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Today's Features

  • The Museum of International Folk Art presents a dialogue on southern pottery, featuring leading ceramic writer and commentator Garth Clark and prominent North Carolina potters Mark Hewitt and Matt Jones.
    Traditional Pots and Provocations is the latest chapter of an ongoing discussion that began as a blog scuffle between Jones and Clark in 2011 and continued as a symposium at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012. The event will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday in the Kathryn O’Keeffe Theater of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The program is in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition. The program is by museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free on Sundays.

  • If things go bump in the night during your stay at The Lodge Resort & Spa, not to worry.
    It’s most likely Rebecca, the friendly and mischievous ghost that wanders the hall of this historic hotel in Cloudcroft.
    She’s a popular legend in these parts, whose tale is one of passion, betrayal and unrequited love. A beautiful young chambermaid with striking blue eyes and long red tresses, Rebecca mysteriously disappeared from her quarters after her jealous and enraged lumberjack boyfriend found her in the arms of another.
    That was a century ago, yet there are those who vow that Rebecca’s spirit is still present in the hotel today. Some have seen her apparition in mirrors; others note such unexplained incidents as ashtrays sliding across tables unassisted, doors opening and closing for no apparent reason, lights turning on and off by themselves and even fires that have spontaneously ignited in the lobby fireplace.
    Over the years, both guests and employees attribute these odd happenings to Rebecca’s ghost, who many believe is in search of a new lover or friend who might appreciate her playful and flirtatious nature.
    Rebecca is not the only famous person attributed to The Lodge.

  • The Family YMCA holds many different types of dance classes. One class that focuses on Indian dance is taught by Kavita Nandakishore, who has been an instructor with the Family YMCA in Los Alamos for eight years. The Bharatanatyam type of dance will be performed by students in the class instructed by Nandakishore. The show is entitled “Kala Vandana.”
    Nandakishore has been a part of “Dances with India,” since 2007. “Dances with India” is an annual show, which performs familiar stories adapted for Indian culture with many different styles of Indian dance. In the past few years, “Dances with India” has adapted the stories of “Cinderella,” “Aladdin” and “Snow White.” Those performances are in October. Nandakishore helps organize the event with colleague Alina Deshpande.
    “This dance performance is more of a small recital for the students in the class,” Nandakishore said of the show that is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. April 18 at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.
    Bharatanatyam is the dance that encompasses music, rhythm and expressional dance, which adheres to the scripture of classical Indian dance.

  • Today
    Science on Tap. 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked — The Wine Room. Laboratory scientists will talk about fabricating high-efficiency perovskite solar cells.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Friday
    The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will have a bake sale from 3-6 p.m. in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank, 1200 Trinity Dr. The team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including brownies, cookies, breads and cakes. Proceeds go to raising money to send nine students to the national tournament in Dallas this June.

    Senior Volunteer Appreciation Day. 3-5 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Saturday
    Los Alamos High School NJROTC Boosters Club will host a waffle breakfast fundraiser. 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge at 15th Street and Canyon. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children under 6, and are available from any NJROTC cadet or at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 662-0980.

  • The Santa Fe Opera announces auditions for 2015-2016 Young Voices Program. The auditions will be from 2-4 p.m. May 2 at the Center for the Arts at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. More auditions are scheduled from 2-4 p.m. May 3 at the Santa Fe Opera Ranch Lounge.

    • Open to high school students (grades 9-12) who desire to study the art of singing.
    • Instruction by Santa Fe Opera artists and music staff includes individual voice lessons and musical coachings. Attention to diction and language issues will be addressed.
    • Lessons offered in Albuquerque and in Santa Fe.
    • Master classes with noted singers and teachers are planned.
    • Tickets to local cultural events are included.
    • Program culminates with a recital in May 2016 for all students enrolled.
    • Participation in this program is free of charge however participants are asked to commit to a regular and rigorous training process.

    Application form available online at santafeopera.org/communityactivities/youthprograms/index.aspx (Community & Youth Activities; scroll down to Young Voices) Print application, enter the requested information, scan and email to: youngvoices@santafeopera.org.

  • Louise Majorey’s Money Smarts class at Los Alamos High School is hoping to raise money while benefitting a good cause, which touches the hearts of many.
    The financially fiscal youth are selling raffle tickets for the 2015 Los Alamos High School prom while raising money for the Watermelon Ranch Animal Shelter in Rio Rancho.
    “We’re selling raffle tickets for prom, the winner will receive a prom ticket, by their purchase of $2 for one or $5 for three raffle tickets,” said William Whitman, a LAHS junior. The $48 savings will have one lucky recipient feeling very money smart and adding to the welfare of animals.
    The students have extended sales until Friday during lunch in an attempt to meet their goal for the Watermelon Ranch. The official winner will be selected during their class period, which meets right after lunch this Friday. This still allows students needing to acquire tickets to purchase them the following week, as the prom committee will continue to sell on Monday and Tuesday.
     “The money will provide shots, food and bedding for all animals in Watermelon Ranch,” LAHS junior Nicole Garcia said.
     

  • The next meeting for the Military Order of World Wars will be on April 21 with Stephanie Garcia Richard, representative from District 43, as the guest speaker. She will be reporting on the Legislative session.
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m., Garcia Richard’s presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.
    The meeting will be in the Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room.
    The Los Alamos Research Park building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east to the fire station (accessible from southbound land of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building (access is through the LANL control stations to West Jemez road.)
    Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the second level.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.  

  • Authors and publishers will gather in Fuller Lodge for the Second Annual Los Alamos Book Fair. The event will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 25. There will also be many talks from a slew of publication professionals.
    Among one of the talks will be Books 101 by Barbe Awalt. It is a crash course on some of the best tips, trends, and hints from the New Mexico Book Co-op. This is a chance for book people in the Los Alamos area to understand ebooks, agents, different publishers, getting in book stores, the publishing timeline, covers, competitions and so much more. The talk begins at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
    Awalt is co-founder of the New Mexico Book Co-op with more than 1,500 members. She is the co-owner of LPD Press/Rio Grande Books in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, the largest independent book publisher in New Mexico. LPD Press/Rio Grande Books has won many awards including the Eric Hoffer Award, New Mexico Press and National Press Women Awards, Nautilus Awards, New Mexico Historical Society book awards, Ippy Awards, and NM & AZ Book Awards. Awalt recently released her 16th book, “Don’t Touch This Book” for children.
    The Los Alamos Book Fair will have books to buy. This is an opportunity to speak with authors and publishers. One of the many features will be discounted books to buy.

  • Today
    April lecture: Noel Pugach, retired professor of history at UNM, performs the role of Harry Truman, who left an indelible mark on the United States and the world. 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.  

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Wednesday
    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women’s April meeting will be at noon at the Justice Center. The meeting will include a tour of the Justice Center and Municipal Judge Alan Kirk will share his responsibilities and about the JJAB program. Members are request to bring canned goods/staples for the shelter. For further information contact Donna MacDonald 662-4001.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be at 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Representatives from Los Alamos Youth Leadership and Youth Mobilizers will give updates about these programs. The public is welcome to attend.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.  
    Thursday

  • The April Los Alamos Mountaineers will have a presentation by Sean O’Rourke, a Los Alamos native and peak-bagger.
    The meeting will begin 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
    During the meeting, there will also be a social and reports of recent and upcoming trips.  
    Since escaping graduate school in 2009, O’Rourke has traveled and climbed the mountain west from Baboquivari in Arizona to Robson in Canada, living on the road for half the year and writing about the experience at drdirtbag.com.  
    Though he occasionally brings ropes, tents and partners, he usually climbs peaks solo and car-to-car in a day.  Among his most “extreme” outings, he has climbed all 15 of California’s 14,000-foot peaks in 62 hours, summited Mount Robson in 15, and traversed the Kaweah peaks in 19.
    In his talk, he will describe how he progressed from ordinary dayhikes in Colorado and California to longer and steeper endeavors.  He will argue that most mountaineers can climb most peaks in a single day, and that with sufficient motivation and moderate skill, any peak in the lower 48 is a dayhike.  
    The talk will describe trips to some of the most remote peaks in the Cascades, including the northern and southern Pickets.