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Essence of Los Alamos and White Rock June/July 2012, Volume 6 Issue 4

Summer Fun in Los Alamos Friday Nights in LA • Bike Race and Triathlon Kiwanis 4th of July Celebration

the Essence Essence Interview with Dave & Carolyn Zerkle ..................... 5 Kiwanis Get Ready for Fourth of July Celebration .......... 7 Friday Nights in LA ............................. 9 Carol Meine working at the Heart of the Community............ 11 Triathletes Gear-up for 38th Los Alamos Triathlon ............................ 13 Co-op Embraces Fair Trade & Fun Times ............................................15 Dream Team Readies for Restaurant Opening ......................17 Calendar of Events

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Editor’s Note Welcome to the Essence! The Essence is a bi-monthly publication created to inform and remind us of what’s special about living in Los Alamos and White Rock. Our focus is on stories that highlight essential people, places and activities that make our community a great place to live. The Essence is one feature of the Chamber of Commerce initiative called CommunityMatters. This initiative highlights the role our members play in building community. Be sure to support our members listed to the left. It is through their support that we are able to bring this publication to you. The theme of this issue is ‘Summer Celebrations.’ There is so much to celebrate this time of year – graduations, anniversaries, visiting downtown signature events like ChamberFest and The Next Big Idea, summer block parties, Gordon’s concerts, and our Independence Day to name a few. When I think back upon my youth, every day was a celebration. I was able to live in the moment, not lamenting the past or worried about the future. There is something to be said for that. We are guaranteed only the present moment. Let’s celebrate each day. In this issue, we will try to focus on putting the fun back in the summer with opportunities to enjoy life in our town - from summer concerts, to late Friday nights, to arts and crafts, to July 4th. It’s all right here in our back yard! Without the support from local folks who work tirelessly for the rest of us, we would not have the events to participate in that this community has to offer. We are so lucky - these events play a positive role in our lives and that of our families. Memories are made. Bonds are formed. This issue, we intend to highlight some of those folks who make a difference because they deserve recognition, as well as, provide insight into what’s happening around town, places to go and people to see. In this issue: • The Frolic, Kiwanis explains the festivities for July 4th celebrations and summer concerts are highlighted. • CommunityMatters Interview is with Dave and Carolyn Zerkle. In their twenty years of living in Los Alamos, they have made substantial contributions to our community. • In The Business Essence, Lynn Strauss explores the Co-op Market and how their events help improve business and quality of life for our community. • Do you know an Essential Person? This issue, Carol Clark spotlights Carol Meine of Los Alamos County Library.. • Los Alamos and White Rock Insight was created to better connect you with our history, future outlook and everything in between. For this issue, Carol Clark reports on the 38th annual Los Alamos Triathlon. • In the Arts & Culture section, Mandy Marksteiner takes a look at new White Rock Arts and Crafts Market every Sunday during the summer at The Hive. • Friday night Los Alamos is highlighted as a new activity for June and July. Downtown businesses that wish to participate will stay open late until 8pm every Friday night. • And finally, Edible Essence, Mandy Marksteiner relays information on the new ‘Dixie Girl’ restaurant and façade improvements for the building. So, get out there, have a great summer! Enjoy the fruits of our labor. Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz said it best, “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home!”

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40th Annual Tour de Los Alamos Sunday, June 17th, 2012

TOUR de VOLUNTEERISM Essence interview with Dave & Carolyn Zerkle Essence: Tell us about your history with Los Alamos. Zerkles: We came here twenty years ago, with a six month-old daughter in tow. We were students at University of Illinois, Carolyn in the facility engineering field and Dave in mechanical engineering. Carolyn accepted a staff member position at the lab and Dave came as a post-doc. Essence: What do you remember about first impressions? Zerkles: We were kind of excited to come here. The idea at the time was to be here for just a few years while Dave completed his post-doc work. Getting a house was an experience that comes to mind. We didn’t even know what the details of both of our work situations would be quite yet, but we went into the LANB loan department, described what we thought our situation would be, and they told us to go find a house and they would work out all the details later. That struck us right then that we were in a friendly small town. Essence: Obviously your plan to be here just a few years changed somewhere along the way. Zerkles: Yes. As we went through those first years and our second daughter was born, we realized we had fallen in love with the place. A big part of it had to do with the kids. This has been such an excellent place to raise the girls that it was hard to imagine why we would go somewhere else. The kids were very comfortable here. The schools have been great for our kids and I think they really differentiate Los Alamos in a positive way from other places we might have been. We also made a lot of friends who were in a similar life situation and started getting involved as volunteers with several interesting groups. Essence: Talk about your volunteering experiences. Zerkles: In our shared personal value set, volunteerism and community service rates just as important as school and sports. We think that is a big part of who we are and that it has flowed through to our girls. They started very young helping out on things that we were volunteering at and we hope they will carry those values throughout their lives. Volunteerism is such an important part of how a small community like this works and without people stepping forward, it isn’t as good of a place. As for things we have volunteered at, Carolyn has been very involved in the LANL employee scholarship committee … there is a good bit of outreach work with schools throughout the region and about 70 scholarships are awarded each year. Dave has been involved in



Begins at 8 am Downtown 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. Information & Registration at www.tourdelosalamos.org

volunteering at the YMCA as an instructor at the climbing wall … that has been a great way to combine love for climbing with helping others to experience and enjoy the sport. We both have been involved in volunteering on Tour de Los Alamos for many years. Essence: Tour de Los Alamos is coming up soon on Father’s Day. Talk a little more about that and your involvement. Zerkles: Dave is also a biker and started riding in the Tour many years ago. Carolyn and the girls would be out there cheering things along and that kind of naturally morphed into all of us volunteering in different ways … handing out water, helping with registration, helping with traffic control, clean-up, organizing … you name it. Astrid and John Turner were key organizers for many years, but the moved away a few years back so we stepped up and tried to fill their shoes. Bruce Letellier has volunteered as a key organizer for half or more of the Tour’s 40 years, so his knowledge and experience made it easier to step up to join the organizing work. Safety is job one in organizing this kind of activity, but trying to be sure that everyone has fun is a close second. The Lab has been a good supporter helping to prepare roads on their property and with traffic control. We have a lot of business sponsors and supporters that make it all possible as well. Last year we had about 200 participants. About a third of those were locals and the rest come from all over. About half of the riders are what we call “3 lappers” … serious competitive type riders. The balance are “citizen riders” who do shorter distances for fun and personal accomplishment. Essence: We’ll look forward to this year’s tour. What else haven’t we talked about? Zerkles: Well … we know that one of the aims of Essence is to highlight the importance of our local businesses and organizations to the success of the community. We think that this is an important point and we look to support our locals whenever we can. It’s impossible to name them all but we have appreciated what our locals do and their support for things we are involved in like the Tour. Here’s a shout out to the YMCA, Otowi Station, Pet Pangaea, the Blue Window, Eye Associates, and Ruby K’s Bagel Café … these and other local businesses and organizations are always helping this community to be a great place to live.

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The Frolic The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos Celebrate the 4th of July in Style The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club and Los Alamos County have announced the tentative schedule for the annual Fourth of July festivities at Overlook Park. Expect fireworks, food, kid’s activities, skydivers and a whole lot more! Everything kicks off on Wednesday, July 4th at 2:00 p.m. at the park. New this year is your chance to win the Best Seat in the House! Tickets will go on sale mid-June at local businesses around Los Alamos and will also be available the night of the fireworks. For $10 your name will be entered into a drawing to push the button that starts the fireworks and then enjoy the fireworks from the firing line. The winner will be given 2 seats and you must be 18 or older to win. A huge selection of your favorite bouncy toys will begin at 2:00. There will be live music courtesy of Russ Gordon starting at 3:00pm. The Atomic City Transit will start their engines at 3:00pm as well. The buses will be doing pick-ups and drop offs around White Rock as well as running from the townsite of Los Alamos. Another delightful musical performance will also take place by the Los Alamos Community Winds. Many vendors will provide great food. The Habanero Skydiving Team will fall from the sky Wednesday at about 5:00. In the first jump, they will free fall for approximately 10 seconds and deploy their parachutes over Dara Jones Field. Later, as the festivities go into high gear, three of the skydivers will ignite smoke while the forth skydiver deploys a 600 sq. ft. banner of the American flag. You won’t want to miss it! The raising of the American Flag by Los Alamos High School NROTC and the National Anthem will kick off the fireworks. An awe-inspiring spectacle of color, light and sound will rumble over Overlook Park beginning at 9:15 p.m. as the evening ends with a bang! A $5 per person donation is suggested. If you would like more information on the event, or, to schedule an interview with Steve or a member of the club, please call 505-672-4124, email Steve at skboerigter@comcast.net or check us out on the web at visit.losalamos.com, under events.



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2012 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series The healthiest county in the nation will now be infused with a healthy dose of familyfriendly fun every Friday night, beginning on June 1, with “Los Alamos Friday Night.” Sponsored by Los Alamos Creative District Cultural Organizations and Chamber businesses, “Los Alamos Friday Night” is a welcome shot in the arm for the community and visitors alike who want to enjoy more of the cultural, historical, and educational offerings of Los Alamos – a little later. Special events and extended hours will occur in and around Downtown Los Alamos every Friday night, June 1- July 27 from 5-9 p.m. “The goal for ‘Los Alamos Friday Night’ is that visitors and the community alike can visit Downtown Los Alamos, confident that they will find a number of activities which will appeal to a variety of interests and age groups,” said Raffi Andonian, Museum Educator at Los Alamos Historical Society, who has helped coordinate “Los Alamos Friday Night.” The Bradbury Science Museum will offer a family-friendly, free event, “Friday Night at the Museum,” featuring a variety of fascinating topics designed to stimulate the mind and rekindle that childlike sense of curiosity about how the world works. For a complete list of “Friday Night at the Museum” events, visit www.lanl.gov/museum/events/calendar.shtml. Fuller Lodge Art Center will also extend their Friday hours to 9 p.m. beginning on June 1 to give visitors and locals a better opportunity to see the many unique artworks created by local artists. On Friday, June 29, the Art Center will host an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. for the exhibition, “Rhapsody in Blue,” featuring juried artwork that epitomizes the emotions, labels, and feelings that are associated with the color “blue.” The exhibition continues through Aug. 4. Also on June 29, see photographer TK Thompson’s “Faces of Jazz” exhibition, inspired by jazz musicians who he refers to as “free spirits.” Whether it’s jazz, bluegrass, country, or bebop, free spirits and musicians alike can share an evening of music every Friday night from 7-10 p.m., as part of the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series. The best part is each concert is free with a complimentary view of the dark night skies at Ashley Pond. Visit www.gordonsconcerts.com for a complete lineup of performers each week. The Mesa Public Library normally closes at 6 p.m. on Fridays, but will keep their doors open longer in June for four special events. On June 8, kids and parents alike will have a great time at the “Library Summer Faire” from 3 p.m. to midnight, featuring bingo, games, Wii games, summer readings, reading recommendations from librarians, an Overdrive Clinic to find out how to download audio and e-books, and more. Then on June 15 and 22, library hours extend to 9 p.m. with Overdrive Clinics. Normal hours of operation will continue for the month of July; however, the library will reopen at 9 p.m. on Fridays for their classic horror movies event. For a list of upcoming movies, visit www.losalamosnm.us/library or call 505-662-8256. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will captivate even the youngest child and those who are young-at-heart with their “Summer Family Evenings” series every Friday night in June and July. Events are free for PEEC members and only a $5 donation for non-member families, depending on event. Friday night events are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. “Summer Family Evenings” start on June 5 with “Taxidermy Museum” where families can see a bear, raccoon, and elk at a safe distance thanks to Yukon Wildlife Studio taxidermist James Brooks. A full list of “Summer Family Evening” events is available on the PEEC website at www.pajaritoeec.org. Additional events and activities pertaining to “Los Alamos Friday Night” are still in the works, with plans for some Los Alamos restaurants to keep their doors open later on summer Friday nights. For more information from participating local businesses and organizations, visit the “Los Alamos Friday Night” Facebook page at: Facebook.com/LosAlamosFridayNight or contact Raffi Andonian at educator@losalamoshistory.org or 505-695-5251.

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June 8 – Greg Abate Bebop saxman from Rhode Island w/ Pete Amahl Trio ChamberFest Night Presented by the LA Chamber of Commerce - Central @ Main

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June 15 – The Police Experience A tribute to the British rock/ska band Relay for Life Night A benefit for the American Cancer Society - Ashley Pond

June 22 – Guy Forsyth Country-blues, rock & Americana - venue TBA

June 29 – Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express Rock from San Francisco; Pajarito Ski Area Night - Ski Hill

July 4 • 3pm - 9:30pm – Eddy & The Nomads Kiwanis Fireworks Show Music, Overlook Park

July 6 – Joe King Carrasco The King of Tex-Mex Rock - Venue TBA

July 13 – The Shinyribs A wild night of Texas rock & country-rock - Venue TBA

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Aug 10 – The Stone River Boys Country Country-soul and rock dance band from Texas Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo weekend - Ashley Pond

Aug.11 • 11am - 2pm – Bill Hearne’s Roadhouse Revue Country honky-tonk dance L.A. County Fair & Rodeo all day Saturday and Sunday

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Carol Meine Touts Most Fun Job in County By Carol A. Clark This summer, Gallery Manager and Program Specialist Carol Meine completes an entire decade in a job she cherishes at Mesa Public Library. “The best thing is being able to work with so many artists, writers and institutions to offer the very best New Mexico has to offer to the Los Alamos community,” Meine said. “I really feel that the library is the heart of the community, a place for everyone to meet, find all kinds of materials for fun and information, and enjoy lots of programs for all ages. The programs and exhibits are always evolving. We have had shows in the gallery from world class artists and institutions including three amazing shows from the Santa Fe Opera, as well as installations and works from local artists in a wide range of media. I really do have the most fun job in the County.” Meine explained that the most challenging part of her job is simply not having enough time to do everything she wants to do. “I love connecting with other community organizations to cross pollinate ideas, programs, and share the energy,” she said. When her daughter was young, Meine began working in the Jemez Springs library as Family Literacy Coordinator. She went on to volunteer in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery and in 2002, went to work for Los Alamos County. “I started out in the Youth Services program at Mesa Public Library and loved working with the children, but when the job managing the art gallery came up, I was very happy to apply,” Meine said. “The job has changed over the years and I now also plan and promote most of the programming for adults in the library including the Authors Speak series, Poetry Gatherings, Film Series, and special events.” Meine married artist Ryszard Wasilewski in 1982 and they have one daughter, Lizzie, who is a freshman at American University in Washington, D.C. studying film making. “My daughter really has grown up in libraries her whole life,” Meine said. Meine is an artist in her own right. She creates simple, abstract forms in charcoal. The Las Cruces Museum of Art is exhibiting her work during the month of August. “It’s very exciting to have my art work shown at this museum,” she said, adding that she hopes people traveling from Los Alamos through Las Cruces will stop in the museum to view her work. The Las Cruces Museum of Art hosts changing contemporary art exhibits, including national, international, juried, traveling and invitational exhibits. “I have always been a practicing artist and have taught drawing at Rutgers and UNM Albuquerque,” Meine said. “I have also completed numerous public and private art commissions. I worked for private art collectors in Philadelphia cataloging and managing the collections.” Meine also worked on many animated commercials, television series and feature films both in production and as an assistant character and special effects animator. She lived in England and Hungary for several years while working for animation companies. “I have always loved books and art and could never quite separate the two, though I always disliked using titles since they seem to place too many limits on art,” Meine said. “So, I use roots of words for titles instead, which have many, many meanings – kind of cryptic, but fun to explore.” Born in Philadelphia, Meine grew up next door to Valley Forge. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art with a minor in Russian Studies from Connecticut College, an MFA in Drawing and Sculpture from Rutgers University and studied both psychology as an undergraduate and art therapy at the graduate level at UNM. “Carol is highly organized and she thinks months and years ahead. She also is very knowledgeable about technology … there isn’t anything she can’t do on the computer,” Acting Library Manager Bernadine Goldman said. “Because she gets so much accomplished and only works 16 hours a week – the quantity and the quality of her work is amazing – I can’t imagine the library without her.”

Gallery Manager and Program Specialist Carol Meine, at right, with Acting Community Services Manager Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo • •

July - Joe Hayes is back! He will spin his magic tales at Fuller Lodge as one of the official Centennial authors. August - Vaunda Nelson, librarian and acclaimed author, has received national awards for her books and is also an official Centennial author.

Meine also has the following events lined up for the gallery: • Henry Finney will show his work in June based on images included in his book of poetry, the Fire Gate poems. • Leslie Bucklin will show fabulous photos of many National Parks in her exhibition entitled Enchanted Parks during July. • County Fair exhibits will be back in early August followed later in the month by a special exhibition by Bill Gilbert of his Physiocartographies Series. Gilbert, Acting Dean of the College of Fine Arts at UNM, incorporates walking, observation, and making notations of his explorations in multimedia works. His show will be part of the ISEA2012 symposium. Coming up at the library for kids is this year’s summer reading theme – Dream Big: Read! Youth Services staff will offer an overflowing schedule of programs, events, and the hottest new titles. For more activities and events at the Mesa and White Rock libraries, visit www.losalamosnm.us/library/Pages/default.aspx.

Meine has been busy lining up talent for the Authors Speak series: June - Aimee and David Thurlo, New Mexico mystery authors of the very popular Ella Clah series.



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Bikers, Swimmers & Runners Competing in August Triathlon Local athlete Clay Moseley during the 2008 Atomic Man competition. - Courtesy photo By Carol A. Clark At 7 a.m., Saturday Aug. 18, local athletes and those from across the region will gather at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center to begin an invigorating 20 kilometer bike race, followed by a refreshing 400 meter pool swim that they’ll top off with a brisk five kilometer run. “We’re anticipating 250-300 participants for the 38th Annual Los Alamos Triathlon and we want good weather so everyone has a great time,” said Recreation Specialist Jim Feltz of the Los Alamos County Recreation Division. The recreation division presents the annual triathlon. Local athlete Clay Moseley, 41, has competed in at least six Los Alamos Triathlons and intends to compete in the Elite category again this year. “All my life I was one of the youngest competitors but all of a sudden I’m beginning to compete with guys approaching half my age,” said Moseley, 41. “My running is slowing down year after year, but I’m still strong in bicycling and swimming. I think it’s that I’m more aware that I’ve got to take care of my knees and back, which causes me not to run full out like I used to.” Both Moseley and his wife Dina are New Mexico State Champions. His wife has represented New Mexico in the Best of the U.S. competition on three occasions and he has earned that honor four times. He came in seventh against 50 elite athletes in the nation one year in Cyprus Gardens, Fla., and it was hot and humid. Moseley recalled seeing fellow competitors struggle in that debilitating climate. An athlete from Oklahoma collapsed on the course, he said. It’s very difficult to adjust to that type of heat, Moseley explained, adding that he spent time before the competition training in conditions as close to that climate as he could find, which allowed him to fare better than some of the others. Moseley describes the Los Alamos Triathlon as one of the more challenging events of its kind. The order of events is unusual, he said, because most triathlons are swim/bike/ run. Swimmers are sent off every 5 seconds to run, which results in a long stream of runners rather than a bunched up mob. Los Alamos is bike/swim/run in order to shorten the length of time for road closures.



“I wish we had a more traditional ra ad dititiio iona iona al fo fformat form orrm mat matt but butt I see see ee logistical logis ogis istitic ica cal problems,” p obl pr ob ble lems ” Moseley lems Mosel oseley elley ey said. saiid “It’s still a wonderful scenic course and the organizers always provide good food and prizes. It’s just a really fun day.” The local 20k (12.4 miles) bike course encompasses challenging climbs and beautiful scenery, he said. Athletes hop off their bikes and jump feet first into the Aquatic Center pool for the 400 meter swim and conclude with the 5K (3.1 miles) run from the Aquatic Center out to East Park and back. Categories include Individual Male and Female ages 11 to14, 15 to19, 20 to24, 25 to29, 30 to34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59 and 60 and older. There is no age category for the Elite Male and Female competition. Athletes competing in the Clydesdale (Men 200-plus lbs.) and Athena (Women 150plus lbs.) must weigh in by 6:30 a.m. on the day of the triathlon. The team competition breaks down into three categories, all male, all female and all coed with age groups of 19 and under, 20 to 39, 40 to 59 and 60 and older. This year’s triathlon concludes with a celebration after all athletes cross the finish line. Food, awards and lots of give-a-ways cap off the fun-filled day. Individual awards will be given three deep in each race category. Registration deadline is 7 p.m., Aug. 14. The triathlon fees to compete run: • $50 per individual • $90 per 2-person team • $120 per 3-person team The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is seeking adult, community volunteers to help with the Triathlon. Volunteers are provided with a commemorative event T-shirt. Triathlon sponsors also are needed. For more information, contact the Recreation Division at www.losalamosnm. us/rec or call (505) 662-8173.

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Co-op Values: Fair Trade and a Fun Time By Lynn Strauss Since its start in March of 2011, the Los Alamos Cooperative Market has been offering events to bring people together and encourage the Co-op’s stated values, like fair trade, local agriculture, sustainability, nutrition and health. Recent events have included a ‘battle of the bands’ for the young adult audience, a fundraiser for an on-site greenhouse for community use, and a beer dinner. This summer’s events will include a bike swap, a concert, and at least one cooking class. On June 10 the Co-op will host the first Los Alamos Single-track Association Bike Swap to provide a market for bikes, bike accessories and safety checks. On July 20 the Co-op will co-host a Gordon’s Summer Concert featuring The Derailers, a Texas country dance band. The “Shop with the Chef” program will continue a tradition of guest chefs sharing tips and tricks to selecting the best ingredients and assembling a dish. Past classes have included making Asian spring rolls, and baking artisan breads. New classes will be announced online at www.losalamos.coop. “We strive to build our community through social and environmental action in and out of the store,” says Sandra West, Outreach Coordinator for the Co-op. “We also encourage partnerships and cooperation among like-minded businesses as an effective way to support our community and reflect the values and needs of our community.” Sandra says that creating



community events is part of the Co-op’s principles of “Education, training and information” and “Concern for the Community” listed in its bylaws. “In order to build our community we are involved in community events and create events and classes to meet needs,” she says. “We enjoy creating opportunities to bring our community together.” Although the Co-op professes that it they don’t measure sales impact from events, they do recognize that events bring new customers (and eventually new memberships). “Certainly, events held at the co-op do impact sales that day in a positive way, but that isn’t our primary goal,” says Sandra. “Our commitment to our community goes beyond groceries. We believe by engaging the people of our community in positive ways on a personal and family level, we are able to fulfill this commitment.” That commitment to local events, local products and local business partners culminates in more than just one bottom line. Because, she says, a dollar spent at the Co-op has greater impact in our community than a dollar spent in non-locally owned retailers. According to a ‘spend local’ campaign called The 3/50 Project (the350project.net), for every $100 spent at locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures, but only $43 stays in the community when that $100 is spent at a national chain. Similarly, a study by the Santa Fe Independent Business & Community Alliance says that dollars spent at independent businesses deliver two times the economic impact of spending at national chains. ”We are stronger together,” says Sandra. “The co-op is successful when we reflect the values of our community through our events and operations. We attribute our success over the past year to the support of our community. Providing events that are valuable to the community is how we build a foundation for a healthy future for ourselves, and our community. It is our way of saying thank you.”

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Denise Lane’s Dream Team Working together to transform a restaurant… and the entire town!

By Mandy Marksteiner The space recently occupied by Central Avenue Grill is like a hive of drywall, scaffolding, lumber, power tools, ladders and air compressors, workmen, architects, designers and curious passers by. As Los Alamos’s newest restaurant takes shape, Denise Lane, and a handful of people who will make her long term dream into a reality, come in and out of the building, carrying with them news, updates and excitement. The place is buzzing with energy.

The Grand Tour…setting the mood “This is by far the highest energy project I’ve worked on,” said architect Steve Shaw, whose blueprints are spread across Dixie Girl’s extended bar, which will stretch across the back wall of the main dining area and will seat 25-28 people. Shaw first met Lane when he remodeled Lane’s house in 1986. Then two years ago she approached him about an idea for a restaurant. She has been researched, planned and searched for the perfect location. When Central Avenue Grill closed down, she was ready to take immediate action. In order to explain the new layout, Shaw walks through the noisy but tidy construction area. “There will be tables along the wall where people can sit and have drinks while they wait for their tables,” he explained. Turning the corner he explained how the inner and outer dining area, dim lighting, individual table lamps and plush seating will set a romantic, intimate and lively mood. Cheryl Sowder, an interior decorator and owner of The Finishing Touch, will create the mood with complimentary themes for each dining area. Changes to the outdoor dining room will include a facade update - taking down the awnings, putting down a new concrete slab and installing a brush aluminum metal fence. 2/3 of the dining area will have a permanent cover. There will be a fire place and in the winter they will have radiant heating so people can still eat there.

Checking off everything on our wish list Whoever said, “You can’t always get what you want,” hasn’t met Denise Lane, who is determined to keep Dixie Girl open until ten o’clock for dinner and the bar open until midnight. The vacant suite behind the Quark bar (formerly occupied by aspen Copies) will be used to its full potential. Customers who walk in will be able to quickly grab an organic roasted chicken or duck, fresh vegetables, bread and wine to bring home for dinner. Other possibilities include staying for a wine tasting, sitting in front of a wood fired brick oven, watching their pizza being freshly baked while drinking a beer or ordering gourmet chocolate from a chocolatier. How about sitting down with a sandwich made from fresh specialty bread baked at Ruby K’s or an organic salad made from locally grown organic produce. Hang out in the corridor and look at the fine art hanging there (instead of pushy bulletin boards) or stand in front of the new picture window in front of Ruby K’s and watch the bread while it bakes. “This will be a big step forward for Los Alamos as far as the going out experience,” said Shaw. “It will be a quality experience all about service.”


Working together and thinking big “Sometimes we think the magic bullet is having someone else come in and solve the problem,” said Lane. “But we have really great businesses in town, and creative and innovative people are working together.” Lane is working with local people and business at every level. “The landowner, Jim Trump is totally on board,” said Lane. “He’s encouraging us to come up with ideas and is really engaged in the business.” Shaw’s architecture firm is based out of Los Alamos. Cheryl Sowder is doing the interior design. Trevor Orr, owner of New Castle Company, is a local contractor. Greg Hoch is the chef. Levi Guarello is the Sous Chef. Hoch has worked at Max’s in Santa Fe, and was the prep cook for Nostrani. He moved to Los Alamos three years ago from Salida, CO, where he was the kitchen manager for Benson’s and Chef de Cuisine for the Purple Sage Restaurant. Levi has cooked all over town, at the Blue Window Bistro, Bandelier Grill and Central Avenue Grill. Denise Lane’s son and daughter, Jake and Caitlin Smith will manage the restaurant. Bob Heiser, from Studio Southwest (who also designed the municipal building), is going to design an outdoor seating area that will seat 30-50 people. The Lanes met with Steve Watts at the Co-op and they’re planning to buy produce from local farmers. This is just another way to support local businesses, and increase his purchasing power. Perhaps the reason Dixie Girl is such a high-energy project is that everyone involved believes that this is about more than selling food and making money. They are creating a downtown destination. When people walk out of Bradbury Science Museum they will see the outdoor seating area. People passing through will stop. And locals will have a reason to stay. “Success means that we’re all successful,” said Lane. “Working together keeps us up. We get down if we feel like we’re doing it alone.”

Dixie Girl Timeline June 8th and 9th Open House: Everyone can get a taste at ChamberFest Weekend. The stage for the Gordon’s Concert series will be set up across the street from Dixie Girl. Greg Hoch, the Dixie Girl Chef, will have a spread of free appetizers. June and July Dixie Girl will begin serving lunch August Dixie Girl will obtain their liquor license and begin serving dinner September or October The market will be open in the suite behind Dixie Girl restaurant. For daily updates on the progress of Dixie Girl, visit www.dixiegirlmarket.blogspot.com


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June 2012

Events 12 PEEC presents Summer Family Evenings: Owls 6:30 pm to

1 Laurie Lewis - Los Alamos Summer Concert Series 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Location TBA. Laurie Lewis, the great bluegrass fiddler with Tom Rozum.

8:30 pm The Santa Fe Raptor Center will bring three kinds of owls (Barn, Great Horned and Saw-Whet) for participants to learn about.

14 Los Alamos Farmers Market 7:00 am to 1:00 pm Mesa Public Library Parking lot Produce, meats, cheeses, plants, prepared food items, crafts,

1,2 Valles Caldera National Preserve - Valle Grande Staging Area and more from Northern New Mexico. An inviting and colorful community tradiopen 6:00 am to 8:00 pm Daily activities at the staging area include the hourlong Magma to Magpie van tours and access to three hiking trails - two short ones and one longer one.

2 SummerFest at Pajarito Mountain 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Food, Beer, Music with Lift Assisted Biking and Hiking.


15 The Police Experience - Los Alamos Summer Concert Series 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Ashley Pond. Tribute to the British rock/ska band from Relay for Life concert.

15, 16 2012 Relay for Life Friday 6:00 pm to Saturday 12:00 pm Ash2,3 Pajarito Punishment Bike Race 9:00 am to 1:00 pm The course is ley Pond. Annual community event to unite people in fighting cancer. Event lasts

entirely above 9,000 ft so expect thin air, green forests and challenging riding.

all through the night and into the next morning.

4 Henry C. Finney: Images from the Fire Gate Poems 10:00 am to 8:30 pm. Mesa Public Library. Henry C. Finney is a sociologist, writer, poet, painter, and senior Zen practitioner.

16 Los Alamos Skateboard Competition 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Los

5 Summer Family Evenings: Taxidermy Museum 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at PEEC. Get up close with a mountain lion, bear, raccoon, fox, beaver and more in this display of mounted animals from local taxidermist James Brooks of Yukon Wildlife Studio.

Alamos Skateboard Park. Think you have what it takes to be Los Alamos best skater? Now is your chance to prove it at the 2nd Annual Los Alamos Skate Competition.

17 39th Annual Tour de Los Alamos 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Starts 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.

5 PEEC presents Transit of Venus viewing 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. At PEEC. Los Alamos will be treated to a rare “transit of Venus” when the planet comes so precisely between the sun and the earth that its image can be seen crossing the solar disk.

17 Birdscape Tour of White Rock. 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Four house

6 Hershey Track and Field Program 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Los Alamos High School Sullivan Field Track. For all who like to run, jump, or throw, join your friends and sign up now!

18 – 22 LEAP, Living Earth Adventure Program sponsored by PEEC. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Explore the geology, ecology, and wildlife of northern New Mexico and get ready for an exciting raft trip!

gardens in White Rock. This tour will feature several White Rock homes with interesting gardens and landscapes to attract birds.

7 Mesa Public Library 2012 FREE Film Series 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm 19 Summer Family Evenings: Meet the PEEC Critters 6:30 pm to

Mesa Public Library. Run Lola Run (R).

8:00 pm. At PEEC.

7 Los Alamos Farmers Market 7:00 am to 1:00 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!

21 Wildflower Walk with PEEC 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Join Chick Keller, curator of PEEC’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium, for an easy walk to learn the names of local wildflowers.

21 Los Alamos Farmers Market 7:00 am to 1:00 pm Mesa Public Li8 Greg Abate with the Pete Amahl Trio- Los Alamos Summer Concert brary Parking lot Produce, meats, cheeses, plants, prepared food items, crafts, Series – ChamberFest Concert 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Location Central Ave. between 15th and 20th. Bebop from Rhode Island.

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

8, 9 ChamberFest and Car Show - Downtown Los Alamos. Members of 22 Guy Forsyth Band - Los Alamos Summer Concert Series 7:00 pm to the Chamber of Commerce put their best feet forward in a weekend packed full of live music, car shows, dancing and much more. 10 am to 2 pm – Central Ave between 15th and 20th.

10:00 pm Location TBA. Rock and country blues from Austin, TX.

am to 2:00 pm Central Avenue and Main St. intersection.


23 1st Annual Luau for Life 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Ashley Pond. An eve9 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series at the ChamberFest 10:00 ning of activities, dinner, and entertainment. Help supporting HOPE Pregnancy 9, 10 Run the Caldera Full and Half Marathon Saturday 7:00 am to 23, 24 Hike and Mountain Bike Pajarito Mountain 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Sunday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Valles Caldera National Preserve. This marathon provides a great opportunity to run at over 8,000 feet of elevation and see most of the Preserve.

3:00 pm. Pajarito Ski Area. Aspen lift runs 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Pajarito Mountain Cafe will be open 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

10 Hike to Guaje Canyon Overlook presented by PEEC. 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Join Paul Arendt for a hike from the ski hill to the Guaje Canyon Overlook.

pm to 7:30 pm. Bandelier’s Chris Judson teaches this program on what to do if you get lost in the woods--or how not to get lost in the first place--for kids and their families.

26 PEEC presents Summer Family Evenings: Hug a Tree 6:30

11 – 15 Nature Odyssey, Super Sleuths Valles Caldera 8:30 am 27 Splash-n-Dash 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Aquatic Center. Swimmers, runners, to 4:30 pm. Become a nature detective this summer and hone all your senses as you delve into marvelous mysteries of the Valles Caldera National Preserve!



beginning multi-sport athletes, seasoned triathletes or anyone interested can participate in either. Splash-n-Dash is not a race, but a group training event.

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28 Los Alamos Farmers Market 7:00 am to 1:00 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!

13 The Shinyribs - Los Alamos Summer Concert Series 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Wild Texas country/rock. Location TBA.

14 Disc Golf Course Grand Opening and Tournament 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. North Mesa Picnic Area. Come play one of the fastest growing

29 Fuller Lodge Art Center Art Opening Reception 5:00 pm to games in the world for free. 7:00 pm. Fuller Lodge Art Center. Exhibit title is “Rhapsody in Blue.”

14, 15 Hike and Mountain Bike Pajarito Mountain 9:00 am to 29 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Band 3:00 pm. Pajarito Ski Area. Aspen lift runs 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Pajarito Mountain Cafe will be open 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

and Location TBA.

17 Summer Family Evenings: Raptors 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. PEEC.

July 2012

Meet live raptors from the Santa Fe Raptor Center at PEEC, including their newest bird, a Mississippi Kite.

2–8/ 7 Enchanted Parks Photographic Exhibit. Mesa Public Library open hours. Enchanted Parks: A Photographic Tale of Life in Our National Parks by Leslie Bucklin. Opening reception July 3, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

19 Los Alamos Farmers Market 7:00 am to 1:00 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!

4 Kiwanis Annual 4th of July Celebration 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm. 20 The Derailers - Los Alamos Summer Concert Series 7:00 pm to 10:00 White Rock Overlook Park. Another amazing fireworks show brought to you by Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos. Many family activities and music throughout the day.

pm. Location TBA. Texas’ best country dance band.

21 High Mountain Mudfest 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. North Mesa Mud

4 Independence Day Firecracker 5k Family Fun Run 8:00 am to Pits. Have a mud-slinging good time at our double-elimination mud volleyball 10:00 am. Downtown Los Alamos. Prizes given to random categories and top finishers.


21 LAHS Football Golf Tournament Fundraiser 1:00 pm to 6:00

5 Mesa Public Library 2012 FREE Film Series. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. pm. Los Alamos County Golf Course. Four Person scramble format Golf Tournament to benefit the LAHS Football Team.

Mesa Public Library. Volver (R).

5 Los Alamos Farmers Market 7:00 am to 1:00 pm Mesa Public 24 Summer Family Evenings: Star Party 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm. PEEC. Library Parking lot Produce, meats, cheeses, plants, prepared food items, crafts, and more from Northern New Mexico. An inviting and colorful community tradition!

Join PEEC for a late-night Summer Family Evening to look at the moon and stars through PEEC’s telescope.

25 Ponderosa Putt-Putt Tournament 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. East Park.

6 Joe King Carrasco - Los Alamos Summer Concert Series. 7:00 pm to Join us for a fun night of Putt-Putt and a movie. 10:00 pm. Location TBA. Fabulous Tex Mex greats since the early 80’s. The 26 Wildflower Walk with PEEC 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. PEEC. Join Chick BEST!

7 Natural Wonders of Los Alamos: Veronica Springs 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Meet at PEEC. Dorothy Hoard leads this hike to a natural spring where water flows out of the ground and the Veronica, a plant which grows in water, is blooming.

7 Los Alamos County Horse Show 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Los Alamos County Brewer Arena. This event is for all cowboys and cowgirls to showcase their horse and equestrian talents. 10 Summer Family Evenings: Harrell House Bug Show 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. PEEC. Harrell House of Natural Oddities will bring an amazing selection of live critters, including tarantulas, scorpions, insects, centipedes, crabs and more!

11, 18, 25 Fly Tying Class with Bill Orr Workshops. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. PEEC. Participants will make a minimum of six patterns that work well in New Mexico: Warden’s Worry, Dennis Rodman, Elk Hair Caddis, Bead Head Prince, CDC Blue Wing Olive and Clouser Minnow, with more made if time allows.

Keller, curator of PEEC’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium, for an easy walk to learn the names of local wildflowers.

26 Los Alamos Farmers Market 7:00 am to 1:00 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!

27 Bobby Keys and the Attitudes - Los Alamos Summer Concert Series 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Los Alamos National Bank. Rock featuring the Rolling Stones sax player for the last 40 years. The most recognizable sax solos of all time.

28, 29 Hike and Mountain Bike Pajarito Mountain 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Pajarito Ski Area. Aspen lift runs 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Pajarito Mountain Cafe will be open 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

31 Summer Family Evenings: Sea Otters 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. PEEC. Veteran marine mammal rehabilitator Esta Lee Albright will give an interactive presentation about her work as a rehabilitator of orphaned sea otters.

11, 25 Splash-n-Dash 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Aquatic Center. Swimmers, runners, beginning multi-sport athletes, seasoned triathletes or anyone interested can participate in either. Splash-n-Dash is not a race, but a group training event. 12 Los Alamos Farmers Market 7:00 am to 1:00 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!



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