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Today's Features

  • BY KELLY DOLEJSI
    Special to the Monitor

    Billed as a “nervous romance,” “Annie Hall” (1977, rated PG) is one of the funniest, most bittersweet, most intimate, and most memorable films of all time. Los Alamos audiences will have an opportunity to see it for the first time – or the 20th time – at 6:30 p.m. Thursday upstairs at Mesa Public Library.

    Director/Writer Woody Allen plays twice-divorced stand-up comedian Alvy Singer, who feels an instant attraction to Annie (Diane Keaton), despite her blundering conversation, adventurous driving, and possible anti-semitism. The relationship moves through the la-dee-dah stage to therapist envy to arguments about community college to a desperate marriage proposal to sincerely wishing each other well.

    It’s beautiful, with lots of endearing/annoying personality traits and a few lobsters.

    In Alvy’s quest for self-understanding, the narrative looks beyond Alvy’s current relationship to his marriages to Alison (Carol Kane), who finds Alvy physically desirable, thereby causing Alvy to lose interest, and Robin (Janet Margolin), who coldly denies Alvy “intimacy” because there are people from The New Yorker downstairs.

  • I love this time of year as we begin to dive into the heart of the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets©.
    I feel like D. Peter Benson, who so loved New Mexico, is smiling down knowing that his legacy still continues.

    September marks the annual proclamation for the Los Alamos County Council to recognize the month as the beginning of building the Assets in our community. The work is so important that I have volunteered to write a weekly column for many years because I believe in the work so very much.

    The Assets are 40 traits and characteristics that we, as a community, can focus on for youth. If we dedicate some time each month throughout the school year, we can help our children to grow into healthy young adults.

    “Healthy Community, Healthy Youth,” is the motto and it is needed in our community, the state and the nation. You don’t have to do anything monumental, but pay attention and build meaningful relationships whenever you have the opportunity.

  • Want to learn more about the Hubble Telescope and the Universe? Come to the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium for a presentation on one of NASA’s most ambitious experiments at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 . The full-dome planetarium film Exploding Universe will play at 2 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17.

    On Sept. 15, the show will begin with a screening of NOVA: Invisible Universe Revealed, which will be followed by a talk by Dr. Rick Wallace. The film and presentation will share the astronomical significance of the Hubble Space Telescope findings, including cosmic expansion and supermassive black holes.

    Exploding Universe, showing at 2 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17, uncovers cosmic events that shaped the Universe. This full-dome film explores a world where supernovas erupt, massive materials collide, and protons give birth to life as we know it. For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit peecnature.org/planetarium. For tickets, call 662-0460.
     

  • McDonald’s will host a free breakfast event for all kindergarten through eighth-grade students and teachers (with I.D.) throughout New Mexico from 6-9 a.m. Wednesday, in partnership with Dairy MAX.

    The free breakfast will include an Egg McMuffin or Egg White Delight McMuffin, apple slices and choice of 1percent milk or apple juice.

    The students must be accompanied by a parent/adult and child must be present. Teachers must present a school I.D. No group redemption allowed.

    Free breakfast is available while supplies last. No substitutions.

  • TUESDAY
    Charles Strickfaden will present “Partnership Parks in the 21st Century – Building a national park from nothing: Manhattan Project Historical Park (with a perspective by Valles Caldera National Preserve staff)” at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Strickfaden, the Los Alamos Site Manager, will enlighten attendees on some of the efforts required to initiate, design and develop a newly established unit of the National Park Service. Please join us at PEEC to ask questions and find out about volunteer opportunities with this growing park.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos will meet from noon-1 p.m. at the golf course. Everyone is welcome. The speaker will be Andrea Romero who will talk about ostrich farming.

    Kiwanis will meet from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive in Los Alamos. Kiwanis member Don Casperson, who attended this year’s Kiwanis International Convention in Paris, France, is scheduled to speak on his experiences there.
    WEDNESDAY
    Jemez Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd, in White Rock will have a Bag Day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    THURSDAY

  • Though many of us find it hard to believe anyone would intentionally harm a pet, animal abuse is a shocking and tragic occurrence. Before welcoming a previously abused animal into your home, it is important to understand this abuse and how it can affect your pet.

    Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained animal abuse.

    “Animal cruelty can either be deliberate injury or abuse to an animal,” Eckman said. “It can also be neglecting to care for an animal by failing to provide food, shelter, or water.”

    Eckman added that abandonment, lack of veterinary care, malnutrition, and physical injuries all are considered abuse. Additionally, an animal is considered abused if it is living in an overcrowded environment or being used for animal fighting. In these cases, it may be appropriate to contact local animal control authorities so they can investigate and get an understanding of the abuse.

  • Meet Betty, the Los Alamos Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week.

    This lovable medium build Australian cattle dog has been at the LA Shelter since Aug. 26 and is looking for her forever home.

    This friendly girl is 3 and a half years old and appears to be house trained.

    Betty would make a great sister to current household pets as she gets along well with other dogs.

    Betty has experience walking on leashes and even knows some basic obedience.

    Betty is spayed, up to date on all vaccines and is available to be adopted today.

    For those interested in similar heeler type dogs, the shelter also has two other male heelers that are ready to be adopted.

    For more information on this beautiful girl, contact the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email police-psa@lacnm.us.

  • SATURDAY
    The final White Rock Artist Market will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. outside the White Rock Visitor Center. This is the last Artist Market for the summer and will return Memorial Weekend 2018. The White Rock Visitor Center is located at 115 NM State Road 4 and is open daily from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. For information about the White Rock Artist Markets, contact Melanie Peña at 661-4836 or email melanie@losalamos.org.

    Bigfoot BBQ and & Blues Fest from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in Jemez Springs. Festival will include a barbecue, music and lecture to celebrate Bigfoot. 1 Jemez Plaza, Jemez Springs.
    TUESDAY
    Charles Strickfaden will present “Partnership Parks in the 21st Century – Building a national park from nothing: Manhattan Project Historical Park (with a perspective by Valles Caldera National Preserve staff)” at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Strickfaden, the Los Alamos Site Manager, will enlighten attendees on some of the efforts required to initiate, design and develop a newly established unit of the National Park Service. Please join us at PEEC to ask questions and find out about volunteer opportunities with this growing park.

  • BY WREN PROPP
    Special to the Monitor

    A treasure of the Española Valley’s creative community will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in mid-September, a result of hard work, strong roots and a growing national spotlight, organizers say.

    Within the 7,000 square feet of its storefront building on Paseo de Onate in Española, the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center fosters fiber arts of many types and textures. A public celebration of the center’s longevity and future will be 1-4 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the center.

    “It’s unique. It’s really a national gem because it’s given a place for this,” art and craft, said Bethe S. Orrell, a former director of the nonprofit center.

    Weavers, knitters, colcha artists, felters, students and professionals, have been drawn to the center over the years. It offers classes in many styles of fiber arts from nationally recognized artists, as well as a retail store for finished products and materials, where prices are comparable. A library, work spaces for some techniques and a large room of looms are all part of the mix.

  • Kelly Hall of the Trinity-on-the-Hill Church transformed into a beautifully decorated high tea for women (and men) of all ages Saturday who came to watch a parade of fashions, sip tea and contribute to a local missions group.

    The seventh-annual Tea and Fashion Show fundraiser, which is the biggest fundraiser for the House of Hope building group, was able to collect over half of their financial goal from the event.

    Between the tickets, silent auction and donations, House of Hope made about $5,000. On top of that, a private donator offered to match, up to a certain amount, the funds raised through the silent auction.

    House of Hope builds homes for families in need in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and that requires over $10,000 per home. All of the money goes toward building that home because the builders pay their own room and board while in Juarez.

    The classical piano music provided by Joe Cox created the perfect ambiance to mingle with friends, peer at silent auction items and taste a multitude of different teas.

    “I think it went very well,” said Nancy Coombs, who helped organize the event overall, including the silent auction. Coombs said, “The people that came said they had a lovely time,” and some were talking about it at church the next day.