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Today's Features

  • Young members of The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program will again present free concerts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.  The daytime concerts feature arias, duets and ensembles from opera and classical works and afford audiences in both cities the opportunity to hear the young artists.
    The Albuquerque concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church, 10000 Spain NE (between Eubank and Morris).  In Santa Fe, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis will be the venue for the concert on at 11:30 a.m. July 28. Both are free and everyone is welcome. Seating begins one-half hour before the performances and is on a first-come first-served basis.

  • Dave Yeamans, local birder and active member of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Birders group will give a talk on bird banding at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 7 p.m. July 27.
    The talk costs $8 for PEEC members and $10 for non-members, but this fee will be refunded if participants decide to volunteer with the annual Park Flight bird banding field trips in August through October.
    Bird banding starts with getting a permit to conduct a study on birds of a particular type in a defined area. In this talk, passerines, or perching birds, are the target group and the areas include upper Alamo Canyon in Bandelier National Monument and also the Valles Caldera ranch headquarters area.

  • Nearly everyone can remember a classic love story: “Romeo and Juliet” and “Gone With the Wind” are among the favorites we come across in our lifetimes.
    The current Santa Fe Opera production, “La Bohème” is another sure entry to this list. Full of romance and tragedy, Giacomo Puccini’s finest opera focuses on two lovers in 1830s Paris: the poet Rodolfo (David Lomelí) and seamstress Mimi (Ana María Martínez) experience love at first sight when the latter comes looking for a match to light her candle.

  • It’s no surprise when atomic fission happens, especially in a place like Los Alamos. Recently, the Atomic Theatre Festival experienced a splitting of its own because of the Las Conchas Fire.
    The festival is an event in Los Alamos and Santa Fe combining plays written by local playwrights about science and Los Alamos.
    Performances were originally scheduled in Los Alamos and Santa Fe during July and August, but the fire forced delay of the Los Alamos portion of the Festival until Aug. 26-28.
    However, Santa Fe performances will continue as planned, beginning Aug. 5.   

    The Santa Fe plays are:

  • Overlook Park is a popular place for a host of recreational activities in White Rock. The ball fields are alive with the sounds of people playing sports and flying kites and hiking trails boast amazing views of the mountains that encompass the area.
    One of those trails lies just west of the park on a mesa overlooking the ball fields. This trail is heavily traveled but few hikers notice the many historic artifacts scattered at their feet and the pueblo caves and rock carvings along the way.   
    Following the trail west toward the mesa, one might begin to notice numerous caves carved out of the soft volcanic tuft. Upon first inspection, these caves might be mistaken for the modern inventions of children playing in the rocks.

  • Today
    Leslie Esquibel will present an “Introduction to Fertilty Care” at 6:15 p.m. in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Join us for a one-hour introduction to the fertility system. Childcare can be provided, if arranged in advance.  For more information, send email to leslie.esquibel@comcast.net or call 661-2352. Drop-ins are welcome.

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library meeting rooms to discuss upcoming events. All supporters are encouraged to attend.

    Friday

  • The Red Elvises return to Los Alamos for a show at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond. If you’ve never seen this band, here’s a chance to catch a group of showmen.
    Lead singer Igor usually wears  pink floral outfits, while the rest of the band wears leopard print outfits. The clothing gives a bit of insight to the band. Just like they’re non-traditional duds, the Red Elvises are not your typical rock band. They are a fusion of rock, Siberian surf, reggae, doo-wop, Russian folk-rock, Russian rokenrol, tango and Klezmer.
    “Besides being excellent musicians, this band of mostly Russian émigrés are tremendous entertainers and a whole lotta rockin’ fun,” said Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series promoter Russ Gordon.

  • If you missed your senior prom, don’t worry, there’s still a chance to don your prom duds. On Friday, you can go to the prom with all of the fun, none of the stress and almost none of the cost.
    The Friends of the Senior Center, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Assets In Action will hold an intergenerational, community prom from 6-8 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    “Seniors often tell me that these events remind them of happy times in years past. It helps us all to connect with each other,” said Pauline Powell Schneider, the Director of Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization.
    Admission is $1 and the donation of one food or other non-perishable item, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

  • Ariana Brown was awarded a scholarship from the Kiwanis Club. From left, Art Brown, Dawn Brown, Ariana Brown and Kiwanis Club President Fran Berting. Brown was active in many groups including Los Alamos Youth Leadership and Mexico Mission. She will attend Northern Arizona University and study children’s advocacy.

     

  • Juan Vasquez, left, and Randy Richey, custodians at Mountain Elementary were hard at work last week, getting ready for the start of the new school year.