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  • History on Tap: Eyewitness to Trinity

    The Los Alamos Creative District will present the next installment of its On Tap series today, starting at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked – The Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    The Los Alamos Historical Society, together with the Los Alamos Creative District, hosts this week’s brief presentation and interactive discussion will follow.
    Roger Rasmussen, the Army’s Special Engineering Detachment in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project will share his recollections of the project and will describe what he saw at the Trinity Test of the first atomic weapon.
    He will also discuss his nearly 40-year career as a physicist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory after the war, which coincides with yearly opening of the Trinity Site in White Sands on the first Saturday in April. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the test.

    Learn oil painting in two sessions

    Join Archer Dougherty these next two Saturdays to share the wonders of painting with oils.

  • The 18th annual Dog Jog will be April 25 in White Rock and as part of the annual festivities the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter holds a logo contest for children in third through sixth grades.
    Though the competition was fierce, after careful consideration, the judges chose the original artwork of Bella Robertson, a fifth grader at Aspen Elementary School.
    Robertson chose her dog, Jake, as her subject. Robertson’s favorite part of Jake, a 9-year-old dog adopted as a puppy from a shelter, is that he is always loving. Her design will be featured on the T-shirts provided to the entrants, and she will receive a T-shirt as her prize.
    Second place in the contest went to Sayra Villalobos, third place to Tina Fanelle and fourth place to Sevanna Swanson. Honorable mentions were given to John Worley, Isabella Manzanares and Savanna Martin.
    The Dog Jog is a fundraiser for the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter. Money raised is used to purchase supplies, to pay for extraordinary medical expenses, and to support adoptions the Los Alamos Animal Shelter. The Friends of the Shelter also financially supports spay/neuter programs in underserved areas of northern New Mexico. The annual Dog Jog is sponsored by the Mountain Canine Corps, the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club and the Atomic City Road Runners.

  • County Councilor David Izraelevitz is the guest speaker for the next Lunch with a Leader meeting.
    The meeting will be 11;45 a.m. March 17 at the Mesa Public Library and is open to the entire community, sponsored by the Los Alamos League of Women Voters.
    Izraelevitz is a first-generation American who immigrated to the United States from Uruguay, South America when he was 11.
    While a graduate student at MIT, he met his future wife Terry who was a graduate student at Boston University. After marriage and completing his Ph.D. in electrical engineering, Izraelevitz began employment at a research firm outside of Boston. The opportunity to help start a new company led Izraelevitz to move with Terry and their three sons to Los Alamos in 1995. Although the start-up folded after a few years, his newfound love for Los Alamos motivated him to find a way to stay here, and he was able to telecommute for the subsequent 10 years for a company in the Bay Area.
    He eventually joined Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2005 and is currently a team leader doing research in signal processing for nuclear nonproliferation applications.

  • Learn about the unique and exotic wildlife of southwestern Brazil from two photographers who made the trip last summer. The free program is 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Bob Walker and Martin Cooper will share photos and stories about the wildlife they saw on their journey. Animals featured in their talk will be jaguars, caiman, giant river otters, capybara, giant anteaters, ocelot, Southern tamandua and many species of birds.
    In July 2014, Walker and his wife, Laurie, traveled with Cooper and his wife, Bev, to southwestern Brazil to photograph wildlife. The first phase of the trip was to the Northern Pantanal region, which is a large floodplain, although they were there in the “dry” season.
    They were guided by a professional photographer, Roy Toft, on one of his photo expeditions. The second phase of the trip was to Iguassu Falls, an extraordinary set of cataracts near the border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The third phase of the trip was to Bonito and the Sothern Pantanal region.
    Walker has lived in Los Alamos for more than 30 years, and has been a hobbyist photographer for the last 25 years, covering sporting events, nature and wildlife. More recently, he has been interested in photography of birds, North American and across the world.

  • OK, technically this column isn’t in defense of the PARCC test, but if you didn’t plan to read it, you might now.
    I’m very proud of the students that have decided not to protest the test and just soldier ahead, let me tell you why.
    We seem to be becoming a nation of when things don’t go our way, we take our ball and go home.
    My other favorite is when someone continuously throws out the, “oh well, maybe I’ll sue.”
    We need to make sure we are role modeling for our children, things don’t always go our way, things don’t always work out, but we still come out on the other side. And sometimes we come out a little better for the experience too.
    So raise your hand if you ever had a difficult neighbor? How about you have worked with someone that bugged the stuffing’s out of you?
    Can I see a show of hands for the people you know that give into their children all the time, never making them tow the line?
    There are always things we might have to do that we don’t want to, don’t like, can’t stand, it is called life. Maybe we need to get back to playing that old school board game where the roll of the dice determined your fate. You didn’t just get to pick the numbers the die landed on, right?

  • March 8-14, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m.     Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chile rellenos
    1 p.m.         Vintage jewelry show             and tell
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Meatloaf
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.    Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio Plus Exercise

  • 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:

    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, 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.
    Pet of the Week: .
    CATS
    Cattibre (female) and Spook (male) — They are 6 and 8 years old. They have lived together in one house for most of their lives and were recently surrendered due to an owner move. They are both shorthaired black cats with white markings and are quite friendly. They will be available after a vet check. They may be adopted together or individually. If you choose to adopt them together, you will only need to pay the adoption fee for one!

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Elks Lodge, 1600 Trinity Dr., will host a promotional event for Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “Mister Roberts.” The event will be part of the Elks’ Payday Cafe, which starts at 6 p.m.  A performance of selected scenes will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public, but hungry patrons can purchase food at the Payday Cafe for between $6-10. Attendees should enter at the east entrance of the facility (west entrance is for Elks Lodge members only).
     
    Free Film Series. “Of Gods and Men.” 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library.

    The Los Alamos Master Gardeners March meeting will be 7 p.m. in the Nambé Room of Fuller Lodge.

    “Wrenched: The Movie.” 7 p.m. at the Reel Deal Theater. Wrenched reveals how Edward Abbey forever changed the course of the environmental movement. $10 adults/$8 children. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library. Reception 5-6 p.m. today.
    Friday

  • Register for dog training now

    Registration for the next session of dog training classes, offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, starts today.
    Classes this session will include a special offering to introduce kids to the fun sport of agility, Basic Manners, Beginning and Continuing Scent Work, Introduction to Rally Obedience, Intermediate Agility, the paRENT Free Club (for kids), Canine Good Citizen, Cujo to Compadre (for dog-reactive/aggressive dogs) and Self-directed Practice. These classes will begin the week of April 13.
    Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website at ladoc.dogbits.com) and at the LADOC building, 246 East Road.
    Registration is first-come, first-served, and classes often fill quickly, so timely registration is advised. Registration materials must be postmarked by March 25.

    Kids can join the Battle of the Books

    Middle school Battle of the Books. 6-8 p.m. March 26 at Mesa Public Library, Youth Services. Seventh and eighth graders who read the Battle of the Books titles are invited to test knowledge. Snacks and prizes for the competitors will be available. Family and friends are invited.

  • The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will be 7 p.m. March 18 at Fuller Lodge with a presentation by Brett Kettering. He will discuss his most recent summits and plans for the future.
    Over the years Kettering has been visiting state high points as he has opportunity. Lately it’s become more of an addiction.
    Kettering has summitted some of the states’ highest peaks, including Borah Peak in Idaho and Granite Peak in Montana. Borah Peak required a 5,200’ elevation gain in 3.5 miles to reach the 12,662’ summit. Granite required a 9-mile backpack in, then a 2-mile approach to the Couloir that took them up 1,800 feet to the 12,799 foot summit.
    In the next few years, Kettering has plans to summit some additional state high points: Hood in Oregon, Whitney in California, Boundary in Nevada, Rainier in Washington state, Gannett in Wyoming, Mauna Kea in Hawaii and Katahdin in Maine.
     

  • Art exhibits
    Gallery artists group show at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 South Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe. Exhibit runs through March 14.
     
    Kent Hick’s “The Spirit of the Land” Solo Exhibition. Opening reception 3-5 p.m. March 1 at Act I Gallery in Taos. Show runs until March 31.
    Auditions
    Auditions for The Adobe Theater production of Kander and Ebb’s musical comedy, “Curtains.” 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Adobe Theater, 9813 4th St., NW in Albuquerque. Performance dates are scheduled for May and June.
    Books
    A monthly book club curated by Charles Frazier, the author of best selling novel “Cold Mountain.”  This month’s book: “Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.” Moderator: Dr. Rick Hendricks, New Mexico State Historian. 6 p.m. March 10 at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 202 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe. Participation is free. Books are available for purchase.
     Call for Artists
    The 11th Annual Russian Night. Juried exhibition and auction. Deadline is May 30 at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House. Art will be on display June 30-Aug. 28.
    Classes

  • 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, March 6, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 3-03-15
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Ernest Taylor Pyle”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Now It Can Be Told”
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, March 7, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, March 8, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, March 9, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet

  • 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, March 6, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 3-03-15
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Ernest Taylor Pyle”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Now It Can Be Told”
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, March 7, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, March 8, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, March 9, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet

  •  Pet owners have one more option to license their pets in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe animal shelter recently launched an online licensing page on its website.
    The online site, sfhumanesociety.org/our-programs/licensing-payment, allows city and county residents to purchase their annual license in a convenient and quick method, said Monica Gonzalez, the shelter’s director of admissions and licensing.
    In addition to making companion animals in compliance with city and county ordinances, having a pet licensed helps animals return to their homes if lost, Gonzalez said. “It’s a fact that dogs and cats who wear a city or county license will be returned to their owners 100 percent of the time,” Gonzalez said. “There isn’t any other type of identification that is as effective, not even a microchip.”  
    In addition to ensuring the safety of your pets, as of 2011, every dime spent on licensing supports the shelter’s program. Since taking over licensing for the city and county, the shelter has doubled the number of dogs and cats who are licensed in Santa Fe. Last year, more than 9,120 pets received licenses, according to shelter records.
    “Nothing says love like a cheap metal tag,” Gonzalez said.

  • A recent documentary was released on PBS, showcasing tribal women of New Mexico Pueblos.
    The one-hour presentation, “A Thousand Voices,” focuses on women who carry forth the collective memory, traditions and beliefs of their ancestral families, clans and tribal communities. Each woman tells a story deeply rooted to her culture. . . and the “thousand voices” that precede her.
    The film shatters stereotypes and features interviews with women from the Navajo Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Kiowa Tribe, Pueblo de Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh and Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, Jemez, Santo Domingo, Pojoaque, Santa Clara, Taos, Nambé and San Ildefonso.
    The story is told by women of the various New Mexico tribes — from artists, politicians and professors.
    From the proverb, “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story,” the voices of strong tribal women mingle, lead the viewer through the history of Spanish, Mexican and United States invasions of the American Southwest.
    Back then, women were thought of as the leaders of the tribe.
    “It was the woman’s decision whether to go to war with other tribes. Those were her babies going to fight,” said Rose B. Simpson, from Santa Clara Pueblo.

  • Cuarteto Latinoamericano is scheduled to appear at 4 p.m. March 15 at Duane Smith Auditorium. Bandoneon virtuoso Daniel Binelli was to be a part of the show, but withdrew recently to due a medical condition.
    A revised program will be announced later and is a part of the Los Alamos Concert Association.
    Cuarteto Latinoamericano is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet.  
    They have recorded most of the Latin American quartet repertoire including a Grammy nominated CD of works by Villa-Lobos.  
    In 2012, their recording of quartets by Francisco Mignone won a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Recording.
    Based in Mexico, the Cuarteto includes the three Bitrán brothers, violinists Saúl and Arón and cellist Alvaro, along with violist Javier Montiel.
    The revised program will include quartets by Francisco Mignone (his Quartet No. 2) and Alberto Ginastera  (Quartet No. 2, op. 26).  Works by Manuel Ponce and Astor Piazzolla will complete the program.  
    For complete artist and venue information visit LACA’s website at losalamosconcert.org.

  • The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present a concert under the direction of Albuquerque native and guest conductor, David Chavez.  
    The program will be all about Beethoven and include three works — the Egmont Overture, the Symphony No. 5 and the Concerto for Violin with soloist, David Felberg.
    The concert will be 7 p.m. March 13 at Crossroads Bible Church.
    Chavez’s choice of the program reflects the connection he personally feels with Beethoven, which he thinks others share. He notes moments in the music, especially the overture and the symphony, that mirror Beethoven’s own “struggles in life and his insistence to overcome fate.” As he prepares the orchestra, he makes note of the softer moments in the music. This helps the orchestra become aware of the energy in silence and its intensity.  
    In selecting the violin concerto, Chavez turned to Felberg, a well-known Albuquerque violinist. The two have collaborated in their conductor/soloist roles in several other performances.
    Chavez has degrees in viola performance, conducting and music education.  He has taught in Santa Fe and Albuquerque public schools (secondary) and has conducted the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Sierra Club Public Meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, building 200, room 202. Angelica Gurule, of the Los Alamos County Green Team leader and county staff liaison to the Environmental Sustainability Board, will show how Los Alamos has progressed in its goal of becoming a sustainable community in concerns ranging from landfill gas issues to asphalt recycling, lightbulb-crushing and disposing of household hazardous waste. Public is welcome to attend.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library. Reception 5-6 p.m. Thursday.
    Thursday

  • Mountain Elementary School Counselor Jennifer Schmierer and her team of Mountain Lions rocked the school and the community as they participated in Random Acts of Kindness Week, along with Los Alamos Middle and High School in February.
    “One person being kind can brighten the day of many people,” Schmierer said. “A Random Act of Kindness/Pay it Forward project is a nice forum to have discussions about why we should be kind and why kindness matters.”   
    Schmierer worked hard not only to reach the entire school, but to put those acts in play throughout the community too.
    Their efforts kicked off just after the golden melodious tones of the Mountain Elementary Orchestra concert with the distribution of “kindness rocks,” bracelets. The rubber reminders provide a fun trinket and a daily reminder that youth, no matter what their age can take matters into their own hands and make life a little better each day.
    The bracelets were followed by random acts of kindness cards that could be presented when students did something for another person inside or outside of school. The card provided a link for everyone to track the kindness as its movement began to spread.

  • As the weather warms, the jewels of spring can be seen poking through the ground at Los Alamos Middle School.
    This fall, the school received several grants from Keep New Mexico Beautiful for a variety of beautification projects at LAMS.
    The projects included reviving a garden previously created by Suzanne Melton, created for former LAMS Nurse Bonnie Lissoway.
    When the old school came down, staff members uprooted plants to be grown at their homes throughout the course of the new school build. Those will be added when warm weather returns.
    The additional grant funds included a campus clean up, recycling event, wildflower and bulb plantings by students and staff.
    Craig Wehner, owner of Los Alamos Landscaping and More, assisted with plant advice and placement as students began the process of recreating a vision. Wehner attended LAMS from 1991-1992, and at one point received the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s Youth Business Grant when he created, “Craig’s Rake and Pick.” Wehner’s employees, Ismael Flores and Manuel Morales also assisted as the initial project got underway.
    Los Alamos Public School’s employee, Carol Moore and members of the community donated soil by the pot, the bag and the truckload to make the project take off.