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Today's Features

  • Michael Benanav is a Dixon resident, who has written a book about his grandparents survival of the Holocaust called the “The Luck of the Jews: An Incredible Story of Loss, Love and Survival in the Holocaust.”
    Benanav will be speaking about his novel 6:45 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Los Alamos Jewish Center, 2400  Canyon Road. The community is invited to attend. His book is available on amazon.com.
    Benanav is an author and freelance photographer known for immersing in foreign cultures and bringing compelling images and stories back from distant places. In addition to his book, he writes and/or shoots for The New York Times, Lonely Planet, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN.com, among others.
    He is also the founder of the educational nonprofit organization Traditional Cultures Project.
    One December night in 1944, while sailing across the Black Sea on the deck of a refugee ship filled with Jews fleeing the Nazi genocide in Europe, Joshua Szereny met Isadora Rosen. He was 23, from Czechoslovakia; she was 20, from Romania.

  • The Los Alamos Big Band played old time music at the Gordon’s Concert Series Aug. 22. The band performed the sounds of Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and Benny Goodman to name a few.

  • Los Alamos ScienceFest has expanded to more than a full week of mind-blowing demonstrations, interactive activities, art and discussions for inquisitive minds of all ages. The festival is from Sept. 5–13.  The majority of the festival activities are free and open to the public. The festival was formerly known as the Next Big Idea.
    Festival highlights include an appearance by former shuttle astronaut and Los Alamos National Laboratory employee John Phillips, drone demonstrations and giveaways, photography exhibition of early work by Berlyn Brixner, Detonography art, 3-D chalk artist, Rocket Day and Expo Day, among many others.
    In addition, live music concerts will take place on both Fridays of the festival from 7–10 p.m. courtesy of the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series.
    
“Los Alamos is a place of world changing ideas. Los Alamos ScienceFest celebrates this and explores how science lies at the heart of everything through an entertaining and engaging series of events, exhibitions and happenings,” said Suzette Fox, executive director of Los Alamos MainStreet.
    ScienceFest features nine days of interactive demonstrations, workshops, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage in thought provoking discussion and even includes a few big nights out.”

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

    Mexico’s Megadiversity. 7 p.m. Mexico, home to 12 percent of the planet’s biodiversity, is called a “megadiverse” country. Travel through time with Bandelier interns Jessica Thompson and Fernando Mayani for an overview of how Mexican culture has changed in its relationship with nature. Explore the impact of modern society on biodiversity, and learn about conservation efforts. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Zone is now open after school, 3-5 p.m. weekdays. It’s open to all school-age kids, and a relaxed attitude to noise applies, so if kids want to listen to music, watch a video, or chat with friends, nobody’s going to come by and say “Hush.” All other library policies apply.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society will host an evening under the stars starting at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 5 at Fuller Lodge. The fundraising event, which is black-tie optional, will include a three-course dinner, the society’s annual Experience Auction and dancing to the music of the Los Alamos Big Band.
    Tickets are $75 each, and many of the 120 available have already been sold. Only a few ticket remain for an exclusive pre-party wine and cheese reception, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row. Tickets for both the gala and reception are $125. The public can also take advantage of the opportunity to meet and speak with the first recepient of the annual Los Alamos History Award.
    Tickets are available through the Historical Society’s website at losalamoshistory.org (click on the link to the gala on the right side of the screen) or by check to P.O. Box 43 in Los Alamos. Reservations must be made by Friday.

  • Dawn Brown of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico spends a good deal of time during the summer thinking of the new school year and the number of students that could use an adult friend in their life.
    “As the Los Alamos Rio Arriba regional director I reach out to the communities for volunteers, youth for our program, regional board development, public speaking engagements, PR, fundraising and event planning,” Brown said.
    Brown oversees the site-based and community-based programs, which match “bigs” and “littles” for as little as 45 minutes per week or up to six to eight hours per month.
    The one-to-one mentorship programs only vary in the amount of time an adult is available to mentor a local youth. The Northern New Mexico BBBS program offers training, and works hard to match adults and youth based on common goals and activities.
    These relationships help to build a child’s skills, confidence and increase the chances of them staying in school,” Brown said. “A positive role model in a youth’s life helps increase the chances that a child will be able to overcome adversity and lead a successful life.”
    Brown also wants volunteers to know that the relationships are nurtured and supported by their degreed and professionally trained program staff.

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    Today

    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. 

     

    The Great Books discussion group is now called Mesa Readers. The group meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Mesa Public Library. The group chooses selections that interest its members and selects books and short stories that meet participants’ choices. All are welcome. For more information, call Mary Cernicek at 662-7100.

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    As we come to the time for open house at the high school and middle school levels, I encourage you to attend and see everything the sites have available.

    On occasion, I hear parents say that they have attended them in the past and know everything they need to know about the schools.

    As each student is different, there is so much new to learn about, things to see and people to meet.

    If you haven’t been to the middle school yet, you are in for a treat. You’ll have a chance to roam the halls and see how much has truly changed for the Hawks.

    The high school has so much in store too, new staff members, new programs and so much to offer students each and every year.

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    Mexico is one of the most biologically and culturally diverse countries in the world. These two categories, culture and nature, have gone hand-in-hand throughout history in Mexico: nature being fundamental to Mexican cultural development, and vice versa. There will be a free presentation 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. 

    Two interns from Mexico, currently working at Bandelier, will take you back in time for an overview of how Mexican culture has changed throughout the years in its relationship with nature. The presentation will explore the impact of modern society on biodiversity, as well as outline some recent conservation efforts to save the natural beauty of Mexico.

  • 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:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    George, Abby and Maddie — They are older and declawed, who were surrendered when their owner’s health prevented her from keeping them. The shelter is working on getting to know them, so keep an eye out. The shelter hopes they will be sent out together if possible — $35 for two or $70 for all three!