Features http://www.lamonitor.com/features/todaysfeatures en October night sky planetarium shows start today http://www.lamonitor.com/content/october-night-sky-planetarium-shows-start-today <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/night-sky-milky-way-galaxy-astrophotography_-_west_virginia_-_forestwander.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Do you want to learn more about the planets, stars, and other visible objects in the night sky? Pajarito Environmental Education Center is holding star shows in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium this month at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 9 and Oct. 16.<br /> Each show will introduce celestial objects easily viewed through binoculars that night including planets, the lunar eclipse, star patterns, star clusters, nebulae, double star and other celestial objects. After the planetarium show, PEEC&rsquo;s telescopes will be available, so viewers can have a better view of the celestial objects in the night sky, weather permitting.<br /> The October Night Sky planetarium shows are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available by calling or stopping by the nature center. Seating is limited. &nbsp;<br /> Planetarium shows are suitable for ages three and up. Viewers should arrive at least 10 minutes early for the planetarium show. To help acclimate to the planetarium&rsquo;s night sky, no one will be admitted after the show begins.<br /> For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.</p> Sign up now for D.C. trip http://www.lamonitor.com/content/sign-now-dc-trip <p> Attention current Los Alamos Middle School eigth-graders and Los Alamos home school eighth-graders: It is not too late to sign up for the spring break Washington, DC trip. Sign up to lock in the current price of the trip. It is a trip of a lifetime!<br /> Trip will be March 26-29. Trip includes round-trip transportation, all meals, five-star hotel accommodations, sight seeing transportation, night chaperones at the hotel, the Newseum, a &ldquo;Shear Madness&rdquo; play at the Kennedy Center, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Complex, the International Spy Museum, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Capitol Building, the White House and much more. For more information call Roberta Geoffrion Cocking at 670-0679. To register, call 1-800-468-5899 or on-line atworldstridesdiscovernow.org using trip ID 116072.<br /> For more information, see &ldquo;LAMS Washington, DC Trip&rdquo; on Facebook.</p> Assets in Action: Friday is the day to celebrate our finest http://www.lamonitor.com/content/assets-action-friday-day-celebrate-our-finest <p> I&rsquo;m beyond excited to use the column space this week to talk about some of the finest folks at Los Alamos Public Schools.<br /> National Custodian Day is Oct. 2! That&rsquo;s right, some of the hardest working folks in the district have their very own day to be celebrated and I hope you will join me in the salute.<br /> These are the hard working crews that sweep, mop, wipe tables, clean bathrooms, empty trash and recycle bins. They wipe down water fountains, set up lunchrooms take down lunchrooms, get tables and chairs for the multitude of awards assemblies, open houses, meetings, science fairs and probably a hundred other things they are asked to do on a moment&rsquo;s notice.<br /> Who are some of those fine folks I talk about, you might ask? Well, let me name just a few.<br /> Barranca: Santiago Ortiz, Maria Marquez and Daniel Baca.<br /> Aspen: Jesus Talamantes is head custodian, Martha Torres and Magalay Perez are evening custodians.<br /> Chamisa: Jorge Aragon, Carole Pollat and Carmen Miramontes.<br /> Mountain: Randy Ritche, Bruce Reibe and Eileen Jaramillo.<br /> Pi&ntilde;on: Patsy Sanchez, Isidro Rodriguez and Carmen Miramontes.<br /> Middle School: Alfredo Tena is head custodian, Lorraine Sisneros, Mark Mascarenas, Daniel Baca, Janet Torres are evening custodians.<br /> Film series: ‘Nebraska’ brings laughter, tears http://www.lamonitor.com/content/film-series-%E2%80%98nebraska%E2%80%99-brings-laughter-tears <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nebraska.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="160" height="85" /><p> Would you look at a senile, drunk, limping old man any differently if you found out he was a millionaire?<br /> In &ldquo;Nebraska&rdquo; (2013, rated R), screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library, Woody (Bruce Dern) believes he has won a million dollars. His wife Kate (June Squibb) and adult children know it&rsquo;s a scam, but his son David (Will Forte) agrees to drive him some 850 miles to pick up the check.<br /> The greatness of this film isn&rsquo;t its plot, which is pretty straight-forward. I&rsquo;m not spoiling anything when I say Woody doesn&rsquo;t win the money.<br /> It could be a grim picture: an alcoholic, who doesn&rsquo;t seem to love anyone, loses again. But everyone&rsquo;s a character.&nbsp; When Woody sees his brothers again for the first time in years, rather than have a conversation, they watch football, although they appear to have zero interest in the game. David&rsquo;s cousins Bart and Cole (Tim Driscoll and Devin Ratray) talk almost entirely about cars, but they don&rsquo;t appear to actually know anything about cars.<br /> Woody&rsquo;s wife Kate (June Squibb) deserves special mention for flashing a tombstone.<br /> The whole thing is hilarious, and chronic alcoholism is not something I usually laugh about.<br /> Community calendar 9-30-15 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/community-calendar-9-30-15 <p> Thursday<br /> Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.<br /> <br /> Nature on Tap. 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room.<br /> <br /> The Los Alamos Master Gardeners&rsquo; October meeting is at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Library meeting room. Ron Midgett of New Earth Orchids will present the program.<br /> Friday<br /> The Los Alamos Light Opera presents &ldquo;Young Frankenstein.&rdquo; 7:30 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. Tickets are available at CB Fox, or at Brown Paper Tickets $12 seniors &amp; students/$15 adults. For more information, visit losalamoslightopera.org.<br /> <br /> Gentle Hikes with PEEC. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. 9 a.m. Free. Adults. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. More information at peecnature.org.<br /> <br /> Night Sky Show. Explore the universe and enjoy its beauty from the planetarium. Afterward, see the night sky through telescopes, weather permitting. Suitable for ages 3 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children. 2 p.m.<br /> <br /> Transforming into a U.S. Marine http://www.lamonitor.com/content/transforming-us-marine <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bw_rigel_marine_boot_camp_pic_aug_2015_1.jpg" alt="Rigel Baron" title="Rigel Baron" align="left" hspace="6" width="67" height="85" /><p> BY RIGEL BARON<br /> Special to the Monitor</p> News for Retirees Sept. 27-Oct. 2 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/news-retirees-sept-27-oct-2 <p> Betty Ehart<br /> <br /> MONDAY<br /> 8:45 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Cardio<br /> 11:30 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Lunch: Chicken Fried Steak<br /> 1 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 /> 11:30 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Lunch: Chicken Caesar Salad<br /> 1 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 /> 10:45 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Music with Ruth<br /> 11:30 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Lunch: Fish and Chips&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 1:30 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Daytime Duplicate Bridge<br /> THURSDAY<br /> 8:30 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Walk-In-The-Woods<br /> 8:45 a.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Variety Training<br /> Animal Shelter 9-27-15 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/animal-shelter-9-27-15 <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pet_of_the_week.jpg" alt="Pet of the Week: Nizhoni is an 8-year-old boxer/shepherd mix. She is a great all-around dog who is house trained, crate trained, and does well with other dogs and kids! She knows basic commands such as “sit,” “speak,” and “roll over.” Her favorite pastime is to give lots of love and snuggles and she’s hoping that her new forever home is just around the corner so she can keep dishing out the cuddles! " title="Pet of the Week: Nizhoni is an 8-year-old boxer/shepherd mix. She is a great all-around dog who is house trained, crate trained, and does well with other dogs and kids! She knows basic commands such as “sit,” “speak,” and “roll over.” Her favorite pastime is to give lots of love and snuggles and she’s hoping that her new forever home is just around the corner so she can keep dishing out the cuddles! " align="left" hspace="6" width="107" height="85" /><p> The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:<br /> petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html<br /> SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday &ndash; Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.<br /> Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.<br /> All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.<br /> CATS<br /> Tanker &mdash; A very sweet beige and white tabby who was found at Los Alamos Fire House 4. Tanker is about a year old, and he does well with both people and cats. He also might do OK with dogs, if introduced slowly and properly. Tanker is currently our only cat at the shelter, and he is relishing in all of the attention from shelter staff and volunteer! He loves lounging on laps, and he would be so happy if someone decided to take him home!<br /> In foster care<br />