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Today's Features

  • The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project announces Pláticas Presentations – Geology and Fossils on Mesa Prieta. The lecture will be by Scott Aby.
    The July talk is an ongoing series that will be 6:30 p.m. July 28 at Historic Los Luceros in Alcalde. Aby is a longtime geologist and fossil hunter.
    Like many mesas in New Mexico, Black Mesa is topped by a thin layer of lava, which is resistant to erosion. That is why these mesas stand high in the landscape — because everything else has eroded away around them. The lava on Black Mesa is between 3 and 4 million years old, and is a type of lava that flows easily, usually down valleys. In Mesa Prieta’s case, we know that the bottom of the valley was at the top of the mesa when that lava was erupted. This type of lava (called Basalt) gets a coating on it called “desert varnish” after a few million years. Petroglyphs are made by chipping the varnish off the rocks to reveal the lighter colored “fresh” rock underneath.   

  • Today
    Downtown Dogs is a weekly walking group. All dogs and their humans are invited to walk from Pet Pangaea, 158 Central Park Square for a stroll around Downtown Los Alamos. 7 p.m. Come prepared with a standard leash, no longer than 6 feet.

    Authors Speak Series. Larry Littlefield, “Wildflowers of the Northern and Central Mountains of New Mexico.” 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda. Book sales the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Friday
    Gentle Hikes with PEEC. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. 8:30 a.m. Free. Adults. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. losalamosnature.org.

    Fourth Friday Downtown: Under the Microscope. Explore the natural world through the eyes of microscopes. Examine pond water, plants, fiber, pollen and more. 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Satisfaction: International Rolling Stones Show. Rolling Stones tribute band. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com. Los Alamos National Bank Night.
    Saturday

  • Art exhibits
    Ann Hosfeld and Reg Loving: Nature Diversified. Through Aug. 3 at New Concept Gallery in Santa Fe.

    The 11th Annual Gala Exhibition and Auction on display through Aug. 28 will showcase artists from across the U.S. and abroad who find inspiration in Fechin’s legacy, Taos and the creative traditions of the Southwest.

    Photographs Keith Carter “Ghostland” and Kate Breakey “Shadow and Light,” at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe. Show runs through Aug. 22.

    Zane Bennett Gallery announces “IMPACTS! II” an exhibition featuring Bi Rongrong, Shen Fan, Liang Shaoji and others, with seven artists in total. The show opens from 5-7 p.m.  July 31 at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe St., across from the rail station in Santa Fe, and coincides with the Last Friday Art Walk in the Railyard Arts District. The grand opening will be from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21. There will be exciting events occurring during these openings involving traditional and contemporary Chinese culture, with more information to follow.

    “Where the Buffalo Roam.” Angel Wynn, American artist and photographer. 4-6 p.m. July 31 through Aug. 31 at Angel Wynn Gallery in Santa Fe.

  • THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, July 24, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 7-07-15
    02:00 PM United in Christ
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    04:00    PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Exploring Mars
     with the Curiosity Mars Rover”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Golf Course Opening Ceremony
    10:00 PM FMP Live
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, July 25, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, July 26, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:15 PM Los Alamos Non-Profit Spotlight
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, July 27, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

  • Classic Air Medical will bring its rescue helicopter to the Los Alamos Nature Center, as part of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union.  The helicopter will touch down at 6:45 p.m. today in the nature center parking lot.  
    PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings have been going strong, so far, with Los Alamos families enjoying wolves, rattlesnakes, baby goats and more at the Wednesday evening events.  Today, the wildland firefighters were scheduled to bring their fire engine, but they’ve been called away to fight fires in other states. Classic Air Medical was happy to step in to show their helicopter and to let kids know how rescues happen in the wilderness.
    For more than 26 years, Classic Air Medical has been providing air medical transport in the states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico and Wyoming. They recently opened a new base in Los Alamos.  
    Summer Family Evenings are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

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    Also, today is the Discovery Canyon Bird Walk.

  • On Aug. 1, Amy Ross and her pilot pals of the Young Eagle program will be hosting free flights for youth at the Los Alamos Airport.
    “The Young Eagle Program enables people who have a passion for aviation to share that passion with kids,” said Ross, the event coordinator. “Flying small planes, referred to as general aviation airplanes, is much different than flying commercially much like driving a car is very different than riding a bus.”
    Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and continues through 11:30 a.m. at the Los Alamos Airport Terminal, as long as good weather prevails. Students ages 8 to 17, must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the required paperwork prior to flight time and remain at the airport during the trip.
    “Once at the field and registered, the kids and the rest of their family will talk about what they’ll be doing during the flight, said Ross.” “They’ll do a pre-flight walk around to talk about the aircraft and how it flies, and finally, the kids will go out for their flight.”
    Recently Los Alamos volunteers Lloyd Hunt and Roger Smith assisted regional pilots John Elling, David Roe, Larry Haight, Ken Dominy, Chuck Swanberg and Doug Warwick for the Santa Fe Young Eagle Flights last month.

  • As summer began, butterflies are more frequent visitors to the Pajarito Plateau. To learn more about these creatures, local butterfly enthusiast Roy Michelotti will introduce listeners to the most common species of butterflies seen in and around Los Alamos.
    In addition to discussing butterfly identification, he will also explore the creature’s biology, behavior, life cycle, and more. This talk will start at 7 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center. It is free, and no registration is required.
    This event precedes the Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count that is scheduled on Saturday. For the day of the butterfly count, participants will meet butterfly expert Steve Cary at three separate areas to observe, count and learn about butterflies: mesa top, high altitude and streamside.
    Participants will meet at the Burnt Mesa Trailhead at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, and will stay around this area until 10:45 a.m.
    Next, they will count at Camp May from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., followed by a lunch. The last stop is Cañon del Valle on N.M. 501, where the group will stay from between 1:45-3:15 p.m. Participants are welcome to stay for the whole day, or only opt to only count at some locations.
    This event is $5 for adults and free for children. Register in advance.

  • Today
    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. Opera at the Pond: Singers Christina Martos (soprano), Carlos Archuleta  (baritone) and Olivia Hakel (mezzo soprano) will be joined by award winning pianist John Rangel for an evening of opera and musical theater favorites. The performance will include selections from “Carmen,” “The Barber of Seville,” “Porgy and Bess,” “Les Miserables,” and much more. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11. Free.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Wednesday
    Green Hour Hikes with PEEC. Meet at local trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace and decide the activities. Some days you’ll hike far, others you’ll stop and play at an interesting spot. 9:30 a.m. Free. All ages. Check PEEC’s website for trailhead meeting points. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

  • I don’t want to say it, but it seems like has to be the first because it feels like that elephant in the room. School starts soon.
    There’s a lot to do ahead like back-to-school shopping, a special orientation for both freshmen and seventh graders and checking school websites.
    There’s also plenty of time to read a good book and have some good conversation before it all begins.
    Our teens today have to deal with a lot. If they aren’t the ones going through something big, chances are they know someone that is doing just such a thing.
    The staff at Mesa Public Library are trying to assist me in assembling tools to educate youth and their families with some resiliency reading. I don’t mean books on how to be a better you, but actual stories where you can read similar life situations in story form and see what others tried and how they came out on the other side.
    The topics range from cutting, stalking, depression and mental health issues and while tough topics, it might help some youth see that they aren’t alone in the world. The titles include “Willow,” by Julia Hoban, “Kiss of Broken Glass,” by Madeleine Kuderick, “Scars,” by C.A. (Cheryl A.) Rainfield, “Cut,” by Patricia McCormick.