Today's Features

    Science on Tap. Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Thomas Leitner has been working on tracking phylogenetics and epidemics. Join him at this Science on Tap beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square, for Science on Tap.

    Science on Tap. Tracking Virus Filigenetics and Epidemics. 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room. Studying Virus Spread and Evolution through the Use of Computer Modeling. Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are investigating the complex relationships between the spread of the HIV virus in a population (epidemiology) and the actual, rapid evolution of the virus (phylogenetics) within each patient’s body.

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, Bldg 2, Lecture Hall, Room 230. For more information, contact Bill McKerley, 672-1067.

    “Meru” movie screening at the Reel Deal Theater. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 7 p.m. More information at peecnature.org.
    Salsa Making. 1 p.m. in Graves Hall Kitchen at United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road. Registration is $15 payable by cash or check at the church office. Class size is limited to 12 people.

  • Thirty shooters of all ages competed in the David Smith Memorial Ambidextrous Trap Challenge Oct. 11 at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club. The event raised $1,270 for the Smith family.
    Smith was a New Mexico Hunter Education Instructor and NRA Level 1 shotgun coach who excelled in ambidextrous trap-shooting, which made him the best ambidextrous instructor. He and his wife Kathy were two of the founding coaches for the Los Alamos Young Guns youth shotgun group that began six years ago at the LASC. The Young Guns, including Smith’s sons Josh and David, have been successful in state competitions and have competed in the National Junior Olympic Championships in Colorado Springs.
    LASC Youth Programs Coordinator Mike O’Neill said the event was a tribute to the dedication Smith had to the youth shotgun program.
    “He quietly worked at practices and events, always looking to see where his help was needed, whether it was loading the trap house, sweeping shells off the range, or gently instructing a young shooter who needed help,” O’Neill said.
    Winners were:
    Male combination 18 and over:
    1. James Cash
    2. Charles Patterson
    3. Alan Bond
    Male combination under 18:
    1. Camron Martinez
    2. Josh Smith
    3. Chris Bond
    Male strong side trap 18 and over:

  • Los Alamos MainStreet will host Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet in downtown Los Alamos from 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 30.
    Local businesses and organizations will open their doors and set up tables along Central Avenue to hand out treats to costumed trick-or-treaters.
    A performance by Dance Arts Los Alamos will start the event, followed by the pet costume parade. Find a complete event list at losalamosmainstreet.com.

  • As October is dedicated to bullying prevention month, I am often confronted with two things, people wanting to know the definition of bullying and the thought that it goes underreported in many cases.
    According to the website stopbullying.com, here is some information.
    There are three main things to help you decide if an issue is bullying;
    Is the behavior unwanted aggression or is it rough play?
    Is the question of repeated behavior?
    Is there a power imbalance?
    There are many ideas and suggestions of what to look for and what defines many of the situations one might not be involved in explaining behavior.
    There are also many apps that you can download onto phones or additional websites you can look for online.
    What I think is most important is conversation. Does your child feel safe with bringing a problem like this to your attention? Can you listen calmly and without judgment? Can you allow the discussion to flow logically without an overreaction?
    I also suggest never ignoring any such behavior. There are plans and policies in place for dealing with situations.
    My hope is if the issue is school related, you would discuss it with the teacher you or they like best. If the first person doesn’t listen, go to the next person in the line of command.

  • Art exhibits
    Michael Lange – Wald/Fluss. Show runs through Saturday at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe.
    Art tours
    The 22nd annual Abiquiu Studio Tour. Through Oct. 30. There will be the annual driving tour and previews of their work in the upstairs gallery.

    Allan Houser Studio and Sculpture Garden Tours. Arranged by appointment. The Sculpture Gardens are located 20 miles south of Santa Fe, and the tours last approximately two hours. There is a $25/person fee for the guided tours. To schedule, call 471-1528. David Rettig, curator of Collections for the Allan Houser Estate will lead a tour for collectors and special guests. Space is limited.
    Arts shows
    Origami in the Garden. Through Oct. 24 at the Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden, 3453 N.M.14 in Cerrillos, N.M. Open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Tours by appointment. $10 per person, free for children under 12. For more information, call 471-4688.
    Jimmy Buffet. 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque. For tickets visit livenation.com.

    Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin. Oct. 20 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Tower of Power. 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe. For tickets, ticketnetwork.com.

  • The New Mexico Film Foundation, in partnership with the New Mexico Post Alliance and the New Mexico Tourism Department, is seeking submissions from state residents to complete a media project entitled “Life in New Mexico.”

    “The purpose of this project is to bring attention to the post production process that is part of the New Mexico film industry, and to highlight the New Mexico men and women who work in this area of filmmaking,” said Dirk Norris, executive director of the New Mexico Film Foundation. “We are very excited to be working closely with the New Mexico Tourism Department this year, utilizing their branding slogan of ‘New Mexico True.’ ”

    New Mexico residents are invited to submit video clips up to three minutes in length answering the question “what is New Mexico True to you?” All types of video will be accepted but must meet content requirements. The submitted films will be given to professional post production companies in New Mexico for them to compile to promote their expertise and abilities in editing.
    Post-production professionals have the choice to edit any or all footage accepted for the project. Editors have the option of working with New Mexico music composers to create sound tracks.

  • ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The manager of a private New Mexico ranch says he will continue to let movie productions film at the site after a studio squelched rumors that actors stole American Indian artifacts while filming “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” there.
    Diamond Tail Ranch manager Roch Hart told The Associated Press he’s happy a 20th Century Fox investigation found the cast did not swipe any of the ancient items scattered throughout the property.
    If items were found missing, the ranch might have banned future filming, he said.
    “We really don’t want to open it up to cattle ranching so we’re happy to continue to let more filming,” Hart said. “But we are going to impose stricter guidelines. I have a few things up my sleeve.”
    Diamond Tail Ranch sits near two Native American pueblos, a historic Hispanic village and an abandoned mining community. Jeep tours bring visitors to the isolated, mountainous region, where it’s not uncommon to find arrowheads, petroglyphs, pieces of pottery and even bones dating back hundreds of years.
    “Maze Runner” star Dylan O’Brien suggested during a recent TV interview that cast members took artifacts from the ranch despite warnings not to do so.

  • The Taos Chamber Music Group’s 23rd season continues on Nov. 7-8 when it presents the world-renowned American String Quartet in its only Southwest concerts this year. Two different programs are planned at the Harwood Museum of Art, and both start at 5 p.m.
    A new work written for the Quartet by George Tsontakis will be featured during the Saturday concert, along with Mozart’s String Quartet in D Minor K. 421 and Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No.1.
    The Sunday program includes Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major, Johannes Brahms’s Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No.1, and, with TCMG flutist Nancy Laupheimer, a Flute Quartet by Ferdinand Ries
    Appearing for the first time in the intimate setting of the Arthur Bell Auditorium, the Quartet performs for its fifth time on TCMG’s concert series and looks forward to returning “home,” as ASQ violist Daniel Avshalomov describes Taos.
    “So many close friends, trails, meals, views, sounds, scents – it is a joy we anticipate for months before each return visit,” Avshalomov said.


  • Need a dose of inspiration and stunning views of the Himalayas? “Meru,” an inspiring film showing vibrant images 21,000 feet above the Ganges River, is coming to Los Alamos, thanks to Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday.
    The story of “Meru” follows three climbers on their second attempt to ascend the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, one of the most challenging big-walls in the Himalayas. Proceeds from this special feature film support local businesses, PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater.
    On Thursday, the climbers, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk, share their passion, friendship, hope, obsession, and sacrifices on the big screen.
    Shut down by their first attempt, they regroup and commit to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, this time under even more extraordinary circumstances.
    Tickets to see “Meru” Thursday are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and can be purchased by calling the Reel Deal at 662-1580 or stopping by the theater.
    The Reel Deal Theater is located at 2551 Central Avenue in Los Alamos.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.