Briefs 07-17-14

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By The Staff

Make Pet Rock ‘Siblings’ with the YMCA
At the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evening on Tuesday, staff members from the YMCA will be facilitating an activity helping kids make pet rock “siblings.” The program will be from 6:30-8 p.m. at PEEC. Families are welcome to drop in any time throughout the program.
After going outside to search for a pair of rocks, kids and their parents will bring them back in to PEEC where they can use different art and craft supplies to make their very own pet rock “siblings” — the child gets to keep one, and the other one goes in the Hilltop Garden at PEEC. That way next time they visit the garden, they can bring their pet rocks to visit their “brothers” and “sisters.”
The event is free to attend for PEEC members; the cost for non-members is $5 per family, regardless of how many are in the family. No advance registration is required.

Keller to lead another wildflower walk
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will lead another Wildflower Walk from 5:15 p.m. Friday. The Wildflower Walks occur monthly and are easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller picks a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.
Participants will receive a plant list and that, along with instruction from Keller, will help them learn how to identify wildflowers currently blooming in Los Alamos.
The group will meet at PEEC at 5:15 p.m. to carpool to the trailhead.
The Wildflower Walks have been taking place monthly throughout the summer on Fridays. The final walk of the summer will be Aug. 15.
For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or call 662-0460.

Space film contest for N.M. residents
Residents of New Mexico have the opportunity to enter a filmmaking contest in which the winner receives $5,000 to produce a short film about human space exploration.
The New Mexico Film Foundation, and space industry experts including astronaut Bruce McCandless II, the first person to walk in space un-tethered to a space vehicle, will evaluate the submissions and choose a winner.
“New Mexico has always been on the cutting edge of space exploration, and involved in the development of America’s Space Program,” said New Mexico Film Foundation President Dirk Norris. “I believe the stories New Mexico filmmakers tell about this exciting topic will be inspiring to everyone who sees them.”

Sponsoring the contest is Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor building Orion, NASA’s next generation spacecraft for human exploration of deep space. Orion’s first test flight, Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), will occur this year, sending Orion 3,600 miles beyond low Earth orbit, and returning at a speed of approximately 20,000 mph for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.
The submission process will begin on July 15 and close on Aug. 15. The winning selection will be announced on Aug. 29. Applicants must be a New Mexico resident to apply. The winning filmmaker will work with Lockheed Martin to complete their film no later than Nov. 15.
For more information about contest rules and to submit ideas, visit nmfilmfoundation.org/grants/lockheed-martin-filmmaker-contest.

Tribute band to benefit Taos Animal Shelter
Steely Dan tribute band, Citizen Dan, will headline the fifth annual “Dog Days Concert” on July 19 in Taos, with proceeds benefitting the Stray Hearts Animal Shelter.
“Stray Hearts relies on the generosity of donors and fundraisers like ‘Dog Days of Summer’ to operate, as the Town and County only pay a fraction of operating expenses,” said “Mattress” Mary Domito, owner of Taos Lifestyle Furnishings and organizer of the benefit concert. “Last year we raised $15,000 for the shelter. This year, we hope to raise at least $20,000 and hope that folks will help the shelter while enjoying some great music.”
Soul/Rock band Katy P. and the Business will open the show at 5 p.m. followed by Citizen Dan. The 12-person tribute band will rev up the evening with the classic sounds of Steely Dan.
The evening includes a silent auction with items available at every price range including jewelry, restaurant gift certificates, and donations by local businesses. Taos Lifestyle is raffling off a Serta “Moneta” Queen luxury mattress set, valued at $1,300. Food will be available for sale as well.
The show will be from 5-10 p.m. at the outdoor KTAOS Solar Center.
Tickets for the Dog Days of Summer benefit concert are $20 and can be purchased online at taosdogdays.com. All proceeds go directly to Stray Hearts Animal Shelter.
Stray Hearts Animal Shelter is a 501c(3) nonprofit providing humane care and shelter for abandoned and abused animal in the Taos area. The shelter relies heavily on donations and fundraisers to continue its services. To donate or for more information, visit strayhearts.org or call 575-758-2981.
Dog Days of Summer benefit concert is sponsored by Taos Lifestyle and KTAOS. For more information visit ktao.com or taosdogdays.com.