Today's Features

  • When Van Cliburn International Piano Competition medalist Sean Chen takes the stage in the Duane Smith Auditorium in September, he will join more than 300 soloists and ensembles presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association since its founding in 1946.
    Celebrating its 70th Anniversary, LACA has presented dozens of solo pianists, string quartets, wind and brass ensembles, guitarists, orchestras and vocal ensembles.
    “These are classical musicians who have performed in great concert halls all over the world,” said Ann McLaughlin, LACA artistic director. “We are very fortunate to have artists of this caliber performing in Los Alamos.”
    Chen will join an impressive list of artists from the past 70 years that includes Yo-Yo Ma, Andrés Segovia, Emanuel Ax, Midori, Frederica von Stade, the Juilliard and Guarneri String Quartets, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and many others.
    The artists slated to perform in the coming season continue that world-class tradition.
    Chen will open the season on Sept. 25. He is the first American to medal in the Cliburn Competition since Jon Nakamatsu won gold in 1997. Nakamatsu and his duo partner, clarinetist Jon Manasse will close the season on April 17.

  • The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is host to a daylong event at The Downs at Santa Fe on Saturday. The first-ever Dog Days of Summer in Santa Fe offers a day for the whole family, including canines.
    The event kicks off with a Color Dash 5K at 10 a.m., and then continues with live music, food trucks and refreshments from the Santa Fe Brewing Company.
    Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at The Downs, although preregistration is encouraged at sfasdogdays.com. Every paid Dasher receives a white T-shirt, dash bib, CD 5K tattoo and one color pack.
    The Dash is a fundraiser held in partnership with the shelter and El Camino Real Academy Wildcats. The race ends with a color explosion at 11 a.m. The “explosion” is actually packets of nontoxic color dye thrown in the air at the conclusion of the race. Also included in the celebration are dance competitions, a hula-hoop contest and many more contests with swag giveaways.
    From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., there will be games for dogs and their people, vendor booths, bouncy houses, mural painting, a dog agility course and Frisbee demonstrations from Disc Dogs of New Mexico.

  • All concerts in St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art unless otherwise noted.

    6 p.m. Sunday
    Mozart String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516
    Jennifer Gilbert, violin; Harvey de Souza, violin; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola;
    Daniel Phillips, viola; Eric Kim, cello
    Bartók Piano Quintet
    Dover Quartet
    Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34a
    Anne-Marie McDermott, piano; Miami String Quartet
    Tickets: $10-$78

    6 p.m. Aug. 17
    5 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Composer Alexander Goehr with Marc Neikrug
    Mozart Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos, K. 448/K. 375a
    Soyeon Kate Lee, piano; Ran Dank, piano
    Goehr Seven Impromptus for two pianos, Op. 96
    Ran Dank, piano; Soyeon Kate Lee, piano
    Smetana String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor, “From My Life”
    Miami String Quartet
    Tickets: $10-$78

    Noon Aug. 18
    Anne-Marie McDermott Piano Recital
    Bach Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826
    Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, Op. 84
    Tickets: $10-$26

  • Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, August 14, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    12:00 PM County Council Meeting – Live
    02:00 PM United in Christ
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:00 PM The Garage
    08:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock & Roll
    09:00 PM Bandelier National Monument Naturalization Ceremony
    10:30 PM FMP Live
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, August 15, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, August 16, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:15 PM Los Alamos Non-Profit Spotlight
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Aug. 10-15, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Green chile cheese             burger
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Legal workshop
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:45 a.m.        Music with Ruth

  • It is time to submit entries for the Friends of the Shelter Calendar. It is easy to do online at calendar lafos.org. If anyone has adopted a shelter pet, particularly a pet from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, consider adding a photograph to the 2016 calendar.

    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:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    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.

  • Today
    Los Alamos High School Class of 1985 is having its 30-year reunion. More information can be found on lahs85.org, or on Facebook at Los Alamos High School, Class of 1985.
    Nature Playtimes at the Nature Center. 10-11 a.m. Kids aged 0-5 and their caregivers come to the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore the natural world. Children rotate through themed centers inside and outside, with story time to start them off. Mondays except holidays. Free. More information at losalamosnature.org.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon in the meeting room at the golf course, 4250 Diamond Dr. Guest speaker will be Gabe Baca, UNM-LA director of the Adult Learning Center.

    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.

    Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II lecture. 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. New Mexico State Historian Rick Hendricks will talk about the role New Mexico played in World War II.

  • For many centuries, dogs have been referred to as “man’s best friend.”
    Many of us consider our dogs a part of the family and would do anything to protect them. Whether your dog stays primarily outside or takes regular naps on your bed, a dog house is essential for your pet’s protection outdoors.
    Providing a safe outdoor place for your dog is important, especially if they live outside or are going to spend long periods of time outdoors. Portability, durability and size are all factors to consider when purchasing or building an outdoor shelter for Fido.
    An effective dog house will protect your dog from extreme temperatures, wind, rain, snow and even potential predators.
    Dr. Sarah Griffin, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, explains why a dog house is essential for Texas dog owners.
    “Dogs dissipate heat by convection (fan or wind blowing), radiation (through their skin), conduction (laying on something cool) and evaporation (panting). On a summer day in central Texas when the temperature is 100-plus degrees, 60 percent humidity and 5 mph wind, the dog can only dissipate heat effectively by evaporation. The dog needs a shelter to help him stay cool,” she said.

  • The new White Rock Branch Library will host an Open House from 5- 8 p.m. on Tuesday, featuring best-selling author Hampton Sides. Sides is an award-winning editor of Outside and the author of the bestselling histories, “Hellhound on his Trail,” “Blood and Thunder” and “Ghost Soldiers.” His latest book, “In the Kingdom of Ice,” has just been released in paperback.

    Sides will give a talk at 6 p.m. about the book, and remain after the talk to meet with people and sign copies of his book. Paperback copies will be available for purchase at the event. Refreshments are provided by Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.

    Photography by White Rock photographer Martin Cooper will also be dedicated at 5:30 p.m. at the Open House. Cooper and his wife, Bev, have donated six large pieces, which have been printed on wood, to the library’s permanent art collection.

    The White Rock Branch opened to the public July 31.The Los Alamos County Libraries are open seven days each week, from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Today
    Los Alamos High School Class of 1985 is having its 30-year reunion. More information can be found on lahs85.org, or on Facebook at Los Alamos High School, Class of 1985.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The Derailers, country. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.

    Summer Art Camp Showcase. Aug. 3-8. Opening reception from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 8.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    The Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Parade. 10-11:30 a.m. along Central Avenue.

    Thrash n’ Bash. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Los Alamos Skate Park. Meet & greet the Derby Dames and see what the Atomic Kings have to offer and the community has a chance to show off skating skills to earn some custom items or gear. And for music, local punk rock band The Nukeproofs will be playing their final show together as a group, followed by the band Flesh Castle.

    White Rock Artist Market. First Saturday of the month at the Visitor Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Runs through October.

    Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo. Parade. 10-11:30 a.m. along Central Avenue.