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  • When Shelby Tisdale became director of the Millicent Rogers Museum in 2002, she learned that it had a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc., for an exhibition and book on its jewelry collection. Two directors had come and gone since the grant was awarded, so Tisdale decided it was time to tackle the project.
    It was a monumental undertaking. Millicent Rogers collected 1,281 pieces of jewelry — nearly 30 percent of her entire collection. In her book “Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest: The Millicent Rogers Museum Collection,” Tisdale writes, “Almost as if she was collecting for a museum, Millicent Rogers selected examples of Native American and Hispano arts and crafts of exceptional significance, quality and diversity.”

  • The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra announces the rehearsal schedule for the Fall Concert at 7 p.m., Oct. 21 at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.
    All rehearsals will be from 7-9:30 p.m. Mondays in the High School band room located in the music wing of Los Alamos High School.
    Interested musicians should contact their section leaders for confirmation. The leaders are as follows:
    Violin and viola, Brian Newnam, 662-9679, soundpost@q.com; cello and double bass, James Knudson, 672-9837; winds, Jane Gerheart, 672-9840, gerheart@earthlink.net; brass, Phil Jones, 662-9670, pwjones@lanl.gov; and percussion, Stuart Bloom, 672-0889, sbbloom69@yahoo.com.

  • The Los Alamos Rotary club seeks area professionals or business people for a goodwill exchange to South Africa.
    Rotarians of Rotary District 5520, which includes New Mexico and West Texas, are seeking four outstanding professionals to visit the Capetown area in South Africa between April 10  and  May 7, 2012 as part of the Group Study Exchange program of The Rotary Foundation.
    Through the program, teams of professionals exchange visits between paired areas in different countries. During the visit, team members share personal knowledge of their own country and experience the customs, vocations and lifestyles of another.

  • At 7 p.m. Friday, the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series show will be at Del Norte Credit Union with Texas musician, Carolyn Wonderland.
    The show will be Los Alamos Credit Unions’ Night— a night with Del Norte Credit Union, Zia Credit Union and the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union.
    Wonderland is best known as a  blues-rocker, but she’s a lot more than that, according to concert promoter Russ Gordon.
    “She’s often compared to Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi,” Gordon said. “She’s a tremendous singer and guitar player that also plays slide guitar, mandolin, trumpet and piano.

  • Violinist Kay Newnam will welcome two friends to The Coffeehouse at Fuller Lodge at 7 p.m. Friday.  Pianist Anthony Maroudas and French horn player Erica Otero, along with Newnam, will perform chamber music by Paul Hindemith, Edvard Grieg and Johannes Brahms.
    “One of the most special experiences any musician can have is playing music with friends,” Newnam said. “Pianist Anthony Maroudas and French horn player Erica Otero are very special musicians and I am lucky that they are here for a performance.”

  • Is your child’s rock collection taking over? Do you wonder what all those rocks actually are? Kids in third through fifth grade and their parents are welcome to bring their rocks to Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 5 p.m. Sunday for a rock identification workshop.
    With guidance from local geologists, kids will learn to identify the more familiar rocks in their collections and figure out some of the unusual ones. They will also have the opportunity to organize their collections into a box and make labels and a key. Parents are welcome to help.

  • Piñon Ridge Crafters have joined with state parks volunteers to put on an event, the El Vado Day and Crafts Fair scheduled for Aug. 27 on the shore of El Vado Lake, a 17-mile drive west of Tierra Amarilla on Hwy. 112.
    The Crafts Fair will run all day, featuring local handmade art ranging from paintings and jewelry to furniture making. The day’s program begins at 9 a.m. with the Butterfly Dancers from the Jicarilla Apache Nation.
    The day is filled with programs highlighting everything from the history of the area’s sheepherding and weaving tradition, to the events leading to the establishment of the original village and its demise some years later.

  • Every summer Fuller Lodge Art Center has a solution to the perennial childhood complaint, “There’s nothing to do!” For six weeks, budding artists fill the classrooms and studio spaces at the Art Center to undertake explorations in all media led by a select group of teaching artists. This year over 200 children from 130 different families attended one or more weeks of Art Camp, and next week the Art Center will share the fruits of their artistic endeavors with the public in the “Summer Art Camp Showcase.” The week-long showcase culminates with a cookies and Kool-Aid open house from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 27.

  • Volunteers made event possible

    Los Alamos Aquatomics hosted the New Mexico Long Course State Swim Meet during the last weekend of July. Hundreds of swimmers from Los Alamos and across the state participated. To make an event of this size successful required the efforts of many in our community.
    The team would like to thank the many volunteers, county employees, local organizations and business owners who made this meet possible.  
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce provided information packets, coupon books, maps and multiple flyers for our visiting swimmers and their families.

  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos recently received an $874,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve and market the UNM-LA Applied Technologies program.
    This associate degree in applied science is designed to train students for future careers as technicians in the areas of solar, electromechanical and nano technology.
    “There is a growing need on the part of Los Alamos National Laboratory and other high tech businesses and agencies for technicians with skills in these areas,” said Applied Technologies Program Coordinator Dr. Irina Alvestad.

  • The Los Alamos High School class of 1956 is having their 55 year reunion Aug. 26-27.
    Friday activities will be at the Shriners building on Trinity Drive.
    There will be a dinner Saturday at the Best Western Hilltop House, during which class pictures and other activities will be held.
    Reservations are required. Those who graduated but did not receive an invitation should call David M. Brown at 505-412-3117.
    The class of 1956 first attended LAHS as seventh graders because there was no middle school at the time, which means the class attended LAHS for six years.

    From a press release

  • The 19th Annual Los Alamos Butterfly Count will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    From there, the group will carpool or caravan to sites around the county. Steve Cary, New Mexico’s butterfly expert, will join the group to help with spotting and identification.
    A $5 fee per person will go to PEEC and to the North American Butterfly Association’s continent-wide butterfly census.
    The fire affected the usual counting areas, but warm weather and rains should coax butterflies out of other places.
    As more flowers bloom around the county, butterflies are becoming more visible. For those wanting to join up later, the group will count at Camp May in the middle of the day.

  • Happy school year! I love that saying from the new little Mini-Wheat character on the Kellogg’s commercial.
    The first day of school is a tough pill to swallow sometimes, so I hope you fared well.
    The first day of school is sort of like jogging, it doesn’t sound appealing to me. I assume that is because it marks the end of summer and I like it when everyone is home.
    Don’t get me wrong, I won’t miss the rising temperatures, both on the thermometer and in the bodies of kids that have had too much time together.
    It will be nice to get up and walk through the living room without it looking like a war zone, with sleeping bodies strewn throughout.

  • 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.

  • Aug. 14-20, 2011
    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 plus exercise
    10:30 a.m.    Advisory council
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Baked fish
    1:30 p.m.    Pilates
    7 p.m.    Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    Mac users

  • The members of Los Alamos Mountaineers have been going to the canyon country since at least the 1970s. Bill Priedhorsky has been one of their regulars and is now in his fifth decade of canyon exploring in southeast Utah and northeast Arizona. With any luck, he will make his 100th trip in 2014 or sooner. So what is the excitement about? At the Wednesday meeting of the LAM, Priedhorsky will tell the story of one canyon adventure, Antone Ridge, while making the point that the story of one says something about the adventure of all.

  • The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. Steve Becker, PhD, of Los Alamos National Laboratory will give a talk titled, “Spitzbergen/Svalbard, an Arctic Wonderland.”
    In July 2010, Becker took a National Geographic Cruise of the Spitsbergen/Svalbard Island Complex located north of the Arctic Circle. The cruise had good weather and conditions allowing the cruise participants to see polar bears, walrus, reindeer, birds and whales, incredible glaciers and geology.
    Those on the cruise experienced the midnight sun and entered the polar ice cap. Becker will show a 30-minute DVD giving the highlights of the voyage and then show photos from his CDs.

  • There are food drives and blood drives, but it’s likely that very few have ever heard of a seed ball drive.
    Local Boy Scout and Los Alamos Youth Leadership member Jin Park has organized a “seed ball drive,” to take place Aug. 20, in Los Alamos and White Rock.
    “In wake of our evacuation and the continuing flames of the Las Conchas fire, I figured something could be done to help restore vegetation to burned areas,” Park said. “The idea came in the form of seed balls.”
    Park, a Los Alamos High School senior, athlete and musician, is organizing the community project as part of his requirements for Eagle Scout.

  • The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club is hosting the Second Annual State Youth Shotgun Competition Aug. 27.
    Local organizer Mike O’Neill and Mark Gruber of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish have been working on the event for several months.
    “The purpose of the competition is to bring together youth shotgun teams from across New Mexico to compete in trap, skeet, and bunker trap”, O’Neill said.
    “We hope to have at least 10 teams comprised of both boys and girls aged 12 to 17.”
    The local teams were formed three weeks before the first state competition last year. Los Alamos had the only female entrants in the 2010 competition and will have even more girls competing this year, O’Neill said.

  • Beginning on Aug. 28, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2000 Diamond Dr.,  will host a new series titled, “Redeemer Theological Academy.”

    The purpose of the academy is to offer seminars and courses free of charge to the community, explaining what the historic Christian faith is, what they believe and why they believe it.