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Today's Features

  • After surfing through the Legislature on a rare wave of bipartisan support, the debate over civil asset forfeiture now moves to local communities, as defenders of the controversial practice hope to preserve county and municipal ordinances as a tool in the ongoing war on drunk driving.
    In the Legislature, where a discouraging word can almost always be heard on even the most Mom-and-Apple-Pie issue, the question of whether the government should be able to seize your property without actually proving you guilty of a crime seems to arouse the libertarian in even the staunchest law-and-order advocate.
    The bill, sponsored by Ruidoso Republican Rep. Zachary Cook, passed both House and Senate without a single dissenting vote despite dire warnings from the Department of Public Safety that ending asset forfeiture absent a criminal conviction of the property’s owner would have an “indeterminate but substantial” negative impact on law enforcement statewide.
    And, although her former colleagues in the law enforcement community urged Gov. Susana Martinez to veto, she signed the bill in April.

  • Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Artist Julia Roberts: Etchings & Collagraphs. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday at New Concept Gallery, 610 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.  Show runs until June 1.

    Jock Sturges: Fanny. Show runs until May 23 at photo-eye Gallery.

    “Women’s Work.” Art exhibition featuring 25 top female artists of New Mexico. Show is free to the public and runs through May 15 at the Tarnoff Art Center in Rowe. For more information and directions, visit tarnoffartcenter.org, or call 919-8888.  

    Expressions in Weaving: A Group Exhibition. Featuring Tapestries by Linda Running Bentley, Connie Enzmann-Forneris Barbara Marigold and Robin Reider. Show runs until today at Marigold Arts in Santa Fe.

    Northeast Heights Artscrawl. 2-5 p.m. May 16. Show closes May 29.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces “Up in Neon.”  Zane Bennett Contemporary Art will unveil to the public the exhibition, featuring works by Frederic Bouffandeau and Francois Morellet. The show runs until May 22.  
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  • THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, May 8, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    12:00 PM County Council Meeting - Live
    02:00 PM Los Alamos Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00    PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – President Truman
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, May 9, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, May 10, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, May 11, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM The Garage

  • Abiquiu to hold all-day conference

    Pueblo de Abiquiu Library and Cultural Center  announces an all-day conference, “Abiquiu: Honoring the History & Experience of a Genizaro Pueblo. The conference is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 16 at Joe Ferran Gym in Abiquiu Plaza.
    The conference is free, but advance registration is needed. Participants may register at the library during regular hours, from 1-6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, or by calling the library at 505-685-4884, or via email abiquiupl@gmail.com. Separate registration for dinner is required.
    Conference participants will learn about issues and historical events at Abiquiu Pueblo, including why children from Abiquiu were able to attend Santa Fe Indian School in the early 20th century or what it means for the Abiquiu area to be considered a world culture migration site. Attendees will also hear about details of the 2007 Senate Memorial 59 recognizing the contributions of Genizaros to New Mexico state history, learn what was  unearthed in the archaeological dig next to the library last summer and  hear about how Abiquiu Pueblo is viewed in the Tewa world.

    Fans invited to decide Balloon Fiesta theme

    The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta board and staff invite Balloon Fiesta fans to help name the theme for the 2016 event.

  • The three-day Taos Lilac Festival, May 15-17, is blossoming into one of the town’s largest annual events with the addition of several activities, including a Taos Taco Cook Off, Lilac 5K run, New Mexico Beer and Wine Garden, fashion show and more. There is no charge for the family-friendly event, which is held at Kit Carson Park in Taos.
    “This unique Taos event was established to celebrate our heritage of Lilacs and to promote their care and planting throughout the Taos area,” said co-festival organizer, John Hamilton. “With the founding of the Taos Society of Artists, whose 100th anniversary we are celebrating this year, many lilacs sprung up around Taos which were most likely brought here from outside the area. They are a staple of Taos’ beautiful landscape.”
    For the first time, the festival will include a Taos Lilac Festival 5K Run beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday. All levels are welcome and the run will take competitors along the lilac-laden historic part of Taos. Prizes will be awarded to the top three placements per age group and overall winner.
    Registration before May 16 is $30 or $35 on race day. The run will begin at the parking lot of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s gym, located at 205 Don Fernando St.

  • The second Tuesday of every month is Family Night at the new Los Alamos Nature Center.  The center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m., and there will be games, activities, experiments, crafts and more for families to enjoy. Family Nights at the Nature Center are sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos. They are free to attend.
    For more information about this and other programs offered by PEEC at the Nature Center, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT) presents its 11th annual spring recital, “The Elements,” this weekend at the Duane W. Smith auditorium.
    “The Elements” features 25 dances performed by 170 students enrolled in the NMDT School. NMDT special guests, The Los Alamos Hilltappers and Los Alamos Belly Dancers, will also perform.
    NMDT will recognize the 15th anniversary of the Cerro Grande Fire at the recital with a special piece by local composer Eric Bjorklund and choreographed by NMDT director Susan Baker-Dillingham.
    “Eric approached me last spring with the idea of a collaboration revolving around the Cerro Grande Fire and his composition called ‘Wind and Flame,’” Baker-Dillingham said. “I was intrigued with his idea and with the idea of collaborating, but mostly the thought of creating a dance about such an incredibly emotional event was very compelling.”  

  • Theatre > Show runs through May 16;  not recommended for children

  • Today
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

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

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Los Alamos Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday. 6 p.m. at 84 Barcelona Ave. in White Rock. For further information contact Mary Swickard at 672-3300 or Dennis Wulff at 672-9563.

    Dr. Bob Fuselier, of the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, will provide a free lecture about dog bite awareness. 6:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club building at 246 East Road. Dr. Fuselier’s dog-bite awareness lecture promotes proper greeting of dogs and their owners, offering adults and children easy-to-remember steps to avoid becoming a dog-bite victim. Talk is for people only, no dogs are allowed. Freebies given to all that attend.
    Friday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

  • The YMCA announces dance classes for those who love to dance or wish to learn. The center hosts a dance class on Friday at the YMCA gym for a night of social dancing. Free swing lessons are at 7 p.m. and social dancing begins at 7:30 p.m.
    Also, come check out the ballroom classes Mondays held at the YMCA.
    This month is Waltz at 8 p.m. and Salsa at 9 p.m. Cost is $5 for Y members, $10 for non-members per month. Cost is $1.25/$2.50 a class.