• A Los Alamos girl scout troop was invited to a science competition last month to promote the creation of a project for senior citizens. Two of the girls were chosen by President Barack Obama to present the project at the White House Science Fair.
    The Atomic Flying Pickles is part of the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails. They are a First Lego League or FLL team of sixth graders, who follow a love of science.
    “I am so excited and honored to be going to the White House and to be able to meet other students from around our country doing STEM related projects,” said Peggy Sanchez Mills, CEO of the New Mexico Trails. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The girls, 11 and 12 years old, attend Mountain Elementary School.
    The FLL team competition was held in St. Louis, Mo. The girls used Lego models with robots in an obstacle course to solve problems from the theme. Since the project dealt with how to help the elderly, the obstacle ideas revolved around balance and other health issues seniors have to endure as they age.
    For the final project, the group of five had read a story in a Pittsburgh medical journal about a cooling headband that helps with insomnia. It is a non-pharmaceutical solution since seniors are susceptible to potentially dangerous drug side effects.

  • The Los Alamos County Master Gardeners will host a garden fair, 9 a.m. to noon, June 8, at their demonstration garden on Central Avenue, across the street from the county library. Tours of the garden, plant sale and information on three garden topics will be offered to the community.
    There is no cost for attending this event. Docents will be located throughout the garden to talk with visitors about the diverse garden designs and answer questions.
    Three workshops will be offered, also at no cost. At 9:30 a.m., “Bug Mugs-America’s Most Wanted Pests,” will be presented by Horticulturist and County Extension Agent Carlos Valdez. This will provide an opportunity for people to identify the insect that may be harming a garden, as well as an opportunity to identify the good bugs.
    The public is invited to bring any insect they are wondering about to have it identified. At 10:30 a.m., master gardeners Kimberli Tanner and Lee Builta will present information on Gopher Management.
    At 11 a.m. Carlos Valdez will be back to hold a Plant Clinic.
    The public may bring questions and, if possible, plants and Valdez will help you identify what the plant needs, or if it is getting too much of something. The plant sale starts at 9 a.m. and will consist of plants grown by master gardeners.

  • The organizers of Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival are pleased to announce the 2013 recipient of the Native Treasures Living Treasure award: noted potter and sculptor Tammy Garcia, from Santa Clara Pueblo.
    There will be a benefit ceremony honoring Garcia, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Santa Fe Convention Center.
    The Native Treasures Living Treasure Award acknowledges both the body of work by an artist and the participation of that artist in the community at large.
    Garcia is renowned for her innovation, design and execution across a variety of media. She is an artistic mentor to younger artists and in 2012 funded the Tammy Garcia Award for Excellence at SWAIA’s Indian Market.
    “We are thrilled to have Tammy as our 2013 Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Living Treasure,” Jane Buchsbaum said. “She is truly a gifted artist whose work incorporates traditional designs and modern iconography. Her forays into other media, such as bronze and glass, have been groundbreaking, while her pottery is always exceptional.” Buchsbaum is artist chairman for Native Treasures
    Garcia is represented locally by Blue Rain Gallery, which carries her work in all media.

  • At the end of 2012, the Santa Fe Children’s Museum began their “Save the Museum” campaign with a lofty $200K goal to reach in only nine weeks.
    While it seemed like a daunting task for the museum, the response was overwhelming. They received donations from across the country and from many local businesses and individuals.
    In the end, they not only exceeded their financial goal, they also raised it all in seven weeks.
    The funds raised by the campaign have allowed the museum to make some progressive changes and additions.
    They have added additional board members with varying business backgrounds and are diligently focused on solidifying the future of the museum through new programs and partnerships, as well as efforts to lower facility costs.
    They also recently appointed new Executive Director, Shannon Martin Roberts who officially took over the position on April 8.
    Founding directors, Ellyn Feldman, Ellen Biderman and Susan McIntosh call Martin Roberts “the right leader at the right time for the museum.” Martin Roberts earned her MBA from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin; and she has more than 15 years experience in strategic organizational growth, fundraising and nonprofit management focused on arts, advocacy and youth related causes.

  • Last week, Assets In Action made their annual pitch for fiscal year 2012-2013. I have a 15 minute slideshow if you’re interested in our work.
    Times are tough and money is tight, but often, simple things can be done to raise awareness, increase education, or tackle an issue from another direction with very little cost.
    One suggestion was that many would often like to seek resources, or information, but simply don’t want anyone to know their business.
    In this town, whether we want to believe it or not, we have some pretty big needs in our offices, our neighborhoods and our churches.
    Many don’t readily want to ask for help, but the needs are out there.
    Assets In Action has a wealth of resources for parenting issues like curfew and chores, too much television, anger management and self-acceptance.
    We would like to know what you want to hear about and where you get your information.
    What is your media preference? Would you access it on a webpage, sneak onto my Facebook page and creep? If you don’t understand the last reference, ask a teenager.
    When Parents Ask for Help-Everyday Issues through an Asset-Building Lens is an Asset rich tome by Renie Howard. Howard addresses a slew of topics like; physical and psychological symptoms of stress, how not to be bullied and how to make friends.


    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. 

    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website: 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 at petfinder. com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html. 

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. 



    May 19-25, 2013

    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. LARSO Advisory Council

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Spaghetti and meatballs


    By Angela Clendenin

    Many pet owners love their feline friends, and will do whatever it takes to keep them relaxed and happy. This makes it especially alarming for pet-owners to witness their cat suffer from the discomforting symptoms that come with hairballs.

    Knowing how to prevent this common problem and how to treat it when it occurs is essential to keeping your cat healthy.

    “A hairball is an accumulation of hair in the GI tract,” James Barr said, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.” It simply accumulates together and is usually contained within the stomach.”


    Los Alamos resident Bill Hudson and his son, Ty, attended the 51th annual United States Marine Corps Scholarship Ball, which took place in April at the Grand Ballroom of the New York City Hilton Hotel. 

    Hudson, a Marine Corps Iwo Jima veteran, and his deceased wife, Maureen, were honored by Col. (Ret.) Jim Pritzker with a $10,000 memorial scholarship given to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in their name. 

    Since 1962, the Foundation has awarded more than 30,000 scholarships, valued at over $70 million. For the 2012-2013 academic years, the Foundation has awarded over $6 million to 1,909 recipients. In addition, through the “Heroes Tribute Scholarship Award,” the Foundation has contributed a total of $30K to the children of Marines killed in the global war on terror.


    Irene Powell, director of Retired Senior Volunteer Program at the Betty Ehart Senior Center holds the bowl while Ruth Klien, director of Transportation Services, draws the winning name for the prize of a round trip plane ticket on New Mexico Airlines, which flies from Los Alamos to Albuquerque. The contest took place at the May 4 Spring Arts and Crafts Fair this year. The winning entry belongs to Bin Hu, a Los Alamos resident. Los Alamos Arts
    Council thanks New Mexico Airlines for providing the prize. LAAC/Courtesy



    State chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party, John Billingsley will speak 7 p.m., in room 220 on the UNM-LA campus. All members of the Republican Party are invited.


    Cleanup along State Road 4. 5 p.m., at the Ponderosa Campground to carpool to Pajarito Group’s stretch of road at the Valles Caldera. Bring gloves and water. Trash bags will be provided. For more information, contact Ilse Bleck at 662-2368 or ibleck@yahoo.com.



    Los Alamos High School student, Charles Mielke has been awarded an all-expense paid trip summer study trip to Germany.

    Mielke was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 98.53 percentile on the Level III 2013 National German Exam for High School Students sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German. 

    Nearly 23,000 students participated in the program. After qualifying with a high score on the National German Exam, he or she submitted responses to several short essay questions in German and in English and was then interviewed by a committee comprised of high school teachers and college professors of German. 


    The 2013 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series will have it’s first show Friday at Overlook Park in White Rock. 

    “Our 24th Season will be a tremendous year,” Coordinator Russell Gordon said. “Why do I say this when I say the same thing every year? I’m an excitable boy! I’ve been working on this Series since last September, and we’re ready. I’m thrilled! The clock is ticking.”

    The featured band is What Made Milwaukee Famous. The show starts at 7 p.m. Public should bring chairs, blankets, family and friends. It’s also the first night of the Los Alamos Kite Festival, so bringing a kite is encouraged.

    LA County and the Summer Series sponsors will present at least 20 acts from May 17 through Sept. 6. A complete schedule can be found at gordonssummerconcerts.com.  


    Art exhibits


    Again: Repetition, Obsession and Meditation. Opening reception, 3-5 p.m. through June 16. Lannan Gallery. 309 Read Street. Gallery is open Saturday and Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information call 954-5149. 


    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition, “European Perspectives, The Radiant Line.” European artists Francois Morellet, Gregoire Cheneau, Diana Blok, Pieter Bijwaard, Oliver Mosset, Ruth Gschwendtner-Wölfe, Miguel Mont and Tony Soulie will show paintings, prints, photos and neon sculpture. The artists’ work focuses on light, line and color. The exhibit will be through May 24 at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe.


    More than 450 students graduated at Eastern New Mexico University’s 124th Commencement Convocation Saturday. 

    Three Los Alamos students received their degrees. Vanessa Espinoza, has earned a BS in Biology. Christina Flavin, has earned a BS in Mathematics. Allison Washburn, has earned a MED in Education.


    Two-man shows can be a bit of a drag, especially if the story is uninteresting. Constant character changes between the duo make it nearly impossible for the audience to get sidetracked and still understand what’s going on.

    Christina Martos and John Cullinan found themselves in that very situation — constantly switching characters — as they portrayed a total of 15 players in Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “Stones in His Pockets.” However, the show was anything but a drag.

    Written by Marie Jones, directed by Chris Monteith and produced by Jess Cullinan, the show is set in County Kerry, Ireland and tells the tale of Charlie Conlon and his friend Jake Quinn. 


    After a long hiatus and 13 years since their last studio album, Suicidal Tendencies is back. 

    The band performed for scores of fans at the Sunshine Theater May 9, with the same intensity that have kept concert-goers coming back for more than 20 years. 

    Their new album, release in March is called “13,” appropriately so.

    The hard-core punk group has gone through a revolving door of band members over the years but always kept front man Mike Muir, who formed the band in 1981. The current members are Dean Pleasants on lead guitar, Eric Moore on drums, Nico Santora on rhythm guitar and Tim “Rawbiz” Williams on bass guitar. Santora and Williams offered riveting solos to get the crowd riled up for more moshing. 


    Two-man shows can be a bit of a drag, especially if the story is uninteresting. Constant character changes between the duo make it nearly impossible for the audience to get sidetracked and still understand what’s going on.

    Christina Martos and John Cullinan found themselves in that very situation — constantly switching characters — as they portrayed a total of 15 players in Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “Stones in His Pockets.” However, the show was anything but a drag.

    Written by Marie Jones, directed by Chris Monteith and produced by Jess Cullinan, the show is set in County Kerry, Ireland and tells the tale of Charlie Conlon and his friend Jake Quinn.