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  • The 19th Annual Los Alamos Butterfly Count will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    From there, the group will carpool or caravan to sites around the county. Steve Cary, New Mexico’s butterfly expert, will join the group to help with spotting and identification.
    A $5 fee per person will go to PEEC and to the North American Butterfly Association’s continent-wide butterfly census.
    The fire affected the usual counting areas, but warm weather and rains should coax butterflies out of other places.
    As more flowers bloom around the county, butterflies are becoming more visible. For those wanting to join up later, the group will count at Camp May in the middle of the day.

  • Happy school year! I love that saying from the new little Mini-Wheat character on the Kellogg’s commercial.
    The first day of school is a tough pill to swallow sometimes, so I hope you fared well.
    The first day of school is sort of like jogging, it doesn’t sound appealing to me. I assume that is because it marks the end of summer and I like it when everyone is home.
    Don’t get me wrong, I won’t miss the rising temperatures, both on the thermometer and in the bodies of kids that have had too much time together.
    It will be nice to get up and walk through the living room without it looking like a war zone, with sleeping bodies strewn throughout.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Thanks to the shelter staff for outstanding service to the community during the Las Conchas Fire evacuation.
    It’s summer, remember that pets also suffer when the temperature rises. Cooling animals (dogs, rabbits, cats) by giving them a “cool” bath or shower to help keep their body temperature down.
    A cool towel on a tile floor to lay on, a cool towel or washcloth laying over the skin, next to a fan will also help cool the animal.
    Make sure they have plenty of cool water to drink as well.

  • Aug. 14-20, 2011
    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

    MONDAY    
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:30 a.m.    Advisory council
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Baked fish
    1:30 p.m.    Pilates
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    Mac users

  • The members of Los Alamos Mountaineers have been going to the canyon country since at least the 1970s. Bill Priedhorsky has been one of their regulars and is now in his fifth decade of canyon exploring in southeast Utah and northeast Arizona. With any luck, he will make his 100th trip in 2014 or sooner. So what is the excitement about? At the Wednesday meeting of the LAM, Priedhorsky will tell the story of one canyon adventure, Antone Ridge, while making the point that the story of one says something about the adventure of all.

  • The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. Steve Becker, PhD, of Los Alamos National Laboratory will give a talk titled, “Spitzbergen/Svalbard, an Arctic Wonderland.”
    In July 2010, Becker took a National Geographic Cruise of the Spitsbergen/Svalbard Island Complex located north of the Arctic Circle. The cruise had good weather and conditions allowing the cruise participants to see polar bears, walrus, reindeer, birds and whales, incredible glaciers and geology.
    Those on the cruise experienced the midnight sun and entered the polar ice cap. Becker will show a 30-minute DVD giving the highlights of the voyage and then show photos from his CDs.

  • There are food drives and blood drives, but it’s likely that very few have ever heard of a seed ball drive.
    Local Boy Scout and Los Alamos Youth Leadership member Jin Park has organized a “seed ball drive,” to take place Aug. 20, in Los Alamos and White Rock.
    “In wake of our evacuation and the continuing flames of the Las Conchas fire, I figured something could be done to help restore vegetation to burned areas,” Park said. “The idea came in the form of seed balls.”
    Park, a Los Alamos High School senior, athlete and musician, is organizing the community project as part of his requirements for Eagle Scout.

  • The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club is hosting the Second Annual State Youth Shotgun Competition Aug. 27.
    Local organizer Mike O’Neill and Mark Gruber of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish have been working on the event for several months.
    “The purpose of the competition is to bring together youth shotgun teams from across New Mexico to compete in trap, skeet, and bunker trap”, O’Neill said.
    “We hope to have at least 10 teams comprised of both boys and girls aged 12 to 17.”
    The local teams were formed three weeks before the first state competition last year. Los Alamos had the only female entrants in the 2010 competition and will have even more girls competing this year, O’Neill said.

  • Beginning on Aug. 28, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2000 Diamond Dr.,  will host a new series titled, “Redeemer Theological Academy.”

    The purpose of the academy is to offer seminars and courses free of charge to the community, explaining what the historic Christian faith is, what they believe and why they believe it. 

  • Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.

  •   Those who walk into the Masonic Temple this week and glance around will find themselves surrounded by boxes piled on tables, while helpers unload and organize the contents.
    While it may seem like a daunting task, the volunteers are sorting through goods for the Tools for Schools fundraiser sponsored by Self Help, Inc., a non-profit organization in Los Alamos.
    The project is coordinated by Joyce Nickols, Paige Pardington and Patty Kokesh and is 100 percent staffed by volunteers. These volunteers were recruited from Los Alamos Unitarian Church, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Los Alamos Chapter of Kiwanis.

  • Los Alamos Little Theater, 1670 Nectar St. will hold auditions for its November production, “An Inspector Calls.” Auditions will be from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 14 and 6-8 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Los Alamos Little Theatre. Callbacks will be Tuesday evening.
    LALT encourages anyone interested to audition. The play will feature English accents, but even if yours is not perfect at audition time, no worries, there’s plenty of time to work on it before the show opens.
    “An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestly is almost a “ghost story” about an English Family in 1912. The family at first seems very common and happy, with an upcoming wedding to be planned.

  • Janie O’Rourke will lead a hike for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 9 a.m. Saturday to Graduation Point. The hike will start at the Walkup Aquatic Center and is free and open to the public.
    The hike is a fairly level, out-and-back of about three miles total distance, and will about three hours to complete. A geologist will also be on hand.
    The hike begins behind the aquatic center and heads east along a new trail built just below the north edge of Los Alamos Mesa. This trail hugs the side of the mesa and offers views into the canyon and out to the east. While most of the trail is level, it does have a few short, steep sections and occasional precipitous drop-offs on one side.

  • For a shopping (or browsing) experience, head over to Fuller Lodge Art Center on Saturday for the 34th annual Summer Arts and Crafts Fair.
    Among the 100 artists planning to show their work on Saturday, approximately 20 percent are showing  in Los Alamos for the first time, so even the most avid fair attendees will see some new things.
    The fair runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., with the Rodeo parade passing by on Central Avenue at 10 a.m. and with a Flamenco dance performance at 11 a.m. The Art Center will have a booth set up in the center of the lawn, offering ice water and mocktails (margarita and piña colada flavored drinks) to enliven the festivities.

  • Las Tejedoras, a group of tapestry artists have put together a show at the Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery and Studio, 2101 Trinity, Suite B-2. The show will feature an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 19 and will run until Sept. 16.
    Las Tejedoras Tapestry Group is composed of experienced tapestry artists and relative newcomers to the field. The  group has been meeting regularly for several years and participates in design activities and supportive critique of each other’s work.
    This past summer, the group participated in the Santa Fe showing of small format tapestries. Each member wove butterflies, resulting in a wide variation of butterfly tapestries.

  • After many months of preparation,  Los Alamos and Santa Fe theater artists are presenting the first Atomic Theatre Festival in both Los Alamos and Santa Fe. 
    The festival was scheduled for July, but experienced a hiccup. The Las Conchas Fire occurred only weeks before the it was scheduled to open, so the fire forced postponement of Los Alamos performances until late August, following Santa Fe productions of plays written by Santa Fe playwrights: “Body Burden” by Dale Dunn and “Manhattan Glass” by Joey Chavez.

  • A new school year is about to begin. With signs and labels all over town and special sections in the Los Alamos Monitor, the whole town is thinking about the start of a new school year.
    Not surprisingly, so are all those who have worked for and retired from the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    On Aug. 15, all retirees are invited to the Annual Retirees Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. at the Best Western Hilltop House. Invitations have been sent online and through the mail. RSVPs are due by Aug. 12. Contact Eileen Trujillo at 662-6533, etrueheo@gmail.com, or Karyl Ann Armbruster, 661-6605 or kaskaycayman@gmail.com.

  • Ah, summer vacation, the time for lounging in the air-conditioned living room, sipping iced tea and playing computer games.
    But this scene isn’t what summer is like for 22 young men and women on The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps crew. Their days are filled with wilting heat, unquenchable thirst, dirt, heavy tools and plenty of sweat.
    Since June 1, the YCC has worked through hot, dry and smoky days to make needed improvements to the Los Alamos Trail Network. The physical and mental nature of the work has surprised some.
    “Building a trail is much harder than I expected, but it is also much more enjoyable than I thought it would be,” first-year crew member Maria Musgrave said.

  • The newly appointed representative to the New Mexico State House of Representatives, Jim Hall will be the speaker for the League of Women Voters’ Lunch with a Leader from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Aug. 11 at Central Avenue Grill. The community is invited. Every meal is $15 and includes entree, tax and gratuity.
    Hall did most of his “growing up” in Hobbs and Abiquiu. He went to college in Minnesota and graduate school in both Boston and New Mexico. He married his wife Janet in 1966, and they lived in Brazil, Argentina and the Boston area before moving to Los Alamos in 1976. 

  • Happy Assets Month once again! A big thanks goes out to those that are helping to sponsor our efforts throughout the month. Smith’s Food and Drug continues to collect your spare coins in our Change for Change campaign. The Best Western Hilltop House Hotel has one of our Healthy Community, Healthy Youth signs posted outside and the Betty Ehart Senior Center has followed suit.
    The county stepped up, not only in issuing a formal proclamation, but has allowed a banner to fly high on the Diamond Drive overpass, beginning on the first day of school.
    Mesa Public Library opens up the next venue to get the word out by allowing an assets display, in the cases located near the door.