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  • The 2011 season at the Santa Fe Opera has certainly provided a variety of entertainment. Beginning with a classic like “La Boheme” and moving to the comedy of “The Last Savage,” we end the season in tragic scandal with “Wozzek.”
    Directed by Daniel Slater and conducted by David Robertson, “Wozzek” (Richard Paul Fink) is the story of a poor army private that earns extra pennies by shaving his captain (Robert Brubaker) and subjecting himself to a doctor’s (Eric Owens) medical experimentation.


  • If Texas is like a whole other country, then Roswell, N.M. is like a whole other universe. From fast-food restaurant signs welcoming aliens to the UFO Alien Museum downtown, Roswell embraces and even revels in its history.

  • Welcome to assets month. Once again, the Los Alamos County Council will proclaim the month of August as Assets Month in our county.
    The proclamation was read at their Tuesday night meeting and the work will continue for what should be another wonderful year.
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce-sponsored program will once again work with the community, schools and others to promote the work of the assets initiative far and wide.

  • Los Alamos Elks’ Lodge gives thanks

    On behalf of the Los Alamos Elk’s Lodge BPOE 2083 and its members, we would like to thank all of those who participated in serving and protecting this great community during the Las Conchas Fire. We cannot express our appreciation enough. Thank You!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors that have lost their homes, possessions and livelihood as a result of the fire. We hope that some semblance of normalcy will return to your lives soon.

  • Khalil Spencer will give an illustrated talk at Pajarito Environmental Education Center about bicycle commuting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. He will follow his talk with a hands-on workshop from 8:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 6. The talk is free and open to all. The workshop is $15 or $12 for PEEC members and is open to people ages 16 and older.
    Spencer is a League of American Bicyclists certified bicycling instructor.
    He has raced and commuted via bicycle for 32 years and has been active in bicycling advocacy for 20.
    He recently completed a term as chair of the Los Alamos County Transportation Board and has been on that board for four terms.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Thanks to the shelter staff for outstanding service to the community during the Las Conchas Fire evacuation.
    It’s summer, remember that pets also suffer when the temperature rises. Cooling animals (dogs, rabbits, cats) by giving them a “cool” bath or shower to help keep their body temperature down.
    A cool towel on a tile floor to lay on, a cool towel or washcloth laying over the skin, next to a fan will also help cool the animal.
    Make sure they have plenty of cool water to drink as well.

  • On Aug. 19, the Los Alamos Arts Council presents the Coffeehoue at Fuller Lodge. The chamber music coffeehoues features University of New Mexico Professor Erica Otero on French horn; South African pianist Anthony Maroudas; and violinist and Los Alamos native Kay Newnam. Newnam, along with her father Karl Johnson and Anthony Maroudas are pictured above. Tickets for the event are $30 and are available at CB Fox Department Store.

  • La Leche League of Los Alamos will discuss “The Art of Breastfeeding and Avoiding Difficulties” at their monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Aug. 1 in the Nursery at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road.
    All interested, pregnant, or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics and benefits of breastfeeding.
    A lending library with books and audio tapes concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available.
    Nursing babies and toddlers who have difficulty separating, are welcome.
    LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing information, education, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.

  • Attention gardeners, bakers, quilters and artists — you have less than two weeks to get your entries ready for the Los Alamos County Fair. The fair and rodeo runs Aug. 11-14. Anyone living or working in Los Alamos County is eligible to enter. Exhibit categories include:  
    • culinary (baked items)
    • preserved foods
    • hobbies and crafts,
    • fine arts
    • photography
    • quilts
    • clothing
    • knitting
    • crochet
    • needlework
    • horticulture and 4-H projects.  
    Age categories range from age five, up to seniors.
    To enter, pre-register until Aug. 5 or bring exhibits to the Mesa Public Library from 2-6 p.m. Aug. 11.

  • Los Alamos County Library System has acquired AtoZ World Travel, a comprehensive, informative e-content travel database offering free and exclusive tourist and culture information on more than 150 of the top travel destinations in North America and around the globe.
    Created by an international team of experienced and talented travel journalists and editors, AtoZ World Travel features more than two million words of city-specific content, as well as thousands of images.
    Whether traipsing around Panama City or Paris, Ankara or Antwerp, or anywhere in between, AtoZ World Travel’s intrepid writer-adventurers bring their points of view and expertise to candid glimpses of the globe and its people through extensive, colorful reporting.

  • Sid Hausman, author of “One Bullfrog” and “Cactus Critter Bash,” will sign “Emus and Owlhoots,” his new book filled with the music of the Old West, at Otowi Station Bookstore from 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 29. This event for all ages will also feature songs from the book.
    “Emus and Owlhoots” features Handlebar Slim and his sidekick Washtub as radio cowboys, who bring those “thrilling days of yesteryear” to life again.
    The book is a wacky, whimsical tale that revives the memory of a time when good guys chased the bad guys across the prairies of kids’ imaginations, and of course the good guys always came out on top.

  • Spectacular sets, spectacular costumes, spectacular singing! “The Last Savage” at the Santa Fe Opera has truly been my favorite production this season. “The Last Savage” is sung in English, which struck me as unusual for opera, and refreshingly resembles a broadway musical. Best of all, “The Last Savage” is a comedy, full of hilarious moments that result in numerous belly laughs.

  • Once again, Missoula Children’s Theatre has come to Los Alamos to work with 58 youth to bring Los Alamos “The Princess and the Pea.”
    Envision a kingdom of snow where the residents are winter wind workers, blizzard bringers, icicle sharpeners and snow smoothers, ruled by the Storm King and the Snow Queen. Add to that a prince looking for a proper princess to share the throne. Now imagine the princess and her friend the pea, living in a kingdom of green rolling hills and running rivers with her subjects, the flower gardeners, river runners, green shoot growers and tree barkers. Her parents, King Size and Queen Size, do all they can to keep things running smoothly.  

  • Slide guitarist and award winning banjo virtuoso Tony Furtado will play his blend of Americana, blues, jazz, folk and rock as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. The concert is slated for 7 p.m. at Entrada Business Park.
    In the sixth grade, Furtado built his first banjo. By 19, he had won a pair of National Bluegrass Banjo Championships and soon played the top bluegrass festivals in the world, including Telluride, Lyons and MerleFest.
    He’s played with Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Allison Krauss and Laurie Lewis, but he said he could never be happy staying in one place musically.
    Furtado grew up in the 70s and 80s. He loved Celtic music, Tom Petty, MTV, as well as his father’s Who and Creedence Clearwater Revival records.

  • A mother bear and her cub paid a visit to Ken Johnson’s house on El Viento last week. The cub climbed a tree in Johnson’s yard, while the mother who is not shown, tried to knock down one of the chile ristras visible at right. The bears ran off when Johnson’s dog noticed them and began barking.

  •    This week, I wanted to touch base on — are you sitting down — back to school readiness. I really didn’t want to say it, but someone has to.
       If you are anything like me, that backpack hasn’t been opened since the day it came home in May and who knows what still remains in there.
       As the tax-free holiday for school shopping is upon us, there are some things you can ponder before the big event.
       I highly recommend taking the pants out of the closet or drawer for your student. It never fails; I see kids in elementary school with pants a good four to six inches too short for them.

  • An impromptu mobile museum cropped in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot on July 12. The drivers from all over the United States, stopped by to visit and show off their rides to Los Alamos residents.

  • Owen Lynch, rear, Paris Lynch, right and Robyn Hollis make the most of the hot weather recently with a variety of thirst quenchers available in White Rock.

  • Little Forest Playschool  will host an End of Summer Party and Open House from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 5.
    Current students and families, as well as any parents who may be curious about Little Forest Playschool are invited.
    Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs will be served. There will be a bounce house and face painting, as well as a big slip n’ slide if the weather permits.
    Open House is an opportunity for everyone to get to know the teachers, explore new classrooms and show off old ones.
    New families can see what makes each room unique and find out if Little Forest will be a good fit for their child.
    Little Forest Playschool is located at 3880 Villa St.
    For more information, call 662-5895 or visit www.littleforestplay

  • Ellen Rabin recently received a scholarship from the Kiwanis Club. Pictured from left, Leslie Sherman, Rabin and Kiwanis Club President Fran Berting. Rabin was very active in Teen Court and will attend the University of Chicago and study political science and physics.