• The League of Women Voters will hear from four women who are truly leaders in the field of zero waste at their Feb. 19 Lunch with a Leader at Mesa Library at 11:45 a.m.

    Sue Barns who came to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in microbiology in 1996 and remained until 2008 will talk about food waste; Angelica Gurule will explain the activities of the Environmental Services/Eco Station. She has a master’s degree in Sustainable Environmental Resources Management and a MS in Information, Science and Technology. She worked at LANL on pollution prevention before becoming manager of the Environmental Services/Eco Station. 

    Dorothy Brown will educate us about composting. Brown grew up in upstate NY and also lived in the Bay Area. She has worked as a registered nurse, physician assistant, and a flight instructor.

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre invites interested patrons  and prospective actors to attend a play reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Green Room at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

    The evening’s reading will feature the eight short plays to be performed by LALT in May. The plays were selected from 22 scripts submitted by New Mexico playwrights.

    This production format of short plays provides multiple opportunities for persons wishing to gain on-stage experience and offers a variety of roles and concepts to consider.

    Some of the directors who have chosen the plays will be at the reading and can share their thoughts that went into the selections.

    This is the sixth time LALT has produced the 8x10 play format. Auditions will be held 1-3 p.m.  March 2, and 5-7 p.m. March 3.

    The plays to be performed in May include “A Life,” by Gary Dontzig, ‘DWI,” by Dale Dunn, “Endless Questions,” by Mimi Adams, “For Lack of a Tail,” by John Cullinan, “Patient,” by Caroline Evarts, “Red Licorice,” by John Gustafson, and “Treason,” by Robert Benjamin.

    The eighth play is still being determined.

  • March is just around the corner and this March, local Pharmacist Dr. Katherine Fry will return to Haiti for her seventh mission trip to heal the sick.

    Her most recent trip was in September 2018 with friend Elizabeth Hargreaves.

    Their work helped more than 2,500 patients who traveled from distant villages for food, medicine and a chance to improve health for themselves and their children. This time, prior to their arrival, a special education team has traveled in advance to teach villagers hand washing and tooth brushing and provide resources for fresh water.

    Many items we take for granted each day, can be donated for Fry to take when she travels or donated anytime through a secure on-line site. The items, simple in nature, are necessary life saving ones, but must be small for her two-bag limit. Unfortunately, not all bags arrive on the other end of the trip, so even the smallest donation of cash or coins is helpful and jars are available at Smith’s Marketplace Pharmacy and the White Rock Smith’s.

    The Smith’s Marketplace location would love to see the donations of the following items:

    * Eye rewetting drops – generic

    * Band-Aids – generic, fabric type

    * ACE wraps

    * Alcohol prep pads

    * Hand sanitizer – 8-10 oz size with pump

  • Rose Chocolatier is busy filling its cases with goodies just in time for Valentine’s Day.

    The team has assembled a wide selection of chocolate candies with new flavors, as well as old favorites on hand to make this year’s holiday the best yet.

    Rose Chocolatier will have its chocolate-dipped strawberries again this year, along with dipped cherries. These treats are sure to make anyone smile.

    In the pastries section, there are heart shaped shortbread cookies, a heart ganache cake and a new addition, raspberry cupcakes that will bright everyone’s day.

    As always, anyone wanting something specific or anyone who has a large order to place should give the shop a call or stop in to reserve what they need.

    Any special requests are always welcome, especially this time of year. The team at Rose Chocolatier is ready to do anything to make sure Valentine’s Day is special for everyone in Los Alamos.

    If chocolate isn’t your thing, there are vanilla or lemon cakes that can be baked up on special order.

    There are also great lemon or raspberry layered cakes topped with buttercream frosting.

    Also, coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, lemon tarts and kringles are great with breakfast any time, and are a fantastic way of getting the holiday off to a good start this year.

  • To say Mrs. Beadsley has a large variety of costume jewelry for both men and women would be an understatement. Her store is overflowing with it, plus plenty of other one-of-a-kind unique items also.

    “I specialize in all sorts of vintage and antique jewelry from the 1800s to the 1980s and from around the world,” Mrs. Beadsley owner Debra Lowenstein said.  She has everything in all forms also, including brooches, necklaces, bracelets rings and more.

    Mrs. Beadsley also carries a variety of linens, clothing, scarves, belts and other accessories. She also sells Native American jewelry available.

    “I love things with history as well. I have things that Queen Victoria could have worn,” Lowenstein said. It’s of the same time, and it’s good enough where she could have worn it. “

    And hey, if it was an impulse buy that later turns into regret don’t worry about it.

    “If someone isn’t happy and they bring something home and then say ‘what the heck was I thinking.’ I tell them to bring it back so people aren’t stuck with things they won’t wear and won’t love,” Lowenstein said.
    Mrs. Beadsley had been operating in Santa Fe for eight years and in Los Alamos for four and a half.  She really loves being in Los Alamos.

  • Flowers by Gillian is celebrating being in its current location for one year. Over the last year, many improvements have taken place in the shop at 3801 Arkansas, Suite A. The shop now has an arrangement cooler full of vases and bouquets ready to brighten anyone’s day. There is also a full-size flower cooler, making it possible to purchase loose stems of flowers. The addition of the flower cooler has allowed for a greatly expanded selection.

    Everything is ready for your Valentine’s Day shopping pleasure. Flowers by Gillian has roses, roses and more roses! This includes pink, white, circus, yellow, coffee, purple, rainbow, brandy, bicolor, and, of course, classic red.

    But Valentine’s Day is about much more than roses. Selections include carnations, orchids, lilies, gerbera daisies, iris, tulips, sunflowers, spray roses, mini carnations, daisies, alstroemeria, stock and many more flowers and a variety of greenery.

    There are plenty of other interesting additions, including preserved roses in a variety of colors, a great selection of teddy bears, houseplants and chocolate.

    The shop will be open extended hours, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. through Valentine’s Day.

  • The Santa Fe Symphony will present the third of its 2018-19 recital series featuring the gold-medal winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards, Christel DeHaan Fellow and Steinway Artist Drew Petersen at 7 p.m. March 7 at the St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe.

    The 24-year-old pianist will perform an evening of beloved piano works by master composers.

    Sought-after as a soloist and chamber musician, Petersen is the recipient of the coveted 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant.

    His career also includes prizes in the Leeds and Hilton Head International Piano Competitions, Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, and the New York Kryderyk Chopin Piano Competition.

    Tickets can be purchased at the symphony box office at 301 Griffin St., or online at santafesymphony.org, or by calling 983-3530.

    Tickets are $20-$55. Half-price tickets are available for children ages 6-14 with an adult purchase. No children under 6 will be admitted.

    The St. Francis Auditorium is located at the New Mexico Museum of Arts, 107 W. Palace Ave.

    Special to the Monitor

    You might think you’ve stepped onto another planet at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. The park, a well-known attraction in the city, takes the traditional conservatory concept up more than just a notch or two. With its Supertrees, suspended walkway and ginormous domed glass greenhouses, the place is a horticulture wonderland with a futuristic vibe.

    The Gardens is a must-see destination for travelers to Singapore. It’s a showpiece of innovation and artistry that presents the plant kingdom in a fresh, new way. This “green jewel” simultaneously entertains while educates visitors about plants from around the world, ranging from species in cool, temperate climates to those in tropical forests and habitats.

    Comprised of two distinct waterfront sectors, Bay South and Bay East (with a third, Bay Central, to be developed), the Gardens offers a pocket of tranquility in the middle of one of Southeast Asia’s most bustling cities. Bay South, the largest of the gardens, opened in 2012, and is home to the attraction’s exciting wow factors. Bay East, on the other hand, is a vast waterfront green space, perfect for picnicking and relaxation.

  • Locals and visitors in downtown Los Alamos can experience a mix of art, music, chocolate and wine during Friday’s Downtown Creative Crawl, a first-ever event to highlight what the city has to offer.

    The crawl will be followed by Museum Monday on Feb. 4, when the Los Alamos Creative District will team up with local organizations to bring in groups from around the area to enjoy the local museum offerings.

    “We are giving the opportunity for people in the area to attend all of the events as opposed to just picking one,” said Jennifer Loveless, Creative District curator and event planner. “The Creative Crawl is a bunch of art openings happening.

    Museum Monday is a little bit more of a historic take on things.”

    Most of the events are free, including the tours offered by Atomic City Tours.

    The Downtown Creative Crawl starts at 3 p.m. at the Rose Chocolatier, where they will feature artist Alix Morgan and his pen-and-ink drawings and watercolor paintings.

    The group will then move onto the Los Alamos History Museum at 4 p.m. for the “Atoms and Art – The Intersecting

    Lives of Maria Martinez and Bernice Brode” exhibition.

    Adult Paint Party theme “Doe and Deer” at 6 p.m. at the Pig and Fig Café, 11 Sherwood Blvd., White Rock. Bring a friend or just come by yourself for a night of painting. Cost is $35 plus tax. To sign up, go to Eventbrite and type in Adult Paint Party.

    Today-May 1: Forest Explorers Hike and Play from 1-3 p.m. at the Nature Center. Get outside this winter and spring by exploring the canyons and forests with PEEC! This eight-session class is for youth ages 5 to 8 and meets every other Wednesday. Cost is $175 for non-members, $150 for PEEC members.
    Backcountry Film Festival at 7 p.m. at the Reel Deal Theater. Enjoy a variety of short films celebrating human-powered experiences in the backcountry snowsports world at the Reel Deal Theater. Pajarito Brewpub and Grill will serve beer and wine. Cost is $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

  • To mark education as a top priority at the New Mexico State Legislature this January, a who’s who of state officials, leaders in education and research and others spoke at a press conference held by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Thursday at the Santa Fe Roundhouse.

    The guest speakers came to speak about the importance of a curriculum that emphasizes science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

    Former teacher Stephanie Garcia Richard, who is now the state’s land commissioner, threw a little inspiration the audience’s way. Many in the audience were young people who were also at the capitol to explore the opportunities on “STEAM Day,” where the legislature invited many colleges, tech firms and schools to display what they’re doing in the realm of science, technology, engineering art and education.

    “I employ 165 New Mexicans, who are just like me and you,” Garcia Richard said. “Some of them went to college for the first time, they are the first ones in their families to go to college,” Garcia Richard said. “I get to employ them as biologists, wildlife specialists, as archaeologists.”

  • What a great week this is for us.

    We start out with Diversity Week and an assist from Voices of Los Alamos. I hope you will celebrate by learning something new or just finding love in your heart for everyone.

    We then came upon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. If you couldn’t think of a way to celebrate, do an act of service sometime this week. Perhaps you’ll hold the door for someone, ask if you can carry a heavy load or do a kind gesture for a neighbor.

    If prayer is right up your alley, say a prayer for our neighbors of the San Ildefonso Pueblo. Their members were dancing in the chilly hours of Tuesday evening and for their Feast Day on Wednesday. They will celebrate the Feast of Saint Ildefonso. What a beautiful opportunity to take in such stunning culture, right in our own back yard.

    The week will end with the celebration of the 10th annual Community Asset Awards. People that live, work and volunteer in our community will be recognized for the small and grand things they do throughout the year. The event started with a small idea and has celebrated hundreds of youth, adults, businesses and organizations, over the decade.

  • After the cancellation of the annual Ice Skate Day due to some well appreciated snowfall, the Los Alamos and White Rock, Youth Activity Centers, will move its fundraiser to their centers.

    One dollar raffle tickets will be sold through Tuesday, with a chance to win multiple prizes.

    The prizes include passes to the ice rink, aquatic center, golf course, all including a travel mug, snack bar certificates and more. Recently, a Harley Davidson lamp and night light were donated to increase appeal.

    The money raised will benefit the activity fund, which provides free, daily activities for kids in third through eight grades.

    Anyone who wants to buy a ticket can stop by the centers from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Monday or Tuesday.

    Questions can also be directed to 662-9412.

  • Commander Roger Anaya of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 8874, is announcing the kick-off of the VFW’s annual Scout of the Year competition.

    Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, Venture Summit Award recipients and/or Sea Scout Quartermasters in this area have the opportunity to compete and win thousands of dollars in national awards.

    The close relationship between the VFW and the Boy Scouts of America dates back 100 years when VFW Post 2100 teamed up with another civic organization to establish Troop 1 in Everett, Washington.

    That century-long affiliation has fostered true patriotism, community service and strong, moral character throughout the ensuing decades. During World War I and II, Boy Scouts played a major part in helping collect food and other items to support troops in the war. Since that time, Scouting has continued to be a supporter of the VFW, with scouts growing up, joining the military, fighting in wars, and subsequently become members of the VFW.

    It is a natural effort, therefore, that the VFW focus the efforts of those who have been Scouts to continue and guide the VFW posts in the support of all Scouting efforts.

  • Somebody needs to come and get Kiara. Kiara is a short hair kitty who has been at the Los Alamos Animal County Shelter since Dec. 23.

    She’s seen some of her buddies leave the shelter during the holiday season, and is beginning to wonder if someone is going to come get her also.

    She started life as a stray in another state, but then some really nice people came along and took her in. Unfortunately for Kiara and her previous owners, life changed, so Kiara is now at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter looking for a second chance at a forever home.  

    Kiara is 2 years old. She’s a loving kitty, but will need to be gradually introduced to other furry family members at her new forever home before settling in, according to shelter staff members.

    She gets along, but sudden introductions tend to make her nervous. But once the calling cards are exchanged without any fuss, she relaxes pretty quickly. She hasn’t been sterilized yet, but she’s had all her shots and checkups.

    For more information, call 662-8179 or email police-psa@lacnm.us.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up again this year to bring the popular Backcountry Film Festival back to Los Alamos.

    This year, Century Bank has signed on as the headline sponsor for this festival.

    Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world. The screening at the Reel Deal is at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 will be the only one in New Mexico.

    Tickets are available now.

    Pajarito Brewpub and Grill will be selling beer and wine before the show and at intermission. Also at intermission, PEEC will raffle off prizes donated by local businesses and other sponsors.

    Prizes include lift tickets from Pajarito Mountain, skis and a snowboard from Pajarito Brewpub, lift tickets from Taos Ski Valley, gift card to Ruby K’s and Pig and Fig, PEEC t-shirts, a Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op sweatshirt and more. Raffle tickets will be sold in the lobby before the show.

  • The Los Alamos County Council is seeking letters of interest from residents interested in filling the unexpired term of Councilor Christine Chandler, who ended her term with council upon election as the House District 43 representative.

    Her term will expire Dec. 31, 2020.

    Applicants must be a registered voter and resident of Los Alamos County, and cannot be employed by the county.

    They should submit a letter of interest explaining their background, experience and why they are interested in the position.

    Letters of interest must be received no later than at 5 p.m. Jan. 24.

    The letter should be submitted to Harry Burgess, County Manager, 1000 Central Ave, Suite 350, Los Alamos, NM 87544. It can also be e-mailed by the deadline to lacmanager@lacnm.us.

    Any individual submitting a letter of interest must attend the council meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 in Council Chambers, and be prepared to respond to questions from councilors. The council expects to interview applicants and then make their selection that evening.

  • Well Happy New Year!

    This is a time of New Year’s Resolutions and they often get a bad rap. Maybe we should just approach the topic as, what do you want to do differently this year? All of us can do something better or differently and we shouldn’t be so concerned about it that we swear it off.

    Last year, I had a few different ones, but none that made me feel like they were not able to accomplish or that I would be a loser if they weren’t perfect. They were often fun to do, but then again, my kids think I have an odd definition of fun.

    The first was a thankful jar, where once a month, family members were asked to write down one thing they were thankful for, to place in the jar.

    As the moment for reminders came, there was often a deep sigh or gnashing of teeth…just kidding. If you didn’t mention the reaction, you could occasionally see joy when they knew they had a good one.

    Did I tell you my kids are now 18, 20 and 22? My hope was two-fold, you realize that even when life can be crappy, there’s got to be something positive. We haven’t read them yet, so I may need to report back on that one. Ideally, there are 5 of us, so there should be 60 slips in the jar.

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre has added a matinee performance of “Murder at the Lone Elm” for 2 p.m. Sunday.
    LALT cancelled the planned matinee performance on Jan. 13 because of the weather and bad driving conditions.

    People who purchased tickets for the Jan. 13 show can use them at any of the remaining performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

    “Murder at the Lone Elm” is an interactive mystery in which the audience gets to question the suspects and try to identify the killer. Those who correctly guess the murderer’s identity are entered into a drawing for prizes at the end of the show.

    Ice cream with toppings are served prior to the play’s beginning — so be sure to come early to get your seat and a bowl of ice cream.

    Seating is capped at 114 persons —be aware that a sellout is possible. Tickets may be purchased in advance at CB Fox or online at Brown Paper Tickets.

    For more information, visit lalt.org” for 2 p.m. Sunday.

    LALT cancelled the planned matinee performance on Jan. 13 because of the weather and bad driving conditions.
    Those who purchased tickets for the Jan. 13 show are welcome to use them at any of the remaining performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

  • This month’s meeting will be on Tuesday. The speaker this month is Companion Robert Hull. He will be talking about the Russian attempts and success to kill its  ”traitors.”

    The public is invited to join the group for the interesting and informative presentation.     

    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m.

    The meeting will be held in Los Alamos Research Park in the second-floor conference room. The Los Alamos Research building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east of the fire station {accessible from southbound lane of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge} or east of the Research Park building {access is through the LANL control stations to West Jemez road.} Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the second level.

    The Military Order of World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.  The Hot Rocks Java Café staff will be catering the dinner: Spiral cut ham and appropriate side dishes.