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  • 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.

  • 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.   

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