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  • One-day open house planned at local church

    On Sunday, the United Church will have a community Open House from 3-5 p.m. to invite people to come see the result of the capital improvements over the last four years.
    The Thrift Shop will be open at that time as well. 662-2971. The church is located at 2525 Canyon Road.
    For more information, call 662-2971, or visit unitedchurchla.org.

    Space available for White Rock Artist Market

    The White Rock Artist Market currently has space is available for its two remaining outdoor Artist Markets, Labor Day weekend and the final market for the season Balloon Fiesta on Oct. 3.  Local artists and artisans are encouraged to sell at the market. On average 400-600 visitors go through the White Rock Visitor Center each day in conjunction with the shuttle going to and from Bandelier National Monument.
    The White Rock Artist Market is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the first Saturday of every month May through October.  The fee to participate is $25 per market. For more information contact Melanie Peña at 661-4836 or email melanie@losalamos.org. To register for either of the remaining markets visit,  eventbrite.com/white-rock-artist-market-registration.

    Roasted organic green chile at co-op

  • Well, we are officially back to school. This year more than any other, I understand why we start on a Thursday, because by Friday, both young and old were just plain exhausted. It is a nice ease back into the routine.
    Now that the public schools are underway, it will soon be time for families to send their college students back or off for the first time.
    I always feel it is my moral obligation to publically praise University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, the “Community College Feel with the University Appeal.” The number of kids who stayed local might surprise you.
    After a year at UNM-LA, the Lauritzen family has sent our 2014 Los Alamos High School graduate off to main campus and a new home away from home.
    I confess, I wept like a baby! That’s right, you would have thought he was flying to the other side of the world, but he’s no longer at home and only in Albuquerque. I felt bad that he had to endure it, but he knew it was coming the day after he walked that ’Topper stage.
    It was kind of hard for me to grasp why such emotion at even the thought of it, when he’s only an hour and a half away.

  • Recurring meetings
    Note: If any of the following listings need to be changed or removed, contact Gina Velasquez immediately at lacommunity@lamonitor.com, or 662-4185, ext. 21.

    The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at noon every Tuesday at the golf course, 4250 Diamond Dr. Guest speakers every week.  

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets Tuesdays from Noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall.  

  • For the 70th Anniversary of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the protest group Campaign Nonviolence decorated the Ashley Pond stage with paper cranes. Nearly 70,000 cranes were put up by group members to offer peace

  • El Rancho de las Golondrinas will be host to the Fiesta de los Niños. It is a celebration for kids of all ages.
    From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 29-30, the public is welcome to “ven a jugar con nosotros” — “come out and play with us.” There will be games, crafts and entertainment especially for kids.
    Everyone is welcome to make a miniature adobe house and learn to weave on a mini loom.
    Other activities include making a rope and a trade bead necklace and trying to wash clothes the old fashioned way on a washboard. Kids are also welcome to shoot a bow and arrows, learn tin stamping and dress up like a Spanish settler.
    Baile Español de Santa Fe will perform for musical and visual entertainment. There will be opportunities to take a mule-drawn wagon ride and be mystified by Professor Cheesecurdle’s Magic Show and listen to story time with Katherine Ranck and meet the adorable miniature horses of “Horsetalk.”
    Bread and peach cobbler will come out of the adobe horno at noon just in time for a lunch snack.
    For a blast into the past, buy or barter for old-time goods in the Country Store and be sure to see “Archaeology in La Cienega,” a brand-new exhibit of findings from a 17th Century Spanish home.

  • Santa Fe invites visitors and locals alike to celebrate the unique richness of the city’s past and present during ¡Viva Santa Fe! — a month-long celebration of the best of The City Different. ¡Viva Santa Fe! caters to all ages with live music, dancing, art, traditional ceremonies, parades and outdoor adventure all fueled by Santa Fe cuisine. For more information on these events and more happening during the celebration, visit santafe.org.
    The Burning of Zozobra is one of the most anticipated events of the year. The 91st annual burning is Sept. 4 at Fort Marcy Park. The 50-foot, 2,000-pound marionette Zozobra, also known as “Old Man Gloom,” is stuffed with divorce decrees, bankruptcy filings, tax receipts and other paper manifestations of stress. Zozobra is then set ablaze by torches amid fireworks and ceremonial dances of ghosts and fire to dispel the hardships of the year and to banish any feelings of gloom or doom. The burning begins at sundown.

  • Los Alamos
    China Moon, 121 Central Park Square
    Date Inspected: July 28
    Violations: All violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from July 22.

    Java City Coffee Booth, TA-55
    Date Inspected: July 31
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    TA-55 Cafeteria, TA-55
    Date Inspected: July 31
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Giant No. 6380, 2373 Trinity Dr.
    Date Inspected: Aug. 12
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Volunteer opportunities at Mesa Prieta

    Intrigued by petroglyphs? Love being out in the natural world? Enjoy meeting people? Have a knack for information sharing? Come and join the docent program for the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project.
    Anyone who is interested must be physically fit can join the team to work as docents on the Wells Petroglyph Preserve.
    The annual information and training session is on Oct. 25. To sign up now, call Janet MacKenzie at 505-852-1351.

    Warehouse 21 presents LGBTQ-themed plays

  • Ryan Shupe played at Ashley Pond on Aug. 14 as part of the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Song. Kids started a conga line during the show.

  • Recurring meetings
    Note: If any of the following listings need to be changed or removed, contact Gina Velasquez immediately at lacommunity@lamonitor.com, or 662-4185, ext. 21.

    The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at noon every Tuesday at the golf course, 4250 Diamond Dr. Guest speakers every week.

    The local chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday at the White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd. Confidential weight in begins at 9 a.m. The meeting starts at 9:45 a.m. The first visit is free. Membership is open to people at least 7 years old. For more information, contact us at whiterocktops@gmail.com.

  • Many of us take every precaution we can to protect our pets.
    With growing technology in the veterinary field, new measures of protection for companion animals are now available to owners at a low cost. Microchipping, one of the newest ways to locate and identify lost animals, is growing in popularity and efficiency.
    A microchip is a glass-encased device that bears an identification number unique to every marked animal.
    Once the microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin and registered with the devices company, the microchip can be activated with a scanner at a veterinarian’s office or local animal shelter.
    With no batteries or power source required to activate a microchip, this device will provide a permanent identity for your pet that will last their entire lifetime.
    Many owners protect and identify their pet with a personalized collar.
    While this method can certainly help identify your pet, there are many strong advantages in microchipping your animal. For instance, pet collars may fall or slip off, and personalized tags may become unreadable after several years. Microchips do not face any of these challenges and have no chance of being removed, no matter where Fido wanders off to.

  • It’s time to get those cameras ready and have your furry pal say “cheese” (or tuna, or kibble). The Friends of the Shelter is now accepting photo entries for the 2016 Shelter Alumni Calendar through Sept. 5.
    Pet owners who have adopted a shelter animal, an abandoned, or homeless animal are invited to send a photo and a brief story about their pet.
    Pet owners whose pets were featured in last year’s calendar are welcome to submit new photos of their pets for this year’s calendar. Entry forms are available at Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, Pet Pangaea and the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.
    The entry forms include entry information, as well as tips on taking the best photo of your pet. Entries can easily be submitted via the shelter’s website at lafos.org. They can also be sent via email to virginiaking65@gmail.com, or a photo and entry form can be mailed to Friends of the Shelter, P.O. Box 1402, Los Alamos 87544.
    Friends of the Shelter, a humane organization based in Los Alamos is trying to improve the quality of life for unwanted pets and find homes for homeless animals. FOS works closely with the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, with local veterinarians and with other humane societies.

  • From deserts to mountains, coyotes are one of the most adaptable species in New Mexico. However, not everyone welcomes the resilience of this local predator.
    To learn more about the canine, guest speakers Judy Paulsen and Dave Parsons will speak about the challenges and opportunities coyotes provide.
    The talk will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required.
    The presentation reveals the fascinating and complex world of Canis latrans — their keen intelligence, amazing resourcefulness, and importance as keystone carnivores in many ecosystems.
    Paulsen serves as the New Mexico Representative to Project Coyote. Living in New Mexico, Paulsen encounters anti-coyote/predator sentiment and believes that education is critical and policy change is necessary to shift the way coyotes are viewed and treated in the west.
    She works to promote Project Coyote’s “Coyote Friendly Communities” program and to raise awareness about the important ecological role that coyotes play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. She is also actively involved in efforts to prohibit coyote killing contests in her home state.

  • Aug. 16-22, 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
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior civic discussion
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken tenders
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Mac users group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury steak
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.         Bridge
    7:30 p.m.         Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters

  • 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!

  • As elementary students transition into seventh grade, Los Alamos Middle School had its WEB Crew orientation on Tuesday.
    WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) was introduced last year with help from Los Alamos County to send a Los Alamos Public School employee to train with the best.
    “Students participating in WEB crew last year were able to be​come part of a team making a difference together at our school,” said LAMS Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez. “They were ​​able to take on and develop leadership skills ​as they helped our seventh graders transition to Middle School.”
    “Our LAMS WEB Crew team mentors go through a minimum of 10 hours of training ​prior to the school year beginning,” Vargas-Gutierrez said. “Parents should encourage seventh graders to attend orientation on the Aug. 11 so that they will have an opportunity to meet fellow seventh graders.”
    The four-hour orientation allows those students that are feeling nervous, anxious or worried to begin to make new friends.”
    The two days of training, in addition to preparation prior to orientation includes team building, planning out a tour of the new school building and recalling what questions they may have had upon entering LAMS.

  • The Los Alamos Co-op Market is once again hosting cooking classes for the public.
    Starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 21, Ray Joggerst will explain the intricacies of preparing gourmet steak and sauces. Class participants will learn to prepare steak au poivre, steak with sauce béarnaise and merchant’s steak. Joggerst is excited about the class and plans to leave participants with confidence and recipes to make first-class steak meals at home. Registration is open at the co-op’s Entrada Drive location. Class size is limited to accommodate the space.
    Joggerst enjoys sharing the chemistry behind cooking, and brings an in-depth knowledge of food to each class. He debuted his Shop with the Chef class career in 2013, at the co-op’s with a fermentation class, where he covered vegetable and dairy fermentation techniques. Last year, he taught the Chemistry of Cooking, as part of the ScienceFest activities. This year, he will share his love of gourmet cuisine.
    Each class starts with shopping for the ingredients, takes participants through the cooking process, and concludes with enjoying the final product.
    The Los Alamos Co-op Market provides the community with access to a wide variety of local, natural and organic foods and can be found at 95 Entrada Dr. For more information, visit losalamos.coop, or call 695-1579.

  • Our New Mexico Teacher of the Year, Debra Minyard has been busy as the school year came to an end and summer officially began with duties that while at times are demanding are opportunities of a lifetime.
    Minyard traveled to the nation’s capital with her fellow Teachers of the Year and husband, Josh, to be heralded as educators, meet Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan and, of course, meet and be photographed with the leader of the free world.
    The individual Teacher of the Year recipients had a moment with President Barack Obama, answering a quick question and having their photograph taken before being formally announced as they entered the Rose Garden while the press coverage the entire event, some live online.
    “The visit in the Oval Office took only 20 seconds or so, but it felt like a lifetime,” said Minyard. “Then to hear him speak so eloquently about us in the Rose Garden was terrific. I was particularly struck by his approachability and sincere appreciation for our work as teachers.”

  • As you read this, many Los Alamos High School and Middle School students will be starting out their year with a whole new perspective of school.
    Link Crew and Web Crew, two new programs that were fresh out of the gate at this time last year, will have just wrapped up their second school year educating students with the motto, “Students Helping Students Succeed.”
    On Tuesday, the eighth grade leaders for the LAMS Hawks will have walked potentially 270 incoming seventh graders with a tour, Words of Wisdom and team building activities that will help to assist the affectionately termed, “sevies,” with easing up the nerves and welcoming them to one of the new jewels in the Los Alamos Public School district.
    Also on Tuesday, the ’Topper Link Crew, the high school version of the program, were a welcoming force to be reckoned with as upperclassmen consisting of juniors and seniors provided Advice for Freshmen and traditional orientation activities, but with a lot more fun and comradery.
    The two programs are from the Boomerang Project and are two of only three programs in the State of New Mexico with Pojoaque Valley High School being the first in the state to ease the transition and bridge one school level to the next.

  • One of the many benefits of living in New Mexico is the prevalence of fossils. Sometimes, however, it’s nice to have an experienced guide point out the best places to look for them.
    On Saturday, Allen Schmiedicke and Jennifer Macy will lead a field trip to a road cut near the small town of Holman to collect plant and tree fossils preserved in mudstone in the same pattern when they were laid down about 300 million years ago.
    Only 30 spots are available. This event is free, but advanced registration is required. Due to the popularity of these outings, register soon to save a spot. Participants will meet at Sullivan Field at 8 a.m. and drive to Holman Hill from there. Because this field trip is to a road cut, it is not recommended for children 5 or under.
    Schmiedicke is a long-time member of the Los Alamos Geological Society. He has been collecting minerals and fossils since he was 8 years old, when his dad introduced the family to the hobby. Besides collecting, he also does his own fossil preparation and mineral photography.
    To learn more, visit peecnature.org.