• The Los Alamos Middle School Hawks soared to new heights recently, as 127 students took part in, Discover New Mexico! 
    The New Mexico Culture Day took place during half of the day, with students rotating through four out of five presentations.
    The presentations included weaving, pottery, history, artifacts and tinwork with participation from Irvin Trujillo on Spanish Colonial Art, Marcia Padilla, Mina Padilla and Jordan Havier of the Santa Clara Pueblo with pottery and more.
    “New Mexico history is a seventh grade state standard and New Mexico has a rich tri-cultural history filled with traditions,” said LAMS teacher, Eleanor James-Springfield.  “Through this in-school field trip format, students experienced hands-on activities with some of these cultural traditions.”
    The students learned history and had some hands-on, educational opportunities designing and creating their own pieces of culture throughout the event.
    “I thought Discover New Mexico activities were fun and full of learning experiences,” seventh grader, Kaya Krantz said.
    The classes will also follow up with activities where students examine their own culture and individual family traditions.

  • Outside Magazine and Cycle Santa Fe are gearing up for the second annual Outside Bike & Brew Festival in Santa Fe, to be held May 13-17.
    A new lineup of bikes, beers and bands will celebrate the tourist seeking active cultural experiences. The lifestyle festival will blend a wide variety of road cycling, mountain biking and leisure rides with nightly craft beer events, films and activities for all ages.
    “Year two of Bike & Brew has doubled in size,” said Christopher Goblet, event director and Cycle Santa Fe executive director. “We underestimated the turnout in our first year, so we have added twice the number of rides, beer gardens and concerts to accommodate a larger audience. Naturally, we ordered twice the amount of beer as well to be sure we keep up with demand.”

  • Looking for something to do in May? Help Madrid, N.M. celebrate its 42nd anniversary of the resettlement that brought the little town from coal town to “not being a ghost town anymore.”
    Madrid is 30 minutes south of Santa Fe on N.M. 14. In 1973, when the Johnsons arrived, rented a ghost building from the mine owners, and opened a gallery it had been a ghost town for 20 years. Many other independent folks came along, rented and some also started businesses.
    Now, there are over 35 wonderful shops and galleries, filled with fine art, fine fiber art, rugs, blown glass, whimsical gifts, photography, pottery, Native American art, real estate, sculpture, most importantly shop and gallery owners are eager to say hello.
    In Madrid, visitors get to meet artists face to face.
    Parking is available at the north and south end of town. Be sure and give yourself lots of time in Madrid.
    Most shops and galleries open about 10 a.m. and close anywhere from 5-6 p.m.
    Restaurants in town
    Java Junction for that caffeine fix opens at 10 a.m.
    Mineshaft Tavern opens at 11:30 a.m. Vistors can come in for some burgers, plus lots of entertainment and the museum.
    Mama Lisa’s Ghost Town Kitchen, opens at 11 a.m. with some homemade food

  • “Line, Color, Composition” opens May 8 at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.
    To understand the richness of O’Keeffe’s artistic practice, the exhibition reveals her disciplined drawing technique, dramatic color palette and innovative sense for composition through paintings and drawings that span her career.
    “The exhibition showcases O’Keeffe’s process, from conceptualization to the finished canvas, revealing how she achieved such remarkable clarity in her work,” said Cody Hartley, director of Curatorial Affairs at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. “Repeatedly, we see an artist pushing boundaries, in some cases quite literally with lines and forms racing off the canvas, yet always maintaining a sense of harmony and balance.”
    The presentation offers fresh insight to the importance of line in her work — from preliminary sketches and drawings to the fluid, seemingly effortless outlines that define regions of her canvas and divide her compositions into dynamic zones of color, be it the curve of a flower petal, the horizon of a landscape, or the contour of an abstract form. A brilliant colorist, O’Keeffe created strong, vibrant works with colors that glow with energy and vitality. Holding all of this together is an innate and innovative sense for composition.

  • The Family YMCA is hosting a Variety Talent Showcase at 6:30 p.m. Friday at New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road.
    The performances will feature musicians, a “Monty Python & The Holy Grail” skit, a singer, classical ballet on point, a contemporary dance performance, modern belly dance and Indian folk dancers.
    The showcase is a fundraiser for the Y’s annual campaign that provides scholarships each year. Tickets are $5 per person for ages 13 and older at the door, with youth ages 12 and under free.

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

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    The New Mexico Department of Health Alcohol Epidemiologist Dr. Laura Tomedi will speak at a meeting regarding DWI awareness. 8:30 a.m. in council chambers of the Municipal Building. Tomedi will be speaking on “Alcohol: Public Health and Policy” and the presentation will focus on how alcohol effects many facets of public health with particular emphasis on the statistics in Los Alamos County and what policies are working to reduce the excessive use of alcohol. For more information, contact Linda Matteson, Los Alamos County DWI coordinator at 662-8241 or linda.matteson@lacnm.us.

    Open House with Environmental Scientists. Noon-1 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. Ask laboratory biologists and anthropologists about natural resource questions.

  • Get ready for the annual Dog Jog

    Saturday is time for the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter’s annual Dog Jog.
    There are expanded the number and types of prizes this year.
    The competitive 3.1 mile race and the 2 mile non-competitive fun walk/run begin at a new location  — at Rover Park. Race day registration is $25 and packet pick up will be from 8:10 a.m. -8:40 a.m. the 3.1 mile race will begin at 9 a.m. and the 2 mile fun walk/run at 9:01 a.m.
    The Friends of the Shelter is also announces that there will be an onsite reduced fee microchip clinic from 9-10:30 a.m. No preregistration is required in order to have your dog or cat microchipped for the very modest fee of $20.
    Even those who do not have a dog can still participate. Although the shelter population fluctuates, it is possible that some shelter dogs will be available to accompany you on a first come-first served basis. Or you are welcome to run or walk without a canine companion.
    For safety’s sake, keep all dogs on a 6 feet or shorter leash at all times. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome, but leave bicycles, roller blades and skateboards at home as many dogs find them upsetting.
    Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult (although the adult need not register).

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  • On April 17, the Los Alamos Volunteer Association, also known as LAVA celebrated its annual appreciation celebration for its senior volunteers.
    The event, which included food and dancing, was held at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    My Blue Heaven performed for the crowd.
    Door prizes were given out, donated by CB Fox, Starbucks and Smith’s. LANB printed out the programs.
    Home Instead partnered with LAVA by doing the postcard invitations and a DVD showing how “Volunteers are changing the face of aging.” They also presented LAVA with a plaque saluting all the volunteers and their contribution of more than 78,370 hours they donated in 2014, which is equal to approximately $1,619,907 worth of service.
    Members of the Los Alamos High School Student Council were on hand to serve food.
    For more than 40 years the senior centers in Los Alamos have had this service to help seniors (age 55-plus) find volunteer work that is just right for them.
    Volunteering is important to an individual, they benefit physically, mentally and emotionally by helping others.
    Nonprofit organizations appreciate the free help and support and everyone benefits.  
    Volunteering certainly can guard against boredom, lonliness and uselessness that aging might bring on.

  • Today
    Los Alamos Texas A&M Aggie Muster. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at United Church, 2525 Canyon Road in Graves Hall. Potluck. Call Irene Powell 662-5877 to RSVP.

    The Los Alamos Geological Society monthly meeting. 7:30 p.m. at Los Alamos Christian Church, 92 East Road. The topic of discussion is “Methane hot spot in Four Corners: Where is it coming from? Why does it matter?” The talk will be led by Manvendra Dubey, scientist and climate focus lead from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    The Nature Center Grand Opening Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. 2 p.m. Local school choirs are preparing a special performance for the ceremony and refreshments will be served. Free to attend, and no registration is required.

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

  • In September 2014, Everfound, a Christian rock band came to town and entertained the community. Event promoter Phil Jacobson said that it was so successful, he formed “Infinitely Squared Music” on Facebook to promote and attract interdenominational, northern New Mexico Christian concerts. White Rock Baptist Church supports the effort, as well as many other churches in the area.
    “My intention is to have at least two shows per year, and would like to grow into a bigger event of some kind next year,” Jacobson said. “This is good for our entire town and broader New Mexico community.”
    For this year’s concert, Jacobson, again with the help of his daughter Kaela, has booked the band 7eventh Time Down, along with Ryan Stevenson and introducing, Shiloh. The show is aptly named the Wild West Music Tour and is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 26 at White Rock Baptist Church. All walks of life are invited to the all ages show. “It is a small venue in a small town,” Jacobson said.
    The event is marked as a post prom event since prom happens on April 25. For prom-goers the show is free. See details at the church website wrbcnm.org or call the church office, 672-9764.

  • This week, I will reflect on some quotes I have read recently from an Assets book, “A Moment’s Peace for Parents of Teens,” by Patricia Hoolihan.
    The book, while printed in 2007, is perfect for the many stages of the development of your teenager.
    Unfortunately you need prior permission from the author to quote it and there wasn’t time to accomplish that before I wrote my weekly column.
    If you know me and my family well enough to be considered a friend, then you might also think that not everything you read is always exactly as it seems.
    When you are unsure of something with your teen or with anyone, remember conversation, conversation, conversation.
    There are at least two keys of importance this week and the first is communication.
    We aren’t big on holding “family meetings,” but sometimes they are necessary for everyone to get the same message, everyone to hear exactly the same thing or for a parent to get feedback in general.
    I would have to say that another equally important key is perception. As adults, we perceive the world around us much differently than youth. You see, one of the benefits we have as adults is the frame of reference because we are so old.

  • New Mexico author and local favorite Stan Crawford will talk about his latest book, “The Canyon,” at 7 p.m., Thursday in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library. His talk is part of the ongoing Authors Speak Series, held on the fourth Thursday of each month.
    Crawford, a Dixon resident, has spent a lot of time in Los Alamos, teaching writing at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, selling garlic at the Los Alamos Farmer’s Market and speaking at previous library events.
    In addition to “The Canyon,” he is the author of “Petroleum Man” and four other novels, as well as three books of nonfiction published by the University of New Mexico Press: “Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico,” “A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm” and “The River in Winter: New and Selected Essays.”
    His books are full of subtle (and not so subtle) humor, and his characters are portrayed with great compassion. “The Canyon” is a gently-told story whose main character is a 14-year-old boy named Scotty. His perspective on life is at once pragmatic and romantic — naïve and wise.
    Crawford will talk about the art and craft of writing and the particulars of this book and other recent work. The talk will be followed by a book signing.

  • April 19-25, 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
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Advisory Board meeting
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Roast pork
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:30 a.m.        Mac users group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beef tacos
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge

  • 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:
    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.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Columbo — A cute, young, white and tabby cat that was found roaming at the Masonic Temple. He is a total sweetheart, and he quickly rolls over and begins purring when he knows that someone is about to pet him! A family was interested in Columbo once his straight hold expired, so be sure to call the shelter before heading over to meet him in case he has already been adopted.

  • Registration for The Family YMCA’s Talent Show closes on Monday, April 20. Registration of talent is free, but the Show, starting at 6:30 p.m. April 24, at New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road, will have a $10 per person entrance fee with tickets sold at the door. Funds raised will support the Y’s annual campaign for scholarships and youth programs.

    Individuals or groups wishing to participate in the talent show must register by close of business on Monday, April 20, and may do so in person at the Y, or by calling 662-3100, or online at laymca.org

    The Talent Show will have judges and “people’s favorite” awards given.

  • The Los Alamos High School “Pegasus” literary magazine will have its annual swap meet from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium parking lot.

    In inclement weather, the swap meet will be held in the lower commons of Los Alamos High School. A variety of furniture, clothing, toys, and knick-knacks will be available for purchase. Funds from the rental of space for the swap meet will support the publication of “Pegasus,” the Los Alamos High School literary magazine.

    Starting at 7:45-9 a.m., “Pegasus” will also welcome donations from the community for resale. Community members are invited to bring unwanted clothing, furniture or other items (in good condition) to the Pegasus tables.  Space rental/donationg is $20. Sellers may begin set up at 7:30 a.m..  Shopping will begin at 8 a.m.

    A 50-year tradition, “Pegasus” needs funds to publish student writing and art. Additional funds raised will be donated to either the Thurston or Fabry Memorial Funds.

    The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate Team will host a table at the resale to raise money to send 10 qualifiers to the National Speech and Debate Tournament this June to Dallas.

  • The Museum of International Folk Art presents a dialogue on southern pottery, featuring leading ceramic writer and commentator Garth Clark and prominent North Carolina potters Mark Hewitt and Matt Jones.
    Traditional Pots and Provocations is the latest chapter of an ongoing discussion that began as a blog scuffle between Jones and Clark in 2011 and continued as a symposium at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012. The event will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday in the Kathryn O’Keeffe Theater of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The program is in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition. The program is by museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free on Sundays.

  • If things go bump in the night during your stay at The Lodge Resort & Spa, not to worry.
    It’s most likely Rebecca, the friendly and mischievous ghost that wanders the hall of this historic hotel in Cloudcroft.
    She’s a popular legend in these parts, whose tale is one of passion, betrayal and unrequited love. A beautiful young chambermaid with striking blue eyes and long red tresses, Rebecca mysteriously disappeared from her quarters after her jealous and enraged lumberjack boyfriend found her in the arms of another.
    That was a century ago, yet there are those who vow that Rebecca’s spirit is still present in the hotel today. Some have seen her apparition in mirrors; others note such unexplained incidents as ashtrays sliding across tables unassisted, doors opening and closing for no apparent reason, lights turning on and off by themselves and even fires that have spontaneously ignited in the lobby fireplace.
    Over the years, both guests and employees attribute these odd happenings to Rebecca’s ghost, who many believe is in search of a new lover or friend who might appreciate her playful and flirtatious nature.
    Rebecca is not the only famous person attributed to The Lodge.

  • The Family YMCA holds many different types of dance classes. One class that focuses on Indian dance is taught by Kavita Nandakishore, who has been an instructor with the Family YMCA in Los Alamos for eight years. The Bharatanatyam type of dance will be performed by students in the class instructed by Nandakishore. The show is entitled “Kala Vandana.”
    Nandakishore has been a part of “Dances with India,” since 2007. “Dances with India” is an annual show, which performs familiar stories adapted for Indian culture with many different styles of Indian dance. In the past few years, “Dances with India” has adapted the stories of “Cinderella,” “Aladdin” and “Snow White.” Those performances are in October. Nandakishore helps organize the event with colleague Alina Deshpande.
    “This dance performance is more of a small recital for the students in the class,” Nandakishore said of the show that is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. April 18 at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.
    Bharatanatyam is the dance that encompasses music, rhythm and expressional dance, which adheres to the scripture of classical Indian dance.

  • Today
    Science on Tap. 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked — The Wine Room. Laboratory scientists will talk about fabricating high-efficiency perovskite solar cells.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will have a bake sale from 3-6 p.m. in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank, 1200 Trinity Dr. The team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including brownies, cookies, breads and cakes. Proceeds go to raising money to send nine students to the national tournament in Dallas this June.

    Senior Volunteer Appreciation Day. 3-5 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Los Alamos High School NJROTC Boosters Club will host a waffle breakfast fundraiser. 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge at 15th Street and Canyon. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children under 6, and are available from any NJROTC cadet or at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 662-0980.