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Today's Features

  • In the Northern New Mexico mountain communities of Angel Fire, Taos, Raton and Las Vegas, Music from Angel Fire’s 29th Season will entertain audiences with chamber music through Sept. 2, in 15 concerts featuring works from the Baroque to the Contemporary periods.
    Included among the 2012 artists are Ida Kavafian, artistic director, violin; Ani Kavafian and Pamela Frank, violin; Anne-Marie McDermott, piano; Peter Wiley, cello; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Karen Lindquist, harp and Guillermo Figueroa, violin/viola among many others. Steven Stucky is the 2012 composer-in-residence.
    Stucky is the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for his “Second Concerto for Orchestra,” he is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
    Two themes will run through the 2012 Season of Music from Angel Fire. La Musique de la France — A Season Celebrating Great French Composers honors the 150th anniversary of the birth of the impressionist composer Claude Debussy and the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Jean Françaix.
    Audiences can expect to hear works by French composers Debussy, Françaix, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Fauré and Franck as well as compositions by masters from the baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary periods.

  • More than 20 authors and publishers will gather to sell their books Sept. 8 at Fuller Lodge, during the first Los Alamos Book Fair, sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society and its publishing venture, Bathtub Row Press.
    Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., shoppers can meet the authors, discuss their work or pick up a signed copy of a new release to tuck away for a holiday gift. Several recently released titles will be showcased, including Cindy Bellinger’s “Walking on Burnt Mountain, A Spiritual Quest in Los Alamos.”
    And for history buffs interested in the Manhattan Project, Don Farrell’s “Tinian, A Brief History,” has been reissued and will be available. Bathtub Row Press will have the newly-released soft cover of its award-winning book, “At Home on the Slopes of Mountains: The Story of Peggy Pond Church.”
    Shopping and refreshments await visitors to Fuller Lodge, followed by free tours of the Los Alamos Historic District at 3 p.m. for anyone interested in the stories associated with Ashley Pond, the Ice House Memorial and the log and stone houses of Bathtub Row, a preview of the proposed Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

  • Five Los Alamos households will open their yards to the public from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday as part of the Master Gardener’s Tour.
    The tour is in its 10th year and is produced by the Los Alamos Master Gardeners, in conjunction with the Los Alamos Extension Office and Los Alamos Extension Agent Carlos Valdez.  Gardeners and homeowners looking for answers to questions about growing vegetables and flowers in the area, as well as those looking for landscaping ideas, might enjoy the tour.
    According to Master Gardener Denise George, it will include a variety of approaches to landscape design.
    “The gardens on this tour are very different. Some lots are large and others small. All five residential gardens feature outdoor living space, some have ponds and other water features, most incorporate vegetable areas into their gardens, some emphasize attracting birds and other wildlife, some were designed to require little maintenance,” George said.
    “Visitors should expect to leave with ideas that they might incorporate into their own landscapes. At each location, visitors will be able to ask master gardeners any questions they might have.”
    This year, the following residents will be make up the tour:
    • Shelby and Tony Redondo, 390 Manhattan Loop

  • Getting a grasp on the English language can be difficult, especially for those who were not brought up learning it. After all, there are so many things to consider, especially when words like cool have double meanings. Of course, there’s also words like their, there and they’re, to consider.
    Northern New Mexicans don’t make the task any easier. They seem to have a language all their own. It’s a fusion of American English and Castilian Spanish and produces terms such as acequia, mijo and patrón, which are mixed in with everyday English. It’s not uncommon to hear a native New Mexican speak Spanglish, a mix of English sprinkled with Spanish words here and there.
    While using Spanish terms is commonplace for most New Mexicans, it’s not so easy for tourists and those who have moved to New Mexico to understand the lingo. Until now.
    Mark H. Cross, a proofreader for the New Mexico Legislature, has written “Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico,” to help people understand the language and history of New Mexico.
    Cross’ tale of moving to New Mexico is not unique. Like many who fall in love with the Land of Enchantment, he came to visit a friend here and decided to make New Mexico his home. So in 1996, he made the move to Santa Fe and has lived there ever since.

  • Art comes in many forms and can be made out of anything an artist can think of. Now, Oregon native and New Mexico resident Nancy Judd is opening the eyes of fashionistas in and out of the state and letting them know the same can be said of fashion.
    Since 1998, Judd has been crafting fashions out of other people’s trash. She first got the idea while working in Santa Fe, as the city’s recycling coordinator.
    “I realized that art and fashion could be used to raise the consciousness of the public about recycling in a fun and positive way,” Judd said. “I started an event called the Recycle Santa Fe Art Market, that is still going strong.
    The opening night always features a recycled fashion contest and I would make a dress every year to promote the contest.
    Soon, I had a wonderful collection of recycled garments and I started to get invited by other recycling coordinators around the country to give recycled fashion shows in their communities.”
    She stopped doing fashion shows four years ago, because she said she realized she could “reach more people with my message of sustainability with exhibitions. I also wanted an audience that was not already environmentally minded.”

  • Kelley Kramer received a certificate of appreciation for service on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board last month. Kraemer is now attending college.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a discussion from 6:30-8 p.m. in meeting room 1 of the Mesa Public Library. This month’s topic is “Mormon mythology, morality and Mitt. How benign are Mormon beliefs? How would a Mormon in the White House affect you?” Direct questions to losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com.All are welcome.

    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Family Game Night at Mesa Public Library. Join the geeks and gamers from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda for game boards galore. All ages welcome, please bring a parent or another adult if you’re 12 or younger.

    Wildflower Walk. Join Chick Keller, curator of PEEC’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium, for an easy walk to learn the names of local wildflowers.  A plant list will be provided so participants can keep track of what they see. Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m. to carpool or caravan to the trailhead. Free, no registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information. In case of rain, meet inside PEEC for slide and plant identification discussions.

  • Kiwanis recently awarded Kathryn Hemphill with a scholarship. Hemphill served as a Key Club member and will attend Arizona State University to study biomedical engineering. Pictured from left to right are: Kiwanis Club members Morrie Pongratz, Don Casperson and Kristy Ortega (president), along with Kathyrn (Katie) Hemphill and Richard Hemphill. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at the Masonic Lodge with a focus on youth projects. Kiwanis was founded in 1948 and is the oldest service organization in Los Alamos. For more information on Kiwanis, visit their web site at losalamos.kiwanisone.org.

  • Today
    The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. The featured speakers will be Dr. Steve Becker and Dr. Paul Bradley. Their talk is titled, “A Travelogue of New Zealand’s North and South Islands.” The September field trip will be to Shark’s Tooth Ride between San Ysidro and Cuba. For this trip, they will meet at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 22 at Sullivan Field. Plan on brining a camera, sunscreen, extra clothing, water, lunch and snacks. Contact Paula Bradley at Ppbradpp@aol.com for more information and to confirm attendance.

    Wednesday
    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a discussion from 6:30-8 p.m. in meeting room 1 of the Mesa Public Library. This month’s topic is “Mormon mythology, morality and Mitt. How benign are Mormon beliefs? How would a Mormon in the White House affect you?” Direct questions to losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com.All are welcome.

    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

  • PEEC would like to thank the community and some special helpers for a fantastic program about cougars and people.
    We were fortunate enough to have Ken Logan, wildlife biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, came to PEEC Aug. 12 to talk about cougars  and their interactions with people, to a crowd of about 60. His talk made it clear that we live in cougar country and gave some practical tips  on how to stay safe.  
    One point that he stressed was to be in contact with your neighbors. If you see tracks, scat or a mountain lion, call your neighbors and let them know there’s been a sighting in your neighborhood. The more aware people are, the more likely they are to take a few simple steps to stay safe, like avoid hiking until two hours after sunrise, keeping pets inside at night and making sure outside pets and livestock are in cages with roofs.
    PEEC would like to thank James Brooks, of Yukon Wildlife Studio, for his help with this program. Brooks has been collecting and categorizing data about mountain lion encounters in Los Alamos on his website, yukonwildlifestudio.com, and was kind enough to tour Ken Logan before his talk, showing him the lay of the land in Los Alamos and places where sightings had been reported.