• A reminder this week for Father’s Day on Sunday. I hope you spoil your dad rotten.
    Dads have it a little harder than moms from time to time. They don’t seem to receive the same latitude as moms when it comes to the doling out of affections.
    There’s no huge sale of flowers for Father’s Day, and I’m not hearing all the commercials about buying chocolate dipped strawberries, a manicure or pedicure.
    Dads seem to get relegated to ties, cakes and, of course, don’t forget the great sale at the golf course from the Los Alamos High School golf team as they raise funds for the year at 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Are you still in need of a gift idea?
    Two Youth Business Grant recipients from the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation are young budding artists.
    LAHS freshmen Jude Valdez and buddy Isaiah Aylmer can occasionally be seen around town selling their artwork at a great price.
    Valdez taught Aylmer and a few friends how to paint the space themed portraits and now the pair has each received funding for supplies to keep them in business all summer long.
    Aylmer will be on hand this Friday night at the Gordon’s Summer Concert series with a variety of his work on sale.

  • The next Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will be Wednesday at Fuller Lodge, where there will be a presentation by Larry Hersman, a Los Alamos native and sailor. Social and reports of recent and upcoming trips will be discussed at 7 p.m. and Hersman’s program will start at 7:30 p.m.
    Hersman began sailing around the world shortly after retiring from Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2007. What was to take two years ended up being just over six years — starting and ending in Washington, North Carolina on the Pamlico Sound.
    Why did he do it? Hersman said, for starters the “sea” must be considered the first great wonder of the world as it covers more than 3/4 of the world’s surface and controls much of the weather and climates.  And like mountains, it has drawn mankind to it. When walking on a beach there are those who look only at the shore, waves, seabirds and salt grass bending in the breeze, but there are those few who only look out to sea, drawn to “what is out there, beyond the horizon.” The question, “Why go to sea?” is similar to the question “why climb a mountain?” Hersman said the answer is “because it is there.”

  • June 14-20, 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
    10 a.m.        Senior civic discussion group
    10:30 a.m.        LARSO Advisory Council
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Fish and chips
    2 p.m.        “A Stone Age Temple in Turkey”             with Paul Keaton
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:30 a.m.         Mac users group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. 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.
    There are also a number of kittens in foster care, so please stay tuned for more information as the kittens become available.
    Annie — A 9-year-old spayed female who needs a peaceful indoor home. She was adopted from the shelter as a kitten, but unfortunately due to medical care needed by her owner, so she is now back at the shelter looking for a new home! She has a very pretty black/gray, orange and white coat, and she quickly warms up to you when she realizes that you’re going to give her belly rubs!

  • Anticipation is high as Taos School of Music prepares to premier its 53rd season with the Borromeo String Quartet. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. June 21 at Taos Community Auditorium.
    The program includes Haydn: String Quartet Op. 77, No. 1; Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 13; and Schubert: Death and the Maiden. If you are a fan of chamber music or know someone who is, this concert is not to be missed. According to the Boston Globe, “The Borromeo String Quartet is simply the best there is on this planet; every appearance they make is an event.”
    Individual tickets can be purchased online at taosschoolofmusic.com, in advance at Mudd-n-Flood, 103-B Bent St., Taos or the evening of the performance at the auditorium box office, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Adult tickets cost $25 and children 16 years of age and under cost $10.
    Season tickets for all five summer concerts are $100 each. Young Artist concert tickets are an additional $10 each. For information, call 575-776-2388.

  • A full schedule of diverse musical and innovative dance events has been announced for visitors to Santa Fe this summer as “The City Different” seeks to grow its reputation as one of America’s most culturally vibrant destinations. From opera to bluegrass, Santa Fe will offer a wide range of live musical performances along with award-winning international ballet.
     A full calendar of summer performances can now be found on santafe.org.
    Santa Fe Opera: July 3–Aug. 29
    Surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains, the Santa Fe Opera is one of the most iconic venues of its kind in the country. The 2015 season welcomes performances such as “Cold Mountain,” “The Daughter of the Regiment” and “Salome.” In addition to the shows, the Opera hosts “Opening Night Dinners” — a special event with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a three-course seated dinner with wine on the opera’s lush grounds. Keep reading the Los Alamos Monitor’s Diversions section for a full preview.
    Santa Fe Bandstand: July 7-Aug. 28

  • Get ready for some informative talks coming up at the Los Alamos Nature Center, courtesy of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    Bees: Midwives of Agriculture

  • You can almost hear the voices of the ancestral people as you stand amid the ruins at Chaco National Historical Park in northern New Mexico. They seem to echo within the walls of this monumental architectural site that was once home to a vibrant center of Puebloan culture some 1,000 years ago.
    As you look around, it’s hard to believe that the high-desert landscape, harsh winters and short growing seasons were conducive to the creation of such an achievement. Yet, the valley became the hub of an advanced social organization and community life that thrived and flourished for centuries.
    It all began in the mid-800s, when the Chacoan people started building massive stone buildings or Great Houses with hundreds of rooms. Early on, they used the dark brown sandstone from the nearby cliff tops; later, they preferred the light tan sandstone from the lower canyon walls. Construction of some of the buildings spanned decades or longer and although each is unique in its own way, they all share recognizable Chacoan architectural features: planned layouts, multistoried construction, distinctive masonry, spacious rooms, open plazas and huge subterranean ceremonial chambers called “great kivas.” The latter most likely served as gathering places for different communities in the region and could have accommodated multitudes of people at one time.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The topic will be genealogical travel with presentations from Roberta Day Idzorek and Rick and Carolyn Wallace. Come and learn what to do and what not to do on genealogical research trips. The traditional no-host dinner before the meeting will be at China Moon at 5:30 p.m.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The Jimmy Stadler Band. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.  
    Farmers Cooperative Market. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Co-op Market. The Farmer’s Cooperative Market will bring food from four farms, Camino de Paz, Monte Vista Farm, Tesuque Pueblo Farm and Shepherd’s Lamb. The producer’s co-op is also working with the co-op to make items from thesde farmers available in the store on a daily basis.

    ChamberFest. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Businesses and nonprofits showcase their products and services for the public. Entertainment will include Eddy & the Nomads, a car show, pet activity area, kids activity area with the LANB sand pile and a special showdown at high noon.

  • The NJROTC program had a stellar year this year and Lt. Cdr. Wes Shumaker, Los Alamos High School’s contender for Los Alamos Public Schools Teacher of the Year, knows he couldn’t have done it without the help of a great deal of parent support.
    “Our booster club is extremely helpful in taking the load of planning and orchestrating the fundraising efforts to support our activities,” Shumaker said. “Over the past several years thanks to their efforts we have developed standard by-laws and applied for and received a 501(c)(3) status for the Booster Club. Both these accomplishments took a considerable amount of time and effort. The result is we have a lot more flexibility in how we can conduct fundraising.”
    A large portion of the fundraising supports the unit’s ability to travel to a variety of competitions throughout the state and the nation. This year the travel included Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Roswell, Texas, Arizona, Ohio, Colorado and Alabama, leading all the way into summer.
    Booster Club members like Maire O’Neill helped with events including the spaghetti dinner and fall awards ceremonies, while Karen Murphy served as booster club secretary and heading up the Smith’s gift card program.

  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre will hold its annual meeting starting at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.
    During the meeting patrons can renew their LALT membership by paying $1 annual due, hear about the achievements of the past season and plans for the next and mingle in a relaxed social environment.
    At the meeting members can vote on candidates for the LALT Board of Directors.
    Anyone interested in being a part of the LALT family is welcome to attend.

  • The monthly meeting for the Military Order of the World Wars will be on June 16. The guest speaker will be LTC Ruth Hamilton, MOWW Senior Vice CINC.
    She has served in many positions from local to national levels in MOWW in addition to her military assignments. She is nominated to be the next CINC of MOWW. She plans to discuss who the MOWW are and what they do along with providing reminders about the tenets of the Preamble and the need for chapters to focus on the Order’s strategic goals.
    Hamilton’s talk will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars. The general meeting is at the Hot Rocks Java Cafe.

  • For students entering seventh and eighth grades, this week was filled with fun at the Living Earth Adventure Program (LEAP).
    Every year, the weeklong day camp allows student participants to explore the diverse ecosystems of the Pajarito Plateau and surrounding areas.
    The kids delve into the archeology, geology, ecology and wildlife from the Rio Grande Valley to the Jemez Mountains and beyond. It is a learning experience with opportunities for outdoor recreation and discuses everyone’s responsibility to protect the environment, as well as its inhabitants.
    Some of the activities included rocking climbing, hiking, geocaching and more. Opportunities arose to enjoy the great outdoors with games, stargazing and cooking at overnight camping sites.  
    The group meets daily at the Nature Center and students are picked up in the late afternoon. LEAP 2014 will be taught by environmental educators Tony Hinojosa and Beth Cortright. The last day is Friday.
    The program is made possible in part by the Valles Caldera Trust.

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

    Summer Family Evenings at the Nature Center: Wolves, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Free for PEEC members, $5 per family for non-members. 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.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Helen Idzorek of Los Alamos County Extention will test canner gauges, and show the proper way to check canned fruits and vegetables to ensure proper canning methods. The crew from the YMCA garden will also be discussing the program.

    The Los Alamos Federation of Republican Women is having its June meeting, 10 a.m.-noon at Ashley Pond. The event is open to all women, especially those with small children, who would like to know more about the LAFRW. There will be food for the ducks and snacks for kids and adults. A county clerk office representative will be the guest speaker and will address voter registration.

  • Nominations needed for STEM women calendar

    New Mexico Women of STEM are being honored with the creation of a 16-month calendar featuring the top New Mexico women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Nominations are now being accepted from across the state with a focus on those in rural New Mexico working in STEM related fields of expertise.
    The calendars will be distributed to students at schools throughout New Mexico in August and will serve a dual purpose, with each feature page including the women’s accomplishments and stories that can also be used as a tear-off promotional poster to encourage young women in schools to make STEM choices for their own education.
    The Supercomputing Challenge is one of the main sponsors and recently wrapped up its 25th anniversary year of introducing middle and high school students across New Mexico, to the combined power of supercomputers, modeling and problem solving.

  • With all the rain, brings wildflowers abound. Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for a Wildflower Walk beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
    This will be an easy walk to identify some of the wildflowers that can be found in and around Los Alamos. The group will meet at the Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, and then carpool to the trail that Keller will select based on what is blooming at the time. The walk is free and there is no advance registration required.
    Participants will receive a plant list and that, along with instruction from Keller, will help them learn how to identify wildflowers currently blooming in Los Alamos.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • The League of Women Voters will have their monthly Lunch with a Leader from 11:45 a.m. June 16 at the Mesa Public Library.
    This month the guest speakers are Jeremy Marshall and Jarrett Garcia from the Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project (Southwest Jemez CFLRP).
    Marshall has been with the SW Jemez CFLRP Implementation Leader from November 2013 to present.
    He has been involved with planning and implementation of prescribed fire, thinning and watershed restoration work associated the SW Jemez CFLRP on the Santa Fe National Forest. 
    Prior to this he worked on the Sweet Home All Hands Collaborative doing restoration work on the Willamette National Forest in Oregon. Marshall has a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies (Forest Ecology Focus) 1998 Humboldt State University, Arcata, California.
    He has worked for the Forest Service in New Mexico and other Rocky Mountain states since 1996, primarily as a field Ecologist.”

  • Today
    Family Night at the Nature Center sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. The second Tuesday of every month is Family Night at PEEC. There will be games, activities, experiments, crafts and more. This summer, also join Melissa Mackey at the campfire outside (ages 4-10), or explore the nature center inside. 5:30 p.m. Free. All ages. More information at losalamosnature.org.

    Historical Society and Museum will have docent training aimed at teens, but open to everyone who have missed regular meetings. Volunteers are welcome from 1-4 p.m. at the Bethe House, 1350 Bathtub Row.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.  
    Green Hour Hikes with PEEC. 9:30 a.m. Meet at local trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Some days you’ll hike far, others you’ll stop and play at an interesting spot. Free. All ages. Check PEEC’s website for trailhead meeting points at losalamosnature.org.

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

  • Join veteran docent Natali Steinberg on the popular trip to the Leonora Curtin Wetlands Preserve. Located south of Santa Fe, the 35-acre preserve is adjacent to El Rancho de las Golondrinas in La Cienega.
    The diverse landscape includes riparian, transitional and arid habitats, allowing for visitors to experience everything from cattails ponds and gnarled cottonwoods to yucca and cactus, all in one outing. June is a lovely time at the wetland, and numerous birds, insects and reptiles can be seen, in addition to a wide variety of local flora.
    The field trip is limited to 20 participants, and advanced registration is requested. The cost is $6 for the general public and $5 PEEC members. Remember to bring a snack, hat and bottled water. There is no drinking water available at the preserve.
    Meet at the Nature Center at 8 a.m. June 21 to carpool to the preserve. The estimated return time to the Nature Center is noon.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Hooray! It is summer and finally some free time. I hope you are enjoying some fun asset building experiences.
    One year ago this week, I officially became the executive director of a nonprofit, called Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA).
    My husband Chad and I believe in the assets and as funding continued to decrease and the need always seemed to be increasing, we began the mammoth amount of paperwork to apply for 501(c)(3) status.
    Last year, on June 9, yet another letter arrived, which I was sure was a need for another copy of another document before it could be official. After what had been a long, difficult day, I decided not to open the letter until the next day.
    The next day, I opened the letter and to my surprise, we were official. We call it the Golden Ticket, a throwback to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and our work began anew.
    In one year, we increased the number of elementary schools where we provide free hands on science to six. We staffed a middle school leadership/mentoring program and played host to the 2015 Community Asset Awards.
    We received a grant from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation that resulted in teaching 11 science topics, 609 role model interactions, 71 hours of science instruction, 282 feet doing science (just ask us) and 3,280 hands doing science.