In And Around Town: July 3, 2020

In and Around Town:

The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas. Send event announcements to

‘Wildflowers’ Exhibition at Karen Wray Gallery Opens
The “Wildflowers” Exhibition runs through July 25.The Karen Wray Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1247 Central Ave., Suite D-2, in Los Alamos. Please wear facemasks, practice social distancing, and wash your hands. For more details, call 505.660.6382 or email


Robert Benjamin’s HUNKER DOWN on KRSN
KRSN radio will re-broadcast the radio-play adaptation of local playwright, Robert Benjamin’s HUNKER DOWN, a 20-minute comedy performed by Pat Beck and Jim Sicilian. While sheltering in place, a widow of a certain age grapples for connection with a curmudgeonly recluse in this upbeat comedy of COVID times. 12:30 pm.  One performance only. KRSN:  1490 AM or 107.1 FM or live streaming at When the Senior Centers re-open, the “stage version” of HUNKER DOWN will be performed live at each Senior Center.  No talkback after the radio-play, but comments about the play are welcome at

Los Alamos ScienceFest July 7-12
Los Alamos ScienceFest 20/20: Eyes On The Future, is going virtual this year, July 7-12, with events highlighting topics such as the future of cybersecurity, energy, and new camera and drone technologies.Other special segments include discussions on the future of agriculture and food production with local Los Alamos startup, UbiQD, as well as special guest Impossible Foods CEO and Founder of Pat Brown. STEM Advocate Miss America 2020, Miss Camille Schrier, also will host a live demo and Q&A during this year’s Los Alamos ScienceFest Discovery Day. For more information and the full schedule, visit Participants are encouraged to download the mobile app through Whova to view the full schedule, receive session reminders and view virtual content.

Digital Summer Reading Challenge June 29-Aug 24
For summer 2020, the Los Alamos County Library System is going digital, debuting Beanstack, which is software to help patrons log reading and track activity challenges. Library summer reading and activities fun for all ages runs June 29-Aug. 24. The summer reading theme is Have Book, Will Travel and the library has three separate journeys, one each for kids, teens, and adults


Nature on Tap: Local Land Managers
Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Los Alamos Creative District for a virtual Nature On Tap event at 5:30 p.m. Audience members will hear from some of our local land managers, who will give updates on the trails and open spaces that they help oversee. Eric Peterson of Los Alamos County, Scott McFarland of Bandelier National Monument, Jennifer Sublett of the U.S. Forest Service and Karla Sartor from Los Alamos National Laboratory will all be speaking during this event.. Viewers can join the discussion and ask questions about outdoor activities they can participate in locally, staying safe outside, the updates from the land managers and more.This event is free to attend, but registration is required on PEEC’s website. The event will take place via Zoom and registrants will receive an email confirmation with a link and password needed to join the broadcast.  For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit, email or call (505).662.0460.


Night With A Nerd Virtual Bingo
The community is invited to join a virtual bingo game 6-7:30 p.m. that has STEM topics rather than numbers in the squares. For the periodic table – the squares have symbols and someone calls the word. Players match to the symbols on their card. For example, if the word called is “sodium” then players look for “Na”. Everyone is invited to play. RSVP to the event to get a link to a bingo card emailed the day of the event. Multiple players in the same household should register individually.To register, click here. Winners receive a gift certificate to the Gadgets store inside the Bradbury Science Museum.


Sancre Productions announces the full 2020 Los Alamos Virtual Summer Concert Series presented by Toyota of Santa Fe lineup with concerts set to kick off Friday, June 26 through Aug. 28. The virtual series features 10 Friday evening concerts starting at 6 p.m. and will be streamed on Facebook live from the featured artists’ homes or music studios.

The concerts will be short and sweet consisting of just a few songs from the artists, some of whom will be headlining artists in the 2021 live show concert season lineup. The concerts will stream live on multiple Facebook pages including Los Alamos Summer Concert Series Facebook page, the Los Alamos Community Services Facebook page, the performing artists’ Facebook pages and the Santa Facebook page. Sancre Productions also is working to make the concerts accessible on local radio stations and plans to feature the recorded concerts on video playback on the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series website.

July 3 — Colorado’s Country Hall of Fame 2019 Band of the Year Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts

July 10 — Austin Van performs in celebration of 2020 ScienceFest sponsored by Los Alamos MainStreet

July 17 — Five-person rock and roll, bluegrass alternative band, Escape on a Horse brings their storytelling style and musical talents

July 24 — Los Alamos fan favorite Igor & The Red Elvises perform from California and will be hosted by Igor himself and sponsored by Enterprise Bank & Trust

July 31 — Green chile fueled Southwestern vintage rock n roll band, DK & The Affordables bring their rockabilly style and good time music

Aug. 7 — Arizona indie rock sensation band Jared and the Mill performs from Phoenix and will join the 2021 lineup

Aug. 14 — New Mexico’s rising star country sensation Sim Balkey brings his storytelling lyrics and enchanting melodic sound

Aug. 21 — New Mexico Hispano Music Award Winner Gabriela Salazar returns to the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series after opening for Chevel Shepherd in the 2019 series.

Aug. 28 — The Boom Roots Collective ends the series with their Hip Hop Reggae uplifting flavor

JUNE 10-JUNE 29 Enterprise University: College Edition

Enterprise University – College Edition courses will be held virtually and take place 3-4 p.m. Wednesdays June 10–July 29. Each hour-long class will be taught by an Enterprise Bank & Trust executive or partner.

  • Marketing and Sales – July 8
  • Nutrition in Business – July 15
  • Culture and Communication – July 22
  • Where Do HR, IT and Business Continuity Fit? – July 29

Students can elect to attend individual courses of interest or all seven. Classes are offered at no cost, but registration is required and limited. The full course schedule can be found at Students can elect to attend individual courses of interest or all seven. Classes are offered at no cost, but registration is required and limited. The full course schedule can be found at

JUNE 16-AUG. 4

Virtual Tuesdays at the Pond Summer ​Performance Series.

This year all performances will be virtual, and available for viewing by streaming YouTube videos through the Creative District website, ​

Each performance will become available for viewing on the date scheduled below:

  • July 7 – Auto Electric – Fun and Classic Rock-n-Roll
  • July 14 – RyoKarii – ​Electronic music project from Ryan Schultz
  • July 21 – Flipside Down – Classic Rock performed by four Los Alamos scientist
  • July 28 – The Bus Tapes – Folk, Rock, and Blues with a jazzy twist
  • Aug 4 – TBA

Also, new for this year, local restaurants in the Creative District and Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op will be offering special discounts on food and beer for Tuesdays at the Pond viewers to order, pick-up, and take home to enjoy while watching the performances. Each week during the performance, an exclusive code will be announced for the participating establishments; this code enables a discount on food and another code for $1 off bottles of beer at The Tub  on the following Tuesday. Each code is only valid for the specified Tuesday.

JUNE 28-JULY 4 Virtual Firecracker 5K
Everyone is invited to participate on their own or with family within the June 28-July 4 week. Y members can register online (, by calling the Y at 505.662.3100, or in person (we encourage distance registration if possible). Community members may register by sending an email with the subject 5k and include participant names by June 27 to Y Sports Director Sharleen Espinoza at


Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Los Alamos County Recreation Department has rescheduled the Mud Volleyball Tournament to July 25.This annual event was originally scheduled for June, however, after some research and careful consideration, the recreation department hopes to see 10 teams of at least six players register and be ready to get dirty in July. Check out the Los Alamos County Recreation Program and Events page for updates:


Free Food Boxes for Seniors & Disabled ResidentsNew Mexico Aging and Long Term Services Department has provided the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization with more than 400 free food boxes for seniors over 60 or those with disabilities. You do not need to be a member or live in Los Alamos. You will be asked to provide your name, address, phone number and birthday, and a staff member will load your box into the vehicle. Call 505.662.8920 to arrange a pick, and free delivery is available in Los Alamos and White Rock. Visit to learn more about the free membership and services available.

YMCA Reopening

  • The Y will be open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The hours of 7-8:30 a.m. are reserved for senior and high health risk members until further notice
  • The facility will operate at less than 50% capacity
  • Areas and rooms will have posted capacities to support social distancing
  • A new waiver needs to be signed by all members, see in reopening plan
  • Masks are required upon entering, but not while exercising
  • Members and employees will be screened with a no-contact thermometer;   individuals with a
  • temperature above 100.4 will not be allowed in the facility
  • Physical distancing is required at all times
  • Hand sanitation is required upon entering, also available at exit
  • Members must wipe down equipment before and after each use, and
  • Members need to bring in and take out daily their own stretching mats
  • No-touch water bottle filling stations are available, but not fountains

Eastgate Toastmasters: Learn public speaking in a fun and supportive environment. Noon on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Now meeting via Zoom. Guests are always welcome. Visit the website to get connected on Zoom.

Family Strengths Network Offers Beginning English Classes

Free remote Beginning English class for those persons that may have little to no English experience and are interested in improving their abilities. The class is 7-8 p.m. each Thursday beginning June 25 via Zoom. Attendees need to register at least once to receive a link each week. Note that it is not necessary to attend each week. Beginners English is open to all individuals and covers a range of beginner topics (ex: Introducing yourself, asking for help, going to the grocery store, etc.). The class also features open sessions with different weekly topics. Call 505.662.4515 for more information and to register.

PEEC Summer Family Evenings
Via Zoom every Wednesday in June and July (except July 1). These events start at 6 p.m. and provide virtual fun for the whole family. Registration is required to get the link and password for the Zoom broadcast. Visit to sign up for this event and other upcoming programming.Free.

COVID-19 Testing Available
The New Mexico Public Health Office in Los Alamos has begun offering the COVID-19 test 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays. Note: Testing will take place in individual’s vehicles, similar to the drive-thru testing that was previously completed at Overlook Park in White Rock. Residents who want to be tested must call the office at 505.662.4038 to make an appointment. No walk ins will be accepted. There is no cost for the test.The office is at 1183 Diamond Dr., Suite D, across from Los Alamos High School.

Chamber Business List

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Restaurants Open For Pick-up or Delivery

Click here for a list of restaurants in Los Alamos and White Rock

Senior Shopping Times at Smith’s Stores

Smith’s Store Manager Isaac Chavez told the Los Alamos Daily Post that both the Los Alamos and White Rock stores have set aside special hours for senior citizens (60 and older) to shop.

Effective immediately, the following days and times are set aside exclusively for senior citizens:

  • Monday – 7-8 a.m.;
  • Wednesday 7-8 a.m.; and
  • Friday 7-8 a.m.

Farmers Market Open Thursdays and Saturdays
The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays through October in Ashley Pond Park. Saturday Market 8 a.m.t o noon. Saturdays at the  Justice Center Parking Lot.

Teen Center’s Los Alamos QUARANTEEN Center Website

While the Los Alamos Teen Center is temporarily closed, its staff members have created a new website and an online space where Teen Center staff and teen members can interact via text and voice.Named, “Los Alamos QUARANTEEN Center”, the website can be reached at and will allow youth to access a curated collection of web resources shared by their favorite Teen Center staff, other teens and community members.

Online at the Library
See services available here. For questions, information or assistance, library staff is available to help. Sullivan said a librarian is at the library 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patrons can call 505.662.8250 or email

Eco Station and White Rock Convenience Center Hours

Los Alamos Eco Station

3701 East Jemez Road in Los Alamos
Phone: 505.662.8163
Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

White Rock Overlook Convenience Center

At Overlook Park in White Rock
Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Closed Wednesday and Thursday

Grief Support Group Via Zoom
5:30-7:30 Thursdays Visit goldenwillow to join.

Online Kids’ Camp from Freedom Church

Freedom Church Los Alamos is providing a daily online opportunity for kids to hear a positive message, spread hope, and have some fun together in the morning! “The Los Alamos Great Adventure” is free, all online, and takes place 10 a.m. every weekday at for the foreseable future.The first LIVE stream online Kids Camp met Tuesday morning and had more than 50 kids joining in, including kids from out of state as well.Each day kids gather online for an adventure that includes contests, prizes, music, activities, a Bible lesson and MORE.Learn more and join the FUN at or go directly to the Facegroup Page at:

Dial-A-Ride Bus Service

Because of low ridership, Atomic City Transit announced today that bus fixed-route services will be suspended effective Wednesday, March 18. ACT will still be operating Dial-a-Ride services 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with reservations accepted up to one day in advance. Call 661-RIDE for information.

YMCA Online Fitness Classes

The Family YMCA is now offering live virtual classes online during this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The schedule of virtual classes is published on the Y website and includes classes like Power Up, Insanity, Silver Sneakers, Yoga, Stretching, Zumba, Toning, Hi-Lo, Cardio Kickboxing and Power HIIT! All classes will be modified so that no fitness equipment is required, but will include suggested everyday household items.  Y membership is not required to participate so everyone can invite family and friends to join virtually. Link to virtual classes:

Take It Outside with PEEC! Online Series

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has launched a new online series to help the community get outside, have fun and continue to learn about nature while the schools and Los Alamos Nature Center are closed. Each week, PEEC’s staff and volunteers will focus on a different nature-related theme. They will provide daily activities and challenges to help people of all ages have fun and learn new things about our natural environment. Adults and children alike can take part in these challenges and contests, and share their experiences with the community. Learn more and view the daily challenges at New challenges will be posted on weekdays by 10 a.m. for the duration of the school and County facility closures. More than one challenge can be completed per day, if you need to catch up on the program!


Meet-Up: Local Meetup is free for participants, visit, find “Los Alamos Yours to Discover” and join. Meetup then sends invitations to all of its events. Ignore the email if unable to attend or click Join Us to RSVP. Contact Anna Dillane at Boomerang for more information. Calendar at

Autism Support Group: An informal support group for parents, family and friends of autistic children and adults. Held the 6-7:30 p.m., third Monday of the month at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St.

Chit-Chat Infant and Toddler Discussion Group: offers parents/caretakers of babies and expectant parents the opportunity to connect and explore timely topics. This group is meant to be a quieter space. Infants up through walking are welcome. Wednesdays 9:30-10:15 a.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St.

Ad Hoc Hiking Group: Meet downstairs at the Betty Ehart Senior Center every Thursday morning. For adults of all genders. Where do we hike? All over the place, and we usually decide the destination on the morning of, depending on participation and weather – hence the name Ad Hoc. Nearby hikes of 3 to 4 miles or more on uneven ground are typical. Occasional special trips are planned and announced in advance. Always dress in layers for conditions, wear a hat, and bring water. Departure times:  8:30 a.m. May thru August; 9 a.m. September through April. To get on the email list (for last minute weather cancellations or other schedule information), send your request to: Patricia Rathbone at

Alcoholics Anonymous: (AA) is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. There are 14 meetings each week in Los Alamos; see to find meeting times and locations in Los Alamos (as well as other New Mexico locations).

Al-Anon Family Groups (Al-Anon): is for friends and families of alcoholics.  Members share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps of AA ourselves, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic. Anyone who has been affected by someone else’s drinking is welcome. There are four meetings each week in Los Alamos; see to find meeting times and locations in Los Alamos (as well as other New Mexico locations). “Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.”

Russian Language Group: Russian speaking children meet and immerse in the language, kids will sing, do skits and play games in Russian. This group meets 10 a.m. to noon every other Sunday at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St.

Los Alamos Writers Group: meets 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in Room 627, Building 6 at UNM-LA. All writers of fiction and non-fiction, published or not, are welcome. Bring a piece of writing for critique.

MISS Foundation: meets 7-9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Trinity on the Hill Church. It is a grief support group for parents who have lost a child at any age or gestation.  

Support Group for Family, Friends and Caregivers of Cancer Patients: 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month (second Wednesday group meets at White Rock Senior Center, 137 Longview Dr., 4th Wednesday group meets at Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row in Los Alamos). This support group is free and provides a safe and loving environment in which everyone has the opportunity to share and learn. Offered by the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico in collaboration with the Los Alamos Council on Cancer and facilitated by Lori Padilla. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Bob Ansheles 505.955.7931, Diane Hammon 505.672.3058.

Chit-Chat & Change (Diapers): offers parents/caretakers of babies and expectant parents the opportunity to connect and explore timely topics. This group is meant to be a quieter space. Infants up through walking are welcome. Wednesdays 9:30-10:15 a.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St.

Chit-Chat & Parenting Topics: offers parents/caretakers of children of varying ages the opportunity to connect and explore timely topics while their children play. Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St.

Sons of American Legion Squadron 90 Breakfast: 8 a.m. to noon every third Sunday in the restaurant in the American Legion Post 90 at 1325 Trinity Dr. Proceeds benefit American Legion charities. 

Los Alamos International Folkdance Club: Meets Tuesdays at Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar. First, second and third Tuesdays: 7:15-8 p.m. teaching, 8-9:30 p.m. open dance session. Fourth Tuesday (including July 25): 7:30 p.m. review of recently taught dances, followed by open dance session. Cost is $3 per session, first session FREE. Family-friendly, children welcome, beginners welcome. Great exercise for body and brain! For more information: contact Dennis at 505.661.4240.

Ballroom Etcetera Dance: Ballroom Etcetera invites all social dancers to Fuller Lodge for an evening of Ballroom, Latin and Swing dancing. Bring your dance shoes and, optionally, a snack to share. A donation of $6/dancer is requested. Open to all comers. See you on the dance floor!

Science On Tap: happens every third Monday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. The talk is 5:30 p.m. at Project Y cowork, 150 Central Park Square.

Mountain Mixer Square Dance Club: Lessons 6-7 p.m. Dancing 7-8 p.m. Saturdays at Betty Ehart Senior Center. Call Barb at 505.412.9637, for more information.

​CoDA Meeting: White Rock CoDA group, a 12-step recovery group for codependency, meets 7 p.m. Mondays at White Rock Methodist Church on Meadow Lane. For information call 505.672.3874 or 505.672.1498. Leave message, name and phone number.

Join the conversation: 10 Minutes A Week To Reimagine Education! There will be a link to a video, podcast or article sent out each week for people to watch, share and talk about. Plus, at 4 p.m. every Wednesday, a group of folks who have watched the video will host a conversation at a Coffee Klatch at Smith’s Starbucks and they hope you will join them to chat, listen, discuss and share. Educators, parents, students, community members are all invited.

Investment Group at BESC: This is an informal group that meets weekly at 10 a.m. Thursdays at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The purpose of this group is primarily to share knowledge and information, including presentations on a broad array of investment topics. Investment strategies, stock and mutual fund tips may be discussed, as well as general discussions about the economy, except that politics is usually avoided. This group does not invest any shared funds as a group and is not an investment club in that sense. A new group that restricts its subject matter to options trading also meets at BESC but meets at 10 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays twice a month. Anyone interested in attending can contact Harry Watanabe at 505.662.6284, Don Blossom at 505.984.9995, or just show up at meetings.

German Conversation Group: Mesa Public Library upstairs, Room 1. Meetings are 3-4 p.m., the first Monday of the month. All levels welcome. For information, email Margie Bruell at

Senior Civic Issue Discussion Group: The Senior Civic Issue Discussion Group, initiated by the local AARP chapter, meets 10-11:30 a.m. the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month in the Betty Ehart Senior Center classroom. The objectives of the discussions are to better understand the important, often controversial, issues that face the community, state, nation and world and to evaluate potential solutions. The discussions are non-partisan, and topics for discussion are selected by the participants. Everyone is invited to participate. Recent issues have included the Los Alamos economy, threats to US security, income inequality, the Iranian nuclear agreement, long-term energy sources and US immigration policies. For information, contact Joe D’Anna at 505.672.9371 or

White Rock Senior Center Social Activities: The community is welcome to sing old and familiar tunes at 3 p.m. Fridays. Song sheets provided and pianist accompanies singers. The center also offers a “Gals Gab Group”, at 1 p.m., Tuesdays. The social club is geared toward women who live alone and do not get to talk much to other women. Rides are available, call 505.662.8922.

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