• Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum is looking for volunteers for the upcoming busy tourist season.
    A free annual volunteer training series about the community’s history and historic district will be offered from 3-4 p.m. every Thursday in April and May. The trainings started last week in the Museum Classroom in Fuller Lodge.
    The training includes engaging lectures on Los Alamos history with a different theme each week and an emphasis on visitor engagement and customer service throughout.
    Training is open to the public, and registration is not required. Anyone high-school age and up is encouraged to attend.
    The sessions are part of the Historical Society’s volunteer certification program, where volunteers are trained to serve in the Museum Shop, as tour guides or as guides to the homestead-era Romero Cabin and the historic Hans Bethe House.
    Museum docents work one to four shifts a month. Shifts are four hours.
    Tasks include greeting and orienting visitors, answering questions about Los Alamos history and the community, and making sales in the Museum Shop.
    Romero Cabin docents share the community’s homestead history with visitors.

    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    Chapter AK, P.E.O., meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Emma Stafford, 30 Paige Circle in White Rock. Stafford  will provide a program on homeschooling. Joanie Budzileni is the co-hostess. RSVP to Emma at 672-0540.

    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Historical Society lecture at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Mesa Public Library. Dr. Nikki Nojima Louis will speak on her experiences as a Japanese American in World War II and beyond.
    Kiwanis meeting from noon to 1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos. Greg Fisher, economic vitality director for Los Alamos County, will speak on the state of the county economy.


    Selvi Viswanathan is unique. The 2016 Los Alamos Treasure is always dressed in a colorful sari, and it is difficult to miss this charming import.  
    People see an intelligent, soft-spoken, feminine woman who takes time to make everyone around her feel comfortable.  
    It is never easy to fit into another culture, even when that culture is known as a melting pot. Viswanathan achieved this and prospered in the process. The first 29 years of her life were spent in Berhampur Odisha, Tamil-speaking south India. In 1967, fresh from an arranged marriage, Viswanathan traveled alone from Bombay to New York City, delayed a week from accompanying her new husband, V.K. (Nathan) Viswanathan, by a visa holdup.
    Although she had taught teenagers for eight years in India, Viswanathan had never really been alone – never walked outside without family or friends, certainly never taken a plane trip by herself.  
    She managed her fright and took the trip because “it had to be  done.”


    “Quietly effective and caring,” “absolutely reliable,” “hardworking,”  “friendly,” “outgoing,” “competent,” “sincere,” “deeply respected,” “can’t say no,” “our community could use a thousand more like him.”  
    Charles Robert Tallman is being honored as a 2016 Living Treasure for many reasons – none more so than this high personal regard.
    Tallman belongs to that group of long-term residents who form the backbone of much of Los Alamos’ civic life. After his arrival here in 1962 with his wife Janet and two children, David and Katherine, Tallman wasted little time embracing his new community.


    Anyone who has lived in Los Alamos during the last 35 years was sure to see a small, cheerful, dark-haired woman pitching in at a community project downtown, or at Mountain School, county council, the United Church, Rotary or Casa Mesita.
     It’s Nona Bowman, all Southern accent and Western energy – a 2016 Los Alamos Living Treasure.
    Bowman has been a fixture on the Los Alamos volunteer scene since 1982, when she, husband Charlie, and their two young children, Brenda and David, moved here in response to Charlie’s job offer from the Los Alamos Laboratory. (He subsequently managed the neutron science program, became a Lab fellow, and started his own technical business.)  
    Bowman began teaching in the Gate gifted student program, earning a reputation as an energetic teacher able to bring difficult concepts alive. She retired at age 64 in 1998, after more than 15 years.
    Bowman also immersed herself in the larger community. Her best-known Los Alamos role centers on her eight-year Los Alamos County Council membership.
    Elected in November 2002, she was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2006 and served a stint as council chair – evidence of her colleagues’ respect.

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. April 20 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Speaker Kevin Stillman will give a presentation on the state of the Bandelier backcountry and trails post Las Conchas fire.
    A social and reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. Program at 7:30 p.m. There will be a slideshow and presentation about the Conchas fire and the floods of 2011 and 2013, how the backcountry and trails were affected, and where Bandelier is in rebuilding the trail system.
    Stillman is the trail work leader at Bandelier. He has worked at Bandelier for seven years and has hiked and backpacked in Bandelier and the surrounding area for many years.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Gracie—A 7-year-old tabby who was surrendered when her elderly owner could no longer care for her. She’s very shy and is still adjusting to life in the cat room. She prefers a quiet, calm house, and she doesn’t mind the company of cat-friendly dogs!
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter and interaction with humans, so check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan!

  • The second annual Los Alamos Volunteer Fair will start at 2 p.m. Saturday on the UNM-LA campus, building No. 2.

    The goal of the Volunteer Fair, hosted by the 2016 Leadership Los Alamos special projects committee, is to “connect potential volunteers with organizations in need of volunteers.”

    This year’s Los Alamos Leadership Team for the fair is compiling this information into a database and will have it available for the public by summer. Organizations are encouraged to contact losalamosvolunteerfair@gmail.com if they would like to attend the fair or if they have questions or comments about this effort.

  • Ari Le is a post-doc student from MIT with a four-year appointment at Los Alamos National Laboratory, working in the XCP6 group. Le is also the winner of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra’s Concerto competition.  
    Le will solo with that group at 2:30 p.m April 17 at St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art in downtown Santa Fe, playing the “Lachrymea for Viola and Strings” by Britten.  
    The concert will also feature Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and the world premier of “Benthic Metropolis” by Santa Fe Composer Keith Allegretto. David Chavez is the guest conductor.  Admission is free.  Donations are appreciated.

    Jemez Thrift Bag Days from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Jemez Thrift Bag Days from 9 a.m.-noon.

    Dark night at 7:30 p.m. at Spirio Soccer Field, White Rock. Pajarito Astronomers will hold first county-sponsored dark night of the year. The public is invited to wander among the telescopes and stargaze. Mercury and Jupiter will be visible. Call Steve Becker at 662-3252 for information.
    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    Chapter AK, P.E.O., meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Emma Stafford, 30 Paige Circle in White Rock. Stafford  will provide a program on homeschooling. Joanie Budzileni is the co-hostess. RSVP to Emma at 672-0540.

    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The Los Alamos Jewish Center will hold its annual community Passover Seder at the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 5:30 p.m. April 23. The event is open to anyone interested.
    The Seder is a ceremonial dinner filled with rituals designed to celebrate the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt.
    The Seder, which is Hebrew for “order,” ushers in the week of Pesach in which Jews refrain from eating Chametz.
    The celebration of Passover commemorates the miraculous delivery of the Jews from years of slavery, culminating in the birth of the Torah, the Five Books of Moses, at Mount Sinai.
    For Jews, the annual time of renewal is a time to look at each other and our society through the lens of the slave. It is a time to let go of all prejudice, intolerance, closed mindedness and limited thinking. It is a time for renewed inspiration to help create a world that is free for all peoples and all religions.

  • First United Methodist Church in Los Alamos will host a free seminar Sunday to discuss spiritual care and mental illness.
    Tom Steward, P.A. and Carol Steward will lead the seminar, which starts at 6 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist-Los Alamos Sanctuary, located next to  Sullivan Field. The Stephen Ministry team of FUMC welcomes the greater community of Los Alamos to hear from Tom and Carol Steward as they discuss the impact of mental illness on families. The Stewards will share what the community can do to encourage and support the family of individuals with mental illness.
    Tom Steward is a private counselor who has a practice specializing in psycho-therapy services with the aim to strengthen individuals, couples, families and communities.
    For infomration, call 662-6277. This is a free event with childcare for children ages from nursery through the fifth grade.

  • Art exhibits
    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces form & concept, a nonprofit arts organization founded to push and explore the boundaries of perceived distinctions between art, craft and design. The programming acts as a conversation between these disciplines, supporting contemporary creative practice through exhibitions of regional and international artists. form & concept serves the community through its educational programming by producing artist residencies, workshops, lectures and other events.The grand opening will be 5-7 p.m. May 27.

    “Gardening at Night: Photographs by Cig Harvey. April 15-June 4 at Photo-eye Gallery, 541 South Guadalupe in Santa Fe.

  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — Word of mouth might be kryptonite for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which fell a steep 68 percent in its second weekend in theaters according to comScore estimates Sunday. The superhero pic earned an estimated $52.4 million over the weekend, easily besting the modest new openers like “God’s Not Dead 2” and “Meet the Blacks.”
    The Zack Snyder movie cost a reported $250 million to produce and around $150 million to market, and has earned an estimated $261.5 million to date.
    It’s a critical launching point for a series of interconnected movies in the DC Comics Universe from Warner Bros. that will include this year’s “Suicide Squad” and next year’s “Wonder Woman” and two “Justice League” movies, which is why its early performance – and hold – are being so intensely scrutinized.
    Superhero movies tend to be frontloaded with fans, and a near 60 percent fall is not uncommon for major blockbusters in weekend two.
    “Sometimes the bigger they are the harder they fall,” said Paul Dergarabedian, comScore’s senior media analyst. “This is often what happens when you have films that rank in the top 10 debuts of all time.”

  • DeVargas Center in Santa Fe is nearing completion of a series of upgrades to support its growing roster of local merchants.
    The renovations add a more contemporary, regional flair that underscores its commitment to offering a main street experience for both shoppers and homegrown retailers.
    This month, the mall welcomes eight new tenants from Sanbusco, including Santa Fe Pens, Pandora’s, Dell Fox Jewelry and Bodhi Bazaar.
    DeVargas Center has also recently completed new spaces for some of its existing merchants, including Elegant Nails, the Bug Museum and Baskin Robbins.
    The new spaces and upgraded storefronts were designed by David Naylor Interiors and developed by JR Construction.
    Naylor said the goal was to create a more contemporary, yet distinctly Santa Fe feel for the mall, which is home to a variety of unique local merchants.
    “When you go to a corporate mall, what’s distinct is that each shop has got their brand so well designed,” he said. “I didn’t want this mall trying to look like that since we don’t have any corporate brands. These are all homegrown, neighborhood shops. So it looks friendly, local, regional.”

  • The Adobe Theater will present American playwright Horton Foote’s play “Dividing The Estate” April 29 through May 22.
    First staged in 2007, “Dividing The Estate” was awarded the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, and the 2008 Obie Award for Playwriting.
    Set in 1987 Texas, “Dividing The Estate” follows the fate and fortune of the “land rich and cash poor” Gordon family.
    The elderly matriarch of the family, Stella, is stubbornly intent on keeping the estate intact while she lives, but her children Mary Jo, Lewis, and Lucille are all strapped for cash and want to split things up immediately. Old wounds and resentments, always close to the surface, erupt anew as the Gordon siblings argue, accuse, wheedle and blame each other, their mother, and the economy for their own shortcomings and failures.
    Director Brian Hansen readily admits to a lingering case of “Horton Foote Disease.” He became infected four years ago when he directed a production of Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful at The Adobe Theater. The production was demanding and well-received, but most of all it introduced him to the world of a largely-ignored playwright, Horton Foote.

  • Violinist Alexi Kenney will return to lead the Santa Fe Symphony chamber ensemble in one of the most exciting programs of the season Sunday at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.
    The orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s beloved “The Four Seasons,” and Bach’s “Double Concerto” for oboe and violin, featuring Kenney alongside the symphony’s principal oboist Elaine Heltman.
    A free pre-concert lecture will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, sponsored by Dr. Penelope Penland, and The Pierce Group with Mort Morrison and Morgan Stanley. Kenney is underwritten by Sheryl and Michael DeGenring through the symphony’s Reach For The Stars Program.
    The program begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $80. Half-price tickets are available for children ages 6 to 14 with adult purchase (no children under six will be admitted). Call 983-1414 or 1-800-480.1319 for tickets, or the Lensic box office at 988-1234 for information. The Lensic Theater is located at 211 West San Francisco Street in Santa Fe.

  • Santa Fe’s Sierra Vista Retirement Community recently hosted Bill Thomas for a special  tour of the facility, as he stopped by to talk shop with the staff and see what the progressive retirement community was all about.
    Thomas is a nationally renowned specialist in geriatrics and aging. He was in Santa Fe to kick off his 30 city “Age of Disruption” tour, which featured a workshop on dementia during the afternoon and a “nonfiction” play in the evening called “Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game” at the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art.  
    According to Thomas, both events were meant to change the way people think about aging.
    “I hope what people take away from (the tour) is that aging is about growth, that it’s a process of growth,” he said. “In our society, we commonly think that aging is a matter of decline. I would argue that you’re growing toward something new. We think that old people are stuck and that they don’t grow and I think that’s wrong.”

  • The League of Women Voters will have its monthly Lunch with a Leader at Mesa Library at 11:30 a.m. April 19.
    Gene Grant will speak at the lunch. Grant is now in his 10th year as host of “The Line” on New Mexico in Focus. His show airs on PBS at 7 p.m. every Friday. In addition to hosting, he has also reported for the PBS NewsHour on six occasions. Gene was a columnist for the Albuquerque Tribune before doing the same for the Albuquerque Journal and Weekly Alibi.
    To order a $10 lunch from the Co-op, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 231-8286 or email at kaskacayman@gmail.com for the choices. Food needs to ordered by April 15.

  • David Bruggeman, a LANL meteorologist, will present a summary of the Los Alamos National Laboratory weather monitoring system and components at 3 p.m. April 17 at the Mesa Public Library. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Sponsored by Pajarito Flying Club. Contact Scott Miller at scott@pajaritoflyingclub.com, or 453-3327, for more information.