A Starry Night At PEEC Honors Sen. Martin Heinrich

‘A Starry Night in Seville’ includes an auction with items ranging from sculptures and paintings to a weekend in a cabin and a hike to see petroglyphs. This road runner sculpture is on its way to the auction. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Everyone who’s in town July 2 is in for a treat. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is partnering with Pig + Fig and Pajarito Brewpub to create a special dinner 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday July 2 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Sen. Martin Heinrich will be honored as PEEC celebrates nature at this Spanish-inspired evening, A Starry Night in Seville.

Enjoy a sumptuous Spanish tasting dinner catered by Pig + Fig with fine Spanish wines and beer served by Pajarito Brewpub. The Seville night sky will be featured in the planetarium. Several astronomy apps, beautiful and easy to use, will be ready for exploration on the other screens in the planetarium. This special event would not be complete without music and an “Action Auction” of outdoor experiences and other items.

Dinner will include heirloom tomato gazpacho with olive oil crostini; assorted Spanish cheeses; ceviche of trout and langoustine with Belgian endive; smoked snow goose and duck with fig jam on rice flour focaccia; and assorted Spanish sweets: quince jelly candies, turron (Spanish nougat), dark chocolate truffles, and Seville orange tarts. Spanish wines will include Garnacha, Tempranillo, Rueda and sherry.

PEEC’s board, staff and friends will honor Heinrich as a “Champion of Nature” for his work in transferring the Valles Caldera to the National Park Service. PEEC also will recognize volunteers who have contributed to PEEC for many years, including Rebecca Shankland and Chick Keller, founders who made the PEEC Nature Center possible, and Paul Arendt, who guided the building and planetarium process.

Suggested dress is casual with a sparkle: “jeans and jewels.” When you purchase a ticket, we will invite you to “show us your nature!” by submitting a photo of yourself outdoors. Photos will be collected into a slideshow at the event.

Tickets are $75/person, including wine or beer, and are available online at www.peecnature.org/starrynight/. (Tickets with non-alcoholic drinks are $60/person.) Silent and live auction items are listed on this site—take a look and decide what you want to bid on, individually or with your friends. Items range from sculptures and paintings to a cabin for eight for three nights in Colorado and a hike to see little-known amazing petroglyphs in White Rock Canyon.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.