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In And Around Town: Feb. 21

on February 21, 2019 - 4:45pm
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
The Los Alamos Genealogical Association Meeting
7 p.m. at the White Rock Public Library. The program is “Coming Soon to a Genealogical Problem Near You”, focusing on new resources and exciting new technology for family history research. The traditional no-host social dinner is  5:30 p.m. at Pig + Fig across the street from the library.
Talk On Race And Racism
Dr. Sherri Burr will give a talk entitled “Race and Racism in the New Millennium: The Economic Impact of Unconscious Bias,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, upstairs at Mesa Public Library.
FRIDAY Feb. 22
Big Honking Telescopes
Explore the wonders of “Big Honking Telescopes” this Friday, Feb. 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. Join Dave North and Akkana Peck to learn why we build extremely large telescopes and what they have told us about our universe. This talk begins at 7 p.m. and is free to attend.
Rotary Crabfest
5:30-7:30 (Dinner 7 p.m.) $50 per person Knights of Columbus Hall (Trinity at DP Road) Tickets at Bennett's Fine Jewelry, Central Ave.
SUNDAY Feb. 24
UNM-LA Hosts LAMTA Piano Recital
In keeping with their ongoing mission of Community Outreach and Service, the UNM-LA Campus will host the first of two Spring Piano Recitals at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. The recital is FREE and open to the public, sponsored by the Los Alamos Music Teachers Association (LAMTA). LAMTA’s Sunday Musicales are regular public presentations for the public’s enjoyment and appreciation of the city’s musically talented youth. Nineteen students from the age of 7 through 19 will be presenting a program that especially features music of the Classic era, due to many of the young artists having recently competed in the annual Santa Fe Sonata Contest.
Learn About Battle Of Iwo Jima
At 2 p.m., Feb. 24 at Mesa Public Library, the documentary “Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima” will illustrate for younger generations what teenagers were doing 74 years ago. One of the presenters, Los Alamos Historian Nancy Bartlit, helped to publish memoirs of former State Sen. Steve Stoddard, in The War Years 1943-1946: The Battle of the Bulge in Person, recently launched at the Los Alamos History Museum. She will be assisted by Karen Tallentire, author of Fighting the Unbeatable Foe: Iwo Jima and Los Alamos.
MONDAY Feb. 25
Chapter AK, P.E.O. Meets
Chapter AK, P.E.O., will hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the home of Christie Wilson, 1970 Camino Redondo on North Mesa in Los Alamos. Wendy Swanson is the co-hostess. The program will be given by committee members on P.E.O. Educational Projects: Cottey College, a four-year liberal arts college for women; the STAR scholarship for high school senior women; and the Program for Continuing Education, a need-based grants for women. RSVP to Christie at 505.662.4048.
PEEC: Houseboat Amazon – Four-Month Search For Saki Monkey
 Los Alamos Mountaineers to hear about Dr. Laura Marsh’s four-month expedition into the flooded depths of the Amazon rainforest to search for a saki monkey that had not been seen alive for More than 80 years. Dr. Marsh’s talk is 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road.
Los Alamos Piecemakers
 At this meeting, Nicole Dunn, an award winning fiber artist and contemporary quilter, will be presenting a trunk show.  Visitors and new members are welcome. 7 pm, United Church in Los Alamos.
FRIDAY March 1

2019 Annual Fruit Grower Workshop
Join New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service for the 2019 Annual Fruit Growers Workshop at historic Los Luceros Ranch for a day of learning. Topics include: Frost monitoring and crop damage and mitigation, Orchard fertility management and fertilization, Fruit and nut species and cultivars for northern New Mexico, Product updates on pest and disease management, Pest pheromone disruption and monitor trap demonstration, and Apple orchard renovation/pruning demonstration. Directions: North of Espanola, along Highway 68 to Country Road (Cr) 0048/ Los Luceros drive .5 miles on this road and you will see the sign of Los Luceros Ranch. 
Registration: $15 before Feb. 20; $20 after Feb. 20. Contact Joy Czmyrid at 505-471-4711.
Early Intervention Fair
Los Alamos Public Schools is partnering with Family Strengths Network and Las Cumbres Community Services to host an Early Intervention Fair for local families 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 2 at 3540 Orange St. This fair is meant to capture all the early intervention resources available to families in Los Alamos into one space. A variety of vendors will be in attendance, including First Born Program of Los Alamos, Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Casa First, School for the Deaf, School for the Blind, Parents Reaching Out, Center for Autism and Related Disorders and the Gifted Horse, Inc.
FRIDAY March 8
Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Join NMSU SASC and the County Extension Services for an afternoon of indoor presentation about pruning techniques and hands-on sessions in the orchard1:30- 4 p.m. at NMSU Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde
The tree species covered include apple, peach, cherry, plum, apricot, and blackberry. Organizers are Shengrui Yao (NMSU Alcalde Center), Tony Valdez (Taos County Extension), Tom Dominguez (Santa Fe County Extension), and Don Martinez (Rio Arriba County Extension). The workshop is limited to 40 participants and FREE. Pre-register at
THURDAY March 14
Perfect Pi Day Celebration
The Los Alamos Youth Activity Centers, a program of Los Alamos Family Council, will host the first ever communitywide Perfect Pi Day Celebration. 5-6 p.m. at the Ashley Pond Park Pavilion in Los Alamos. The Pi and Pie event includes a silent auction to bid on pies from local restaurants and bakeries, and the sale of raffle tickets for the chance to pie local celebrities. Youth Activity Center members will host free pi friendly activities throughout the afternoon and receive one free raffle ticket for the celebrity pie activity.To volunteer your face or business, call the coordinator at 505.672.1565.
Ongoing Events
Autism Support Group: An informal support group for parents, family and friends of autistic children and adults. Held on the 3rd Monday of the month from 6- 7:30 p.m. 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 from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St.
Ad Hoc Hiking Group at 9 a.m. Thursdays downstairs at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. No age restrictions. No gender restrictions.  No commitments. 
Newcomers and old-timers, all are welcome. Where do we hike?  All over the place, and we usually decide the morning of…..hence the name ad hoc.  Hikes of 3 to 4 miles or more on uneven ground are typical.  Always dress in layers for conditions, wear a hat, and bring water. To get on the email list (for last minute weather announcements or other schedule information) please send your request to: Linda McCormick 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 at UNM-LA Building 6, Room 627. 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 meets 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, Betty Ehart Senior Center Conference Room, 1101 Bathtub Row, 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. For more information, contact Bob Ansheles (505.955.7931), Diane Hammon (505.672.3058), or feel free to attend the group.
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.
Eastgate Toastmasters: Learn public speaking in a fun and supportive environment. Noon on the second and fourth Monday of each month at Mesa Public Library, second floor, Room 3. Guests are always welcome.
Sons of American Legion Breakfast 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
  • $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 Science On Tap happens every third Monday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. The talk is 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked, 145 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.
Codependents Anonymous Meeting: Codependents Anonymous meeting at NEW LOCATION; 6 p.m. Thursdays in the library of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr. Contact Diane at 505.500.6040.
French Conversation Group: Mesa Public Library third floor meeting room at 1 p.m., once a month, on the second Thursday for 1.5 to 2 hours. ALL levels welcome.