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  • The popular University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Community Education Summer Program for Youth (SPY) returns in July with week-long classes for children in grades 1-10.  
    Children’s College, for children entering the first through third grades, and Youth College, for children entering the fourth through sixth grades, runs July 18-22. Teen College, for students entering the seventh through tenth grades, will be July 25-29.
    For students in first through third grades, this year there will be a morning class, Adventures at the University, and an afternoon class, Afternoon Adventures. Students who choose to participate in both classes can stay on campus through the supervised lunch hour.
    Grades 4-6 meet only in the afternoon, and may select a specific topical class. Nicole Lloyd Ronning, an astrophysicist at LANL and also a Bradbury Science Museum science ambassador, is teaching Awesome Astrophysics.
    The final alternative, Teen College, for students entering the seventh through tenth grades, will take place July 25-29.
    For more complete class descriptions and to register online, visit losalamos.unm.edu/community-education/2016-summer-program-for-youth.html. For more information, call Lisa Caldwell at 662-0346, or email commed@unm.edu.

  • TODAY
    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum summer series continues tonight at 6 p.m. at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill. Dinner will be provided with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. and discussion at 7 p.m., ending around 8 p.m. All are welcome.

    Business After Hours will be from 5:30-1 p.m. at Float Los Alamos, 927 Central Ave. Business After Hours is a monthly after-work-hours social that promotes interaction, friendship and identification of business opportunities.

    Summer Family Evening: Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is  $5 for non-member families and free for PEEC member families. More information at peecnature.org.
    THURSDAY
    June 23 — Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members. More information at peecnature.org.
    FRIDAY

  • A movie filming in the area will produce special effects and closures through the end of July, county officials announced this week.
    “Granite Mountain,” a film based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that battled a fire in Arizona.
    The production is based at Pajarito Mountain, and started filming Sunday. The production will continue through July 29 and will be producing the special effects and impacts.
    Film crews will conducted a controlled ground fire Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain, under direct supervision of the Los Alamos Fire Department’s wildland division. Ground fires are set to be conducted June 27 and June 28.
    For updates on real-life fire events, residents and visitors may check nmfireinfo.com, nmfireinfo on Facebook, the Fire Restrictions Hotline: 1-877-864-6985 or the Santa Fe National Forest Fire Information Hotline: 1-877-971-FIRE (3473).
    Film crews will create smoke effects Thursday, June 30 and July 1, under the supervision of the Los Alamos Fire Department’s wildland division. The smoke will be produced from a natural, water-based compound that looks like real smoke, with black and grey components.

  • The Military Order of the World Wars Chapter 229 will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Research Park Building, second-floor conference room, located west ofthe South Mesa Fire Station.

    This month’s speaker is CPT Michael Helpin USMC, who will speak on “Fourth Turning.” Helpin is the commander of MOWW Region XIII, chair of the MOWW National Membership Committee, president of the Sunbelt Patriotic Youth Leadership Conference Inc., and past commander of the Santa Fe and Phoenix Chapters of the MOWW.

    Helpin is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. He has done many things in many places but mostly in aviation and airport management. Among his accomplishments are standing atop Mt. Suribachi viewing the invasion beaches of Iwo Jima; piloting a B-17 Flying Fortress; and making eye contact and exchanging a friendly wave with Queen Elizabeth II in London. Semper Fi!

    Parking is available east to the fire station (accessible from southbound land of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building (access is through the LANL control stations to West Jemez road.) Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the 2nd level.

  • TODAY
    Fuller Lodge Art Center PULSE exhibit day of celebration from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Volunteer Appreciation PULSE preview from 12:30-2 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Ave.

    Igor & the Red Elvises at 7 p.m. at Ashely Pond, Gordon Concert Series.

    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Astronomy Show FROM 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Rockhound Geology Outing: Shark’s Tooth Ridge at 8 a.m. at the Nature Center. Find fossilized shark’s teeth embedded in sandstone. Cost is $10 for individuals and $20 for families; PEEC members save $2 for individuals and $4 for families. More information at peecnature.org.

    Young at Heart Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Fuller Lodge Art Center will celebrate the marriage of art and music with its newest exhibit PULSE.
    The Art Center will host a day of celebration today that will include an exhibit preview and a volunteer appreciation event.
    Over 40 artists will be on display, many of whom have assigned a piece of music to accompany their artwork. QR codes will show side by side with the art so that anybody with a cell phone can scan the code and listen to the artist’s soundtrack.
    In the Portal Gallery, White Rock artist Britton Donharl will be opening her solo show, 101 Faces. Britton has used a plethora of media to bring faces, both real and imagined, to life.
    During the opening reception, the Fuller Lodge Art Center will stop all of the music and have a moment of silence for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.
    Also on Friday at the Art Center and in the Pajarito Room at the Fuller Lodge, the New Mexico Garden Clubs, District 2 members of Floral Designers, Los Alamos Garden Club, and Summit Garden Club will hold a Standard Flower show THE PULSE OF Life to coincide with the opening of PULSE.
    From 8-inch-tall miniature floral sculptures to large-scale horticulture exhibits, both buildings will be filled with greenery.

  • The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting at 7 p.m. tonight at 1738 North Sage St.
    The names of the dead will be recited and prayers for peace will be offered. The church will also take up a special collection for the relief fund for the surviving families. All are invited to attend.
    The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is a congregation that welcomes people of diverse beliefs who share a common vision of a fair, just planet where all people are valued, according to its website. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your life’s journey, you are welcome. Call 662-2346. 1738 for information.

  • TODAY
    Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum is holding our third summer series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?” at 6 p.m. at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Dinner will be provided at 6 p.m., with a presentation by Glenn Magelssen from the University of Colorado at 6:30 p.m. on “Human Genetics: To be human is to have unique genetics and genetic expression,” followed by a discussion at 7 p.m.

    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free.

    Summer Family Evening: Rattlesnake Museum at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is $5 for non-member family and free for PEEC member families.
    FRIDAY
    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members.
    SATURDAY
    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Astronomy Show from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    SUNDAY

  • The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum will hold its third summer series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?” today at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    Dinner will be at 6 p.m., with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. and discussion at 7 p.m., ending around 8 p.m.
    The group intends for the lectures and discussions to be interesting and accessible to all members of the community interested in faith and science, regardless of religion or scientific background. Talks will be aimed at a general audience.
    All are welcome. Follow the blog at lafsf.org.
    Today’s presenter, Glenn Magelssen, has a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. His scientific research has included solar physics, laser and ion beam fusion, neutral nets, code development and stockpile stewardship. He studied theology most of his life and taken a four-year course called EFM from the University of the South on Old and New Testament.

  • As students raced to the end of the school year, two local men were inducted into a small club with the highest honor in scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout.
    Jack Thomas Whitacre and Duncan Jeffrey Fuehne were awarded their medals May 21 with a National Eagle Court of Honor.
    The young men each earned 24 merit badges, a variety of special awards, served in many leadership billets and rounded out their efforts with an Eagle Scout project to benefit their community for years to come.
    The first candidate, Whitacre earned many special awards including; the Arrow of Light, Century Awards: 50 Nights Camping, 50 Hours Service, Mile Swim, Polar Bear, Totin’ Chip.
    Whitacre’s project was to refurbish the high school boys and girls golf team equipment shed at the Los Alamos Golf Course. The effort included moving internal walls, adding shelving, removing and replacing rotted trim, rebuilding the door, priming and repainting the exterior, landscaping and more.
    Whitacre was introduced to receive his honor by LAMS teacher and LAHS golf coach, Andy Ainsworth.
    Whitacre enjoyed directing the project and knows it couldn’t be possible without his fellow scouts. “It took a lot of planning and hard work, but it was worth the effort,” Whitacre said.

  • This week, I choose to write about something positive and that something is Leadership Los Alamos.
    Leadership Los Alamos is a local program for adults that takes students on a journey through the workings of our community.
    I was lucky enough to be in the “Best Class,” the class of 2007, “double-oh-seven” as we like to say. The best class part is just a friendly jab associated with the group, because the current class is really always the best class at the time.
    So perhaps that class, where applications are due on the 25th of this month could include a seat for you.
    I read about the class in the Monitor and needed to wait a full year until I could attend as a student. I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship in order to attend, because I was just a mom working part time.
    What I remember most was leaving a class one day and saying to then board member, Marla Brooks, something like, will I ever leave a session without a list of things I want to do? She implied hopefully not.
    I really believe that Leadership Los Alamos helped to make me the person I am today.

  • June 12-18
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Salad
    6 p.m.         Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Baked Potato Bar
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    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 a.m.        Options Trading Group
    10:30 a.m.        Music with Ruth    
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Tilapia

  • School’s out and it is a good time to come to Bandelier for ranger talks and hikes.
    Upcoming activities include wilderness hikes. Be sure to bring at least three liters of water per person, sunscreen, hat and sturdy comfortable shoes. Numbers are limited, so call the Visitor Center at 672-3861 ext. 517 for details and to sign up.
    • June 18: Burnt Mesa, about 5 miles round trip, moderate, about 300 feet of elevation change  (Elliot Schultz).
    • June 25: Visitor Center to the mid-Alamo Canyon rim, about 7 miles round trip, crosses three canyons, 700 feet of elevation change, difficulty moderate to strenuous  (Elliot Schultz).
    For more information, call the Visitor Center at 672-3861 ext. 517; check the park website at nps.gov/band.

  • Vernon Kerr was presented with a Patrick Henry Silver Award by the MG Franklin E. Miles Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars at the organization’s May dinner meeting.  
    The Patrick Henry Silver Award is the highest award a chapter can award to an individual for significant contributions to the cause of Patriotism in their community.  
    After serving in the military during the Korean War, Kerr moved to Los Alamos and began working for Los Alamos National Laboratory. From 1971 through 1986, he served as the state representative from Los Alamos. He later served as several other posts in the state legislative and executive branches.
    For many years, Kerr worked with youth, especially Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and an Explorer Post. For 17 years, he has been a government councilor for the American Legion New Mexico Boys State.

  • Los Alamos Elks Lodge invited the public to celebrate Flag Day at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Elks Lodge, 1601 Trinity Drive. Food and beverages will follow.
    Flag Day is celebrated every year on June 14. The Elks organization provides services to many local communities through programs that promote Americanism and support our nation’s youth and its veterans.
    For more information on this event, or other Elk programs, visit elks.org.

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    The shelter just transferred in a number of kittens and young cats from Stray Hearts Animal Shelter in Taos. If you’ve been in the cat room lately and were shocked by our low numbers, come see the cat room now! There are lots of cute cats and kittens running around that are waiting to meet you and hopefully find their forever home!

  • The Los Alamos ScienceFest has announced its call for entries for its sixth annual SMART Contest – a Science and Math-Based Art contest. A panel of local judges will select winners that will share in cash prizes.
    The SMART Contest is free to enter. All entrants must be 18 years of age or older. To enter, artists must upload a digital representation of their artwork onto the contest website. Entries will be accepted through July 4. Contest winners and awards will be announced during the Los Alamos ScienceFest Festival Day on July 16. Winning and selected art pieces will also be on exhibit during the festival in Los Alamos. To enter the SMART Contest, visit: woobox.com.
     

  • Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility and Aspen Ridge Lodge/Assisted Living will celebrate the 39th-annual Nursing Assistants Week by recognizing our nursing assistants who have dedicated their work lives to the wellbeing of others at our facilities.
    The CNAs provide hands-on attention to the frail, elderly or chronically health challenged residents in the nursing home and long-term care settings. They create an environment of kind and thoughtful attention to the important needs of each resident of the facility. The CNAs lessen the concerns of family members when a loved one is in need of care.  
    Sombrillo Nursing Facility will be celebrating Certified Nursing Assistants throughout the week. Staff will be dressing up and having appreciation parties with the CNAs, residents and their family members.
    Those with a family member or a friend in the facility are encouraged to join with enthusiasm and spirit.
    • June 9: Sock Hop Day  
    • June 10: Western Day
    • June 11: Jean Day
    • June 12: Hoodie Day
    • June 13: Commercial Day
    • June 14: Crazy Hair Day
    • June 15: arnival Day/Managers in the Dunk Tank!
    • June 16: Storybook Character Day/Barbeque & Appreciation gifts for our CNAs.

  •      Roger and Betty Smith announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Sonja Smith to Sam Elson.
    Parents of the groom are Jay and Jen Elson of Los Alamos and Dean and Jean Sanzo of Bellaire Beach, Florida.
    Their vows will be said mid-summer, at the United Church of Los Alamos, where she is a third generation member. Both Sonja Smith and Samn Elson recently graduated with honors from New Mexico State University, where they will return in the fall so he can pursue his master’s in Mechanical Engineering and she can work in her field of technical writing.
    These former Los Alamos High School marching band members will honeymoon in the family’s 100-year-old, high-mountain cabin.

  • May 24—A girl. Jacy Elizabeth Walker. Born to Elizabeth and Joe Walker.
    May 27—A girl. Marcelle Gurule. Born to Gwen and James Gurule.
    May 30—A girl. Ellie Rosa Garcia. Born to Veronica Aguilar and Andrew Garcia.