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  • 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.

  • The League of Women Voters will have its monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader starting 11:45 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Mesa Public Library.
    The month’s leader is the publisher of the Los Alamos Monitor, David Puddu.
    Puddu has been a newspaper publisher for 28 years. Originally from Pennsylvania, he earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska. He has been in Los Alamos for one year. Prior to his arrival, he spent 13 years as VP/COO of Number Nine Media, Inc. a subsidiary of the Albuquerque Journal. Before that, he spent 14 years publishing newspapers in ski resort communities in Colorado.
    Puddu was the 2005 president of the New Mexico Press Association and has served as a regional director for the National Newspaper Association overseeing the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. He also served on the executive committee, Congressional Action Team and marketing/membership co-chair for the National Newspaper Association. He and his wife, Deborah are the parents of Lana, Sophia and Noah.
    Puddu will be talking about the changes he and his team have made to the Monitor, current issues in newspapers, and will be answering questions from those present.
    To order a $10 meal from the Los Alamos Co-op Market, contact Karyl Ann Armbruster, 231-8286 or kaskacayman@gmail.com to get the many menu choices.

  • If you’ve ever had to pitch a business or product idea to an investor or potential partner, you know the presentation can make or break the deal.
    Because the stakes can be high, serious entrepreneurs quickly learn what to avoid when giving a presentation, whether it’s a 30-minute speech before a peer group or six-minute proposal to Demo Day investors.
    Some of the presentation do’s and don’ts are intuitive: Think about what keeps you engaged when someone’s talking and what makes your attention drift to your email in-box.
    Every presentation should be a story with a logical beginning and end and a narrative thread that connects these dots. In the business world, it often starts with a problem that your product or service ultimately solved.
    If your creation is interesting, the story of its genesis should be equally compelling. Once you’ve framed the tale and decided what to emphasize in the allotted time, determine how you’ll sidestep the most common public presentation minefields.
    Avoid jargon: Lingo or other coded language alienates people who don’t speak it, and it even bores professionals who are fluent. Pretend you’re explaining your product or service to an inquisitive 10-year-old and use words designed to draw her in rather than exclude her from the conversation.

  • Community calendar

     

    Recurring meetings

     

    Note: If any of the following listings need to be changed or removed, contact the community editor immediately at lacommunity@lamonitor.com, or 662-4185, ext. 21.

     

    Nature Playtimes at the Nature Center. 10-11 a.m. Kids aged 0-5 and their caregivers come to the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore the natural world. Children rotate through themed centers inside and outside, with story time to start them off. Mondays except holidays. Free. More information at losalamosnature.org.

     

    CoDA, an open 12-step group for recovery from codependency, meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at White Rock Methodist Church on Meadow Lane. For information call 672-3874 or 672-1498.

     

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

     

  •  All parents of current Los Alamos High School freshmen are invited to attend Freshmen Parent Night on Monday beginning at 6 p.m. in the Speech Theater.
    “This is our second year hosting a Freshmen Parent Night,” said Cindy Black, one of the guidance counselors at the high school. “It gives us one more opportunity to answer any lingering questions parents and students may have about the first year of high school.”
    Topics to be covered at Freshmen Parent Night will include Freshmen Academy, credit requirements, the new Academic Support Center, Academic Time, Saturday School and Naviance.
    For more information about Freshmen Parent Night, contact the LAHS Guidance Office at 663-2797.

  • To live in northern New Mexico is to be surrounded by rugged beauty. But what happens if a medical emergency happens out in the wilderness? Luckily Classic Air Medical, a helicopter medical transport service, is ready to help.
    Meet pilot Geoff Rodgers and the medical team at 7 p.m. Tuesday, to discuss the work of this helicopter rescue company and how they work with the local community.
    Rodgers is a former Los Alamos county councilor and current pilot for Classic Air Medical. He served as a pilot for both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserves, and also has experience flying for EMS, firefighting and powerline construction operations.
    Classic Air Medical began as Classic Tour Helicopters, a helicopter tour service operating around Bryce Canyon. Over the years, the increased need in emergency transportation and search and rescue operations led Classic Air Medical to change its focus from tourism to its current mission of emergency air transportation services. It serves not only New Mexico, but also Wyoming, Oregon, Colorado and Arizona.
    The talk will be at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • If you’re looking into a new pet but don’t want to settle for the usual cat or dog, geese might be a good pet for you.
    In order to own pet geese, you must have adequate space and check with city guidelines and neighborhood associations to make sure backyard poultry, ducks and geese are allowed in your area.
    Although many of us have heard the horror stories of aggressive geese attacking park visitors, pet geese who are hand raised and handled daily are often more docile.
    Before you jump into owning geese, there are a few things you should know and consider in order to create a comfortable living environment where your geese can thrive.
    Your first step in owning pet geese is choosing the right breed. There are a number of breeds to choose from, many of them making great pets. Dr. Sharman Hoppes, clinical associate professor for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, recommends breeds like the Toulouse, the American Buff and the Pilgrim, as these breeds are considered to be good pets by her clients.
    Geese are also flock animals, so consider getting 2-3 geese to help create a more natural environment. Females are less likely to fight with one another, so they may make a better option as pets.

  • Reminder: It is time to submit entries for the Friends of the Shelter Calendar. Do it online at calendar.lafos.org. If you have adopted a shelter pet, particularly a pet from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, consider adding their photograph to the 2016 calendar.
    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. 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.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Cupcake — A 4-year-old, calico, who still learning about shelter life and slowly adjusting. 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!

  • Fifty years ago a far-sighted, bipartisan group in Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which taps a fraction of the nation’s offshore oil and gas revenues to give all Americans a lifetime of outdoor recreational opportunity.
    Congress intended the fund to be used for “preserving, developing and assuring accessibility to … outdoor recreation resources … and to strengthen the health and vitality of the citizens of the United States …”
    Every state has benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It has built playgrounds and parks, improved hiking trails and campgrounds, and provided access to public land for the enjoyment of Americans of every age, background and place of residence.
    In fact, some of the first LWCF grants in New Mexico went to Los Alamos County nearly 50 years ago and used to develop Camp May Community Park.
    Other local projects have included ball field lighting, the comfort station at Overlook Park and improvements at Los Alamos Entrance Park.

  • As September arrives, we discover National Attendance Awareness Month and Los Alamos Public Schools is excited to engage the entire community as to the importance of good attendance.
    “School is more fun when you have good attendance,” said Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Los Alamos Public Schools superintendent. “It is easier to understand the assignments, the learning makes better sense, you are caught up, there is more time to ask questions, you are able to ‘stay on top’ of the work and it is easier to make good friends.”
    As part of Steinhaus’ back to school welcome message, he reminded students and families of key items that are important to student success including taking care of yourself, getting involved, planning, making good decisions, asking for help when you need it, having a good attitude and being true to yourself.
    While the ideas are meant for students, the message could also apply to community members. When youth see adults with role model behaviors like taking care of themselves and having a good attitude, the lessons are absorbed like a sponge and can create behaviors or patterns for a lifetime.

  • Life-sized mannequins, piles of medical equipment and extensive checklists filled the testing room during the last day of University of New Mexico-Los Alamos EMT-Basic class recently as students endeavored to diagnose and treat their “patients.” They were taking practical and written tests to finish the 10-credit core course that enables them to sit for the National Registry Exam to be certified Emergency Medical Technicians or EMTs.
    The EMT certification is a stepping-stone to become a paramedic or other medical professional, and EMTs can work in pre-hospital environments, such as patient transport, fire departments and police departments. EMT-Basic is a core class of UNM-LA’s Associate of Science degree, and also serves students pursuing bachelors and medical degrees, or individuals who need emergency responder skills.
    “My test scenario was a man with shortness of breath having an anaphylactic reaction,” said student Holly Erickson, a junior at Clemson University in South Carolina, describing her final exam in EMT-Basic. “I found out he was allergic to peanuts and gave him epinephrine.”