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Today's Features

  • Art exhibits
    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.

    Artist Julia Roberts: Etchings & Collagraphs at New Concept Gallery, 610 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.  Show runs until June 1.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces “Creating Shape.”  Zane Bennett Contemporary Art will unveil to the public for the first time the latest acquisitions.  The exhibition will feature works by Karen Yank. The opening will be 5-7 p.m. Friday. Show runs until June 19.

    photo-eye Gallery in Santa Fe announces two concurrent exhibitions, “Emergent Behavior” by Thomas Jackson and “Home by Nightfall” by Angela Bacon Kidwell. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday. This is the first exhibition by both artists at photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. Show runs until July 4.
    Art tours
    The 12th Annual East Mountain Fiber Farm & Studio Tour. Saturday and Sunday. Fiber artists and fiber animal breeders will open their studios and farms to the public for an opportunity to visit the prized animals and learn how artists create these fine fibers into handmade fabrics for clothing and home use. hollywickfarms.com/Home.html
    Arts shows

  • Four Los Alamos High School seniors were recently awarded $2,500 scholarships by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.
    The selected students were Astrid Hengartner, Madeleine LeScouarnec, Kimberly Pestovich and Sarah Wallstrom. A fifth senior, Sopahn Kellogg, was selected to receive the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.
    The students each submitted a personal narrative of about 500 words on a book which was not required for school and which has not been translated into a visual medium.
    They were asked to tell their readers in what ways the book has added to their understanding of the human condition or has enhanced their life.
    Volunteer readers for the Friends of the Libraries were Patty Kokesh, Ruth Cox, Candee Haskins, Art Brown, along with Joanna Gillespie of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. The readers independently read 19 essays and the five top-scoring writers were awarded the scholarships.
    The Friends raise money for the annual scholarship through their all-volunteer bookstore at Mesa Public Library and by public donations. For more information, stop by the bookstore.

  • The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project announces a concert to benefit the organization. Nacha Mendez sings the Chavela Vargas Songbook will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July 25 at the Scottish Rite Temple, 463 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.
    Santa Fe’s reigning diva of Latin World Music, Mendez, will sing the songs that Chavela Vargas made famous. Mendez will be joined by a stellar ensemble of musicians for this concert, which will be during Santa Fe’s Spanish Market weekend.
    Tickets are $25 at bpt.me/1441645. For more information, contact Jill Battson at 310-4305, or development@cybermesa.com.
    Mendez is also the subject of an upcoming docudrama by Aubin Pictures exploring the life of Chavela Vargas who was especially known for her renditions of “canción ranchera” — traditional Mexican folk and traditional music made popular after the Mexican Revolution.
     Vargas is also recognized for her contribution to other genres of popular Latin American music. Her songs have been used in the films of Pedro Almodovar — who was her later-day, number one fan — and was also a lifelong friend of Frida Kahlo, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Agustin Lara and the Latin American celebrities of the 1930s and ’40s.

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

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Los Alamos County Council will be in attendance this week.

    Blood Drive in Los Alamos community. 1-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Hall, 2200 Diamond Drive. For more information, call United Blood Services at 1-877-827-4376. Bring photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation. Volunteers provided by LAVA. Egg salad made by Lorraine Thorn, ham or turkey sandwiches and chips provided by Hospital Auxiliary.  

    Authors Speak Series. Anne Hillerman. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Friday

  • It’s time to sign up for next year’s annual eighth grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C.
    The trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home-schooled eighth grade students. The trip is a private and not school-sponsored. It has been a highlight for students at LAMS for more than 30 years.
    Sign up online at worldstrides.org using ID Number 116072 or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same ID Number.
    The trip will include sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. Highlights of the trip include the White House, the International Spy Museum, the Walter Reed Medical Museum, a Capitol tour, the Newseum, the Pentagon Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Arlington National Cemetery, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Iwo Jima, Korean, the Vietnam Memorials, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and much more.
    The trip will be four days and three nights in duration. The group will stay in a five-star hotel minutes from the D.C. sites.

  • Los Alamos High School students have ranked nationally in the 80th annual event, according to Lisa Narug, national director of Le Grand Concours, a national French contest.
    The students ranked were Zoe Hemez (gold medal), Opale Schappert (gold medal), Theodore Warner (silver medal), Elise Koskelo (silver medal), Rebecca Cai (bronze medal), Irene Kwon (bronze medal) and Esperanza Tapia (bronze medal).
    Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French. More than 90,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2015 event.
    More than 20 LAHS students entered the competition under the direction of their French teacher Louise Foliot-Gentile.
    In addition to these national and chapter winners, Serena Birnbaum, Sophia Jeffery, Kayleen Lederman, Sophia Li, Beatrice Nisoli, Michael Mallett and Ariel Rawls ranked in the top 10 in the New Mexico Chapter.

  • Wow, we made it through.
    We have arrived at the last week of school and another Hilltopper graduation.
    The Class of 2015 is sleeping in today, while the rest of us are up and at ’em or in the case of Los Alamos, perhaps up and atom.
    This week will find them picking up their caps and gowns, having their final class meeting, attending the traditional barbeque and of course there should be a powdered paint fight in their somewhere. Technically it shouldn’t be called a paint fight, but more of a dousing.
    Here’s some little known facts about the class that you don’t often hear about, unless of course you are one of the graduates: The class flower for 2015 is the sunflower. Their class color is turquoise. The class song is, “Beautiful Day,” by U2 and their class motto is, and “We’ll make H15story.”
    The yearbook this year is called IMPACT and what an impact the seniors have on their school and their community. To the yearbook students and their advisor Kendall Micco, well done!
    The senior favorites section of the yearbook lists 15 categories and while we don’t have the space to name them all, here’s just a few to tickle your fancy. I hope it represents a well-roundedness, academics, art, sports and the most important category, so read on to learn more.

  • History Adventures for kids starts June 2

    History Adventures is the Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum’s summer program for kids. On Tuesdays, from June 2-July 21, there will be a hands-on program at 10 a.m. and repeated at 11 a.m.
    History Adventures is free and no registration is required. Activities are aimed at children in grades K-3. Visit losalamoshistory.org for more information. Contact Aimee at educator@losalamoshistory.org with any questions.

    Meeting about educational garden set for Thursday

    The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Garden Crew is holding a community informational meeting from 6-7 p.m. Thursday at an educational garden site it is developing that is immediately next to the North Mesa tennis courts.  
    The meeting will brief the community about crew activities, current garden design, and demonstration greenhouse choices. The crew will collect input from community members on all plans and activities.
    In case of inclement weather, the meeting will move to the North Mesa Stables, lot 67-68 on North Mesa Road, a short walking distance from the tennis court area and the educational garden site. For more information, contact garden@laymca.org, or call Myriem Le Ferrand at 662-3100.
     

  • Today
    Wildlife Rehab: Why is it Important? 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Dr. Kathleen Ramsay is a New Mexico legend and founder of the New Mexico Wildlife Center. In this lecture, she will discuss her career as a wildlife rehabber, and why this work matters. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Wednesday
    Blood Drive in Los Alamos community. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Hall, 2200 Diamond Drive. For more information, call United Blood Services at 1-877-827-4376. Bring photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation. Volunteers provided by LAVA. Egg salad made by Lorraine Thorn, ham or turkey sandwiches and chips provided by Hospital Auxiliary.  

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

    Puppy Fest at the Shelter is today at the shelter from 1-3 pm. Come pick out your puppy.

    Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter’s website, lafos.org, has information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    Pet of the Week: Egypt is a spayed female lab/hound/shepherd mix, 18 months old. She can be a little bit shy at first but is a friendly girl who responds to gentle attention.

    CATS

    Luna is a very pretty 9-year-old spayed female Russian blue/Himalayan cross. She is a DSH gray kitty. Luna has been around cats and gentle dogs but has never been in a home with children. She is shy but loves gentle attention.