Today's Features

  • Other than the opera performances, there are plenty of other events for opera lovers to enjoy this season.
    Echoes from
    “Cold Mountain”
    A series of community events exploring adaptations of “Cold Mountain” and the Civil War
    Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s first opera, “Cold Mountain,” is celebrating its world premiere on Aug. 1. Based on Charles Frazier’s National Book Award-winning novel, the opera depicts the transformative journey of two loves separated during the American Civil War. Yet the story of “Cold Mountain” is not confined to our stage.
    As this summer marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War’s end, Santa Fe Opera’s Education and Community Outreach department has teamed up with several organizations throughout Santa Fe to present “Echoes from Cold Mountain.”
    The series uses literature, film, music, visual arts and scholarship to create a community dialogue that delves deeper into the Civil War, a pivotal conflict in the nation’s history. “Echoes from Cold Mountain” is a collaboration among Santa Fe Opera and the New Mexico History Museum, the Center for Contemporary Arts, Chatter and Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse.
    Book Club

  • It is time again for opera in Santa Fe.
    The Santa Fe Opera is gearing up for five operas for the upcoming season that runs from July to August.
    First up is “The Daughter of the Regiment,” a French comedy composed by Gaetano Donizetti. It is the story of Marie, the beloved mascot of the 21st Infantry. Found as an infant on the battlefield, Marie grows up in the military life. Stage director Ned Canty compares the story to “a delicious meal that has been stripped of one ingredient after another until not even the entire dessert is left, just whipped cream.”
    “The cast is comprised of professional stage actors and singers and that is important,” said Daniel Zillmann, director of public relations.
    The opera is sung in French. Zillmann would like to point out that each seat contains a translator box in English and in Spanish.
    Soprano Anna Christy and Tenor Alek Shrader lead the cast.
    To hear insights from Canty and Shrader can be seen at YouTube.com/TheSantaFeOpera.
    “The Daughter of the Regiment” runs July 3, 8, 11, 17 and 24, and Aug. 3, 8, 12, 20, 26 and 29.

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the upstairs rotunda.

    Summer Family Evenings: Wild Birds sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. New Mexico Wildlife Center returns with owls, hawks and more. $5 per family/free for member families. 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. More information at losalamosnature.org.

    Wilshire Youth Choir from Dallas presents a free community concert for the 2015 Mission Choir Tour. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through Saturday at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Knife sharpening services are available. Music will be provided by J. Michael Combs. County councilors will be there, as well as Lisa Caldwell from UNM-LA.

    Downtown Dogs is a weekly walking group. 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. Craig A. Smith. Author and music critic with his new book, “A Vision of Voices,” a biography of Santa Fe Opera founder John Crosby. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

  • The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation has announced its 2015 Summer Youth Business Grant recipients.
    The 12 students representing 11 businesses include Hannah Biggs, Sam Crooks, Elise Koskelo, Macklin Cunico, Jolene Garduno, Junseo Kim, Aaron Lauritzen, Marie Lee, Morgan Smith, Jonmichael Weaver, Isaiah Aylmer and Jude Valdez.
    The businesses include crafts, origami, handmade shawls, landscaping, tennis lessons, foreign candies, coffee roasting, mini-snack vending opportunities, art and video production services for movie theater ads.
    Local businesses, clubs, organizations and residents that would like to sponsor youth business grant recipients can send even the smallest of donations in care of Assets In Action at 190 Central Park Square.

  • Today
    Tuesdays at the Pond. 7 p.m. The Los Alamos High School Olions. Event is every Tuesday through Aug. 11. Free.

    Dallas Christian College SALTeens presents Koinonia: The Gospel in Music and Drama. 7 p.m. at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. High school students are selected for program and spend a week rehearsing before the 11 concert tour. Los Alamos student Lauren Partin is one of the 2015 SALTeens.

    Birding Hot Spots in northern New Mexico. 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Judy Liddell and Barbara Hussey will share birding tips and information about sites included in their brand-new second book, “Birding Hot Spots of Santa Fe, Taos and Northern New Mexico.” Books will be available to purchase. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    The local chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday at the White Rock Presbyterian Church, 310 Rover Blvd. Confidential weight in begins at 9 a.m. The meeting starts at 9:45 a.m. The first visit is free. Membership is open to people at least 7 years old. For more information, contact us at whiterocktops@gmail.com.

  • Another reading for 8X10s is going on again due its popularity on June 17. It is an additional opportunity to submit more scripts.
    The reading will be 7 p.m. Wednesday.
    The selections will be from various playwrights who have submitted scripts for consideration.
    The theatre staff is also finalizing the selections for the 8X10s November performance and confirming directors. If anyone is still interested in directing, contact the theatre.
    Actors are also needed for September’s production of “Harvey,” at the LALT.  
    An audition session has been added for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center. Scripts are available at the Mesa Public Library. Male and female actors are welcome to audition.
    For anyone who is interested, but cannot make the Saturday session, contact Gwen Lewis at 690-8953 to make alternative arrangements.
    Production dates for “Harvey” are Sept. 11-13, Sept. 18-19 and Sept. 26-27.
    Also, the Santa Fe Shakespeare Society’s production of “The Tempest,” is in need of a man to play the character of Ferdinand. Performances are July 10-16.
    If anyone is interested, contact Director Jerry Ferraccio, at santafeshakespeare@gmail.com.

  • Again this week, I feel the need to point out positive things that have taken place, or will be taking place, that make this a great community in which we live.
    I’ll start with Dr. Devan Vest, who on a Sunday and Father’s Day still took some time out of his home life to check some teeth that had an unexpected jolt. He helped a mother sleep better that night. Now that is one engaged dad. Happy Father’s Day, Dr. Vest.
    Next some words of praise for the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization’s Home Delivered Meals program. They not only feed the frail and elderly of our community, but do it with pizazz.
    A special kudo to Margie and her golden melodious tones. Rumor has it that she sang a special rendition of “Happy Birthday” for a local senior, filling her day with joy and love.
    Then there’s the crew at Napa Auto Parts that helped with an end of the year school project. You’ll soon hear lots about Scott Pomeroy and his automotive students and their donated “race car.” Well, it will be a race car eventually. John and his crew were ready and willing with some extraordinary assistance.
    Finally it’s always nice to have something great to look ahead to for the future.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings continues Wednesday with a visit from the New Mexico Wildlife Center.
    Families can learn about local habitats, responsible rehabilitation, conservation and biology, and what to do if you find an injured wild animal.
    The Wildlife Center will also bring along its rescued raptor and owl ambassadors, allowing participants to meet these amazing creatures in person.
    The New Mexico Wildlife Center, located in Española, was founded in 1986 by Dr. Kathleen Ramsay.
    It has grown from its original purpose of rehabilitating birds into its current mission to treat all animal species in New Mexico. Because many animals cannot be released back into the wild, the Wildlife Center also operates a wildlife sanctuary, housing more than 30 animals.
    Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program at PEEC and are now supported by Del Norte Credit Union.
    Summer Family Evenings are at the Nature Center every Wednesday evening throughout June and July at 6:30 p.m. They are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.

  • June 21-27, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Fish sandwich
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Low vision/hearing group
    11:30 a.m.         Lunch: Oven fried chicken
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio plus exercise

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:


    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.


    Annie — A 9-year-old, spayed, female who just loves being petted! She has a very pretty black/gray, orange and white coat with short hair. Due to medical care needed by her owner, Annie is now at the shelter looking for her forever home. She can sometimes be a bit shy with shelter visitors, but she quickly warms up to you when you offer her some belly rubs!