The healthiest county in the nation will now be infused with a healthy dose of family-friendly fun every Friday night, beginning on June 1, with “Friday Night Out in Los Alamos.” Sponsored by Los Alamos Creative District Cultural Organizations and Chamber businesses, “Friday Night Out in Los Alamos” 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 ‘Friday Night Out’ 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 said Raffi Andonian, Museum Educator at Los Alamos Historical society, who has helped coordinate “Friday Night Out in Los Alamos.”

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 “Friday Night Out in Los Alamos” 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, visit the “Friday Night Out in Los Alamos” Facebook page at: Facebook.com/LosAlamosFridayNight or contact Raffi Andonian at  educator@losalamoshistory.org or 505-695-5251.