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  • The Santa Fe Symphony will ring in the holidays with “Carols and Choruses” in the majestic Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi Dec. 2.
    The audience will be able to sing along to some of the most beloved Christmas carols of all time as they enjoy the angelic voices of The Symphony Chorus, accompanied by the glorious sounds of The Symphony Brass and organ. This concert starts at 7 p.m. and is the symphony’s gift to the Santa Fe community during the holiday season.
    No tickets are required. Admission is free.
    The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is located at 131 Cathedral Place in Santa Fe.
    Executive Director Gregory Heltman notes “members of The Symphony Brass are passionate about their instruments and music.” Over the years, the group has performed at many community and donor events as well as their holiday appearances at the Cathedral Basilica.

  • Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve and Manhattan Project National Historical Park have announced that the National Park Service and other federal agencies will offer one more Fee Free Day this year on Thursday, Veterans Day.
    On that day, federal areas nationwide, including Bandelier and the Valles Caldera, will offer free admission to everyone. Manhattan Project NHP has no entry fee.
    Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. In 1954 it was officially renamed Veterans Day in the U.S. to expand it to honor all veterans, not just those who fought in World War I.  It still coincides with the Armistice Day holiday celebrated in many other countries. 
    As Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said, “Veterans Day is a very appropriate day for the parks to honor all our veterans, by inviting people all over the country to enjoy and celebrate the lands that these brave men and women have valiantly protected and defended.”  
    The Manhattan Project NHP is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
    At Bandelier, the shuttle service has ended for this year, so visitors should just drive on down to the parking lot at the monument Visitor Center. 

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host artist Lisa Coddington, who will teach a two-day workshop on drawing and watercolor using botanical and natural subjects. The class will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    Coddington’s class is open to all, from beginners to advanced artists.
    Participants will explore pencil and watercolor techniques that portray plants and animals in this hands-on workshop. With easy to understand demonstrations and Master artist examples, Lisa will work to reinforce confidence in creating dimensional Autumn-themed subjects.
    A minimum of eight students is required for the class, so those interested in the workshop are encouraged to register on the PEEC website by Thursday. Otherwise, the class will be canceled if there is not enough interest.
    Artist/instructor Coddington earned her master of art degree at Syracuse in Illustration. She has illustrated a children’s book and has received commissions by regional and national firms for her artwork and art instruction.

  • A Los Alamos punk rock musician hopes to shake up the classical music world with three compositions he has produced into YouTube videos.
    K.L. Fortson hopes his creations will make people think differently about orchestral music.
    The videos of “Untitled for Guitar and String Quartet,” “Arecibo Calling Kafka” and “Whales Floating Belly Up” can be found at klfortson.com.
    Classical music is a bit of a departure for Fortson, who has toured extensively for punk rock bands before embarking on the project.
    “I wanted to do more complex music, and I also wanted to more non-lyrical music,” he said. “I was also drawn to the fact that it doesn’t have any concrete meeting.”
    Fortson is a 2006 graduate of the University of New Mexico. He majored in criminology and has always been interested in the arts, especially music and painting.
    “I took a class called ‘Deviance’ based on the name. It sounded really fascinating. I just liked how psychology, sociology and business were really studying the same facets of humanity but through a different lens,” he said. “I’ve always liked propaganda and media, and that’s what drew me to those.” Those interested can find more of his art on the website.

  • The Pajarito Astronomers will host the last county-sponsored dark night at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 5 at Spirio Soccer Field at Overlook Park in White Rock, weather permitting.
    The public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. Five planets will potentially be visible during the evening: Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. There will be a tour of the late-summer and fall and early-winter constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.  
    The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve at 662-3252 for information.

  • Performers will present  exerpts from “The 1940s Radio Hour” performed by members of the cast of the Little Theatre at the noontime Brown Bag Lunch Nov. 2 at Fuller Lodge.
    Attendees will hear eight big band-era songs and will get a peek from a scene in the show.
    Laurie Tomlinson is the director and Gretchen Amstutz is the musical director for this musical comedy. Tomlinson and Amstutz have co-directed many musicals together, including “Annie Get your Gun” in 2007, “The Sound of Music” in 2009, and “Into the Woods” in 2011 for the Los Alamos Light Opera. “The Spitfire Grill” was their first musical collaboration at the Little Theatre. They have also collaborated together as a director-producer combo, bringing “The Woman in Black” and, most recently, “Steel Magnolias” to the Little Theatre’s stage.
    “The 1940s Radio Hour” is a musical play written by Walton Jones that is full of music of the era, dancing and old-time sound effects. The play portrays the final holiday broadcast of the Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade on the New York radio station WOV in December 1942.
    The audience may recognize many well-known songs of the 1940s, such as “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Blue Moon” and many more.

  • TODAY
    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for children. More information at peecnature.org.

    Trick–or–Treat on MainStreet will haunt downtown Los Alamos from 4 p.m. on Central Avenue, between 15th to 20th streets.

    High Tech Halloween at the Bradbury Science Museum from 4-6:30 p.m. Interactive demonstration of a vacuum chamber, a simulated chain reaction using lights and optics and a “Critter Alley.”

    Pet Costume Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. on Central Avenue. Participants should meet at the Ashley Pond Elephant statue by 5:15 P.M. Festivities will continue at the Family Y for a costume climb from 6-8 p.m.
    SATURDAY
    Pumpkin Carving Contest at 10 a.m. at Smith’s Marketplace.

    Masquerade Recital and annual Pumpkin Glow from 6-9 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    Halloweekend Dance from 6:30-9 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

  • The Los Alamos High School Olions, the theatre club at Los Alamos High School, won six awards last weekend at the New Mexico State University High Desert High School Theatre Festival and New Mexico Activities Association State High School One-Act Production Competition.
    Olions took first place in the NMAA One-Act Production competition and first place for the best backstage crew.
    Brad Parker was also awarded the Ovation Award for Administrators and Volunteers, Chas Shay was awarded an Ovation Award for Inspirational Teachers, Dylan Mauldin was selected to be a part of the All-Festival Cast, and Sydney Shelton won third place for her poster design.
    Dylan Mauldin, Joseph Sarrao and Elia Vasquez made up the cast, and Jerome Colletti, Tory Hughes, Daniel Sarrao, Opale Schappert and Sydney Shelton made up the crew.
    Olions will be performing the award-winning one act “Words, Words, Words” by David Ives the first weekend in December along with three student-directed one acts.
    Olions will be performing “The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow” Nov. 3 through Nov. 5, Nov. 18, and Nov. 19.
    Both performances will take place in the Topper Theatre Blackbox at LAHS.

  • JERUSALEM (AP) — In the innermost chamber of the site said to be the tomb of Jesus, a restoration team has peeled away a marble layer for the first time in centuries in an effort to reach what it believes is the original rock surface where Jesus’ body was laid.
    Many historians have long believed that the original cave, identified a few centuries after Jesus’ death as his tomb, was obliterated ages ago.
    But an archaeologist accompanying the restoration team said ground penetrating radar tests determined that cave walls are in fact standing — at a height of six feet and connected to bedrock — behind the marbled panels of the chamber at the center of Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
    “What was found,” said National Geographic archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert, “is astonishing.”
    The work is part of a historic renovation project to reinforce and preserve the Edicule, the chamber housing the cave where Jesus was entombed and resurrected. It is the centerpiece of one of Christianity’s oldest churches and one of its most important shrines.
    “I usually spend my time in Tut’s tomb,” said Hiebert about the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun’s burial site, “but this is more important.”

  • Oct. 24-Oct. 29

    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

     

     

    MONDAY

    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    9:45 a.m. Matter of Balance Class

    10 a.m. Advisory Council

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken Tenders 

    6 p.m. Argentine Tango Dancing

    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY

    8:45 a.m. Variety Training

  • The New Mexico Department of Health has changed the hours of operation and services provided at the Los Alamos Public Health Office due to staffing changes.
    The clinic, located at 1183 Diamond Drive, No. D, in Los Alamos, will be open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed noon-1 p.m.) and will be closed Mondays.
    Services provided at this clinic will include children’s medical services (children and youth with special health care needs), and women, infants, and children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program. Services will be provided by appointment only.
     All other public health services are available at the Rio Arriba County Public Health Office located at 2010 Industrial Park Rd in Española. Appointments are also required at the Rio Arriba office.
    For more details, contact the Los Alamos Public Health Office at 662-4038 or the Rio Arriba Public Health Office at  753-2794.

  • TODAY
    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.
    SATURDAY
    Photography Class for second and third-graders from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore the basics of taking a good picture with retired teacher Mrs. Magelssen. This class is perfect for second- and third-grade students. A camera and snacks will be provided. Space is limited. Advance registration required. Cost is $16 for members, $20 for non-members.

    Feature Film: “From Earth to the Universe” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy 180 degrees of entertainment. Join us on a colorful and inspiring journey through our universe. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.

    Dark Night at 6:30 p.m. at Spirio soccer field, Overlook Park, White Rock. The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night, weather permitting. The public is invited to wander among the telescopes and star gaze. Five planets will potentially be visible during the night: Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. There will be a tour of the late-summer and fall constellations, and telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve at 662-3252 for information.

  • The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a county-sponsored dark night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park, weather permitting.
    The public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze.  Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune will potentially be visible during the evening.
    There will be a tour of the late-summer and fall constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.  
    Viewing will end before midnight.
    Call Steve at 662-3252 for information.

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre will hold an open play reading of Tom Stoppard’s classic comedy “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Performing Arts Center.
    Acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, the play is the tale of Hamlet, as told from the worm’s-eye view of two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play.
    In Stoppard’s best-known work, the Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads the two characters to a tragic but inevitable end.
    Brief appearances of major characters from Hamlet, who enact fragments of the original play’s scenes, add to the bewilderment of the two protagonists, who voice their confusion at the progress of events occurring onstage without them in Hamlet.
    LALT will produce the play in the spring. The reading is an opportunity to gain familiarity with the script prior to auditions in February.
    Men and women of a wide age range are needed for the cast. John Cullinan will direct. John Gustafson is the producer.
    The Performing Arts Center is located at 1670 Nectar St. More information is available at LALT.org.

  • Tax Help New Mexico and the IRS are seeking community volunteers across New Mexico and especially in the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area to provide free tax assistance to those who need help filing their taxes.
    Tax Help New Mexico volunteers serve in a variety of roles. Volunteers are needed to electronically file tax returns, greet taxpayers and help organize their paperwork, set up and keep running computer equipment used to electronically file tax returns, manage the tax site and do quality control.
    “Tax Help New Mexico needs fellow New Mexicans all across the state and at this time, from Albuquerque and near-by communities. We are looking for area volunteers who are interested in taking a little time to learn about taxes and then helping others by preparing federal and state income tax returns for free,” said IRS spokesperson, Liz Perea. “Volunteers are certified to prepare simple, non-business tax returns for people with low to moderate incomes. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to volunteer. There is a role for anyone who is interested, anyone who wants to help and give back to their community.”

  • BY JAN MONTOYA
    jan@lamonitor.com

  • The 10th annual Elementary Mile will be held in conjunction with the Los Alamos High School Cross Country Invitational Friday.
    The race is open for any elementary-age runner who can run a mile. The Los Alamos Family YMCA and Los Alamos Public Schools elementary physical education teachers have entry forms. Check in ends at 4 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Golf Course clubhouse patio. The race will at 4:45 p.m.

  • Los Alamos Arts Council is ready to bring a bit of frightful autumn fun to downtown Los Alamos again this year by sponsoring the annual Scarecrow Contest.
    Since 2001, scarecrows have graced the streetlights along Central Avenue during the week before Halloween. The registration fee is $10, and the council awards prizes to the scarecrows for their creativity and seasonal spirit. Anyone can participate – individual, family, organization, business.
    The judging takes place during the week. Scarecrows are given points for creativity, being well-designed, and handcrafted. There will be places to vote for the community favorite at CB Fox and Ruby K’s.
    Fill out an application found on the Arts Council website or pick one up at the Arts Council office. Bring the application and scarecrow to the Visitor Center on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be someone there to assist you and direct you to a numbered pole.
     

  • LA Soup and Specialty Foods, LLC, owned by Monica Van de Water, has announced it will be offering a pop-up soup and perogies service at projectY cowork Los Alamos Oct. 25 for lunch and dinner.
    Since 2015, Van de Water has offered home delivery service of specialty soups and comfort food sides she cooks out of her licensed commercial-grade kitchen in White Rock.
    Having attracted some loyal followers through her research and development over the years, Van de Water is now ready to expand and wants to introduce her food to the greater Los Alamos and White Rock communities.  
    During the pop-up, patrons may pick up food from projectY cowork, located at 150 Central Park Square, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch and 4-6 p.m. for dinner. Van de Water will be serving her roasted pumpkin garlic soup with Brazilian cheese breads, as well as perogies smothered with either caramelized onions and bacon, or a vegetarian-friendly version with mushrooms. Single- and family-sized portions will be served to eat on-site or take home. Advance orders may be made through the LA Soup and Specialty Foods’ website, but it is not required.

  • TODAY
    Los Alamos High School Fourth Annual Career Fair from noon-3 p.m. the A-wing lobby. Over 25 Los Alamos community members representing a variety of careers have committed to attend this year’s event. There will also be mock interview sessions and resume reviews. The LAHS food service will be selling lunch items prior to the start of the Career Fair.
    THURSDAY
    The New Mexico Garden Clubs District II Executive Fall Board meeting is at 10 a.m. at Smith’s Market Place in the upstairs meeting room. Registration is from 10-10:30. Call Treasurer Laurie Hixson for reservations.

    Science on Tap: Harnessing actinium-225 for cancer treatment at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room. All ages can attend this event. Maryline Ferrier, with Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Inorganic Isotope and Actinide Chemistry group, will talk about the research taking place at the lab to better understand actinium-225. Q&A and discussion will follow a short introduction to the subject.

    Nature Yoga from 5:15-6:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members.