In And Around Town: Feb. 19, 2020

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


JJAB Meeting

The next meeting of Los Alamos JJAB 5:30 p.m.  in Building 2 at UNM-LA. The meeting agenda is available at The public is welcome to attend.


THURDAY Feb. 20 and Friday Feb 21


LALT Auditions for ‘Calendar Girls’

Los Alamos Little Theatre announces auditions for its May production, “Calendar Girls”, written by Tim Firth and directed for LALT by Bev Brunson. Auditions are 6-8 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21 at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. In addition, LALT is holding a reading of the play at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at LALT. Anyone interested in reading or listening is invited to attend.
Polaris Public Charter School Community Meeting
The Polaris Public Charter School Founding Team will host a set of community meetings to provide information about the school and seek feedback. 4-6 p.m. Mesa Public Library, upstairs meeting rooms. The informal, open-house style meetings are open to the public; come when you can, stay as long as you want. Founding Team members will be available to answer questions about Polaris School and the work being completed during this year’s charter application process.
FRIDAY Feb. 21

Dance at the Teen Center

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, there will be a dance 7-10 p.m. at the Teen Center.

Talk on South Sudan

The community is invited to hear a dinner talk on South Sudan 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at White Rock Presbyterian Church. A simple meal of soup and bread will be served followed by the talk. White Rock Presbyterian Church is at 310 Rover Blvd.

The HillStrummers Ukulele Group:  ‘Love & Romance’

White Rock Senior Center: 11:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, Feb. 21. Lunch is catfish, hushpuppies, tartar sauce, German coleslaw, and fruit cocktail.

Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. and cost is only a suggested $5 donation for members (membership is free), call 505.672.2034




Tribute to Bill Hudson

1:30 p.m. Fuller Lodge

Fundraiser for Mogul Skier Stephen Boone

5-7 p.m. Bathtub Row Brewing. BBQ Pork Sandwich and a beverage. Film of Stephen’s season and meet Stephen.

SUNDAY Feb. 23

Pajarito Astronomers Meeting

The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a club and public meeting 2:30-4 p.m.  at the Los Alamos Mesa Public Library in Meeting Rooms 2/3 upstairs. The club will welcome new members and discuss upcoming events and club business. This will be followed by a talk by Didier Saumon title: “Blinded by the Light: Outdoor Lighting and Life after Dark”.

Square Dance Classes

The Mountain Mixers, in conjunction with the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Division, suggest taking square dancing classes. Lessons will be 1:45-3:45 p.m. Every Sunday  Feb. 9 through May 3, at the Pueblo Complex gymnasium on Diamond Drive. The first two classes are free; afterward the cost is $5 per class. For those who think they can’t dance because they consider themselves rhythmically challenged or have “two left feet”, Mountain Mixers assure people they only need to know their left hand from their right hand. Oh, and wear a pair of comfortable shoes.

MONDAY Feb. 24

Chapter AK, P.E.O. Meeting

Chapter AK, P.E.O., will hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the home of Wendy Swanson, 1874 Camino Manzana, on North Mesa in Los Alamos. Judy Goldie is the co-hostess. Marilyn Doolen will provide the program. RSVP to Wendy at 695-8034.


United Church Mexico Mission Donors Dinner

Support the Mexico Mission Project 6 p.m. at United Church, 2525 Canyon Road. Dinner, auction. Reservations at 662-2971 before Feb. 22.


IHM Retreat on ‘Becoming Women of the Word’

7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Women’s Lenten Retreat.  Breakfast and lunch included. Childcare available on request Purchase tickets at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 3700 Canyon Road or call 606.661.8303.

The Y’s Red, Black and Wild West Ball

The Y’s Red, Black and Wild West Ball featuring the James Carothers Band is 5-11:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Thunder Resort. Formal red, black and western attire is encouraged. Individual tickets can be purchased at The Family YMCA in Los Alamos and on Event Brite for $125 per ticket. Table sponsorships are still available at Chairman’s Roundtable ($5,000+); Champion of Youth ($3,000) and Benefactor of Youth ($1,500) levels, and he welcomes sponsors to contact him as soon as possible so that the Y can finalize its program. Featuring the James Carothers Band. For more information, contact The Family YMCA at 505.662.3100.

Ongoing Events

Meet-Up: Local Meetup is free for participants, visit, find “Los Alamos Yours to Discover” and join. Meetup then sends invitations to all of its events. Ignore the email if unable to attend or click Join Us to RSVP. 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 the 6-7:30 p.m., third Monday of the month 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 9:30-10:15 a.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St.

Ad Hoc Hiking Group: Meet downstairs at the Betty Ehart Senior Center every Thursday morning. For adults of all genders. Where do we hike? All over the place, and we usually decide the destination on the morning of, depending on participation and weather – hence the name Ad Hoc. Nearby hikes of 3 to 4 miles or more on uneven ground are typical. Occasional special trips are planned and announced in advance. Always dress in layers for conditions, wear a hat, and bring water. Departure times:  8:30 a.m. May thru August; 9 a.m. September through April. To get on the email list (for last minute weather cancellations or other schedule information), send your request to: Patricia Rathbone 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 in Room 627, Building 6 at UNM-LA. 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: 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month (second Wednesday group meets at White Rock Senior Center, 137 Longview Dr., 4th Wednesday group meets at Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row in 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. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Bob Ansheles 505.955.7931, Diane Hammon 505.672.3058.

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 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. Cost is $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: happens every third Monday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. The talk is 5:30 p.m. at Project Y cowork, 150 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.

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