to Benji, Samuel lifted and threw large pieces of wall debris off of the young school boys. While they survived the tornado, Pena’s property suffered extensive damage.
    Pena wrote to Terry Aguilar, Governor for the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, seeking assistance from the Pueblo. Pena stated that while his home remains standing, there is extensive water damage to the walls as well roof damage.
    His home, located on SW 79th Terrace Street, is now made up of temporary walls of board and tarp, while similar materials serve as a roof over their heads.

  • A group of 24 Los Alamos High graduates will embark on an educational tour of Europe from June 13 through June 25.
    The group will be led by Lynn Ovaska, local AP Psych teacher, and also chaperoned by Rob and Kathy Hipwood and Eric Ovaska.
    The 13-day tour will take them to Berlin, Prague, Lucerne and Paris.
    “Our young leaders will learn through the power of visiting actual historical sites, including the concentration camp Dachau. Local guides will give them behind-the-scenes tours of cities and their most famous landmarks, such as Checkpoint Charlie and the Louvre.
    The students will also celebrate their graduation along the way with one evening of Swiss food and folklore, and another evening in Paris floating down the Seine,” Ovaska said.
    The members of this group include musicians, athletes, artists, active church members, lifelong friends, and good neighbors.
    “Educational travel is a valuable experience for living in our global economy. By witnessing new cultures first-hand and experiencing history that is usually learned in textbooks, they plan to strengthen their skills as global citizens,” Ovaska said.

  • A community event showcasing Chamber of Commerce member merchants, businesses and organizations. The weekend will have food, live music, a car show, giant sand pile, bubble pit and other family entertainment.
    ChamberFest will enliven downtown Los Alamos from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, on Central Avenue between 15th Street and 20th Street.
    Chamber members invite the public to visit their booth and learn more about their businesses. More than 55 businesses and organizations are participating either from their storefronts or from one of the many booths that will be located around Central Park Square.
    The weekend gets started 7 p.m. on Friday, with the Los Alamos County Summer Concert series featuring Warren Hood Band playing rock, country and blues from Austin, Texas, on Central Avenue and Main Street.
    There will be a variety of entertainment staged throughout the downtown on Saturday. The Nomads will be featured on the stage downtown on Central Avenue from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
    The sand pile sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank and Los Alamos County will form a mini-mountain on Central Avenue in front of C.B. Fox Department Store. Party to Go! will bring out a bubble pit, local vendors will come out to make festive summer foods and the classic car show will fill up the square with Corvettes, classics, hot rods and more.

  • During the next two weeks, I’d like to look at life from two perspectives.
    The first week is a look at life from one’s end.
    If you could think a moment about your own funeral, not in a morbid sense, but from the position of one that attends, what would they say about you?
    There’s a poem by Linda Ellis called, “The Dash.”
    It explains how the really important thing about your tombstone isn’t the date you are born or the date you die, but the dash that represents everything in between.
    Mac Anderson worked with Ellis to put the poem of, “The Dash,” in book form. Anderson, an entrepreneur, has made a philosophy and a business in concentrating on positive attributes.
    If you read any one of a variety of the inspirational resources, they help drive character, leadership or athleticism and put life in perspective.
    If you have been to a funeral for a really good person, did the words spoken make an impact on you? Has hearing about the life of someone good been enough to change you?
    So again, I bring you back to a seat at your funeral. Perhaps you aren’t sure of what would be said about you. Perhaps you can imagine what would be said and you aren’t happy about it?
    Well, you can start fresh any day and that change can start today.

  • The YMCA of Los Alamos has activities that will suit all members of the family.
    The Family YMCA is offering INSANITY® classes. INSANITY® is a cardio-based total body conditioning program based on the principles of MAX interval training. Each workout is packed with plyometric drills on top of nonstop intervals of strength, power, resistance, and abs and core training moves.
    These classes are taught by Insanity-certified instructors and are available from 9-9:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 5:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays; and 6 to 6:50 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. These classes are free to Y members.
    Red Cross
    Infant/Child CPR
    The Family YMCA is now taking registration for the June 22 session of its American Red Cross Infant/Child Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation certification course.
    The course, taught by an American Red Cross certified instructor, provides training on how to respond to emergency situations, recognize the signs of a heart attack, and provide care for an infant or child who stops breathing, is choking, or whose heart stops beating. Participants who complete the course will receive American Red Cross certification.
    The next class will be held at the Y Express, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 22. Cost is $55 for YMCA members and $80 for program members, with a maximum of