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    Parents and kids have a less spooky way of spending the early hours of Halloween this year.
    Before trick or treat time, drop by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 1-3 p.m. Friday for some nature-themed activities. Costumes are optional, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
    The cost to participate is $5 per child, and no advance registration is required. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or call 662-0460.

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  • Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. has announced a haunted history of Santa Fe, just in time for Hallowwen.
    The tour will allow guests an opportunity to visit some of the most historically haunted areas of Santa Fe. With the city of Santa Fe being the oldest capital city in the United States and histories of varying cultures occupying what is known as the downtown plaza since the year 1050, the area is rich in both historic triumphs and tragedies. Its long history of Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans and pioneers have led the city to be one of the most haunted in America.
    Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe (hotelchimayo.com) is now offering a special package that includes a Saturday night hotel stay, a fall flavor treat — from wine, local caramel corn and hot cider — and a two-hour Haunted History walking tour with historian, Peter Sinclaire, who’s been leading tours and “spooking about” Santa Fe for more than 20 years.
    “Many of Santa Fe’s ghosts have an emotional issue that keeps them from moving on. I share both their tales and the rich history of this city in my storytelling,” Sinclaire said. “My tours offer the opportunity to go beyond the five senses and explore Santa Fe’s supernatural history.”

  • One by one, until they are all gone: the story is of 10 people who find themselves trapped on an island. All have some guilt on their hands, and one at a time they begin to die. The story is set in late 1930s in Devon, a small island off the coast of England.
    Los Alamos Little Theater presents the Agatha Christie whodunit, “And Then There Were None” beginning on Halloween night and continues through Nov. 22.
    This is the second Agatha Christie show for director Dennis Powell. According to Powell, Agatha Christie is an incredibly interesting and creative author.
    Christie is half American, as her father was a New York stockbroker. As the youngest of three children she was doted on, and when of age she was sent to several finishing schools in Paris. Ultimately, she authored 80 detective novels and several romance novels under the pen name of Mary Westmacott.
    Her plots are masterfully crafted, and her book “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” was voted the best all-time crime novel by the Crime Writers Association. Her book “And Then There Were None” is one of the best selling novels of all time.
    Despite getting the clues, readers (or viewers) often are left guessing as to “who did it” until the final denouement.

  • Music lovers of all ages are invited to Fuller Lodge to hear Young Voices from the Santa Fe Opera. The show is a gift from the Los Alamos Opera Guild of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc.
    For one hour, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 9, the young voices of the opera will perform.
    Now in its eighth season, Young Voices is an audition-based program of The Santa Fe Opera, created to teach, coach and nurture vocal talent in high school students from across New Mexico.
    Fifteen sudents, accepted by audition, received weekly voice lessons and coachings. The faculty is comprised of noted mezzo-soprano and stage director Kathleen Clawson, pianist Kirt Pavitt, and the head of the opera’s music staff, Robert Tweten.
    Two members, baritone Devon McCleskey and soprano Lauren Partin, both residents of Los Alamos, will sing solos and selections from opera, accompanied by Kirt Pavitt, who will also perform piano solos. Meet both Karen Henderson, the local guild president and Kyle Gray from the Santa Fe Opera staff to learn about educational programs, such as “Opera Makes Sense” and additional community concerts offered around the state.
    For a fifth year, Young Voices welcomes Paul Roth as accompanist. Kirt Pavitt and Kathleen Clawson are co-directors of Young Voices.

  • The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present its Fall Concert under the direction of local composer and conductor, Ted Vives. Vives is the conductor of the Los Alamos Community Winds, whom recently gained praise from the American Prize national music award. The LA Community Winds earned third place.
    This year’s symphony will be an “All American” program that will demonstrate the diversity of American music, just like the diversity of the American population.
    The show starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Crossroads Bible Church.
    The first half of the program will highlight patriotic music with Morton Gould’s “American Salute,” show music with Henry Mancini’s “Themes From ‘Victor Victoria’” and ballet music with the “Paul Bunyan Suite” by William Bergsma.
    The second half of the program will feature the Symphony No. 2 by George Whitefield Chadwick.
    It is the first full symphony written by an American composer that was published and it “fully uses the sounds of America, put in the framework of a symphony.” For the 60-plus musicians in the orchestra the work has been a challenge as no one was familiar it. Vives and the 60-plus musician have expressed how delighted they were that everything has come together so well.

  • Today
    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

    Families in Action: for Teens and Parents. An evidence-based class to ease the transition as children turn into young adults. 6:30-8:15 p.m. every Thursday through Nov. 20 at 1900 Diamond Drive at the Pueblo Complex. For more information, visit lafsn.org, or call 662-4515.

    How is Los Alamos Preparing for Its Next Wildfire? 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library, Community Rooms 2 and 3. Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia will present the existing wildfire management plans for protecting Los Alamos County and surrounding areas. Using maps he will summarize work already done and projected future plans. Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes will also be present to answer questions and hear concerns. The public is welcome. Sponsored by the local branch of AAUW.
    Friday
    A Nature-Themed Halloween. 1-3 p.m. Drop-in on Halloween for some not-too-spooky, nature-themed activities for kids of all ages. Costumes are optional. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No advance registration required. $5 per child. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Kimber Wallwork-Heineman is an award-winning photographer and artist who has prepared an extensive new body of work for her show in the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery. The show, called “No Limitations,” will be displayed for the month of November. The Gallery is open to the public during regular library hours.
    There will be a reception for the artist in the Gallery, 5-8 p.m Nov. 6, . All are welcome to come and meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.
    Wallwork-Heineman has achieved prominence in the world of photography, having her won first place in New Mexico Magazine photography competition “Only in New Mexico” category in July, 2014, first place in the 2010 New Mexico Magazine annual competition in 2010, and the Grand Champion award in the 2009 New Mexico “No Frills” photo contest. The work being shown in this exhibit will include many of those award-winning photographs, alongside work that begins with those photographed images but then evolves into painting. Her subject matter includes a wide range of

  • While most of us are familiar with the Red and Blue Dot Trails in White Rock Canyon, there are a number of smaller, lesser-known canyons in the area that are worth exploring.
    Experienced hiker Paul Arendt will lead a PEEC hike at 9 a.m. Saturday to discover the wonders of some of these canyons.
    Arendt will lead a small group on a looping hike, which will include several smaller canyons south of White Rock and east of N.M. 4.
    The hike will begin at 9 a.m. and will proceed (roughly) adjacent to Route 4 for approximately 2.5 miles, before turning east along a small wooded canyon south of Water Canyon.
    The group will then proceed through Water Canyon and have a short rest and snack at a spectacular promontory overlooking Water Canyon (and a bit of the Rio Grande Gorge).
    The hike will then gradually turn back toward the beginning, while going up another lovely small wooded canyon that eventually rises up onto Power Line Mesa.
    The hike is expected to end at roughly 1 p.m.
    Arendt, who leads many hikes for PEEC, enjoys hiking and climbing in the White Rock Canyon, the western U.S., Europe and South America.
    This hike is free to attend, but registration is required and space is limited to only 20 participants, so those interested are encouraged to register soon.

  • Presley Gao, of Los Alamos and Gavin Laur, of Santa Fe will be traveling to Santa Barbara, California, in January to compete as division finalists in the Music Teacher National Association Piano Competition. Gao will be competing as a finalist in the Junior Piano Competition and Laur will be in the Senior Piano Competition.
    Gao is the son of Jun Gao and Hongzhao Tian.
    Gao earned this opportunity after winning the Junior Division of the MTNA Statewide Piano Competition.
    An eighth grader at Los Alamos Middle School, he has been studying piano for six years and currently is a student of Steinway Artist Jacquelyn Helin.
    Laur is the son of Ruth and Paul Laur and won the senior division of the competition. He is a junior at the New Mexico School for the Arts. He has been studying piano under the direction of Helin for 10 years.
    Gao was awarded the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico’s Danfelser Scholarship in 2012 and has won many other awards, including first place in the State Honors Level One (2010) and Level Two in 2012. He had first place in District Honors for a consecutive three years in 2010-12. Gao had won the MTNA junior competition previously and also achieved the highest level of Santa Fe Sonata Contest. He is currently an Epik Artist of Performance Santa Fe.

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

    Tradition and Change in Córdova, New Mexico: The 1939 Photographs of Berlyn Brixner & The López Family of Wood Carvers. Daily in the changing exhibit space in the Los Alamos History Museum through October.

    “Masquerade.” Daily through Nov. 15 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

    Families in Action: for Teens and Parents. An evidence-based class to ease the transition as children turn into young adults. 6:30-8:15 p.m. every Thursday through Nov. 20 at 1900 Diamond Drive at the Pueblo Complex. For more information, visit lafsn.org, or call 662-4515.