• Santa Fe Brewery workers Matt and Andrew Fricek manned one of the many beer vendor booths at Summerfest June 15 at Pajarito Mountain. Among other New Mexico vendors at the festival were Marble Brewery, Second Street, Blue Corn, Mimbres Valley, Sierra Blanca, Taos Mesa, High Desert and more from around the state. 

  • Artisan announces two winners of the 2013-2014 Budding Artist Fellowship prize.
    Ana Elaine Hernandez, Alicia Stewart, students at Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences, and members of their families were present at Artisan in Santa Fe on June 2 as the winners received their certificates and gift cards. Each month for the next year they will have $100 added onto gift cards for purchasing art supplies from Artisan.
    The Budding Artist Fellowship went from awarding one prize to two prizes in this first year, when a longtime friend of owner Ron Whitmore came forward and endowed an additional prize. The Phoenix, Ariz., law firm of Evans Dukarich was represented by partner Gary Dukarich at the awards ceremony.
    This Fellowship is to give support to a young artist as they develop courage and heart in their pursuit of creative arts, with the support of quality art materials.
    Ana Elaine Hernandez and Alicia Stewart were selected from a field of 24 applicants whose work was voted on by the Artisan staff and owners in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

  • What is organic?
    Organic ingredients are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers and do not contain genetically modified or other artificial ingredients. Organic meat and dairy come from animals that eat organic feed and are not given growth hormones or antibiotics.
    1. Organic products meet stringent standards. Organic certification is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical imputs.
    2. Organic food tastes great. Well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals.
    3. Organic production reduces health risks. Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. 4. Organic farms respect our water resources. The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources.
    5. Organic farmer build healthy soil. Soil is the foundation of the food chain.
    6. Organic producers are leaders in innovative research. Organic farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimizing agriculture’s impact on the environment.

  • • Eat with the seasons. Prices drop on fruits and vegetables during the peak of their growing season when there is a greater supply and demand. If possible, buy in bulk, then can or freeze for future meals.
    • Choose organic strategically. Buy organic when the conventional item is high in pesticides.
    • Partner up. Team up with someone else and buy in bulk, can or freeze together, or split shopping trips.
    • Look for store brands, sales and coupons. Check flyers each week for sale items and search websites for coupons. Visit frugalliving.about.com for money saving coupons.
    • End-of-market and in-store discounts. At the end of farmers markets there might be vendors that have unsold produce. Offer to buy a large quantity at a discount. Also, stores have areas with discounted items.
    • Trade your time for farm-fresh food. Volunteer at a local farm or farmers market and come home with fresh picked produce and food in exchange for time.
    • Don’t over buy. Buy only what can be realistically eaten. A lot of food budgets go in the trash because it spoiled before they could be eaten. Date food to keep track of how much time goes by before it can go bad.

  • The Santa Fe School of Cooking announces the third season of cooking classes using seasonal organic ingredients from local farmers market from Northern New Mexico. Classes are going on at the school every third Wednesday through December.
    Classes are designed using ingredients available during each growing season and led by local chefs. Class participants learn how to create dishes using the organic foods and budget their food bills while using local farm and garden ingredients. The key is creating a nutritious meal for four for under $20.
    “Our focus continues to be fast, inexpensive and healthy meals that can be cooked at home and are in harmony with the seasons,” organizer Tony D’Agostino said.
    Classes were previously at Kitchen Angels in Santa Fe, but moved to the school this year. “Partnering with the Santa Fe School of Cooking this year adds an additional element of excitement to our schedule of classes.” D’Agostino said.
    Representatives from Kitchen Angels, Santa Fe Farmers Market and Home Grown New Mexico have pooled their resources to offer the classes. Classes are at 5:30 p.m. and cost $22 per session.

  • Summer is a great time to learn new cooking tips and styles through the Los Alamos Co-op Market’s Shop with the Chef classes.
    Shop with the Chef classes run from 6–8 p.m. and include shopping for and choosing the ingredients, preparing the dishes and enjoying the wonderful flavors.
    Tonight, learn how to make Peruvian Ceviche.
    The class is $15 for Co-op members or $20 for non-members. There is also a $5 equipment fee for jars to take home starters.
    Justin Smith will teach the history and culinary art of Peru’s national dish, ceviche.
    The Los Alamos Co-op is located at 95 Entrada Dr., next to the Holiday Inn Express. The Los Alamos Cooperative Market is a member-owned enterprise and the public is welcome to shop. Membership is $30 a year; however, everyone is welcome.
    The Co-op opened March 2, 2011. Its mission includes promoting awareness about food, nutrition, health, and cooperative values. Visit losalamos.coop for more information or find the Los Alamos Co-op Market on Facebook for updates. 

  • This past weekend, local aviators tried to light the spark for local youth, with an interest in flying.
    The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 961, hosted the annual Young Eagle Flight Rally at Los Alamos Municipal Airport.
    Many local pilots took youth, between the ages of eight and 17, up for a 20-minute spin, in a variety of aircraft, during the three hour period.
    As a parent, it is hard to smile and wave as your lips tremble during lift off. Once aloft, the planes seemed to disappear in the sunlight, as your heart travels outside your body for those 20 minutes. The youth were all smiles upon their return with great stories to share.
    Will Fox took one student over Mesa Public Library, her favorite spot to be during the summer.
    Another young man hoped to see his house in White Rock.
    Programs like this offer youth a chance to experience an opportunity like no other. In many cases, an opportunity some could not afford, especially for families with multiple children.
    One pilot commented how he has provided more than 100 Eagle Flights throughout the years. Wouldn’t it be marvelous to know if that sparked a passion that is soaring, all pun intended, today.
    So well done, flyboys and thanks for such a neat memory.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home!
    Be sure to check out our brand new website at lafos.org, where you can get 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 our Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of our adoptable pets.
    All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Bruce — A big brown tank! Bruce just became county property, so the volunteers can finally give walks to this friendly pit mix. He is proving to be very nice on a leash. He has been neutered, had his shots and is available for his new family to come find him!

  • A three-play sampler by Robert F. Benjamin was performed for the Brown Bag at Fuller Lodge on June 5.
    The act was not a group of skits, but rather an interactive theater experience where Benjamin answered audience questions, mainly about what the inspiration for each piece was. Beth Kennedy Jones was on board to cast the actors and direct the stories.
    The first play sample, was titled “Treason,” a historical story about the first person who printed the Declaration of Independence in 1777 with all the signatures, who ironic for the times, was a woman. The script was decorated with both old fashioned and modern dialogue weaved together. The back and forth banter between the historically accurate Mary Katharine Goddard — played by Roxanne Tapia, and her male counterpart Edward — played by Warren Houghteling — were an appropriate male vs. female mix of opinions. Idea came from a talk about two years ago by Pat Schroeder, the former congresswoman from Colorado. She spoke of the influence of the “foremothers” of the country. Benjamin was intrigue by the history of Goddard and did some extended research. “The piece is based on history fact, but I threw in my own speculations and opinions,” he said.

  • Master Gardener Kimberli Tanner shows a crowd how to handle a gopher problem at the annual Garden Fair on June 8.

  • Kristi Beguin will offer another of her popular classes, called “Get Grounded,” from 9 a.m. to noon on on Saturday.
    After meeting at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, participants will spend the morning connecting with nature in an unusual way. While traveling scenic trails off the beaten path, attenders will have the chance to explore concepts of natural movement, grounding, mindfulness and balance.
    In this age of fast-paced, high-tech lifestyles, this class will allow individuals to slow down, observe, breathe and enjoy the outdoors in a deeply experiential manner.
    Kristi Beguin is a scientist, an environmental consultant, and expert herbalist. She has practiced her skills through outdoor activities, martial arts, writing and making medicines. Her medical applications incorporate Western herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and flower essence therapy.
    Advance registration is required. The class is designed for adults and costs $25 for non-members or $20 for PEEC members. Further information may be found on the PEEC website, PajaritoEEC.org or by phoning 662-0460.
    The class will meet at PEEC (Pajarito Environmental Education Center), 3540 Orange Street, and will then move out to a nearby trail.

  • The 16th Annual Santa Fe Greek Festival, hosted by the St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church, has new dates and a new and improved menu for 2013. This year’s festival is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., June 21-22, at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Experience Greek culture, food, pastries, music, dancing and beer and wine too.
     “We have recruited many Santa Fe restaurant owners and chefs who are of Greek descent to create a new menu for the festival this year including our priest, Father Dimitrios Pappas, whose family owned a Greek restaurant in Denver for many years called, “Chef Zorba’s,” Violet Santikos said, advertising chair for this year’s festival. “Father Dimitri is a great Greek chef and will be baking the kourambiedes and melomakarona cookies for this year’s festival!” Santikos added.

  • Santa Fe
    Tree House LCC, 163 Paseo de Peralta
    Date inspected: June 6
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Paper towels were not available near the hand sink, cloth towels are not allowed and violation was corrected during inspection. One moderate-risk violation. Cutting boards are stained with veggie coloring and must be sanded or replaced. Two low-risk violations. Thermometer must be placed in refrigeration unit where it can be easily seen. Soap dispenser recommended for hand sink in kitchen, soap container was placed inside sink.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Rio en Medio Senior Center, 1 El Alto Lane
    Date inspected: June 6
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    RAAGA, 544-B Agua Fria St.
    Date inspected: June 6
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. No soap or paper towels at all hand sinks, water draining into bucket. One low-risk violation. No light in wash area, after shielding was missing.
    Status of Establishment: Follow up from May 28. Immediate suspension.

    Inn on the Paseo, 630 Paseo de Peralta
    Date inspected: June 6
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

  • The Spanish Colonial Arts Society announces the largest permanent gift of art from outside of New Mexico, ever donated to the society in its 88-year history.
    An exhibition of the gift items will open to the public on June 22 at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 750 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill in Santa Fe.
    Silver filigree baskets from Ayacucho, gilded frames from Cuzco, reverse-painted glass from Cajamarca, folding screens from Korea and China, porcelain tableware from France, silver-plated dessert settings from London — these were just some of the furnishings found in the elegant home of Miriam and Pedro Beltrán in Lima in the 1950s where dignitaries from around the world were entertained.
    The collection amassed by the Beltráns, guided by Miriam’s artistic eye, reflects not only their international life style, but their abiding interest in and passion for Peru.
    Side-by-side with European and Asian golden age furnishings are pieces emblematic of Peru and its history.
    Selected to be Peru’s Ambassador to the United States, Peru’s prime minister and minister of finance and editor and publisher of Peru’s highly regarded newspaper, La Prensa, Beltrán was the quintessential Peruvian gentleman.

  • It’s time to sign up for the annual eighth grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C.
    This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school eighth grade students, and not a school sponsored trip. Sign up online at worldstrides.org using ID Number 94821, or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same ID Number.
    For four days and three nights, the students will experience a sightseeing tour in and around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Maryland. Highlights of the trip include the White House, the International Spy Museum, the Walter Reed Medical Museum, a Capitol tour, the Newseum, the Pentagon Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Arlington Cemetery, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Iwo Jima, Korean, the Vietnam Memorials, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and much more.
    Wreaths will be laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Students from the Los Alamos Public Schools won eleven awards at the recent statewide National History Day contest, and eight of those students are going to the national contest in the nation’s capital next month.
    The state winning students are:
    First Place
    • Sophomores Kimberly Pestovich, Yamira Dejesus, and Kaylen Pocaterra, for their senior group exhibit on “Building the Railroad: A Vehicle to Opportunity and Success”
    • Senior Emily McClenahan, with her senior individual documentary, “Dress Rehearsal For Hell: The Meridian Campaign, a Turning Point in History and Modern Warfare”
    • Seventh graders Ruby Selvage and Kathryn McClenahan, in junior group performance for “Atomic Age Act II: The Russian Atomic Bomb”
    Second Place
    • Sophomore Anne Scripsick, with her senior individual exhibit on “Fighting The Speckled Monster” about the small pox vaccine
    • Seventh grader Miriam Wallstrom, in junior individual website for her project, “The 13th Amendment: Free At Last”
    The students will travel to the University of Maryland and compete against students from around the country this month at the national NHD contest.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is sponsoring lots of fun, free activities for families this summer.
    At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Gail Haggard of Plants of the Southwest will create a wildflower meadow near PEEC’s new Mud Kitchen, and participants can watch and learn.
    Haggard will share tips about how to seed an area to create that beautiful effect. She’ll also discuss which seeds work best, when to plant, and how to care for the flowers.
    Plants of the Southwest has been in operation in Santa Fe since 1976 and Haggard has been working there since it opened. She loves native plants, and loves to share that knowledge with others.
    This event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.
    Nature Playtimes commence from 10-11 a.m. every Monday at PEEC. During Nature Playtimes, kids up to age five enjoy a short storytime and a wide variety of activities about nature. Kids and parents rotate through activity stations together, with each week bringing new activities on a different theme.
    The National Wildlife Federation recommends that every kid get outside for a “Green Hour” each day.

  • Those new to Los Alamos are welcome to a special event … Discover Los Alamos, Friday night at the Bradbury Science Museum.
    The multi-agency collaboration was designed to provide an opportunity for new community members to have a taste of what Los Alamos has to offer in the way of low and no cost activities.
    “Since I didn’t bring a family with me I was keen to meet people and make friends,” Marcus Weigand said. “This event would help me to find clubs and societies where I could get to know new people. In addition, it might allow me to start a new hobby that I hadn’t pursued in the past.”
    Weingand is a post-doctorate in masters of public administration and computerized maintenance management system.
    The Bradbury staff, along with Los Alamos National Laboratory members and Assets In Action have rallied community programs to provide handouts and answer questions about things to keep those new to Los Alamos on the hill and heartily occupied with activities.
    The event will be an open house style that takes place from 5 to
    8 p.m. that residents can visit before heading over to Ashley Pond before the summer concert.

  • As some of you may know, I graduated from elementary school a few weeks ago.
    After three sons and 12 years, my time at Chamisa Elementary, has formally come to an end.
    So this week, we gain some insight from the view of the graduating sixth grader.
    On May 31, graduation speaker, Anna Lemke captured my interest with her words and then my heart with her perspective of the journey.
    This graduation experience was the first time I heard more than one reference to the Assets-Change of Heart program during the pomp and circumstance.
    Lemke spoke of the relationships with her fellow classmates and how it translates to welcoming new students to the fold.
    “I feel the class of 2013 is unique because of its effort to make others feel welcome,” Lemke said. “We have seen so many children come and go throughout the years. Each time a new student is introduced, there is always at least one person who makes the effort to be their friend. We hope each child that passes by will feel welcomed.”
    We as adults need to embrace the same attitude as our youth role models, when it comes to additions to our community, new ideas to the drawing board, changes to our circumstances, or new lessons in our goal of lifelong learning.

  • May 29 marked the first presentation of the year in a series of informal, brown bag lunch lectures taking place in the Bradbury Science Museum Auditorium.
    The first lecture, “A Little Bird Told Me: The Prehistory of the Pajarito Plateau,” was hosted by Dr. Jennifer E. Payne, a Team Leader for the archaeologists and cultural resources managers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    In honor of National Heritage Preservation Month, the presentation focused on the high density of archaeological sites present on LANL property and the archeologists’ role in preserving these sites.
    “I have been involved in many successful archaeological projects during my time at the laboratory. The Land Conveyance and Transfer Project excavations from 2002-2006 allowed us to learn a lot about the prehistory of the Pajarito Plateau. We also had the privilege of developing professional relationships with Tribal Monitors from the Pueblo de San Ildefonso and Santa Clara Pueblo. That experience is one of the highlights of my time at the laboratory,” Payne said of her work at LANL.