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  •    The Betty Ehart and White Rock Senior Centers are open as from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Regular evening activities will also resume this week.

     Homebound meal recipients are being served and transportation services are fully operational. 

  • Welcome Back! Did you spend a portion of the last 10 days building assets? I’ll bet you did! There’s nothing like a huge evacuation to bring a state together.

    The time may not have been spent building the assets in youth, but there was an outpouring of asset building within communities.

  • The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board is up and running after the evacuation and continues to offer services to local youth and families. 

    JJAB aims to engage youth through both prevention and intervention programs. 

  • More change is in the air for the world of e-books and e-audio books. NetLibrary, the Los Alamos County Library System’s current downloadable e-content service, will retire its current interface. In its place will be a newer, sleeker interface for downloading e-content, and with it comes a new name: EbscoHost.

    In addition to a new look and a new name, EbscoHost will also include enhanced features that will make viewing, listening and downloading content a smoother experience. 

  • “I don’t know much about classical guitar,” said Ann McLaughlin, the new artistic director of the Los Alamos Concert Association. “But Eliot Fisk’s agent sent a CD of Fisk’s transcription of George Rochberg’s variations on the famous Paganini theme. I remembered Rochberg’s music from the 1960s, which was pretty atonal, so I was skeptical. But I slapped the CD into my car player and by the time I got from home to Smith’s I had to stop and listen to the end. I was so knocked out.”

  • Visual Art is often considered a static form of expression. Fuller Lodge Art Center aims to challenge this stereotype in their new exhibit “Kinesis,” which opens Friday, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. With works from 45 artists collected in the show, the concept of movement is illustrated in a multitude of styles.

  • The Santa Fe Opera is extending an invitation to all New Mexico residents, new or long-time, who have never purchased a ticket to the opera, an opportunity to discover what opera lovers have been enjoying for the past 50 years.
    A 40 percent discount is being offered for any performance during the forthcoming 2011 Festival season.
    The season began July 1 with a new production of Gounod’s “Faust.” The following night, Puccini’s “La Boheme” opened. Performances are on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights in July, and every night — except Sunday — during August.
    Some dates are nearly sold out, but there are a number for which seats are still available.  

  • PEEC staff and volunteers will be busy this week restoring the gardens and making sure people and critters are doing well.
    Activities on the calendar are canceled for the week of July 4-10. Watch their website, PajaritoEEC.org, for further information about resuming classes and activities.  
    The week of July 11, they hope to resume their regular programs: Nature Playtimes for Toddlers, Preschoolers and their Caregivers led by Jessie Ross and Jocelyn Warner (10:30 a.m.-noon Mondays); Green Hour Hikes for Families led by Petra McDowell (9 a.m. Tuesdays); and Kids Summer Gardening led by Kelly Larson (9:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays).
    The iCare Adventures on the Pajarito Plateau run by the Family YMCA resumed on July 6.

  • Music

    Lads of Enchantment, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, invites the public to join them in song.  Besides the enjoyment of singing in harmony, barbershop chorus and quartets experience the thrill of performing in the community. They meet at 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays at the United Church of Los Alamos, Graves Hall. Attendees will find their chapter meetings are well planned, musically satisfying and fun. Visitors are welcome.
     
    The Los Alamos Community Winds invites all interested musicians to join its upcoming concerts. No audition is necessary, but proficiency on a wind or percussion instrument is required. The LACW rehearses from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. www.lacw.org.

  • Art openings

    An exhibition of the Santa Fe Railway’s Couse calendar prints opens from 1-4 p.m. July 17 with a public reception at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site, 146 Kit Carson Road, Taos. This exhibition of the 23 color lithographic prints of paintings by E.I. Couse that appeared on the Santa Fe Railway calendars between 1914 and 1938 will be on view (by appointment) through mid-October. This exhibition will include railway ephemera as well as artifacts from the Couse collection related to the paintings. For an appointment to view the exhibit and/or tour the Couse home and studio call 575-751-0369.  

    Exhibits

  • Get ready to let the music move you. A piece of Brazil is coming to Fuller Lodge Friday night in the form of The Samba Project.
    Los Alamos High School graduate Johnny Finn, along with Laura Ann Singh, Paul Lucas and Manny Brito, bring their diverse genre to Los Alamos residents.
    Based in Arizona, The Samba Project is a group that Finn co-created approximately two years ago with a Brazilian singer and guitarist, after he returned from spending a year in Brazil. During his time there, Finn conducted research in cultural geography for his doctorate. He focused his research on national identity, music and race.

  • Among New Mexico’s treasures are the rich cultural traditions of the Navajos. In a new traveling multimedia exhibit, “Celebrating Navajo Culture — Past and Present,” created by students from the New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts Department  rodeo, weaving and the contributions of veterans are explored.
    The exhibit will be on display in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery through Aug. 4.
    A public reception will be from 5:30-7 p.m. July 11, with Gallery Talk by Navajo Historian Leonard Perry.
     The students worked under the guidance of Perry, president of the Crownpoint Historical and Cultural Heritage Council and NMHU faculty members Megan Jacobs, Andrew Wollner and Kerry Loewen.

  • The Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women, in conjunction with Library Family Night, will present “Spaghetti and Meatballs for All” at 7 p.m. July 18 at Mesa Public Library.
    Dr. Claire Passantino at the Makefield, Penn. AAUW branch in 2004, initiated the “Let’s Read Math” program. Passantino has many years of teaching experience in grades K-8. The object of the program is to help alleviate the anxiety that many children, especially girls, have about mathematics, and to make math fun.

  • Janice Parker Muir’s oil, pastel and acrylic paintings will be displayed in a solo exhibit titled, “Fields and Scapes,” July 7-Aug. 12 at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery.  The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.
    After shoulder surgery Muir realized there was an opportunity to launch a new artistic direction. Since she could no longer sustain her normal easel position, she began using an easel that can lay flat, which allows her to paint comfortably.
    “In my mind this is a pre- and post-surgery show,” Muir said. “Most of the pastels will be the ‘pre’ with the acrylics being the ‘post.’ ”

  • Janice Parker Muir’s oil, pastel and acrylic paintings will be displayed in a solo exhibit titled, “Fields and Scapes,” July 7-Aug. 12 at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery.  The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.
    After shoulder surgery Muir realized there was an opportunity to launch a new artistic direction. Since she could no longer sustain her normal easel position, she began using an easel that can lay flat, which allows her to paint comfortably.
    “In my mind this is a pre- and post-surgery show,” Muir said. “Most of the pastels will be the ‘pre’ with the acrylics being the ‘post.’ ”

  •  The White Rock Senior Center is offering an AARP driver safety program next month. Classes will be for anyone 55 years or older, as verified by their driver’s license, from 1-5 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 25 at the WRSC. Those who attend may qualify for a discount on automobile insurance.
    As an appreciation to retired teachers, the class is free to National Retired Teachers Association members, for these two sessions only. Members should bring their NRTA membership card or number.
    The fee for each class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members, with the check made out to AARP. This is a four-hour course and payment is by check, if not an NRTA member.
    Janet Basinger will teach the July class and Dick Foster will teach the August class.

  • Accelerate New Mexico will help students prepare for high-tech employment
    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos has joined forces with six Northern New Mexico colleges to offer Accelerate New Mexico. The program, sponsored by the Department of Energy, provides curriculum and coaching designed to quickly prepare people of various ages and all educational backgrounds for employment in technical fields.

  • The United Church was filled with the sound of love on May 22. The Los Alamos Choral Society presented its audience with choral arrangements of love songs ranging from old folk songs spirituals, to the heartbeat of Broadway.
    Directed by Dr. Mary Badarak and accompanied by Cindy Little, the concert was a mix of literature sung with a rich tone quality and diction. There were several new, young faces in the choir and some of those young people were featured as soloists. The Choral Society is a non-auditioned choir that welcomes all who love to sing and thus includes singers of all ages and musical backgrounds.

  • At an event at the University of New Mexico recently, Technology Ventures Corporation honored TechSource for its outstanding service and growth in 2011.
    Each year, the Flying 40 Awards seeks to honor the 40 fastest-growing and highest revenue generating technology-based companies in New Mexico. TechSource, headquartered in Los Alamos, was recognized as a leading high-technology company in New Mexico.