Today's Features

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a program to spend Saturday and Sunday birding at the Bosque del Apache with two expert birders and excellent teachers, David Yeamans and Mouser Williams.
    Yeamans has watched birds most of his life starting in Los Alamos many years ago, and in the last five years, he has been a birder of the type he calls “semi-pro.” He is active in Audubon bird counts, bird banding, field trips and local birding activities. He has been an outdoor educator all his life, especially as an Outward Bound instructor and BSA scout leader. He’s eager to share the lessons that observing nature brings to us.
    Williams organized the 2015 Los Alamos Christmas Bird Count. He is an avid birder and wildlife photographer. He has lived in Los Alamos for 13 years. When not enjoying the outdoors, he moonlights as an electrical engineer at LANL.
    More information about the trip itinerary, equipment, and logistics can be found on PEEC’s website, peecnature.org.
    To participate in the Bosque del Apache Birding Weekend, register online at peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460. Driving directions will be emailed out after registration.

     The Los Alamos Mountaineers will have a meeting at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge that will include a presentation by Bill Priedhorsky, a Mountaineers member. A social and reports of recent and upcoming trips will start the evening at 7 p.m.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road at the Pajarito Cliffs Site. David Daniel from Los Alamos High School and Michele Altherr from Mountain Elementary will be presenting on the XQ Super School Project.

    Green Hour hike at 10 a.m. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free.
    “Race to Nowhere” at 3:30 p.m. at the Teen Center. Youth Mobilizers from Los Alamos Teen Center will show the documentary film “Race to Nowhere” to their fellow teens.

    Watoto Concert at 8:30 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. Beginning in 1994, Watoto Children’s Choir has been touring the world with orphaned children from Uganda, spreading the gospel through praise and worship.

    Historic Renovation and Expansion 2016 open community meeting from 5-6 p.m. in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. Historical Museum project team will present Quatrefoil Associates’ concepts and design plans to date for the Guest Cottage and Bethe House.


    Performance > ‘Once a Ponzi Time’  plays Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 30 with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday

    What happens when a pyramid scheme collapses? When it involves an eager nephew, a ventriloquist father, a Russian hitman and a high-powered businessman, the answer is “comedy.”

    In “Once a Ponzi Time,” Harold Vanderdoff (Michael Adkins) is caught by his own pending financial ruin. With hours to go, he must come up with a clever new scheme with the help of his cheerful, if sometimes dimwitted, nephew Louie (Stuart Rupprecht). Hardly the arrogant, smirking pyramid mastermind, Harold is still a sympathetic character, a well-meaning financier who has made some bad choices. Worst of all, his own wife (Joy Reynolds) is also relying on his consistent 20 percent returns.

  • The Los Alamos Senior Centers will host two free performances of a brief play, “Swerving,” written by local playwright Robert F. Benjamin. It will be performed as a “concert reading” by Caroline (“Pip”) Evarts and John Gustafson, with Sally Cassil narrating. “Swerving” premiered during the 2015 8x10 Short-Play Festival at Los Alamos Little Theatre. Performances at senior centers this month use an expanded script with a run-time is 16 minutes.

    “Swerving” is a comedy is about how a codger’s wisdom, longing and congeniality transform a stormy confrontation with a policewoman into a moment of shared compassion.  

    The two performances will be:

    • White Rock Senior Center, 7 p.m. Thursday. White Rock Senior Center is temporarily located just east of Metzgers in the building formerly known as “The Hive.”

    • Betty Ehart Senior Center, 12:45 p.m. Jan. 27.  


    No reservations, but seating is limited for both shows.

  • Explore Mars in the Nature Center Planetarium to learn more about Mars. On Friday, Rick Wallace will lead a planetarium show and discussions about Mars including the challenges, opportunities and realities of the red planet. The show starts at 7 p.m. 

    This special planetarium show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available by calling or stopping by the nature center. Seating is limited. Planetarium shows are suitable for ages four and up. 

    “Back To The Moon For Good,” is an educational full-dome show narrated by award-winning actor Tim Allen. Showtime is 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. 

    The digital film highlights the history of moon exploration and provides an insider’s look at the future of the space race. Meet the teams who are competing for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest inducement prize in history.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up to bring the popular Backcountry Film Festival to Los Alamos for the fifth year in a row. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring the 11th Annual Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world. The screening will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the Reel Deal and will be the only one in New Mexico.

    The Pajarito Brewpub will be selling beer and wine before the show and at intermission. Also at intermission, PEEC will have a raffle for prizes donated by local businesses and national sponsors. Prizes include gift cards from the Los Alamos Co-op Market, camping gear from CB Fox, Hydro Flask growlers from Fusion Multisport, gift cards from Smith’s, skis from Pajarito Brewpub, a daypack from REI and outdoor items from national sponsors. Raffle tickets will be sold before the show.

    Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Reel Deal Theater for $12, or at the door on the day of the show for $15. As in years past, the film festival is expected to sell out, so it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance.

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    Friday, January 22, 2016

    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live

    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 1-05-16

    01:00 PM Democracy Now!

    02:00 PM United in Christ

    03:00 PM Road to Recovery

    04:00 PM Uprising

    05:00 PM Democracy Now!

    06:00 PM Chamber Business Breakfast Harry Burgess

    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society Atomic Connections Other Manhattan Project Sites in the Southwest

  • Art exhibits

    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.

    Art tours

    Allan Houser Studio and Sculpture Garden Tours. Arranged by appointment. The Sculpture Gardens are located 20 miles south of Santa Fe, and the tours last approximately two hours. There is a $25/person fee for the guided tours. To schedule, call 471-1528. David Rettig, curator of Collections for the Allan Houser Estate will lead a tour for collectors and special guests. Space is limited. 

    Art shows

    The 2016 Tour: Red Baraat Festival of Colors. Feb. 12 at the Cooperage in Albuquerque. Feb. 13 at Taos Mesa Brewing Company in Taos. 


  • The Salsa Twins of El Pinto Restaurant are wanting to launch a TV series about New Mexican food. 

    John and Jim Thomas of El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa Company are turning to the Internet to raise funds to produce the New Mexico-based travel adventure TV show. 

    The program, named “Raw & Wild,” rediscovers raw and wild indigenous foods growing across New Mexico. With funding as the first major obstacle to getting any TV program off the ground, they are embracing Kickstarter.com to help fund a small portion of the entire production costs necessary for the pilot.

    In line with Kickstarter.com guidelines there are a set number of days to raise all the funds, or the project receives nothing. The Thomas’s project has a 31-day fundraising window, from start to finish. If the allotted budget of $17,800 isn’t raised before Feb. 12, all pledges are cancelled and the project will not be funded. This funding is a portion of the $50,000 budget necessary to bring the pilot to completion. The balance is being funded by the Thomas brothers.

  • Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, the AAA Four Diamond resort located 15 minutes north of downtown Santa Fe, has appointed Thomas Hartwell as executive chef. He will oversee culinary operations. 

    Hartwell joined the resort in 2014 as executive sous chef and has quickly made a name for himself in the Santa Fe food scene, including being named a finalist in Edible Santa Fe’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown in past September. 

    As executive chef at the 395-room resort located on the sovereign Native American land of the Pojoaque, Hartwell will oversee culinary operations for catering and banquets, and the resort’s five restaurants including Red Sage, the New American steak and chophouse lead by Chef de Cuisine Edgar Morales;  Iguana Café & Cantina, the casual New Mexican-inspired restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Towa Clubhouse & Grill overlooking the resort’s 27-holes of championship golf at Towa Golf Club. Hartwell will also oversee the Painted Parrot restaurant located on the casino level.