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Today's Features

  • This is the time of year when we can have a week of fun and reflection, it, my friends, is homecoming week.
    By the time you read this, a revival of the volleyball and powder puff games will have taken place and we will be ready to feel the burn.
    The burn of course is the heat from the Los Alamos High School bonfire, which with the technical assist from the Los Alamos Fire Department will ignite a storm of spirit in the Sullivan Filed Parking lot from 8-9:30 p.m. Stop on by and thank those fine young men and women of the LAFD for their service if you didn’t get a chance to this weekend.
    The community should come on by for a little bit of fun to launch a whole lot of school spirit.
    The big parade is on Friday and community organizations are ready for a fun fest before the football game, and yeah! No politics. No offense to those running for office, but it is nice to have a political-free zone, even if only for 30 minutes or so.
    I’d like to highlight something that was brought to our attention last year just after the parade.
    Last year, we lost a stellar community guy by the name of Bill Hudson. Someone reflected that something that would have made Hudson happy was to assist in cleaning up the route after the parade, before we all head off to our own corners of the world.

  • LAPS invites the community to a public meeting to share comments and questions about the Smith Auditorium lobby redesign.
    The Smith Lobby Redesign Public Meeting will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 20.
    Lobby construction is tentatively planned to begin in the late spring of 2017. The lobby redesign is anticipated to be completed by November 2017.
    LAPS has contracted with FBT Architects for the redesign work. FBT has met several times with interested community users of Smith Auditorium to work out the initial requirements for the lobby.
    Smith Lobby Redesign Committee members include, LAPS COO Ahlers, Facilities Herb McLean, LAPS Smith Theater Manager Ross Mason, LAPS Rentals Coordinator Kristy Vigil, LA County’s Anthony Strain and Wayne Kohlrust, with Ann McLaughlin representing the LA Concert Assn. and Daren Savage representing Atomic City Children’s Theater.
    Lobby redesign highlights include moving the restroom doors from the theater side of the foyer to the lobby, as well as increasing the sizes of the restrooms and adding a family restroom. FBT’s redesign also adds a will-call window, formal concessions area and moving the theater manager office to the lobby area.
    Anyone who cannot attend can send comments to j.ahlers@laschools.net.

  • TODAY
    Chamber Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in room 230, building 2, at UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive. Topic will be an Economic Development Panel with Will Gleason, Patrick Sullivan and Therese Varela. Catered by Daniel’s Café. Chamber Members can register using their username and password on the events page of the chamber website at losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks at 8: 30 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    “Not Quite Right” performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and can be purchased at the door or in advance at CB Fox or from Brown Paper Tickets. Visit lalt.org for more information.

    Astronomy Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • Looking for an outdoorsy way to spend a Saturday? Join Evan Rose as he leads a beautiful hike on the Caja del Rio trail Saturday.
    The eight- to 10-mile trek through Santa Fe National Forest offers spectacular views of the Rio Grande, a vast array of wildflowers, and some much-needed fresh air. This outing, organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
    This hike is intended as an introduction to the Caja del Rio region. Participants will descend from Frijoles Overlook to the Rio Grande, providing a unique opportunity to access New Mexico’s greatest river from the east.
    Because the terrain will be steep and rocky, it is important to come prepared. Hikers are asked to wear sturdy hiking boots and bring a backpack containing three liters of water, food for the day, rain gear, a fleece layer, sunscreen and a hat.
    The group will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 8 a.m. before carpooling to the trailhead. Expect to spend the whole day on this trip. The outing is limited to 12 participants, so register now to save a spot. Admission costs $8 for members and $10 for non-members.
    Rose worked on laser and radiography projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory after receiving his Ph.D. in physics. Upon retiring, he began to focus on outdoor activities such as backpacking, canyoneering, climbing and skiing.

  • 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.
    CATS
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. Since Juan was on his own in the wild for quite some time, it has taken lots of time by a patient volunteer to help him adjust to life at the shelter and interaction with humans. Juan would do well in a home with other cats, as they make him feel more comfortable. Juan particularly loves the company of kittens, since he loves to give baths! Juan will need time and space to adjust and might hide for a while, but just give him some time! No children for this guy.

  • The spirit of Fidel Lee Gutierrez is alive and well in Los Alamos and will soon be headed down the hill for a memorial golf fundraiser on Sept. 19.
    Gutierrez, a former Los Alamos National Bank executive, has the heartfelt labors of friends and family working hard to keep his fun loving memory alive, with an event he would adore at the Santa Fe Country Club.
    “Our volunteers consist of many of Fidel’s family members and numerous friends from his childhood through his years as senior vice president at LANB,” said his wife, Gina Imprescia.
    A Lifetime Fund through, The Santa Fe Community Foundation has been established to benefit youth serving organizations throughout New Mexico.
    A four person scramble with a shotgun start will begin at 9am, include; lunch, awards and a raffle. Individual player fees are $125 or come for the non-golfer lunch for just $25.
    Singles, pairs and trios are welcome and additional team members will be added. The registration fees are due Monday, and additional information is available by calling 670-2963 or emailing fidelmemorialtourney@gmail.com.
    Those wishing to make a donation can send donations payable to the Santa Fe Community Foundation at P.O. Box 22523 Santa Fe, NM 87502-2523.

  • History Wednesdays, sponsored by the Los Alamos History Museum, is a free after-school program for first- through third-grade students.
    Registration is open through September 9th. History Wednesdays is a drop-off program in which children experience engaging, hands-on history activities under the guidance of the museum educator. The program will run starting Wednesday through Nov. 16. The class is 1-3 p.m., and meets in the classroom space in Fuller Lodge.
    Children will learn about history from the local to the global, through creative and participatory activities focused on sparking curiosity about history.
    History Wednesdays is a free program, but registration is required. Register online. For more information contact Aimee Slaughter, museum educator, at educator@losalamoshistory.org.

  • 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.  

  • Have you journeyed into the never-ending world of fractals? Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s dynamic fractal show is back for one evening this month at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
    This show incorporates math, science, art, and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music.
    This spectacular show starts promptly at 7 p.m. and seating is limited.
    Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature center and are only $10 for adults and $8 for children.
    This fractals show will run on the fourth Friday of each month, and is suitable for audiences ages 4 and up.
    For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • The 31st Annual Taos Pueblo Pow Wow will take place July 8-10.  This celebration is a fun filled weekend of Native American contemporary dance and songs; with a variety of Native arts and delicious foods.
    “A pow wow is a gathering of Indian Nations in a common circle of friendship,” says Richard Archuleta, chairman of the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Committee. “A pow wow is the common fiber which draws Indian people together.”
    Attending a pow wow offers visitors the chance to listen to Native American music, eat a variety of delicious foods, and watch dance competitions, which are at the heart of the pow wow experience.
    For more information, including a full list of events and dances, visit taospueblopowwow.com. For more information, call 888-285-6344.
    Admission is $15 per person, per day and $20 per person for a two-day pass. The cost is $25 per person for a three-day pass. Children 10 and under are free.
    The Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Committee asks that visitors observe these rules: the arena area and announcers stand are off limits to photographers. Ask permission of an individual before taking their photo. They ask that photographers do not touch dancers regalia without permission.