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  • Join the Santa Fe Animal Shelter for a tail-wagging presentation hosted by the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. June 7.
    Don’t miss your chance to play with furry friends and get tips on how to care for them. This event is part of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program.
    This week’s Summer Family Evening event is a great way to get involved with an animal-friendly organization. Humane Education Coordinator Tom Alexander will be present to share the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s mission, teach animal safety, and highlight various volunteer opportunities.
    Here is a list of this year’s Summer Family Evenings schedule:
    • June 21 – Reptiles from the International Rattlesnake Museum in Albuquerque,
    • June 21 – Orienteering with the New Mexico Orienteers,
    • June 28 – Science experiments from the Explora Museum of Albuquerque,
    • July 5 – Gardening activities with the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens,
    • July 12 – Burro packers from Paraje Atajo Guest House,
    • July 19 – Animals from the New Mexico Wildlife Center, and
    • July 26 – Solar Eclipse Night.

  • THURSDAY
    Drawing and Painting Natural Forms from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Enjoy botanical drawing and watercolor with Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington. Cost is $24 for members, $30 for non-members. More information at peecnature.org.

    Free movie night at 6:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. “Two Days, One Night” (PG-13, 2014, subtitled), or “Deux Jours, Une Nuit,” has been well-recognized by critics and audiences for acting, directing and overall excellence. All screenings are screened thanks to the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.

    Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap at 5:30 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square for an engaging discussion about the Soviet side of the Cold War with Samantha Lippard.
    FRIDAY
    June Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
at Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Bird Walk: Upper Water Canyon from 7 a.m.-noon at the Nature Center.
Join Joe Fitzgibbon on a walk through a mosaic of burned and unburned areas in Water Canyon. Free for members, $5/non-member. More information at peecnature.org.

  • This is a life-changing week for so many and even though time passes quickly, it has been a long road.

    The Los Alamos High School class of 2017 will cross the stage Saturday, marking an end to high school, but the beginning of life long dreams that lie just ahead.

    It is bitter sweet to see the students leave realm of the Topper hallways, but head on to so many great possibilities. It is important to mark the occasion, take more photos than you could possibly need and just enjoy the time.

    You may bite your tongue to stop the floodgates of tears that lurk just behind those sunglasses. Don’t worry though, that can all catch up with you again if plans include another life change yet again in August or September.

    There are many that will retire as the school year comes to a close, too. There are teachers and elementary and middle school counselors and one principal, too. While there isn’t enough space to talk in depth about them all, there are two that I would like to highlight.

    Lt. Commander Wes Shumaker and LAHS Principal Brad Parker will retire from Los Alamos Public Schools this year.

    Why do I take the time to talk about only two when there are so many others? Perhaps it is because we come off the Memorial Day weekend and salute those that have given all.

  • The summer series “Tuesdays at the Pond” will be returning to the Ashley Pond stage every Tuesday night at 7 p.m., beginning June 6 at Ashley Pond.
    This year’s summer entertainment series will feature a wide variety of musical acts, and there promises to be something for everyone.
    Performances will range from a professional wind ensemble to an R&B artist, a folk rock group to a big brass band, and everything in between.
    The following acts will be part of the excitement from June to August:
    June 6: The Bus Tapes
    June 13: Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers
    June 20: Marcos Cavalcante
    June 27: Roaring Jelly
    July 11: TBD
    July 18: Ronnie Bell
    July 25: Los Alamos Community Winds
    Aug. 1: The Hill Stompers
    Aug. 8: TBD
    To view an up-to-date Tuesdays at the Pond schedule, as well as get more information about each band, listen to samples of their work, and other details on the Los Alamos Creative District, visit creativelosalamos.com.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 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 micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are 12–6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, and 12–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating.

    CATS

    Mr. Whiskers—A big tabby cat that is about 4 years old. Changes are a bit stressful for him, so he will likely need a little bit of time to adjust to his new home. He can be independent, but he’s also very sweet and likes to snuggle when he’s in the mood! He is OK with mellow cats, but other dominant males sometimes bother him.

  • TODAY
    Join Ray Monk, biographer of J. Robert Oppenheimer, for a talk and book signing in historic Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos at 5:30 p.m., sponsored by the Los Alamos History Museum and the Bradbury Science Museum. The event is free, and the biography will be available for purchase. Members of the Historical Society and the Bradbury Science Museum Association are invited to share membership benefits for this one event only – membership in either organization will get you a member discount at both museum’s sales tables at the event.
    THURSDAY
    Santa Fe author Anne Hillerman will speak at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms, in the latest offering from the Library system’s Authors Speak series. Hillerman has just released “Song of the Lion,” her third mystery since taking up the series started by her late father Tony Hillerman.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks
at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. 9:00 AM Admission: Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Astronomy Show: Nebulae
at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join local Astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace to explore Nebulae and their significance in our galaxy. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Los Alamos County is partnering with Los Alamos senior centers and Los Alamos Retirement Community to celebrate the 24th Annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 31, called “With Movement… There’s Improvement!”
    National Senior Health and Fitness Day is all about showcasing what local groups are doing to help keep seniors healthy and fit.  
    Why not try out a dance, music, and physical fitness class at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, White Rock Senior Center, or the Aquatic Center?  
    On that day, the Parks, Recreation & Open Space Division will honor free water fitness classes to those ages 60 and up. Some seniors will be selected as lucky fitness class participants to win a free reusable grocery/tote bag filled with useful health resources and information.
    How about some Putt-Putt Golf at East Park? Seniors may rent one set of putter and balls, and they will get one-set free.  Or why not play a few holes at the Los Alamos Golf Course?  Seniors can enjoy 50 percent off 18-holes, nine-holes or the driving range.  

  • Again this summer the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum will present a series of talks by local speakers during May, June and July. The theme of the talks is “Hope: Science, Religion and the Future”. There will be seven Wednesday evening meetings, on May 31; June 7, 14, 28; July 12, 19, 26.
    The meeting format will be a light supper at 6 p.m., talk at 6:30 p.m. followed by questions and then table discussions. In a change from the past two years, these talks will be in the Fellowship Hall of the Unitarian Church located at 1738 N Sage Loop, Los Alamos.
    On May 31, Nels Hoffman will give the first talk entitled “Hope, Hopelessness, and the Future.” Titles and abstracts for the remaining talks will be announced soon.
    Also, as part of the summer program, the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum has invited distinguished theologian John Haught of Georgetown University to visit Los Alamos and present two lectures, which he will do on Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23. His lectures are titled “Science, Religion, and Cosmic Purpose” and “Evolution and Faith: What Is at Stake.”
    More information about Prof. Haught and his contributions to theology will be forthcoming.

  • This week with two weeks of full summer fun ahead, I think it is important to talk about being safe on the roads.
    Distracted Driving month was back in April, but truthfully any and every month needs to be distracted driving month.
    According to a National Safety Council report, “cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. 1 out of every four car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.”
    Perhaps an adult is the one most guilty of being distracted behind the wheel?
    That doesn’t necessarily mean texting and driving, but includes everything from drinking, changing the music dial or even using hands free devices. There is so much to distract a driver today.
    If you aren’t sure how to start the conversation, visit their website for a family contract. The Distracted Driving Family Contract allows you to have the important conversation and take a variety of things into consideration. Imagine how empowering it could be for your teens if you are the one that needs to change and they see you initiating the change?

  • Sonic Drive-In surprised a teacher from Aspen Elementary School, Jennifer Washnok, with more than $290 in classroom project funding as part of their Limeades for Learning campaign.
    Sonic recognized that public schools in New Mexico are experiencing some of the poorest chances for success among its students in comparison to other states due to factors such as the high poverty rate and low graduation rate, so Sonic decided to help out.
    The lucky recipient, Washnok, teaches the Living Skills program at Aspen elementary, which includes eight students with multiple disabilities. The students work on communication, motor, social and emotional skills and real life academics. Washnok’s students run a coffee bar twice a month for the staff at Aspen Elementary where they take orders, collect money, and make beverages.
    According to Washnok, “This project that we began this spring is very popular with the students and the staff.” Not only does the coffee bar provide beverages for teachers, it also helps the students learn basic accounting and business skills.
    Usually, the supplies for the coffee stand would have come out of her own pocket. With the proceeds, Washnok’s students will be able to replenish their supplies, purchase additional equipment and provide free beverages to staff on their birthdays.

  •  The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a new program this summer for 5-8 year olds called Forest Explorers.
    This hike-and-play club will take children on weekly hikes every Wednesday from June 14 through Aug. 9.
    Forest Explorers is a nine-week drop off program that will meet every Wednesday from 9:30 -11 a.m. at the Nature Center, starting June 14. The children will take hikes into the canyon next to the nature center and play in the creek and surrounding forest. They will have time to build forts, make seasonal observations, learn to identify different plants and animals, and create their own nature journal.
    Admission to this 9-week program is $110 for PEEC members and $135 for non-members. Advance registration is required at peecnature.org/events, and space is limited to 20.

  • April 19 — A girl. Gemma Valentina Rodriguez. Born to Rebecca and Jose Rodriguez.
    May 3 — A boy. Izrael Julian Ezekiel Cole. Born to Lori and Lee Cole.
    May 5 — A boy. Owen Baxter Schmitt Born to Hannah and Kyle Schmitt.

  • MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes, Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM
at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun, hands-on activities, hikes, games, and stories in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.
    TUESDAY
    Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. LAHS Hilltalkers will be speaking at the meeting.

    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. The Rev. David Elton of the United Church and the Rev. John Cullinan of the Unitarian Church will speak on rebuilding/replacing Manhattan Project churches in Los Alamos. Each minister will be accompanied by an expert from his church on renovation/rebuilding.

    Pebble Pups: Future Rockhounds of America at 4:30 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Start your journey learning about rocks, foxholes, and local geology with active games and activities. This geology program is for youth ages 5-9. Cost is $24 for non-members, $20 for PEEC members.

    Unusual Wildlife of Madagascar at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
See photos of lemurs, chameleons, birds, and more. Free.

  • Four Los Alamos High School students took home awards from the state National History Day event on April 28 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
    Over 70 students out of the hundreds of participants were selected as state finalists and will go on to represent the state at the national competition, which takes place in College Park, Mayland in June.
    With the support and guidance from NHD teacher, Brent Collom, LAHS students Sydne Ashford and Miriam Wallstrom won second place for their website on the Berlin Airlift and Soviet Union resistance in post-World War II Germany. Ashford and Wallstrom will represent New Mexico at nationals in Maryland.
    Kyler Parkinson and Liam Devlin won third place and the LGBTQ Award for their website on the Stonewall Riots, the impetus for the gay civil rights movement.
    National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades six-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic.

  • May 14-20
    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
    9:45 a.m.        Pilates
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance class
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion
    10 a.m.        LARSO Advisory Council
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pork Loin
    12:45 p.m.        Hand Yoga Demonstration             (classroom)
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Soup de Jour
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge    
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis

  • The Jemez Springs Public Library is actively seeking former and current residents of the Jemez Valley area to share their stories and history as part of the library’s ongoing Jemez Valley History Project.
    The library is hosting an interactive program May 20 to encourage residents to make videos of personal stories, learn how to write a memoir of their history, scan and share historic photos and much more.
    The public is also invited to find out more about what the library has compiled so far about the area, which contains everything from land grants, early families, pueblo history and other information.

  • If adding a dog or cat to the family is out of the question, pet birds are extremely intelligent and form strong bonds with their owners. However, because companion birds are so smart, they need plenty of mental stimulation and attention to be happy in their environment.
    Before you choose to adopt or purchase a pet bird, Dr. Sharman Hoppes, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, recommended doing your research on the responsibilities of pet bird ownership.
    “A pet parrot of any size is not a low-maintenance or inexpensive pet,” Hoppes said. “Depending on the species and age, the bird itself will vary in cost. Pet bird owners also need a large cage, play gyms, multiple toys, and perches in different textures and diameters to prevent foot problems.”
    The species and number of birds present will determine the amount of time pet owners should spend caring for their birds. However, Hoppes said this does not mean you have to hold your bird for hours a day. Being at home and having the bird out of its cage on a play gym or perch will keep the bird happy.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 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 micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are 12–6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, and 12–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating.
    CATS  
    Scarlet—A sweet 12-year-old kitty who was recently surrendered when her family was worried about her medical care. Scarlet was pre-diabetic, but after a stay with the vet, she is doing much better and currently does not require any medication. She could use help with her diet though – she’ll feel much better after losing a few pounds!
    Mr. Whiskers—A big tabby cat that is about 4 years old. Changes are a bit stressful for him, so he will likely need a little bit of time to adjust to his new home. He can be independent, but he’s also very sweet and likes to snuggle when he’s in the mood! He is OK with mellow cats, but other dominant males sometimes bother him.

  • The next meeting for the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will be Fridayat the Chamber of Commerce Office from 1-3 p.m. 

    Speaker Michael Grimler, a local National Rifle Association (NRA) training counselor,  holds multiple firearm instructor certifications from the NRA. He will speak to firearm safety in general, defensive use of firearms both inside the home and out, and will talk about the considerations needed if people are interested in becoming a concealed carry permit holder. 

    Seating is limited, so come early. For more information, call at Donna MacDonald 662-4001.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator Chick Keller will lead a Wildflower Walk starting at 5:30 p.m. May 22.
    These popular monthly outings are easy walks to identify some of the wildflowers in and around Los Alamos.
    Each month, Keller will pick a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.
    The Wildflower Walks will take place one Monday a month for the season. Instead of having a walk in June, there will be two walks in July: July 3 and 24. Participants will receive a plant list and that, along with instruction from Keller, will help them learn how to identify wildflowers currently blooming in Los Alamos.
    The group meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center, located at 2600 Canyon Road, to carpool to the trailhead.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.