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Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos Monitor has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

  • Michael Mandrell, a contemporary American finger style guitarist whose orchestral compositions offer equal parts world and new age, an array of middle Eastern rhythms and scales, with tinges of folk and an infusion of Celtic overtones, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos.
     His latest recording, “Returning and Returned” is a collection of his solo guitar work that covers a wide range of styles.

  • Take a walk in the woods with Tim Althauser, as Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery presents his first solo exhibition. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Wray’s gallery, 2101 Trinity Dr., Suite B-2.
    Five new paintings will be on display for the first time. Althauser completed these paintings while ash from the Los Conchas fire rained down into his yard.
    The fire was a reminder of his love for the beauty of trees, especially Aspens.
    “Aspens are the rebirth trees. They make shade for the conifers and the pine to grow,” Althauser said. “Aspens are the forest renewal tree and the first tree to come in after a fire. To me it’s the birth of a forest when baby Aspens come up.”

  • For an amateur archaeologist and curious explorer,  there is nothing comparable to visiting the forgotten towns and villages of yesteryear. Handling the artifacts and witnessing the ruined walls first-hand can often yield important information not found in the pages of books or scholarly papers.    
    However, sifting through texts is sometimes necessary to glean important details and place artifacts in the context of time and space. In fact, I’ve realized that while physical artifacts are exciting, comparable knowledge can be found among the pages of a book.  

    The Quest for Knowledge

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce FAN Club invites the public to celebrate National Assisted Living Week from 5:30-7 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Lodge Retirement and Assisted Living Facility, 1010 Sombrillo Court. For more information, contact Mary Yamada at 661-0066 or myamada@aspenridgelodge.com.

    Thursday
    Join the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board as they celebrate the award of a State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grant: The Los Alamos Youth Food Project. A brief celebration and check presentation will be from 3-3:30 p.m. at Los Alamos Middle School, 2101 Hawk Dr. Look for the celebration near the entrance of LAMS, next to the Pledge Garden.

  • There is so much to do that this week, we’ll have to give you two assets, so we can squeeze them all in during the month. Our focus this week is asset 22, school engagement and asset 23, homework.
     Research indicates that there is a need for youth to be actively engaged in learning, and that a minimum of an hour of homework each night might be the key.
     This week, there are two opportunities to engage kids in learning, while you get to be involved, too.
     The first is Thursday  from 6-7:30 p.m. at Chamisa Elementary. The school science night provides some hands-on opportunities to learn, mixed with a little fun.

  • The summer rains were late, but they came. As always, they encouraged the annuals to pop up and the perennials to reach new heights.  
    Chick Keller will lead a free evening flower walk for Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 5:30 p.m. today. As curator of the Jemez Mountain Herbarium, Keller will provide a list of plants so that participants can keep track of what they see.  
    After meeting at PEEC, 3540 Orange Street, the group will caravan to the best site for September blooms. Asters, sunflowers, groundsels, skyrocket gilia, gayfeather — they’re all waiting to be admired

  • Today
    A wildflower walk with Chick Keller will be at 5:30 p.m. today at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. The walk is free and a plant list is provided.

    Girl Scouts recruitment night will be from 5-6:30 p.m. at the White Rock Baptist Church. Girls in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to attend. For more information, contact Vanessa at vwheeler@gs-nmtrails.org, or visit www.nmgirlscouts.org.

    Wednesday
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce FAN Club invites the public to celebrate National Assisted Living Week from 5:30-7 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Lodge Retirement and Assisted Living Facility, 1010 Sombrillo Court. For more information, contact Mary Yamada at 661-0066 or myamada@aspenridgelodge.com.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    It’s summer, remember that pets also suffer when the temperature rises. Cooling animals (dogs, rabbits, cats) by giving them a “cool” bath or shower to help keep their body temperature down.
    A cool towel on a tile floor to lay on, a cool towel or washcloth laying over the skin, next to a fan will also help cool the animal.
    Make sure they have plenty of cool water to drink as well.
    Signs of heat stroke in a pet are: rapid panting, wide eyes, lots of drooling, hot skin, twitching muscles, vomiting and a dazed look. Call your vet if you think your pet has heat stroke.

  • La Leche League of Los Alamos will discuss, “Nutrition and Weaning” at their monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Monday in the Nursery at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road.
     All interested, pregnant, or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics and benefits of breastfeeding. A lending library with books and audio tapes concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available. Nursing babies and toddlers who have difficulty separating, are welcome.
    For more information, contact Cathleen at 661-4033 or Gina at 661-8740.