• New Mexico is home to dozens of slot canyons, which provide for peaceful hikes and beautiful surroundings. New Mexico outdoorsman Doug Scott will guide a small group to discover some amazing slot canyons in the Abiquiu area, through an outing starting at 7:30 a.m. May 9 offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    The group will explore several slot canyons in the Abiquiu area, which is where Georgia O’Keeffe drew much of her artistic inspiration. The slot canyons planned for this outing are not technical, in that ropes and climbing equipment will not be necessary. Total distance covered by the group will be up to six miles, with a 900-feet vertical elevation gain.
    Scott will lead a free tour of New Mexico waterfalls as well on May 5.
    The cost is $20 per person, or $16 for PEEC members. Advance registration is required, and the hike is limited to only 10 people.
    Also on Saturday, PEEC is offering a tour of the Valles Caldera. The Valles Caldera is one of only three active calderas in the mainland United States. Join geologist Patrick Rowe for a fact-filled driving tour from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • The English tradition of the “Coffee Morning” returns to Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday.
    The event is an informal fundraiser intended to raise funds for the House of Hope and Trinity Builders house-building mission teams.
    The Coffee Morning will also offer an opportunity to share that Saturday morning cup of coffee and a scone or other treat, while visiting with friends and neighbors. The event will also include tempting stalls or tables, including home-baked bread and cakes, plants and flowers, a white elephant table, used books and other media, games for children, a car wash organized by the Youth Choir, hats and a Scarf Market. All items will be reasonably priced.
    The car wash will also raise funds for the Youth Choir.
    Coffee Mornings are a very popular way of raising money for good causes at many churches in the UK. “A Coffee Morning is just what it sounds like: You get together, drink coffee, eat goodies and, this is the most important part, spend money,” said Claire Singleton, who is from the UK and has been part of the House of Hope women’s house-building team since its inception in 2005. For this reason, items will be reasonably priced to encourage patrons to dip into their wallets frequently.

  • The Northern New Mexico Spring Arts and Crafts Fair will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the Fuller Lodge lawn. There will be creative, original art by nearly 100 artists. There will also be a meet-and-greet with the Greyhound Pets of America New Mexico branch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. across from the Memorial Rose Garden. Top: Recycled wood products by Bob Riolo. Right: A Zozobra-inspired birdhouse. los Alamos Arts council/Courtesy

  • There are hundreds of perennial-flowing waterfalls in the Land of Enchantment, and Doug Scott is widely recognized as the expert on the subject. Scott returns to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center to give a presentation starting at 7 p.m. May 5 at the new Los Alamos Nature Center. The talk is free and open to the public.
    Scott is a outdoorsman who has been exploring New Mexico since he was a young child.  
    He started the Taos Mountain Outfitters in 1972 and was a commercial whitewater rafting guide and ski touring guide for many years, besides being a successful artist.
    Scott loves discovering waterfalls and sharing them with others. Attendees of his programs have said they are always greatly inspired to become “Waterfall-lovers” and begin “Waterfalling” immediately.
    All four of Scott’s outdoor books will be available to be signed and personalized: Taos Waterfalls, Taos Mountains, New Mexico Waterfalls and New Mexico Waterfall Handbook.   
    The talk will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • LAMS fundraisers to aid ill staff members

    Los Alamos Middle School is currently conducting two fundraisers for staff members fighting serious health battles. On Friday, students can donate $1 for the opportunity to wear their hats in the building throughout the day.
    Students can donate their dollar before school or during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    On Friday, they stop by our booth in the main office for their official hand stamp. Tickets will still be available Friday.
    For any questions or more information, call 663-3252.
    The funds will benefit teachers Sherri Bublitz and Ryan Finn.
    Olions to perform Shakespeare

    The Los Alamos High School Olions presents its annual spring production this weekend. This year, the students will perform William Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Duane Smith Auditorium.  
    A preview performance will be 7 p.m. Thursday. Opening night is 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday, there will be two shows 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee will be Sunday.  
    Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 students and the preview show is $5.
    For more information, contact Rosemary Vigil at 500-5983.

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    “Fire Up” for Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America is holding its annual  recruiting events at fire stations. 6:30-8 p.m. at Station No. 4 in Los Alamos (4401 Diamond Drive across from the Golf Course). Parents can sign up boys by check, registration fees are $24. If you cannot attend event, then contact Kevin McClelland, NNM District director Kevin.McClelland@scouting.org, or Bill Blumenthal, NNM District Membership Chair, billblumenthal@comcast.net, 667-0986.

  • New Mexico writers, authors and publishers were at the 2015 Book Fair Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Book signings and information on how to publish were available to the public.

  • The Boy Scouts of America will have its annual Fire-Up for Scouting Cub Scout recruiting events at fire stations in Los Alamos and White Rock next week:
    • 6:30-8 p.m. today at Station No. 3 in White Rock, 129 N.M. 4)
    • 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Station No. 4 in Los Alamos, 4401 Diamond Dr. across from the golf course)
    Boys who will graduate from kindergarten through 4 grades (5-10 years old) can be registered for the Cub Scouting program, including summer activities such as June Day Camp. Information for registering older boys in Boy Scouting will also be available. Fire station firefighters will give the boys and family members tours of the fire trucks and station during the registration event.
    Parents can sign up boys at either the Los Alamos or White Rock events. Bring a checkbook for payment of registration fees of $24.
    If you cannot attend either event, then contact Kevin McClelland, NNM district director (Kevin.McClelland@scouting.org), or Bill Blumenthal, NNM district membership chair, (billblumenthal@comcast.net), or call 667-0986.

  • I normally write this column on Monday night, but this week is a busy one, so I left a note to myself, “My Coffee Pot Ponderings,” so I could make lunches and hit the ground running today.
    I knew the column would be easy because I had the topic in mind, but at about 3 a.m., there was a song in my head that just wouldn’t go away.
    “It’s the final countdown,” by the rock band Europe.
    I feel compelled once again to warn the class of 2015 that not only will the next month fly, but to remind everyone that at the end of this week, it is May.
    May — that ridiculous, nutty time of year when there’s so much to get done and sometimes it doesn’t happen.
    So remember patience is a virtue, tell the family to cut everyone some slack, give constant, tactful reminders to get all homework in, especially the missing ones that will still be accepted and hang on for a bumpy ride.
    As we begin the month of May, I also want to remind you that May 4-8 is staff and teacher appreciation week.
    I miss those elementary days when it just felt like something everyone did, to recognize the folks that work so hard for our kids.

  • 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 best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:


    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

    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 your 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.


  • April 26-May 2, 2015
    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
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Tater tot casserole
    Noon        Grief support
    12:15 p.m.        Smart Driver class
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken tacos
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.         “Friends” meeting
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis

  • Los Alamos Pony Club will be hosting a dressage competition and Pony Club rally Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the county's North Mesa equestrian facility.

    Organized by Laura Kober, a dressage rider and parent of a Pony Club member, the show is part of the New Mexico Dressage Association's series of schooling (practice) competitions over the year. The show will also feature a qualifying competition for Pony Club members from across the state who wish to qualify to compete in the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. championships later this summer.

    Dressage is an Olympic equestrian sport, involving a specific pattern of movements that horse and rider must perform, demonstrating the elegance and training of the horse and the skill and tact of the rider.

    For more information about Los Alamos Pony Club, which is accepting new members, see http://losalamos.ponyclub.org/wordpress/?page_id=200/?page_id=200

    For information about the New Mexico Dressage Association, see http://www.nmdressage.net/

  • Art exhibits
    Albuquerque Academy Student Exhibition. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Friday at Turner Carroll Gallery, 725 Canyon Road. Exhibit runs through April 29. The first in Turner Carroll’s Emerging Artist program for 2015, the juried exhibition of Albuquerque Academy artwork presents an exceptional body of work by Academy’s 9-12th graders. From more than 270 submissions, a panel of Santa Fe curators, gallerists, artists and critics selected the most compelling 25 works.

    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Harriette Tsosie, “Linguicide.” Artist talk from 1-2 p.m. Saturday. Show closes on April 27.

    Jock Sturges: Fanny. Show runs until May 23 at photo-eye Gallery.

    “Women’s Work.” Art exhibition featuring 25 top female artists of New Mexico. Show is free to the public and runs through May 15 at the Tarnoff Art Center in Rowe. For more information and directions, visit tarnoffartcenter.org, or call 919-8888.  

    V. Vaughan Solo Exhibit: Welcome the Light. Show runs until April 30 at Act I Gallery in Santa Fe.

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    Friday, April 24, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Budget Replay 4-21-15
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – President Truman
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Business Breakfast- Los Alamos’ Economic Outlook
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, April 26, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, April 27, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet

  • Today
    The New Mexico Department of Health Alcohol Epidemiologist Dr. Laura Tomedi will speak at a meeting regarding DWI awareness. 8:30 a.m. in council chambers of the Municipal Building. Tomedi will be speaking on “Alcohol: Public Health and Policy” and the presentation will focus on how alcohol effects many facets of public health with particular emphasis on the statistics in Los Alamos County and what policies are working to reduce the excessive use of alcohol. For more information, contact Linda Matteson, Los Alamos County DWI coordinator at 662-8241 or linda.matteson@lacnm.us.

    Open House with Environmental Scientists. Noon-1 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. Ask laboratory biologists and anthropologists about natural resource questions.

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its biennial organizing convention. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA Lecture Hall, room 230. Note that this is a different room within UNM-LA than the party has met in previously. Doors will be open by 6:30 p.m. for registration. Attendees will choose ward chairs, members of the local central committee (the party’s governing body), party officers and local delegates to the state party central committee. All registered Republicans are welcome and encouraged to attend.  For more information, contact Robert Gibson, 662-3159.

  • The Los Alamos High School Culinary Arts 2 class took their business skills on the road as they traveled to the Betty Ehart Senior Center last month, under the direction of teacher Louise Majorey.  
    The high school students had the opportunity to work with Chef Michael Mason and Chef Fred Ortiz, as they prepare the BESC daily lunch and meals for their Home Delivered Meals food program.
    The Home Delivered Meals program served almost 15,000 meals last year to the frail and financially challenged seniors in our community.
    The nutritionally sound dishes are made with love every day, in the kitchen at the BESC and recently had some additional helpers to assist.
    “I thought the senior center was wonderful,” said LAHS junior Jasmin Suazo. “I really enjoyed going and helping.”
    Suazo was surprised by the number of seniors that the program feeds and enjoyed just being able to help out. Students packaged cobbler, sealed fruit cups and helped to ready meals for the daily delivering of lunch and dinner to many in the community.
    The LARSO chefs arrive early to begin not only preparations for home delivery, but also to prepare the congregate meal. This meal is also made daily and offers local seniors an opportunity to share a meal in the heart of the center for fun and fellowship.

  • The Los Alamos Middle School Hawks soared to new heights recently, as 127 students took part in, Discover New Mexico! 
    The New Mexico Culture Day took place during half of the day, with students rotating through four out of five presentations.
    The presentations included weaving, pottery, history, artifacts and tinwork with participation from Irvin Trujillo on Spanish Colonial Art, Marcia Padilla, Mina Padilla and Jordan Havier of the Santa Clara Pueblo with pottery and more.
    “New Mexico history is a seventh grade state standard and New Mexico has a rich tri-cultural history filled with traditions,” said LAMS teacher, Eleanor James-Springfield.  “Through this in-school field trip format, students experienced hands-on activities with some of these cultural traditions.”
    The students learned history and had some hands-on, educational opportunities designing and creating their own pieces of culture throughout the event.
    “I thought Discover New Mexico activities were fun and full of learning experiences,” seventh grader, Kaya Krantz said.
    The classes will also follow up with activities where students examine their own culture and individual family traditions.

  • Outside Magazine and Cycle Santa Fe are gearing up for the second annual Outside Bike & Brew Festival in Santa Fe, to be held May 13-17.
    A new lineup of bikes, beers and bands will celebrate the tourist seeking active cultural experiences. The lifestyle festival will blend a wide variety of road cycling, mountain biking and leisure rides with nightly craft beer events, films and activities for all ages.
    “Year two of Bike & Brew has doubled in size,” said Christopher Goblet, event director and Cycle Santa Fe executive director. “We underestimated the turnout in our first year, so we have added twice the number of rides, beer gardens and concerts to accommodate a larger audience. Naturally, we ordered twice the amount of beer as well to be sure we keep up with demand.”

  • Looking for something to do in May? Help Madrid, N.M. celebrate its 42nd anniversary of the resettlement that brought the little town from coal town to “not being a ghost town anymore.”
    Madrid is 30 minutes south of Santa Fe on N.M. 14. In 1973, when the Johnsons arrived, rented a ghost building from the mine owners, and opened a gallery it had been a ghost town for 20 years. Many other independent folks came along, rented and some also started businesses.
    Now, there are over 35 wonderful shops and galleries, filled with fine art, fine fiber art, rugs, blown glass, whimsical gifts, photography, pottery, Native American art, real estate, sculpture, most importantly shop and gallery owners are eager to say hello.
    In Madrid, visitors get to meet artists face to face.
    Parking is available at the north and south end of town. Be sure and give yourself lots of time in Madrid.
    Most shops and galleries open about 10 a.m. and close anywhere from 5-6 p.m.
    Restaurants in town
    Java Junction for that caffeine fix opens at 10 a.m.
    Mineshaft Tavern opens at 11:30 a.m. Vistors can come in for some burgers, plus lots of entertainment and the museum.
    Mama Lisa’s Ghost Town Kitchen, opens at 11 a.m. with some homemade food