Today's Features

  • By Melissa Riedel-Espinoza

    Special to the Monitor

  • Members of the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists (NMPCA), with the support of Fuller Lodge Art Center, will stage an exhibition of work titled “Conversations in Clay.”  
    The exhibit runs from Aug. 14-Sept. 19 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center, with an opening reception on opening day from 5-7 p.m.
    The theme encouraged members to participate in different ways, including working with another artist, to create visual conversations.  Individual entries by a single artist are also included, along with a one-sentence “conversation starter” description.  
    Members have been talking about this show for months. Those who collaborated with another found that the effort of working together resulted in a whole greater than the simple sum of its parts. The synergy created by this approach will continue to rebound in the clay community and in the work of individual artists throughout New Mexico.  

  • The documentary film, “SlingShot,” is scheduled to premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Santa Fe. The film will be shown a the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA).
    “SlingShot” features Dean Kamen, quirky iconclast and inventor, who has been called the “Thomas Edison of our time.” This film follows Kamen, who created several innovative products and medical devices that help people in need and ease suffering, in his newest endeavor to solve the world’s clean water crisis with a purification device called SlingShot. (slingshotdoc.com)
    The film, directed by Paul Lazarus, is winner of multiple awards, including New Hampshire Film Festival: Best Feature Documentary, Boston Film Festival: EcoFilm Award and Best Director, and Florida Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize and Audience Favorite Award.
    Kamen is also founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science Technology), a nonprofit that hosts youth programs and problem-solving competitions to inspire students to create opportunities and solutions to complex problems through science, engineering and technology.
    The film will be run through Aug. 13 at the CCA.
    General admission is $10 (seniors: $8.50, and $8, for student members, and $7 for children. Information and online ticket purchase, ccasantafe.org.

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre announces the line-up of short plays scheduled for performance in November.
    “We are very pleased that this season’s 8x10 production features exclusively playwrights connected to the region,” said co-producer Kelli Guider. “This production is a great opportunity for first-time directors and actors, or anyone who wants to explore his or her creative side.”
    Auditions for the 8x10s will be from 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Performing Arts Center, also known as the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Persons who would like to audition but are not able to make those times are encouraged to contact co-producer John Gustafson at johngus@cybermesa.com to make alternate arrangements.
    Copies of the scripts are available at the Mesa Public Library and the White Rock branch for perusal and overnight checkout.
    LALT’s 2015-16 season opens in September with the classic play “Harvey” by Mary Chase, directed by Gwen Lewis.
    LALT is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that has been providing theatre to the Los Alamos community for more than 70 years.

  • The changing exhibit room at the Los Alamos Historical Museum will be housing the “Kids Make History” exhibit until Sept. 4. The museum welcomes the public to enjoy local kids’ artwork that is on display. The exhibit also includes a number of fun art projects for children, adults and families to participate in.
    The art featured in the “Kids Make History” exhibit includes work by students in kindergarten and in the second, third and fourth grades at Aspen, Barranca Mesa, Mountain and Piñon Elementary schools, as well as work from homeschooled children. Students took inspiration for their art from lessons they were taught about homesteading, archaeology and Ancestral Puebloans and their traditions.
    The “Kids Make History” exhibit also includes participatory projects for the Los Alamos Historical Museum’s visitors to take part in. There are tables that can seat adults and children that have projects and coloring pages for everyone to use. There are also blank spaces on the wall for the art done by visitors to be added to the exhibit.
    For more information, visit the Los Alamos Historical museum’s website at losalamoshistory.org/museum.

  • There’s an awful lot of talk this week about the whole back to school thing, but I know a handful of youth that grasping at every minute of summer.
    The annual Fair and Rodeo, is for some of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s Youth Business Grant recipients biggest selling opportunity yet.
    Morgan Smith will be on hand with origami creations called, Grandma’s Butterflies, “The Butterflies of Love.”
    Smith handcrafts the origami beauties, which will be on display and available by special order for just $1 each, bringing happiness to the receiver.
    She makes the butterflies today, in honor of her grandma, who passed away in February. Since the butterflies made her grandma happy, she hopes they will bring the same joy to others.
    If you don’t make it to the concert on Friday, one delicious vendor in town has them available anytime. The Rose Chocolatier is a proud supporter of two YBG recipients displaying Smith’s butterflies and 2014 recipient Ruby Selvage’s chocolate rocks for sale.
    If you feel the need for a really stellar fudgsicle, consider heading to one local business that is supporting our youth and youth serving programs.

  • Recurring meetings
    Note: If any of the following listings need to be changed or removed, contact Gina Velasquez immediately at lacommunity@lamonitor.com, or 662-4185, ext. 21.

    The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at noon every Tuesday at the golf course, 4250 Diamond Dr. Guest speakers every week. See full Be There calendar for details.

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets Tuesdays from Noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall.  

  • 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:


    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    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.
    Annie — A 9-year-old, spayed, female who just loves being petted! She has a very pretty black/gray, orange and white coat with short hair. Due to medical care needed by her owner, Annie is now at the shelter looking for her forever home. She can sometimes be a bit shy with shelter visitors, but she quickly warms up to you when you offer her some belly rubs!

  • The Summit Garden Club will have its monthly meeting on Monday. The program will include a tour of gardens by three club members. The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Bev Cooper, 521 Ridgecrest Dr. in White Rock.  
    After touring the Cooper garden, the group will move on to the gardens of two additional members.  
    Non-members are invited to join the club for the tour and if desiring more information on the Summit Garden Club, all are invited to stay for the business meeting and refreshments.  
    For more information, call Doris Thielemann at 672-9291.  
    The Summit Garden Club is a member of the New Mexico and National Garden Clubs.
    The mission of NGC is to provided education, resources, and national networking opportunities for its members, to promote the love of gardening, floral design and civic and environmental responsibility.
    In addition to education on gardening, the Summit Club is currently maintaining two gardens at Bandelier National Monument and the White Rock Community Garden.

  • Los Alamos County Library System wrapped up the 2015 Summer Library Club during the grand opening of the new White Rock Branch Library Friday.
    Youth Services has put together an entire week of special programming for White Rock. “We didn’t get to have as many programs for White Rock as we usually do in the summer, so we wanted to make up for it and celebrate the new space in a fun way for everyone,” Angie Manfredi, head of Youth Services said.
    Youth Services has planned a week full of programs for all ages of kids at the new library.
    Community members from White Rock and Los Alamos are invited to participate.  
    1-2 p.m. — Lego Club, Jr. (ages 0-6)
    2-3 p.m. — Lego Club (ages 7+)
    9:30-10 a.m. — Music & Movement (ages 0-6)
    10:10-10:30 a.m. — Baby Time (ages 0-2)
    2-3 p.m. — Monster Party (ages 6 and over, 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
    9:30-10 a.m. — Music & Movement (ages 0-6)
    1-1:45 p.m. — Meet the Music (ages 7-12)
    9:30-10 a.m. — Music & Movement (ages 0-6)
    10:30-11 a.m. — Toddler Time (ages 2-4)
    1-1:45 p.m. — Ready, Set, Read! (ages 4-7)