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  • The expression, “That was awesome!” does not begin to describe an experience that truly defies description. And yet, it was the one our group of adventurers found ourselves using over and over again as an expression for our epic journey.
    To an outsider, it might have sounded trite, but to us, those three words held a world of meaning and seemed to sum up the range of emotions we all felt during a magical and memorable 7-day raft trip through the Grand Canyon with Arizona River Runners.
    There were 25 of us who came together to do this trip of a lifetime. Our group was comprised of fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, good friends, husbands and wives, solo travelers and colleagues. And though we hailed from different places and backgrounds, we all had one thing in common — a shared desire to do the mother of all raft trips through one of the most heralded natural wonders in the world. Each of us, however, had our own personal motivations for wanting to embark on this amazing experience. And so, you might ask, what drives people to explore the Grand Canyon from the seat of a raft?

  • It’s fun, it’s funny and you’ll find the Pooka when you get there. “Harvey” is among the top 50 longest-running plays on Broadway, along with “The Lion King,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Annie” and “My Fair Lady,” to name a few.  
    The original Broadway production of “Harvey” opened in 1944, winning the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1945. The 1950 film version starring James Stewart has achieved iconic status.
    The story involves Elwood P. Dowd who insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary 6-1/2-foot-tall rabbit.
    To avoid future embarrassment for her family — and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae —Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that her years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also, and so the doctors mistakenly commit her instead of her mild-mannered brother.

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Activity Center closed for Labor Day

    Tuesday: HORSE

    Wednesday: Movies and muchies

    Thursday: Twister
    challenge   

    Friday: Kids choice games/activity

    Los Alamos: 662-9412, 475 20th St.
    White Rock: 672-1565, 10 Sherwood Blvd.

    Open 3-6  p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, unless otherwise noted.  

    Memberships are free and open to all third through eighth graders.

  • Many of us would do anything to relieve our pets of a medical issue, especially if it interferes with their ability to live a normal life.
    Although the veterinary care field is more advanced than ever, some medical issues remain difficult to predict and treat. Seizures, caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain, continue to be a medical issue veterinarians sometimes struggle to monitor and treat in dogs.
    Little warning occurs before a seizure strikes, making the episode frightening for both the owner and the pet. Fido may appear perfectly normal one minute, but the next he is lying on the floor, muscles twitching. “In a normal brain the neurons fire only when necessary and when stimulated. With a seizure, the neurons start firing rapidly and in synchrony,” said Dr. Joseph Mankin, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “Typically, the dog may become agitated or disoriented, and then may collapse on their side,” he continued. “They may exhibit signs of paddling, vocalization, and they may lose bladder control.
    The seizure may last for a few seconds up to a few minutes, and often they will be disoriented or anxious after the seizure. Occasionally, they may be blind for a short period of time.”

  • Sept. 6-12, 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 daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    BESC closed Labor Day
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Sweet ‘n’ sour pork
    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: Tilapia
    1 p.m.        AARP meeting
    1:15 p.m.        Alzheimer’s support
    1:30 p.m.        Daytime Duplicate Bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Walk-in-the-Woods

  • 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
    Cupcake — A 4-year-old calico who loves attention and being petted! She has an adorable little black spot on her nose that reminds shelter staff and volunteers of a puzzle piece — perhaps it’s a sign that this sweet girl is the missing piece in your home! She has a gorgeous coat that she would love to show off to new visitors. Young kids might be a bit too rambunctious for her, but she does enjoy the company of older children and adults. Cupcake is hoping that you’ll stop in so she can show you how sweet she is and take her home!

  • Today
    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Final show of the season. DK & the Affordables with Eddy & the Nomads. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.

    Local Arms Control Group Considers Support of Iran Policy. The Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security is considering the adoption of a statement of support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the US, UK, France, Russia, China, Germany and the European Union. The LACACIS draft policy statement can be read at lacacis.org/policy.html. The position will be discussed and voted on at a meeting at 7 p.m. at the United Church Christian Education Building Lounge (room 212), 2525 Canyon Road. The public is invited, but only dues-paying LACACIS members may vote on the position.

    Conversations in Clay. Through Sept. 19 at the Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Saturday
    White Rock Artist Market. First Saturday of the month at the Visitor Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Runs through October.

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.
    Sunday

  • Joan Logghe, Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate 2010-2012, will be returning to teach a Creative Writing class at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. The class will meet Fridays from 9–11:45 a.m., Sept. 11–Dec. 4.
    Logghe encourages writers of all levels to take her class. “There will be a healthy and fun mix of poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, and sudden fiction.
    This class is an introduction to creative writing and will be great and gentle for beginners; published writers may also refresh their writing style.
    You may be making a writer’s timeline of your life for a memoir, writing a Malayan pantoum in poetry, or a sudden fiction based on a real childhood memory,” she said.
    Logghe’s classes are known for being so lively students enroll again and again.
    “The Singing Bowl” (University of New Mexico Press) and “Love & Death: Greatest Hits” (Tres Chicas Books) are Logghe’s two recent books, the later with Miriam Sagan and Renée Gregorio and winner of a New Mexico Book Award.
    Logghe has won a National Endowment for the Arts, years of support from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, has three children and three grandkids, and for 12 years has been poet-in-residence at Santa Fe Girls’ School.

  • Happy Assets Month to you and yours. I thought that this column might spend some time talking about the core of the Assets philosophy in creating a Healthy Community, Healthy Youth.
    The thing you hear me prattling on and on about is relationships. I find it ironic when someone comes up with something new they want to do, the essence of the work is essentially Assets and relationship building.
    I think many troubles would be solved if we truly took some time to stop and think about the relationship, not just the academics, not just the sport, not just what everyone is doing or not doing or how someone else could do it better.
    The media it seems is a buzz with so many ugly stories that often it just gets too frustrating to watch.
    Guess what I know for sure?
    There are good cops and bad cops, there are good black people and bad black people, there are good Christians and bad Christians and there are good Muslims and bad Muslims.
    As a matter of fact you can choose a slew of words to insert before “good” and “bad” and the sentence still works, try it. Whites, teachers, doctors, students, gun owners, there are good and bad examples of all kinds of people.

  • A panel of Los Alamos residents who witnessed World War II in quite different ways will have a discussion starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    A reception is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. followed by the panel discussion. Each individual will discuss what they witnessed 70 years ago.
    The panel is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series, “70 Years Since WWII.”
    Young Mary Zemach was hiking with her botanist father in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was bombed.
    Mia McLeod was not yet a teenager in Holland when the Nazis occupied her country.
    As an 18-year-old, Joe Bergstein survived the Bataan Death March and spent the next four years as a prisoner-of-war in the Philippines and Japan.
    Joe’s brother Ivan (Chick) Bergstein entered Europe through Normandy in December 1944 and was engaged in the Battle of the Bulge.
    Moderator Ellen Bradbury Reid grew up in Los Alamos where her father worked on the Manhattan Project. She is the founder and director of Recursos de Santa Fe, dedicated to the exploration of the cultures and environments of the Southwest.
    Bergstein was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the 12th of 14 kids. He enlisted in the Army Signal Corp in February, 1941, went to the Philippine Islands in July, and was captured on Bataan on April 9, 1942.

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

    Friday, September 4, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting –Replay 8-27-15
    02:00 PM United in Christ
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM “Inflationary Cosmology – Is Our Universe Part of a
     Multiverse?”
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “New Mexico in World War II”
    08:00 PM Let’s Talk Good Business
    08:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:00 PM Bandelier National Monument Naturalization Ceremony
    10:30 PM FMP Live
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, September 5, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, September 6, 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, September 7, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE

  • Santa Fe Pro Musica opens its 34th Season on Sept. 18 with guest artists from the chamber music ensemble Opus One. This year’s Season Opening weekend begins with a chamber music concert followed by two concerts featuring the unique collaboration of chamber music ensemble with orchestra.
     Join Thomas O’Connor, conductor, the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra, and Opus One in the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
    Opus One consists of Anne-Marie McDermott on piano, Ida Kavafian on violin, Steven Tenenbom on viola and Peter Wiley on cello. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Lensic.
    Performances will also be 4 p.m. Sept. 19 and 3 p.m. Sept. 20.
    Tickets are $20, $35, $48, $69 at the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office, or call 988-4640. Tickets can also be purchased at Tickets Santa Fe at The Lensic 988-1234, or online at santafepromusica.com.
    Discounts for students, teachers, groups, and families are available exclusively through the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office.
    O’Connor will also present a “behind the scenes” discussion of the music one hour prior to each orchestra concert at the Lensic — free to ticket holders.
    An artist dinner with Opus One is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Reservations are required through the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office.

  • New grant announced
    for film post production


    The New Mexico Film Foundation Executive Director Dirk Norris announced today the availability of the Beau McNicholas Post Production Grant of $1,500. The grant will go to a New Mexico filmmaker towards the cost of editing, sound, color correction or other “post-production” efforts.
    Any New Mexico filmmaker who is working on a film is eligible. The form to apply for this grant can be found at the New Mexico Film Foundation website nmfilmfoundation.org/grants/beau-mcnicholas-post-production-grant/ Filmmakers must supply a one-page resume, a brief description of the film and an explanation of what area of post-production the grant will be used for. They will be asked to provide a rough cut of the film.
    “It was a great surprise to be contacted by McNicholas and be informed that he wanted to create this grant,” Norris said.

  • Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante will mark its 50th Golden Anniversary with a grand celebration from noon-5 p.m. Sept. 19 at the restaurant in Chimayó. The event is open to the public and will bring together family and friends to share in the dining, culture and tradition of this northern New Mexico treasure.  
    Entertainment includes Mariachi Buenaventura, as well as local bands, Los Primos and Perfección. Artisans will display the history and crafts of northern New Mexico. It promises to be a day of sharing memories and making new ones. Florence Jaramillo, owner of the historic Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante, along with her family will welcome guests and are celebrating a half century and long history in the Land of Enchantment.
    Jaramillo was named a New Mexico Culinary Treasure by the State of New Mexico. “Mrs. J.” as she is fondly known to her customers and staff, is still at the restaurant daily to greet diners and keep things running smoothly, even as an octegenarian.

  • The votes have been cast at ediblesmackdown.com for the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown, an annual competition to find the best green chile cheeseburger in Santa Fe.
    After a two-week voting period in August, the finalists have been picked and will move on to compete in the Sept. 10 smackdown.
    The battling chefs bring some serious culinary chops to the competition, proving that burgers go beyond American cheese, lettuce and tomato.
    Of the 11 restaurants competing, the eight finalists determined by online vote are:
    • Agave at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa Santa Fe — Chef Anthony Smith
    • Anasazi Restaurant, Bar and Lounge — Chef Juan Bochenski
    • Bang Bite Filling Station — Chef Enrique Guerrero
    • Caffe Greco — Chef Cindy Barreras
    • Living Room at Inn and Spa Loretto — Chef Marc Quiñones
    • Red Sage at Buffalo Thunder — Chef Thomas Hartwell
    • Second Street Brewery — Chef Milton Villarrubia
    • Terra at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado — Chef Andrew Cooper

  • Do you want to know how to identify more of the planets and stars in the night sky? Pajarito Environmental Education Center is holding star shows in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. This month the shows will be 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 12.
    Each show will introduce celestial objects easily viewed through binoculars this month including planets, the lunar eclipse, star patterns, star clusters, nebulae, double stars and other celestial objects.
    The September 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.
    Arrive at least 10 minutes early the planetarium shows. 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.
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies.

  • Celebrate the community’s history on Sept. 12 at the Los Alamos Historical Society’s second annual Fall Gala.
    This year’s gala theme is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and will include a three-course dinner catered by the Blue Window Bistro, silent and live auctions, and dancing to the sounds of the Craig Martin Experience in historic Fuller Lodge.
    Funds raised support the operating budget of the Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum.
    This year’s live auction features historic experiences, such as a helicopter ride over the Pajarito Plateau, a tour of Ashley Pond’s first ranch school in northeast New Mexico, a tour of the Santo Domingo Trading Post during its restoration, and a ride to Bandelier in a Model T. An exclusive pre-Gala champagne reception, along with the announcement of the 2015 Los Alamos History Award winner, will take place at the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row.
    Tickets for the Gala are $70, and the Gala plus Bethe House Reception ($140), can be purchased at the Historical Museum or online at losalamoshistory.org. Seating is limited. For more information, visit the Los Alamos Historical Museum’s website or call 662-6272.

  • Celebrate life of Jeanne Stein at LALT

    Join the Los Alamos Little Theatre community in celebrating the life and theater contributions of Jeanne Stein, starting 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.
    Stein was active in every theater organization in Los Alamos, including the Little Theatre, Light Opera and Don Juan Playhouse.  She was also an active member of New Mexico community theater organizations, and the American Association of Community Theaters, ACCT.  Her performances and directed productions won kudos at the state, national and international levels. Stein performed professionally, as well and was a SAG member.
    Light refreshments and beverages will be served while those in attendance share remembrances of Stein, while viewing photos and videos of her career.
    The public is invited to share memories of Stein, the performer and the person, during the evening.

    Volunteers needed for ‘Harvey’

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre is looking volunteers to do makeup and hairstyling for the upcoming production of “Harvey.” Opening night is Sept. 11.
    If interested, contact Paul Lewis, plewis0@comcast.net, or Fred Brueggeman, fredjeanne@aol.com.

    Fall Fiesta set for Little Forest Playschool

  • Celebrate life of Jeanne Stein at LALT

    Join the Los Alamos Little Theatre community in celebrating the life and theater contributions of Jeanne Stein, starting 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.
    Stein was active in every theater organization in Los Alamos, including the Little Theatre, Light Opera and Don Juan Playhouse.  She was also an active member of New Mexico community theater organizations, and the American Association of Community Theaters, ACCT.  Her performances and directed productions won kudos at the state, national and international levels. Stein performed professionally, as well and was a SAG member.
    Light refreshments and beverages will be served while those in attendance share remembrances of Stein, while viewing photos and videos of her career.
    The public is invited to share memories of Stein, the performer and the person, during the evening.

    Volunteers needed for ‘Harvey’

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre is looking volunteers to do makeup and hairstyling for the upcoming production of “Harvey.” Opening night is Sept. 11.
    If interested, contact Paul Lewis, plewis0@comcast.net, or Fred Brueggeman, fredjeanne@aol.com.

    Fall Fiesta set for Little Forest Playschool

  • It begins! The 2015-2016 season of Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series charges out of the pen this week with Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “To Catch a Thief” (1955, rated PG), screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting room theater.
    In this jewel of a movie, Cary Grant plays John Robie, aka “the Cat,” a retired burglar renowned for his silence on rooftops and his fine choice in purloined gems.
    After serving six years in World War II, his debt to society now repaid, Robie wants only to live quietly in his mansion in the French Riviera. However, a copy “Cat” has brought the police to his chateau. In order to return to his life of peaceful opulence, Robie must catch the new Cat himself.
    A good chase should always feature a beautiful blonde, and Grace Kelly fits the bill quite well. Kelly plays Frances Stevens, whose mother’s neck sparkles like stars on the Mediterranean. Robie recognizes Stevens’ mother as a potential target and stays close. Stevens keeps him a little closer than his plans absolutely require.