• The Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, renamed the “Secret City Summer Concerts,” has announced a partial lineup.
    The new concert series is managed by Sancre Productions this year, a new management company selected by Los Alamos County through a competitive bidding process.

    The concerts will start at 7 p.m. May 24 at Ashley Pond. The concerts will run every Friday until Aug. 30.

    This year’s lineup will include Big Head Todd And The Monsters, Chevel Shepherd and the return of Igor & The Red Elvises, according to Sancre Productions.

    Each concert will have a food truck court, concert opening music and dance performances from area youth and a Nonprofit Row beginning at 6 p.m.

    “We are thrilled to announce some early shows and highlights of the 2019 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series,” said Monica Griego, spokesperson for Sancre Productions, “In the last month, we have secured some of the best and most talented local musical performers and nationally touring musicians to participate in the community’s free concert series at Ashley Pond this summer.”

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council Brown Bag Series presents pianists Kim Bakkum and Claire Detels, in recital at noon April 3 at Fuller Lodge.  

    Bakkum and Detels will present a concert for four-hands piano titled “One Hundred Years of Great Four-Hand Music.”

    Bakkum recently moved to Taos after 25 years of being in the musical arts in the Akron/Cleveland area. Bakkum has had the fortune of international residencies with Singers Companye, an Akron based Choir, as well as performances with Cleveland Opera on Tour, performances at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and opera, lieder studies in both Graz and Vienna Austria and throughout Spain and Italy. Bakkum has been an active pianist and teacher both at the University of Akron and Kent State Universities, but her heart is truly in her independent, private students. 

    Bakkum has enjoyed performing with Taos Chamber Music Group as well as being a Staff Pianist with Taos Opera Institute. 

  • Maura Taylor, the executive director of Self Help and Sarah Chandler, the director for the Los Alamos Volunteer Association, go together like peas in a pod. The beauty of their programs is that one benefits the other, the giver and the receiver.

    It turns brief volunteer periods into months of helping those that need it the most. That program is ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.

    On Tuesday, a handful of volunteers were rewarded with a lunch at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, to thank them for their volunteer efforts. Pizza, salad and cream puffs greeted the 25 volunteers, just a portion of the 70-90 residents that rang the bell throughout the holiday season at Smith’s Food and Drugstores in White Rock and Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos.

    Self Help has been doing this type of work for 50 years as of this spring, and began their partnership with the Salvation Army in 2004.

    According to Taylor, they have rung that bell every year from Black Friday until Christmas Eve. The LAVA program, formerly RSVP began their formal relationship with the Salvation Army in 2008. Now the duo works together to help the community.

    How did this holiday season make the Self Help director feel?

  • Koko, a mixed-breed Husky that’s been staying at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter since March 2.

    A surrender by her owners, Koko is looking for her forever home and a nice place to nap.

    She is 6-years-old, walks well on a leash but doesn’t do so well around livestock or poultry.

    Other dogs, cats and children don’t seem to bother Koko a bit.

    Shelter staff members say she has just the right amount of energy to make a perfect companion.

    They also say she’s pretty, but residents should come see for themselves.

    Koko is crate trained, enjoys walks and has had all her shots.

    For more information call the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email police-psa@lacnm.us.

  • An adventure that just might change your life!

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is now accepting applications for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA). Any high school junior may apply to attend RYLA. The Rotary Club is also in the process of contacting high school principals, guidance counselors, youth organizations, and other sources for nominations of   RYLA   participants.

    RYLA is a life-changing intensive leadership training program for young men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The purpose of RYLA is to encourage and assist current and potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership. RYLA is an all-expense paid five-day conference that brings together a special group of young men and women from surrounding states to share ideas about becoming better leaders.

    The benefits are connecting with leaders in your community and around the world to:

    * Build communication and problem-solving skills.

    * Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community.

    * Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors.

    * Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action.

    * Have fun and form lasting friendships.

  • The single largest Protestant school system in America is managed by the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

    There is a total of 1,992 Lutheran schools which includes 86 Lutheran high schools. Lutheran High North is one of 10 high schools in Texas and one of three high schools in the Houston metropolitan area.

    Redeemer Lutheran Church in Los Alamos will host the Lutheran High North Concert Choir for a concert at 7 p.m. tonight at the church, 2000 Diamond Drive. The concert is free.

    The choir is made up of students from the ninth through the 12th grades. Like other high school choirs, they compete every year in solo competitions, small ensembles and large ensemble.

    As a Lutheran high school choir their music focuses on the person and work of Jesus Christ. The concert theme is "Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."

    The choir will present a concert about Jesus as He is praised throughout the liturgical year of the church. The choir will share the Gospel through the gift of music. Musical selections from Advent, Christmas, and so on, will show the audience that Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 

    The choir looks forward to sharing Christ's love through music with all in attendance.

  • The political topic  of walls and barriers has broken through into the art world of Los Alamos with the opening of Fuller Lodge Art Center’s newest exhibit, “Fences.”

    When the Fuller Lodge Art Center called out to artists for their interpretation of the upcoming exhibit, they saw a myriad of concepts come in, encompassing every direction a fence can span, the center said.

    Almost 40 artists from around northern New Mexico have been selected for the art center’s second juried exhibit this year

    Some artists interpreted the theme as a looming symbol of oppression, keeping the good of the world out and preventing those within from progressing, according to the art center.

    Some presented the art center with internal fences; psychological battle grounds from which they cannot escape.

    “Some artists took on our current political environment by shining a light on impending barriers at the border and those affected by climate change,” according to the center’s press release.

    Many of the pieces on display are literal interpretations of the theme, depicted in various emotional perspectives.

    All of the artwork was hand-picked by our jurors Don Kennell, Jaymes Dudding and Nicole Dunn.

  • On Feb. 1, during Los Alamos’ Creative Crawl, two cultures  came together at the Los Alamos History Museum to commemorate their relationship.

    “The exhibit kind of wrote itself,” said Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society. 

    “Atoms and Art: the Intersecting Lives of Maria Poveka Martinez and Bernice Bidwell Brode” documents the early relationship between San Ildefonso Pueblo and Los Alamos through famous potter Maria Poveka Martinez and one of her

    Los Alamos patrons, Bernice Bidwell Brode.

    McClenahan said the pueblo and the museum felt there was a story between these two women that needed to be told.

    The exhibit will be on display at the History Museum through spring.

    A blessing in Tewa was given by Tim Martinez, Martinez’s nephew. Also attending was another one of Martinez’s distant relatives, San Ildefonso Gov. Perry Martinez.

    Visitors to the exhibit will see the pottery that was created by Martinez and experience the creation of a relationship between the pueblo and Los Alamos through words and photographs.

    The pottery for the exhibit was donated by Brode’s daughter-in-law Joanne Brode.


    Next up in Los Alamos Little Theatre’s 75th anniversary season is “Church and State,” by Jason Odell Williams.

    The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays March 1-16, with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 10.

    This production combines three elements — guns, politics and religion — while following the re-election campaign of Sen. Charles Whitmore, a compassionate conservative of the South.

    In an unguarded moment, Whitmore shares a candid comment with a blogger, roiling his
    campaign three days before the election.

    Tim Orcutt, who plays Whitmore, said, “I fell in love with the show when I read it and was emotionally moved by it.

    Whitmore is a good man, he’s very human and very relatable. He faces a crisis of faith, just like many who have endured a tragedy, but he strives to be honest and do the right

    Alexis Perry-Holby, playing Whitmore’s wife, Sara, said, “The interplay between religion and politics in our country is fascinating. Often it feels like we’re dealing with caricatures of ‘religious people’ and ‘political opponents’ and I think this play strives to humanize everyone.”

  • “Framed by Faithfulness” is the theme for the seventh-annual countywide “Women2Women” mini-conference at the Los Alamos Church of Christ.

    The mini-conference seeks to connect Los Alamos women with each other and with God.

    The free conference will be from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive.

    The morning of Christian fellowship, mutual encouragement and spiritual strengthening is open to all women of the community. Beverages and finger foods will be served.

    The church began sponsoring the countywide conference in 2013 and has followed up every year since. The plan is to study all nine “fruit of the Spirit” as listed in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galations, chapter 5, verses 22 and 23.

    The 2019 event will focus on how God is faithful and helps His people to be faithful. Three local women will speak on aspects of human faithfulness as aided by God.

    Dr. Tera Harmon will talk on “Connecting Faith to Faithfulness,” presenting accounts of Biblical women who were faithful to God.

  • They say there is no free lunch, but how about a free dinner? The United Church of Los Alamos and the Unitarian Universalist Church still have a few spaces left for a free dinner and live auction, to raise $20,000 to build homes for the poor, during spring break.

    Trip coordinators knew people already had too much stuff and thought for 2019, they would try something new. They solicited donations from local eateries and sought their, “greatest hits,” of live auction items and a Saturday night event is at hand. A few spaces are left for the free dinner, with the silent auction taking place at dinner’s end.

    The goal is to raise the funds to send 65 youth and adults on the week-long build in Puerto Penasco. One donor has even put up $7,200 to match any monetary donations made before the trip, to ensure the success of the new fundraising opportunity. The plan is to build three homes and the team will learn about the families, just prior to their departure.

  • This week, I will resort to the local news for the topic, just in case you are a bit behind on the issues of today’s youth.

    The newest “activity,” along the lines of the Tide Pod Challenge, is the 48 Hour Facebook Challenge.

    If you need to know more, head on over to KOB TV.

    The gist of it is that teens will go missing on purpose in order to get a post about them missing on Facebook.

    Apparently, there is a points system for likes and re-posts, etc.

    My kids know that I am all about just walking into their room or texting them something random, that I feel they need to be aware of for safety sake.

    Sure, I get an eye roll or two along the way, but I will never doubt that we didn’t have the discussion.

    My ability to say something ridiculous also opens the door for them to do the same. I am rarely fazed by topics, when it comes to youth.

    What I want to say to parents or grandparents is, are you talking to you kids? I don’t mean just about this topic, but about anything at all? I know we all get busy and sometimes there are days when the ships pass in the night and not a lot of conversation takes place.

  • After the recent local wildfires, forest rehabilitation has been on many people’s minds.

    Join David Gilmore and Sandy Hurlocker of the Santa Fe National Forest Service for a talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center to learn more about how they approach forest restoration and how you can help with the big picture of forest rehabilitation.

    This event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, and is free to attend.

    At this talk, Gilmore will discuss the complexities of implementing one of the most talked about ways of restoring forest ecosystems: tree planting. He and Hurlocker will also discuss how they approach restoration through planting and how the community can be involved.

    Hurlocker will focus on the restorations project of the Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency Project and give an update on the new forest plan.

    Audience questions are highly encouraged to help flesh out anything not covered in the discussion.

    Gilmore is a small products forestry technician for the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. His position focuses on the restoration of forests around both the Santa Fe and Los Alamos areas. Hurlocker is the district ranger for the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

  • Food and donations are arriving to assist Sonic employees, who remain out of work during construction of a new canopy at the restaurant.

    These donations delivered by Ben and Naydeen Stone are being combined with other local resources in the community.

    Food and monetary donations are being collected through March 8 at the Los Alamos Youth Activity Centers, after school hours, in Los Alamos and White Rock.

    Donations can also be sent to Champions of Youth Ambitions, and additional information is available at 695-9139, through March 8.

    The programs are collaborating on the effort to demonstrate to show young people the need to show love and unity for those that struggle during a tough situation.

  • Three Rivers Brewery — recipient of the coveted 2018 Distillery of the Year Award from the New Mexico Restaurant Association — is celebrating the culture and community of Farmington with a beer named Thrivers.

    Dubbed the “taste of Farmington,” the American Amber Lager is a delicious way to get a taste of the area, and the beer’s name derives from a combination of Farmington’s branding and the Three Rivers name.

    “Farmington is known as the place where outdoor lovers and active families ‘thrive,’ and this is illustrated in what we see every day,” said John Silva, co-owner of Three Rivers Brewery. “In Farmington, we have a culture of hard work, outdoor activity, and fun. Whether you live and work in Farmington, or you’re just visiting, you’re likely working up an appetite during the day. We wanted to create a beer that could be enjoyed after a hard day’s work or a hard day’s play in our incredible outdoor areas.”

    Known for its nearby national park sites, hiking, biking, kayaking, water sports, off-roading and fishing, Farmington is a hotspot for adventure seekers, outdoor enthusiasts and active families. The tight-knit community is also rich with history and culture.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.