Los Alamos Rotary STARS (Service to All Rotary Satellite) will have a tent set up at Saturday’s Opera on the Rocks at Bandelier, where they will provide gourmet cheese plates for donations.
Opera on the Rocks, Bandelier’s signature event, will take place 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Don Quixote and Black Mesa Wineries, as well as Abbey Brewery, will provide free samples and glasses to purchase. The opera Amahl and the Night Visitors will be performed in English.
Due to limitations with parking and to support keeping the area quiet and without car lights, Los Alamos City Transit will provide transportation to and from the event. Shuttles will pick-up beginning at 5 p.m. at Sullivan Field in Los Alamos and the White Rock Visitor Center.
“Why not enjoy a plate of fine cheese and a few sweets with your wine or beer? You can minimize what you bring on the shuttle, and all the proceeds will support a worthwhile cause,” STARS member Laura Loy said.
STARS is a satellite group of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. STARS members create and bring valuable strategic projects both to New Mexico and to the international community.
For example, a small project in Nagpur, India is being formulated in league with a local club that sponsors a program for children who lack familial and social resources such as adult supervision, adequate food and educational materials.
“These young people are at risk of the effects of general neglect at a critical point in life,” STARS member Michael Everhart-Erickson said. “Even a small contribution can make a big difference.”
Closer to home, STARS undertakes projects that benefit the local community. Last spring, STARS visited local elementary schools to teach children about the dangers of tobacco use, as part of a larger initiative called TAR WARS. STARS also held another fundraiser last summer, in which the group successfully raised nearly $2,000 to help ensure that Los Alamos fourth graders receive swimming lessons through an underfunded school program.
“The Los Alamos Rotary STARS is a group of motivated Rotarians who are determined to fit community and international service into their busy lifestyles, while at the same time having fun,” Loy said.