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Today's Features

  • LOS ALAMOS AP) — Bandelier National Monument officials are warning cross-country skiers and others going into forested areas of the Los Alamos-area monument to be aware of hazards from falling trees.
    Stewart Robertson of the monument’s staff says there’s been a dramatic increase of trees killed in the 2011 Las Conchas Fire breaking and falling, particularly on windy days but even on calm ones.
    Robertson says thousands of trees killed by the fire are now weak enough to fall in any direction.
    He also says limbs and branches fall without warning and that one falling tree may hit another and another domino-style.

  • SATURDAY
    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Once A Ponzi Time” at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar. Sly Investments and double-dealing abound in this hilarious madcap comedy. Tickets are available at CB Fox, BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door half an hour before curtain time. Visit lalt.org.

    Free lecture by Dr. Siegfried Hecker at 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1967 18th St. Hecker will talk about “Doomed to Cooperate,” how American and Russian nuclear scientists joined forces to mitigate some of the greatest post Cold War dangers. Free to the public.
    SUNDAY
     Los Alamos Concert Association Presents “Chanticleer: Over the Moon” at 4 p.m. at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The San Francisco-based, Grammy award winning ensemble Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices, ranging from soprano to bass, and its original interpretations of vocal literature, ranging from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres. Tickets are $30 at CB Fox, Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, Lensic; $35 at the door; or buy online at losalamosconcert.org or ticketssantafe.com Youth 6-18 are free.

  • Last Saturday, the two Los Alamos FIRST Technical Challenge robotics teams participated in New Mexico’s qualifier for the Arizona/New Mexico Regional Championship.  A total of 12 robotics teams competed at Menaul School in Albuquerque, comprised of teams from New Mexico, Arizona, and even Chihuahua Mexico, making this an international event.  
    The two Los Alamos teams, Hawks FTC, and a new rookie team, the Beta Hawks, went head to head in competition throughout the day, holding their own against the other teams.  
    While the Los Alamos veteran Hawks FTC team had trouble in their seeding matches, they rallied in their last seeding match to show what their robot could do and established the high score of the day.
    The Beta Hawks were organized this fall from seventh and eighth-grade Los Alamos students and had about eight weeks to design, build, program and field their robot.
    The Beta’s robot performed consistently throughout the day, winning the majority of its seeding matches. The team earned a fifth-place seed, and was selected as a valued alliance partner by the Magdalena N.M. Geek Bots for competition in the final matches.  

  • Colorado State University-Pueblo: Eric D. Schmalz, of Los Alamos was one of 991 named to the 2015 Dean's List with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.5.

    Hope College: Irene Gerrish and Michelle Boerigter, of Los Alamos, were named to the Dean’s list with a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

    Baylor University: Hannah Nicole Dye, of Los Alamos, a student of the College of Arts and Sciences, was named to the Dean’s Academic Honor Roll for the 2015 fall semester. She earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours. 

  • 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.

  • TODAY
     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.
    THURSDAY
    “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.

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    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.