Earth Week: Wonders of the Earth and Sky
April 13th - April 23rd
Events celebrating Earth Day in Los Alamos occur throughout an entire week. Highlights include an Earth Day Festival featuring the Green Chili Jam Band on April 22nd as well as Something Fishy in Los Alamos, a three course tilapia fish dinner and aquaculture talk at Central Avenue Grill on April 23rd. Most events are free and don't require pre-registration. So try something new and get out to celebrate Earth Day 2006.
WOW, ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!
(except Tilapia Benefit Dinner)
Earth Week Calendar as of March 16, 2006
See list of booths, activities, food, and prizes.
Water Harvesting Forum
Thursday, April 13, 7 pm
Held at PEEC.
Presenter: George W. Dickerson, Extension Horticulture Specialist in the Plant Sciences Department with NMSU, will discuss general water harvesting principles and practical homeowner applications, including "retrofitting a canal(e) to a gutter downspout" and "making a rain barrel for under $20.00."
County Trash Pick-Up
Saturday, April 15, 10am noon
Pitch in and clean up our town. Trash Pick-up at PEEC, 10 a.m. – noon; all PEEC members and friends are welcome.
Deer Trap Mesa Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, April 15, 1:30 pm
Kids 8 and older join this fun hike along Deer Trap Mesa. Meet intersection of Barranca and Navajo Rds.
Bandelier Trash Pick-up
Sunday, April 16, 4:30-6:30
Park Ranger Chris Judson will lead a trash pick-up. Wear sturdy shoes, hats, gloves. Meet at the cross-country ski trailhead (Cerro Grande trailhead) parking lot on State Route 4.
Toddler and Preschooler Fun Hike
Monday, April 17, 10-11:30 am, PEEC
Toddlers and preschoolers are invited on a fun hike, led by Diana McPherson. Participants should meet at PEEC for this entertaining and educational hike. Infants are also welcome. Kids will learn about nature's colors, shapes, and textures with a scavenger hunt and "I Spy" game. There will be a short snack break.Bring water and a snack (please leave nut and peanut snacks at home) and wear hiking/sturdy shoes and sunscreen. In case of rain or high winds, the activities will be inside the PEEC building.
Los Alamos Canyon Rim Hike
Monday, April 17, 5-6 pm
Did you know that the Downtown Plan proposes a Los Alamos Canyon Rim Walk running along the edge of the canyon behind businesses from the Trinity Site to the newly proposed Los Alamos Plaza? The spectacular views of the canyon could make this walkway a beautiful enticement for visitors and residents alike to enjoy our downtown area. Join Craig Martin, Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist, to explore the possibilities that would help to revitalize our downtown. Meet at the County Annex, 901 Trinity Drive.
Monday, April 17, 7-9 p.m., PEEC
Mary Zemach, Martha Davis, and Kathy Campbell will present a program on permaculture designs for Los Alamos gardens and communities. They will share exhibits and films, allowing plenty of time to discuss how permaculture ideas can contribute to
Homestead Era Hike to Beanfield Mesa
April 18, 9 a.m.
Dorothy Hoard, well-known historic trails expert, will lead a Homestead Era Hike to Beanfield Mesa, meeting at PEEC to organize carpooling to the trailhead. Access to Beanfield Mesa is by trail to abandoned homestead roads north of Barranca Mesa. The hike is moderately difficult, approximately four to five miles. Hikers need to wear sturdy boots, bring water and snacks, and wear hats and sunscreen.
Sustainable Transportation in Los Alamos: What It Means, What It Looks Like, How We Can Get There
Tuesday, April 18, 7 p.m., PEEC
Is there life after oil? How will we get around in Los Alamos and get “off the Hill” after the gas goes? Will our quality of life be threatened or enhanced if we reduce our transportation use of fossil fuels by 75%, and reduce noise and emission pollution by 75%? Fortunately, other advanced nations who have always had a shortage of fossil fuels have already developed and refined surprisingly viable solutions to what seems like a vexing problem to us. One scenario might be a mix of ultra-high efficiency cars for local use, combined with electric trolleybuses for regional use and ultra-high speed trains for interstate travel. Richard Dunn, founder of GreenWheels, a White Rock-based non-profit institution dedicated to the design and adoption of sustainable transportation systems, will address these questions and provide a glimpse into a sustainable transportation future.
Forest Management and Forest Birds Hike
Wednesday, April 19, noon, Wellness Trail, TA-3
Leslie Hansen will lead this lunchtime hike open to everyone in the community.
Defensible Space Day
Wednesday, April 19, 1:30 pm
Activities for kids at the Community Building. Hosted by the Los Alamos County, Fire Department
PEEC Book Club Gets Started!
Wednesday, April 19, 7 pm
Do you love to read environmental literature books but don't have anyone to discuss them with? Then join Mickey Marsee Snyder at the first meeting of the new PEEC Book Club.
Sierra Club Cleanup of Valles Caldera Highway
Thursday, April 20, 4:30
Meet at Ponderosa Campground (Bandelier NM) and carpool to the Valles Caldera. Bring work gloves; bags are supplied.
Tuff Riders Trail Work
Thursday, April 20, 5:15
Join the Tuff Riders Mountain Bike Club for Earth Day trail work, meeting at the PEEC. Please wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and bring water. The Club will provide tools, if you don't have any to bring. Performing trail maintenance regularly helps preserve our local trails. The Tuff Riders coordinates with Craig Martin, Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist, and normally performs trail maintenance twice a month (from April to October).
Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Investing in Sustainable Solutions
Thursday, April 20, 6:30pm gather, 7pm program, PEEC
The Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network (LASE Net) is hosting a panel discussion on "Investing in Sustainable Solutions." The panel consists of Shannon Lumpkin from Universal Advisory Services; Kim Kiel from First Affirmative Financial Network; Dan Puccetti from New Mexico Community Development Loan Fund; and Liz Cavasos from Los Alamos National Bank. The panelists will talk about their specific focuses in sustainable investing, with time for questions after each presentation.
Readings from the Earth
Thursday, April 20, 6:30-8:30
Held at Mesa Public Library (upstairs rotunda)
Michael Smith hosts a celebration of Earth literature. The public (both adults and children) is invited to share personal writings or those of favorite authors. Poetry and short essays dealing with nature or environmental issues are welcome. Listeners are also welcome.
Los Alamos National Lab Earth Day Celebration
Thursday, April 20
Mortandad Cave Hike (dependent on fire conditions)
Friday, April 21, 9 am – 3 pm
Bruce Masse and others will open this trail for hikers if fire conditions are acceptable. Meet at Mortandad Cave trail head on East Jemez Rd.
La Nuestra Tierra: Opening Art Show Reception
April 21, 5:00pm- 7:00pm
In honor of Earth Day, the art show, La Tierra Nuestra, will open with a reception at the Art Center and run through June 3rd. The juried show focuses on art work in all media inspired by the natural history of the valleys, rivers, deserts, canyons, mesas, and mountains of Northern New Mexico. This show is co-sponsored by PEEC and the Art Center with is located at Fuller Lodge at 2132 Central Avenue in Los Alamos and open between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Geology of the Pajarito Plateau
Friday, April 21, 7- 8 p.m., PEEC
Dave Broxton, geologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will give a talk about the geological setting of the Pajarito Plateau as it relates to the Jemez Volcanic Field and Espanola Basin. His work at LANL is on groundwater protection.
Saturday, April 22, sunrise to 1 p.m., Bandelier NM
Wildlife biologist Stephen Fettig will conduct bird-banding in Frijoles Canyon (10 minutes upstream from the Bandelier Visitor Center). Nets will be opened about sunrise and work will continue until 1 p.m. if the weather is good. Visit the station to see and learn about our local and migrant birds.
Tuff Riders Trail Ride
Saturday, April 22, 8:45 am, PEEC (but park at LAHS)
All riders, including non-members, are welcome to ride with us. We just ask that you have a basic understanding of off-road riding skills, a helmet, and a good attitude! The beginner ride will probably ride Bridges. The intermediate ride will probably ride Perimeter starting in the western area, looping around the golf course, and coming back Bridges. The advanced ride will probably ride out from technical Bridges, climb Cabra, descend Pajarito, climb Rendija, descend Shoeshine, then come back Bridges. All rides will leave from the PEEC, but please park in the high school parking lot. Meet at 8:45, and depart at 9 a.m. http://tuffriders.losalamos.com/
PEEC Earth Day Festival:
Wonders of the Earth and Sky
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
See list of booths, activities, food, and prizes.
Green Chili Jam Band family concert from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.
Informative displays and entertaining activities. Free Earth Day 2006 t-shirt to first comers. Food, prizes and fun for all!
Don't miss the free Earth Day concert
11am - 12 noon on Saturday, April 22 Featuring the Green Chili Jam Band, a five-time national award-winning band that sets the imagination of children and parents on a high-spirited adventure in song and story. Their award winning CD's include Coconut Moon, Starfishing and Magic Bike. http://kumo.swcp.com/kidzmusic/index.html
Festival booths from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Farmers Market; Kids’ Recycled Art Table; Kids’ Face Painting; LA County Utilities Water Conservation and LA Green; SF Raptor Center; LA County Solid Waste Recycling; Sierra Club; NM Wilderness Alliance; NM Dance Theater and LA Geological Society; Positive Energy; Cavity-Nesting Birds, Avian Flu Information; US Green Building Council (LEED); AIA Climate Change Initiative; Rainwater Harvesting with Pajarito Plateau Watershed Partnership; Southwest Soaring Museum, Albuquerque Soaring Club; Envirothon; LANL Ecology Group; Energy Independent LA; Model Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars; Children’s Art Table by Art Center; Elk Ecology; VCNP Recreation, Biology, Archaeology; Fur and Feathers; Geology of the Pajarito Plateau; Plants of the Southwest; Los Alamos National Bank tree sapling giveaway; Taste of New York food and drink; Green Vehicle Display, Electric Bikes at LAHS parking lot. Plenty of parking at the Smith Auditorium/LAHS parking lot! Park and walk down to PEEC. In case of rain the concert will be held at Smith Auditorium and the festival at the LAHS cafeteria. sponsors are: LACDC, LANL, Portage, Apogen, Neptune and Company, Bandelier, Shaw, LANB
Bandelier Backpack: Capulin Canyon
Sponsored by the Sierra Club. Contact Bob McKee 471-0005
Red Dot Trail Hike
Sunday, April 23, 9 a.m.
Sponsored by the Sierra Club. Contact Eliza Schmid at 474-5846
Walk the Line: A hike along the old Jemez Forest Telephone Line
Sunday, April 23, noon - 3pm
Janie O'Rourke will lead a hike along the old Jemez Forest telephone line. This moderate, 2.5 mile-long hike is a one-way hike that begins on State Road 4 at Bandelier's new Cerro Grande trailhead. Parking is located on the north of the road and east of the Dome Road. Hikers will follow the old homestead road across Frijoles Canyon and will see some of the original glass as well as the split knob forestry telephone insulators that still hang from the trees. The end of the hike takes us steeply down the flank of Cerro Grande to the old Sawyer Hill ski lodge located off State Road 4.
Something Fishy in Los Alamos: Tilapia Dinner
Sunday, April 23, 6:00 pm
Did you know that tilapia is a fish that was native to the Nile and now is grown all over the world including New Mexico? Join us for a fabulous three-course tilapia dinner and aquaculture talk at Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be local entrepreneur Gary Seawright. He will speak about his business, AmeriCulture, and how he raises tilapia in a sustainable way that is sparing on land, water and energy. Purchase tickets at PEEC or CB Fox ($35 per person). There will also be a cash bar and auction. Proceeds benefit the Pajarito Environmental Education Center's Teacher Fund. Tickets on sale at PEEC, Village Arts, CB Fox, & White Rock Ship-it.