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Today's Features

  • Patrons took to the streets in Santa Fe for Fat Tuesday Feb. 17.

  • With the diversity of bird species and the number of birders in Los Alamos, it’s easy to wonder why the Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running citizen science project nationwide, has yet to come to Los Alamos. A group of local birders have decided that it is time to change that, and they intend to submit an application to the National Audubon Society.
    As part of the application, in order to demonstrate sufficient interest and logistical support, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will sponsor a “mock” Christmas Bird Count from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. March 8. Community members are encouraged to take part as much as they would like, from going out as part of a bird-counting team, to counting birds in their own backyard.
    The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) has a long and interesting history. In the 1800s, many in North America participated in a common holiday tradition of going out on Christmas day and competing to kill as many birds as possible. At the turn of the 20th century, American ornithologist Frank Chapman suggested that perhaps it would be better to simply count the birds rather than shoot them. Chapman enlisted the help of 26 like-minded bird enthusiasts and in December of 1900, held the first annual CBC.

  • Art exhibits
    Willy Bo Richardson: Reverberant Matter/Project I. Show runs through Friday at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design at Wade Wilson Art.

    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.

    Gallery artists group show at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 South Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe. Exhibit runs through March 14.

    Recently acquired works by artists Ansel Adams, Gustave Baumann, Betty Hahn and many others will be on view in “Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museum Collection.” The exhibition runs through March 29.
     
    Solo exhibition by Jeri Moore. “The Language of Humanity.” Through February at the Act I Gallery.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces “Master Prints of the ‘70s-’90s.”  Zane Bennett Contemporary Art will unveil to the public for the first time our latest acquisitions. The exhibition will feature works by Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Helen Frankenthaler, Jim Dine, Rufino Tamayo, Bernar Venet and Robert Motherwell among others. Opening is 5-7 p.m. Friday. Show will run until March 20.

  • The 27th annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show is drawing near as hundreds of exhibitors prepare their best gourmet foods, sauces, spices, sweet-heat treats and rubs to showcase.
    The show is March 6-8 at Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. The event will feature more than 1,000 different products from the U.S. and around the world.
    The Fiery Foods Show is the country’s largest gathering of fiery food products and barbecue sauces. The 2014 event welcomed more than 20,000 attendees and organizers expect even more for the 27th annual event.
    In 2015, the Fiery Foods Show will introduce its very own mascot, Chile the Kid, for the first time. Chile the Kid will attend the event and greet guests throughout the weekend. Additionally, Sandia Resort and Casino will have 2,500 more parking spaces for guests during this year’s event, making it easier for guests to enjoy the show.
    While many exhibitors will display their award-winning selections, others will showcase first-time products. The annual competition organized by the producers of the Fiery Foods Show is one of the most competitive blind tasted food competitions in the U.S. with more than 80 judges and receives hundreds of entries each year.
    Hours of the show:
    • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6: Trade only

  • Los Alamos High School NJROTC precision air rifle team recently won the National Navy JROTC Championships for 2015. Shooters JoAnna O’Neill, Samantha Miller, Samuel Wolfe, David Murphy and Holly Hayes attend the event last week in Arizona.
    Individual results: O’Neill placed second nationally, Miller ninth and Wolfe landed 10th place.
    Regional results: O’Neill placed first, Miller second, Wolfe third, Hayes fifth and Murphy ninth.
    The team had four shooters make the finals match for the Navy with O’Neill, Miller and Wolfe taking the top three spots and Hays finishing in a tie for 4th place.
    This is the second time team coach LCDR Wes Shumaker has led a team to a national win. Miller’s brother, Cory, was on the first LAHS team to take the championship in 2012.
    The team has an automatic invitation to the National All-Service Junior ROTC championships in March at Camp Perry, Ohio.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Heart Council announces its Heart Month Seminar for 2015. “The Hidden Dangers of Your Health Supplements. How Common Supplements affect you and your Heart,” will be presented by Dr. Jenny Mills, Pharm.D., Ph.C., Clinical Pharmacologist, Presbyterian Healthcare Services. 5:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Los Alamos, 2200 Diamond Dr. Complementary dinner will be served.

    Nature on Tap: Solar Power for Los Alamos? 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked — The Wine Room. Los Alamos County is poised on the cusp of an energy shift. What would it take to move off fossil fuels entirely? What are the consequences of not transitioning? Join Positive Energy Solar’s Karen Paramanandam to discuss the topic. Free. No registration required. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Authors Speak Series. Don Usner. “Chasing Dichos through Chimayó.” 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Friday
    Senior Appreciation Night meeting. 10 a.m. in the Aquatic Center training room.

  • The Los Alamos Co-op Market is celebrating its fourth anniversary Saturday by offering fun learning experiences for all ages, live music, food sampling, cake and semi-annual Inventory Reduction Sale.
    Celebrate community while enjoying interactive booths by a variety of nonprofit organizations including the New Mexico State University County Extension, Camino de Paz, the Family YMCA, and Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    To show appreciation for the co-op’s member/owners, the co-op is offering a 10 percent discount on all regular priced items.
    The co-op will have activities for all ages this weekend:
    • All Day:  Member/owners save 10 percent on regular priced items
    • Start of the member/owner Drive
    • Free gift for new, renewed or upgraded member/owners
    •  Free food and wellness samples
    • 9 a.m.: Local singer/guitarist Dana Smith
    • 10 a.m.:  Shrubs & Switchels (vinegar drinks) by the NMSU County Extension
    • Chair massages by Angela Love-Storkan
    • 11 a.m.:  Bouncy House provided by Little Forest Playschool
    • “I love my Co-op because…” photo shoot
    • Learning on a cellular level by Camino de Paz
    • Environmental fun by PEEC

  • Applications available for cancer retreat

    Applications are available now for the spring 2015 Family Cancer Retreat. The free educational program provides New Mexico’s adult cancer patients/survivors and their loved ones with tools to better manage the disease, treatment and recovery process. The retreat is scheduled for April 17-19 and will be at the Marriott Pyramid North hotel in Albuquerque.
    More than 300 people from more than 125 New Mexican families coping with cancer are expected to participate, making this the largest general cancer education program in New Mexico and the largest program of its type in the United States. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
    The program will combine discussions and lectures by many of New Mexico’s leading cancer specialists with fun activities that provide a break from the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer.

  • Today
    Geology & Minerals for Kids – Second Session. 1-3 p.m. Geologist Patrick Rowe will hold a special two-part workshop for kids. During the second session, Rowe will go into more detail about how each kind of rock is formed and where it can be found. $20/$16 PEEC members for one session. Registration required. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    First Born Program of Los Alamos launching celebration. A home visitation non-profit organization that supports child development for children ages 0-3 years of age. 5-7 p.m. at Bridge Care for Women, 3500 Trinity Dr.

    The first meeting of the Los Alamos Public Schools 2015 Budget Committee. 5-6:30 p.m. at the high school Speech Theater.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Thursday

  • Author and photographer Don Usner is the featured speaker Thursday at Mesa Public Library. The talk is free and begins at 7 p.m.
    Usner’s latest book, “Chasing Dichos through Chimayó,” was published by UNM Press. The book is a chronicle of his search for the deep roots contained in old sayings, proverbs and adages from a disappearing culture and language.
    The book is also a very personal and moving story of riding in the car with his mother to Chimayó to find those old stories. The stories start with a description of how the storyteller is related to Usner’s branch of the family, and a recounting of common relatives and family stories that use those proverbs to illustrate a point.
    Usner is an accomplished photographer, who has been tapped to provide photographs by the Valles Caldera, Museum of New Mexico and the Lannan Foundation, among others. The book also contains unique photographs of the people and landscapes.
    Usner spent his youth in Los Alamos and Chimayó. Growing up in these places fostered in him a love for the natural landscape and a deep appreciation of his cultural roots in the Rio Grande valley — subjects that have remained a focus of his work throughout his life. Usner was named one of 10 Luminarias in New Mexico by the New Mexico Community Foundation in 2013.