On Sunday, WGN’s series, “Manhattan,” a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, completed its first season.

    The Los Alamos Historical Society would like to thank everyone who joined us this season to view and discuss the show and the history of the Manhattan Project.

    The final discussion for this season is below. Previous episodes are discussed on the Historical Society’s website, losalamoshistory.org, or on its Facebook page and in the museum.

    Episode 13: “Perestroika”

    Was the implosion method used?

  • Los Alamos High School will host a Financial Aid Information Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Speech Theater. All interested students and parents are encouraged to attend.

    Cindy Black, guidance counselor at LAHS, will provide information about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), Scholarships, Grants, Work Study programs and loan programs.
    This is an important first step for seniors in planning how to pay for college.
    For more information about the Financial Aid Information Night, contact Connie Goettee in the Career Resource Center at 663-2595 or c.goettee@laschools.net.  

  • Los Alamos Middle School student Emilie Von Harders recently displayed their Pinwheels for Peace marking the International Day of Peace.

  • The Authors Speak Series presentation will feature two professionals who devote many hours researching and understanding the stories of Los Alamos.
    Sharon Snyder and Heather McClenahan on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of Mesa Public Library at 7 p.m. tonight in the upstairs meeting rooms.
    Also in attendance on Thursday will be many of the accomplished amateurs known as “The History Nuts.”
    “Libraries are revered worldwide,” Snyder said. “They come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Some are designed by famous architects, or have recognizable names- the Bodleian, the Library of Congress, the Huntington. Others occupy a structure the size of a phone booth. Or even smaller, no matter. They all represent one of mankind’s best hopes for the future. And associated with them are a myriad of stories, from the Library of Alexandria to a humble library cat to an Iraqi librarian who saved 30,000 books from destruction. To those will be added the account of a small library at the Los Alamos Ranch School that evolved through the Manhattan Project years to become the library we know today.”

  • Los Alamos is disguising itself as the spookiest place to be with the two-day “Halloweekend” featuring events Friday and Saturday, as well as Halloween Day.
    “Halloweekend” kicks off 4 p.m. Friday with Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet, when businesses along Central Avenue keep its doors open until 6 p.m. and hand out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters.
    A special performance by Dance Arts Los Alamos begins at 5 p.m. with a performance by the High Flyers Gymnastics at 5:15 p.m. A “Halloweiner” parade will march down Central Ave. at 5:30 p.m. followed by the New Mexico Dance Theater.
    The Los Alamos Medical Center will be transformed into a giant candy dispenser as they hand out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters between 3-5 p.m.
    Bradbury Science Museum will bring out their creepiest critters — including owls, millipedes, spiders and snakes — and present an interactive show involving optics, dry ice and lights as part of “High Tech Halloween” from 4-6:30 p.m. There is no charge to be a part of the well-attended event. Finally that evening, the local YMCA chapter will host a “costume climb” from 6-8 p.m. at the Los Alamos YMCA.

  • Get your passports ready and enjoy the “Wines of the World” from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Blue Window Bistro. The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will host an autumn wine tasting that will pair 10 wines from around the world with 10 hors d’oeuvres.
    Sample scallop and salmon cakes dressed with creamy remoulade and sip on California Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay.
    Plan on Chilean empanadas and a taste of Terrunyo Carmenere. Zig-zag to Italy and Sicilian flat iron roulade with honey-red wine demi-glace coupled with Buglioni, Valpolicella Ripasso.
    Head to the southern hemisphere and bite into spicy prawns peri peri paired with South Africa’s MA N Chenin Blanc. Don’t forget about the friends down-under for herbed lamb chops with a Grenache reduction, served with Yangarra Old Vine Grenache. For the sweet tooth, stop in France for lavender infused crème brulee and Chateau La Riviere, Sauternes.
    This and much more is waiting for taste buds.
    Forget about time-zones and jet-lag, prepare for an evening that will be fully satisfying with a napkin stamped with flavors from around the globe.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center welcomes back artist Lisa Coddington, who will teach a workshop about using simple drawing materials to portray furry, feathery and slimy animals.
    The class will be from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at PEEC, including a 30-minute break for lunch. The workshop is suggested for beginner and intermediate levels.
    Cottington will teach pencil techniques that portray animals in a workshop. Learn how to select your subject and how to start an animal portrait. Various drawing demonstrations offer possibilities for sketching animals in the PEEC collection.
    A minimum of five students is required for the class to go, so those interested in the workshop must register on the PEEC website by today, otherwise the class will be cancelled if there is not enough interest. Space is limited to only nine students.

  • Northern New Mexico’s history is rich in stories, cultures and passion. Going back in time to try to capture the lyrical energy is photographer Angel Wynn, who will present her latest body of work, “Ghost Dance: Spirits & Angels,” which consist of haunting photographs that give the illusion of ghostly encounters.
    The show will kick off with an opening reception from 4-6 p.m. on Halloween night at Wynn’s studio-gallery, 1036 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
    Last year, while preparing images of an Anasazi ruin, Wynn came across one that had a wisp-like lens flare.
    Intrigued by this ghost-like anomaly, Wynn, who specializes in photographing North American Indian cultures, was inspired to begin a new project. “With New Mexico’s 400 years of cultural history,” Wynn said. “If I was about to try and capture places with a sense of spirit, then the project had to cross over to include all heritages.”

  • Hot air balloons took to the sky for the 43rd Annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Oct. 4-12.

  • The 4th Annual Community Charity Pumpkin Patch will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Calvary Chapel on North Mesa next to the Posse Shack. Bring the kids to the event is free where everybody gets a pumpkin, as well as Frito pies, donuts, cookies, hot chocolate, hot cider and other treats. There will also be face painting, games, a hayride and a petting zoo.

  • Los Alamos will soon be among only a handful of cities in the country to open the first cooperative craft brewery, and is brewing up several rich and tasty incentives to attract 300 new member/owners and investors to make that happen. Without more capital, the brewery will have to delay opening.
    The Los Alamos Beer Co-op (LABC) estimates that the future brewery will open its new location early in 2015. With 300 more memberships in the next few months, the Co-op hopes to hire a professional brewer and eventually produce four varieties of beer, along with root beer and cider.
    A co-op brewery is different from traditional breweries in that members own part of the business. Therefore, each member has the power to vote on how the business should be run, what types of beers should be offered, and other decisions which independently-owned craft breweries don’t allow anyone other than the owners to make. Unlike traditional breweries, any revenue has to be reinvested or returned to the members/owners.
    There are currently only three co-op breweries in the country and the idea is fast becoming the preferred business model for startup breweries who are tapping their communities for the funds and sweat equity it takes to get the brewery off the ground.

  • No one wants to see another mega fire like Las Conchas tear through New Mexico, and prescribed burning, when done safely and properly, can go a long way toward preventing such fires.
    But in order to be safer in fighting wildfires, firefighters need to receive certain qualifications, and there is a growing concern that there will not be enough qualified firefighters within 10 years.
    In response, organizations around the country are conducting Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX). Ecologist and PEEC board member Karla Sartor is fresh off the lines of a two-week, bilingual TREX in the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Monument. Sartor will introduce this topic at the next Nature on Tap, which will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Manhattan Project Restaurant.
    Nature on Tap, hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, is part of an informal discussion series started by the Los Alamos Creative District.
    Each month a different topic about nature is introduced by a facilitator, and then the topic is opened up to the group for informal discussion.
    The fourth Spanish-language international prescribed training exchange wrapped up its work burning and learning on and around the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Monument last month.

  • If you know me even remotely well, you know I love to celebrate even the smallest of occasions. It might be custodian day, bosses day, boo buddies, it doesn’t matter. There is always a reason to celebrate the good things in life.
    This week we arrive at bus safety week and we tip our hat to bus drivers everywhere.
    I particularly salute the school bus drivers who deserve our thanks, and appreciation more than once a year.
    When I was a schoolgirl, my bus driver gave me my first job. She even made me my first pair of overalls, in the most delightful shade of blueberry. Sandy was her name and she played a major role in my childhood.
    Does anyone ever believe they might have that sort of impact on someone?
    My kids didn’t really ride a bus until middle school, but it was, “bus driver Bill,” who drove the special Chamisa Elementary bus. He allowed my kids to climb aboard so they could see what it was like.
    There was Mr. K, Steve O and now, forgive me for not yet knowing names, but the drivers of 137 in the morning and 117, 138 and 139 in the afternoon. I promise to report those names to you next week.
    Now for another of my favorites, how about the idea that someone drove a bus for 25 years! One of my neighbors, Ollie Bergauer drove a bus for Los Alamos Public Schools for 25 years.

  • The Los Alamos Community Winds with Conductor Ted Vives, have achieved third place in the community band division of the national The American Prize competition. The band was selected from applications reviewed during the summer from all across the United States.
    The American Prize is a series of new, nonprofit, competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts.
    The Community Winds offered the following autobiographical sketch:
    “The Los Alamos Community Winds is a wind ensemble made up of members of the Los Alamos community. We comprise both amateur and professional musicians of all ages and backgrounds from middle and high school students to retirees in our area. The first performances of a concert band in Los Alamos were noted in newsletters from 1946. Activities over the years have included many weekly summer concerts as well as performing at various civic functions such as the 4th of July fireworks celebrations.”
    Among the goals are:
    1. To provide the Los Alamos community with a quality performing ensemble specializing in the best literature for the concert band and wind ensemble.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    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, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Dantez — A young, neutered, male gray and white cat who lost his left eye in an accident at the shelter. He gets around just fine and is accepting gentle visitors. He loves to be petted and he enjoys his best friend Jay.
    Hobbes — A 5-month-old, neutered, male, tabby kitten who will be available for adoption after his immunizations on Oct. 16. He is very friendly and playful.

  • Becoming a Love & Logic Parent: Early Childhood ®
    Dates: Wednesdays, Oct. 1 - 29               Time: 5:30-7:00pm
    Instructor: Karen Brown, RN
    Cost: $40/individual or couple. Financial aid available, please ask!
    Child Care: Available on-site at no extra cost. Must be requested at least one week in advance.
    Registration Required: On-line at lafsn.org <http://lafsn.org>  or use form on last page

  • Free seminar educates about testicular cancer

    Testicular cancer is the most common and most treatable cancer in young men.
    Curing Testicular Cancer is a free community seminar scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. Dr. Eric D. Bernstein, MD, MPH, will be the featured speaker.
    The seminar, being sponsored by the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, begins with a free light meal at 5:15-6 p.m., followed by the seminar. Included in the presentation will be a Q&A session. Bernstein is an oncologist and hematologist with Northern New Mexico Cancer Care at Los Alamos Medical Center. He will focus his presentation on the most current research on testicular cancer treatment.
    The program is free, but pre-registration by Oct. 20 is appreciated. To register call Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service at 662-2656 or register online at LosAlamosCouncilonCancer.org.
    For more information contact Paula at 570-0906.

    Church plans
    rummage sale

  • On Oct. 1, the Friends of Rachel Anti-Bullying Club, under the direction of John Pawlak kicked off Bullying Prevention Awareness Month on Oct. 1, working with students to create Chains of Kindness. The club and the prevention office will host educational opportunities and have resources available throughout the school year. From left, Erin Kennison, Kes Luchini, Claudia Rice and Mikaela Bayardo.

  • Los Alamos
    Giant No. 6380, 2373 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Aug. 19
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Giant No. 6371, 3701 Arkansas Ave.
    Date inspected: Aug. 19
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. No soap and towels in hand sink. No sanitizer readily available. Both high-risk violations were corrected at time of inspection. One low-risk violation. All boxes must be stored six inches off the floor.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Starbucks, 1801 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Aug. 21
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road
    Date inspected: Aug. 21
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Knapps Wraps, 128 N.M. 4
    Date inspected: Aug. 26
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Los Alamos County and The Family YMCA recently signed a formal agreement that allows the Y to host a Community Education Garden on county-owned property with annually renewable options. This action has provided a home for and will forward previously grant-funded community educational garden efforts. The Y has named staff member David Clark to lead the work and to convene community members to forward the garden.
    Clark is issuing a call for interested parties to attend a planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Y-Express.
    Additionally, Clark asks individuals who would like to share garden subjects and skills to contact him. Specifically, he is seeking individuals who want to help provide programs based around growing food, especially practices that can be realistically carried out on long term in the region. He is seeking to provide programs that are educational, for specific age groups or all ages, any duration — from an evening seminar to a multi-year project.
    He opens to gather expertise on teaching soil chemistry, water use, drafting and planning, art, history and other areas that could teach hands-on and meaningful projects.
    Interested individuals may contact him at 662-3100 or via email at dclark@laymca.org.