Today's Features

  • Los Alamos Public Schools is partnering with Family Strengths Network and Las Cumbres Community Services to host an Early Intervention Fair for local families from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 2 at 3540 Orange St.

    This fair is meant to capture all the early intervention resources available to families in Los Alamos into one space.

    A variety of vendors will be in attendance, including First Born Program of Los Alamos, Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Casa First, School for the Deaf, School for the Blind, Parents Reaching Out, Center for Autism and Related Disorders and the Gifted Horse, Inc.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, early intervention is the services and supports that are available to babies and young children with developmental delays and disabilities. It may include speech therapy, physical therapy, and other types of services based on the needs of the child and family. Early intervention is important because it can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills and overcome challenges and can increase success in school and life.

    Family Strengths Network Chit Chat Coordinator Lissie Ham said, “We hope that having these vendors together in one space will make receiving early intervention services more accessible to all families.”

  • Jacqueline Reid, a founding member of Fusion theatre in Albuquerque, recently taught a class on directing the short play at the Performing Arts Center in Los Alamos.  

    The class attracted participants from Santa Fe, Dixon, Albuquerque and Arizona, as well as local residents, totaling 22 participants in all.

    The class was subsidized by Los Alamos Little Theatre, which provides instruction and promotes interest in the dramatic arts as part of its mission.

    Reid has an extensive list of directing and acting credits and has been with Fusion, New Mexico’s most enduring professional theatre company, since its founding in 2001.

    Chit-Chat Infant and Toddler Discussion Group from 9:30-10:15 a.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St. This group offers parents/caretakers of babies and expectant parents the opportunity to connect and explore timely topics. This group is meant to be a quieter space. Infants up through walking are welcome.
    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 pm at the White Rock Public Library.  The program and discussion to be held is entitled “Coming Soon to a Genealogical Problem Near You” and will focus on new resources and exciting new technology for Family History research. The traditional no-host social dinner will be held earlier that evening at Pig + Fig at 5:30 p.m.

    Play and Learn Facilitated Play Group from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St. This play group will enhance your toddler’s learning experiences as you and your toddler explore an environment of play together. Group facilitator and Psychomotor Therapist, Leslie Febrissy.
    Gentle Walk at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • This seems like a good week to focus on the Search Institute Developmental Asset No. 26, Caring. This Asset highlights when a young person values helping others.

    It is equally important for the youth in our lives to see the adults in their lives helping others too. So, I would like to draw your attention to a fun campaign that allows us to do all sorts of good.

    Ellen DeGeneres has teamed up with Cheerios for, “Acts of good!”

    So, you can start out by heading to your local Smith’s store to purchase a box of Cheerios. The first do-good is that you have shopped locally, helped to employ someone and helped the bottom line of the community by keeping money here.

    If you have selected an Inspiring Donations recipient, you will help a local non-profit raise funds, simply by shopping at Smith’s and not costing you any extra.

    While Champions of Youth Ambitions is one of those organizations, that seems selfish, so I will tell you that you can also benefit the Friends of the Senior Center, the Family Strengths Network, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, any local school and more.

  • March is just around the corner and this March, local Pharmacist Dr. Katherine Fry will return to Haiti for her seventh mission trip to heal the sick.

    Her most recent trip was in September 2018 with friend Elizabeth Hargreaves.

    Their work helped more than 2,500 patients who traveled from distant villages for food, medicine and a chance to improve health for themselves and their children. This time, prior to their arrival, a special education team has traveled in advance to teach villagers hand washing and tooth brushing and provide resources for fresh water.

    Many items we take for granted each day, can be donated for Fry to take when she travels or donated anytime through a secure on-line site. The items, simple in nature, are necessary life saving ones, but must be small for her two-bag limit. Unfortunately, not all bags arrive on the other end of the trip, so even the smallest donation of cash or coins is helpful and jars are available at Smith’s Marketplace Pharmacy and the White Rock Smith’s.

    The Smith’s Marketplace location would love to see the donations of the following items:

    * Eye rewetting drops – generic

    * Band-Aids – generic, fabric type

    * ACE wraps

    * Alcohol prep pads

    * Hand sanitizer – 8-10 oz size with pump

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre invites interested patrons  and prospective actors to attend a play reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Green Room at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

    The evening’s reading will feature the eight short plays to be performed by LALT in May. The plays were selected from 22 scripts submitted by New Mexico playwrights.

    This production format of short plays provides multiple opportunities for persons wishing to gain on-stage experience and offers a variety of roles and concepts to consider.

    Some of the directors who have chosen the plays will be at the reading and can share their thoughts that went into the selections.

    This is the sixth time LALT has produced the 8x10 play format. Auditions will be held 1-3 p.m.  March 2, and 5-7 p.m. March 3.

    The plays to be performed in May include “A Life,” by Gary Dontzig, ‘DWI,” by Dale Dunn, “Endless Questions,” by Mimi Adams, “For Lack of a Tail,” by John Cullinan, “Patient,” by Caroline Evarts, “Red Licorice,” by John Gustafson, and “Treason,” by Robert Benjamin.

    The eighth play is still being determined.

  • The League of Women Voters will hear from four women who are truly leaders in the field of zero waste at their Feb. 19 Lunch with a Leader at Mesa Library at 11:45 a.m.

    Sue Barns who came to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in microbiology in 1996 and remained until 2008 will talk about food waste; Angelica Gurule will explain the activities of the Environmental Services/Eco Station. She has a master’s degree in Sustainable Environmental Resources Management and a MS in Information, Science and Technology. She worked at LANL on pollution prevention before becoming manager of the Environmental Services/Eco Station. 

    Dorothy Brown will educate us about composting. Brown grew up in upstate NY and also lived in the Bay Area. She has worked as a registered nurse, physician assistant, and a flight instructor.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up again this year to bring the popular Backcountry Film Festival back to Los Alamos.

    This year, Century Bank has signed on as the headline sponsor for this festival.

    Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world. The screening at the Reel Deal is at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 will be the only one in New Mexico.

    Tickets are available now.

    Pajarito Brewpub and Grill will be selling beer and wine before the show and at intermission. Also at intermission, PEEC will raffle off prizes donated by local businesses and other sponsors.

    Prizes include lift tickets from Pajarito Mountain, skis and a snowboard from Pajarito Brewpub, lift tickets from Taos Ski Valley, gift card to Ruby K’s and Pig and Fig, PEEC t-shirts, a Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op sweatshirt and more. Raffle tickets will be sold in the lobby before the show.

  • Flowers by Gillian is celebrating being in its current location for one year. Over the last year, many improvements have taken place in the shop at 3801 Arkansas, Suite A. The shop now has an arrangement cooler full of vases and bouquets ready to brighten anyone’s day. There is also a full-size flower cooler, making it possible to purchase loose stems of flowers. The addition of the flower cooler has allowed for a greatly expanded selection.

    Everything is ready for your Valentine’s Day shopping pleasure. Flowers by Gillian has roses, roses and more roses! This includes pink, white, circus, yellow, coffee, purple, rainbow, brandy, bicolor, and, of course, classic red.

    But Valentine’s Day is about much more than roses. Selections include carnations, orchids, lilies, gerbera daisies, iris, tulips, sunflowers, spray roses, mini carnations, daisies, alstroemeria, stock and many more flowers and a variety of greenery.

    There are plenty of other interesting additions, including preserved roses in a variety of colors, a great selection of teddy bears, houseplants and chocolate.

    The shop will be open extended hours, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. through Valentine’s Day.

  • To say Mrs. Beadsley has a large variety of costume jewelry for both men and women would be an understatement. Her store is overflowing with it, plus plenty of other one-of-a-kind unique items also.

    “I specialize in all sorts of vintage and antique jewelry from the 1800s to the 1980s and from around the world,” Mrs. Beadsley owner Debra Lowenstein said.  She has everything in all forms also, including brooches, necklaces, bracelets rings and more.

    Mrs. Beadsley also carries a variety of linens, clothing, scarves, belts and other accessories. She also sells Native American jewelry available.

    “I love things with history as well. I have things that Queen Victoria could have worn,” Lowenstein said. It’s of the same time, and it’s good enough where she could have worn it. “

    And hey, if it was an impulse buy that later turns into regret don’t worry about it.

    “If someone isn’t happy and they bring something home and then say ‘what the heck was I thinking.’ I tell them to bring it back so people aren’t stuck with things they won’t wear and won’t love,” Lowenstein said.
    Mrs. Beadsley had been operating in Santa Fe for eight years and in Los Alamos for four and a half.  She really loves being in Los Alamos.