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Today's Features

  • The Adobe Theater will present American playwright Horton Foote’s play “Dividing The Estate” April 29 through May 22.
    First staged in 2007, “Dividing The Estate” was awarded the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, and the 2008 Obie Award for Playwriting.
    Set in 1987 Texas, “Dividing The Estate” follows the fate and fortune of the “land rich and cash poor” Gordon family.
    The elderly matriarch of the family, Stella, is stubbornly intent on keeping the estate intact while she lives, but her children Mary Jo, Lewis, and Lucille are all strapped for cash and want to split things up immediately. Old wounds and resentments, always close to the surface, erupt anew as the Gordon siblings argue, accuse, wheedle and blame each other, their mother, and the economy for their own shortcomings and failures.
    Director Brian Hansen readily admits to a lingering case of “Horton Foote Disease.” He became infected four years ago when he directed a production of Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful at The Adobe Theater. The production was demanding and well-received, but most of all it introduced him to the world of a largely-ignored playwright, Horton Foote.

  • The League of Women Voters will have its monthly Lunch with a Leader at Mesa Library at 11:30 a.m. April 19.
    Gene Grant will speak at the lunch. Grant is now in his 10th year as host of “The Line” on New Mexico in Focus. His show airs on PBS at 7 p.m. every Friday. In addition to hosting, he has also reported for the PBS NewsHour on six occasions. Gene was a columnist for the Albuquerque Tribune before doing the same for the Albuquerque Journal and Weekly Alibi.
    To order a $10 lunch from the Co-op, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 231-8286 or email at kaskacayman@gmail.com for the choices. Food needs to ordered by April 15.

  • David Bruggeman, a LANL meteorologist, will present a summary of the Los Alamos National Laboratory weather monitoring system and components at 3 p.m. April 17 at the Mesa Public Library. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Sponsored by Pajarito Flying Club. Contact Scott Miller at scott@pajaritoflyingclub.com, or 453-3327, for more information.

  • “The Class” (2008, rated PG-13), perhaps the only film I’ve seen starring a real-life middle-school language teacher, will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.
    Laurent Cantet’s award-winning drama cinematizes François Bégaudeau’s semi-autobiographical novel “Entre les murs” (“Between the walls”), which is also the film’s original title in France. Onscreen, Bégaudeau, who based his book in part on his own experiences teaching French and literature to 13-year-olds in Paris, plays François Marin, a dedicated instructor amongst a group of well-meaning professionals trying, with mixed results, to teach.
    “The Class” gives audiences a lot to like, and has been duly recognized around the world, including at the Independent Spirit Awards (winner – Best Foreign Language Film) and the Academy Awards (nominated – Best Foreign Language Film).
    Unlike many other how-do-we-reach-these-kids?-style movies, this is ambiguous, unsentimental, and detail-oriented. It captures the Zen-like quality of teaching, wherein one never knows when a perfunctory lesson might evolve into something profound or something dangerous.

  • Wool Hay! During spring break, our family took a few days to visit friends in Andrews, Texas.
    First of all, I prefer to say Texsuz, where almost everybody drives a pick-up truck. There may be a rule that they have to be white, I’m still unsure on that part.
    The motto for Andrews County from their website is, “Between the Land of Enchantment and a whole other country.”
    Ironically, the population for each based on 2014 or 2015 statistics is about 17,000, but there were some incredible differences I found while visiting there.
    My friend is a teacher at Devonian Elementary. The approximate size of the school is about that of Chamisa Elementary. The school is only for second- and third-grade students.
    The school had locker rooms and separate gymnasiums, for boys and girls.
    We discussed the local high school where there were so many differences, I found myself asking if it was a public school.
    Here are just a few to ponder. Students are allowed no colored hair, no jeans with holes, shorts and skirts no shorter than four inches above the knee, no flip flops, no facial tattoos, no spaghetti straps, top and bottom garments should not expose skin while bending or stretching.

  • Antonia Batha, of Los Alamos, is studying abroad during Union College’s spring term.
    Batha is traveling to Cambodia, interning at The Global Child, a school for street children. Batha is a member of the Class of 2017 majoring in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.
    Union College offers a diverse array of study abroad programs for its students. Union is ranked No. 12 in the country by the Princeton Review for its study abroad program, and about 60 percent of Union students will study abroad during their time at the College.

  • TODAY
    Cowboy breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. Blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and a seasonal surprise pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center. Free. Join local families for fun in nature.
    TUESDAY
    LRG First Tuesday Breakfast. Lab retirees are invited to join the Laboratory Retiree Group for breakfast on the first Tuesday of each month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Morning Glory Restaurant, 1377 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos (across from the high school). Morning Glory serves a full breakfast and pastries. LRG will pay for hot coffee or tea. Contact sgirard@losalamos.com for more information.

    Kiwanis meeting from noon to 1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos. Dean Obermeyer, the Los Alamos Public Schools expert on educational technology, will speak on what’s happening in technology use in the schools (kindergarten through high school).

    Rotary Club meeting from noon-1 p.m. in the golf course community room. Everyone is invited to hear State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speak about this year’s legislative session.
    WEDNESDAY

  • March 9 — A girl. Grace Waters. Born to Jiagia and Timothy Waters.

    March 17 — A girl. Kirsten Elizabeth Armijo. Born to Ashten Salazar and Chris Armjio.

    March 21 — A boy. Truitt John Olsen. Born to Bonnie and Brian Olsen.

    March 22 — A boy. Aunders Poloy Duran. Born to Kimberly and Adam Duran.

    March 24 — A girl. Mia Naomi Romero. Born to Kimberly Martinez and Marvin Romero.

    March 26 — A boy. Merit Oliver Greco. Born to Abby and Richard Greco.

    March 27 — A girl. Leah Isabella Schleft. Born to Leslie and Ryan Schleft.

    March 18 — A girl. Katelyn Yoon. Born to Yunkyeong Seong and Boram Yoon.

  • Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephen Stoddard has been honored once again with a generous contribution to University of New Mexico-Los Alamos to provide seed money for the creation of a program that will provide training for individuals who can serve as personal caregivers.
    Barbara Stoddard recognized a need for caregivers in the community, according to the university.
    As many Los Alamos residents choose to stay here after retirement, the need for caregivers will continue to increase.
    Stoddard made $10,000 available to UNM-Los Alamos March 29 as seed money necessary for the creation of a new program.
    The plans are for a program similar to the Personal Care Attendant program offered by UNM-Valencia.
    Stoddard’s contribution to UNM-Los Alamos will be used initially to hire a subject matter expert who will help develop the program and determine equipment needs.
    Remaining funds will be used for purchasing needed equipment and supplies, advertising the program, and for scholarships to students who want to pursue the program.   
    Home health care allows patients to live with greater independence and to avoid hospitalization. Many people, patients and their family members, rely on in-home care to provide crucial support and enhance quality of life.

  • The U.S. Postal Service will begin celebrating the National Park Service’s Aug. 25 centennial just in time for summer vacation letter writing by issuing a pane of stunning forever stamps depicting 16 examples of national treasures.
    To create buzz and excitement among national park fans, each stamp will be previewed alphabetically over the next three weeks, beginning Monday.
    “These stamps celebrate the 100th anniversary of the national parks and depict the beauty and diversity of these national treasures,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. “They serve as an inspiration for Americans to visit, learn and then write about their cherished memories of trips to these incredible wonders.”
    “This set of stamps will take people on a journey to some of the most amazing places in the world,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We are thrilled that the 16 national park stamps issued in ’16 for the centennial depict the variety of parks that collectively tell the story of our country.”