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  • 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.

  • 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
    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 both people and cats. He also might do OK with dogs, if introduced slowly and properly. Tanker is currently our only cat at the shelter, and he is relishing in all of the attention from shelter staff and volunteer! He loves lounging on laps, and he would be so happy if someone decided to take him home!
    In foster care

  • Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Fried Steak
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Caesar Salad
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:45 a.m.        Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Fish and Chips    
    1:30 p.m.        Daytime Duplicate Bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Walk-In-The-Woods
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training

  • BY RIGEL BARON
    Special to the Monitor

  • Recently several members of the Los Alamos Volunteer Association Quilter’s group traveled to Santa Fe and Albuquerque to deliver quilts to the Youth Shelter and Ronald McDonald House, respectively. Sixteen quilts and three layettes were donated to the Youth Shelter and received with much appreciation. The Santa Fe Youth Shelter provides housing and educational opportunities to youth.
    The Ronald McDonald House gives the quilts as gifts to new clients and were delighted with the 24 quilts and knitted booties, complete with buttons and a matching beanie that were donated by the quilter’s group.
    The Association would like to give special thanks to Dick Tatro, a LAVA volunteer, for driving the quilters to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and to the Betty Ehart Senior Center for the use of their van.

  • Today
    Fourth Friday Downtown: Illusions of Light and Reflection. Celebrate the International Year of Light by experimenting with kaleidoscopes, mirrors and shadows. 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Harvey.” 7:30 p.m. at 1670 Nectar St. $14 adults, $12 students and seniors.

    Absinthe Minded: Elena Georgi. today through Nov. 14. Opening reception 5-7 p.m.
    Saturday
    White Rock Artist Market. First Saturday of the month at the Visitor Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Runs through October.

    Opera on the Rocks. 4 p.m. at Bandelier National Monument. Opera Alta Presents Mozart’s “Bastion and Bastienne” and Selections from Mozart’s “Magic Flute.” “Bastion and Bastienne” was composed by a 12-year-old Mozart. For tickets and information, visit Guildsofsfo.org/LA. Guild members $10/Family (4) $20 — Non-Guild $15/Family (4) $35. Shuttles available from White Rock Visitor Center and Los Alamos Sullivan Field.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Harvey.” 7:30 p.m. at 1670 Nectar St. $14 adults, $12 students and seniors.
    Sunday

  • Lately, I’ve been thinking about how often when things seem to go wrong, they can still end up incredibly right.
    Ten years ago, the news was all abuzz with the story of Hurricane Katrina.
    As a sister of the sorority Beta Sigma Phi, a “sister,” had recently moved into town.
    Dawn Brown, husband Art and daughter Ariana were new to Los Alamos and they became family to the community in many ways, but more on that later.
    Dawn’s mother Melba Lee and her daughter Stephanie were still back there and tensions were high.
    The next thing I knew, Dawn was loading the car up with bottled water and on her way to the area.
    As we fast forward, Melba Lee decided to make Los Alamos her home as she figured out the new ripple in her life. Also a sorority sister, Melba was greeted with open arms and soon began to make herself at home.
    The children of our community received a special blessing as someone like Melba Lee greeted them warmly and returned hugs when requested from the children. Don’t tell her I said it, but it was like the youth of Los Alamos and White Rock got to spend afternoons with “grandma” over at the Youth Activity Center.

  • Today
    Social Security Made Simple. Noon at Mesa Public Library. Free educational seminar with Certified Financial Planner and national financial expert Lee Munson, CFA, CFP, learn the basics, top strategies and how to avoid mistakes. Call 884-3445, or email SeminarNM@PortfolioLLC.com to register.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Authors Speak Series. Author TBA. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Chamber Breakfast. Register for the Chamber breakfast. A panel will be discussing ways to Help Los Alamos Attract Business. The panel will include Steve Vierk from the New Mexico Partnership and Patrick Sullivan, of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. The 7:30 a.m. breakfast will be at UNM-LA in Building 2, room 230. Reserve your seat at losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com or call 505-661-4816.
    Friday
    Fourth Friday Downtown: Illusions of Light and Reflection. Celebrate the International Year of Light by experimenting with kaleidoscopes, mirrors and shadows. 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

  • This weekend is going to be a busy and enjoyable one at Bandelier National Monument.
    “Bandelier is always a great place to visit, but this weekend is going to be extraordinary,” said Superintendent Jason Lott. “Come take a walk on the trails, and then enjoy a really special event each of the evenings.”
    For starters, Saturday is Public Lands Day, a celebration of all the public lands nationwide – National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and all the others owned by all Americans. This year, Public Lands Day is Fee Free. No entrance fees will be charged at Bandelier and nationwide. The next Fee Free Day will be Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
    Next, that evening is the fourth-annual Opera on the Rocks, presented at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater by Opera Alta, Atomic City Transit and Bandelier National Monument.  Featured will be pieces by Mozart, including “Bastien and Bastienna,” written when Mozart was 12, and selections from his famous “Magic Flute,” including the 3 Spirits and Papageno, as well as arias from Tamino and Pamina. All will be sung in English.
    Tickets are available at guildsofsfo.org/LA, but only through Thursday.
    After that, tickets must be purchased at the door.

  • Aug. 27:  A boy. Charlie Noble Brake. Born to Rita and Mike Brake
    Sept. 1: A boy. Tresdin William Beaux. Born to Allison and Miles Beaux
    Sept. 2: A girl. Juliet Aaliyah Concha. Born to Andrea Blue Arm and Julian Concha
    Sept. 3: A boy. Matias Abran Castañeda. Born to Anita Archuleta and Paul Castañeda
    Sept. 4: Twin boys. Nico Bryan Reeves and Sam Lawrence Reeves. Born to Alyssa and Kirk Reeves
    Sept. 6: A girl. Hailey LeAnn Cordova. Born to Clorinda and Matthew Cordova.
    Sept. 9: A boy. Harshiv Arulkumar. Born to Nivethitha Dhanasekaran and Arulkumar Mariyappan
    Sept. 9: A boy. KC Martinez. Born to Sheila and Kardy Martinez