• 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 visit the Friends of the Shelter website: lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. Also check out our Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of our adoptable pets at petfinder. com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Calypso — A gentle brindle-point black lab mix found roaming near Pueblo Complex. He loves to go for walks, especially if there is a large patch of grass where he can take a break and roll around. He seems to bounce rather than walk, so you know he’s having fun! He prefers a home with a person that is home more often than not. He doesn’t enjoy sharing his home with cats. When left home alone, Calypso might do best in a crate.

  • Time Out Pizzeria, “The Place Where Friends Meet,” is the place to be on Monday, June 3 as they host an Asset building adventure with Minute to Win It games, for the community.
    “Sounds like it would be fun,” Trish Sanchez said, who runs the eatery along with her husband, Omar.
    The restaurant fleshed out the idea with the Assets In Action program, as a way to kick off the summer and inform parents and families about the work of the Assets program in a new space.
    Assets In Action has led several very productive events, as a chance to engage residents and share information in a new way.
    The event begins 6 p.m. Monday with the sale of tickets for 25 cents each. Players will have their names drawn on the spot to earn a chance to play.
    The NBC summer hit show, hosted by Guy Fieri, “Minute To Win It,” uses household items and offers a chance to beat the clock with prizes on the line, although the prizes won’t resemble the high stake of those from the show.
    The Assets In Action program is sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and is a community building project of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.
    The program is eager to work with community businesses to build relationships and spread the message of, “Healthy Community, Healthy Youth.”

  • In a state where local fare consists of staples such as enchiladas, tacos and green chile cheeseburgers, it’s often hard to find a restaurant that offers something different. Sometimes a green chile cheeseburger, or breakfast burrito sounds good and other times, you might crave something that will make your taste buds take notice.
    Creole Nouvelle, located in the VFW building where Mi Casita Mexican restaurant used to be, can definitely help break the humdrum culinary cycle Los Alamosians tend to fall into. With Cajun and Creole dishes on the menu, this eatery is anything but ordinary. This location has seen a few restaurants come and go, but hopefully this one will have longevity.
    After hearing about this place from a few people who sang its praises, a lunch trip was in order to see what all the hype was about. It was a little after 11:30 a.m. on a Thursday and the place had a few occupied tables, but all that changed once noon hit — the place was packed. The dining room is small, but it was clean.

  • Santa Fe
    Subway, 540 Cordova Road, Suite 3
    Date inspected: May 8
    Violations: Four high-risk violations. Wet rag out of sanitizer bucket, hand washing station has wet rags in it, temperature on display varies from top to bottom, food is overstocked, lids of display refrigerator are open, employees are not washing their hands between glove changes, and ice pooling forms leak in return line in walk-in freezer. One moderate-risk violation. The sides, bottom, and tops of food equipment need to be cleaned, ice tea tops, door handles, bottom of refrigerator have food build-up, shelves have old food build-up, salt, pepper, cheese shakers have food build-up. One low-risk violation. Vents/fans have dust build-up and need to be cleaned.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow-up on May 15.

    Subway, 540 Cordova Road, Suite 3
    Date inspected: May 15
    Violations: None. Follow-up inspection. All violations are corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

  • What do you get when you mix fresh fruit donated from Smith’s, a great idea, a lot of participation and a little perspiration?
     You get the first annual Atomic City Glow Run, held May 18 at Chamisa Elementary School.
     The event had 100 registered participants and family members ranging in age from 10-month-old Linus Ploss to some who would prefer not to reveal their age.
     “Last summer when we met as a new PTO we discussed new things that we could try this year,” Parent Teacher Organization President Trisha Colin said. “We had heard of color runs and night runs, and so the Atomic Glow Run was born!”
     The idea was not only seen as fun, but a fundraiser for the whole family.
     White Rock was a glow as participants took off for a 5K run and a one-mile fun run, all kicked off by the Chamisa Cheetah, after a few motivating warm up exercises.
     “We had over 120 runners, about half participating in the one mile and the others in the 5K,” Principal Debbie Smith said. “Davey Torres finished first on the 5K. Our first place youth finisher in the 5K was our own third grader, Wakeiyo Hettinga. The one mile top finishers were sixth graders, Amy Littleton and Haley Capon.”

  • Richard Swenson, a local sculptor who focuses on creating art from unaltered objects such as scrap metal parts found in junk yards and repair shops, displayed his work for visitors of Betty Ehart Senior Center. Featuring animal shapes such as frogs, penguins, bunnies and crabs, the display cases can be found on the second floor lobby of the center.
    The central theme of Swenson’s sculptures is “The Primacy of Nature Over the Industrial Society.” Born and raised on a ranch in North Dakota, the sculptor experienced a world without electricity, running water, or indoor conveniences. His childhood world, unaltered by industrial society, focused on the relationships between man and animal, something that most children of the current generation are not likely to comprehend.
    “It would be a lonesome place in this high-tech world without animals, for we are one of them,” Swenson said, in a quote that stands out within the promotional pamphlet for the display.
    His work has been shown at local venues such as the New Concept Gallery in Santa Fe, as well as out-of-state establishments, such as the Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans.

  • The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will host the annual ChamberFest on June 8. Chamberfest provides an opportunity for Chamber members and local businesses to present their products and services to the Los Alamos community.
    Chamber members will set up display booths throughout downtown that have representatives with information about their businesses and many will offer games and giveaways. Claire Roybal and Associates along with Atomic City Corvettes and the Santa Fe Concorso will be hosting a car show and Show-n-Shine.
    The Car Show will bring out corvettes, hotrods, muscle cars, classics, exotics, and motorcycles to a blocked off downtown to show off their unique rides.
    New this year will be a partnership with the Santa Fe Concorso group to bring out some exotics cars valued over $250,000 each. Prizes and the car show are sponsored by Lithia Dodge in Santa Fe, Edelbrock, Pinstriping by Speedy, Yeamans Machine Shop, Henry Valencia Chevrolet in Española, Santa Fe Chevrolet, Sears, Desert Tees, AutoZone, Hagerty Insurance, Napa Auto Parts, O’Reilly’s, Coca-Cola and Meguiars.

  • The Chimayó Art Fair will be from noon to 8 p.m., June 1 and 2. The May 23 issue of Diversions had the start time listed

  • Vehicles lined up May 11 for the ROTC cadets car wash to raise funds for summer activities.

  • Wow, I can’t believe the final week of school has arrived.
    I would like to take a moment to thank all of the Asset Champions that have made so many Assets related projects come to fruition.
    Those that have helped me along the way include; Aspen Elementary School’s Tammy Moore, Barranca Elementary School’s Kay Sawdener, Chamisa Elementary School’s Valerie Adams-Harris, Mountain Elementary School’s Scott Johnson, Piñon Elementary School’s Karen Forsyth, Los Alamos Middle School’s Dawn Barr and Los Alamos High School’s Kathy Boerigter.
    Our final push has included food drives with Aspen, Chamisa, Mountain, Piñon and LAMS.
    The results were feeding families struggling through financial issues, feeding hungry school aged children, and large-scale project that will feed a large number of families throughout the summer when school programs are not available.
    Thanks to Tom Nagawiecki for supporting our effort by allowing us to use new recycle bins.
    Chamisa and Mountain both took part in a last ditch effort to build the bonding to school Asset with crafty projects that will beautify the school even after students have grown.

  • Due to a change in the schedule for the Los Alamos Airways commuter plane, June 7 will be the only day eight people will get to the take the Air Tour to view the ruts of the Santa Fe Trail. The flight in the Cessna Caravan plane will leave Los Alamos at 8:30 a.m. for a round trip to San Miguel del Vado, the former entry for the United States covered wagons crossing the Pecos River and entering Mexico Territory in the 1800s. A check mailed to Inez Ross, 614 47th St., Los Alamos, NM 87544, for $81, will hold a seat. It is a first come, first serve basis. For more information, contact Inez at inezaross@gmail.com. 

  • 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 visit the Friends of the Shelter website: lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. Check out our Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of our adoptable pets. petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and come microchipped!
    Calypso — A gentle brindle-point black lab mix found roaming near Pueblo Complex. He loves to go for walks. He prefers a home with a person that is home more often than not, and he doesn’t enjoy sharing his home with cats.
    Cessna — A German Shepherd/lab mix that was found near the Los Alamos airport last summer. He would love to find a new family that will take him out for long walks. Cessna prefers not a home with other male dogs. Call sponsor at 231-3624.
    Coconut — White male maltese or maltipoo found on Ridgecrest. His family never came for him, so now wants to go home with you. Call 920-8203.
    Marmaduke — A brindle pit mix with loads of energy! Marmaduke learned how to walk on a leash and would probably be a good hiking dog. He seems to get along better with female dogs.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is hosting a three-planet event.
    Mercury, Venus and Jupiter will come very close together. PEEC and the Pajarito Astronomers will be there with telescopes to help viewers enjoy this event.
    The telescopes will be set up for twilight sky viewing starting about 8:45 p.m., about 45 minutes after sunset. Besides these planets, there will also be some galaxies to view.
    Public is invited to dress accordingly and if the viewing is good, the event will last until around midnight.
    The three planets will form a tight triangle that will fit into a 2.5 degree circle above the western horizon. After they set at around 9:35 p.m., the rings of Saturn and then the galaxies can be observed.
    For more information, call PEEC at 662-0460. 

  • Cub Scouts from Pack 22 and 27 worked to collect canned goods on May 11 at Smith’s location in Los Alamos and White Rock. Donations were accepted throughout the day in addition to the box collection by the United States Postal Service. Cub Scout and Boy Scouts participated in the community event.

  • The Spanish Colonial Master Show will be featuring 20 of some of the most renowned Northern New Mexican Spanish Artists.
    This show will bring together the Northern New Mexican art, and cuisine in one special place. Hosted by Byron Martinez and Joseph Sisneros, owner of the Rancho Chimayó Collection Galeria, which is located inside the Rancho the Chimayó Restaurante.
    Artists’ reception is 6 p.m., May 31.
    The art fair is 8 p.m., June 1 and 2.
    More of the award winning artists participating include: Antonio Roybal, Marco Oviedo, Lisa Trujillo, Irving Trujillo, Lee Valdez, Ray Montez, Cleo Romero, Toby Morfin, Floyd Jose Lucero, Charlie Carrillo, Matthew Duran, Gabriel Vigil, Arlene Sisnernos-Sena and Cruz Lopez.
    For more information, call 351-4455.  

  • Kids entering grades kindergarten through three can participate in Kids’ Summer Gardening at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Led by gardener, and Montessori educator Laural Hardin, the class meets every Wednesday from June 5 through August 7, with a special Harvest Day in September. Each of the 11 sessions runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The fee is $75 per child, or $60 for PEEC members.
    Laural Hardin loves teaching kids’ gardening because “A child has a natural love of all things living, so giving them a garden is magic in the making.” She’s taught gardening to elementary-aged kids and even helped to found an outdoor farm school for ages 5 through 10.
    Kids’ Summer Gardening will feature garden stories, art, science and play, along with lots of time learning how to help plants grow.
    For further information and to register (registration in advance is required), call 662-0460, drop by PEEC at 3540 Orange Street, or visit PajaritoEEC.org. 

  • This year of drought is the time to explore an oasis south of Santa Fe, the Leonora Curtin Wetlands Preserve.
    A long-time preserve docent, Natali Steinberg, will lead the field trip June 2. Carpools will leave the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at noon, returning at 4:30 p.m.
    The 35-acre preserve is famous for its various habitats, ranging from marshy wetlands to arid pinyon-juniper open land. A nature trail traverses an open meadow, passes under huge old cottonwoods and arrives at a pond lined with cattails.
    Participants should bring a sack lunch to eat at the preserve, lots of drinking water, a hat, and a snack. There is no charge for the trip, but participants must register in advance (maximum registration is 20). 

  • SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is urging the community to come forward and adopt dogs involved in the alleged hoarding case in Edgewood — the so-called Edgewood 48.
    The 33 dogs released May 15 to the custody of the shelter are among the 48 seized in April at an Edgewood home. The owner relinquished her rights to the majority of the dogs last Monday. She agreed to pay for the upkeep and care of 10 of the dogs until the court case is resolved. She faces charges of animal cruelty.
    “We know many of you have asked when and if these dogs would be available for adoption,” said Mary Martin, the shelter’s executive director. “Many of these kiddos will be available within 48 hours, and we urge anyone who has room in their heart and home for a dog that may need a little extra TLC to come meet them.”
    The county transferred ownership of the remaining 33 dogs to the shelter late Wednesday. Some of the dogs are puppies and will require very little from new families aside from regular training and love. Others are timid at first, under-socialized or fearful and will require patience and training.
    Santa Fe Tails Dog Academy and Dogcare will be offering some of the dogs care and socialization to improve their adoptability and to help ease the shelter’s space crunch.

  • Santa Fe
    Kaune’s Neighborhood Market, 511 Old Santa Fe Trail
    Date inspected: May 13
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Re-opening approved. No follow up required.

    Santa Fe Catering Company, 540 Montezuma Ave.
    (Uses kitchen at Pranzo’s Italian Grill)
    Date inspected: May 13
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Plants of the Southwest Kitchen, 3095 Agua Fria Road
    Date inspected: May 14
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Some areas of the exhaust hood are greasy and need cleaning.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Palacio Café, 209 E. Palace Ave.
    Date inspected: May 14
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required. Employee training needed.

    KFC, 813 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: May 14
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Hood and vent system needs thorough cleaning.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.  

  • A Los Alamos girl scout troop was invited to a science competition last month to promote the creation of a project for senior citizens. Two of the girls were chosen by President Barack Obama to present the project at the White House Science Fair.
    The Atomic Flying Pickles is part of the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails. They are a First Lego League or FLL team of sixth graders, who follow a love of science.
    “I am so excited and honored to be going to the White House and to be able to meet other students from around our country doing STEM related projects,” said Peggy Sanchez Mills, CEO of the New Mexico Trails. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The girls, 11 and 12 years old, attend Mountain Elementary School.
    The FLL team competition was held in St. Louis, Mo. The girls used Lego models with robots in an obstacle course to solve problems from the theme. Since the project dealt with how to help the elderly, the obstacle ideas revolved around balance and other health issues seniors have to endure as they age.
    For the final project, the group of five had read a story in a Pittsburgh medical journal about a cooling headband that helps with insomnia. It is a non-pharmaceutical solution since seniors are susceptible to potentially dangerous drug side effects.