Today's Features

  • Looking for something to do in May? Help Madrid, N.M. celebrate its 42nd anniversary of the resettlement that brought the little town from coal town to “not being a ghost town anymore.”
    Madrid is 30 minutes south of Santa Fe on N.M. 14. In 1973, when the Johnsons arrived, rented a ghost building from the mine owners, and opened a gallery it had been a ghost town for 20 years. Many other independent folks came along, rented and some also started businesses.
    Now, there are over 35 wonderful shops and galleries, filled with fine art, fine fiber art, rugs, blown glass, whimsical gifts, photography, pottery, Native American art, real estate, sculpture, most importantly shop and gallery owners are eager to say hello.
    In Madrid, visitors get to meet artists face to face.
    Parking is available at the north and south end of town. Be sure and give yourself lots of time in Madrid.
    Most shops and galleries open about 10 a.m. and close anywhere from 5-6 p.m.
    Restaurants in town
    Java Junction for that caffeine fix opens at 10 a.m.
    Mineshaft Tavern opens at 11:30 a.m. Vistors can come in for some burgers, plus lots of entertainment and the museum.
    Mama Lisa’s Ghost Town Kitchen, opens at 11 a.m. with some homemade food

  • “Line, Color, Composition” opens May 8 at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.
    To understand the richness of O’Keeffe’s artistic practice, the exhibition reveals her disciplined drawing technique, dramatic color palette and innovative sense for composition through paintings and drawings that span her career.
    “The exhibition showcases O’Keeffe’s process, from conceptualization to the finished canvas, revealing how she achieved such remarkable clarity in her work,” said Cody Hartley, director of Curatorial Affairs at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. “Repeatedly, we see an artist pushing boundaries, in some cases quite literally with lines and forms racing off the canvas, yet always maintaining a sense of harmony and balance.”
    The presentation offers fresh insight to the importance of line in her work — from preliminary sketches and drawings to the fluid, seemingly effortless outlines that define regions of her canvas and divide her compositions into dynamic zones of color, be it the curve of a flower petal, the horizon of a landscape, or the contour of an abstract form. A brilliant colorist, O’Keeffe created strong, vibrant works with colors that glow with energy and vitality. Holding all of this together is an innate and innovative sense for composition.

  • The Family YMCA is hosting a Variety Talent Showcase at 6:30 p.m. Friday at New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road.
    The performances will feature musicians, a “Monty Python & The Holy Grail” skit, a singer, classical ballet on point, a contemporary dance performance, modern belly dance and Indian folk dancers.
    The showcase is a fundraiser for the Y’s annual campaign that provides scholarships each year. Tickets are $5 per person for ages 13 and older at the door, with youth ages 12 and under free.

  • Raymond Cruz is known in movies and TV as playing tough, hardened roles. From vicious drug dealer, Tuco Salamanca on AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” to dominating detective Julio Sanchez on “Major Crimes” and “The Closer.”
    His latest role is no exception. Cruz has literally transformed himself into the infamous kidnapper Ariel Castro in “Cleveland Abduction.”
    Cruz’s true personality is a total opposite of the tough, ruthless characters he plays on television. The real Cruz is known for being very mild-mannered. “Tuco” is such a memorable character on “Breaking Bad” that it is hard to believe Cruz only appeared in four episodes. He reprised the role, which has been become a fan favorite, for the prequel “Better Call Saul” in two episodes so far. There is no word from the show’s producers or Cruz that Tuco will return. “Better Call Saul” aired its first season finale on April 6. Cruz claimed he would like to reprise the role of Tuco once again, but only time will tell. Both shows are filmed in Albuquerque.

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

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    The New Mexico Department of Health Alcohol Epidemiologist Dr. Laura Tomedi will speak at a meeting regarding DWI awareness. 8:30 a.m. in council chambers of the Municipal Building. Tomedi will be speaking on “Alcohol: Public Health and Policy” and the presentation will focus on how alcohol effects many facets of public health with particular emphasis on the statistics in Los Alamos County and what policies are working to reduce the excessive use of alcohol. For more information, contact Linda Matteson, Los Alamos County DWI coordinator at 662-8241 or linda.matteson@lacnm.us.

    Open House with Environmental Scientists. Noon-1 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. Ask laboratory biologists and anthropologists about natural resource questions.

  • Get ready for the annual Dog Jog

    Saturday is time for the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter’s annual Dog Jog.
    There are expanded the number and types of prizes this year.
    The competitive 3.1 mile race and the 2 mile non-competitive fun walk/run begin at a new location  — at Rover Park. Race day registration is $25 and packet pick up will be from 8:10 a.m. -8:40 a.m. the 3.1 mile race will begin at 9 a.m. and the 2 mile fun walk/run at 9:01 a.m.
    The Friends of the Shelter is also announces that there will be an onsite reduced fee microchip clinic from 9-10:30 a.m. No preregistration is required in order to have your dog or cat microchipped for the very modest fee of $20.
    Even those who do not have a dog can still participate. Although the shelter population fluctuates, it is possible that some shelter dogs will be available to accompany you on a first come-first served basis. Or you are welcome to run or walk without a canine companion.
    For safety’s sake, keep all dogs on a 6 feet or shorter leash at all times. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome, but leave bicycles, roller blades and skateboards at home as many dogs find them upsetting.
    Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult (although the adult need not register).

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  • On April 17, the Los Alamos Volunteer Association, also known as LAVA celebrated its annual appreciation celebration for its senior volunteers.
    The event, which included food and dancing, was held at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    My Blue Heaven performed for the crowd.
    Door prizes were given out, donated by CB Fox, Starbucks and Smith’s. LANB printed out the programs.
    Home Instead partnered with LAVA by doing the postcard invitations and a DVD showing how “Volunteers are changing the face of aging.” They also presented LAVA with a plaque saluting all the volunteers and their contribution of more than 78,370 hours they donated in 2014, which is equal to approximately $1,619,907 worth of service.
    Members of the Los Alamos High School Student Council were on hand to serve food.
    For more than 40 years the senior centers in Los Alamos have had this service to help seniors (age 55-plus) find volunteer work that is just right for them.
    Volunteering is important to an individual, they benefit physically, mentally and emotionally by helping others.
    Nonprofit organizations appreciate the free help and support and everyone benefits.  
    Volunteering certainly can guard against boredom, lonliness and uselessness that aging might bring on.

  • Today
    Los Alamos Texas A&M Aggie Muster. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at United Church, 2525 Canyon Road in Graves Hall. Potluck. Call Irene Powell 662-5877 to RSVP.

    The Los Alamos Geological Society monthly meeting. 7:30 p.m. at Los Alamos Christian Church, 92 East Road. The topic of discussion is “Methane hot spot in Four Corners: Where is it coming from? Why does it matter?” The talk will be led by Manvendra Dubey, scientist and climate focus lead from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    The Nature Center Grand Opening Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. 2 p.m. Local school choirs are preparing a special performance for the ceremony and refreshments will be served. Free to attend, and no registration is required.

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

  • In September 2014, Everfound, a Christian rock band came to town and entertained the community. Event promoter Phil Jacobson said that it was so successful, he formed “Infinitely Squared Music” on Facebook to promote and attract interdenominational, northern New Mexico Christian concerts. White Rock Baptist Church supports the effort, as well as many other churches in the area.
    “My intention is to have at least two shows per year, and would like to grow into a bigger event of some kind next year,” Jacobson said. “This is good for our entire town and broader New Mexico community.”
    For this year’s concert, Jacobson, again with the help of his daughter Kaela, has booked the band 7eventh Time Down, along with Ryan Stevenson and introducing, Shiloh. The show is aptly named the Wild West Music Tour and is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 26 at White Rock Baptist Church. All walks of life are invited to the all ages show. “It is a small venue in a small town,” Jacobson said.
    The event is marked as a post prom event since prom happens on April 25. For prom-goers the show is free. See details at the church website wrbcnm.org or call the church office, 672-9764.

  • This week, I will reflect on some quotes I have read recently from an Assets book, “A Moment’s Peace for Parents of Teens,” by Patricia Hoolihan.
    The book, while printed in 2007, is perfect for the many stages of the development of your teenager.
    Unfortunately you need prior permission from the author to quote it and there wasn’t time to accomplish that before I wrote my weekly column.
    If you know me and my family well enough to be considered a friend, then you might also think that not everything you read is always exactly as it seems.
    When you are unsure of something with your teen or with anyone, remember conversation, conversation, conversation.
    There are at least two keys of importance this week and the first is communication.
    We aren’t big on holding “family meetings,” but sometimes they are necessary for everyone to get the same message, everyone to hear exactly the same thing or for a parent to get feedback in general.
    I would have to say that another equally important key is perception. As adults, we perceive the world around us much differently than youth. You see, one of the benefits we have as adults is the frame of reference because we are so old.