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  • 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.”

  • BY IRENE ZAUGG
    izaugg@lamonitor.com

  • The public is invited to a special presentation at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Fuller Lodge by Michael R. Altherr, a Los Alamos native and avid outdoorsman.
    The title of the talk is not meant as a judgment but rather as a self-effacing reflection of the speaker. An approach hike of 4,300 feet in four miles with a full backpacking kit, four days food and climbing gear will do that.
    Like the movie of the same name the trip was interesting, a bit surreal and somewhat disturbing. Eleven members of the Los Alamos Mountaineers Club participated in the trip with nine reaching the summit of Mt. Whitney (the highest point in the continental U.S.) from the east via the Mountaineers Route or the technical East Buttress. Non-technical summits were also achieved on Mount Russell, Montgomery and Boundary Peaks. An unexpected change in the weather made for interesting climbing conditions in the “Whitney Zone.”
    Organizing trips of this type is becoming more challenging due to increasingly regulated nature of the backcountry.
    Altherr and others will share their experiences in planning for this type of endeavor, and share anecdotes their adventure.

  • THURSDAY
    Senior Skip Day. Senior citizens 62 and older nationwide can to visit National Parks, including Bandelier, for free. Anyone over 62 who is a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. is eligible for a Senior Pass, a $10 lifetime pass providing free entry to all federal recreation sites. For more information, check Humanaseniorskipday.com. For more information about Bandelier, check the park website at nps.gov/band, or call 672-3861 x 517.

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

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. Brent and Marcia Boyack will give a program on their recent service mission involving Family History in Salt Lake City.

    Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will host a special event at noon in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Special guest speaker Bernadette Martinez will present “Hidden Heritage of New Mexico: Then and Now - The 400 Year Old Secret.” Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive. All are welcome. Suggested donation $10 per guest. Proceeds to be donated to the Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project. Contact Bethany Douglas at bethanyjoy139@gmail.com, or 690-6883.
    FRIDAY

  • Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities staff will open the Smart House to the public Saturday.  The house is situated behind the CenturyLink building at 1925-D Trinity Drive. Citizens are welcome to stop in between 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Saturday will be the last opportunity for citizens to view the Smart House and learn its role in the demonstration smart grid project. Los Alamos County is in the process of repurposing the facility to office space to lease, pending approval from the county council.
    Los Alamos County originally constructed the Smart House as a component of a larger, joint smart grid project with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development organization.
    Using smart grid technologies to balance electric loads and absorb energy output fluctuations, the project partners placed a significant proportion of renewable energy on an electric distribution grid to meet a residential community’s electric needs. In March 2014, the project concluded and issued a final report to the Los Alamos County Council.

  • This week, I chose to tackle a topic that is tough in many ways. The issue is dating violence. The most recent data shows that 14 percent of students have reported not just dating violence, but sexual dating violence.
    The topic is a hard one to approach with young men or young women. While it is probably true young women are on the receiving end, we shouldn’t be jaded to think it can’t happen to young men too.
    According to data from the Love Is Respect website, “81 percent of parents surveyed either believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.”
    If you don’t know if it is an issue, but you are willing to broach the subject, then we are headed in the right direction. If you just choose to believe it is not an issue, I beg you to have the conversation. If I’m, wrong, so be it. If I am right, you could save a lifetime of troubles for that little boy or little girl that lives inside and is afraid to take the first step.
    The website also states that, “57 percent of teens know someone who has been physically, sexually or verbally abusive in a dating relationship,” and “only 33 percent of teens who were in an abusive relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.”

  • Oct. 3-Oct. 9, 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 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Grilled Pork Chop
     1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Lemon Cod
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 p.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise

  • TODAY
    Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Cowboy Breakfast. 7-11 a.m., Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, near the stables, plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and seasonal surprise pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Cost of $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 years old and younger. Proceeds benefit the Sheriff’s Posse.

     Lecture. Acting Los Alamos National Laboratory Theoretical Division Leader Jack Shlachter discusses the history of Jews in T Division during the Manhattan Project in a special presentation at 3 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. Free and open to the public.

     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 Los Alamos Light Opera presents “Young Frankenstein.” 2 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.
    MONDAY

  • Los Alamos High School Principal Brad Parker announced Friday seven students were named as Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.  
    “We are very pleased to recognize the academic achievement of these students and congratulate them on this honor,” Parker said.
    The students are Nathan Delgado, Val Jackson-Hundley, Faith Koh, Faith Montaño, Julia O’Brien, Kaelan Prime, Camille Rousculp and Sydney Schoonover.  A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, was presented to the students during a reception Friday.
    Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition, Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition.
     

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag Performance Series presents guitarist Marcos Cavalcante noon Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. Cavalcante will perform works of classic, popular and Jazz guitar.

  • Sept. 9 ­— A boy. Isaac Chu. Parents  Haowen “Wendy” Ge and Pinghan Chu
    Sept. 19 — A boy. James Suazo, Jr. Parents Selina Loretto and James Suazo Dr.
    Sept. 19 — A girl. Anita Delvina Gonzales. Parents: April and Cavan Gonzales (San Ildefonso Pueblo)
    Sept. 25 — A girl. Hazel Rose Roybal. Parents Claire and Ross Roybal
    Sept. 26 — A boy. Lawrence Ben Montoya. Parents Conztancia Loretto and Gabriel Montoya

  • Was our recent prescribed burn successful? What does it look like now? Ramon Garcia, wildland division chief, will answer these questions and more during a guided hike into the burned area Tuesday.
    The hike will leave the nature center at 5:30 p.m. to explore areas touched by the recent fire and compare them with parts of the forest left unburned.
    Participants will return by 6:30 p.m. with knowledge about forest fuels and local efforts to preserve our homes and ponderosa forests.
    The Los Alamos Nature Center is open until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. After the hike, there is time to visit the nature center and enjoy the free talk, “Wild Utah: America’s Red Rock Wilderness,” by Terri Martin from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.
    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.

  • 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:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    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.
    CATS
    Elizabeth — A 4-year-old Blue Russian mix who prefers the company of people. She does seem to do fine with other cats though, particularly if they are mellow and don’t pick on her too much! She still enjoys a bit of playtime, and she loves chasing catnip mice around the cat room. This sweet girl will meow softly at you when she’s ready for some loving.

  • Attention current Los Alamos Middle School eigth-graders and Los Alamos home school eighth-graders: It is not too late to sign up for the spring break Washington, DC trip. Sign up to lock in the current price of the trip. It is a trip of a lifetime!
    Trip will be March 26-29. Trip includes round-trip transportation, all meals, five-star hotel accommodations, sight seeing transportation, night chaperones at the hotel, the Newseum, a “Shear Madness” play at the Kennedy Center, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Complex, the International Spy Museum, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Capitol Building, the White House and much more. For more information call Roberta Geoffrion Cocking at 670-0679. To register, call 1-800-468-5899 or on-line atworldstridesdiscovernow.org using trip ID 116072.
    For more information, see “LAMS Washington, DC Trip” on Facebook.

  • Do you want to learn more about the planets, stars, and other visible objects in the night sky? Pajarito Environmental Education Center is holding star shows in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium this month at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 9 and Oct. 16.
    Each show will introduce celestial objects easily viewed through binoculars that night including planets, the lunar eclipse, star patterns, star clusters, nebulae, double star and other celestial objects. After the planetarium show, PEEC’s telescopes will be available, so viewers can have a better view of the celestial objects in the night sky, weather permitting.
    The October Night Sky planetarium shows are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available by calling or stopping by the nature center. Seating is limited.  
    Planetarium shows are suitable for ages three and up. Viewers should arrive at least 10 minutes early for the planetarium show. To help acclimate to the planetarium’s night sky, no one will be admitted after the show begins.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Would you look at a senile, drunk, limping old man any differently if you found out he was a millionaire?
    In “Nebraska” (2013, rated R), screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library, Woody (Bruce Dern) believes he has won a million dollars. His wife Kate (June Squibb) and adult children know it’s a scam, but his son David (Will Forte) agrees to drive him some 850 miles to pick up the check.
    The greatness of this film isn’t its plot, which is pretty straight-forward. I’m not spoiling anything when I say Woody doesn’t win the money.
    It could be a grim picture: an alcoholic, who doesn’t seem to love anyone, loses again. But everyone’s a character.  When Woody sees his brothers again for the first time in years, rather than have a conversation, they watch football, although they appear to have zero interest in the game. David’s cousins Bart and Cole (Tim Driscoll and Devin Ratray) talk almost entirely about cars, but they don’t appear to actually know anything about cars.
    Woody’s wife Kate (June Squibb) deserves special mention for flashing a tombstone.
    The whole thing is hilarious, and chronic alcoholism is not something I usually laugh about.

  • I’m beyond excited to use the column space this week to talk about some of the finest folks at Los Alamos Public Schools.
    National Custodian Day is Oct. 2! That’s right, some of the hardest working folks in the district have their very own day to be celebrated and I hope you will join me in the salute.
    These are the hard working crews that sweep, mop, wipe tables, clean bathrooms, empty trash and recycle bins. They wipe down water fountains, set up lunchrooms take down lunchrooms, get tables and chairs for the multitude of awards assemblies, open houses, meetings, science fairs and probably a hundred other things they are asked to do on a moment’s notice.
    Who are some of those fine folks I talk about, you might ask? Well, let me name just a few.
    Barranca: Santiago Ortiz, Maria Marquez and Daniel Baca.
    Aspen: Jesus Talamantes is head custodian, Martha Torres and Magalay Perez are evening custodians.
    Chamisa: Jorge Aragon, Carole Pollat and Carmen Miramontes.
    Mountain: Randy Ritche, Bruce Reibe and Eileen Jaramillo.
    Piñon: Patsy Sanchez, Isidro Rodriguez and Carmen Miramontes.
    Middle School: Alfredo Tena is head custodian, Lorraine Sisneros, Mark Mascarenas, Daniel Baca, Janet Torres are evening custodians.

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

    Nature on Tap. 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room.

    The Los Alamos Master Gardeners’ October meeting is at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Library meeting room. Ron Midgett of New Earth Orchids will present the program.
    Friday
    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.

    Gentle Hikes with PEEC. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. 9 a.m. Free. Adults. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. More information at peecnature.org.

    Night Sky Show. Explore the 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. 2 p.m.