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In And Around Town: May 16, 2019

on May 16, 2019 - 12:26pm
  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
Free Legal Workshop for Seniors
The Legal Resources for the Elderly Program (LREP) is a joint project of the NM Aging and Long Term Services Department and the State Bar of New Mexico. LREP is presenting a Free Legal Workshop for Seniors 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. After the presentation, an attorney will be available to prepare/execute Power of Attorneys and Advance Health Care Directives for free. Advance registration is required for this part, call 505.797.6005.
LAMS Spring Music Festival
5:30 at the Middle Schoo, the Los Alamos Middle School Music Department will host its third annual Spring Music Festival in the courtyard at LAMS. This performance will feature the music of the Beatles. The LAMS concert bands, choir, orchestras, and jazz bands will be performing songs including “Hey Jude”, “Eleanor Rigby”, and “A Hard Day’s Night”. In addition to great music, there will also be food and drinks available for purchase.
Los Alamos Genealogical Association Meeting
The Los Alamos Genealogical Association meets at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Public Library on Sherwood Boulevard. The program will be about the value of journals and diaries in Family History and finding such materials from or about your ancestors. The meeting will be preceded by a no-host social dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Pig + Fig at 11 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock.
Ride A Bike To Work Day
The community is invited to stop by Sullivan Field at the corner of Diamond Drive and Canyon Road, 7-9 a.m. Friday May 17, for drinks, snacks and giveaways. Later that day, there will be a Community Bike Party 4-6 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park. This family fun event will include a Bike Rodeo, Atomic City Transit bike rack usage demonstration, bike safety information, raffle of bike and other items and free hot dogs and drinks.
Seniors Invited To Participate In Study
Viome’s research and development team members Ryan Toma and Nathan Duval, who work on product development and clinical studies, will be on hand 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to answer questions about their program and recruit participants for a study. The participants will schedule a time with Viome staff, to collect a small amount of blood from a finger prick. Those participants will have the opportunity to select their choice of a free HbA1c reading, a free activity tracker or a $20 Amazon gift card.
The Betty Ehart Senior Center is at 1101 Bathtub Row.
PEEC Full Moon Hike
Take a full moon hike  with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, astrophysicist Galen Gisler and hiker Jean Dewart Friday. Before the hike, participants will gather at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road for a social potluck dinner. Registration is required for this outing and space is limited, so sign up soon! PEEC will provide water,
The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce hosts the seminar “Branding Bold Part 2”
9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 17 in Room 110 at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. Seating is limited to 20 people - sign up today. Click here for more information.
FRIDAY May 17-19
New Mexico Fiber Crawl Los Alamos
Valentina Devine Studio
  • 1222 Big Rock Loop
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5p.m.
The products are hand-dyed and commercial yarns, one-of-a-kind knit and crochet garments, published patterns are available, as well as gift items such as crocheted flower pins. Devine can share fiber arts ideas and brief how-toos.
Close Knit Yarn Cooperative
CKYC will serve as the Los Alamos hub and be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days at 1247 Central Ave. CKYC also will host a kick-off reception 5-9 p.m. Friday. Demonstrations and specials take place every day.
Market Places
Los Alamos Creative District has organized two markets, featuring vendors of various fiber arts and supplies:
  • The first is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave.; and
  • The second is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at ProjectY, 150 Central Park Square.
Los Alamos Kite Festival
Los Alamos Arts Council presents the 22nd Annual Kite Festival. Kids of all ages are invited to the Spiro Soccer Fields at Overlook Park in White Rock. Kite Building workshops noon to 2 p.m. Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19.
Waffle Breakfast for Robotics
Support FIRST Robotics teams 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Shrine Pajarit Lodge (15th & Canyond Rd. $8
Bike & Outdoor Gear Swap
8 a.m. to noon at Pueblo Gym, 1900 Diamond Dr. Sell your gear and learn more here.
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18 at the White Rock Senior Center. The breakfast will be free, but donations will be appreciated. (Kiwanis is still trying to make up the income it lost when ultra-dry conditions forced cancellation of the 2018 Kiwanis Fourth of July Fireworks in Overlook Park.) Kiwanis suggests that if you live in White Rock (or Los Alamos), you should start your day off May 18 with a good breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, and coffee (or milk), and then go on to the Kite Festival in Overlook Park.
Book Signing for“They Changed the World: People of the Manhattan Project
A book signing for “They Changed the World: People of the Manhattan Project is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Bradbury Science Museum.
SUNDAY, May 19
The Poetry of War
Poet Mike Katko, reading and presentation 6-8 p.m. at Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row. RSVP  or 505.930.7408
Severall Friends in Concert: The Lascivious Low Road: Currying Favor in Medieval France
Severall Friends are a consortium of musicians who gather to play a broad spectrum of early music from Machaut to Rameau (and this season, even to Haydn!). Based in
Santa Fe, their mission is to bring compelling performances and pedagogy to New Mexico and the Southwest. We've been trying to assemble a following in Los Alamos, and I hope you'll be able to help us. The  concert-length performance will be illuminated by images from and translations of the manuscript. Performing are Drew Minter, voice and harp; Shira Kammen, Medieval fiddle; Mark Rimple, cittole and gittern; Mary Springfels, citole and vielle; Tracy Cowart, harp and voice; Spiff Wiegand, hurdy-gurdy and percussion. For more information and to purchase tickets,  visit . Admission $20; students free with ID. 3.00 p.m., Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 N. Sage St.

Los Alamos Choral Society Spring Concert

Conducted by Steven Paxton, featuring pianist Cindy Little. Guest performers from Los Alamos Middle School orchestra program and pecial guest Angel Gabriel of the Joy Crew Community Singers. 4 p.m. United Church. Tickets at CBFOX or at the door. Adults $15/students free 

Los Alamos Kite Festival
Los Alamos Arts Council presents the 22nd Annual Kite Festival. Kids of all ages are invited to the Spiro Soccer Fields at Overlook Park in White Rock. Kite Building workshops noon to 2 p.m. Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19.
White Rock Senior Center Hosts A Matter of Balance Class
The evidence-based program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. The class includes; eight two-hour sessions, led by Master Trainers. The classes at the White Rock Senior Center are 2-4 p.m., Mondays, May 20 to June 17. Additional information is available by calling 505.672.2034. Learn more about the centers at
Voices Of Los Alamos Meeting Features New Homeless Shelter
The Voices of Los Alamos monthly meeting  will feature Ralph Martinez, Roger Montoya, Steven Lovato and Christopher Madrid. They will speak about the new homeless shelter, Espanola Pathways Shelter, being funded by a recent appropriation of $225,000 by Dist. 40 Rep. Joseph Sanchez. The organization usually meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at the Unitarian Church (1738 N Sage Loop, Los Alamos, NM 87544). Follow them on Facebook or email wmwlosalamos@gmail to join the email list.
Science On Tap
Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap  at 5:30 p.m. at project Y cowork, 150 Central Park Square. This discussion will feature Dr. Cathy Wilson of the Lab's Earth and Environmental Sciences Division.
LANL Historian Alan Carr Speakes at MOWW Meeting
Military Order of the World Wars meeting will be held in Los Alamos Research Park the 2nd floor conference room. The Los Alamos Research building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the 2nd level. The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. The Hot Rocks Java Café staff will be catering the dinner: Meatloaf and appropriate side dishes. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. Please note that a dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s). RSVP (yes or no) for the dinner is needed by Sunday, May 19. Call Eleanor Pinyan at 505.672.3750 or email
House of Hamill Concert at Fuller Lodge
Doors at 7 p.m. concert at 7:30 p.m.  Fuller Lodge. Tickets $20 per person, available online at (with a service fee), or in person from me or at the Indian grocery store in Los Alamos (cash or check only, please). Since their last trip to Los Alamos, House of Hamill (aka Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan) have released a new album, created several viral videos with awesome violin-only covers of songs like Bohemian Rhapsody, and played shows all over the US and Canada.


Western Indie Rock band Jared and The Mill
The band hails from Phoenix and counts artist from many genres as influences. Drawing comparisons to the Lumineers and Mumford and Sons, the band extracts plenty of sound from traditional folk instruments, but doesn’t shy away from busting out the electric guitars as well. The only seating will be upstairs so that people can stand, dance, and experience the show.  This band prides itself on connecting with an audience and creating a communal experience.Attendees can enjoy a meal from Uncle DT’s Smokehouse, get beer and wine from Bathtub Row or enjoy a variety on non-alcoholic beverages and snacks when doors open at 6:30.  Jared and The Mill will take the stage at 7:30. Tickets are $17 and are available at or at Los Alamos Schools Credit Union (cash or check only) for those wishing to avoid a service charge.
LA Faith & Science Forum : Are You a Robot? The Questions – Bob Reinovsky
All sessions take place at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 N Sage Loop in Los Alamos. Most evenings begin with a light supper at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, with the presentation starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by questions and table discussions. The supper is free and a free-will donation will be available.
JJAB Meeting
The next meeting of the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) is 5:30in Building 5 at UNM-Los Alamos. The meeting agenda is available at The public is welcome to attend.
Los Alamos Master Gardeners' Demonstration Garden Fair and Plant Sale
9 a.m. to noon. Central Ave, (across the street from Mesa Public Library)  Numerous plants for your landscape and vegetable gardensall grown by Los Alamos Master Gardeners, will be for sale. Children's activity “Growing with Grassheads” and talks by NMSU extension specialists: Master gardeners will be available throughout the Demo Garden to provide visitors with information on the garden and plants. For more information, call 662-2656 or visit the Master Gardeners website
Ongoing Events
Meet-Up: Local Meetup is free for participants. You just go to, find 'Los Alamos Yours to Discover' and join! Once you join, Meetup sends you invitations to all of its events. You can ignore the email if you can't make it, or click Join us and RSVP! You can also 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 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: 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. [Start Times:  8:30 a.m. May thru Oct; 
9 a.m. Nov thru April]  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.