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  • Sec Sandoval is one of Los Alamos’ most well-known artists. His watercolors of New Mexico landscapes can be viewed throughout the town and he has generously donated his works to many local organizations’ fundraisers and events.
    According to a 2009 story in Los Alamos Monitor, Sandoval studied art in Santa Fe and his education included oil painting. He was a technical illustrator for the U.S. Army Aggressor Center and his work has been shown in numerous locations in Los Alamos including the Fuller Lodge Art Center and Los Alamos National Bank.
    So it seems fitting to host an event that pays tribute to Sandoval’s contributions to the art world, as well as to the local community. As result, the Los Alamos Arts Council has sponsored, for the last four years, the Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk event. This year’s event will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday on Central Avenue in front of the Post Office.
    The event is part of MainStreet’s ScienceFest celebration. The Chalk Walk may pay homage to an artist, but participants do not need to be professional artists to enjoy decorating the pavement on Central Avenue. A little bit of imagination and creativity is all it takes.

  • Today
    Culture on Tap. 5 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room. The speaker will be Prince Jongisilo Pokwana Ka Menziwa, a.k.a. Prince Zuko. Sponsored by the Creative District.

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

    Laser Light Show. Come to the Nature Center’s Planetarium to enjoy different laser light shows every day. Each day there will be at least two different 45 minute shows. $6 Adults/$4 Children. All ages. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

    Play reading for “The Physicists,” by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. 7 p.m. in the Green Room at the Los Alamos Little Theatre. Public is welcome to bring a snack or beverages. Cast of characters are for nine men, four women and two boys.  

    (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.

    Science on Tap: From Trinity Test to Artificial Joints: How Computational Mathematics Has Transformed Our World (1945-2015). Speaker will be Nathaniel Morgan. 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room.

  • Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue, Ltd., returned to Los Alamos Saturday. Chihuahua and Chihuahua mixes in need of forever homes brought in front of Starbucks. Many shapes and sizes will be there to greet potential owners.
    The dog house was custom made by an Albuquerque resident. The $1 raffle is to raise funds to get some of the pups to Virginia where there is a shortage of small dogs in that area, President Margaret Wiltse said. “We are sending them to no-kill shelter out there.”
    ECR needs to raise $1,800 to cover the cost of health and rabies certificates needed to transport each dog across state lines, plus gasoline for the RV transporting them and food for the volunteers who will trade off driving straight through with only pit stops to water and exercise the dogs.
    Wiltse pointed out a Chihuahua mix named Jack Daniels who affectionately gives kisses. “Jack Daniels really wants a home,” Wiltse said.
    Joanne Guinn, a volunteer at the rescue said there are many people from Los Alamos who travel to Albuquerque to find a dog. “So we decided to have an adoption event in town,” she said. “We have all ages, from adult dogs to puppies.

  • I have put this column off for a few weeks because I wasn’t sure how I wanted to address the issue.
    This year, the Assets program has officially lost all funding. The truth is funds were cut so drastically last year that the only way things were accomplished is through volunteer work.
    I know in my heart that this work is imperative, in not only this community, but honestly the world as a whole. If we don’t embrace our youth and their issues, build relationships in communities and work together for progress instead of a silo approach to goals, the only one that will suffer is everyone.
    I will focus mainly on teens in this column because of space constraints and urgency, but starting with the youngest of children is equally important. Our estimated marijuana use amongst high school teens is 20 percent. If you think their use is just for fun, a recreational rite of passage, then my friend, you are gravely mistaken, and my column won’t change your opinion.
    Our kids need to know we care, not just about academics and how well they do in sports or other academic accomplishments, but about their growth and development as future adults.

  • This month’s Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will feature a presentation by Los Alamos native Rachel Robey, who will talk about her adventures as a kayaking “fiend.”
    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge, with social and reports of recent and upcoming trips. Robey’s program will follow at 7:30 p.m.
    Robey began kayaking, making her first forays into the river with her family, as a young child. Through a series of events, she became avid about the sport of whitewater kayaking and the many opportunities it offers.
    In recent years, she has traveled around the western United States to pursue the various disciplines of creeking, multi-day river running and playboating.
    From the local Rio Grande to Colorado rivers and deep canyons of the Rocky Mountains up to the big waters of Idaho, she has found in paddling a way to challenge herself, become immersed in the power of the outdoors, and a strong sense of community with fellow whitewater enthusiasts wherever the river carries her.

  • Albuquerque BioPark’s “Zoo to You” program is coming to Mesa Public Library.
    The program will be set up at 2 p.m. Thursday, in the upper parking lot, following the Farmers Market.
    “Get eye to eye with beautiful birds, small mammals, amazing amphibians and reptiles,” Program Director Jo Pelhan said. “Docents guide you through this traveling exhibit of animals and hands-on biofacts — including bones, pelts, feathers, shells and other interesting animal items — as you learn about conservation.”
    For more than 30 years, the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo has offered the “Zoo to You” outreach program to communities throughout the state of New Mexico. The free educational program is given by zoo volunteer teachers called docents. They bring animal ambassadors like birds, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals in this interactive educational program about wildlife conservation. Kids are encouraged to touch animal bones, pelts, hides and feathers.
    The “Zoo to You” program is one of dozens of special programs throughout the summer that are part of the Los Alamos County Library System’s Summer Reading Program.

  • July 12-18, 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
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury steak
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: BBQ pulled pork
            on a bun
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    10:45 a.m.        Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Tilapia
    1:30 p.m.        Daytime Duplicate Bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Walk-In-The-Woods

  • 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!

  • Participants dig into the pie eating contest at Barranca Mesa Pool on July 4.
     

  • 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.  Opening reception 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Show runs through Aug. 22.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces “Future Parks,” an interactive video and new media exhibition featuring ZB Kids and Team Lab projects and highlighting creative, participatory play for children of all ages. The show runs through July 24 and coincides with the opening later that evening of “Currents” at El Museo. “Currents” is an interactive and kinetic artwork collaboration throughout the railyard.

  • For the first time ever, Alvin & The Chipmunks will hit the road on a nationwide tour. The world’s most famous chipmunk trio will visit Santa Ana Star Center on Dec. 5 for two performances at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    Tickets start at $22 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets will be available online at santaanastarcenter.com, the Santa Ana Star Center Box Office, Santa Ana Star Casino Players Club, or by calling 888-694-4849.
    Produced by Twentieth Century FOX and Iconic Entertainment Studios, Alvin & The Chipmunks Live On Stage! is an interactive experience, featuring world-class production, music, special effects, and immersive interactivity to encourage audience participation. Expect a pop concert and theater event show in one.
    Based on the characters from the hit Twentieth Century Fox movies, the show will bring the music and excitement of a live rock concert to life as the Chipmunks perform hits by One Direction, Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepsen, Elvis Presley and more.
    Join Alvin, Simon and Theodore as they sing and dance their way across America en route to their big charity concert. From an “old school” breakdancing competition in Chicago, to a no-holds-barred food fight in New York City, and with the Chipettes along for the wild ride, Chipmunk fans from coast to coast will experience it all —live on stage.

  • Living in New Mexico means sharing the outdoors with many different kinds of reptiles. To help explain how humans can cohabitate with these scaly neighbors, join Bob Myers, Director of the International Rattlesnake Museum at 6:30 p.m. July 15 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Discover what snakes and other reptiles live in New Mexico, how to identify them, what to do when there is a dangerous species in the backyard, some stories and legends about snakes, and snakebite prevention and treatment. Come to learn more about these fascinating creatures and to see the live snakes the museum staff will bring with them.
    Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program at PEEC, and now, with the Del Norte Credit Union’s support, they will be better than ever. Summer Family Evenings are at the Nature Center every Wednesday evening throughout June and July at 6:30 p.m. They are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.
    For more information about this and other programs offered by PEEC at the Nature Center, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Travel > Completed in 1882, the railroad snakes through various types of terrain in the San Juan Mountains

  • Opera > Show contains adult themes, not intended for kids

  • Today
    Laser Light Show. Come to the Nature Center’s Planetarium to enjoy different laser light shows every day through July 15. Each day there will be at least two different 45 minute shows, including U2, Led Zepplin, Lasermania, Beatles, Laser Safari, Lasers in Space, Halloween Spooktacular, Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, Summer Jam, Winter Holiday Spectacular, Pink Floyd: Best of Echoes, American Pride, and Summer Jam. $6 Adults/$4 Children. All ages. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

    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.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Friday.
    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. losalamosnature.org.

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

  • Kids practice their diving skills at Barranca Mesa pool on July 4.

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Laser Light Show. Come to the Nature Center’s Planetarium to enjoy different laser light shows every day. Through July 15, each day there will be at least two different 45 minute shows, including U2, Led Zepplin, Lasermania, Beatles, Laser Safari, Lasers in Space, Halloween Spooktacular, Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, Summer Jam, Winter Holiday Spectacular, Pink Floyd: Best of Echoes, American Pride, and Summer Jam. $6 Adults/$4 Children. All ages. For more information, losalamosnature.org.
    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. losalamosnature.org.

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

    Sixth Annual Ed Griggs Memorial Strong Kids Classic Golf Tournament. Noon at the Los Alamos Golf Course. For more information laymca.org. Rescheduled from previous date.

  • Chihuahuas up for adoption on Saturday

    Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue, Ltd. from Albuquerque will be from noon-3 p.m. at the Starbucks.
    There will be Chihuahua and Chihuahua mixes ready for a forever home — all shapes and sizes, ages will be there to greet potential adopters.
    Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue, Ltd. is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3), nonprofit charity.
    In addition to the adoptions, there is a chance for the community to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a doghouse donated by the designer. Donations are also appreciated.

    Get amateur radio license on July 14

    The Los Alamos Volunteer Examiner Group will be giving exams for Amateur Radio Licenses on July 14.  The session will be 6:30 p.m. in the Club Meeting Room at 4017 Arkansas (the Old Fire Barn).
    If testing for a new license, a picture ID or two other forms of ID are needed with name and address on them (utility bill, credit card bill, or other) and a test fee of $15 either in cash or a check made out to “ARRL VEC.” A Social Security number is needed for the form 605 License Application.

  • What is it like to raise goats on a small-scale farm? What uses are there for goat milk? At this week’s Summer Family Evening, Jessie Ross of Gypsy Mountain Ranch and Deb Wood of Second Bloom Farm will be around to answer these questions.
    Learn how to make cheese, lotion, soap and more. Even better, our presenters will bring some of their goats — both big and small — to demonstrate the different breeds that thrive on the Pajarito Plateau. Come meet the goats and their caretakers at 6:30 p.m. today at the Nature Center.
    Summer Family Evenings is supported by the Del Norte Credit Union. Summer Family Evenings 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Nature Center through July. They are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.

  • The League of Women Voters will have its monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader with Sanders Moore as the guest speaker.
    The meeting is 11:45 a.m. July 21 at the Mesa Public Library. Moore is the state director for Environment New Mexico where she works to protect air, water and open spaces in the state. 
    Prior to joining ENM in 2010, she worked at the Georgia Conservancy for several years on improving air quality in the metro-Atlanta area through education and advocacy and decreasing the organization’s environmental footprint. She received her master’s degree in environmental law & policy from Vermont Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.
    Moore will discuss solar power where she is working very hard to make New Mexico a leader in the solar industry and climate change at the lunch. After the lecture, she will be open to answer questions or address other environmental issues, such as clean water and fracking.
    To purchase lunch from the Los Alamos Co-op Market for $10, contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at kaskacayman@gmail.com, or 231-8286 by July 17, and she will provide the menu choices.
    Membership forms will be available at the lunch for anyone wishing to join. This is always a community event, one does not have to be a member or order a lunch to attend.