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Today's Features

  • What a difference a little rain makes. The roadsides and hillsides are green and yellow, red, pink and purple flowers dot the landscape.
    Also offered through PEEC is the way to identify wildflowers is the name of a five week class offered at the Los Alamos Nature Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m., starting today.
    Here is an opportunity to get outside, to be curious, and learn more about the area and the flora.  The class will be taught by Craig Martin and Terry Foxx, longtime residents and experts.
    Foxx is a plant ecologist, writer and artist. She taught plant taxonomy at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos in the 1970s, wrote a book with Dorothy Hoard, “Flowers of the Southwestern Forests and Woodlands,” taught classes and led hikes for more than 40 years. She worked in conservation ecology at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 20 years. She has spent years studying the impact of fire on the ecosystem. Her website is teralenefoxx.com.

  • The positive focus continues this week as we take a look at why relationships are so important.
    One of my neighbors has company that comes from Texas for an annual visit. James and Dennis have a hold on the block of Isleta that seems to defy reason.
    The neighbor is kind enough to have a get together when they come that is complete with snacks, games, hilarity and fun.
    James and Dennis have no particular reason to put up with us, but alas they do. We all find time in our busy schedule, even on a week night to get together, welcome them, have some great conversation, combine that with general sassiness and in two hours, we’re all caught up, the stress of the week melts away and we’re ready to go again.
    This family has the best pair of uncles that anyone would want for their kids. They can go from a mini-game of women’s World Cup soccer in the living room to “The Little Mermaid,” then entertaining adults without skipping a beat.
    Last, but not least, James and Dennis don’t just build Assets in the block of Isleta, but with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Texas.
    The dynamite duo is actually headed up to a camp in Colorado to visit their “little” Roger for Family Day.

  • The Mesa Public Library Art Gallery in Los Alamos presents “Reflections from the Rotunda Invitational Exhibit of Book Art.” The opening reception was July 3 and the exhibit is planned to run throughout July.
    All of the artists are members of the Santa Fe Book Arts Group (BAG). They use a wide range of materials and techniques to create the books, including a variety of bindings (accordion, Coptic, long-stitch, stab), content (calligraphy, photography, poetry), forms (pop-ups, altered books, boxed books, sculptures) and paper (handmade, commercial, decorated).  
    All of the invited artists have had work shown in a previous exhibit at the New Mexico State Capitol Rotunda Gallery. The show is a preview of “The Santa Fe Book Art Celebration,” a three-month, multi-part event in northern New Mexico that is anchored by a Capitol Rotunda Gallery show this autumn.
    The gallery is open during normal library hours, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
    Attendance to the art exhibit is free.

  • July 5-11, 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
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beef tips over rice
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Fettuccini alfredo
            primavera
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:45 a.m.        Music with Ruth

  • 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, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

    CATS

    Annie — A 9-year-old, spayed, female who just loves being petted! She has a very pretty black/gray, orange and white coat with short hair. Due to medical care needed by her owner, Annie is now at the shelter looking for her forever home. She can sometimes be a bit shy with shelter visitors, but she quickly warms up to you when you offer her some belly rubs!

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email 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, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts served during fellowship hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, 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, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • “Can America be a ‘Christian nation?’ What does the Bible say about that?”—Ray

    The nation may, in its corporate actions, demonstrate evidence of some sort of Christian ethos; e.g., care for the poor, oppressed, sick and dispossessed, and a generous response to conquered enemies. Furthermore, there are many good people in the United States who live by the golden rule.
    It is also possible that some of the founders, Christian in orientation or even in genuine faith, hoped to imbue the new nation with values that were consistent with their faith.
    But strictly speaking, America cannot be a Christian nation. For Christians, Jesus is at the core of their faith.
    The founders, as it happens, rarely spoke of Jesus. They used terms like “Almighty God” or “nature’s God” but were reticent to refer to Jesus.
    When redactors of history claim that the founders intended America to be a “Christian nation,” they fail to explain why Jesus is not in the founding documents.
    The founders, in fact, were very clear on the idea that the nation would be secular, establishing no single religion as the state religion.

  • Art exhibits
    The photo-eye Gallery in Santa Fe announces two concurrent exhibitions, “Emergent Behavior” by Thomas Jackson and “Home by Nightfall” by Angela Bacon Kidwell. This is the first exhibition by both artists at photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. Show runs until Saturday.

    Ann Hosfeld and Reg Loving: Nature Diversified. Through Aug. 3 at New Concept Gallery in Santa Fe. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

    The 11th Annual Gala Exhibition and Auction on display through Aug. 28 will showcase artists from across the U.S. and abroad who find inspiration in Fechin’s legacy, Taos and the creative traditions of the Southwest.

    Photographs Keith Carter “Ghostland” and Kate Breakey “Shadow and Light,” at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe.  Opening reception 3-5 p.m. July 11. Show runs through Aug. 22.

  • THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, July 3, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 6-23-15
    02:00 PM Manhattan Project National Park
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Mars Rover”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Golf Course Opening Ceremony
    10:00 PM FMP Live
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, July 4, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, July 5, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, July 6, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM The Garage

  • Purple Adobe Lavender Farm once again invites the public  and other participating businesses, at their Annual Lavender in the Valley Festival. It’s an invitation to spend a summer day, in a magical spot nestled in the Chama River Valley, celebrating the abundance and glory of lavender.
    The annual festival is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 11-12 on N.M. 84 in Abiquiu.
    “Last year’s festival was such a success and we’re working hard now to give people another fun weekend this year,” said owner Elizabeth Inman.
     Purple Adobe Lavender Farm has been growing the finest lavender and manufacturing all-natural bath and beauty products at the farm since 2004. The festival is a celebration of its bounty and of community.