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Today's Features

  • MyCD Workshop, sponsored by the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and the Family Y is starting a six-week course starting April 22.
    For two hours per week, participants will support, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with doctors and family about health issues.
    Conditions include diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety. A MyCD Workshop can help take charge of one’s life.
    MyCD Workshop will be held once a week for six weeks through May 27 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Learn from Pauline Schneider, Executive Director, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and Paula Roybal Sánchez, Home Economist, trained leaders with health conditions themselves.
    Topics for each session include:
    Session 1: Introduction to Workshop, Group Introductions, Mind-Body Connection/Distraction, Getting a Good Night’s Sleep and Introduction to Action Plans
    Session 2: Feedback and Problem Solving, Dealing with Difficult Emotions, Introduction to Physical Activity and Exercise, Preventing Falls and Improving Balance and Making an Action Plan

  • The Los Alamos Chapter No. 63, Order of the Eastern Star, welcomed Worthy Grand Matron Sharron Longshore accompanied by Worthy Grand Patron Larry Lindberg to the chapter’s official visit in their honor during the monthly meeting on Saturday.
    The luncheon also honored the chapter’s state officers, Pamela Mayne, Past Grand Matron and Grand Trustee and Larry Holmes, Grand Marshal.
    Longshore and Lindberg have chosen The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), which deals with bipolar disorder and Alzheimer’s as charities to raise funds for this year.
    The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both women and men may belong. Worldwide, there are approximately one million members under the General Grand Chapter (international governing body).
    Worthy Matron Nina Laird and Worthy Patron Donald Davidson lead Los Alamos Chapter No. 63 this year.
    For additional information about the official visit, contact Laird at 662-7580.
    For more information about New Mexico Order of Eastern Star, visit oesnm.org.

  • If a leading lady in a 1940s Hollywood film noir is smart, sweet, witty, beautiful and kind, two things are certain — one, every man onscreen will fall in love with her, and two, she has to die.
    In “Laura” (1944), showing Thursday at Mesa Public Library, Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney) is a shrewd advertising executive with a young, innocent face and a string of romantic attachments that doth offend one particular male friend, Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb).
    Or at least, she was. In the film’s opening scene, Det. Lt. Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) visits Lydecker to question him about Hunt’s murder. While they speak, Lydecker, an older gentleman with many connections and a penchant for flagrantly self-serving behavior, eventually rises from the bowels of his interrupted bath to dress and accompany the well-proportioned detective on the rest of his interviews.
    We soon meet the other suspects: Hunt’s jaunty fiancé Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price), her secretive aunt Ann Treadwell (Judith Anderson) and the victim’s fiercely protective maid Bessie Clary (Dorothy Adams). They, like Lydecker, say absolutely nothing believable. The mystery broils beneath the repartee.
    Who killed Hunt? It almost doesn’t matter. The murder and its droll aftermath offer so much fun on their own.

  • The public is invited to an intimate brown bag performance featuring pianist Peter Pesic. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council, the show starts at noon April 1 at Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room.
    J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” are among his greatest and most familiar works, but in the 1970s, a previously unknown set of 14 canons on the Goldberg theme were discovered. The concert presents those canons to show how Bach developed the variations that follow.
    Pesic has been a tutor at St. John’s College in Santa Fe since 1980, where he has been musician-in-residence since 1984. Pesic himself has given 200 concerts, including first performances of works by Nicolas Roussakis, David Lang and Lawrence Cave.
    He has performed the complete cycle of piano sonatas of Schubert four times (once at Harvard University in 1987), the complete Beethoven sonatas also four times, as well as a Mozart cycle, the complete solo keyboard music of J.S. Bach, Joseph Haydn, and Johannes Brahms, and the complete piano music of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern.
    Pesic has played Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” in Los Angeles and at Dartmouth College; he was the piano soloist with the Santa Fe Symphony in Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy.”

  • As reading is an Asset and very soon we will be in the midst of some time when reading might be possible, I solicit your feedback on some titles.
    I am interested in the books youth or adults should read to see light at the end of the tunnel. Oh, I don’t mean that light, I mean the one like a ray of sun that parts through the storm clouds.
    I’ve heard the term resiliency reading and I wonder what titles one should read to realize that things often do get better. Life isn’t so bad after all, or anyone can overcome any odds, if they are willing to trudge through the battle.
    At the recommendation of Los Alamos Middle School Librarian Lisa Whitacre, I read a book that would be appropriate for fifth or sixth graders called, “Wonder.” It is also available with the Los Alamos County Library System.
    It is a great resource to teach young students what it is like not only to be new to a school but also to be very, very different. It may also give parents a glimpse into parenting styles, too.
    The next book is called, “Laughing at my Nightmare,” by Shane Burcaw, who has spinal muscular atrophy that has control over most of his life, but not his brain and not his mouth.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Wednesday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Free Brown Bag performance presents pianist Peter Pesic. Noon at the Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday
    The Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools will have a community meeting on resiliency. The event will be 6-7:30 p.m. at Aspen Elementary. An open house format style will allow a come and go presence to allow attendees to listen to presentations, as well as visit resource booths. For more information, call 663-3252.

    Free Film Series. “Laura.” 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library.  
    Friday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.
    Saturday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.
    Sunday

  • The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursday. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at 11:45 a.m. every Tuesday at the Manhattan Project Restaurant, formerly known as the Dixie Girl.

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets Tuesdays from Noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall.

    The Military Order of World Wars hosts a monthly dinner meeting on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, call 662-9544.

    Los Alamos MS Self-Help Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Mesa Public Library, Upper Level Meeting Room 1.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. Be sure to check out the
    Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable, adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting, donating and more.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Cattibre (female) and Spook (male) — They are 6 and 8 years old. They have lived together in one house for most of their lives and were recently surrendered due to an owner move. They are both shorthaired, black cats with white markings and are quite friendly. They may be adopted together or individually. If you choose to adopt them together, you will only need to pay the adoption fee for one! Both Cattibre and Spook love being petted, but they are not particularly lap cats — they would be a great option for someone looking for “independent companionship.”

  • March 29-April 4, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m.                  Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Red chile beef
            enchilada
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken fried chicken
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge

  • “Marching in March” is the theme of the Los Alamos Community Winds 2014-2015 season finale concert Saturday. The concert will take place at Crossroads Bible Church starting at 7 p.m.
    “The repertoire the members have selected for this concert is intended to celebrate the heritage of the concert band,” said Los Alamos Community Winds Director Ted Vives.
    Music written for or performed by ensembles comprised only of wind and brass instruments dates back to antiquity. One of the first major works for “band” was G.F. Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks which LACW performed last season and which appears on its newest double CD compilation, “Retrospectives,” which is available for sale at the upcoming concert.
    With this concert LACW will be presenting one of the most important works of 20th century band literature; Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy.”
    “Grainger was an interesting fellow,” Vives said.