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Today's Features

  • “I don’t know much about classical guitar,” said Ann McLaughlin, the new artistic director of the Los Alamos Concert Association. “But Eliot Fisk’s agent sent a CD of Fisk’s transcription of George Rochberg’s variations on the famous Paganini theme. I remembered Rochberg’s music from the 1960s, which was pretty atonal, so I was skeptical. But I slapped the CD into my car player and by the time I got from home to Smith’s I had to stop and listen to the end. I was so knocked out.”

  • Betty Ford said things that first ladies just don't say, even today. And 1970s America loved her for it.

    According to Mrs. Ford, her young adult children probably had smoked marijuana — and if she were their age, she'd try it, too. She told "60 Minutes" she wouldn't be surprised to learn that her youngest, 18-year-old Susan, was in a sexual relationship (an embarrassed Susan issued a denial).

    She mused that living together before marriage might be wise, thought women should be drafted into the military if men were, and spoke up unapologetically for abortion rights, taking a position contrary to the president's. "Having babies is a blessing, not a duty," Mrs. Ford said.

  •  Ned’s on the Rio Grande hosts a benefit concert for firefighters fighting the Las Conchas fire. Local bands will perform this Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. both days. Admission is $5.00 per person and all proceeds will be donated to relief efforts via American Red Cross.
    Ken Gattas, owner of Ned’s on the Rio Grande, says the concert is meant to celebrate firefighters and provide resources for those who risk their lives and work incredibly hard to fight these devastating fires. “We hope this concert will help raise money to purchase supplies needed for these firefighters.”

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Summer worship at 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments following at 10:15. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come join the Family.
     
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, www. bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist

  • “We are wondering how Jesus viewed the end of time. Did He think it would be soon or far in the future?’”— Shannon and Kristina

    The answer to your question is “both/and.” In His discourse on the end of time, Jesus’ words revealed two perspectives.  
    The first portrayed a sense of immediacy: “This generation will not pass away before these things happen” (Mt. 24:34). Jesus looked around at His closest friends and told them that in a short time, their world would come to an end. The fulfillment of this statement happened, in fact, within 40 years (A.D. 70), when the Romans as a consequence of Jewish rebellion destroyed Jerusalem.

  • Visual Art is often considered a static form of expression. Fuller Lodge Art Center aims to challenge this stereotype in their new exhibit “Kinesis,” which opens Friday, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. With works from 45 artists collected in the show, the concept of movement is illustrated in a multitude of styles.

  • The Santa Fe Opera is extending an invitation to all New Mexico residents, new or long-time, who have never purchased a ticket to the opera, an opportunity to discover what opera lovers have been enjoying for the past 50 years.
    A 40 percent discount is being offered for any performance during the forthcoming 2011 Festival season.
    The season began July 1 with a new production of Gounod’s “Faust.” The following night, Puccini’s “La Boheme” opened. Performances are on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights in July, and every night — except Sunday — during August.
    Some dates are nearly sold out, but there are a number for which seats are still available.  

  • PEEC staff and volunteers will be busy this week restoring the gardens and making sure people and critters are doing well.
    Activities on the calendar are canceled for the week of July 4-10. Watch their website, PajaritoEEC.org, for further information about resuming classes and activities.  
    The week of July 11, they hope to resume their regular programs: Nature Playtimes for Toddlers, Preschoolers and their Caregivers led by Jessie Ross and Jocelyn Warner (10:30 a.m.-noon Mondays); Green Hour Hikes for Families led by Petra McDowell (9 a.m. Tuesdays); and Kids Summer Gardening led by Kelly Larson (9:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays).
    The iCare Adventures on the Pajarito Plateau run by the Family YMCA resumed on July 6.

  • Raptor lovers from New Mexico and surrounding states are preparing for the annual trek to OspreyFest at Heron Lake State Park in north central New Mexico, scheduled this year for Friday-Sunday.
    The fledge of osprey chicks resulting from the return of more than 20 nesting pairs of osprey to Heron and El Vado Lakes is cause for celebration, with parks’ visitors treated to a a bird’s eye view of flight training from vantage points in campgrounds and along the park roads.
    OspreyFest kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday at the Heron Lake State Park Visitor Center with live uncaged raptors meeting bird and nature lovers of all ages, at the combination welcome reception and birthday party.