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Today's Features

  • Call for artists to join
    Art in Public Places program

    The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts and the Local Selection Committee at Central New Mexico Community College seek an artist or artist team to create a site-specific commission project on the CNM campus.
    The work will be situated at the center of the main campus, adjacent to major intersecting pedestrian walkways, the existing Student Resources Center and a planned outdoor auditorium. Professional artists demonstrating a level of experience that is commensurate with the project scope and budget are invited to submit qualifications to this opportunity. A total of $120,000 is available for the project inclusive of all costs, taxes and fees. Submissions accepted through Feb. 9.

    Play reflects
    secrets in desert

  • Britain’s flamboyant Baroque ensemble, Red Priest, will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s iconic work, “The Four Seasons.” Presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association, the concert will also feature works by Biber, Corelli, Purcell and Van Eyck in a program called Carnival of the Seasons.
    Red Priest starts the theatrical performance 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Red Priest, renowned for bringing a theatrical sensibility to Baroque repertoire, takes its name from Vivaldi, known in his time as The Red Priest because he was, in fact, a priest with bright red hair. In an interview on National Public Radio, founder Piers Adams commented, “We tend to forget that people in the olden days were having fun. They were like us, and they weren’t all serious. They were experimenting and doing their own thing.”
    The ensemble includes recorder player Adams, violinist David Greenberg, cellist Angela East and harpsichordist David Wright. Performing from memory, they take an innovative approach to period performance, creating a virtual orchestra through their imaginative arrangements and stagecraft.

  • They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during a Korean War massacre.
    Brady took up a personal campaign for increased gun control after surviving a head wound when a man tried unsuccessfully to kill President Ronald Reagan, for whom Brady was press secretary. Chung began a years-long quest for justice, which eventually prompted the U.S. Army to acknowledge having killed civilian refugees at No Gun Ri.
    Brady and Chung, who died within days of each other in August, are among the notables who left the world in 2014.
    Among the political figures who died in 2014 was Ariel Sharon a hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister whose efforts to reshape the Middle East caused some to call him a war hero and others a war criminal. Another was Marion Barry, the former Washington, D.C., mayor whose accomplishments were often overshadowed by his arrest for drug use.
    The suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams touched off a national conversation about depression. The overdose deaths of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, model Peaches Geldof and heavy metal frontman Dave Brockie were grim reminders of the scourge of drug use.

  • National YMCA survey finds more than half of American adults say outside support can help keep their 2015 resolutions
    Each year, millions of Americans resolve to get in better shape and become healthier versions of themselves. According to a recent national YMCA survey of more than 1,000 adults, less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolution in 2014. An overwhelming 71 percent said they tried but fell short, and 40 percent confessed that they made it through only a couple of weeks or months.  
    However, there’s hope for the coming year. One-third of survey respondents who plan to make a resolution in 2015 believe they’ll stick to it and reach their goals, with more than half believing that encouragement from others will keep them committed.
    “Finding a supportive community like the Y can be beneficial in keeping resolutions on track, because our organization is so much more than a nonprofit gym,” said Linda Daly, CEO of The Family YMCA. “It’s a community of supportive neighbors that offers more health, more hope and more opportunity for the New Year and years to come.”

  • Los Alamos got some nationwide attention in 2014 with the “Manhattan” TV series, which focused on the early days of the Manhattan Project.
    First aired on WGN America in July, the show is about “brilliant but flawed scientists” who lived in Los Alamos during World War II and were racing to build the world’s first atomic bomb.
    The characters are fictional, and the drama focuses on family life, such as, what was it like for wives “not knowing about their husbands’ work,” according to the network’s synopsis.
    Although filmed in Santa Fe, the Los Alamos Historical Society and Time Out Pizzeria hosted a viewing party and discussion group for each of the 13 episodes.
    Large numbers of residents showed up for each viewing party and discussed the historical accuracies and inaccuracies of the show. Notable historical facts were also highlighted during the community talks.
    Weekly post-viewing discussions can be viewed on the Los Alamos Historical Society’s website at losalamoshistory.org.
    “Manhattan” has been renewed for a second season and more viewing parties will be scheduled.

  • Today
    “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family.” Exhibit runs daily through Jan. 2 at the upstairs art gallery at Mesa Public Library.

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    Wednesday
    “Noon Year’s Eve Party” at Mesa Public Library, featuring games, crafts, costumes, prizes and some surprises.
    Saturday
    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 10 a.m. on Saturdays for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.
    Sunday
    Cowboy Breakfast. 7 a.m.-11 a.m. at Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, near the stables. $7 adults, $4 children 10 years and under. Proceeds benefit the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge.

  • Los Alamos Elks Christmas Family committee members Lisa Harris (past exalted ruler), Craig Taylor (exalted ruler), Sue Cummings (past exalted ruler) and Natalie Dimitruck (committee chair, lodge trustee) stand with gifts the Elk’s Lodge members donated this year for more than 90 northern New Mexico children.

  • Ahh, the new year.Aand even better, New Year’s resolutions. I know the big decision is whether to do it or not, can you do it or not, will it be beneficial or not?
    I have an answer to the problem and to all of the questions, the answer is yes!
    You already know it, this year make the choice, and I mean really make the choice to intentionally build Assets.
    It doesn’t matter if it is for your own child, a neighbor, a grandchild, a niece or nephew, or for someone you don’t really know.
    I get asked all the time, what can be done to help our youth? And the answer is to intentionally build Assets, every day.
    I can post things on Facebook, I can write columns for the newspaper, but the best thing I can do as an individual is to build them in my own children, in your children and for children I don’t even know, or just haven’t met yet.
    Good attendance at school? Check. A reduction in risk-taking behaviors? Check. A chance to build the resiliency factors that make kids strong? Check.
    So why is it so hard to convince educated people that this is really the answer? Why don’t individuals or organizations adopt the entire philosophy and put it into everyday practice?

  • Dec. 28, 2014-Jan. 3, 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
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio        
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Fish Taco,                 Mango Salsa
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Teriyaki chicken
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Posole w/ pork
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate             bridge

    THURSDAY
    BESC closed New Year’s Day

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Ellie — A 3-year-old, spayed, female, white with lovely calico markings. She is pretty, friendly, and good with adults, gentle children and most other cats. No dogs, please!
    Evee — A domestic short hair, black and white, spayed female who likes adults and older, gentle children. She requests a home with no dogs and no small children.
    Koko — A declawed, indoor only, spayed, female, domestic short hair, white cat with lovely tabby markings and a demure pink nose. She’s about 10 years old, and was with the same owner for the entire time.