• Stella Terrazas is the new executive director of Los Alamos Retirement Community for Sombrillo Nursing Home.
    Terrazas was born and raised in Las Cruses, where she attended New Mexico State University and earned a bachelor of arts degree in Business Administration. She is preparing to take the New Mexico Nursing Home Administration Board Exam.
    Terrazas has been a past director of Aspen Ridge Lodge and successfully administered the assisted living facility for several years.
    Terrazas provides great respect and dedication to the Los Alamos Retirement Community with a philosophy of leading with love and care. She said she is committed to a holistic model of resident, family and staff relations in which the entire community is dedicated to care for loved ones.
    Sombrillo Nursing Home is a nonprofit, long- and short-term nursing home with rehabilitation services and hospice care in Los Alamos providing patient care in northern New Mexico for more than 30 years.
    The Los Alamos Retirement Community welcomed Terrazas to lead Sombrillo Nursing Home and continue to provide services for residents.
    For more information about the services at Sombrillo Nursing Home  contact her directly.

  • University of New Mexico-Los Alamos staff bid farewell to long-time employee Irene Martinez after 25 years of service in the enrollment and admissions office.
    Almost every student that has attended the university has had some sort of contact with Martinez who called all the students her kids. Martinez served in a number of positions during her time at UNM-LA, including support for the Department of Instruction, but spent the majority of her time in Student Services.
    A retirement party was held in Martinez’s honor where faculty and staff enjoyed a potluck lunch and shared stories about how Martinez had made a positive impact on each of them.
    Kathryn Vigil, UNM-LA student enrollment director, who supervised Martinez, tearfully said, “Irene was a key employee in this department and she knew a little bit about everything that was going throughout the campus. She will be sorely missed and impossible to replace.” Vigil also commented that on particularly difficult days, she was relieved to see Irene’s car in the parking lot each morning and she knew everything would be OK.
    On Martinez’s last day, she sent an email to UNM-LA faculty and staff simply stating, “It’s hard for me to say goodbye, so I will leave with these words, until we meet again.”

  • Sign up now to participate in Small Business Saturday that runs from Nov. 28 through Winterfest on Dec. 7.
    The committee organizing Small Business Saturday events has started planning activities for shoppers and needs the businesses to register now. It costs nothing to be included and provides businesses with promotion. Home based businesses will have a kiosk Nov. 28.
    Businesses will be asked to consider the option of donating a small portion of sale proceeds from Nov. 28 to United Way of Northern New Mexico or another nonprofit of their choice. Advertising representatives from KRSN, The Los Alamos Monitor and others will offer additional opportunities to be included in special Shop Local promotions. This is a big communitywide push to keep shoppers on the hill during the holidays and to grow dollars in your cash registers. Call Nancy or Darla at 661-4816 to get on the Small Business Saturday list or email nancy@losalamos.org.

    Business After Hours. The Los Alamos Retirement Community and Aspen Ridge Lodge invites Los Alamos Residents to the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, 1010 Sombrillo Ct. Come for some networking, nosh on some nibbles and learn what is new at the retirement community. Call Cynthia Goldblatt, Community Liaison at 661-0066 or 695-8981 for a tour of the Los Alamos Retirement facilities of Aspen Ridge Lodge and Sombrillo Nursing Home.

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Science on Tap. Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Thomas Leitner has been working on tracking phylogenetics and epidemics. Join him at this Science on Tap beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square, for Science on Tap.

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, Bldg. 2, Lecture Hall, Room 230. For more information, contact Bill McKerley at 672-1067.

    “Meru” movie Screening. Witness the incredible journey of three big-wall climbers, and see the beauty of the Himalayan mountains from a different perspective at the Reel Deal Theater. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 7 p.m.

  • Oct. 11-Oct. 17, 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

    BESC         Closed Columbus Day
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Fish
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.         Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:15 a.m.        Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beef Stew
    12:30 p.m.        AARP General Meeting
    1:15 p.m.        Alzheimer’s Support             Group    
    1:30 p.m.        Daytime Duplicate Bridge

  •  The Los Alamos Historical Society will continue to hold  weekly viewing parties for WGN’s Manhattan for the second season of the show. Join the group Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. at Time Out Pizzeria in Los Alamos to watch and discuss the show. The second season premiere is this Tuesday.
    Manhattan is a fictionalized drama set in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. WGN explains that the stories of the series are about how “scientists and their families surrender their freedoms, compromise their marriages, and even sacrifice their sanity to end one war and usher in another – the Cold War waiting just over the atomic horizon – all while embedded spies and a climate of paranoia threaten to destroy the project from within.” Every episode is a great opportunity for sparking conversations about the history of the Manhattan Project and the community.
    Join the discussion every week at Time Out Pizzeria or on the Los Alamos Historical Society’s Facebook page.

  • A little bit of love goes a long way and recently Los Alamos High School students showed that love with a thank you to Metzger’s employees, from the entire student body.
    The thank you card included a small gift card for their service to the student body as a refuge for a morning bite for breakfast, lunchtime treat or, as some may hear later, a savior at the end of the day.
    A simple conversation with LAHS teacher, Lynn Ovaska and students in the International Club began with a focus on expressing concern for the Syrian refugees and what our students could do to help. 
    “The problem is so big and overwhelming that we talked about how sometimes you need to focus your energy on making a difference in your own neighborhood,” Ovaska said.
    The students did just that by collecting change from their peers in order to purchase gift cards as a thank you for their service to the community that is LAHS.
    The students operated off the saying by Mother Teresa, “Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”

  • As humans, we know the important role our hands and feet play in completing normal, daily activities. When any kind of injury affects the use of our hands and feet, we may find it very difficult to go about our regular routine. Just as humans depend on their limbs to complete daily activities, Fido’s paws are just as important to him. Running in the backyard, digging a hole for his bone and going for a walk in the park are all endeavors Fido would struggle with if he did not have healthy paws. To promote a healthy and active lifestyle, all dog owners should learn how to keep their pet’s paws free of injury.
    One of the most common ways to injure your dog’s paws is by allowing them to step on an extremely hot or cold surface. In the Texas summer heat, concrete and wood pavements can become especially hot. If your dog is exposed to a hot surface for too long, it can potentially cause sores or blisters to develop on your dog’s paw pads. In extreme winter conditions, doggie booties might be necessary to avoid chapped pads or an infection from chemical ice melters.

  • 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.
    Phoebe — A momma cat and her kittens will be visiting the vet over the next few days and will be available for adoption soon. Check back early next week for their status.
    Tanker — A very sweet beige-and-white tabby who was found at Los Alamos Fire House 4. Tanker is about a year old and he does well with people and cats. Tanker is still young and playful, and he enjoys being chased around the room by Sylvester. This sweet guy loves lounging on a lap, and he would make a great marathon buddy (TV marathon, that is!).

    Night Sky Show. Explore the expansive universe and enjoy its beauty from the  planetarium. Afterward, see the night sky through telescopes, weather permitting. Suitable for ages 3 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children. 7 p.m. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Los Alamos Light Opera presents “Young Frankenstein.” 7:30 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. Tickets are available at CB Fox or at Brown Paper Tickets $12 seniors & students/$15 adults. For more information, visit losalamoslightopera.org.

    American Legion Post 90 Comfort food meatloaf dinner. From 5:30-7 p.m. today at the American Legion Post 90 Restaurant, 1325 Trinity Dr. Cost is $13 per plate, which includes individual meatloaf (beef, veal and pork), mashed potatoes and gravy,
    green beans or corn, salad, roll and dessert. Enjoy dinner at the newly remodeled smoke-free dining room. Net proceeds will support the American Legion Auxiliary programs.
    Planetarium Show. Enjoy 180 degrees of entertainment in the planetarium. Check peecnature.org for show details. Suitable for ages 3 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children. 2 p.m. More information at peecnature.org.

  • The Family YMCA and Los Alamos Heart Council co-sponsored a Heart Smart Poster Contest for children in grades K-6. Posters were judged on originality and the healthy message it depicted, and winning posters were displayed at the Los Alamos Health Fair.  
    The following children won prizes for their posters:

    K-3rd grade
    1st Place-Zoe Bent
    2nd Place-Jewel Jaramillo
    3rd Place - Annie Xie
    4th Place - Allyson Harbert

    4th-6th grade
    1st place-Aspen Jaramillo
    2nd place-Satchel and Ocean Smith
    3rd place-Oceannah Gross
    4th place-Rebeca Rocha

  • Cynthia Goldblatt is the new community liaison and marketing director for Los Alamos Retirement Community (Aspen Ridge Lodge and Sombrillo Nursing Home).  
    Goldblatt holds a LPCC, MSW, and Ph.D in clinical counseling, and social work. Born and raised in Los Alamos, she said she understands the health needs of the community and values helping the individuals and families.
    She has been a medical social worker in many capacities, including posts with Los Alamos Visiting Nurses, the Psychiatric Center at UNM University Hospital School of Medicine for outpatient and inpatient programs, and UNM School of Medicine Office of the Medical Investigator. She also maintains a private practice.
    In her new position, Goldblatt will provide care, organize volunteer training and facilitate the bereavement/hospice program. 

  • Be a time-traveler and get your taste buds ready for the annual Kiwanis Autumn Wine Dinner, “Then and Now” set for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 24 in Kelly Hall at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.  
    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will host a celebration of the foods from the Manhattan Era paired with the wines of today, catered by the Blue Window Bistro.  
    Building on the excitement and enthusiasm of the recent designation as part of The Manhattan Project National Historic Park, Kiwanis invites the public to an evening that captures the tastes from the Manhattan era enhanced with wines available today, carefully selected to pair with each appetiser. Popular foods from the 1940s, including Edith Warner’s Chocolate Cake (remembered as Robert Oppenheimer’s favorite), will be deliciously prepared by the chef and staff of the Blue Window Bistro. The wait staff will serve the pairing wines with information about the wine characteristics.
    This year, the event will have live entertainment from Kiwanian Rod Pittman. Bring $10 to gamble in a game of coin tosses called “Heads or Tails” where the winner splits the prize winnings with the Kiwanis Service Fund. Participate in a silent auction with vintage wine, a Blue Window dinner and a three-month YMCA membership.  

    Special to the Monitor

  • Art exhibits
    Charles Arnoldi: Looking Back, Moving Forward. Runs through Saturday at the Charlotte Jackson Fine Art’s, 554 South Guadalupe St.

    Michael Lange – Wald/Fluss. Show runs through Oct. 17 at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe.
    Art tours
    The 22nd Annual Abiquiu Studio Tour. Through Oct. 30. Work will be presented by more than 60 artists from 10 a.m.-5 pm. Oct. 10-12. There will be the annual driving tour and previews of their work in the upstairs gallery.

    Allan Houser Studio and Sculpture Garden Tours. Arranged by appointment. The Sculpture Gardens are located 20 miles south of Santa Fe, and the tours last approximately two hours. There is a $25/person fee for the guided tours. To schedule, call 471-1528. David Rettig, curator of Collections for the Allan Houser Estate will lead a tour for collectors and special guests. Space is limited.
    Arts shows
    Origami in the Garden. Through Oct. 24 at the Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden, 3453 N.M.14 in Cerrillos, N.M. Open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Tours by appointment. $10 per person, free for children under 12. For more information, call 471-4688.
    Hozier. 7 p.m. Friday at Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. For tickets visit ticketmaster.com.

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    Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
    6:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    12:00 PM County Council Meeting - Live
    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
    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 FMP Live
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Oct. 11, 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

    Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
    6:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE

  • Los Alamos Arts Council will sponsor a piano recital at 3 p.m. Sunday at Fuller Lodge the featuring Gabriella Herczeg, a graduate student at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
    Herczeg is pursuing a Master of Music degree in piano performance with pianist and composer Falko Steinbach. She graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2007. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance with summa cum laude from UNM.
    Her performances include recitals at the International Piano Festivals in Lindlar, Germany and a previous recital at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos. Herczeg will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin. There will be light refreshments served after the recital. The public is invited to attend.

  • One of Ireland’s great cultural assets, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, will perform in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Nov. 7.
    Presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association as part of its 70th anniversary celebration, the orchestra will be led by distinguished Hungarian conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy.  
    Joining the orchestra as soloist will be the celebrated Hungarian cello prodigy István Várdai in performances of concertos by Haydn and C.P.E. Bach. The spirited Haydn concerto was lost for nearly 200 years. Finally unearthed in 1961, it is often considered the single greatest musicological discovery since the Second World War.  Haydn’s 49th Symphony and the Divertimento for Strings by Béla Bartók will complete the program.     

  • The Lads of Enchantment will present its 2015 Annual Barbershop Show, “Journey Across the USA” at the United Church of Los Alamos on the nights of Oct. 23-Oct. 24.
    In addition to the Lads of Enchantment Chorus and Quartets, the 2015 Annual Show will feature special guest performer “Sterling Quartet,” the 2002 Southwest District Quartet Champion and a four-time quarter-finalist at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Annual International Quartet Competition.
    “Journey Across the USA” is produced and directed by the group’s chorus director and  charter member Maurice Sheppard. Former chorus director Stan Bennett will narrate, and the chorus will be joined by three of its singing “sweethearts,” Joan Brown, Clarice Cox and Julia Sheppard.
    The chorus and quartets will set the mood in song as the show journeys to diverse sections of the U.S. The group is looking forward to singing a varied selection of favorite and new music, including “Sound Celebration,” “Home on the Range,” “River of no Return,” “Shenandoah,” “Ebbtide,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Yes Sir, That’s my Baby,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “God Bless America.”