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Today's Features

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    ALBUQUERQUE — For years, Zavier Thompson has followed of Marvel superhero movies. But the 16-year-old student in Albuquerque has always wanted to see a popular film with a black superhero and black themes.

    Thanks to an Albuquerque educator, the aspiring hip-hop and spoken word artist finally got his wish Thursday when he was given tickets to a private screening of “Black Panther.”

    “It was amazing. The music, the action...everything,” said Thompson, who is black. “It made me proud to see out culture depicted like that.”

    “Black Panther” is about the mythical and highly advanced African nation of Wakanda, where T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, inherits the throne but is challenged by a Wakandan exile named Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan.  It’s the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and based on 50-year-old material created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

  • SUBMITTED TO THE MONITOR

    Students, small businesses and other community members and groups in northern New Mexico will benefit this year from a recent, nearly $1.9 million grant from Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), which is the managing and operating contractor for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The LANS Board of Governors approved the funding through Oct. 1 to support education, economic development and community giving in the region.

    “The board’s decision continues their legacy of positive community support that totals $34.8 million since 2006,” said Laboratory Director Terry Wallace. “This commitment allows us to continue to work with organizations across the region, magnifying the impact of our employees generous support of nonprofits.”

    Funds approved by the LANS Board of Governors are administered through a Community Commitment Plan managed by the Laboratory’s Community Partnerships Office.

  • The Valle Grande Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet on Feb. 10 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center from 10 a.m.-noon.

    This month’s program will feature the New Mexico State President, Children of the American Revolution, Samantha Streseman.

    Streseman will speak about her state project, and provide information about other NM C.A.R. activities.

    DAR is a service organization open to women who can prove descent from a Patriot during the American Revolution.
    For more information on the DAR, visit the National website dar.org.”

  • FRIDAY
    Gentle Walk
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.

    February Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty on our planetarium dome. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information atpeecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Feature Film: Black Holes at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SUNDAY
    Cowboy Breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, near the stables. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 years and under. Proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse.

    Nature Yoga and Trail Run
at 11:45 a.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Optional: Arrive at 10:30 a.m. to join Christa for a pre-yoga run. Admission: yoga or run for $7/$5 for members; yoga and run for $12/$8 for members. More information at peecnature.org.
    MONDAY

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre announces auditions for “The Dining Room” by A.R. Gurney, the final production of LALT’s 2017-18 season.

    Auditions will take place 2–5 p.m. Feb. 4, and 6:30–9:30 p.m. Feb. 5, at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

    Auditioners are asked to prepare a short 1-2 minute monologue of their choice and will be asked to read scenes from the play. Copies of the script are available for check out at Mesa Public Library.

    The script calls for six adults (three women and three men) who each portray approximately nine varied characters. The production dates are May 11-12, 18-20 and March 25-26. The show is directed by Cindy Hines.

    The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. 

    The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes – some funny, some touching, some rueful – which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: The upper-middle-class WASP.

    The actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuoso skill as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids.

  • The New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) and State Auditor Wayne Johnson have selected Los Alamos County as the recipient of one of its annual Audit Accountability Awards.

    Helen Perraglio, the County’s Chief Financial Officer, was there to accept the award at NMAC’s Legislative Conference last week.

    The awards are given in recognition to large, mid-size and small counties that have done outstanding work on their audits, submitted their audits in a timely manner, and have sustained excellence with the highest audit opinions. In addition, an award is given to the most improved county.

    Los Alamos County received unmodified opinions with no findings in 2016.

    An unmodified opinion is the best opinion that can be given, and means that the financial statements are presented fairly in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. 

    This is the third time Los Alamos County has won the Audit Accountability Award since the inception of the awards in 2011.

    Doña Ana, Curry, Chaves, Guadalupe, Quay and Roosevelt counties also received the award.  

  • The internationally attended Albuquerque FIRST Technical Challenge Qualifying Tournament was held for the first time at the Next Gen Academy in Albuquerque.

    The Alpha Hawks, a team comprised of mostly eighth-graders, and the Beta Hawks, a team comprised of seventh-graders, competed in a field of 16 robotics teams with older high school teams, teams from Mexico, and Colorado. 

    After five seeding matches, where robots are paired together in randomly organized alliance pairs that compete against other robot alliances in this year’ challenge known as FIRST Relic Recovery, the Alphas were second ranked team and the Betas were seeded fifth.

    The top four teams automatically advanced to the semifinals but were required to choose one other team to complete their final alliance.

    The top team, Data Force from Highlands Ranch Colorado, impressed the participants and audience with its ability to complete all the games challenges and honored the Alpha Hawks by inviting them to join their alliance in the final matches.  

    However the Alpha Hawks regretfully declined the invitation in order to be in a position to invite and compete with their sister team, the Beta Hawks. 

  • The Los Alamos County Library children’s librarians and the Los Alamos JJAB invite children and their parents or caregivers to a community playdate being held at the Mesa Public Library, Youth Services Zone from 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 3. 

    This free, drop-in event is being hosted to launch the Los Alamos County Library’s new board book collection and to continue to introduce the Los Alamos Affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

    In addition to providing families opportunities to peruse the board book collection and sign up for the Imagination Library, there will be additional play activities for children. Snacks will be provided. 

    Angie Manfredi, children’s librarian, has a collection of 80 board books that are now available for circulation. These books will be on display and available for check-out on Feb. 3.

    Many of these books are available only as board books, so this collection brings a new dimension to the library’s early childhood book collection.

    This is the first time the library has created and curated a specific collection made entirely of board books.

    The board books are geared towards children from birth to three years, but they can be enjoyed by others outside this age group.

  • TODAY
    Los Alamos Historical Society presents the continuation of the Atomic Film Festival with the showing of the 1952 film “The Atomic City,” starring Gene Barry, at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The movie follows a scientist as he struggles to recover his kidnapped son from enemy agents.

    A free performance of “Broken Off,” a new, 10-minute play by local playwright, Robert F. Benjamin, performed by Claire Singleton and Richard Cooper, will be at 12:30 p.m. at the White Rock Senior Center, 133 Longview Drive. An audience talkback discussion will follow the performance.
    THURSDAY
    A free performance of “Broken Off,” a new, 10-minute play by local playwright, Robert F. Benjamin, performed by Claire Singleton and Richard Cooper, will be at 12:30 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row in Los Alamos. An audience talkback discussion will follow the performance.

    Backcountry Film Festival
at 7 p.m. at the Reel Deal Theater. This is an evening of inspiring and entertaining short films along with prizes and fun. Cost is $12 in advance, $15 on the day of the show. Buy your tickets at the Reel Deal Theater. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having their annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale.

    Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals.

    Daffodil pre-orders are being taken now through March 2.

    For a glass vase with three bunches (30 stems) of daffodils for $20, a glass vase with two bunch for $15 or a single bunch (10 stems) for $5.  

    The service is unable to offer delivery this year. Delivery will be offered in 2019.

    Customers can pick up their orders at “Daffodil Central.” Call LAVNS for the location in Central Park Square, March 8 or 9 from 8-5:30 p.m.

    Watch for location sales at LANB and Smith’s grocery stores March 8 and March 9.

    To place an order, call Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service at 662-2525 or order online at lavns.com.