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Today's Features

  • The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project announces the Petroglyph Spring Tours.
    Tours will be April 18 and 26, May 16 and 24 at the Wells Petroglyph Preserve, on Mesa Prieta north of Española, where a large concentration of petroglyphs is found.
    Created in northern New Mexico before the dawn of civilization and continuing through to the arrival of the Conquistadors — and beyond, join one of the docent-led tours along six amazing trails of rock images. Experience the wonder of the petroglyphs against the backdrop of greening cottonwoods and landscapes.
     The tours begin at 9:30 a.m. and are approximately two hours long. Public tours are limited to 30 participants and are divided into groups of five per docent. A $25 donation is requested per participant. Docents familiar with the preserve and the history of the area lead all tours. For reservations, call     Janet MacKenzie, 505-852-1351 and mesaprietatours@windstream.net.
    The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project which began in 1999, to record as many of the estimated 75,000 petroglyphs and other archaeological features found on the Mesa Prieta as possible. The primary focus is on educating young people. There are public and private tours for groups and individuals to raise awareness of the petroglyphs.

  • Two Santa Fe art festivals are currently battling it out in the top five of a national USA Today 10 Best Reader’s Choice Award contest for “Best Art Festival.” The contest runs until 9:59 local time April 13 and everyone can vote once per day from any location on all their devices.
     The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market and ART Santa Fe — two of the three festivals along with SITE Santa Fe that make up the “Art Trifecta” that occurs July 10-19 — are asking all art lovers from New Mexico and elsewhere to vote online everyday at 10best.com/awards/travel/best-art-festival/.
    ART Santa Fe is an established international art fair of 15 years that brings some of the best contemporary and modern art from Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America to Santa Fe.
    The International Folk Art Market — Santa Fe is the largest event of its kind in the world. More than 150 master folk artists from 57 countries gather on Museum Hill in Santa Fe to sell their art, which includes jewelry, textiles, baskets, ceramics and more.

  • The Santa Fe Community Orchestra presents works by Beethoven, Cherubini, Villa-Lobos and Gachupin at its Spring Concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
    The concert will be at St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art in downtown Santa Fe. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.
    The concert features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, the overture to Lodoiska by Cherubini, and the Villa-Lobos Concerto for Guitar, with soloist Jesús Gachupin. Students from the Ortiz Middle School Guitar Ensemble will join the SFCO in a Side-by-Side performance of Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and  Gauchipin’s original composition, “In the Wolf’s Den.” Music Director Oliver Prezant conducts. For more information, call 466-4879 or visit sfco.org.
    The Santa Fe Community Orchestra is made up of volunteer musicians from Santa Fe and surrounding areas. The SFCO’s acclaimed Side-by-Side Program provides selected SFPS music classrooms with Classroom Visits by SFCO musicians and Prezant, as they work together on music that ties-in with an upcoming SFCO performance. Students then perform, Side-by-Side with the SFCO in one of Santa Fe’s premier venues on a regularly scheduled concert.

  • The Santa Fe Opera’s high visibility from the road leading to Santa Fe and Albuquerque makes it a familiar landmark for northern New Mexicans. SFO’s summer operas are a customary addition to the arts offerings in the area, and Los Alamos residents are fortunate enough to be less than an hour’s drive away from an evening of high-quality musical entertainment. However, the SFO has more offerings, including a series of free concerts, performed at venues throughout New Mexico, and even Colorado and Texas.
    For many years, members of the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Singer Program have traveled to various locations to entertain community members and put on programs for school children. These programs are designed to be accessible and relatable. This year’s schedule takes the performers from Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Lubbock, Texas, and includes stops in many New Mexico cities.

  • A compelling cross-cultural experience comes to Los Alamos on April 19.  The Ethos Percussion Group will perform Rhythms of the Silk Road, an exploration of the musical influences that spread along that ancient trade route from East Asia into the Near East and North Africa, around the Mediterranean into Europe.
    Highly regarded for their Western chamber music expertise, Ethos percussionists Trey Files, Michael Lipsey, Eric Phinney and Yousif Sheronick are also virtuosos on a wide array of exotic instruments. 
    Audiences will be introduced to the sonic possibilities of the Iranian daf, the Egyptian riq and dumbek, the tabla, udu and kanjira of India, Tibetian singing bowls and a host of gongs and drums from Java and China.
    For 25 years, Ethos has performed at major concert venues across the United States and abroad including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and London’s Wigmore Hall. 
    The ensemble has expanded the percussion repertoire by commissioning more than 25 new works from composers steeped in both western and non-western musical traditions.  
    Presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association, Ethos will perform 4 p.m. April 19 in the Duane Smith Auditorium on the campus of Los Alamos High School.

  • Today
    Aaron’s Kids Closet. A free store that provides clothing, shoes, coats, etc. for school-aged children. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. For more information, call 662-6277 or visit firstinyourheart.org. To donate gently used clothing and shoes, call the church office or Michelle at 660-0340.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting will be 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The speaker will be Irma Holtkamp and her talk is “Understanding Ancestry’s DNA Circles.” The public is invited. The traditional pre-meeting no-host dinner will begin at the China Moon restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

    Poetry Gathering. 6:30-8 p.m. in the Southwest Room at Mesa Public Library.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Friday
    Book and Gift Fair.  9 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Doctor’s Lobby Area. Proceeds benefit Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary.

    Senior Appreciation Night Meeting. 10-11 a.m. at Aquatic Center training room.

    Nano Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. Through April 12.
     

  • The monthly Lunch with a Leader will be 11:45 a.m. April 21 at the Mesa Public Library and will feature Dale Lyons, director of the Freshwater Programs for the Nature Conservancy of New Mexico. This event is open to the entire community and is sponsored by the Los Alamos League of Women Voters. Following the presentation at 1 p.m., the league members will continue with their annual meeting.
    Lyons was born in Santa Fe.  In 1994, Lyons received a bachelor’s of science degree in soils and environmental science and in 1998, he earned a master’s of science degree in disturbed land rehabilitation. Both degrees were from Montana State University.  

  • Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) is hosting an “Artful Evening” fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. April 18 at Fuller Lodge.
    The event will feature desserts by the Blue Window Bistro, music by Santa Fe Pianist Ron Grinage and a silent auction. The fundraiser will also feature a raffle for a Tiffany-style lamp. The lamp is currently on display in a window at Fuller Lodge.
    Debbie Huling, arts council board member and co-organizer for the event, said silent auction items include oil paintings, a quilt, wine goblets, jewelry, dinner for two at the Blue Window Bistro and a plane ride.
    Looking at the items donated to the auction, Huling said, “I think the quality of art is really good,” she added.
    While the doors open at 6 p.m., Grinage will begin his performance at 7 p.m. He will feature music by Russian composers such as Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, Prokoffiev, Schostakovich and Rochmaninov. Between pieces, Grinage said he will discuss each musical work and its composer.
    Huling said the audience will be in for a real treat. “He is featuring Russian composers so I think that is something very unique to this community,” she said. “It’s not something you get everywhere.”

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Last indoor market of the season.

    Nano Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. Through April 12.

    Book and Gift Fair. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Doctor’s Lobby Area. Proceeds benefit Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary.

    Bells Across the Land. 1 p.m. at Fuller Lodge lawn. The day marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the end end of the United States Civil War with a meeting between Generals Ulysses Grant and Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. As part of the National Park Services’ Bells Across the Land, bells will ring throughout the country.

    Aaron’s Kids Closet. A free store that provides clothing, shoes, coats, etc. for school-aged children. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. For more information, call 662-6277 or visit firstinyourheart.org.

  • Hae Chung, Los Alamos resident and a student at the Pratt Institute in New York City, was among more than 1,100 students who made the Dean’s List in the Fall 2014 semester.

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    Shannon Blair, a 2011 graduate of Los Alamos High School, will present original research as part of The Whitman College Undergraduate Conference.
    The 17th Annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference brings together students from every academic area of the college to share their research and creative projects with the campus community. The projects are a result of the students’ work in their courses, senior theses, summer internships and study abroad.
    Blair is a senior at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

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    James Coburn, son of James Coburn Sr. and Martha Perkins, of Los Alamos, habe been named to the Academic Honor Roll for Bloc 5, and high honors for Bloc 4 for the current school year at Colorado Timberline Academy in Durango, Colorado.