8:45                 Cardio

    11:30               Lunch: Chicken Parmesan

    7:00                 Ballroom Dancing


    8:45                 Variety Training

    10:00               Computer Users Group

    11:30               Lunch: Breaded Catfish

    12:15               Better Breathers

    7:00                 Bridge

    7:30                 Table Tennis


  • Nine college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.
    The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley and Santa Fe high schools.
    The JROMC has awarded nearly 170 scholarships and other awards totaling more than $347,000 since the program was begun in 1984. The philanthropic organization's scholarship program is supported by several endowments; numerous small, individual donations; and major contributions from the Los Alamos National Bank.
    The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Robert Oppenheimer, the first director of Los Alamos' laboratory and one of the most influential scientists of the 20th Century. In addition to its annual scholarship program, the JROMC sponsors each year the Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture.
    This year's selected students are:
    Aaron Bao, from Los Alamos High School was awarded the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship for outstanding promise in science and mathematics.

  • El Rancho de Las Golondrinas will be re-enacting New Mexico Civil War battles at “Battlefield New Mexico: The Civil War and More.” The battles of Glorieta Pass and Apache Canyon were fought near Santa Fe in 1862. The re-enactments will be conducted by the First New Mexico Volunteer Infantry, along with living history re-enactors from the state and elsewhere.
    Other activities that are included is military drills and cannon fire, Union and Confederate camps, music by the Territorial Brass Band, Civil War-era living history and demonstrations, talk about Civil War-era medicine and surgery and much more to see.
    The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, with re-enactments beginning at 2 p.m. Adults: $8; seniors, 62 and over and teens: $5. Children under 13 get in free.
    El Rancho de las Golondrinas Living History Museum is located at 334 Los Pinos Road, just south of Santa Fe. From I-25, take Exit 276 and follow the signs.
    For more information, visit golondrinas.org or call 471-2261.  

  • Santa Fe

    Kai Sushi and Dining, 720 St. Michael’s Drive
    Date inspected: April 16
    Violations: Follow up from previous inspection on April 9 showed that all violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Sweeney Elementary School, 521 Airport Road
    Date inspected: April 22
    Violations: One moderate risk violation. Dish racks were discolored, old and need replacement. Four low-risk violations. Discolored and missing ceiling tiles in food prep area. Refrigeration equipment not being used should be removed. Dust accumulation on ventilator ducts.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Ramirez Thomas Elementary, 2300 Calle Po Ae Pi
    Date inspected: April 23
    Violations: Two low-risk violations; single service paper dishes were stored on the floor. The walls by the mop sink drain areas are peeling.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Fairfield Marriott, 4150 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: April 23
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for pre-opening inspection.

    Miss Leslie, 615 Oñate Place
    Date inspected: April 24
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Business not yet in operation.

  • Bioponics Institute established itself early this year as a super green business in the hydroponic and aquaponic food growth industry in Santa Fe. It is a “real food” advocate promoting — local grown organic food for everyone. BpI produces organic, nutritious, fresh food at affordable prices for both people and livestock through advanced hydroponic, aquaponic and animal fodder technologies and the relationships it develops within the locales it serves.
    Did you know food travels approximately 1,500 miles before it even gets to your table? And by then, that its nutritional value is minimal? That it takes 50 gallons of water to grow one head of Bibb lettuce conventionally, and that it takes only one gallon hydroponically?

  • This past winter, two Paper Tiger employees volunteered many hours over the years to help disabled individuals and wounded veterans enjoy the outdoors.
    Paper Tiger owner John King and graphic designer Jason Cline taught Mario Chavez to bi-ski as part of the Santa Fe Adaptive Ski Program.
    Then Cline spent a week this month at Colorado’s Snowmass resort with the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic getting veterans back on the slopes.
    “It was life changing for me,” says Cline of his experience at Snowmass. “Seeing these guys who fought for our country and without limbs, having the time of their lives, it really puts things in perspective. I worked with four students over the week.
    Depending on their disability, my co-instructor and I would choose which equipment was needed.”
    This was Cline’s first year participating in the Snowmass program. He was recommended for it by King, who had volunteered before. King also got Cline involved in the Santa Fe Adaptive Ski Program several years ago.
    King, an avid skier, has been volunteering in adaptive ski programs for people with disabilities for 25 years beginning at Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos.

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council announces the 46th annual Spring Arts and Crafts Fair, from
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fuller Lodge lawn.
    The LAAC has been presenting the spring fair every year since 1967, and this year’s fair is sure to be the one of the best ever, according to executive director, Marlane Hamilton. Featuring nearly 100 artisans from across the southwest, the Arts and Crafts Fair offers both traditional and contemporary art forms. All of the items displayed are hand made or hand crafted.
    The Arts and Crafts Fair will feature items such as pottery, weavings, clothing, woodworking, jewelry and more. In addition to the art, Sol y Luna will be performing guitar music and the Lads of Enchantment, the Los Alamos barbershop quartet will be at 2 p.m.
    In the spirit of Mother’s Day, there will be a separate area where fathers can bring children to create special handmade gifts for mom. The service is free and provided by the First Baptist Church. Valynn Purvis will have an inflatable castle for children. Josephine Boyer will be on hand to do face painting and temporary tattoos.
    While at the fair, take time to answer a few questions on the LAAC survey and receive an opportunity to win a round trip plane ticket to Albuquerque provided by the new Los Alamos air service, New Mexico Airlines.

  • The Los Alamos Middle School Hawks had spirits soaring as they participated in, A Minute to Win It, with Assets In Action, just prior to spring break.
        The LAMS Student Council, under the direction of teacher, Linda Bennett, sold tickets, staffed activities and motivated the troops.
    “Thanks to the efforts of the Student Council and Assets In Action, all I had to do was say that Minute to Win It was going to happen and secure a date and time,” Principal Rex Kilburn said, “Student Council did a fabulous job coordinating, Ms. Bennett should be very pleased with the work she has done with her Student Council students.”
        The idea, based on the NBC television summer hit, with host Guy Fieri was used to support the staff recognition event known as the Hawk Hubba Bubba Award.
        “The fact that the funds raised go back into an account to celebrate staff underscores and emphasizes the great kids that attend the middle school,” Kilburn said, “All of the adults that work at the middle school are lucky to work with such individuals.”
        The Kilburn crew rose to the challenge when students purchased tickets for 25 cents, for self or staff, to earn a chance to play.

  • During the Aspen Elementary annual Spring Fling Festival April 19, students were able to enter a drawing to “shave Mr. Lloyd’s head.” Jeff Lloyd is the school’s librarian. Second grader, Lilly New was the winner. The proceeds from the drawing support the Los Alamos Parent-Teacher Organization

  • Oh My Goodness, May is here.
    It seems like just a few weeks ago the Back to School supplement was out and we were underway, in a new school year.
    It is almost time to get ready for summer, hooray and some time off for so many.
    Last night, a pride of the Mountain Lions parent population attended an internet safety session to prepare for some additional free time.
    Los Alamos Middle School Librarian Lisa Whitacre and Assets In Action provided some information on tips to consider for elementary, middle and high school parents.
    Simple guidelines now can help parents for the long technology road ahead.
    If you would like some Internet Safety information for yourself, just give us a call.
    The first full week of May should be duly noted on your calendar. May 6-10, is Teacher Appreciation week.
    The elementary school parent organizations always seem to have their finger on the pulse for this, but it gets a little trickier in the upper grades.
    Check out and see if your schools are doing something to acknowledge the staff. You can ask your student if they have a staff member they would like to do something special for, or at least if you know, drop them an email or a card.

  • 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 web site: lafos.org.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and come microchipped!
    Calypso — Gentle brindle-point black lab found roaming near Pueblo Complex. His family never found him, so he’s looking for his new forever home! He loves to go for walks, particularly if there’s a big grassy patch along the way where he can take a break and roll in the grass. 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, and he doesn’t enjoy sharing his home with cats. When left home alone, Calypso might do best in a crate.
    Cessna — German shepherd/lab mix that was found near the Los Alamos airport last summer. He has spent the past few months as mostly an outdoor dog, and would love to find a new family that will take him out for long walks so that he can regain the svelte figure that he once had. He will give you lots of licks and tail wags in return! Cessna prefers not to share his humans with other male dogs.

  • The Fuller Lodge hosts a series of Brown Bag Performance Series at noon on the first Wednesday of every month. The free shows present a wide range of programs, from Beethoven to ballet, opera to jazz, chamber music to bagpipes, that have been entertaining Los Alamos music lovers on their midday breaks since 1973. Brown Bag Performances connect performers to the community.  This next month will feature the Ad Hoc Brass Octet.
    There are two brass quintets playing regularly in town: High Mesa and Brave New Brass. The two combined forces to play some large ensemble music, something which is hard to accomplish because of the difficulty of coordinating and getting 10 people to agree on a rehearsal and performance schedule. They ended up with four players from one quintet and three from the other, plus one agreeable sub, to give them a combination of eight players. There is a vast collection of Gabrieli double-choirs and other large-group pieces to choose from. The Gabrieli pieces represent the height of polyphonic music from the Renaissance era, and the pieces chosen to showcase that style. They include other Renaissance-era music by composers of that period, such as Bach, Susato and Boismortier. Ad Hoc Brass Octet consists of the following eight players.

  • Two students experiment with face paints at this year’s spring carnival at Chamisa Elementary last week. 

  • Great Conversations is an afternoon of appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. This is the Fourth Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. It will take place on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Los Alamos High School. This is the final opportunity to register.

    Life as a Lobo, looking ahead

    Alex Kirk, a graduate of Los Alamos High School and a basketball player for the UNM Lobos shares a view as the Coach’s kid, signing a national letter of intent to play for UNM and playing with and against some of the top basketball collegiate players in the country. His dad Alan shares his perspective as his son’s coach and father through Alex’s early years, the recruitment process and his years as a Hilltopper and Houston Hoops AAU basketball player. Alan, also a Hilltopper alumnus, began coaching high school basketball in the 1990s, is the father of Alex and Erin, both are student athletes. Alex he was named Academic All-American his freshmen and sophomore years.

    Future of online education

  • “Bison and Beeswax”, will open be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 11, 1036 Canyon Road in Santa Fe, the newest gallery on the famous art-walk.
    The opening will be in conjunction with the annual Canyon Road Arts Day Festival.
    This is an opportunity to experience a working photo-encaustic studio and meet the artist, Marilyn Angel Wynn.
    Wynn will open her studio door to demonstrate how she takes her photography to a whole new altitude.
    By applying a mixture of beeswax and resin, known as encaustic, over compelling images, she transforms her photo work into a new form of contemporary art.
    With a national reputation as today’s leading photographer of North American Indian Cultures, Wynn has the most comprehensive collection of its kind. Clients include those in the who’s who of media such as PBS, National Geographic, Time, Life and The History Channel.

  • Santa Fe

    Mr. Polish, 1311 Siler Road
    Date inspected: April 11
    Violations: Follow up from previous inspection on April 8. Hot water is now available for the hand sink.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    McDonalds , 1007 St. Francis Drive
    Date inspected: April 12
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    The Burrito Company, 111 Washington Ave.
    Date inspected: April 12
    Violations: Follow up from previous inspection on April 8. Cooling process changed from deep cooling pan to smaller cookie sheet.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Steaksmith, 104-B Old Las Vegas Highway
    Date inspected: April 12
    Violations: Two low-risk violations, inadequate light in work area and walls have dents, chips and peeling plaster.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

    Burro Alley Café, 207 West San Francisco Street
    Date inspected: April 12
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

  • Artisan Santa Fe wants to help grow a young artist.
    The organization is offering a Budding Artist Fellowship for students from any learning situation ages 13-17.
    The fellowship awards a young artist with $100 worth of art supplies every month for a year. Young artists between the ages of 13 and 17 from all public schools, charter schools, private, parochial and Indian schools and home-schooled young people are encouraged to apply.
    Artists apply by submitting three artworks and a statement of intent for consideration.
    Artists must be confident that they are sincere that this fellowship will become part of their regular school work. Submissions for 2013 and registration are due by May 15.
    Winner will be announced in the Artisan-Santa Fe’s June 2013 e-newsletter.
    The Budding Artist Fellowship is open to the first 100 applicants.
    The Artisan Staff will be judging the field of applicants and act as resources for the winner.
    Artisan Santa Fe store will issue a gift card and be adding to the credit each month. Staff will help the winner navigate supply questions and choices.
    Some of the winner’s artworks may eventually be hung in the Santa Fe store.
    Our web master will help put a web presence for the winner on the Artisan web site.

  • After 40 years of Madrid’s rebirth from it’s early history and 20 years of ghostliness. Madrid is planning to celebrate its “Rebirth Day/ Cinco de Mayo, 1973-2013.”
    That day is the day the Johnsons of Madrid opened their gallery and coincidentally Joe Huber’s birthday. Huber inherited the coal company and the town, preserved and cared for it during the ghost town days along with caretakers — Johnnie Ochoa and family.
    Huber rented to many young people after the Johnsons’ arrival — all renting for two years, and then all were able to purchase their places ... and the rest is history.
    Madrid now has 50 businesses, 30 galleries and about 300 people.
    The plan is to have different events, every weekend in May, then celebrate the anniversary every year.
    Events include:
    • Exhibits — May 4-June 25 (in one of N.M.’s largest galleries, changing exhibits each month).”First Saturday” receptions:  May 4, 3-5 p.m.
    • Two exhibitions celebrating Madrid’s 40th Rebirth-day:
    • Gallery full of images, posters, objects, etc. from new Madrid’s history, May 5, 1973 to present, provided by Madrid area folks.          

  • The Family YMCA is offering Y Camp to give kids and teens an adventurous, active and healthy summer.
    Our Y Camp offers youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.
    Nearly 50 percent of parents in the United States say technological distractions, such as television, cell phones, or video games make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their children, according to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot, a survey that gauges children’s activity levels during the school year.
    With more free time in summer, ensuring that kids practice healthy habits could be a greater challenge.
    The Y encourages parents to help their kids unplug from technology and explore all that Y Camp has to offer.
    “Attending Y Camp is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active,” says Janine Morales, Childcare Director. “When at Y Camp, kids get to learn, take on new responsibilities, gain independence, develop essential social skills and new relationships. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp so that every child can benefit from the experience.”
    Here are five reasons why children and teens should attend Y Camp:

  • Things are about to get wild in Los Alamos and the responsibility lies with the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program.
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the YMCA sponsored program will unite elementary aged students for their annual LAYL Wild Day set for Saturday.
    The 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event is a fundraiser for the youth leaders, who plan, purchase and coordinate the day from start to finish.
    Elementary students will be receiving registration forms in Kindergarten through sixth grade and those in the home school community are welcome to visit the JJAB web site to learn more.
    Co-coordinator and LAHS senior, Janali Gustafson has fellow team members preparing arts and crafts for kindergarten through third grade students and games for those in the upper grades for the morning portion of the day.
    The afternoon session has the students switching roles. “The older kids will also be able to pop balloons filled with paint during their arts and crafts time,” Gustafson said. “We will also have the Los Alamos County Police and Fire Departments come, as well as the LANL Bomb Squad.”
    The teens take every consideration to heart, planning lunch and snacks for the kids and providing service with a smile. The event was the brain child of LAHS alumni, Keanna Cohen and has evolved each year.