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  • I am a Jemez history geek. I love nothing better than to find some old cabin village in the wilderness, or an old pueblo ruin atop an isolated mesa.
    I’ve spent years exploring various parts of the Jemez, slowly learning about the history of each area, and benefiting from the knowledge of previous explorers like Bandelier and Hewitt. No matter how much I explore and research, there is always something new to discover there.
    I continually read stories in books about old resorts, ranches and hotels that are now just empty spaces in the forest full of broken relics from yesteryear. One of those places was an old ranch called the Lazy Ray; but I was never really clear on exactly where it was located.
    I had long admired photos and old post card reproductions of the place in books. It was a sprawling and exclusive ranch from the 1920s to 1960s, advertised to only house 35 guests at a time. It contained an old trading post, numerous cabins, a swimming pool, steam rooms, and even decorative water fountains. Guests could spend the day soaking in nearby natural hot springs, fishing for trout in local streams and ponds, or hunting in the forest that surrounded the resort.

  • While I may have already addressed that it is May, I am compelled to stress the overall theme of the month yet again.
    May is a ridiculously nutty time of year for a whole lot of folks.
    Recently, I was surprised to hear another parent talk about their living room being a little extra messy, which made me recall some things about May.
    If you think I have a grain of common sense, take this from me. Find a night to sit around the dinner table and take a breath.
    Tell the youth in your life that May is a stressful time for everyone and they need to pause and think before they act when tensions are high, or their brains aren’t working.
    Think of the sayings that seem to be embedded into our very beings as people. Stop, Look and Listen means to look before you cross the train tracks. Stop, Drop and Roll is what you do when your clothing is on fire. Looking both ways before you cross the street keeps you safe.
    I think the month of May should come with a similar warning sign, but I’m not sure I can encapsulate it into a cute little memory trigger.
    What I want to say is watch what you say, don’t do it because everyone else is, mind you manners, just say no if you know it is wrong, and of course, be careful out there.
    See no easy fix, huh?

  • Spring is in the air, and so are the migratory birds that find their way into Los Alamos backyards around this time of year.
    Stephen Fettig of Bandelier National Monument will have a class from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. The class will help those interested to learn or improve skills at bird song identification. This class will be offered free to those who agree to count birds at Bandelier for a minimum of four hours on Saturday, as part of the International Migratory Bird Day. The PEEC class is limited to only 12 participants and advance registration is required.
    To register visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org, or by call 662-0460.
    PEEC will have open registration to those who cannot spend four hours participating in the bird count. The cost to attend the program without volunteering will be $120.

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    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of the favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals, or cats and dogs currently in foster care. 

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

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    DQ — An 8-year-old, neutered, gray and white, male Manx cat who lost his home due to a divorce. Having a safe space to retreat to, such as a small covered bed, will help him adjust to his new home. He can be easily frightened by loud noises and changing situations, so he would do best in a home without children. His cute little bobtail always surprises shelter visitors!
    Stormy —  A year old flame point Siamese. He is still learning how to get along with other cats in the cat room, so he would probably be better as an only cat or as a companion cat to a mellow, non-dominating cat that is willing to relinquish most of the attention to Stormy.

  • Dance Showcase filled with winners

    The Family YMCA hosted a Got Dance Showcase and contest on April 25, the night before prom, as a fundraiser for scholarships to Y programs.
    Twelve acts signed up and did an outstanding job. Two of the acts were from the high school ballroom dance program, and others were from throughout the community.
    I would like to thank all the dancers who participated as you made it a highly entertaining and engaging program. I would also like to thank New Beginnings Fellowship Church and Pastor Shawn Amburgey for lending us the excellent venue.
    Thanks also to light, sound and staging technicians Kevin Miller, Wes Hicks, Sterling Mays and Nick Conner. Applause also to judges Heike Wilcox, Stephanie Beguin, Vera Jaramillo, Kavita Namdakishor and Alina Deshpande, and thanks to our comedic MC Jeremy Smith and the Y’s CEO Linda Daly for their support.
    The dancers were awesome, the setting was beautiful and the audience had a great time.
    Diana Martinez
    senior program director
    The Family YMCA 

  • A six-week Bereavement Support Group, sponsored by the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program, is being offered from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 20 to June 24 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Facilitated by Cynthia Goldblatt, LPCC, MSW, Ph.D. and bereavement counselor for the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program and Pat Slentz, Hospice Chaplain — the group is free and open to anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one.
    Interested persons are asked to call Cynthia Goldblatt at 662-2525 for more information or to reserve a space.

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    March 24: A boy, Nicco Leon Celestino Manzanares, born to Joelyne and Desi Manzanares

    March 27: A girl, Ruby Elise Weppler, born to Elizabeth Grace Bailey    

    April 1: A girl, Josie Jean Chapman, born to Jocelyne and Jake Chapman

    April 2: A boy, Jaxson Seitz, born to  Rebekah Seitz

    April 6: A boy, Hendrix Nicanor Deschamp, born to Cynthia and Jesse Deschamp

    April 10: A boy, Edmund Mitchell Weaver, born to Kathryn and Brian Weaver

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    Dance Showcase filled with winners

    The Family YMCA hosted a Got Dance Showcase and contest on April 25, the night before prom, as a fundraiser for scholarships to Y programs. 

    Twelve acts signed up and did an outstanding job. Two of the acts were from the high school ballroom dance program, and others were from throughout the community. 

    I would like to thank all the dancers who participated as you made it a highly entertaining and engaging program. I would also like to thank New Beginnings Fellowship Church and Pastor Shawn Amburgey for lending us the excellent venue. 

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    A six-week Bereavement Support Group, sponsored by the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program, is being offered from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 20 to June 24 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Facilitated by Cynthia Goldblatt, LPCC, MSW, Ph.D. and bereavement counselor for the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program and Pat Slentz, Hospice Chaplain — the group is free and open to anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one.

    Interested persons are asked to call Cynthia Goldblatt at 662-2525 for more information or to reserve a space.

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    May 4-10, 2014

    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

    10:30 a.m. Stroke Awareness talk with Dr. Nelson

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    Art exhibits

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “A Day in the Life: Works by Holly Roberts.” The opening exhibition will be 5-7 p.m. May 30. Show runs until June 21. 

    Art tours

    Santa Fe Studio Tour 2014 is a free, self-guided tour open to the public that meanders throughout Santa Fe featuring more than 30 open studios and the work of 60 Santa Fe artists. Many artists give demonstrations of their craft and share techniques and philosophies with visitors. The tour begins with a preview party and group show from all participating artists, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 27. Then all participating artists open their creative sanctuaries to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28 and June 29. The public can explore the studios of jewelers, painters, sculptors and ceramists. 

     

  • Saturday is the Los Alamos Arts Council annual spring arts and crafts fair. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it is the best time to chose an item for mom — whether it be jewelry, pottery or something else that is special.
    The fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn of Fuller Lodge.
    There will be many returning artists including Vicki Conley, Amelia Rivard Williams and Marianne and George Schweers.
    Conley has been a potter for more than 30 years and her studio is well stocked with functional stoneware, decorative horsehair and raku pottery. She will have some of her popular designs such as white with blue thistle, blue with blue thistle and her plate featuring a hummingbird design.
    Williams started her business approximately 20 years ago in California, but came to Taos eight years ago by way of Arizona and Colorado. She is a self-taught artist using the medium of gemstones, beads, crystals and metals to create jewelry and unique window hangings using these materials.

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation will host a Great Conversations event featuring Stephanie Garcia Richard, Robert Benjamin and Ron Barber.
    The event will be 2 p.m. Sunday. It will be at Los Alamos High School.
    State Representative Garcia Richard will lead the conversation “Sausage Making 101; Inside the New Mexico Legislature.”
    Garcia Richard is a native of New Mexico and a lifelong educator who has worked both abroad and in Northern New Mexico.
    A Barnard College and Columbia University graduate, she followed in her father’s footsteps and became a teacher. Garcia Richard will provide her perspective on the group dynamics of working with 112 personalities, discuss the New Mexico Legislature and why it’s best to pay attention.
    She will share her views about when to use the velvet glove or the sledgehammer to advance an agenda.
    Benjamin will present the conversation “Encore Career: Finding Your Passion Post-Retirement.”
    Benjamin is a late-blooming playwright, following his 30-year career as a research physicist at LANL. He will discuss the passion that energized and motivated him to a post-retirement career as a playwright.

  • The Santa Fe Council on International Relations and the World Affairs Councils of America partner with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States to present Europe Day in Santa Fe, a two-day program to celebrate Europe Day 2014.
    All Europe Day program events take place at the Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort, 1297 Bishop’s Lodge Road.  Europe Day in Santa Fe is a program of the World Affairs Councils of America in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.
    The program begins with dinner and a movie at 5 p.m. Sunday, which will feature dinner at Bishop’s Lodge accompanied by a film, “Welcome” (released in France in 2009), written and directed by Phillippe Lioret.
    Price for the dinner and a movie event is $35 per person.
    A panel discussion is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday. The discussion will address the history, development and current impact of the European Union.
    Lunch will be served at noon followed with a talk at 1:30 p.m. by featured speaker H.E. Nuno Brito, the Ambassador of Portugal to the United States.
    The price for the Monday’s activities is $50, which includes lunch at Bishop’s Lodge. One may attend all events on both days for a discounted price of $75.

  •  ALBUQUERQUE — The 20th annual Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation’s Mudd Volleyball Tournament will feature a new Team Fundraising Challenge in which teams compete against one another to raise the most money.
    The money raised is in addition to team registration fees. The Mudd Volleyball Tournament takes place June 7 in Albuquerque.
    “For the past 20 years, New Mexicans from around the state have set, spiked and bumped their way through the mud at the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation’s annual Mudd Volleyball tournaments, to benefit children with special needs and their families,” said executive director Jeff Hoehn. “The Team Fundraising Challenge is just one more way our generous teams can help improve the lives of New Mexico’s kids with special needs. The money raised through Mudd Volleyball goes right back into communities across New Mexico.”
    The winner of the Team Fundraising challenge will be provided with lunch, VIP parking passes, a recognition banner, an upgraded tent package at the 2015 Mudd Volleyball Tournament and a host of other valuable prizes.
    Teams who participate in the challenge are required to establish a monetary goal by May 30, which the team captain should include on the registration form.

  • Santa Fe
    Albertsons, 600 N. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: March 3
    Violations: None. All high-risk violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from Feb. 24. No further follow up required.

    Baked in Tesuque, 138 Tesuque Village Road
    Date inspected: March 5
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening as a processor. No follow up required.

    Jambo Café, 2010 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: March 11
    Violations: No violations found after customer complaint.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta
    Date inspected: March 11
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Floor drain filled with debris and holding water, violation was cleaned and disinfected at time of inspection. Seven low-risk violations. Unshielded lights in wash and prep areas. Exposed electrical conduit in ceiling. No base covering in facility. Walls have wearing out paint and not durable. Floors behind equipment have particulate accumulation. Holes in wall to interior. Ceiling not smooth.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • NDI students are Broadway bound
    Celebrating its 20th year in 2014, National Dance Institute of New Mexico (NDI New Mexico) will showcase the talent and discipline of more than 570 public school students in nine Northern New Mexico elementary schools, with an end of the year performance, “Broadway Bound!” May 15-16.
    Tickets are on sale now.
    “Broadway Bound!” is a celebration of the magic of Broadway musicals. Students will perform songs and dances from dozens of great Broadway shows, which share NDI New Mexico’s messages of teamwork, perseverance and self-confidence.
    Performances will be 6 p.m. at the Pojoaque Valley High School’s Ben Luján Gym, 1574 N.M. 502.
    NDI New Mexico’s programming in Northern New Mexico serves the Española Valley and Pojoaque communities by providing dance classes as part of the regular school curriculum.
    Students from the following elementary schools will perform: Alcalde, Carinos Charter, Chimayó, E.T. Salazar, McCurdy Charter, Ohkay Owingeh Community School, Pablo Roybal, San Juan and Tony E. Quintana.  
    Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling 983-7646, ext. 104. 
    For more information, visit ndi-nm.org/content/end-of-year_events.

  • Although a newcomer to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Alex Zubelewicz is a longtime Los Alamos resident who has shared his time with the community.
    He said he loves the outdoors, and he’s applied that passion to volunteering not only for PEEC, but also for other organizations in New Mexico and around the Southwest.
    Zubelewicz began volunteering with the Santa Fe National Forest doing trail work. “Unfortunately during the winter and early spring, everything stops because the ground is frozen, so I wanted to start volunteering elsewhere. I liked the idea of finding an organization in Los Alamos, because it’s more convenient for me,” he said.
    He said he would continue with the trail work when the weather is warmer.
    Zubelewicz looked at VolunteerMatch.com and saw PEEC was in need of someone to do data management.
    “It is a great way for me to fill up my time. Los Alamos as a community is small, and I’m trying to meet more people because I feel that sometimes I need to get out more. It’s an everyday adventure — you never know whom you’re going to meet,” Zubelewicz said of his volunteering experience.
    Zubelewicz will partake in his next adventure this month as a weeklong project in Utah, repairing bridges and trails.

  • New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez will be the keynote speaker for the Los Alamos Federation of Republican Women’s 60th anniversary celebration luncheon. The public is invited to attend, noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.
    A special menu has been prepared for this event and will be provided by Fusion Café. Cost for this event is $15 for non-members and $25 for members.
    The first meeting of the LAFRW was on May 15, 1954. Nineteen women were in attendance.
    Through the years, the members of the LAFRW have participated in county, state and national activities. Currently, there are three LAFRW members serving the citizens of Los Alamos County as elected officials. Sharon Stover is the county clerk, Fran Berting is a county councilor and JoAnn Johnson is the county assessor and the first vice president for 2014-2015 New Mexico Federation of Republican Women. Also representing Los Alamos Republican Women on the NMFRW board for 2014-2015 is Marie Todd, NMFRW member at large and Norma Tech, NMFRW membership data entry chair.
    The LAFRW has a guest speaker or holds a special event at each monthly meeting in addition to conducting the regular business at hand. The women of the LAFRW bring toiletries to the monthly meetings for the women’s shelter in Española.