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YMCA Holds Babysitter Course

on May 9, 2013 - 8:16am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA will hold an American Red Cross Babysitters Course May 17 and 18.

The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic childcare, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional leadership and care-giving skills, and how to manage real-life problems.

The session is 4-8:30 p.m. May 17 and 1-5:30 p.m. May 18. Participants must be aged 11 through 17 and complete both days of the session they register for, in order to receive certification. Pre-register by 3 p.m.

Demonstration Garden Fair Set For June 8

on May 8, 2013 - 8:14am

Lupine from the Los Alamos Demonstration Garden. Courtesy/LAMG

LAMG News:

The Demonstration Garden Fair is set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 8 across from the Los Alamos County Library, corner of Oppenheimer Drive and Central Avenue in Los Alamos. 

Mini-talks will be held regarding gopher management and garden pests. A third talk subject will be a plant clinic to which you may bring your ill plants, pesky insects, questions and concerns.

Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be in the Garden to provide information on the different sections of the garden and specific plants. 

A plant

Three Planet Party at Overlook Park May 26

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

PEEC News:

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

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

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

Be sure to dress warmly if


Genealogical Association Meets May 9

on May 8, 2013 - 7:47am

LAGA News:

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

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

The public is invited to attend.


PEEC's Saturn-Day Star Adventure May 25

on May 8, 2013 - 7:38am

Saturn as visualized from its satellite Mimas. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

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

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

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

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


Kids Invited for Cave Exploration Fun at PEEC

on May 7, 2013 - 10:35am

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

PEEC News:

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

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

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

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


Spring Food Drive Saturday

on May 7, 2013 - 10:14am

Staff Report

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

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

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