• 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.

  • League of Women Lunch with a Leader features Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard.
    11:40 a.m. at Mesa Library. This is open to public. Bring own lunch or order a $10 lunch from Karyl Ann Armbruster. For more information, call 661-6605 or email at kaskacayman@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 check out our brand new website at lafos.org, for more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs that are currently in foster care. Check out Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all adoptable pets. petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.

    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and come microchipped!

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is hosting classes in the Four Elements to teach kids about Earth, air, fire and water.
    Each class will be 2-3:30 p.m., every other Wednesday in June and July, beginning June 12. The cost is $8 or $6.50 for PEEC members.
    Melissa Mackey, a children’s librarian will teach the classes for students 8-12 years old.
    June 12, the theme is Earth. Kids can build a mud town. Mackey will instruct how to make adobe bricks and educate with information about ancient and modern ways to build mud houses.
    June 26, the theme is air. Kids will learn about air pressure science and make different hot air balloons. They will also learn the history of ballooning and the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.
    July 10, the theme is fire. The kids will learn the methods of fire building and cooking. A discussion on fire safety with permission from the Los Alamos Fire Department will instruct kids on fire dangers. In light of the Thompson fire, safety is an issue.
    July 24, the theme is water. The kids will be taught about water resources and how to preserve, and on the scarcity on the Pajarito Plateau. They will also do some water science experiments and play scenario games that illustrate life without water.

  • This month’s League of Women Voters’ Lunch with a Leader is at 11:40 a.m., June 13 at Mesa Public Library.
    All members of the community are encouraged to attend. Stephanie Garcia Richard will be the speaker. She is the representative for District 43 that includes Los Alamos, and parts of Sandoval, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe.
    Stephanie is a native born New Mexican who grew up in Silver City, attended Columbia as a pre-med student, but graduated with a degree in political science.
    Besides being active in politics, she has taught in several countries, in several states, and in both public and private schools.
    Currently she is teaching third grade in Pojoaque, as well as being a state representative. Stephanie lives in White Rock with her husband and two daughters.
    Stephanie will discuss her year as a freshman representative,  her work on the House Appropriations and Education committees, the bills she wants to pursue next year and a general overview of the 60-day session.
    To order a lunch, contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605, or kaskacayman@gmail.com, for the extensive list of options from the Co-op. The cost of all lunches is $10.
    The public may bring lunch, or order one, but there will not be other food available.
    Place your food order by 7 p.m., June 11. 

  • Los Alamos
    DeColores, 2470 East Road
    Date inspected: May 31
    Violations: One high-risk violation. Can opener had food residue on it.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.
    White Rock
    Lees Chinese Restaurant, 12D Longview Drive
    Date inspected: May 31
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Inadequate food temperatures. Ice scoop should not be stored in ice bin.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.
    Santa Fe
    Sage Bakehouse, 5351 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: May 13
    Violations: Five high-risk violations. Milk and ham need to have date of preparation labels. Hand washing station needs soap. Used gloves on food in reach in. Eggs stored over veggies. Large food containers and buckets have build up and need to be cleaned. Dented cans and damaged good need to be stored away from good stack.
    Three moderate-risk violations. Flour build up on food equipment needs to be cleaned. Wood stands and floors needs to be made smooth and non-absorbent. Back door is open and should always be closed. One low-risk violation for dust and build up on fans and vents.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow-up required in one month.

  • Samuel Pena, a member of the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, survived an F5 tornado that ripped through the heart of Oklahoma. As the tornado spent over 15 minutes on the ground in Moore, Okla., it tore through several homes and businesses and caused more than $1 billion in damage.
    Pena and his son took cover at the Briarwood Elementary School.
    Pena, though, recalled the harrowing moments as the ultimate moment of survival as he along with his son, Benji, and seven other school boys huddled in the boys bathroom on the southwest side of the school.
    There, the last wall remained standing and according to Benji, Samuel lifted and threw large pieces of wall debris off of the young school boys. While they survived the tornado, Pena’s property suffered extensive damage.
    Pena wrote to Terry Aguilar, Governor for the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, seeking assistance from the Pueblo. Pena stated that while his home remains standing, there is extensive water damage to the walls as well roof damage.
    His home, located on SW 79th Terrace Street, is now made up of temporary walls of board and tarp, while similar materials serve as a roof over their heads.

  • A group of 24 Los Alamos High graduates will embark on an educational tour of Europe from June 13 through June 25.
    The group will be led by Lynn Ovaska, local AP Psych teacher, and also chaperoned by Rob and Kathy Hipwood and Eric Ovaska.
    The 13-day tour will take them to Berlin, Prague, Lucerne and Paris.
    “Our young leaders will learn through the power of visiting actual historical sites, including the concentration camp Dachau. Local guides will give them behind-the-scenes tours of cities and their most famous landmarks, such as Checkpoint Charlie and the Louvre.
    The students will also celebrate their graduation along the way with one evening of Swiss food and folklore, and another evening in Paris floating down the Seine,” Ovaska said.
    The members of this group include musicians, athletes, artists, active church members, lifelong friends, and good neighbors.
    “Educational travel is a valuable experience for living in our global economy. By witnessing new cultures first-hand and experiencing history that is usually learned in textbooks, they plan to strengthen their skills as global citizens,” Ovaska said.

  • A community event showcasing Chamber of Commerce member merchants, businesses and organizations. The weekend will have food, live music, a car show, giant sand pile, bubble pit and other family entertainment.
    ChamberFest will enliven downtown Los Alamos from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, on Central Avenue between 15th Street and 20th Street.
    Chamber members invite the public to visit their booth and learn more about their businesses. More than 55 businesses and organizations are participating either from their storefronts or from one of the many booths that will be located around Central Park Square.
    The weekend gets started 7 p.m. on Friday, with the Los Alamos County Summer Concert series featuring Warren Hood Band playing rock, country and blues from Austin, Texas, on Central Avenue and Main Street.
    There will be a variety of entertainment staged throughout the downtown on Saturday. The Nomads will be featured on the stage downtown on Central Avenue from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
    The sand pile sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank and Los Alamos County will form a mini-mountain on Central Avenue in front of C.B. Fox Department Store. Party to Go! will bring out a bubble pit, local vendors will come out to make festive summer foods and the classic car show will fill up the square with Corvettes, classics, hot rods and more.

  • During the next two weeks, I’d like to look at life from two perspectives.
    The first week is a look at life from one’s end.
    If you could think a moment about your own funeral, not in a morbid sense, but from the position of one that attends, what would they say about you?
    There’s a poem by Linda Ellis called, “The Dash.”
    It explains how the really important thing about your tombstone isn’t the date you are born or the date you die, but the dash that represents everything in between.
    Mac Anderson worked with Ellis to put the poem of, “The Dash,” in book form. Anderson, an entrepreneur, has made a philosophy and a business in concentrating on positive attributes.
    If you read any one of a variety of the inspirational resources, they help drive character, leadership or athleticism and put life in perspective.
    If you have been to a funeral for a really good person, did the words spoken make an impact on you? Has hearing about the life of someone good been enough to change you?
    So again, I bring you back to a seat at your funeral. Perhaps you aren’t sure of what would be said about you. Perhaps you can imagine what would be said and you aren’t happy about it?
    Well, you can start fresh any day and that change can start today.

  • The YMCA of Los Alamos has activities that will suit all members of the family.
    The Family YMCA is offering INSANITY® classes. INSANITY® is a cardio-based total body conditioning program based on the principles of MAX interval training. Each workout is packed with plyometric drills on top of nonstop intervals of strength, power, resistance, and abs and core training moves.
    These classes are taught by Insanity-certified instructors and are available from 9-9:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 5:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays; and 6 to 6:50 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. These classes are free to Y members.
    Red Cross
    Infant/Child CPR
    The Family YMCA is now taking registration for the June 22 session of its American Red Cross Infant/Child Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation certification course.
    The course, taught by an American Red Cross certified instructor, provides training on how to respond to emergency situations, recognize the signs of a heart attack, and provide care for an infant or child who stops breathing, is choking, or whose heart stops beating. Participants who complete the course will receive American Red Cross certification.
    The next class will be held at the Y Express, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 22. Cost is $55 for YMCA members and $80 for program members, with a maximum of

  • Los Alamos Youth Leadership registration is due by June 27 at the Family YMCA. The application can be downloaded from the JJAB website. First Step Orientation will take place on Aug. 3 and 4, which will be an overnight camping event. Sean Hall will lead the team building session the first day. The following day will be a physical challenge for students to break out of comfort zones.

  • 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.