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Today's Features

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s popular summer program for 5 to 8 year olds will return this fall. Forest Explorers, a hike-and-play club, will take children on hikes from 1-3 p.m. every other Wednesday from Oct. 4 through Dec. 13 and give kids ample time for child-directed play in nature.Forest Explorers is a drop-off program that will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center every other Wednesday at 1 p.m. for a total of six outings this fall. The hikes will take kids into the nearby canyon where kids will be able to build forts, make seasonal observations, and learn to identify different plants and animals. The Forest Explorers class is taught by educator Denise Matthews and will allow children to have fun outside while working cooperatively, building gross motor skills, and learning more about the local ecology

    Matthews leads the Nature Playtimes program for PEEC and also serves as an instructor for the year-round Pebble Pups club, school field trips, and classroom visits. She has taught science in the classroom and as an environmental educator for the past 12 years. Matthews is passionate about providing kids the opportunity to connect with the local environment through child-directed outdoor exploration and inquiry.

  • Valles Caldera National Preserve will host two star parties this fall, one on Saturday from 7-10:30 p.m. and another on Oct. 14 from 6:30-10 p.m. To minimize light pollution, gates will close 1.5 hours after the event begins, so late arrivals risk not being able to participate.
    These star parties will take place near the Valle Grande Entrance Station. Park staff and educators from the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will provide short talks, telescopes for viewing, and youth activities. Visitors are encouraged to bring personal telescopes, blankets, and chairs for their stargazing pleasure. The Valle Grande Bookstore, operated by Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, will have hot drinks and snacks, as well as books and gifts, available for purchase.
    “We are excited to share these remarkable night skies with our visitors,” said Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. “The preserve’s distance from nearby towns allows for almost unimpaired star gazing.”
    Although light-use should be limited as much as possible, visitors are encouraged to come prepared with a red-tinted light source. Visitors should also dress in layers, as nighttime temperatures regularly drop to 20-30 degrees Fahrenheit.

  •  A short drive from Santa Fe in the magnificent Galisteo Basin, the historic village of Galisteo will celebrate its 30th Annual Studio Tour from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14-15. 

    Over 25 artists and craftsmen will open their studios to share photography, painting, ceramic art, jewelry, handmade knives, traditional straw inlay, sculpture and weaving. 

    For more detailed information, directions, and artists’ pages, go to galisteostudiotour.org or call 505-466-3541.   

  • The Eastern New Mexico State Fair Queen Contest is open to young ladies, 16-24, from the 33 New Mexico counties. 

    Participants will compete in personal interview, speech, modeling, impromptu questions and horsemanship categories for various prizes.

    Scholarships, gifts and prizes are awarded to all contestants.  The 2017-2018 ENMSF Queen will receive a perpetual Crown, buckle, saddle and $1,000 Scholarship.

    This year, the contest is will be a one-day event on Oct. 1 in Roswell. Entry fees are $150 and entry packets are due no later than Sept. 27.

     

    More information is available online at enmsf.com

  • BY DEBBIE STONE

     

    Special to the Monitor

    He seemed like such a nice guy. That was the group’s initial impression of our hiking guide, Paul – a mellow, wry humored Canuck. 

    Paul appeared calm and assuring as he gathered us around to talk about our first hike of the day. Moments before, the helicopter had gently set us down in front of Howser Towers, an impressive set of peaks in the Bugaboos, a range within the Columbia Mountains of British Columbia. 

    The name “Bugaboo” actually means a hoax in Old English. Story has it that when folks came up here looking for gold, they found only pyrite, or fool’s gold, so they aptly called the area the Bugaboos and the name stuck. 

  • “The West has passed – more’s the pity. In another 25 years the old-time westerner will have gone too – gone with the buffalo and the antelope. I’m going to hand down to posterity a bit of the unadulterated real thing, if it’s the last thing I do – and I’m going to do it muy pronto.”

     

    – W. Herbert “Buck” Dunton

     

    Enjoy a close look at the work of an artist whose art has embodied the Southwest for four decades. Taos Art Museum at Fechin House will present a retrospective exhibition of the artwork of painter Walt Gonske, to open at the beginning of the Taos Fall Arts Festival on Saturday.

    An acknowledged master of Southwestern art, with more than four decades of exploring every aspect of the mountain desert landscapes of northern New Mexico, the painter Walt Gonske actually started out in life on the East Coast, and envisioned a career in illustration. He has defied expectations ever since, and flourished both in what he chose to do and where he chose to live. This exhibition is a celebration of those choices.

  • TODAY
    Nature Pirate Treasure Hunt from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Come to the nature center to make a chest and fill it with natural treasures. Free.
    THURSDAY
    Summer Nature Painting
from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy botanical drawing and watercolor with Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington. Cost is $56 for members, $70 for non-members.
    FRIDAY
    Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild “Tomorrow’s Heirlooms” Quilt Show from 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. at the Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos. Tickets for the show are $2 for adults and $1 for children under 12. There will be vendors from all over New Mexico, a silent auction and numerous quilts and other hand-made items to view. Tickets will be available for the Donation Quilt “Spinning Stars.”

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will present Alan Ayckbourn’s “Communicating Doors,” a time-traveling murder mystery, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 22-23. Visit lalt.org for more information.
    SATURDAY

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has announced that it will hold its popular fundraiser, Taste of Knowledge at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the old De Colores restaurant location. The theme this year is “Experience the Food and Wine of Spain.”

    Pig+Fig’s Chef Laura Crucet will create scrumptious Spanish tapas, which will be paired with unique boutique Spanish wines.

    Representatives from Favorite Brands and Jose Pastor Selections will talk about the different wine producing regions of Spain and what wines are produced there. During the tasting, local jazz band The Ryan Finn Quartet will entertain with live music. Ryan Finn is the Los Alamos Middle School Band instructor, whose classroom benefitted from a $25,000 makeover facilitated by the LAPS Foundation in the summer of 2016.

    As this is a fundraiser benefiting Los Alamos Public Schools’ teachers, staff, students and facilities, the LAPS Foundation is including elements from many talented Los Alamos students. LAHS Culinary Arts students will prepare the food under the supervision of Chef Laura Crucet, while LAHS Art Club members will dress as Spanish waiters and help out during the event. Several DALA and LAHS dancers will perform Spanish-themed dances, and Key Club and Hilltalkers members have volunteered to help with the event, as well.

  • THURSDAY

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The speaker will be Kent Parsons and his topic will be, “So I got my DNA Test Results, Now What?” The traditional no-host social dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. earlier that evening at the China Moon Restaurant.

    FRIDAY

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will present Alan Ayckbourn’s “Communicating Doors,” a time-traveling murder mystery, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 15-16, 22-23 and 2 p.m. for a matinee on Sunday, Sept. 17. Visit lalt.org for more information.

     

    Gentle Walks
    at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Admission: Free. 

  • I love this time of year as we begin to dive into the heart of the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets©.
    I feel like D. Peter Benson, who so loved New Mexico, is smiling down knowing that his legacy still continues.

    September marks the annual proclamation for the Los Alamos County Council to recognize the month as the beginning of building the Assets in our community. The work is so important that I have volunteered to write a weekly column for many years because I believe in the work so very much.

    The Assets are 40 traits and characteristics that we, as a community, can focus on for youth. If we dedicate some time each month throughout the school year, we can help our children to grow into healthy young adults.

    “Healthy Community, Healthy Youth,” is the motto and it is needed in our community, the state and the nation. You don’t have to do anything monumental, but pay attention and build meaningful relationships whenever you have the opportunity.