• An adoption event was held recently in Rio Rancho and was hosted by Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Center — New Mexico’s largest no-kill facility. The organization would like to give its appreciate to everyone who turned out to adopt a dog, cat, puppy or kitten, and to all the volunteers who made it possible.
    Included along with adoptions was a Swimsuit and Sundress Contest.
    There were almost twice as many participants from last year.
    The event was certainly meant to be fun, but more importantly, it helps the shelter to bring animal rescue and the animals needing good homes to the forefront in the community. Most of the contestants were rescues themselves, who have found homes.
    For more information on Watermelon Mountain Ranch, animals available for adoption, volunteer and donation opportunities, visit wmranch.org.
    Courtesy photos

  • The 12th Annual Pork & Brew and New Mexico BBQ State Championship will return to the Santa Ana Star Center Friday through Sunday.
    Bringing together the best barbecue vendors from around the region, this three-day festival featuring barbecue, beer, live music and interactive family activities will be one of the biggest events of the summer.
    This year’s event also features participation from additional local breweries to the likes of Red Door Brewing, Kaktus Brewing, Turtle Mountain Brewing and Cazula’s Brewing. Also being served inside the Santa Ana Star Center arena will be Tractor Brewing and Kelly’s Brewing products.
    New this year, as a special treat and exclusive sneak peek, each brewery has created a special Pork & Brew themed beer and they will be released during their respective tapping party events. Each tapping party event gave away 100 free admission tickets to the 12th Annual Pork & Brew for each pint served of their special Pork & Brew concoction while supplies lasted.
    • Turtle Mountain Brewing Company in Rio Rancho. Featuring “Pork & Brew Premium Lager
    • Cazuela’s Brewing Company in Rio Rancho. Featuring their “Pork & Brew Kilt Kicker”
    • Red Door Brewing Company in Albuquerque. Featuring their “Sowbelly Blond Ale”

  • Ironweed Productions celebrates its 10th Anniversary with Arthur Miller’s riveting masterpiece, “Death of a Salesman.”  
    Continuing its mission to produce plays rooted in the American experience, Ironweed will again team with the Santa Fe Playhouse from July 16-Aug. 2 at the Santa Fe Playhouse.  
    The production, directed by Ironweed founder and Artistic Director Scott Harrison, features several artists in the cast returning to Ironweed, including Campbell Martin and Mary Beth Lindsey (“Our Town,” 2012), Larry Glaister (“Our Town,” 2012 and “Buried Child,” 2013), Jonathan Dixon (“Doubt: a Parable,” 2008) and Todd Anderson (“American Buffalo,” 2011).  
    Also featured are several actors new to Ironweed but well-known within the theatre community, including Elizabeth Wiseman, Peter Chapman, Jonathan Harrell, Nicholas Ballas, Warren Houghteling, Kirste Plunket, Jody Hegarty Durham and Maureen Dolan.
    Houghteling, who lives in Los Alamos, has been in many productions at the Los Alamos Little Theatre.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center has recently announced 22 laser light shows scheduled for July in the Nature Center.
    Every day from July 9-15, there will be at least two laser light shows per day. Experience a feast for the senses in these dazzling and captivating laser light programs.
    With 12 shows playing during the week, there is truly something for everyone.
    Classic music fans will love to see how laser light transforms their favorite bands, with separate shows dedicated to the music of Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, U2, Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon and Pink Floyd: The Best of Echoes.
    Family friendly offerings are Lasermania, Halloween Spooktacular, Summer Jam and Winter Holiday. There are also programs that combine entertainment and education, like American Pride, Laser Safari and Laser in Space.
    Tickets are limited. Each show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Nature Center or reserved by phone.
    Ticket sales will end 10 minutes before the start of the show to allow all guests to be in their seats on time.
    To see which show are offered on a particular day, visit the website at peecnature.org, and click on the ‘Events’ tab.

  • 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.
    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.

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. 531st Air Force Band plays patriotic and big band music. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. July 3-Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. July 10.
    Los Alamos YMCA Firecracker Fun Run. 8 a.m. Sign up at the YMCA. $30/$20 for YMCA members/$10 youth under 14. All participants get a T-shirt and are eligible for prizes. Stick around for the children’s parade at 11 a.m.

  • First United Methodist Church Los Alamos invites children to the Everest Vacation Bible School.
    The theme is Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power. The Bible schools is for children 3-12 years old and is from 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the church and will run from July 13-17.
    At Everest, kids discover what it means to hold on to God’s mighty power in everyday life. Children participate in memorable Bible learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and eat treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos.
    Plus, participants will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with a Summit Celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned.
    Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 11:35 a.m. Kids at Everest VBS will also join an international mission effort, Operation Kid-to-Kid, to provide Thai-language children’s Bibles to kids in Thailand.
    Register online now at firstinyourheart.org.

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

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620. Also, the United Thrift Shop, 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos will be closed due to resurfacing of the parking lot.

    Los Alamos Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday. 6 p.m. at 84 Barcelona Ave. in White Rock. For further information contact Mary Swickard at 672-3300 or Dennis Wulff at 672-9563.

    Summer Family Evenings at the Nature Center: Harrell House Bug Museum, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Harrell House will bring a selection of live critters including tarantulas, scorpions, insects, centipedes, crabs and more.  Free for PEEC members, $5 per family for non-members. All ages. More information at losalamosnature.org.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. This week Helen Idzorek will answer questions about canning and drying. Ice cream will be available starting at 10 a.m. until gone. Also, Los Alamos magician Robert Lopez will perform.

  • The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team recently announced Ani Nadiga, Los Alamos High School Class of 2015, is part of a winning team at the 2015 National Speech and Debate Tournament held by the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) in Dallas last month.
    Nadiga and four qualifiers from two high schools in Albuquerque made up winning team New Mexico Blue in World Schools Debate.
    New Mexico Blue beat out more than 100 other teams from across the United States and four foreign countries in this inaugural event at the National Speech and Debate Tournament.
    Worlds Schools Debate is a new event at the NSDA National Tournament. The USA World Schools Debate Invitational featured six preliminary rounds with a mix of teams from the U.S. and around the world debating in the British parliamentary style.
    Also competing at the NSDA Tournament were Los Alamos Hilltalkers Sudeep Dasari, Ben Duan, James Sinnis, Irene Gerrish, Rebecca Cai, Katherine Wang, William McCumber, Robert Zhu and Wilbur Wang. The teams that competed at the tournament in all events were up against the other nationally ranked competitors in speech and debate representing the best of each National Speech and Debate Association district.

  • Today
    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. The Nukeproofs, a Los Alamos band playing hardcore punk and rock and roll. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11.

    Star Party: Jupiter and Venus. 8 p.m. at the Nature Center. Start off with a brief orientation to the night sky inside the planetarium, then go outside to see the Milky Way through our telescopes, plus Mars and Jupiter passing closely to each other. Free. More information at losalamosnature.org.
    Green Hour Hikes with PEEC. 9:30 a.m. 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. Free. All ages. Check PEEC’s website for trailhead meeting points. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620. Also, the United Thrift Shop, 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos will be closed due to resurfacing of the parking lot.

    Los Alamos Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday. 6 p.m. at 84 Barcelona Ave. in White Rock. For further information contact Mary Swickard at 672-3300 or Dennis Wulff at 672-9563.

  • Summer Family Evenings returns with a presentation from the owner of the Harrell House Bug Museum. The talk will start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
    Come and see a large selection of live critters including tarantulas, scorpions, insects, centipedes, crabs and more. Wade Harrell, founder of the Bug Museum, will be on hand to answer questions and share amazing facts about these unusual animals.
    Harrell has been keeping strange animals as pets since he was 6 years old. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in fine art. He was the Animal Specialist at Three Lakes Nature Center in Henrico County, Virginia for 12 years. He is current president of the American Tarantula Society.
    In 2011, Harrell, along with his wife Beth, and daughter, Lily, moved to Santa Fe to start the Harrell House Bug Museum and Science Shop.
    Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, and now is supported by the Del Norte Credit Union.
    Summer Family Evenings take place at the Nature Center every Wednesday evening throughout June and July. They are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.

  • I still feel the need to continue with absolute positivity this week, more on the reason for that next week.
    This week, we spotlight some additional entrepreneurs with the Youth Business Grant summer series.
    Today, we look at Los Alamos High School  ’Topper Junseo Kim. Kim started playing tennis in the sixth grade and as a sophomore continues with a travel team and as a Hilltopper.
    Kim applied for a Los Alamos Commerce and Development Youth Business Grant to extend his love of tennis by extending his knowledge to others. He enjoys teaching elementary students and occasionally teaches middle school students, too.
    He sees the benefits of the one on one time spent by him as a coach to help his students avoid distractions while allowing the student to learn a significant amount.
    You can find him on the Nina Marsh Courts in Los Alamos where Kim’s rates are extremely reasonable. The sessions run just $10 for a 30-minute session and $15 for a 45 minute session.
    He can be reached at 412-7589, or via email at JunsLATennis@gmail.com.
    If the hot weather has you not wanting to lift a finger to mow that yard then Macklin Cunico is your guy.
    Cunico is no newcomer to the yard business as he celebrates his fourth year with the LACDC program.

  • June 28- July 4, 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
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Meatballs with rice
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.         Lunch: Chicken tenders
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio plus exercise

  • 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.
    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.
    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!
    Freckles — An 8-year-old, spayed, female tortie whose pretty face is orange on one side and dark of the other. She is an indoor kitty who loves attention from adults. She can be a bit selective about other feline company and should have her own separate “facilities.” She wants to avoid children and dogs.

  • 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. Craig A. Smith. Author and music critic with his new book, “A Vision of Voices,” a biography of Santa Fe Opera founder John Crosby. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through Saturday at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Fourth Friday Downtown: Working with Wind Power. Engineer and design wind generators or build and fly a miniature helicoper. 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. WhiteWater Ramble. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.   
    Farmers Cooperative Market. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Co-op Market. The Farmer’s Cooperative Market will bring food from four farms, Camino de Paz, Monte Vista Farm, Tesuque Pueblo Farm and Shepherd’s Lamb. The producer’s co-op is also working with the co-op to make items from these farmers available in the store on a daily basis.

  • Sign up now for Recycled Fashion Show

    This year’s Trashionista Competition has been announced by the The County Environmental Services Division.
    The Recycled Fashion Show is scheduled for noon Nov. 14 at Fuller Lodge.
    Entry deadline is Nov. 11. Sign up now by call Environmental Services at 662-8163, or email solidwaste@lacnm.us.

    Register for mental health first aid

    An Adult Mental Health First Aid class will be offered July 15 by the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    The class will be taught by Wendy Linebrink-Allison of the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line is designed to fight stigma associated with mental illness, and to address the real desire to help someone who is struggling.
    Participants that attend a Mental Health First Aid, eight-hour course will learn the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury, psychosis, eating disorders and substance use disorders.

  • The White Rock Visitor Center now has two separate glass display cases available to showcase Los Alamos and White Rock businesses products and services.
    There are a total of 12 designated shelf spaces that will rotate as needed, but there currently is no waitlist.
    To sign up for the month of July or to find out more information about the program, contact Melanie Peña at 661-4836 or email melanie@losalamos.org.   
    Hundreds of visitors come into the White Rock Visitor Center each day wanting information on what there is to do in Los Alamos County and these displays will encourage them to also shop at local businesses.
    The Los Alamos Meeting and Visitor Bureau manages the business display rotation schedule.
    There is no cost to businesses to display and the only requirement is that businesses be based in Los Alamos County.
    The Meeting & Visitor Bureau and its employees will not sell merchandise on behalf of the retailer.

  • ‘American Idol’ auditions in Santa Fe

    Auditions for the 15th and final season of “American Idol” are now open and the program’s bus tour will make a stop at The Santa Fe Railyard on Friday starting at 9 a.m.
    The American Idol website americanidol.com has a Live Audition FAQ, Bus Tour FAQ, and other information, forms and requirements people need to know for participation.
    A contestant must be able to prove as of June 1, 2015 that she or he is a U.S. citizen or permanent legal U.S. resident eligible to work full time in the United States and between 15 to 28 years old.

    Volunteers needed for Folk Art Market

  • Come to a star party at the Los Alamos Nature Center. First, visitors will start the evening off in the planetarium to get oriented. Next, everyone will head outside to observe the night sky through telescopes.
    The program will begin at 8 p.m. June 30 at the Nature Center.
    The summer sky shows off the Milky Way, which is the galaxy seen edge-on from its center way out into its spiral arms. During the program, Chick Keller will talk about what is known of the galaxy’s spiral shape and show where dust clouds obscure much of it.
    The group will have a chance to look at objects that tell us what’s going on in the night sky, such as star formation, age-old remnants, clusters, nebulae and more.
    The party will be extra special due to the spectacular event in the evening sky. At around 9 p.m. Venus and Jupiter will make a close approach and the size of the moon will be a sight to see.
    The pair will become visible at around 8:43 p.m. as the dusk sky fades, 26 degrees above the western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting two hours and 32 minutes after the sun at 10:55 p.m.
    At closest approach, the pair will be close enough to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or a through pair of binoculars.