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Today's Features

  • TODAY

    Coffee Conversations from 4-5:15 p.m. at Smith’s Starbucks. The community is invited to join a weekly conversation about reimaging education in Los Alamos. This week’s meeting topic is:  Students Making the Right Choices. More information at odysseylosalamos.weebly.com or k.holmes@laschools.net.

    FRIDAY

    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. 

     

    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for children. 

     

    Trick–or–Treat on MainStreet will haunt downtown Los Alamos at 4 p.m. on Central Avenue, between 15th to 20th streets. 

     

    High Tech Halloween at the Bradbury Science Museum from 4-6:30 p.m. Interactive demonstration of a vacuum chamber, a simulated chain reaction using lights and optics and a “Critter Alley.” 

     

  • Oct. 24-Oct. 29

    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

     

     

    MONDAY

    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    9:45 a.m. Matter of Balance Class

    10 a.m. Advisory Council

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken Tenders 

    6 p.m. Argentine Tango Dancing

    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY

    8:45 a.m. Variety Training

  • BY JAN MONTOYA
    jan@lamonitor.com

  • Tax Help New Mexico and the IRS are seeking community volunteers across New Mexico and especially in the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area to provide free tax assistance to those who need help filing their taxes.
    Tax Help New Mexico volunteers serve in a variety of roles. Volunteers are needed to electronically file tax returns, greet taxpayers and help organize their paperwork, set up and keep running computer equipment used to electronically file tax returns, manage the tax site and do quality control.
    “Tax Help New Mexico needs fellow New Mexicans all across the state and at this time, from Albuquerque and near-by communities. We are looking for area volunteers who are interested in taking a little time to learn about taxes and then helping others by preparing federal and state income tax returns for free,” said IRS spokesperson, Liz Perea. “Volunteers are certified to prepare simple, non-business tax returns for people with low to moderate incomes. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to volunteer. There is a role for anyone who is interested, anyone who wants to help and give back to their community.”

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre will hold an open play reading of Tom Stoppard’s classic comedy “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Performing Arts Center.
    Acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, the play is the tale of Hamlet, as told from the worm’s-eye view of two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play.
    In Stoppard’s best-known work, the Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads the two characters to a tragic but inevitable end.
    Brief appearances of major characters from Hamlet, who enact fragments of the original play’s scenes, add to the bewilderment of the two protagonists, who voice their confusion at the progress of events occurring onstage without them in Hamlet.
    LALT will produce the play in the spring. The reading is an opportunity to gain familiarity with the script prior to auditions in February.
    Men and women of a wide age range are needed for the cast. John Cullinan will direct. John Gustafson is the producer.
    The Performing Arts Center is located at 1670 Nectar St. More information is available at LALT.org.

  • The New Mexico Department of Health has changed the hours of operation and services provided at the Los Alamos Public Health Office due to staffing changes.
    The clinic, located at 1183 Diamond Drive, No. D, in Los Alamos, will be open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed noon-1 p.m.) and will be closed Mondays.
    Services provided at this clinic will include children’s medical services (children and youth with special health care needs), and women, infants, and children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program. Services will be provided by appointment only.
     All other public health services are available at the Rio Arriba County Public Health Office located at 2010 Industrial Park Rd in Española. Appointments are also required at the Rio Arriba office.
    For more details, contact the Los Alamos Public Health Office at 662-4038 or the Rio Arriba Public Health Office at  753-2794.

  • TODAY
    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.
    SATURDAY
    Photography Class for second and third-graders from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore the basics of taking a good picture with retired teacher Mrs. Magelssen. This class is perfect for second- and third-grade students. A camera and snacks will be provided. Space is limited. Advance registration required. Cost is $16 for members, $20 for non-members.

    Feature Film: “From Earth to the Universe” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy 180 degrees of entertainment. Join us on a colorful and inspiring journey through our universe. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.

    Dark Night at 6:30 p.m. at Spirio soccer field, Overlook Park, White Rock. The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night, weather permitting. The public is invited to wander among the telescopes and star gaze. Five planets will potentially be visible during the night: Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. There will be a tour of the late-summer and fall constellations, and telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve at 662-3252 for information.

  • The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a county-sponsored dark night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park, weather permitting.
    The public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze.  Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune will potentially be visible during the evening.
    There will be a tour of the late-summer and fall constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.  
    Viewing will end before midnight.
    Call Steve at 662-3252 for information.

  • LA Soup and Specialty Foods, LLC, owned by Monica Van de Water, has announced it will be offering a pop-up soup and perogies service at projectY cowork Los Alamos Oct. 25 for lunch and dinner.
    Since 2015, Van de Water has offered home delivery service of specialty soups and comfort food sides she cooks out of her licensed commercial-grade kitchen in White Rock.
    Having attracted some loyal followers through her research and development over the years, Van de Water is now ready to expand and wants to introduce her food to the greater Los Alamos and White Rock communities.  
    During the pop-up, patrons may pick up food from projectY cowork, located at 150 Central Park Square, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch and 4-6 p.m. for dinner. Van de Water will be serving her roasted pumpkin garlic soup with Brazilian cheese breads, as well as perogies smothered with either caramelized onions and bacon, or a vegetarian-friendly version with mushrooms. Single- and family-sized portions will be served to eat on-site or take home. Advance orders may be made through the LA Soup and Specialty Foods’ website, but it is not required.

  • I write my column this week as just a mom, just a parent or caregiver like many of you.
    If you don’t really keep up with the news, last week our teachers, kind of got a punch in the gut. I dare to say two rounds of it, to be honest.
    Round one was the data release of teacher evaluations. The snippets that we hear about here and there are not really enough to allow the average bear to really understand what all of the fuss is about. It may even come across as people just not wanting to be evaluated, but if you could hear some of the tales, it is a slap in the face to good educators.
    There is not enough column space for me to explain what is involved in a teacher evaluation, how wrong they can be and how illogical it all sounds when talking about an educational system. As a town that thrives on data, the hypothesis is clearly not supported by the experiment, as the analysis of the data does not allow one to draw conclusions possibly allowing results that may not align partially or at all with the data.
    How’s that for the layman’s explanation?
    Now for round two of the fight. Last week, staff heard they were not allowed to miss more than three days during the school year without suffering more related to evaluations.