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  • 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.

  • Today
    Las Conchas Fire: Sketches in Charcoal and Fire. Join artist Rumi Vesselinova as she presents photographs of the Las Conchas fire as she viewed it from Santa Fe during the fire, and images of the fire-altered landscape as it appeared after the fire. 7 p.m. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. Los Alamos Light Opera. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11 at Ashley Pond. Free.

    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    Art, Wind, and Fire. Artist Rumi Vesselinova shares her photographs of wildlfire and scientist Terry Foxx talks about how the landscape recovers. Free. 7 p.m.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Wednesday

  • If you have the flexibility to take a play day on Friday afternoon, consider a tactile experience with clay. Kneading and shaping clay is an experience that relieves stress.
    Start the weekend by joining a Fuller Lodge Art Center field trip to the professional studio of Ginny Zipperer in Santa Fe to learn how to create two pieces of art.
    Participants will work in a spacious, well-equipped pottery studio. Adults and children alike will lose themselves in the magic of working with clay. Zipperer is an experienced instructor who can teach basic techniques to students of all ages.
    She will provide clay tiles and teach participants how to carve into the tiles and also build clay on top of the tiles to create designs. Friends and family that join the field trip together can work to build a mural.
    After the first project, the class will choose whether to make a second tile or roll the clay slabs into tumblers, which can also be relief decorated.
    Zipperer will later glaze and bake the pieces following detailed color directions left by each tile artist. Finished pieces will be fired and delivered to the Art Center at a later date.
    The class runs from 2-5 p.m. at 2709 Camino Chueco in Santa Fe. A carpool will leave the art center around 1 p.m. for those interested.

  • I’m so excited! Another adventure in lifetime learning is about to begin.
    There will be a bunch of new rooms to learn about, the great smiling staff, the smell of new books in the air, new computers to check out and so much more.
    I’m talking, of course, about the new White Rock Branch Library. After a brief closure, lots of packing, several moving trucks and a sprinkling of volunteers, the time has almost arrived for us.
    Rumor has it that there will be a soft opening, but I say no, wait for the grand event. Don’t worry about being first, but participate in the celebratory day when youth will get to see people of all ages excited about reading.
    My kids are too old, of course, but wouldn’t it be great to camp out in the parking lot the night before as if hoping one could be first through the doors?

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center offers the public a opportunity to explore fire through both art and science. The Las Conchas Fire in 2011 burned more than 150,000 acres in the areas around Los Alamos.
    During the fire and over the next four years, photographer Rumi Vesselinova has sought to capture how the event altered the visual landscape of the region. Join the artist as she presents these images from 7-7:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Immediately after the artist reception, Terry Foxx will discuss the fire from the perspective of a plant ecologist. Having studied fire for 40 years, she shares what she has learned about nature recovering after fire and why we have conditions relating to fire and catastrophic fires.  She presents a positive outlook about how the forest will recover after the devastation of a major wildfire.  
    Foxx is a plant ecologist, writer and artist. She taught plant taxonomy at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos in the 1970s, wrote a book with Dorothy Hoard, “Flowers of the Southwestern Woodlands,” taught classes and led hikes for more than 40 years.

  • Today
    Valles Caldera Preserve Days Celebration. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Banco Bonito Staging Area. A 15th birthday celebration. $20/vehicle entry permit (valid for 7 days). Free entry with all federal public land passes

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Monday
    Nature Playtimes at the Nature Center. 10-11 a.m. Kids aged 0-5 and their caregivers come to the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore the natural world. Children rotate through themed centers inside and outside, with story time to start them off. Free. More information at losalamosnature.org.Fourth Friday Downtown: Under the Microscope. Explore the natural world through the eyes of microscopes. Examine pond water, plants, fiber, pollen and more. 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse. 7:30 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. Free. The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee presents Professor Alan Guth, Victor F. Weisskopf professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Guth will speak on the subject, followed by reception at Fuller Lodge.
    Tuesday

  • July 26-Aug. 1, 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: Chicken pot pie
    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: Beef taco
    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
    10:45 a.m.        Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chef salad

  • 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!

  • THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, July 24, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 7-07-15
    02:00 PM United in Christ
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    04:00    PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Exploring Mars
     with the Curiosity Mars Rover”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Golf Course Opening Ceremony
    10:00 PM FMP Live
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, July 25, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, July 26, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:15 PM Los Alamos Non-Profit Spotlight
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, July 27, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

  • 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.  July 31 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. July 31 through Aug. 31 at Angel Wynn Gallery in Santa Fe.

  • PBS’ new special “The Bomb” tells the story of the most powerful and destructive device ever invented.
    Premiering on KNME-TV/New Mexico PBS, channel 5 from 7-9 p.m. July 28, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the detonation of the atomic bomb.
    The show highlights how humans harnessed this incredible power and what challenges we have faced living with it for 70 years. “The Bomb” features newly restored footage of nuclear weaponry, some of which has been declassified only recently by the Department of Defense.
    “The Bomb” takes viewers behind the scenes of the first atomic bomb, revealing how it was developed and how it changed the planet, ushering in a new era and reshaping our lives even today.
    Rare footage from bomb tests through the 1950s and ’60s demonstrates the power and strangely compelling beauty of nuclear explosions. The film focuses on the choices society has made — and continues to make — to live with an invention that could destroy the planet.
    Included are interviews with Richard Rhodes, foremost atomic bomb historian, former Secretaries of Defense and State William Perry and George Shultz, scientists, weapons designers, pilots, witnesses and ordinary men and women who have lived and worked with the atomic bomb.

  • The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project announces Pláticas Presentations – Geology and Fossils on Mesa Prieta. The lecture will be by Scott Aby.
    The July talk is an ongoing series that will be 6:30 p.m. July 28 at Historic Los Luceros in Alcalde. Aby is a longtime geologist and fossil hunter.
    Like many mesas in New Mexico, Black Mesa is topped by a thin layer of lava, which is resistant to erosion. That is why these mesas stand high in the landscape — because everything else has eroded away around them. The lava on Black Mesa is between 3 and 4 million years old, and is a type of lava that flows easily, usually down valleys. In Mesa Prieta’s case, we know that the bottom of the valley was at the top of the mesa when that lava was erupted. This type of lava (called Basalt) gets a coating on it called “desert varnish” after a few million years. Petroglyphs are made by chipping the varnish off the rocks to reveal the lighter colored “fresh” rock underneath.   

  • Performance > Shocking story and adult subject matter is not suitable for kids

  • Arthur Miller’s tragic tale of a salesman with all the wrong dreams is currently playing on stage at the Santa Fe Playhouse and Ironweed Productions.
    Directed by Scott Harrison, “Death of a Salesman” is a gritty story with a reality check for the lead character of the exhausted traveling salesman, Willy Loman (Campbell Martin), who is going through an inner crisis with himself and his family, particularly his son, Biff (Peter Chapman).
    Willy’s family and friends grow increasingly concerned of his ailing mind, due to Willy’s recent car crash. Willy has become increasing disappointed with the neighbored in Brooklyn in which he lives and the fact that he is unable to plant anything. He feels “lost in the greatest country in the world.”
    Willy’s life is plagued with secrets, lies and uncertainty throughout, along with flashbacks of good days gone by. His actions reflect on the entire family. He is obsessed with being known and liked, yet his personality seeps with insecurities.
    Loman’s sons Biff and Happy are grown up and have issues of their own, mostly because of Willy’s antics.

  • 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.

    Authors Speak Series. Larry Littlefield, “Wildflowers of the Northern and Central Mountains of New Mexico.” 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda. Book sales the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    (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. losalamosnature.org.

    Fourth Friday Downtown: Under the Microscope. Explore the natural world through the eyes of microscopes. Examine pond water, plants, fiber, pollen and more. 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Satisfaction: International Rolling Stones Show. Rolling Stones tribute band. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com. Los Alamos National Bank Night.
    Saturday

  • The White Rock Presbyterian Church is hosting a rummage sale and Navajo taco sale on Saturday to benefit one of three missions selected by the Service Ministry Committee of White Rock Presbyterian Church (WRPC).
    The sale goes from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The three missions selected are Julie’s Helpers Navajo Scholarship Fund, Young Life Camp Scholarships and Operation Christmas Child.
    • Julie’s Helpers Navajo Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Navajo women who plan to return to their community after college to help their people.
    • Los Alamos Young Life Camp Scholarships helps pay for any local youth who desires to attend Lost Canyon Camp in northern Arizona for a week in the summer.
    • Operation Christmas Child is an international program that sends shoeboxes filled with toys, toiletries, school supplies and other gifts to children in need around the world.
    Members and friends of the House of Fellowship (HOF) church will be joining members of WRPC to sell Navajo tacos and fry bread.
    The House of Fellowship is in Bread Springs, about 12 miles south of Gallup. Many of the Navajo in this area live in poverty, without running water or adequate housing. Proceeds from the Navajo taco and fry bread sales will go back to this community to help alleviate the challenges of poverty.

  • It’s a great year for wildflowers and with all the rain that has fallen on New Mexico this year, wildflowers are emerging in record numbers. The new field guide “Wildflowers of the Northern and Central Mountains of New Mexico: Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia, and Manzano,” has been published just in time for wildflower enthusiasts to find out more about this year’s bounty.
    Author Larry J. Littlefield is the featured speaker starting at 7 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library. Littlefield is a professor emeritus of plant pathology at Oklahoma State University. He has been a volunteer with the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center and the trails maintenance crew for the U.S. Forest Service since retiring in Albuquerque in 2005. He co-authored the new book with Pearl M. Burns.
    “This unique reference work describes more than 350 wildflowers and flowering shrubs that grow in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia, and Manzano Mountains, as well as neighboring ranges, including the Manzanita, San Pedro, Ortiz and other lower-elevation mountains in central portions of the state.

  • Classic Air Medical will bring its rescue helicopter to the Los Alamos Nature Center, as part of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union.  The helicopter will touch down at 6:45 p.m. today in the nature center parking lot.  
    PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings have been going strong, so far, with Los Alamos families enjoying wolves, rattlesnakes, baby goats and more at the Wednesday evening events.  Today, the wildland firefighters were scheduled to bring their fire engine, but they’ve been called away to fight fires in other states. Classic Air Medical was happy to step in to show their helicopter and to let kids know how rescues happen in the wilderness.
    For more than 26 years, Classic Air Medical has been providing air medical transport in the states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico and Wyoming. They recently opened a new base in Los Alamos.  
    Summer Family Evenings are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

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    Also, today is the Discovery Canyon Bird Walk.