Today's Features

  • Self Help, Inc. recently received seed money for Self Reliance grants that provides individuals and families assistance in seeking the skills, equipment and resources to initiate job training, continuing education, vocational development, home businesses/cottage industries, or other projects that will encourage integration into the workforce and enhance financial self-reliance.
    The recipients are:
    • Phoenix Eco-Sustainable Fashions by Thalia Gibbs-Jackson. Creating eco-sustainable fashion by repairing, repurposing, refashioning, recycling yarn, natural-fiber fabrics, and garments. Her goal is to educate as well as assist clients in shopping with a conscience by saving the planet one garment at a time.
    • The original kangaroo scarf with pockets made by women living in Taos. Kangaroo scarves are for men and women that provide warmth utility and style perfect for outdoor activities, and indoor warm-ups. Pockets keep needed things handy. One of the lines of fleece scarves are made of 100 percent recycled material.
    • The Kangaroo Girls by Gail Russel. Grantees will be showing their creations at The Los Alamos Arts Council Holiday Arts and crafts Fair on Nov. 22 and at the 2015 Empty Bowls Project on March 7, 2015. For more information, visit kangarooscarves.com/.

  • Los Alamos High School NJROTC unit recently hosted Albuquerque’s La Cueva High School and Farmington’s Piedra Vista High School for the Northern New Mexico Tri-Meet for marksmanship. There were 23 cadets who competed in the event and participated in an informal orienteering activity.
    La Cueva’s Maggie Guetersloh finished in first place precision with 581 followed by LAHS’s JoAnna with 579. LAHS’s Samantha Miller was eighth place with 564. Other LAHS precision shooters were: Holly Hayes (550) and David Murphy (535). LAHS sporter shooters were: Stephanie Nielsen (502) Victor Kim (492), Jodi Thomas (429), Jacob Torres (366), and Felicity Kubic (460). Stephanie Nielsen was the high sporter shooter overall.
    The La Cueva Silver and Blue teams, coached by 1st Sgt. Al Griego took first and second place, while LAHS coached by LCDR Wes Shumaker placed third, with Piedra Vista coached by Lt. Col. David Naber in fourth.
    The cadets were treated to a barbecue by the booster club following the event.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center kicked off its annual fund drive on Nov. 1. Its goal is to raise $15,000 to support the costs of operating the nature center all year long and providing free or low cost nature programs to the community.
    Again this year, PEEC is keeping track of donations through a “bearometer.” If PEEC reaches its goal by Dec. 31, the bear will be able to hibernate for the winter.
    Unique to this year’s annual drive is an opportunity for matching funds. For every $1 donated to the annual fund drive, anonymous donors will match with an equal donation to the one-time Take Wing campaign to raise funds for the new nature center, up to $20,000.
    “We are so grateful for the many people who have generously contributed to our Take Wing fundraising campaign, and they may be asking themselves why PEEC is asking for donations again,” said PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson. “In fact, it’s two entirely different campaigns to support very different things.”
    Gifts to the fund drive go toward the annual operating budget and allows PEEC to keep offering the hikes, classes, talks and school field trips.

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

    Sierra Club Open Meeting: Jeri Sullivan presents: The Energy-Water Nexus. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, bldg. 200, room 203. Jeri Sullivan presents: The Energy-Water Nexus. Sullivan will discuss issues surrounding water use in New Mexico, development of brackish water resources, and the recycling of oil-and-gas produced water as a substitute for fresh water use in exploration and production.

    “No Limitations.” Work by photographer Kimber Wallwork-Heineman. Daily through November at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery.

    “Masquerade.” Daily through Nov. 15 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Review the Draft Transit Study and Five Year Transit Plan at the Transportation Board Meeting. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Municipal Building, Room 110.

    The Master Gardeners meeting will be in the White Rock Visitors Center. Member should arrive at 6:30 p.m. to view the landscaping.

    The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “Lonely Are the Brave,” 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room.

  • “Lonely Are the Brave” (1962, rated PG) takes viewers beyond the fences, where civilization means something very different and a horse is a man’s best friend.
    “In the more than 60 films that I’ve made, this is my favorite,” wrote leading man Kirk Douglas in a 1989 letter to the Los Angeles Times, after the death of Edward Abbey. The film is based on Abbey’s novel, “The Brave Cowboy.”
    Los Alamos audiences will have their chance to see why at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting room at Mesa Public Library.
    John W. Burns (Douglas) is an outlaw by nature. He lives alone, working as a ranch hand, riding his horse wherever the desert allows. He re-enters society in order to help his old friend Paul Bondi (Michael Kane), imprisoned for aiding illegal immigrants. He plans to get arrested for acting drunk and disorderly, and then while in the slammer, slip a file out of his cowboy boot so Bondi can break out.
    Unfortunately, even the best-laid plans sometimes don’t work out, and Burns finds himself running from the sheriff (Walter Matthau), scampering with his horse Whisky up mountains no horse should ever ascend.
    Will he make it? More interestingly, will he make it with his horse?

  • Selected Los Alamos High School students recently participated in a retreat at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort as part of the Natural Helpers program. The trip was funded by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB). For more information about the program visit preventionnewmexico.com/Natural_Helpers.html.

  • A recent grant of $1,500 was given to Pajarito Environmental Education Center by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation to hold seven field trips, as well as classroom visits for local fifth graders, through the Migratory Bird Study Science Field Trip program.
    The bird-banding program introduces the students to the birds that share their environment.
    “This program exposes our schoolchildren to the core values of PEEC: nature, education and community,” said PEEC’s Director of Education Siobhan Niklasson. “The migratory bird study is a collaborative effort bringing together scientists from across agencies, cultures and continents with a shared passion for birds.
    Scientists from LANL and Bandelier National Monument participate in the study, and PEEC’s educators share our natural heritage and a truly authentic experience of field science with the next generation of students.” Niklasson said. “We are extremely grateful to the LANL Foundation for making this opportunity possible.”
    Through this program, students from Los Alamos and Jemez Pueblo have had the opportunity to see field science in action, and they have gained an appreciation for the wild bird neighbors and a sense of the excitement for doing science in the field.

  • Today
    Auditions for “Mr. Roberts.” 6-9 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theater’s Green Room, 1670 Nectar St. Scripts are available for check out at the Mesa Public Library Reference Desk. For more information, call 670-9448.

    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. Meetings moderated by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson, or by a group member. Past presentations are posted and available to all on the website laaug.wordpress.com/. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    LAHS Dance program students and Ballroom dance teacher Mrs. Natasha Barkhudarova will be teaching four weeks of Tango lessons. 7-8 p.m. at the LAHS ’Topper Theater, also known as the Black Box. Adults $40; students/teachers, $20 (for four weekly one-hour classes). Drop-in rate for adults $12; students/teachers, $6 (per class). Proceeds go to the dance program.

    The Los Alamos Historical Society hosts The Southwestern Wine Guy, Jim Hammond to speak about the 400-year-old history of wine making in New Mexico. 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

  • Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley and Los Alamos Inc. is celebrating 20 years of service in Los Alamos and Española. There will be a festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 726 N. Riverside Drive at the thrift store location.
    Activities include free bouncy house for kids, special sales in the stores, face painting for a $2 suggested donation and a fundrasing lunch with hot dog, chips and drink for $10.
    The fundraiser will help Habitat for Humanity make the thrift store buildings safe and efficient. The Española branch recently attained vacant and aged buildings to give new life and purpose to the community.
    Through the business in these stores, funding for construction activities are possible.
    There is much to celebrate, including 10 new homes constructed, 56 home repairs completed and six 6 Brush With Kindness projects completed.
    Habitat for Humanity is partners with Help NM, La Alba, United Way and offering help to the Red Cross, Social Services, Goodwill, Crisis Center and more.
    The public is welcome.

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council announces its Brown Bag Performance Series concert on Nov. 5 at noon in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. This concert features local Los Alamos music students.
    The teachers of all these students are members of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the Professional Music Teachers of NM (PMTNM) and its local affiliates, Los Alamos Music Teachers Association (LAMTA) and the Santa Fe Music Teachers Association (SFMTA).
    The LAAC’s Brown Bag concerts showcase local performing artists and are free and open to the public.
    More information about the LAAC visit losalamosartscouncil.org/.