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Today's Features

  • New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT) presents its 11th annual spring recital, “The Elements,” this weekend at the Duane W. Smith auditorium.
    “The Elements” features 25 dances performed by 170 students enrolled in the NMDT School. NMDT special guests, The Los Alamos Hilltappers and Los Alamos Belly Dancers, will also perform.
    NMDT will recognize the 15th anniversary of the Cerro Grande Fire at the recital with a special piece by local composer Eric Bjorklund and choreographed by NMDT director Susan Baker-Dillingham.
    “Eric approached me last spring with the idea of a collaboration revolving around the Cerro Grande Fire and his composition called ‘Wind and Flame,’” Baker-Dillingham said. “I was intrigued with his idea and with the idea of collaborating, but mostly the thought of creating a dance about such an incredibly emotional event was very compelling.”  

  • Theatre > Show runs through May 16;  not recommended for children

  • Today
    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.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Los Alamos Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday. 6 p.m. at 84 Barcelona Ave. in White Rock. For further information contact Mary Swickard at 672-3300 or Dennis Wulff at 672-9563.

    Dr. Bob Fuselier, of the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, will provide a free lecture about dog bite awareness. 6:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club building at 246 East Road. Dr. Fuselier’s dog-bite awareness lecture promotes proper greeting of dogs and their owners, offering adults and children easy-to-remember steps to avoid becoming a dog-bite victim. Talk is for people only, no dogs are allowed. Freebies given to all that attend.
    Friday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

  • The YMCA announces dance classes for those who love to dance or wish to learn. The center hosts a dance class on Friday at the YMCA gym for a night of social dancing. Free swing lessons are at 7 p.m. and social dancing begins at 7:30 p.m.
    Also, come check out the ballroom classes Mondays held at the YMCA.
    This month is Waltz at 8 p.m. and Salsa at 9 p.m. Cost is $5 for Y members, $10 for non-members per month. Cost is $1.25/$2.50 a class.
     

  • Everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his lunch. So what happens if an unintended male eats an especially potent midday curry? “The Lunchbox” (2013, Rated PG) explores the possible consequences of just such a life-changing mix-up.
    The film, screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library as part of its Free Film Series, begins with a most unlikely occurrence: Despite Mumbai’s nearly flawless lunchbox-delivery service, wherein restaurants and wives can pack hot meals to be dropped off at workers’ desks at lunchtime, a mistake is made. Somehow, the wonderful food Ila (Nimrat Kaur) prepares for her loathsome husband starts landing in the stomach of a stranger.
    Meanwhile, the stranger, Saajan (Irrfan Khan) is set to retire at the end of the month after a 35-year career in accounting. He is not eager to train his replacement (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui). He is not, it seems, happy about anything — except for the magical, delicious entrees that accidentally end up beside his ledger.
    Ila and Saajan are connected by a bureaucratic error, but as Ila says, sometimes “the wrong train can lead you to the right station.”

  • The Youth Business Grants from the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation were released recently.
    Youth ages 13-19 are invited to assemble a mini business plan and apply for up to $400 in start-up funds, to launch a summer business.
    “The program allows youth in Los Alamos and the surrounding communities to put together a business plan and have some help along the way,” said Program Coordinator, Bernadette Lauritzen. “We help youth through the process, try to find them a mentor and assist with publicity.”
    Last year 10 businesses supporting 11 local youth were funded for the summer. As a result, several maintained their sales efforts throughout the year, making funds and building relationships along the way.
    The businesses included landscaping, pet care, chocolate candies, jewelry, fresh roasted coffee beans, handcrafted knitted garments and more.
    The summer ended with presentations by the young entrepreneurs and a chance to win additional funds to further their offerings.
    The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) queried contestants to see who had the passion to make their businesses grow.

  • Using henna for body art has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. The intricate designs can symbolize passages of life and are also applied simply for their beauty. Getting a henna tattoo is preferred by many people over a traditional tattoo because it is not painful and it is not permanent.
    Heather Beemer will be discussing the art of henna tattoos from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday for Art on Tap at UnQuarked Wine Room.  
    Beemer will share some cultural and historical information about henna, talk about how she mixes the henna she uses and answer questions. She may even apply some henna tattoos once participants get the discussion rolling.
    Beemer has been intrigued with henna for many years. By career she is a speech-language pathologist but she still finds time to placate her artistic side by doing henna tattoos on people at events and painting henna designs on objects like candles and skulls. She named her henna business “Hippie Chique.” Visit the website at hippiechiquehenna.com.

  • Today
    County Branding and Logo Development meeting. 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Atlas Advertising will have a public meeting about Los Alamos County plans for proceeding with Los Alamos County logo development.

    Waterfalls of New Mexico. 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Doug Scott returns with his popular Waterfalls of New Mexico talk. He will also sign copies of his books. Free.

    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. 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.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    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.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

  • As Mother’s Day approaches, I thought I would share the perspective of the mother as Sunday approaches.
    I once heard that being a mother is taking your heart and letting it walk around outside of your body.
    Recently a friend, the mother of a 20-year-old said it never gets easier, the worry just changes.
    So you may be about to embark on the journey of motherhood and to that I say, the fun is just about to begin.
    When our first child turned one, the mother of a 2-year-old said, “The second year is even more fun.” I thought that was the coolest thing to say and even thought the first year was great, I looked ahead to the second year with great joy.
    One day that baby started kindergarten and I thought that was that hardest day ever. I knew he was in the capable hands of Becky Sims and that pill became easier to swallow.
    The night before his first field trip, I gently wept after my adventurer fell asleep that night. I knew he’d be alright, but there went my heart walking outside of my body.
    As they head into sports, baseballs to the face, tackling, take downs and pins.
    Then becomes driving — first with a parent and then as the parent you sit at the Department of Motor Vehicles waiting for your child to return with the DMV employee, bless their hearts.

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