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'Hilltoppers Give Back' Work Party Set for Saturday

on August 22, 2012 - 9:44am

Work Party needed to help tidy up Los Alamos High School grounds Saturday. Courtesy/LAPSF

LAPSF News:

The LAPS Foundation invites Los Alamos High School alumni, current students, friends and parents of current and past students to help spruce up Los Alamos High School at a work party from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 25.

Using bond funds, the community and the schools have completed a wonderful new building, but there is still some work to be done.

In order to improve the appearance of the high school grounds, alumni and the community are invited to contribute some "sweat equity" during

Public Invited to Tour Six Special Gardens Saturday!

on August 21, 2012 - 7:03am
Courtesy/LAMG
 
LOS ALAMOS MASTER GARDNERS News:
 
August brings harvest time to gardeners and a time to enjoy their labors. Join the Los Alamos Master Gardeners' Tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 and learn some secrets to success in vegetable and flower gardening.
 
Six very beautiful and very different gardens illustrate how personal style and family needs influence design.
 
The tour is free; brochures are available at the library or at the extension office or http://lamgonline.org/docs/2012_MG_brochure.pdf.
 
Be sure to visit the stable gardens where three master

What's at Thursday's Los Alamos Farmers Market?

on August 21, 2012 - 7:02am

FARMERS MARKET News:

Courtesy/LAFM

This week's Los Alamos Farmers Market in the Mesa Public Library parking lot is open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and packed by 1 p.m.

What’s at Market:

Salad greens / Kale / Chard / Bell peppers / Shishito peppers / Potatoes of every color / Green beans / Waxed beans / Carrots / Tomatoes / Cucumbers all types / Okra Beets / Squash / Diakon Radish / Green Onions / Parsley / Basil both types / Corn / Green Tomatoes / Squash Blossoms / Patty pan squash / Chinese Red noodle beans / Egg Plant / Celery / Heads Lettuce / Fennel / Dill / Yellow Hot Peppers / Roasted

Diabetes Support Group Organizing

on August 20, 2012 - 11:04pm

LOS ALAMOS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE News:

By Paula Roybal Sánchez, Extension Home Economist

Come be a part of a Support Group for people affected by Diabetes. The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service is organizing and sponsoring a free Diabetes Support Group. 

Mary Beugelsdijk, a certified diabetes educator, and Paula Roybal Sánchez, the Extension Home Economist will provide leadership to the group. 

Meetings are scheduled 5:30-7 p.m., the second Monday of the month beginning Sep. 10 in the training room in the Los Alamos Community Building. The support group is free.

The

Mule Deer Fawns in Need of Fresh Tree Branches

on August 20, 2012 - 11:43am
The Wildlife Center near Espanola is in need of fresh branches to feed its Mule Deer Fawns undergoing rehabilitation. Anyone willing to trim a few branches from their fruit trees to donate to these fawns is encouraged to call the Wildlife Center at 505-753-9505. Founded in 1986, the Wildlife Center works to conserve and restore native wildlife and their habitats through action-oriented education, promotion of public awareness, strategic partnerships and responsible wildlife rehabilitation. Courtesy photo
 
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High Holidays 2012 at Los Alamos Jewish Center

on August 20, 2012 - 11:40am
LAJC News:
 
Rabbi Melissa Klein. Courtesy photo
 
By Bonnie J. Gordon
 
The Los Alamos Jewish Center community eagerly anticipates welcoming a special guest rabbi for this year’s High Holiday season, Rabbi Melissa Klein.
 
Rabbi Klein will not only officiate religious services, but will also lead community events that weave together traditional high holiday values with the theme, “Generation to Generation.”
 
Longtime Los Alamos rabbi, Rabbi Jack Shlachter, was honored with an invitation to lead services at a synagogue in Vienna, Austria.
 
His acceptance of this prestigious

Don't Miss Tonight's Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture

on August 20, 2012 - 9:25am

Alex Filippenko brings cosmic photos, music, passion and a host of T-shirts to his popular Introduction to General Astronomy class. Photos by Steve McConnell/UC Berkeley

Tonight is the Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium. The lecture, by Alex Fillippenko from UC Berkeley is on "Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe."

The Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture is open to the public at no charge.

The  J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee is dedicated to honoring the memory of Oppenheimer and his significant contributions to Los Alamos, the nation and the world. 

Physiocartography, Author's Speak & New Databases at Mesa Public Library

on August 20, 2012 - 2:11am

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News:

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Bill Gilbert’s Physiocartography exhibit opens Tuesday, Aug. 21  at Mesa Public Library Art Gallery.

Gilbert, Lannan Chair of Land Arts of the American West program at UNM, will show his multimedia works created by walking predetermined grids, using a GPS, and recording his journey.

The exhibit consists of digital prints, photographs, and audio/video. Open during regular library hours. Reception and panel discussion on Saturday, Sept. 15, part of the Next Big Idea festival and ISEA2012 events.

Authors Speak Series presents Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Becker and Bradley Speak Tuesday at Geological Society Meeting

on August 20, 2012 - 2:10am

LOS ALAMOS GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY News:

The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.
 
The featured speakers are Dr Steve Becker and Dr. Paul Bradley. Their talk is entitled, "A travelogue of New Zealand’s North and South Islands."

The September field trip will be to Shark’s Tooth Ridge between San Ysidro and Cuba.

To participate in this trip, meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Sullivan Field.

Plan on bringing a camera, sunscreen, extra clothing, water, lunch and snacks.

Contact Paul Bradley at

Interesting Clouds Seen Swirling Above Los Alamos

on August 19, 2012 - 9:40am

Photo by Leland S. Lehman/ladailypost.com

Photo by Leland S. Lehman/ladailypost.com

Photo by Leland S. Lehman/ladailypost.com

 

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Performing Arts Center Presents 'Parted Waters' Sunday Aug. 26

on August 19, 2012 - 8:37am
Argos MacCallum performing the character of "Reynaldo" in Parted Waters. Courtesy photo
 
PERFORMING ART CENTER News:
 
Los Alamos Little Theatre and Teatro Paraguas of Santa Fe are teaming up to produce a New Mexico Statehood Centennial Event in Los Alamos.
 
Parted Waters by local playwright, Robert F. Benjamin, will be produced at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St., at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26.
 
The performance will be directed by Fran Martone, who starred in the Los Alamos production of Time Enough and directed Galileo's Footsteps and Manhattan Glass at the 2011 Atomic

Rainwater Harvesting Workshop Offered Sunday Aug. 18 at PEEC

on August 18, 2012 - 10:47pm

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES & PEEC News:

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The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is sponsoring a talk on rainwater harvesting at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEECP from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.

The talk is free and open to the public, with advance registration requested at www.PajaritoEEC.org. 

Walk-ins are also welcome. The DPU will provide a free water conservation kit for each participant.

Is your garden thirsty for days, and then overwhelmed by a short cloudburst?

JJAB Seeks Part-Time Coordinator

on August 18, 2012 - 9:32pm

LOS ALAMOS JUVENILE JUSTICE ADVISORY BOARD News:

Non-profit seeks part-time coordinator. Duties include financial management, board coordination and administration support.

Excellent communication skills required, experience with social services preferred. Submit cover letter and resume to JJAB P.O. Box 4716, Los Alamos, NM 87544.

For more information: www.losalamosjjab.com.

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Help Firefighters Give MD the Boot!

on August 18, 2012 - 12:43pm

Los Alamos Fire Department is collecting donations today at the Smith's in Los Alamos for the fight against Muscular Dystrophy. 

From left, Keith Garcia, Bert Quintana, Matt Cionek, Robert Ortega and Ed Hunter. Photo by Karen Kendall/ladailypost.com

 

Local Organizations and Businesses Partner to Help Students

on August 18, 2012 - 9:20am

 

Local organizations and businesses join together to help students. First row from left, Joyce Nickols (Self Help, Inc.), Ellen Ben-Naim (Otowi Station Bookstore) and Alison Walters (Rotary.) Second row from left, Rick Garland (Masonic Temple), Judy Goldie (Rotary) and Jane Phillips (Rotary.) Third row from left, Lewis Muir (Rotary), Mary Burns (Rotary), Linda Anderson (Rotary) Steve Ciddio (Rotary) and Linda Hull (Rotary.) Not pictured: Brian Newnam (Rotary) and a representative of REMAX of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
SELF HELP News:
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White Rock's Art Market Seeks Exhibitors

on August 17, 2012 - 1:04pm

CREATIVE DISTRICT News:

The Los Alamos Creative District on Sunday, Aug 26 will hold its second Art Market. 

The location is the outdoor space in front of The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

The market will run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free to the public.  

The Los Alamos Creative District is looking for artists/artisans to join in and sell at the market. 

Owner and jewelry designer Kathy Kjeresen of Kathy's Natural Designs participated in the first Artisan's Market.

Don Taylor Helps Animal Adoption Effort

on August 17, 2012 - 7:09am
UPDATE - Domino has been adopted!
 
Domino is an orphan. Photo by Don Taylor
 
FRIENDS OF THE SHELTER News:
 
Don Taylor of Don Taylor's Photography is working with the Friends of the Shelter in donating his time and talent to photograph some of the shelter's adoptable animals.
 
Taylor's recent subject, Domino, is a German Shorthaired Pointer and Boxer mix.
 
While Domino has secured temporary quarters at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, he has high hopes of finding a permanent home.
 
Sylvia Hush of the Friends of the Shelter knows Domino and describes him as fun and energetic

Public Invited to Join PEEC's Fire Recovery Walk

on August 16, 2012 - 1:28pm

Flood damage on the trail to Upper Crossing just beyond Ponderosa Campground due to severe burns above. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

For the first program of its Fire Recovery Series, PEEC will offer an exploratory hike from Ponderosa Campground starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

The hike will be led by Terry Foxx and Chris Judson, and will be non-strenuous. 

It is free and open to the public, with no registration required.

This slow meandering walk will focus on observation and discovery of the complexity of the ecosystems of the Pajarito Plateau, and the change that these ecosystems

Katherine Hemphill Receives Kiwanis Scholarship

on August 16, 2012 - 1:19pm

Los Alamos High School graduate Katherine Hemphill has received an educational scholarship from the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club for her good works in the community. Hemphill served as a Key Club member and will attend Arizona State University to study Biomedical Engineering. Pictured from left, Kiwanis Club members Morrie Pongratz and Don Casperson, President Kristy Ortega, Hemphill and her father Richard Hemphill. Kiwanis has a focus on youth projects and meets at noon each Tuesday at the Masonic Lodge near 15th Street and Sage.

Family YMCA & Fusion Volleyball Offer Skills Development

on August 16, 2012 - 11:14am

FAMILY YMCA News:

The Family YMCA and Fusion Volleyball have teamed up to offer a Volleyball skills development program for girls ages 12-15.

Practice starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 and will be twice a week at the Y through October.

Stop by the Y to observe practice and meet the coaches at 1 p.m. this Sunday at no charge.

Program will be $45 for Y members and $60 for program only members.

Diggers Volleyball for ages 8-11 is open for registration at $32 for Y members and $48 for program members.

Practice/Games will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at Pinon Elementary School in White Rock

Chili Roasting Season Has Arrived

on August 15, 2012 - 8:36am

FARMERS MARKET News:

Chili roasting time is here and Matt Romero, owner of Romero Farms in Dixon is prepared. He has been a regular at the Farmer's Market for years and will be there on Thursday morning in the parking lot near Mesa Public Library. Photo by Clay Dillingham.

The Valles Caldera Deserves a Rim Trail

on August 14, 2012 - 7:35am

Yvonne Delamater of Los Alamos looks out over the Valles. Courtesy photo

LOS ALAMOS MOUNTAINEERS News:

The Valles Caldera deserves a trail around its rim. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 in Fuller Lodge, Historian Dorothy Hoard will tell of her 12-year still unfinished odyssey to make the dream a reality.

The resurgent dome of the Valles Caldera is, geologically speaking, very young. Its structure is largely intact. 

It is also a small caldera, a mere 13 to 15 miles in diameter, so it is easy the see its bowl-shape depression atop a mountain. 

These attributes led a small group of

Betty the Bullfrog Attracts New Parents

on August 13, 2012 - 10:29am

ROTARY News:

Betty the bullfrog charmed members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos so much that the Club has adopted the portly beauty for an entire year beginning Nov. 1. Betty lives at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and is big and round, with a dark colored back and a creamy colored belly. She likes to hide underwater as well as float along the surface. Betty sometimes comes out of the water to bask under a warm lamp. She dines on earthworms, crickets and pinky mice. Courtesy photo

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