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  • 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.

  • Friends of the Shelter invites Los Alamos residents to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter to have their colors done.  
    The new Pet Adoption Matching Program uses colors to help potential adopters find the cat or dog that best matches their home environment, lifestyle, family situation and companionship needs.  
    In doing this, shelter personnel hope to increase the rate of adoptions from the shelter and to reduce the number of failed adoptions.
    Potential adopters will have the opportunity to complete a short questionnaire before they visit the cat room or dog kennels.

  • Los Alamos Historical Society and Pajarito Environmental Education Center have joined together to present an afternoon for children and adults from 2-4 p.m. July 30 at PEEC, 3540 Orange St.
    At 2 p.m., the Historical Society will sponsor a reading of Terry Foxx’s children’s book about fire. The book will help children understand fire and how the forest recovers from it.  It was written and illustrated by Foxx after the Cerro Grande fire with Foxx’s daughter Alison Carlisi.  As a child Carlisi, accompanied her mother as she studied forest recovery after the La Mesa fire.    

  • Last week, the children of Ponderosa Montessori School Inc. hosted a luncheon for some of the firefighters at Fire Station 3 in White Rock.
    All 10 firefighters on duty went to the school where the children had prepared a lunch for them. The children were excited and happy for the opportunity to give back after all the hard work all firefighters (from near and far) had done for the community.

  • Antonio Vivaldi’s “Griselda” is the simple tale of a woman and the struggles forced upon her by her husband as a cruel proof of honor.
    Griselda (Meredith Arwady) is the wife of the King of Thessaly, Gualtiero (Paul Groves), whose subjects are not very fond of the queen. As a result, Gualtiero forces Griselda to endure various tortures in order to prove to his people that she is worthy of her station. But there’s a twist: Griselda is completely unaware that Gualtiero’s actions are intended only to prove a point.

  • 1.  Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock

    2.  Give Me Everything, Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack and Nayer

    3. Rolling in the Deep, Adele

    4. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

    5. Super Bass, Nicki Minaj

    6.   The Edge of Glory, Lady Gaga
    7.  How to Love, Lil Wayne
    8. Good Life, OneRepubli
    9.  Tonight Tonight, Hot Chelle Rae
    10. E.T., Katy Perry featuring Kanye West

     

  • THIS WEEK ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, July 22, 2011
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay (7-11-11)
    03:00 PM Start up Ceremony of the MW Turbine
        at the Abiquiu Hydroelctric Facility
    04:00 PM The House of Yahwah
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society -“World War II: One Soldier’s Story”
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Pure Mind
    09:00 PM UCTV

    Saturday, July 23, 2011
    5:00 UCTV

  • LOS ANGELES — Calling all superheroes, zombies, space aliens, comic-book lovers and kids of all ages: Comic-Con is here.
    The pop-culture convention, which annually draws thousands of costumed fans to San Diego, begins Thursday, but the die-hards (and those with weekend-long passes) will get a peek at the colorful convention floor on Wednesday night.
    Hundreds of exhibitors and more than 130,000 guests are expected to pack the San Diego Convention Center for the sold out, four-day event.

  • Whether you’re an armchair traveler or an active one, the county libraries are offering “novel destinations” for the imagination and stories to savor from around the globe.
    Last September, former County Councilor Robert Gibson, County Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith and their friend Chris Ortega, decided to undertake a trip to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
    Along with three others from New Mexico, the local adventure travelers devised a trip of a lifetime to scale the fabled mountain and to explore the Serengeti National Park, home to some of the largest herds of wildlife in Africa. Immortalized in Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” the 19,340-foot mountain seems to epitomize one of the most mythical spots on earth.

  • Young members of The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program will again present free concerts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.  The daytime concerts feature arias, duets and ensembles from opera and classical works and afford audiences in both cities the opportunity to hear the young artists.
    The Albuquerque concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church, 10000 Spain NE (between Eubank and Morris).  In Santa Fe, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis will be the venue for the concert on at 11:30 a.m. July 28. Both are free and everyone is welcome. Seating begins one-half hour before the performances and is on a first-come first-served basis.

  • Dave Yeamans, local birder and active member of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Birders group will give a talk on bird banding at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 7 p.m. July 27.
    The talk costs $8 for PEEC members and $10 for non-members, but this fee will be refunded if participants decide to volunteer with the annual Park Flight bird banding field trips in August through October.
    Bird banding starts with getting a permit to conduct a study on birds of a particular type in a defined area. In this talk, passerines, or perching birds, are the target group and the areas include upper Alamo Canyon in Bandelier National Monument and also the Valles Caldera ranch headquarters area.

  • Nearly everyone can remember a classic love story: “Romeo and Juliet” and “Gone With the Wind” are among the favorites we come across in our lifetimes.
    The current Santa Fe Opera production, “La Bohème” is another sure entry to this list. Full of romance and tragedy, Giacomo Puccini’s finest opera focuses on two lovers in 1830s Paris: the poet Rodolfo (David Lomelí) and seamstress Mimi (Ana María Martínez) experience love at first sight when the latter comes looking for a match to light her candle.

  • It’s no surprise when atomic fission happens, especially in a place like Los Alamos. Recently, the Atomic Theatre Festival experienced a splitting of its own because of the Las Conchas Fire.
    The festival is an event in Los Alamos and Santa Fe combining plays written by local playwrights about science and Los Alamos.
    Performances were originally scheduled in Los Alamos and Santa Fe during July and August, but the fire forced delay of the Los Alamos portion of the Festival until Aug. 26-28.
    However, Santa Fe performances will continue as planned, beginning Aug. 5.   

    The Santa Fe plays are: