• It is time to submit entries for the Friends of the Shelter Calendar. It is easy to do online at calendar lafos.org. If anyone has adopted a shelter pet, particularly a pet from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, consider adding a photograph to the 2016 calendar.

    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 a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    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 and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

  • Today
    Los Alamos High School Class of 1985 is having its 30-year reunion. More information can be found on lahs85.org, or on Facebook at Los Alamos High School, Class of 1985.
    Nature Playtimes at the Nature Center. 10-11 a.m. Kids aged 0-5 and their caregivers come to the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore the natural world. Children rotate through themed centers inside and outside, with story time to start them off. Mondays except holidays. Free. More information at losalamosnature.org.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon in the meeting room at the golf course, 4250 Diamond Dr. Guest speaker will be Gabe Baca, UNM-LA director of the Adult Learning Center.

    The Great Books discussion group is now called Mesa Readers. The group meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Mesa Public Library. The group chooses selections that interest its members and selects books and short stories that meet participants’ choices. All are welcome. For more information, call Mary Cernicek at 662-7100.

    Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II lecture. 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. New Mexico State Historian Rick Hendricks will talk about the role New Mexico played in World War II.

  • For many centuries, dogs have been referred to as “man’s best friend.”
    Many of us consider our dogs a part of the family and would do anything to protect them. Whether your dog stays primarily outside or takes regular naps on your bed, a dog house is essential for your pet’s protection outdoors.
    Providing a safe outdoor place for your dog is important, especially if they live outside or are going to spend long periods of time outdoors. Portability, durability and size are all factors to consider when purchasing or building an outdoor shelter for Fido.
    An effective dog house will protect your dog from extreme temperatures, wind, rain, snow and even potential predators.
    Dr. Sarah Griffin, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, explains why a dog house is essential for Texas dog owners.
    “Dogs dissipate heat by convection (fan or wind blowing), radiation (through their skin), conduction (laying on something cool) and evaporation (panting). On a summer day in central Texas when the temperature is 100-plus degrees, 60 percent humidity and 5 mph wind, the dog can only dissipate heat effectively by evaporation. The dog needs a shelter to help him stay cool,” she said.

  • The new White Rock Branch Library will host an Open House from 5- 8 p.m. on Tuesday, featuring best-selling author Hampton Sides. Sides is an award-winning editor of Outside and the author of the bestselling histories, “Hellhound on his Trail,” “Blood and Thunder” and “Ghost Soldiers.” His latest book, “In the Kingdom of Ice,” has just been released in paperback.

    Sides will give a talk at 6 p.m. about the book, and remain after the talk to meet with people and sign copies of his book. Paperback copies will be available for purchase at the event. Refreshments are provided by Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.

    Photography by White Rock photographer Martin Cooper will also be dedicated at 5:30 p.m. at the Open House. Cooper and his wife, Bev, have donated six large pieces, which have been printed on wood, to the library’s permanent art collection.

    The White Rock Branch opened to the public July 31.The Los Alamos County Libraries are open seven days each week, from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Today
    Los Alamos High School Class of 1985 is having its 30-year reunion. More information can be found on lahs85.org, or on Facebook at Los Alamos High School, Class of 1985.

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The Derailers, country. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.

    Summer Art Camp Showcase. Aug. 3-8. Opening reception from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 8.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    The Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Parade. 10-11:30 a.m. along Central Avenue.

    Thrash n’ Bash. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Los Alamos Skate Park. Meet & greet the Derby Dames and see what the Atomic Kings have to offer and the community has a chance to show off skating skills to earn some custom items or gear. And for music, local punk rock band The Nukeproofs will be playing their final show together as a group, followed by the band Flesh Castle.

    White Rock Artist Market. First Saturday of the month at the Visitor Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Runs through October.

    Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo. Parade. 10-11:30 a.m. along Central Avenue.

  • “Not Back-to-School” breakfast for retirees is Aug. 13.
    For 43 years, retired Los Alamos Public Schools employees have gathered at the yearly event on the first day of Back to School for students and teachers.
    The event was founded by retired teacher Bill Hudson.
    It is the event all retired educators eagerly look forward to each August. Retirees from all over the United States make a special effort to attend the event to share memories and talk with friends and visit after their no agenda, no dues, no obligation meeting.
    This year the breakfast is 9:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 13 in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill. There is a nominal charge of $12 for the breakfast, and for those who can, please add a donation for the use of the church.
    All new retirees should have received an invitation in the mail and other retirees an email about the event. It is important that retirees RSVP to Emily Engel at 662-3846, larse@ieee.org, or Melissa Alexander at 662-4322, talexand@cybermesa.com.
    Leave information on whether or not you plan to attend and be sure to state name, email address and phone number for future contact by this “alumni” group by Monday.
    Those interested are advised to respond early to ensure there is plenty of food for everyone.

  • Former Los Alamos resident James Carothers is currently among the leaders in the Nash Next Contest, a talent competition sponsored by Cumulus Media designed to discover up-and-coming country music artists. Ultimately, the winner will be signed to the new Nash Next Record Label, called Big Machine Records and the Top 10 place winners will participate in a nationwide tour in 2016. First-round voting is underway and continues through today. As of Thursday afternoon, Carothers is ranked No. 10.
    Artist rank is determined by a real-time “Spin Score,” which is a combination of fan voting and fan interaction on the artist’s Nash Next profile. Friends, family, and fans wishing to help increase Carothers’ “Spin Score” and overall ranking in the competition should take the following steps:

    • Visit nashnextcountry.com
    • Click “Register as a Fan” and submit (Name, Email, Password)
    • Find “James Carothers” on the Leaderboard and go to his profile page.
    • Click the arrow to “Vote” (Fans may vote once every 24 hours through today)
    • Click the heart on the top picture to officially become James’s “Fan”
    • Hover over each song and click “Like” once for each song

    ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, August 7, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 7-28-15
    02:00 PM United in Christ
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Exploring Mars
    with the Curiosity Mars Rover”
    08:00 PM The Garage
    08:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock & Roll
    09:00 PM Bandelier National Monument Naturalization Ceremony
    10:30 PM FMP Live
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, August 8, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, August 9, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:15 PM Los Alamos Non-Profit Spotlight
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, August 10, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

  • Art exhibits
    The 11th Annual Gala Exhibition and Auction on display through Aug. 28 will showcase artists from across the U.S. and abroad who find inspiration in Fechin’s legacy, Taos and the creative traditions of the Southwest.

    Photographs Keith Carter “Ghostland” and Kate Breakey “Shadow and Light,” at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe. Show runs through Aug. 22.

    Zane Bennett Gallery announces “IMPACTS! II” an exhibition featuring Bi Rongrong, Shen Fan, Liang Shaoji and others, with seven artists in total. The show is at 435 South Guadalupe St., across from the rail station in Santa Fe, and coincides with the Last Friday Art Walk in the Railyard Arts District. The grand opening will be from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21. There will be exciting events occurring during these openings involving traditional and contemporary Chinese culture, with more information to follow.

    “Where the Buffalo Roam.” Angel Wynn, American artist and photographer. Show runs through Aug. 31 at Angel Wynn Gallery in Santa Fe.

    Kathleen Doyle Cook, “Intensity in Abstraction.” Friday through Aug. 31. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Friday at the New Concept Gallery in Santa Fe.

  • On Aug. 6, 1945, the Nakajima district of Hiroshima was a bustling neighborhood ... until the first atomic bomb was dropped by the U.S. military.
    A screening of the film “Message from Hiroshima” will be presented 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe.
    Director Masaaki Tanabe reflects upon the 70th anniversary through heart-wrenching testimonials of survivors, plus digital recreations of life prior to the bomb.
    The film will be followed by a panel discussion of nuclear weapons issues by Valerie Plame of Global Zero, The Rev. John Dear of Campaign Nonviolence and Jay Coghlan of NukeWatch.
    Tickets for the event are $15 for the film and panel discussion. For $25 the event includes a reception and silent auction with the panel members.
    Reservations are recommended. ccasantafe.org/cinematheque/upcoming-films/382-nuke-watch, or call CCA at 982-1338. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles.
    The producers of “Message From Hiroshima” will be available to answer the public’s questions at 1 p.m. Thursday for one hour as part of a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). Visit reddit.com/r/IamA to join the discussion live, or to read the responses afterwards.

  • Cleveland Millfest and benefit dance

    Cleveland Roller Mill Museum presents the 2015 Cleveland Millfest Festival. 10 a.m. Sept. 5 at the museum in Cleveland, 2 miles northwest of Mora.
    The festival is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 5-6, off N.M. 518, near mile marker 31 in the community of Cleveland.
    There will be 60-plus artists, native foods, baked goods, dance exhibitions and continuous musical entertainment.
    The Cleveland Roller Mill Museum, a three-story adobe water-powered historic flourmill, will be in continuous operation. There are three tours available daily.
    The festival is free into the arts, crafts and entertainment area, and $4 for admission into the museum. Parking is $2 per vehicle.
    For more information, visit clevelandrollermillmuseum.org, or 575-387-2645.
    Also scheduled in Cleveland, is the Roller Mill benefit dance featuring the Rifters. The dance is 5 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Cleveland Roller Mill Museum.
    The Annual Mill Dance benefits the mill, which is the only flourmill of its size, and type that has been restored to operating condition in the southwestern United States.
    Mark Eaglehart and friends are the opening entertainment followed by the Rifters, one of northern New Mexico’s favorite south western country dance bands.

  • All concerts in St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, unless otherwise noted.
    6 p.m. Sunday
    5 p.m. — Pre-concert talk with composer Marc Neikrug and Steven Ovitsky
    Debussy Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet & Piano
    Todd Levy, clarinet; Haochen Zhang, piano
    Neikrug Acequias for Guitar and String Quartet
    Łukasz Kuropaczewski, guitar; Orion String Quartet
    Dvorak String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Op. 106
    Orion String Quartet
    Tickets: $10-$78

    10 a.m. Aug. 10
    Youth Concert
    Lukasz Kuropaczewski, guitar; Orion String Quartet
    Tickets: Free

    6 p.m. Aug. 10
    5 p.m. — Pre-concert talk with composer Mark Neikrug and Steven Ovitsky
    Debussy Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet & Piano        
    Todd Levy, clarinet; Haochen Zhang, piano
    Neikrug Acequias for Guitar and String Quartet
    Łukasz Kuropaczewski, guitar; Orion String Quartet
    Dvorak String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Op. 106
    Orion String Quartet
    Tickets: $10-$78

    Noon Aug. 11
    Giuliani Rossiniana No. 3, Op. 121
    Łukasz Kuropaczewski, guitar                    

  • By Melissa Riedel-Espinoza

    Special to the Monitor

  • Members of the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists (NMPCA), with the support of Fuller Lodge Art Center, will stage an exhibition of work titled “Conversations in Clay.”  
    The exhibit runs from Aug. 14-Sept. 19 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center, with an opening reception on opening day from 5-7 p.m.
    The theme encouraged members to participate in different ways, including working with another artist, to create visual conversations.  Individual entries by a single artist are also included, along with a one-sentence “conversation starter” description.  
    Members have been talking about this show for months. Those who collaborated with another found that the effort of working together resulted in a whole greater than the simple sum of its parts. The synergy created by this approach will continue to rebound in the clay community and in the work of individual artists throughout New Mexico.  

  • The documentary film, “SlingShot,” is scheduled to premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Santa Fe. The film will be shown a the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA).
    “SlingShot” features Dean Kamen, quirky iconclast and inventor, who has been called the “Thomas Edison of our time.” This film follows Kamen, who created several innovative products and medical devices that help people in need and ease suffering, in his newest endeavor to solve the world’s clean water crisis with a purification device called SlingShot. (slingshotdoc.com)
    The film, directed by Paul Lazarus, is winner of multiple awards, including New Hampshire Film Festival: Best Feature Documentary, Boston Film Festival: EcoFilm Award and Best Director, and Florida Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize and Audience Favorite Award.
    Kamen is also founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science Technology), a nonprofit that hosts youth programs and problem-solving competitions to inspire students to create opportunities and solutions to complex problems through science, engineering and technology.
    The film will be run through Aug. 13 at the CCA.
    General admission is $10 (seniors: $8.50, and $8, for student members, and $7 for children. Information and online ticket purchase, ccasantafe.org.

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre announces the line-up of short plays scheduled for performance in November.
    “We are very pleased that this season’s 8x10 production features exclusively playwrights connected to the region,” said co-producer Kelli Guider. “This production is a great opportunity for first-time directors and actors, or anyone who wants to explore his or her creative side.”
    Auditions for the 8x10s will be from 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Performing Arts Center, also known as the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Persons who would like to audition but are not able to make those times are encouraged to contact co-producer John Gustafson at johngus@cybermesa.com to make alternate arrangements.
    Copies of the scripts are available at the Mesa Public Library and the White Rock branch for perusal and overnight checkout.
    LALT’s 2015-16 season opens in September with the classic play “Harvey” by Mary Chase, directed by Gwen Lewis.
    LALT is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that has been providing theatre to the Los Alamos community for more than 70 years.

  • The changing exhibit room at the Los Alamos Historical Museum will be housing the “Kids Make History” exhibit until Sept. 4. The museum welcomes the public to enjoy local kids’ artwork that is on display. The exhibit also includes a number of fun art projects for children, adults and families to participate in.
    The art featured in the “Kids Make History” exhibit includes work by students in kindergarten and in the second, third and fourth grades at Aspen, Barranca Mesa, Mountain and Piñon Elementary schools, as well as work from homeschooled children. Students took inspiration for their art from lessons they were taught about homesteading, archaeology and Ancestral Puebloans and their traditions.
    The “Kids Make History” exhibit also includes participatory projects for the Los Alamos Historical Museum’s visitors to take part in. There are tables that can seat adults and children that have projects and coloring pages for everyone to use. There are also blank spaces on the wall for the art done by visitors to be added to the exhibit.
    For more information, visit the Los Alamos Historical museum’s website at losalamoshistory.org/museum.

  • There’s an awful lot of talk this week about the whole back to school thing, but I know a handful of youth that grasping at every minute of summer.
    The annual Fair and Rodeo, is for some of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s Youth Business Grant recipients biggest selling opportunity yet.
    Morgan Smith will be on hand with origami creations called, Grandma’s Butterflies, “The Butterflies of Love.”
    Smith handcrafts the origami beauties, which will be on display and available by special order for just $1 each, bringing happiness to the receiver.
    She makes the butterflies today, in honor of her grandma, who passed away in February. Since the butterflies made her grandma happy, she hopes they will bring the same joy to others.
    If you don’t make it to the concert on Friday, one delicious vendor in town has them available anytime. The Rose Chocolatier is a proud supporter of two YBG recipients displaying Smith’s butterflies and 2014 recipient Ruby Selvage’s chocolate rocks for sale.
    If you feel the need for a really stellar fudgsicle, consider heading to one local business that is supporting our youth and youth serving programs.

  • Recurring meetings
    Note: If any of the following listings need to be changed or removed, contact Gina Velasquez immediately at lacommunity@lamonitor.com, or 662-4185, ext. 21.

    The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at noon every Tuesday at the golf course, 4250 Diamond Dr. Guest speakers every week. See full Be There calendar for details.

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets Tuesdays from Noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall.