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Today's Features

  • At the invitation of rangers from the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, scouts from Troop 22 of Los Alamos and Troop 129 of White Rock recently contributed 100 man hours of labor to enlarge a campground at the monument’s Gran Quivera unit. Constructed in 2010, the campground first consisted of five tent pads and was the Eagle project of local scout Sam Grothaus. The host ranger then was Craig Morgan, a former army ranger and scout master.
    The park superintendent was so pleased with the scouts’ work that the troop was given the privilege of naming the campground. The choice was made to name it Camp Logan Collins in memory of the Troop 129 scout who lost his life in the Atomic City bus accident of November 2009. However, Ranger Morgan died 16 days after the project was completed. The troop then decided that the camp name must be Camp Morgan Collins. According to Jason Lott, Bandelier superintendent, who joined his scout son in working on the March 21 project, it is unusual for the park service to name facilities after people. To understand this, it helps to know that following Morgan’s death, the Salinas Pueblo Missions superintendent created a job for his widow so that she could keep her home in park service housing.

  • If a leading lady in a 1940s Hollywood film noir is smart, sweet, witty, beautiful and kind, two things are certain — one, every man onscreen will fall in love with her, and two, she has to die.
    In “Laura” (1944), showing Thursday at Mesa Public Library, Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney) is a shrewd advertising executive with a young, innocent face and a string of romantic attachments that doth offend one particular male friend, Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb).
    Or at least, she was. In the film’s opening scene, Det. Lt. Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) visits Lydecker to question him about Hunt’s murder. While they speak, Lydecker, an older gentleman with many connections and a penchant for flagrantly self-serving behavior, eventually rises from the bowels of his interrupted bath to dress and accompany the well-proportioned detective on the rest of his interviews.
    We soon meet the other suspects: Hunt’s jaunty fiancé Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price), her secretive aunt Ann Treadwell (Judith Anderson) and the victim’s fiercely protective maid Bessie Clary (Dorothy Adams). They, like Lydecker, say absolutely nothing believable. The mystery broils beneath the repartee.
    Who killed Hunt? It almost doesn’t matter. The murder and its droll aftermath offer so much fun on their own.

  • MyCD Workshop, sponsored by the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and the Family Y is starting a six-week course starting April 22.
    For two hours per week, participants will support, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with doctors and family about health issues.
    Conditions include diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety. A MyCD Workshop can help take charge of one’s life.
    MyCD Workshop will be held once a week for six weeks through May 27 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Learn from Pauline Schneider, Executive Director, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and Paula Roybal Sánchez, Home Economist, trained leaders with health conditions themselves.
    Topics for each session include:
    Session 1: Introduction to Workshop, Group Introductions, Mind-Body Connection/Distraction, Getting a Good Night’s Sleep and Introduction to Action Plans
    Session 2: Feedback and Problem Solving, Dealing with Difficult Emotions, Introduction to Physical Activity and Exercise, Preventing Falls and Improving Balance and Making an Action Plan

  • The Los Alamos Chapter No. 63, Order of the Eastern Star, welcomed Worthy Grand Matron Sharron Longshore accompanied by Worthy Grand Patron Larry Lindberg to the chapter’s official visit in their honor during the monthly meeting on Saturday.
    The luncheon also honored the chapter’s state officers, Pamela Mayne, Past Grand Matron and Grand Trustee and Larry Holmes, Grand Marshal.
    Longshore and Lindberg have chosen The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), which deals with bipolar disorder and Alzheimer’s as charities to raise funds for this year.
    The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both women and men may belong. Worldwide, there are approximately one million members under the General Grand Chapter (international governing body).
    Worthy Matron Nina Laird and Worthy Patron Donald Davidson lead Los Alamos Chapter No. 63 this year.
    For additional information about the official visit, contact Laird at 662-7580.
    For more information about New Mexico Order of Eastern Star, visit oesnm.org.

  • The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursday. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at 11:45 a.m. every Tuesday at the Manhattan Project Restaurant, formerly known as the Dixie Girl.

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets Tuesdays from Noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall.

    The Military Order of World Wars hosts a monthly dinner meeting on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, call 662-9544.

    Los Alamos MS Self-Help Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Mesa Public Library, Upper Level Meeting Room 1.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Wednesday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Free Brown Bag performance presents pianist Peter Pesic. Noon at the Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday
    The Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools will have a community meeting on resiliency. The event will be 6-7:30 p.m. at Aspen Elementary. An open house format style will allow a come and go presence to allow attendees to listen to presentations, as well as visit resource booths. For more information, call 663-3252.

    Free Film Series. “Laura.” 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library.  
    Friday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.
    Saturday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.
    Sunday

  • As reading is an Asset and very soon we will be in the midst of some time when reading might be possible, I solicit your feedback on some titles.
    I am interested in the books youth or adults should read to see light at the end of the tunnel. Oh, I don’t mean that light, I mean the one like a ray of sun that parts through the storm clouds.
    I’ve heard the term resiliency reading and I wonder what titles one should read to realize that things often do get better. Life isn’t so bad after all, or anyone can overcome any odds, if they are willing to trudge through the battle.
    At the recommendation of Los Alamos Middle School Librarian Lisa Whitacre, I read a book that would be appropriate for fifth or sixth graders called, “Wonder.” It is also available with the Los Alamos County Library System.
    It is a great resource to teach young students what it is like not only to be new to a school but also to be very, very different. It may also give parents a glimpse into parenting styles, too.
    The next book is called, “Laughing at my Nightmare,” by Shane Burcaw, who has spinal muscular atrophy that has control over most of his life, but not his brain and not his mouth.

  • The public is invited to an intimate brown bag performance featuring pianist Peter Pesic. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council, the show starts at noon April 1 at Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room.
    J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” are among his greatest and most familiar works, but in the 1970s, a previously unknown set of 14 canons on the Goldberg theme were discovered. The concert presents those canons to show how Bach developed the variations that follow.
    Pesic has been a tutor at St. John’s College in Santa Fe since 1980, where he has been musician-in-residence since 1984. Pesic himself has given 200 concerts, including first performances of works by Nicolas Roussakis, David Lang and Lawrence Cave.
    He has performed the complete cycle of piano sonatas of Schubert four times (once at Harvard University in 1987), the complete Beethoven sonatas also four times, as well as a Mozart cycle, the complete solo keyboard music of J.S. Bach, Joseph Haydn, and Johannes Brahms, and the complete piano music of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern.
    Pesic has played Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” in Los Angeles and at Dartmouth College; he was the piano soloist with the Santa Fe Symphony in Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy.”

  • Today
    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.

    Monday
    Nature Playtimes. 10-11 a.m. Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers come to PEEC to explore the natural world. Each Playtime features a story and stations centered around a theme, as well as outside time. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library. Opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Tuesday
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker Ruby Selvage will speak about her documentary for National History Day.

    Gals Gab Group. 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the White Rock Senior Center. It is intended to appeal especially to women who live alone and don’t get to talk much with other women.  Rides are available through the Senior Center 662-8922.
    Wednesday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Free Brown Bag performance presents pianist Peter Pesic. Noon at the Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room.

  • March 29-April 4, 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
    8:30 a.m.                  Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Red chile beef
            enchilada
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken fried chicken
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge