• Saturday is the Los Alamos Arts Council annual spring arts and crafts fair. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it is the best time to chose an item for mom — whether it be jewelry, pottery or something else that is special.
    The fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn of Fuller Lodge.
    There will be many returning artists including Vicki Conley, Amelia Rivard Williams and Marianne and George Schweers.
    Conley has been a potter for more than 30 years and her studio is well stocked with functional stoneware, decorative horsehair and raku pottery. She will have some of her popular designs such as white with blue thistle, blue with blue thistle and her plate featuring a hummingbird design.
    Williams started her business approximately 20 years ago in California, but came to Taos eight years ago by way of Arizona and Colorado. She is a self-taught artist using the medium of gemstones, beads, crystals and metals to create jewelry and unique window hangings using these materials.

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation will host a Great Conversations event featuring Stephanie Garcia Richard, Robert Benjamin and Ron Barber.
    The event will be 2 p.m. Sunday. It will be at Los Alamos High School.
    State Representative Garcia Richard will lead the conversation “Sausage Making 101; Inside the New Mexico Legislature.”
    Garcia Richard is a native of New Mexico and a lifelong educator who has worked both abroad and in Northern New Mexico.
    A Barnard College and Columbia University graduate, she followed in her father’s footsteps and became a teacher. Garcia Richard will provide her perspective on the group dynamics of working with 112 personalities, discuss the New Mexico Legislature and why it’s best to pay attention.
    She will share her views about when to use the velvet glove or the sledgehammer to advance an agenda.
    Benjamin will present the conversation “Encore Career: Finding Your Passion Post-Retirement.”
    Benjamin is a late-blooming playwright, following his 30-year career as a research physicist at LANL. He will discuss the passion that energized and motivated him to a post-retirement career as a playwright.

  • The Santa Fe Council on International Relations and the World Affairs Councils of America partner with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States to present Europe Day in Santa Fe, a two-day program to celebrate Europe Day 2014.
    All Europe Day program events take place at the Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort, 1297 Bishop’s Lodge Road.  Europe Day in Santa Fe is a program of the World Affairs Councils of America in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.
    The program begins with dinner and a movie at 5 p.m. Sunday, which will feature dinner at Bishop’s Lodge accompanied by a film, “Welcome” (released in France in 2009), written and directed by Phillippe Lioret.
    Price for the dinner and a movie event is $35 per person.
    A panel discussion is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday. The discussion will address the history, development and current impact of the European Union.
    Lunch will be served at noon followed with a talk at 1:30 p.m. by featured speaker H.E. Nuno Brito, the Ambassador of Portugal to the United States.
    The price for the Monday’s activities is $50, which includes lunch at Bishop’s Lodge. One may attend all events on both days for a discounted price of $75.

  •  ALBUQUERQUE — The 20th annual Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation’s Mudd Volleyball Tournament will feature a new Team Fundraising Challenge in which teams compete against one another to raise the most money.
    The money raised is in addition to team registration fees. The Mudd Volleyball Tournament takes place June 7 in Albuquerque.
    “For the past 20 years, New Mexicans from around the state have set, spiked and bumped their way through the mud at the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation’s annual Mudd Volleyball tournaments, to benefit children with special needs and their families,” said executive director Jeff Hoehn. “The Team Fundraising Challenge is just one more way our generous teams can help improve the lives of New Mexico’s kids with special needs. The money raised through Mudd Volleyball goes right back into communities across New Mexico.”
    The winner of the Team Fundraising challenge will be provided with lunch, VIP parking passes, a recognition banner, an upgraded tent package at the 2015 Mudd Volleyball Tournament and a host of other valuable prizes.
    Teams who participate in the challenge are required to establish a monetary goal by May 30, which the team captain should include on the registration form.

  • Santa Fe
    Albertsons, 600 N. Guadalupe St.
    Date inspected: March 3
    Violations: None. All high-risk violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from Feb. 24. No further follow up required.

    Baked in Tesuque, 138 Tesuque Village Road
    Date inspected: March 5
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening as a processor. No follow up required.

    Jambo Café, 2010 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: March 11
    Violations: No violations found after customer complaint.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta
    Date inspected: March 11
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Floor drain filled with debris and holding water, violation was cleaned and disinfected at time of inspection. Seven low-risk violations. Unshielded lights in wash and prep areas. Exposed electrical conduit in ceiling. No base covering in facility. Walls have wearing out paint and not durable. Floors behind equipment have particulate accumulation. Holes in wall to interior. Ceiling not smooth.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • NDI students are Broadway bound
    Celebrating its 20th year in 2014, National Dance Institute of New Mexico (NDI New Mexico) will showcase the talent and discipline of more than 570 public school students in nine Northern New Mexico elementary schools, with an end of the year performance, “Broadway Bound!” May 15-16.
    Tickets are on sale now.
    “Broadway Bound!” is a celebration of the magic of Broadway musicals. Students will perform songs and dances from dozens of great Broadway shows, which share NDI New Mexico’s messages of teamwork, perseverance and self-confidence.
    Performances will be 6 p.m. at the Pojoaque Valley High School’s Ben Luján Gym, 1574 N.M. 502.
    NDI New Mexico’s programming in Northern New Mexico serves the Española Valley and Pojoaque communities by providing dance classes as part of the regular school curriculum.
    Students from the following elementary schools will perform: Alcalde, Carinos Charter, Chimayó, E.T. Salazar, McCurdy Charter, Ohkay Owingeh Community School, Pablo Roybal, San Juan and Tony E. Quintana.  
    Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling 983-7646, ext. 104. 
    For more information, visit ndi-nm.org/content/end-of-year_events.

  • Although a newcomer to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Alex Zubelewicz is a longtime Los Alamos resident who has shared his time with the community.
    He said he loves the outdoors, and he’s applied that passion to volunteering not only for PEEC, but also for other organizations in New Mexico and around the Southwest.
    Zubelewicz began volunteering with the Santa Fe National Forest doing trail work. “Unfortunately during the winter and early spring, everything stops because the ground is frozen, so I wanted to start volunteering elsewhere. I liked the idea of finding an organization in Los Alamos, because it’s more convenient for me,” he said.
    He said he would continue with the trail work when the weather is warmer.
    Zubelewicz looked at VolunteerMatch.com and saw PEEC was in need of someone to do data management.
    “It is a great way for me to fill up my time. Los Alamos as a community is small, and I’m trying to meet more people because I feel that sometimes I need to get out more. It’s an everyday adventure — you never know whom you’re going to meet,” Zubelewicz said of his volunteering experience.
    Zubelewicz will partake in his next adventure this month as a weeklong project in Utah, repairing bridges and trails.

  • New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez will be the keynote speaker for the Los Alamos Federation of Republican Women’s 60th anniversary celebration luncheon. The public is invited to attend, noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.
    A special menu has been prepared for this event and will be provided by Fusion Café. Cost for this event is $15 for non-members and $25 for members.
    The first meeting of the LAFRW was on May 15, 1954. Nineteen women were in attendance.
    Through the years, the members of the LAFRW have participated in county, state and national activities. Currently, there are three LAFRW members serving the citizens of Los Alamos County as elected officials. Sharon Stover is the county clerk, Fran Berting is a county councilor and JoAnn Johnson is the county assessor and the first vice president for 2014-2015 New Mexico Federation of Republican Women. Also representing Los Alamos Republican Women on the NMFRW board for 2014-2015 is Marie Todd, NMFRW member at large and Norma Tech, NMFRW membership data entry chair.
    The LAFRW has a guest speaker or holds a special event at each monthly meeting in addition to conducting the regular business at hand. The women of the LAFRW bring toiletries to the monthly meetings for the women’s shelter in Española.

  • Hilltop Garden work party 
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is allowing the Family YMCA to use its garden as a temporary site for the proposed Hilltop Garden.
    The approval process for having the garden on the North Mesa is still in progress.
    The YMCA will be having a work party from 5-7:30 p.m. today at PEEC, to prepare the gardening season.  
    Bring a water bottle and work gloves and the first 20 volunteers at the work party will receive either a free Hilltop Garden T-shirt or tote bag.   
    Sign up with the garden volunteer sign up page at signupgenius.com/go/10C084DACAF2CA6FC1-hilltop. Drop-ins are welcome.

    Skype conversation with author cancelled
    James Vollbracht, author of “Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand, How tao Create A Culture that Cares for Kids,” was hospitalized this morning due to an unexpected illness according to a statement from the Assets In Action program.
    Bernadette Lauritzen said the author Skype at Chamisa Elementary for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday will be rescheduled, but staff will be on hand for those that don’t get the notification in a timely manner. Those wishing to learn more can call the Assets program at 695-9139.

    Monitor Staff Report

  • Oh my, it’s May!
    OK, well I know we technically we have a few days to go, but alas, May has arrived and it seems like the school bell just rang for August.
    In no time at all, we will flow right into the summer and the Boundaries and Expectations category couldn’t come at a better time.
    This category encompasses numbers 11 through 16 and includes family boundaries, school boundaries, neighborhood boundaries, adult role models, positive peer influence and high expectations.
    Here is an overall rundown of the whole category:
    11. Family boundaries — family has clear rules and consequences and monitors the young person’s whereabouts.
    12. School boundaries — school provides clear rules and consequences.
    13. Neighborhood boundaries — neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s behavior.
    14. Adult role models — parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
    15. Positive peer influence — young person’s best friends model responsible behavior.
    16. High expectations — both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.
    So we start at the beginning with asset number 11. As kids grow up, you will feel your family boundaries occasionally pushed to the limits.

  • While driving anywhere in New Mexico, the medians and shoulders are peppered with crosses and other memorials — Descansos — to remember a life taken on the road. For 11-year-old Christopher Garcia, these tributes to loved ones touched his heart.
    The roadside shrines are the inspiration for the short film “Descanso.” The family lives in Velarde and Christopher attends Aspen Elementary School in Los Alamos. “There are lots of descansos between Española and Los Alamos,” mom Sha-Marie Reid said. Reid works at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the physics
    The 15-minute short film focuses on Archie, the owner of a road construction business. Archie (played by Chris Ranney) and his family are dealing with a loss, in which a descanso was placed on a roadside. Complications arise when he is notified the memorial has to be moved. It is a story themed around the life fact that where there is an end, there is also a beginning.
    “It’s pretty sad about have many people have died on the roads,” Garcia said. One in particular is near Española. “It has a teddy bear on it, so you know it was someone young, maybe even a baby that died.”


    Author James Vollbracht  of Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand, How to Create A Culture that Cares for Kids, was hospitalized this morning due to an unexpected illness according to a statement from the Assets In Action program.

    Lauritzen said the author Skype at Chamisa Elementary for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday will be rescheduled, but staff will be on hand for those that don't get the notification in a timely manner.

    Those wishing to learn more can call the Assets program at 695-9139.


    April 27- May 3, 2014

    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

    10 a.m. Local history talk with John Ramsey

  • 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 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 through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.  

    Also, be sure to check out the shelter’s website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some 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.



    By Bernadette Lauritzen

    Author James Vollbracht, of “Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand, How to Create a Culture that Cares for Kids,” will Skype his way into Los Alamos, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chamisa Elementary.

    The Assets In Action, JJAB and Los Alamos Public Schools event comes after a series of community discussions and group book reads kicked off by community leaders like Heather McClenahan, Charlie Kalogeros Chattan and Ellen Ben-Naim earlier this year.

    What would Vollbracht say to those who feel that one person can’t make a difference?

    “If we go out of our way to talk to a kid, ask them about their hopes for the future, help them make contacts, it's a life changing experience; not always, but probably most everyone had a coach, choir director, parent, uncle, grandparent, who changed their lives,” he said.

    LA MainStreet also is sponsoring the event. 

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre would like to honor eight couples who have been married for 50 years or longer during the May 2014 performances of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” (by Joe DePietro and Jimmy Roberts). Each of the eight couples selected will be provided free admission for one of the May performances, and they will be introduced during the intermission of the show.
    “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is a musical revue focusing on the development of relationships over a lifetime. Many of the vignettes are comedic, some are poignant and a few cross the line of sexual innuendo. LALT performances are scheduled for May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17.
    Submit names, year of marriage and brief comments on the longevity of the marriage and/or things that might have changed (or did change) over the decades. Submissions can be made in writing to Pauline at the Senior Center or by email to jimsicilian@comcast.net no later than May 1. 


    Art exhibits

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “A Day in the Life: Works by Holly Roberts.” The opening exhibition will be 5-7 p.m. May 30. Show runs until June 21. 


    Art tours

  • The 2014 Dog Jog will be this Saturday at its new location in front of the White Rock United Methodist Church, 580 Meadow Lane, across from the entrance to Overlook Park.
    The Dog Jog is open to all participants, with or without a dog and at any pace. Participants can choose a 3.1-mile competitive run or 2 mile non-competitive fun walk/run.
    Race check-in, T-shirt and informational packet pick-up begins at 8 a.m. T-shirts may have to be mailed. Race prizes and awards will be given for the fastest runners, random walkers and dogs in all manner of fun categories. Registrants will get an event T-shirt with a logo designed by local sixth grader Katie Laintz and a packet filled with entertaining and educational dog-related information.
    The fee for the first adult or child 12 years and older is $25. Additional adults or older children are $15 each and younger children are $5 each.
    Registration forms are available at the Friends of the Shelter website at lafos.org/dogjog, or at the local businesses such as Pet Pangaea, Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital and CB Fox. Participants may also register on race day.
    From 9–10:30 a.m., local veterinarians will be offering a microchip clinic for dogs and cats for a reduced fee of $20. No pre-registration is needed for the microchip clinic.

  • The Los Alamos Young Guns, a team of high school level shooters, placed second in the New Mexico High Schools Spring Satellite Shoot. The team is sponsored by the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club.
    Shooters from 12 high schools participated in the event.
    Top female shooter and second overall was Young Gun member JoAnna O’Neill, with 47, just one shot below the overall winner, Colton Kelley of Aztec High School. Tom Hanlon, also of Los Alamos, placed seventh with a score of 43.
    Team members’ scores (out of 50 shots) were as follows: JoAnna O’Neill, 47, Chris Bond, 40, Nick Greenfield, 38, Josh Smith, 35 and David Smith, 31. Other Los Alamos shooters competing were Sam Stringfield, Quentin Brown and Hannah Willbanks.
    The State High School Shoot is scheduled for April 26 at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton. The Young Guns will compete there also.
    For more information on the youth shotgun program, call 662-0980. 

  • The annual Bobcat Bonanza carnival is from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, home of the Bobcats.
    The family-friendly event features food, carnival games, a bouncy castle and face painting. Dinner is available from Chuck’s Wagon. Visit the bake sale for a wide variety of homemade treats.
    Kids and adults can try their hand at dunking Barranca Principal Brad Parker, Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn, School Board Member Kevin Honnell, pediatrician Ben Neal and others at an inflatable slide and dunk tank. Anyone 18 and over can sit in the dunk seat themselves.
    The event also features a silent auction with a vast array of prizes donated by various local organizations. Prizes up for grabs include spa services, dining options, one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry and handicrafts, more than two dozen bottles of wine, themed gift baskets creatively designed by each classroom, professional portrait packages, museum passes and memberships from around the state, recreation memberships (including golf, yoga, gym), children’s classes, movie passes and much more.
    The funds raised at the event will help support school programs such as the science fair, field trips, playground improvements, teacher stipends and the school lunch assistance program.