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  • 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.

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

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. Through March 27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    Thursday
    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.
    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.

  • The Los Alamos High School Listening Post was established in January 2014 to lift the spirits of students. The motto of, “Gab, Granola or Gripe,” offers students free snacks during stressful times in a day in the life of a teen.
    The community driven donations of pre-packaged items allows local youth to see how the community cares for them throughout the year and not just during times of crisis.
    The initial Listening Post launched during the former SBA testing and was a success from the start. Students were surprised at the outpouring of kindness from the community in donating snacks and the range of items donated for their benefit.
    According to the prevention office, this has been an excellent effort, especially during difficult or stressful times, but even on a good day can be seen lifting morale.
    Donations can range from a box of fruit snacks to any pre-packaged snack items to the healthy and bizarre when it comes to youth.
    Last year, donations included seaweed snacks, fresh fruit, mini bags of pretzels, granola bars, juice or milk boxes, raisins and additional spirit-lifting items like chocolates, rice krispy treats and more.
    The snack items are offered to students through the Listening Post, as well as a friendly ear and a smile.

  • The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers and Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers held a waffle fundraiser breakfast Saturday at the Masonic Lodge. Proceeds fund trips for the speech and debate teams.
    Angela Feng and Nate Delgado have fun serving the community.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society is gearing up for tourist season by offering free training about the community’s history and historic district. Those interested in the training should attend a kickoff meeting, 3 p.m. March 26, in the Nambè Room of Fuller Lodge. It will be led by professional tour guide Georgia Strickfaden.
    Training is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
    Potential tour guides, museum docents and the public are encouraged to participate in nine training sessions that will allow them to become Los Alamos Historical Society “Certified Guides.” Information on certification will be available at the kickoff meeting.
    Training sessions will run for nine Thursdays at 3 p.m. starting April 2. The sessions will be held in the historic Hans Bethe House, 1350 Bathtub Row.
    Tours of the Los Alamos Historic District allow visitors to step inside the homestead-era Romero Cabin, visit an Ancestral Pueblo site, hear about the giants of 20th century physics who walked the streets during the Manhattan Project and Cold War, and learn how Bathtub Row got its name.

  • Albuquerque historian Richard Ruddy is the featured author at Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m., Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Rotunda.
    Ruddy is the author of a biography of Edmund G. Ross, “Edmund G. Ross: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist.” Ross also served as a Territorial Governor of New Mexico.
    The name of Edmund G. Ross has receded into history, but is remembered because of the crucial role he played as United States Senator at the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, where he, as a Republican Senator from Kansas, defied his party and cast the decisive vote to acquit Johnson.
    One of Ross’s greatest points of pride was the establishment of New Mexico’s three institutions of higher learning — the University of New Mexico, New Mexico School of Mines and the New Mexico State University.
    Ruddy became a serious student of Albuquerque history in 2002, giving lectures about prominent Albuquerque residents.
    He’s a board member of Historic Albuquerque Inc., and a member of the Historical society of New Mexico. In 2005, Ruddy began a six-year study of Ross’s life that led to the publication of the book.

  • Those of you who know me, know that I love seniors!
    While yes, a part of that does include the lean, mean, Hilltopper green class of 2015, I’m talking about senior citizens.
    Our community has lost another icon and we’re losing our seniors at a heavy pace.
    Our local seniors are novels of community history, they are pillars of the community, our seniors are the folks we think of as Living Treasures.
    One local program works to acknowledge these folks and capture the history that we may put off until another day.
    The Living Treasures of Los Alamos became an official nonprofit in 2006 and seeks donations throughout the year. If possible, we should support their work in the hopes that they might consider adding a fall awards ceremony to their slate activities.
    Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1065 in Los Alamos, N.M. 87544. I’m not sure if they need any volunteers, but I’m sure if you wrote them or called the senior center, they could let you know.
    Many individuals contribute to the project financially, which can be seen on the website. It can be viewed at livingtreasureslosalamos.org
    Lou Pierotti and Bun Ryan were two of the first recognized in 1999. The next ceremony will be 2 p.m. April 12 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

  • March 22-28, 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: Salisbury steak
    12:15 p.m.        Smart Driver course
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pasta primavera
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” meeting
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge