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  • History Adventures for kids starts June 2

    History Adventures is the Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum’s summer program for kids. On Tuesdays, from June 2-July 21, there will be a hands-on program at 10 a.m. and repeated at 11 a.m.
    History Adventures is free and no registration is required. Activities are aimed at children in grades K-3. Visit losalamoshistory.org for more information. Contact Aimee at educator@losalamoshistory.org with any questions.

    Meeting about educational garden set for Thursday

    The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Garden Crew is holding a community informational meeting from 6-7 p.m. Thursday at an educational garden site it is developing that is immediately next to the North Mesa tennis courts.  
    The meeting will brief the community about crew activities, current garden design, and demonstration greenhouse choices. The crew will collect input from community members on all plans and activities.
    In case of inclement weather, the meeting will move to the North Mesa Stables, lot 67-68 on North Mesa Road, a short walking distance from the tennis court area and the educational garden site. For more information, contact garden@laymca.org, or call Myriem Le Ferrand at 662-3100.
     

  • Wow, we made it through.
    We have arrived at the last week of school and another Hilltopper graduation.
    The Class of 2015 is sleeping in today, while the rest of us are up and at ’em or in the case of Los Alamos, perhaps up and atom.
    This week will find them picking up their caps and gowns, having their final class meeting, attending the traditional barbeque and of course there should be a powdered paint fight in their somewhere. Technically it shouldn’t be called a paint fight, but more of a dousing.
    Here’s some little known facts about the class that you don’t often hear about, unless of course you are one of the graduates: The class flower for 2015 is the sunflower. Their class color is turquoise. The class song is, “Beautiful Day,” by U2 and their class motto is, and “We’ll make H15story.”
    The yearbook this year is called IMPACT and what an impact the seniors have on their school and their community. To the yearbook students and their advisor Kendall Micco, well done!
    The senior favorites section of the yearbook lists 15 categories and while we don’t have the space to name them all, here’s just a few to tickle your fancy. I hope it represents a well-roundedness, academics, art, sports and the most important category, so read on to learn more.

  • It’s time to sign up for next year’s annual eighth grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C.
    The trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home-schooled eighth grade students. The trip is a private and not school-sponsored. It has been a highlight for students at LAMS for more than 30 years.
    Sign up online at worldstrides.org using ID Number 116072 or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same ID Number.
    The trip will include sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. Highlights of the trip include the White House, the International Spy Museum, the Walter Reed Medical Museum, a Capitol tour, the Newseum, the Pentagon Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Arlington National Cemetery, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Iwo Jima, Korean, the Vietnam Memorials, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and much more.
    The trip will be four days and three nights in duration. The group will stay in a five-star hotel minutes from the D.C. sites.

  • 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 noon-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

    Puppy Fest at the Shelter is today at the shelter from 1-3 pm. Come pick out your puppy.

    Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter’s website, lafos.org, has 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

    Pet of the Week: Egypt is a spayed female lab/hound/shepherd mix, 18 months old. She can be a little bit shy at first but is a friendly girl who responds to gentle attention.

    CATS

    Luna is a very pretty 9-year-old spayed female Russian blue/Himalayan cross. She is a DSH gray kitty. Luna has been around cats and gentle dogs but has never been in a home with children. She is shy but loves gentle attention.

  • May 24-30, 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

    Closed for Memorial Day

    TUESDAY

    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Lemon pepper cod
    1:30 p.m. Party bridge
    1:30 p.m. “Friends” meeting
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY

    8:30 a.m. LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken salad
    1 p.m. My CDWorkshop
    1:30 p.m. Daytime Duplicate Bridge

    THURSDAY

    8:30 a.m. Walk-In-The-Woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Ukulele practice
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Hamburger/cheeseburger
    1:30 p.m. Beginning tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    7 p.m. Bridge

    FRIDAY

    9:15 a.m. Line dancing
    9–11 a.m. “Matter of Balance” class
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Pizza
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “The Horse Whisperer" (1998)

  • Los Alamos
    Subway, 1370 Central Ave.
    Date Inspected: May 11
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Thermometers needed inside refrigerator. One low-risk violation. Three-compartment sink requires 2 inch air gap for pipe.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    Wow Dawgs, 3530 Zafarano Dr.
    Date Inspected: May 11
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Chest freezer not NSF or ANSI approved. Three low-risk violations. Caulking missing from three-compartment sink. Dust accumulation on vent. Ceiling penetrations with space gaps.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Loyal Hound, 730 St. Michael’s Drive
    Date Inspected: May 11
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Jemez gallery to honor artists’ at new show

    To celebrate the Valles Caldera as the newest National Park in the United States, Jemez Fine Art Gallery invited New Mexico artists of all ages to submit work to a juried show, “Sacred Water.” The works address the beauty or scarcity of water in our world.
    The show was juried by Fuller Lodge Art Center Director Ken Nebel and Fuller Lodge Art Gallery Manager Amy Bjarke.
    The public is welcome come to the Jemez gallery at the artists’ reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday (Memorial Day weekend). Vote for a favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award. The winning artist will receive a cash prize or a one-week exhibit in the gallery’s south rental gallery.
    Jemez Fine Art Gallery is at 17346 Highway 4, just south of the Jemez Springs Village Plaza. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays.
    For more information, go to jemezfineart.com or call 575-829-3340.

    Talks continue at Mesa Prieta

  • TOURISM Santa Fe, the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD), and creative advertising agency Fuseideas announce a new collaborative, yearlong intern program. The program offers internships in photography, writing and film, and provide students with exposure to top industry professionals. Students will also participate in hands-on opportunities, working at the nexus of a leading destination marketing organization and a creative agency, branding and sharing the unique experiences of Santa Fe to a variety of international audiences.
    Throughout the program, SFUAD interns will interact with agency managers and creatives, shadow professional photography and video shoots, and present and create content to be published on TOURISM Santa Fe social media platforms, paid media executions and santafe.org. These hands-on experiences provide invaluable career insights and enable students to develop portfolios for professional employment after graduation.
    “Santa Fe is a city of preeminent creative talent,” said Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe. “The SFUAD internship program is the latest in our ongoing efforts to develop and retain local talent by delivering the national exposure and growth opportunities young people need to help tourism and other leading industries excel.”

  • Will cooperation lead to the gold? That’s the question the New Mexico Tourism Department is wondering as a weekend event, “Fennboree,” has been planned to bring together treasure seekers who are on the hunt for Forrest Fenn’s hidden prize.
    Five years ago, Santa Fe resident Fenn hid the chest somewhere in New Mexico after stocking it with coins, diamonds, sapphires, rubies and gold nuggets whose value has been estimated as high as $2 million.
    It’s been estimated by some that nearly 30,000 people have looked for the treasure and now a weekend dedicated to discussing past hunts, advice to new hunters and strategizing tactics for new hunts is planned at the Rio Chama Campground in New Mexico.
    “Fennboree,” named in honor of Fenn, and will consist of a two-day event, Friday through Sunday, focused on collaborating and finding the hidden gold. Fenn believes the hunting will bring an estimated 50,000 additional people to the state this summer.
    Tourism officials are thrilled if it brings many to the state hunting for gold, but believes the journey might have more to offer than just searching hidden treasure.

  • Mix one part education, two parts inspiration and shake it up with seven seminars, three cocktail parties, a film premiere, concert and interactive tastings. The result is New Mexico Cocktails & Culture — New Mexico’s first spirits festival opening May 30 in Santa Fe.
    The festival is founded by Santa Fean Natalie Bovis to educate, entertain and raise the bar for well-crafted cocktails for hospitality professionals and home entertainers.
    Celebrated bar owners and managers from Santa Fe and Albuquerque make up the NMCC Bar Board advisors — and bartenders and servers holding a current NM State Alcohol Servers License get 50 percent off seminar tickets. Bars and restaurants throughout the state are invited to feature their own special NMCC cocktail at their own venues in conjunction with the event, and be listed on the NMCocktailCulture.com website.
    “Mixology is the liquid element of the culinary arts,” Bovis said. “New Mexico Cocktails & Culture offers professional and home bartenders a chance to train like chefs by learning the history of spirits and classic cocktails, and how to balance flavors while incorporating fresh, seasonal ingredients. I’m thrilled that some of the best mixology teachers from around the U.S. enthusiastically agreed to come to Santa Fe.”

  • What does it mean to be a wildlife “rehabber”, and what goes into this important work? Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, founder of the New Mexico Wildlife Center, will give a talk on the topic at 7 p.m. May 26 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    In her talk, Ramsay will discuss her career as a wildlife rehabber, and why this work is important to wildlife and to us all. She will also talk about how she cares for the animals, such as providing medical care, maintaining the cages and special feeding considerations. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.
    Ramsay has devoted more than 30 years to animal care. After receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University, Ramsay opened her own veterinary clinic in Española. In 1986, Ramsay founded the New Mexico Wildlife Center located in Española. Although its mission was originally to care for birds, the mission and facility expanded.
    In the early 2000s, Ramsay was appointed to the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine, where she continued to serve until 2013. Ramsay eventually had to leave the New Mexico Wildlife Center to care for her ailing husband, but she still continued to provide rehabilitation to bears.

  • The Mesa Public Library will be host to a book group round-up, summer reading for grown ups. There will be two sessions, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
    A book group round-up is a chance for people to get together and talk about books — whatever kinds of books they like.
    It’s a chance for people who would like to form or join a book discussion group to meet. It’s a chance for established book groups to find new members. It’s a chance for readers to break out of old patterns and read something different, based on personal recommendations from others in the group.
    Mesa Public Library will have two sessions of Book Group Round-up to kick off the summer reading season, and to introduce people to a new, library-sponsored book club called the “Any Book” Book Club.
    Everyone who likes to read and talk about books is invited. If you can’t attend, but are interested in sharing information about book groups you may belong to, fill out the questionnaire at either library in Los Alamos or White Rock.
    An “Any Book” book club is one where everyone gets together to talk about the book they are reading at the time, or the most recent one they’ve read, or the one that made the biggest impact on them.  

  • Los Alamos High School students Katie Delgado, Wilbur Wang and Devon McClesky, along with 11 others received medals from the American Association of German Teachers for scoring in the 91st to 99th percentile, when compared to German students on a nationwide scale.
    “Wunderbar!” Dr. Debbie Belew-Nyquist said. “We have outstanding students who also have an outstanding teacher in Ms. Boshier. She works hard to enthusiastically design lessons and activities that brings out the best in them through learning German in her classroom.”
    LAHS sophomore Katie Delgado scored in the 99th percentile on the level 2 exam and was the top nominee for their Study Trip Award. Her efforts secured the top spot and Delgado was gifted a three-week stay in Germany to attend school. She will stay with a host family, where she will also visit Berlin.
    Wilbur Wang, also a sophomore, scored a 99 percent on the level 3 exam, receiving a gold medal and their 2015 Austrian Book Award.
    Devon McClesky, a junior scored in the 97th percentile for the level two exam, also receiving a medal and the 2015 Austrian Book Award.
    Additional gold medal recipients include Rose Click, Emily Brown, George Margevicius, Andreas Runde, Alexander Ionkov, Kayla Parker, Louise Belian, Tabitha Welch, Rachel Wallstrom, Jennifer Wang and Andrew Makela.

  • Bradbury part of Blue Star program

    The Bradbury is again partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families Foundation and the Department of Defense in the Blue Star Museums program to host active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 25 through Labor Day Sept. 7.
    “We are excited and proud to be a part of the 2,000 museums throughout the United States participating in the Blue Star Museum program to thank our nation’s military personnel — and their families — for their service. The museum already has a free-admission policy, but we’re participating in this program to raise awareness of the importance of honoring members of the U.S. armed services, as we share our collective history,” said Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck.
    Blue Star Museums are more than 2,000 museums nationwide that offer free admission to active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, as well as their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
    For a full list of participating museums nationwide, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

    Puppy adoption set for this weekend

  • Piñon Park Pool has memberships available for the 2015 season. The pool, located at 104 Bryce Ave., has been a part of the White Rock community for 49 years.
    The pool offers three types of memberships based upon number of swimmers. A one-person membership cost $200 and includes five guest passes. A two-person membership is $325 plus 10 guest passes. A family membership is $450 guest packages and includes 20 guest passes.
    Current members who refer a new member will receive a $50 credit toward his or her 2016 assessment for each referral.
    The pool features a covered lounge area, tables and grill for picnic, a shaded kiddy pool area, play area and snack bar.
    It offers lane swimming, water aerobics and late night swims every Wednesday, as well as special theme night and other activities throughout the summer.
    On July 4, the pool will host a members-only party, including games and prizes for the kids, a diving contest and the famous greased watermelon contest between members and staff.
    Swim lessons are being held the weeks of June 8-12, June 22-26, July 6-10 and July 20-24 for all levels for both members and non-members.
    The cost is $30 per swimmer for members and $40 per swimmer for non-members. Private lessons are available upon request.

  • The Rotary Deborah Beene Music Awards auditions last week at Fuller Lodge.  
    The committee of judges included Cindy Little, Charlene Cox-Clifton, Rotarians Brian Newnam, Mandy Marksteiner and Ed Van Eeckhout.  
    Nine students participated, with performances ranging from voice to strings, woodwinds to percussion.
    The winners were: First place, $1,200 — Michelle Yang, violin (teacher Kay Newnam). Second place, $800 — Caitlin Dahl, cello (teacher Dana Winograd). Third place tie, $300 each — Jennifer Necker, oboe (teacher Aaron Lewis). Catherine Runnels, soprano (teacher Nathan Salazar).
    The Deborah Beene account provided $1,000.
    Another $1,000 was given by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos and the remaining funds were provided through private donation.
    The Rotary Deborah Beene Music Awards program was established in the memory of Deborah Beene, daughter of Donald and Sara Beene, a violin and piano student who died in December 1973 while enrolled in school here. The awards are intended to assist students in their musical growth.
    The 9th-12th grade LAHS students may compete.

  • Since the start of school year, the dance students of Los Alamos High School have been learning and perfecting the art of Ballroom dance.
    The students are showing off what they have learned at the Spring Dance Show at 7 p.m. today at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Admission is free.
    LAHS teacher Natasha Barkhudarova teaches her students the fundamentals of dance and performance. The students dance everything from the convivial Quickstep to the passionate Samba. See student choreographed dances and artfully crafted formation dances, as well as guest performances by the LAHS Bollywood, Hip-Hop and Ballroom clubs, and guest-performers from New Mexico Dance Theater, DALA, Folklorico, YMCA Kathak and NMSU Hip-Hop.

    See this story in Diversions on Thursday.

  • Today
    Grief support group. 6:30 p.m. in the lounge of the United Church. All members of the community are welcome. For more information, visit uceducation@unitedchurchla.org, or call 662-2971.

    The Western Landowners Alliance: Stewardship with Vision. 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. The WLA is a voice for conservation-minded landowners across the West. They work to ensure private and leased public lands and waters in the West are healthy and resilient to environmental and developmental stressors. Executive Director Leslie Allison will talk about WLA’s goals and work. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.
    Wednesday

  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre will be having a play reading for the classic tale, “Harvey,” which kicks off the 2015-16 season in September.
    Readings will be 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Green Room at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.
    Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary, 6-1/2 foot tall rabbit.
    To avoid future embarrassment for her family — and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae — Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium.
    At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that her years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also, and so the doctors mistakenly commit her instead of her mild-mannered brother.
    The truth comes out, however, Veta is freed, and the search is on for Elwood, who eventually arrives at the sanitarium of his own volition, looking for Harvey.
    But it seems that Elwood and his invisible companion have had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors.
    Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all.