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Today's Features

  • Millions of men, women and children struggle with mental illness.
    The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 26.2 percent of Americans age 18 and over suffer from a mental disorder — one in five adults.
    In age group 13-18, one in five suffer a serious debilitating mental disorder.
    Overcoming the stigma associated with mental illness is an uphill battle.
    To increase the understanding of problems those with mental illness face, the week of Oct. 5-11 has been designated National Mental Illness Awareness Week. There will be a number of events throughout the week focusing on mental illness, including “Inside Out,” an art exhibition. The show will kick off with a preview fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the James Kelly Contemporary Gallery in the Santa Fe Railyard.
    The following day, Oct. 11, the exhibition will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. with a reception for the artists from 4-6 p.m.
    The “Inside Out” event is being produced with assistance from SITE Santa Fe. The artwork in the exhibition is by artists in Santa Fe who are receiving support for mental illness.
    The show will provide a forum for these artists to share how they view their world. With the help of the sponsors, the artists’ receive 100 percent of the art sales.

  • Blunders happen in life, but when they occur in nature, those who witness them usually walk away with interesting stories.
    This will be the topic of the next installation of Nature on Tap, hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, which is part of an informal discussion series started by the Los Alamos Creative District.
    The talk will begin 5:30 p.m. today at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. PEEC’s new Director of Interpretation Jonathan Creel, will facilitate the discussion.
    Has anyone ever witnessed unique animal behavior or been stuck on a camping trip where nothing could go right, despite all the best planning? Come to Nature On Tap and share your stories (and a few laughs) with others.
    Creel is in charge of design and interpretive programming for the new Nature Center and he joined the PEEC team in July.
    For more information call PEEC at 662-0460. 

  • Electric violinist Tracy Silverman and story dancer Zuleikha are joining forces to kick-off the national performance tour “Aurora” and outreach series for youth.
    The show will be 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Warehouse 21 in Santa Fe. The duo weaves improvisational music, story, dance and humor in the atmosphere of Warehouse 21’s Blackbox theater.
    The film created at this event will be used to gather sponsorships for the “Aurora Project,” which will give youth in disadvantaged circumstances around the country an opportunity to participate in creative workshops with Zuleikha and Silverman on the joy and art of improvisation.
    Formerly first violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, Silverman was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by The Juilliard School.
    Shortly after graduating in 1980, Silverman built one of the first-ever, six-string violins and set his own course as a musical pioneer.

  •  Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    “Detonography: The Art of Evelyn Rosenberg” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs gallery. Exhibit runs through Sept. 30.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

    Los Alamos High School Olions present “Melodrama.” 7 p.m. preview. Tickets for this show will be two for one. $5 for everyone in the LAHS Blackbox.  

  • Los Alamos High School Olions Thespian Club is gearing up for their first melodrama, “Melodrama,” which begins with a preview, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Black Box Theater. The melodrama, which was written by the cast and is directed by Rosemary Vigil, tells the story of an evil villain who comes to town to put all the local enterprises out of business.
    Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday (preview), 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 for all shows except the preview, which is two tickets for $5. The Black Box Theater is located on the lower level of the main high school building. Signs will be posted from the parking lot. Cast from left, Eben Bold, Mateo Cardiel, Sarah Russell. Lauren Partin, Josh Vigil and Donald Poston.

  • There was a great turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the eighth episode of WGN’s new series, “Manhattan,” a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. A special thanks to Ruth Lier who brought her Girl Scout uniform from 1941 to share with us! Every week the society updates a bulletin board in the museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues. Previous episodes are discussed on the website, losalamoshistory.org, on the Facebook page and in the museum.
    Join the Los Alamos Historical Society from 8-9:30 p.m. Sundays at Time Out Pizzeria for a viewing and discussion of “Manhattan” (TV-14 rating).
    Ep. 8: “The Second Coming”
    Did British scientists come to Los Alamos to work on the project?

  • Today
    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    “Detonography: The Art of Evelyn Rosenberg” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs gallery. Exhibit runs through Sept. 30.
    Wednesday
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Additional parking available at the Justice Center.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre announces a play reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 1670 Nectar St. Refreshments will be provided.
    Two plays will be read:
    A cut version of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” by Sarah Ruhl. “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” explores the paradox of modern technology’s ability to both unite and isolate people in the digital age. This play was produced in its entirety at LALT in September 2012.
    “The Pillowman,” by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. It tells the tale of Katurian, a fiction writer living in a police state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town.
    Both plays have been proposed to the board of directors of LALT as entries into the 2015 TNM Play Festival, which will be held in Artesia. Gwen Lewis proposed “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” and Patrick MacDonald proposed “The Pillowman.”
    Those interested are asked to enter through the front door and proceed to the Green Room as there will be a rehearsal in progress in the auditorium.
     

  • It wasn’t all that long ago that the Pajarito Environmental Education Center operated as an all-volunteer organization. Last fall three new part-time staff members joined the team, more than doubling the staff, and last month a sixth part-time staff member came on board.
    Jonathan Creel moved from his home in Florida last month to join PEEC as the director of interpretation, a newly created role. 
    As the director of interpretation, Creel will be in charge of designing the rotating exhibits at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center. Creel will also be charged with lining up the regular programs for which PEEC is so well known.
    “I envision designing some of the programs around the rotating exhibits we’ll have at the nature center,” Creel said. “I would like to see PEEC kick off each new exhibit with a corresponding presentation by an expert in the field.”

  • This week, I wanted to encourage the community to support the United Way Youth in a Taste of the Sky.
    Dinner and entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Airport and are sure to please as local youth fundraise to benefit great community programs.
    I also write in support of the freshmen class as they lead the tip war, between the classes to add to the fundraiser.
    The fun challenge started with the Dinner over Diamond project and continues again this weekend.
    Our waiter was freshman Marciano, who was superb and I want to encourage those attending the airport affair to help the freshmen overcome this challenge and reign supreme.
    One of the many projects the team has aided from past and current fundraisers is the new Los Alamos High School Link Crew program.
    The welcoming transition program run by teachers Jonathan Lathrop and Robyn Collom is an awesome new program, supported by the hardworking efforts of the Youth United Way.
    The fundraising not only shows how the community supports the youth when they attempt to do good for their fellow man, but also shows that the community supports the fundraising of youth to benefit youth in a grand way.