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Today's Features

  • Ear-splitting thrash metal will be showcased from 10-11:40 a.m. Saturday, as the documentary, “Tension: 25 Years Underground” debuts at the KiMo Theatre as part of the Albuquerque Film Festival. Los Alamos National Laboratory employee Tom Gattis has fronted the band since its inception in the 80s. Tickets, $10 are available at holdmyticket.com. The show is for those 18 years of age and older.

  • For the first program of its Fire Recovery Series, Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer an exploratory hike from Ponderosa Campground at 8:30 a.m. Aug 25. Terry Foxx and Chris Judson will lead the non-strenuous hike.  It is free and open to the public, with no registration required.
    The slow-meandering walk will focus on observation and discovery of the complexity of the ecosystems of the Pajarito Plateau and the change that these ecosystems have experienced over the past 200 years.
    Judson and Foxx will discuss both the history of fire in the area and ecological recovery from fire. They will point out changes that have taken place through time from fire, urbanization and climate.
    Participants should meet at Bandelier Monument’s Ponderosa Campground on N.M. 4 at 8:30 a.m. and wear good walking shoes and bring water.
    For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Folks can usually anticipate what kind of show they’re in for when they decide to go to a live concert. After all, they’re most likely fans of the band they’re buying tickets for.
    That logic, however, does not apply to a Hank 3 show.
    Shelton Hank Williams aka Hank 3 gave spectators an up-close experience Tuesday night in Albuquerque. He’s no stranger to the Sunshine Theater and seems to play there at least once a year.
    The venue is small and intimate, which can be good or bad, depending on how many people are packed into it. For some shows, it’s standing room only, but for this show, there were a few tables and bar stools scattered about. The stools really came in handy, considering Hank 3 put on a three-hour performance.
    The music preceding the show was a mixed bag, ranging from death metal to two-steppin’ country songs. That should have been an indication of what to expect of the concert.
    It was like being in one of those honkytonks you see in movies. The bar area is separated by Plexiglas walls. Speakers, along with equipment packed the small stage. The crowd was rowdy and the only thing missing was the thick cigarette smoke that tends to choke the air whenever you see them in films.

  • “I love and fear words — their potential to uplift or tear down. My father taught me to respect that potential. Dad, a man of few words, wrote poetry and sketched. My mother made me love stories. She’d sit at the top of the stairs every night and create magic with a book. It was reader’s theater. If mommy couldn’t be there, she assigned the reading to whomever she’d deputized to watch us that night. But no one could do it like her. So much of the writer in me is my parents’ doing. I got really lucky with them.” — Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
    It is no surprise that Nelson is New Mexico’s official Centennial Children’s Author. The author of 10 books, from a beginning reader, “Ready? Set. Raymond!” to her latest “documentary novel” for young adults and adults, Nelson simply and always with a touch of humor, tells tales that engage all ages.
    Nelson will discuss her award-winning non-fiction book for ages 7-10, “Bad News for Outlaws: the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal,” at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library, as part of the Authors Speak Series.

  • Building Kindness, a Habitat for Humanity affiliate, wants volunteers to help in the restoration of family homes. No skills necessary. Volunteers will be taught the safe use of power tools and equipment, while improving the living conditions of others less fortunate.  Skilled volunteers needed, too. This ongoing program meets at 8 a.m. every Saturday. Call David Canfield at 505-747-7698 or email buildingkindness@habitatevla.org for more information.

  • Today
    This month’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting will be at 6 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Committees will meet at 6 p.m., the meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 661-4097.

    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will run 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.

    The monthly Los Alamos County Democratic meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. The topics of the meeting will be the upcoming events with congressmen, candidate updates and other developing news. All registered Democrats are invited to attend.

    Saturday
    There will be a Masonic Waffle Breakfast 7:30-10 a.m. at the Los Alamos Masonic Lodge, 15th and Canyon. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity’s 2012 Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project in Haiti. Price of the breakfast is $7 and $3 for children age six and younger.

  • Self-Help Inc. has been the sponsor of Tools for School for 15 years and once again has completed another program. With money from United Way, other grants and donations from the community, $27,000 worth of paper, pencils, scissors and other supplies have been purchased, unloaded at the Masonic Temple in Los Alamos and then sorted and distributed to children in need throughout the Los Alamos, Española and Pojoaque school districts.
    Joyce Nickols has been the Tools for School coordinator for the last three years. Helping with Tools for School has been an annual project for the middle school and high school youth groups at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos.  
    Nickols, youth director De Anna Hoyle and the youth group had a pizza picnic and then worked several hours recently unloading a truck, donated by Remax of Los Alamos, that was filled to capacity with boxes of supplies.

  • Wednesday

    The Los Alamos School Retirees Not-Back-to-School Breakfast will be from 9:30-11 a.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s Kelly Hall. The fully catered breakfast will cost $9. Call Judy Crocker at 662-9117, email drummer@rt66.com, or contact Emily Engel at 662-3846 or lars@ieee.org.

     

    This month’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting will be at 6 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Committees will meet at 6 p.m., the meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 661-4097.

     

    Thursday

  • This week, my column salutes local youth Clay Adams.

    Adams is a sophomore this year and last school year, ignited a spark that changed his orbit.

    In Asset language, a spark is a hobby or passion, the thing that makes your life worth living and brings you joy.

    Last winter another local youth, Trae Randolph, taught Adams how to ride bulls — and so it began.

    Adams traveled to rodeos with Randolph, riding when he could and spending time in Jal, N.M. with his father James, indulging in bull riding whenever he had the chance.