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  • 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:
    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.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Moose (previously known as Moo Moo) — A beautiful, long-haired Maine Coon mix. She is approximately 4 years old, and she was surrendered due to owner allergies. She is reported to get along well with older kids, but younger, rambunctious kids are a bit scary for her. She also prefers the company of humans rather than dogs.
    Noel — A gorgeous, domestic, long-haired calico. She is a spayed, female, 6 years old. She has never been introduced to dogs. This is an indoor kitty.

  • The Summit Garden Club will be holding its annual business meeting, 1:30 p.m. Monday at 235 Kimberley Dr. in White Rock. Each May the club meets to assess its activities during the past year and to discuss its projects for the coming year. Included among the club's many projects are refurbishing and maintaining gardens at the Bandelier National Monument and the creation of the White Rock Community Garden (across the highway from the Visitors Center). Anyone is invited to attend Monday's meeting to learn more about the club. New members are always welcomed. While the May meeting is a business meeting, all other meetings include gardening education. For more information contact Shelby Redondo, president at 662-2625 or redondo@cybermesa.com.

  • Taos has been chosen as TripAdvisor’s No. 1 choice among a recent list of the top “13 U.S. Towns that are Diamonds in the Rough.” To create the list, TripAdvisor looked at all 2014 vacation rental review scores across the country and identified the best-rated locations. Locations must have received at least 500 reviews to be considered.
    TripAdvisor’s criteria required that the towns possess “rich history and culture, gorgeous scenery, an abundance of activities, family friendly attractions and top notch vacation home accommodations.”
    Taos was described in the story as “a charming pet-friendly town known for its Spanish influence and picturesque scenery... lending itself to incredible outdoor adventures like climbing, hiking, kayaking, zip lines, horseback, or llama treks.”
    In fact, TripAdvisor’s Secret Travel Tip for visitors to Taos was that it has been hailed as the most pet-friendly destination in the Southwest.
    Other towns included in the top 13 list behind Taos are (by ranking): Boone, North Carolina, Estes Park, Colorado, Oceanside, California, Fort Meyers, Florida, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, South Lake Tahoe, California, Cape May, New Jersey, Fredericksburg, Texas, Park City, Utah, Newport Beach, California, Seaside, Oregon and Gulf Shores, Alabama.

  • Los Alamos
    Los Alamos Middle School, 2101 Hawk Drive
    Date Inspected: April 1
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    KFC, 3295 Cerrillos Road
    Date Inspected: April 1
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Walk-in refrigerator and freezer have water leaks from cooler units. Employee drinks on food prep area. Can opener has food build-up. Three moderate-risk violations. Food build-up on the bun hot holder. Fans have dust/mold build up. Top of food equipment has grease build-up.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Mini Super Delicias, 4641 Airport Road, Suite No. 6
    Date Inspected: April 7
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Soap is being added to the bleach solution, should be water and bleach only. Two low-risk violations. Boxes stored on the floor. Wall by the ground beef machine is cracked.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Santa Fe Oxygen and Healing Bar, 102 W. San Francisco St.
    Date Inspected: April 8
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Some utensils and dishware not inverted during storage.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • The Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops hosted the 8th annual Future Voices of New Mexico Awards Ceremony on April 28.
    Each spring, hundreds of students fill The Lensic to view the award-winning, three-minute films and photographs produced by New Mexico students who participate in the program. This year’s contest theme was “Water,” which garnered more than 70 film submissions and 200 photo submissions. Students were encouraged to explore the theme in their work as it related to such topics as culture, mythology and history.
    Future Voices received submissions from a dozen schools in New Mexico, including Capital High School, Desert Academy, Monte del Sol, Española Valley High School, Pojoaque Valley High School, New Mexico School for the Arts, as well as Digital Arts & Technology Academy and Atrisco Heritage Academy, both in Albuquerque.

  • All are welcome to join the Santa Fe Opera to see the recent renovations and improvements completed in The Crosby Theatre as part of Phase I of the “Setting the Stage” campaign, a multi-year project that includes major updates to both the front of house and backstage areas.
    Visitors are also invited to take a stroll onstage for a sneak peek of the magnificent set, nineteenth century-era costumes and props being built for “The Daughter of the Regiment,” Donizetti’s romantic comedy, which opens the season on July 3.
    Members from the production team will be present to answer questions, as well as give tours of the newly reconstructed backstage facilities. Should visitors be inspired by the glorious production in the making, special prices will available for select performances of “The Daughter of the Regiment” at the box office.


    Meanwhile on the Opera’s lower grounds in O’Shaughnessy Hall, the Guilds of Santa Fe Opera will be hosting Fledermarket. An array of wonderful items will be on sale, with items priced to move – art, jewelry, furnishings, sporting goods, housewares and decor. All proceeds benefit the “Setting the Stage” campaign.

  • Today
    “Fire Up” for Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America is holding its annual  recruiting events at fire stations. 6:30-8 p.m. at Station No. 4 in Los Alamos (4401 Diamond Drive across from the Golf Course). Parents can sign up boys by check, registration fees are $24. If you cannot attend event, then contact Kevin McClelland, NNM District director Kevin.McClelland@scouting.org, or Bill Blumenthal, NNM District Membership Chair, billblumenthal@comcast.net, 667-0986.

    The American Association of University Women is presenting a discussion of Human Trafficking. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the upstairs meeting rooms. Topic presenters are Maria Sanchez-Gagne, director of the New Mexico Border Violence Division, and Lynn Sanchez, the program director for the Human Trafficking Aftercare Program at The Life Link. The discussion will focus on The United Nation’s Anti-Human Trafficking Protocol, New Mexico state trafficking laws, strategies for raising awareness about the global human rights issue, outreach and the trauma informed services needed to assist victims of human trafficking.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.

  • New Mexico is home to dozens of slot canyons, which provide for peaceful hikes and beautiful surroundings. New Mexico outdoorsman Doug Scott will guide a small group to discover some amazing slot canyons in the Abiquiu area, through an outing starting at 7:30 a.m. May 9 offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    The group will explore several slot canyons in the Abiquiu area, which is where Georgia O’Keeffe drew much of her artistic inspiration. The slot canyons planned for this outing are not technical, in that ropes and climbing equipment will not be necessary. Total distance covered by the group will be up to six miles, with a 900-feet vertical elevation gain.
    Scott will lead a free tour of New Mexico waterfalls as well on May 5.
    The cost is $20 per person, or $16 for PEEC members. Advance registration is required, and the hike is limited to only 10 people.
    Also on Saturday, PEEC is offering a tour of the Valles Caldera. The Valles Caldera is one of only three active calderas in the mainland United States. Join geologist Patrick Rowe for a fact-filled driving tour from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • The English tradition of the “Coffee Morning” returns to Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday.
    The event is an informal fundraiser intended to raise funds for the House of Hope and Trinity Builders house-building mission teams.
    The Coffee Morning will also offer an opportunity to share that Saturday morning cup of coffee and a scone or other treat, while visiting with friends and neighbors. The event will also include tempting stalls or tables, including home-baked bread and cakes, plants and flowers, a white elephant table, used books and other media, games for children, a car wash organized by the Youth Choir, hats and a Scarf Market. All items will be reasonably priced.
    The car wash will also raise funds for the Youth Choir.
    Coffee Mornings are a very popular way of raising money for good causes at many churches in the UK. “A Coffee Morning is just what it sounds like: You get together, drink coffee, eat goodies and, this is the most important part, spend money,” said Claire Singleton, who is from the UK and has been part of the House of Hope women’s house-building team since its inception in 2005. For this reason, items will be reasonably priced to encourage patrons to dip into their wallets frequently.

  • The Northern New Mexico Spring Arts and Crafts Fair will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the Fuller Lodge lawn. There will be creative, original art by nearly 100 artists. There will also be a meet-and-greet with the Greyhound Pets of America New Mexico branch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. across from the Memorial Rose Garden. Top: Recycled wood products by Bob Riolo. Right: A Zozobra-inspired birdhouse. los Alamos Arts council/Courtesy

  • There are hundreds of perennial-flowing waterfalls in the Land of Enchantment, and Doug Scott is widely recognized as the expert on the subject. Scott returns to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center to give a presentation starting at 7 p.m. May 5 at the new Los Alamos Nature Center. The talk is free and open to the public.
    Scott is a outdoorsman who has been exploring New Mexico since he was a young child.  
    He started the Taos Mountain Outfitters in 1972 and was a commercial whitewater rafting guide and ski touring guide for many years, besides being a successful artist.
    Scott loves discovering waterfalls and sharing them with others. Attendees of his programs have said they are always greatly inspired to become “Waterfall-lovers” and begin “Waterfalling” immediately.
    All four of Scott’s outdoor books will be available to be signed and personalized: Taos Waterfalls, Taos Mountains, New Mexico Waterfalls and New Mexico Waterfall Handbook.   
    The talk will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • LAMS fundraisers to aid ill staff members

    Los Alamos Middle School is currently conducting two fundraisers for staff members fighting serious health battles. On Friday, students can donate $1 for the opportunity to wear their hats in the building throughout the day.
    Students can donate their dollar before school or during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    On Friday, they stop by our booth in the main office for their official hand stamp. Tickets will still be available Friday.
    For any questions or more information, call 663-3252.
    The funds will benefit teachers Sherri Bublitz and Ryan Finn.
    Olions to perform Shakespeare

    The Los Alamos High School Olions presents its annual spring production this weekend. This year, the students will perform William Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Duane Smith Auditorium.  
    A preview performance will be 7 p.m. Thursday. Opening night is 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday, there will be two shows 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee will be Sunday.  
    Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 students and the preview show is $5.
    For more information, contact Rosemary Vigil at 500-5983.

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

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Thursday
    “Fire Up” for Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America is holding its annual  recruiting events at fire stations. 6:30-8 p.m. at Station No. 4 in Los Alamos (4401 Diamond Drive across from the Golf Course). Parents can sign up boys by check, registration fees are $24. If you cannot attend event, then contact Kevin McClelland, NNM District director Kevin.McClelland@scouting.org, or Bill Blumenthal, NNM District Membership Chair, billblumenthal@comcast.net, 667-0986.

  • New Mexico writers, authors and publishers were at the 2015 Book Fair Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Book signings and information on how to publish were available to the public.

  • The Boy Scouts of America will have its annual Fire-Up for Scouting Cub Scout recruiting events at fire stations in Los Alamos and White Rock next week:
    • 6:30-8 p.m. today at Station No. 3 in White Rock, 129 N.M. 4)
    • 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Station No. 4 in Los Alamos, 4401 Diamond Dr. across from the golf course)
    Boys who will graduate from kindergarten through 4 grades (5-10 years old) can be registered for the Cub Scouting program, including summer activities such as June Day Camp. Information for registering older boys in Boy Scouting will also be available. Fire station firefighters will give the boys and family members tours of the fire trucks and station during the registration event.
    Parents can sign up boys at either the Los Alamos or White Rock events. Bring a checkbook for payment of registration fees of $24.
    If you cannot attend either event, then contact Kevin McClelland, NNM district director (Kevin.McClelland@scouting.org), or Bill Blumenthal, NNM district membership chair, (billblumenthal@comcast.net), or call 667-0986.

  • I normally write this column on Monday night, but this week is a busy one, so I left a note to myself, “My Coffee Pot Ponderings,” so I could make lunches and hit the ground running today.
    I knew the column would be easy because I had the topic in mind, but at about 3 a.m., there was a song in my head that just wouldn’t go away.
    “It’s the final countdown,” by the rock band Europe.
    I feel compelled once again to warn the class of 2015 that not only will the next month fly, but to remind everyone that at the end of this week, it is May.
    May — that ridiculous, nutty time of year when there’s so much to get done and sometimes it doesn’t happen.
    So remember patience is a virtue, tell the family to cut everyone some slack, give constant, tactful reminders to get all homework in, especially the missing ones that will still be accepted and hang on for a bumpy ride.
    As we begin the month of May, I also want to remind you that May 4-8 is staff and teacher appreciation week.
    I miss those elementary days when it just felt like something everyone did, to recognize the folks that work so hard for our kids.

  • 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

  • April 26-May 2, 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
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Tater tot casserole
    Noon        Grief support
    12:15 p.m.        Smart Driver class
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken tacos
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.         “Friends” meeting
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis

  • Los Alamos Pony Club will be hosting a dressage competition and Pony Club rally Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the county's North Mesa equestrian facility.

    Organized by Laura Kober, a dressage rider and parent of a Pony Club member, the show is part of the New Mexico Dressage Association's series of schooling (practice) competitions over the year. The show will also feature a qualifying competition for Pony Club members from across the state who wish to qualify to compete in the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. championships later this summer.

    Dressage is an Olympic equestrian sport, involving a specific pattern of movements that horse and rider must perform, demonstrating the elegance and training of the horse and the skill and tact of the rider.

    For more information about Los Alamos Pony Club, which is accepting new members, see http://losalamos.ponyclub.org/wordpress/?page_id=200/?page_id=200

    For information about the New Mexico Dressage Association, see http://www.nmdressage.net/

  • Art exhibits
    Albuquerque Academy Student Exhibition. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Friday at Turner Carroll Gallery, 725 Canyon Road. Exhibit runs through April 29. The first in Turner Carroll’s Emerging Artist program for 2015, the juried exhibition of Albuquerque Academy artwork presents an exceptional body of work by Academy’s 9-12th graders. From more than 270 submissions, a panel of Santa Fe curators, gallerists, artists and critics selected the most compelling 25 works.

    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Harriette Tsosie, “Linguicide.” Artist talk from 1-2 p.m. Saturday. Show closes on April 27.

    Jock Sturges: Fanny. Show runs until May 23 at photo-eye Gallery.

    “Women’s Work.” Art exhibition featuring 25 top female artists of New Mexico. Show is free to the public and runs through May 15 at the Tarnoff Art Center in Rowe. For more information and directions, visit tarnoffartcenter.org, or call 919-8888.  

    V. Vaughan Solo Exhibit: Welcome the Light. Show runs until April 30 at Act I Gallery in Santa Fe.