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  • Oh My Goodness, May is here.
    It seems like just a few weeks ago the Back to School supplement was out and we were underway, in a new school year.
    It is almost time to get ready for summer, hooray and some time off for so many.
    Last night, a pride of the Mountain Lions parent population attended an internet safety session to prepare for some additional free time.
    Los Alamos Middle School Librarian Lisa Whitacre and Assets In Action provided some information on tips to consider for elementary, middle and high school parents.
    Simple guidelines now can help parents for the long technology road ahead.
    If you would like some Internet Safety information for yourself, just give us a call.
    The first full week of May should be duly noted on your calendar. May 6-10, is Teacher Appreciation week.
    The elementary school parent organizations always seem to have their finger on the pulse for this, but it gets a little trickier in the upper grades.
    Check out and see if your schools are doing something to acknowledge the staff. You can ask your student if they have a staff member they would like to do something special for, or at least if you know, drop them an email or a card.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes. Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter web site: lafos.org.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and come microchipped!
    DOGS
    Calypso — Gentle brindle-point black lab found roaming near Pueblo Complex. His family never found him, so he’s looking for his new forever home! He loves to go for walks, particularly if there’s a big grassy patch along the way where he can take a break and roll in the grass. He seems to bounce rather than walk, so you know he’s having fun! He prefers a home with a person that is home more often than not, and he doesn’t enjoy sharing his home with cats. When left home alone, Calypso might do best in a crate.
    Cessna — German shepherd/lab mix that was found near the Los Alamos airport last summer. He has spent the past few months as mostly an outdoor dog, and would love to find a new family that will take him out for long walks so that he can regain the svelte figure that he once had. He will give you lots of licks and tail wags in return! Cessna prefers not to share his humans with other male dogs.

  • The Fuller Lodge hosts a series of Brown Bag Performance Series at noon on the first Wednesday of every month. The free shows present a wide range of programs, from Beethoven to ballet, opera to jazz, chamber music to bagpipes, that have been entertaining Los Alamos music lovers on their midday breaks since 1973. Brown Bag Performances connect performers to the community.  This next month will feature the Ad Hoc Brass Octet.
    There are two brass quintets playing regularly in town: High Mesa and Brave New Brass. The two combined forces to play some large ensemble music, something which is hard to accomplish because of the difficulty of coordinating and getting 10 people to agree on a rehearsal and performance schedule. They ended up with four players from one quintet and three from the other, plus one agreeable sub, to give them a combination of eight players. There is a vast collection of Gabrieli double-choirs and other large-group pieces to choose from. The Gabrieli pieces represent the height of polyphonic music from the Renaissance era, and the pieces chosen to showcase that style. They include other Renaissance-era music by composers of that period, such as Bach, Susato and Boismortier. Ad Hoc Brass Octet consists of the following eight players.

  • Two students experiment with face paints at this year’s spring carnival at Chamisa Elementary last week. 

  • Great Conversations is an afternoon of appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. This is the Fourth Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. It will take place on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Los Alamos High School. This is the final opportunity to register.

    Life as a Lobo, looking ahead

    Alex Kirk, a graduate of Los Alamos High School and a basketball player for the UNM Lobos shares a view as the Coach’s kid, signing a national letter of intent to play for UNM and playing with and against some of the top basketball collegiate players in the country. His dad Alan shares his perspective as his son’s coach and father through Alex’s early years, the recruitment process and his years as a Hilltopper and Houston Hoops AAU basketball player. Alan, also a Hilltopper alumnus, began coaching high school basketball in the 1990s, is the father of Alex and Erin, both are student athletes. Alex he was named Academic All-American his freshmen and sophomore years.

    Future of online education

  • “Bison and Beeswax”, will open be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 11, 1036 Canyon Road in Santa Fe, the newest gallery on the famous art-walk.
    The opening will be in conjunction with the annual Canyon Road Arts Day Festival.
    This is an opportunity to experience a working photo-encaustic studio and meet the artist, Marilyn Angel Wynn.
    Wynn will open her studio door to demonstrate how she takes her photography to a whole new altitude.
    By applying a mixture of beeswax and resin, known as encaustic, over compelling images, she transforms her photo work into a new form of contemporary art.
    With a national reputation as today’s leading photographer of North American Indian Cultures, Wynn has the most comprehensive collection of its kind. Clients include those in the who’s who of media such as PBS, National Geographic, Time, Life and The History Channel.

  • Santa Fe

    Mr. Polish, 1311 Siler Road
    Date inspected: April 11
    Violations: Follow up from previous inspection on April 8. Hot water is now available for the hand sink.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    McDonalds , 1007 St. Francis Drive
    Date inspected: April 12
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    The Burrito Company, 111 Washington Ave.
    Date inspected: April 12
    Violations: Follow up from previous inspection on April 8. Cooling process changed from deep cooling pan to smaller cookie sheet.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Steaksmith, 104-B Old Las Vegas Highway
    Date inspected: April 12
    Violations: Two low-risk violations, inadequate light in work area and walls have dents, chips and peeling plaster.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Burro Alley Café, 207 West San Francisco Street
    Date inspected: April 12
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

  • Artisan Santa Fe wants to help grow a young artist.
    The organization is offering a Budding Artist Fellowship for students from any learning situation ages 13-17.
    The fellowship awards a young artist with $100 worth of art supplies every month for a year. Young artists between the ages of 13 and 17 from all public schools, charter schools, private, parochial and Indian schools and home-schooled young people are encouraged to apply.
    Artists apply by submitting three artworks and a statement of intent for consideration.
    Artists must be confident that they are sincere that this fellowship will become part of their regular school work. Submissions for 2013 and registration are due by May 15.
    Winner will be announced in the Artisan-Santa Fe’s June 2013 e-newsletter.
    The Budding Artist Fellowship is open to the first 100 applicants.
    The Artisan Staff will be judging the field of applicants and act as resources for the winner.
    Artisan Santa Fe store will issue a gift card and be adding to the credit each month. Staff will help the winner navigate supply questions and choices.
    Some of the winner’s artworks may eventually be hung in the Santa Fe store.
    Our web master will help put a web presence for the winner on the Artisan web site.

  • After 40 years of Madrid’s rebirth from it’s early history and 20 years of ghostliness. Madrid is planning to celebrate its “Rebirth Day/ Cinco de Mayo, 1973-2013.”
    That day is the day the Johnsons of Madrid opened their gallery and coincidentally Joe Huber’s birthday. Huber inherited the coal company and the town, preserved and cared for it during the ghost town days along with caretakers — Johnnie Ochoa and family.
    Huber rented to many young people after the Johnsons’ arrival — all renting for two years, and then all were able to purchase their places ... and the rest is history.
    Madrid now has 50 businesses, 30 galleries and about 300 people.
    The plan is to have different events, every weekend in May, then celebrate the anniversary every year.
    Events include:
    • Exhibits — May 4-June 25 (in one of N.M.’s largest galleries, changing exhibits each month).”First Saturday” receptions:  May 4, 3-5 p.m.
    • Two exhibitions celebrating Madrid’s 40th Rebirth-day:
    • Gallery full of images, posters, objects, etc. from new Madrid’s history, May 5, 1973 to present, provided by Madrid area folks.          

  • The Family YMCA is offering Y Camp to give kids and teens an adventurous, active and healthy summer.
    Our Y Camp offers youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.
    Nearly 50 percent of parents in the United States say technological distractions, such as television, cell phones, or video games make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their children, according to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot, a survey that gauges children’s activity levels during the school year.
    With more free time in summer, ensuring that kids practice healthy habits could be a greater challenge.
    The Y encourages parents to help their kids unplug from technology and explore all that Y Camp has to offer.
    “Attending Y Camp is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active,” says Janine Morales, Childcare Director. “When at Y Camp, kids get to learn, take on new responsibilities, gain independence, develop essential social skills and new relationships. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp so that every child can benefit from the experience.”
    Here are five reasons why children and teens should attend Y Camp:

  • Things are about to get wild in Los Alamos and the responsibility lies with the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program.
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the YMCA sponsored program will unite elementary aged students for their annual LAYL Wild Day set for Saturday.
    The 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event is a fundraiser for the youth leaders, who plan, purchase and coordinate the day from start to finish.
    Elementary students will be receiving registration forms in Kindergarten through sixth grade and those in the home school community are welcome to visit the JJAB web site to learn more.
    Co-coordinator and LAHS senior, Janali Gustafson has fellow team members preparing arts and crafts for kindergarten through third grade students and games for those in the upper grades for the morning portion of the day.
    The afternoon session has the students switching roles. “The older kids will also be able to pop balloons filled with paint during their arts and crafts time,” Gustafson said. “We will also have the Los Alamos County Police and Fire Departments come, as well as the LANL Bomb Squad.”
    The teens take every consideration to heart, planning lunch and snacks for the kids and providing service with a smile. The event was the brain child of LAHS alumni, Keanna Cohen and has evolved each year.

  •   New Mexico State Forestry will hold a special two-day sale at its Seedling Tree House from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Santa Fe Thursday and Friday, offering a wide range of tree seedlings, usually available only in lots of 25 or greater to owners of an acre or more of land.

    The State Forestry Seedling Tree House is located at 3250 Calle Princesa Juana.

    Some of the bare-root tree species offered at this year’s sale include: lilac; buffalo berry; prairie sky poplar; native plum and nanking cherry. 

  • Great Conversations is an afternoon of appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. This is the 4th Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. It will take place 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Los Alamos High School in the new building. This is the fifth in a series about the conversations that will take place.

    Citing past natural disasters

    Terry Wallace is the principal associate director for global security at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Did you know that nearly 80 percent of the world’s economic output comes from urban centers — so developing countries need to urbanize to improve their economic status. More than half of the emerging urban centers are also the sites of past natural disasters. Natural disasters are a hot news topic; a meteorite explodes over the Urals, Hurricane Sandy causes losses of $75 billion in the northeast, and 250,000 people die on “Boxing Day” 2004 in an earthquake and resulting tsunami in south Asia. At this table you’ll discuss the dramatic shift in the world’s populations to urban centers. Wallace is a seismologist with a specialization in forensic seismology, which is the detection and quantification of non-earthquake seismic events.

    Mapping auroras with media

  • Have you ever wondered what it takes to go on an expedition? How about one that takes you hundreds of feet underground, miles from any access to the surface?
    Come learn all about expedition caving from local caver and PEEC staff member Beth Cortright, 7-8 p.m., April 30 at Mesa Public Library.
    Everything, from cooking meals to using the restroom, is complicated when done in fragile cave environments.
    This presentation will provide details, pictures and videos of a typical caving expedition where a small team of highly trained cavers spend about one week underground.
    During this time, the group lives and works together inside the cave. Based out of a camp, teams travel to predetermined areas in the cave every day to map it to within a few degrees of error.
    The end goal can be pure exploration or related to geology, biology, hydrology, and many other information-seeking sciences.
    Beth Cortright has been caving for about six years. She began exploring underground in southern Kentucky, where she learned to safely explore, survey, and camp in caves.
    Through her adventures with fellow cavers, Beth was fortunate enough to join weeklong expeditions into Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Beth will share her experiences in Lechuguilla and many other caves to highlight these important expeditions.

  • On March 31, the Aspen Elementary Mathcounts team was rewarded for its many long hours of math practice and commitment to excellence.
    The team made up of Do Vo, Duncan Fuehne, Tazzler Smith, and Christopher Koh placed 5th at the state Mathcounts competition.
    The state contest was held at Albuquerque Academy, and the Aspen team was the only elementary team to place.
    Do Vo placed fifth as an individual, and Christopher Koh placed 16th. Do’s placing makes him an alternate to the New Mexico National team. If for any reason, one of the top four students cannot participate in the national competition in Washington D.C., Do will compete.
    The Mathcounts Competition Program is designed to excite and challenge middle school students. The program has four levels of competition, local, district, state and nationals.
    The Aspen team had placed second — just behind Los Alamos Middle School — at the Northern New Mexico district competition on Feb. 10.
    Between the district competition and state, the team logged more than 70 hours of practice time.
    The team’s coaches were Phuong Vo and Jane Lataille. They ran the practices like any sport, three times a week, for three hours. Their belief in the boys on the team was demonstrated by the rigorous practice schedule they maintained.
     

  • I will start by thanking those that volunteer to make the Assets In Action program flow.
    My family does everything from technical items to loading up the vehicles from collecting canned goods for the March on Hunger.
    My Cookies and Conversation volunteers are awesome and spend time at both Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School talking to youth about fun topics. Yesterday the youth may have heard what prom was like, back in their day.
    The RSVP program at the Betty Ehart Senior Center is where I get most of my seniors from including award winning Kiwanians Don Casperson and Morrie Pongratz.
    Irene Powell calls my volunteers, makes sure the bus picks them up and delivers them and more.
    Irene’s volunteers donated more than 18,000 hours of service to our community last year to a number of nonprofit stations from education, to visitor’s center greeters and the lovely folks that answer the phone when you call.
    Irene and her husband David are also fully trained to head up an emergency shelter for us, should this fire season demand one.
    A special salute to Chamisa sixth graders, alumni and teachers that staffed the dunk tank last weekend to raise money to improve the school.
    Also, thanks to student Council for working to collect canned goods again this month, to help those in need.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter Web site: lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. Also check out our Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of our adoptable pets. petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and come microchipped!
    DOGS
    In an effort to help out the Santa Fe Animal Shelter with their intake of 48 animals from a hoarding case in Albuquerque, the Los Alamos Animal Shelter has taken in four dogs from the Santa Fe Shelter. One has already gone on a trial adoption. Here are two more:
    Ruby — A 2-year-old female golden brindle pit bull. She is energetic, but gentle. She loves food, but does not guard it. She enjoys training and is good with adults, gentle children, and most other dogs.
    Poncio — A blonde 4-year-old Chihuahua who is much more friendly than many of his breed. He does not want anyone grabbing at him suddenly, so older, quiet, gentle children would be his preference. He loves adults and most other dogs. Cats are probably bigger than Poncio is.

  • Los Alamos High School’s yearbook, Kaboom!: La Loma yearbook, has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2013 Gotcha Covered Look Book, vol. 11, celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage.
    Jostens Look Book is a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling copy and action-packed photography.
    Along with design excellence, the annually published Look Book honors the important role well-crafted yearbooks play in helping schools chronicle the experiences, stories and achievements most relevant to students and that academic year.
    The Kaboom!: La Loma yearbook was created by the 2011-2012 yearbook staff under the direction of Michelle Holland, Los Alamos High School yearbook adviser.
    “The best aspect of yearbook is not just the cake, it’s the ingenuity and creativity of an enthusiastic staff of students,” Holland said.
    The Los Alamos High School Kaboom!: La Loma yearbook was one of 425 yearbooks selected from approximately 3,000.
    The 2013 panel of judges, comprised of nationally recognized scholastic journalism professionals and award-winning yearbook advisers, selected the best examples of yearbook spreads and covers to make up the 352-page 2013 Look Book.

  • The third annual Fiesta Primavera will be presented by the Pajarito Spanish Dance Alliance at 3 p.m., Sunday in the Pajarito Room of the historic Fuller Lodge.
    This year’s theme, “La Poesía del Baile,” or “The Poetry of the Dance,” focuses on the poetry of flamenco music and how it is interpreted by the dance.
    Ellen Walton, “Elena,” founder of the organization, directs this year’s show in which she and eight of her local students will perform along with guest artists from Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
    Guests include, singer La Megue, guitarist Ronaldo Baca, and dancers Sara de Luz, Tamara Baca and Catalina Rio Fernandez. Catalina will be joined by her company, Flamenco Nuevo Mexico.
    Flamenco song reflects every joy and sadness in life, often times conveying both extremes in the same song.
    “La Poesía del Baile,” will take the audience on a fantastical journey to southern Spain through poetry, melody and movement.
    Refreshments follow the show. Reservations can be made at 412-0104 or PajaritoSpanishDance@hotmail.com. Suggested donations are $10 for adults, $5 for children. Fuller Lodge is located at 2132 Central Ave.  

  • The Los Alamos High School ‘Topper Band spent spring break in Disneyland and performed at the Main Street parade on April 7.