Features http://www.lamonitor.com/features/todaysfeatures en Sage Cottage open house is Saturday http://www.lamonitor.com/content/sage-cottage-open-house-saturday <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sage.jpg" alt="Twins Robyn and Vinny Watkins and Ashley and Joshua McLaughlin enjoy a day at Sage Cottage. " title="Twins Robyn and Vinny Watkins and Ashley and Joshua McLaughlin enjoy a day at Sage Cottage. " align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> Sage Cottage Montessori invites the community to an open house from 3-5 p.m. Saturday.<br /> Director Sandra Sorensen took over when the former owner Cheri Host passed away from ovarian cancer.<br /> Sorensen began as a classroom educator and sees the love her staff has for watching those in their charge grow.<br /> &nbsp;&ldquo;They are wonderful, loving caring teachers who are always looking out for the best interest of the children and being sure to treat them as individuals,&rdquo; Sorensen said. &ldquo;Our core staff has worked at Sage Cottage for over six years.&rdquo;<br /> Sage is a 4-star school that works hard to maintain its rating through a variety of educational opportunities for their students. The school caters to families with children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 5 years old.<br /> Sage Cottage offers a great teacher to student ratio, which includes a librarian, music teacher and special monthly science activities in addition to their daily science lessons.<br /> &ldquo;We use zoo-phonics at Sage Cottage, to teach language, Montessori and science-based play,&rdquo; Sorensen said. &ldquo;We also have Las Cumbres services for a variety of services and an inclusion specialist at our disposal.&rdquo;<br /> Sorensen is a married mother of two grown children and one grandchild.<br /> Set volunteers needed at LALT http://www.lamonitor.com/content/set-volunteers-needed-lalt <p> The Los Alamos Little Theatre are looking for volunteers Sunday to help with the construction of the set for &quot;Harvey.&quot; Volunteers are needed 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Anyone interested can email Paul Lewis at plewis0@comcast.net. Part time and walk in help are also welcome. Pizza for lunch provided.</p> News for retirees Aug. 2-8 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/news-retirees-aug-2-8 <p> Aug. 2-8, 2015<br /> For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and &ldquo;Day Out&rdquo; (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.<br /> Betty Ehart<br /> MONDAY<br /> 8:45 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Cardio<br /> 10 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Senior Civic Discussion group<br /> 11:30 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Lunch: Baked chicken<br /> 2 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pinochle<br /> 6 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Argentine Tango dancing<br /> 7 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Ballroom dancing<br /> TUESDAY<br /> 8:45 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Variety training<br /> 10 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Computer users group<br /> 11:30 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Lunch: Breaded pollock<br /> 1:30 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Party bridge<br /> 7 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Bridge<br /> 7:30 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Table tennis<br /> WEDNESDAY<br /> 8:30 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;LAVA quilters<br /> 8:45 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Cardio Plus Exercise<br /> ¡Viva Mexico! http://www.lamonitor.com/content/%C2%A1viva-mexico <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/4_10.jpg" alt=" The community gathered at Fuller Lodge on July 25 for the first Los Alamos Fiesta. Hosted by the Los Alamos Rotary STARS, proceeds went towards the purchase of a shelter on the grounds of Juarez, Mexico children’s hospital. Currently parents are sleeping outside the facility to be near their children seeking medical treatment. Balle Español, a Flamenco dance troupe from Santa Fe performed. " title=" The community gathered at Fuller Lodge on July 25 for the first Los Alamos Fiesta. Hosted by the Los Alamos Rotary STARS, proceeds went towards the purchase of a shelter on the grounds of Juarez, Mexico children’s hospital. Currently parents are sleeping outside the facility to be near their children seeking medical treatment. Balle Español, a Flamenco dance troupe from Santa Fe performed. " align="left" hspace="6" width="86" height="85" /> Another enjoyable Mozart piece http://www.lamonitor.com/content/another-enjoyable-mozart-piece <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/5_susanna_phillips_arminda_and_joel_prieto_count_belfiore_in_la_finta_giardiniera._photo_c_ken_howard_for_santa_fe_opera.jpg" alt="Susanna Phillips (Arminda) and Joel Prieto (Count Belfiore)" title="Susanna Phillips (Arminda) and Joel Prieto (Count Belfiore)" align="left" hspace="6" width="63" height="85" /><p> With his wealth of compositions,&nbsp;Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the most favored composers in Western music, and well-liked at The Santa Fe Opera. This year they are presenting an earlier work of Mozart&rsquo;s, &ldquo;La Finta Giardiniera.&rdquo; This opera, with its unrealistic plot, is enjoyable, no matter how nonsensical the action on the stage seems. Mozart&rsquo;s music is so agreeable that it renders weaknesses in the storyline irrelevant.<br /> The orchestra is, as usual, fantastic, as is the conductor, Harry Bicket. Bicket is also very pleasing to watch. It sounds as though this bouncy, energetic score derives some panache from the man with the baton.<br /> The set is exactly what one would expect for a Mozart piece &mdash; however, this doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s boring. Audience members can settle in their seats and view the extraordinary Santa Fe sunset happening in the background, making each performance unique. The costumes, as well, are fairly typical, but again, not in the least boring. The Podest&agrave; looks magnificent, as does his niece, Arminda.<br /> Even the plain black clothing in which the servants are dressed is beautifully tailored, and the colors and fabrics provide a wonderful visual balance with the stage.<br /> Tour nature center gardens http://www.lamonitor.com/content/tour-nature-center-gardens <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/garden_picture.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Ever want to learn more about what&rsquo;s growing at the Los Alamos Nature Center? Becky Oertel, head of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center&rsquo;s landscape committee and veteran gardener Natali Steinberg will explain. The public is welcome to see what&rsquo;s growing, why each plant was chosen, and what kind of care they need to thrive. The tour will be 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required.&nbsp;</p> Summer festival has wild west adventures http://www.lamonitor.com/content/summer-festival-has-wild-west-adventures <p> El Rancho de las Golondrinas is where the west is truly wild this summer.<br /> From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 1-2, members of the community can meet lawmen, desperados and mountain men who put the &ldquo;wild&rdquo; in &ldquo;wild west!&rdquo; Learn about life and how people survived on the dangerous frontier.<br /> There will be two special performances at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., of the New Mexico Territory Cowboy Mounted Shooters.<br /> From 11:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m., both days, instructors will be available to teach archery and atlatl. Reservations are required and sign up for a shoot as soon as possible to get a spot because spaces fill up quickly and are on a first come, first served basis.<br /> Saturday only, The Honorable Bruce Black will present a lecture on &ldquo;Elfego Baca: Lawman of New Mexico&rdquo; in the Paloheimo Education Center.<br /> From 1-1:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Golondrinas Chapel, Edward Wallace will speak about &ldquo;Estevan the Moor,&rdquo; the 1539 Fray Marcos de Niza expedition.<br /> In addition, there will be Musical Performers of the Frontier Past, Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout, frontier music by Yesso Stockman, and music from the ranch and open range by Steve Cormier. Plus, roving fiddle music by New Mexico&rsquo;s own, Michael Jasper.<br /> Community briefs 7-30-15 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/community-briefs-7-30-15 <p> Antique show comes to Duke City<br /> <br /> The 17th annual Great Southwestern Antique Show is coming to Albuquerque Aug. 7-9 at the Manual Lujan Complex, at Expo New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque.<br /> The show&rsquo;s proceeds benefit KNME-TV / New Mexico PBS.<br /> The show features more than 200 of America&rsquo;s finest dealers of art and antiques, with the proceeds from this event benefiting local nonprofits focused on the enhancement of Arts and Education in New Mexico.<br /> This show continues to grow every year and is one of the top national antique events of its kind.<br /> Due to the southwest location, the show has a unique merican flavor leaning heavily on early American Arts &amp; Crafts, Native American, Western Fine Art and Ethnographic Art, but with more than 200 dealers anything and everything can and does show up. It is a designer and decorator&rsquo;s dream and a shopper&rsquo;s paradise, both for the novice collector and the well-seasoned veteran.<br />