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Today's Features

  • For the most part, it is every country music artist’s dream to perform the Grand Ole Opry. For one Los Alamos native, that dream is inching toward reality.
    James Carothers moved his family to Nashville, Tennessee, on Jan. 5 after signing a deal with a booking agent — Third Coast Talent.
    The booking agency handles clients from the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia. Carothers said his latest album, Honky Tonk Land is doing better on the UK charts right now than in the U.S.
    A performer on the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series for two seasons, Carothers is very well known around town. He spent most of his life in Los Alamos and is a 2000 graduate of Los Alamos High School. “Los Alamos, for its size, is one of the best venues in the world because of the Gordon’s concerts,” Carothers said.
    He was the singer in the Renegade Mountain Band, but has since gone solo. He said he still remains close to his former band members. “Everyone has been real supportive,” he said. “They are a great group of guys.”
    The band performed at the 2014 Fourth of July celebration in White Rock.
    Carothers credits his influences as Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. His sound is that of traditional country and some outlaw country, Carothers said.

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

    Play Reading for “Dial ‘M’ for Murder.” Join at Los Alamos Little Theatre. 7 p.m. in the Green Room at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

    The Chama River: A New Mexico Gem. 7 p.m. The Chama River is probably one of the West’s most undiscovered and diverse rivers. It offers opportunities for rafting, hiking and fishing, but has been facing some serious issues recently. Noah Parker, of Land of Enchantment Guides, will discuss the current situation on the river and a catch and release initiative that is being proposed. No advance registration is required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Play Reading for “Dial ‘M’ for Murder.” Join at Los Alamos Little Theatre. 7 p.m. in the Green Room at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.

    The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery. On display daily through Feb. 20.

    “In Bounds.” Abstract expressionism in “The Heat of the Day,” by Dianna Shomaker. Daily Jan. 31-Feb. 22 in the Portal Gallery.

  • FSN offers more classes

    Family Strengths Network has three upcoming classes in various subjects. The community is encouraged to sign up now, because space is limited.
    Special Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 14 is for children with developmental or physical special needs. The class consists of rock climbing at the YMCA. Cost is $10.
    Sibshops are from 10:15-11:45 a.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 14-March 7. The classes are for siblings of special needs children. Cost is $50 non-members, $40 members. Classes are held at Family Strengths Network, 1990 Diamond Dr.
    Baby Makes Three are classes for first time expecting parents. They are from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 19-March 26 at Family Strengths Network. Cost is $75 non-members and $60 members.
    For more information, visit lafsn.org, or call 662-4515.
    National African
    American Read-In

    The Mesa Public Library is celebrating the works of African-American authors Feb. 16 through Feb. 20. All of the regular storytimes and M&M sessions will include songs, stories and rhymes from African-American artists. The library will also be hosting after school read-ins for the whole family in the downstairs rotunda.
    Hours will be 3-4 p.m. Feb. 16, 4-5 p.m. Feb. 17 and 4-5 p.m. Feb. 20.

  • A Mindfulness Class at Los Alamos High School is underway now during lunch period in Lynn Ovaska’s psychology classroom. Students can register online at losalamosjjab.com.
    The nine-week session follows the Mindfulness in Schools Project’s curriculum, an evidence-based program developed in the United Kingdom. This curriculum was specifically designed by classroom teachers to help students:
    • Feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled
    • Get along better with others
    • Concentrate and learn better
    • Cope with stress and anxiety
    • Perform better in music and sport
    Mindfulness is simply paying attention with kindness and curiosity to the breath, body, thoughts, feelings and what is happening in the world.
    Much like going to the gym strengthens muscles and building mileage increases endurance, mindful awareness training enhances the ability to focus, deal with strong emotions and enjoy life. In a mindfulness class, the students practice mindful eating, breathing, listening and moving.
    The class takes a look at how the brain and the body work in response to stress, depression and anxiety. Techniques are learned for pausing before speaking or acting and calming down when tied up in knots.

  • The Chama River is one of the southwest’s most undiscovered and diverse rivers. Yet the river has been facing some serious issues recently due to drought conditions, water management and unregulated fishing.
    In a free talk at 7 p.m. today at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Noah Parker will discuss the current situation on the river from a holistic point of view, as well as touch upon a catch and release initiative that is being proposed for the fishery.
    Starting in the mountains on the Colorado border, the charming Chama River flows as a freestone stream for many miles through high mountain forests and meadows.
    Below El Vado reservoir, it runs for more than 30 miles through rugged, multi-colored sandstone canyons and rough terrain with limited access. For six miles of this section it passes through the 50,000 acre Chama River Canyon Wilderness area. Another less remote stretch flows from below Abiquiu dam down to the Rio Grande. This diverse river provides amazing opportunities for rafting, hiking and fishing.
    For the last 10 years, Parker and the other guides that work with him have spent many days a year on the Chama, giving them the opportunity to experience first-hand the challenges that the river faces. Parker will share these observations.

  • Today
    “Ernie Pyle — Bringing the World to America’s Doorstep,” by Baldwin G. Burr. 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    The American Institute of Architects presents, “Fires and the Archaic Landscapes of the Valles Caldera,” by Anastasia Steffen from the Valles Caldera National Preserve.  She will address the issue of wildfires and how they impact the archaeological protected areas across the western United States. Lecture to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Pecos Trail Cafe back room in Santa Fe. For more information, contact Mary Ann Essig at essigmae@gmail.com, 505-231-7624.

    The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery. On display daily through Feb. 20.

    “In Bounds.” Abstract expressionism in “The Heat of the Day,” by Dianna Shomaker. Daily Jan. 31-Feb. 22 in the Portal Gallery.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.

    Wednesday
    Play Reading for “Dial ‘M’ for Murder.” Join at Los Alamos Little Theatre. 7 p.m. in the Green Room at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.

  • Story of Ernie Pyle to be explored

    The Los Alamos Historical Society will host a lecture by Baldwin G. Burr, “Ernie Pyle — Bringing the World to American’s Doorstep.” The talk will begin 7:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.
    Ernie Pyle was an American journalist known for his columns written as a roving correspondent both before and during World War II. He reported from Europe and the Pacific, and was killed in 1945 on the Japanese Island of Le Shima.   
    Pyle pioneered the “On the Road” style of narrative journalism, and journeyed around the world specializing in telling the stories of everyday folks. He especially loved the southwestern United States, and lived briefly in Albuquerque, in the only house he and his wife ever owned.
    The presentation examines Pyle’s career as a journalist and his role in informing those on the WWII homefront about the life of the common soldier.
    Burr is the consulting historian at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts.
    AIA talk discusses Valles Caldera landscapes

    The American Institute of Architects presents, “Fires and the Archaic Landscapes of the Valles Caldera,” by Anastasia Steffen from the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

  • I’m feeling the need for a little bit of positivity this week and thank goodness, because it is Random Acts of Kindness Week.
    That’s right, now through Friday is a week of opportunities for you to sneak up and do something fun for no reason at all. Can’t you just think of the opportunities?
    I know the Aspen Elementary K-kids program, the Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew leaders and some of their seventh graders and a handful of Los Alamos High School students along with their Natural Helpers spent some time making Valentine’s for Veterans.
    Margaret Garcia and her courteous crew from the Veterans of Foreign Wars took the local Valentines to the VA Hospital in Albuquerque.
    What? You didn’t get a chance to get them done early? There’s no need to worry, we have lots of local veterans, right here in town.
    So put pen, pencil or crayon to paper and bring a few smiles to some local faces.
    Where would I find these freedom fighters you might ask? They are literally all around you.
    You can find some at the VFW, the American Legion on any day of the week. We have servicemen and women at Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Aspen Ridge Lodge.
    They are also your school board members, your teachers, your youth pastors, coaches and community volunteers.

  • Feb. 8-14, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10:30    a.m.    Tax preparation (call)    10:30 a.m.    Advisory council
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Pork Chop
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: BBQ beef                 sandwich
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1 p.m.        My CD workshop
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.     Tax preparation (call)
    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS:
    Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Crest — An orange tabby with beautiful markings and very unique orange-colored eyes. He is one of the current cat room greeters, and loves to be the center of attention! He can be a bit demanding and may prove to be a dominant presence in a multi-cat setting, unless the other cats will play with him and keep him entertained. He loves to play with stick toys, and his new favorite thing at the shelter is a stick toy with little fuzzy fish on the end.