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In and Around Town: Oct. 31

on October 31, 2014 - 7:14am

Editor's Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published in the Los Alamos Daily Post every Thursday, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the red button at the top right of this page.

Artist Monika Kaden will teach a variety of workshops at Fuller Lodge Art Center Satuardays in November
October Events at Bandelier National Monument
Wallwork-Heineman's Exhibit "No Limitations"

Pajarito Astronomers Host Year's Final Dark Night Nov. 15

on October 31, 2014 - 6:57am

PA News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will hold its final 2014 County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 5 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, Nov. 15 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Mars, Neptune and Uranus will be visible. There will be a tour of the fall and winter constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

New Business 'Launch Endurance' Targets Triathlon Training

on October 30, 2014 - 1:38pm

Los Alamos triathlete Cyndi Wells coming out of the swim portion of this year's Ironman in Boulder, Colo. Courtesy photo


Have you ever cheered on a friend or family member as they complete a triathlon and wondered whether you could ever do it?

Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned athlete, one of the most exciting things about training and competing in triathlon is finding ways to beat your own best time, working hard and getting better. 

Los Alamos triathlete Cyndi Wells riding in this year's Ironman in Boulder, Colo. Courtesy photo

Cyndi Wells is a

Leadership Class Completes Community Programs Session

on October 30, 2014 - 12:45pm

Leadership Los Alamos participants listens to a panel discussion Oct. 17 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photo

Leadership Los Alamos participants visit the Bandelier table during the Oct. 17 'non-profit' fair at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

Another scene from the LLA 'non-profit' fair. Courtesy photo

Executive Director Heather McClenahan, right, of the Los Alamos Historical Society speaks with members of the 2015 Leadership Los Alamos class. Courtesy photo

LLA News:

  • Session included assisting the Senior Center, the Library and Historical Society

The Leadership Los Alamos Class

Manhattan Project Bar & Grill Is Back!

on October 30, 2014 - 8:46am
The Manhattan Project Bar & Grill at 1789 Central Ave. in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Manhattan Project Bar & Grill

The Manhattan Project Bar & Grill is back to full capacity and we would like to thank the community for their support during the summer and issue a very special thanks to our Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard for her help in expediting our restaurant liquor license.

We have many new exciting events coming to the restaurant and invite the community to join us and participate in all of the fun.

Beginning next week, we

Los Alamos Elks Club Donates To Charities

on October 30, 2014 - 7:53am

Committee members Mark Sandoval, Margot Liberty, Jon Rau of Special Olympics NNM, Special Olympian Gabe Rau, Lisa Harris and Golf Tournament Chair Bill Gregory. Photo by Eppie Trujillo

Committee members Mark Sandoval, Lisa Harris, Bill Biggins of Make-A-Wish Foundation, Golf Tournament Chair Bill Gregory and Margot Liberty. Photo by Eppie Trujillo

Committee members Mark Sandoval, Lisa Harris, Willie Romero of UNM Children’s Hospital, Golf Tournament Chair Bill Gregory and Margot Liberty. Photo by Eppie Trujillo

ELKS News:

The Los Alamos Elks hosted its annual golf tournament earlier


Self Help Provides Seed Money For Self Reliance Grants

on October 30, 2014 - 7:05am
Products created by Phoenix Eco-Sustainable Fashions. Courtesy/Self Help, Inc.
The Original Kangaroo Scarf with Pockets is made by women living in Taos. Courtesy/Self Help, Inc.


Self Help Inc., formed in 1969, is non-profit organization dedicated to assisting people in need in northern New Mexico by providing brief case management, emergency funds, advocacy, 2-1-1 information and referral, and seed/education grants.  

Self Help Inc.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Green Gentian, A Curious Geometric Flower

on October 30, 2014 - 6:56am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Green Gentian, a Curious Geometric Flower

A remarkable plant can be seen blooming in the open pine forest and meadows of the high country on the way to the Valles Caldera and in Canada Bonita.

Its popular name is green gentian but it is also called deer’s ears, monument plant, or elk weed. Its scientific name is Frasera speciosa.

Green gentian grows as a set of leaves on a single stem that is low to the ground. The soft, fuzzy leaves resemble the ear of a deer, as the popular name suggests.

LAHS Choir Extends Pumpkin Sale Through Halloween

on October 30, 2014 - 6:35am

BY POPULAR DEMAND: The Los Alamos High School Choir program is extending its Pumpkin Patch sale through Halloween! Come get your perfect pumpkin 4-6:30 p.m. today, Thursday Oct. 30 and 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 and thank you for supporting the LAHS Choir Program! Courtesy/LAHS Choir

USDA Rural Development Director Terry Brunner Visits Los Alamos Daily Post Newspaper Headquarters

on October 29, 2014 - 9:26am

USDA State Director Terry Brunner visited the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters Friday to talk about potential projects and programs for Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

After meeting with Los Alamos County officials Friday, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper office to introduce himself and share information about his organization. 

Brunner was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. He oversees six field offices and the state office in Albuquerque.

Donald Kendall Celebrates 80th Birthday

on October 29, 2014 - 9:10am
Don and Frances Kendall on a recent trip to Ireland. Courtesy photo
Friends and family are gathering 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at Oppenheimer Place in the Patio Room to celebrate Don Kendall’s 80th birthday
Don and his wife Frances Kendall moved to Los Alamos in 2007 from the California Bay Area to be closer to their son Greg and daughter-in-law Karen. Kendall had a 43-year career with Woolworth’s and was fondly known as the “candy man” at the iconic downtown San Francisco store with its infamous, international candy department. 
Don Kendall at an

LAHS Choir Students Perform Europe Concert Program At Special Dinner Nov. 10

on October 29, 2014 - 8:53am
A group of Los Alamos High School choir students are preparing to leave for Eastern Europe in late-November to perform in cathedrals and venues in several cities including Berlin, Prague and Vienna. Before they go, they would like to perform their Europe concert for you.
In addition to their Europe Performance Set, the LAHS Choir Program has invited several special guests to fill the evening with a wide variety of enchanting performances.

Kimber Wallwork-Heineman Presents ‘No Limitations’ At Library Gallery

on October 29, 2014 - 6:24am
A photo by Kimber Wallwork-Heineman
Los Alamos County Library System

Kimber Wallwork-Heineman is an award-winning photographer and artist who has prepared an extensive new body of work for her show in the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery. The show, called “No Limitations,” will be displayed for the month of November. The Gallery is open to the public during regular library hours.

Wallwork-Heineman has achieved prominence in the world of photography, having her won first place in New Mexico Magazine photography competition “Only in New Mexico” category in July, 2014,

This Week at the Reel Deal

on October 29, 2014 - 6:22am
Reel Deal Theater  

Reel Deal Tuesday’s are back! All movies, all day Tuesday, are only $6.50! Holidays, winter and summer break excluded.

This week we are opening Nightcrawler. We will hold Fury, John Wick, and Book of Life for another week. Alexander will end this Thursday. It’s funny and a great family film, try to get by and see it.

I understand the scary Halloween films are not that scary this year so we chose the creeper, Nightcrawler. It is a truly original, macabre, ominous film starring Jake Gyllenhal. It is receiving very good reviews.

Registration Opens For YMCA Youth Basketball

on October 29, 2014 - 6:11am

Aspen Elementary Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Nov. 17

on October 28, 2014 - 4:15pm


Aspen Elementary School will celebrate the completion of its newly built and renovated school by hosting an open house/ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 17.

The event is 4:30-6 p.m. with opening remarks beginning at 4:30 p.m. Aspen’s Tiger Choir will perform. Following the ribbon cutting, guests will take self-guided tours. Staff members will be available to answer guests’ questions. Cake will be served in the new Dining Hall near the end of the event.  

Aspen thanks the community for their support of the bond, which made construction a reality.

Monday's Hamburger Night Packs Bandelier Grill

on October 28, 2014 - 2:43pm

Members of the United Way Youth Team, with Bandelier Grill owner Brian Appell, center left, and Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, hosted Hamburger Night, their final fundraiser of the year Monday at Bandelier Grill in White Rock. The team sold more than 200 hamburgers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy spotted a hippie loitering inside Bandelier Grill and ordered him to 'assume the position' until he realized he was roughing up LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt.

New Mexico Pianist Presley Gao Is A Division Finalist In MTNA Junior Piano Competition

on October 28, 2014 - 1:12pm

Presley Gao, a Los Alamos native, is a Division Finalist in the MTNA Junior Piano Competition. Courtesy/MTNA

MTNA News:

Presley Gao, a Los Alamos native, will travel to Santa Barbara, Calif., in January to compete as a Division Finalist in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Junior Piano Competition.

Gao, the son of Jun Gao and Hongzhao Tian, earned this opportunity after winning the Junior Division of the MTNA Statewide Piano Competition.

LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt Issues Open Letter To Staff And Community

on October 28, 2014 - 12:13pm
Open Letter to Staff and Community:
By Superintendent Gene Schmidt
Los Alamos Public Schools

An article in the Sunday Edition of Los Alamos Monitor (DeRoma, 2014), posed the question of illegal drug use in our community. The drug awareness event, which was held in Smith Auditorium, presented an opportunity for community members to voice concerns on illegal drug use.

As Superintendent of the Los Alamos Public Schools, I would be naïve to say that drugs have not made their way into our schools and our community.

UNM-LA Parenting Series Begins Second Run

on October 28, 2014 - 12:00pm

Cyber Safety and Technology will kick off the six-class series on parenting Oct. 30. Courtesy/Bigstock

UNM-LA News:

The popular parenting class Raising Children in a Challenging World: A Series for Parents, is returning for it’s second run this Thursday, Oct. 30. The six-class series is a collaboration between the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB).

The series begins with Cyber Safety and Technology and will explore topics related to apps and social media, online safety, cyberbullying, tools and guidelines for using the Internet, and

MADD New Mexico Partners Locally During Red Ribbon Week To Prevent Underage Drinking

on October 28, 2014 - 11:28am

MADD News:

New Pledge Campaign, #ProtectUrSelfie invites teens to say no to alcohol

Teen alcohol use kills about 4,700 each year, more than all illegal drugs combined. In connection with Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) New Mexico is launching a new social media pledge campaign that asks teens to #ProtectUrSelfie by staying alcohol-free until 21 and never getting in the car with a drinking driver.

This takes the place of the traditional pen and paper pledge and asks teens to grab a couple of friends and invite other peers to take a “selfie” with their

Popular Los Alamos History Young Adult Novel Back In Print

on October 28, 2014 - 10:05am
The Secret Project Notebook, published by Bathtub Row Press of the Los Alamos Historical Society, is back in print and the Society is celebrating with a week-long scavenger hunt in the History Museum.
Written by award-winning author Carolyn Reeder, The Secret Project Notebook is a historical novel for young adults about a seventh-grader named Fritz who has just arrived in the secret city of Los Alamos during World War II. Exactly what are his father and other scientists working on at the lab? Fritz is determined to find out.

New Sign Marks Museum Parke In Downtown Los Alamos

on October 28, 2014 - 9:53am

A new sign has been installed for Museum Parke near the intersection of Central Avenue and 15th Street in downtown Los Alamos. TRK Management owns the building, which has just two vacancies remaining before the entire building is fully leased. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Community Turns Out Sunday For Mesa Public Library Building's 20th Birthday Celebration

on October 28, 2014 - 9:18am

Guests at Mesa Public Library's 20th birthday party Sunday at 2400 Central Ave., were treated to a special cake and cupcakes covered in Italian creme created by Carmela Miller-Martinez of DD Bakery by L.I.A. Photo by Katy Korkos

Mesa Public Library Manager Steven Thomas leads guests on a tour of the library during Sunday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report:

Community members and county officials joined present and former staff to help celebrate 20 years since the dedication of the Mesa Public Library building at 2400 Central Ave.