Rebecca Aubin started her new job as director of Museum Learning and Public Programs at the Harwood Museum of Art in early June. 

    “The Harwood’s Director of Museum Learning and Public Programs is responsible for more than half of the Museum’s annual attendance, is very visible within the Taos community, and is essential to advancing the Museum’s mission,” Director Susan Longhenry said. “I’m happy to say that, by all accounts, we found the right person. We’re thrilled to have Rebecca officially on board.”

    Aubin will lead educational and public programs serving the Harwood’s youth, family, school and adult audiences. 

    The programs include Art in the Schools, a program combining gallery experiences with art-making activities that serves 3,500 school children each year. 


    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet announces its 2013 Summer Season, July 12-Aug. 31 with performances at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. 

    Continually steering contemporary ballet into new territory through their dedication to commissioning innovative choreography, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will perform two diverse programs featuring work by both established and newly discovered choreographers.  

    Program A 

    8 p.m., July 12 and 13

    The first program is a sampling of choreographers and dance styles. 


    The 2013 season of the Santa Fe Opera debuted with the production of “Grand Duchess of Gerolstein.”

    “Santa Fe’s objectives are distinctly American, and by making opera more compelling and more relevant, it has changed the map of musical America...” Phillip Huscher author of  The Santa Fe Opera: An American Pioneer said. 

    “What Santa Fe does is more and more rare — giving its artists time and space to breathe,” Newly appointed Chief Conductor Harry Bicket said. “Preparation is meticulous, making sure that the artistic product is the very best. 2014 can’t come soon enough.” Bicket will take over the position in October for the 2014 season. 

  • Art exhibits

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art: Cleromancy with assemblages by actor and artist, Robert Dean Stockwell. Through July 19.


    Auditions for The Adobe Theater’s production of Mark Twain’s comedy, Is He Dead? Directed by Brian Hansen. 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m., July 20 and 9-11:30 a.m., July 21. Available roles are six men and five women of various ages. Performance dates are Sept. 13 to Oct. 6. Callbacks are arranged by the director. For more information, visit adobetheater.org for further details about the roles, or email hansenbk@earthlink.net. The Adobe Theater is at 9813 4th street in Albuquerque. 


  • Los Alamos

    Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza, 3801 Arkansas Ave.  

    Date inspected: June 18

    Violations: None. 

    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required. 


    East Park Pool Snack Bar, 111 East Road  

    Date inspected: June 18




    Special to the Monitor

    On June 28, The Santa Fe Opera opened its season with “The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein,” a French operetta by Jacques Offenbach. This is an entertaining piece full of wonderful choreography, beautiful costumes and solid musicians.

    The fact that this is an operetta rather than an opera may be deceptive to some opera-goers, but take note: This is not a short work. 


    Caring for a loved one with declining health is never easy and it takes its toll on all involved. Gentiva Hospice has teamed up with Kingston Residence of Santa Fe to aid in those who need hospice care. 

    Hospice is for someone who can no longer take care of themselves because of disease where there is no hope left for recovery and all treatments has been exhausted. It is an insurance covered benefit. 

    Gentiva is a mobile unit with a full staff that will come to people in need. It has four levels of care. It is a complementary service that can help care givers cope. 

    • Routine health care

    • In-patient hospital care


    As a parent one of my concerns has always been what I don’t expose my kids to, that could have been the passion, or in Asset terminology, the SPARK, that ignited their discovery of a future love.

    The problem is with three kids and two parents, providing experiences and opportunities can be expensive and I can’t imagine that for even larger families.

    There are often plenty of activities that one would like to attend, but sometimes the price tag is just too high to justify.  

    One example would be traveling exhibits that frequent museums in New Mexico. The ability to take the learning out of the textbook and into real life could be a huge impact on the path to lifelong learning. The current exhibit of the Titanic would be an example of the idea. The price tag for that would be in the ballpark of $70, not including gas. Prior to that, there was the exhibit of King Tut.

  • Free educational program provides New Mexico’s adult cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones with tools to better manage the disease.
    Cancer Services of New Mexico’s Fall 2013 Family Cancer Retreat will be Sept. 6-8, at the Marriott Pyramid North hotel in Albuquerque.
    This free, three-day educational program will provide the tools and information they need to manage the treatment and recovery process.
    More than 300 people from over 125 New Mexican families coping with cancer are expected to participate, making this the largest general cancer education program in N.M. and the largest program of its type in the United States.
    The program will combine discussions and lectures by many of New Mexico’s leading cancer specialists with fun activities that provide a break from the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer.

  • Los Alamos Youth Leadership has extended registration deadline to July 10 at the Family YMCA. This year’s application can be downloaded from the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board website. LAYL is supported by JJAB, Los Alamos National Bank and the Family YMCA. The First Step Orientation will be Aug. 3 and 4, which will be an overnight camping event. Sean Hall will lead the team building session the first day. The following day will be a physical challenge for the students to break out of their comfort zones. For information or inquiries, email layl@laymca.org or call 204-8860.

  • What began as a small neighborhood parade down Donna Avenue in the 1970’s is now an annual community event in White Rock sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    Last year, more than 300 children dressed in red, white and blue and an equal number of parents, grandparents, friends and family participated in an old fashioned children’s parade and carnival.
    After a brief welcome and flag ceremony beginning at 10 a.m., decorated bikes, tricycles, wagons, scooters, strollers will follow scouts and cub scouts carrying flags and marching behind a police car around the half mile block of Ridgecrest and Grand Canyon Streets beginning and ending in the parking lot of the LDS church, 366 Grand Canyon.
    The carnival follows in the backyard of the church and is free for everyone. Free balloons, popcorn, snow cones and prizes are part of the activity. Games include tug of war, three-legged and gunny sack races, plus many more.
    All members of the community are invited to participate and feel the great spirit of America. It’s a great place to meet your 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 check out the new website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on the animals and learn more about special needs animals, or cats and dogs that are currently in foster care. Also, check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of our adoptable pets.


  • The League of Women Voters’ Lunch with a Leader will feature Ellen Morris Bond the executive director of Self-Help, Inc. on Thursday, July 11, at 11:40 a.m. in Mesa Library. This monthly event is open to the entire community.
    Bond graduated from University of New Mexico with a degree in English and then earned her masters in community development from University of California-Davis. She has lived in northern N.M. for 35 years. Currently she, her husband and daughter live in Pojoaque.
    She became interested in the nonprofit service world while working as a Vista Volunteer from 1978-1981. The Cerro Grande Fire in 2000 brought new challenges to Los Alamos and gave Self Help an opportunity to be of service to the families who lost their homes.
    During that period, Bond was asked to be a full-time employee and then became the executive director in 2001. She has broad experience in case work, advocacy, case management, resource development and extensive experience in receiving and managing public and private funding.
    Bond will talk to the group about needs and issues in northern New Mexico, as well as the history and what Self Help does for our community.
    To order a lunch, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or email her at kaskacayman@gmail.com after July 1.

  • The Wallflowers exhibit will be enhanced by a live flower show beginning at noon Friday at Fuller Lodge.
    The exhibit is like a garden in which the flowers never wilt, there are no weeds and the plants are not restricted by a climate zone. “Wallflowers” the works of 60 artists fill the gallery with bursts of color. In floral terms, there are five dozen artists presenting eight dozen blossoms. Not every blossom is a flower but they all fall within the theme of “Wallflowers.” Several artists from the Pastel Society of New Mexico entered the show. Other media represented include watercolor, acrylic, colcha (fabric), clay, wood, glass, photography, jewelry and even an automaton called “Cranky Flowers.”
    Last week a hummingbird flew into the gallery and staff wondered if it was attracted by all the color.
    Once again, the physical space of the gallery has been adapted to host the theme, with white garden trellises to support the floral profusion. It’s a celebration of summer, a veritable oasis amidst our New Mexico drought.
    Also on Friday, the N.M. District II Judges Council is hosting a flowers show at the lodge to compliment the exhibit.
    A small standard flower show has three divisions.
    Division 1 — Horticulture
    Division 2 — Design

  • Santa Fe
    Albertsons Restricted Menu, 3542 Zafarano Drive
    Date inspected: June 7
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Cutting boards have deep cuts and need to be made smooth. Soap dispenser not working properly. Two low-risk violations. Sink in prep area needs to be sealed to wall. Floor is damaged and in need of repair.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required in one month.

    Albertsons Meat Market, 3542 Zafarano Drive
    Date inspected: June 7
    Violations: Four high-risk violations. No 90-day shellstock tags records kept. Spray bottle needs to be labeled. No sanitizer in three-compartment sink. Plunger and tools must be kept out of food prep areas. Spice bottles are covered with food build up and need to wiped. Four moderate-risk violations. Rusted equipment needs to be made smooth. Meat splatter on walls and ceiling need to be cleaned. Walk-in cooler units need to have indicating thermometers. Door handles have food build up. Beef, chicken and pork need to be labeled in walk-in refrigerator. Four low-risk violations. Hose on floor under sink. Lights in walk-in refrigerator in the fish section needs end caps. Fan and vents have dust and mold build up.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required in one month.

  • According to NerdWallet, a website which offers free tools to find deals on things such as credit cards and airlines, Los Alamos is number five in a list of 10 least expensive cities in the United States.
    Inspired by The Economist’s Big Mac Index, which measures the purchasing power of currencies around the world by answering the question “How many burgers can you get for $50 USD?” for each country, the leaders of NerdWallet have developed a similar index which focuses on bthe value of a dollar in different cities across the U.S.
    The Quarter Pounder Index, or QPI measures the cost of living in different cities across the country based on the price of a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder Burger with cheese.
    Los Alamos ranks in the least expensive cities list, with the Quarter Pounder valued at $2.81. Prices around the country range from $2.24, in Conway, Ark., to $4.82, in Juneau, Alaska. The median price for a Quarter Pounder is $3.52.
    Data from the least expensive list suggest that North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are all smart location choices, each containing two cities in the top 20 “Least expensive places in the United States, according to the QPI” list.

  • July 10 — 70th Anniversary Lecture at 5:30 p.m. — Noel Pugach, University of New Mexico, discusses President Harry Truman’s decision to use atomic bombs.
    July 12 — Pinocchio Reanimated — The return of a popular exhibit simulating nuclear fission from the old Bradbury Science Museum. Another evening when the Gordon concert will be at Ashley Pond. The BSM will be open late until 8 p.m. as part of Downtown Los Alamos.
    July 13 — Get to Know the Arduino Workshop hosted at the Bradbury Science Museum by Stan Cohen of New Mexico Highlands University and Gordon McDonough, Bradbury Museum educator. This will be a hands-on workshop that will teach people how to build and program arduinos. An arduino is a single-board microcontroller with an open-source platform designed to make the process of using electronics in multidisciplinary projects more accessible.
    July 17 — Brown Bag lunchtime lecture — Alan Carr — Norris Bradbury, The Early Years
    July 26 — LANL 70th Anniversary Signature week — Another evening when the Gordon concert will be at Ashley Pond. The BSM will be open late until 8 p.m. featuring grand openings of two new exhibits. One on Bio/Algae and the other on CINT. 

  • Los Alamos, New Mexico’s Bradbury Science Museum has been named one of the top 10 “Best Science Museums” to visit in the United States by American Mensa.
     Mensa is an internationally recognized high-IQ society that provides a forum for intellectual exchange. Mensa members reside in more than 100 countries around the world.
    Bradbury Science Museum was ranked fifth in a list of the top science museums as nominated by educators and scientists who are also Mensa members. Among other factors, having a variety of exhibits and hands-on learning activities were some of the considerations members noted when voting for the best museum.
    The most common feature that respondents looked for, however, was interactive elements.
“The Bradbury Science Museum has over 40 interactive exhibits to help visitors explore the world of science, engineering, math and technology,” said Bradbury Science Museum Director, Linda Deck. “Some are computer simulations and animations; others are hands-on ‘try it for yourself’ puzzles and games. We know people learn in a variety of ways, and this gives plenty of opportunities for all.”

  • This week, we look ahead to some fun community events.
    Once again, Time Out Pizzeria in White Rock will host some Assets and community building fun with a Minute to Win It.
    Come spend an inexpensive night supporting the Assets program by playing games and building relationships on July 1. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m., so bring a quarter or two, a big smile and little or no skill.
    Come buy an ice cream cone, or milkshake and burn those calories with some games for an hour or so away from the television.
    Then we arrive at the Fourth of July!
    If you don’t do anything else, find a service man or woman and thank them for their service. Past, present, or someone about to leave for basic, thank them for the sacrifice they make so you can live free.
    If you don’t know someone in the service, post something positive of Facebook or Twitter and praise them all.
    If you plan to spend the day in Los Alamos, head on down to the festivities at the Overlook.
    It doesn’t matter if the fireworks fly or not, every Kiwanian you know will be donating countless hours to making a family friendly fun fest for all.
    This single event is one that funds so many community projects and scholarships.

  • 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 check out our new website at lafos.org, where you can 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 that are currently in foster care.
    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 micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Bruce — A big brown tank — some exotic breed, no doubt! He is proving to be very nice on a leash; we highly recommend the collar on his kennel to help control the enthusiasm of this 90 pound love. He has been neutered, had his shots and is available for his new family to come find him!