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  • Off The Hill briefs 3-26-15

    ‘Longmire’ series to return to N.M. for 4th season

    The television series “Longmire” is returning to New Mexico.
    The New Mexico Film Office announced Monday that the hit drama series is scheduled to begin production on its fourth season later this month with it lasting through the end of June.
    The series will air on Netflix later this year.
    Officials say the series will be filmed in and around Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Valles Caldera, Pecos and additional northern New Mexico locations.
    Longmire is a crime drama based on the “Walt Longmire” mystery novels series written by Craig Johnson. The series is produced by Warner Horizon Television and stars Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips and Katee Sackhoff.
    The series is set in Wyoming.

    Encaustic Art Institute opens at new location

    The encaustic/wax movement will come to Santa Fe.
    The Encaustic Art Institutes has moved its headquarters from Cerrillos to Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District.
    The new 4,500-square foot gallery located at 632 Agua Fria St., features a permanent collection that demonstrates the diversity of this ancient medium and a gallery with more than 100 pieces of encaustic/wax artwork for sale.

  • Citizen science bird count nets 84 species

    The Audubon Christmas bird count (CBC), famous among birders nationwide and worldwide, recently took a leap forward in Los Alamos.
    Sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 48 birders signed up with organizer Mouser Williams to run a “mock” bird count that could certify Los Alamos to participate in official winter bird counts in the future.
    Williams called it a “tremendously successful practice run for the Christmas Bird Count.”
    The bird count is carefully controlled to create a database that can be compared year by year to reveal increases and declines in bird populations.
    The area is not precisely Los Alamos County, but a circle of 15-mile diameter including some of the area around Buckman Crossing.
    Some Santa Fe birders were asked to check out the east bank of the Rio Grande.
    Here are the tentative results compiled by Williams:
    • Number of people counting: 48
    • Number of species: 84
    • Number of groups: 25, with 1 to 5 people in each
    • Number of hours of counting: 252
    • Number of miles hiked: 185
    Two groups tied for finding the highest number of species, one in White Rock and one in the Walnut Canyon/Woodland Trail/North Mesa area. Both groups found 38 species.

  • Santa Fe Opera presents its annual Spring Tour

    Now in its 21st year, The Santa Fe Opera’s annual Spring Tour will soon be making the rounds to venues throughout New Mexico, Colorado and Texas in a series of free community and school performances.
    The team of soprano Abigail Mitchell and baritone Shea Owens, both former apprentices, will join music director Kirt Pavitt in performances throughout the month of April, presenting the original work, “Written in the Stars.”
    “Written in the Stars” incorporates a number of musical works to explore elements of opera. Melody, a composer with writer’s block, meets Webster, who has a self-proclaimed gift for language. Webster becomes at various times her muse, foil, and lover as they debate the question of what is more important in opera — the words or music. Community performances will present both “Written in the Stars” and a selection of arias and songs. Most of them are sung in English.
    The original story was written by Acushla Bastible, Charles Gamble, and Kirt Pavitt, and revised by Kathleen Clawson, Kirt Pavitt and Andrea Fellows Walters.
    All public concerts are free. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. For information on school concerts, contact Andrea Fellows Walters at awalters@santafeopera.org.

  • S.F. Botanical Garden opens new exhibit

    Santa Fe Botanical Garden will open The Power of Place on May 15. The invitational art exhibition, featuring works by New Mexico’s most celebrated sculptors. Artist include Kevin Box, Tammy Garcia, Phillip Haozous, Allan Houser, Tom Joyce, Estella Loretto, Arlo Namingha, Dan Namingha, Michael Naranjo, David Pearson, Roxanne Swentzell and others to be announced.
    The first several months of this year-long show runs concurrently with The Summer of Color, a collaborative show of all the institutions on Museum Hill.
    • Exhibition dates: Friday, May 15, 2015 - May 1, 2016
    • This exhibition is a testament to the influence and inspiration of Santa Fe and New Mexico’s unique sense of place. Artists are inspired through cultural diversity, and awe-inspiring landscapes to produce works that ranges from realistic figurative to abstract works.
    • Most of the sculptures are in bronze, steel and stone media with half of the artists represented being of Native American decent.
    • The Power of Place will display art works by notable New Mexican artists.
    • All artists in the exhibition are considered masters within their field. Their works are represented in museum and private collections internationally.

  • March with the Community Winds

    “Marching in March” is the theme of the Los Alamos Community Winds 2014-2015 season finale concert Saturday. The concert will take place at Crossroads Bible Church starting at 7 p.m.
    “The repertoire the members have selected for this concert is intended to celebrate the heritage of the concert band,” said Los Alamos Community Winds Director Ted Vives.
    Music written for or performed by ensembles comprised only of wind and brass instruments dates back to antiquity. One of the first major works for “band” was G.F. Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks which LACW performed last season and which appears on its newest double CD compilation, “Retrospectives,” which is available for sale at the upcoming concert.
    With this concert LACW will be presenting one of the most important works of 20th century band literature; Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy.”
    “Grainger was an interesting fellow,” Vives said.

  • Be There calendar 3-26-15

    Today
    Middle school Battle of the Books. 6-8 p.m. at Mesa Public Library, Youth Services. Seventh and eighth graders who read the Battle of the Books titles are invited to test knowledge. Snacks and prizes for the competitors will be available. Family and friends are invited.

    Authors Speak Series. Richard Ruddy. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.  
    Friday
    Sing-a-long with old, familiar songs. 3 p.m. Fridays at the White Rock Senior Center. Song sheets will be provided.  

    Elementary Battle of the Books. 6 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. Fourth through sixth graders from all elementary schools and homeschools are welcome to come test their knowledge of the Battle of the Books titles Registration is in the lobby from 5:15-5:45 p.m. Participants will be served dinner. Family and friends are invited.

    Laugh Out Loud Los Alamos. A night of comedy and music to benefit the LAHS band program. 7 p.m. Tickets $12 students/seniors and $15 adults. Tickets in advance at CB Fox and also at the door.

  • Community briefs 3-26-15

    Bereavement support group starts in April

    A six-week Bereavement Support Group, sponsored by the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is being offered in Los Alamos on Mondays beginning April 27 from noon-1 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Facilitated by Cynthia Goldblatt, LPCC, MSW, Ph.D. and bereavement counselor for LAVSN and Pat Slentz, hospice chaplain. The group is free and open to anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one. Interested persons are asked to call Goldblatt at 662-2525 for further information or to reserve a space.

    Register early for pet behavior talk

    Find the answers to a pet’s behavior. Pet behavior expert Dr. Jeff Nichol will be the guest speaker at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club on April 18. Early Bird registration is going on now until March 31.
    Cost for early bird registration is $35 for LADOC members and $40 for nonmembers. After March 31, cost for all is $50.
    During the talk, the public is welcome to bring their nonaggressive dog to have Dr. Nichol assess the behavior in person and possibly use the dog for a demonstration. Be among the first 10 to make that request on the registration form and the registrar will inform you of the space available.

  • Camps where art meets science

    Michael Sheppard, executive director of Big Sky Learning in Santa Fe and the sister program, Big Sky Build It! in Los Alamos, speaks to a group of children at the Bradbury Science Museum Saturday for the Fun With Big Sky Learning program.
    The Los Alamos summer camp is where art meets science. Camps begin in July. Courses are scheduled at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos. Each program is a week long — for three weeks.
    The program is still looking for student mentors and teachers. If interested, apply at bigskylearning.com.
     

  • LAMS teacher Skypes virtual tour of Tasmania

    Celebrating his third year in the district, Los Alamos Middle School teacher Brian Nelson wasn’t just thinking out of the box for a recent lesson, he was in the middle of the ocean. Virtually of course.
    This year, Nelson is collaborating with the University of Washington, Oregon State University and Scripps Oceanographic Institute in San Diego, on an interactive research project off the coast of Tasmania.
    Nelson worked previously with multiple researchers while at Oregon State, and learned of this project when talking with the outreach coordinator for CEOAS at OSU.
    Recently, Nelson’s 100 students were able to conduct Skype interviews, email, read blog posts by, and analyze data collected by the scientists as the scientists are performing the research, live, off the cost of Tasmania.
    “I had the ability to have all my students to be able to get a virtual tour of the ship before it leaves port, as well as be able to talk with the scientists before the cruise begins,” said Nelson. “This allowed the students to talk with the scientists and make the personal connection with them, as well as have their questions answered and see the ship.”
    The students did “tour,” the ship and communicate with scientists about their research using SKYPE in Australia before they left port.

  • Transparency, accountability and the billions in unspent public funds

    Recently, the state auditor’s Government Accountability Office (GAO) released some staggering figures with respect to $4.5 billion of tax dollars sitting in more than 700 state accounts.
    As a result, many New Mexicans are rightly asking serious questions about whether this money is being put to work to meet the many needs of our state.
    The report, which is a compilation of the most recently available audited financial statements of state agencies (fiscal year 2014 in most cases) is the first in a series of reports the auditor’s office will be releasing to shine a light on fund balances building up in government.
    Moving forward, the GAO will also report on schools, municipalities and counties.
    This effort is aimed at enhancing transparency and accountability for the use of public monies that have already been allocated by the Legislature in years past for a particular use. As our state’s only independent office responsible directly to the voters for oversight of public dollars, the state auditor plans to share this information to start a public conversation about the most efficient and effective use of our tax dollars.
    In the years to come, these reports are intended to serve as a resource for the public, the governor and policymakers to make informed decisions.