Today's Features

  • 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.
    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.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Annie — A 9-year-old, spayed, female who just loves being petted! She has a very pretty black/gray, orange and white coat with short hair. Due to medical care needed by her owner, Annie is now at the shelter looking for her forever home. She can sometimes be a bit shy with shelter visitors, but she quickly warms up to you when you offer her some belly rubs!
    Freckles — An 8-year-old, spayed, female tortie whose pretty face is orange on one side and dark of the other. She is an indoor kitty who loves attention from adults. She can be a bit selective about other feline company and should have her own separate “facilities.” She wants to avoid children and dogs.

  • June 28- July 4, 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: Meatballs with rice
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.         Lunch: Chicken tenders
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio plus exercise

  • It is time again for opera in Santa Fe.
    The Santa Fe Opera is gearing up for five operas for the upcoming season that runs from July to August.
    First up is “The Daughter of the Regiment,” a French comedy composed by Gaetano Donizetti. It is the story of Marie, the beloved mascot of the 21st Infantry. Found as an infant on the battlefield, Marie grows up in the military life. Stage director Ned Canty compares the story to “a delicious meal that has been stripped of one ingredient after another until not even the entire dessert is left, just whipped cream.”
    “The cast is comprised of professional stage actors and singers and that is important,” said Daniel Zillmann, director of public relations.
    The opera is sung in French. Zillmann would like to point out that each seat contains a translator box in English and in Spanish.
    Soprano Anna Christy and Tenor Alek Shrader lead the cast.
    To hear insights from Canty and Shrader can be seen at YouTube.com/TheSantaFeOpera.
    “The Daughter of the Regiment” runs July 3, 8, 11, 17 and 24, and Aug. 3, 8, 12, 20, 26 and 29.

  • The White Rock Visitor Center now has two separate glass display cases available to showcase Los Alamos and White Rock businesses products and services.
    There are a total of 12 designated shelf spaces that will rotate as needed, but there currently is no waitlist.
    To sign up for the month of July or to find out more information about the program, contact Melanie Peña at 661-4836 or email melanie@losalamos.org.   
    Hundreds of visitors come into the White Rock Visitor Center each day wanting information on what there is to do in Los Alamos County and these displays will encourage them to also shop at local businesses.
    The Los Alamos Meeting and Visitor Bureau manages the business display rotation schedule.
    There is no cost to businesses to display and the only requirement is that businesses be based in Los Alamos County.
    The Meeting & Visitor Bureau and its employees will not sell merchandise on behalf of the retailer.

  • Sign up now for Recycled Fashion Show

    This year’s Trashionista Competition has been announced by the The County Environmental Services Division.
    The Recycled Fashion Show is scheduled for noon Nov. 14 at Fuller Lodge.
    Entry deadline is Nov. 11. Sign up now by call Environmental Services at 662-8163, or email solidwaste@lacnm.us.

    Register for mental health first aid

    An Adult Mental Health First Aid class will be offered July 15 by the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    The class will be taught by Wendy Linebrink-Allison of the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line is designed to fight stigma associated with mental illness, and to address the real desire to help someone who is struggling.
    Participants that attend a Mental Health First Aid, eight-hour course will learn the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury, psychosis, eating disorders and substance use disorders.

  • Today
    Downtown Dogs is a weekly walking group. All dogs and their humans are invited to walk from Pet Pangaea, 158 Central Park Square for a stroll around Downtown Los Alamos. 7 p.m. Come prepared with a standard leash, no longer than 6 feet.

    Authors Speak Series. Craig A. Smith. Author and music critic with his new book, “A Vision of Voices,” a biography of Santa Fe Opera founder John Crosby. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through Saturday at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Fourth Friday Downtown: Working with Wind Power. Engineer and design wind generators or build and fly a miniature helicoper. 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. WhiteWater Ramble. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.   
    Farmers Cooperative Market. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Co-op Market. The Farmer’s Cooperative Market will bring food from four farms, Camino de Paz, Monte Vista Farm, Tesuque Pueblo Farm and Shepherd’s Lamb. The producer’s co-op is also working with the co-op to make items from these farmers available in the store on a daily basis.

  • Other than the opera performances, there are plenty of other events for opera lovers to enjoy this season.
    Echoes from
    “Cold Mountain”
    A series of community events exploring adaptations of “Cold Mountain” and the Civil War
    Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s first opera, “Cold Mountain,” is celebrating its world premiere on Aug. 1. Based on Charles Frazier’s National Book Award-winning novel, the opera depicts the transformative journey of two loves separated during the American Civil War. Yet the story of “Cold Mountain” is not confined to our stage.
    As this summer marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War’s end, Santa Fe Opera’s Education and Community Outreach department has teamed up with several organizations throughout Santa Fe to present “Echoes from Cold Mountain.”
    The series uses literature, film, music, visual arts and scholarship to create a community dialogue that delves deeper into the Civil War, a pivotal conflict in the nation’s history. “Echoes from Cold Mountain” is a collaboration among Santa Fe Opera and the New Mexico History Museum, the Center for Contemporary Arts, Chatter and Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse.
    Book Club

  • The life of John Crosby, founder and animating spirit of the Santa Fe Opera, is a fascinating one.
    In the book “A Vision of Voices,” author and music critic Craig Smith has written an in-depth portrait of that visionary man. The Authors Speak Series will feature Smith talking about his work at 7 p.m. today in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library.
    The timing for Smith’s talk could not be better with the start of the 2015 Santa Fe Opera which runs July 3-Aug. 29, and features the operas “Daughter of the Regiment,” “Salome,” “La Finta Giardiniere,” “Rigoletto” and the world premiere of “Cold Mountain.”
    Smith is a freelance writer who spent more than 20 years as an arts critic for The Santa Fe New Mexican. Smith’s knowledge of both music and the music scene in Santa Fe brings a unique richness to his writing. The book is generously illustrated with photographs showing Crosby rubbing elbows with the rich, the famous, and the soon-to-be famous. Smith writes knowingly about the artists, Crosby’s idea of creating the opera apprentice program, and the operas Crosby loved.

  • Come to a star party at the Los Alamos Nature Center. First, visitors will start the evening off in the planetarium to get oriented. Next, everyone will head outside to observe the night sky through telescopes.
    The program will begin at 8 p.m. June 30 at the Nature Center.
    The summer sky shows off the Milky Way, which is the galaxy seen edge-on from its center way out into its spiral arms. During the program, Chick Keller will talk about what is known of the galaxy’s spiral shape and show where dust clouds obscure much of it.
    The group will have a chance to look at objects that tell us what’s going on in the night sky, such as star formation, age-old remnants, clusters, nebulae and more.
    The party will be extra special due to the spectacular event in the evening sky. At around 9 p.m. Venus and Jupiter will make a close approach and the size of the moon will be a sight to see.
    The pair will become visible at around 8:43 p.m. as the dusk sky fades, 26 degrees above the western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting two hours and 32 minutes after the sun at 10:55 p.m.
    At closest approach, the pair will be close enough to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or a through pair of binoculars.