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Today's Features

  • BY PALLAS PAPIN
    Special to the Monitor

    The Los Alamos County Master Gardeners have lots of activities planned for June 8 from 9-noon at the Demonstration Garden located on Central Avenue, across from the Mesa Public Library. 

    There will be a plant sale, garden talks, a hands-on activity for children and tours of the Demonstration Garden.

    The Garden Fair is an opportunity to see and learn from local master gardeners that understand all the challenges and rewards this high mountain desert community brings to gardening.

    The Demonstration Garden was designed to showcase the different types of plants and landscapes that are possible to grow in the local communities. There will be docents on hand to tour the garden with visitors, and to discuss the plants and tips for growing them.

    The plant sale will feature indoor and outdoor plants with annuals, perennials and vegetables grown by local gardeners; they should do well in local gardens.

    This fundraiser helps the master gardeners keep the demo garden going, as well as other activities such as the biannual Garden Tour and everyone’s support is appreciated. These activities are free to the public.

  • Tomorrow is National Poppy Day. It’s a day American Legion Auxiliaries all over the U.S. sell little red poppies people can wear through the weekend in remembrance of the nation’s war veterans, present and past.

    The Los Alamos American Legion Auxiliary red poppy sale starts Friday at 4:30 p.m. The legion is selling the poppies at Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos. On Saturday, auxiliary member Marie Todd is selling poppies at the White Rock Smith’s from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The artificial flowers cost $1 each.

    Last year’s sale went toward purchasing socks for hospitalized veterans. The donations also arranged for transportation, meals and bought clothing for veterans.

    The red poppy is also known as the “Remembrance Poppy.” According to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the U.S. custom is to wear the red poppy on Memorial Day for U.S. veterans to honor those who died protecting the country.

    The red poppy came into significance after World War I when people observed that on many former battlefields in Europe, the red poppy was the first plant to grow, prompting several famous poems about the phenomenon.

  • The White Rock and Betty Ehart senior centers are collecting canned goods and other non-perishable items this week to promote Red Nose Day on Thursday. The NBC special will raise funds to end childhood hunger.

    Items suggested for donation include; lunch and snack items that may assist local programs for children that need assistance.

    Questions can be answered by center directors, who are rumored to have the red noses, which may be seen throughout the week.

  • The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs has announced the appointment of Billy G. Garrett as interim director of the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors.

    Garrett’s career has focused on management of cultural resources, environmental design, community planning and organizational management.

    He retired from the National Park Service after 26 years of service, bringing a strong background as a manager and architect, with significant experience with historic structures.

    A third generation New Mexican, he returned home following retirement, serving as a two-term Doña Ana County Commissioner (2010-2018).

    Garrett has a strong commitment to public engagement and public-private partnerships.

    As interim director, he will oversee the daily operation of the museum along with development of exhibitions and public programs. The museum campus includes the Pete V. Domenici New Mexico History Museum, the Palace of the Governors, Palace Press, Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, Palace Photo Archives and Native American Artisans Program.

    It is home to a variety of preservation, exhibition, and educational programs that serve all citizens of New Mexico.

  • Celebrating the 10th summer of Blue Star Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families announce that museums nationwide, including New Mexico’s eight state-run museums and Historic Sites under the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, have signed on to provide free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer.

    The 2019 program began earlier than past years. It started last Saturday, May 18, Armed Forces Day, and it will end Sept. 2, Labor Day.  

    Military families can find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

    Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide.

  • The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad will kick off its 49th season Saturday with authentic, coal-fired steam locomotives departing daily from Antonito, Colorado, and Chama, New Mexico.

    The authentic and historic steam railroad, owned by the states of Colorado and New Mexico, will operate until Oct. 20.

    The train follows 64-miles of tracks first laid down in 1880 that cross the border of the two states 11 times, skirting along canyon walls through Toltec Gorge, burrowing through two tunnels, steaming over Cascade Trestle (137-feet above a roaring river), and climbing to the top of 10,015-foot Cumbres Pass, the highest point reached by any steam railroad in North America.

    The Cumbres & Toltec is a National Historic Landmark that moves –- a museum on wheels -- and was judged by the readers of USA Today to be the No. 1 train ride in the nation.

    Jointly owned by the states of New Mexico and Colorado, the train operates between Chama and Antonito.

    The season will kick off with Opening Day festivities and ceremonies at both the Antonito and Chama Depots Saturday.
    Opening Day features the added thrill of two special double-headed trains, one departing from each station.

  • Residents, town and state officials gathered in the Jemez Plaza in Jemez Springs to pay homage to the historic location that has drawn visitors from far away places to its healing waters. 

    The grand reopening of the Jemez Springs Bath House drew a crowd to gather around for the celebration of the much loved historic building.

    From January to February the bath house was closed for some much needed repairs and a clean up. On Saturday, the village had a grand reopening of the facility to show off the recent repairs and renovations done to the building’s interior and roof.

    Not that there was anything really wrong with it, said Perian McBee, a longtime employee at the bath house.

    “They’ve always loved it,” McBee said of the bath house’s clients, some of which have been coming as far away as Alabama to take advantage of the bathhouse’s healing waters.

    “You know, it’s like you know someone forever and you always say to them ‘I love you just the way you are…’ and then they get a makeover and then it’s ‘wow you cleaned up pretty nice!’” McBee said.

  • Camping is great. There’s nothing like breaking it all down and getting back to basics. No wifi, no heating, no air conditioning, just the great outdoors…

    What? Who are we kidding?

    These days, a new mode of camping is taking hold and posting selfies can be included.

    This is a form of camping that says campers can have their climate control and still get that feeling of spiritual cleansing that only a week or two in the outdoors can give.

    It’s called “glamping.” It combines just the right amount of glamour and camping.

    A growing number of people are leaving the tiny pup tent and the shivering and sweating of their childhood trips into the wilderness behind in favor of luxury cabins, yurts, tee pees and luxuriously furnished tree houses.

    Heritage Inspirations, a company that bills itself as “New Mexico’s premier travel company” arranges trips to remote and wild destinations where tourists can return to luxurious accommodations after a day of hiking and exploring.

    Heritage Inspirations currently offers two glamping tours, one to Chaco Canyon National Park and a three-day, two-night stay on the outskirts of the Rio Grande Valley in Taos.

  • TODAY
    SMART Parenting from 6-7:30 p.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St. Free. This class is for all parents of children ages 0-5 that would like a creative and hands-on way to reflect on the challenges and joys that parenting brings. Call 662-4515 for information.
    THURSDAY
    Los Alamos Farmers Market from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Buy fresh produce, honey, apple cider, kettle corn, Mr. Torta’s burritos and tacos, lavender body products, cut flowers, plants and starters, eggs, tomatoes, jams and jellies, salsa, cookies, baked goods and so much more.

    Beer Education Class from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Los Alamos Co-op Market, 95 Entrada Drive. Call 695-1579 for information. Are you an aspiring home brewer, server, bartender or just a beer lover looking for more information about beer? Learn about your favorite fermented beverage with local breweries, Bathtub Row and Blue Corn. Instructors are Brandon Venaglia from Bathtub Row and Dominic Crandall from Blue Corn Brewery in Santa Fe. Cost for the class is $25 for non-members and $20 for members. No refunds. Must be 21 years old to attend. Register and pay in advance at the Co-Op front desk.