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Today's Features

  • Looking for something to do on Sunday afternoon? The Library will screen the Ken Burns film “The Dust Bowl,” free, as a lead-in to a major exhibit, which will open in early January. “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” a national traveling exhibition about the causes and aftermath of the historic Dust Bowl period, will be on display at Mesa Public Library from Jan. 7 to Feb. 20.
    “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry” will be accompanied by a series of free library programs, including lectures and film screenings. The first film screening, of the Ken Burns Film “The Dust Bowl,” will be from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library.  
    The exhibition recalls a tragic period in history — the drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc on the Great Plains in the 1930s — and explores its environmental and cultural consequences. It raises several thought-provoking questions: What caused fertile farms to turn to dust? How did people survive? What lessons were learned?
    Mesa Public Library is one of 25 sites throughout the United States and one of only two in New Mexico selected to present the exhibition and associated public programs in their communities.

  • Looking for something to do in Los Alamos once Christmas is over? Why not bring a friend to a Big Band dance?
    Monday is the annual Big Band after Christmas Dance in Los Alamos.
    The dance is free open to the public, but donations are encouraged. The dance is  from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Proceeds from the dance will be used to help the IHM youth group.
    Music will feature the Los Alamos Big Band with featured vocalist Rene LeClair. The Los Alamos Big Band has been playing at dances throughout northern New Mexico since 1984 under the direction of Jan McDonald, who for many years was the bandleader at Los Alamos High School.  
    The band features the danceable music of the Big Band Era such as “In The Mood,” “String of Pearls,” “Sing, Sing, Sing” and “Moonlight Serenade.” They also play other danceable music such as “Moon River,” Latin numbers like “Besame Mucho” and even “Rock Around the Clock.” Several new Christmas tunes will also be featured.
    Decorations and refreshments will be provided by the IHM Youth Group.

  • Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) will start Monday.
    Classes this session will include Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Agility,  Canine Good Citizen, Introduction to Scent Work, and Rally Obedience, which will begin the week of Jan. 26.
    Three new, one-session “Try It” Classes (Agility, Scent Work and Rally), and “Cujo to Compadre” (for dog-aggressive dogs) will also be offered.
    Schedule, guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website (ladoc.dogbits.com) and at the LADOC building, 246 East Road. Registration is first-come, first-served, and classes often fill quickly, so timely registration is advised. Registration materials must be postmarked by Jan. 16.

  • Many strolled the roads at the Albuquerque Biopark for the River of Lights, which remains on display through Jan. 3. John Mchale/Monitor

  • The Recycle Fashion Show held Nov. 15 at Fuller Lodge was an event with more than a dozen creative “Trashionista” entries. Steve Boerigter, Environmental Sustainability Board Chair, emceed the event, while Philo Shelton, Don Machen and Deanna Salazar volunteered to judge the fashion contest. It was an opportunity to promote recycling and reuse in the community and celebrate America Recycles Day. 

  • Los Alamos
    Pajarito Mountain Café, 397 Camp May Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 6
    Violations: None.  
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Facility under management change. Will need to permit to operate. Facility will remain closed until new permit is established. No follow up required.  
    Española
    Chili’s Bar & Grill, 415 Lowdermilk Road
    Date inspected: Oct. 2
    Violations: Three moderate-risk violations. Cutting boards need to be replaced. Hair restraints needed for all employees. Ceiling and walls need thorough cleaning. One low-risk violation. Cleaning and maintenance needed in the kitchen.   
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Giant, 1616 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 2
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Boxes of beer and soda stored on floor, need to be six inches off the ground.    
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Permit has expired and must be replaced with new one. No follow up required.

    Home Run Pizza, 1031 N. Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Oct. 2

  • Ecologist Karla Sartor has been a board member at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for the past three years. In October, she was the guest speaker at the Nature on Tap Series, which focused on the topic of prescribed burns.
    Sartor told PEEC in a recent interview that she chose that particular topic because with proper planning, prescribed burning can help prevent fires, protect communities, and improving watershed and forest health. “There is a huge need for more prescribed burning, and a need for more people who are qualified to do it effectively and safely,” she said. Fire is a sensitive issue in Los Alamos and planning for prescribed burns is crucial. The way a prescribed burn is considered might reduce the severity of wildfire risk in the future. The burns are helpful in preventing large, high intensity fires.
    Sartor was accompanied by Craig Martin, who from 2005 to earlier this year, was in charge of the prescribed burning for Los Alamos County and he spoke of his experience.

  • Recently, the Los Alamos Public School choirs combined for a festive event at Los Alamos High School. The choirs performed as an elementary, middle and high school choirs and then combined as one large ensemble.
     

  • Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Solo Exhibition: “A Southwest Exploration in Glass by William C. Glass. Show runs until Dec. 30 at Act I Gallery.

    Artist at Work Series: Robert Tenorio. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Case Trading Post. Tenorio, from Santo Domingo, will be demonstrating pottery techniques.

    Hiroshi Watanabe – The Day the Dam Colllapses at  photo-eye Bookstore and Project Space, 376 Garcia Street Suite A in Santa Fe. Exhibition runs through Feb. 14, 2015.

    Many Voices of Arlene Ladell Hayes. Solo exhibit opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 20 at Joe Wade Fine Arts, 102 East Water St. in Santa Fe. Show runs through Dec. 28.

    Hand-Woven for the Holidays: Holiday Group Textile Exhibition featuring new work by New Mexico Weavers Connie Enzmann-Forneris, Sandy Voss and Barbara Marigold. Show runs through Jan. 2 at Marigold Arts, 424 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.

  • For a last minute holiday gift, why not consider giving someone entry to all the national park areas in the country for a full year? Come by the Visitor Center at Bandelier National Park and buying an Interagency Annual Pass. 
    With this pass, the recipient can visit all the National Park Service areas all over the country (think Petroglyphs, Pecos, Grand Canyon, Everglades, Glacier, Rocky Mountain and 395 others), as well as areas under the Bureau of Land Management (Tent Rocks — Kasha Katuwe), United States Forest Service (Mount St. Helens), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (Bosque del Apache or Las Vegas Wildlife Refuges). 
    In addition, the Valles Caldera National Preserve may begin honoring these passes sometime in 2015. For $80 the pass is good for a year from the month it is purchased, so one bought this December is good through the end of December 2015.  Many of the larger parks, such as Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon, charge $25 per visit, so the pass can repay its cost in just a few visits.  This year’s passes will be available while supplies last.