A View From the Stacks: Exhibit Space Means the Library is Much More Than Just Books

Gallery Manager, Mesa Public Library

From cutting edge contemporary art installations to quilts, recycled scrap metal sculpture to World War II memorabilia, traveling museum exhibits to exhibits designed and created by university students, the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery provides the only flexible, general exhibition space in Los Alamos County.

It is a great space:  light filled and soaring, a gem tucked away on the third floor in the landmark building designed by world renowned architect Antoine Predock, dubbed by New Mexico museum professionals one of Read More

AAUW: Dorothy Shaner Presents Talk April 4

AAUW News:

Dorothy Shaner will present, Burma/Myanmar: Nexus of a modern Silk Road or Battleground in a new “Great Game”? at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road in Los Alamos.  at 7:30 pm. Thursday, April 4.

The talk is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

Shaner has lived in Los Alamos for 11 years and is a member of the American Association of University Women.

She claims no “expertise” on Burma, but offers background on the subject.

While raising children and getting her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University Read More

Multicultural Education: Around the World in White Rock

Courtesy/Chamisa Elementary

Courtesy/Chamisa Elementary School


White Rock schools will kick off a multicultural fair, titled “Around the World in White Rock” thanks to the Great Ideas Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

This event, lead by Julie Bulthuis and Renee Mitsunaga, will take place 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in the Chamisa Elementary School Gymnasium.

“Carnival” masks were created byChamisa and Pinon elementary schools with artist-in-residence/former LAPS teacher Thelma Hahn.

Hahn worked with 4th and 5th grade classes Read More

Otero Junior College Rodeo Signs Abiquiu Standout Cowboy

Jake Trujillo of Abiquiu. Courtesy/Fain Photo

Otero Junior College

LA JUNTA, Colo.—Otero Junior College Rodeo program has announced the signing of New Mexico high school rodeo standout Jake Trujillo of Abiquiu, N.M.

Trujillo signed a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association letter of intent with Otero Junior College Rattler Rodeo. The Las Animas High School senior is a top steer wrestler and team roper.

Trujillo is in the last semester of his senior year, where he competes in the National High School Rodeo Association in New Mexico.

He is a National High School finals rodeo qualifier and Read More

Applications for UNM-LA / LANL Tech Frontiers 2013 Program Accepted Through April 8

Applications for UNM-LA/LANL Tech Frontiers 2013 program are being accepted through April 8.
This coming summer LANL and the University of New Mexico Los Alamos campus are teaming up to deliver the Tech Frontiers 2013 program for area high school students.
The program will provide an exceptional opportunity for high school students to explore fields of technology likely to remain extremely important throughout the 21st century.
Participating students will learn about materials science, robotics, computer science, and technologies related
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FSN Presents Critical Info for Teens and Tweens

FSN News:

While most families appreciate the importance of navigating through the tweens and teens safely and successfully, many struggle to connect with high quality, relevent resouces.

Family Strengths Network focuses on providing such resources to the community and has teamed up with some well respected partners to bring you instructive and fun workshops this spring.

Family Strengths Network will host IMPACT of Santa Fe for two special events in April. IMPACT Personal Safety 101 and Healthy Relationships will be offered together on one night for people age 15 through adult 6-8 p.m., Read More

Earth Day Planning Underway at PEEC

PEEC News:

April is just around the corner – time to leave those winter blues behind and get out and explore. 

April is also the month to celebrate Earth Day 2013. 

This is the 13th year that Pajarito Environmental Education Center has sponsored an Earth Day Festival.

Put April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on your calendar; plan to come and have fun at PEEC, your local nature center at 3540 Orange St.

The theme this year is Dig Nature. Read on to find out why!

PEEC’s portal and lawn will be filled with booths from community groups that enjoy and protect  the environment—they dig nature! Read More

Underground of Enchantments Opens April 5

Lechuguilla Cave. Photo by David De Roest

MPL News:

Underground of Enchantment is a 3D photo exhibit featuring the beautiful, magical, microbial secrets of one of the most interesting caves in the world – Lechuguilla Cave in southeastern New Mexico.

The exhibit opens from 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Mesa Public Library Art Gallery and 5-6:30 p.m. at PEEC and continues through May 29.

The cave is part of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the exhibit originated with and is traveled by Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

Lechuguilla Cave is the deepest limestone cave (1597.4 ft/486.9m) in Read More

Einstein Shares Secrets of π at LAMS

Albert Einstein with Los Alamos School Board member Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, right, and former Board member Melanie McKinley. Courtesy photo
Staff report
March 14 is celebrated annually by students and staff at Los Alamos Middle School and this year’s theme was “π Round the World.”
The event is hosted by the math department under the direction of Clara Vigil. Albert Einstein was a special guest at the event. He shared with students that math is everywhere.
To amplify his point, he challenged students to use the sum of π to guess how many gum balls were in a jar.
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Salary Negotiation Workshop Builds Skills

Workshop Facilitator Shelley Rossbach leads a group of participants attending a recent ‘$tart $mart’ salary negotiation workshop at UNM-LA. Photo by Ivette Jimenez
Staff report
The American Association of University Women (AAUW), UNM-Los Alamos Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and UNM-LA Student Government hosted a “$tart $mart” salary negotiation workshop March 1 at UNM-LA. 
“I learned a great deal about the importance of being able to negotiate wages,” workshop participant Edith Danielson said. “The smart start
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Learn about Worms at PEEC

PEEC News:

They squirm, they slime, and they’re numbering in the hundreds at PEEC.

Learn all about the composting worms, feel them wiggle in your hand, and collect data on worm behavior 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at PEEC.

Did you know that just one acre of land can contain as many as one million earthworms? The actions of these worms affect almost every aspect of the outdoor world, including decomposition, soil nutrients, plant growth, the food chain, and more.

Think about it: every bit of earth we tread has passed through the intestines of worms.

It’s no surprise that the popularity of vermiculture Read More

Students Host Renaissance Spaghetti Dinner

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is hosting a Renaissance Spaghetti Dinner 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on North Road.

Funds raised will support the NAHS scholarship. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 13 and younger and may be purchased at the door or from NAHS members.

For more information, email Mickey at Read More

Hike Burnt Mesa Pueblo with Dorothy Hoard

Hikers explore Burnt Mesa. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join PEEC on a historical hike of Burnt Mesa Pueblo led by Los Alamos Living Treasure, author and local historian Dorothy Hoard.

Hoard will lead this popular hike to spectacular viewpoints starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6.

In the 1290s, the ancestral Pueblo people built several villages across the Pajarito Plateau of a special design that archaeologists came to call “plaza sites.” 

Room blocks were built in a tight square around a plaza with only one narrow entrance. The room blocks were multi-storied, Read More

School Board Schedules Three Meetings

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled an Executive Session at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at Mountain Elementary School.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss personally identifiable information about an individual student per Section 10-15-1-H(4) of the Open Meetings Act and collective bargaining negotiations per per Section 10-15-1-H(5) of the Open Meetings Act.

The Board also has scheduled a work session at Mountain Elementary School  at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

The agenda items include a discussion of Board meeting schedules and protocol and a presentation Read More

Caver Presents Lechuguilla Cave Exploration History

Caver John Lyles at Northern Lights. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Come to PEEC at 6:30 p.m. April 5, to learn about the history of exploration in Lechuguilla Cave.

Local caver John Lyles will present highlights of his 20 years of involvement in the project to map Lechuguilla.

Volunteers dug open Lechuguilla Cave, the “Jewel of the Underground” at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 1986.

The cave quickly earned world-class status among caves, passing 50 miles of discovered length in four years, and 100 miles within the first decade of exploration. 

John Lyles’ personal involvement Read More

FREE Diabetes Education at the Y!

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA is taking registration for its FREE Diabetes Education and Prevention program.

Topics to be covered are: what Type 2 diabetes is; what having pre-diabetes means; the signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes; how to reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes; and how to make the necessary lifestyle changes to lower your risk.

The class is taught by Sara Pocernik. Sara is a Registered Dietitian with experience in many areas of nutrition.

She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics and Nutrition Science at Michigan State University, and Read More

Great Conversations Will Feature ‘Developing Strong, Resilient Children’ With Sandy Beery

Sandy Beery


Great Conversations is an afternoon event filled with delicious appetizers and desserts and in-depth conversations with subject area experts. 

This is part of a series about the conversations that will take place at the 4th Annual Great Conversations from 2-5 p.m., April 28 at Los Alamos High School.

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation hosts this important community event, which includes a discussion on “Developing Strong, Resilient Children” featuring Sandy Beery.

What is the power of assuming positive intent? Sandy Beery is an experienced teacher Read More

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