Today's Features

  • The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society will present, “DNA, Genetics and Genealogy: What it Means and Finding New Mexico Family Connections” on Feb. 28 at the Jewish Community Center Auditorium, 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.
    Bennett Greenspan, President of Family Tree, will share his genetic expertise for novice and experienced genealogists and DNA fans. Greenspan has discovered a personal connection to New Mexico that should be interesting to all participants, including Hispanics. Participants are encouraged to attend morning and afternoon sessions.
    From 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 28, the morning session. The morning session introduces exploring (paternal) Y DNA, (maternal) Mt. DNA and (five generations of maternal/paternal) Autosomal Testing. Greenspan will share New Mexico Crypto-Jewish DNA information and his New Mexico family links.
    From 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. lunch will be available for purchase and must be preordered.  
    The afternoon session is from 1:30- 2:45 p.m. “The DNA of the Jewish People”: Many have questioned the origins of the Jewish people. Some say that the Jews are entirely a Semitic people. Others have pushed an idea that the Eastern European Jews are descendants of converted Khazars from the 8th century. Isn’t it time to let the genetic record resolve this?

  • Park Ranger Jorge Moldonado will be the featured speaker at this week’s Nature On Tap beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.
    Moldonado will discuss the National Park Service anniversary. The National Park Service and one of its jewels in New Mexico, Bandelier National Monument, will be celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.  
    Join Maldonado for a discussion on what it means to celebrate 100 years of preservation and discuss how this major occasion will be commemorated.
    Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District, and hosted by PEEC, The Nature Center, this series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. “On Tap” is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests.
    “On Tap’ is hosted twice a month. The discussions are supported by Bradbury Science Museum, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos Historical Society and PEEC.
    The Los Alamos Creative District directs a variety of programs that bring people to downtown Los Alamos. Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers special programming at Mesa Public Library, Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society and Fuller Lodge Art Center.

  • Teatro Paraguas continues its 12th season with Mike Batistick’s 2006 play “Port Authority Throw Down.” Directed by Rick Vargas, the play is set in Fall 2003 at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City, and focuses on the lives of two college-educated Pakistani immigrant brothers selling newspapers and driving a taxi to make ends meet. One brother, Navaz (A.J. Goldman) has been detained by the FBI, but appears as a presence throughout the play.
    The other brother, Pervez (Daric Gutierrez), attempts to sell newspapers in Nawaz’s absence while keeping a low profile, and deal with Nate, a homeless black man (Joshua Wells) who claims the near-by pay phone as his turf. The fourth character is Barb (Rose Corrigan), an evangelical missionary from Akron whose inability to give away a certain quota of Bibles each day leads her to question her faith and zeal.

  • Guest Conductor Ryan McAdams returns to lead the Santa Fe Symphony in a performance at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 that frames Bach, one of the greatest and most influential composers of all time, with two extraordinarily colorful and popular works.
    The program begins with selections taken from Bizet’s enduring and unforgettable final opera, Carmen. The Symphony’s Principal Flutist Jesse Tatum is showcased in Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 for Flute & Orchestra, a seven-movement work in b minor.
    The afternoon concludes with one of the seminal symphonic works of the 20th century, Shostakovich’s brooding and triumphal Symphony No. 5. The performance will be at the Lensic in downtown Santa Fe.
    Free pre-concert lecture by conductor Ryan McAdams at 3 p.m. Sponsored by ALH Foundation. Tickets are $25 to $80. Half-price tickets available for children ages 6 to 14 with adult purchase (no children under six admitted). Call 983-1414 or 1-800-480-1319 for tickets, or The Lensic box office at 988-1234.
    The Lensic Theater is located at 211 West San Francisco Street in Santa Fe.
    About the Repertoire
    Selections from the Carmen Suites (arr. by Guiraud)

    Medical Treatment Options for Bladder and Bowel Leakage; presented at 6 p.m. by Salim Amrani, M.D. and Vincent Fiorica, M.D., at Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living, 1010 Sombrillo Court in the Activity Room, lower level. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.  Sponsored by the Los Alamos Retirement Community and LAMC.

     Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the conference room at Pajarito Cliffs Site, building 1, Camino Entrada. The public is welcome to attend.

    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free. More information at peecnature.org.  

     Los Alamos Public Schools, the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos and Los Alamos County are hosting a breakfast at 7 a.m. at the UNM-LA Lecture Hall this Thursday for community leaders and business people. The forum will discuss mental health issues in Los Alamos and what organizations or businesses can do to help. For more information, call 663-2230.

    Park Ranger Jorge Moldonado will be the featured speaker at this week’s Nature On Tap beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.

  • The classic, triple-Academy-Award-winner “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962, not rated) will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting-room theater at Mesa Public Library.
    The story, essentially of an African-American man charged with raping a white woman in 1930s Alabama, is seen through the eyes of 6-year-old “Scout” (Mary Badham), whose father, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), has agreed to defend the accused. Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) and his family face constant danger from enraged locals, as do Finch and his children.
    While the adults in town fume and plot, Scout and her brother “Jem” (Phillip Alford) focus almost entirely on their eccentric neighbor, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall), the legendary lunatic who might or might not have stabbed his father in the leg. They run past his gate, too afraid to walk. They dare each other to enter his property and peer in his windows.
    The institutionalized racism so painfully present in “To Kill a Mockingbird” had not been eliminated entirely by the 1960s, when Harper Lee’s book was published and Robert Mulligan’s movie released, and unfortunately, is still relevant today.

  • Normally I find the time after the holidays pretty sad when everyone heads back to school and work. I love being together and staying in pajamas long into the morning, baking something to enjoy and not rushing in a hundred directions.
    The good news is, just before everyone falls back into a routine and becomes mired in the everyday, I get to enlighten a great pool of people that they have been nominated for a Community Asset Award. Today I got to deliver the news for the first person. Such fun.
    I will be notifying the rest this week and soon you’ll read about the multitude of community do-gooders of a variety of ages, stages and backgrounds, doing good things in our community and the world.
    However, before we dive deep into those names, I get to share one last time the name of someone I would nominate for a Community Asset Award, but has been nominated once before, so I know he wouldn’t show for the ceremony.
    Sadly our town is about to lose a very great man that means a lot to a great deal of people. Cancer Care of New Mexico and Northern New Mexico Cancer Care is losing Dr. Eric Bernstein.

  • 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.
    Mandy—A 6-month-old black-and-white female kitten that was originally thought to be feral. But after a few days in the cat room, she learned how great humans are, and this sweet girl cannot get enough attention. She’s still recovering from her recent spay surgery, but she’ll be ready for visitors in no time. This sweet girl would love to lounge on your lap and rub noses with you!
    Sassy, Stripes, and Fluffy—These three tabbies were recently surrendered when their owner moved. Stay tuned for more information about these three!

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will meet from noon to 1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Kurt Steinhaus will speak on his first six months as Los Alamos superintendent of schools. He will also provide information about the January referendum election.

    LRG First Tuesday Breakfast. Lab retirees are invited to join the Laboratory Retiree Group for breakfast on the first Tuesday of each month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Morning Glory Restaurant, 1377 Diamond Drive. Morning Glory serves a full breakfast and pastries. LRG will pay for hot coffee or tea. Contact sgirard@losalamos.com for more information.
    The Los Alamos Arts council’s Brown Bag Performance Series presents pianist Juanita Madland performing various works from Beethoven to Chopin at noon at Fuller Lodge. All are welcome to this free performance.

    Medical Treatment Options for Bladder and Bowel Leakage; presented at 6 p.m. by Salim Amrani, M.D. and Vincent Fiorica, M.D., at Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living, 1010 Sombrillo Court in the Activity Room, lower level. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.  Sponsored by the Los Alamos Retirement Community and LAMC.

  • 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. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, 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.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ