In And Around Town: Week Of August 16, 2022

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HowI Spent My Summer Vacation Exhibit Through Sept. 26
Village Arts is happy to host a new exhibition just in time for the start of the new school year! Artists were asked to take on the traditional “start of the school year” theme and be inspired by their summer adventures. The exhibit features more than 30 creations that explore a summer of colorful days, velvety nights, beaches, gardens, dreams, challenges and more! Through Sept. 26. Village Arts is at 216 DP Road, and aims to be a one stop shop for all things visual arts from learning opportunities and supplies to framing and exhibitions.Village Arts is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and also by appointment. Visit


Memory Care Allience Out and About at Randall Davey Audubon Center

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.1800 Upper Canyon Road Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the garden before we get a free tour of the Randall Davey home. Reservations appreciated, but not required. Our monthly Out and About field trips are free and open to anyone living with a dementia related illness, their caregivers, family members, past caregivers and all of our volunteers. Lear more at the website:

THURSDAY August 18

Ask a Biologist: Black Bear and Cougars
5:30 p.m. Ask NMDGF biologist Frederic Winslow your burning questions about coexisting with black bears and cougars. Register for Ask a Biologist: Black Bear and Cougars

FRIDAY August 19

Suds & Shows: Predator
Watch the monster movie classic “Predator” in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium! Bring a picnic beforehand to enjoy outside at the nature center. Register for Suds & Shows: Predator.

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Family Backpacking Trip
PEEC is offering the adventure you’ve been waiting for! Join Jean Dewart for an overnight trip to Puerto Nambe in the Pecos Wilderness. Register for the Family Backpacking Trip.


Seed Ball Sunday
The last of three Seed Ball Sundays is 1-2:30 p.m., Aug. 21 in the Children’s Playground at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 N. Sage St. The public is invited to participate in this free family-oriented, multi-generational event. All supplies and seeds will be provided. The finished seed balls will be donated to the State Land Office in its on-going effort working with Forest Service to seed burned areas of New Mexico’s forests.

THURSDAY August 25

Program About Motorless Aviation And Ballooning In The West
Balloon Fiesta is only five weeks away, and the staff at Mesa Public Library is welcoming Dr. Gary Fogel for the occasion! 7-8 p.m. Mesa Public Library.  Fogel will give a virtual author talk about his latest book, Sky Rider: Park  Van Tassel and the Rise of Ballooning in the West. Attendees will learn the fascinating legacy of  the P.T. Barnum-like character who—in addition to co-inventing the parachute—took his concept of aerial exhibition on the road and set the stage for one of New Mexico’s most beloved  events. Free

FRIDAY August 26

Bears, Beers and Bites
Join PEEC and the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation (LEWF)to eat like a bear! Enjoy delicious nibbles with refreshing beer and wine from Bathtub Row Brewery, plus a talk about black bears with Dr.Kathleen Ramsay. Guests will browse hors d’oeuvres from Jessica Robert, Personal Caterer, which symbolizes foods eaten by bears in the wild and in our own backyards. Each person will also receive two drink tickets for beer and/or wine from Bathtub Row Brewing Coop .6 – 8:30 p.m. Los Alamos Nature Center or Virtual. Registration is required. Register here.  Admission: $30/member, $40/non-member.

StATUDAY August 27

PEEC Bear Festival
10 a.m. to 2 p.m,Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. Free.
Enjoy a fun day full of booths, games, and resources on living with black bears and other wildlife in northern New Mexico. Crafts, games, food, a scavenger hunt, and more!

FRIDAY September 16

Meet the Republican Candidates
The Republican Party of Los Alamos (RPLA) is hosting a candidate meet and greet (very informal) 8-10 a.m. o give the community a chance to talk with state and local candidates at a personal level. Constituents can ask questions, voice concerns, and discuss hopes for the future! This event will be held at Pig & Fig Café in White Rock. Light refreshments, coffee and juice will be served.


Atomic City Road Runners Pace Race
Weekly races will be held at different locations throughout Los Alamos County beginning 6 p.m. every Tuesday through the first Tuesday in October (Oct. 4). Membership applications are available at the race or may be obtained on the Club’s website:

SUMMER Farmer’s Market:
The 2022 Outdoor Farmers Market Season begins Thursday, May 5 and runs 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays weekly through October at the western side of Ashley Pond Park. From June to September, Saturday markets also will be available 8 a.m. noon in the same location. Locals and visitors have access to farm-fresh produce, fruits, baked goods, cheeses, meats, cider, chiles, body products, nursery products, fresh tortillas hot off the grill, breakfast items from a number of bakers, fish, honey and more Vendors interested in participating still have time to sign up. To sign up for the weekly e-newsletter or download

PEEC Events: Visit PEEC at, email or call 505.662.0460.

Family Strengths Parenting Classes: For more information on these classes and other events at FSN click here.

The Los Alamos Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Support Group: Virtual meetings at 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Through the PMD Alliance (Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Alliance), the group uses Zoom and has made it a secure site by requiring a password and using the “waiting room” function to let members in. The problem in doing it this way is that it has left out the newly diagnosed and their care partners. But anyone interested in joining, may call Allie Thompson at 505.672.9498 to be added to the membership.

Nurses With Heart: Nurses With Heart Home Care provides both personal and medical care in one’s own home. They have professional and trained caregivers who assist with bathing, grooming, light meals, light housework, companionship and transportation. Their team follows COVID-19 safety precautions and are licensed by the New Mexico Department of Health. This allows their medical staff to fulfill doctor’s orders, provide wound care, medication management and other nursing services, and assist families with case management. For information, call Carolyn Moore at 505.424.9099 /

Eastgate Toastmasters: Learn public speaking in a fun and supportive environment at noon on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Now meeting via Zoom. Guests are always welcome. Visit the website to get connected on Zoom.

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. Near by 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), email: 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.”

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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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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