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Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos Jewish Center will hold its annual community Passover Seder at the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 5:30 p.m. April 23. The event is open to anyone interested.
    The Seder is a ceremonial dinner filled with rituals designed to celebrate the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt.
    The Seder, which is Hebrew for “order,” ushers in the week of Pesach in which Jews refrain from eating Chametz.
    The celebration of Passover commemorates the miraculous delivery of the Jews from years of slavery, culminating in the birth of the Torah, the Five Books of Moses, at Mount Sinai.
    For Jews, the annual time of renewal is a time to look at each other and our society through the lens of the slave. It is a time to let go of all prejudice, intolerance, closed mindedness and limited thinking. It is a time for renewed inspiration to help create a world that is free for all peoples and all religions.

  • Santa Fe’s Sierra Vista Retirement Community recently hosted Bill Thomas for a special  tour of the facility, as he stopped by to talk shop with the staff and see what the progressive retirement community was all about.
    Thomas is a nationally renowned specialist in geriatrics and aging. He was in Santa Fe to kick off his 30 city “Age of Disruption” tour, which featured a workshop on dementia during the afternoon and a “nonfiction” play in the evening called “Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game” at the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art.  
    According to Thomas, both events were meant to change the way people think about aging.
    “I hope what people take away from (the tour) is that aging is about growth, that it’s a process of growth,” he said. “In our society, we commonly think that aging is a matter of decline. I would argue that you’re growing toward something new. We think that old people are stuck and that they don’t grow and I think that’s wrong.”

  • Violinist Alexi Kenney will return to lead the Santa Fe Symphony chamber ensemble in one of the most exciting programs of the season Sunday at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.
    The orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s beloved “The Four Seasons,” and Bach’s “Double Concerto” for oboe and violin, featuring Kenney alongside the symphony’s principal oboist Elaine Heltman.
    A free pre-concert lecture will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, sponsored by Dr. Penelope Penland, and The Pierce Group with Mort Morrison and Morgan Stanley. Kenney is underwritten by Sheryl and Michael DeGenring through the symphony’s Reach For The Stars Program.
    The program begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $80. Half-price tickets are available for children ages 6 to 14 with adult purchase (no children under six will be admitted). Call 983-1414 or 1-800-480.1319 for tickets, or the Lensic box office at 988-1234 for information. The Lensic Theater is located at 211 West San Francisco Street in Santa Fe.

  • DeVargas Center in Santa Fe is nearing completion of a series of upgrades to support its growing roster of local merchants.
    The renovations add a more contemporary, regional flair that underscores its commitment to offering a main street experience for both shoppers and homegrown retailers.
    This month, the mall welcomes eight new tenants from Sanbusco, including Santa Fe Pens, Pandora’s, Dell Fox Jewelry and Bodhi Bazaar.
    DeVargas Center has also recently completed new spaces for some of its existing merchants, including Elegant Nails, the Bug Museum and Baskin Robbins.
    The new spaces and upgraded storefronts were designed by David Naylor Interiors and developed by JR Construction.
    Naylor said the goal was to create a more contemporary, yet distinctly Santa Fe feel for the mall, which is home to a variety of unique local merchants.
    “When you go to a corporate mall, what’s distinct is that each shop has got their brand so well designed,” he said. “I didn’t want this mall trying to look like that since we don’t have any corporate brands. These are all homegrown, neighborhood shops. So it looks friendly, local, regional.”

  •  Los Alamos Public Schools is asking the public to attend a meeting at 5 p.m. March 22 in the Barranca Mesa Gym to discuss and share ideas about how to design a modern facility that meets the needs of students and staff.
    Barranca Mesa Elementary is located at 57 Loma Del Escolar St.
    This is the second community meeting to gather input from community members. The next pubic meeting will be March 24 during the school board meeting, where the education specialist presentation will be presented and discussed.

  • The Los Alamos School Board and Community Budget Committee are inviting parents and interested people from Los Alamos to attend and participate in a conversation about the draft Strategic Plan and 2016-17 LAPS budget proposal.
    The first meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, will begin with an overview of the draft Strategic Plan followed by a review of the school funding formula, results from the Legislative session, and considerations for 2016-17 budget.  
    The school board and budget committee are asking for ideas and suggestions from parents and community members.
    The second and third meetings, scheduled for April 5 and 7, will focus on listening to suggestions about the strategic plan and draft budget proposal.
    • 5:30-7 p.m. Tuessday in the high school speech theater
    • 5:30-7 p.m. April 5 in the White Rock Library multipurpose room
    • 5:30-7 p.m. April 7 in the high school speech theater

  • TODAY
    Chamber Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. at UNM-LA building 2, room 230. Cynthia Delgado, Mandy Marksteiner and Kelly Stewart will be featured on a panel. The topic will be “Preparing Los Alamos Businesses for the Summer 2016 Tourism Season.” Breakfast will be pastries from Rose Chocolatier.

    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting at 7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation on the state of the Bandelier back country and trails post Las Conchas fire by Kevin Stillman. There will be a slideshow and presentation about the Conchas fire and the floods of 2011 and 2013, how the backcountry and trails were affected, and where Bandelier is rebuilding the trail system.

    The Forest Stewards Guild, county officials and stakeholders will have their first public meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Municipal Building, 100 Central Ave., to discuss the update of the 2009 Community Wildfire Protection Plan learn about progress made since 2009 to reduce wildfire risk in your community. The public is encouraged to attend and provide input. For more information, visit forestguild.org/losalamosCWPP, or contact Matt Piccarello at matt@forestguild.org or call 983-8992.  

  • Texas A&M Aggies from around the world will gather for the annual Aggie Muster memorial service. Los Alamos area Aggies will gather at 6 p.m. April 21 at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road, in Craig Hall, the building nearest the west parking lot.
    The speaker will be James G. Ivey ‘73 of Houston. He is a founder, senior officer and board member of Pintail Energy, a petroleum exploration and production company. Ivey served in the U. S. Army Reserve for 30 years and retired with the rank of Colonel.
    Dinner will be barbecue with all the fixings. Suggested donation is $10 per person with children under age 10 free. RSVP by April 19 to Nancy Bliss at  Bliss.nd@gmail.com. Contact David Powell at dwpowell68@msn.com or 662-5877 for more information.

  • Art exhibits
    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces form & concept, a nonprofit arts organization founded to push and explore the boundaries of perceived distinctions between art, craft and design. The programming acts as a conversation between these disciplines, supporting contemporary creative practice through exhibitions of regional and international artists. form & concept serves the community through its educational programming by producing artist residencies, workshops, lectures and other events.The grand opening will be 5-7 p.m. May 27.

    “Gardening at Night: Photographs by Cig Harvey. April 15-June 4 at Photo-eye Gallery, 541 South Guadalupe in Santa Fe.

  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — Word of mouth might be kryptonite for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which fell a steep 68 percent in its second weekend in theaters according to comScore estimates Sunday. The superhero pic earned an estimated $52.4 million over the weekend, easily besting the modest new openers like “God’s Not Dead 2” and “Meet the Blacks.”
    The Zack Snyder movie cost a reported $250 million to produce and around $150 million to market, and has earned an estimated $261.5 million to date.
    It’s a critical launching point for a series of interconnected movies in the DC Comics Universe from Warner Bros. that will include this year’s “Suicide Squad” and next year’s “Wonder Woman” and two “Justice League” movies, which is why its early performance – and hold – are being so intensely scrutinized.
    Superhero movies tend to be frontloaded with fans, and a near 60 percent fall is not uncommon for major blockbusters in weekend two.
    “Sometimes the bigger they are the harder they fall,” said Paul Dergarabedian, comScore’s senior media analyst. “This is often what happens when you have films that rank in the top 10 debuts of all time.”