Thank you letters

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By The Staff

Dinner for a good cause

Knights of Columbus Bingo Night was a big success. Thanks to all who participated in the spaghetti dinner and Bingo night for the “Relay for Life – American Cancer Society” fund-raiser. A total of $1,810 was raised for this wonderful effort.

Special thanks to Annie Trujillo-Garcia for making the wonderful spaghetti, Jackie Ciddo for selling tickets, Patti Levings for helping in the kitchen and Ray and Tina Chavez for helping to serve the food.

Thanks to the Knights of Columbus and the Women’s Auxiliary for giving up their night of Bingo and donating the proceeds to this effort.

Jo McCarthy of

Los Alamos

Helping the Earth

Earth Day in Los Alamos, organized for the 10th consecutive year by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), was an outstanding success due to the efforts of a large number of volunteers and the support of many sponsors.  This letter is to thank all of these volunteers and sponsors and those who attended one of our events this year.

No volunteers gave more time than the members of the Earth Day Committee, which began planning in January.  The committee members were Michele Altherr, Paula Barclay, Ilse Bleck, Nuria Clodius, Matthew Dickens, Terry Foxx, Chris Judson, Becky Shankland, Ardyth Simmons and Selvi Viswanathan.

Thank go to Sara Dickens, who designed our wonderful Tree-of-Life logo, and Jennifer Macke, who kept PEEC’s web page up-to-date as we added new Earth-Day information.

A significant reason for Earth Day’s success was our sponsor support.  Aspen-level sponsors (the highest level) were Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Bank and Terranear PMC. Our other Earth Day sponsors were the County’s Environmental Services Division, Atomic City Transit, Los Alamos MainStreet (LACDC), Los Alamos Public Utilities, North Wind Inc. and Neptune and Company.

The Earth Day Festival was a big success thanks to more than 30 exhibitors and many additional volunteers. In particular, we thank Michael Wismer, Cindy Talamantes, Dee Morrison and Wendy Swanson for their help with the Festival.

We dedicated the Ponderosa Nature Trail as part of the County’s 60th Anniversary Celebration and Earth Day. The trail is now a reality largely because of the vision and efforts of Becky Shankland and the support of County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin.   Among the many who helped with the trail and its wonderful trail guide, we thank Ben Stewart and Scout Troop #22, Chick Keller, Terry Foxx, Dorothy Hoard, Dave Broxton and Amber Swardson.

Altherr did a tremendous job organizing the Party for PEEC, our annual fundraising dinner. We thank Matthew Dickens for speaking at the party about “LA County Conservation.” Attendees at the party bid in an auction for the services of local nature experts and for other items. We thank all those who contributed their expertise and auction items, and thanks to the auctioneers John Hogan and Robert Gibson.

Most of all, we thank those who attended one of our Earth Day events. About 100 came to the Earth Day talk by Dr. Howard Snell; 120 socialized and dined at the Party for PEEC at Central Avenue Grill; and more than 1000 attended the Earth Day Festival at PEEC’s Nature Center. The large turnouts were truly gratifying – an ample reward for all our volunteer hours.


Peter O’Rourke,

2009 PEEC Earth Day chair

A great


We at the Los Alamos Historical Society took a stab at our first semi-silent auction during  our Annual Meeting May 12, and we were quite pleased with the results. We raised about $3,000 and wanted to thank our terrific community for its support.

A big thank you goes out to all the business and artists who contributed items to the auction, including the Art Center at Fuller Lodge, Brownell’s Hallmark, Buffalo Tours, CB Fox, Central Avenue Grill, Coffee Booth, Cook’n In Style, De Colores, Dr. Mac, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, Nancy Parker, New Mexico History Museum, Reel Deal Movie Theater, Ruby K’s, Taos Ski Valley, Village Arts, aj Melnick, Chris Judson, Ken Neble, Sec Sandoval, TK Thompson and Kathleen Veenstra.

A special thank you also goes out to Lou Pierotti and Bun Ryan who livened up the crowd and worked up the bids. Their humor and auctioneering skills highlighted the evening.

Finally, thank you to all who came to the auction and meeting. We are looking forward to another great year of preserving, interpreting and teaching our community’s world-changing history.


Hedy M. Dunn, museum director, and

Shay Burns Kendricks, auction committee chair

Fun at the fair

The hard work of many dedicated volunteers resulted in a successful Northern New Mexico Spring Arts and Crafts Fair. In addition to the Los Alamos Arts Council, the fair benefited from the efforts of RSVP members who posted flyers around Los Alamos before the fair, National Honor Society members who helped with the set up in the morning and the LA Coffee House Café that provided the food and beverages for the event.

As always, a big thank you goes to our board members and volunteers who spent many hours in preparation, as well as time staffing the fair.  We are grateful for all of the people in the community who attended the fair and made purchases from the artists. The Arts Council appreciates your support.

Thank you all!

Marlane Hamilton,

executive director

Los Alamos Arts Council

Helping the garden grow

Thank you to the many volunteers who recently helped clean up the garden area at Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. You painted, raked, clipped bushes and pulled weeds, and the residents are already enjoying the sunshine and fresh air in the garden area.

Of course, the weeds keep on growing and plants need attention, so if anyone can spare some time to continue the effort in the garden, your help will be most appreciated. Come at your convenience.

If you have questions, please call the Activities Director at 662-4300.

Katie Ballmann,

activities director

Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center