Today's Features

  • Teach a little safety, learn some cool outdoor skills. That will be the focus of the Valles Caldera National Preserve’s second annual Fiesta en el Valle set for Saturday. 

    Rangers will be on hand to help teach fly fishing, the best trails to hike, and how to take full advantage of what the preserve has to offer. 

    Officials are encouraging people to pack a lunch and blanket. They also suggest a sturdy pair of walking shoes, suntan lotion and a sun hat. 

    Rangers are also encouraging people to bring whatever else they want.

    “We’ll bring the valle, you bring your lunch and an appetite for the outdoors! You may also want to bring along your walking shoes, camera, sun hat, hula hoop, some grandparents, the kids next door, yoga mat, canvas and easel, your favorite Tia, a ukulele or harmonica, and your curiosity,” they said in a statement about the event. 

    Of course, keeping safe while out in the preserve will also be discussed.


    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. 

    Summer Family Evening: Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Meet a wolf from Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary at the first Summer Family Evening of 2019! Thanks to Del Norte Credit Union for sponsoring these events. Free/member family, $5/non-member family.


    Sunrise meditation at the Lo salamos Co-op from 6:30-7 a.m., 95 Entrada Drive. Cost is $20 for members of the Co-op or the Family YMCA, $25 for non-members. $10 for walk-ins. Calm the mind and find a soft focus for the day. Advanced registration is requested. Pay and register in advance at the Co-op Market Front desk or by calling at 695-1579. Meditation will be Thursdays in June (June 6, 13, 20, 27).


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


  • Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum Summer Series will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos.

    The Board of Directors of the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum announce the theme and schedule for their sixth summer series of lectures by local  
    speakers and visiting scholars on topics at the intersection of science and religion. Join the forum this summer at the weekly presentations during June and July.

    During these sessions, they will look at the phenomenon of consciousness, the progress and discoveries of neuroscience in showing how the brain works,  and whether we as humans possess free will and moral responsibility. They will consider the mind and the soul, and ask what it means to be made in the image of God. 

    Check out the website lafsf.org for more information.

  • The majority of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s summer students will be arriving to town the first week of June and this year the community has a chance to welcome students right as they arrive. 

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is working with the Los Alamos Cooperative Market and Fuller Lodge Art Center to host a welcome social at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Friday from 4:30-7 p.m.

    At the event, students will be able to visit various stations to learn about art, music, nature, religion, culture, business, sports and more in Los Alamos and chat with representatives from local organizations. There will be ice cream and frozen treats sponsored by the Los Alamos Cooperative Market and games and activities for students to enjoy throughout the evening. 

    “We’re always happy to welcome newcomers to town,” said Kate Gallaugher, the Los Alamos Cooperative Market’s outreach coordinator.

    The nature center is hosting a free planetarium talk at 6 p.m. and students will be encouraged to head up to Ashley Pond for the Secret City Summer Concert after leaving the nature center.

  • The Los Alamos County Recreation Division announced the annual Hawk to Hilltopper Event, which is set from noon-2 p.m. Friday at Urban Park.

    The event is a celebration for eighth-grade students transitioning to high school.
    Students will enjoy a barbecue lunch, inflatable toys and the famous shaving cream war.

    The event will end with the Los Alamos Fire Department hosing off the students after the shaving cream war. The event usually ends around 2 p.m. with parents picking up students at the park.

    Participants can bring their cans of shaving cream to the Aquatic Center front desk prior to the event and staff will bring the shaving cream to Urban Park. Participants are asked to label the shaving cream with the participant’s name.

    For more information contact the Recreation Division at 662-8170 or email lacrec@lacnm.us.

  • This week, our youngest son, Aaron will take his final walk across the stage as a Hilltopper, with the Class of 2019.
    It is somewhat like a wedding, in that there’s a lot of work that goes into an event that passes in the blink of an eye.

    Thirteen years as a matter of fact, and to those in the elementary stages of the journey, time does fly. It will be over before you know it.

    Our story began when Aaron’s brothers were in elementary school. As they practiced their spelling words and times tables, he practiced too. As we drove in the car one day and I called multiplication numbers aloud, since they each had to practice 15 minutes a day. Just for fun, for Aaron who was 4, I said “seven-times-seven,” and he answered “49.” I did manage to keep the minivan on the road.

    Then, we arrived at the kindergarten door of one Becky Sims. Chad and I always agreed that if we won the lottery, we would ask her to retire and be our homeschool teacher. Alas, that was not in the cards. There’s a story about a staff member that one day kept calling out, “Spencer…Spencer…” Finally, 5-year-old Aaron looked at the staffer and said in a quiet voice, “My name is Aaron.” Spencer you see is his older brother.


    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will offer “Introduction to Opera” on Monday evenings from 6-9 p.m. beginning June 10.

    For those who are curious about opera, or who wish to understand the allure of the world-famous Santa Fe Opera, this is the perfect learning opportunity. Over the course of six weeks, instructor Mr. Dennis-Davies Wilson will introduce students to the foundations of opera and provide an overview of the operas offered this summer at the Santa Fe Opera during their 63rd season.

    Davies-Wilson, who holds a Master’s degree in Music, is an opera aficionado who began teaching the class in 1999.

    During the first session he will discuss opera periods, history, styles and characteristics of opera, such as voice types, what happens behind the scenes and the production hierarchy. After that, each week he will focus on one opera, sharing historical background about the composer and the opera, highlighting musical aspects and showing video clips within the context of the discussion.

    The class will study:

    • Giacomo Puccini’s classic La Bohème

    •Georges Bizet’s exotic Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers)

    • Mozart’s romantic comedy Così fan tutte

  • As Flag Day (June 14) and the Fourth of July approach, Champions of Youth Ambitions seeks cards and letters for local soldiers and family members serving across the U.S. and the world.

    Cards and letters can be dropped off during regular business hours, at the Betty Ehart Senior center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

    The donation of postage is greatly appreciated.

    Those locally that would like to arrange for a larger pick up can call Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) at 505-695-9139 or contact them through their website at cya-nm.org.

    Those who know someone that would like to receive mail can also contact the program.


    Chit-Chat Infant and Toddler Discussion Group  from 9:30-10:15 a.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St. Infants up through walking are welcome.


    The Chamisa Elementary Class of 2019 will return to the school from 8:30-9:30 a.m. to walk the halls in their caps and gowns for a first-ever event being celebrated at all of the local elementary schools. Those Hilltoppers that did not attend elementary school here are invited to attend any elementary school walk with their friends. To learn more about Chamisa events call 663-2470, cap and gown walk information is available through individual sites or on-line at laschools.net.

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


    Gentle Walk from 9 a.m.-noon at the Nature Center. Free.

    June Night Sky Show at 6 p.m. at the Nature Center. Learn what is coming up in June’s night skies at an interactive tour of the heavens with Steve Becker. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    Los Alamos Summer Concert Series from 7-9:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park. Big Head Todd and the Monsters will perform. Free.


    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.