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Today's Features

  • In honor of all veterans and Native American Heritage Month, Jemez Springs Public Library will present a talk by author Judith Avila and Latham Nez, grandson of the last code talker, Chester Nez who passed away in June.
    They will talk about Nez’s memoir of his experiences as a code talker, one of the Native American heroes of World War II.
    Chester Nez was the last survivor of the original 29 Navajo code talkers of WWII — the men who developed the only unbroken code in modern warfare. During World War II, the Japanese managed to crack every code the U.S. military used. But when the Marines turned to their Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret language, the men stymied the enemy and helped to assure victory for the United States in the South Pacific.
    After a career working at the VA hospital in Albuquerque, he lived with his son’s family in his later years. The family believes it is very important for the legacy of the code talkers to be remembered. Talking about the book, co-authored by Nez and Judith Avila, is a way to do so, to honor Chester Nez’s memory and the remarkable story of all the code talkers.

  • “Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women,” is the first exhibit of its kind featuring leading American Indian Women sculptors of 20th and 21st centuries.
    The exhibit is open now at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and runs through Oct. 19, 2015. The exhibition features figures of women sculpted by seven American Indian women artists. Most of the 10 works on view will be in the museum’s outdoor Roland Sculpture Garden.
    There is a long history of sculpting among the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The artists in Courage and Compassion, while contemporary in their approach are steeped in tradition. Using the same materials as their ancestors did thousands of years ago, the works presented draw on cultural influences of those who have gone before
    The depictions of women shown in this exhibit are not portraits of particular women, with one exception, but speak to their strength in their native cultures, their roles and how they are viewed.

  • Students from around the state are asked to submit their work for the 2015 Desert Light Film Festival, which will be held on April 24, 2015 in Alamogordo.
    The competition gives students an opportunity to showcase their work, compete for prizes and participate in seminars designed for young filmmakers.
    Thanks to the new financial support of local cable, phone and Internet company, Baja Broadband, Desert Light Film Festival will host its 12th Annual festival and competition.
    Desert Light is open to all New Mexico high school and middle school students, including students who attend public, private or charter schools, or who are home schooled.
    Categories include drama/comedy, animation, music video, documentary, experimental film and 30-second commercial. The criteria for all categories include production quality, creativity and originality, resourcefulness and entertainment value. Judging sheets for each category will include films are submitted and judged in either the high school or middle school division.

  • Unsuspecting guests stranded on an island with no hope for escape, a wickedly creative killer on the loose and a disembodied voice from the study — Agatha Christie’s timeless skill for murder mysteries is on stage in the Los Alamos Little Theater’s “And Then There Were None.”
    Dennis Powell returns to directing one of Christie’s plays, this time with a large cast of characters, each with his or her own mysterious past and a motive for murder.
    The setting for this charming little mystery is the drawing room of a well-furnished manor, but the twist is that the 10 characters invited there for a weekend getaway find themselves completely stranded with no hope of rescue. Add to the mix a mysterious voice, a lethal nursery rhyme and the bodies (and suspects) start piling up.
    A large part of the 12-person cast is relatively new or recent newcomers to the stage, though some old favorites return as well, and each character has a wonderfully distinct persona, as could only be expected from one of Christie’s works.
    The cast of characters include the stern, old fashioned lady (Tami Martinson as Emily Brent), a foppish young man-about-town (Conner Schultz as Anthony Marston), and even the inevitable butler and his wife (Michael Adkins and Christine Fischahs as Mr. and Mrs. Rogers).

  • Today
    Review the Draft Transit Study and Five Year Transit Plan at the Transportation Board Meeting. 5:30 p.m. 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.

    Families in Action: for Teens and Parents. An evidence-based class to ease the transition as children turn into young adults. 6:30-8:15 p.m. every Thursday through Nov. 20 at 1900 Diamond Dr. at Pueblo Complex. For more information, visit lafsn.org, or call 662-4515.

    “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.
    Friday
    Jemez Thrift Shop Bag Days. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock.

    A special school board meeting will be 4:30 p.m. in the Los Alamos Public School Board Room, 2075 Trinity, Suite V.

    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Concert under the direction of LA Community Winds conductor Ted Vives. 7 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church. No charge for admission, donations accepted.

  • 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.
    Thursday
    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?