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Today's Features

  • New Mexico House Rabbit Society’s latest campaign serves as a reminder that live rabbits aren’t a good idea for Easter baskets and invites reflection before impulsively acquiring one.
    Bus tails are in Santa Fe and Albuquerque depicting a rabbit next to a basket with the message “Think Beyond Easter!”
    While rabbits make great household pets, they are also the third-most surrendered animal to shelters, with many arriving in the post-Easter months.
    Bewildered and poorly-informed rabbit owners easily give up on the cute Easter Bunny they got from a feed store or pet shop when they realize just how much work this companion animal requires.
    Even worse, some well-meaning people simply let their bunnies go ‘free’ once taking care of them becomes too difficult. “Letting a domesticated rabbit loose in the wild is a sure death sentence,” said NMHRS President Bill Velasquez. “They aren’t like wild cottontails, but depend on their human caretaker for food. They’re eaten by the next predator that comes along.”

  • It’s easy to see why streams of visitors flocked to Estrella Del Norte Vineyard on Sunday to experience the winery’s “Zozobra Red” red table wine.
    Named after one of Santa Fe’s iconic Fiesta traditions, this popular wine is vinted from local grapes and labeled with artwork traditional of the historic Zozobra character with a modern flair.
    Estrella Del Norte Vineyard, voted Santa Fe’s No. 1 winery (Santa Fe Reporters 2014 Best of Santa Fe) and two-time recipient of TripAdvisor’s Customer Service Excellence Award was able to secure an agreement with Kiwanis of Santa Fe for the use of the popular Zozobra character on the red table wine.
    This strategic partnership was created to promote the Zozobra brand and help the Kiwanis organization with their good work in the community.
    At the event, Ray Sandoval, Zozobra Event Committee Chair, said in a speech to the crowd, “The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is more than happy to partner with our local business Estrella Del Norte Vineyard to bring forth this signature wine, as unique as the cultural event of Zozobra itself.”

  • Albuquerque’s Opera Southwest closes its 42nd Season with four performances of Giacomo Puccini’s “La bohème,” which run from this Sunday through March 29 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St., SW.
    Bohème musically intertwines the youthful gaiety of the 19th Century Parisian Latin Quarter with the despair of poverty, cold and death and the passion and eloquence of young love.
    Leading the cast in her OSW debut will be soprano Emily Dorn, whose credits include the roles of both Carmen and Micaёla in “Carmen,” Violetta in “La traviata,” and Fiordiligi in “Cosi fan tutte” at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland, and the Dresden Semperoper, Germany.
    Additional cast members include Sarah Asmar, who sang Desdemona in 2012’s “Otello,” as Musetta; her real-life husband Joshua Kohl, Pinkerton in the 2013 “Madama Butterfly,” as Rodolfo; baritone Timothy Mix, our 2013 Don Giovanni, as Marcello; former apprentice artist Joseph Hubbard as Colline; and local favorites Paul Bower as Schaunard, Joseph Cordova as Parpignol and Sam Shepperson in the double role of Alcindoro and Benoit.
    Maestro Anthony Barrese will conduct, with Maestro Domenico Boyagian conducting on March 25. David Bartholomew will direct.

  • Love, betrayal and forgiveness reign as the New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company presents “Giselle.”
    The ghostly love story will be performed 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.
    NMDT-PC has made a huge impact on the Los Alamos community.
    During its 14-year existence, NMDT-PC, directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, has presented at least 19 original and/or classical ballets including “Dracula,” “Snow White,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Aladdin,” “A Christmas Carol,” “The Nutcracker” and several Mixed Bills.
    “Giselle,” first performed in 1841, is one of the most famous of the ballets blanc or white ballets. The term “ballet blanc” refers to scenes in which the ballerina and female members of the corps all dress in white.
    NMDT-PC’s production of “Giselle” will feature Sarah Dale as Giselle, Devon McCleskey as Albrecht, and Frank Macias as Hilarion. Company members Louisa Belian, Rebecca Cai, Akane Dunn, Naomi Joyce and Megan Hemphill will also stand out. Sets are by Holly Haas and costumes by Marcy Anderson.

  • Whoever christened the U.S.S. Reluctant must have met the crew.
    “Mister Roberts” originally won the Tony for Best Play in 1948, and was followed by a film in 1955 starring Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell and Jack Lemmon. Its success was followed by a TV series and a live television broadcast.
    Those are a lot of shoulders to stand (or float) on, and the cast of the Los Alamos Little Theatre has done an admirable job bringing this classic to life.
    We meet the crew of the Reluctant engaged in war. No, not the dramatic war playing out throughout the oceans of World War II — the charismatic Lt. Roberts (Jeff Favorite) is leading the troops in a small rebellion against their overbearing and personally ambitious captain (Larry Gibbons).
    Mister Roberts, though, longs to be off of the Pacific cargo ship and off fighting the real war, even as it threatens to come to an end without him.
    The brave efforts of the lieutenant are aided by his two best friends and fellow officers, Pulver (Don Monteith) and “Doc” (Richard Parker).

  • Today
    Science on Tap. Amanda Barry, a research scientist at LANL, will discuss engineering microalgae for biofuel production. 5:30 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.

    Wetland Restoration in New Mexico Desert Grasslands. 7 p.m. Karla Sartor will discuss the birds and plants of desert grasslands in southern New Mexico. The important habitat is threatened by historic overgrazing and climate change. Learn techniques to restore habitats, and how these practices can be applied locally on the Pajarito Plateau. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Republican Party of Los Alamos to Meet with County Manager for monthly meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, room 610. The public is welcome to attend a presentation by County Manager Harry Burgess on “Upcoming Issues in Los Alamos County.” A business meeting will follow the presentation.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    Friday
    LARSO public meetings. 12:15 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

  • LAHS seniors can apply for library scholarships

    The Friends of LA County Libraries will award up to four $2,500 scholarships again this year and also will administer the $2,500 June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.
    Any senior in good standing, who is enrolled at Los Alamos High School or in an approved home school program in Los Alamos County and plans to continue his or her education at a recognized institution by September of the year following graduation, may apply for the scholarships.
    The June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship is only available to LAHS seniors. June Ettinger was a long-time resident of Los Alamos who taught for more than 20 years at Barranca Mesa and Mountain Elementary Schools.
    The basis of the award is a personal narrative of about 500 words, typed and double-spaced, concerning an age-appropriate book that was not required for school and has not been translated into a visual medium.
    “The student’s essay should tell readers in what way this book has added to their understanding of the human condition or has enhanced their life,” said Maire O’Neill, Scholarship Chairman for the Friends.
    Deadline for the scholarship essays is 5 p.m. April 14. Essays must be delivered to the Friends Bookstore at Mesa Public Library prior to that time.

  • Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Paul Arendt as he leads a hike through Ancho Canyon on Saturday. The group will meet at 9 a.m., and the hike is expected to last about 5-6 hours.
    There are many canyons to explore in White Rock, and the outing will give participants a chance to go with an experienced guide and a group of other hikers. The hike will begin down the Power Line Trail into lower Ancho Canyon, and then it will continue on to Ancho Rapids. From there the hike will proceed upriver to the Red Dot Trail. Along the way the group will examine several petroglyphs and a few old rock formations. The total distance is more than eight miles, with an elevation gain/loss of around 1,200 feet. A limited amount of bush whacking over uneven terrain will be required. The level of this hike is moderate to difficult.
    While it’s free to participate, the hike is limited to 15 adults, and advance registration is required. Meeting location details will be provided upon registration. For more information about this event and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org or contact the organization at Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or 662-0460.

  • With great advances in technology comes the increasing rush to keep up with these advances.
    Libraries are great users of these advances, because of their role as record keepers, catalogers, reference sources, and providers of free reading, listening and viewing materials.
    The Los Alamos County Library System is upgrading to a new Integrated Library System (ILS), in order to have the capacity to accommodate new resources, and to make all these resources easy to find.
    Get ready for a new library catalog, with user friendly features:
    • Mobile compatibility — search from your phone
    • Simple single-box searching, as in search engines
    • Searching all formats — books, downloadables, audiobooks, DVDs — simultaneously
    • Integration of e-books and e-audiobooks into the catalog
    • Fuzzy logic — gives good results even with spelling errors
    • Separate kids and teens catalogs

  • Early Bird registration for the Los Alamos Dog Jog is open from now through April 5.  
    Early registrants can save $5 off of the entry of the first child or adult household member’s registration.
    Every registered individual will receive an event T-shirt with a logo designed by local fifth grader Bella Robertson and a packet filled with entertaining and educational dog related information. Humans without dogs and would like to have one for the race, dog rentals may be available.
    Dogs and their human companions will gather at Rover Park in White Rock on April 25 to run the 5-kilometer course or walk the 2-mile course in the annual Dog Jog. Race prizes and awards will be given for the fastest runners, walkers and dogs in all manner of categories.  
    Coordinated by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, the Mountain Canine Corps and the Atomic City Roadrunners, the Dog Jog is a fundraising event for the Friends of the Shelter.  
    Friends of the Shelter is a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains shelter volunteers and helps purchase needed items and vet services for the dogs, cats and other animals at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.