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Today's Features

  • TODAY
    Nature Pirate Treasure Hunt from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Come to the nature center to make a chest and fill it with natural treasures. Free.
    THURSDAY
    Summer Nature Painting
from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy botanical drawing and watercolor with Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington. Cost is $56 for members, $70 for non-members.
    FRIDAY
    Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild “Tomorrow’s Heirlooms” Quilt Show from 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. at the Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos. Tickets for the show are $2 for adults and $1 for children under 12. There will be vendors from all over New Mexico, a silent auction and numerous quilts and other hand-made items to view. Tickets will be available for the Donation Quilt “Spinning Stars.”

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will present Alan Ayckbourn’s “Communicating Doors,” a time-traveling murder mystery, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 22-23. Visit lalt.org for more information.
    SATURDAY

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has announced that it will hold its popular fundraiser, Taste of Knowledge at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the old De Colores restaurant location. The theme this year is “Experience the Food and Wine of Spain.”

    Pig+Fig’s Chef Laura Crucet will create scrumptious Spanish tapas, which will be paired with unique boutique Spanish wines.

    Representatives from Favorite Brands and Jose Pastor Selections will talk about the different wine producing regions of Spain and what wines are produced there. During the tasting, local jazz band The Ryan Finn Quartet will entertain with live music. Ryan Finn is the Los Alamos Middle School Band instructor, whose classroom benefitted from a $25,000 makeover facilitated by the LAPS Foundation in the summer of 2016.

    As this is a fundraiser benefiting Los Alamos Public Schools’ teachers, staff, students and facilities, the LAPS Foundation is including elements from many talented Los Alamos students. LAHS Culinary Arts students will prepare the food under the supervision of Chef Laura Crucet, while LAHS Art Club members will dress as Spanish waiters and help out during the event. Several DALA and LAHS dancers will perform Spanish-themed dances, and Key Club and Hilltalkers members have volunteered to help with the event, as well.

  • THURSDAY

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The speaker will be Kent Parsons and his topic will be, “So I got my DNA Test Results, Now What?” The traditional no-host social dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. earlier that evening at the China Moon Restaurant.

    FRIDAY

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will present Alan Ayckbourn’s “Communicating Doors,” a time-traveling murder mystery, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 15-16, 22-23 and 2 p.m. for a matinee on Sunday, Sept. 17. Visit lalt.org for more information.

     

    Gentle Walks
    at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Admission: Free. 

  • I love this time of year as we begin to dive into the heart of the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets©.
    I feel like D. Peter Benson, who so loved New Mexico, is smiling down knowing that his legacy still continues.

    September marks the annual proclamation for the Los Alamos County Council to recognize the month as the beginning of building the Assets in our community. The work is so important that I have volunteered to write a weekly column for many years because I believe in the work so very much.

    The Assets are 40 traits and characteristics that we, as a community, can focus on for youth. If we dedicate some time each month throughout the school year, we can help our children to grow into healthy young adults.

    “Healthy Community, Healthy Youth,” is the motto and it is needed in our community, the state and the nation. You don’t have to do anything monumental, but pay attention and build meaningful relationships whenever you have the opportunity.

  • BY KELLY DOLEJSI
    Special to the Monitor

    Billed as a “nervous romance,” “Annie Hall” (1977, rated PG) is one of the funniest, most bittersweet, most intimate, and most memorable films of all time. Los Alamos audiences will have an opportunity to see it for the first time – or the 20th time – at 6:30 p.m. Thursday upstairs at Mesa Public Library.

    Director/Writer Woody Allen plays twice-divorced stand-up comedian Alvy Singer, who feels an instant attraction to Annie (Diane Keaton), despite her blundering conversation, adventurous driving, and possible anti-semitism. The relationship moves through the la-dee-dah stage to therapist envy to arguments about community college to a desperate marriage proposal to sincerely wishing each other well.

    It’s beautiful, with lots of endearing/annoying personality traits and a few lobsters.

    In Alvy’s quest for self-understanding, the narrative looks beyond Alvy’s current relationship to his marriages to Alison (Carol Kane), who finds Alvy physically desirable, thereby causing Alvy to lose interest, and Robin (Janet Margolin), who coldly denies Alvy “intimacy” because there are people from The New Yorker downstairs.

  •  Pajarito Environmental Education Center is working with the Los Alamos Mountaineers to offer a 10-mile hike with Evan Rose from town to the Pajarito Mountain ski area on Sept. 23 starting at 7:45 a.m.

    Since space is limited, registration is required for this free hike.

    The 10-mile trek with Evan Rose offers spectacular views of Los Alamos and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the option to enjoy Ullr Fest after the hike, and a ride back to your vehicle via Atomic City Transit.

    Hikers should expect is expected to take about six hours with more time for the bus and festival (optional). Along the way, hikers will have spectacular views of Los Alamos and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the option to enjoy Ullr Fest after the hike, and a ride back to your vehicle via Atomic City Transit.

    The hike is considered strenuous due to the steep and rocky terrain, long distance, and lack of bail-out points.

    The route will follow Quemazon Trail, connect with Pipeline Trail and finish by way of the Canada Bonita Trail in the parking lot of Pajarito Mountain ski hill.

    Participants must be capable of the full hike distance (10 miles), high elevation (from 7,300-9,800 feet), and altitude gain (2,500 feet).

  • TODAY
     Jemez Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd, in White Rock will have a Bag Day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    THURSDAY
    Summer Nature Drawing
from 10-2:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy botanical drawing and watercolor with Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington. Cost is $56 for members, $70 for non-members.
    FRIDAY
    Jemez Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd, in White Rock will have a Bag Day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center.
A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Homeschool Bird Banding Field Trip from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Nature Center.
Homeschoolers: Meet the birds of the Jemez Mountains and observe an active field science investigation in Bandelier’s backcountry! Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Total Solar Eclipse Show
is SOLD OUT at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Meet Betty, the Los Alamos Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week.

    This lovable medium build Australian cattle dog has been at the LA Shelter since Aug. 26 and is looking for her forever home.

    This friendly girl is 3 and a half years old and appears to be house trained.

    Betty would make a great sister to current household pets as she gets along well with other dogs.

    Betty has experience walking on leashes and even knows some basic obedience.

    Betty is spayed, up to date on all vaccines and is available to be adopted today.

    For those interested in similar heeler type dogs, the shelter also has two other male heelers that are ready to be adopted.

    For more information on this beautiful girl, contact the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email police-psa@lacnm.us.

  • Though many of us find it hard to believe anyone would intentionally harm a pet, animal abuse is a shocking and tragic occurrence. Before welcoming a previously abused animal into your home, it is important to understand this abuse and how it can affect your pet.

    Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained animal abuse.

    “Animal cruelty can either be deliberate injury or abuse to an animal,” Eckman said. “It can also be neglecting to care for an animal by failing to provide food, shelter, or water.”

    Eckman added that abandonment, lack of veterinary care, malnutrition, and physical injuries all are considered abuse. Additionally, an animal is considered abused if it is living in an overcrowded environment or being used for animal fighting. In these cases, it may be appropriate to contact local animal control authorities so they can investigate and get an understanding of the abuse.

  • TUESDAY
    Charles Strickfaden will present “Partnership Parks in the 21st Century – Building a national park from nothing: Manhattan Project Historical Park (with a perspective by Valles Caldera National Preserve staff)” at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Strickfaden, the Los Alamos Site Manager, will enlighten attendees on some of the efforts required to initiate, design and develop a newly established unit of the National Park Service. Please join us at PEEC to ask questions and find out about volunteer opportunities with this growing park.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos will meet from noon-1 p.m. at the golf course. Everyone is welcome. The speaker will be Andrea Romero who will talk about ostrich farming.

    Kiwanis will meet from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive in Los Alamos. Kiwanis member Don Casperson, who attended this year’s Kiwanis International Convention in Paris, France, is scheduled to speak on his experiences there.
    WEDNESDAY
    Jemez Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd, in White Rock will have a Bag Day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    THURSDAY