Public invited to PEEC/Pajarito Astronomers Annular Eclipse Event Sunday at Overlook

PEEC News:

One projecting telescope, four viewing telescopes with solar filters and 100 eclipse-viewing glasses will be available at Sunday’s big Annular Eclipse Event at Overlook Park in White Rock.

The Pajarito Astronomers and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) are sponsoring the event and will assist people who choose to make simple pinhole viewers at the park. People who have their own telescopes with solar filters are welcome to bring them to view the eclipse.

Thanks to a generous donor, solar viewing glasses will be distributed to the first 100 people who would like


Giant Chess Match Set for Saturday

From 4-7 p.m., Saturday May 19, Mario will take on the Ringling Brother’s Circus in an oversized chess match like no other. Students in the 2-d/3-d and ceramics/sculpture classes have created oversized chess pieces out of paper mache. These pieces range in size from 7-feet tall to 4-feet tall. The chessboard is 24-feet by 24-feet. The two chess matches played by the district chess clubs, will take place at the auxiliary gym at Los Alamos High School. Admission is $2 and concession will be sold. Proceeds benefit the clubs and LAHS Art Room. Courtesy/LAHS


Dance Arts Los Alamos to Feature Graduating Seniors


Erin Burr (Odile) and Megan Kelley (Odette) in DALA’s production of Swan Lake. Photo and design by Paulo T. Photography.

Dance Arts Los Alamos is celebrating 20 years of bringing professional dance training and high quality performances to the community.

This weekend, three distinct programs will highlight the accomplishments of dancers ages 3 through adult as well as the talent and diversity of the DALA faculty.

Intermediate and advanced level ballet students will present an abridged version of Swan Lake at 7 p.m., May 18 and 19. All performances will take


A Neutron and Proton Go Into a Bar…

SFI News:

Alaina Levine will conduct a seminar at 12:15 p.m., July 17 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract. What did the bartender say to the neutron? What’s the difference between an introverted and an extraverted scientist?

When you think about it, being a scientist is, well, kind of funny.

In this boring, monotonous, time-wasting lecture, science journalist and comedian Alaina Levine will explore humor in science, probe the most comedic aspects of the scientific profession, and relate real-life anecdotes from a science communicator and wannabe nerd who worked


Bandelier Offers Spectacular Viewing of Solar Eclipse

Bandelier National Monument News

Courtesy Poster By Tyler Nordgren

Bandelier National Monument, located in Northern New Mexico, will offer an amazing opportunity to witness a solar eclipse on Sunday, May 20.  “The last solar eclipse in the United States occurred in 1994, this will truly be a once in a lifetime experience,” said Superintendent Jason Lott.

There are 33 national parks positioned for a great view of the eclipse.  At Bandelier, visitors will see an annular eclipse where a thin ring of the sun is visible around the moon.  Since the sun is not completely blocked, participants


Local Teens Heading to World Championships

Los Alamos teens Natalie Smith and Maria Jones are traveling to Wexford, Ireland to compete in the CRN World Open Championships June 2-3. The girls are students at the Belisama Irish Dance, founded in 2006 in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. Smith won the Regional Championships in the under-19 category this spring, and Jones was the 2010 North American Champion in the under-14 category. Both are Craobh Grad dancers, the highest level of dance in the CRN organization. The girls will compete in one soft-shoe and two hardshoe dances, and will also join Santa Fe dancers Shannon and Caitlyn Kossmann and instructor


Practice Taiji at Ashley Pond

Join a local group practicing Taiji and Qigong three times a week at Ashley Pond.

There is no charge for the program and no previous experience is necessary.




When: June through October

  • Mondays 7-8 p.m.
  • Thursdays 11 a.m.-noon
  • Saturdays 11 a.m.-noon

Where: Ashley Pond

Who: Adults and children age 8 and older

  • No previous experience is necessary

What: Taiji

Follow along. Beginning with a walk around the pond, followed by simple stretching and the Taiji Qigong 18 Form routine. Go over the Yang-style 24 Form Taiji sequence twice, with limited instructions. Ending with another


Leadership Los Alamos Celebrates Newest Graduates

Leadership Los Alamos Board Member Cheryl Sowder with Leadership Los Alamos Chair/Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy. Sowder models the chief’s new hat presented to him in fun during the LLA graduation ceremony Friday at the Pajarito Ski Area Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

By Kirsten Laskey

Qualities in a leader could be courage, selflessness, integrity … but how about a sense of humor?

The ability to laugh, even in a top position, was practiced during the Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) graduation held Friday night at the Pajarito Ski Area Lodge.

Leadership Los Alamos


Murray Gell-Mann Headlines SFI Science Series

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, a Trustee, Science Board and Distinguished Fellow of the Santa Fe Institute will present  a talk on “Groundhog Day” at 7 p.m., Thursday May 17 at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

The “Science on Screen” series is a joint collaboration of the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI).

During each event, visionaries from SFI present some of their favorite films, offering eye-opening perspectives from their own research and the world of science. It’s