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Today's Features

  • In recognition of National Parks Week, Bandelier National Monument will waive entry fees on Saturday and Sunday. For the duration of National Parks Week — April 19-27 — Bandelier is offering several guided hikes. Both Bandelier and the County of Los Alamos will also celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with several events including the groundbreaking of the new Nature Center at Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
    On April 19, Bandelier National Monument’s lead archaeologist will lead a 4-mile, three-hour guided hike along Burnt Mesa Trail. On April 20, a similar two-hour guided hike near Loop C in Juniper Campground will be offered. Both off-trail hikes will give hikers a glimpse at the earliest and latest mesa-top Ancestral Pueblo sites. Both hikes are moderate in skill level.
    On Sunday, get a look at the areas impacted by fire and floods and see exposures of the Rabbit Hill volcanics during a “Fire and Flood Hike” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The 10-mile hike from Ponderosa Campground to Upper Alamo crossing will be led by plant specialist Brian Jacobs and Elaine Jacobs.

  • Two buildings in Santa Fe — Marian Hall, completed in 1910, and the old St. Vincent Hospital building, completed in the early 1950s — show that old structures can be given new life.
    Drury Hotels is transforming these buildings, the new Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe. Two blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza and adjacent to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe will be the first new large hotel to open in downtown Santa Fe in 18 years.
    Also part of the Drury’s revival of these five acres of dormant space at the intersection of East Palace Avenue and Paseo de Peralta is the development of pedestrian walkways and gardens.
    The property, which will officially open in August, will be a full-service hotel with 182 rooms, a restaurant, a 3,800-square-foot ballroom, and a year-around, heated rooftop bar and pool with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. There will be retail and gallery space on the Paseo de Peralta side of the property.
    An underground parking garage will underlie two-thirds of the south side of the property, with new suites and gallery spaces constructed above it. But even with all of the new and existing buildings, 40 percent of the site is devoted to open space.

  • Santa Fe
    Cloud Cliff Bakery, 1805 Second St.
    Date inspected: March 5
    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations. Roof leaks found. Excess equipment needs to be removed.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Souper Salad, 2428 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: March 5
    Violations: Seven high-risk violations. Rodent dropping in display equipment, hot holding unit and inside storage area. Owner cannot safely manage pest control. No sanitizer on dish rags. Hot holding at improper temperature. Water on floor in prep area. Cold holding inadequate and not labeled correctly. Ice buildup in freezer. Ice scoop, can opener and ice machine had food build up and metal shavings. Paint stored in food prep area. No paper towels in restroom. Butter container not cleaned after each use. Two moderate risk violations. Heavy food build up on walls and vents. Grease on vents. Seal on upright freezer is degrated and not proper for freezer. One low-risk violation. Damaged tile throughout facility.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • The world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people will begin April 24 in Albuquerque.
    The 31st Annual Gathering of Nations, considered the most prominent Native American powwow in the North America, will host tens of thousands of people and more than 700 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada and around the world.
    The three-day event will include more than 3,000 traditional Native American singers and dancers competing, and more than 800 Native American artisans, craftsmen and traders displaying and selling their work.
    In addition, 27 contemporary indigenous bands will be performing a wide variety of musical genres on Stage 49 including a fashion show and DJ glow dance event.
    Vendors in the Native Food Court will offer guests a large selection of food choices ranging between southwestern-style cuisine and traditional Native American fare.
    As part of the Gathering of Nations, a young Native American woman will be crowned Miss Indian World and represent all native and indigenous people as a cultural goodwill ambassador.
    Native American and indigenous women will represent their different tribes and traditions. The contestants will compete in the areas of tribal knowledge through interviews, essays, public speaking and traditional presentation and dance.

  • It’s that time of year again for school-aged kids to let loose and go wild. The annual Los Alamos Youth Leadership Wild Day is Saturday.
    Students (kindergarten through the sixth grade) are welcome to sign up and enjoy a day of fun with adult mentors and teen coordinators that encourage teamwork.
    The day kicks off 9 a.m. at either Los Alamos Griffith Gym or Sullivan Field, depending on the weather.
    The “Teamtastic” trio of teen coordinators will guide the children through arts and crafts, games and team events with younger kids vs. older kids. Nine kids will be assigned to each team coordinator.
    The teen coordinators helped plan the events and all are veterans to the Wild Day celebration.
    Los Alamos High School senior Haley Bridgewater has been with LAYL throughout her high school career, she has been a coordinator for Wild Day for three years. She has participated in many fundraising events for LAYL as well.
    “I helped organize a car wash fundraiser,” Bridgewater said. She has also participated in other activities associated with LAYL, such as setting up bike racks around town and plan Adopt-A-Family activities.

  • Museum of Indian Art and Culture will be hosting a screening of “Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope,” dubbed with the Navajo language, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday at the Kathryn O’Keefe Theatre. Limited seating is by reservation only at 476-1269. Museum of New Mexico Foundation Members free; all others by museum admission. For more information check the museum website, indianartsandculture.org.
    Museum Director Della Warrior, “We are very excited to have our theatre as a showcase for our Native films. This series will give our actors, writers, directors, and producers a unique venue and audience for their films. Native film is a new medium for Native people to retell our stories to the world,” said Museum director Della Warrior.
    “This film comes to Santa Fe through a museum-to-museum partnership, between the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Navajo Nation Museum. The mission of the film is simple and hopefully will shed light on the importance of language preservation,” Navajo Nation museum’s director Manny Wheeler,

  • It’s time for a big birthday party. April 22 marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, and the Los Alamos Historical Museum is hosting a daylong birthday party to celebrate.
    The museum, 1050 Bathtub Row (just north of Fuller Lodge), will have free cupcakes available while supplies last. Oppenheimer biographies, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “American Prometheus,” will be 20 percent off regular price.
    In addition, Los Alamos visitors and residents alike can pick up coupons at the museum for $1 off Oppenheimer martinis and 10 percent off specially prepared Oppenheimer meals at the Manhattan Project Restaurant (formerly Dixie Girl).
    Coupons will only be available in the museum and are only valid on April 22.
    The restaurant will display Manhattan Project-era pictures from the museum and have some Oppenheimer “trivia” available, as well.
    Oppenheimer, scientific director of the Manhattan Project and a “founding father” of Los Alamos, was born in 1904 in New York. He visited New Mexico as a young man, and his love for the area helped him convince Gen. Leslie Groves, military director of the project, that it would be a good place for a remote, top-secret laboratory during World War II.

  • Today
    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will have its monthly meeting from 7-8 p.m., in Building 2 at UNMLA. They will be discussing the upcoming JFK dinner, listening to state candidates and talking about election plans. All Democrats are encouraged to attend.

    White Rock Family Friendly Film Series. “Smurfs 2,” 6:30 p.m. at White Rock Town Hall.

    Antarctica Through the Lens of “National Geographic.” 7 p.m. Last November, Los Alamos local Stephen Becker embarked on the National Geographic Explorer ship to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and Antarctica. During this voyage, the “National Geographic” photographers produced a 50-minute video. Becker will show the video, and talk about the trip in this event at PEEC. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.
    Saturday
    Waffle Breakfast to benefit Los Alamos High School Choirs. 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Pajarito Lodge No. 66 AF & AM, 15th Street and Canyon Road. $7 adults, $3 age 6 and under.

  • “The Lilac Minyan,” a play by Debora Seidman and produced by the Metta Theater of Taos, wil take to the stage May 2-4 at the Teatro Paraguas Studio, located at 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe.
    Play times at 7:30 p.m. on May 2 and 3 at 2 p.m. May 4.
    Tickets are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students.
    Reservations can be made at 505-424-1601 or teartroparaguas@gmail.com
    “The Lilac Minyan” is an award winning play by Seidman, which premiered at the New Works Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 2000.  It was subsequently produced at Immigrant’s Theatre Project, New York, and the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass.
    It recently completed a November 2013 run at Metta Theatre in Taos.
    The cast included veteran film and TV actor Christopher Maher as Samuel and NYU trained actress Nena Salazar as Alison.
    The play is about an aging Holocaust Survivor and a young Jewish woman meet in the hospital where both their partners are dying.

  • Closing party scheduled for exhibit

    A closing party for “Two Views One Vision” at 3 p.m. Saturday at the La Tienda Exhibit Space, 7 Caliente Road in Eldorado.
    Come see 60 collaborative paintings by Cuban artist Pablo Perea and American artist Linda Storm
    “To me our paintings are a visual representation of the harmony that can exist between different cultures.” Storm said.
    “We found our common ground as two artists. We thought we knew everything about ourselves, but from this surreal land that we created the whole world looks different... including us.”

    Jemez Gallery to host reception