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  • 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. See full Be There calendar for details.

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

  • 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!

  • The Summit Garden Club will have its monthly meeting on Monday. The program will include a tour of gardens by three club members. The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Bev Cooper, 521 Ridgecrest Dr. in White Rock.  
    After touring the Cooper garden, the group will move on to the gardens of two additional members.  
    Non-members are invited to join the club for the tour and if desiring more information on the Summit Garden Club, all are invited to stay for the business meeting and refreshments.  
    For more information, call Doris Thielemann at 672-9291.  
    The Summit Garden Club is a member of the New Mexico and National Garden Clubs.
    The mission of NGC is to provided education, resources, and national networking opportunities for its members, to promote the love of gardening, floral design and civic and environmental responsibility.
    In addition to education on gardening, the Summit Club is currently maintaining two gardens at Bandelier National Monument and the White Rock Community Garden.

  • Los Alamos County Library System wrapped up the 2015 Summer Library Club during the grand opening of the new White Rock Branch Library Friday.
    Youth Services has put together an entire week of special programming for White Rock. “We didn’t get to have as many programs for White Rock as we usually do in the summer, so we wanted to make up for it and celebrate the new space in a fun way for everyone,” Angie Manfredi, head of Youth Services said.
    Youth Services has planned a week full of programs for all ages of kids at the new library.
    Community members from White Rock and Los Alamos are invited to participate.  
    Monday
    1-2 p.m. — Lego Club, Jr. (ages 0-6)
    2-3 p.m. — Lego Club (ages 7+)
    Tuesday
    9:30-10 a.m. — Music & Movement (ages 0-6)
    10:10-10:30 a.m. — Baby Time (ages 0-2)
    2-3 p.m. — Monster Party (ages 6 and over, 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
    Wednesday
    9:30-10 a.m. — Music & Movement (ages 0-6)
    1-1:45 p.m. — Meet the Music (ages 7-12)
    Thursday
    9:30-10 a.m. — Music & Movement (ages 0-6)
    10:30-11 a.m. — Toddler Time (ages 2-4)
    1-1:45 p.m. — Ready, Set, Read! (ages 4-7)
    Friday

  • Aug. 2-8, 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 group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Baked chicken
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Breaded pollock
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise

  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre are looking for volunteers Sunday to help with the construction of the set for "Harvey." Volunteers are needed 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Anyone interested can email Paul Lewis at plewis0@comcast.net. Part time and walk in help are also welcome. Pizza for lunch provided.

  • Art exhibits
    Ann Hosfeld and Reg Loving: Nature Diversified. Through Aug. 3 at New Concept Gallery in Santa Fe.

    The 11th Annual Gala Exhibition and Auction on display through Aug. 28 will showcase artists from across the U.S. and abroad who find inspiration in Fechin’s legacy, Taos and the creative traditions of the Southwest.

    Photographs Keith Carter “Ghostland” and Kate Breakey “Shadow and Light,” at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe. Show runs through Aug. 22.

    Zane Bennett Gallery announces “IMPACTS! II” an exhibition featuring Bi Rongrong, Shen Fan, Liang Shaoji and others, with seven artists in total. The show opens from 5-7 p.m.  Friday at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe St., across from the rail station in Santa Fe, and coincides with the Last Friday Art Walk in the Railyard Arts District. The grand opening will be from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21. There will be exciting events occurring during these openings involving traditional and contemporary Chinese culture, with more information to follow.

    “Where the Buffalo Roam.” Angel Wynn, American artist and photographer. 4-6 p.m. Friday through Aug. 31 at Angel Wynn Gallery in Santa Fe.

  • The Santa Fe Summer Series Horse Show is an experience of horses, hospitality and fun that is going on now through Aug. 9, and provides beauty and excitement for the whole family. The show is free and open to the public.
    Hundreds of top equestrian athletes will perform under vast New Mexico skies and showcase the finest in show jumping. Spectators will also enjoy the Blue Corn Brewery Beer Garden, polo competitions on grassy fields, and an array of local food and musical talent.
    Bring a blanket or purchase VIP Lounge Tickets at hipicosantafe.com.
    The atmosphere will be electric during fast-paced, exciting jumping competitions. Horse and rider performances range from the elegant hunter style to edge-of-your-seat, show jumping thrill.
    The lineup for Saturday includes the Sandia Mini-Cooper Ride-and-Drive contest featuring New Mexico Indy champions Al and Robby Unser.
    The Grand Prix de Santa Fe competition on Aug. 9 features international riders, champagne brunch and benefits local charities for youth and equines.
    The Santa Fe Summer Series is at a new venue, HIPICO Santa Fe, a world-class equestrian venue on 137 dreamy acres in the beautiful Land of Enchantment conveniently located near the Santa Fe Municipal Airport.

  • In almost three decades at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, first as curator and now as Director Susan Fisher Sterling has shaped exhibitions and the museum while making bold statements on the importance of women artists. In turn, women artists have made bold statements on the need for social change. These will be among the themes addressed by Sterling and others on Aug. 6, at the Women’s International Study Center’s EDGE Series presentation at the Santa Fe Prep Auditorium at 7 p.m.
    The program begins with Dr. Elizabeth A. Sackler, chair of the Board of the Brooklyn Museum, introducing Sterling who will describe the role that the National Museum of Women in the Arts has played for more than 25 years in focusing attention on and heightening awareness of women artists. Sterling will also focus remarks on women artists who draw attention on the need for social change and often become catalysts for that change. The program then expands as Dr. Kymberly Pinder, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, moderates a discussion between Sterling and three distinguished artists, Harmony Hammond, Meridel Rubinstein and Rose B. Simpson. This discussion will highlight how these artists have used their talents to advance social change. Questions from the audience will then be addressed to complete the evening.

  • Antique show comes to Duke City

    The 17th annual Great Southwestern Antique Show is coming to Albuquerque Aug. 7-9 at the Manual Lujan Complex, at Expo New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque.
    The show’s proceeds benefit KNME-TV / New Mexico PBS.
    The show features more than 200 of America’s finest dealers of art and antiques, with the proceeds from this event benefiting local nonprofits focused on the enhancement of Arts and Education in New Mexico.
    This show continues to grow every year and is one of the top national antique events of its kind.
    Due to the southwest location, the show has a unique merican flavor leaning heavily on early American Arts & Crafts, Native American, Western Fine Art and Ethnographic Art, but with more than 200 dealers anything and everything can and does show up. It is a designer and decorator’s dream and a shopper’s paradise, both for the novice collector and the well-seasoned veteran.

  • El Rancho de las Golondrinas is where the west is truly wild this summer.
    From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 1-2, members of the community can meet lawmen, desperados and mountain men who put the “wild” in “wild west!” Learn about life and how people survived on the dangerous frontier.
    There will be two special performances at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., of the New Mexico Territory Cowboy Mounted Shooters.
    From 11:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m., both days, instructors will be available to teach archery and atlatl. Reservations are required and sign up for a shoot as soon as possible to get a spot because spaces fill up quickly and are on a first come, first served basis.
    Saturday only, The Honorable Bruce Black will present a lecture on “Elfego Baca: Lawman of New Mexico” in the Paloheimo Education Center.
    From 1-1:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Golondrinas Chapel, Edward Wallace will speak about “Estevan the Moor,” the 1539 Fray Marcos de Niza expedition.
    In addition, there will be Musical Performers of the Frontier Past, Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout, frontier music by Yesso Stockman, and music from the ranch and open range by Steve Cormier. Plus, roving fiddle music by New Mexico’s own, Michael Jasper.

  • Ever want to learn more about what’s growing at the Los Alamos Nature Center? Becky Oertel, head of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s landscape committee and veteran gardener Natali Steinberg will explain. The public is welcome to see what’s growing, why each plant was chosen, and what kind of care they need to thrive. The tour will be 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. 

  • With his wealth of compositions, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the most favored composers in Western music, and well-liked at The Santa Fe Opera. This year they are presenting an earlier work of Mozart’s, “La Finta Giardiniera.” This opera, with its unrealistic plot, is enjoyable, no matter how nonsensical the action on the stage seems. Mozart’s music is so agreeable that it renders weaknesses in the storyline irrelevant.
    The orchestra is, as usual, fantastic, as is the conductor, Harry Bicket. Bicket is also very pleasing to watch. It sounds as though this bouncy, energetic score derives some panache from the man with the baton.
    The set is exactly what one would expect for a Mozart piece — however, this doesn’t mean it’s boring. Audience members can settle in their seats and view the extraordinary Santa Fe sunset happening in the background, making each performance unique. The costumes, as well, are fairly typical, but again, not in the least boring. The Podestà looks magnificent, as does his niece, Arminda.
    Even the plain black clothing in which the servants are dressed is beautifully tailored, and the colors and fabrics provide a wonderful visual balance with the stage.

  • Today
    Downtown Dogs is a weekly walking group. All dogs and their humans are invited to walk from Pet Pangaea, 158 Central Park Square for a stroll around Downtown Los Alamos. 7 p.m. Come prepared with a standard leash, no longer than 6 feet.

    Swing dancing. 7 p.m. at Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. $3-$5. For more information, email AtomicCitySwing@gmail.com.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Saturday 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.

    Quiet, Gentle Walks. Join Sue Watts for a gentle walk along a relatively flat trail. The walks range from 1-2 miles and may include gentle changes in elevation.  Each walk includes 20 minutes of silent walking. Free. Meets every Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. Check peecnature.org for any changes.

  • “Best Summer Camp Ever!!! Wish it lasted longer,” wrote one young participant on a survey after the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Summer Program for Youth wrapped up in mid-July.
    Offering five days of afternoon classes on chemistry in the kitchen, robotics and university explorations, the Youth College program, geared toward kids entering grades 4-6, boasted 51 participants. “I learned a lot that I hadn’t known before...This camp was awesome!” shared another participant.
    For students entering grades 1-3, Children’s College presented Adventures at the University, an exploration of various STEM topics and included astronomy, chemistry, nutrition and art activities indoors and outdoors.
    “It encouraged me to be a chemist when I grow up,” wrote one of the 18 kids in the program.
    Parents were pleased with the kids’ progress in the course, as well, and one wrote, “The camp was a good way to get the children’s minds going during summer ... my child had so much to say after every class about what he learned for the day.”
    Other classes that the kids participated in were game design, cartooning and digital movie making, and some exciting new offerings this year include biotechnology and engineering.

  • Earlier this month, the Mesa Public Library hosted the annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Children dropped their plush at the library overnight and picked them up in the morning. The “animals” had a fun-filled night with the library staff.
    In the morning the children returned to pick up their animals. Youth Services Director Angie Manfredi read a storybook with the kids and treated them to juice and donuts, followed by a slideshow of the stuffed animals adventures at the library, which had the children rolling with laughter.
    One of the organizers Melissa Mackey said the library staff and student volunteers worked hard to put together the event. Special thanks to staff members Chelsea Wilson and Elly Olivas and students Dillon Barnes and Jared Tapia.
    A digital photo frame of the slideshow is featured on the library’s Facebook page.
    The purpose of the event was to show youth that there is all kinds of fun to be had to the local library.

  • Sage Cottage Montessori invites the community to an open house from 3-5 p.m. Saturday.
    Director Sandra Sorensen took over when the former owner Cheri Host passed away from ovarian cancer.
    Sorensen began as a classroom educator and sees the love her staff has for watching those in their charge grow.
     “They are wonderful, loving caring teachers who are always looking out for the best interest of the children and being sure to treat them as individuals,” Sorensen said. “Our core staff has worked at Sage Cottage for over six years.”
    Sage is a 4-star school that works hard to maintain its rating through a variety of educational opportunities for their students. The school caters to families with children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 5 years old.
    Sage Cottage offers a great teacher to student ratio, which includes a librarian, music teacher and special monthly science activities in addition to their daily science lessons.
    “We use zoo-phonics at Sage Cottage, to teach language, Montessori and science-based play,” Sorensen said. “We also have Las Cumbres services for a variety of services and an inclusion specialist at our disposal.”
    Sorensen is a married mother of two grown children and one grandchild.

  • Today
    Green Hour Hikes with PEEC. Meet at local trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Some days you’ll hike far, others you’ll stop and play at an interesting spot. 9:30 a.m. Free. All ages. Check PEEC’s website for trailhead meeting points. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

    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 whiterocktops@gmail.com.

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

    Summer Family Evenings: Treasure! Sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. Follow treasure maps and learn to geocache! The Family YMCA’s Youth Earth Service Corps lead this fun wrap-up to Summer Family Evenings. $5 per family/free for member families. 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. All ages. More information at losalamosnature.org.

    (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.

  • After more than a 20 year run, Bear Camp is saying farewell following the 2015 season. The reason is the program has experienced declining numbers for the last five years, according to Dianne Marquez, recreation programs manager with the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division.
    “It’s been a great run of over 20 years of Bear Camp at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, but 2015 is the last summer this wonderful program will be offered by the county,” a recent press release stated, which Marquez said disappointed some parents and kids, but for the most part the closing was understood. “When we started this program back in the 1990s, we were the only game in town,” Marquez said. With the addition of many other camps in the region over the years, the county reviewed the program and decided it was no longer cost effective to continue.
    It began with a purpose to fill a gap in summer childcare services, but now many other camps have come to Los Alamos and there are several more summer camp activities to choose from.
    Marquez has been there from the beginning along with her predecessor Annie Pyburn, whom she worked with for many years.