Today's Features

  • Mid-1950s crime thriller “Bad Day At Black Rock” will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.
    The moody Spencer Tracy classic opens “Just the Way it Happened!” (according to the tagline) as a railway train pulls into a quiet Arizona town and John J. Macreedy (Tracy) steps off. Apparently, it’s the first time the train has stopped in Black Rock in a number of years, and the locals are none too happy to have a newcomer.
    Macreedy can’t get a cab and then is denied a hotel room, although there are clearly plenty of vacancies. He manages to rent a room only to be harassed by a man (Lee Marvin) claiming the room is his.
    Macreedy encounters this attitude everywhere he goes. What are the townspeople hiding? What does Macreedy want with a man named Kumoko who was supposedly sent to a Japanese internment camp? The questions in this post-World-War-2 drama will keep audiences tense and engaged until the end.
    The film was Oscar-nominated in 1956 for Best Actor (Tracy), Best Director (John Sturges), and Best Writing, Screenplay (Millard Kaufman).

  • Los Alamos residents Jim and Gail Little will commemorate their 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday.
    Friends and family are invited to join the Littles for a vow renewal ceremony at noon at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Drive, following the regular morning worship service. The couple’s three daughters, Brenda Finch, Cindy Little and Nancy Craven, will host a reception in their parents’ honor from 12:30-2 p.m., in the Friendship Center at the church.
    Jim and Gail Little were married Sept. 2, 1956, at the Methodist Church in Sutherland, Nebraska. The afternoon ceremony was officiated by Gail’s maternal grandfather, Rev. William H. Hendrickson.
    The Littles lived in Maryland, Kansas, Colorado, and Nevada before moving to Los Alamos in 1967.

  • Well an entire year has gone away and here we are again on the brink of another year devoted to building the Assets of our children in Los Alamos.
    The month of September always kicks off the year for us. Students of all ages head back to school and we may need to be reminded how much every interaction means not just to them, but for them.
    This year our Change for Change collection has a very pointed purpose. That purpose is to recognize the great things youth do all throughout the year.
    Often we get busy and forget to send a card, offer a kind word or recognize a good deed.
    The Community Youth Award from Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) is meant to do that all year long. Our newest youth was presented her award today and you will read about it later this week. It requires adults to stop down, put pen to paper or computer to email and highlight the great things, not academic or athletic, that kids do each day.
    Some of the businesses collecting change this year include; Aspen Copies, Morning Glory Bakery, The Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, The Children’s Clinic, Finishing Touch and Village Arts.
    The funds raised will be used to sponsor each monthly award for youth. They are presented a goodie bag with things that would bring a smile to the face of any teen. If you know a deserving youth, let us know.

    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.
    Coffee and Connections at 10 a.m. at Ruby K’s Bagel Café. This  monthly meeting is for swapping leads and exchanging ideas about resolving your business challenges with fellow Chamber members. Chamber representatives are on hand to answer questions about Chamber member benefits and upcoming events. Coffee and food are no-host. Reserve a seat online http://losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/coffee-and-conn....

    Half-price sale on everything in the store at The Thrift Store at the United Church, 2545 Canyon Road, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Keystones of Water Quality: Macroinvertebrates at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Dr. Rossana Sallenave reveals how to protect our aquatic resources by using living organisms as a measure of environmental health. Free.

  • Aug. 28-Sept. 3
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Mild Sausage, Rice Pilaf
    12:15 p.m.        Smart Driver Class
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Meatloaf     
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.         Cardio Plus Exercise    
    10:30 a.m.        Music with Ruth    

  • Summit Garden Club will hold a plant sale at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 10.
    Over 300 landscape garden and indoor plants will be available for sale, in 2-inch to 1-gallon containers, and some even in 5-gallon containers.
    Spectacular, mature house plants will also be for sale. Members will demonstrate how to divide, store, care and plant iris. Iris rhizomes will also be for sale.  Club members also will be available to assist with plant identification and planting instructions.  
    A few examples of plants to be offered are coneflower, Mexican hat, coreopsis, oregano, chives, Rocky Mountain penstemon, phlox blue mist spirea, blue avena grass, yarrow, columbine and lavender. Some  houseplants for sale are amaryllis, Boston fern calla lily, ficus tree and jasmine.  
    Money collected from the plant sale will go to supporting Summit Garden Club projects. Among the activities of the club is the care of the White Rock Community Garden and gardens at Bandelier National Monument. The club also gives an annual scholarship to a graduating Los Alamos High School senior. Educational programs for members and the public are provided on different gardening subjects throughout the year.  

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter, but two very dedicated Friends of the Shelter volunteers have been working with Juan to help him relax. He’s finally learning that people can be nice and gentle, particularly when they have treats! Check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan!

    Los Alamos Piecemakers meeting from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Los Alamos United Church. “Redwork Workshop” with Michelle Watts. Watts will be teach how to embroider using our domestic sewing machine. Contact skapple@cybermesa.com interested in attending.  

    Green Hour Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike to Jemez Falls. Free.

    Noted historian and broadcaster David King Dunaway will speak at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda. His talk is entitled “Force and Violins.” Dunaway is Professor of English and Communications (adjunct) at the University of New Mexico. Dunaway also created the 13-part radio series “Writing the Southwest” which is accompanied by a book of the same name. For more information, visit the events link on losalamoslibrary.org or call 662-8253.
    Author Phil Archuletta will speak at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library as part of the Authors Speak Series. Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries sponsor the talks. For more information, visit the events link on losalamoslibrary.org or call 662-8253.

  • “Granite Mountain” will film one of the final scenes in Los Alamos from 3-7 p.m. Friday in Quemazon, in the area of Quemazon Loop and Torreon.
    Los Alamos Police Department staff were hired by the production company to conduct traffic control at all access points of the film location within Quemazon. Los Alamos Fire Department personnel will also be on hand.
    Quemazon residents will have access through the set.
    Film crew have notified each home within the filming area and have made efforts to talk to residents to minimize impacts, according to the county.
    There will be a casting call for children to be paid extras for two scenes being filmed Friday. The children, ages 3-7 will appear as extras in a scene that will be filmed at either Urban Park or Rover Park in the morning, and children ages 8-12 will appear in the scene in Quemazon Friday evening. Those interested in having his or her child participate must register in advance (photo and contact information) at egcasting.com. Details will be issued immediately upon confirmation.

  • A part of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County’s enthusiastic start to the campaign season, two young Democrats from Los Alamos, Tarin Nix and Katie Christoffersen, attended the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
    Over 50 diverse Democrats of all walks of life strolled hand-in-hand in the Fair & Rodeo Parade in support of Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Aug. 10 was the first meeting of the brand new chapter the Young Democrats of Los Alamos County.
    The calendar is filled with great events including the “Welcome to the Revolution: Organizing Kick-off” from 6:30-8 p.m. today at 170 Central Park Square. The event will live stream Bernie’s speech at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Hillary for Los Alamos County campaign will host a picnic from 5-7 p.m., providing food and drinks, along with activities for the kids. The picnic will feature Garcia Richard, State Senator Richard Martinez, and Marco Serna, candidate for District Attorney.
    Stop by the campaign headquarters at 170 Central Park Square for information or to pick up bumper stickers, buttons and yard signs, or call 500-4146 for information.