• A total of 30 volunteers are still needed to chaperone the community-sponsored, all-night senior graduation celebration known as SAN (Senior Appreciation Night) for shifts that begin at 6 p.m. May 31.
    SAN was created as a fun, safe alternative to dangerous celebrations for graduates. The event is in its 30th year and typically serves 350 students.
    Volunteers are needed to work a 2- to 3-hour shift at the Youth Activity Center, to chaperone the late night carnival and movies from midnight to 3 a.m.
    Volunteers may email Diana Martinez at dmartinez@laymca.org, or call at 662-3100.
    SAN is sponsored by Los Alamos County Recreation Department, The Youth Activity Center, The Family YMCA, DWI Planning Council, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, Los Alamos Public Schools, Atomic City Transit, First United Methodist Church and other organizations and local businesses. 

  • Ravens frequent the artwork of Lily Schlien.
    Her exhibit in the Portal Gallery at the Fuller Lodge Art Center “Corvus Corax y Su Mundo...The Black One and His World” recently transformed from Phase I into Phase II. Phase I collected her most recent works with an emphasis on collage and monoprints; Phase II goes back to her beginnings as a printmaker with linocuts and woodcuts from her private collection.
    Schlien will hold an informal gallery talk 5 p.m. Friday at the Art Center. She will bring a number of the materials used to produce her works, including wood blocks, linoprint blocks, carving tools and ink and transfer tools. She said she hopes to meet both art admirers and artists to talk about both her process and her evolution as an artist.
    Schlien prints images from either woodcuts or linocuts, some combined with handmade paper collage or painted backgrounds.

  • Helping youth has always been on Sara Maaranen’s radar.
    The Los Alamos native recently was accepted into the Peace Corps and departed to Ecuador May 13 for a 23-month excursion.
    She will spend three months training as an urban youth development volunteer at the community level by creating programs to assist at-risk young people.
    In Ecuador, Maaranen will mainly be working with kids that are 5-17 years old.
    “It’s an opportunity to experience a culture as a local while serving the
    community,” Maaranen said. “I want to gain understanding of the levels and circles of the culture.”
    During the first three months of her service, she will live with a host family in Quito to learn the local language and integrate into the culture.
    After acquiring the language and cultural skills that will help her make a lasting difference, Maaranen will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Ecuador where she will serve the next two years.
    Maaranen is the daughter of Steve and Denise Maaranen and a graduate of Los Alamos High School.
    Following high school, she then attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and journalism in 2010. She has also worked as a caseworker at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah.

  • The Los Alamos Public School’s Prevention Office is conducting a poster contest for students in K-12th grades. The contest is also open to homeschooled students. The posters must be created on white paper (8-1/2 X 11), with marker and are due by June 27. To request an information sheet call 663-3252, or emailing B.Lauritzen@laschools.net.
    The themes include summer reading (Spark a Reaction or
    Fizz, Boom, Read), Keep New Mexico Beautiful, recycling, anti-litter, anti-smoking, or underage drinking prevention.

  • Documentary film producer Linda Anderman will present a talk on “The long history of America and the metric system.” The talk will be 6 p.m. May 21 at Mesa Public Library. She will talk about everything from the development of the system itself to America’s long flirtation with it.
    On May 20, 1875 the United States was one of the 17 original nations to sign the Treaty of the Meter that officially sanctioned the International Bureau of Weights to set metric standards for the rest of the world. One hundred years later, Congress passed the Metric Conversion Act intended to move the U.S. to the metric system — yet flash forward almost four decades and the U.S. is still buying chicken by the pound, gas by the gallon and fabric by the yard despite a “lengthy” history with the metric system.
    “Few people know what’s happened with the metric system in this country,” Anderman said. “I’ve been studying this issue from many angles for almost two years in preparation for a documentary on the subject. That research has revealed things that never would have occurred to me otherwise. For instance, our money is metric. It’s not an accident that there are 100 pennies and 10 dimes in a dollar. That was the work of Thomas Jefferson.”

  • This week, I will give a nod to Editor Rory McClannahan of the Mountain View Telegraph. He wrote an, “Uninvited graduation speech” and I thought it would be fun to do the same.
    The members of the class of 2014 were the incoming seventh graders when we began the Change of Heart program.
    Back in the day, we trained the entire Hawk team all at the same time. My husband still blames me for the flu that went around during that time, since we did so much sitting on the floor.
    So in my wisdom, what would I have to say to our future leaders?
    Be kind. It really is one of the easiest things you can do and doesn’t cost a thing.
    Next, I would say love whoever you want. Don’t let the rules of others tell you what your heart should do. If you have good communication and thick skin, don’t let race, religion, sex or geography keep you apart.
    Life is not easy and once you understand that, than everything else isn’t such a big deal.
    Stand your ground and sometimes you have to keep your mouth closed until you can to do it. Bullies continue to exist, sometimes they are stealth, but if you are doing the right thing, confide in a friend and hang in there.


    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 friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:


    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday — Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    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 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.


    Bindi — An 8-month-old, female, tabby with white, still trying to settle in after the trauma of transport.


    May 18-24, 2014

    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

    10:30 a.m. LARSO advisory meeting



    May 16 —Los Alamos Little Theatre will present the musical comedy "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.” The cast of 30 has been drawn from Los Alamos, Santa Fe and the Española Valley. The show presents 20 vignettes dealing with dating, love, marriage and other aspects of man-woman relationships. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at CB Fox and online. They will also be sold, as available, at the door beginning one hour before performance time. Tickets are $12, students and seniors receive a $2 discount. Further details can be found at lalt.org.

    May 16 — Dance Arts Los Alamos presents “Neverland,” 7 p.m. at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults $5 for students and seniors, children under age 4 free. The performance will have a special presentation for $5 of “Peace for Broken Pieces” dedicated to those lost to suicide.

    May 16 — Summer Concert Series: Zoe Muth and her band, the Lost High Rollers will perform at 7 p.m. The show kicks off Kite Festival weekend.


    Art exhibits

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “A Day in the Life: Works by Holly Roberts.” The opening exhibition will be 5-7 p.m. May 30. Show runs until June 21. 


    “Collages and Bone,” the works of Robert Dean Stockwell. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m.  May 31 at The Grand Bohemian Gallery at El Monte Sagrado Resort in Taos. Free. 


    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is announces an exhibition: “Complications:” Works by Matthew Szösz and “Byways:” Works by Damian Stamer.  The exhibition will be from 5-7 p.m. June 27 through July 19.  The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. June 27.


    Art exhibits

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “A Day in the Life: Works by Holly Roberts.” The opening exhibition will be 5-7 p.m. May 30. Show runs until June 21. 


    “Collages and Bone,” the works of Robert Dean Stockwell. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m.  May 31 at The Grand Bohemian Gallery at El Monte Sagrado Resort in Taos. Free. 


    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is announces an exhibition: “Complications:” Works by Matthew Szösz and “Byways:” Works by Damian Stamer.  The exhibition will be from 5-7 p.m. June 27 through July 19.  The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. June 27.

  •  Lilacs are an abundant, fragrant part of the history of Taos and are being celebrated and promoted at the second annual Lilac Festival from Friday to Sunday at Kit Carson Park in Taos. 

    The free event includes an arts and crafts fair, pet parade and blessing, live music and vintage car and truck shows. The Lilac Festival was established to promote landscape beautification and tourism in Taos.

    “Lilacs are a staple of Taos’ history, having been brought here more than 150 years ago by European missionaries,” said co-founder of the Lilac Festival, John Hamilton. “Lilacs produce a wonderful scent that, for many who grew up here, is comforting and reminiscent of growing up seeing lilacs all over town. We hope to encourage Taoseños to plant, prune and maintain lilacs, which will spread to other areas of landscaping and make Taos even more beautiful than it already is.”


    Outside Magazine, New Mexico Brewers Guild and Cycle Santa Fe have combined to organize an outdoor festival aimed at the active lifestyle tourist who is seeking the balance between adventure and sophistication, recreation and relaxation, living healthy and living happy. 

    Outside Bike and Brew Festival, which is set for Friday through Sunday in Santa Fe, is a handcrafted event that blends a variety of rigorous biking activities with beautiful scenery and delicious craft beer in the cultural capital of the Rocky Mountains. 

    “Festivities will be focused in Santa Fe’s Railyard District on Friday, which means easy access by bike from any part of town. The demonstrations and clinics happening Saturday will really highlight the trail systems we’re fortunate to have in Santa Fe,” said event director Christopher Goblet.


    As featured in Yahoo! Travel, Taos was selected by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of their top 10 picks for “America’s Coolest Desert Towns” (April 2014). 

    The list of small towns such as Taos were chosen by the travel magazine because they are “reshaping the American West with cutting edge art and great outdoor adventures.”

     The article, written by Nicholas DeRenzo, said of Taos:


    Dennis Hopper Day, presented by Eagle Thunder Enterprises in Taos, will be celebrated on Saturday with events throughout the day at locations from Ranchos de Taos to the Gorge Bridge and the Taos Pueblo, concluding at the Historic Taos Plaza. 

    Taos Mayor Dan Barrone, state, local and Taos Pueblo dignitaries, event producer, Robby Romero and Hopper family members, friends and special guests will be in attendance. Saturday would have been the award-winning actor, filmmaker, and artist’s 78th birthday.

    The day’s events include the first Annual Easy Rider Ride beginning in Rancho de Taos Plaza and concluding at the Historic Taos Plaza for a gathering, where special guests will celebrate the memory and commemorate Hopper’s many contributions to the state of New Mexico. 

  •  For those who like to get off the beaten path there are endless discoveries awaiting.

    Outdoor adventurist Dave Rice has spent more than 50 years exploring the outdoors and following his interest in Native American archaeology. 

    At the May meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers, Rice will describe several sites that are easily accessible from Los Alamos and the discoveries a visitor might find there.

    Rice’s presentation, “Ancient Relics,” will be at 7:30 p.m. May 21 at Fuller Lodge. His talk will follow the business portion of the meeting at which LA Mountaineer members will describe recent and upcoming trips.


    The Los Alamos Concert Association will have its final concert of the 2013-2014 season on May 23 and will present Haochen Zhang.  

    Since his gold medal win at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Chinese pianist Zhang, 23, has performed for audiences in the United States, Europe and Asia. 

    His return to Fort Worth, Texas, as part of the 2010–2011 Cliburn Concerts series was lauded by the Dallas Morning News as “the kind of program you’d expect from a seasoned master, served up with dazzling virtuosity where wanted and astonishing sophistication elsewhere” and hailed among the top 10 performances of 2010 by both the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

  • Learn how to protect your home from wildfires, and take measures to prevent house fires, in a free presentation 7 p.m. today at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Dan Ware, Fire Prevention and Outreach Program Manager for the New Mexico State Forestry Division, will talk about how residents can prepare themselves for the upcoming wildfire season.
    Van Leimer of the Los Alamos Fire Department will discuss general fire safety measures you can take to prevent fire in your home.
    Wildfires have already become a reality across the state, and there are many programs New Mexico residents can take part in to be as prepared as possible.
    Ware will talk about Firewise and Ready, Set, Go! two programs which are coordinated by New Mexico State Forestry and are easily adapted by residents and communities. Ware will also give a brief look at the upcoming season and the potential for more wildfires across New Mexico.
    Leimer will call upon his years of experience as a firefighter to talk about general fire safety in the home, and what we can do to prevent fires, as well as how to be prepared in the event of a home fire. Topics will include smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, escape plans, being prepared for fire and fire statistics.

  • The League of Women Voters will have Probate Judge Christine Chandler as the guest speaker 11:40 a.m. May 20 at the Mesa Public Library.
    The lunch is open to the entire community. Chandler was appointed probate judge by the Los Alamos County Council in August 2013 to fill a vacancy. She is currently running for the position in the 2014 election.
    Chandler grew up in Massachusetts and received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College, with a major in economics. She obtained her law degree from Boston College Law School and has a masters degree in International and Comparative law from Georgetown University Law Center.
    Although Chandler loved living in New England, she fell in love with New Mexico after a Christmas holiday vacation in Santa Fe.
    After a few years in private practice in Santa Fe, she worked as an in-house attorney for Los Alamos National Laboratory, primarily in the areas of employment law and litigation. She led the litigation group for 10 years before leaving the lab in 2013.
    In addition to her part-time probate judge duties, she maintains a private law practice with her husband, George Chandler.
    Chandler values the feeling of community that thrives in Los Alamos. In 1996, she was elected to the Los Alamos County Council and served as its chair and vice chair during her four-year term.

  • This week, we look at neighborhood boundaries, which is when neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s behavior.
    As summer is at hand, this is the time for building the relationships with local youth in your neighborhood.
    If your interactions are positive now, the result could be great, in the event that summer fun becomes something less fortunate.
    Try and follow this train of thought when it comes to relationships with youth. The positive experiences you have are like putting money into a savings account. Those interactions build over time and then when something takes place, especially something unexpected and you have to make a withdraw. Hopefully you aren’t left with zero.
    In a perfect world, your interactions with everyone would be handled the same way.
    Think of how life would be if you always did your best, gave people the benefit of the doubt and called out bad behavior.
    If a situation becomes more than you can handle, sometimes you might need to call in the professionals.
    National Peace Officer’s week is May 11-17, with a special day on May 15 to take a moment to recognize the peace officers in our community.
    I find it ironic that we have gone from a time where you always respected the badge to one of always challenging the badge.