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  • David and Aimée Thurlo have, together and separately, written more than 70 novels in a variety of genres. At 7 p.m. June 28 in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library, the couple will give a presentation as part of the Authors Speak Series.
    The Thurlos’ writing career began when Aimée was inspired to write a novel, while David was teaching middle school. She sat down with a legal pad and pencil, began a romantic intrigue, and soon found David looking over her shoulder whenever class was out. They quickly discovered that they could write with one voice, and their combined efforts resulted in books characterized by the unique stamp that defined their partnership in life and work.

  • In the Pilots and Paws program, pets from overwhelmed kill shelters hitch a flight to communities where they will be adopted. Pilot Jeff Bennett recently flew his 1,000th animal.

  • Getting leadership training is easy for adults in Los Alamos. All they have to do is sign up for a Leadership Los Alamos course.
    Training youth leaders is just as simple. Each year, Los Alamos Youth Leadership has helped high school students in ninth through 12th grade gain confidence and leadership skills that they may use later in life. County Councilor Sharon Stover founded the group in 2005.
    Approximately 25-45 students join LAYL each summer and work with adult leaders from the community that have gone through the Leadership Los Alamos program.
    In fact, several community groups support LAYL and without the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Los Alamos National Bank, the Family YMCA and Los Alamos High School, LAYL would not be possible.

  • Before passing away from a brain tumor in December 2009, Julie Meadows and her family got help from friends, the community and fellow church members, organized as “Julie’s Helpers.”   
    Launched in May 2011, the Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship Fund seeks to provide, annually, the kind of help that Meadows would have been proud of. Wife, mother of two young sons, Los Alamos National Laboratory staffer, active member of Alpha Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and member of White Rock Presbyterian Church, Meadows had been tireless in volunteering.

  • You know, I have said before that you can build assets at any age and late night Fridays in Los Alamos, proved that philosophy.
    The annual Relay for Life event kicked off with a Cancer Survivor’s Lap. The participants walked the first lap to begin the event, which took volunteers and walkers late into the night.
    The lap was preceded by a dinner, flowers and a presentation by Dr. Eric Bernstein, an oncologist with New Mexico Cancer Care at the Los Alamos Medical Center.
    Doug Stavert, Ann Sherrard and Katie Stavert, along with a furry friend, scooped and swept a large build-up of water that had collected around the pond prior to the arrival of walkers that have been through — or are currently going through — the battle.

  • The Kiwanis Club presented a scholarship to Ben Schilling, who will attend New Mexico Tech and study mechanical engineering. Schilling said he had a great school experience. When asked to name one positive thing about Los Alamos High School, he cited the students and teachers. When asked what one issue he would like to see improved or changed at LAHS, he said there should be more hands-on learning. Ben is pictured with his parents Lori and Scott and club President Kristy Keane. The Kiwanis Club recognizes graduating seniors for their commitment to the community with financial support. The Club meets at noon every Tuesday at the Masonic Lodge.

  • The Los Alamos NJROTC color guard paraded the colors during the 17th annual Massing of the Colors sponsored by the Military Order of World Wars. The event held was at the Veterans Memorial near the Veterans Building in Santa Fe on June 9. Color guard members were Mateo Cardiel, Brandon Frank, Gianna Maggiore and Diego Cardiel.

  • Editor’s note: In observance of Father’s Day, students from Kati Steinberg’s and Marcella Nogar’s second grade class at Piñon Elementary wrote letters, explaining why their dads are special.

    I love my dad so, so much. He is the best dad I could have. My dad is full of hugs and snuggles. He sometimes wrestles me and carries me. My dad makes me feel better. I like to play Scrabble and caRoads with him. I love to go fishing with him when we go camping and helping him grill. He lets me do cool things. There are a lot of reasons why I love my dad but I can’t say them all.

    Maddi B.

  • Dr. John Sarrao, program director for Los Alamos National Laboratory Office of Science Programs, will present talk on an experimental facility concept for “Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes (MaRIE)” at the Military ORoader of World Wars dinner meeting June 19.
    The meeting will be at the Best Western Hilltop House, thiRoad floor. It will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Sarrao’s presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The dinner entrée is breast of chicken in green chile sauce with vegetables and salad. Cost of the dinner is $23 per person.

  • La Leche League of Los Alamos will discuss “Networks of Support” at their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Teen Room at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr.
    All interested, pregnant or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics and benefits of breastfeeding.
    A lending library with books and audio tapes concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available.
    Nursing babies and toddlers who have difficulty separating, are welcome.
    LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing information, education, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer a free Birdscape Tour of White Rock from 1-5 p.m. today. This is a chance to visit four homes that have optimized their yards for attracting birds. This is a self-guided tour and no registration is required.
    The four yards on display this year will be at the Dunns, 107 Sierra Vista Dr.; the Walkers, 305 Donna Ave.; the Foxes, 238 Rio Bravo Dr.; and the Arendts, at 608 La Bajada. A map and directions are available at PajaritoEEC.org and participants may visit the yards in any order.  

  • David and Gillian Sutton, owners of KRSN AM 1490, took home the Broadcaster of the Year 2012 awaRoad from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association during the convention last weekend. It is given annually to someone who has done an outstanding job in the broadcasting industry during the preceding year.
    The Suttons received the awaRoad for their continuous coverage of the Las Conchas fire.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home.
    Come find a companion that will give you unconditional love. Be sure to visit lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are microchipped.

    DOGS
    Conan — Not a barbarian! A year-old male fawn-colored GSD-mix. Slender, long legs. He is still adjusting to the shelter, but is reported to be great with kids and compatible with other dogs. Housebroken.

  • As part of the Los Alamos Friday Night Out events, Mesa Public Library is hosting a series of poetry readings each Friday night in June featuring local poets.
    On Friday at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library, Mike Katko and David Schiferl will read their work. Katko will read new work as well as poems from his recently published book, “Skies and Other Poems.”
    Schiferl will read his recent work.  Along with others featured in the Friday poetry readings, Schiferl has participated in Mesa Public Library’s Poetry Gatherings facilitated by Jane Lin, who also teaches poetry at The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

  • The American Cancer Society’s Los Alamos Relay for Life will be Friday and Saturday at Ashley Pond. The festivities start at 5 p.m. Friday with a free dinner for cancer survivors and caregivers, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. RSVP to Susan Brockway at susbrockway@gmail.com or 505-690-4496 to attend the dinner.  
    The Relay will begin with the Survivor Kickoff Lap at 6:15 p.m. There will be live music provided by the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series from 7-10 p.m., accompanied by food, fun and games. The Los Alamos artist’s Bird House Auction will be from 6-10 p.m.  
    The lighting of the luminarias around Ashley Pond will be at 8:30 p.m., to honor cancer survivors and lost loved ones.  

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Glorieta

    Life Way Glorieta Conference Center, I-25, Exit 299
    Date inspected: June 8

  • On Nov. 5, 1975, a group of loggers in the mountains of northeastern Arizona observed an unusually bright light in the sky. One of those men, Travis Walton, left the safety of the work truck to take a closer look. As he walked toward the light of the strange, luminous object, he was blasted back violently by a bolt of powerful energy.
    Fearing Walton was dead, the remaining crew members fled in the truck. When they returned later to check on him, he was nowhere to be found. The crewmen then reported the UFO encounter and Walton’s disappearance to local authorities, only to be suspected of murder.

  • Finding a place to grab a late-night bite to eat in Los Alamos is virtually impossible — and by late night, we’re talking after 8 p.m. The choices are limited to McDonald’s and Sonic, so if you’re looking for something other than fast food, you’re out of luck.
    There’s at least one restaurant that stays open past 8 p.m. — the Aspen Grill. Having the hankering for dinner after 8 p.m. one Friday night, it seemed like the perfect place to get a bite.

  • The 15th Annual Santa Fe Greek Festival, hosted by the St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church, is scheduled to take place in a new location with new dates and times.
    This year’s festival will be from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.
    This is a festive and lively event and a way to experience Greek culture in Santa Fe, enjoy Greek food, music and dancing.
     “We are very excited because this year we are moving our Greek Festival to a larger venue that has better kitchen facilities and more viewing area for everyone to see the Greek band and Greek dancers,” said Kerry Tramontanas, festival chairman and treasurer of St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church.

  • Fuller Lodge again will resonate with music when the Los Alamos Rotary Club presents a Fathers’ Day concert, performed by 12 award winners of the annual Deborah Beene Memorial Music Competitions. The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
    These annual concerts showcase the musical talents developed by young Los Alamos musicians, a number of whom pursue professional careers in music.
    The Sunday concert will include performances by the three winners of the 2012 Beene Music Competition and nine winners of previous Beene Music Competitions of the last seven years.