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    A call for auditions is being held for “And Then There Were None,” by Agatha Christie at the Los Alamos Little Theater. 

    Times are 2-4 p.m. Aug. 3 and 6-7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Performing Arts Center main theater, and 7-8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Performing Arts Center Green Room.

    Auditions can also be by special appointment with the director. Contact Dennis Powell at dennis.powell@yahoo.com. 

    During auditions, the use of accents is optional. Participants are encouraged to attempt an appropriate accent for the character, but it is not mandatory. 

  •  Organizers of the newest cyclist-centric festival to hit Los Alamos — “Rock-n-Roll EnduroFest” — are hoping that the event will gain speed among festival goers with many family-friendly activities for cyclists and non-cyclists alike, including guided rides, kids races, live music, microbreweries and bike races. 

    The event is slated for Aug. 1-3 at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. 

    “The trails surrounding Los Alamos and the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area trail system are mostly an undiscovered gem for all types of mountain biking,” said organizer Steve Watts. “We wanted to showcase our trails, our people, and our orientation around fun and adrenalin sports by putting on this family friendly event. We also enjoy good food and handcrafted beer, so we had to sneak these into the weekend’s events.”

  • When you look at tiny Missy, it’s hard to see how someone could throw her out of a moving vehicle in Española. But, two weeks ago, someone did and the 7-week-old kitten was lucky to escape with only minor injuries.
    Although a witness was able to write down the license plate number, local authorities have been unable to track down the driver, and the tiny tabby is recovering in foster care.
    But, like Missy, the staff at Española Valley Humane Society wants to move past the tragedy and focus on the kitten’s future. “We don’t know who did this to Missy, but it is certain that it was someone who did not love her. So, now it is time for us to find her someone who does,” said Linda Sanchez, foster care coordinator.
    And that’s exactly what shelter staff plans to do. At the Seventh Annual Santa Fe Kitten Festival, the shelter plans to have nearly 100 cats and kittens up for adoption at two locations, all in search of permanent, loving families.
    Missy will be there, but so will Peony, a 10-month-old Tortoiseshell kitten who was surrendered by her owner nursing four kittens of her own, and Jake — one of four polydactyl kittens.

  • Santa Fe
    La Comida de Los Niños, 1121 Alto St.
    Date inspected: June 5
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Thermal test strips not available.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Izanami, 3451 Hyde Park Road
    Date inspected: June 8
    Violations: Five high-risk violations. Refrigeration units out of temperature. Wet rag out of sanitizer bucket. Employee drinks over food prep area. Ice scoop has food build up. Freezer holding food with a date of May 15 when it is not frozen. Prep area is under drain lines.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from previous inspection. No further follow up required.

    Five and Dime, 58 E. San Francisco St.
    Date inspected: June 8
    Violations: Three low-risk violations. Ice cream wet wall with leak. Peeling paint in food prep area. Ceiling in dry storage is in need of repair.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • The Valles Caldera National Preserve will host the Jemez Mountains Storytelling Jamboree from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Valle Grande staging area located just inside the preserve’s main entrance. There is no admission charge to attend the jamboree.
    The jamboree is the highlight of the 2014 birthday celebration that commemorates the creation of the Preserve.
    On July 25, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the Valles Caldera Preservation Act, which created the Valles Caldera Trust and the Preserve. The three-day birthday celebration begins Friday and runs through Sunday.
    Storyteller and librarian Steven Plá returns this year to emcee the storyteller event and to perform along with five other storytellers.
    Plá believes that “the magic of story helps people understand each other and the fascinating and diverse worldwide community.”
    This year’s amazing storyteller line-up includes Emmy Award winning writer, producer and performing artist, Indiana Bones (aka Mike McCartney); puppeteer Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley, living history performer Linda Batlin, folklorist Kay Negash, and Pueblo of Jemez storyteller Paul Tosa.

  • Look up on a summer night in Los Alamos and there is so much to explore. That’s exactly why the Pajarito Environmental Education Center decided to host a star party for its final Summer Family Evening of 2014 on July 29.
    Those wishing to attend should meet at PEEC by 8:30 p.m. to drive to the viewing site.
    The star party will have learning opportunities for both kids and their parents, with instruction and stories by Chick Keller.
    The summer sky shows off the Milky Way, which is the galaxy seen edge-on from its center way out into its spiral arms. 
    During the star party, Keller will talk about what we know of the galaxy’s spiral shape and show where dust clouds obscure much of it.
    The group will have a chance to look at objects and discuss what’s going on in the night sky, such as star formation, age-old remnants, clusters, nebulae and more. And of course, they will be able to look at whatever planets are in the sky, certainly Mars and Saturn.
    In case of rain, this program will be rescheduled for July 30. The event is free to attend, and no advance registration is required.
    To learn more about this and other PEEC programs, visit PajaritoEEC.org or contact 662-0460 or Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.  

  • Volunteers from the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Wildlife Center in Española teamed up for “Animals of the Southwest” July 11 at Bradbury Science Museum. 

  • Today is one of those days where my column might annoy you. I heartily welcome your eye roll.
    Today I’m going to ask you to have conversation with your kids.
    Summer time is a time to decompress, relax, spend time doing things because there is more free time. I’m not talking about school personnel; I’m talking about our youth.
    I know it might not be easy and perhaps you haven’t done it in a while, but as long as they still live in your home, there’s always a chance to begin a dialogue.
    As school is two and a half weeks away, perhaps start by asking them what kinds of things they think they might need. When kids are in the older grades, there’s not always a list of supplies to get you started.
    When kids are younger, it is easy to take them to annual physicals, the dentist and other appointments to allow us to keep tabs on them, but that gets a little harder for some when as the years go by.
    As kids become teens one of the best parts about the Children’s Clinic is that they have the parent step out and they ask youth some pretty important questions that may lead to some good conversation, too.
    Big problems don’t start big; there are often signals, issues, or light bulbs that go on along the way.

  • The second annual Los Alamos Beer Co-op Fiesta is on Saturday at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The Fiesta features lift-served biking and hiking from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as a New Mexico brewers fest with live music from Felix y Los Gatos, noon to 6 p.m. Atomic City Transit Shuttle will run from Sullivan Field every half hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    As part of the Fiesta, other Los Alamos cooperative businesses will attend to support the community and fellow cooperative. Representatives of the co-ops will be on hand to provide information about their cooperative business and to explain why everyone should “Keep it Co-op, Los Alamos.”
    Co-ops in Los Alamos include:
    • Los Alamos Beer Co-op (brewery/tap room)
    • Los Alamos Co-op Market (grocery)
    • Little Forest PlaySchool (child care/education)
    • Del Norte Credit Union (financial)
    • Los Alamos Schools Credit Union (financial)
    • Zia Credit Union (financial)
    Tickets are $10. For more information visit losalamosbeer.coop
     

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    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host “Nature on Tap,” part of the informal discussion series. 

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market General Manager Steve Watts will lead a discussion on how a local mountain bicycling association is hoping to stimulate economic development in Los Alamos, all centered around fun on our single-track trails. 

    The discussion will be 5:30 p.m. July 24 at the Blue Window Bistro. 

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    July 20-26, 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

    MONDAY

    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    10:30 a.m. LARSO advisory council

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Tilapia

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    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 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

  • Santa Fe
    Panera Bread, 3535 Zafarano Dr.
    Date inspected: June 3
    Violations: Five high-risk violations. No sanitizer in dishwashing machine. Paper towels not in dispenser, no paper towels in restroom. Cold holding in prep refrigerator is not accurate. Employee did not wash hands before putting on gloves. Wet rag out of sanitizer bucket.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required in one week.

    Yoberri Park, 325 W. San Francisco St.
    Date inspected: June 3
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is announces the 2014 Summer Entertainment Series, 5-9 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 13. The scenic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Sunset Dinner Trains traverse some of the most beautiful and remote areas in the southern Rocky Mountains.
    Riders will enjoy the cool, crisp mountain air as the train climbs the 10,015-foot Cumbres Pass. The Sunset Dinner Trains include an onboard alcohol service, a dinner at the summit of Cumbres Pass, an opportunity to enjoy some of the sunsets in the West and music.
    The 2014 Sunset Dinner Train Entertainment schedule is:
    July 19: Ed Stabler, San Angelo, Texas
    July 26: DJ El Norteño, Tierra Amarilla
    Aug. 2: Bishops 10, Antonito, Colo.
    Aug. 9: Jake Vigil, Bad Attitude Band, Antonito, Colo.
    Aug. 16: DJ El Norteño, Tierra Amarilla
    Aug. 23: Jake Vigil, Bad Attitude Band, Antonito, Colo.
    Aug. 30: Labor Day Weekend, DJ El Norteño, Tierra Amarilla
    Sept. 6: The Syd Masters Duo, Albuquerque
    Sept. 13: Mariachi Río Grande, Taos
    Ed Stabler is a singer and guitarist well known for his rich singing voice and smooth, finger-picking guitar style. Stabler will be performing Saturday.

  • The second annual Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown is officially on. It’s all about finding the best green chile cheeseburger in Santa Fe and it’s up to the public to decide which seven restaurants will be in the final Smackdown.
    Voting for the city’s best green chile cheeseburger will be open at santafe.org/funfoodevent now through Aug. 15. Or look for the Smackdown badge on the santafe.org homepage to vote. Chefs are preparing for a chance at the finals with bragging rights at stake for the best green chile cheeseburger in Santa Fe.
    The six burger joints receiving the most votes on the website advance to the final cook-off from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion.
    A “Lucky Number 7” restaurant will be added during a radio-broadcasted burger crawl the week of Aug. 18. Voters may select one restaurant per Internet browser, per day.
    At the final cook-off, the seven finalists fire up their grills and present their best burgers to a panel of judges and the perhaps their toughest critics — the public.
    Distinguished food experts, including James Beard Award winner and local cookbook author Cheryl Jamison, will evaluate each finalist’s burger to determine the 2014 Reigning Chomp.

  • There are only 30 tickets for sale for a benefit concert hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Renowned guitarist Genevieve Leitner will perform 7 p.m. July 24 at the renovated and historic Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row.
    Tickets are on sale now on PEEC’s website for $35. If tickets remain on the day of the show, they will also be sold at the door for $40.
    The proceeds of the concert will go toward funding exhibits and gardens at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center, a public-private partnership between the county and PEEC.
    The county is constructing the facility, and PEEC is fundraising to pay for indoor and outdoor exhibits, which will belong to the new center. The new center is slated to open in spring 2015.
    Leitner currently performs and teaches guitar throughout the United States and Chile. She has won several competitions including several first prizes.
    Leitner has performed in master classes for Manuel Barrueco, Roland Dyens, Carlos Pérez, Scott Tenant, Jason Vieaux and others. She received her bachelor’s of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied with Gerald Klickstein.

  • Today
    “Science on Tap.” 5:30-7 p.m. at Blue Window Bistro.

    Atomic Film Festival presents “Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie.” 7 p.m. in Fuller Lodge.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

    Eureka! at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through July 26.

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.
    Friday
    Wildflower Walk. 5:15 p.m. Join PEEC’s Jemez Mountains Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for an easy walk to identify some of our local wildflower beauties. A plant list will be available. No advance registration required. Meet at PEEC at 5:15 p.m. to carpool to the trailhead. Free. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Jeremy Goettee, a senior at Los Alamos High School was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. Goettee is the son of Connie and Jeff Goettee and brother of Maxwell and Reuben Goettee.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. This year’s recipients reflect a combination of both LAHS seniors and juniors; next year, only juniors will be recognized in hopes of inspiring their interest in Rotary programs that fall during the summer following junior year. Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community.
    Goettee is a member of National Honor Society and has managed to maintain high academic standards while running on the cross country team and participating in track and field. He has competed in cross country and track for the past six years. He is a member of the high school chess team, the German Club, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

  • Los Alamos teens Lauren Marcus and Brenna Graham have qualified to go to the United States Pony Club National Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park this week. The two will compete in the Quiz category.
    Quiz is a competition that tests overall horse knowledge. It consists of multiple phases, tested over several days, against teams from the more than 40 regions of United States Pony Clubs across the country.
    The phases are an oral test on a wide range of horse management, veterinary knowledge, equestrian sports rules, hands-on horse management; a written test; and working together to assemble tack or other group tasks and identification of exotic equipment and horse breeds. There are complex strategies and tactics involved to win.
    The girls put in more than 100 hours of study time and have pored over thousands of pages of reference material. Both girls have competed at this level previously, as well as having won at various equine-knowledge competitions at the regional and interregional level.
    Marcus is the daughter of Wendy and Alan Marcus, and Graham is the daughter of Samara and Paul Graham, all of Los Alamos.
    USPC states as one of its goals that all members shall learn horse management in addition to riding skills, and that horse-management emphasis is one of the items for which USPC grads are particularly well known.