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  •     TODAY
    Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 years old and younger. Proceeds benefit the Los Alamos Rotary Club.

    Feature Film: “Exoplanets” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. How do we know there are planets outside our solar system, exoplanets? Find out and venture past the edges of our solar system. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    MONDAY
    “Fireworks Extravaganza” from 2-11 p.m. at Overlook Park in White Rock. The Kiwanis Fourth of July Celebration will have food, activities and fun for the entire family.
    TUESDAY
    “We are Stars” Planetarium Film at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. What are we made of? Discover how life on earth is linked to the evolution of the universe by following the formation of hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of carbon, and the molecules for life. Cost is $6 adults, $4 for children.
    WEDNESDAY
    Movies in the Park at 8:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos. “Minons.” Free. Bring blankets, pajamas and snacks to watch a movie under the stars. Weather cancellations are made an hour before showtime.

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Maggie is a 13-year-old gray tabby that was recently surrendered to the shelter. She’s hanging out in a larger kennel, since the kittens are a bit too rambunctious for her, but she loves company from visitors and volunteers. Maggie just wants a quiet home with someone to snuggle with! This sweet kitty is declawed, so she will need to be an indoor-only cat (as we prefer that all of our cats be, declawed or not).

  • The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council reminds the public to drink responsibly this Fourth of July holiday weekend, and find a safe ride home.
    The Planning Council would like the public’s input on how state DWI grant funds are spent.
    A survey has been created in Open Forum and the council encourages the public’s participation.
     The survey will close at 10 p.m. Aug. 5.
    The survey can be found at peakdemocracy.com/3755.
    Anyone who would like to serve on the DWI Planning Council, or who would like more information, can call Kirsten Bell, DWI Program coordinator, at 662-8241 or email kirsten.bell@lacnm.us.

  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos’ Adult Basic Education office is offering free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and New Mexico High School Equivalency (HSE) prep classes beginning Tuesday and running through Aug. 4.
    UNM-LA Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program Coordinator Jane Clements, Ph.D. emphasizes that the classes have rolling enrollment.
    This allows students to join the class at any time during the session, which makes it easier to work around summer plans.
    “Joining either an ESL or HSE class this summer can provide a jumpstart for students,” Clements said. “We are hoping that they will take advantage of this opportunity to either improve their English skills or earn their High School Equivalency credential.”
    English as a Second Language classes are for students 16 years and older, and are designed to benefit anyone wishing to improve their English language skills.
    Because the sessions are multi-level, students often continue for several sessions to further improve their English language skills.
    The High School Equivalency prep classes are for students 16 and older. Students between the ages of 16–17 must have a completed Underage Permission Form to be admitted.

  • TODAY
    Gentle Walks from 8:30-noon at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    July Night Sky Show from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 children.
    SATURDAY
    Young at Heart Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

    Feature Film: “Exoplanets” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. How do we know there are planets outside our solar system, exoplanets? Find out and venture past the edges of our solar system. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    A Starry Night in Seville from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy a special Spanish-themed dinner catered by Pig + Fig paired with fine Spanish wines and beer served by Pajarito Brewpub. Cost is $75 per person (wine or beer included), $60/person (non-alcoholic).
    SUNDAY
    Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 years old and younger. Proceeds benefit the Los Alamos Rotary Club.

  • Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon completed her term as president of the New Mexico Association of Counties last week at the association’s annual conference held in Lea County.
    Stover was praised for logging over 10,000 miles and meeting with every county commission in NM during her year as president, she said in a release Thursday.
    In a letter to NMAC members, Stover credited past boards, members and staff for setting a positive and engaging direction for the organization. Stover also thanked the dedication and commitment of current members for their work to improve their home counties.  
    “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve as President this year,” Stover said. “The experience of traveling over 10,000 miles with our Executive Director, Steve Kopelman, to meet and visit with commissions in each county was invaluable. We shared the good work of NMAC and the many services offered. Most important, we heard first-hand the issues counties are facing and seeing the diversity across our state.
    NMAC Executive Director Kopelman praised Stover’s tenure as President during a speech to NMAC members at the conference, and he called her, “the best President I have worked with in my life, bar none.”

  • Robert Atcher, Ph.D., MBA, a communication specialist in the Community and Public Affairs division at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of New Mexico/LANL Professor of Pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy at UNM is among 35 new Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Fellows.
    The society announced the creation of an SNMMI Fellowship recognizing distinguished service to SNMMI, and exceptional achievement in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging at its 2016 annual meeting, held June 11-15 in San Diego, California.
    A past president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (now SNMMI), Atcher has been at Los Alamos for 19 years. His research focuses on the development of radiopharmaceuticals for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
    Atcher has published 100 papers in peer reviewed journals, holds eight patents, presented over 80 papers at national and international meetings, and given more than 150 invited talks.
    He is also a member of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center and serves as president of the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.
    A Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, Atcher is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Radiation Oncology and the Society of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences.

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    The shelter just transferred in a number of kittens and young cats from Stray Hearts Animal Shelter in Taos, including Temple, Galileo and Edwin.

  • Art exhibits
    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces form & concept, a nonprofit arts organization founded to push and explore the boundaries of perceived distinctions between art, craft and design. The programming acts as a conversation between these disciplines, supporting contemporary creative practice through exhibitions of regional and international artists. Form & concept serves the community through its educational programming by producing artist residencies, workshops, lectures and other events.

    “Gardening at Night: Photographs by Cig Harvey” at Photo-eye Gallery, 541 South Guadalupe in Santa Fe.

    “Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods.” New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe. Through July 31.

  • The 31st Annual Taos Pueblo Pow Wow will take place July 8-10.  This celebration is a fun filled weekend of Native American contemporary dance and songs; with a variety of Native arts and delicious foods.
    “A pow wow is a gathering of Indian Nations in a common circle of friendship,” says Richard Archuleta, chairman of the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Committee. “A pow wow is the common fiber which draws Indian people together.”
    Attending a pow wow offers visitors the chance to listen to Native American music, eat a variety of delicious foods, and watch dance competitions, which are at the heart of the pow wow experience.
    For more information, including a full list of events and dances, visit taospueblopowwow.com. For more information, call 888-285-6344.
    Admission is $15 per person, per day and $20 per person for a two-day pass. The cost is $25 per person for a three-day pass. Children 10 and under are free.
    The Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Committee asks that visitors observe these rules: the arena area and announcers stand are off limits to photographers. Ask permission of an individual before taking their photo. They ask that photographers do not touch dancers regalia without permission.

  • The New Mexico Brewers Guild announced Monday that it will host the 2016 IPA Challenge July 9-23.
    The Challenge, now in its third decade, will be the continuation of a long tradition as it travels to four different New Mexico breweries - Rio Bravo Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Co., Three Rivers Brewery and Tractor Brewery – to determine the best India Pale Ale (IPA) in the Land of Enchantment.
    The events will begin on June 9 at the Rio Bravo Brewing Company in Albuquerque. Each event will consist of individual tasting flights of the IPAs in the challenge.
    With the purchase of the 2016 IPA Challenge ticket, attendees will receive one flight to taste as well as a commemorative pint glass and complimentary pint fill of their choice.
    Throughout the 2016 IPA Challenge, the New Mexico Brewers Guild hopes to promote small breweries in New Mexico to create a larger following for locally-brewed craft beer.
    Tickets are required for each event and are available for purchase online for $20 each. Attendees must be 21 years of age to enter the events. For information about the 2016 IPA Challenge or the New Mexico Brewers Guild visit nmbeer.org.

  •  Summer Family Evenings continues with the Harrell House Bug Museum at 6:30 p.m. July 6.
    Families are invited to discover the amazing selection of live critters including tarantulas, scorpions, insects, centipedes, crabs and more. Wade Harrell, founder of the Bug Museum, will be on hand to answer questions and share amazing facts about these unusual animals.
    Harrell has kept strange animals as pets since he was 6 years old. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in fine art. He was the Animal Specialist at Three Lakes Nature Center in Henrico County, Virginia, for 12 years.
    He is currently the president of the American Tarantula Society. In 2011 Harrell, his wife Beth, and daughter, Lily, moved to Santa Fe to start the Harrell House Bug Museum and Science Shop.
    Summer Family Evenings take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center every Wednesday evening throughout June and July at 6:30 p.m. They are free for Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.

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  • Roger Handrahan said one year he looked down at the crowd in Overlook Park and wondered what all of the sparkle was. It turned out to be cameras flashing back at him as he floated to the ground with the American Flag flying behind him.
    This Fourth of July, he hopes to do the same again.
    With Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” blasting away, Handrahan and the Habañero Sky Diving Team plans to entertain the community gathering Monday night.
    The skydiving event is part of a Kiwanis Fourth of July night of family fun that starts at 2 p.m. at Overlook Park in White Rock.
    The longtime White Rock resident and Army veteran said he spends months planning the skydive. He also enjoys helping the Kiwanis.
    “I always try to dedicate the jump itself to all of the men and women who either have served or are serving,” Handrahan said. “I do have a soft spot in my heart for military. It also helps draw a little bigger crowd for the Kiwanis. It’s their only fundraiser they have all year, and I do believe in what they do.”
    The cost can be expensive to pay for the divers, ground crew the planes and pilot, he said, but he it is a way of giving back.

  • TODAY
     Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Los Alamos Retirement Community, Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, and LAMC present “Bone and Joint Health in the Senior Population” with Culley Christensen, M.D. at 3 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living, 1010 Sombrillo Court. Refreshments will be served. No RSVP needed. For information, call Cynthia Goldblatt, community liaison, at 662-4300.

    Summer Family Evening: Goats at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is $5 for non-member families and free for PEEC member families. More information at peecnature.org.

    DK & the Affordables with Eddy and the Nomads at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos.
    THURSDAY
    Rain or shine Los Alamos Farmers Market is from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot at 2400 Central Ave.

    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members. More information at peecnature.org.
    FRIDAY

  • The weather has been hot lately, so perhaps my brain is working properly, but I have been thinking a lot about technology.
    There is a particular commercial that highlights a car that detects what could happen and stop the vehicle for you if the driver is unaware.
    I guess I am feeling a little old school about the need to learn how to do things the “hard way.”
    When I was a teenager, we learned to count back the change when you worked with money. I vaguely remember the discussion that there would always be calculators and there isn’t a need to count back money.
    Flash forward and now. Kids are doing math with not just their calculators, but their phones. Then there comes a time when they need to do math, but don’t have access to either or have to show their work.
    Old school. Sometimes we just need to learn things old school.
    It is the same reason that when the opportunity avails itself, you should learn how to drive a stick shift. There may come that time when you find yourself in a situation where that may be your only choice.
    Today’s cars are on the verge of doing the driving for you. You might not ever need to parallel-park again. There are even cars that may allow you to just sit inside while they do the driving for you.

  • TODAY
    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Fourth Friday Fractals from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Young at Heart Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join PEEC on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

    June 25-26 — Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club Field Day exercise at the North Mesa Picnic Ground, off North Mesa Road. Ham radio operators across North America will operate from noon Saturday to noon Sunday using generator, solar and battery power to make radio contacts. Public is invited to attend. For more information, call Charles Rogers, KJ5KU, 412-3149

    Feature Film: “Black Holes” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of the answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Enjoy a talk by a local astrophysicist. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    SUNDAY

  • The popular University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Community Education Summer Program for Youth (SPY) returns in July with week-long classes for children in grades 1-10.  
    Children’s College, for children entering the first through third grades, and Youth College, for children entering the fourth through sixth grades, runs July 18-22. Teen College, for students entering the seventh through tenth grades, will be July 25-29.
    For students in first through third grades, this year there will be a morning class, Adventures at the University, and an afternoon class, Afternoon Adventures. Students who choose to participate in both classes can stay on campus through the supervised lunch hour.
    Grades 4-6 meet only in the afternoon, and may select a specific topical class. Nicole Lloyd Ronning, an astrophysicist at LANL and also a Bradbury Science Museum science ambassador, is teaching Awesome Astrophysics.
    The final alternative, Teen College, for students entering the seventh through tenth grades, will take place July 25-29.
    For more complete class descriptions and to register online, visit losalamos.unm.edu/community-education/2016-summer-program-for-youth.html. For more information, call Lisa Caldwell at 662-0346, or email commed@unm.edu.

  • TODAY
    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum summer series continues tonight at 6 p.m. at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill. Dinner will be provided with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. and discussion at 7 p.m., ending around 8 p.m. All are welcome.

    Business After Hours will be from 5:30-1 p.m. at Float Los Alamos, 927 Central Ave. Business After Hours is a monthly after-work-hours social that promotes interaction, friendship and identification of business opportunities.

    Summer Family Evening: Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is  $5 for non-member families and free for PEEC member families. More information at peecnature.org.
    THURSDAY
    June 23 — Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members. More information at peecnature.org.
    FRIDAY

  • A movie filming in the area will produce special effects and closures through the end of July, county officials announced this week.
    “Granite Mountain,” a film based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that battled a fire in Arizona.
    The production is based at Pajarito Mountain, and started filming Sunday. The production will continue through July 29 and will be producing the special effects and impacts.
    Film crews will conducted a controlled ground fire Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain, under direct supervision of the Los Alamos Fire Department’s wildland division. Ground fires are set to be conducted June 27 and June 28.
    For updates on real-life fire events, residents and visitors may check nmfireinfo.com, nmfireinfo on Facebook, the Fire Restrictions Hotline: 1-877-864-6985 or the Santa Fe National Forest Fire Information Hotline: 1-877-971-FIRE (3473).
    Film crews will create smoke effects Thursday, June 30 and July 1, under the supervision of the Los Alamos Fire Department’s wildland division. The smoke will be produced from a natural, water-based compound that looks like real smoke, with black and grey components.