Today's Features

  • It’s been a busy spring at Bandelier National Monument and the parking lot in Frijoles Canyon is filling up! The wait is over - shuttles will start back up Thursday. 

    The shuttles are free, have really big windows to take in the scenery along the way, and run seven days a week from Thursday through Oct. 16. 

    Starting at 9 a.m., they leave the White Rock Visitor Center every half hour on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends.  

    Every run stops at Juniper Campground and then proceeds to the Bandelier Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon then stops at the campground again on its way back to White Rock. 

    “The County of Los Alamos and Atomic City Transit provide us with a terrific service”, said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. “We just don’t have enough parking, and the shuttles make it possible for visitors to have a relaxed, enjoyable day at the park without having to wait in a long line for a parking space.”  

    Visitors who arrive at the park before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m. may drive into Frijoles Canyon without taking the shuttles.

  • This week, I’d like to celebrate the mothers in your life, as teacher appreciation day and Mother’s Day is this week. While you may not have a mother in your life, I hope there is a woman that makes a difference for you.

    This year, I will graduate my youngest child from high school. My reflection is on all those new moms, that are just starting the journey. I feel like in no time at all, they will learn the wonderful part of how grand life became when their children came on the scene.

    When our kids were young, my good friend Karen Greenfield and I had a pact that if anything happened to either one of us, the other would take care of her children. We would do it until her children went into kindergarten. Did you just chuckle? It wasn’t a joke, she even had it written in her will. She also had plans in place for her children to be given to me until family arrived, if something happened to her and her husband.

  • The summer of Girard began Sunday, as Vitra Design Museum’s retrospective “Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe” opened at the Museum of International Folk Art.

    The exhibition, in combination with MOIFA’s folk art collection gifted by Alexander and Susan Girard, provides a complete picture of this beloved modern designer who made Santa Fe his home for 40 years.

    Girard’s life spans continents, absorbing inspiration from cultures across the world. He was born in New York City in 1907 and received his education in Europe only to return to the United States in 1932. Known for imbuing interior spaces with life and color, Girard re-imagined corporate identities and residential interiors and curated his collection of toys and folk art pieces from around the world into exhibitions and designed environments. In 1951, Herman Miller hired Girard as the director of their new textile division, where he created more than 300 textiles.

    Vitra Design Museum’s exhibition “Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe” provides a perspective that New Mexicans have only seen in Girard’s staging of “Multiple Visions: A Common Bond,” the long-standing exhibition comprised of pieces from Girard’s personal folk art collection.

  • Los Alamos High School senior Nora Cullinan was selected among 20 of her peers Saturday for the statewide title of best actress this year, winning a spot to fly to New York in June and chance to work with Broadway professionals.

    Cullinan was chosen for her role playing Irene Molloy in this year’s production of “Hello, Dolly” in the state competition Saturday at the fourth-annual Enchantment Awards.

    Jessica Erkkila, also from Los Alamos High School won best supporting actress.

    Colin Miller, a senior at Sandia Preparatory School, was named best actor for his role of Seymour in his school’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

    The pair was among 20 students from high schools across New Mexico competing for the titles in Popejoy Hall at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

    Miller and Cullinan will fly to New York in June for their opportunity to work with Broadway professionals and to perform on a Broadway stage in the Jimmy Awards.

  • “Calligraphy in Clay” is the newest exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library.

    An opening reception to meet the artist, Mei Li (Su Fong) Milonni, will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa.

    Milonni has combined two of her passions in this exhibit -- traditional Chinese calligraphy and ceramics. She has studied and worked in both media for many years, and only recently has she combined the two to create a unique and fascinating body of work.

    Traditional calligraphy uses symbols or characters to tell stories. Because the symbols can have many different meanings when translated from Chinese to English, she has provided three translations for each of the larger works.

    In this exhibit, Milonni uses several techniques to add calligraphy to the artwork. She creates 3-D characters out of clay and applies those characters to large plaques made of wood or paper; she incises the characters into clay jars or vases; she paints the characters with glazes onto clay vessels; and she paints with ink on paper.

    The Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library is open during regular library hours. For more information about library events, call 662-8250, or visit the Library page on the Los Alamos County website and click on “Using the Library/Events.”

  • Shakespeare in the Garden returns this summer to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill in Santa Fe with one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, “Romeo and Juliet.”

    Enjoy a night out in the gardens as a cast brings to life this well-known play. Produced by Santa Fe Classic Theater, in partnership with the Shakespeare Guild, and directed by Patrick Briggs, this year’s production runs May 31-June 9.

    “’Romeo and Juliet’ is one of my favorites; it has this visceral, big emotion that can hardly be contained,” Briggs said.

    Performances are held in the Berlin Gathering Place amphitheater in the garden, with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as the play’s ultimate backdrop.

    Nosh Segard will play Romeo and Alyssa Bonanno will play Juliet in the performance.  

    Opening night with “Capulet’s Ball” reception is 5:30 p.m. May 31. Tickets are $95.

    Regular performances are 7 p.m. June 1-9. Garden is available for picnicking from 5:30-6:30 p.m. prior to the play. Tickets are $25-$45 and $10 for students.

    Tickets are available through brownpapertickets.com. For more information, or to purchase student handicap seating, call 989-7204.

  • Sure, New Mexico is well known for its green and red chile, but it’s also well known for its fiber arts scene.

    To celebrate that fact, the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center is hosting its New Mexico Fiber Crawl May 17 through May 19. The idea behind the crawl is to get people interested in the art of fiber making and the art of making things with fiber. It is also about getting people connected with those who make fiber into art.

    To make things more interesting, the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center has set up a website at nmfibercrawl.org to help people get started. There, people can download and print a “passport” to take along with them on their wool and fiber adventures.

    Participants in the Fiber Crawl can also pick up the passports at the stores, farms, artists' studios and museums participating in this year's crawl.

    When people visit the farms, artists’ studios and museums on the passport, they get a stamp. Besides Española, other participating communities include Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Mora, Santa Fe, Taos Tierra Amarilla and Los Alamos.

    The website nmfibercrawl.org offers events and profiles about the sites to visit during the weekend. Participants can design and map their trip and encourage friends to travel together.

    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.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Library Parking Lot, 2400 Central Ave.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold their monthly general meeting at noon. This will be a casual lunch at Secret City Kitchen at UNMLA, 4000 University Drive, Building 2. Any current member or any interested, registered Republican woman is invited to join us. For questions, contact Shona Neff, LAFRW President at 672-1456.

    Music Under the Stars at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join the Los Alamos Big Band for a special evening of music under the stars of the planetarium! Cost is $10.
    May 10 - May 13 - Event Full: Birding Tour of Southeast New Mexico (Four-Day Field Trip) from 7:45 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join PEEC birder Joe Fitzgibbon on a four-day birding field trip to southeastern NM. Cost is: $270 for PEEC members, $300 for non-members.

  • May 6-11

    Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.


    Betty Ehart



    8:45 a.m. Cardio Plus

    9 a.m. Gentle Pilates

    10 a.m. Tai Chi: cancelled, resumes on May 16

    10–11:30 a.m. Senior Civic Discussion

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Sausage

    2–4 p.m. Matter of Balance

  • Jax, a mixed-breed border collie is about 2-years-old and has been at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter since April. 

    He just got out of quarantine and is ready to receive visitors. He hopes one of those visitors will take him to his forever home soon!

    He’s in great condition and has received all of his shots. Not much is known about Jax, accept that he is a very friendly boy according to the staff at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. 

    Staff is more than willing to introduce potential owners to Jax and show what he’s all about.

    For more information, call the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email the shelter at psa-officer@lacm.us.