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Today's Features

  • The Mesa Public Library will be host to a book group round-up, summer reading for grown ups. There will be two sessions, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
    A book group round-up is a chance for people to get together and talk about books — whatever kinds of books they like.
    It’s a chance for people who would like to form or join a book discussion group to meet. It’s a chance for established book groups to find new members. It’s a chance for readers to break out of old patterns and read something different, based on personal recommendations from others in the group.
    Mesa Public Library will have two sessions of Book Group Round-up to kick off the summer reading season, and to introduce people to a new, library-sponsored book club called the “Any Book” Book Club.
    Everyone who likes to read and talk about books is invited. If you can’t attend, but are interested in sharing information about book groups you may belong to, fill out the questionnaire at either library in Los Alamos or White Rock.
    An “Any Book” book club is one where everyone gets together to talk about the book they are reading at the time, or the most recent one they’ve read, or the one that made the biggest impact on them.  

  • Mix one part education, two parts inspiration and shake it up with seven seminars, three cocktail parties, a film premiere, concert and interactive tastings. The result is New Mexico Cocktails & Culture — New Mexico’s first spirits festival opening May 30 in Santa Fe.
    The festival is founded by Santa Fean Natalie Bovis to educate, entertain and raise the bar for well-crafted cocktails for hospitality professionals and home entertainers.
    Celebrated bar owners and managers from Santa Fe and Albuquerque make up the NMCC Bar Board advisors — and bartenders and servers holding a current NM State Alcohol Servers License get 50 percent off seminar tickets. Bars and restaurants throughout the state are invited to feature their own special NMCC cocktail at their own venues in conjunction with the event, and be listed on the NMCocktailCulture.com website.
    “Mixology is the liquid element of the culinary arts,” Bovis said. “New Mexico Cocktails & Culture offers professional and home bartenders a chance to train like chefs by learning the history of spirits and classic cocktails, and how to balance flavors while incorporating fresh, seasonal ingredients. I’m thrilled that some of the best mixology teachers from around the U.S. enthusiastically agreed to come to Santa Fe.”

  • Will cooperation lead to the gold? That’s the question the New Mexico Tourism Department is wondering as a weekend event, “Fennboree,” has been planned to bring together treasure seekers who are on the hunt for Forrest Fenn’s hidden prize.
    Five years ago, Santa Fe resident Fenn hid the chest somewhere in New Mexico after stocking it with coins, diamonds, sapphires, rubies and gold nuggets whose value has been estimated as high as $2 million.
    It’s been estimated by some that nearly 30,000 people have looked for the treasure and now a weekend dedicated to discussing past hunts, advice to new hunters and strategizing tactics for new hunts is planned at the Rio Chama Campground in New Mexico.
    “Fennboree,” named in honor of Fenn, and will consist of a two-day event, Friday through Sunday, focused on collaborating and finding the hidden gold. Fenn believes the hunting will bring an estimated 50,000 additional people to the state this summer.
    Tourism officials are thrilled if it brings many to the state hunting for gold, but believes the journey might have more to offer than just searching hidden treasure.

  • Jemez gallery to honor artists’ at new show

    To celebrate the Valles Caldera as the newest National Park in the United States, Jemez Fine Art Gallery invited New Mexico artists of all ages to submit work to a juried show, “Sacred Water.” The works address the beauty or scarcity of water in our world.
    The show was juried by Fuller Lodge Art Center Director Ken Nebel and Fuller Lodge Art Gallery Manager Amy Bjarke.
    The public is welcome come to the Jemez gallery at the artists’ reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday (Memorial Day weekend). Vote for a favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award. The winning artist will receive a cash prize or a one-week exhibit in the gallery’s south rental gallery.
    Jemez Fine Art Gallery is at 17346 Highway 4, just south of the Jemez Springs Village Plaza. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays.
    For more information, go to jemezfineart.com or call 575-829-3340.

    Talks continue at Mesa Prieta

  • THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, May 22, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 5-08-15
    02:00 PM Los Alamos Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Mars Rover”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, May 24, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • May 5: A girl, Adah Mae Leyba-Moya, born to Shayleen Lujan and Justin Leyba-Moya
    May 14: A boy, Jerome Baca, born to Alicia and Emilio Baca
    May 15: A girl, Naveah Faith Martinez, born to Samantha Bachicha and Brandon Martinez
    May 16: A girl, Alicia Narae Gallegos, born to Maria A. and Wilfred L. Gallegos
    May 18: A boy, Vincent Wilbur Naranjo, born to Kara Baca and Nolan Naranjo
    May 19: A boy, Aaden Michael Griego, born to Stephanie and Daniel Griego
    May 27: A boy, Wyatt Eugene Lambson, born to Jenny and Britton Lambson
     

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  This week we continue our chapter by chapter, verse by verse study in the book of 1 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • “Evangelism’ seems to be a word that brings up bad vibes with a lot of people, even Christians. Does the Bible say much about this topic?”— Stephen

    The New Testament says a great deal about it. The term is a transliteration of the Greek word that means “good news.”
    Evangelism was important to Jesus. He told His followers that they should be about telling the good news of His coming and of the salvation available in Him (Mt. 28:19-20; Ac. 1:8).
    He deliberately sent out His disciples to proclaim the good news (Mk. 6:7ff; Lk. 10:1ff). He declared that more people would be needed for this task (Mt. (:37; Lk. 10:2).
    Evangelism is a natural response for individuals who have experienced a personal encounter with Christ.
    In practice, evangelism is less a program and more a matter of conversation along the way. Jesus talked to all kinds of people, wherever He was, in whatever circumstance He found Himself.
    Even if He was on His way to somewhere else, even if he was tired, hungry, and close to cranky (Mk. 6:30-34), He turned His attention to the person in front of Him.

  • Gov. Susana Martinez is apparently OK with tripling the state’s medical marijuana harvest, but adamantly opposed to growing hemp.
    Why?
    The variety of cannabis commonly known as “industrial hemp” is cousin to marijuana, but without the psychoactive components. You could burn a bushel in your bong without inducing anything more than a dull headache.
    Although lacking medicinal value or recreational appeal, hemp is an enormously useful plant. The seeds are a high-protein food source, and the oil can be used in cooking as well as in paint, wax and numerous other applications. The fiber from the stalks is similar to linen and is used in clothing, insulation, carpeting, paper and rope.
    Hemp could be “a hugely beneficial cash crop” for New Mexico farmers, according to Stuart Rose, founder of the Bioscience Center, a business incubator in Albuquerque.
    It requires much less water than cotton and literally grows like a weed, without expensive pesticides and fertilizer.
    “You can grow twice the value of alfalfa for half the water,” Rose said.