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Editor’s Note What I did on my summer vacation The long days of summer are full of potential. When I was a kid, those days seem to stretch out forever, to be filled with swimming, or camp, or sleeping out under the stars. But I distinctly remember that after about a week of summer vacation had passed, I started whining “Mom, I’m borrrrrrrrred.” I know that it grated on her, especially when my whine was multiplied and harmonized when my brother and sister chimed in. She had a pat answer for us- “Go ride your bike around the block”- she knew that if we just went out and did something, we’d find other kids to play with, or we’d discover something interesting along the way. My advice to everyone is just like my Mom’s to mejust get out there and do something. The County’s free summer concert series is a perfect example- everyone who goes will have fun. Some people enjoy sitting on the lawn by the Pond and talking to neighbors, some people are up there dancing to every single song. Little kids are feeding the ducks and chasing each other around. Teens are lingering around the edges of the crowd, (sipping on caffeinated beverages which I don’t think they really need). The calendar on fyiLA.com is full of several cool things to do every day- everything from classes to hikes to performances to lectures- sometimes all of them on one day. Many are free, many others cost very little. If you find something you’d like to do, you can click through to “more information” and you can ask to be sent a reminder via e-mail. You might just find a bunch of people to play with! I’m hoping I’ll see you at Chamberfest or the Farmers Market, or maybe at the Fourth of July celebration, or at the Gordons Concerts or at Downtown Friday Night or at the White Rock Senior Center or on the shuttle to Bandelier this summer. Or at the Golf Course or on the hiking trails. Or up on the Ski Hill or out on the Valles Caldera. I hope this summer is as long as I think it is….. So enjoy this Summer issue of The Essence

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Los Alamos’

Favorite Essence interview with Jeffery Favorite

By day, Jeffrey Favorite derives equations at Los Alamos National Laboratory ... but on his free time, he is the snare drummer and leader of the Hill Stompers Band, sings tenor in the Trinity-on-the-Hill Church Choir, acts in Los Alamos Little Theatre productions and much more. Essence: So Jeff, where did you grow up? Jeff Favorite: I was born in Washington, D.C., then was in Panama for three years or so, then central Texas. My father was in the Army. When my parents were divorced, I stayed in Texas with my mom until I was 12. Then I moved to live with my dad who was teaching ROTC at a small college in Pennsylvania. Then we moved to Maryland, where I went to high school. I grew up all over! Of course some would say that I never grew up. Essence: What brought you to Los Alamos? What is your day job? Jeff Favorite: From the time I was a freshman at Georgia Tech in nuclear engineering, I wanted to come to Los Alamos. My advisor was against it and he still ribs me about that. I work in radiation transport methods and applications. It is fun and challenging and I really like it. Essence: What led you to start the Los Alamos Hill Stompers and when? Jeff Favorite: My wife Kandice and I met while playing flute in the Seed and Feed Marching Abominable, a community marching band with wacky costumes and no drill in Atlanta. When we moved here, we played in the Santa Fe Concert Band for a couple of seasons but it wasn’t the same. Finally we looked at each other one day in mid-2000 and said, “We need to start a marching band!” We began recruiting and sharing the vision with our new recruits, which you can imagine is a hard vision to articulate to people who have never seen the Seed and Feed or the Hill Stompers! We began rehearsing in the fall of 2000 and our first gig was the Holiday Lights Parade in 2000, so we claim the Holiday Lights Parade as our birthday each year. To this day, we call the Seed and Feed our “mother band.” We do join forces with them occasionally at marching band festivals in Boston and Seattle. Last year we went to a festival in Boston under our own banner and they were very proud of us and what we’ve accomplished. People may not realize it, but the Hill Stompers band is a formal 501(c)(3) organization, with by-laws, articles of incorporations, and approval by the IRS!

Jeff Favorite: The Los Alamos music scene is as vibrant as that in any city. Russ Gordon and the Los Alamos Concert Association bring in a steady stream of regional and national acts. Unlike most cities, however, we have a bigger opportunity to participate in the music. The symphony, the Community Winds, the Light Opera pit, the Little Theatre pit, and the Hill Stompers are always looking for players. We all gig very regularly for large crowds and that’s fun! Also local bands are starting to play at Pajarito Brewpub. Local groups have always performed at Fuller Lodge lunchtime “brown bags.” Some people move here from the big cities and complain about the quality of our music compared to the “professionals,” but in my opinion that’s more than made up for by how much fun it is to see your friends up there doing it, and to be up there doing it when your friends are dancing and singing along. Entertaining each other is what we’ve always done in Los Alamos, from the very beginning. I love that tradition. Essence: What motivates you to volunteer? Jeff Favorite: I have volunteered with the Los Alamos Light Opera, the Dixon Community Players, Dance Arts Los Alamos, of course the Hill Stompers, and many facets of Trinity on the Hill in addition to choir (such as Finance Committee and Youth Committee). For some things I am motivated merely because it’s so fun to do (LALT, LALO), other things are great fun to do plus I know that others benefit from my involvement (DALA, Hill Stompers, TOTH). That is really the most satisfying. Some things I do because the volunteer community system only work if people with the right skills step up to help from time to time (finances of various organizations.) Essence: What’s next for you? Jeff Favorite: I recently performed the “Gospel According to Mark” as a one-man storytelling show for two nights at Trinity on the Hill. Subsequently I did shows in Albuquerque and Belen. This fall I am taking that show to Seattle, Wash., and Williamstown, Mass. I am looking at dates to go to central Texas as well.

Essence: What do you think about the Los Alamos music scene?

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Jeffrey Favorite performs with Isabella Bailey in the ‘Gospel According to Mark’ at Trinity on the Hill. –

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Essential Person Annie Ellen Bard By Carol A. Clark

There was something magical about New Mexico that Annie Ellen Bard was unable to shake for more than 30 years. “I couldn’t get this place out of my mind … I could smell it when I returned to Michigan after a brief visit here … I spent the next three decades finding my way back,” she said. During those years in Michigan, Bard ran an auto salvage yard and worked at a senior center in Battle Creek. But she mostly spent time sculpting in her studio while raising her daughter; now a teacher in New Orleans. Bard, 59, was born in Coldwater, Mich., to artistic parents. They met in art school in Chicago during WWII. Her mother worked in clay and her father was a cartoonist. “I love to do things that love me back,” Bard said of her own artwork. “If a piece makes me feel unhappy then I change it.” Over the years she kept an eye on properties for sale in New Mexico, with the hope that one day it would become her home. Her dream came true in 2004 when Bard purchased the last lot in La Senda in Pajarito Acres. “I moved to Los Alamos because I had the urge and the need to get back here,” she said. “I have not had one moment of regret. This has been for me a wonderful way to get all of my blocks together. It matches with everything I’ve done in my life – I just fit here. The scenery, the smell, the weather, the stars … so many wonderful people to meet … I just love it.” In 2007, Bard began working part time at the White Rock Senior Center. She gradually added more hours and is now the senior center coordinator. “We have such a great group of people down here, they are very active and took more and more of my time,” Bard laughed. She is focusing much of her attention these days on the County’s renovations to the White Rock Senior Center. Bard explained that the programs are very important. Nearly one third of White Rock is over 60 and the Senior Center serves 900 to 1,000 of that population, she said. “About 250 seniors are in and out using the facilities all the time and we have 50 volunteers who work the desk and participate in other areas,” Bard said. In her down time, Bard is involved in many activities. Her La Senda residence was on a recent Home Tour, which helped raise money to benefit Self Help, Inc. She participates in the annual Alzheimer Walk, coordinates scheduling of the Salvation Army bell ringers, helps with the cookie jar project for Girl Scouts and donates much of her artwork to local causes. “There’s just so much to do here,” she said. “It’s really fantastic.” Bard takes advantage of local programs to stay fit. She participates in about 10 workout classes per week including Zumba, step aerobics and ballroom dancing. On the weekends, she does country dancing. “There are so many really great dance teachers here in Los Alamos and dancing is so good for your body and your soul,” she said. When she isn’t dancing, creating art or working at the Senior Center, Bard enjoys spending time with her Shar Pei rescue dogs, Howard, 5, and Eva, 6.

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Valles Caldera National Preserve 2013 Recreation Program Highlights • Run the Caldera Half Marathon and 10K: June 8. A great warm up for the next day’s marathon. • Run the Caldera Marathon: June 9. Run through the heart of the Caldera. • Valles Caldera Preservation Act Celebra¬tion: July 25-28. Come celebrate our “anniversary.” • Jemez Valley Storytellers Jamboree: July 27-28. This free event features storytellers from around New Mexico. • Cruise the Caldera: June 22 and August 17. A fun mountain bike ride with 85 miles of roads from which to choose.

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• Twilight Mountain Bike Ride: June 22 and August 17. This family event allows you to ride when the animals are coming down to the meadows. • Jemez Mountains Elk Festival: Oct. 10-13. Four days of celebrating elk in the Jemez, with special activities for school groups on Oct. 10-11. • Ranch Road Ramble: June 29 and August 31. Take a self guided driving tour from the comfort of your own vehicle and discover the Valles Caldera National Preserve. We are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting May 10 through Oct. 13. For more details about all our programs please visit www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/.

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Stay in Los Alamos for a Great Show on the Fourth By Charmian Schaller If you’re looking for something special to entertain your family on the Fourth of July, you don’t need to go to Albuquerque or Denver to find it. Just go to Overlook Park in White Rock, find a comfortable place on the grass, and settle in for a great evening. The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is planning a very special celebration. Club members will start collecting donations at the gates to the park at 2 p.m. The club is requesting $5 per person. People who live nearby may walk to the show; parking will be free for those who come by car; and Atomic City Transit will provide rides. Most of the money donated to Kiwanis will go to pay for the 2014 Fourth of July show. Any funds left over will be used to finance Kiwanis’ many service projects. 2,300 Shells! Pat Soran, who heads the Kiwanis firing-line team, says that starting at about 9:15 p.m., when the sky is dark enough for a truly stellar show, Kiwanis will fire off 2,300 shells in just 30 minutes. Eight of those shells will be eight inches in diameter. (That’s big!) Another 72 will be six-inchers, and 72 will be five-inchers. The rest will be three-, four-, and 1.5-inchers. It isn’t easy to put on a fireworks show, but many of the Kiwanis volunteers have been “on the firing line” for more than 10 years. The volunteers gather days in advance for a “squibbing party,” adding an electronic igniter to each shell to make sure that it will fire safely and on time. On the Fourth of July, the volunteers arrive at about noon to move the shells from storage to the firing site. They assemble and set up the racks (which they have designed and built in past years), wire the shells to the racks, wire the racks to “rails,” and connect all of the rails to a firing module. The central firing box--about 6 inches by 8 inches, by 10 inches--is totally computerized. When the sun has gone down and the sky has gone dark, Soran pushes just one button and sits back to watch the show. All the rest is programmed. “We start off, for the first two minutes, with a lot,” he said. “We paint the whole sky with a vertical curtain of color and sound.” At the end of the show, once again, there is a massive firing. In between, the show is designed to feature variety in height, type, and color of fireworks. It has always been a great show that draws waves of wows from a huge crowd. However, if all goes as planned, the fireworks will be only one part of this year’s traditional festival and celebration with roots that go back more than 20 years.

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Steve Boerigter, Kiwanis chairman for the event, said in a recent interview that the Habanero Sky Diving Club from Albuquerque has signed up to perform. Weather permitting, a team of three skydivers will do one jump at about 5 p.m., landing in the small soccer field in Overlook Park. Interested people will be able to meet the team members and ask them for autographs. A second jump will be held at about 8 p.m. Two of the jumpers will trail smoke as they descend. The leader, Roger Handrahan, will trail a very large United States flag and a smaller New Mexico flag as he floats to earth. Kim Holland, a member of the Sky Diving Club and a newswoman at one of the Albuquerque television stations, will serve as the announcer. And that’s not all. Local music impresario Russell Gordon is arranging a “Battle of the Bands.” Kiwanis will provide a firstplace prize of $300, a second-place award of $200, and a third-place prize of $100. Ton-o-Fun, a company from Bernalillo, will have 10 to 12 bouncy toys on the field. If Boerigter succeeds in his current negotiations, there will be a “Public Servants’ Softball Match” between the Police Department and the Fire Department on the nearby softball field in the afternoon. There will be a variety of food vendors on the field. If the event runs true to form, there also will be political booths, informational booths, public service booths, and novelty booths on the field. Gordon has arranged for the Nomads to play 1960s and 1970s rock-n-roll. The Los Alamos Community Winds will play. And just before the fireworks show starts, Louise Mendius, a local vocalist with an extensive resumé including opera experience, will sing “The Star Spangled Banner.” Just as Mendius finishes singing, Soran will push the button, and the fireworks show will start.

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Fireworks Are Part of County History It’s not surprising that there is a long history of fireworks shows in Los Alamos County. After all, from the days of the Manhattan Project right up until the present, many people here have been very knowledgeable about explosives. When you ask oldtimers about shows they remember, many mention the Elks Lodge, which used to put on an annual fireworks show in the parking lot at Los Alamos Middle School. The show was intended to encourage families to come to a safe event rather than firing off rockets in their own backyards. Local political figures gave patriotic speeches, and there was always music. People brought food and treated the evening as a family picnic with entertainment. After many years, Kiwanis--which had a larger base of potential volunteers--took over. In the early 1990s, urged on by then-County Council Chairman Wally Walters (now deceased), Kiwanis moved the fireworks display to Overlook Park, where there was room for a larger crowd and everyone could have a great view. Right from the beginning, Los Alamos County was involved in the Overlook show, providing the site for free and assigning policemen to guide traffic and firemen to stand ready to put out any errant sparks. As the years passed, Kiwanis began arranging for children’s recreation, food vendors, and a wide variety of booths on the field. From the people who collected donations at the gate to the “spotters” who made sure that no fires started, virtually all 50-to-60 members of the club were involved in the work necessary to put on a good, safe show each year. The event grew huge. The estimated attendance reached 8,000 to 10,000 people. Many came from Española and cities even farther away in Northern New Mexico. In 2011, however, the show was canceled because of Las Conchas Fire, which forced evacuation of Los Alamos. In 2012, the fireworks were canceled again because Los Alamos County’s fire danger was at stage 3. It’s only fair to ask: What if, once again this year, the fire danger gets dangerously high? The Los Alamos County Fire Chief has the right to cancel the show if the risk is too great, but Kiwanis Fourth of July Chairman Steve Boerigter said the club will do everything possible to avoid cancellation--including (if conditions warrant such a move) providing large numbers of volunteer “spotters” to stomp out or drown sparks He said, “We are in detailed planning with the Fire Department. We know that a community fireworks display with the full assistance of the Los Alamos County Fire Department and many volunteers will be much, much safer than residential fireworks activities.” He added that even if the fireworks are canceled, all other events will go on as planned. Kiwanis President Don Casperson said, “For many years now, the Fourth of July Fireworks has been our major fundraiser of the year--and a lot of our fundraising money goes to things like scholarships. I’m hoping that we are able to set off fireworks this year, but if we can’t, I hope we can still make the Fourth of July into an enjoyable day for our county and a successful fund-raising event for Kiwanis service activities.”

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Los Alamos Summer Concert Series 2013 June 7th – Warren Hood Band – ChamberFest

Central and Main – alternate rock, country & blues from Austin, TX

June 8th – Eddy & The Nomads – ChamberFest Central and Main – Local favorite band

June 14th – Lightinin’ Malcolm

Ashley Pond – Piedmont Blues from Mississippi

June 21st – Homemade Jamz’ Blues Band

Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill–Contemporary electric blues from Tupelo, Mississippi

June 28th – Simo

Ashley Pond – Classic rock

July 4th – Eddy & The Nomads, Community Winds & Battle of the Bands Overlook Park

Pajarito Mountain Summer Schedule

July 5th – Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

LA Co-op Market – Funk from Asheville, North Carolina

July 12th – West African Highlife Band

Ashley Pond – Dance music from Nigeria and Ghana

July 19th – Paula Nelson Band

Smith’s Marketplace – Texas County Rocker

July 26th – Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys

Ashley Pond – Rockabilly and roots-rock from California

August 2nd – Guy Forsyth

Del Norte Credit Union – Texas County-rock-jazz-blues

August 9th – James Hyland & the Joint Chiefs –

LA County Fair & Rodeo Weekend Ashley Pond – Texas County

August 16th Lisa Morales Band

Ashley Pond – Blues-rock-county-Spanish from San Antonio, Texas

August 23rd – Pato Banton & the Now Generation Ashley Pond – Reggae & ska star from Birmingham, Englad

August 30th – DK & The Affordables Los Alamos National Bank – Roots rock

Sept. 6th – LA Big Band, Renegade Mountain Band Rover Park – Big Band, Country

Sept.13th Next Big Idea/STEM Student Night Concert Downtown

Sept. 14 – Next Big Idea Festival/Central Park Square Fest Downtown

Performance skiers come to Pajarito Mountain for its miles of bump runs, glades and tree skiing. The more relaxed skier enjoys the no-flash, laid-back atmosphere and huge choice of sweet trails. Boarders flip over our terrain park. Regardless of your ski level and appetite for edge, everyone agrees that Pajarito Mountain is one bountiful ski area. But what about the summer time, when the snow has melted and the temperatures are warm? Well… Another well-kept secret is that Pajarito Mountain is a four-season recreational mecca with over 20 well-developed mountain biking trails ranging from downhill/free ride to cross country, extensive hiking opportunities, trail running events, lift-served Bike and Hike weekends and summer dining at Pajarito Café (open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00am until 2:00pm and event Saturdays.) Add music and New Mexico Brewers Festivals and that makes Pajarito Mountain the place to be during the summer. June 15th -- Pajarito Mountain will kick off its summer season with SummerFest. Enjoy lift-served hiking and biking beginning at 9am, followed by fifteen New Mexico microbrewers, plus La Chiripada wine, Falcon Mead, and Santa Fe Spirits at noon. Live music with Kitty Joe Creek followed by Anthony Leon & the Chain will begin at 12:30pm. Don’t forget to grab a burger or burrito at the Pajarito Café. To ensure your safety, take the Free Atomic City Transit. Shuttles run every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field. June 21st and 22nd --Pajarito Mountain will play host to the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series on Friday, June 21 with Homemade Jamz’ Blues Band, followed by a Bike and Hike Saturday on June 22nd with Café service. July 13th and 27th -- Bike and Hike Saturday on July 13th and 27th. July 27th will also include the Los Alamos Beer Co-op Anniversary Fiesta. August 10th, 24th and September 14th will be additional lift-served Bike and Hike Weekends, so come up and enjoy the beautiful weather, scenery and food. September 21st, The Pajarito Mountain Annual Work Party and Pit BBQ will take place, so come by and show your support. September 28th --The Summer season will close with the Annual ULLR Fest. New Mexico Brewers Association will have craft beer on hand, live music, food, and costumes will entice ULLR (nordic god of snow) to look favorably on Pajarito Mountain in the upcoming 2013-2014 ski season. The Business Office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30am until 3:00pm as well as during Bike & Hike and Festival weekends to give you ample opportunity to buy your Season Ski Pass which offers you not only great skiing at Pajarito Mountain but up to 15 days of additional skiing at other New Mexico and Colorado ski resorts (a $900 value). Early pass sales begin June 1st. Pajarito Mountain relies heavily on volunteers to prepare the mountain for great winter skiing. Tuesday night work parties have already begun; see the website for more information www.skipajarito.com.

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Downtown Friday Night! “I see the Downtown Friday Night as a way to help enrich our community, both culturally and economically”- Raffi Andonian On four Friday nights in June and July, locals of all ages will have all kinds of choices for things to do in Downtown Los Alamos. June 14, June 28, July 12 and July 26 are the dates that have been chosen to hold special events in Downtown. The Summer Concerts at the Pond, Bradbury Science Museum, Fuller Lodge Art Center, the Los Alamos Historical Society Museum, Mesa Public Library and a raft of local businesses are all working together to ensure that a good time will be had by all. Even pets will have a chance to join in the fun, with Pet Pangaea’s Friday Night Dog Walk. Raffi Andonian, who is an educator with the Historical Society, first brought the idea to an informal group of cultural providers called the Cultural Coffee Clatsch last year, where it was enthusiastically embraced by all of those involved. It was a very successful event. When the free concerts were held at the Pond, people indeed took advantage of the cool things going on at the Museum, Fuller Lodge and the Library. Like the mission of Los Alamos MainStreet, the goal is to help develop the downtown area by encouraging people to come downtown and engage in activities, building on what Gordon’s Concerts has been doing for over 20 years.

“I see the Downtown Friday Night as a way to help enrich our community, both culturally and economically” - Raffi Andonian Here is a taste of what you will find happening… The Bradbury Museum has scheduled:

June 14 – “Discover Los Alamos” for LANL Students, Postdocs and their families – This will showcase everything LA has to offer including social clubs, indoor & outdoor activities, local businesses, etc. The event is intended to inform and attract potential longterm employees for LANL. June 28 – High Speed Imaging – P Division will bring one of their high speed cam-

eras over and do live demonstrations as well as show videos from other experiments like the reaction to water droplets and a balloon popping.

July 26 – Grand Opening event for 2 new exhibits on CINT & Algae Mesa Public Library has scheduled: July 12 - Open upstairs ‘til the music starts across the pond at 7:00, for games, crafts,

and art opening! Do you remember Mister Rogers? Romper Room? Hodge Podge Lodge? Come to Mesa Public Library and relive those 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with ‘vintage’ games and crafts you grew up with. Children not required (but are certainly invited! Visit the artists and gallery full of cutting edge drawings, prints, and installation from 4:306:30 in an exhibit entitled Mostly Clear and Partly Cloudy: climate as metaphor from Galisteo artists Shaun Gilmore and Janice Wall; refreshments too… To find out more information go to www.fyila.com

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County Serves Up Summer Fun Looking for something to do this summer? Los Alamos County’s Community Services Department offers a variety of programs and activities that are convenient and affordable…inside or outside…for singles and families…from morning until night—you can find it in Los Alamos County.

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With course improvements and a new community club house on the horizon, the Los Alamos County Golf Course is now open from dawn to dusk, offering lessons, tournaments and payment options for every age, skill level, budget and desired experience. Featured programs include Golf-Ready classes, Red Zone Challenge program to improve scoring shots, and the economical introductory Newcomer’s Card. Junior Golf Camps for kids and Family Fun Nights. Off the main course, rent a putter and golf ball at the Aquatic Center front desk and enjoy a round of putt-putt golf at the Miniature Golf Course located at East Park. Or venture to the 9-hole disc golf course at the North Mesa Picnic Grounds for a game of Frisbee golf. The course is designed for all ages and skill levels. Rental discs, maps and scorecards are available at the Aquatic Center front desk.

Take a class and learn Karate, Tae Kwon Do, yoga, ballet, Scottish dancing, round dancing and water polo—all instructed by expert instructors from the Los Alamos community. Los Alamos Mesa and White Rock libraries host exhibits, evening events and daytime activities for all ages, including Art Gallery Exhibits, the Authors Speak Series, Film Series, Poetry and Literary Gatherings, the M&M Program of songs and activities for pre-schoolers and a host of activities for teens, including book club meetings (TAG)and Club Anime.

SUMMER NIGHTS At least five Saturday nights this summer—can be spent under the stars in County’s Movies in the Parks, watching fun family films including Here Comes the Boom (PG) at Rover Park (June 12), Wreck-It-Ralph (PG) at Ashley Pond (June 26), Madagascar 3 (PG) at Urban Park (July 10), Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) at East Park (July 17), and City Slickers (PG-13) at Brewer Arena (August 7). Showtime is 7:45 p.m. Check www.losalamosnm.us/Rec for rain dates.

HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME WITH ONE-OF-A-KIND EVENTS:

HIT THE COURT

QuickStart Tennis introduces kids aged 4-7 and 8-11 to the basics of tennis under the enthusiastic instruction of the 2013 state champs—the members of the Los Alamos High School tennis team. Rackets and balls are provided at this two-week, six session program conducted at the Canyon Road Tennis Court. Take your game to any of the County’s outdoor public tennis courts. Rent an adult or youth size racquet and a ball at the Aquatic Center Front Desk $2/day. Open Gym provides indoor courts for a variety of sports, including soccer, basketball, badminton, volleyball and table tennis. Check out the Recreation Page of the County’s website for days, times and locations.

DIVE IN

The water’s fine at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center, starting with swimming lessons for all ages and levels. Open SCUBA time is designed to provide deep water pool time for certified SCUBA divers to test their equipment and provide an opportunity to practice SCUBA skills. Open boating offers practice time for canoes, kayaks, and rafts. Lifeguard certification class is available August 11th to swimmers 15 years and older. Warm Water Weekends and Freaky Fridays convert the main pool to an inflatable obstacle course in 85-degree water for kids of all ages. Triathletes and other swimmers can also participate in Splash-N-Dash, a weekly, timed swim-run training exercise.

HIKE AND BIKE

The County’s 70-plus mile trail network from the Ski Hill to the canyons. Get a trail map at the new Municipal Building and chart your own course. The Rec Division and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center are offering Hiking 101 to provide residents and visitors with information to feel confident hiking on the trails in and around Los Alamos.

RIDE THE BANDELIER SHUTTLE

Don’t forget, the amazing Bandelier National Monument is just a 20-minute shuttle ride away from the new White Rock Visitor Center. Shuttles run from every 20 minutes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from May 24th through the end of October.

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High Mountain Mudfest Mud Volleyball Tournament/July 20—Have a mudslinging good time at our double-elimination mud volleyball tournament. This adult competitive event combines volleyball and mud. County Fair and Rodeo/August 9-10—This two-day event will take you all around the County, from the billiards tournament at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to exhibits at the Mesa Library and Fuller Lodge, to the County fair, parade and festival at Ashley Pond, a Cowboy dinner at the Posse Lodge and two days of Rodeo at the Brewer Arena. Los Alamos County Horse Show/Summer 2013 Date To Be Announced—Riders of all ages are invited to showcase their horse and equestrian talents. Winners receive prizes such as t-shirts, buckles, and ribbons. Individual and family rates available. 38th Annual Los Alamos Triathlon/August 17—Part of the Southwest Challenge series, the Los Alamos Triathlon is a tough, hilly course with a unique format consisting of mass bike with the swim in the middle. Based at the Aquatic Center, this event challenges all levels of racers with a 20k bike, a 400 meter pool swim, and a 5k run. Additional information at www.active.com. 20th Annual Los Alamos Kids Triathlon/August 18— A fun introduction to the multi-sport world for kids aged 3-9, with an emphasis on fun and fitness. Based at the Aquatic Center, this is a continuous and non-timed event limited to 150 competitors. All finishers receive a participation medal. NEW! Great American Backyard Campout/June 22-23—Camp out with other families at White Rock’s Overlook Park with staff from Rec Division and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. NEW! Ponderosa Putt-Putt Tournament/July 25—Test your putt-putt skills against the best in Los Alamos at this new tournament held at East Park! For more information on all of these events, go to www.losalamosnm.us and click on the Community tab to get to the Recreation and Library pages for more information. www.fyila.com also provides a calendar of events with dates, times and description.

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9 41st Annual Tour de Los Alamos 8 am to 3 pm. Start downtown Los Alamos. This is the oldest bicycle race in the southwest. The Tour is part of the New Mexico Road Series presented by the Roadrunners Cycling Club and New Mexico Cycling.

1 National Trails Day, Time TBA Join the Bandelier Trails Program Lead

Dale Coker for a hike on the Cerro Grande Trail. The tallest peak in Bandelier at 10,000 feet, Cerro Grande offers spectacular views of the Valles Caldera and surrounding area.

1 Senior Appreciation Night 6 pm to 7 am June 2 Participants will

enjoy BBQ, carnival games, climbing wall, roller skating, movies, and pancake breakfast. The event begins with BBQ at Fuller Lodge on Saturday and ends Sunday morning with a Pancake Breakfast at the Senior Center.

1 Bike Swap 8 am to 12 pm, LA Food Co-op, The Co-op & LASA Bike

Swap will be held at the Co-op on the morning of June 1st. Equipment drop off will be earlier in the week.

2 Los Alamos Rotary STARS presents “Are you smarter than a 4th Grader?” 4 pm to 7 pm. Dixie Girl Restaurant, Includes all you

can eat pasta dinner buffet, dessert and sodas, and entry into the trivia quiz. Beer and wine specials available.

10 – 14 Summer Art Camp at Bilingual Montessori 8 am to 5 pm.

Bilingual Montessori School. The program will serve kids from first to fifth grade.

10 Hiking Los Alamos 101 - Geology Hike 6 pm to 8 pm .

Pueblo/Walnut Canyon. Objective: To make Los Alamos residents and visitors comfortable and confident about hiking on trails in/around Los Alamos.Target Audience: Anyone able to hike about 2 miles. Drop ins welcome on any day.

11 Summer Family Evening: Rocks 6:30 pm to 8 pm. At PEEC. See, touch and experience many different types of rocks. Los Alamos Geological Society will discuss the geologic benefits of living in Los Alamos. 12 Early Histories of Los Alamos and Arzamas-16. 5:30 pm to 7 pm. Bradbury Science Museum. Professor Istvan Hargittai, of the Budapest

University of Science and Technology, will compare the early histories of Los Alamos and its Soviet counterpart, Arzamas-16.

12 Elements: Earth, with Melissa Mackey. 2 pm to 3:30 pm at PEEC.

2 Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve Spring Outing 12 pm to 4 pm Make adobe bricks and learn about local mud house practices, modern and Meet at PEEC Docent Natali Steinberg will lead a group on this popular afternoon trip to Leonora Cutrin Wetlands Preserve, located south of Santa Fe.

ancient. Create mini-houses and towns and listen to stories about the adobe style.

3 – 7 Summer Art Camp at Bilingual Montessori 8 am to 5 pm

Library parking lot. Produce, meats, cheeses, plants, prepared food items, crafts, and more from Northern New Mexico. An inviting and colorful community tradition!

Enrollment for Summer Art Camp at Bilingual Montessori School is now open. The program will serve kids from first to fifth grade.During the summer, the school offers a Montessori based program focused on the arts for older children as well.

Hiking Los Alamos 101 - Classroom Intro 6 pm to 8 pm Target Audience: Anyone able to hike about 2 miles. Drop ins welcome on any day. This first session will take place in the PEEC classroom, where Craig will go over safety & comfort on the trail. He will also teach map-reading skills. This is a great opportunity for adults, especially those new to the area, to get to know the wonderful network of trails that Los Alamos has to offer. 6 Los Alamos Farmers Market 7 am 12 pm Mesa Public Library parking lot. Produce, meats, cheeses, plants, prepared food

13 Los Alamos Farmers Market 7 am to 12 pm. Mesa Public

13 Green Hour Hikes 9 am to 11 am. Meet at PEEC. Meet at local trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Some days you’ll hike far, others you’ll stop and play at an interesting spot. 13 Creating a Wildflower Meadow 7 pm to 8 pm. At PEEC. Watch and learn as the PEEC grounds are beautified with a wildflower meadow. Gail Haggard of Plants of the Southwest will discuss her methods and explain which flowers work best. 14 Wallflowers Art Exhibit Opening. 5pm t o 7 pm. Fuller Lodge Art Center. Get botanical and bring those shy blooms out to the dance floor! Turn the gallery into a garden party. All media encouraged!

items, crafts, and more from Northern New Mexico. An inviting and colorful community tradition!

14 through July 27 Wallflowers Art Exhibit

8 – 9 Run The Caldera: Marathon & Half Marathon 7 am to 4 pm, Valles Caldera Natural Preserve These runs provide a great

15 Ed Griggs Memorial Strong Kids Golf Tournament. 1 pm to 6 pm. Los Alamos County Golf Course. 1pm shotgun start/scramble.

14 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series – Ligntnin’ Malcolm 7 7 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series - Warren Hood Band 7 pm pm to 10 pm Ashley Pond. Piedmont Blues from Mississippi. to 10 pm, at Central & Main St. Rock-country- blues from Austin. 15 SummerFest at Pajarito Mountain 9 am to 5 pm. Food, Beer, 8 Chamberfest 10 am to 3 pm A festival to celebrate all of our chamber members! Music with Lift Assisted Biking and Hiking.

opportunity to run at over 8000 feet of elevation and see special areas of the Preserve. The courses follow old logging roads through the forest and up and down the mountains with some spectacular views.

$80 per player fee includes cart and green fee, lunch/drink tickets, Hole in one try for new Subaru, mulligans, prizes for Net and Gross scores, prize drawings-portion is a charitable donation to the Y.

8 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series – Nomads 11 am to 1 pm Central and Main St. 50s and 60s classic rock. Los Alamos’ 2nd

17 – 21 Summer Art Camp at Bilingual Montessori 8 am to 5 pm. Bilingual Montessori School. The program will serve kids from

favorite band. . Nomads will play during ChamberFest.

8 Master Gardeners Garden Fair 9 am to 12 pm Los Alamos County Demo Garden. Events:• Plant Sale • Mini-lectures on Garden

Pests, & Gopher Management • Garden Tours • Ask an Expert:to include a Plant Clinic with NMSU Cooperative Extension Service

8 National Get Outdoors Day – morning. Join the Bandelier Trails

Program Lead Dale Coker for a hike on the Alamo Boundary Trail.

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18 Summer Family Evening: Birding. 6:30 pm to 8 pm. At PEEC. Expert birder Dave Yeamans will teach families how to spot and identify birds that you’re likely to see in your yard or on hikes around Los Alamos.

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19 Kid’s Summer Gardening. 9 am to 10:30 am. At PEEC. Come plant a garden, do art, investigate, explore and play. Led by Laural Hardin. For kids entering grades K-3. 20 Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 am to 12 pm. Mesa Public Library parking lot. Produce, meats, cheeses, plants, prepared food items, crafts, and more from Northern New Mexico. An inviting and colorful community tradition!

20 Wildflower Walk with PEEC. 5:30 pm to 7 pm. At PEEC. Join Chick Keller, curator of PEEC’s Jemez Mountains Herbarium for an easy walk to learn the names of local wildflowers. Plant list provided. Meet at a local trailhead.

20 Green Hour Hikes. 9 am to 11 am. At PEEC. Meet at local trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Some days you’ll hike far, others you’ll stop and play at an interesting spot.

20 – 22 Bandelier Day Camp – mornings. A chance for children 2nd grade and above to explore Bandelier, with a ranger, and learn about nature and the Ancestral Pueblo people. 21 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series – Homemade Jamz’ Blues Band at Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill Area. 7 pm to 10 pm .

27 Bandelier Day Camp – mornings. A chance for children 2nd grade and above to explore Bandelier, with a ranger, and learn about nature and the Ancestral Pueblo people. Wednesday-Saturday mornings (Saturday is family day). tt Ashely Pond. Rock from Tennessee. 28 Botanical Illustrations Workshop 11 am to 4 pm. At PEEC.

Just starting painting or interested in reviewing technique? Learn step-by-step drawing and watercolor with Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington, and get an overview of techniques used by master botanical artists.

29 PBS Science Cafe-Ravens 10 am t 12 pm. At PEEC. Watch a

PBS Nature episode on ravens, then discuss these fascinating birds with Terry Foxx.

July 2013 1 – 5 Summer Art Camp at Bilingual Montessori 8 am to 5 pm. Bilingual Montessori School. The program will serve kids from first to fifth grade.

2 Summer Family Evening: Goats 6:30 pm to 8 pm. At PEEC. 22 Nick Nogar High Altitude Invitations Swim Meet. 7 am to 5 Local goat breeders bring mama and baby goats to PEEC. Learn about goat care, goat life, and many uses of dairy goats, including cheese, lotions, soap, and more. pm. Aquatic Center. Annual High Altitude Swim Meet. 22 – 23 Great American Backyard Campout. Time TBA. White rock Overlook Park. Camp out with other families at White Rock Overlook Park with the County Recreation Department and PEEC.

24 – 28 Summer Art Camp at Bilingual Montessori 8 am to 5 pm. Bilingual Montessori School. The program will serve kids from first to fifth grade.

3 Kid’s Summer Gardening 9 am to 10:30 am. At PEEC. Come plant a garden, do art, investigate, explore and play. Led by Laural Hardin. For kids entering grades K-3. 4 Independence Day Firecracker 5k Family Fun Run 8 am to 10 am. The Family YMCA. Prizes given to random categories and top finishers. 4 Kiwanis Annual 4th of July Celebration 2 pm to 10 pm. White Rock Overlook Park. Fun family entertainment and activities

24 Hiking Los Alamos 101 - Plants Hike, at PEEC. 6 pm to 8 pm. brought to you by Kiwanis. Objective: To make Los Alamos residents and visitors comfortable and confident about hiking on trails in/around Los Alamos. Target Audience: Anyone able to hike about 2 miles. Drop ins welcome on any day.

4 Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show with Nomads. Time TBA. White Rock Overlook Park.

26 Elements: Air, with Melissa Mackey. 2 pm to 3:30 pm. At 4 Citizenship Ceremony – morning. Bandelier National PEEC. Do fun experiments with air pressure to explore the science of air. Special Monument. Bandelier is hosting our second annual naturalization ceremony, emphasis on the history of ballooning and the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

26 Las Conchas Fire Anniversary All day. Bandelier National Monument. Join Bandelier National MOnumant staff for a day of fire

swearing in new citizens in partnership with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Morning, at Visitor Center; no additional fee.

5 Nightwalk at Bandelier 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Bandelier discussion and special programs. Learn about the fire response during the fire and National Monument. Nightwalks are special evening interpretive the future of fire behavior in the southwest. No additional fee: throughout the day.

programs. Starting time will vary due to sunset time differences.

27 Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 am to 12 pm. Mesa Public Library parking lot. Produce, meats, cheeses, plants, prepared food

5 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series - Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band 7 pm to 10 pm. Los Alamos co-op Market. Funk from

items, crafts, and more from Northern New Mexico. An inviting and colorful community tradition!

27 Authors Speak Series: John Nichols. 7 pm to 9 pm. Mesa Public Library. Best known for his “New Mexico Trilogy,” John Nichols is a novelist, photographer, screenwriter, and environmental nonfiction writer. He was the winner of a 1981 New Mexico Governor’s Award and in 2003, both the Frank Waters Award and Wallace Stegner Award. Nichols’s works are noted for their social and environmental concerns, particularly the cultural conflict between Anglos and Chicanos in New Mexico, social violence, the destruction of natural resources, and economic imbalance.

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6 Explore the Stars 9 pm to 11 pm. At Bandelier Amphitheater. Join the ranger for a constellation tour and telescope viewing. 8 – 12 Summer Art Camp at Bilingual Montessori 8 am to 5 pm. Bilingual Montessori School. The program will serve kids from first to fifth grade.

9 Summer Family Evening: Wildlife Center 6:30 pm to 8 pm. At PEEC. See live rehabilitated birds and animals from this wonderful local

wildlife rescue organization.

10 LANL Lecture Series: Truman’s Decision to Drop the Bombs trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. 5:30 pm to 7 pm, Bradbury Science Museum. 27 Green Hour Hikes. 9 am to 11 am . At PEEC. Meet at local

Some days you’ll hike far, others you’ll stop and play at an interesting spot.

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10 Kid’s Summer Gardening 9 am to 10:30 am. At PEEC. Come 19 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series - Paula Nelson Band 7 plant a garden, do art, investigate, explore and play. Led by Laural Hardin. For pm to 10 pm. Smith’s Marketplace. Texas country-rocker. kids entering grades K-3.

10 Elements: Fire, with Melissa Mackey 2 pm to 3:30 pm. At PEEC. Learn several methods of safely building fires. Participants will practice

their new skill with permission from the fire department and of course, fires wouldn’t be complete without s’mores!

20 High Mountain Mudfest 9 am to 5 pm. North Mesa Volleyball Pits. Have a mud-slinging good time at our double-elimination

mud volleyball tournament. This fun event combines volleyball and mud. Footwear is required and the use of duct tape is highly suggested to keep them on!

Learn what to do if you encounter a snake in the wild, as well as the proper identification of our native snakes.

20 Herb Walk 9 am to 12 pm. Location TBD. Spend a morning learning to identify, collect, and preserve local medicinal herbs. Habitats, collection procedures, ecologic concerns, and preservation methods will all be discussed. Participants may travel to one or more different local areas.

11 Los Alamos Farmers Market 7 am to 12 pm. Mesa Public Library parking lot. Produce, meats, cheeses, plants, prepared food items, crafts,

20 Documentary: Canes of Power Time TBA. Bandelier National Monument. Over the centuries, successive governments have

10 Snake Safety with Tom Wyant 7pm to 8 pm. At PEEC.

and more from Northern New Mexico. An inviting and colorful community tradition!

11 Green Hour Hikes 9 am to 11 am . At PEEC. Meet at local

presented ceremonial canes to the governors of the New Mexico pueblos. This film tells the story of the canes sent by President Lincoln in 1863, and their importance as symbols of the Pueblos’ authority and sovereignty.

trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Some days you’ll hike far, others you’ll stop and play at an interesting spot. 22 – 26 Summer Art Camp at Bilingual Montessori 8 am to 5 pm. Bilingual Montessori School. The program will serve kids from first 12 Nightwalk at Bandelier 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Bandelier to fifth grade. National Monument. Nightwalks are special evening interpretive programs. Starting time will vary due to sunset time differences. 23 Summer Family Evening: Dino Night 6:30 pm to 8 pm. At

12 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series - West African Highlife Band 7 pm to 10 pm. At Ashley Pond. Fabulous Dance music from

PEEC. Paleontologist Alex Downs brings fossils and dinosaur bones from Ghost Ranch. Kids can cast fossil skulls, teeth, and claws.

Nigeria and Ghana

24 Elements: Water, with Melissa Mackey 2 pm to 3:30 pm. 13 Mountain Bike Rides in the Jemez Mountains 9 am to 5 pm. At PEEC. Learn about water resources and scarcity on the Pajarito Plateau. Play active scenario games illustrating life without water; conduct water science Intersection of Forest Roads 604 and 607. Legendary mountain biker experiments.

Tom Mayer leads two days of rides on hidden single-track in the Jemez. On Saturday advanced riders have a 25 mile tour. On Sunday intermediate riders have a 10 mile ride.

14 Intermediate Mt. Bike Rides in the Jemez Mountains. 9 am to 12 pm. Intersection of Forest Roads 604 and 607. Legendary mountain biker Tom Mayer leads two days of rides on hidden single-track in the Jemez. On Saturday advanced riders have a 25 mile tour. On Sunday intermediate riders have a 10 mile ride.

15 – 19 Summer Art Camp at Bilingual Montessori. 8 am to 5 pm.

Bilingual Montessori School. The program will serve kids from first to fifth grade.

16 Summer Family Evening: Fly Fishing 6:30 pm to 8 pm. At PEEC.

NM Game and Fish educator Ti Piper teaches fly tying and casting; he’ll bring lots of rods and reels for people of all ages to try.

17 Kid’s Summer Gardening 9 am to 10:30 am. At PEEC. Come plant a garden, do art, investigate, explore and play. Led by Laural Hardin. For kids entering grades K-3.

18 Los Alamos Farmers Market 7 am to 12 pm. Mesa Public Library parking lot. Produce, meats, cheeses, plants, prepared food

items, crafts, and more from Northern New Mexico. An inviting and colorful community tradition!

24 Kid’s Summer Gardening 9 am to 10:30 am. At PEEC. Come plant a garden, do art, investigate, explore and play. Led by Laural Hardin. For kids entering grades K-3.

25 Los Alamos Farmers Market 7 am to 12 pm. Mesa Public Library parking lot. Produce, meats, cheeses, plants, prepared food

items, crafts, and more from Northern New Mexico. An inviting and colorful community tradition!

25 Green Hour Hikes 9 am to 11 am . At PEEC. Meet at local trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Some days you’ll hike far, others you’ll stop and play at an interesting spot. 26 Nightwalk at Bandelier 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Bandelier National Monument. Nightwalks are special evening interpretive programs. Starting time will vary due to sunset time differences.

26 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series -Big Sandy and his FlyRite Boys 7 pm to 10 pm. Ashely Pond. Rockabilly. 29 through August 3 Summer Art Camp Showcase, Fuller Lodge Arts Center, 10 am to 4 pm. A celebration of the art work created during the Best Six Weeks of Summer Art Camp 2013. Reception August 3, 1-3 pm.

29 through August 2 Summer Art Camp at Bilingual trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Montessori 8 am to 5 pm. Bilingual Montessori School. The 18 Green Hour Hikes 9 am to 11 am . At PEEC. Meet at local

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19 Wildflower Walk with PEEC 5:30 pm to 7 pm. At PEEC. Join

31 Kid’s Summer Gardening 9 am to 10:30 am. At PEEC. Come plant a garden, do art, investigate, explore and play. Led by Laural Hardin. For kids entering grades K-3.

Chick Keller, curator of PEEC’s Jemez Mountains Herbarium for an easy walk to learn the names of local wildflowers. Plant list provided. Meet at a local trailhead.

19 Nightwalk at Bandelier 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Bandelier National Monument. Nightwalks are special evening interpretive programs. Starting time will vary due to sunset time differences.

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Bandelier National Park Treasure To America Bandelier has been an exciting place the past couple of summers, with the Las Conchas Fire and resulting flooding having effects on the park and what was available to visitors. Now, however, barring more unexpected events, the park is open, visitors are enjoying the Ancestral Pueblo sites as well as the movie and museum in the Visitor Center, trails are waiting to be hiked, wildlife are here to be photographed, and it is again one of the premier destinations in northern New Mexico. Throughout the summer, the Visitor Center will be open daily from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, offering information, the museum, a Park Store, and the beautiful new 14-minute HD movie. On weekends there will be Native American crafts demonstrators on the back porch, showing such skills as making pottery, drums, carved figures, and even turkey-feather blankets. Shuttle service by the Atomic City Transit will run May 24 into October. Park visitors arriving in the area before 3 PM will park at the new White Rock Visitor Center to take the free shuttle service from there to the Bandelier Visitor Center. After 3 PM, vehicles can be driven into the park and on down to the main parking lot. It is also possible to park at the Amphitheater Parking Lot in Juniper Campground and walk down the 2-mile Frey Trail, returning later via the shuttle. Juniper Campground, located just inside the park entrance, is open for families, with a self-registration booth near the entrance. Tents and RVs are welcome; there is a dump station but no hook-ups. There is a restroom in each of the three loops, with running water and flush toilets but no showers. No reservations are needed. Ponderosa Group Campground is about six miles west on NM 4 beyond the park entrance; reservations are required, and are made online at www.recreation.gov. As staffing permits, there will be ranger-guided walks to the Ancestral Pueblo dwellings near the Visitor Center, and there are always self-guiding booklets available. The 3-mile round-trip trail to Upper Frijoles Falls begins there too, and its self-guiding booklet draws attention to the natural and geological features along the way. Several other trails of varying lengths start at or near the Visitor Center; just check with the rangers for details. Pets are not permitted on any park trails, but service animals are welcome anywhere that visitors can go. Park trails close at dusk. For hikers planning overnight trips into the Bandelier Wilderness, the required Wilderness Permit is available free at the information desk, along with current trail conditions, water availability, and other information. Wilderness permits must be obtained in person during regular hours. Pets, weapons, bicycles, and campfires are not permitted in the Wilderness. The Park Store is a part of the Western National Parks Association, which has non-profit outlets in parks throughout the west. The store carries a colorful variety of books, puppets, postcards, CDs, DVDs, and other fine items related to the area - including historic chocolates! Across the parking lot from the Visitor Center is Bandelier Trading, with a gift shop featuring fine Native American jewelry, pottery from many tribes, and Navajo weavings, as well as t-shirts, hats, and gift items. The attached cafe offers snacks, treats, beverages, and some cooked dishes; dining is outdoors. Hours this summer are 9 AM - 4:30 PM daily. Along NM 4 about 2 miles north of White Rock is Tsankawi, the detached portion of the park. The self-guiding trail makes a loop of about 1.5 miles up and down a mesa that San Ildefonso Pueblo counts as a home of their ancestors. The trail includes four ladders and some scrambling on rocks. Most visitors really enjoy the Tsankawi trail; just remember to treat the area with respect. Leave everything in its place, and have plenty of water with you. With very limited staffing this year, some usual ranger activities will be offered less often. The popular Nightwalks will be given on Friday evenings in July and August only. This is a silent walk in the dark among the dwellings in Frijoles Canyon; there is a fee, and it is necessary to call the Visitor Center (505-672-3861 x 517) for reservations. Evening talks in Juniper Campground will be just on Saturday nights, but those on June 8, July 6, and August 31 will be special presentations relating to astronomy and night skies and including telescope viewing, weather permitting. Our second annual citizenship event is planned for July 4; a group of new citizens will be naturalized in a ceremony and celebration behind the Visitor Center. On July 20 a very special film, "Canes of Power", will be shown in the Visitor Center Theater. It documents the canes given by various governments to the Pueblo Governors, especially the Lincoln Canes, and the authority and sovereignty they represent to Pueblo communities. This year, Opera on the Rocks will be September 21 in the Juniper Campground Amphitheater, with a presentation of music from "Amahl and the Night Visitors." Our annual Fall Festival, with Pueblo crafts and food booths, will be held in Frijoles Canyon on Sunday, October 6. Other events and activities may be added, or some dates or times may change, so keep current with opportunities by watching the park’s Facebook page, BandelierNPS, or the park webpage, www.nps.gov/band. For information, call the Visitor Center at (505) 672-3861 x 517. National Parks are true treasures of America, and many people think Bandelier is one of the best. Everyone on the Bandelier staff is looking forward to a wonderful summer, and hope that you will come on down and enjoy this beautiful part of your national heritage.

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Something For Everyone At ChamberFest Chamberfest, this year on June 8 in downtown Los Alamos, is fun for the whole family. And we’re not just whistlin’ Dixie here - there really is something for everybody. Chamberfest is a downtown street festival, complete with festival food we love so much, live music, car show and Eddy and the Nomads playing classic rock and roll that EVERYBODY can dance to and plenty of sunshine to add to the enjoyment. Gordon’s Summer Concerts supplies the stage and the music- all you have to bring is your lawn chair and dancing shoes. If you’re two or three or maybe even four years old, you’ll enjoy the sand pile, thanks to LANB. It’s just piles of sand and piles of toys, and they have such cute giveaways every year. If you’re a little bigger, you’ll have fun in the bouncy house, and bigger yet - how about the bubble pit? It’ll be a Party-to-Go on the green at Central Park Square. Moms will enjoy getting samples from local businesses and watching the fashion show at the intersection of Central and Main- our models are all real people, most of whom you know decked out by local clothiers and put together by CB Fox. Dads will like gazing at their own reflections in the most perfectly shined classic cars you’ve ever seen. Meet the owners, too, of Corvettes and hot rods and exotic classics, in a mini-Concours d’Elegance. RPM Automotive and Enterprise Rent a Car will be there to round out the “all things automotive” department. We have a great selection of businesses coming out to show their wares - everything from furniture (CB Fox) to art to banks (Zia Credit Union, LANB and more) to pet care to home decorating (The Finishing Touch) and home improvement (Chaparral Siding). Meet your friendly local insurance agents, financial advisors and orthodontists too (I hope Devan Vest brings along some OompaLoompas, like he did at Trick or Treat on Main last fall). Lots of businesses who just want to help us be our best and healthiest selves will be there - from life coaches to acupuncturists to legal insurance and college fund savings

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plans - you can learn something without making an appointment, while having a good time along the way. Many of Los Alamos’ fine non-profits will be there too - you’ll get to meet people from the Opera Guild, the Ski Club, Pajarito Environmental Education Center, and the United Way, to name just a few. So come on out- be sure to stop by the Chamber for your map of where everybody is going to be, and then just enjoy?

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Summer Fun all week long at PEEC!  Mondays: Nature Playtimes 10-11  Tuesdays: Summer Family Evenings at 6:30 pm  Wednesdays: Kids’ Summer Gardening and Elements Nature/Science class  Thursdays: Green Hour Family Hikes at 9 am  Fridays: First Friday Forts on June 7, July 5 and August 2  Visit PEEC T-F 12-4 and Sat 10-1  Anytime! Come play in the nature play area/mud pie kitchen!

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Business Good Love On the Atomic City By Kelly Dolejsi One can tell by the cute little breeze in the air, the mellow early morning heat: It’s the Outdoor Farmers Market season. And when it opened on May 2 this year, many of us thought, Thank goodness. Finally. Oh how I missed this. We threw our canvas totes over our shoulders or packed them into our cars, strollers, and bus seats. We said hello to Groves and Oppenheimer as we passed by their statues and roamed toward the Mesa Public Library parking lot, now wholly transformed by white tents and smiling, strapping, satisfied eaters. We marched giddily over to our favorite vendors, ordered, and tried not to stuff ourselves right on the spot. For some of us, that favorite is a calzone-esque loaf at the Intergalactic Bread Company, owned by Amy Quirke, who fills bread with rhubarb, apples, elderberries, apricots, pears, cinnamon, market greens, chiles, pesto, arugula, or mushrooms and onions to create the perfect, almost guilt-free carbohydrate indulgence. “We use all local produce and local wheat flour,” said Intergalactic staff member Vince Rose, who has been with the bakery for three or four years. “Everything is baked and created with integrity and people pick up on that.” He added that the loaves are unconventional right down to the way the look, which tends less toward circular than amebic, or what Rose calls “unpretentious … They’re all handmade and they take on their own shapes.” He added that this year, Intergalactic has branched out beyond bread to offer salsa, green chile sauce, marinara, and a spicy carrot pepper sauce. Samples are available of anything you’d like to try. While the Intergalactic Bread Company has been a fixture of the Los Alamos Farmers Market for years, Eulalio’s Farm is a relative newcomer. This marks owner Lauren Tietje’s third year coming up from Pojoaque Thursday mornings to sell her vegetables, fruits and eggs. As of this writing, she offers baby greens, farm-fresh eggs and spinach. But soon to come are broccoli, cabbage, beets, chard, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, eggplant, garlic and what she described rather delightfully as “a huge crop of raspberries.” She said she loves selling at the market because “it helps me to reconnect with all the reasons and all the people I’m growing for … after being in the field day after day after day. I see the smiles on people’s faces and I’m glad to be here. It’s such an elemental part of our lives: feeding ourselves really good food.” She added that the Los Alamos market “is a really nice small market, putting good energy and good love on the Atomic City.” Beekeepers Ricardo Z. and Deborah Sanchez of RZs Bees also find something special about the Los Alamos Farmers Market. They credit the customers, whom they complimented as being “excellent, very considerate and knowledgeable. Our customers are

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grateful that the vendors are doing what they’re doing.” In the Sanchezes’ case, “what they’re doing” includes tending 57 hives, each a home to more than 60,000 bees. As one might guess, this includes a fair number of bee stings, but what a small price to pay for the abundance of raw, unpasteurized honey. Because it contains local pollen from clover, alfalfa and wildflowers the bees visit in the Sanchezes’ busy Alcalde fields, RZs Bees honey is a tonic for allergies. But best of all is the taste: in apple bread, with peanut butter on tortillas, or in Ricardo’s mother’s homemade tomato jam, a recipe Ricardo insisted she pass down to his wife, whose name is Hebrew for “bee.” This is likely no coincidence, as Deborah’s father was a beekeeper as well. While the Los Alamos Farmers Market is still small early in the season, it still features a remarkable variety of vendors. Stop by the Old Windmill Dairy for some fresh milk, butter and chevre; visit Taos Mountain Yak for grass-fed meat and beautiful hand-knitted items made from local yak and alpaca fibers; try some pasture-raised lamb from Ranchline All-Natural, hailing from Roswell and serving up lamb chops, roasts, shanks, patties, and stew meat; or raid Mr. G’s enticing selection of salad greens and organic produce. The selection will grow as the fields fill with fresh, local, often organic pickings. Cindy Talamantes has been managing the Los Alamos Farmers Market under the Los Alamos MainStreet Program for eight years. Cindy buys her greens, milk, butter, pastries and especially her meat from the market. She said she’s known some of the vendors for more than 20 years. “I buy all my meat from the ranchers,” she said. Not only does she like to support small farmers, but “I trust the meat more. I know who’s raising it.” And even to those of us meeting a vendor for the first time, there’s something of that feeling: We are meeting the person who watered or fed our dinner. As we sit down to eat, we keep with us a bit of that Thursday morning sunshine, that giddiness, the idea that our meal, whatever it happens to be, links us to this particular and friendly community. We savor not only the taste but the story. Come by the Los Alamos Outdoor Farmers Market from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays - May through October in the Mesa Public Library parking lot. The Los Alamos Farmers Market is a program of Los Alamos MainStreet. Visit http://lanf.org/fm/ for additional market and vendor information or take a virtual tour at www.lamainstreet.com/farmers-market.htm

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