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Today's Features

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    Review > Next performance is Friday at the Santa Fe Opera

    Gaetano Donizetti’s Opera Buffa, “Don Pasquale,” was presented to an appreciative audience on opening night Saturday. Despite having a lead with only two days to prepare for her role, and a few first-night hiccups, this cast gives a performance that demonstrates the reasons this opera has enjoyed popularity since its premiere in 1843. The story of separated lovers and an old uncle with all of the money and control doesn’t feel formulaic; instead, it is entertaining and it quickly becomes obvious why this opera is considered such a high point for this form.

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    The next generation of Native American artists and craftspeople will converge in Santa Fe at the summer Young Native Arts & Crafts Show. The show is ideal for people who want to start collecting art, jewelry, pottery and more from new, young artists. 

    Children and grandchildren of artists associated with the Portal Program will demonstrate their own work from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 12-13 in the Palace Courtyard.

    The public is encouraged to see the artwork, purchase refreshments and strike up a relationship with an artist still learning his or her craft. The event is free. Entrance is through the Blue Gate south of the New Mexico History Museum’s main entrance.

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    Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 runs through Oct. 12. 

     

    “Imprints of  Home, Works on Paper”,  is a group show featuring art prints, and poems by 12 artists. First Friday artist receptions, 3-6 p.m. July 5 and July 19 at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque. Show closes July 25. 

     

    A special guest exhibition, “Golden Paths,” acrylic and gold leaf paintings by Edwina Milner, will be on exhibit until July 7 at the New Concept Gallery. The reception is from 5-7 p.m. June 20 and is open to the public. 

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

     

    Eureka! 4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through July 26. 

     

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.

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    Chick Keller will delve into the important topic of climate change and what to expect in the future. Keller will give an overview of recent research on climate change and then open up a discussion about how to deal with some of the issues. 

    The program starts at 7 p.m. July 10 at PEEC and no advance registration is required.

    With the recent latest release of the science of climate change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Obama administration’s accompanying assessment for the United States, this is a good time to look at what is now known about how much warming and drying the world is likely to experience in the next 50 years. 

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    Ten outstanding students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. Each student demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school careers. Winners chose an educator of distinction, an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools. 

    Last week, the Los Alamos Monitor printed five of the 10 students honored. Here are the other five. 

    Hannah Dye chose Natasha Barkhudarova her Ballroom Dance teacher LAHS. 

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    Summer Family Evenings: Simulate the Rock Cycle. 6:30-8 p.m. Learn how to simulate the rock cycle with aluminum foil and crayons. Led by Valles Caldera Lead Educator Brittney Van Der Werff. No advance registration required. $5 for non- member families/free for PEEC members. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

     

    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. Meetings moderated by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson, or by a group member. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

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    The New Mexico State Society and Pajarito Society of the Children of the American Revolution installed officers at a joint meeting with the Valle Grande Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in May at Aspen Ridge Lodge. 

    State President Laura Beth Ezzell and State Chaplain Emily Bruno were installed, along with John Peter Alt as society treasurer, and Linda Carol Wulsin as senior society treasurer. Emily Bruno was also installed as society chaplain. 

    Installing officer was Roberta Day Idzorek, Senior State President, New Mexico Society, Children of the American Revolution.

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    Recently, I had the pleasure of going with a young person to register to vote.

    How exciting to salute this rite of passage with a small celebration. How exciting that youth are excited about the process.

    The League of Women Voters makes it easy for high school students to get registered, and for that we thank them.

    This particular student wanted to do it at the County Clerk’s Office, in particular to have an assist from County Clerk Sharon Stover, as she has known the student since kindergarten and when she was a team leader in the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program.

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    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 a new best friend today! 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 12 P.M.- 6 P.M. and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care. 

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.