• The National Muliple Sclerosis Society invites New Mexicans to hop in the saddle and pedal toward a world free of MS during Bike MS: Pedal los Pueblos 2013, presented by Sam’s Club, on Aug. 24-25.
    This annual two-day fundraising ride is fully supported from start to finish and features a unique figure eight route through Northern New Mexico; the route starting in West Texas.
    Registered cyclists commit to raise a minimum of $250 to fund MS education, programs, services and research that directly impact the lives of those affected by the disease. 
    “Bike MS is an exciting opportunity for cyclists, sponsors, volunteers and people living with multiple sclerosis to connect to one another and our mission,” said Maggie Schold, Senior Development Manager for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in New Mexico. “The camaraderie and shared experience of raising awareness and funds makes the weekend a truly special experience. With each mile behind us and each dollar raised, we are moving closer to a cure.”

  • The Friends of Santa Fe National Forest’s Earth Day workday will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
    Volunteers will do trail work on the Dead Dog Trail and will be picking up trash along Old Buckman Road, all the way to the Rio Grande.
    The participants will meet at the Dead Dog Trailhead, talk safety and then divide up into groups, based on what individual preference is for the day.
    For questions or to sign up for any of the upcoming workdays, call Jennifer Sublett, at jasublett@fs.fed.us call 753-7331. 

  • The Center for Emergent Diplomacy in partnership with the City of Santa Fe, announces the launch of Happiness Santa Fe, an initiative that challenges the way we measure people’s well-being and success.
    By using indicators that look at what makes people happy, our goal is to help policy makers in Santa Fe make better choices for its citizens.
    Sustainable Happiness Week, which began April 13, runs through Saturday.
    Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives will read the Mayoral Proclamation regarding the establishment of Pursuit of Happiness Day, and Sustainable Happiness Week in Santa Fe.
    Many special events are planned to take place around Santa Fe in conjunction with the launch and with Sustainable Happiness Week, including the reading of a Mayoral Proclamation, Happiness Ambassadors at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, film screenings, and interactive art installations, musical performances and Happiness flash mobs, with more events to be announced.
    A full calendar of events can be found at HappinessSantaFe.org.
    Santa Fe businesses, cultural institutions, and community groups will also be creating “Happiness Happenings” which will spring up around the city to throughout the week engage citizens in activities and conversations centered on happiness, where they can take a popular well-being survey.

  • It just wouldn’t be an Earth Day Festival without entertainment, booths and food.
    PEEC’s 13th Earth Day Festival will be from 10 a.m. to
    2 p.m. on Saturday at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange Street. Park at the High School and ride the free Atomic City Transit shuttle to the Center.
    This year, the PEEC have two sets of entertainment sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank.
    At 11 a.m., Clan Tynker will perform. Clan Tynker is a family troupe that performs a wide variety of stunts in a whimsical “Old World/ Vaudeville” style of entertainment. The show is an enchanting kaleidoscope of skills from around the world performed to live music. A variety of juggling skills are displayed including balls and clubs. Other highlights of the show consist of stage magic, comedy and wire walking.
    At noon, the Los Alamos-based band the Hill Stompers will perform.
    Food will be available from the following vendors: Taste of New York will serve up hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza; Dosa Dosa will serve organic and vegan items; and Los Alamos Co-op Market offers ice cream and fresh fruit.
    During the day, the public is invited inside the nature center to see Betty the bullfrog or Foxxy the hognose snake, and other displays like live butterflies.

  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos is inviting the community to attend their UNM-LA on Display event which will be highlighting their outstanding faculty.  There will be approximately fifteen faculty members sharing their academic projects and innovations currently being used at UNM-LA.
    UNM-LA on Display will run from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on April 25. It will be in the building 2 Lecture Hall, and café area at UNM-Los Alamos and refreshments will be provided. At
    5:45 p.m., the evening will end with retiring Dean of Instruction, Kate Massengale giving her “last lecture”, in keeping with the academic tradition. In this series, academics are asked to think deeply about what really matters to them and then give a hypothetical lecture as if it were their very last.
    Dr. Massengale has been with UNM–Los Alamos since 1993. She began her UNM–LA career as an adjunct English instructor, and in 2009 became the first tenured Associate Professor at UNM–LA.  She took the position of Dean of Instruction in 2008, and has successfully led the Department of Instruction as well as helping to guide the university in new and innovative directions since that time. She will be retiring as Dean of Instruction on June 30.  

  • This weekend is an excellent chance to support kids throughout the community, starting in the heart of White Rock.
    Chamisa Elementary will host a carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to raise the final portion of money for some shade structures. This is a great time for alumni to come back and get their spot in line for the staff member dunk tank.
    If sports are your arena, then head on down to the baseball fields near overlook, for opening day.
    One year, at opening day, a gentleman announced, “Remember there’s no crying in baseball.” I remember thinking, of course there is crying in baseball. Have you ever been to a T-ball game?
    Rumor has it that Alex Kirk returns to his hometown to toss out the first pitch. How wonderful for younger kids to see someone who started as one of them, endure to accomplish his current success, with a bright future ahead.
    Oh and someone tell Eva Pacheco, at LAHS that there’s no better time than now for autographing those shoes.
    If you head uptown, it is Earth Day and some lovely PEEC activities.
    Those who enjoy a little shopping on the weekend can keep that money on the hill, with the Pegasus Parking lot sale. You can find your one-stop treasure hunting excursion and aid a high school project.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    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. petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and come microchipped!

  • Los Alamos Business Assistance Services, a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, is offering a seminar on the Upgraded Commercial Property Database from 1-2:30 p.m. on April 18 at the Small Business Center conference room, 190 Central Park Square.
    The seminar is free to chamber members or $25 for nonchamber members. If you are interested, please contact Katie Stavert at 661-4805 or katie@losalamos.org.
    LACDC has been a referral resource for commercial property for many years and has made many referrals leading to tenancies throughout the community. LACDC has developed an upgraded property inventory tool that includes the ability for property owners and brokers to log in to the web and change basic information and status for their properties. Attendees at the workshop will learn how to log in and work with the system.
    They will also learn about premium features that are available to promote their properties.
    With the improved inventory tool, LACDC is now able to accurately estimate occupancy rates for the area market for various types of commercial properties and in various submarket areas.

  • Channing Concho from Albuquerque, Kansas Begaye from Rio Rancho, and April Yazza from Zuni, will compete for the title of the 2013 Miss Indian World as part of the 30th Annual Gathering of Nations, at “The Pit” in Albuquerque, on April 25 and April 27.
    As part of the Gathering of Nations powwow, the Miss Indian World pageant is a competition of Native American women representing their different tribes and traditions. This year, 16 women will be competing for the yearlong title as a Cultural Goodwill Ambassador for all Native and Indigenous people.
    The Miss Indian World Pageant begins with the talent presentations April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (at Isleta Pueblo) and continues through the weekend. The 2013 Miss Indian World will be crowned April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the powwow.
    Tickets for the Miss Indian World Pageant on April 25 are $14 and will be available at the box office/door the night of the event.
    For more information call Marissa Livingston, from JKPR, at 505-797-6688 or at mlivingston@jameskorenchen.com. 

  • Lisa Bravo is the Director of Education and Training for the Children’s Success Foundation and Psychotherapist, that has been teaching and writing about the Nurtured Heart Approach for 10 years.
    The Nurtured Heart Approach, according to Bravo, was developed by her colleague, Howard Glasser, in the 1990s.
    “It began as a therapeutic approach for addressing the behavioral needs of children DX with ADD, ADHD and a host of other behaviorally based components,” Bravo said.
    On Monday, many LAPS staff, from the middle and high school, will spend a day of professional development learning the approach and the ease of implementation for the classroom.
    “I specialize in working with difficult teens in my practice and I can assure you that what they need the most from us is relationship and connection,” said Bravo. “This training will address the emotional needs of these young adults and how to foster emotional competency.”
    Bravo was excited to see the LAPS district focus on the upper-grade levels, when many communities tend to just focus on elementary-aged students.
    When the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board identified a gap that needed to be filled, they stepped in to help.

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.
    Los Alamos
    Lee’s Chinese Buffet, 124 Longview
    Date inspected: April 1
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Inspection issued after complaint. No follow up required.

    China Palace, 759 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: April 1
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Inspection issued after complaint. No follow up required.

    North Road Inn, 2127 North Road
    Date inspected: April 2
    Violations: One low risk violation for chemical exposure.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    Cleopatra Cafe, 3462 Zafarano Road
    Date Inspected: March 27
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Evangelo’s, 200 W. San Francisco St.
    Date Inspected: March 27
    Violations: One moderate risk violation for contaminated equipment.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Great Conversations is an afternoon of delicious appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. This is the 4th Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. It will take place on April 28 from 2-5 p.m. at Los Alamos High School in the new building. This is the third in a series about the conversations that will take place.

    Reading into the Change in Books: Kindle, Nook & iPad
    Steven Thomas
    How is the nature of the publishing industry being fundamentally altered? Steven Thomas, the Los Alamos County Library Chief Administrator, will guide a conversation on the effects of technology on libraries, publishers, and most importantly, readers.
    This conversation will delve into the future of the book as the center of education and learning. Change is inevitable, but how will technology share the future of libraries? What do experts studying current industry trends think will happen next?
    Thomas has served as a library manager/administrator in systems including the Brooklyn, New York Public Library, the Fayetteville Arkansas Public Library, the Kanawha County West Virginia Library System, and the Washington County Arkansas Library System.
    He and his wife, Lisa Caldwell, recently re-located to Los Alamos and they love it here!

  • At the April meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers, Tim Goering and Dave Colbert will give a slideshow about a mountain biking trip to China and Tibet in 1986, while they were students at the University of Arizona.
    They decided to take a semester off from school to bike across China and Tibet to Nepal, riding across Inner Mongolia, northern and central China, and from Lanzhou across Qinghai province and Tibet.
    Tim and Dave spent some time in Lhasa, stocking supplies and recovering from a nasty bout of giardia picked up earlier on the trip, and finished their trip riding from Shigatze over a 19,000 ft pass across the Himalayas down to Kathmandu.
    They rode about 3000 kilometers in all, crossing China at a time when it was just starting to open up to foreigners.
    The trip was not approved or sanctioned by the Chinese government (although they tried honestly to get official permission), and the United States Embassy strongly discouraged the trip, once they got word of our plans.
    But regardless, being young and foolish, they were determined, and early one morning they disappeared on a train headed north for (Inner) Mongolia to start the trip.
    Most of the places they rode in China, and all of Tibet except Lhasa and Shigatze, were completely closed off to foreigners, which made the trip even more interesting.

  • Looking for a fun-filled afternoon for the entire family? Seek no more. On the first Friday of every month, the Pajarito Environmental Educational Center hosts Friday Forts. It is an opportunity for kids and their parents to play, build and enjoy the outdoors.
    Executive Director Katie Watson started the program over a year ago and it has gotten a positive response from parents and children in the Los Alamos area. “It is a great bonding moment for them,” she said.
    Earlier this year, first, second and third grade students from different schools in the area had come for field trips. “I think the most kids we have had here at one time was 18,” Watson said.
    The public is welcome to attend anytime, but it is strongly recommended that parents stay present with their children while they play, due to the outdoor, open area of the dirt pile and the surrounding ravine.
    Steve Niezgoda and his son Emory, 4, took advantage of the spring day on last week. The two spent some time build a fort out of tree trunks and sticks strewed throughout the dirt pile.

  • Born out of humble beginnings, the Gathering of Nations, the world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in Albuquerque between April 25 and 27.
    Considered the most prominent powwow in North America, it will host tens of thousands of people and more than 700 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada and around the world honoring three decades of Native American culture and traditions through dance, music, food and indigenous dress.
    The three-day event includes more than 3,000 traditional Native American singers and dancers competing and entertaining a capacity crowd, and more than 800 Native American artisans, craftsmen and traders displaying and selling their work.
    In addition, dozens of different indigenous bands will perform various musical genres on Stage 49, and vendors will offer a wide variety of food in the Native America Food Court and Powwow Alley.
    As part of the Gathering of Nations, a young Native American woman is crowned Miss Indian World and represents all native and indigenous people as a cultural goodwill ambassador.

  • Posse Lodge hosts a fundraising concert Friday featuring Los Alamos roots-rock band, DK & the Affordables. The band and some friends are donating their time and all money will go toward the series.
    The band members are DK Warner on guitar and lead vocals, Rob Heineman on bass and vocals, Aaron Anderson on keyboards and Quinn Marksteiner on saxophone. Drummer Scott Beguin can’t make the show, but Santa Fe’s Jeff Sussman will replace him.
    Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Appetizers are being donated by Susan Brockway, Andrea Pistone, Kimber Heineman, Kim Lazarus and DK & Jocelyn Warner.
    The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series is set to begin May 17. Nineteen concerts are planned for this series. For specific information on this and future concerts, visit gordonsummerconcerts.com.  

  • The public is invited to the Breast Cancer: The Numbers That Really Matter and Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome Seminar sponsored by the Los Alamos Council on Cancer and celebrate, learn and inspire. The free community program will be on Thursday. Dr. Eric Bernstein, oncologist with the Northern New Mexico Cancer Care at Los Alamos Medical Center and Dr. Kathryn Zerbach, with Los Alamos Surgical Associates will be presenting. The program will be held, 5:15 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Drive, with a light supper followed at 6 p.m. with the seminar.
    Dr. Eric Bernstein will present the basic epidemiology for patients with breast cancer. He will discuss the changes in breast cancer mortality relative to other cancers over time and what factors may influence the incidence and mortality in breast cancer. Absolute risk reduction will be explained, as well as the importance of this number in making treatment decisions. The relationship between pathologic findings and risk recurrence will be reviewed along with historical data. Dr. Bernstein will explain the differences in chemotherapy and hormone therapy and their role in risk reduction of breast cancer. Finally, he will discuss online tools such as Oncotype Dx and Adjuvant Online in making treatment decisions.

  • The Los Alamos MainStreet program is encouraging residents to take an
    online survey to help local businesses know what the wants and needs of the public are. The survey is available throughout April.
    All local residents can help the effort by taking the survey at lamainstreet.com/survey. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and responses are anonymous.
    There is an opportunity for those who complete the survey to enter a drawing for $100 in Chamber Checks in appreciation for their time.
    “We already have data at a high level about the levels of leakage in the various shopping categories,” says Business Advisor Katie Stavert.  “The results of this survey will supplement that with demographic breakdowns and preference information.” 
    Stavert is available to work with businesses on using the available data to better understand the market. 
    “I am hoping that people taking the survey will tell us about their preferences,” says Dave Fox of CB FOX. 
    For more information, contact Katie Stavert at 661-4805, katie@losalamos.org. 

  • One hundred and forty chess players gathered in Albuquerque March 30 for the 2013 New Mexico Elementary School State Chess Championships. Four State Champions were crowned – K-6 Individual, K-6 Team, K-3 Individual, K-3 Team; Aspen Elementary won the competition in each of these categories.
    The K-6 Aspen team of Victor Popa Simil, Henry Poston and Dimitri Lopez took first place, followed by TISA Charter School of Taos in second and Manzano Day School of Albuquerque in third.
    The K-3 Aspen team of Phillip Ionkov, Ming Lo, and Andy Corliss took first place, followed by the Albuquerque teams from SY Jackson Elementary and Double Eagle Elementary.
    For individual honors, there was a 3-way tie for state champion in the K-6 division – Victor Popa-Simil (Aspen), Henry Poston (Aspen) and Aaron Lawrence (Montessori of the Rio Grande, Albuquerque).
    Aspen Elementary swept the K-3 individual honors with Phillip Ionkov in first, Ming Lo in second and Andy Corliss in third. The Aspen team is now off to Nashville Tennessee in an attempt to defend their National Championship victory in the Blitz competition a year ago. 

  • Ahh Spring break, the time when many get an opportunity to take a break, a brief vacation, or just an opportunity to unwind.
    On Saturday, 45 youth and adults from the United Church of Los Alamos and the Unitarian Church, woke up bright and early to head to Mexico.
    This inter-congregational gathering isn’t for a vacation, but for the chance to work their behinds off.
    The team will build three homes in one week and change the lives of three families forever.
    The start of the trip wasn’t easy as the van nicknamed El Sol, broke down multiple times on the way to Arizona.
    After some very patient travelers arrived at the guest church, a team worked into the night to repair the alternator, before the border crossing the next day.
    Sunday the team crossed the border and set up a camp they would call home for the week. Here culinary caretakers prepared each meal with love.
    Monday was concrete day, as the team poured three home foundations of concrete all mixed by hand in a wheel barrow with a shovel and a lot of determination.
    Today is framing day, when walls take shape and depending on the concrete, may even be put into place.
    Wednesday the pieces go up, the roof goes on and then they will get have their first lunch in the shade, the shade of the home.