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    The next generation of Native American artists and craftspeople will converge in Santa Fe at the summer Young Native Arts & Crafts Show. The show is ideal for people who want to start collecting art, jewelry, pottery and more from new, young artists. 

    Children and grandchildren of artists associated with the Portal Program will demonstrate their own work from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 12-13 in the Palace Courtyard.

    The public is encouraged to see the artwork, purchase refreshments and strike up a relationship with an artist still learning his or her craft. The event is free. Entrance is through the Blue Gate south of the New Mexico History Museum’s main entrance.

  •  Art exhibits

    Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 runs through Oct. 12. 

     

    “Imprints of  Home, Works on Paper”,  is a group show featuring art prints, and poems by 12 artists. First Friday artist receptions, 3-6 p.m. July 5 and July 19 at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque. Show closes July 25. 

     

    A special guest exhibition, “Golden Paths,” acrylic and gold leaf paintings by Edwina Milner, will be on exhibit until July 7 at the New Concept Gallery. The reception is from 5-7 p.m. June 20 and is open to the public. 

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

     

    Eureka! 4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through July 26. 

     

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.

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    Chick Keller will delve into the important topic of climate change and what to expect in the future. Keller will give an overview of recent research on climate change and then open up a discussion about how to deal with some of the issues. 

    The program starts at 7 p.m. July 10 at PEEC and no advance registration is required.

    With the recent latest release of the science of climate change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Obama administration’s accompanying assessment for the United States, this is a good time to look at what is now known about how much warming and drying the world is likely to experience in the next 50 years. 

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    Ten outstanding students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. Each student demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school careers. Winners chose an educator of distinction, an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools. 

    Last week, the Los Alamos Monitor printed five of the 10 students honored. Here are the other five. 

    Hannah Dye chose Natasha Barkhudarova her Ballroom Dance teacher LAHS. 

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    Summer Family Evenings: Simulate the Rock Cycle. 6:30-8 p.m. Learn how to simulate the rock cycle with aluminum foil and crayons. Led by Valles Caldera Lead Educator Brittney Van Der Werff. No advance registration required. $5 for non- member families/free for PEEC members. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

     

    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. Meetings moderated by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson, or by a group member. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

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    The New Mexico State Society and Pajarito Society of the Children of the American Revolution installed officers at a joint meeting with the Valle Grande Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in May at Aspen Ridge Lodge. 

    State President Laura Beth Ezzell and State Chaplain Emily Bruno were installed, along with John Peter Alt as society treasurer, and Linda Carol Wulsin as senior society treasurer. Emily Bruno was also installed as society chaplain. 

    Installing officer was Roberta Day Idzorek, Senior State President, New Mexico Society, Children of the American Revolution.

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    Recently, I had the pleasure of going with a young person to register to vote.

    How exciting to salute this rite of passage with a small celebration. How exciting that youth are excited about the process.

    The League of Women Voters makes it easy for high school students to get registered, and for that we thank them.

    This particular student wanted to do it at the County Clerk’s Office, in particular to have an assist from County Clerk Sharon Stover, as she has known the student since kindergarten and when she was a team leader in the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program.

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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, 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 12 P.M.- 6 P.M. and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    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.

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    June 29-July 5, 2014

    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

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    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    9:45 a.m. Matter of Balance class

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    Myrriah S. Chavez earned her Doctorate of Philosophy, PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Colorado, Anshultz Medical Campus Graduate School in Aurora, Colorado on May 23.  

    Chavez completed her graduate research study at M.D. Anderson Cancer center in Houston. Chavez earned her bachelors degree from the University of New Mexico in 2008 and is a 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School. She is the daughter of Jimmy and Judy Chavez, formally of Los Alamos, now of Chamita.

     

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    Steven Calhoun, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. 

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. 

    This year’s recipients reflect a combination of both LAHS seniors and juniors; in the fall, only juniors will be recognized in hopes of inspiring their interest in Rotary programs that take place during the summer following junior year. 

    Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community.

     Calhoun, who maintains an excellent GPA, has always regarded community service as an important part of his life. 

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    Ten outstanding students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. 

    Each student demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school careers. 

    Winners chose an educator of distinction, an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools. 

    Here are five of the 10 students honored. 

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    Authors Speak Series. Tom Harmer, a lifelong student of natural history, outdoor survival and native practices in the wild. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

     

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. So, come on out for fun, friendship and exercise. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

     

  • Mesa Public Library’s “Quotes: The Authors Speak Series,” presents Tom Harmer, a lifelong student of natural history, outdoor survival and native practices in the wild, will read from his most recent book, “A Walk Around the Horizon: Discovering New Mexico’s Mountains of the Four Direction.”
    The talk will begin 7 p.m. today at the library’s upstairs rotunda.
    Near Santa Fe, landscape is framed by four high mountains — Sandia to the south, Chicoma to the west, Canjilon to the north, and Truchas to the east.
    Although they are sacred to the Tewa Pueblo Indians, the four peaks are in different bureaucratic and cultural zones, which means that each peak attracts visitors but few non-Indian travelers visit more than one of the mountains. In 2010, at the age of 62, Harmer resolved to climb all four of these mountains in one summer.
    His chronicle offers a view of a montane forest unlike any in the world, where mountain, plain and desert biota converge.
    Harmer’s writing is shaped by years of living off the land, especially the nearly 10 years spent with a band of Salish Indians, which he documented in his previous books :Going Native” and “What I’ve Always Known: Living in Full Awareness of the Earth.”

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    energy, water, climate change

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host “Nature on Tap,” part of a new informal discussion series, 5:30 p.m. today at the Blue Window Bistro.
    The “On Tap” series is a new project from the Los Alamos Creative District and is held every Thursday with the themes “Nature on Tap,” “History on Tap,” “Science on Tap,” and “Art on Tap.” It is a great way to get out in the community and meet people with similar interests. This event is the second “Nature on Tap” discussion, which will be held on every fourth Thursday of the month.
    For this installment of “Nature on Tap”, Christine Chavez, Energy and Water Conservation Coordinator for Los Alamos County, will facilitate the discussion.
    Chavez will speak briefly about topics that affect all of us — Energy, Water and Climate Change — and then will open up to discussion from the group about these critical issues.

    Keller leads second wildflower walk

  • The Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe will host one of the first official events at the property, the Women’s International Study Center’s symposium “Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World,” Aug. 15-16.  
    More than 30 experts in scholarship, science, art, law, cultural preservation, business and workforce analysis will engage in panel discussions to share their expertise, perspectives and experiences.
    The symposium seeks to inspire participants to create a future that realizes the full potential of women and honors their contributions to the world. The property officially opens Aug. 4.

  • Los Alamos
    China Palace, 729 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: May 15
    Violations: Seven high-risk violations. Shrimp holding at improper temperature, and food was discarded at the time of inspection. Ground beef package thawing on counter, which was corrected at time of inspection. No sanitizer in water at three-compartment sink, which was corrected at time of inspection. Ready to eat foods not marked and dated in the cooler area. Sanitizer bottle stored over vegetable sink. Home prepared food in food prep area and walk in cooler. Ice scoop inside ice machine, which was corrected at time of inspection. Four moderate-risk violations. Can opener had food build up, which was corrected at time of inspection. Cook and server were not wearing gloves while preparing and serving food. Dish washer not reaching proper hot temperature, which was corrected at time of inspection. Refrigerator not NSF approved where sauces and pork is stored. Two low-risk violations. Server not wearing hair restraint. Walls and floors have food build up and need to be cleaned.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required on May 24.

  • Santa Fe — Ai Weiwei, internationally acclaimed Chinese dissident artist, and Navajo artist Bert Benally through a remarkable collaboration, will create “Pull of the Moon,” a temporary, site-specific art installation in a remote part of Coyote Canyon on the Navajo Nation. “Pull of the Moon” is part of Navajo TIME (Temporary Installations Made for the Environment), a partnership between New Mexico Arts and the Navajo Nation Museum. The installation will feature Earth-based drawings using sand.
    Bert Benally said of “Pull of the Moon,” “The concept is based on Navajo aesthetics, the idea that for the Navajo, art is more about the process rather than the finished product.”
    A free and public launch event for Pull of the Moon will be from 5-7 p.m. July 16 at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in Santa Fe, Alan Houser Park, and will feature a live performance by German sound artist Robert Henke and Bert Benally based on sounds captured at Coyote Canyon during the installation.

  • Sue Watts has spent most of her adult life volunteering for various organizations, such as the Girl Scouts of the USA to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    In her work with the Girl Scouts, she helped girls and adults to develop their appreciation of nature and taught many leaders how to take troops camping and trekking on long trips.
    She said she became a Girl Scout leader, which got her back outside. That led to becoming an outdoor troop camping trainer and she realized she had found her niche, she said in a recent interview.
    “Many of the participants had never backpacked or seen the Milky Way before. The Girl Scout programs change lives, and I have just loved that whole experience,” she said.
    Born in Iowa, Watts grew up in Ohio and Nevada. Only having previously visited Bandelier in the 1970s, she took up residence in Los Alamos after her daughter moved to the town in 1998. “My husband and I figured that this is where we would spend the later years of our lives,” she said.
    Watts was able to transfer her passion and experience into volunteering at PEEC to help residents and visitors enjoy the natural beauty of the Pajarito Plateau.