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Today's Features

  • Now in its 21st year, The Santa Fe Opera’s annual Spring Tour will soon be making the rounds to venues throughout New Mexico, Colorado and Texas in a series of free community and school performances.
    The team of soprano Abigail Mitchell and baritone Shea Owens, both former apprentices, will join music director Kirt Pavitt in performances throughout the month of April, presenting the original work, “Written in the Stars.”
    “Written in the Stars” incorporates a number of musical works to explore elements of opera. Melody, a composer with writer’s block, meets Webster, who has a self-proclaimed gift for language. Webster becomes at various times her muse, foil, and lover as they debate the question of what is more important in opera — the words or music. Community performances will present both “Written in the Stars” and a selection of arias and songs. Most of them are sung in English.
    The original story was written by Acushla Bastible, Charles Gamble, and Kirt Pavitt, and revised by Kathleen Clawson, Kirt Pavitt and Andrea Fellows Walters.
    All public concerts are free. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. For information on school concerts, contact Andrea Fellows Walters at awalters@santafeopera.org.

  • Santa Fe Botanical Garden will open The Power of Place on May 15. The invitational art exhibition, featuring works by New Mexico’s most celebrated sculptors. Artist include Kevin Box, Tammy Garcia, Phillip Haozous, Allan Houser, Tom Joyce, Estella Loretto, Arlo Namingha, Dan Namingha, Michael Naranjo, David Pearson, Roxanne Swentzell and others to be announced.
    The first several months of this year-long show runs concurrently with The Summer of Color, a collaborative show of all the institutions on Museum Hill.
    • Exhibition dates: Friday, May 15, 2015 - May 1, 2016
    • This exhibition is a testament to the influence and inspiration of Santa Fe and New Mexico’s unique sense of place. Artists are inspired through cultural diversity, and awe-inspiring landscapes to produce works that ranges from realistic figurative to abstract works.
    • Most of the sculptures are in bronze, steel and stone media with half of the artists represented being of Native American decent.
    • The Power of Place will display art works by notable New Mexican artists.
    • All artists in the exhibition are considered masters within their field. Their works are represented in museum and private collections internationally.

  • Today
    Middle school Battle of the Books. 6-8 p.m. at Mesa Public Library, Youth Services. Seventh and eighth graders who read the Battle of the Books titles are invited to test knowledge. Snacks and prizes for the competitors will be available. Family and friends are invited.

    Authors Speak Series. Richard Ruddy. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.  
    Friday
    Sing-a-long with old, familiar songs. 3 p.m. Fridays at the White Rock Senior Center. Song sheets will be provided.  

    Elementary Battle of the Books. 6 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. Fourth through sixth graders from all elementary schools and homeschools are welcome to come test their knowledge of the Battle of the Books titles Registration is in the lobby from 5:15-5:45 p.m. Participants will be served dinner. Family and friends are invited.

    Laugh Out Loud Los Alamos. A night of comedy and music to benefit the LAHS band program. 7 p.m. Tickets $12 students/seniors and $15 adults. Tickets in advance at CB Fox and also at the door.

  • Bereavement support group starts in April

    A six-week Bereavement Support Group, sponsored by the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is being offered in Los Alamos on Mondays beginning April 27 from noon-1 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Facilitated by Cynthia Goldblatt, LPCC, MSW, Ph.D. and bereavement counselor for LAVSN and Pat Slentz, hospice chaplain. The group is free and open to anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one. Interested persons are asked to call Goldblatt at 662-2525 for further information or to reserve a space.

    Register early for pet behavior talk

    Find the answers to a pet’s behavior. Pet behavior expert Dr. Jeff Nichol will be the guest speaker at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club on April 18. Early Bird registration is going on now until March 31.
    Cost for early bird registration is $35 for LADOC members and $40 for nonmembers. After March 31, cost for all is $50.
    During the talk, the public is welcome to bring their nonaggressive dog to have Dr. Nichol assess the behavior in person and possibly use the dog for a demonstration. Be among the first 10 to make that request on the registration form and the registrar will inform you of the space available.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society is gearing up for tourist season by offering free training about the community’s history and historic district. Those interested in the training should attend a kickoff meeting, 3 p.m. March 26, in the Nambè Room of Fuller Lodge. It will be led by professional tour guide Georgia Strickfaden.
    Training is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
    Potential tour guides, museum docents and the public are encouraged to participate in nine training sessions that will allow them to become Los Alamos Historical Society “Certified Guides.” Information on certification will be available at the kickoff meeting.
    Training sessions will run for nine Thursdays at 3 p.m. starting April 2. The sessions will be held in the historic Hans Bethe House, 1350 Bathtub Row.
    Tours of the Los Alamos Historic District allow visitors to step inside the homestead-era Romero Cabin, visit an Ancestral Pueblo site, hear about the giants of 20th century physics who walked the streets during the Manhattan Project and Cold War, and learn how Bathtub Row got its name.

  • The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers and Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers held a waffle fundraiser breakfast Saturday at the Masonic Lodge. Proceeds fund trips for the speech and debate teams.
    Angela Feng and Nate Delgado have fun serving the community.

  • The Los Alamos High School Listening Post was established in January 2014 to lift the spirits of students. The motto of, “Gab, Granola or Gripe,” offers students free snacks during stressful times in a day in the life of a teen.
    The community driven donations of pre-packaged items allows local youth to see how the community cares for them throughout the year and not just during times of crisis.
    The initial Listening Post launched during the former SBA testing and was a success from the start. Students were surprised at the outpouring of kindness from the community in donating snacks and the range of items donated for their benefit.
    According to the prevention office, this has been an excellent effort, especially during difficult or stressful times, but even on a good day can be seen lifting morale.
    Donations can range from a box of fruit snacks to any pre-packaged snack items to the healthy and bizarre when it comes to youth.
    Last year, donations included seaweed snacks, fresh fruit, mini bags of pretzels, granola bars, juice or milk boxes, raisins and additional spirit-lifting items like chocolates, rice krispy treats and more.
    The snack items are offered to students through the Listening Post, as well as a friendly ear and a smile.

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

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. Through March 27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    Thursday
    Middle school Battle of the Books. 6-8 p.m. at Mesa Public Library, Youth Services. Seventh and eighth graders who read the Battle of the Books titles are invited to test knowledge. Snacks and prizes for the competitors will be available. Family and friends are invited.

    Authors Speak Series. Richard Ruddy. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.
    Friday
    Sing-a-long with old, familiar songs. 3 p.m. Fridays at the White Rock Senior Center. Song sheets will be provided.  

    Elementary Battle of the Books. 6 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. Fourth through sixth graders from all elementary schools and homeschools are welcome to come test their knowledge of the Battle of the Books titles. Registration is in the lobby from 5:15-5:45 p.m. Participants will be served dinner. Family and friends are invited.

    Laugh Out Loud Los Alamos. A night of comedy and music to benefit the LAHS band program. 7 p.m. Tickets $12 students/seniors and $15 adults. Tickets in advance at CB Fox and also at the door.

  • Albuquerque historian Richard Ruddy is the featured author at Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m., Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Rotunda.
    Ruddy is the author of a biography of Edmund G. Ross, “Edmund G. Ross: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist.” Ross also served as a Territorial Governor of New Mexico.
    The name of Edmund G. Ross has receded into history, but is remembered because of the crucial role he played as United States Senator at the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, where he, as a Republican Senator from Kansas, defied his party and cast the decisive vote to acquit Johnson.
    One of Ross’s greatest points of pride was the establishment of New Mexico’s three institutions of higher learning — the University of New Mexico, New Mexico School of Mines and the New Mexico State University.
    Ruddy became a serious student of Albuquerque history in 2002, giving lectures about prominent Albuquerque residents.
    He’s a board member of Historic Albuquerque Inc., and a member of the Historical society of New Mexico. In 2005, Ruddy began a six-year study of Ross’s life that led to the publication of the book.

  • Those of you who know me, know that I love seniors!
    While yes, a part of that does include the lean, mean, Hilltopper green class of 2015, I’m talking about senior citizens.
    Our community has lost another icon and we’re losing our seniors at a heavy pace.
    Our local seniors are novels of community history, they are pillars of the community, our seniors are the folks we think of as Living Treasures.
    One local program works to acknowledge these folks and capture the history that we may put off until another day.
    The Living Treasures of Los Alamos became an official nonprofit in 2006 and seeks donations throughout the year. If possible, we should support their work in the hopes that they might consider adding a fall awards ceremony to their slate activities.
    Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1065 in Los Alamos, N.M. 87544. I’m not sure if they need any volunteers, but I’m sure if you wrote them or called the senior center, they could let you know.
    Many individuals contribute to the project financially, which can be seen on the website. It can be viewed at livingtreasureslosalamos.org
    Lou Pierotti and Bun Ryan were two of the first recognized in 1999. The next ceremony will be 2 p.m. April 12 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.