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Today's Features

  • The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. Steve Becker, PhD, of Los Alamos National Laboratory will give a talk titled, “Spitzbergen/Svalbard, an Arctic Wonderland.”
    In July 2010, Becker took a National Geographic Cruise of the Spitsbergen/Svalbard Island Complex located north of the Arctic Circle. The cruise had good weather and conditions allowing the cruise participants to see polar bears, walrus, reindeer, birds and whales, incredible glaciers and geology.
    Those on the cruise experienced the midnight sun and entered the polar ice cap. Becker will show a 30-minute DVD giving the highlights of the voyage and then show photos from his CDs.

  • There are food drives and blood drives, but it’s likely that very few have ever heard of a seed ball drive.
    Local Boy Scout and Los Alamos Youth Leadership member Jin Park has organized a “seed ball drive,” to take place Aug. 20, in Los Alamos and White Rock.
    “In wake of our evacuation and the continuing flames of the Las Conchas fire, I figured something could be done to help restore vegetation to burned areas,” Park said. “The idea came in the form of seed balls.”
    Park, a Los Alamos High School senior, athlete and musician, is organizing the community project as part of his requirements for Eagle Scout.

  • The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club is hosting the Second Annual State Youth Shotgun Competition Aug. 27.
    Local organizer Mike O’Neill and Mark Gruber of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish have been working on the event for several months.
    “The purpose of the competition is to bring together youth shotgun teams from across New Mexico to compete in trap, skeet, and bunker trap”, O’Neill said.
    “We hope to have at least 10 teams comprised of both boys and girls aged 12 to 17.”
    The local teams were formed three weeks before the first state competition last year. Los Alamos had the only female entrants in the 2010 competition and will have even more girls competing this year, O’Neill said.

  • Beginning on Aug. 28, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2000 Diamond Dr.,  will host a new series titled, “Redeemer Theological Academy.”

    The purpose of the academy is to offer seminars and courses free of charge to the community, explaining what the historic Christian faith is, what they believe and why they believe it. 

  • Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.

  • Drivers needed
    Los Alamos Lions Club provides services to the community. One activity is the HELP program, which started 30 years ago. The program provides free transportation for medical treatment and appointments outside the county. Patients are transported to Española, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. There are 30 drivers, but more are always needed. If you would like to be a volunteer driver call Barbara Croley at 672-3618 or Lee Sullivan at 661-8037.

    SNR seeks volunteers

  •   Those who walk into the Masonic Temple this week and glance around will find themselves surrounded by boxes piled on tables, while helpers unload and organize the contents.
    While it may seem like a daunting task, the volunteers are sorting through goods for the Tools for Schools fundraiser sponsored by Self Help, Inc., a non-profit organization in Los Alamos.
    The project is coordinated by Joyce Nickols, Paige Pardington and Patty Kokesh and is 100 percent staffed by volunteers. These volunteers were recruited from Los Alamos Unitarian Church, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Los Alamos Chapter of Kiwanis.

  • Today
    Poetry gatherings will be at 6:30 p.m. in the small meeting room, main level, of the Mesa Public Library.

    Tsankawi Evening Walk, 6:30 p.m. Reservations required, call 672-3861 ext. 517. No charge.

    Saturday
    Geological and historical hike to Graduation Point with Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 9 a.m. Aug.13 at the Walkup Aquatic Center. Free and open to the public.

    Sunday

  • 1.  “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” weekend gross,
    $54.8 million
    2.  “The Smurfs,”  weekend gross,
    $20.7 million
    3.  “Cowboys and Aliens,” weekend gross, $15.7 million
    4.  “The Change-Up,” $13.5  million
    5. “Captain America: The First Avenger” weekend gross, $13 million
    6.  “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” weekend gross, $12.4 million
    7.   “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” weekend gross,
    $12 million

    8.  “Friends with Benefits,” weekend gross, $4.6 million

    9.  “Horrible Bosses,” weekend gross, $4.5 million

  • Art openings

    An opening reception for Eric Boyer and Charlotte Fousts’s “Color and Contours,” will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Hunter Kirkland Contemporary, 200-B Canyon Road, Santa Fe. The exhibit, steel wire mesh sculpture and mixed media on canvas and paper, runs through Aug. 25.

    An opening reception for the Santa Fe show, “Objects of Art,” will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at El Museo Cultural, 555 Camino de la Familia (in the Santa Fe Rail Yard). The cost is $50 at the door. For more information, call 660-4701 or visit SantaFeShow.com.

    Exhibits