Today's Features

  • On Saturday, Aug. 16, Los Alamos soprano Melissa Riedel, along with Albuquerque pianist Darby Fegan, will be presenting a recital at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Albuquerque.
     The recital will begin at 4 p.m., and will include pieces from several different composers, including Richard Strauss and John Jacob Niles. The church is located at 601 Montaño Rd. NW in Albuquerque. Riedel is a native of Los Alamos and performs regularly in Northern New Mexico and surrounding areas, along with teaching privately at her studio in Los Alamos.
    Fegan is an accomplished pianist who is part of the Performing Arts faculty at Sandia Prep, in addition to playing and singing with a number of groups in the Albuquerque area. Donations will be accepted, with all proceeds going to St. Michael and All Angels’ Food Pantry, which assists approximately 50 needy families per week.

  • There was a large turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the premiere of WGN’s new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. There was a great discussion following the show, and the Society has collected some of the common questions that we heard that night and on social media. Every week the Society will be updating a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.
    Join the Los Alamos Historical Society Sundays at Time Out Pizzeria in Los Alamos from 8–9:30 pm for a viewing and discussion of Manhattan.
    Why does Los Alamos look like a desert?
    The show was filmed (in part) at the Bruns Army Hospital near the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, so our trees and mountains are missing.
    There aren’t scorpions in Los Alamos, are there?
    They’re not common, but yes there are! PEEC even has one you can visit (and is looking for a sponsor to name it).
    Where was Dorothy McKibbin?
    The episode didn’t show McKibbin or her office at 109 East Palace in Santa Fe where she welcomed new arrivals. But you can see the gate to her office in the History Museum.
    Where were the émigré scientists?

  • With the new school season around the corner, the County of Los Alamos is giving families an excuse to enjoy one last summer weekend trip with the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Friday through Sunday.
     “This family-oriented County Fair and Rodeo gives families something fun to do before the start of another school year and the end of summer,” said Suzette Fox, executive director, Los Alamos MainStreet. “We hope the event contributes to the overall feeling of well being in the community by giving both locals and visitors an opportunity to get acquainted with downtown Los Alamos, while also allowing local businesses to have incentive opportunities.”
    The three-day event kicks off Friday with exhibits at Mesa Public Library, between 5 and 8 p.m. Everything from locally made art and arts and crafts to baked goods will be on display.
     At 10 a.m. Saturday, Central Avenue will be lined with decorated floats centered on the theme, “Celebrate Los Alamos.” Awards will be given to the first, second and third best floats as determined by judges.

  • Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, 4 p.m., Sept. 28
    Salzburg Marionette Theater with pianist Orion Weiss, 7 p.m. Nov. 1
    Red Priest, 7 p.m. Jan. 9
    Cuarteto Lationamericano with Daniel Binelli, bandoneón, 4 p.m. March 15
    Ethos Percussion Group, 4 p.m. April 15

    Duane Smith Auditorium on the campus of Los Alamos High School
    1300 Diamond Drive
    Wheel chair accessible
    Box office opens 45 minutes before performance

    CB Fox and Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock
    Lensic Box Office in Santa Fe


  • The Los Alamos Concert Association has announced its 69th season which will feature the added attraction of a newly refurbished venue.
    The first phase of a multi-year upgrade of the Duane Smith Auditorium on the campus of Los Alamos High School is currently under way. New seating, carpeting, paint, and improved hall lighting will greet concert-goers at the first concert in September. Plans for future hall upgrades over the next three years include lobby redesign as well as acoustic, technical and back-stage improvements.
    “The Smith Auditorium is an important community asset,” said Ann McLaughlin, LACA Artistic Director. “We look forward to welcoming our audience to a fresh and attractive space that will showcase our great artists at their very best.”
    LACA audiences will have their first look at the hall on Sept. 28 with a performance by the Anderson and Roe Piano Duo. Millions have watched their Emmy-nominated music videos on YouTube and the press has dubbed them “the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of the keyboard” for their imaginatively choreographed performances.

  • Tuesday
    Butterflies in Los Alamos, and Facts About Butterflies. 7 p.m. In preparation for the 22nd Annual Butterfly Count, Roy Michelotti will discuss butterflies present in Los Alamos, as well as an overview of basic butterfly biology, behavior, life cycles and some unique facts about butterflies. Free. No advance registration required. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Entertainment by DK & the Affordables. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District. For more information, visit creativelosalamos.org.

    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. Meetings moderated by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson, or by a group member. Past presentations are posted and available to all on the website laaug.wordpress.com/. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers announce a specialty course for rock climbers on building anchors, the protection that prevents gravity from making a climber’s day a nightmare.
    Zack Baker will lead the 2014 “REALLY Understanding Rock Climbing Anchors” class, to be held 6-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m .Saturday.
    The class is free to all graduates of the 2014 Climbing School, and costs $20 for all other LAM members. (If you are not already an LAM member, annual LAM dues are $15 for an individual and $20 for a family.)
    “The techniques of proper movement and well-built rock anchors are the two ways climbers stay attached to the cliff and enjoy a long, happy life,” Baker said. “Technique you learn in the climbing course and by assiduous practice and experience. Anchors are the subject of this specialty course. ““In the Saturday session we take up the subject of building belay and top rope anchors. These involve redundant, equalized, non-extending, multidirectional anchor points. This course is a lot of fun and very much worthwhile for anyone serious about climbing safety.”
    Interested climbers can register for the course at the LA Mountaineers website — lamountaineers.org — by following the links “Climbing” and “Speciality Climbing Courses.”

  • For many years, retired Los Alamos Public Schools’ employees have looked forward to the famous NOT Back-to -School breakfast. It is held annually on the first day that students and teachers go back to school.
    Retirees from all over the USA make a special effort to attend the event to share memories and talk with friends. This year the breakfast will be at 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill. For those who are able to pay, there is a nominal charge of $10 to help defray the rental cost to the church for use of the hall.
    All new retirees should have received an invitation in the mail and other retirees an email about the event.
    The important point for retirees is to RSVP to 662-9117 or drummer@rt66.com or larse@leee.org.
    Leave information on whether or not you plan to attend and be sure to state your name, email address, and phone number for future contact by this “alumni” group by this coming Sunday.  

  • What a great week for some youth building activities.
    This weekend the fair and rodeo will be held and youth fun and activities are all around.
    First of all, as you head to the pond and quite possibly park behind CB Fox, consider stopping in for a truffle. The construction is hard on many businesses in that area, so if you can make even a small purchase, they’d love to see you.
    Please take the time to check out any of the Youth Business Grant recipients that you might find at the pond this weekend. Wednesday they will each make a pitch to win additional funds for their businesses, so if you know a youth, wish them well.
    Another place for a truffle is the Rose Chocolatier, located by the Motor Vehicles Division. Youth Business Grant recipient Ruby Selvage has worked with the owner and has her souvenir chocolates for sale right in her shop. How wonderful for a local business to support our youth.
    How wonderful that the community has selected Alex Kirk as the Grand Marshal. I plan to wear my AlbuKIRKque T-shirt and wave as he goes by.
    Speaking of waving, rumor has it that Chad the Sci Guy will be at the pond with some hands on science.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.
    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.
    DQ — This 8-year-old, neutered, Manx lost his home due to a divorce. He is declawed and is an indoor kitty only. DQ likes the comfort and security of his own space. He is a bit shy at first, so it will take some time for him to adjust to a new home. Once he warms up to you, he has a cute little chirp that he lets out when he is ready for some attention — sometimes his bottom lip will snag on his tooth after his chirping, so he gets a funny little snaggletooth! He would love the comfort and security of a forever home and person, and having a safe place to retreat to will help him adjust. Because changes and loud noises startle DQ, the shelter recommend a home without children.