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Today's Features

  • As the aspens of northern New Mexico put their autumnal colors on display, The Santa Fe Symphony presents a program of burnished favorites featuring guest conductor Oriol Sans. The program includes Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranguez, featuring renowned classical guitarist Jason Vieaux, alongside the Overture to William Tell by Gioachino Rossini, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Arturo  Márquez’ Danzón No. 2, a Mexican contemporary classical music composition performed by orchestras. The concert is seasonably named Fall Gold.
    Tickets are on sale now for the show, which begins 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.
    Catalan conductor Oriol Sans has performed with orchestras in America and Europe, and studied with some of the most acclaimed contemporary maestros and musicians.
    His most recent engagements include guest conducting the San Juan Symphony in Durango, Colorado, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco in Guadalajara Mexico, the Santa Fe Symphony, the New Mexico Philharmonic, and the Festival des orchestres de jeunes du Québec.

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

    “Masquerade,” art by Michael Andryc. Daily through Nov. 15 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.
    The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “O, Brother, Where Art Thou?” 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room.

    The Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be 7 p.m. at Peggy Pendergast’s home, 149 Manhattan Loop. Los Alamos Historical Society Director Heather McClenahan will be the guest speaker.

    The Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents the Los Alamos County Council Candidates Forum. 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Also invited are the unopposed candidates for probate judge and public education commission. The county clerk will explain the election procedures.
    6:30 p.m. conversation and refreshments.
     

  • The Arts in Public Places Committee and members of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center recently met with artist Greg Reiche to formally kick off the design process for the sculpture to adorn the outside of the new Los Alamos County Nature Center. The group toured the construction site where the facility is under construction, giving the artist a chance to better understand PEEC, its mission and the role the center will play in the community.
    Reiche is a New Mexico sculptor with public art commissions on his résumé, such as a monumental 30-foot-tall steel and glass sculpture at the El Camino Real International Cultural Center in southern New Mexico, and as a member of Albuquerque’s “Big I” Landscape Design Team. Each of Reiche’s pieces is designed with the location and the client’s needs in mind.
    The next step in the process will be for Reiche to return with a set of conceptual drawings, from which the art board will choose one or more for further refinement, with input from PEEC. Subsequently the design will be finalized and construction of the piece will begin. The goal is to have the sculpture in place at the nature center for the building dedication next spring.

  • Los Alamos has a new nonprofit in town, Champions of Youth Ambitions also known as C’YA.
    The youth development program has worked for two years to get through the paperwork and red tape of officially becoming recognized 501(C)(3).
    The Board of Directors includes Valerie (Adams) Harris, a former Los Alamos Public School teacher now teaching in Andrews, Texas, with new husband Tim, Pauline Powell Schneider, Los Alamos retired and senior organization director, Debra Minyard, Pojoaque Valley High School music instructor and Link Crew leader, Karen Greenfield, Los Alamos Family Council and Megan Pfeffer, a Department of Health employee and former Mercy Award recipient.
    The C’YA executive director is Bernadette Lauritzen, who along with husband Chad, known by many elementary students as the “Sci Guy” have worked hard to volunteer for many programs locally, regionally and occasionally a little further.
    There were so many things we wanted to accomplish,” Bernadette said. “There were always small grants and opportunities available, but without being recognized as a nonprofit, the doors were closed to us.
    The duo put many hours into projects like the Festival of Trees and Chocolate as they envisioned future funds for programs from youth development to hands on science in the schools.

  • Always wondered what the devil looks like? What fraction of a roasted gopher would be required to completely bed down a man’s appetite? Look no further than your local public library, where  “O, Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000, PG-13) will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, in the upstairs meeting-room “theater.”
    Joel and Ethan Coen’s take on Homer’s “Odyssey” reimagines the classic tale as it might have occurred in 1930s Mississippi. Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney), Pete Hogwallop (John Turturro), and Delmar O’Donnell (Tim Blake Nelson) escape from a chain gang to begin a quest for treasure.
    Along their way, they receive counsel from a blind prophet who tells them they will see a cow “on the roof of a cotton house.” They happen upon a picturesque baptism in a scene that might allude to the Lotus Eaters in “Odyssey,” a group that invites travelers to eat lotus leaves that cause them to forget just about everything. They meet a one-eyed Bible bully, a trio of river vixens, a baby-faced bank robber, and a man who sold his soul to the devil because, as he says, “I wasn’t usin’ it.” They sing into a can. They eat rodents. They eat horse. They go through a lot of hair jelly.

  • The Los Alamos Middle School football team descended on the school garden, as part of their practice last week.
    Its volunteer work assisted the “Hawks Landing,” project from a Keep New Mexico Beautiful grant. Aid from the LAMS Parent-Teacher Organization, Los Alamos Landscaping and More and community donations of soil and compost will help the school achieve phase two of their project.
    Donations can still be made to the prevention office by calling 663-3252.
    The football team will play at home Thursday and Oct. 9. 

  • Today
    “Detonography: The Art of Evelyn Rosenberg” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs gallery. Last day.

    “Masquerade” exhibit. Daily through Nov. 15 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Wednesday
    Jemez Thrift Shop Bag Days. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday
    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

    The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “O, Brother, Where Art Thou?” 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room.

    The Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be 7 p.m. at Peggy Pendergast’s home, 149 Manhattan Loop. Los Alamos Historical Society Director Heather McClenahan will be the guest speaker.

  • As Los Alamos High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps heads into its 31st year, Senior Naval Science Instructor LCDR Wes Shumaker welcomed MSgt. Phil Carter to the program.
    Shumaker has been leading the unit since 2002 and Carter came to Los Alamos after spending five years at Rio Rancho High School and a year at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School in Albuquerque as a Marine JROTC instructor.
    Shumaker says the cadets are back in full swing following a busy summer full of activities ranging from precision air rifle shooting camps to participation in the Montrose Adventure Race in Montrose, Colorado.
    Cadets Victor Kim, Rigel Baron, Sam Wolfe, Mikyla Smith, JoAnna O’Neill and Felicity Kubic, along with Commander Shumaker, traveled to Montrose for the race, which was hosted by the Montrose High School NJROTC unit.
    The cadets competed in activities such as orienteering, canoe races, knot tying and extensive physical training.
    Another aquatic camp was the Sail Academy at Cochiti Reservoir, which was attended by Cadets Jared Rodriguez, Deja Sandoval and Zach Carson. Cadets learned about boating safety, knot-tying, how to sail a 14-foot laser sailboat. They also completed their initial sail qualification among other activities.

  • There are so many things I would like to discuss today, but the one that rises to the top is something fun.
    Did you know that Oct. 2 is National School Custodian Day?
    Custodians are such an important part of the school day. I don’t mean just in the area of their job duties, but the relationships they build with students every day.
    On a job duty note, much to a recent letter to the editor about schools and potential illnesses, these find men and women work each day to keep our buildings clean.
    While I have not witnessed middle school-aged students climbing all over each other drooling and dripping snot, I have noticed within a one week period of time two high school-aged students eat something off a public floor.
    It is my belief that a portion of the reason we don’t see major outbreaks of illness once the germ pools come together in August is due to the attention to detail these fine folks bring to their work every day.
    Let’s salute Piñon Elementary and Patsy Sanchez, Isidro and Neil Gallegos. Then we head over to Aspen with Jesus, Leonard and Bruce.
    Hello to Barranca and Santiago, Daniel and Maria. Those Mountain Lions are joined by Randy, Eileen and Bruce. Chamisa is graced by the fine work of Jorge, Carol and Neal.

  •  Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2014
    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
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    10:30 a.m. Feldenkreis class
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Sloppy Joe
    1 p.m. Matter of Balance class
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Computer users group
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken parmesan linguini
    1 p.m. MindBody massage
    6 p.m. Mahjong (downstairs)
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m. LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Fish
    1:30 p.m. Daytime duplicate bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:30 a.m. Walk-in-the-woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10-11 a.m. Ukulele lesson
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Roast pork
    1:30 p.m. Beginning tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    FRIDAY
    9:15 a.m. Line Dancing
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chile cheese chicken soup
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “Daddy Day Care,” 2003