Today's Features

  • Celebrate the community’s history on Sept. 12 at the Los Alamos Historical Society’s second annual Fall Gala.
    This year’s gala theme is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and will include a three-course dinner catered by the Blue Window Bistro, silent and live auctions, and dancing to the sounds of the Craig Martin Experience in historic Fuller Lodge.
    Funds raised support the operating budget of the Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum.
    This year’s live auction features historic experiences, such as a helicopter ride over the Pajarito Plateau, a tour of Ashley Pond’s first ranch school in northeast New Mexico, a tour of the Santo Domingo Trading Post during its restoration, and a ride to Bandelier in a Model T. An exclusive pre-Gala champagne reception, along with the announcement of the 2015 Los Alamos History Award winner, will take place at the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row.
    Tickets for the Gala are $70, and the Gala plus Bethe House Reception ($140), can be purchased at the Historical Museum or online at losalamoshistory.org. Seating is limited. For more information, visit the Los Alamos Historical Museum’s website or call 662-6272.

  • A panel of Los Alamos residents who witnessed World War II in quite different ways will have a discussion starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    A reception is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. followed by the panel discussion. Each individual will discuss what they witnessed 70 years ago.
    The panel is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series, “70 Years Since WWII.”
    Young Mary Zemach was hiking with her botanist father in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was bombed.
    Mia McLeod was not yet a teenager in Holland when the Nazis occupied her country.
    As an 18-year-old, Joe Bergstein survived the Bataan Death March and spent the next four years as a prisoner-of-war in the Philippines and Japan.
    Joe’s brother Ivan (Chick) Bergstein entered Europe through Normandy in December 1944 and was engaged in the Battle of the Bulge.
    Moderator Ellen Bradbury Reid grew up in Los Alamos where her father worked on the Manhattan Project. She is the founder and director of Recursos de Santa Fe, dedicated to the exploration of the cultures and environments of the Southwest.
    Bergstein was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the 12th of 14 kids. He enlisted in the Army Signal Corp in February, 1941, went to the Philippine Islands in July, and was captured on Bataan on April 9, 1942.

  • Happy Assets Month to you and yours. I thought that this column might spend some time talking about the core of the Assets philosophy in creating a Healthy Community, Healthy Youth.
    The thing you hear me prattling on and on about is relationships. I find it ironic when someone comes up with something new they want to do, the essence of the work is essentially Assets and relationship building.
    I think many troubles would be solved if we truly took some time to stop and think about the relationship, not just the academics, not just the sport, not just what everyone is doing or not doing or how someone else could do it better.
    The media it seems is a buzz with so many ugly stories that often it just gets too frustrating to watch.
    Guess what I know for sure?
    There are good cops and bad cops, there are good black people and bad black people, there are good Christians and bad Christians and there are good Muslims and bad Muslims.
    As a matter of fact you can choose a slew of words to insert before “good” and “bad” and the sentence still works, try it. Whites, teachers, doctors, students, gun owners, there are good and bad examples of all kinds of people.

  • Joan Logghe, Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate 2010-2012, will be returning to teach a Creative Writing class at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. The class will meet Fridays from 9–11:45 a.m., Sept. 11–Dec. 4.
    Logghe encourages writers of all levels to take her class. “There will be a healthy and fun mix of poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, and sudden fiction.
    This class is an introduction to creative writing and will be great and gentle for beginners; published writers may also refresh their writing style.
    You may be making a writer’s timeline of your life for a memoir, writing a Malayan pantoum in poetry, or a sudden fiction based on a real childhood memory,” she said.
    Logghe’s classes are known for being so lively students enroll again and again.
    “The Singing Bowl” (University of New Mexico Press) and “Love & Death: Greatest Hits” (Tres Chicas Books) are Logghe’s two recent books, the later with Miriam Sagan and Renée Gregorio and winner of a New Mexico Book Award.
    Logghe has won a National Endowment for the Arts, years of support from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, has three children and three grandkids, and for 12 years has been poet-in-residence at Santa Fe Girls’ School.

  • Do you want to know how to identify more of the planets and stars in the night sky? Pajarito Environmental Education Center is holding star shows in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. This month the shows will be 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 12.
    Each show will introduce celestial objects easily viewed through binoculars this month including planets, the lunar eclipse, star patterns, star clusters, nebulae, double stars and other celestial objects.
    The September Night Sky planetarium shows are $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 three and up.
    Arrive at least 10 minutes early the planetarium shows. To help acclimate to the planetarium’s night sky, no one will be admitted after the show begins.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies.

  • The votes have been cast at ediblesmackdown.com for the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown, an annual competition to find the best green chile cheeseburger in Santa Fe.
    After a two-week voting period in August, the finalists have been picked and will move on to compete in the Sept. 10 smackdown.
    The battling chefs bring some serious culinary chops to the competition, proving that burgers go beyond American cheese, lettuce and tomato.
    Of the 11 restaurants competing, the eight finalists determined by online vote are:
    • Agave at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa Santa Fe — Chef Anthony Smith
    • Anasazi Restaurant, Bar and Lounge — Chef Juan Bochenski
    • Bang Bite Filling Station — Chef Enrique Guerrero
    • Caffe Greco — Chef Cindy Barreras
    • Living Room at Inn and Spa Loretto — Chef Marc Quiñones
    • Red Sage at Buffalo Thunder — Chef Thomas Hartwell
    • Second Street Brewery — Chef Milton Villarrubia
    • Terra at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado — Chef Andrew Cooper

  • Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante will mark its 50th Golden Anniversary with a grand celebration from noon-5 p.m. Sept. 19 at the restaurant in Chimayó. The event is open to the public and will bring together family and friends to share in the dining, culture and tradition of this northern New Mexico treasure.  
    Entertainment includes Mariachi Buenaventura, as well as local bands, Los Primos and Perfección. Artisans will display the history and crafts of northern New Mexico. It promises to be a day of sharing memories and making new ones. Florence Jaramillo, owner of the historic Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante, along with her family will welcome guests and are celebrating a half century and long history in the Land of Enchantment.
    Jaramillo was named a New Mexico Culinary Treasure by the State of New Mexico. “Mrs. J.” as she is fondly known to her customers and staff, is still at the restaurant daily to greet diners and keep things running smoothly, even as an octegenarian.

  • Santa Fe Pro Musica opens its 34th Season on Sept. 18 with guest artists from the chamber music ensemble Opus One. This year’s Season Opening weekend begins with a chamber music concert followed by two concerts featuring the unique collaboration of chamber music ensemble with orchestra.
     Join Thomas O’Connor, conductor, the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra, and Opus One in the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
    Opus One consists of Anne-Marie McDermott on piano, Ida Kavafian on violin, Steven Tenenbom on viola and Peter Wiley on cello. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Lensic.
    Performances will also be 4 p.m. Sept. 19 and 3 p.m. Sept. 20.
    Tickets are $20, $35, $48, $69 at the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office, or call 988-4640. Tickets can also be purchased at Tickets Santa Fe at The Lensic 988-1234, or online at santafepromusica.com.
    Discounts for students, teachers, groups, and families are available exclusively through the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office.
    O’Connor will also present a “behind the scenes” discussion of the music one hour prior to each orchestra concert at the Lensic — free to ticket holders.
    An artist dinner with Opus One is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Reservations are required through the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office.

  • The League of Women Voters will have its monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader starting 11:45 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Mesa Public Library.
    The month’s leader is the publisher of the Los Alamos Monitor, David Puddu.
    Puddu has been a newspaper publisher for 28 years. Originally from Pennsylvania, he earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska. He has been in Los Alamos for one year. Prior to his arrival, he spent 13 years as VP/COO of Number Nine Media, Inc. a subsidiary of the Albuquerque Journal. Before that, he spent 14 years publishing newspapers in ski resort communities in Colorado.
    Puddu was the 2005 president of the New Mexico Press Association and has served as a regional director for the National Newspaper Association overseeing the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. He also served on the executive committee, Congressional Action Team and marketing/membership co-chair for the National Newspaper Association. He and his wife, Deborah are the parents of Lana, Sophia and Noah.
    Puddu will be talking about the changes he and his team have made to the Monitor, current issues in newspapers, and will be answering questions from those present.
    To order a $10 meal from the Los Alamos Co-op Market, contact Karyl Ann Armbruster, 231-8286 or kaskacayman@gmail.com to get the many menu choices.