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  • Los Alamos Creative District’s Fourth Fridays returns to downtown Los Alamos today.
    Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers special programming or extended hours at downtown attractions. Fourth Fridays happens on the fourth Friday of each month and promotes special offerings from participating businesses. This month Fourth Friday offers:
    •The Bradbury Science Museum, at lanl.gov/museum, will have extended hours and will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 1350 Central Avenue.
    • PEEC at The Los Alamos Nature Center will feature Astronomy Show: Mars, which begins at 7 p.m. Tickets available at 2600 Canyon Road. For more information, contact Nicole Kliebert at Nicole@losalamos.org.

  • TODAY
     Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Once A Ponzi Time” at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar. Sly Investments and double-dealing abound in this hilarious madcap comedy. Tickets are available at CB Fox, BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door half an hour before curtain time. For more information, visit lalt.org.

    Astronomy Show: “Mars” from, 7-7:45 p.m. Discover Mars with Rick Wallace from the comfort of the planetarium. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 per adult, $4 per child. More information at peecnature.org.
     SATURDAY
    Cañada Bonita Snowshoe Hike from 9-11 a.m. A beginning snowshoe hike from the ski hill parking lot to Cañada Bonita. PEEC’s educator Siobhan Niklasson will lead the group along a snowshoe trail maintained by the Southwest Nordic Ski Club. Along the way, look at the effects of the Las Conchas fire on the forest and snowpack and at some of the ecological features of the winter forest. Register in advance. Free.

  • The Los Alamos naval Junior ROTC is hoping to tempt your taste buds with their annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.
    The cadets and their families will be baking and cooking as they try to raise funds for upcoming competitions and awards ceremonies with something to please the vegetarians and carnivores in Los Alamos.
    Shelly Olguin, mother of Cadet Olguin and Booster Club member hopes the community will turn out for their big night.
    “Since this is for their benefit, they are tasked with selling tickets in advance, they will serve the salad, drinks and the cookies,” Olguin said. “They will be bussing the tables, asking if anyone needs anything, refills, take their plates, bring something if the person needs something.”
    The cadets do it all and provide service with a smile as they set up, clean-up and haul supplies back to the unit.
    The meal will be held at the IHM Catholic Church with tickets available from any cadet and also at the door. If your night is too busy, to go options are available.
    Each meal includes, spaghetti with a choice of sauces, salad, a drink, breadsticks and a cookie.
    Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

  • TODAY
     The Los Alamos Mountaineers will have a meeting at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge that will include a presentation by Bill Priedhorsky, a Mountaineers member. A social and reports of recent and upcoming trips will start the evening at 7 p.m.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road at the Pajarito Cliffs Site. David Daniel from Los Alamos High School and Michele Altherr from Mountain Elementary will be presenting on the XQ Super School Project.

    Green Hour hike at 10 a.m. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free.
    THURSDAY
    “Race to Nowhere” at 3:30 p.m. at the Teen Center. Youth Mobilizers from Los Alamos Teen Center will show the documentary film “Race to Nowhere” to their fellow teens.

    Watoto Concert at 8:30 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. Beginning in 1994, Watoto Children’s Choir has been touring the world with orphaned children from Uganda, spreading the gospel through praise and worship.

    Historic Renovation and Expansion 2016 open community meeting from 5-6 p.m. in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. Historical Museum project team will present Quatrefoil Associates’ concepts and design plans to date for the Guest Cottage and Bethe House.

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a program to spend Saturday and Sunday birding at the Bosque del Apache with two expert birders and excellent teachers, David Yeamans and Mouser Williams.
    Yeamans has watched birds most of his life starting in Los Alamos many years ago, and in the last five years, he has been a birder of the type he calls “semi-pro.” He is active in Audubon bird counts, bird banding, field trips and local birding activities. He has been an outdoor educator all his life, especially as an Outward Bound instructor and BSA scout leader. He’s eager to share the lessons that observing nature brings to us.
    Williams organized the 2015 Los Alamos Christmas Bird Count. He is an avid birder and wildlife photographer. He has lived in Los Alamos for 13 years. When not enjoying the outdoors, he moonlights as an electrical engineer at LANL.
    More information about the trip itinerary, equipment, and logistics can be found on PEEC’s website, peecnature.org.
    To participate in the Bosque del Apache Birding Weekend, register online at peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460. Driving directions will be emailed out after registration.

  • The only thing you should save for a rainy day is money. I only say that because saving money could mean the difference between happiness and sadness for yourself and your family.
    This weekend my family helped two people move that had saved the things they love for a lifetime.
    The sad part is all of the things they were saving, were the things they enjoyed the most. They saved them buried in boxes, stored in other boxes, never enjoying them along the way.
    Now don’t get me wrong, I also save way too much and one goal for 2016 is to purge, purge, purge.
    I remember being in elementary school and reading a story about a woman that had saved a scarf all of her life. She kept in it a box, folded in special paper, always waiting for the special occasion. The story ended with her family removing the scarf from the box to put on her while she lay in her casket.
    That story had an impact on me. I remembered saving this candle and knowing it was special, it sat in the center of my dresser for years. Then I took a photo of it and lit the candle. I enjoyed many hours of that candle, watching it transform along the way … throughout its life if you will.

  • 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.

    Art tours

    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. 

    Art shows

    The 2016 Tour: Red Baraat Festival of Colors. Feb. 12 at the Cooperage in Albuquerque. Feb. 13 at Taos Mesa Brewing Company in Taos. 

     

  • THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

     

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

     

    Friday, January 22, 2016

    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live

    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 1-05-16

    01:00 PM Democracy Now!

    02:00 PM United in Christ

    03:00 PM Road to Recovery

    04:00 PM Uprising

    05:00 PM Democracy Now!

    06:00 PM Chamber Business Breakfast Harry Burgess

    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society Atomic Connections Other Manhattan Project Sites in the Southwest

  • Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, the AAA Four Diamond resort located 15 minutes north of downtown Santa Fe, has appointed Thomas Hartwell as executive chef. He will oversee culinary operations. 

    Hartwell joined the resort in 2014 as executive sous chef and has quickly made a name for himself in the Santa Fe food scene, including being named a finalist in Edible Santa Fe’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown in past September. 

    As executive chef at the 395-room resort located on the sovereign Native American land of the Pojoaque, Hartwell will oversee culinary operations for catering and banquets, and the resort’s five restaurants including Red Sage, the New American steak and chophouse lead by Chef de Cuisine Edgar Morales;  Iguana Café & Cantina, the casual New Mexican-inspired restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Towa Clubhouse & Grill overlooking the resort’s 27-holes of championship golf at Towa Golf Club. Hartwell will also oversee the Painted Parrot restaurant located on the casino level.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up to bring the popular Backcountry Film Festival to Los Alamos for the fifth year in a row. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring the 11th Annual Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world. The screening will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the Reel Deal and will be the only one in New Mexico.

    The Pajarito Brewpub will be selling beer and wine before the show and at intermission. Also at intermission, PEEC will have a raffle for prizes donated by local businesses and national sponsors. Prizes include gift cards from the Los Alamos Co-op Market, camping gear from CB Fox, Hydro Flask growlers from Fusion Multisport, gift cards from Smith’s, skis from Pajarito Brewpub, a daypack from REI and outdoor items from national sponsors. Raffle tickets will be sold before the show.

    Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Reel Deal Theater for $12, or at the door on the day of the show for $15. As in years past, the film festival is expected to sell out, so it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance.

  • Explore Mars in the Nature Center Planetarium to learn more about Mars. On Friday, Rick Wallace will lead a planetarium show and discussions about Mars including the challenges, opportunities and realities of the red planet. The show starts at 7 p.m. 

    This special planetarium show is $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 four and up. 

    “Back To The Moon For Good,” is an educational full-dome show narrated by award-winning actor Tim Allen. Showtime is 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. 

    The digital film highlights the history of moon exploration and provides an insider’s look at the future of the space race. Meet the teams who are competing for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest inducement prize in history.

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    Performance > ‘Once a Ponzi Time’  plays Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 30 with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday

    What happens when a pyramid scheme collapses? When it involves an eager nephew, a ventriloquist father, a Russian hitman and a high-powered businessman, the answer is “comedy.”

    In “Once a Ponzi Time,” Harold Vanderdoff (Michael Adkins) is caught by his own pending financial ruin. With hours to go, he must come up with a clever new scheme with the help of his cheerful, if sometimes dimwitted, nephew Louie (Stuart Rupprecht). Hardly the arrogant, smirking pyramid mastermind, Harold is still a sympathetic character, a well-meaning financier who has made some bad choices. Worst of all, his own wife (Joy Reynolds) is also relying on his consistent 20 percent returns.

  • The Salsa Twins of El Pinto Restaurant are wanting to launch a TV series about New Mexican food. 

    John and Jim Thomas of El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa Company are turning to the Internet to raise funds to produce the New Mexico-based travel adventure TV show. 

    The program, named “Raw & Wild,” rediscovers raw and wild indigenous foods growing across New Mexico. With funding as the first major obstacle to getting any TV program off the ground, they are embracing Kickstarter.com to help fund a small portion of the entire production costs necessary for the pilot.

    In line with Kickstarter.com guidelines there are a set number of days to raise all the funds, or the project receives nothing. The Thomas’s project has a 31-day fundraising window, from start to finish. If the allotted budget of $17,800 isn’t raised before Feb. 12, all pledges are cancelled and the project will not be funded. This funding is a portion of the $50,000 budget necessary to bring the pilot to completion. The balance is being funded by the Thomas brothers.

  • The Los Alamos Senior Centers will host two free performances of a brief play, “Swerving,” written by local playwright Robert F. Benjamin. It will be performed as a “concert reading” by Caroline (“Pip”) Evarts and John Gustafson, with Sally Cassil narrating. “Swerving” premiered during the 2015 8x10 Short-Play Festival at Los Alamos Little Theatre. Performances at senior centers this month use an expanded script with a run-time is 16 minutes.

    “Swerving” is a comedy is about how a codger’s wisdom, longing and congeniality transform a stormy confrontation with a policewoman into a moment of shared compassion.  

    The two performances will be:

    • White Rock Senior Center, 7 p.m. Thursday. White Rock Senior Center is temporarily located just east of Metzgers in the building formerly known as “The Hive.”

    • Betty Ehart Senior Center, 12:45 p.m. Jan. 27.  

     

    No reservations, but seating is limited for both shows.

  • Applications for 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) awards and all supporting materials are due today. Submissions may be made through an online portal at lanlfoundation.org/scholarships.
     
    The largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico, LAESF supports students who are residents of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties seeking four-year degrees in fields that serve the region.
     
    High school seniors enrolling in or undergraduates currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution are eligible to apply. Applicants must have at least a 3.25 cumulative unweighted grade point average and scores of 19 ACT or 930 SAT (combined Math plus Critical Reading only).
     
    Scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $1,000 recognize academic performance, leadership potential, extracurricular activities, community service, critical thinking skills and career goals relevant to local community needs. Financial need, diversity and regional representation are also integral components of the selections process.
     

  • Jan. 17-23, 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

    BESC Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    TUESDAY

    8:30 a.m. Mac Users Group

    8:45 a.m. Variety Training

    10 a.m. Computer Users Group

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Green Chile Chicken Enchilada

    1 p.m. Party Bridge

    1 p.m. Bingo

  • Purchase Daffodils for Hospice now

     

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having their annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale fro 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Los Alamos National Bank and Smith’s grocery stores. 

    Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals. Daffodil pre-orders are being taken now through Feb. 26.

    Order a glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) of daffodils for $15, a glass vase with one bunch for $10 or a single bunch (10 stems) for $5. Delivery is free with any $10 minimum order to a single address. 

    Flowers will be delivered March 5 or pick them up at “Daffodil Central” (call LAVNS for location in Central Park Square) March 3 or 4 from 8-5:30 pm. 

    Watch for location sales at LANB and Smith’s grocery stores on March 3 and March 4. 

    To place an order, call 662-2525 or order online at lavns.com.

     

    Food distribution launches in LA 

     

    A new service has will launch in Los Alamos to help those less fortunate.

  • 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. You can also check out the Petfinder website for pictures of the adorable adoptable animals: 

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.

    CATS 

    Lady—A 7-year-old Siamese mix (mostly white, but with the blue Siamese eyes). She is the only cat who is roaming in the cat room, and she is soaking up all of the love and attention! She will sit on your lap for hours, so be prepared for snuggling with this little lady. 

  • The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum is holding a winter series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?”
    The series continues Jan. 19 at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. A video/presentation begins at 6 p.m. followed by a large group discussion at 6:30 p.m., ending around 7 p.m. Attendees can bring your dinner. All are welcome. Follow the blog at lafsf.org
    Due to billions of years of evolution, humans share genes with all living organisms. The percentage of genes or DNA that organisms share records their similarities. Humans share more genes with organisms that are closely related. For example, study of the chimpanzees genome indicates a difference of about 1.2 percent from humans.
    However, there are still significant differences. A video will be used to illustrate genome differences with other living things and will describe the role of chromosomes, DNA, RNA and proteins in the development of a human being.
    The discussion will briefly mention how the field of epigenetic has increased the understanding of how environment impacts who we are by switching genes on and off without changing our DNA sequence. The discussion will also mention how the Male Y chromosome is being used to trace human origin.

  • The White Rock Branch Library announces the resumption of its Family-Friendly Film Series starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, in the multi-purpose room.
    The first film to be shown is “Minions,” the 2015 animated hit, which stars the voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton. Minions is rated PG. The library will provide light refreshments.
    Also in the line-up for the coming months are “Tomorrowland” on Feb. 11 and “Pan” on March 10.
    Future movies could include “The Peanuts Movie” and “The Good Dinosaur.”
    Pick up a bookmark with the schedule at the desk in White Rock, or in the kids’ area at the Mesa Public Library.
    Both Mesa Public Library and the White Rock branch Library are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
    All library events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 662-8265, or check out the events page on the Los Alamos County Library System’s webpage, losalamosnm.us/library/Pages/default.aspx.