Today's Features

  • Unamendable: a law that cannot be changed, no matter how problematic it has become. Think about that.
    An “unamendable” provision of the New Mexico Constitution has finally been amended. This was the provision that required school board elections to be held at a separate time from all other elections. It has resulted in miserably low turnouts at school elections for decades.
    The provision was written in a way that required impossible majorities to change it. So even though solid majorities have voted several times over the years to change this, it was not done until a few weeks ago, when the state Supreme Court found a legally adequate argument to acknowledge the will of the voters.
    It will still take several steps, including new legislation, before the change can be implemented, so that school elections can be held together with municipal and other nonpartisan elections.
    At the same time, however, the voters of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County have just temporarily dodged a bullet of unamendability: a proposed city ordinance to require all employers, with no exclusions, to provide sick leave.

    Book and Gift Fair at the Los Alamos Medical Center from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Doctor’s Lobby. Sale benefits the LAMC Auxiliary. All major credit cards accepted.

    Gentle Walks at 8:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Admission: Free.
    High Tea at 3 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 10 and under. Tea served with savory and sweet offerings, piano music by Joe Cox, fashions from Shop on the Corner, and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the church office. All proceeds go to support the “House of Hope” and “Trinity Builders” in their house building mission work in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico November 2016. Call 662-5107 for more information.

    Tales on the Trail at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center.  Join storytellers for a walk around the nature center landscape and Kinnikinnik Park. Free.

    Feature Film: “Exploding Universe” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through space and discover explosive events that shaped the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • Members of the public are invited to meet the top candidates vying for the position of county attorney at a reception hosted by the County Council at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Community Room at the Golf Course. Refreshments will be served.
    Becky Ehler recently retired as the county attorney.
    The position is appointed by the Council.

  • It will be an “out of this world” Pumpkin Splash & Halloween Carnival at the Walkup Aquatic Center on Oct. 29.  
    Admission is $7 per person and limited to 150 space travelers. Admission includes diving into the pool to collect your pumpkin, flying over to the classroom for pumpkin decorating, then moving from one adventure to the next with space themed carnival games, a photo booth and crafts. The event is from 10 a.m.– 1 p.m. with the pumpkin retrieval beginning at 11 a.m.
    The 2016 Pumpkin Splash is a “Teal Pumpkin” event that offers food and non-food treat options to all participants.
    For more information contact the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Division at 662-8170 or lacrec@lacnm.us. Registration is also available online at losalamosnm.us/rec. 

  • Bears are incredibly intelligent animals who use vocalizations and body language to communicate.
    Join wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Nature Center for an exciting talk about the language of bears.
    Ratajczak will share photos, stories and data that explain how bears communicate in the wild. This is a free talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Ratajczak is a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service in the Santa Fe National Forest. Apex (top) predators and other large mega-fauna are his passion and specialty.
    Before he joined the Forest Service, Ratajczak managed a black bear rehabilitation, research and education facility outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
    He then went on to work for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and served as the big game program coordinator managing the state’s bear, deer and elk programs.
    He eventually became chief of wildlife for the state of Tennessee but found the “desk-life” didn’t suit him and decided to pursue his lifelong dream of living and working in the west.
    Ratajczak’s talk will be at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. The talk is free to attend, and no registration is required.

    The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, four uniquely accomplished musicians, will perform at the Duane Smith Auditorium at 4 p.m. The quartet brings a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach. Tickets are $30-$35 at losalamosconcert.org, ticketssantafe.com, Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock; the Lensic box office in Santa Fe; and at the door. Youth 6 -18 are free; no children under 6. For details and tickets see losalamosconcert.org.

    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.

    Chapter AK, P.E.O. meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Joann Brown, 1722 18th St. Joy Beery is the co-hostess and Ruth Lear will give a program on Manhattan Project Connections to Chapter AK. RSVP to Joann at 662-3501.
    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Committee day.

  • The next round of classes at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club will start Oct. 3.
    Registration is ongoing and ends today.
    Class offerings include Basic Manners, Puppy Kindergarten, Getting Addicted Agility, Puppy Pre-School, introduction to Nose Work, Introduction to Herding, and Canine Good Citizen.
    To register online, visit losalamosdogs.com.

  • Sept. 25-Oct. 1
    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
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beer Batter Cod
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Low Vision/Hearing talk             “Tips on Travel”
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pork Loin    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” Meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters

  • 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.
    Juan—A distinguished 4- to 5-year-old male tabby with white markings. He was a stray living outdoors, with no known previous owner. Juan is afraid if people approach him too closely, but he loves cats and kittens. He would like a home where he can maintain his distance until he is ready to come closer. Of course, he would love to have cat or kitten companions, too. At the shelter, Juan has started becoming more comfortable with people who have spent time near him while respecting his boundaries.

    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.
    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.
    Los Alamos Health Fair from 8 a.m. to noon at Griffith Gymnasium at the Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Drive.

    “Opera on the Rocks” at Bandelier National Monument Campground Amphitheater. Tickets are $10 per person or $20 per family for guild members, and $15 per person or $35 per family for non-members. The free shuttle bus will take attendees from Sullivan Field in Los Alamos or White Rock Visitor Center in White Rock. Buses will leave between 4-4:30 p.m. and return at about 8 p.m.

    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.