Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present a concert under the direction of Albuquerque native and guest conductor, David Chavez.  
    The program will be all about Beethoven and include three works — the Egmont Overture, the Symphony No. 5 and the Concerto for Violin with soloist, David Felberg.
    The concert will be 7 p.m. March 13 at Crossroads Bible Church.
    Chavez’s choice of the program reflects the connection he personally feels with Beethoven, which he thinks others share. He notes moments in the music, especially the overture and the symphony, that mirror Beethoven’s own “struggles in life and his insistence to overcome fate.” As he prepares the orchestra, he makes note of the softer moments in the music. This helps the orchestra become aware of the energy in silence and its intensity.  
    In selecting the violin concerto, Chavez turned to Felberg, a well-known Albuquerque violinist. The two have collaborated in their conductor/soloist roles in several other performances.
    Chavez has degrees in viola performance, conducting and music education.  He has taught in Santa Fe and Albuquerque public schools (secondary) and has conducted the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra.

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

    Sierra Club Public Meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, building 200, room 202. Angelica Gurule, of the Los Alamos County Green Team leader and county staff liaison to the Environmental Sustainability Board, will show how Los Alamos has progressed in its goal of becoming a sustainable community in concerns ranging from landfill gas issues to asphalt recycling, lightbulb-crushing and disposing of household hazardous waste. Public is welcome to attend.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library. Reception 5-6 p.m. Thursday.

  • Mountain Elementary School Counselor Jennifer Schmierer and her team of Mountain Lions rocked the school and the community as they participated in Random Acts of Kindness Week, along with Los Alamos Middle and High School in February.
    “One person being kind can brighten the day of many people,” Schmierer said. “A Random Act of Kindness/Pay it Forward project is a nice forum to have discussions about why we should be kind and why kindness matters.”   
    Schmierer worked hard not only to reach the entire school, but to put those acts in play throughout the community too.
    Their efforts kicked off just after the golden melodious tones of the Mountain Elementary Orchestra concert with the distribution of “kindness rocks,” bracelets. The rubber reminders provide a fun trinket and a daily reminder that youth, no matter what their age can take matters into their own hands and make life a little better each day.
    The bracelets were followed by random acts of kindness cards that could be presented when students did something for another person inside or outside of school. The card provided a link for everyone to track the kindness as its movement began to spread.

  • As the weather warms, the jewels of spring can be seen poking through the ground at Los Alamos Middle School.
    This fall, the school received several grants from Keep New Mexico Beautiful for a variety of beautification projects at LAMS.
    The projects included reviving a garden previously created by Suzanne Melton, created for former LAMS Nurse Bonnie Lissoway.
    When the old school came down, staff members uprooted plants to be grown at their homes throughout the course of the new school build. Those will be added when warm weather returns.
    The additional grant funds included a campus clean up, recycling event, wildflower and bulb plantings by students and staff.
    Craig Wehner, owner of Los Alamos Landscaping and More, assisted with plant advice and placement as students began the process of recreating a vision. Wehner attended LAMS from 1991-1992, and at one point received the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s Youth Business Grant when he created, “Craig’s Rake and Pick.” Wehner’s employees, Ismael Flores and Manuel Morales also assisted as the initial project got underway.
    Los Alamos Public School’s employee, Carol Moore and members of the community donated soil by the pot, the bag and the truckload to make the project take off.

  • Los Alamos Arts Council Brown Bag Performance Series presents Belisama- Irish Dancers
    Noon Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.
    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.

    Sierra Club Public Meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, building 200, room 202. Guest speaker will be Angelica Gurule, of the Los Alamos County Green Team leader and county staff liaison to the Environmental Sustainability Board. Public is welcome to attend.

  • For teens that are experiencing the effects of stress and pressure, or having trouble concentrating, it can seem impossible with the constant distractions all around. There is a different way to deal. Without leaving the obligations of everyday life behind, teens can learn to manage stress and increase ability to focus. All with the next mindfulness class available this week.  
    The class allows time for learning the foundations of mindfulness training, weekly practice and thoughtful discussion. No experience necessary.
    Space is still available for the eight-week class. Register online or download the Teen Mindfulness Class Registration Form (losalamosjjab.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/teenMindfulnessClass_registration.pdf.)
    Classes begin from 7-8 p.m. today through April 28. There will be no class April 7. Classes will be held at UNM-LA, lecture hall, room 230, building 2 unless otherwise announced.
    This class is for high school teens. The class for adults is full.
    Mindfulness is paying attention with kindness and curiosity to breath, body, thoughts, feelings and what is happening in the world.

  • A day-long workshop in collaboration with the Betty Ehart Senior Center is a program and a perspective that helps older people develop a balanced plan for their elder years. The workshop, “Awakening the Sage Within” is presented by Drs. Gary and Charlotte Carlson, Ph.D., Jungian Analysts.
    The workshop is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row. Cost is $60, $70 with CEUs.
    The goal is an elder lifestyle that is personally fulfilling and also beneficial to others.
    The highly interactive workshop will introduce “sage-ing” concepts including life review, forgiveness work and issues surrounding mortality. It will help participants explore feelings about aging and the role of spiritual development in later years. Finally, it will begin the development of a personalized plan for elder years, including serving others and leaving a legacy.
    Today, most people approaching their elder years can expect to live another 20 or 30 years. But how do we want to live those years? “Sage-ing” (also known as Spiritual Eldering or Conscious Aging) is a model for living one’s elder years more consciously, more joyfully, and more compassionately.

  • The column this week is all about kudos. There are so many kudos that need to be handed out and sometimes we get so mired in muck that we forget to be grateful.
    Let us start with the Olympic-sized event that kind of took place at Los Alamos Middle School this weekend. Well, almost the whole weekend.
    The State Speech and Debate tournament kicked off on Thursday as students graciously left early, teachers readied their rooms and volunteers poured in by the droves.
    Margo Batha, Sherri Bublitz, Christine Engelbrecht along with the homeschool community pulled together their finest competitors and volunteers to amass the needed determination and willpower to pull off the coordinating, hosting and judging of about 900 hours of speech and debate.
    How lucky for New Mexico that we had more snow than most of us have seen in quite a number of years. How sad for such a terrific team, their talented teens and a large number of folks willing to step up and lend an ear.
    While it may not have been a perfect weekend you all did, “Own the Room.”
    Let’s stay on the topic of snow.
    There were plenty of good neighbor stories to be found throughout the community. I know that I was witness to two such acts of kindness.

  • March 1-7, 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
    8:30 a.m.     Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Sweet ‘n’ sour             pork
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Lemon cod
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.    Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    8:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)