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Today's Features

  • Love, romance, action and science fiction collide Saturday at Bandelier National Monument’s annual Opera on the Rocks event. Held at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater, this year’s presentation will be excerpts from Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio,” done Star Trek style.

    “Though the opera’s trappings may be out of this world, Mozart’s memorable melodies remain intact. You really don’t have to be a Star Trek fan or an opera fan. As long as you enjoy a good laugh and some impressive singing, you’re going to have a really good time,” said the Pacific Opera Project, the original creator of the concept.

    Los Alamos’ own opera guild, Opera Alta, will be staging the event Saturday, with all the characters singing in German.

    Those looking to go can still purchase tickets at guildsofsfo.org. Those attending are encouraged to bring a jacket, warm clothing and dress as their favorite Star Trek character. Campers at the site are welcome to see the production too, ticket or no ticket. Food vendors include Sirphey, and beverages from Santa Fe Cider Works, Velarde and Gruet Winder and Black Mesa Winery.

    The opening act with by drumming by renowned musician Cochiti Pueblo resident Arnold Herrera.

  • The second of the monthly Brown Bag Performances, will be presented at Fuller Lodge from noon-1 p.m. Oct. 4, and will feature trumpet player, Jan McDonald, leading the locally acclaimed Black Mesa Brass Quintet.

    The program will present popular and classical tunes arranged for brass quintet and drum set. Favorites such as “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Basin Street Blues,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” along with the music of Bach and Rossini will be featured in this toe-tapping, sassy and brassy performance.

    All Brown Bag Series performances are informal and are free to the public.

    The public is invited to attend and bring a lunch to munch on, while enjoying some gifted performers presenting uplifting and stress-relieving music.

    McDonald has been a mainstay of the Los Alamos and Santa Fe music scene for decades. He is recognized nationally as an accomplished trumpet player and educator. He performs with many professional groups in New Mexico, and is the recipient of the Outstanding Secondary Educator Award and the Outstanding New Mexico Jazz Educator Award.

    Black Mesa Brass Quintet was formed in 1990 and still has three of the original five members.

    Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of classical, modern, pop, and jazz tunes.

  • Halloweekend returns to haunt Los Alamos on Oct. 27 and 28.

    On Oct. 27, Los Alamos MainStreet hosts Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet in downtown Los Alamos from 4-6 p.m.

    Main Street and Central Avenue, from 15th to 20th Streets, are closed to auto traffic and become a safe pedestrian area where local businesses and organizations distribute candy to costumed families.

    While businesses in the downtown area open their doors to the public, this is also an opportunity for businesses and organizations that are not located in the downtown area to be involved.

    In 2016, an estimated 5,000 people took part in the weekend’s festivities.

  • TODAY
    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.

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

    Astronomy and Climate
at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore the relationships between astronomy cycles and climate with Chick Keller. Cost is $6/adult, $4/child.
    SATURDAY

  • Members of the Environmental Sustainability Board and staff from the county Eco Station will walk through White Rock and Los Alamos neighborhoods today to survey recycle roll carts at the curb.

    The county staff will check the carts for the volume of recycling placed in them, in order to assist them in evaluating options for route pick up and frequency of pick up for the future brush roll carts that will be added to the system and distributed next year.

  • Production is underway on a local commercial promoting the businesses participating in Small Business Saturday in Los Alamos. Filming started Thursday at several of the retailers who have already signed up to be involved in the event.

    Jean Gindreau of PAC-8 and Kate O’Donnell of Real Deal Advertising started early Thursday with their camera at Rose Chocolatier, filming actresses, locals and shop owner Marguerite McClay. Filming was scheduled to take place during the day at Pet Pangaea, Boomerang, Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, and CB Fox. Metzger’s Do-it- Best Hardware is among the businesses on the production schedule for next week.

    The commercial will air at the Real Deal theater in late October and November when the holiday block buster movies are scheduled for release.

    Businesses can still sign up to be part of Small Business Saturday. It’s free to sign up to participate and gives the business substantial promotion.

    To sign up call Ufemia Bernal-Rios at 661-4816 or email Ufemia@losalamos.org.

  • “The West has passed – more’s the pity. In another 25 years the old-time westerner will have gone too – gone with the buffalo and the antelope. I’m going to hand down to posterity a bit of the unadulterated real thing, if it’s the last thing I do – and I’m going to do it muy pronto.”

     

    – W. Herbert “Buck” Dunton

     

    Enjoy a close look at the work of an artist whose art has embodied the Southwest for four decades. Taos Art Museum at Fechin House will present a retrospective exhibition of the artwork of painter Walt Gonske, to open at the beginning of the Taos Fall Arts Festival on Saturday.

    An acknowledged master of Southwestern art, with more than four decades of exploring every aspect of the mountain desert landscapes of northern New Mexico, the painter Walt Gonske actually started out in life on the East Coast, and envisioned a career in illustration. He has defied expectations ever since, and flourished both in what he chose to do and where he chose to live. This exhibition is a celebration of those choices.

  • The Eastern New Mexico State Fair Queen Contest is open to young ladies, 16-24, from the 33 New Mexico counties. 

    Participants will compete in personal interview, speech, modeling, impromptu questions and horsemanship categories for various prizes.

    Scholarships, gifts and prizes are awarded to all contestants.  The 2017-2018 ENMSF Queen will receive a perpetual Crown, buckle, saddle and $1,000 Scholarship.

    This year, the contest is will be a one-day event on Oct. 1 in Roswell. Entry fees are $150 and entry packets are due no later than Sept. 27.

     

    More information is available online at enmsf.com

  •  A short drive from Santa Fe in the magnificent Galisteo Basin, the historic village of Galisteo will celebrate its 30th Annual Studio Tour from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14-15. 

    Over 25 artists and craftsmen will open their studios to share photography, painting, ceramic art, jewelry, handmade knives, traditional straw inlay, sculpture and weaving. 

    For more detailed information, directions, and artists’ pages, go to galisteostudiotour.org or call 505-466-3541.   

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s popular summer program for 5 to 8 year olds will return this fall. Forest Explorers, a hike-and-play club, will take children on hikes from 1-3 p.m. every other Wednesday from Oct. 4 through Dec. 13 and give kids ample time for child-directed play in nature.Forest Explorers is a drop-off program that will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center every other Wednesday at 1 p.m. for a total of six outings this fall. The hikes will take kids into the nearby canyon where kids will be able to build forts, make seasonal observations, and learn to identify different plants and animals. The Forest Explorers class is taught by educator Denise Matthews and will allow children to have fun outside while working cooperatively, building gross motor skills, and learning more about the local ecology

    Matthews leads the Nature Playtimes program for PEEC and also serves as an instructor for the year-round Pebble Pups club, school field trips, and classroom visits. She has taught science in the classroom and as an environmental educator for the past 12 years. Matthews is passionate about providing kids the opportunity to connect with the local environment through child-directed outdoor exploration and inquiry.