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  • Teatro Paraguas and SageRight Productions will present a new play this month by Robert F. Benjamin, of Los Alamos, entitled “Still in The Game” for 10 performances.
    The play will open Aug. 10 at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe.

    “Still in the Game” is the third piece in a trilogy about “aging with grace, courage and humor.” Two previous “aging” plays were produced at Teatro Paraguas, “Not Quite Right” and “Salt and Pepper.”

    Directed by Sheryl Bailey, “Still In The Game” focuses on the journey of David (played by Jim McGiffin), a recently widowed retiree in his 70s, who is struggling with loneliness, moving forward and family acceptance.

    His daughter Dawn (Juliet Salazar) encourages David to be more social but becomes concerned when she discovers her father has made female companions.

    At an evening of speed dating, David meets Ruby (Marguerite Scott), where the attraction is palpable. Their subsequent mutual happiness is thrown off-balance by a major change in David’s health, which triggers a clash between the women in his life.

    As David and those around him struggle to change, his quirky humor and uncanny wisdom shine through in this fun, yet serious family drama.

  • Los Alamos natives Kristen Annalize Sussman (soprano) and Nathan Salazar (piano) will give a free concert of opera and art songs at 3 p.m. Aug. 5 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road, Los Alamos.
    Sussman and Salazar perform around the world as professional musicians and are joyful to share a homecoming concert together.

  • The Lensic and Santa Fe Opera will present the 2017-2018 season of The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of high-definition live cinema simulcasts. The HD season includes 10 operas, with five new productions and starry revivals starring the world’s leading opera artists.

    The 2017-18 Live in HD season will feature the series’ first broadcast of Bellini’s Norma, starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role; the Met premiere of Thomas Adès’s “The Exterminating Angel;” Rossini’s “Semiramide,” which has not been staged at the Met in 25 years; Verdi’s tragedy “Luisa Miller,” starring Sonya Yoncheva and Plácido Domingo; and the Met premiere of Massenet’s “Cendrillon,” starring Joyce DiDonato in the title role.

    Audiences can also see the Met’s new stagings of “Puccini’s Tosca,” starring Sonya Yoncheva and Vitorio Grigolo, and Mozart’s Così fan tutte, set in 1950s Coney Island, with an ensemble cast including Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara.

  • Do you want to learn more about butterflies? Are you already a butterfly expert, but want to help with the annual count?

    The annual butterfly event is for beginners, experts and everyone in between. Participants will honor the memory of

    Dorothy Hoard by fluttering to three places around the Pajarito Plateau: atop a mesa, at a high altitude and along a stream Saturday.

    New Mexico butterfly expert Steve Cary will be at the event to help identify butterflies and discuss their life histories.

    The first count will start between 9-10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Burnt Mesa Trailhead in Bandelier, located off of State Highway 4.

    The group will then move to Camp May from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., where participants will stop to eat lunch.

    The final stop will be Cañon de Valle along State Road 501 from 1:45-3:15 p.m.

    Butterfly counters are welcome to stay for the whole day or opt to only count at some locations.

  • By Debbie Stone

    A revered lama and leading astrologist, Master Wengdi of the Paga Monastery in Bhutan, told me that I’m a fire monkey, born under a metal sign that imbues me with confidence and energy.

    Driven to success, I often gravitate towards leadership roles where I can exercise control and call upon my ability to draw people to me. But, I can be competitive and stubborn (true), allowing my strong will and needs to overwhelm me, sometimes making decisions based on emotion and not logic (also true). To help balance the forces within me, Master

    Wengdi recommended that I practice patience and focus on doing more acts of compassion in my life. He ended my astrological session by telling me that 2017 is a lucky year for fire monkeys, but that I should take precautions to avoid being near construction sites in the coming months. And, oh, I should also wear brighter-colored clothing.

  • By WREN PROPP

    Special to the Monitor

    Since June is a traditional time for weddings, July may be a good time to examine marriage. Hindsight should at least be entertaining.

    To that end, a theater company new to northern New Mexico offers three, one-act plays examining matrimony in tart, humorous bites from master playwrights George Bernard Shaw, Anton Chekhov and Moliere.

    The production called “Marriage by the Masters” began July 13 at the Adobe Rose Theatre in Santa Fe and is scheduled to continue until July 30, showing Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

    “It’s shedding new light on old perceptions. And while they’re in a different period, I think the audience will recognize people. We don’t really say what we mean,” said Brenda Lynn Bynum of the Oasis Theatre Company, which is presenting the production.

    Native New Mexican Bynum and James Jenner make up the company. They moved their 10-year-old company to Santa Fe earlier this summer.

    In an interview before the move was complete, Bynum and Jenner, who married in Santa Fe and own property there, said they see a growing interest in theater in New Mexico, while interest in New York’s small theater companies has stagnated somewhat. They visited New Mexico frequently.

  • The Authors Speak series of lectures continues Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library with author Stephen F. Ledoux, who will talk about his book “Beautiful Sights and Sensations.”

    With this book, Ledoux shares his passion for beautiful objects. Ledoux, who is also an expert in the emerging natural science of behaviorology, has travelled and taught extensively. He has held positions in Australia and in China, as well as at the State University of New York at Canton.

    He and his wife Nelly Case, also an author, now make their home in Los Alamos. Throughout his travels Ledoux has sought out and enjoyed beautiful objects, often made by natives of whichever region he is visiting. He writes about the sensations that drew him to collect, and also the sights that have inspired him.

    “Beyond my own photographic art, these (collections) have focused on some Native American arts, particularly from the Southwest, along with Japanese woodblock prints, Chinese paintings, custom knives and other edged art,” Ledoux writes in his backstory at the start of the book.

  • I hope you won’t mind one more column on our adventures to praise the great people in our community.
    Kudos Piñon Park Pool, a free community swim, friendly staff free pool toys to borrow.

    Next was the first lemonade stand for three little girls when LAPD Officer Gallegos stopped by for a visit. While the girls were elated to have a man in blue because lemonade was free for firemen and police officers, he wanted to pay.

    He proceeded to give the girls free stickers and asked them to display them proudly just if any fire fighters did stop too.

    The next event with Kiwanis at PEEC had free smores, campfire stories and songs. Joy brought the excitement as the head campfire girl with her lovely daughter standing outside with their mouths open wide and belting out songs about lemon drops and gum drops.

    Our next creator of fun is Mesa Public Librarian Angelina Manfredi. While I would love to write an entire article just about

    Angie, I’m forced to highlight her goodness in just a paragraph or two.

    Manfredi and her Women of White Rock (WOW) held an event that we stumbled upon, a stuffed animal sleep over at the library!

  • NEW YORK (AP) — John Mayer never relied on multicolored lighting, confetti and pyrotechnics to help him during his live shows, like some of his peers.

    But the singer-songwriter-guitarist wanted to step up his game, and he said watching Drake perform live encouraged him to beef up his stage production and take more risks during his concerts.

    Mayer will launch the second leg of his Search for Everything World Tour on Tuesday in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The new live shows have been a departure for the Grammy winner, who now performs with a colorful and futuristic L.E.D. wall and floor.

    "I wanted to have a really big show. I want to be competitive. I want to be in the world where people are creating bigger and better shows," Mayer said. "I think there's a healthy competition involved in it. I went and saw Drake's show and ... real artists say, 'Wow!' And then they go, '(Expletive).' Right? Because you see something that wows you and as an artist yourself you go, 'I want a little of that.'"

    The 39-year-old recently wrapped a tour with Dead & Company, his supergroup with Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir. His summer tour wraps Sept. 3 in Noblesville, Indiana.

  • It’s time for all riders to showcase their equestrian talents in Western and English categories at the annual Los Alamos County Horse Show at Brewer Arena July 22, starting at 9 a.m.
    The Los Alamos County Horse Show offers four age categories (ages 9 and under), 10–13, 14–18 and adult, and many different horsemanship class categories.
    The fees range from $5 per youth class entry, $8 per adult class entry, and $30 per family (four or more participants from immediate family living in the same household).
    Prizes include place ribbons, horse show t-shirts and buckles.
    Pre-registration is through at 7 p.m. Thursday.
    Submit forms to the Parks, Recreation’s Administrative offices at the Aquatic Center.
    For more information, contact the PROS Division at 662-8170, visit the website at losalamosnm.us or email lacrec@lacnm.us.

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers will meet at 6:45 p.m. July 25 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation by Rich Spritz, as he shares his experience recreating the Shackleton traverse.
    “Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in event of success,” Spritz said of the adventure.
    The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-17 was a Grand Failure, from which Sir Ernest Shackleton emerged as a great leader.
    Spritz took part in a National Geographic mini-expedition to recreate the historic Shackleton traverse of South Georgia for the 100th anniversary. Safe return doubtful.
    Social starts at 6:45 p.m., followed by reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. Program starts at 7:30 p.m.

  • The Military Order of the World Wars will meet Tuesday for its annual picnic.
    The meeting will be in the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Shack on North Mesa. (Note the change in location for this month’s meeting only.)
    This month’s speaker is Rick Wallace, Ph.D., who will discuss the astronomical significance of the sun, summer solstice and its resulting seasons. He will also talk about eclipses especially the one that will cross the United States on Aug. 21.
    The Posse Shack is on North Mesa Road. Take Diamond Drive east through the Golf Course and straight through the traffic circle and up the hill. Follow the road around for about one mile. The shack is on the left, and there is parking on both sides of the street.
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m.
    The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. The cost of the dinner is $25 per person.
    Call Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 for reservations. A reservation is a commitment to pay. Dinner is scheduled to be Smokin Bear BBQ with appropriate sides.

  • TODAY
    Nature Yoga and Trail Run
at 10:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Optional: Arrive at 10:30 a.m. to join Christa for a pre-yoga run. Admission: yoga or run for $7/$5 for members; yoga and run for $12/$8 for 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.
    MONDAY
    The New Mexico Alzheimer’s Association will offer a one-hour session from 1-2 p.m. on July 17 in the lower level classroom of the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The session will focus on the early stages of Alzheimer’s to include symptoms, coping strategies for caregivers and resources to help families who are challenged with dementia. For more information, contact David Davis 505-473-1297 or dldavis@alz.org.

    Nature Playtimes, Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center.
Join local families for fun, hands-on activities, hikes, games, and stories in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.
    TUESDAY

  • Summer time in Texas means more time to play outside, go swimming, and soak up the sun. However, warmer temperatures also mean that pets may be more susceptible to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. To help pet owners avoid these risks, Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, offered some insight.
    “Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are major problems for pets in the summer, especially in short nosed breeds, such a pug or a bulldog,” Eckman said.  “These conditions can occur during hot and humid days and even cooler days, if your pets aren’t accustomed to the heat.”

    Heat exhaustion is the early stages of a heat stroke and causes lethargy, vomiting, and weakness. Following continued exercise or exposure to heat, Eckman said a heat stroke can occur with more severe signs, including extreme lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, and pale mucous membranes.  This can lead significant problems up to and including death if not recognized and treated immediately.

  • The Colorado River, one of the longest rivers in the United States, is gradually shrinking. This is partly a result of overuse by municipalities and seasonal drought. The other reason is global warming.

    The decline in the river reservoir will have serious implications for large U.S. cities, such as Los Angeles, that depend on the Colorado River as their water source. In addition, this will also have an impact on the Native American tribes who view the Colorado River as sacred to their religions.

    As Ka-Voka Jackson, a member of the Hualapai tribe and a graduate student working to address climate change on the Colorado River and restoring native plant species along its banks, stated, “The Colorado River is so sacred not just to my tribe, but to so many others.”

    As a scholar of Native American religions and the environment, I understand how indigenous people’s religions and sacred places are closely tied to their landscape. For the past 100 years, indigenous peoples have been forced to adapt to changes in their environments and modify their religious rituals in the United States. The U.S. government made certain Native American religious practices illegal in the 19th and early 20th century. Although these policies have since been rescinded, they led to changes in many indigenous practices.  

  • The Jemez Mountains Bear Paw Quilt Guild invites the community to their annual Quilt Show.
    Come see a dazzling display of quilts, including the Patriotic Fallen Warrior Quilts given to New Mexico families that have lost a soldier in the Middle East.
    A selection of quilts and handmade items will also be available for sale (cash only).
    Admission is free. The event takes place July 21-23. Friday and Saturday the show will run 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. On Sunday, the show will run 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. It takes place at the Walatowa Visitor Center, 7413 Hwy 4.
     

  • Artist and instructor Lisa Coddington is returning to teach a one-day workshop on drawing using botanical and natural subjects at the Los Alamos Nature Center on July 20. This class, made possible by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is great for all skill levels. The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Register to learn techniques for creating realistic, still life, and nature-inspired art.

    Participants will explore pencil techniques that portray plants and animals. With easy to understand demonstrations and master artist examples, Lisa will work to reinforce confidence in creating dimensional, summer-themed subjects. Her next class will take place on July 27th and will feature painting and watercolor techniques.

    Coddington earned her Master of Art in Illustration at Syracuse University. She has illustrated a children’s book and has received commissions by regional and national firms for her artwork and art instruction. Her whimsical characters have been licensed for ornaments and are also featured on greeting cards.

  • This Sunday will mark the 71st anniversary of the Trinity Test, the first test  of an actual nuclear weapon. The test took place in the Jornada Del Muerto Desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico.

    At Fuller Lodge this weekend, the birth of the atomic bomb will be remembered in an hour and a half, thought-provoking performance that will include poetry by former Los Alamos native Allison Cobb, art by Japanese artist Yukiyo Kawano and dance by Butoh dancer Meshi Chavez. Stephen Miller and Lisa DeGrace will be providing the music and visual effects.

    The performance will actually center around the Aug. 9 bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, when the plutonium “Fat Man” bomb was dropped. Kawano created a replica of the Fat Man bomb from World War II era kimonos sewn together with Kawano’s hair. She has grandparents that survived the Hiroshima bombing on Aug. 6. The kimonos came from a shop owned by one of her grandmothers.

    The event is sponsored in part by the LA History museum.

    “When viewed together, the multiple perspectives from Los Alamos and Japan creates a more holistic history than what can be understood from only one point of view,” LA History Museum Director Judith Stauber said. 

  • I am loving summer, I hope you are too.

    I love the way things slow down, even though lately I haven’t seemed to get anything extra done.

    I hope you plan to participate in the Los Alamos County 100 Aha Moments photo contest. If you aren’t much of a contest participant, but like taking photographs, give it a try and support a new idea.

    Check out the County’s Instagram page, shoot a photo of your own and post it with the #100AHAMoments. The number sign for our young generation is called a “Hashtag,” and while I try not to be judgmental someone actually named their child that about a year ago. He isn’t reading yet and the family doesn’t live here, so I feel safe in sharing the story.

    I am not an Instagram kinda person, but I may give it a whirl as I do like to photograph almost anything.

    Last weekend I photographed a lot of local activities as we try and take advantage of all fun, free things while our company is visiting.

    This is an excellent time to just relax with some fun, new summer television shows too.