In And Around Town: March 31, 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 to


We are receiving many notices of event cancellations due to the New Mexico State of Emergency because of  COVID-19 virus. The calendar will be updated as we receive notifications.

TUESDAY March 31

PAC 8: Inside Arts

Ruth Williamson will be featured in the Inside Arts series of The Los Alamos Museum of Art airing on PAC 8 at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31


COVID-19 Testing

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is conducting testing for COVID-19 on Thursday April 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Overlook Park in White Rock.

PAC 8: Inside Arts

Ruth Williamson will be featured in the Inside Arts series of The Los Alamos Museum of Art airing on PAC 8 at 8 p.m.


LA Cares Distribution

Local food pantry LA Cares is continuing the serve Los Alamos County residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. LA Cares distributes food boxes once a month. The next distribution is April 9 and 10. In order to observe healthy distances, distribution will look a little different in April. Residents will be asked to drive-thru to pick up their box (there will be no extra “shopping the room” at this time). Anyone who resides in Los Alamos County who has seen a temporary drop in income is welcome to register. For more details and to register for a food box, call the message line at 505.661.8015.



Chamber Business List

Buy from any local small businesses still open. Any help you can give right now makes a big difference. Top link, who’s open. Bottom link Los Alamos small businesses…/1My90zKWNCYlCWeuWeXieHMkKrg…/edit…

#ShopSmallLosAlamos #LiveLosAlamos #KeepLosAlamosStrong #SHOPSMALL

Restaurants Open For Pick-up or Delivery

Click here for a list of restaurants in Los Alamos and White Rock

Senior Shopping Times at Smith’s Stores

Smith’s Store Manager Isaac Chavez told the Los Alamos Daily Post that both the Los Alamos and White Rock stores have set aside special hours for senior citizens (60 and older) to shop.

Effective immediately, the following days and times are set aside exclusively for senior citizens:

  • Monday – 7-8 a.m.;
  • Wednesday 7-8 a.m.; and
  • Friday 7-8 a.m.

Teen Center’s Los Alamos QUARANTEEN Center Website

While the Los Alamos Teen Center is temporarily closed, its staff members have created a new website and an online space where Teen Center staff and teen members can interact via text and voice.Named, “Los Alamos QUARANTEEN Center”, the website can be reached at and will allow youth to access a curated collection of web resources shared by their favorite Teen Center staff, other teens and community members.

Eco Station and White Rock Convenience Center Hours

Los Alamos Eco Station

3701 East Jemez Road in Los Alamos
Phone: 505.662.8163
Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

White Rock Overlook Convenience Center

At Overlook Park in White Rock
Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Closed Wednesday and Thursday

Online Kids’ Camp from Freedom Church

Freedom Church Los Alamos is providing a daily online opportunity for kids to hear a positive message, spread hope, and have some fun together in the morning! “The Los Alamos Great Adventure” is free, all online, and takes place 10 a.m. every weekday at for the foreseable future.The first LIVE stream online Kids Camp met Tuesday morning and had more than 50 kids joining in, including kids from out of state as well.Each day kids gather online for an adventure that includes contests, prizes, music, activities, a Bible lesson and MORE.Learn more and join the FUN at or go directly to the Facegroup Page at:

Dial-A-Ride Bus Service

Because of low ridership, Atomic City Transit announced today that bus fixed-route services will be suspended effective Wednesday, March 18. ACT will still be operating Dial-a-Ride services 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with reservations accepted up to one day in advance. Call 661-RIDE for information.

PAC 8 Online Auction

AC 8, a non-profit organization and community media center is holding its annual online auction fundraiser. The money raised by this auction will go to scholarships for students, PAC 8 Internships and other worthy programs. The auction can be found at or go to and click on auction. PAC 8 thanks you for your support. Continues through March 31.

Chamber/LACDC Teleconferencing Opportunities

The Chamber and MainStreet are also diligently collecting and disseminating information on all types of aid that may be available to these small business owners and their employees. Additionally, staff will be hosting several remote meetings with the local business community to discuss support options and advocacy. They will take place on the following days and times via Zoom conferencing:

Monday, March 23 – 7 am – Register Here
Wednesday, March 25 – 7 pm – Register Here
Friday, March 27 – 12 pm noon – Register Here

Registration details will also be available through the MainStreet (, Chamber ( and LACDC ( websites
Those seeking or conveying information about current employment opportunities may visit the Chamber website at http://losalamoschamber. or submit information to Ufemia at
During this time, businesses don’t have to be a Chamber member or MainStreet business to participate in any of the LACDC offerings.

YMCA Online Fitness Classes

The Family YMCA is now offering live virtual classes online during this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The schedule of virtual classes is published on the Y website and includes classes like Power Up, Insanity, Silver Sneakers, Yoga, Stretching, Zumba, Toning, Hi-Lo, Cardio Kickboxing and Power HIIT! All classes will be modified so that no fitness equipment is required, but will include suggested everyday household items.  Y membership is not required to participate so everyone can invite family and friends to join virtually. Link to virtual classes:

Take It Outside with PEEC! Online Series

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has launched a new online series to help the community get outside, have fun and continue to learn about nature while the schools and Los Alamos Nature Center are closed. Each week, PEEC’s staff and volunteers will focus on a different nature-related theme. They will provide daily activities and challenges to help people of all ages have fun and learn new things about our natural environment. Adults and children alike can take part in these challenges and contests, and share their experiences with the community. Learn more and view the daily challenges at New challenges will be posted on weekdays by 10 a.m. for the duration of the school and County facility closures. More than one challenge can be completed per day, if you need to catch up on the program!

Online Earth Day Conference April 20-25

April 20-25 for the third annual #WeDontHaveTime international climate conference. Let’s explore how businesses, activists, and experts come together to leverage climate engagement and an open climate dialogue to transform our economy, societies, and lives in the coming years. Earth Day Week April 20-25 is a collaboration between Earth Day Network, Exponential Roadmap and We Don’t Have Time. Together we will broadcast more than 20 hours of live talks, solutions and events from almost all continents on Earth.

TUESDAY April 14

Polaris Public Charter School Community Meeting CANCELLED

5-7 p.m., Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St. The Polaris Public Charter School Founding Team will host a set of community meetings to provide information about the school and seek feedback. 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.


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.

Weekly Events for Entrepreneurs and Innovators: