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Today's Features

  • The Santa Fe Community Orchestra’s (SFCO) Season Finale will be 4 p.m. June 7 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
    The program includes works by Mozart, Elgar, Aragón and Vivaldi, along with a collaboration from National Dance Institute New Mexico’s Team XCel.
    The concert features Mozart’s Overture to “Don Giovanni” and the first movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 3, No. 11.
    The collaborative performance features the first movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in D minor, presented with original choreography by NDI’s Amy Compton-Schultz, performed by NDI New Mexico’s Team XCel.
    The piece will be performed twice.
    During the concert, SFCO Music Director Oliver Prezant and Compton-Schultz will discuss the music and the choreography in a brief talk with examples performed by the musicians and dancers.
    The talk will take place prior to a second performance of the dance piece, which will give the audience and the performers a rare opportunity to deepen their experience and understanding of the music and dance.

  • 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.

  • Santa Fe is usually awash of adobe brown, but rich colors of many shades and hues come to the museums of the City Different. Located on Museum Hill, near the downtown historic Plaza, the leading cultural institutions coordinate a series of exhibitions and events.
    While there was still snow on the ground in February, members of the community observed Santa Fe’s mayor Javier Gonzales declare the 2015 Summer of Color for each museum.
    Each museum will celebrate artwork of one particular color between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Museum Hill is located on Camino Lejo, off of Old Santa Fe Trail.
    Museum Hill offers a central destination for exploring some of the city’s finest museums and gift shops. For refreshments, visitors to the museum have the option of dining at Museum Hill Café. There is also plenty of free parking.

    RED
    The Museum of International Folk Art is a parade of color from the bright lobby and gift shops to the galleries of folk art from around the world. The exhibit opened May 17 is an exhibition about the rich color that has inspired artists’ imaginations and seduced viewers for millennia, “The Red That Colored the World.”

  • 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

  • The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will be holding a bake sale fundraiser from 3-6 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr.
    The high school speech and debate team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including brownies, cookies, breads and cakes. Baked goods will be available in small portions, as well as whole cakes and loaves.
    The speech and debate team is raising money to send 10 students from Los Alamos High School to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Dallas in June. To date, this is the largest group of Hilltalkers to qualify to attend the annual NSDA tournament.
    Among those students attending are seniors Sudeep Dasari, Benjamin Duan, James Sinnis, Aniruddha Nadiga, Irene Gerrish; juniors Rebecca Cai, Katherine Wang; and sophomores William McCumber, Robert Zhu and Wilbur Wang.
    Veteran head coach, Margo Batha, and assistant coach, Christine Engelbrecht, will also attend with a number of chaperones.
    “This De-Bake Sale is our third and final fundraiser for this trip. We really need to raise our last $1,500 to make this trip affordable for our students,” Batha said.  
    “This has been an amazing year for the Hilltalkers and I could not be more proud of my kids,” Engelbrecht said.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.