Today's Features

  • Vicky (Rebecca Hall) wants Doug (Chris Messina), her handsome fiancé.
    Cristina, fresh from a break-up, only knows what she doesn’t want. When the longtime friends happen upon the gruff-voiced Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) during a trip to Spain, even Vicky cannot resist a sexual adventure of the highest, PG-13 calling.
    Thus begins writer/director Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008), a mighty interesting look at how conventions and desires overlap and drift apart. Mesa Public Library will show the film at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, as part of the library’s Free Film Series.
    “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” has flaws. The narrator waxes a bit too pseudo-sagaciously, the Woody-Allen-ness of the characters often threatens to overwhelm, and the characters don’t, ultimately, change as dramatically as I want them to. But the film succeeds, mostly because of Penélope Cruz.
    The film’s strongest scenes feature Cruz as Juan Antonio’s former wife, Maria Elena, who, despite being the stereotypical “crazy ex-wife,” redefines many words associated with love, including “partner” (with whom?) and “commitment” (to what?).

  • Four Los Alamos High School seniors were awarded $2,500 scholarships by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries, scholarship chairman Maire O’Neill announced recently.
    The students are Ethan Clements, Justin Dunn, Emma Lathrop and Emily Pittman. A fifth senior, Tessa Snyder, received the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship last month.
    The students each submitted personal narrative of about 500 words, on a book, which was required for school and which has not been translated into a visual medium. They were asked to tell their readers in what ways the book has added to their understanding of the human condition or has enhanced their life.
    Volunteer readers for the Friends were Patty Kokesh, Ruth Cox, Candee Haskins and Art Brown. The readers independently read 20 essays and the five top-scoring writers were awarded the scholarships.
    The Friends raise money for the annual scholarship through the all-volunteer bookstore at the Mesa Public Library and by public donations. For more information, stop by the bookstore. 

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Volunteer Examiner Group will be giving exams for Amateur Radio Licenses. This session will be 6:30 p.m. in the Club Meeting Room at 4017 Arkansas (the Old Fire Barn). For additional information about obtaining a new license or renewing an existing license, call Bill Boedeker at 662-4220, or email at boedeker@cybermesa.com.

    Summer Family Evenings: Tales about Tails. 6:30 p.m. Every animal has a tail and many have tales — myths and legends. Terry Foxx makes the raven, coyote, bear and other animals come alive through stories and activities. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Jazz Brasileiro and Friends. 7-8:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond. An all ages show, free.
    Jemez Thrift Shop Bag Days. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Come get this season’s tomatoes. First drawing for the contest 10 a.m. July 17.

  • The League of Women Voters invites the community to attend the Lunch with a Leader that  will feature Los Alamos’ new police chief, Chief Dino Sgambellone. The event will be 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. July 15 at Mesa Public Library.
    Sgambellone’s topics for discussion will be where he wants to take the department, his impressions of the force, of Los Alamos, etc. Of course, there will lots of opportunity for questions.
    Sgambellone began his career with the Mansfield, Ohio Division of Police in 1991. He served in numerous capacities within the department including, patrol, community policing, SWAT, field training, First Line supervision, as the section commander for Special Investigations, and as project director for METRICH, a 10-county decentralized task force in North Central Ohio, and chief of police.
    He served with the United States Air Force from 1987‐1990 where he began his educational journey by obtaining an associate’s degree in industrial security. Sgambellone currently holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and completed his Ph.D. in public safety with criminal justice specialization in 2011. 

  • What a wonderful Fourth of July and so much thanks to the Kiwanis Club for all of the wonderful things they do for the community.
    It is always so great to see everyone coming together all in the name of one great effort.
    If you needed another great thing to support, did you know that July is national ice cream month! How great is that? Technically, you can celebrate all month long, which is a good thing for those of us that need a little extra time to get things done.
    If you would like to celebrate the actual day, it is July 20. How will you partake?
    According to the National Dairy Association, it was former President Ronald Reagan that created the recognition in 1984.
    So if you need to boost your calcium intake, want to help support the dairy farmers of America or just enjoy something truly fun, get on board.
    Did you know that the Creamland Dairy makes a Los Alamos Lime Sherbet?
    How does all of this tie into the Assets you might ask? Well my answer would be, in some ways, in no way and in every way really.
    In one way, it would be to celebrate anything, anytime, anywhere, do it as a family. It doesn’t matter if it is your family by birth, by choice or by borrowing from those random families you are permitted to borrow people from, from time to time.


    July 6-12, 2014

    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


    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Beer batter cod

    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing


    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:


    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, 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.


    “Are there some sins worse than others?”


    To state the painfully obvious: all sin is sin. As we have seen, sin is a state of rebellion against God. It is a falling short of His holiness and perfection. It is continually choosing self over God; that is, making self one’s own god. In this sense, all humans are sinners and all sins are offensive to God (Rom. 1-3). This fact is why we ought to be very hesitant to point out the sins of others as if they are worse than we are (and/or that we are somehow superior.)


    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.  Summer worship, at 9 a.m., runs from mid-May through mid-August. Fellowship with refreshments following the service at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical, 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.


    James Coburn, son of Martha C. Perkins, of Taos and Steven Coburn of Los Alamos has received High Honors for Blocs five and six of the current school year. 

    The High Honors distinction specifies that a student must have a 4.0 grade point average for an academic bloc, a period of four or five weeks. There are seven blocs in the school year. 


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    Laura Ambrosiano, a 2006 graduate of Los Alamos High School, has just moved to a new computer-modeling role with Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.