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  • As summer began, butterflies are more frequent visitors to the Pajarito Plateau. To learn more about these creatures, local butterfly enthusiast Roy Michelotti will introduce listeners to the most common species of butterflies seen in and around Los Alamos.
    In addition to discussing butterfly identification, he will also explore the creature’s biology, behavior, life cycle, and more. This talk will start at 7 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center. It is free, and no registration is required.
    This event precedes the Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count that is scheduled on Saturday. For the day of the butterfly count, participants will meet butterfly expert Steve Cary at three separate areas to observe, count and learn about butterflies: mesa top, high altitude and streamside.
    Participants will meet at the Burnt Mesa Trailhead at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, and will stay around this area until 10:45 a.m.
    Next, they will count at Camp May from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., followed by a lunch. The last stop is Cañon del Valle on N.M. 501, where the group will stay from between 1:45-3:15 p.m. Participants are welcome to stay for the whole day, or only opt to only count at some locations.
    This event is $5 for adults and free for children. Register in advance.

  • I don’t want to say it, but it seems like has to be the first because it feels like that elephant in the room. School starts soon.
    There’s a lot to do ahead like back-to-school shopping, a special orientation for both freshmen and seventh graders and checking school websites.
    There’s also plenty of time to read a good book and have some good conversation before it all begins.
    Our teens today have to deal with a lot. If they aren’t the ones going through something big, chances are they know someone that is doing just such a thing.
    The staff at Mesa Public Library are trying to assist me in assembling tools to educate youth and their families with some resiliency reading. I don’t mean books on how to be a better you, but actual stories where you can read similar life situations in story form and see what others tried and how they came out on the other side.
    The topics range from cutting, stalking, depression and mental health issues and while tough topics, it might help some youth see that they aren’t alone in the world. The titles include “Willow,” by Julia Hoban, “Kiss of Broken Glass,” by Madeleine Kuderick, “Scars,” by C.A. (Cheryl A.) Rainfield, “Cut,” by Patricia McCormick.

  • July 1: A boy, Marcus Bailey Aaron Matthew DeGood, born to Passion DeGood
    July 7: A boy, Sounak Chakraborty, born to Amrita and Saumen Chakraborty
     

  • Laura Wendelberger, of Los Alamos, has been named to the Dean’s List in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering and College of Science for outstanding scholarship during the Spring 2015 semester.

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    Amanda Ziemann, of Los Alamos, graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in imaging science from RIT’s College of Science in the spring 2014-2015 semester.

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    Morgan Bretzke, of Los Alamos, graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth, with a bachelor’s degree in applied science, public health education and promotion.
     

  • 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:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    SHELTER HOURS: Noon-6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m.-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, 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.

  • Imagine your child is sick or injured and has to be hospitalized. In Juarez, Mexico there is an added stress for parents to deal with — there is no accommodations at the hospital for parents to stay with their kids. As a result, parents are forced to sleep on the street outside the medical facility. The Los Alamos STARS program has stepped in to help.
    The very first Fiesta de Los Alamos is being held from 6-10 p.m. July 25 at Fuller Lodge. Proceeds from the event benefits Hospital Infantil de Especialidades in Juarez, as a fundraiser to support a mobile home-like shelter so families no longer have to sleep in the streets.
    Members of the Los Alamos Rotary STARS, a satellite group of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, have visited the hospital in Juarez twice since March and have witnessed this dilemma first hand. On each visit, the group has met with hospital staff and the parents themselves to better understand what can be done to help.
    “It is an emotional experience to see what these kids are going through and seeing the parents struggle,” said STARS Advisor Jim Nesmith. “It is a project that is near and dear to my heart.” Nesmith has been involved with the program in Juarez since the start.

  • Los Alamos Youth Leadership is seeking volunteers for the next school year.
    Students who sign up will have to commit to the program and projects for the next year.
    LAYL Director Susan Odegard-Fellows said she is hoping for at least 30 students for this year’s program. “The program is in need of high school students who want to make the community a better place.”
    Students at Los Alamos High School have been part of the program, some for many years. Nick Gonzales, an incoming junior is coming up on his third year being involved. He decided to join during his first year of high school because his mother was one of the adult leaders at the time. “I had been in scouts for a long time and thought it would be a fun leadership experience,” Gonzales said.
    The Legacy project he worked on is his favorite contribution to the program so far. It was his idea to install air hand dryer units in the high school gymnasium.
    Gonzales worked through every aspects of the process, from working with the distributor of the product to electrical aspects. He also had to work with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) to get funding for the project.
    A Legacy Project stays with the community for years to come and for the public to enjoy now and in the future.

  • Today
    Science on Tap: From Trinity Test to Artificial Joints: How Computational Mathematics Has Transformed Our World (1945-2015). Speaker will be Nathaniel Morgan. 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room.

    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.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Friday
    Gentle Hikes with PEEC. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. 8:30 a.m. Free. Adults. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Stooges Brass Band. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.
    Saturday
    Mesa de Cuba Badlands. 9 a.m. Join Patrick Rowe in the San Juan Basin Recreation area as to see petrified wood, iron concretions, hoodoos, slot canyons and more. Free. Advanced Registration required. More information at losalamosnature.org.

  • The July meeting of the The Military Order of the World Wars will be at the annual barbecue picnic on July 21 at Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge. The Guest speaker will be Rick Carver, a retired photojournalist.
    Carver grew up in Carmel, California, spent 6½ years in the United States Navy, and then spent 20 years in the restaurant business mostly in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    He took up photography and worked as a photojournalist in the field of human rights. He moved to Santa Fe after retiring from photojournalism in 2000. For the last six years have become involved with the Navy league New Mexico Council supporting the three New Mexico namesake submarines, the USS Santa Fe, in particular.
    He is the committee chairman for the USS Santa Fe Committee based in Santa Fe.
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by the 6:25 p.m. meeting and picnic. Carver’s talk will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge is located at 650 North Mesa Road. North Mesa Road is reached by driving north on Diamond Drive past the golf course continuing on Diamond Drive through the round-a-bout exiting to the North Mesa road, then continuing on North Mesa Road to the Posse Lodge.

  • Artist Jean Constant, who has a reputation as an artist who bases much of his work on mathematical principles, will speak at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mesa Public Library.
    The library will host a temporary exhibit of the SMART contest (Science and Math-based ART) in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms on Friday and Saturday, in conjunction with the Los Alamos ScienceFest. Constant’s talk will be about the work in that show, and about the math he uses to create his own work.
    Constant, who lives in Santa Fe, is an artist who works in a wide variety of media. He is also a lecturer, researcher and author in the field of visual communication, as well as being a reviewer for the American Mathematical Society. He is a member of the Bridges Math and Art organization, and a member of the International Information Visualization Society.
    His fascination with the art that comes from the creative visualization of mathematical principles has led him to create several series of works. Most recently he has challenged himself to create one image each day, using 12 different math visualization programs over the course of a year, in a project he calls 12-30. That work can be seen at jcdigitaljournal.wordpress.com.  
    Another recent series, called “Martematica,” uses imagery and data sent by the Mars Rover.

  • There will be a casting call for the Missoula Children’s Theatre, starting at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Crossroads Bible Church.
    This year’s production is “The Jungle Book.” Missoula directors are Charlotte Rawls and Maria Norris.
    There will be more than 50 roles that will be cast for student entering the first through 12th grade.
    Parents and/or guardians must be with each child when registering and are required to  sign the permission form. All those who plan to audition should plan to attend the entire morning and, if selected, have an open calendar for the week of 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 20-24, and all day and evening July 25.
    The audition is free. Cost is $35 per child, ($5 discount for LAAC members) who is cast for the performance. Enrichment workshops are offered to all who audition at no cost. Sign-up for workshops will take place at the audition.
    The public performance will be 7 p.m. July 25 at Crossroads Bible Church.
    Tickets are available at the door, starting 6:30 p.m. for $10, $5 for ages 12 and under
    For more information, call 663-0477.
     

  • Sec Sandoval is one of Los Alamos’ most well-known artists. His watercolors of New Mexico landscapes can be viewed throughout the town and he has generously donated his works to many local organizations’ fundraisers and events.
    According to a 2009 story in Los Alamos Monitor, Sandoval studied art in Santa Fe and his education included oil painting. He was a technical illustrator for the U.S. Army Aggressor Center and his work has been shown in numerous locations in Los Alamos including the Fuller Lodge Art Center and Los Alamos National Bank.
    So it seems fitting to host an event that pays tribute to Sandoval’s contributions to the art world, as well as to the local community. As result, the Los Alamos Arts Council has sponsored, for the last four years, the Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk event. This year’s event will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday on Central Avenue in front of the Post Office.
    The event is part of MainStreet’s ScienceFest celebration. The Chalk Walk may pay homage to an artist, but participants do not need to be professional artists to enjoy decorating the pavement on Central Avenue. A little bit of imagination and creativity is all it takes.

  • Today
    Culture on Tap. 5 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room. The speaker will be Prince Jongisilo Pokwana Ka Menziwa, a.k.a. Prince Zuko. Sponsored by the Creative District.

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

    Laser Light Show. Come to the Nature Center’s Planetarium to enjoy different laser light shows every day. Each day there will be at least two different 45 minute shows. $6 Adults/$4 Children. All ages. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

    Play reading for “The Physicists,” by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. 7 p.m. in the Green Room at the Los Alamos Little Theatre. Public is welcome to bring a snack or beverages. Cast of characters are for nine men, four women and two boys.  

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Science on Tap: From Trinity Test to Artificial Joints: How Computational Mathematics Has Transformed Our World (1945-2015). Speaker will be Nathaniel Morgan. 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room.

  • Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue, Ltd., returned to Los Alamos Saturday. Chihuahua and Chihuahua mixes in need of forever homes brought in front of Starbucks. Many shapes and sizes will be there to greet potential owners.
    The dog house was custom made by an Albuquerque resident. The $1 raffle is to raise funds to get some of the pups to Virginia where there is a shortage of small dogs in that area, President Margaret Wiltse said. “We are sending them to no-kill shelter out there.”
    ECR needs to raise $1,800 to cover the cost of health and rabies certificates needed to transport each dog across state lines, plus gasoline for the RV transporting them and food for the volunteers who will trade off driving straight through with only pit stops to water and exercise the dogs.
    Wiltse pointed out a Chihuahua mix named Jack Daniels who affectionately gives kisses. “Jack Daniels really wants a home,” Wiltse said.
    Joanne Guinn, a volunteer at the rescue said there are many people from Los Alamos who travel to Albuquerque to find a dog. “So we decided to have an adoption event in town,” she said. “We have all ages, from adult dogs to puppies.

  • I have put this column off for a few weeks because I wasn’t sure how I wanted to address the issue.
    This year, the Assets program has officially lost all funding. The truth is funds were cut so drastically last year that the only way things were accomplished is through volunteer work.
    I know in my heart that this work is imperative, in not only this community, but honestly the world as a whole. If we don’t embrace our youth and their issues, build relationships in communities and work together for progress instead of a silo approach to goals, the only one that will suffer is everyone.
    I will focus mainly on teens in this column because of space constraints and urgency, but starting with the youngest of children is equally important. Our estimated marijuana use amongst high school teens is 20 percent. If you think their use is just for fun, a recreational rite of passage, then my friend, you are gravely mistaken, and my column won’t change your opinion.
    Our kids need to know we care, not just about academics and how well they do in sports or other academic accomplishments, but about their growth and development as future adults.

  • This month’s Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will feature a presentation by Los Alamos native Rachel Robey, who will talk about her adventures as a kayaking “fiend.”
    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge, with social and reports of recent and upcoming trips. Robey’s program will follow at 7:30 p.m.
    Robey began kayaking, making her first forays into the river with her family, as a young child. Through a series of events, she became avid about the sport of whitewater kayaking and the many opportunities it offers.
    In recent years, she has traveled around the western United States to pursue the various disciplines of creeking, multi-day river running and playboating.
    From the local Rio Grande to Colorado rivers and deep canyons of the Rocky Mountains up to the big waters of Idaho, she has found in paddling a way to challenge herself, become immersed in the power of the outdoors, and a strong sense of community with fellow whitewater enthusiasts wherever the river carries her.

  • Albuquerque BioPark’s “Zoo to You” program is coming to Mesa Public Library.
    The program will be set up at 2 p.m. Thursday, in the upper parking lot, following the Farmers Market.
    “Get eye to eye with beautiful birds, small mammals, amazing amphibians and reptiles,” Program Director Jo Pelhan said. “Docents guide you through this traveling exhibit of animals and hands-on biofacts — including bones, pelts, feathers, shells and other interesting animal items — as you learn about conservation.”
    For more than 30 years, the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo has offered the “Zoo to You” outreach program to communities throughout the state of New Mexico. The free educational program is given by zoo volunteer teachers called docents. They bring animal ambassadors like birds, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals in this interactive educational program about wildlife conservation. Kids are encouraged to touch animal bones, pelts, hides and feathers.
    The “Zoo to You” program is one of dozens of special programs throughout the summer that are part of the Los Alamos County Library System’s Summer Reading Program.

  • July 12-18, 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
    MONDAY
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury steak
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: BBQ pulled pork
            on a bun
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    10:45 a.m.        Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Tilapia
    1:30 p.m.        Daytime Duplicate Bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Walk-In-The-Woods

  • 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:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    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, 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.
    CATS
    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!