Missoula Children’s Theater presents the Tortoise Versus the Hare. The performance is based on the Aesop’s Fable in which the two animals are in a race. Showtime is 7 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. The Residency Program aided several children in workshops to show the fundamentals of acting. The theme on July 24 was the art of the mine. Heather Burgess and Paul Lewis were the directors of the program. Burgess and Lewis have been on tour since May. “Los Alamos has a great bunch of really talented kids,” Burgess said. 

  • School starts in less than a month, and soon the long, relaxing summer days and evenings will give way to the coming of fall.
    Before that happens though, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center has a variety of programs on offer, from outdoor painting, to a unique story walk evening, to touring an abandoned copper mine.
    On Aug. 3, local artist and teacher Monika Kaden will team up with PEEC to offer a “plein air” acrylic painting excursion. “En plein air” is a French expression, which means “in the open air,” and it is used to describe the act of painting outdoors.
    Participants can explore the Los Alamos landscape through art. The emphasis of the class is to have fun painting in nature while creating a unique and personal work of art.
    The class will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fuller Lodge Art Center which has nine working backpack easels that can be lent out for the event. Village Arts will offer a discount on art supplies for the class. The cost is $24 for PEEC members, or $30 for non-members. Advance registration is required, and space is limited to only 8-10 participants, so be sure to register soon.

  • The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Erin Kirk with a scholarship recently. Erin will be attending the University of New Mexico and will study communication or education. Pictured from left to right are: Alan Kirk, dad, Pat Kirk, mom, Erin Kirk, and Kiwanis president, Don Casperson. Kirk was selected because of her contribution to the community through Los Alamos Youth Leadership for the past four years and her leadership in spearheading the “Dig In Pink” as a fundraiser for a volleyball coach who had developed cancer.

  • Santa Fe
    Fusion Fire Buffet and Grill, 3795 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: Investigation after complaint. One moderate-risk violation. Sanitizing strips not available. Researching complaint manager and owner told inspector on June 7, an employee was caught stealing money and was fired. Her and her boyfriend, who also worked there threatened to call the health department. Police report for incident is available. Two low-risk violations. Wall by back door and vents in walk in cooler are dirty. Exhaust hood is very greasy. Clean more often.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Joe’s Diner and Pizza, 2801 Rodeo Road
    Date inspected: July 10
    Violations: All high risk violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from June 20, no further follow up required.

    The Wok, 2860 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: July 10
    Violations: All violations corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from June 26. No further follow up required.

  • Experts on the early history of baseball, Mable Dodge Luhan, Edith Warner and hippies will participate in the second half of the 2013 Brainpower and Brownbags Lecture Series.
    Organized by Tomas Jaehn of the museum’s Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, the lectures are free and open to the public (bring a lunch).
    Each lecture begins at noon in the Meem Community Room; enter through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors. Seating is limited.
    The schedule
    Aug. 21: Jeff Laing on “That Championship Season (1888): The Santa Fe Ancients’ Pennant Race of the New Mexico Baseball League.”
    Laing, a Santa Fe resident, is a retired English and drama teacher whose new book is Bud Fowler: Baseball’s First Black Professional (McFarland, 2013).
    Sept. 19: Lois Rudnick on “Constructing the Land of Enchantment: The Writings and Patronage of Henderson, Dodge Luhan, and Austin.”
    Rudnick, a Santa Fe resident, has written extensively on Mabel Dodge Luhan, including her newest book, The Suppressed Memoirs of Mabel Dodge Luhan: Sex, Syphilis, and Psychoanalysis in the Making of Modern American Culture (University of New Mexico Press, 2012). She is a professor emerita of American studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

  • Taos based Eske’s Brew Pub was among an elite list of microbrews in the United States mentioned by ABC News in a recent article highlighting the country’s best brews titled, “Latest Craft Brews Inspired by Far More than Hops,” July 12.

    The article, written by Lena Katz of ABCNews.com, said of the pub’s green chile beer: “In New Mexico, where locals proudly eat green chile with absolutely everything (burgers, pizza, breakfast, chiles on other chiles) Taos Green Chile Beer from Eske’s Brew Pub is available in many establishments including the Albuquerque airport.”

    Eske’s Brew Pub is housed in a 100-year-old adobe home and offers a number of beers on tap, including the popular green chile beer and even homemade draft Root Beer for non-drinkers, along with a full menu of traditional pub fare and New Mexican favorites.
    Local brew favorites also include: Mesa Pale Ale, Millinium IPA, Seco Stout, Artist Ale, 10,000 Foot Stout and Señor Fumar, among others.

    Green chile beer is made with New Mexico green chile which is used in the fermentation process, making the beer wonderfully aromatic and well-balanced.

    For a complete list of beers, live music and daily specials at Eske’s Brew Pub, visit eskesbrewpub.com, or call 575-758-1517.

  • Northern New Mexico brought home titles during the Miss Rodeo New Mexico Pageant June 5-7.
    The contest was in Clovis for a weekend event that had girls vying to be Miss Rodeo and their chance to become Miss Rodeo America.

    The current Miss Rodeo New Mexico, Ashlee Rose Mills, of Eagle Nest, was on hand to offer advice to the girls in the court and find out who she can pass her crown to in 2014. Alexandra Tapia, of Santa Fe, will take over for Mills in January.

    The court was rounded out by MRNM Teen, Larissa Padilla, of Santa Fe; MRNM Princess Deanne Guthrie, of Clovis and Little Miss Rodeo, Mireya Martinez, of Santa Cruz.

    “I am always available to encourage the younger girls to compete and think of this as an adventure,” Mills said.
    “Rodeo related pageants represent the community and the sport, Tapia said. “These develop skills that can help them grow in real life.”

    The girls competed in category such as horsemanship, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo knowledge and public speaking and are judged by a panel of rodeo experts.

    Mills has spent eight years competing in Miss Rodeo pageants. Her younger sister also competes. She said she has guidance from her family and coach as she has trained for each pageant.

  • Boy Scout Troop 129 of White Rock recently hosted two Eagle Courts of Honor for Jonah Katz and Aaron Bao.
    The ceremony for Katz was at White Rock United Methodist Church on June 14 and for Bao at White Rock Baptist Church on July 6.
    Jonah, son of Joel and Carolynn Katz, joined Boy Scout Troop 129 in 2006 and advanced persistently through the ranks, standing for his Eagle Board of Review in December, 2012. Even before he joined, Jonah did outings with the troop, trekking along with his brothers on a 12-mile pack trip near Creede, Colo.
    Having climbed with the troop to the top of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, Katz is a holder of the troop altitude record. He has earned the high-adventure triple crown through attendance at Philmont, Canoe Base and Sea Base.
    Katz was elected by his peers to the Order of the Arrow, served his ordeal for induction, and has demonstrated scout leadership as a true arrow man. He was recognized as the 2011 Northern New Mexico District Outstanding Senior Patrol Leader.

  • The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Christina Moore with the Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship. Moore will be attending Maclester College in St. Paul, NM and will study International Studies. Pictured from left to right are: Tammy Moore, mom; David Moore, dad; Moore, Terry Wallace, son of Jeannette Wallace and Kiwanis President Don Casperson. Christina was selected because of her strong leadership in Key Club, a Kiwanis program for students, Natural Helpers and her work with her church. 

  • How wonderful that for a change, the nation perhaps even the world, is focused on good news. I wish that every arrival could be heralded with such a warm welcome.
    Perhaps this week we could do just that, even if it is over the kitchen table.
    Imagine pulling out a photo from the arrival of their birth and reminding your child how proud you were at the time.
    Perhaps you think your kids are too old for that, or perhaps they live too far away? I say put pen to paper and share some warm memory of that day long ago.
    If you enjoy sharing old stories, drop that card in the mail and let the memory making begin.
    If you aren’t that warm and fuzzy person, seal it in an envelope and put it along with some important papers for a grand discovery at a later date.
    Maybe you don’t have children of your own. If not, share with someone your pride of that person’s arrival. It might be a niece, a nephew or close family friend. We all have some adult in our lives that isn’t related by blood but has been an important figure. Sometimes those are the best relationships.
    Those old stories get lost in the shuffle and every year after, oh, I’ll say , age 30, don’t come as easy from the memory banks, but they’re randomly discovered more like an old paper filing system.

  • A hands-on archaeology exhibit was at the library on July 18. The educational outreach program hosted by archaeologist Chuck Hannaford included artifacts found during digs around New Mexico. The exhibit allowed the public to examine the fossils and fellow archaeologist Mary Weahkee gave demonstrations and history on some of the artifacts. 

  • The Española Valley Humane Society is hosting the 6th Annual Santa Fe Kitten Festival July 27-28. It is the largest cat adoption event in New Mexico.

    The event will include cats from five other shelters around Northern New Mexico and all around the state, which plan to pull cats and kittens from the euthanasia lists to save more lives than ever this year. The goal is the rescue more than 100 doomed felines.

    The festival will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 27 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 28 at PetSmart, 3561 Zafarano Drive in Santa Fe.

    The Española shelter, though struggling with its own intake numbers, knows that hundreds of cats and kittens are at risk of euthanasia from overcrowding, so staff is making room this week to take in more from Gallup, Carlsbad and Las Cruces.

    Española Valley Humane Society started the Santa Fe Kitten Festival six years ago to cope with the overflow of kittens that occurs each year as a result of a long breeding season in the region and an ongoing nationwide struggle with feline overpopulation.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home!
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, for more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs that are currently in foster care. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed, or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.

  • Entries are now being accepted for the Los Alamos County Fair.

    For those into robotics here is an opportunity to exhibit a robot, as well as your home preserves, garden produce and quilts. Gardeners, bakers, quilters and artists have until Aug. 2 to register.

    The County Fair and Rodeo runs Aug. 8-10. Anyone living or working in Los Alamos County is eligible to enter.
    Exhibit categories include: culinary (baked items), preserved foods, hobbies and crafts, fine arts, photography, quilts, clothing, knitting, crochet, needlework, horticulture and 4-H projects. Age categories range from age 5 on up to seniors.

    To enter exhibits, the public may also bring items to the Mesa Public Library from 2-6 p.m. on Aug 8.
    The more entries there are, the more it contributes to everyone’s enjoyment of the fair. There will be four “Best of The Best” plate winners.

    Viewing of all exhibits for handicapped individuals is 2-4 p.m., Aug. 9.

    At 5 p.m., viewing for the general public beginning at begins until 8 p.m., upstairs at the Mesa Public Library.

    Public viewing continues on Saturday also at the Mesa Public Library. Exhibits are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Get a copy of the Exhibit Entry Booklet, which lists the various categories and classes available.

  • The Los Alamos Beer Co-op in Los Alamos, New Mexico is brewing up one of the highest-elevation events in the country for beer lovers with their first annual “Beer Fiesta” on July 27 at Pajarito Ski Mountain.
    Because Pajarito Ski Mountain sits at an elevation above 9,000 feet, this is one of the highest elevation beer fiestas in the nation and sure to be a high-spirited one.

    The “Beer Fiesta” is sponsored by the Los Alamos Beer Co-op, which now has more than 140 members.
    The fiesta is the first anniversary celebration. “In the ‘City Where Discoveries are Made,’ it’s only fitting that Los Alamos offer a unique event where beer lovers can experience high quality New Mexico made brews while discovering all the wonderful features of Los Alamos and Pajarito Ski Mountain,” said Micheline Devaurs, President of Los Alamos Beer Co-op. “Members of the Co-op are on the way to realizing their goal of locally crafted beer, and hope to continue growing interest and membership at this important summer event and milestone for us — we hope to see lots of people there, enjoying both beer and the ski hill.”

  • The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Amy Neal with a scholarship. Neal will be attending the University of Tennessee and will study engineering. Pictured from left to right are: Ben Neal, dad; Kiwanis President Don Casperson; Neal and Ruth Ann Neal, mom. Amy was selected because of her vast contribution to the community and youth through Youth United Way, Mexico Mission, and Los Alamos Youth Leadership. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall. Kiwanis was founded in 1948 and is the oldest service organization in Los Alamos and focuses on youth projects. For more information on Kiwanis, visit their web site at losalamos.kiwanisone.org. 

  • Critter cam experts will share their tips and techniques during a free talk, 7 p.m., July 25 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Let’s face it: wildlife is elusive to say the least. Even in Los Alamos, where forested highlands and steep canyons provide many various habitats for critters to live close by, many rarely see the animals that share neighborhoods.
    With a simple motion-activated camera setup, one can record, study and enjoy these animals at own convenience without disturbing them. During this class, participants will learn how to operate the PEEC trail camera, which will be available for members to borrow and install at their own homes.
    The class will be led by Dave Yeamans, PEEC member and trail camera operator and Hari Viswanathan, a wildlife photographer who brings a professional approach to the everyday equipment available through PEEC.
    This is a chance to learn all about trail cameras and see examples of wildlife captured in photos and videos.
    This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. PEEC members may rent the trail camera for two weeks at a time ($200 deposit; $10 per week rental charge). For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org. 

  • Natalie Goldberg and Mirabai Starr are the guest speakers at the last Summer Writers Series session, 7:30 p.m., July 31 at the Harwood Museum in Taos.
    Nationally known writer, teacher, artist, and author of 11 books, Natalie Goldberg will read from one of current pieces.
    Goldberg’s books include Wild Mind, Old Friend From Far Away and Long Quiet Highway. She teaches nationally and internationally using her skills as an experienced Zen practitioner and her unique writing methods.
    Her newest book, The True Secret of Writing: Practicing Sit, Walk, Write was published in March.
    Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature.
    She is a professor of Philosophy and World Religions at University of New Mexico-Taos and teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and interspiritual dialog.
    Mirabai’s newest book, God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, was named one of the “Best Spiritual Books of 2012,” and positions her at the vanguard of the emerging Interspiritual Movement.
    Tickets are $6 Alliance and SOMOS members, $8 nonmembers.  

  • Santa Fe
    The Ranch House — Catering, 2571 Cristo’s Road
    Date inspected: June 26
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Floor of transport truck needs to be made smooth and non-absorbent.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Allsup’s No. 346, No. 2 Vista del Monte
    Date inspected: June 26
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Yoberri, 325 W. San Francisco St.
    Date inspected: June 26
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Air cap on three-compartment sink. Two moderate-risk violations. Hand wash sink not in food prep area per hand washing policy. Thermometers maintained calibration to assure adequate temperatures. Two low-risk violation. Broken tiles. Light fixtures need protective covers.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. Follow up required on July 15.

    Savory Spice Shop, 225 Galisteo St.
    Date inspected: June 27
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Table de Los Santos, 210 Don Gaspar Ave.
    Date inspected: June 27
    Violations: Inspection after complaint received. No violations were found.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Whole Foods Market has selected The Santa Fe Community Farm to be the recipient of its upcoming community support day.
    On July 24, five percent of the total day’s sales at the Whole Foods Markets in Santa Fe will be donated to the Santa Fe Community Farm to support the organization’s commitment of growing fresh, fruits and vegetables for those in need throughout Santa Fe County.
    Established 60 years ago by Santa Fe native John Stephenson, the 11-acre farm located in Agua Fria remains one of the oldest farms in Santa Fe.
    After retirement, John Stephenson who will be turning 99 next month, dedicated the operation of his farm to sustainable agriculture and charitable giving and the farm currently operates as a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
    Working in partnership with The Food Depot, the Santa Fe Community Farm regularly makes charitable donations of its fruit and produce to the hungry, the homeless and the disabled across Northern New Mexico. The farm is an open classroom offering volunteer opportunities to people of all ages and abilities.
    It serves as an agricultural education center to develop hands on skills in sustainable farming and runs almost entirely with the support of its volunteers.
    To learn more about the Farm, visit santafecommunityfarm.org.