• ‘American Idol’ auditions in Santa Fe

    Auditions for the 15th and final season of “American Idol” are now open and the program’s bus tour will make a stop at The Santa Fe Railyard on Friday starting at 9 a.m.
    The American Idol website americanidol.com has a Live Audition FAQ, Bus Tour FAQ, and other information, forms and requirements people need to know for participation.
    A contestant must be able to prove as of June 1, 2015 that she or he is a U.S. citizen or permanent legal U.S. resident eligible to work full time in the United States and between 15 to 28 years old.

    Volunteers needed for Folk Art Market

  • Come to a star party at the Los Alamos Nature Center. First, visitors will start the evening off in the planetarium to get oriented. Next, everyone will head outside to observe the night sky through telescopes.
    The program will begin at 8 p.m. June 30 at the Nature Center.
    The summer sky shows off the Milky Way, which is the galaxy seen edge-on from its center way out into its spiral arms. During the program, Chick Keller will talk about what is known of the galaxy’s spiral shape and show where dust clouds obscure much of it.
    The group will have a chance to look at objects that tell us what’s going on in the night sky, such as star formation, age-old remnants, clusters, nebulae and more.
    The party will be extra special due to the spectacular event in the evening sky. At around 9 p.m. Venus and Jupiter will make a close approach and the size of the moon will be a sight to see.
    The pair will become visible at around 8:43 p.m. as the dusk sky fades, 26 degrees above the western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting two hours and 32 minutes after the sun at 10:55 p.m.
    At closest approach, the pair will be close enough to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or a through pair of binoculars.

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the upstairs rotunda.

    Summer Family Evenings: Wild Birds sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. New Mexico Wildlife Center returns with owls, hawks and more. $5 per family/free for member families. 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. More information at losalamosnature.org.

    Wilshire Youth Choir from Dallas presents a free community concert for the 2015 Mission Choir Tour. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through Saturday at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Knife sharpening services are available. Music will be provided by J. Michael Combs. County councilors will be there, as well as Lisa Caldwell from UNM-LA.

    Downtown Dogs is a weekly walking group. 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.

    Authors Speak Series. Craig A. Smith. Author and music critic with his new book, “A Vision of Voices,” a biography of Santa Fe Opera founder John Crosby. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

  • The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation has announced its 2015 Summer Youth Business Grant recipients.
    The 12 students representing 11 businesses include Hannah Biggs, Sam Crooks, Elise Koskelo, Macklin Cunico, Jolene Garduno, Junseo Kim, Aaron Lauritzen, Marie Lee, Morgan Smith, Jonmichael Weaver, Isaiah Aylmer and Jude Valdez.
    The businesses include crafts, origami, handmade shawls, landscaping, tennis lessons, foreign candies, coffee roasting, mini-snack vending opportunities, art and video production services for movie theater ads.
    Local businesses, clubs, organizations and residents that would like to sponsor youth business grant recipients can send even the smallest of donations in care of Assets In Action at 190 Central Park Square.

  • Today
    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. The Los Alamos High School Olions. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11. Free.

    Dallas Christian College SALTeens presents Koinonia: The Gospel in Music and Drama. 7 p.m. at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. High school students are selected for program and spend a week rehearsing before the 11 concert tour. Los Alamos student Lauren Partin is one of the 2015 SALTeens.

    Birding Hot Spots in northern New Mexico. 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Judy Liddell and Barbara Hussey will share birding tips and information about sites included in their brand-new second book, “Birding Hot Spots of Santa Fe, Taos and Northern New Mexico.” Books will be available to purchase. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    The local chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday at the White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd. Confidential weight in begins at 9 a.m. The meeting starts at 9:45 a.m. The first visit is free. Membership is open to people at least 7 years old. For more information, contact us at whiterocktops@gmail.com.

  • Another reading for 8X10s is going on again due its popularity on June 17. It is an additional opportunity to submit more scripts.
    The reading will be 7 p.m. Wednesday.
    The selections will be from various playwrights who have submitted scripts for consideration.
    The theatre staff is also finalizing the selections for the 8X10s November performance and confirming directors. If anyone is still interested in directing, contact the theatre.
    Actors are also needed for September’s production of “Harvey,” at the LALT.  
    An audition session has been added for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center. Scripts are available at the Mesa Public Library. Male and female actors are welcome to audition.
    For anyone who is interested, but cannot make the Saturday session, contact Gwen Lewis at 690-8953 to make alternative arrangements.
    Production dates for “Harvey” are Sept. 11-13, Sept. 18-19 and Sept. 26-27.
    Also, the Santa Fe Shakespeare Society’s production of “The Tempest,” is in need of a man to play the character of Ferdinand. Performances are July 10-16.
    If anyone is interested, contact Director Jerry Ferraccio, at santafeshakespeare@gmail.com.

  • Again this week, I feel the need to point out positive things that have taken place, or will be taking place, that make this a great community in which we live.
    I’ll start with Dr. Devan Vest, who on a Sunday and Father’s Day still took some time out of his home life to check some teeth that had an unexpected jolt. He helped a mother sleep better that night. Now that is one engaged dad. Happy Father’s Day, Dr. Vest.
    Next some words of praise for the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization’s Home Delivered Meals program. They not only feed the frail and elderly of our community, but do it with pizazz.
    A special kudo to Margie and her golden melodious tones. Rumor has it that she sang a special rendition of “Happy Birthday” for a local senior, filling her day with joy and love.
    Then there’s the crew at Napa Auto Parts that helped with an end of the year school project. You’ll soon hear lots about Scott Pomeroy and his automotive students and their donated “race car.” Well, it will be a race car eventually. John and his crew were ready and willing with some extraordinary assistance.
    Finally it’s always nice to have something great to look ahead to for the future.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings continues Wednesday with a visit from the New Mexico Wildlife Center.
    Families can learn about local habitats, responsible rehabilitation, conservation and biology, and what to do if you find an injured wild animal.
    The Wildlife Center will also bring along its rescued raptor and owl ambassadors, allowing participants to meet these amazing creatures in person.
    The New Mexico Wildlife Center, located in Española, was founded in 1986 by Dr. Kathleen Ramsay.
    It has grown from its original purpose of rehabilitating birds into its current mission to treat all animal species in New Mexico. Because many animals cannot be released back into the wild, the Wildlife Center also operates a wildlife sanctuary, housing more than 30 animals.
    Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program at PEEC and are now supported by Del Norte Credit Union.
    Summer Family Evenings are at the Nature Center every Wednesday evening throughout June and July at 6:30 p.m. They are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.

  • June 21-27, 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: Fish sandwich
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Low vision/hearing group
    11:30 a.m.         Lunch: Oven fried chicken
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio plus exercise

  • 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.

    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!

  • Today
    Science on Tap: Red Wine and Mars. Results from the Curiosity Rover. 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room. For more information visit losalamoshistory.org.

    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.

    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.

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, Bldg 2, Lecture Hall, Room 230. Guest speaker will be Rick Lopez, who has been actively involved in New Mexico on behalf of the Republican Party for many years. He recently presented valuable insight and suggestions at the state training for county chairs. A business meeting will follow his presentation message. For more information, contact Bill McKerley at 331-3686.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.

  • Grief support
    available for kids

    Since 2001, the Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico has been providing free support groups for young people ages 5-25 who’ve had a loved one die. This summer, CGC will offer a free three-day, two-night camp, called Camp Corazon, just for kids ages 7 to a senior in high school who are grieving the death of someone important to them.
    The camp will be July 10-12 in Vanderwagon, 20 miles south of Gallup.
    Camp Corazon will offer traditional camp activities such as a challenge course, bonfire, songs and games, but most importantly, a unique opportunity for kids who have lost a loved one to share experiences and memories related to the death of their loved one.
    Camp Corazon provides grieving children with age-appropriate coping skills that will help them manage grief in their day-to-day lives, even after they leave.
    Camp Corazon is a free camp experience for grieving children from across the state. Donations are accepted. To sponsor a camper, the average cost is $350 per attendee and all donations are tax deductible.

  • Whether one is a new or experienced birder, it is always helpful to have more insight into what bird species live nearby and when is the best time of year to spot them.
    On Tuesday, visitors to the Los Alamos Nature Center can join local authors Judy Liddell and Barbara Hussey as they share information about some of the more than 30 birding sites included in their book, “Birding Hot Spots of Santa Fe, Taos and Northern New Mexico.”
    In addition to general information about local sites, including how to get there and a description of the local habitat, the authors will highlight some of the bird species that can be seen at these locations during spring and summer.
    Immediately following the talk, books will be available to purchase and have signed.
    Both authors have a long and rich history of birding in New Mexico.
    In addition to leading bird walks for Central New Mexico Audubon, Liddell also serves as their vice president and program chair. She is president of New Mexico Audubon Council, is a member of the board of Audubon New Mexico, and is a bird monitor for the Rio Grande Nature Center.

  • Santa Fe will host a June 23 overnight stop on the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty, race organizers have announced.
    The Great Race is the world’s premiere old car rally, a $150,000 prize event that this year will bring 120 of the world’s finest antique automobiles to the historic Downtown Santa Fe Plaza — the race’s first visit to “The City Different” since 1989.
    The race starts Saturday in Kirkwood, Missouri, and travels along historic Route 66, stopping in Santa Fe on Tuesday, before finishing June 28 at the Santa Monica Pier in California. Along the 2,400-mile route, competitors travel parts of The Mother Road in all of its original eight states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
    The Great Race began 32 years ago and is not a speed race but a time/speed/distance rally. The vehicles each have a driver and navigator and are given precise instructions daily that detail every move down to the second.
    They’re scored at secret check points along the way and are penalized one second for each second early or late. As in golf, the lowest score wins.

  • Rodeo de Santa Fe announces its 66th annual rodeo from June 24-27.
    The rodeo, founded in 1949, is New Mexico’s oldest continuing Pro Rodeo and is sanctioned by the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).
    The Rodeo de Santa Fe offers visitors all the standard Pro Rodeo Events, including bareback bronc riding, tie down calf roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, sheep riding for four to eight year old boys and girls, team roping, and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Ladies barrel racing.
    Then, of course, there’s bull riding, with the biggest, meanest and best bulls ever seen trying to throw off some of the world’s best bull riders.
    Fortunately, the rodeo has two of the best “Cowboy Protectors” in Luke Kraut and Clifford Maxwell who will be going head to head with the bulls.
    Once again, the rodeo is bringing in 11-time PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year Harry Vold and his championship Bucking Bulls and Horses, along with 1998 NFR Bull Rider and Stock Contractor Travis Sullivan with his miniature Brahma Bulls for the 12-year-old and under little cowboys.
    Other highlights will include the rodeo’s own yellow biplane, Slim Garner’s funny clown acts, and Dan Fowlie, who will be announcing with a new sound system.

  • Due to the popularity of the Nature Center’s Night Sky shows in the planetarium, more presentations have been added.
    On Saturday, there will be two programs, one at 1 p.m. and another at 2 p.m. The presentation will introduce beginning stargazers to the planets that can be seen throughout June, and to selected objects of interest that can be viewed using binoculars and asterisms (star patterns) during spring and summer nights. Particular emphasis will be given to the closest approach of Venus with Jupiter that occurs later this month, a conjunction that will not reoccur until Aug. 27, 2016.
    Although the planetarium is open for business, the new chairs are still delayed. Short-backed chairs will be available to use, or if patrons prefer, they may view the presentation from the floor. If audience members elect to view the show from the floor, feel free to bring a yoga mat, pillow or headrest to get comfortable. Doors will open at 6:10 p.m. so patrons can experiment with what seating arrangement works best for them.
    Ticketing will be limited to 40 individuals per program. Tickets may be purchased for $3 at the Nature Center before the show. The discounted price is for this event only. Ticket sales will end 10 minutes before the start of the show to allow all guests to be in their seats on time.

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

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be at 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Dawn Brown, will speak about Big Brothers Big Sisters. The public is welcome to attend.

    Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting. 7 p.m. Presentation by Larry Hersman, a Los Alamos native and sailor, “Sailing Around the World.”

    Summer Family Evenings: Taxidermy Museum Sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. James Brooks of Yukon Wildlife Studio returns to give us a chance to see fascinating animals up close. He’ll bring a mountain lion, elk, black bear, raccoon, oryx, antelope, mule deer and more. $5 per family/free for member families. All ages. More information at losalamosnature.org.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.

  • Free CPR training offered Saturday

    Project Heart Start of New Mexico will be offering free hands-only CPR training at 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday at Fuller Lodge.
    The 6th annual Project Heart Start Day in New Mexico will include free 40-minute CPR classes at 9, 10 and 11 a.m.
    Project Heart Start training includes recognizing heart attack signs, performing compression CPR, using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and saving choking victims.
    Los Alamos area residents of all ages are encouraged to attend and learn how to save lives.  
    “CPR-trained individuals find that their training is often needed to save a loved one’s life. What could be more important?” said Dr. Barry Ramo, well-known New Mexico cardiologist. “Hands-only CPR is easy to learn. It provides a strategy for saving a life, and that life may be your spouse or partner, your child, your parent.”
    For more information, see projectheartstartnm.org.

    Meeting regarding lab
    workers set for Tuesday

  • Los Alamos High School teachers Debbie Grothaus, Liz Bowden, Olivia Lujan and Brent Collom are big fans of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.
    Recently, the quality innovating nonprofit funded a gift for the physics department that is literally generating a lot of buzz and enhancing some lessons.
    “The foundation’s grants have allowed us to buy basic equipment that we use all-the time,” said conceptual and honors physics teacher, Grothaus. “We have also bought equipment specific to labs that are integral to our curriculum: momentum carts, sets of springs, tuning forks, meter sticks with numbers they can read, spring scales and timers.”
    What might be even better than that was the addition of a Van de Graaff generator, which according to Grothaus has added a great deal to their unit on Electrostatics.
    “The kids are having a lot of fun with it,” Grothaus said. “We’ve made long human chains, human circuits, sent pie plates flying and just had a very shocking experience.”