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Today's Features

  • Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Española MainStreet Theatre put on a series of romantic and not so romantic productions. “Love is Never Easy” is 10 separate vignettes adapted from various works centered around a love theme.
    The production spanned through a number of genres and time periods — and not all stories concluded with a happy ending.
    The first two short segments were a quick cappella of “Fly Me To The Moon,” sung by Don Hassemer, followed by the sonnet “How Do I Love Thee,” from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and performed by Shirley “Joan” Walker. The skit was pulled off as a sweet serenade between two strangers of the older persuasion.
    The story of “Bluesman” was worthy of a mention. The story from a character named Suzanna about Herbert Jackson Walker, who left her in a favor of a music career. A blues guitar wails off stage, played by Eric Archuleta. Janet Rodriguez does a sultry, dramatic and slightly bitter monologue about the wayward lover.
    “He Said and She Said” was a painful back and forth with a manipulative gossip queen (played by Kaitlin Calkins) at the helm. Her “idle tongue” almost destroys the lives of everyone around her.

  • The Santa Fe Community Orchestra (SFCO) presents works by Nielsen, Sibelius, Bruch and Vivaldi at its mid-season concert. The show begins at 2:30 p.m. March 1 at the St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art in downtown Santa Fe. Admission is free, however, donations are appreciated.
    Brian Newnam is a Los Alamos resident and a well known string player in the area. He will be a soloist at the SFCO performance. He will be playing viola in the Bruch Romance for Viola.  
    This concert features Nielsen’s Symphony No.2: The Four Temperaments, plus the symphonic poem, Finlandia by Sibelius. The program also includes winners of the SFCO Concerto Competition, along with Newnam, Eve Kaye and Anne Hays Egan will perform the first movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins in A minor. Music director Oliver Prezant will serve as conductor. For more information, call 466-4879, or visit sfco.org.
    The award-winning Santa Fe Community Orchestra, established in 1982, is made up of volunteer musicians from Santa Fe and surrounding areas.  The SFCO presents five free concerts every season, education programs for public school students and concert audiences, and special events like “Let’s Dance!” an annual swing and ballroom dance at the Convention Center. 

  • Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe presents the world premiere of “Not Quite Right,” an upbeat family comedy by Elaine Jarvik and Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin.
    “Not Quite Right” features a misshapen pot, a marathon dance and a three a.m. mêlée over “what’s enough?”  Three couples grapple with dueling expectations in the wee hours of the morning when everything seems, well, not quite right.
    The story is a comedic family drama about three married couples. The first couple is Carol and Marty who are nearly age 60. He lost his job several months ago and Carol thinks he might have been fired. She is habitually critical of Marty’s eccentric behavior and clothing, but she tries to be supportive until she learns his secrets.
    The second couple, age mid-30s is Jessica and Andrew, parents of twins in kindergarten. While at a fundraiser marathon dance, they clash about whether to have another child. Jess’s idealism about overpopulation seems to trump Andrew’s desire for more children.
    The third couple, late age 50s, is Sally and Tom. He just won an award at work, which triggers his thoughts about what a dismal career he’s had and how he’s expecting his children will do better. How much success is enough?

  • Today
    Science on Tap. 5:30-7 p.m. at Unquarked Wine Room. Harshini Mukundan, research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss the global threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m., at UNM-LA, room 610. The public is welcome to attend a presentation on “Global Warming Science: Where we are Now” by Chick Keller. A business meeting will follow.

    The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery. On display through today.

    “In Bounds.” Abstract expressionism in “The Heat of the Day,” by Dianna Shomaker. Daily through Sunday in the Portal Gallery.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.
    Saturday
    Waffle breakfast fundraiser. 7:30-10:30 a.m. at 15th and Canyon Road. The event is sponsored by the Pajarito Lodge No. 66 and the Northern New Mexico Blue Star Mother’s Chapter 4. $7 adults, $3 for children 6 and under. Proceeds go to providing care packages for deployed military.

  • This April will mark another milestone for Los Alamos: the much-anticipated Nature Center will open its doors to residents and visitors alike, so they can learn all about the nature they experience on the Pajarito Plateau.
    The new nature center will be run by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    PEEC will be hosting an event from 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 24 at its current location at 3540 Orange Street, for those interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer docent.
    The informal event will be open-house style, so anyone can drop in during the event. PEEC staff and current volunteers will be on hand to discuss what skills are needed to be a docent and what can be expected in this highly visible volunteer job. Pastries, coffee and tea will be served.
    To learn more about becoming a docent or for information, contact PEEC Volunteer Coordinator Linda Boncella at linda@peecnature.org or 662-0460.

  • Santa Fe
    El Paseo, 208 Galisteo St.
    Date Inspected: Dec. 18
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Eggs raw stored above ready to eat food (corrected). Not sanitizing glassware in bar area three-compartment sink 0ppm (corrected 50 ppm). Hard surface sanitizer +200ppm (corrected 100 ppm). Employee drink in prep area not in container with straw and lid (corrected). Two moderate-risk violations. Particle accumulation on ice machine and bottom of freezer. Peeling paint above hand washing sink. Two low-risk violations. Floor tiles cracked or missing in food prep, food storage and toilet rooms. Light cover in food prep area cracked
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow-up required.

  • It is the thought that children learn best when they are having fun. A summer camp where art and science merge is now accepting applications for kids in Los Alamos. The camps start in July. Registration is now underway for Big Sky Build It! in Los Alamos.
    Camps in Santa Fe start in June and vary slightly from the Los Alamos schedule. For details about the Santa Fe programs, visit bigskylearning.com.
    Developed in 1996, Big Sky Learning has provided innovative, hands on programs for children, teens and teaching professionals. Campers learn to make high-flying rockets, designing and building their own robots and soldering music systems for their iPods.
    “The classes are a small ration of teacher to camper,” said Michael Sheppard, Big Sky Learning founder and director. Big Sky Build It! is the camp that branched out to Los Alamos three years ago. “We are seeking participants to keep the program going,” he said.
    Courses are scheduled at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos. Each program is a week long and goes for three weeks. The current schedule for the Los Alamos program is July 13-23.
    Instructors consist of teacher and teen educators. The program is partnered with Santa Fe Public Schools and Sheppard said the program is in the process of partnering with Los Alamos Public Schools.  

  • Today
    Public meeting regarding Sherwood Improvements Project in White Rock, in association with the construction of the new library. 5:30 p.m. at White Rock Activity Center.

    “It’s The Thinking, Not The Drinking!” Effective Underage Drinking Prevention Talk. 5:30-6 p.m. at Los Alamos Middle School. An underage drinking prevention message will be shared by Tracy Juechter, just prior to the presentation of the Hawk Sampler. The program is sponsored by Los Alamos Teen Court. For more information, call Jenn Bartram 662-8099.

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

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Nicole McGrane, Audrey Juliani and Kimberly Pulliam will speak about the Natural Helpers program at Barranca and Aspen Elementary Schools.

    The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will include a presentation by members Norbert Ensslin and Nathan Moody, “Northern Sangres Traverse — A Colorado Adventure.” 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

  • Science On Tap will cover
    antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    The Los Alamos Creative District will present the next installment of its On Tap series 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked — The Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    The Bradbury Science Museum hosts this week’s brief presentation and interactive discussion will follow.
    Harshini Mukundan, research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss the global threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
    Mukundan asserts the unnecessary and uncontrolled use of antibiotics and the use of antibiotics in food animals to prevent, control and treat disease and for promoting growth are only some of the reasons for the rapid increase in antibiotic resistance today.
    “To prevent the world from entering a post-antibiotic era in the very near future, where even common infections can prove life threatening, urgent and immediate change is mandatory,” Mukundan said. “The choices we make and the responsibility we show can slow down the emergence of antibiotic resistance and ensure the viability of these miracle drugs for future generations.”
    The Los Alamos Creative District regularly brings On Tap to downtown Los Alamos on every third Thursday of the month.
    Sign-up ongoing for spring
    Family Cancer Retreat

  • The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council in collaboration with Family Strengths Network will offer a free course to the parents of local teenagers, called “Love and Logic.”
    The class will be from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays from 8:30-10:30, between Feb. 28 and March 21 at Los Alamos High School
    “Being a teenager is very difficult,” said course leader, Michaelangelo Lobato. “Often times adults won’t talk to teens because they are afraid of them, and it’s very easy to feel ostracized by the community. Don’t talk at your kids, talk with them.”
    Lobato, a Chamisa Elementary School counselor and the former director of the local Teen Center understands teens deeply and has worked for years in front of and behind the scenes to ensure their success.
    “I struggle every day trying to be a good parent, and these techniques have really helped me when I feel helpless,” Lobato said. “It is positive, uses humor and works.”
    Lobato advises parents to let teens know how their behavioral affects everyone around them, without blaming and arguing. He reminds parents to instead give choices, give fair, enforceable consequences when they make a mistake and to be consistent.