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  • If a leading lady in a 1940s Hollywood film noir is smart, sweet, witty, beautiful and kind, two things are certain — one, every man onscreen will fall in love with her, and two, she has to die.
    In “Laura” (1944), showing Thursday at Mesa Public Library, Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney) is a shrewd advertising executive with a young, innocent face and a string of romantic attachments that doth offend one particular male friend, Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb).
    Or at least, she was. In the film’s opening scene, Det. Lt. Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) visits Lydecker to question him about Hunt’s murder. While they speak, Lydecker, an older gentleman with many connections and a penchant for flagrantly self-serving behavior, eventually rises from the bowels of his interrupted bath to dress and accompany the well-proportioned detective on the rest of his interviews.
    We soon meet the other suspects: Hunt’s jaunty fiancé Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price), her secretive aunt Ann Treadwell (Judith Anderson) and the victim’s fiercely protective maid Bessie Clary (Dorothy Adams). They, like Lydecker, say absolutely nothing believable. The mystery broils beneath the repartee.
    Who killed Hunt? It almost doesn’t matter. The murder and its droll aftermath offer so much fun on their own.

  • MyCD Workshop, sponsored by the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and the Family Y is starting a six-week course starting April 22.
    For two hours per week, participants will support, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with doctors and family about health issues.
    Conditions include diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety. A MyCD Workshop can help take charge of one’s life.
    MyCD Workshop will be held once a week for six weeks through May 27 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Learn from Pauline Schneider, Executive Director, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and Paula Roybal Sánchez, Home Economist, trained leaders with health conditions themselves.
    Topics for each session include:
    Session 1: Introduction to Workshop, Group Introductions, Mind-Body Connection/Distraction, Getting a Good Night’s Sleep and Introduction to Action Plans
    Session 2: Feedback and Problem Solving, Dealing with Difficult Emotions, Introduction to Physical Activity and Exercise, Preventing Falls and Improving Balance and Making an Action Plan

  • The Los Alamos Chapter No. 63, Order of the Eastern Star, welcomed Worthy Grand Matron Sharron Longshore accompanied by Worthy Grand Patron Larry Lindberg to the chapter’s official visit in their honor during the monthly meeting on Saturday.
    The luncheon also honored the chapter’s state officers, Pamela Mayne, Past Grand Matron and Grand Trustee and Larry Holmes, Grand Marshal.
    Longshore and Lindberg have chosen The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), which deals with bipolar disorder and Alzheimer’s as charities to raise funds for this year.
    The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both women and men may belong. Worldwide, there are approximately one million members under the General Grand Chapter (international governing body).
    Worthy Matron Nina Laird and Worthy Patron Donald Davidson lead Los Alamos Chapter No. 63 this year.
    For additional information about the official visit, contact Laird at 662-7580.
    For more information about New Mexico Order of Eastern Star, visit oesnm.org.

  • 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 Thursday. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at 11:45 a.m. every Tuesday at the Manhattan Project Restaurant, formerly known as the Dixie Girl.

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

    The Military Order of World Wars hosts a monthly dinner meeting on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, call 662-9544.

    Los Alamos MS Self-Help Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Mesa Public Library, Upper Level Meeting Room 1.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    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.

    The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Free Brown Bag performance presents pianist Peter Pesic. Noon at the Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday
    The Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools will have a community meeting on resiliency. The event will be 6-7:30 p.m. at Aspen Elementary. An open house format style will allow a come and go presence to allow attendees to listen to presentations, as well as visit resource booths. For more information, call 663-3252.

    Free Film Series. “Laura.” 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library.  
    Friday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.
    Saturday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.
    Sunday

  • As reading is an Asset and very soon we will be in the midst of some time when reading might be possible, I solicit your feedback on some titles.
    I am interested in the books youth or adults should read to see light at the end of the tunnel. Oh, I don’t mean that light, I mean the one like a ray of sun that parts through the storm clouds.
    I’ve heard the term resiliency reading and I wonder what titles one should read to realize that things often do get better. Life isn’t so bad after all, or anyone can overcome any odds, if they are willing to trudge through the battle.
    At the recommendation of Los Alamos Middle School Librarian Lisa Whitacre, I read a book that would be appropriate for fifth or sixth graders called, “Wonder.” It is also available with the Los Alamos County Library System.
    It is a great resource to teach young students what it is like not only to be new to a school but also to be very, very different. It may also give parents a glimpse into parenting styles, too.
    The next book is called, “Laughing at my Nightmare,” by Shane Burcaw, who has spinal muscular atrophy that has control over most of his life, but not his brain and not his mouth.

  • The public is invited to an intimate brown bag performance featuring pianist Peter Pesic. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council, the show starts at noon April 1 at Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room.
    J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” are among his greatest and most familiar works, but in the 1970s, a previously unknown set of 14 canons on the Goldberg theme were discovered. The concert presents those canons to show how Bach developed the variations that follow.
    Pesic has been a tutor at St. John’s College in Santa Fe since 1980, where he has been musician-in-residence since 1984. Pesic himself has given 200 concerts, including first performances of works by Nicolas Roussakis, David Lang and Lawrence Cave.
    He has performed the complete cycle of piano sonatas of Schubert four times (once at Harvard University in 1987), the complete Beethoven sonatas also four times, as well as a Mozart cycle, the complete solo keyboard music of J.S. Bach, Joseph Haydn, and Johannes Brahms, and the complete piano music of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern.
    Pesic has played Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” in Los Angeles and at Dartmouth College; he was the piano soloist with the Santa Fe Symphony in Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy.”

  • March 29-April 4, 2015
    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
    8:30 a.m.                  Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Red chile beef
            enchilada
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken fried chicken
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. Be sure to check out the
    Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable, adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    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, donating and more.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Cattibre (female) and Spook (male) — They are 6 and 8 years old. They have lived together in one house for most of their lives and were recently surrendered due to an owner move. They are both shorthaired, black cats with white markings and are quite friendly. They may be adopted together or individually. If you choose to adopt them together, you will only need to pay the adoption fee for one! Both Cattibre and Spook love being petted, but they are not particularly lap cats — they would be a great option for someone looking for “independent companionship.”

  • Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Recently acquired works by artists Ansel Adams, Gustave Baumann, Betty Hahn and many others will be on view in “Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museum Collection.” The exhibition runs through Sunday.
     
    Kent Hick’s “The Spirit of the Land” Solo Exhibition at Act I Gallery in Taos. Show runs until March 31.
    Auditions
    Auditions for Neil Simon’s, “The Sunshine Boys.” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 11 and 6-8 p.m. April 12 at the Adobe Theater, 9813 4th St. in Albuquerque. Rehearsals begin in May, with performance June 19-July 12. Auditions are by appointment only. For copies of the script or to schedule an appointment, contact Donna M. Barra, stage manager at dmb0857@aol.com.
    Call for Artists
    The 11th Annual Russian Night. Juried exhibition and auction. Deadline is May 30 at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House. Art will be on display June 30-Aug. 28.
    Classes
    IMPACT Personal Safety class. Six-hour Children’s Safety Workshop from 1-4 p.m. April 18-19 in Santa Fe. For ages 6-12. Register at impactpersonalsafety.org.
    Comedy

  • THIS WEEK ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, March 27, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 3-03-15
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – New Mexico Arts Panel
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, March 29, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, March 30, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM The Garage
    12:30 PM Community Central

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • “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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
     

  • 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.