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First Lego League Team Project

posted Dec 16, 2014, 7:37 AM by Jennifer Olsen

Hi Everyone.  I am a coach of a homeschool FLL team here in Los Alamos.  Our project this year is about Mechanical Engineering and Simple Machines.  We'd love for your middle schooler (meaning anyone in 4th grade - 9th grade) to check out our website at http://fllatomicphoenixes.weebly.com/classroom-activities.html  

The website has a questionnaire - if you are inclined, we'd love for your child to do the questionnaire, then do the simple machine builds, and then retake the questionnaire.  And we'd love feedback.  We'd love for you to email your pre and post questionnaires to us!  jenolsen@yahoo.com.  

Please check it out and let me know what you think!

East Park Pool Hiring

posted Dec 8, 2014, 8:42 AM by Jennifer Olsen

Hi Everyone,

For all of you who have kids that are looking for summer jobs - East Park Pool is hiring. The following can be found on their website:

Hi, everyone! Looking to work at the pool this summer? We have you covered–here is the job application for the 2015 season! Please fill it out and return it soon–we’re planning to hold interviews in December and January! http://www.eastparkpool.com/…/EPP-2015-Job-Application-Form…

PEEC

posted Nov 20, 2014, 5:54 AM by Jennifer Olsen

PEEC This Week

Aspens in the fall
Upcoming Events
Plant Drawing and Watercolor

Capturing the Plants and Pods of Autumn

Thursday, December 4, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Drawing)
Thursday, December 11, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Watercolors)
Next month, Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington will teach two workshops about capturing the plants and pods of autumn. The classes are suggested for beginner and intermediate levels and can be taken as one session or a series of two, if the participant wishes to paint from his/her drawings. Advance registration required. $50/$40 PEEC members for drawing only, $90/$72 for both sessions.  - Details

Coming up…
November 28 Take Wing Event: Black Friday Birding - Wait List Only
December 4 Plants and Pods of Autumn: Drawing - Details
December 9 Bats in New Mexico - Details
December 10 Holiday Eco Crafts - Details
December 11 Plants and Pods of Autumn: Watercolor - Details
December 14 Take Wing Event: Geology of Abiquiu with Kirt Kempter - Details
January 11 Take Wing Event: Private Art Show - Details

Nature Playtimes

Every Monday Except Holidays - Next on Nov. 24
From 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers come to PEEC to explore the natural world. Each Playtime features a craft, story, and outside activity. Come and join the fun outside with other local parents! - Details
PEEC News
PEEC and the Matching Machine

Did You Hear What the Bear Said to the Dragonfly?

The PEEC bear and the Take Wing dragonfly made an appearance this week in the original cartoon "PEEC and the Matching Machine", by Peter Watson. See what the bear and the dragonfly had to say to each other, and how they are each helping PEEC in their own way! Click on the cartoon to enlarge it.


Skip the Black Friday Madness and Visit PEEC Instead!

EarringsPEEC will be open regular hours (Tues - Fri, noon - 4:00 p.m.and Sat 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) throughout the Thanksgiving week, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, so please drop by the center to check it out! On Friday, Nov. 28, skip the BlackFriday lines, and do some shopping for gifts (or for yourself!) in the PEEC gift shop. We have whimsical and unique gifts for everyone on your list, including these very popular earrings, made out of recycled materials and in the shapes of many of your favorite critters (and only $12!). Remember, PEEC members receive 10% off all purchases! - Gift Shop Details
Community News
Support Small Business Saturday November 29

Almost 40 local businesses plan to offer specials and in-store events to help celebrate the nationwide Small Business Saturday on November 29. Here in Los Alamos, participating stores are encouraged to give a portion of the day’s sales to local nonprofits. New this year, you can get a Small Business Saturday Passport from the Chamber of Commerce. Shoppers will have from November 29 until the end of Winterfest onDecember 7 to gather as many passport stamps as possible from participating businesses. The passports can then be turned in at any participating merchant by Sunday, December 7 for a chance to win a gift card package from local stores. - Details

Astronomy Update from Pajarito Astronomers

One of the finest winter constellations, ORION, is now visible in the SE after 8:00 p.m. The constellation is made of several bright stars with reddish- orange Betelgeuse on the left and blue Rigel on the right. Between these two stars, almost equidistance from them, are 3 stars arranged in a vertical line that make up the belt of ORION. A line drawn through the belt stars toward the SE will point the way to Sirius, the dog star, which is the brightest star in the night time sky. Sirius can be seen after 10:00 p.m. once it clears the horizon.

Item of Interest

And the Name is...

Titus the Tiger SalamanderIt has a name! Thank you to everyone who suggested names for our new Tiger Salamander. We considered all the great options and decided to name him Titus. If you haven't had a chance to come by the center yet to visit Titus, come on by. We'll be open regular hours through the Thanksgiving holiday, with the exception of Thanksgiving day, when the center will be closed. Besides the two Tiger Salamanders (Tam and Titus), we also have a scorpion, harvester ant farm, lizards, native fish and more, in addition to the regular favorites like Elf the Turtle, Rosa the Milk Snake, and Foxxy the Hognose snake. -Meet the Animals

Header Photo by Mary Carol Williams

Pajarito Environmental Education Center
3540 Orange St., Los Alamos, NM 87544
P.O. Box 547, Los Alamos, NM 87544
(505) 662-0460
Hours: Tues-Fri 12-4 & Sat 10-1
http://www.PajaritoEEC.org
 

Cafe Scientifique

posted Nov 13, 2014, 7:16 AM by Jennifer Olsen

Teen Science Cafe THIS THURSDAY Nov 13th. Come learn about antibiotic-resistant bacteria!

6:30pm free food; 7pm presentation
2nd Floor Los Alamos Research Park (enter through doors on Casa Grande Dr.)

Social Opportunities, Co-Op Classes, Group Classes

posted Nov 13, 2014, 7:13 AM by Jennifer Olsen

Academics

Math & Computer Programming Group Classes (may be space or not)

Mondays mornings on Barranca Mesa* High School Abstract Math: 9:15 - 10:15 (Full until Spring Term)* Programming (ages 6 - 18): 10:15 - 11:15 ~$8/class* Elementary Mathematical Reasoning (ages 6 - 11): 11:15 - 12:15 ~$10/class

Class prices vary depending on the number of students and commitment is monthly

Lisabeth Lueninghoener (group member; tag or PM her for info)


Los Alamos High School

Combined education opportunities for homeschoolers

http://www.laschools.net/Domain/539

663-2510


Los Alamos Middle School

Combined education opportunities for homeschoolers

http://www.laschools.net/Domain/447

663-2375


UNM-LA

Dual Credit for high school and other Classes for Homeschoolers

http://losalamos.unm.edu/


Cafe Scientifique

One Thursday evening a month

Lecture on a scientific topic; lead by a scientist, geared to teens

Dinner before lecture

http://cafenm.org/


Bradbury Science Museum

Scientist(s) in the Spotlight

Every second Saturday, Scientist Ambassador(s) will be on the museum floor to have conversations and demos about various STEM topics with the public. Suitable for ALL ages.

http://www.lanl.gov/museum

https://www.facebook.com/BradburyScienceMuseum




Social Gatherings

Teen Center

Mon-Thurs: 10 am - 8 pm, Friday: 10 am - 11 pm, Saturday: 1 pm -11 pm

http://laymca.org/latc.shtml

500-8073 Sylvan Argo, director

https://www.facebook.com/LATeenCenter  Facebook announcements


Friday Park Days, all ages

2:30 at East Park but sometimes moves due to weather

To receive email notifications, contact Kristina at kristina.today@gmail.com





Clubs

LEGO Clubs

8 week sessions, $50 materials

Lisabeth Lueninghoener or Daisy Brumby

https://www.facebook.com/groups/380746312073398/


4H

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Los-Alamos-Team-4-H/214913838683654

Animals, cooking, archery, shooting, crafts, sewing, and other projects and field trips


Jemez Speech & Debate Team

Please add info here on ages, contacts, meeting times


Teen Advisory Group

Mesa Public Library, Youth Services

Second Monday of the monthy, 4 PM

Snacks & Book Discussion

Ages 13-18

662-8258


Home Pages Book Club

Mesa Public Library, youth services area

Last Tuesday of the month 1-2 PM

Ages 7-12

662-8258


Teen Events at Library

https://www.facebook.com/LACLSTeen


Club Anime'

ages 13-19

3:45-5:15 at Mesa Public Library on the fourth Thursday of every month

Watch anime classics, eat ramen





Athletics

Club Soccer, spring and fall (recreational or competitive)

http://www.laysl.org/

April-May and Sept-Oct, registration due 2 months earlier


YMCA Basketball

Registration mid-October-mid-November

Season December-February

at local elementary school gyms

(YMCA also has Soccer, Volleyball, and rock climbing!)


Little League

Season May-June

http://lall.com.assn.la/


Public Schools Athletic Dept.

Team sports for middle school & high school students

http://www.laschools.net/Domain/713

663-2531 


YMCA Martial Arts

Tae Kwon Do, Shoshin Ryu, Kickboxing

http://laymca.org/martialarts.shtml


Teen Climbing Class (ages 12+)

Tuesdays 4:00-5:30pm 
Come climb with friends, hang out, get some coaching from our Teen Climbing Coach, and discover how awesome climbing is.

$10 per month/ $5 per month for Y Members (Cost includes Equipment Usage)

Los Alamos School of Gymnastics

Ages 2-high school

Recreational and Competitive Classes

http://lagymnastics.net/


Bharatanatyam and Kathak Indian Dance

Los Alamos YMCA
Sundays, 3:00-5:30 (depending on level)



Volunteer Opportunities

Mesa Public Library

Reading buddy 30 min. a week


LA Cares

Food box packing and distribution

2nd Thursday and Friday of the month

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church



Career

Career Resource Center

Teen career resources & work permits, college visits, testing dates

663-2595

c.goettee@laschools.net




Los Alamos Homeschoolers Co-Op Art Class - December 1

posted Nov 13, 2014, 7:11 AM by Jennifer Olsen

Come join us in making a winter themed art project! All ages welcome. We will meet in Rooms 1 and 2 on the 3rd floor of the library. Please bring a pair of scissors for your child, glue sticks and some markers or crayons and $1 for the cost of paper supplies. We will be displaying our finished artwork on the gallery panels in the Children's area of Mesa Public Library.

Free Ice Skating Lessons this Saturday

posted Nov 13, 2014, 7:10 AM by Jennifer Olsen

Try Ice Skating for FREE Day this Saturday, November 15th at the Ice Rink.

1:00 - 1:30PM 10 & Under
1:45 - 2:15PM 11 - Adult

Pick up your ticket at the Rink or show up on Saturday. In case of snow or rain please call the Rink to ensure we are still open: 505-662-4500.

See you on the Ice!

PEEC

posted Nov 13, 2014, 7:08 AM by Jennifer Olsen

PEEC This Week

Aspens in the fall
Upcoming Events
Carl Gilmore

Wilderness First Aid for Day Hikers - Sign up Soon!

Sunday, November 16, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Do you know what to do when someone is in distress on a hike? This wilderness first aid class, taught by Carl Gilmore, will lay the groundwork for how to help someone in need of first aid. It will also cover how to deal with specific problems on the trail such as dehydration, altitude sickness, heatstroke, and hypothermia. Prevention will be stressed, and there will be time for questions and answers. Participants should bring a sack lunch. - Details

Coming up…
November 28 Take Wing Event: Black Friday Birding - Wait List Only
December 4 Plants and Pods of Autumn: Drawing - Details
December 9 Bats in New Mexico - Details
December 10 Holiday Eco Crafts - Details
December 11 Plants and Pods of Autumn: Watercolor - Details
December 14 Take Wing Event: Geology of Abiquiu with Kirt Kempter - Details
January 11 Take Wing Event: Private Art Show - Details

Regular Programs

Nature Playtimes - Next on Nov. 17
Every Monday except holidays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers come to PEEC to explore the natural world. Each Playtime features a craft, story, and outside activity. Come and join the fun outside with other local parents! - Details

First Friday Forts - Taking a Break...
FFF is taking a break for the fall and winter, but please come to visit our nature play area and fort anytime on your own! PEEC is open Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., which is a great time to come by during the school year to check out what's new at the center and play outside!
PEEC News

PEEC's Holiday Hours

With many off work, the kids out of school, and visitors in from out of town, we want to make sure that we're open for folks to come by and enjoy the nature center. So, PEEC will be open regular hours (Tues - Fri, noon - 4:00 p.m. and Sat 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) with the exception of the following days, when the center will be closed:
Thursday, November 27
WednesdayDecember 24
ThursdayDecember 25
ThursdayJanuary 1
Happy holidays from your friends at PEEC!
 

What Did the Bear Say to the Dragonfly?

Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open next week to find out what the bear said to the dragonfly...
Community News
Two Important Meetings This Friday

Mark your calendar for two important county meetings tomorrowFriday, November 14. The first, at 9:00 a.m., is a special meeting of the Utility Board to provide community input on proposed electric fee increases. The second is a regular meeting of the County Council at noon, during which, among other topics, the subject of whether to make it legal to keep chickens in backyards in Los Alamos will be discussed. Both meetings will take place at the Municipal Building. For more information, visit the County events calendar

Get Skating!

Temps are dropping, and it's time to get outside and get skating! The ice rink is scheduled to open tomorrowOn Saturday, free trial lessons will be held at 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. for 10 and under, and 1:45 - 2:15 p.m. for 11 and up. Just another great way to enjoy the beautiful nature that surrounds us! Visit the Ice Rink webpage for more information.

Item of Interest
Tiger Salamander

This Fellow Needs a Name...

New to the PEEC family of critters is this cute Tiger Salamander. We don't know what to call it though, and so we need your help! Drop by the PEEC nature center to offer up your suggestions. The more creative, the better (and see the little fellow and all the other critters while you're there)!

Header Photo by Chick Keller

Pajarito Environmental Education Center
3540 Orange St., Los Alamos, NM 87544
P.O. Box 547, Los Alamos, NM 87544
(505) 662-0460
Hours: Tues-Fri 12-4 & Sat 10-1
http://www.PajaritoEEC.org
 

PEEC

posted Nov 6, 2014, 6:35 AM by Jennifer Olsen

PEEC This Week

Aspens in the fall
Upcoming Events

What Do You Eat With a Bill Like This? - For the Kids!

Wednesday, November 12, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 
Treat your kids to an interactive discovery of how birds live and Owl yawningwhat they eat! Photographer and birder Steve Kaye will show photos of birds, and then invite the children to guess how the bird might use that bill to find food. There will be a short hike after. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is free, and no advance registration is required. - Details 

Steve Kaye

Meet the Birds - For the Adults!

Wednesday, November 12, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
Nature photographer Steve Kaye will take us on an enjoyable photo tour of birds, and he will show us how his photographing birds has led to a deeper connection with nature and important lessons in joyful living. This program is free, and no advance registration is required.  - Details
 

Take Wing Event: The Practice of Aural History - Listening to Homeland -Popular Speaker!

Jack LoefflerFriday, November 14, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. 
One of our special Take Wing events - thank you gifts for donations to PEEC's capital campaign of $150+. Join writer, aural historian, sound collage artist, and speaker Jack Loeffler, for a fascinating presentation on the practice of aural history - a method of gathering and preserving historical information through recorded sounds. Loeffler will play recordings of habitats, species, and excerpts from interviews that he has conducted, and he will demonstrate how to start one's own aural history archive. Contact us if you'd like to make a donation or find out if you are eligible for the Take Wing events! - Details

Coming up…
November 16 Wilderness First Aid for Day Hikers - Details
November 28 Take Wing Event: Black Friday Birding - Details
December 4 Plants and Pods of Autumn: Drawing - Details
December 9 Bats in New Mexico - Details
December 10 Holiday Eco Crafts - Details
December 11 Plants and Pods of Autumn: Watercolor - Details
December 14 Take Wing Event: Geology of Abiquiu with Kirt Kempter - Details
January 11 Take Wing Event: Private Art Show - Details

Regular Programs

Nature Playtimes - Next on Nov. 10
Every Monday except holidays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers come to PEEC to explore the natural world. Each Playtime features a craft, story, and outside activity. Come and join the fun outside with other local parents! - Details

First Friday Forts - Taking a Break...
FFF is taking a break for the fall and winter, but please come to visit our nature play area and fort anytime on your own! PEEC is open Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., which is a great time to come by during the school year to check out what's new at the center and play outside!
PEEC News

PEEC Nature Center to be Closed Veteran's Day

In observance of Veteran's Day, the nature center will be closed next Tuesday, November 11. Happy Veteran's Day to all the veterans out there!
 

Don't Miss this Exciting Matching Opportunity!

As you think about year-end giving this year, please consider a donation to PEEC. Your gift to PEEC’s Annual Fund allows us to keep offering the hikes, classes, talks, and school field trips you love all year long. But wait! Maybe you have already given generously to our one-time campaign to raise $1.2 million for the new nature center. So why are we asking you to support PEEC again? Without the Annual Fund, PEEC can’t keep offering the rich multitude of programs that get people outside enjoying nature. Even better yet, if you donate to the Annual Fund by the end of 2014, two generous donors will match your gift with a donation to our capital campaign, up to $20,000. Learn more and donate!
Community News
Spirits of the Forest November 11 at NMMNH

Taylor Lockwood will present his worldwide search for bioluminescent mushrooms at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. If you find yourself in Albuquerque, be sure to check out this remarkable program, which includes Taylor's photo that made it into National Geographic Magazine, and many other stories and photos as well. - Details (PDF)

Astronomy Update by the Pajarito Astronomers

The next and final County-Sponsored Dark Night of the season will be (weather permitting) on Saturday, November 15 at the Spiro Soccer Field in Overlook Park, White Rock. We will begin setting up our telescopes around 4:45 p.m. and plan to be there until about 10:00 p.m. The moon will be at last quarter, and so it won't rise until late. Three planets will potentially be visible: Mars, Uranus and Neptune (Jupiter will rise about11:00 p.m., but we probably will be gone by then). Besides the planets, we will also be looking at the highlights of the late-summer, fall and early-winter constellations. Once twilight fades to darkness, a laser-guided naked-eye tour of the constellations will be conducted. Be sure to dress warmly, and please note the restroom building is now closed for the winter.

Item of Interest

Look Up to See the Sandhill Cranes!

Sandhill Crane
Just recently, one of PEEC's staff members reported seeing the sandhill cranes flying over White Rock. These magnificent birds are making their way to Bosque del Apache near Socorro, the site of the annual Festival of the Cranes, which takes place this year November 18-23. Check out this article from the Santa Fe New Mexican last week about the sandhill cranes, and please share onPEEC's Facebook page if you've been spotting them around Los Alamos. For bird programs closer to home, be sure to check out PEEC's upcoming events - we've got a couple of bird-themed programs next week! Photo: Sandhill crane at Bosque del Apache, by Josip Loncaric.

Header Photo by Chick Keller

Pajarito Environmental Education Center
3540 Orange St., Los Alamos, NM 87544
P.O. Box 547, Los Alamos, NM 87544
(505) 662-0460
Hours: Tues-Fri 12-4 & Sat 10-1
http://www.PajaritoEEC.org
 

Planning Meeting for Home Schoolers

posted Nov 1, 2014, 6:42 AM by Jennifer Olsen   [ updated Nov 1, 2014, 6:43 AM ]

We will be having a meeting Monday, November 3rd at 2pm at Mesa Library to discuss starting a group to plan field trips, monthly meetings, etc. Please join us and share your ideas of how we can work together! If you can't attend but would like to be involved please let Tara Gordon Adams (

tara@tarakathleen.com) know.

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