Today's Features


    May 6-June 3 – A Matter of Balance class will start at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. This class is eight, two-hour sessions starting May 6. The hands-on workshop is about falling and recovering from falling, and will help teach viable strategies to prevent falls. Pre-registration is required. A requested donation is $40. Contact 662-8920 to reserve a spot in the program. The class is from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesdays and will be taught by Matter of Balance Master Trainers Maria Francis, Sharon Tolleson and Ann Church.



    Brown Bag Lunch at noon featuring pianist Charles Lieou in recital at Fuller Lodge. Lieou will perform works by Haydn, Debussy and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Admission is free, and donations are welcome.


    Toddler Tunes from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St. Children and parents/caretakers get a chance to experiment with percussion instruments and sing together while Bonnie Olsen shares simple ways to engage children in music.


    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. 


    Gabriela Montero, a Venezuelan pianist, composer and improviser, will perform in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. in the Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Drive. The concert is presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association. 


  • The Los Alamos Arts Council Brown Bag Series will present pianist Charles Lieou in recital at noon Wednesday at Fuller Lodge as part of the Brown Bag Lunch series.

    Lieou will perform works by Haydn, Debussy, and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.

    Lieou works in the Theoretical Division at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has performed piano recitals in Santa Barbara, California; Los Alamos and Santa Fe.

    His teachers include Charles Asche at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received a Ph.D. in physics in 2015, as well as Peter Pesic at St. John’s College in Santa Fe.

    Admission is free, and donations are welcome.

  • Sponsored by Fuller Lodge Art Center and Friends of Los Alamos Pride

    Organizers of this year’s Los Alamos Pride Festival are asking the community to submit pride-related art to be judged and displayed at this year’s event.

    This year’s theme is “Be Your Own Hero!”

    Art should be at least three inches in one direction and have a resolution of 300 dpi.

    Friends of Los Alamos Pride organization will have the right to use the entries in advertising and publicity materials.

    The entries will be displayed at the festival June 14 at Central Park Square.
    The top four entries, chosen by the Los Alamos Pride Planning Committee, will receive Los Alamos Pride items and cash prizes.

    The first-place winner will receive $50 in cash, the second-place winner will get $25 in cash, the third-place winner will get $15, and the four-place winner will receive $10.

    To submit art, email flaplosalamos@gmail.com by 5 p.m. May 5. The top four artists will be notified of their winning on or before May 13.

  • The eighth annual Bike and Outdoor Gear Swap is set for May 18 this year.
    The event will be from 8 a.m.-noon at the Pueblo Gym at 1900 Diamond Drive, which is a different location than in the past.
    This free event is the perfect venue to sell items that would otherwise collect dust in the closet, shed, or garage, and participating helps support the Los Alamos Tuff Riders. Those who are looking for gear to help them enjoy the summer are likely to find what they need at a great price. The Tuff Riders will have knowledgeable volunteers, including bike mechanics, on hand to help.
    The swap isn’t limited to bikes. All summer outdoor gear is welcome. Now is a great time to set aside gear that could use a new home and to register online to sell it at the swap. There will also be a paper registration option the day before the swap.

    To sell items, visit tuffriders.losalamos.com/gearswap/ and register as a seller. It is free to register, and the seller keeps 85% of their sales. The other 15% supports the Tuff Riders.

    The online system allows sellers to enter items and print tags which sellers attach to their gear from the convenience of their own home. The system will also allow sellers to see which items sold just after the swap.

  • Join PEEC and Big Brothers, Big Sisters on Tuesday, April 30 for a night of video games in the planetarium! Test your skills and challenge your friends by playing games on the big planetarium screen. The fun will go from 5:30–7 p.m.

    During Video Game Night, the nature center will have one gaming system set up on the big planetarium screen. Games will also be available to play on the smaller TVs around the sides of the room. Participants can play Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, other Mario games and more this evening! Best of all, this event is free to attend and is open to the public.

    Registration is not required.

    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Spring is a time for rebirth and growth, but for some, it can be a time for anxiety and depression. To provide valuable information and plenty of resources, Champions of Youth Ambitions is hosting a suicide prevention session, in collaboration with the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line on Tuesday.

    The presentation, hosted at the United Church of Los Alamos, will be conducted by Wendy Linebrink-Allison. Linebrick-Allison is a MSW, MBA, CPSW and the program manager, for the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line. She will provide a short presentation, have a variety of resources on hand and host a question and answer period for teenagers and their parents.

    “The best thing we can do to spread the word on the NMCAL program is talk about it,” said Linebrink-Allison. “We all have to work together to let people know about the resources.” NMCAL knows there may come a time when you may need to call the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line or to help someone else. You do not have to be the person of concern to call and a variety of resources are available from a warm-line to a crisis line.

    The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line has been operating since February of 2013 and Linebrink-Allison the program manager since April 2015. The program isn’t just directed at youth, because anyone can need help from time to time.

  • Look at that beautiful fur coat on Rosey, a 7-year-old medium-hair cat. Rosey’s owner turned her in to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter for unknown reasons.

    She just received all of her adoption papers, was vaccinated and received a clean bill of health from the vet.  There is plenty of time to come down the shelter and check her out.

    Staff reports say she is a very gentle and loving cat who just wants to go to a forever home.

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

  • In 1984, led by the efforts of acting Chief of Police Gary Bequette, local community leaders, parents and school administrators produced the first ever Senior Appreciation Night (SAN) for Los Alamos graduates.

    For many years before, the community had seen a huge upsurge of youth drinking and driving in the mountains during graduation, which had resulted in the loss of several young lives. The community decided to offer an alternative Senior Night for graduates, full of safe fun events that offered grand prizes to attendees.

    The idea worked, and now SAN is in its 35th year. It is supported by and still in need of donations (made out to SAN and sent to the Y, or through a GOFUNDME page) and 60 volunteers.

    Today SAN is chaired by Los Alamos County Recreation Department and The Family YMCA, along with LAPD, Kiwanis and 40-plus other partners and sponsors.  

    Those who are interested in helping during the evening of June 1, at any of the events below, email Diana Martinez at dmartinez@laymca.org. She will confirm an assignment and provide additional details. Here are volunteer needs:

    * 5:45- 9 p.m., (two helpers) Tipsy Golf Cart (reset orange cones, bring gloves).

    * 6:45-11 p.m., (two helpers) Teen Center Volunteers (assist with painted handprint impressions).

  • University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Instructor of Art and Art History R. Patrick Harris will exhibit a series of paintings entitled “Alchemy” at Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art in Santa Fe.

    The exhibition will be open from May 3–June 1, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. May 3.

    The “Alchemy” exhibition includes a series of abstracted images of clocks, roller coasters and mountains all hung behind a distorted Greek flag pattern, which serves to tie the series together and allow each individual image to be broken into abstracted parts.

    Harris is an accomplished painter who creates images of concepts to encourage thinking about the meaning of a particular circumstance or experience. His extensive use of repetitive form and figure illustrate complex subtleties between paintings and disparate subject matter.

    “Art happens when your interior landscape melds with the outer world,” Harris said.

    In 2000, Harris received the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for his work.

    Harris has been an educator at UNM-LA for the past 15 years. He estimates that he has introduced “a few thousand” students to drawing, painting and “the wild and wooly worlds” of Art History and Modern Art.