Today's Features

  • If you’re looking into a new pet but don’t want to settle for the usual cat or dog, geese might be a good pet for you.
    In order to own pet geese, you must have adequate space and check with city guidelines and neighborhood associations to make sure backyard poultry, ducks and geese are allowed in your area.
    Although many of us have heard the horror stories of aggressive geese attacking park visitors, pet geese who are hand raised and handled daily are often more docile.
    Before you jump into owning geese, there are a few things you should know and consider in order to create a comfortable living environment where your geese can thrive.
    Your first step in owning pet geese is choosing the right breed. There are a number of breeds to choose from, many of them making great pets. Dr. Sharman Hoppes, clinical associate professor for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, recommends breeds like the Toulouse, the American Buff and the Pilgrim, as these breeds are considered to be good pets by her clients.
    Geese are also flock animals, so consider getting 2-3 geese to help create a more natural environment. Females are less likely to fight with one another, so they may make a better option as pets.

  • Opera Southwest in Albuquerque will present the New World Premiere of the lost opera “Amleto” or “Hamlet” by Franco Faccio, libretto by Verdi’s librettist Arrigo Boito.
    “Amleto” premiered in 1865 in Genova, Italy, to unanimous acclaim and was revived in 1871 at La Scala. There, the leading tenor Tiberini had fallen ill and by opening had lost his voice. After its disastrous reception, Faccio was so distraught he withdrew the opera and refused to have it performed again.
    The faded, torn score in the composer’s own handwriting was found in 2003 in the archives of Casa Ricordi in Milan, Italy, by composer Anthony Barrese, now artistic director and principal conductor of Opera Southwest.
    In 2005, Barrese organized a read-through of the score with the Sarasota Opera for Placido Domingo, who wrote: “I had the pleasure to attend a presentation of this work by the talented young conductor Anthony Barrese, and I remember well the strong impression made by both the quality of the music and the performance.”

  • Sign up now to participate in Small Business Saturday that runs from Nov. 28 through Winterfest on Dec. 7.
    The committee organizing Small Business Saturday events has started planning activities for shoppers and needs the businesses to register now. It costs nothing to be included and provides businesses with promotion. Home based businesses will have a kiosk Nov. 28.
    Businesses will be asked to consider the option of donating a small portion of sale proceeds from Nov. 28 to United Way of Northern New Mexico or another nonprofit of their choice. Advertising representatives from KRSN, The Los Alamos Monitor and others will offer additional opportunities to be included in special Shop Local promotions. This is a big communitywide push to keep shoppers on the hill during the holidays and to grow dollars in your cash registers. Call Nancy or Darla at 661-4816 to get on the Small Business Saturday list or email nancy@losalamos.org.

  • A little bit of love goes a long way and recently Los Alamos High School students showed that love with a thank you to Metzger’s employees, from the entire student body.
    The thank you card included a small gift card for their service to the student body as a refuge for a morning bite for breakfast, lunchtime treat or, as some may hear later, a savior at the end of the day.
    A simple conversation with LAHS teacher, Lynn Ovaska and students in the International Club began with a focus on expressing concern for the Syrian refugees and what our students could do to help. 
    “The problem is so big and overwhelming that we talked about how sometimes you need to focus your energy on making a difference in your own neighborhood,” Ovaska said.
    The students did just that by collecting change from their peers in order to purchase gift cards as a thank you for their service to the community that is LAHS.
    The students operated off the saying by Mother Teresa, “Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”

  •  The Los Alamos Historical Society will continue to hold  weekly viewing parties for WGN’s Manhattan for the second season of the show. Join the group Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. at Time Out Pizzeria in Los Alamos to watch and discuss the show. The second season premiere is this Tuesday.
    Manhattan is a fictionalized drama set in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. WGN explains that the stories of the series are about how “scientists and their families surrender their freedoms, compromise their marriages, and even sacrifice their sanity to end one war and usher in another – the Cold War waiting just over the atomic horizon – all while embedded spies and a climate of paranoia threaten to destroy the project from within.” Every episode is a great opportunity for sparking conversations about the history of the Manhattan Project and the community.
    Join the discussion every week at Time Out Pizzeria or on the Los Alamos Historical Society’s Facebook page.

    Gentle Walks with PEEC. 9 a.m. A gentle trail walk with an emphasis on discovery, not mileage gained. Free for adults. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. More information at peecnature.org.

    Fruitcake sale from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. The Order of Eastern Star continues a 50-year tradition selling Collin St. Bakery fruitcakes and apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes. The sale will continue  
    on the following Fridays: Dec. 4, (afternoon only) 11, and 18 (or until sold out). They will not sell fruitcakes at LANB the Friday after Thanksgiving. Contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797/judygoldie1@gmail.com, or Nina Laird, 662-7580, for more information.

    Star Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore about the expansive universe and enjoy its beauty from our planetarium. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    Los Alamos Little Theater’s latest performance of the 8x10s,  eight  10-minute plays creating an evening of theatre. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, today through Nov. 21, with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 15. Tickets at CB Fox, Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

  • The following are the winners of this year’s Scarecrow Contest:
    Best Overall: Hill Stompers, Happy 15th Anniversary Hill Stomper
    People’s Choice Award: Los Alamos Retirement Community, Minions
    Best Business Traditional: Flowers by Gillian, The Flower Lady
    Best Business Contemporary: Aspen Copies & Office Supply, DANBO
    Best Organization Traditional: Habitat for Humanity EVLA, Hank from Habitat for Humanity    
    Best Organization Contemporary: Canyoncito Montessori School, Pajama Hero    
    Best Family Traditional: Jerre Walterscheid, Mardi Gras Grannie
    Best Family Contemporary: Tonelli-Shipman Crew, “Friends not Enemies”
    The “Cowboy” Monster Award:  LA Historical Society, Frank
    The “Brainless” Award:  New Mexico Dance Theater, Performance Company “If I only had a Brain”
    “David Sutton Look- Alike” Award: KRSN, The Morning Man
    “Awesome Acrobatics” Award: LA School of Gymnastics-Female Gymnast
    “Gold Medal Bars” Award: LA School of Gymnastics-Male Gymnast on Bars
    Team Leader Award: Los Alamos Team 4-H, Join LA Team 4-H

    “Sea Monsters” Planetarium film premier and presentation at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Afterward, watch fossil hunters in remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. See the animals come to life on the full-dome screen. Suitable for ages 6 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    “One Act Plays” at 7 p.m. at Los Alamos High School Blackbox Theater, 1300 Diamond Drive. LAHS Olions presents “One Act Plays,” written and produced by students. The performance continues at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $5 for students and $7 for adults.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest performance of the 8x10s, eight  10-minute plays creating an evening of theatre. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 21. Tickets at CB Fox, Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
    Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest performance of the 8x10s, eight  10-minute plays. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 21. Tickets at CB Fox, Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

    Los Alamos Diwali celebration from 6:30-10 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. India House will be catering the food.

  • Matt Hanson, a member of New Mexico’s film industry, has been given the opportunity to re-score a classic film for re-release through New Mexico’s film workers union. During Saturday night’s “A Night in Manhattan” at Fuller Lodge, Hanson will perform an original arrangement of Chopin, with Juanita Madland playing piano in accompaniment.
    Earlier this year, Hanson was introduced to Jon Hendry, the head of the International Alliance of Theater and Stage Employees union and asked to re-score the music for Salt of the Earth, a 1954 classic movie about Mexican-American workers who protested unsafe work conditions and unequal wages compared to their Anglo counterparts at New Mexico’s Empire Zinc Mine in Silver City.

  • Art exhibits
    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of Southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.

    Museum of Spanish Colonial Art exhibit: “Starry Night – A Nativity Tableau set in the hills of Northern New Mexico” at 750 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.  
    Art tours
    Allan Houser Studio and Sculpture Garden Tours. Arranged by appointment. The Sculpture Gardens are located 20 miles south of Santa Fe, and the tours last approximately two hours. There is a $25/person fee for the guided tours. To schedule, call 471-1528. David Rettig, curator of Collections for the Allan Houser Estate will lead a tour for collectors and special guests.