• 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:

  • Overlook Park is a popular place for a host of recreational activities in White Rock. The ball fields are alive with the sounds of people playing sports and flying kites and hiking trails boast amazing views of the mountains that encompass the area.
    One of those trails lies just west of the park on a mesa overlooking the ball fields. This trail is heavily traveled but few hikers notice the many historic artifacts scattered at their feet and the pueblo caves and rock carvings along the way.   
    Following the trail west toward the mesa, one might begin to notice numerous caves carved out of the soft volcanic tuft. Upon first inspection, these caves might be mistaken for the modern inventions of children playing in the rocks.

  • The Red Elvises return to Los Alamos for a show at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond. If you’ve never seen this band, here’s a chance to catch a group of showmen.
    Lead singer Igor usually wears  pink floral outfits, while the rest of the band wears leopard print outfits. The clothing gives a bit of insight to the band. Just like they’re non-traditional duds, the Red Elvises are not your typical rock band. They are a fusion of rock, Siberian surf, reggae, doo-wop, Russian folk-rock, Russian rokenrol, tango and Klezmer.
    “Besides being excellent musicians, this band of mostly Russian émigrés are tremendous entertainers and a whole lotta rockin’ fun,” said Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series promoter Russ Gordon.

  • If you missed your senior prom, don’t worry, there’s still a chance to don your prom duds. On Friday, you can go to the prom with all of the fun, none of the stress and almost none of the cost.
    The Friends of the Senior Center, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Assets In Action will hold an intergenerational, community prom from 6-8 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    “Seniors often tell me that these events remind them of happy times in years past. It helps us all to connect with each other,” said Pauline Powell Schneider, the Director of Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization.
    Admission is $1 and the donation of one food or other non-perishable item, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

  • Ariana Brown was awarded a scholarship from the Kiwanis Club. From left, Art Brown, Dawn Brown, Ariana Brown and Kiwanis Club President Fran Berting. Brown was active in many groups including Los Alamos Youth Leadership and Mexico Mission. She will attend Northern Arizona University and study children’s advocacy.


  • Juan Vasquez, left, and Randy Richey, custodians at Mountain Elementary were hard at work last week, getting ready for the start of the new school year.

  • Thanks for
    supporting LAYL

    I would like to express my gratitude to the following organizations that supported and sponsored  Los Alamos Youth Leadership through the 2010/11 school year: The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos High School, the Family YMCA and Leadership Los Alamos. 
    Also many thanks to the adult mentors who volunteered their time throughout the school year: Art Brown, Randy Foster, Bernadette Lauritzen, Wayne Kohlrust, Morrie Pongrantz, Melissa Romero, Veonica Rodriquez and Sharon Stover. 

  • The Builders Club at the Los Alamos Middle School is a Kiwanis-sponsored organization of community service-minded students and is their equivalent of the Key Club at Los Alamos High School.
    Similarly, the K-Kids Club at Barranca Mesa Elementary School is the associated elementary school version.
    The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club newly chartered both of these clubs through Kiwanis International this past school year, and are supported.
      The faculty advisor for the Builders Club this year was Stephanie Krantz and for the K-Kids, it was Sharon Allen.

  • The Rice Bowl Dinner, a House of Hope fundraiser for house-building mission trips to Juaréz, Mexico, has been rescheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. July 21 in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    Tickets are available at the door and are $8 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 12. Kids attending VBS that week at Bethlehem Lutheran Church will be admitted free with a paying adult.
    Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for LA Cares for those in need, following the Las Conchas Fire.
    The Rice Bowl menu will offer rice, chicken teriyaki, stir-fry vegetables, ice cream and fortune cookies, following the VBS theme of “PandaMania, Where God is Wild about YOU!”  

  • Welcome to Christmas in July. If you don’t celebrate the holiday, don’t stop reading, bear with me for just a minute. I’m going for a theory here, not a theology.
    I’d like us to look at that period of time after Thanksgiving and before New Year’s Day and how it relates to now.
    You see, in November we celebrate a day for which we are thankful for so many things. We acknowledge all of the people and little things that make daily life grand.
    Then the next month follows with a generally cheery attitude, where people get stopped on the street or in the grocery store and asked how they are doing.
    We even send letters or cards to mark the occasion and say a kind word.
    Now we flash back to three weeks ago.

  • Wednesday
    Assets In Action and the JJAB will host a fundraiser for Los Alamos High School athletics based on the NBC television show “Minute to Win It.” The event will be from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Auxiliary Gym and admission is $2. Concessions will be sold and participants will be selected from the audience. To learn more call Assets In Action at 661-4846.

    Dances of India, a free performance, will be from 7-8 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall. Los Alamos County Library’s Family Fun Night sponsors the event.

    The July Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site.  For more information, call 661-4097.


  • 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.

  • The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is holding a regional conference in Albuquerque and the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation will provide funding for 15 Los Alamos Public School teachers to attend the event in November. 

  • Next week, Assets in Action and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will rally some fun to benefit Los Alamos High School athletics, with “Minute To Win It.” The new twist on “gaming,” is based on the NBC hit television show, hosted by Chef Guy Fieri.
    The television offering and the live event attempt to add fun to weeknight activities for families searching for something to do.
    “We hope to offer a very low-cost event to provide fun, spread the assets message and benefits LAHS, all at the same time,” said Bernadette Lauritzen, assets coordinator.  “The asset goal is always to build relationships through a variety of opportunities.”

  • Western civilization has long been fascinated by mythology. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in blockbuster movies such as the “Indiana Jones” series, “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Avatar” and “Clash of the Titans,” along with television standards such as “Hercules” and “Xena.”
    This is all great fun, but what if myths were actually based on demonstrable historical fact? What might these stories tell us about humankind’s mysterious past and how might this knowledge help to serve as a guide for the future?

  • Those who love opera might now have a way to spend their summer evenings.
    The Santa Fe Opera Shop needs volunteers to serve as sales assistants before and during intermission at evening performances.
    Volunteers help with customer service, sales, make sure that Opera Shop merchandise is displayed and plentiful and other duties as necessary.  
    As an appreciation, volunteers may attend certain dress rehearsals; they also receive parking spaces and generous discounts on selected Opera Shop merchandise.
    July performances are on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings.  Beginning Aug. 1 until the end of the season on Aug. 27, performances are every night of the week.
    The Opera Shop opens 90 minutes before each performance.