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Three Planet Party at Overlook Park May 26

on May 8, 2013 - 7:53am
Three planets will appear close together on the night of May 26. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Mercury, Venus and Jupiter will come very close together Sunday evening, May 26.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Pajarito Astronomers will be there with telescopes to help viewers enjoy this remarkable event.

The telescopes will be set up for twilight sky viewing starting 8:45 p.m., about 45 minutes after sunset. Besides these planets, there will also be some spectacular galaxies to see. The location is the Soccer Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Be sure to dress warmly if


Genealogical Association Meets May 9

on May 8, 2013 - 7:47am

LAGA News:

The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9 in Room Three at Mesa Public Library.

Jamie Charles will speak about indexing and Ron Smith will share a genealogical breakthrough by persistence story.

The public is invited to attend.


PEEC's Saturn-Day Star Adventure May 25

on May 8, 2013 - 7:38am

Saturn as visualized from its satellite Mimas. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is launching a new night sky program, inspired by an idea from student board member Amanda Mercer.

The first presentation is a Saturn-Day Program about the planet famous for its size and rings.

The program takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25.

Join other families and sky-gazers, old and young, to hear a brief introduction about Saturn from astronomer Chick Keller’s perspective.


Kids Invited for Cave Exploration Fun at PEEC

on May 7, 2013 - 10:35am

PEEC’s Nature Playtime kids tried out caving equipment recently. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

PEEC will hold an afternoon of activities about cave exploration Wednesday, May 22.

Children and their parents are invited to drop in any time between 1-4 p.m. to join the fun in this free event. 

PEEC and the Mesa Public Library are hosting the Underground of Enchantment exhibit about Lechuguilla Cave. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Los Alamos County Library, this exhibit features 3-D photographs of the cave (at Mesa Public Library) and four short 3-D films that take the viewer underground to


Spring Food Drive Saturday

on May 7, 2013 - 10:14am

Staff Report

The annual Los Alamos Letter Carrier and Boy Scouts Spring Food Drive is Saturday, May 11.  

This community food drive is jointly conducted by the Los Alamos Letter Carriers Union (NALC-4112), the Northern New Mexico District of the Boy Scouts of America, and LA Cares with the support of the National Letter Carriers Union, the US Postal Service, the Knights of Columbus, Smith's Food & Drug Stores, and many individual volunteers.

The drive supports those in need in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties through regular distributions by LA Cares in Los Alamos and the San Martin de


Nathan Lang Receives Los Alamos Garden Club Scholarship

on May 7, 2013 - 8:07am

Scholarship winner Nathan Lang. Courtesy photo

LAGC News:

The Los Alamos Garden Club Scholarship has awarded a $500 scholarship, in memory of Erla Mae Larson, to Nathan Lang of Los Alamos.

Lang will attend UNM in the fall and plans to major in Biology or Biomedicine.

He has been on the cross country team for four years, has been a down hill skier at Pajarito Mountain for six years and since 2012, has worked on computers for the New Mexico Consortium building.

He said that a brief experience helping the homeless in Denver opened his eyes to the number of “needy around us."

Lang is the

Pajarito Astronomers Hosts Dark Night May 11

on May 7, 2013 - 6:48am

PA News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-sponsored Dark Night starting at 8 p.m. (sunset), Saturday, May 11 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze.

A crescent moon will be visible, as will the planets Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. There will be a tour of the winter and spring constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight.


Visit Comfort Keepers Open House 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday

on May 6, 2013 - 4:52pm


The community is invited to stop by the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center, 109 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos, 4:30-6 p.m., Tuesday, May 7 for an Open House, Food and Networking event, and Ribbon Cutting hosted by Comfort Keepers.

Comfort Keepers provides in-home care services, which enable independent living at home.

Comfort Keepers is providing food, live music and interesting services - this event is free and open to the public so stop by on the way home from work.

May 14 Lecture: 'Cold War Recollections: A Livermore Underground Testing Perspective'

on May 6, 2013 - 3:16pm

LAHS News:

The annual meeting of the Los Alamos Historical Society is 6 p.m. May 14 in Fuller Lodge and begins with the “Experience Auction” fundraiser, pizza and ice cream party, followed by a business meeting at 6:45 p.m. and lecture at 7:30 p.m. by Robert Kuckuck, “Cold War Recollections: A Livermore Underground Testing Perspective.”

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Robert Kuckuck will discuss his experiences as a Cold Warrior and the nuclear testing work carried out by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory during the 1970s and 80s.  

About the Lecturer (from the LANL

Find Out About Retail in Los Alamos 7 p.m. Today!

on May 6, 2013 - 2:37pm
Ken Nebel of Village Arts. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos retailers invite the public to find out more about retail in Los Alamos and the people behind the brick and mortar businesses in town.
Ken Nebel of Village Arts is hosting a discussion panel 7-8 p.m., today, May 6, to speak about both the satisfying and sapping parts of owning and operating a retail business in Los Alamos.
The panel will be meeting upstairs in the Mesa Public Library meeting rooms, and anyone interested in retail in Los Alamos is welcome to attend.

Spring Water Flows in Rio Grande

on May 6, 2013 - 1:06pm

View of the Rio Grande from White Rock. Photo by Katy Korkos

Community Winds, Singers Shine in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

on May 6, 2013 - 12:48pm

Los Alamos Community Winds, Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos High School Choirs and soloists perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, conducted by Dr. Ted Vives. Photo by Glen Wurden


Freude! Joy! A large audience experienced a joyful interlude Sunday afternoon, May 5, with the performance of Ludwig von Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

Playing the work in its entirety was The Los Alamos Community Winds, under the baton of Dr. Ted Vives.

Joining the Winds for the fourth, or choral, movement were the Los Alamos Choral Society and the

LADOC's paRENT Free Club Graduates 13

on May 6, 2013 - 12:14pm

From left, Annie Conklin, Dara Armstrong, Dana Urbatch, Nicole Pino, Natalie Stafford and Angela Davydenko (not pictured Annika Nye, Ashley Nye, Audrey Nye and Sruthi Garimella.) Courtesy/LADOC

From left, Charlie Young and Astro, Kalem Smith and Bantu, and Caleb Nolen and Pepper. Courtesy/LADOC


This spring Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) has been offering a special class called the paRENT Free Club or "RENT" free club for children.

Children attend this class with their dogs and without their parents.

Support Barranca School and Teachers on Bobcat Pizza Day!

on May 6, 2013 - 10:38am

PTO News:

Barranca Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is holding a Bobcat Pizza Day Wednesday, May 15 through Papa Murphy's Pizza.

On that day only, Papa Murphy's will donate $1 for each pizza ordered to the Barranca Elementary PTO.

The PTO uses these and other fundraising events to support the teachers and the school.

The PTO gives each teacher a stipend at the beginning of every school year, which allows them to purchase extra supplies for their classooms without having to spend their own money on those supplies.

The PTO also helps to pay for teacher training, field trips,

Los Alamos Community Winds, LA Choral Society, LAHS Choirs Collaboration Garners Standing Ovation

on May 6, 2013 - 8:50am

Los Alamos Community Winds Musical and Artistic Director Ted Vives presents this year's 'Music-Filled Life' scholarship to Los Alamos High School Senior Emily Silks. The scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who is committed to making the performance of music an integral part of their life once they leave school. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Guest soloists Andreas Tischhauser and Loren Jacobson perform. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The sound created by musicians and singers performing together was incredibly rich. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Sydoriak and Kendall Kick Off 'Literary Locals' Series

on May 6, 2013 - 8:47am

Memoirists Stephanie Sydoriak, center, and Karen Boutilier Kendall, right, kicked off the new, quarterly series 'Literary Locals,' in the rotunda at Mesa Public Library Sunday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Memoirist Stephanie Sydoriak remembers her childhood. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Memoirist Karen Boutilier Kendall answers questions from the audience about her book, 'Berkeley to Beijing: The journey of a young activist.' Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Sunday launched a new, quarterly series "Literary Locals," in the rotunda at Mesa Public


Nearly 100 Artists Participate in Saturday's Spring Arts and Crafts Fair at Fuller Lodge

on May 6, 2013 - 7:35am

Nearly 100 artists displayed their work at the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Spring Arts and Craft Fair Saturday at Fuller Lodge. The fair has been a tradition in Los Alamos for nearly 50 years. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Artist Lorrie Wilms bundles up with Frodo against a cool breeze during Saturday's Spring Arts and Craft Fair at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Artist Lange Burnetts's wind chimes move gently in the breeze at Saturday's Arts & Crafts Fair. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost

Pluto, left, and Lulu discuss their next purchase.

Kiwanis Kentucky Derby Party Raises $1,200 for Project Eliminate

on May 5, 2013 - 11:28am

The local Kiwanis Club hosted a Kentucky Derby party Saturday at the Dixie Girl in downtown Los Alamos. Everyone was glued to giant tv screens at the restaurant during the 139th Run for the Roses. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Kiwanians and guests celebrate Saturday at the Dixie Girl as Orb wins the Kentucky Derby. Photo by Greg Kendall/

As tension mounts during Saturday's Kentucky Derby, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard grabs her husband Eric Vasquez. Proceeds from the event benefit 'Project Eliminate,' a Kiwanis International-UNICEF effort to wipe out maternal and

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

on May 5, 2013 - 9:43am


Today is Cinco de Mayo—the fifth of May—which commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867.)

A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.

History of Cinco de Mayo: Battle of Puebla

In 1861 the

Memoirists Kick Off Literary Locals Series Sunday

on May 4, 2013 - 9:08am

Staff Report

Since 2004, Mesa Public Library has hosted the acclaimed Authors Speak Series that has featured noteworthy New Mexico authors across genres.

Now, the library announces a series with Los Alamos’ own noteworthy authors: a new, quarterly series, Literary Locals, kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Two memoirists, Stephanie Sydoriak and Karen Boutilier Kendall will be the first guests.

The format for the series is informal, with discussion between the authors about their writing experiences, processes, genres and publishing their work, followed by ample time for audience


Come and Get Um While They're Hot ... Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast is Underway!

on May 4, 2013 - 9:03am

The Kiwanis Pancake breakfast is underway this morning at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Karen Kendall/

Kiwanian Barbara Kerleg making pancakes this morning. Photo by Karen Kendall/

Kiwanians Cindy Eaton, Linda Daly and Ann Hayes prepare to serve breakfast this morning. Photo by Karen Kendall/

Authors Speak Series Presents Steve Sheinkin of ‘Bomb’

on May 4, 2013 - 8:32am

Steve Sheinkin

MPL News:

Steve Sheinkin’s history books are not merely accurately recounted history, they are riveting true tales that read like thrillers.

His book for adolescent readers, “Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon," was awarded a Newbery Honor, won the Sibert Medal, the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Sheinkin will be in Los Alamos for an Authors Speak presentation at 7 p.m. in the Library Rotunda at Mesa Public Library. At 5:30 p.m., teens are invited to join Sheinkin for


Pet of the Week: Ruby the Brindle Pit Bull

on May 4, 2013 - 7:58am


Ruby is a 2-year-old female golden brindle pit bull. She is energetic but gentle and loves food but does not guard it.

She enjoys training and is good with adults, gentle children and most other dogs. Ruby loves visiting the dog park and especially enjoyed participating in the recent  the Dog Jog.

Ruby and other adoptable pets are available at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website at for information about volunteering, adopting and donating.

Also check out the Petfinder page for photos and

Savvy Social Security Strategies Seminar May 14

on May 4, 2013 - 7:50am

Savvy Social Security Strategies

Baby Boomers: Will Social Security be there for you in retirement? Join Kate Stalter, retirement planning advisor, for a free seminar on Savvy Social Security Strategies.

The seminar — 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at La Farge Public Library, 1730 Llano St. in Santa Fe — is designed to answer questions about when to begin taking Social Security, how much you will receive, and strategies to maximize benefits.

Call (505) 490-6474 or email to register.

Thursday's "Lunch with a Leader" Features JJAB Speakers

on May 4, 2013 - 7:11am


The League of Women Voters' monthly "Lunch with a Leader" will present three speakers from the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB.)

The event is 11:40 a.m. Thursday, May 9 at Mesa Public Library. The discussion will center around the history of JJAB, its relationship with state and County entities, its programs and collaborations, the scope of its work and current challenges, and how people can get involved.

JJAB Chair Alan Kirk has been with JJAB since it's founding in 2002. He is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and served as Los Alamos police chief for 10