• SANTA FE — Founded to honor iconic New Mexico mystery author Tony Hillerman, the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference will mark a decade of teaching the craft and business of writing in November.
    Organized by Wordharvest, the conference welcomes writers of all genres and abilities to three days of programs headlined by notable New Mexico writing talent.
    Throughout past decade, conference attendees have achieved great success as mainstream and self-published authors.
    “Tony Hillerman’s legacy included his decades of open-hearted support for beginning writers, both as a journalism and creative writing instructor and as a mentor well into his retirement from teaching,” said Anne Hillerman, Tony’s daughter and a co-founder of Wordharvest, with Jean Schaumberg.
    Sponsored by St. Martin’s Press and Wordharvest, and presented at the fall conference, the Tony Hillerman Prize is awarded for the best first mystery set in the Southwest.
    The winner receives a contract with St. Martin’s Press for publication of the novel and a $10,000 advance.
    Wordharvest will host an anniversary celebration 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at The Screen. Tickets are $25. Email wordharvest@wordharvest.com. Seating is limited. For further details, visit wordharvest.com/registration.php.

  • Estrella Del Norte Vineyard has announced that for the second year it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.
    Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.
    The last time the vineyard won was in 2011.
    When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

  • PBS Science Café set for LA

    The public is invited to the New Mexico PBS Science Café June 28 to watch a segment of “NOVA,” then join in a discussion with John Lyles, Beth Cortright and other world-class cavers. The panel will share recent discoveries in the ongoing explorations of Lechuguilla and Fort Stanton caves. The program is from noon to 2 p.m. at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Admission to the Science Café is free, but a reservation is required. RSVP to Rose Poston, Community Outreach Coordinator, New Mexico PBS Education & Outreach Department, at 277-2396
    Lechuguilla Cave lies beneath Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeastern New Mexico. Since its discovery in 1984, more than 136 miles of cave have been mapped though the single, artificial entrance.
    In central New Mexico, the longest known cave formation in the world, Snowy River, contains 26.92 miles of surveyed length. The white calcite floor runs the length of the known cave passage, now over 10 miles long. Exploration and survey teams continue to map the passage and other leads in feats that involve trips more than 24 hours long.

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  • Every Tuesday throughout June and July, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering its Summer Family Evenings, each with a different theme and activity. On June 24, PEEC will team up with Bandelier and the Fuller Lodge Art Center to present “Predators and Prey.” The program takes place at PEEC from 6:30-8 p.m.
    Chris Judson of Bandelier will give a slide show about predators and prey that kids of all ages will enjoy. After the slideshow, Ken Nebel of the Fuller Lodge Art Center will be working with the kids to create their own piece of art inspired by the wildlife about which they have learned. While the presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., those who can’t make it by then are still welcome to drop in throughout the program to participate in the art activity.
    The event is free to attend for PEEC members; the cost for non-members is $5 per family, regardless of how many are in the family. No advance registration is required.
    To learn more about this and other PEEC programs, visit PajaritoEEC.org or contact 662-0460 or Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.  

  • The Chimayó Association of Businesses (CAB) is sponsoring a Car and Art Tour in Chimayó from 10 a.m.-
    4 p.m. Saturday.
    The tour will include galleries and studios located in the Chimayó area, and will feature on this day a display of antique, classic, hot-rod and low rider cars from private collections in Chimayó on the tour.
    “Several gallery owners are also avid car collectors and they in addition to other car collectors from the area will have cars at each gallery or studio,” said LowLow and Joan Medina, CAB member and owners of LowLow’s Art Place.
    Visitors are asked to look for red and yellow flags at the entrance to each participating gallery/studio.
    Also on Saturday, Rancho de Chimayó will kick off its 50th anniversary celebration with a book signing.
    Florence Jaramillo, owner of the historic Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante, along with cookbook authors Cheryl and Bill Jamison, will sign copies of the newly released cookbook, “The Rancho de Chimayó Cookbook — The Traditional Cooking of New Mexico.”
    The public is invited to the book-signing event from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner.

  • Wesley Skidmore, a student at Los Alamos High School, was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. Skidmore is the son of Wendy and Cary Skidmore, brother of Bradley, Gregory, Jeffrey and Stephanie.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month — Skidmore was honored for the month of April. This year’s recipients reflect a combination of both LAHS seniors and juniors; next year, only juniors will be recognized in hopes of inspiring their interest in Rotary programs that fall during the summer following junior year. Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community.
    Skidmore is a member of the National Honor Society. He is also active in Boy Scouts of America, Venture Crew 422 and attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2010 by designing, preparing and completing a project to remove a chain-link fence lining the property boundary between the LDS church in White Rock and the Piñon Trails housing development.

  • Piñon Park Pool has memberships available for the 2014 season. The pool, located at 104 Bryce Avenue, has been a part of the White Rock community for more than 50 years.
    The pool offers three types of memberships, based upon the number of swimmers. A one-person membership costs $200 and includes five guest passes. A two-person membership is $325 plus 10 guest passes, and a family membership is $450 and includes 20 guest passes.
    Current members who refer a new member will receive a $50 credit towards his/her 2015 assessment for each referral.
    The pool features a covered lounge area, tables and grills for picnics, a shaded kiddy pool area, play area, and snack bar. It offers lane swimming, water aerobics and late night swims every Wednesday, as well as special theme nights and other activities throughout the summer.
    On July 4, the pool will host a members-only party, including games and prizes for the kids, a diving contest and the famous greased watermelon contest between members and staff.
    Swim lessons are being held the weeks of June 23-27, July 7-11 and July 21-25 for all levels for both members and non-members. The cost is $25 per swimmer for members and $35 per swimmer for non-members. Private lessons are available upon request.
    Pool hours are 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. every day.

  • A SEUSStastic Summer is underway for YCampers.
    YCamp 2014 is taking creative cues from Dr. Seuss with each week themed after specific Dr. Seuss books. Everything from science projects to arts and crafts activities will bring these books to life.
    Theme weeks and field trips are as follows:
    The first week there was a summer introduction to the program. The week of June 9, “The Cat and the Hat” was the book of inspiration, followed by a field trip to Rockin’ Rollers in Santa Fe.
    “Horton Hears a Who!” was the book for the week of June 16 with a field trip to the ABQ Biopark zoo in Albuquerque.
    June 23, “The Lorax” is the book of choice and the field trip will be the YMCA Camp Shaver. June 30, “Fox in Socks” will be the book along with a trip to the Children’s Museum in Santa Fe. “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” will be the book with a trip to Tsankawi/Rover Park.
    Christmas in July week will be July 14-18 and will have the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” with a trip to the Natural History Museum.
    Zoo to You will come to the campers as the book will be “Green Eggs and Ham.”
    The YCamp will have a So Long to Summer Party Week beginning July 28. The book will be “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

  • The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation has selected 11 students, representing 10 businesses for the summer youth business program.
    The youth based businesses include three landscapers, a recycled jewelry designer, video production, coffee roaster, a shawl designer, house and babysitting, farm fresh eggs and a souvenir chocolate maker.
    JJAB’s Assets In Action program is working with the youth entrepreneurs to build relationships with customers and promote their businesses to the public. The program has also worked with local businesses to mentor the youth in their area of interest, to aid in success of their efforts.
    The LACDC program sponsors the businesses with grants ranging from $200-$400 and donations are currently being sought to fund additional businesses. Those wishing to make a small donation can direct them to the Youth Business Grant Program at 190 Central Park Square.
    Those interested in accessing the youth businesses can contact 695-9139.

  •  The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently held auditions for the annual Deborah Beene Music Award competition.
    The award was established in the memory of Deborah Beene, daughter of Donald and Sara Beene, a violin and piano student who died while enrolled in school here in 1973.
    The award is intended to assist students in their musical growth. The students receiving the award are asked to use the money for fees to attend a music camp, for college or university music expenses, for the purchase of a better instrument, or for tuition for private music instruction.
    Although no first place awards were given this year, Los Alamos High School senior Chip Mielke and freshman Michelle Yang, both violin performance, tied for second place and were awarded $800 each. LAHS sophomore Victor Kim, piano performance, received third place and an award of $400.
    The awards committee included committee chair Ed Van Eeckhout, Cindy Little, Mandy Marksteiner and Brian Newnam. 

  • Ever wanted to join the circus?
    The Family YMCA and Wise Fool New Mexico present Circus Camp for children age 5-16. In the one-week long workshop, youth will learn skills such as tumbling, partner acrobatics, clowning, juggling and stilt walking.
    The training is in a supportive, inclusive environment. The process of learning circus skills helps kids develop self-confidence, learn and practice teamwork, develop trust in themselves and other and explore their self-expression.
    The YMCA provides non-competitive physical activity to help with developing balance, physical strength and healthy risk-taking.
    Space is limited, so register soon. Camps are July 23-27 or Aug. 4-8. $80 per week.  

  •  If you’ve ever wondered what there is to do in Los Alamos, then this month’s presentation by the Los Alamos Mountaineers could be your answer.
    Long-time Mountaineers Bill Priedhorsky and Zack Baker will present “Out and About in Los Alamos,” a compilation of information from excellent adventuring at local trails, creeks, peaks, monuments and crags.
    The presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the main room at Fuller Lodge. The presentation is free and refreshments will be provided.  
    The presentation, which is geared toward new residents to the area, students in town for the summer and people who are just getting into outdoor climbing, follows the business portion of the LA Mountaineers monthly meeting, which features information on recent and upcoming LAM-hosted adventures.
    Priedhorsky will offer a photo-based tour of in-town and nearby areas suitable for day hikes and bursting with natural wonder, and Baker will follow with an introduction to local crags suitable for beginning rock climbers and those learning to lead sport or traditional routes.

  • Today I am heeding my own advice and taking time out to celebrate. While topics abound as to what to write about this week, one seems to dominate and that is to celebrate the fun things.
    Today, my mom turns 70! I know by Los Alamos standards, she is just a baby in the numbers game, but today is a very big deal.
    She won’t parachute out of a plane, our celebration will be more low key than that with a trip to the library (her favorite place), her favorite foods and, of course, family.
    Today will be a day about sharing stories that are hilarious, but would mfake the mind of our young people swim.
    My mom, also named Bernadette, went to a girls Catholic business school. Her young school experience took place in a day and time when if you acted up in class or smarted off to a teacher, the teacher, a nun, would hit you. I’ll pause a minute and give all the teachers a chance to reflect…just kidding.
    When she was young, she had a bicycle accident that landed her in the hospital with some serious eye issues. She was in the hospital on Halloween and that particular hospital held a ball for the doctors and nurses. The doctor asked if she wanted to see the costumes, so he brought her to a balcony and then told her to wait while he went to put on his costume.


    La Leche League meeting 

    La Leche League of Los Alamos will be discussing “Networks of Support” at its monthly meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the First United Methodist Church teen room, 715 Diamond Dr.

    All interested, pregnant, or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics, and benefits of breastfeeding. A lending library with books concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available. Nursing babies, and toddlers who have difficulty separating, are welcome.

    LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing information, education, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.
    For more information, contact Gina at 661-8740, Cathleen at 505-480-0593 or Keisha at 500-6246.


    June 15-21, 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

    9:45 a.m. Matter of Balance class

    10:30 a.m. LARSO advisory council


    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 12 P.M.- 6 P.M. and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    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.


  • Fire is the topic of discussion at Fuller Lodge

  • The Fuller Lodge Art Center is host to many art classes for teens to keep them creative over the summer. Each week-long class runs 1-4 p.m. and is held at Village Arts.
    Price for participation is $110.
    Here are the classes being offered this summer:
    Urban Art. Nels Bjarke will teach teens techniques and styles of modern graffiti including stenciling and stickers. Students will get to work on the Village Arts graffiti wall. June 16-20.
    Skateboard Design. Teens can learn how to make custom decks and get immersed in the styles of the skater movement with Nels Bjarke. June 23-27.
    Beginning Drawing and Illustration — Mythical Creatures. Teens who loves the Jabberwocky maybe interested in this class. Don Bjarke will teach basic drawing techniques and guide students to create their very own apply them to the mythological creature. Initial focus on realism morphing into rendering well-known creatures and ultimately an individual creation. July 7-11.
    Lego Perspective. Use Legos to learn about drawing perspective. In the class Lego Perspective teens will build structures with Legos then draw those creations learning about perspective and shading from Jacob Spill. Check out Spill’s art on Facebook. July 14-18.

  • Los Alamos High School graduate Tessa Snyder is the recipient of the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.
    Ettinger was a longtime resident of Los Alamos. For more than 20 years, she taught third and fourth grade at Barranca Mesa and Mountain Elementary Schools in the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    Snyder wrote her winning essay about the book, “The Jungle,” by Upton Sinclair. Snyder said of “The Jungle,” “This book influenced much of my aspiration to serve my fellow man and increased my understanding of the human condition. The novel also made me see the desperation that can occur when someone, who began life with hope, is hit hard by unfortunate circumstances. Life, it turns out, is not like a Disney movie — people hit hard times and, even with hard work, cannot pull through. As a public health administrator and epidemiologist, I can help take care of and educate people, as well as effect policy changes that can increase the care and education of our people. “The Jungle” absolutely was a call for political action and social change in its time and this spirit for action influenced me.”

  •   The Downtown Friday Night series begins Friday with various programming scheduled for the evening.
    Los Alamos cultural programmers including the Los Alamos Historical Society and the Bradbury Science Museum have put together special programming to coincide with the night.
    “Downtown Friday Nights is a great opportunity to experience activities offered by the cultural providers in Los Alamos. The organizations collaborated to provide Los Alamos many after hour activities,” said Nicole Kliebert, creative district curator. “We recommend strolling downtown so nothing is missed.”
    The Bradbury Science Museum invites people to check out Snap Circuits, Little Bits, and Squishy Circuits. For example, did you know Play Dough conducts electricity?
    The museum stays open late until 7:30 p.m.
     The Los Alamos Historical Museum debuts the new exhibit, «Celebrating Excellence in Los Alamos Education: Past, Present, and Future,” with an opening from 4-6 p.m.
    The night finishes off with music by the Red Elvises at the very popular Gordon’s Summer Concert, sponsored KRSN AM 1490. The concert starts at 7 p.m.
     All events are free and open to the public.