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  • The Santa Fe Botanical Garden will kick off the ground breaking of their Phase Two Expansion at 11 a.m. Friday at their Museum Hill site at 715 Camino Lejo.
    The construction team, led by John Mondragon of Mountain West Golfscapes, will work through the fall and winter to complete the hardscape of the expanded garden. Planting is scheduled in Spring 2016, with an anticipated opening of Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands Garden in August/September 2016.
    Phase Two of the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill is titled Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands as it will be a place to explore ethnobotany – the shared history of humans and plants in northern New Mexico – through hands-on experiences and observation. It will serve as the epicenter of educational programming and will enable SFBG to serve the community in new ways.

  • The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Center and Champions of Youth Ambitions announced dates for the Festival of Chocolate and the Festival of Trees for 2015. The Festival of Chocolate will be Nov. 14 and the Festival of Trees will take place Nov. 21.
    Community organizations interested in donating to either event can call 695-9139. The events raise funds for youth development projects, science education in the classroom, senior citizen programs and the Community Asset Awards.

  • 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, Oct. 30, 2015
    6:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 PM County Council Meeting –Replay 10-27-15
    1:00 PM Democracy Now!
    2:00 PM United in Christ
    3:00 PM Road to Recovery
    4:00 PM Uprising
    5:00 PM Democracy Now!
    6:00 PM “Inflationary Cosmology – Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse?”
    7:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Witnessing WWII: A Memorable Panel Discussion”
    8:30 PM Let’s Talk Good Business
    9:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    9:30 PM Cheers for 30 Years: The White Rock Senior Center
    10:00 PM Northern NM Citizen’s Advisory Board
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015
    6:00 AM FSTV
    5:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    6:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    7:00 PM United Church
    8:15 PM Los Alamos Non-Profit Spotlight
    8:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    9:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • SANTA FE—¡Orale! Take a ride into the creative reimaginings of American steel as captured in photographs, hubcaps, hood ornaments, car show banners and actual cars.
    “Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico,” opening May 1 (through March 5, 2017) at the New Mexico History Museum focuses on mobile works of art and their makers – home-grown Nuevomexicanos who customize, detail, paint and upholster these favorite symbols of Hispanic culture.
    Photo Curator Daniel Kosharek has pulled together an extensive collection of images by Don Usner, Annie Sahlin, Jack Parsons, Sam Adams, Norman Mauskopf, Dottie Lopez, Gabriela Campos, Meridel Rubinstein and others.
    In addition, the exhibit features a chromed and touchable engine, miniature-scale model-car collections, trophies, memorabilia and other ephemera.
    The museum lobby will host a rotating selection of cherry examples. And the thrill ride doesn’t stop there.
    On May 20, the New Mexico Museum of Art will unveil an exhibit curated by Katherine Ware showing photographs and art inspired by car culture. Also in May, the Museum of New Mexico Press will release a companion book featuring essays by Ware and Usner.

  • This November, the Los Alamos Little Theatre offers its fifth edition of the 8x10s, an evening of eight short (about 10 minutes long) plays.
    “8x10’s Fifth Symphony” has a little bit of everything, from historical drama to tribal customs to time travel to the revealed thoughts of dogs.
    The plays come mainly from local and regional playwrights.
    “Los Alamos Little Theatre is community theater in every sense of the phrase,” said John Gustafson, LALT Board president and co-producer of the 8x10s. “We not only offer theatre to our local audience, but we invite members of the community to participate in creating the theatrical experience.” The 8x10 format allows newcomers to get involved in acting, directing or stagecraft without the demands that a full production creates.
    “8x10’s Fifth Symphony” features five first-time directors, six people new to the LALT stage, and a first-time playwright.  People experienced with theatre are also getting acquainted with new roles, such as stage management, make-up and lighting. “We are delighted that people are taking the opportunity to find new ways to get engaged in producing a theatrical experience,” said co-producer Kelli Guider, who is herself a show producer for the first time.

  • The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project is pleased to announce a spooky tour of Historic Los Luceros on Halloween afternoon. Rarely open to the public, visitors will have the opportunity to take a guided tour of this New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs’ property from 2-5 p.m. Saturday.
    Los Luceros ranch is a 148-acre property along the Rio Grande near the village of Alcalde. The centerpiece of the historic Los Luceros ranch complex is a 5,700 square-foot, 18th century Territorial-style adobe home, which was renovated by the Cabot Foundation in 2004 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The property also includes a visitor’s center, director’s residence and a small gallery.
    In addition to the hacienda and the visitor center complex, the property contains three residences, an 18th century chapel, the original village jail, numerous farm buildings, apple orchards, irrigated pasture and bosque on the Rio Grande. Complete with a hanging tree and a female ghost who roams the Casa Grande, this tour is a great way to kick off your Halloween festivities.
    The tour will also include spooky stories and Halloween treats. All proceeds will benefit the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project.

  • On the walls of The Gathering Space at Monte del Sol Charter School, one can find flags from all over the world, representing faculty, students and staff’s histories and countries of origin. Founded in 2000, the school’s focus on sustainability and international relationships has now brought it into collaboration with Face to Face, an international peer education method founded in the Netherlands. Monte del Sol will take part in a peer education project that schools in New York City, Utrecht and Hilversum, (Netherlands), Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata, (Argentina) and Egypt also have participated in. With this approach, students from different countries have collaboratively developed an array of topics and themes from peace to human rights, art, literature and science, and used multimedia and technology to convey their final results and/or showcase their creative expressions.
    In conjunction with the student project, from 9:45-10:30 a.m. Nov. 3, renowned Dutch ecologist Prof. André De Roos, a visiting presenter at the Santa Fe Institute, also will give a free lecture, “Fishing Smart and Sustainably” to the student body at Monte del Sol Charter School.

  • Mario and Gina Velasquez are thrilled to announce the birth of their baby boy, Dominic Mario Velasquez.
    Dominic entered the world at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2015 at Christus St. Vincent Hospital.
    He spent his first five days of life at UNM Children’s Hospital under observation for some lung issues but is now safe and healthy at home in Santa Fe.
    Dominic’s proud grandparents are Beatrice Leyba, of Santa Fe, Kathi Spencer-Velasquez, of Albuquerque and Joseph and Roberta Velasquez, of Albuquerque.

  • Mario and Gina Velasquez are thrilled to announce the birth of their baby boy, Dominic Mario Velasquez.
    Dominic entered the world at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2015 at Christus St. Vincent Hospital.
    He spent his first five days of life at UNM Children’s Hospital under observation for some lung issues but is now safe and healthy at home in Santa Fe.
    Dominic’s proud grandparents are Beatrice Leyba, of Santa Fe, Kathi Spencer-Velasquez, of Albuquerque and Joseph and Roberta Velasquez, of Albuquerque.

  • THURSDAY
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. Final market of the season and the last chance to stock up on New Mexico green chile. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library.

    Chamber of Commerce Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. will feature a presentation by State Auditor Tim Keller. Topics will include the financial health of our state and the related work of the State Auditor’s office. Register on Chamber website.
    FRIDAY
    Trick or Treat on MainStreet. 4-7 p.m. in downtown Los Alamos.  Local shops will open their doors to trick-or-treaters.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum hosts its annual High Tech Halloween from 4-6:30 p.m. today at 15th Street and Central Avenue, in conjunction with Trick-or-Trick on Main Street. Free.

    Halloween Night Hike. Join fellow adventurers on a spooky pre-Halloween hike in the woods behind the nature center. See local trails under the cover of darkness. Bring a light or purchase one at the gift shop. Free for adults, $5 for children. Register at peecnature.org. 6:30 p.m. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Main Street Halloween festivities continue on Saturday with the Pumpkin Glow on the lawn at Fuller Lodge from 6-9 p.m. and entertainment by The Nomads inside Fuller Lodge.

  • Explore local trails on a fun, family-friendly pre-Halloween hike by moonlight, flashlight, and headlamp on Friday. Fellow adventurers will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-Halloween stroll to observe shadows, tell tales, and tread lightly in hopes of catching a glimpse of our local nocturnal wildlife.
    Craig Martin and Dave Yeamans will lead this short hike.
    See what comes out at night. Bring a flashlight or headlamp, or buy one at the gift shop. This hike is $5 per child and free for accompanying adults. Register in advance for this nocturnal adventure.
    To register for this hike and for more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Explore local trails on a fun, family-friendly pre-Halloween hike by moonlight, flashlight, and headlamp on Friday. Fellow adventurers will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-Halloween stroll to observe shadows, tell tales, and tread lightly in hopes of catching a glimpse of our local nocturnal wildlife.
    Craig Martin and Dave Yeamans will lead this short hike.
    See what comes out at night. Bring a flashlight or headlamp, or buy one at the gift shop. This hike is $5 per child and free for accompanying adults. Register in advance for this nocturnal adventure.
    To register for this hike and for more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • I’m here to tell you that road rage could happen to you. Yes, it is even possible for mild-mannered people.
    About two months ago, I was headed to work. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but I don’t believe I would speed and endanger the lives of others to get there. Let me correct that, I know I wouldn’t do it.
    On this day, as I headed up the truck route, a gentleman on a motorcycle crossed the double yellow line, passed several cars and attempted the curve all before swinging back into the proper lane.
    I was flabbergasted and thought it may have been the most dangerous thing I’ve seen. Well, there is one other. I’ll mention it in a bit.
    Normally, I would have just thought him an idiot and let it go, until I arrived at the same red light, sitting in the lane right beside him. I was furious.
    I rolled down the window and said the following:
    “Hey dude! That was f*#@ing dangerous and you know it.”
    The driver hung his head in shame because he knew I was right.
    I continued…
    “I just hope if you kill somebody it is you and not someone else.”
    The light changed and I rolled up my window.
    WOW! I couldn’t believe I did that. I know I would never have done it had my children been in the car, of that I am sure.

  • BY JILL MCLAUGHLIN
    lacommunity@lamonitor.com

    The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is hot on the trail to Los Alamos for this year’s Halloween Pumpkin Glow at Fuller Lodge.
    Driven by Diggiti Dog Donald and Di-Jenn Mustard, two recent college graduates, the oversized barbecue-treat-on-wheels will arrive in time to participate in the spooky festivities from 6-9 p.m.
    “We’ll be all Halloween-ed out,” Diggiti Dog Donald (who prefers not to use his last name) said.
    The Wienermobile will be transformed into a scary pumpkin and wiener whistle treats, a tradition since 1952, will be handed out to anyone who visits. People can also get pictures taken.
    “We’re trying to have some fun and make people smile,” Donald said.
    The two-condiment crew drives the “southwest” Wienermobile, which is one of six in the country. They were in Texas last week and will be in Arizona the next.  
    “It’s such a cool experience,” Donald said. “We’re always meeting new people and the whole time driving around in a really big hot dog.”

     

  • Oct. 25-Oct. 31, 2015
    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 must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45        Cardio
    11:30        Lunch: Dill Baked Fish
     1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    9 a.m.–3 p.m.    Medicare Open Enrollment
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beef Tips
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1:30 p.m.        “Friends” Meeting
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise

  • Students at Piñon Elementary have been spending lunch in the art room painting rocks. The finished rocks will be hidden all over White Rock, with some even making their way up the Hill.
    They want to spread happiness by leaving hidden smiles in places people would not expect to find them, they said this week. Those who find a smiley rock can keep it, or they can hide it somewhere else to spread the joy.
    People are encouraged to take a picture of where they find  rocks and email them to S.Rittner@laschools.net. The kids might enjoy knowing their  “smiles’ were found.

    This project has been a collaboration of Stephanie Rittner, Pinon Art Teacher  
    and Britton Donharl, Pinon parent and Pinon substitute teacher.

  • Sept. 29 — A girl. Ava Jo Romero. Parents Valerie Duran and Joseph Romero.
    Oct. 3 — A boy. Emerson Hepbron Holmes. Parents Karen and Matthe Holmes.
    Oct. 9 — A girl. Stevie Rae Martinez. Parents Tanya and Steven Martinez.
    Oct. 12 — A boy. Kaius Roman Preston. Parents Annette and Daniel Preston.
    Oct. 16 — A boy. Zachary Allyn Williams. Parents Stephanie and Garett Williams.
    Oct. 9 — A boy. Noah Michael Unzueta. Parents Christina and Michael Unzueta.
    Oct.19 — A girl. Alithyia Jenae Gallegos. Parents Stephanie Sandoval and Patricio Gallegos.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • TODAY
    Annual Barbershop Show. The Lads of Enchantment will be holding its Annual Barbershop Show this year at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the United Church of Los Alamos. Tickets are $15 and $5 for students. Visit ladsofenchantment.org.
    SATURDAY
    The County Department of Public Utilities is sponsoring a Home Efficiency Expo from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Municipal Golf Course Community Room to provide information on ways to save money and energy by making water- and energy-efficient upgrades to a home. Booth space is available for companies with appropriate services and products for the Expo, contact Alex Zubelewicz Admission is free.

    Pumpkin Patch at Calvary Chapel. Come join the fun! 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Calvary Chapel, 580 North Mesa Road. Free. Pumpkins, food, face painting, petting zoo, hay rides, pony rides and games.

    Scarecrow contest. Los Alamos Arts Council brings a bit of frightful autumn fun to downtown Los Alamos with the annual Scarecrow Contest. Registration fee is $10, and prizes are awarded to scarecrows for creativity and seasonal spirit. Bring the assembled scarecrow to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce office at 109 Central Park Square. Applicants will be received from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Scarecrows will be on display Nov. 1.

  • Los Alamos Creative District’s Final Fourth Friday of 2015 will happen in downtown Los Alamos today. The next Fourth Friday will continue in January.
    Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers extended hours or special programming at Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society, Fuller Lodge Art Center, The Nature Center and Mesa Public Library. Fourth Fridays also promotes special offerings from participating local businesses.
    This month Fourth Friday special events and include:
    The Bradbury Science Museum will be open late until 6 p.m. for Fourth Friday, offering extended access to exhibits. The museum will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and is located at 1350 Central Avenue. For information, visit lanl.gov/museum.