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  • It’s no surprise that current-day Saudi Arabia looks oppressive when seen through a young girl’s eyes. More startling are the small ways that sweeping political change can begin.
    An award-winner at film festivals around the world, “Wadjda” (2012, rated PG, subtitled), is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a wonderful choice for this month’s installment of Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series, screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting-room theater.
    The title character, played by Waad Mohammed, doesn’t want to change the world. Like most 10-year-olds, she’s concerned with more selfish desires. She wants to listen to the music she likes. She wants her own money. She wants her father to love her. Most of all, she wants to beat her friend Abdullah (Abdullrahman Al Gohani) in a bicycle race.
    But of course, in her conservative country, this is impossible. Girls cannot ride bikes. She’s already pushing the limits by being friends with Abdullah, a boy.

  • This week, we look at our social competencies category in November as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month.
    To learn more, you may decide to visit the wealth of information on websites that tell the stories of local pueblos.
    Take the time to learn about customs, traditions, feast days, the importance of their native language, traditions and most important – etiquette. If you are ever unsure about something, feel free to ask the question in a respectful way, but also understand that a question asked may not be one that can be answered in the moment.
    You can start with indianpueblo.org for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
    Its website is the representative of the 19 northern pueblos with a mission statement that reads: “To preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture and to advance understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.”
    The 19 Pueblos include; Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, Zia and Zuni.
    A variety of the pueblos are represented at Los Alamos Public Schools and this year, Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School both have their first Native American Clubs.

  • Nov. 1-Nov. 7, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beef Tips over Rice
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Fried Chicken
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1:30–3 p.m.    LANL Open Enrollment
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
     CATS
    Hyacinth—This mom and her kitten were left at the front door of Ridgeview Vet a few weeks ago. Hyacinth’s kitten has already been adopted, and Hyacinth is ready for a home of her own! Hyacinth is mostly white, with a few tabby markings. She is still learning how to get along with other cats in the cat room, but for right now, she prefers her own little area of the cat room where she isn’t disturbed.

  • How do big wildfires impact rare native plants? Find out from New Mexico’s state botanist, Daniela Roth at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

    Roth will reveal whether rare plants in the Gila and Lincoln National Forests are dying or thriving after fires in 2012 and 2013 drastically changed the landscape.

    This is the first study that investigates the impacts of mega fires on rare plants in the forests of New Mexico.

    Roth will present her findings and management recommendations to preserve local biodiversity and ensure future generations can enjoy New Mexico’s rare plants.

    Daniela Roth’s experience includes a dozen years in the Navajo Nation backcountry, where she researched rare flora for the Navajo Natural Heritage Program. She is the State Botanist and Program Manager for the Endangered Plant Program within the New Mexico Forestry Division.

    The talk will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend and no registration is required. For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • White Rock Presbyterian Church is again hosting a shoebox packing party for Operation Christmas Child at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at 310 Rover Blvd. in White Rock.
    Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, which is a non-denominational relief organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. The project collects shoeboxes packed with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and other gifts for children 2 to 14 years old, and distributes them to children around the world living in refugee camps, or areas of poverty, disaster and armed conflict.
    WRPC has been involved with this program for many years, and last year they packed more than 220 boxes. “It brings me great joy to picture the smiles on the children’s faces as they realize that someone cares,” Joan Barr of WRPC said.
    The community is invited to join members and friends of WRPC for the Shoebox Packing Party this year. The event is an opportunity for family, friends and neighbors to come together to help make a difference in the lives of children living in difficult or dire circumstances, as well as being a night of fun and fellowship. Refreshments and door prizes will be available.

  • Art exhibits
    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of Southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.
    Art tours
    Allan Houser Studio and Sculpture Garden Tours. Arranged by appointment. The Sculpture Gardens are located 20 miles south of Santa Fe, and the tours last approximately two hours. There is a $25/person fee for the guided tours. To schedule, call 471-1528. David Rettig, curator of Collections for the Allan Houser Estate will lead a tour for collectors and special guests. Space is limited.

    Dixon Studio Tour at 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 7-8 in Dixon at the junction of N.M. 68 and N.M. 75. A fall tradition, the 34th annual Dixon Studio Tour showcases 32 artists and 13 local businesses to the public on this one weekend a year to see what creativity goes on in this seemingly quiet group of villages. Visit dixonarts.org  and you will quickly see why this is one of the premier studio tours in the state. Click on “download map” to print a own brochure.
    Concerts

  • SANTA FE—Grab the kids, don a costume, and head to the Santa Fe Plaza for a progressive Halloween party Friday at the Museum of Art and New Mexico History Museum. The museum will have music, treasure hunts, ghost stories, tarot cards and more from 5–8 p.m. And it’s all free with full access to all exhibitions.
     The Museum of Art invites all to celebrate the Fall of Modernism with Halloween Modernist-style. Come in costume and dance to the music of Big Swing Theory in the St. Francis Auditorium. Tarot card readers will keep with the spirit, and people dressed as dead artists and legends of New Mexico will make an appearance. Take the kids on a treasure hunt and participate in Katie May Be Morbid Card-Making.
    The time was the roaring 1920s, and Halloween parties were all the rage with themes such as “Animals” or “Famous People” – all with an Art Deco flair.
    The Museum of Art is at 107 West Palace Avenue. For more information, call  476-5063, or log onto nmartmuseum.org.

  • The Santa Fe Botanical Garden will kick off the ground breaking of their Phase Two Expansion at 11 a.m. Friday at their Museum Hill site at 715 Camino Lejo.
    The construction team, led by John Mondragon of Mountain West Golfscapes, will work through the fall and winter to complete the hardscape of the expanded garden. Planting is scheduled in Spring 2016, with an anticipated opening of Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands Garden in August/September 2016.
    Phase Two of the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill is titled Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands as it will be a place to explore ethnobotany – the shared history of humans and plants in northern New Mexico – through hands-on experiences and observation. It will serve as the epicenter of educational programming and will enable SFBG to serve the community in new ways.

  • The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Center and Champions of Youth Ambitions announced dates for the Festival of Chocolate and the Festival of Trees for 2015. The Festival of Chocolate will be Nov. 14 and the Festival of Trees will take place Nov. 21.
    Community organizations interested in donating to either event can call 695-9139. The events raise funds for youth development projects, science education in the classroom, senior citizen programs and the Community Asset Awards.

  • THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff or board.

    Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
    6:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 PM County Council Meeting –Replay 10-27-15
    1:00 PM Democracy Now!
    2:00 PM United in Christ
    3:00 PM Road to Recovery
    4:00 PM Uprising
    5:00 PM Democracy Now!
    6:00 PM “Inflationary Cosmology – Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse?”
    7:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Witnessing WWII: A Memorable Panel Discussion”
    8:30 PM Let’s Talk Good Business
    9:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    9:30 PM Cheers for 30 Years: The White Rock Senior Center
    10:00 PM Northern NM Citizen’s Advisory Board
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015
    6:00 AM FSTV
    5:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    6:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    7:00 PM United Church
    8:15 PM Los Alamos Non-Profit Spotlight
    8:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    9:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • SANTA FE—¡Orale! Take a ride into the creative reimaginings of American steel as captured in photographs, hubcaps, hood ornaments, car show banners and actual cars.
    “Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico,” opening May 1 (through March 5, 2017) at the New Mexico History Museum focuses on mobile works of art and their makers – home-grown Nuevomexicanos who customize, detail, paint and upholster these favorite symbols of Hispanic culture.
    Photo Curator Daniel Kosharek has pulled together an extensive collection of images by Don Usner, Annie Sahlin, Jack Parsons, Sam Adams, Norman Mauskopf, Dottie Lopez, Gabriela Campos, Meridel Rubinstein and others.
    In addition, the exhibit features a chromed and touchable engine, miniature-scale model-car collections, trophies, memorabilia and other ephemera.
    The museum lobby will host a rotating selection of cherry examples. And the thrill ride doesn’t stop there.
    On May 20, the New Mexico Museum of Art will unveil an exhibit curated by Katherine Ware showing photographs and art inspired by car culture. Also in May, the Museum of New Mexico Press will release a companion book featuring essays by Ware and Usner.

  • This November, the Los Alamos Little Theatre offers its fifth edition of the 8x10s, an evening of eight short (about 10 minutes long) plays.
    “8x10’s Fifth Symphony” has a little bit of everything, from historical drama to tribal customs to time travel to the revealed thoughts of dogs.
    The plays come mainly from local and regional playwrights.
    “Los Alamos Little Theatre is community theater in every sense of the phrase,” said John Gustafson, LALT Board president and co-producer of the 8x10s. “We not only offer theatre to our local audience, but we invite members of the community to participate in creating the theatrical experience.” The 8x10 format allows newcomers to get involved in acting, directing or stagecraft without the demands that a full production creates.
    “8x10’s Fifth Symphony” features five first-time directors, six people new to the LALT stage, and a first-time playwright.  People experienced with theatre are also getting acquainted with new roles, such as stage management, make-up and lighting. “We are delighted that people are taking the opportunity to find new ways to get engaged in producing a theatrical experience,” said co-producer Kelli Guider, who is herself a show producer for the first time.

  • The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project is pleased to announce a spooky tour of Historic Los Luceros on Halloween afternoon. Rarely open to the public, visitors will have the opportunity to take a guided tour of this New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs’ property from 2-5 p.m. Saturday.
    Los Luceros ranch is a 148-acre property along the Rio Grande near the village of Alcalde. The centerpiece of the historic Los Luceros ranch complex is a 5,700 square-foot, 18th century Territorial-style adobe home, which was renovated by the Cabot Foundation in 2004 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The property also includes a visitor’s center, director’s residence and a small gallery.
    In addition to the hacienda and the visitor center complex, the property contains three residences, an 18th century chapel, the original village jail, numerous farm buildings, apple orchards, irrigated pasture and bosque on the Rio Grande. Complete with a hanging tree and a female ghost who roams the Casa Grande, this tour is a great way to kick off your Halloween festivities.
    The tour will also include spooky stories and Halloween treats. All proceeds will benefit the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project.

  • On the walls of The Gathering Space at Monte del Sol Charter School, one can find flags from all over the world, representing faculty, students and staff’s histories and countries of origin. Founded in 2000, the school’s focus on sustainability and international relationships has now brought it into collaboration with Face to Face, an international peer education method founded in the Netherlands. Monte del Sol will take part in a peer education project that schools in New York City, Utrecht and Hilversum, (Netherlands), Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata, (Argentina) and Egypt also have participated in. With this approach, students from different countries have collaboratively developed an array of topics and themes from peace to human rights, art, literature and science, and used multimedia and technology to convey their final results and/or showcase their creative expressions.
    In conjunction with the student project, from 9:45-10:30 a.m. Nov. 3, renowned Dutch ecologist Prof. André De Roos, a visiting presenter at the Santa Fe Institute, also will give a free lecture, “Fishing Smart and Sustainably” to the student body at Monte del Sol Charter School.

  • Mario and Gina Velasquez are thrilled to announce the birth of their baby boy, Dominic Mario Velasquez.
    Dominic entered the world at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2015 at Christus St. Vincent Hospital.
    He spent his first five days of life at UNM Children’s Hospital under observation for some lung issues but is now safe and healthy at home in Santa Fe.
    Dominic’s proud grandparents are Beatrice Leyba, of Santa Fe, Kathi Spencer-Velasquez, of Albuquerque and Joseph and Roberta Velasquez, of Albuquerque.

  • Mario and Gina Velasquez are thrilled to announce the birth of their baby boy, Dominic Mario Velasquez.
    Dominic entered the world at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2015 at Christus St. Vincent Hospital.
    He spent his first five days of life at UNM Children’s Hospital under observation for some lung issues but is now safe and healthy at home in Santa Fe.
    Dominic’s proud grandparents are Beatrice Leyba, of Santa Fe, Kathi Spencer-Velasquez, of Albuquerque and Joseph and Roberta Velasquez, of Albuquerque.

  • THURSDAY
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. Final market of the season and the last chance to stock up on New Mexico green chile. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library.

    Chamber of Commerce Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. will feature a presentation by State Auditor Tim Keller. Topics will include the financial health of our state and the related work of the State Auditor’s office. Register on Chamber website.
    FRIDAY
    Trick or Treat on MainStreet. 4-7 p.m. in downtown Los Alamos.  Local shops will open their doors to trick-or-treaters.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum hosts its annual High Tech Halloween from 4-6:30 p.m. today at 15th Street and Central Avenue, in conjunction with Trick-or-Trick on Main Street. Free.

    Halloween Night Hike. Join fellow adventurers on a spooky pre-Halloween hike in the woods behind the nature center. See local trails under the cover of darkness. Bring a light or purchase one at the gift shop. Free for adults, $5 for children. Register at peecnature.org. 6:30 p.m. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Main Street Halloween festivities continue on Saturday with the Pumpkin Glow on the lawn at Fuller Lodge from 6-9 p.m. and entertainment by The Nomads inside Fuller Lodge.

  • Explore local trails on a fun, family-friendly pre-Halloween hike by moonlight, flashlight, and headlamp on Friday. Fellow adventurers will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-Halloween stroll to observe shadows, tell tales, and tread lightly in hopes of catching a glimpse of our local nocturnal wildlife.
    Craig Martin and Dave Yeamans will lead this short hike.
    See what comes out at night. Bring a flashlight or headlamp, or buy one at the gift shop. This hike is $5 per child and free for accompanying adults. Register in advance for this nocturnal adventure.
    To register for this hike and for more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Explore local trails on a fun, family-friendly pre-Halloween hike by moonlight, flashlight, and headlamp on Friday. Fellow adventurers will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-Halloween stroll to observe shadows, tell tales, and tread lightly in hopes of catching a glimpse of our local nocturnal wildlife.
    Craig Martin and Dave Yeamans will lead this short hike.
    See what comes out at night. Bring a flashlight or headlamp, or buy one at the gift shop. This hike is $5 per child and free for accompanying adults. Register in advance for this nocturnal adventure.
    To register for this hike and for more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.