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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

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: May 3

on May 3, 2013 - 10:23am

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"Support Our Veterans" Fundraiser Ribeye Steak Dinner 6 p.m. Friday, May 3 at VFW Post 8874 (on Trinity across from Sonic.) $16 per person includes ribeye steak, baked potato, corn on the cob, salad, dinner roll and dessert. Tickets sold at the door. Proceeds support veteran’s programs.

Stones in His Pockets 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3 at Los Alamos Little Theater (1670 Nectar Street)
Show will run for three weekends at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.


First Outdoor Farmers Market of Season Opened Thursday

on May 3, 2013 - 10:20am
Shoppers peruse Thursday's first outdoor Farmers Market of the spring season. The market is held each Thursday morning throughout the season in the skate park parking lot at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, third from right, and Councilor Pete Sheehey, second from right, talk to shoppers at Thurday's Farmers Market. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Elks Assist El Rito Resident Lee Ocana

on May 3, 2013 - 7:09am
The Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083, with the assistance of the New Mexico State Elks Cerebral Palsy Committee, present a $9,200 check to Lee Ocana from El Rito. The money will go directly to purchase needed medical equipment to help Ocana with his physical therapy and to allow him movement around his home. Standing from left to right, Los Alamos Elks Lodge Secretary Eppie Trujillo, Ocana’s parents Maybel and Lizandro Ocana, Cerebral Palsy Chairman Trish Sandoval and Exalted Ruler Mark Sandoval. Seated are Lee Ocana and his physical therapist Jean Porteus. Courtesy photo

Learn How to Make Your Own Organic Soil at PEEC

on May 2, 2013 - 11:10am


PEEC News:

Do you struggle to garden in soil that just blows away in the New Mexico spring winds? Join arborist Laural Hardin at PEEC to learn organic methods of enriching your soil, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 2.

Hardin will demonstrate how to feed and nourish not just your crops, but your soil, too. Home gardeners can unwittingly harm beneficial soil microbes with synthetic fertilizers.  

These cheap, abundant products degrade the integrity of your soil and prevent plants from thriving.

LAHS Hilltalkers Hot Waffle Breakfast May 11

on May 2, 2013 - 9:05am

LAHS News:

The LAHS Hilltalkers would like to invite the public to their all-you-can-eat Waffle Breakfast 7:30-10 a.m., Saturday May 11 at Pajarito Mason Lodge, 15th Street and Canyon Road in Los Alamos. 

The breakfast features scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits and waffles with whipped cream, blueberry and cherry toppings. Coffee, tea and juice will be served.

Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased at the door. Children under 6 eat free.

This community event raises funds for Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School Speech and Debate Teams to attend tournaments and

United Church Thrift Shop Now Open First Saturday of Month

on May 2, 2013 - 8:19am


The Thrift Shop at the United Church of Los Alamos will open 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday May 4 and plans to be open the first Saturday of each month after that.

The United Church of Los Alamos is at 2525 Canyon Road.

Stop by and check out the selection.

Go Climb a Wall at the Y

on May 2, 2013 - 7:54am
YMCA News:
Climbing is a whole body workout that results in an exhilarating accomplishment and the Climbing Wall at The Family YMCA has some new classes, programs and prices to get you introduced, get you in, and get you climbing for less.
Adult Climb Time for any level of climber - beginner to advanced ages 18+. 9 to 11 a.m. Friday mornings during YMCA Child Watch. $20 per month (plus Child Watch fee if needed) / $10 for Y members with Child Watch free as always. Bring your own gear or use ours.
Little Geckos – ages 3-5 with parent. $30 per month / $20 for Y members.

Arts and Crafts Fair Just in Time for Mother's Day

on May 2, 2013 - 7:34am
'Fall Aspens' by Stephen Grundy. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Spring Arts and Craft Fair has been a tradition in Los Alamos for nearly 50 years.

While this year’s arts and craft's fair will feature the staples, including nearly 100 booths featuring everything from paintings and photography to jewelry and sculptures, as well as live entertainment by Sol y Luna and the Lads of Enchantment, there are a few new additions to the event.

Everyone can walk away with something from the fair, which is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge.

The First Baptist

Friday's Ribeye Steak Dinner at VFW Supports Veterans

on May 1, 2013 - 11:49am


Community Engages in Sunday's 'Great Conversations'

on May 1, 2013 - 9:30am
The Los Alamos Public School Foundation hosted its annual fundraiser, 'Great Conversations' Sunday. A packed house dined while engaging in conversation with 14 experts in a wide variety of subjects. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Auctioneer/LAPSF Board President Kurt Steinhaus and LAPSF Executive Director Joanna Gillespie show off a tasty treat auctioned at 'Great Conversations' Sunday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Table Six chats with Fashion Maven Alexandra Hehien, left, at 'Great Conversations.' Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Kids Create Journals at PEEC May 18

on May 1, 2013 - 9:06am

Journaling has become a favorite way to reflect and remember special events and experiences. Photo by Katy Korkos

PEEC News:

Kids, like adults, can enjoy creating journals about memorable experiences with nature or travel. 

This workshop for kids aged 8 through 12 gives them the chance to make one journal for the day’s activities and one to take home to use on a summer vacation or an adventure trip in the woods. 

Taught by long-time creative artists Katy Korkos and Terry Foxx, the workshop will meet from 9 a.m.

Take a Walk on the Wildflower Side May 16

on May 1, 2013 - 8:41am

Penstemons are among the hardiest of spring wildflowers in Los Alamos. Courtesy/Rebecca Shankland

PEEC News:

The wildflowers are finally making their spring appearance.

Join PEEC’s Jemez Mountains Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for an easy walk to identify some of the local beauties at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16.

The walk will be along a local trail. Check PEEC’s website or call 662-0460 to learn the location of the trailhead. 

No registration is required and the walk is free. A plant list will be available.

PEEC plans further wildflower walks June 20 and July 18, so mark the


Relay for Life Issues Call for Artists

on May 1, 2013 - 8:15am


The 2013 Los Alamos Relay for Life is once again calling on all artists to help with a fundraising event to support the American Cancer Society. 

Artists are being called upon to use their talent again this year to paint or decorate a birdhouse, which will be auctioned Aug. 23rd at the Relay for Life event at Ashley Pond.  

Unpainted and unfinished birdhouses are available at Village Arts on DP Road or artists may create an original design.

Join in the fun and support a very worthwhile cause.

For more information, contact Cindy Eaton at 662-7073 (home), 470-1675 (cell), or


Los Alamos Farmers Market Opens May 2

on May 1, 2013 - 8:06am

Kentucky Derby Party Saturday at Dixie Girl

on April 30, 2013 - 9:36am

Kiwanis First Vice President Karen Kendall, left, and board member Linda Daly wear their Kentucky Derby Party hats this morning at KRSN. Photo by Nancy Coombs


Kiwanis First Vice President Karen Kendall and board member Linda Daly were interviewed on KRSN this morning about the May 4 Kentucky Derby Party fundraiser.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is hosting the Kentucky Derby Party 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the Dixie Girl Restaurant on Central Avenue. 

The event, which is co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Medical Center, is a benefit for “Project Eliminate,” a Kiwanis

Cowboy Breakfast With All The Fixins Sunday!

on April 30, 2013 - 9:15am

Los Alamos Coop Market Adopts Trail

on April 29, 2013 - 10:58am

The Los Alamos Coop Market adopted a section of the Pueblo Canyon Trail including the bridge. From left, Tim Morrison, Shawn West, Matt Dreier, Cody Ulibarri, Whitney Dreier, Brit Foster and Cooper Holder install the trail adoption sign. Courtesy photo

Employees of the Los Alamos Coop Market spent Clean Up Los Alamos Day removing a massive amount of trash and debris from their newly adopted section of the Pueblo Canyon Trail. From left, Cody Ulibarri, Brit Foster, Matt Dreier, Shawn West, Whitney Dreier, Tim Morrison and Cooper Holder. Open Space Specialist Craig Martin said, "Great job,