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Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has announced that it will hold its popular fundraiser, Taste of Knowledge at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the old De Colores restaurant location. The theme this year is “Experience the Food and Wine of Spain.”

    Pig+Fig’s Chef Laura Crucet will create scrumptious Spanish tapas, which will be paired with unique boutique Spanish wines.

    Representatives from Favorite Brands and Jose Pastor Selections will talk about the different wine producing regions of Spain and what wines are produced there. During the tasting, local jazz band The Ryan Finn Quartet will entertain with live music. Ryan Finn is the Los Alamos Middle School Band instructor, whose classroom benefitted from a $25,000 makeover facilitated by the LAPS Foundation in the summer of 2016.

    As this is a fundraiser benefiting Los Alamos Public Schools’ teachers, staff, students and facilities, the LAPS Foundation is including elements from many talented Los Alamos students. LAHS Culinary Arts students will prepare the food under the supervision of Chef Laura Crucet, while LAHS Art Club members will dress as Spanish waiters and help out during the event. Several DALA and LAHS dancers will perform Spanish-themed dances, and Key Club and Hilltalkers members have volunteered to help with the event, as well.

  • THURSDAY

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The speaker will be Kent Parsons and his topic will be, “So I got my DNA Test Results, Now What?” The traditional no-host social dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. earlier that evening at the China Moon Restaurant.

    FRIDAY

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will present Alan Ayckbourn’s “Communicating Doors,” a time-traveling murder mystery, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 15-16, 22-23 and 2 p.m. for a matinee on Sunday, Sept. 17. Visit lalt.org for more information.

     

    Gentle Walks
    at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Admission: Free. 

  • The White Rock United Methodist Church is working with other local churches to host a fundraiser to help support a local family, the Blakes, with their missionary work in Niger. Sean and Carrie Blake and their children are long-term, cross-cultural Christian missionaries with SIM.

    The family lives and works in Niger, West Africa. Carrie serves as Midwifery Tutor and is particularly involved in developing curriculum for a government-approved midwifery and nursing school. Sean serves as the SIM Projects Coordinator and general IT Administrator.

    The Blakes are responsible for raising the funds necessary to enable them to continue living and working in Niger.

    Several churches in the Los Alamos area stand behind the Blake family in prayer and the White Rock United Methodist and White Rock Baptist churches are their official sending churches.

    To help support them, the WRUMC is holding a garage sale starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, in support of the Blakes’ work in Niger.

    All proceeds from the sale will be donated to their SIM support account (simusa.org/give  Missionary # 029349). Come by 580 Meadow Lane on Saturday and support a great cause at the same time.

  • In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, members of the community are invited to participate in a seven-session class called “By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism,” offered by Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church.

    Using video, discussion and the book of the same name, Pastor Russ Sorensen will lead participants in exploring the biblical and historical context of Luther’s Small Catechism, the concise and accessible teaching guide he wrote for use in the family home. Luther left a rich and complex legacy through his life’s work, founded on his affirmation of the doctrine of justification “by grace alone, through faith alone, according to scripture alone.” In the 16th century, his church promoted new ideas and practices that many Christians take for granted today, including worship and scripture in the language of the common people, congregational hymn-singing, and the vocation of lay people in service to God.

    While the course is centered on Lutheran theology and spirituality, it is hoped that participants of all faith traditions will gain a greater understanding of Reformation history and of the many points of unity between Lutherans and other Christians.

  • TODAY
     Jemez Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd, in White Rock will have a Bag Day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    THURSDAY
    Summer Nature Drawing
from 10-2:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy botanical drawing and watercolor with Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington. Cost is $56 for members, $70 for non-members.
    FRIDAY
    Jemez Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd, in White Rock will have a Bag Day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center.
A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Homeschool Bird Banding Field Trip from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Nature Center.
Homeschoolers: Meet the birds of the Jemez Mountains and observe an active field science investigation in Bandelier’s backcountry! Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Total Solar Eclipse Show
is SOLD OUT at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. More information at peecnature.org.

  •  Pajarito Environmental Education Center is working with the Los Alamos Mountaineers to offer a 10-mile hike with Evan Rose from town to the Pajarito Mountain ski area on Sept. 23 starting at 7:45 a.m.

    Since space is limited, registration is required for this free hike.

    The 10-mile trek with Evan Rose offers spectacular views of Los Alamos and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the option to enjoy Ullr Fest after the hike, and a ride back to your vehicle via Atomic City Transit.

    Hikers should expect is expected to take about six hours with more time for the bus and festival (optional). Along the way, hikers will have spectacular views of Los Alamos and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the option to enjoy Ullr Fest after the hike, and a ride back to your vehicle via Atomic City Transit.

    The hike is considered strenuous due to the steep and rocky terrain, long distance, and lack of bail-out points.

    The route will follow Quemazon Trail, connect with Pipeline Trail and finish by way of the Canada Bonita Trail in the parking lot of Pajarito Mountain ski hill.

    Participants must be capable of the full hike distance (10 miles), high elevation (from 7,300-9,800 feet), and altitude gain (2,500 feet).

  • BY KELLY DOLEJSI
    Special to the Monitor

    Billed as a “nervous romance,” “Annie Hall” (1977, rated PG) is one of the funniest, most bittersweet, most intimate, and most memorable films of all time. Los Alamos audiences will have an opportunity to see it for the first time – or the 20th time – at 6:30 p.m. Thursday upstairs at Mesa Public Library.

    Director/Writer Woody Allen plays twice-divorced stand-up comedian Alvy Singer, who feels an instant attraction to Annie (Diane Keaton), despite her blundering conversation, adventurous driving, and possible anti-semitism. The relationship moves through the la-dee-dah stage to therapist envy to arguments about community college to a desperate marriage proposal to sincerely wishing each other well.

    It’s beautiful, with lots of endearing/annoying personality traits and a few lobsters.

    In Alvy’s quest for self-understanding, the narrative looks beyond Alvy’s current relationship to his marriages to Alison (Carol Kane), who finds Alvy physically desirable, thereby causing Alvy to lose interest, and Robin (Janet Margolin), who coldly denies Alvy “intimacy” because there are people from The New Yorker downstairs.

  • I love this time of year as we begin to dive into the heart of the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets©.
    I feel like D. Peter Benson, who so loved New Mexico, is smiling down knowing that his legacy still continues.

    September marks the annual proclamation for the Los Alamos County Council to recognize the month as the beginning of building the Assets in our community. The work is so important that I have volunteered to write a weekly column for many years because I believe in the work so very much.

    The Assets are 40 traits and characteristics that we, as a community, can focus on for youth. If we dedicate some time each month throughout the school year, we can help our children to grow into healthy young adults.

    “Healthy Community, Healthy Youth,” is the motto and it is needed in our community, the state and the nation. You don’t have to do anything monumental, but pay attention and build meaningful relationships whenever you have the opportunity.

  • Want to learn more about the Hubble Telescope and the Universe? Come to the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium for a presentation on one of NASA’s most ambitious experiments at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 . The full-dome planetarium film Exploding Universe will play at 2 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17.

    On Sept. 15, the show will begin with a screening of NOVA: Invisible Universe Revealed, which will be followed by a talk by Dr. Rick Wallace. The film and presentation will share the astronomical significance of the Hubble Space Telescope findings, including cosmic expansion and supermassive black holes.

    Exploding Universe, showing at 2 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17, uncovers cosmic events that shaped the Universe. This full-dome film explores a world where supernovas erupt, massive materials collide, and protons give birth to life as we know it. For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit peecnature.org/planetarium. For tickets, call 662-0460.
     

  • McDonald’s will host a free breakfast event for all kindergarten through eighth-grade students and teachers (with I.D.) throughout New Mexico from 6-9 a.m. Wednesday, in partnership with Dairy MAX.

    The free breakfast will include an Egg McMuffin or Egg White Delight McMuffin, apple slices and choice of 1percent milk or apple juice.

    The students must be accompanied by a parent/adult and child must be present. Teachers must present a school I.D. No group redemption allowed.

    Free breakfast is available while supplies last. No substitutions.