• Today
    Up Close and Personal with Local Plants. Take an indoor wildflower walk using dried and pressed wildflowers with Chick Keller, curator of the Jemez Mountain Herbarium. 7 p.m. Free. More information at losalamosnature.org.

    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. Wisefool New Mexico. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11. Free.

    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. Meetings moderated by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson, or by a group member. Past presentations are posted and available to all on the website laaug.wordpress.com/. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

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

  • What a difference a little rain makes. The roadsides and hillsides are green and yellow, red, pink and purple flowers dot the landscape.
    Also offered through PEEC is the way to identify wildflowers is the name of a five week class offered at the Los Alamos Nature Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m., starting today.
    Here is an opportunity to get outside, to be curious, and learn more about the area and the flora.  The class will be taught by Craig Martin and Terry Foxx, longtime residents and experts.
    Foxx is a plant ecologist, writer and artist. She taught plant taxonomy at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos in the 1970s, wrote a book with Dorothy Hoard, “Flowers of the Southwestern Forests and Woodlands,” taught classes and led hikes for more than 40 years. She worked in conservation ecology at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 20 years. She has spent years studying the impact of fire on the ecosystem. Her website is teralenefoxx.com.

  • The positive focus continues this week as we take a look at why relationships are so important.
    One of my neighbors has company that comes from Texas for an annual visit. James and Dennis have a hold on the block of Isleta that seems to defy reason.
    The neighbor is kind enough to have a get together when they come that is complete with snacks, games, hilarity and fun.
    James and Dennis have no particular reason to put up with us, but alas they do. We all find time in our busy schedule, even on a week night to get together, welcome them, have some great conversation, combine that with general sassiness and in two hours, we’re all caught up, the stress of the week melts away and we’re ready to go again.
    This family has the best pair of uncles that anyone would want for their kids. They can go from a mini-game of women’s World Cup soccer in the living room to “The Little Mermaid,” then entertaining adults without skipping a beat.
    Last, but not least, James and Dennis don’t just build Assets in the block of Isleta, but with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Texas.
    The dynamite duo is actually headed up to a camp in Colorado to visit their “little” Roger for Family Day.

  • The Mesa Public Library Art Gallery in Los Alamos presents “Reflections from the Rotunda Invitational Exhibit of Book Art.” The opening reception was July 3 and the exhibit is planned to run throughout July.
    All of the artists are members of the Santa Fe Book Arts Group (BAG). They use a wide range of materials and techniques to create the books, including a variety of bindings (accordion, Coptic, long-stitch, stab), content (calligraphy, photography, poetry), forms (pop-ups, altered books, boxed books, sculptures) and paper (handmade, commercial, decorated).  
    All of the invited artists have had work shown in a previous exhibit at the New Mexico State Capitol Rotunda Gallery. The show is a preview of “The Santa Fe Book Art Celebration,” a three-month, multi-part event in northern New Mexico that is anchored by a Capitol Rotunda Gallery show this autumn.
    The gallery is open during normal library hours, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
    Attendance to the art exhibit is free.

  • July 5-11, 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: Beef tips over rice
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Fettuccini alfredo
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:45 a.m.        Music with Ruth

  • 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.


    Annie — A 9-year-old, spayed, female who just loves being petted! She has a very pretty black/gray, orange and white coat with short hair. Due to medical care needed by her owner, Annie is now at the shelter looking for her forever home. She can sometimes be a bit shy with shelter visitors, but she quickly warms up to you when you offer her some belly rubs!

  • Art exhibits
    The photo-eye Gallery in Santa Fe announces two concurrent exhibitions, “Emergent Behavior” by Thomas Jackson and “Home by Nightfall” by Angela Bacon Kidwell. This is the first exhibition by both artists at photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. Show runs until Saturday.

    Ann Hosfeld and Reg Loving: Nature Diversified. Through Aug. 3 at New Concept Gallery in Santa Fe. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

    The 11th Annual Gala Exhibition and Auction on display through Aug. 28 will showcase artists from across the U.S. and abroad who find inspiration in Fechin’s legacy, Taos and the creative traditions of the Southwest.

    Photographs Keith Carter “Ghostland” and Kate Breakey “Shadow and Light,” at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe.  Opening reception 3-5 p.m. July 11. Show runs through Aug. 22.

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    Friday, July 3, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 6-23-15
    02:00 PM Manhattan Project National Park
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Mars Rover”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Golf Course Opening Ceremony
    10:00 PM FMP Live
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, July 4, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, July 5, 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, July 6, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM The Garage

  • Purple Adobe Lavender Farm once again invites the public  and other participating businesses, at their Annual Lavender in the Valley Festival. It’s an invitation to spend a summer day, in a magical spot nestled in the Chama River Valley, celebrating the abundance and glory of lavender.
    The annual festival is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 11-12 on N.M. 84 in Abiquiu.
    “Last year’s festival was such a success and we’re working hard now to give people another fun weekend this year,” said owner Elizabeth Inman.
     Purple Adobe Lavender Farm has been growing the finest lavender and manufacturing all-natural bath and beauty products at the farm since 2004. The festival is a celebration of its bounty and of community.

  • Now in its 10th year, the Up and Over 10K Run in the Taos Ski Valley will hit the ground running with a challenging 6.2 mile trail run on Aug. 1. And, to celebrate trail running, there will be a presentation of nine inspirational films at the “Trails in Motion Film Festival,” on July 31.

Runners will have amazing views of both Kachina and Wheeler Peaks at the 10K trail run. The trail run starts at 9,207 feet with more than a 2,600-foot elevation gain in the first three miles. Because of the steep grade changes and elevation, the race is considered to be a great way for runners to test their endurance. The race be from 8 a.m.- noon on Aug. 1.
    Awards will be given following the race to the top three competitors in each age group, and in male and female divisions. The awards after party will include live music and scenic chairlift rides. Runners will have the option to take a “locals day” at Taos Cooking Studios, take a horseback ride up by Kachina Peak, llama trek in the Columbine or float along the Rio Grande River.

  • Spring and summer are wonderful times to enjoy the abundant wildflowers in Los Alamos.
    Sometimes, however, the weather does not cooperate, or a wildflower blooms at a time or location that is not convenient for viewing.
     But this shouldn’t stop local residents from knowing local wildflowers.
    The program will be 7 p.m. July 7. It is free, and no registration is required. Plant lists will be available so participants may keep track of what plants they have seen.
    The Jemez Mountain Herbarium houses 950 species of local plants. Its curator, Chick Keller, is offering to take interested visitors on a virtual wildflower walk using specimens from this collection, allowing visitors to take a field trip from the convenience of the Nature Center.
    The first indoor wildflower “walk” will introduce participants to the most accessible wildflowers in our area.
    For more information about this and other programs offered by PEEC at the Nature Center, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • An adoption event was held recently in Rio Rancho and was hosted by Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Center — New Mexico’s largest no-kill facility. The organization would like to give its appreciate to everyone who turned out to adopt a dog, cat, puppy or kitten, and to all the volunteers who made it possible.
    Included along with adoptions was a Swimsuit and Sundress Contest.
    There were almost twice as many participants from last year.
    The event was certainly meant to be fun, but more importantly, it helps the shelter to bring animal rescue and the animals needing good homes to the forefront in the community. Most of the contestants were rescues themselves, who have found homes.
    For more information on Watermelon Mountain Ranch, animals available for adoption, volunteer and donation opportunities, visit wmranch.org.
    Courtesy photos

  • The 12th Annual Pork & Brew and New Mexico BBQ State Championship will return to the Santa Ana Star Center Friday through Sunday.
    Bringing together the best barbecue vendors from around the region, this three-day festival featuring barbecue, beer, live music and interactive family activities will be one of the biggest events of the summer.
    This year’s event also features participation from additional local breweries to the likes of Red Door Brewing, Kaktus Brewing, Turtle Mountain Brewing and Cazula’s Brewing. Also being served inside the Santa Ana Star Center arena will be Tractor Brewing and Kelly’s Brewing products.
    New this year, as a special treat and exclusive sneak peek, each brewery has created a special Pork & Brew themed beer and they will be released during their respective tapping party events. Each tapping party event gave away 100 free admission tickets to the 12th Annual Pork & Brew for each pint served of their special Pork & Brew concoction while supplies lasted.
    • Turtle Mountain Brewing Company in Rio Rancho. Featuring “Pork & Brew Premium Lager
    • Cazuela’s Brewing Company in Rio Rancho. Featuring their “Pork & Brew Kilt Kicker”
    • Red Door Brewing Company in Albuquerque. Featuring their “Sowbelly Blond Ale”

  • Ironweed Productions celebrates its 10th Anniversary with Arthur Miller’s riveting masterpiece, “Death of a Salesman.”  
    Continuing its mission to produce plays rooted in the American experience, Ironweed will again team with the Santa Fe Playhouse from July 16-Aug. 2 at the Santa Fe Playhouse.  
    The production, directed by Ironweed founder and Artistic Director Scott Harrison, features several artists in the cast returning to Ironweed, including Campbell Martin and Mary Beth Lindsey (“Our Town,” 2012), Larry Glaister (“Our Town,” 2012 and “Buried Child,” 2013), Jonathan Dixon (“Doubt: a Parable,” 2008) and Todd Anderson (“American Buffalo,” 2011).  
    Also featured are several actors new to Ironweed but well-known within the theatre community, including Elizabeth Wiseman, Peter Chapman, Jonathan Harrell, Nicholas Ballas, Warren Houghteling, Kirste Plunket, Jody Hegarty Durham and Maureen Dolan.
    Houghteling, who lives in Los Alamos, has been in many productions at the Los Alamos Little Theatre.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center has recently announced 22 laser light shows scheduled for July in the Nature Center.
    Every day from July 9-15, there will be at least two laser light shows per day. Experience a feast for the senses in these dazzling and captivating laser light programs.
    With 12 shows playing during the week, there is truly something for everyone.
    Classic music fans will love to see how laser light transforms their favorite bands, with separate shows dedicated to the music of Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, U2, Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon and Pink Floyd: The Best of Echoes.
    Family friendly offerings are Lasermania, Halloween Spooktacular, Summer Jam and Winter Holiday. There are also programs that combine entertainment and education, like American Pride, Laser Safari and Laser in Space.
    Tickets are limited. Each show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Nature Center or reserved by phone.
    Ticket sales will end 10 minutes before the start of the show to allow all guests to be in their seats on time.
    To see which show are offered on a particular day, visit the website at peecnature.org, and click on the ‘Events’ tab.

  • Today
    Downtown Dogs is a weekly walking group. All dogs and their humans are invited to walk from Pet Pangaea, 158 Central Park Square for a stroll around Downtown Los Alamos. 7 p.m. Come prepared with a standard leash, no longer than 6 feet.
    Gentle Hikes with PEEC. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. 8:30 a.m. Free. Adults. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. 531st Air Force Band plays patriotic and big band music. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. July 3-Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. July 10.
    Los Alamos YMCA Firecracker Fun Run. 8 a.m. Sign up at the YMCA. $30/$20 for YMCA members/$10 youth under 14. All participants get a T-shirt and are eligible for prizes. Stick around for the children’s parade at 11 a.m.

  • First United Methodist Church Los Alamos invites children to the Everest Vacation Bible School.
    The theme is Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power. The Bible schools is for children 3-12 years old and is from 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the church and will run from July 13-17.
    At Everest, kids discover what it means to hold on to God’s mighty power in everyday life. Children participate in memorable Bible learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and eat treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos.
    Plus, participants will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with a Summit Celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned.
    Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 11:35 a.m. Kids at Everest VBS will also join an international mission effort, Operation Kid-to-Kid, to provide Thai-language children’s Bibles to kids in Thailand.
    Register online now at firstinyourheart.org.

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

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620. Also, the United Thrift Shop, 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos will be closed due to resurfacing of the parking lot.

    Los Alamos Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday. 6 p.m. at 84 Barcelona Ave. in White Rock. For further information contact Mary Swickard at 672-3300 or Dennis Wulff at 672-9563.

    Summer Family Evenings at the Nature Center: Harrell House Bug Museum, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Harrell House will bring a selection of live critters including tarantulas, scorpions, insects, centipedes, crabs and more.  Free for PEEC members, $5 per family for non-members. All ages. More information at losalamosnature.org.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week Helen Idzorek will answer questions about canning and drying. Ice cream will be available starting at 10 a.m. until gone. Also, Los Alamos magician Robert Lopez will perform.

  • The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team recently announced Ani Nadiga, Los Alamos High School Class of 2015, is part of a winning team at the 2015 National Speech and Debate Tournament held by the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) in Dallas last month.
    Nadiga and four qualifiers from two high schools in Albuquerque made up winning team New Mexico Blue in World Schools Debate.
    New Mexico Blue beat out more than 100 other teams from across the United States and four foreign countries in this inaugural event at the National Speech and Debate Tournament.
    Worlds Schools Debate is a new event at the NSDA National Tournament. The USA World Schools Debate Invitational featured six preliminary rounds with a mix of teams from the U.S. and around the world debating in the British parliamentary style.
    Also competing at the NSDA Tournament were Los Alamos Hilltalkers Sudeep Dasari, Ben Duan, James Sinnis, Irene Gerrish, Rebecca Cai, Katherine Wang, William McCumber, Robert Zhu and Wilbur Wang. The teams that competed at the tournament in all events were up against the other nationally ranked competitors in speech and debate representing the best of each National Speech and Debate Association district.