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  • 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.

  • Eli Chertkov was recently awarded a scholarhip from Kiwanis. Pictured from left to right, Kiwanis President Fran Berting; Eli Chertkov and Olga Chertkov. Eli plans to attend Priceton University and is also a Key Club member.

  • 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.

  • Sara Armstrong, President of the New Mexico Children’s Foundation, announced that 21 non profits in New Mexico have received grants for 2011-2012.
    “I am excited to announce that non-profits in Las Vegas, Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico have received grants.
    These grassroots organizations serve children in Las Vegas, Cañones, Los Alamos, Ojo Sarco and Taos.  The Fourth Judicial District CASA, Samaritan House, Ojo Sarco Community Center, Cañones Early Childhood Program,  Self Help and Youth Heartline are among the groups selected,” Armstrong said.

  • The transition from middle school to high school can be challenging for many students. They encounter more freedom, older classmates and harder courses. As a result, some students have trouble keeping up academically and drop out and/or fail to graduate with their peers. The Los Alamos Public Schools and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board have combined to provide these students with a second chance.
    JJAB has funded subscriptions to NovaNET, courseware and instructional content delivered on a state-of-the-art web platform that uses a standard web browser.
    In January, LAPS asked Lorraine Whalen to go to the high school as a half-time learning coach to proctor seniors at risk of not graduating on time in their use of NovaNET.

  • Has a pet made a difference in your life? Do you have a heartwarming story about your pet you would love to share? Well get those cameras ready, polish those smiles, and say cheese!
    Friends of the Shelter is accepting photo entries for the 2012 Shelter Alumni Calendar through Sept. 8.  They need your help because without your photos and stories, there can be no FOS calendar.
    Pet owners who have adopted a shelter animal or an abandoned or homeless animal are invited to send a photo and a brief story about their pet.
    Owners do not have to live in Los Alamos nor have adopted or rescued the animal from Los Alamos to enter.

  • A Hairy Woodpecker sneaks a sip from a hummingbird feeder in Ponderosa Estates.

  • On Monday night, the Los Alamos Schools and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board invites the community for a free presentation with author and motivational speaker, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, at the Duane Smith Auditorium at 6 p.m.
    Kickbusch, the author of “Journey to the Future: A Roadmap for Success for Youth,” will combine personal stories with tools to help parents and community members assist in the goals of raising fine youth.

  • Argentinean rock sound waves will float around Ashley Pond Friday night, as Los Pinguos descend on Los Alamos as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.
    The dance party band started out in Buenos Aires in 1999. When they started becoming popular in their homeland, they moved to Los Angeles, Calif. in 2001 with “nothing but their dreams,” looking for international success.
    They’ve since played all the major clubs and festivals in L.A. and most of the U.S., Europe and Asia. The “Penguins” play a mixture of Latin rhythms performed with Spanish acoustic guitars, a Cuban guitar-like instrument called a tres, a Peruvian cajon (box drum), bass and harmonizing vocals.

  • The 2011 season at the Santa Fe Opera has certainly provided a variety of entertainment. Beginning with a classic like “La Boheme” and moving to the comedy of “The Last Savage,” we end the season in tragic scandal with “Wozzek.”
    Directed by Daniel Slater and conducted by David Robertson, “Wozzek” (Richard Paul Fink) is the story of a poor army private that earns extra pennies by shaving his captain (Robert Brubaker) and subjecting himself to a doctor’s (Eric Owens) medical experimentation.


  • If Texas is like a whole other country, then Roswell, N.M. is like a whole other universe. From fast-food restaurant signs welcoming aliens to the UFO Alien Museum downtown, Roswell embraces and even revels in its history.

  • Welcome to assets month. Once again, the Los Alamos County Council will proclaim the month of August as Assets Month in our county.
    The proclamation was read at their Tuesday night meeting and the work will continue for what should be another wonderful year.
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce-sponsored program will once again work with the community, schools and others to promote the work of the assets initiative far and wide.

  • Los Alamos Elks’ Lodge gives thanks

    On behalf of the Los Alamos Elk’s Lodge BPOE 2083 and its members, we would like to thank all of those who participated in serving and protecting this great community during the Las Conchas Fire. We cannot express our appreciation enough. Thank You!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors that have lost their homes, possessions and livelihood as a result of the fire. We hope that some semblance of normalcy will return to your lives soon.

  • Khalil Spencer will give an illustrated talk at Pajarito Environmental Education Center about bicycle commuting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. He will follow his talk with a hands-on workshop from 8:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 6. The talk is free and open to all. The workshop is $15 or $12 for PEEC members and is open to people ages 16 and older.
    Spencer is a League of American Bicyclists certified bicycling instructor.
    He has raced and commuted via bicycle for 32 years and has been active in bicycling advocacy for 20.
    He recently completed a term as chair of the Los Alamos County Transportation Board and has been on that board for four terms.

  • 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.