Today's Features

  • Pets are considered a part of the family for many pet owners. The unique personalities and characteristics our pets possess are irreplaceable, and it can be heart-breaking to lose their company. Stray dogs are a growing problem in the United States, and a majority of these strays are forced to wander the dangerous streets or begin a new life in an animal shelter. Learning how to properly bring a stray dog to safety is vital for your safety, as well as the stray’s safety.
    When trying to care for a stray, safety is always first. It is easy to become swept up in emotions when you see a stray dog hurt or in a dangerous situation—like running in traffic.  Even if you have good intentions, it is important to consider all options before taking action to keep the situation from becoming even more hazardous.


     November Night Sky Show at the Nature Center. Explore the expansive universe and enjoy its beauty from our planetarium. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children. 7 p.m. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre's latest performance of the 8x10s,  eight  10-minute plays creating an evening of theatre. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, through Nov. 21, with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 15. Tickets at CB Fox, Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

    Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present its Fall Concert at 7 p.m. in the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 E Road. Concert is free to the public and donations will be gratefully accepted.

    Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Tour. Visit the largest petroglyph site in New Mexico, where you can see more animal flute player petroglyphs than any place in North America. Advance registration required. $38 for non-members, $30 for members. 8:15 a.m. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre's latest performance of the 8x10s,  eight  10-minute plays creating an evening of theatre. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Runs every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 21, with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 15. Tickets at CB Fox, Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

  • Bandelier National Monument and other federal fee areas nationwide, including the Valles Caldera National Preserve, will offer free entry Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.  
    So far, weather forecasters are expecting a sunny day to explore Bandelier’s Ancestral Pueblo sites, trails, museum and widescreen movie.  
    The park bookstore will offer 15 percent off everything in stock, and the Bandelier Trading Gift Shop will have specials on selected items. The shuttle buses are no longer running, so visitors should just drive down to the Visitors Center parking area. The visitors center, bookstore, museum, gift shop, and snack bar are open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. every day, and the park trails are open dawn to dusk.
    This is the last fee-free day for 2015, but there will likely be seven or eight in 2016. For more information, call the park at 672-3861 x 517.  

  • Just for Grins Pediatric Dentistry invites everyone to a Grand Opening and Candy Buy-Back Event from 10  a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, featuring music, face painting, giveaways and a strolling magician.
    This is an opportunity for the kids of our community to make a few dollars, spare their teeth the added sugar and to support our troops. Just for Grins is teaming up with First National Santa Fe bank and giving kids $1 per pound for their Halloween candy. This candy will be donated to Blue Star Mothers, who will include it in care packages for our soldiers.  
    Just for Grins Pediatric Dentistry is a board certified pediatric dentistry office. Since 2013, these pediatric specialists have been piggybacking space in the Mary Deal Building. Now, you can meet Dr. Elizabeth Prishkulnik and Dr. Jeffrey Humberson in their NEW space in Los Alamos.
    They are at 2101 Trinity Drive, Ste P. You will find them across from Ashley Pond, down the hill and next to the Los Alamos Public Schools Building.

    Brown Bag lunch recital at noon in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge Art Center.  Local student performers will play a selection from their state competition. Free.

    LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus invites the community to enjoy and participate in the Chamisa Elementary Recycle Art Show from 5:30-7 p.m. The finalé will be a fashion show of student and family made creations.  

    At 7 p.m. in the UNM-LA, Building 2, Room 203, Robert Gibson, chair of the Los Alamos Future Energy Resources Committee, will present “Future Energy Resources for Los Alamos County.” Los Alamos County’s  Board of Public Utilities adopted a goal in 2013 to “become a carbon-neutral electric provider by 2040.”
    On Tap Series presents discussion on “Film and Television in New Mexico” from 5:30-7 p.m. in the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square. Joining the discussion will be the production company, Creative Juices Productions. For information, email Kate Ramsey at kate.a.ramsey@gmail.com.

    Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series, screening at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting-room theater. Today’s movie is “Wadjda.”


    Los Alamos Creative District On Tap Series will host a discussion on “Film and Television in New Mexico” from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    The film industry in New Mexico is booming with projects like “Independence Day 2,” “Longmire,” “Manhattan,” and “Better Call Saul.” This discussion about film will be with the production company, Creative Juices Productions. Carole and John Altendorf are the company owners in Albuquerque and producers, directors, editors, writers, casting directors, set designers and mentors for video, filmmaking and photography.
    In California, John Altendorf directed celebrities including Steve Martin, Dustin Hoffman and Donald Sutherland. Carole Altendorf is a professional photographer, actor, film producer and casting director.  She has appeared in “Better Call Saul,” “Night Shift,” “The Messengers,” “Invisible Man,” “Captain Fantastic” and “Tinfoil Shadows.”
    Learn what it takes to be a film actor, writer, director, and much more. For information, email Kate Ramsey, kate.a.ramsey@gmail.com.

  • It’s no surprise that current-day Saudi Arabia looks oppressive when seen through a young girl’s eyes. More startling are the small ways that sweeping political change can begin.
    An award-winner at film festivals around the world, “Wadjda” (2012, rated PG, subtitled), is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a wonderful choice for this month’s installment of Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series, screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting-room theater.
    The title character, played by Waad Mohammed, doesn’t want to change the world. Like most 10-year-olds, she’s concerned with more selfish desires. She wants to listen to the music she likes. She wants her own money. She wants her father to love her. Most of all, she wants to beat her friend Abdullah (Abdullrahman Al Gohani) in a bicycle race.
    But of course, in her conservative country, this is impossible. Girls cannot ride bikes. She’s already pushing the limits by being friends with Abdullah, a boy.

  • This week, we look at our social competencies category in November as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month.
    To learn more, you may decide to visit the wealth of information on websites that tell the stories of local pueblos.
    Take the time to learn about customs, traditions, feast days, the importance of their native language, traditions and most important – etiquette. If you are ever unsure about something, feel free to ask the question in a respectful way, but also understand that a question asked may not be one that can be answered in the moment.
    You can start with indianpueblo.org for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
    Its website is the representative of the 19 northern pueblos with a mission statement that reads: “To preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture and to advance understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.”
    The 19 Pueblos include; Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, Zia and Zuni.
    A variety of the pueblos are represented at Los Alamos Public Schools and this year, Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School both have their first Native American Clubs.

  • Nov. 1-Nov. 7, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beef Tips over Rice
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Fried Chicken
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1:30–3 p.m.    LANL Open Enrollment
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Hyacinth—This mom and her kitten were left at the front door of Ridgeview Vet a few weeks ago. Hyacinth’s kitten has already been adopted, and Hyacinth is ready for a home of her own! Hyacinth is mostly white, with a few tabby markings. She is still learning how to get along with other cats in the cat room, but for right now, she prefers her own little area of the cat room where she isn’t disturbed.