Clark & Kendall’s Weekend Preview: Sept. 6, 2012

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Bird Banding Talk 7 p.m. Thusday, Sept. 6 @ PEEC
Have you ever wondered what exactly scientists do when they study birds? Dave Yeamans will talk about local bird banding with photos, stories and movies of ornithologists at work.

Film, The Biggest Story Problem @ Bradbury Science Museum 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7
The Biggest Story Problem is an independent documentary film examining the sudden drop in math scores and competency seen as students in the U.S. transition from primary to secondary schools. The documentary interweaves the story of New Mexico’s teacher-turned-game designer, Scott Laidlaw, creator of Ko’s Journey, an innovative online story-based math game; the stories of teachers and schools taking part in a pilot program using Ko’s Journey to increase student engagement in math; and the broad-based story of math education in the United States. The project featured in the film was supported by LANL’s CPO economic development team and education team.

Hike & Mountain Bike @ Pajarito Mountain 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8

Pajarito Mountain Bike Clinic 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 8.
Cross-Country Descending Skills
Clinic will consist of repeated chair lift rides to the top of the mountain to maximize descending practice and learning. The clinic will use both the roads and single-track trails. Riders will learn to conquer breaking, drops, switch backs, logs and rocks.

Pajarito Mountain Trail Running Clinic 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8
Natural Technique Skills
Clinic will consist of drills for efficient, injury-free running using techniques from ChiRunning, Pose Method, Egoscue®, Evolution Running and Alexander Technique. Improve: Foot Strike, Rhythm, Posture, Climbing and Descending
Location: Meet at the Canada Bonita trail head.

Los Alamos Piano Studio presents Presley Gao @ Crossroads Bible Church 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at 97 East Road
Presley Gao – Solo Piano Recital. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Barber.
Free admission. All donations gratefully accepted for the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter’s benefit.

Jack Aeby: His Life and Work Beyond the Blast – Exhibit Opening 4-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at the Historical Museum
Jack Aeby is known as the photographer who took the only color photo of the Trinity blast. A new exhibit, on display at the Los Alamos Historical Museum through September and October, explores Jack’s many contributions to the history of Los Alamos, as a photographer, as a Boy Scout leader, and much more.

First Annual Los Alamos Book Fair  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in Fuller Lodge
More than 20 authors and publishers will gather to sell their books at Fuller Lodge Saturday, September 8, at the first Los Alamos Book Fair, sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society and its publishing venture, Bathtub Row Press. Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., shoppers can meet the authors, discuss their works, or pick up a signed copy of a new release to tuck away for a holiday gift. Several recently released titles will be showcased, including Cindy Bellinger’s Walking on Burnt Mountain, A Spiritual Quest in Los Alamos. For history buffs interested in the Manhattan Project, Don Farrell’s Tinian, A Brief History has been reissued and will be available. Bathtub Row Press will have the newly-released softcover of its award-winning book, At Home on the Slopes of Mountains: The Story of Peggy Pond Church.

TREE PLANTING DAY 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 @ Pajarito Mountain
Join the fun and volunteer at Pajarito Mountain with PEEC, REI, the Volunteer Task Force, YES Corps, and the ski patrol to plant trees and restore the mountain.  After a day of hard work, volunteers will be treated to an end-of-the-day barbecue on the lodge deck.

Frijoles Canyon Devastation and Recovery Interpretive Hike 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept 16
Chick Keller will lead a “Frijoles Canyon Devastation and Recovery Interpretive Hike” on Sunday, Sept. 16. The hike is free and open to the public, with no registration required.  Participants should meet at 8 a.m. at Ponderosa Campground, near the intersection of State Roads 501 and 4. 

STEM Student Day from 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)
Kids 13 – 17 years old
4 p.m. at Little Theater Madame Curie Performance
5 p.m. at Bradbury Science Museum (pizza for all! Presentation from Mars Rover Scientists, Fire Science or Kraz-E Science Show)
7 p.m. at Central Park Square Parking Lot (Proctor & Gamble Corvette demo)

STEM Student Day is designed to stimulate interest and inspire young people from throughout the state about possible futures in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. This year students who participate will have a chance to win a new iPad. Students must attend the Madame Curie performance at Little Theater AND Bradbury events to be eligible.

Bill Gilbert: Physiocartographies @ Mesa Public Library Art Gallery (through Sept. 27)
Started in 2003 in the field with the Land Arts of the American West mobile studio, the physiocartographies series combines the abstraction of cartographic maps with the physical act of walking the surface of the planet to create portraits of place. [Gilbert] follows prescribed paths across the landscape using a GPS unit to navigate and record points, a camera to shoot images and a  digital recorder to capture sounds. The final works appear as reconstructed maps, videos and installations

Join the artist for a reception and gallery walk through from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 15.

Gilbert will also give a presentation on his work followed by a discussion with LANL Visualization team members and others from 1 – 2:30 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

Marie Curie to Visit Los Alamos and Present Lecture Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Fuller Lodge
Chautauqua speaker and storyteller Susan Marie Frontczak will portray famous scientist Marie Curie to begin our 2012-2013 “History + Science” lecture series, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank. Madame Curie changed the world in which we live through her discovery of radium and radioactivity. Frontczak has performed as Curie throughout the United States and Europe. The story and performance come together for what should be an exciting evening. Visit our website,, for more information about upcoming lectures.

Next Big Idea Festival! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 Downtown Los Alamos
A family festival of ideas and innovation. For more information and a schedule of events, visit

Pajarito Trail Fest
(part of 2012 Trail Runner Trophy Series this year)
•Saturday, September 22, 10km & 15 miles Trail Runs 9 a.m. Start
•Damned Dirty Du Duathlon on Sunday, September 23, 2012 (Start 10 a.m.) 
(Exact distance TBD but approximately 3km Trail Run – 12 km Mtn. Bike – 3km Trail Run)


Upcoming County Meetings & Events: September & Beyond


Thursday, Sept. 13 – Councilors at Farmers Mkt from 9-11:30 a.m. (last one)

Friday, Sept. 14 – Grand (re) opening for the Little Theater, 11:30 a.m. at the site

Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15 – Next Big Idea (downtown, various times/events)(Kelly Stewart)

Monday, Sept. 17 – NEDO Smart House Grand Opening, 2 p.m. at the site

Thursday, Sept. 20 – Ashley Pond Park Design – Public Meeting #1, 5:30-7 p.m., Chambers

Sept. 19 – 22 – Leadership NM “Connect” program in Los Alamos

Sept. 24 – Bandelier Transportation Plan – Public Meeting from 5-7 p.m. at WR Town Hall

Sept. 28 – White Rock Visitor Center & SR 4 Completion Grand Opening, 11:30 a.m. at the site


Oct. 3-5 – NM Assoc of Counties in Los Alamos

Oct. 4 – League of Women Voters Council Candidates Forum

Oct. 8 – Columbus Day – County is in operation but LANL, Schools are closed County emergency management “Hilltopper” exercise takes place

Oct. 9 – IMBA Mountain Bikes Pre-Conference Field Trip to Los Alamos (various times/events)(contact Kelly Stewart – 662-8087)


Nov. 14 – Ashley Pond Park Final Design – Public Meeting #2, 5:30 -7 p.m., Pajarito Room, Fuller Lodge



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