• 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

    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

    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. 

  • Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.

  •   Those who walk into the Masonic Temple this week and glance around will find themselves surrounded by boxes piled on tables, while helpers unload and organize the contents.
    While it may seem like a daunting task, the volunteers are sorting through goods for the Tools for Schools fundraiser sponsored by Self Help, Inc., a non-profit organization in Los Alamos.
    The project is coordinated by Joyce Nickols, Paige Pardington and Patty Kokesh and is 100 percent staffed by volunteers. These volunteers were recruited from Los Alamos Unitarian Church, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Los Alamos Chapter of Kiwanis.

  • Los Alamos Little Theater, 1670 Nectar St. will hold auditions for its November production, “An Inspector Calls.” Auditions will be from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 14 and 6-8 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Los Alamos Little Theatre. Callbacks will be Tuesday evening.
    LALT encourages anyone interested to audition. The play will feature English accents, but even if yours is not perfect at audition time, no worries, there’s plenty of time to work on it before the show opens.
    “An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestly is almost a “ghost story” about an English Family in 1912. The family at first seems very common and happy, with an upcoming wedding to be planned.

  • Janie O’Rourke will lead a hike for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 9 a.m. Saturday to Graduation Point. The hike will start at the Walkup Aquatic Center and is free and open to the public.
    The hike is a fairly level, out-and-back of about three miles total distance, and will about three hours to complete. A geologist will also be on hand.
    The hike begins behind the aquatic center and heads east along a new trail built just below the north edge of Los Alamos Mesa. This trail hugs the side of the mesa and offers views into the canyon and out to the east. While most of the trail is level, it does have a few short, steep sections and occasional precipitous drop-offs on one side.

  • For a shopping (or browsing) experience, head over to Fuller Lodge Art Center on Saturday for the 34th annual Summer Arts and Crafts Fair.
    Among the 100 artists planning to show their work on Saturday, approximately 20 percent are showing  in Los Alamos for the first time, so even the most avid fair attendees will see some new things.
    The fair runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., with the Rodeo parade passing by on Central Avenue at 10 a.m. and with a Flamenco dance performance at 11 a.m. The Art Center will have a booth set up in the center of the lawn, offering ice water and mocktails (margarita and piña colada flavored drinks) to enliven the festivities.

  • 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.