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  • Community Briefs 6-25-15

    ‘American Idol’ auditions in Santa Fe

    Auditions for the 15th and final season of “American Idol” are now open and the program’s bus tour will make a stop at The Santa Fe Railyard on Friday starting at 9 a.m.
    The American Idol website americanidol.com has a Live Audition FAQ, Bus Tour FAQ, and other information, forms and requirements people need to know for participation.
    A contestant must be able to prove as of June 1, 2015 that she or he is a U.S. citizen or permanent legal U.S. resident eligible to work full time in the United States and between 15 to 28 years old.

    Volunteers needed for Folk Art Market

  • Stargazers unite at nature center with PEEC

    Come to a star party at the Los Alamos Nature Center. First, visitors will start the evening off in the planetarium to get oriented. Next, everyone will head outside to observe the night sky through telescopes.
    The program will begin at 8 p.m. June 30 at the Nature Center.
    The summer sky shows off the Milky Way, which is the galaxy seen edge-on from its center way out into its spiral arms. During the program, Chick Keller will talk about what is known of the galaxy’s spiral shape and show where dust clouds obscure much of it.
    The group will have a chance to look at objects that tell us what’s going on in the night sky, such as star formation, age-old remnants, clusters, nebulae and more.
    The party will be extra special due to the spectacular event in the evening sky. At around 9 p.m. Venus and Jupiter will make a close approach and the size of the moon will be a sight to see.
    The pair will become visible at around 8:43 p.m. as the dusk sky fades, 26 degrees above the western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting two hours and 32 minutes after the sun at 10:55 p.m.
    At closest approach, the pair will be close enough to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or a through pair of binoculars.

  • Opera founder subject of new book

    The life of John Crosby, founder and animating spirit of the Santa Fe Opera, is a fascinating one.
    In the book “A Vision of Voices,” author and music critic Craig Smith has written an in-depth portrait of that visionary man. The Authors Speak Series will feature Smith talking about his work at 7 p.m. today in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library.
    The timing for Smith’s talk could not be better with the start of the 2015 Santa Fe Opera which runs July 3-Aug. 29, and features the operas “Daughter of the Regiment,” “Salome,” “La Finta Giardiniere,” “Rigoletto” and the world premiere of “Cold Mountain.”
    Smith is a freelance writer who spent more than 20 years as an arts critic for The Santa Fe New Mexican. Smith’s knowledge of both music and the music scene in Santa Fe brings a unique richness to his writing. The book is generously illustrated with photographs showing Crosby rubbing elbows with the rich, the famous, and the soon-to-be famous. Smith writes knowingly about the artists, Crosby’s idea of creating the opera apprentice program, and the operas Crosby loved.

  • Special Opera events planned

    Other than the opera performances, there are plenty of other events for opera lovers to enjoy this season.
    Echoes from
    “Cold Mountain”
    A series of community events exploring adaptations of “Cold Mountain” and the Civil War
    Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s first opera, “Cold Mountain,” is celebrating its world premiere on Aug. 1. Based on Charles Frazier’s National Book Award-winning novel, the opera depicts the transformative journey of two loves separated during the American Civil War. Yet the story of “Cold Mountain” is not confined to our stage.
    As this summer marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War’s end, Santa Fe Opera’s Education and Community Outreach department has teamed up with several organizations throughout Santa Fe to present “Echoes from Cold Mountain.”
    The series uses literature, film, music, visual arts and scholarship to create a community dialogue that delves deeper into the Civil War, a pivotal conflict in the nation’s history. “Echoes from Cold Mountain” is a collaboration among Santa Fe Opera and the New Mexico History Museum, the Center for Contemporary Arts, Chatter and Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse.
    Book Club

  • 'Cold Mountain' makes its debut at Santa Fe Opera

    It is time again for opera in Santa Fe.
    The Santa Fe Opera is gearing up for five operas for the upcoming season that runs from July to August.
    First up is “The Daughter of the Regiment,” a French comedy composed by Gaetano Donizetti. It is the story of Marie, the beloved mascot of the 21st Infantry. Found as an infant on the battlefield, Marie grows up in the military life. Stage director Ned Canty compares the story to “a delicious meal that has been stripped of one ingredient after another until not even the entire dessert is left, just whipped cream.”
    “The cast is comprised of professional stage actors and singers and that is important,” said Daniel Zillmann, director of public relations.
    The opera is sung in French. Zillmann would like to point out that each seat contains a translator box in English and in Spanish.
    Soprano Anna Christy and Tenor Alek Shrader lead the cast.
    To hear insights from Canty and Shrader can be seen at YouTube.com/TheSantaFeOpera.
    “The Daughter of the Regiment” runs July 3, 8, 11, 17 and 24, and Aug. 3, 8, 12, 20, 26 and 29.

  • Be There calendar 6-24-15

    Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the upstairs rotunda.

    Summer Family Evenings: Wild Birds sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. New Mexico Wildlife Center returns with owls, hawks and more. $5 per family/free for member families. 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. More information at losalamosnature.org.

    Wilshire Youth Choir from Dallas presents a free community concert for the 2015 Mission Choir Tour. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through Saturday at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Knife sharpening services are available. Music will be provided by J. Michael Combs. County councilors will be there, as well as Lisa Caldwell from UNM-LA.

    Downtown Dogs is a weekly walking group. From Pet Pangaea, 158 Central Park Square for a stroll around Downtown Los Alamos. 7 p.m. Come prepared with a standard leash, no longer than 6 feet.

    Authors Speak Series. Craig A. Smith. Author and music critic with his new book, “A Vision of Voices,” a biography of Santa Fe Opera founder John Crosby. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

  • 12 students honored with Youth Business Grants

    The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation has announced its 2015 Summer Youth Business Grant recipients.
    The 12 students representing 11 businesses include Hannah Biggs, Sam Crooks, Elise Koskelo, Macklin Cunico, Jolene Garduno, Junseo Kim, Aaron Lauritzen, Marie Lee, Morgan Smith, Jonmichael Weaver, Isaiah Aylmer and Jude Valdez.
    The businesses include crafts, origami, handmade shawls, landscaping, tennis lessons, foreign candies, coffee roasting, mini-snack vending opportunities, art and video production services for movie theater ads.
    Local businesses, clubs, organizations and residents that would like to sponsor youth business grant recipients can send even the smallest of donations in care of Assets In Action at 190 Central Park Square.

  • Ways to save money on a last-minute summer trip

    If you, your partner or your family want — or need — to get out of town right now, how do you improvise a great last-minute trip without breaking the bank?
    Planning is essential. Embrace travel as a hobby — look for tricks, techniques and current online resources to keep abreast of the best last-minute deals.
    Compromises will be necessary. You’ll likely need to travel at off-peak hours (either the first flight out in the morning or the last one at night, usually on weekdays) and stay at hotels or venues off the beaten path.
    Here are some quick tips to save money on last-minute travel:
    Travel light, move fast. Traveling last-minute isn’t for the indecisive. Dedicated travelers are minimalists — they know what to pack, organize their paperwork and payment options and have the mental preparation to deal with problems and challenges along the way.
    Also, realize that last-minute travel can increase risk and other costs. If you’re planning a trip that requires travel insurance, you may not get coverage approval in time.

  • Youth elk hunting licenses to go on sale

    More than 1,900 youth, antlerless elk licenses will go on sale through the Department of Game and Fish Online License System at 10 a.m. July 8.
    The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and includes almost 1,500 licenses for hunters using any legal weapon, and 450 licenses for hunters using a muzzleloader or bow.
    Licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and hunters must be younger than 18 years of age on opening day of the hunt to be eligible.
    To purchase a license, customers must to log in to their Online License System account at wildlife.state.nm.us.
    For the first 14 days of the sale, licenses will be available only to eligible New Mexico youth who successfully applied for deer, elk, pronghorn, ibex, oryx, or bighorn sheep and did not receive a license for any of those species or obtain a leftover license.
    Beginning at 10 a.m. July 22, remaining licenses will be available to resident and nonresident youth hunters who are eligible to purchase an elk license.
    Youth hunters who hold any current elk license, either draw or private-land, are ineligible to purchase a Youth Encouragement Elk License. Youth hunters must have a valid Hunter Education number associated with their account.

  • Parra-Vasquez has best prediction

    Nicholas Parra-Vasquez and Ted Romero were the best predictors in Tuesday’s Pace Race. On the three-mile course, Parra-Vasquez was 9 seconds off his prediction while Romero was 16 seconds off his prediction.
    Katie Gattiker was 61 seconds off her prediction.
    In the one-mile race, Martin Pieck was 27 seconds off and Bob Weeks was 29 seconds off his prediction.
    Tuesday’s Pace Race was held on trails to the Estante Overlook and in Potrillo Canyon.
    The fastest runners on the one-mile course were Jason Pieck (8 minutes, 34 seconds) and Sophia Pieck (9:01).
    The fastest runners at the three-mile distance were Romero (21:46) and Laura Woodroffe (27:37).
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will start off North Mesa Road, about 100 yards east of the roundabout on the road to the Posse Shack.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.