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Today's Features

  • For 42 years, the Los Alamos Historical Society has operated the Los Alamos History Museum but as the society turns its attention to the house formerly owned by Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, it finds itself in unfamiliar territory.

    Fortunately, the historic society earned a $3,750 grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council as well as a $2,400 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. These grants will offer guidance to the society as it begins initial steps to operate a historic home museum.

  • After the excitement, sturm und drang of Friday night’s season opening, Saturday’s second opening felt more relaxed, less crowded, more casual, less pressured  and the weather was calmer, too.  

    Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” (1791) is the ultimate kid friendly opera, and we did indeed see several beautiful little girls in beautiful little dresses; but I’m sorry to say this production will leave the kids bored instead of dazzled.

  • The Harry Potter books are a gateway not only to magical worlds, but to aspects of the true history of early science and medicine. From botany (herbology) to chemistry (alchemy) to runes and codes (divination), J.K. Rowling based many details in her work on Renaissance scientific and philosophical endeavors. This summer, come explore “Harry Potter’s World”  through a traveling exhibit at Mesa Public Library Art Gallery from the National Libraries of Medicine and the American Library Association. Elizabeth Bland is the curator.

  • The Bradbury Science Museum recently continued its Tuesday summer learning with the topic of bones. The Bradbury is utilizing youth as summer volunteers.

  • 1. You get a new wardrobe

    Unfortunately, most maternity clothes fit awkwardly at best and look more like bedsheets than dresses or shirts. Early in your pregnancy, every outfit you put on sags, practically frowns, over your suddenly formless body.

  • Friday evening marked the beginning of another season at the Santa Fe Opera, with more than 2,000 people mingling in the rose-gold light of another spectacular sunset. Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly,” (1904), which opened the SFO’s first season and theater in 1957, and the subsequent new theaters in 1968 and 1998, now ties with “La Boheme” for most presented Puccini opera at Santa Fe, at least until next year, when “Boheme” inches ahead again.

  • I remember first seeing Lisa Gilkyson in 1976 at the old Line Camp in Pojoaque. That was New Mexico’s best rock club and Gilkyson, who lived in Santa Fe, was the lead singer in one of New Mexico’s top rock bands.

    I loved listening to Lisa but it was strange for me to start calling her Eliza as the times and her music changed.

    Go to www.elizagilkyson.com and www.myspace.com/elizagilkyson to listen to and read about her music.

  • When you plant a flower or tree in the ground, it feels like you are doing something great – not only for your yard’s appearance but also for the environment’s wellbeing.

    This isn’t always the case, however. That tree or flower could require buckets of water, thus washing away any good intentions the planter had.

  • Piñon Elmentary School PTO President Gloria Brehm introduced Terracycle to the school last year and the results have been significant.

    Three thousand juice pouches have been given to TerraCycle, a company that turns non-recyclable waste into eco-friendly products.

    Additionally, 1,000 chip bags have been shipped to the company. The PTO does receive a small fee for its waste. For instance, the PTO receives 2 cents per juice pouch and has earned a total of $60.

  • To be safe and help others in need, look to the Family YMCA, which is offering several first aid courses.

    The Family YMCA is offering its Red Cross Babysitting certification course July 23 and 24.

    This course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with the training every parent wants in a babysitter: safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, and professional leadership and care-giving skills.