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Today's Features

  •  Pet owners have one more option to license their pets in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe animal shelter recently launched an online licensing page on its website.
    The online site, sfhumanesociety.org/our-programs/licensing-payment, allows city and county residents to purchase their annual license in a convenient and quick method, said Monica Gonzalez, the shelter’s director of admissions and licensing.
    In addition to making companion animals in compliance with city and county ordinances, having a pet licensed helps animals return to their homes if lost, Gonzalez said. “It’s a fact that dogs and cats who wear a city or county license will be returned to their owners 100 percent of the time,” Gonzalez said. “There isn’t any other type of identification that is as effective, not even a microchip.”  
    In addition to ensuring the safety of your pets, as of 2011, every dime spent on licensing supports the shelter’s program. Since taking over licensing for the city and county, the shelter has doubled the number of dogs and cats who are licensed in Santa Fe. Last year, more than 9,120 pets received licenses, according to shelter records.
    “Nothing says love like a cheap metal tag,” Gonzalez said.

  • A recent documentary was released on PBS, showcasing tribal women of New Mexico Pueblos.
    The one-hour presentation, “A Thousand Voices,” focuses on women who carry forth the collective memory, traditions and beliefs of their ancestral families, clans and tribal communities. Each woman tells a story deeply rooted to her culture. . . and the “thousand voices” that precede her.
    The film shatters stereotypes and features interviews with women from the Navajo Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Kiowa Tribe, Pueblo de Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh and Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, Jemez, Santo Domingo, Pojoaque, Santa Clara, Taos, Nambé and San Ildefonso.
    The story is told by women of the various New Mexico tribes — from artists, politicians and professors.
    From the proverb, “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story,” the voices of strong tribal women mingle, lead the viewer through the history of Spanish, Mexican and United States invasions of the American Southwest.
    Back then, women were thought of as the leaders of the tribe.
    “It was the woman’s decision whether to go to war with other tribes. Those were her babies going to fight,” said Rose B. Simpson, from Santa Clara Pueblo.

  • Cuarteto Latinoamericano is scheduled to appear at 4 p.m. March 15 at Duane Smith Auditorium. Bandoneon virtuoso Daniel Binelli was to be a part of the show, but withdrew recently to due a medical condition.
    A revised program will be announced later and is a part of the Los Alamos Concert Association.
    Cuarteto Latinoamericano is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet.  
    They have recorded most of the Latin American quartet repertoire including a Grammy nominated CD of works by Villa-Lobos.  
    In 2012, their recording of quartets by Francisco Mignone won a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Recording.
    Based in Mexico, the Cuarteto includes the three Bitrán brothers, violinists Saúl and Arón and cellist Alvaro, along with violist Javier Montiel.
    The revised program will include quartets by Francisco Mignone (his Quartet No. 2) and Alberto Ginastera  (Quartet No. 2, op. 26).  Works by Manuel Ponce and Astor Piazzolla will complete the program.  
    For complete artist and venue information visit LACA’s website at losalamosconcert.org.

  • 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.
    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.
    Wednesday
    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.
    Thursday

  • 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.