United Way of Northern New Mexico invites the public to kick off the season of philanthropy today from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank and catered by Blue Window Bistro. Music will be provided by The Craig Martin Experience, cream sodas from De La Crème, and the company of many community philanthropists. For more information, visit UnitedWayNNM.org, or call 662.0800. RSVP preferred but not required.

     Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting with a presentation by climber Steve “Crusher” Bartlett. Social and reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m., with talk starting at 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.  

    Conversations in Clay. Through Sept. 19 at the Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    Business After Hours. United Way is holding a kick-off celebration today, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank and the Blue Window Bistro. Enjoy a live performance from The Craig Martin Experience and an Italian Soda from de la crème, Cream Soda Creations. The community is invited to join in the celebration at the Ashley Pond Pavilion from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. For more information call 505-662-0800 or visit unitedwaynnm.org.

  • Scientist Ribeiro to speak about HIV Thursday

    Scientist Ruy Ribeiro, of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group, will discuss why it has been so difficult to conquer human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) Thursday during a Science on Tap discussion at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square at 5:30 p.m.
    Currently there are still over 35 million people living with HIV in the world. These grim numbers make this one of the most devastating infectious diseases in memory. However, very significant steps have been made in understanding and combating this disease.
    Ribeiro has been working on understanding the virus and the immune response against it for over a decade. He will talk about why now there is reason for cautious optimism.
    Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each week. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum, this series begins each evening with an informal 10 to 15-minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. “On Tap” is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests.
    Admission is free and open to the general public.

  • The public is invited to a special lecture Thursday by national security expert Emile Nakhleh about “ISIS, the Middle East, and US Policy: Regional Reflections Since the Iran Agreement.”
    The event starts with refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by the talk at 7 p.m., at Fuller Lodge. The League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women are sponsoring the talk, which is free and open to the public.
    Nakhleh is a government consultant on national security issues, particularly Islamic radicalization, terrorism, and the Arab states of the Middle East. He is a retired senior intelligence service officer, a research professor and coordinator of national security programs at the University of New Mexico, a National Intelligence Council/IC associate, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
    The talk will highlight the continuing threat from ISIS, the factors that drive it, and its apparent resiliency.
    The presentation will also focus on U.S. regional policy and the threats and challenges it faces in the coming decade in light of the Iran agreement and the integration of Iran in the international community.

  • Rigel Leonard Baron graduated from Marine boot camp Aug. 28 in San Diego, California. Baron is now a Private First Class in the Marines. Baron graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2015. Baron will be continuing his Marine training at Camp Pendleton, California, and then he plans to attend University of New Mexico so he can become an officer in the Marine Reserves. He is the son of Miles and Erica Baron of Los Alamos.

    Jonathan Vander Wiel, of Los Alamos, was named to the Spring 2015 Dean’s List at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. He is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering.

    Irina Alvestad, Ph.D. was recently awarded tenure at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos as an associated professor of mathematics.

    Kiana Zerr, of Los Alamos, has been named to the Greyhound softball roster at Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU is a NCAA Division II institution, affiliated with the Lone Star Conference.

    Felicity Kubic, of Los Alamos, joined the Class of 2019 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the 2015-2016 school year. More than 1,400 freshmen joined the Rensselaer community on Aug. 31 with the first day of classes. They hail from 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and from countries all over the world.

  • Aug. 14: A boy, John Robert Heineman IV, born to Staci and John Heineman
    Aug. 17: A girl, Eva Korynne Storey, born to Amanda and Isaac Storey
    Aug. 20: A boy, Isaya Brian Trujillo, born to Tanya Valdez and Felipe Trujillo
    Aug. 27: A boy, Charlie Noble Brake, born to Rita and Mike Brake
    Sept. 1:  A boy, Tresdin William Beaux, born to Allison and Miles Beaux
    Sept. 2: A girl, Juliet Aaliyah Concha, born to Andrea Blue Arm and Julian Concha
    Sept. 4: Twins, Nico Bryan Reeves and Sam Lawrence Reeves, born to Alyssa and Kirk Reeves
    Sept. 6: A girl, Hailey LeAnn Cordova, born to Clorinda and Matthew Cordova

  • 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.
    Cora — A 6-year-old, female, Siamese mix with gorgeous blue eyes and a mellow personality. She was surrendered for not getting along with another cat in the household, but she seems to be doing fine with other cats at the shelter, so she might just be a bit picky about her feline friends. This sweet girl is ready to cuddle her way into your heart!

  • Today
    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Harvey.” 2 p.m. at 1670 Nectar St. $14 adults, $12 students and seniors.

    String quartet concert. 3:30 p.m. at Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 195 East Road (TRK Building). Join Quartetto Energico for classical music and refreshments. There will be a free-will offering in place of admission. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of sound and audio-visual equipment for the new Unitarian Church building.

    Wildflower Walks. Join PEEC’s Jemez Mountains Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for an easy walk to identify some local wildflower beauties. A plant list will be available. Free. Meet at the Nature Center at 5:30 p.m.

    Chapter AK, P.E.O., will have its next meeting. 7:30 p.m. at the home of Marilyn Doolen. Irene Davis-Dellinger is the co-hostess. RSVP to Doolen at 672-3571.

    The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will feature “Los Alamos Monitor” publisher David Puddu. The meeting will be 11:45 a.m. at the Mesa Public Library. To order a $10 meal from the Los Alamos Co-op Market, contact Karyl Ann Armbruster, 231-8286 or kaskacayman@gmail.com to hear the menu. All orders need to be in by today. It is not necessary to order a lunch to attend.

  • Today
    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Harvey.” 7:30 p.m. at 1670 Nectar St. $14 adults, $12 students and seniors.

    Conversations in Clay. Through Sept. 19 at the Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Seed Harvesting Hikes. Meet 8:30 a.m. at Juniper Campground. Join PEEC to collect grass seeds and look at native plants. The seeds will be used in a post-fire restoration project along Frijoles Creek in Bandelier. Free, but register in advance.  

    Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2015. Registration begins at the event begins at 9 a.m., with an opening ceremony will be 10:50 a.m., with the walk at 11 a.m. The length of the route is 1K. There will also be a one minute kids run and the Jerry Bower 5K Run. Dogs are welcome. Event will be at East Park, N.M. 502. $25 registration.   

    Fall Fiesta. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Little Forest Playschool, 3880 Villa. Entertainment includes slide, bounce house, games and prizes, petting zoo, dunk tank, silent auction (lfpauction.com), bubble pit and refreshments.

    White Rock Artist Market. First Saturday of the month at the Visitor Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Runs through October.

    Scientists in the Spotlight. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

  • Another year kicks off for the New Mexico Future City Competition and Los Alamos students are encouraged to sign up.
    The theme is “Waste Not, Want Not,” waste management and is open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. The goal is to design solid waste management systems of the future.
    The state competition is part of the regional and national Future City contest. The regional winners will move onto the national level of competition.
     Over the years, cities and towns have managed their ever-expanding piles of trash in a variety of ways, including dumping it into landfills, burning it in incinerators, or shipping it off in trucks and barges. Such waste management systems contribute to air and water pollution and can be expensive and energy intensive. Today, engineers around the world are focused on the four R’s of waste management (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot), in an effort to deal with solid waste not as trash, but as a resource.
    With new solutions to waste management critical to the very survival of urban environments globally, the 2015-2016 Future City Competition, a program of DiscoverE, is now underway.

  • Last year someone tried to derail the Assets program by saying it was religion based, causing me some slight turmoil. Ironically there wasn’t evidence to say it was, but just saying it was enough.
    So while one of the 40 Developmental Assets mentions religious activity, it is defined as anything spiritual, not an organized religion. As a matter of fact, at Assets conferences, we were not to talk about religion or politics, as they tend to divide discussion. Imagine that.
    So back to religion. I am not Catholic, but had some company over the weekend that wanted to watch the interview with the Pope. If you didn’t get to see it, there was a question asked of the Pope about struggling youth. His answer blew my mind.
    Of course, I am paraphrasing here, but the Pope said that youth need someone in their life to walk with daily. This answer wasn’t referencing a walk with God, but some adult in their life that they can go to for guidance.
    This week is suicide awareness week and my request is the same. As the school year heats up academically and kids or their parents, or their peers, begin to put on pressure to perform, ask your student if they have an adult they would go to an adult for advice, if they couldn’t come to you.

  • Registration for dog training classes begins Monday

    Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) will begin Monday.
    Classes this session will include Basic Manners, Novice Agility, Self-Directed Practice, Intro to Scent Work, Intro to Odor, and Rally, and will begin the week of Oct. 5.
    There are three easy ways to register:  
    • In-person from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 14 at LADOC (246 East Road, near East Park. Bring copies of vaccination records that we can keep, registration form, and payment — cash or check. Do not bring your dog!)
    • Online at LosAlamosDogs.com.
    • By mail, using downloadable registration form available on the website. Schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website. Registration is first-come, first-served, and classes often fill quickly, so timely registration is advised. Registration materials must be postmarked by Sept. 25.

    FSN announces grand re-opening at former PEEC location

    Family Strengths Network has moved to a new location at 3540 Orange Street, the former building of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). It is time to celebrate with a fun day of family-friendly activities.

  • Today
    Conversations in Clay. Through Sept. 19 at the Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have its meeting at noon in the Patio Room at Oppenheimer Place, 1001 Oppenheimer Dr. — behind the Betty Ehart Senior Center. There will be a presentation to commemorate 9/11 by speaker Gerry Strickfaden. For more information, call Donna MacDonald at 662-4001.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The speaker will be Irma Holtkamp and her topic will be “How to Use Ancestry.com Like a Pro.” The meeting will be preceded by no-host dinner at China Moon at 5:30 p.m.
    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Harvey.” 7:30 p.m. at 1670 Nectar St. $14 adults, $12 students and seniors.
    Seed Harvesting Hikes. Meet 8:30 a.m. at Juniper Campground. Join PEEC to collect grass seeds and look at native plants. The seeds will be used in a restoration project along Frijoles Creek in Bandelier. Free, but register in advance.  

  • Enjoy a visual journey into the never-ending world of fractals at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    This program incorporates math, science, art and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music, which is suitable for audiences age 3 and up.
    Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature center and are $10 for adults and $8 for children.
    The show starts promptly at 7 p.m. and seating is limited. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the show.
    If Thursday will not work, or one viewing is not enough, put it on the calendar for next month. This wonderful, highly entertaining show will run on the fourth Friday of each month.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Art exhibits
    Michael Lange – Wald/Fluss. Show runs through Oct. 17 at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe.

    New Work by Robert Highsmith, Carolyn Lankford and Jim McClain.  Through Oct 1 at Marigold Arts in Santa Fe.

    “Bosque Notes,” by Karen Simmons at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque. Show runs until Sept. 28.

    Los Alamos resident Betty Nance Smith will be presented in an art gallery in New York City. Opening reception can be viewed online 6-8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Ave. If interested, call 212-255-7740, or go online salmagundi.org.
    Art tours
    The 22nd Annual Abiquiu Studio Tour. Through Oct. 30. Work will be presented by more than 60 artists from 10 a.m.-5 pm. Oct. 10-12. There will be the annual driving tour and previews of their work in the upstairs gallery.

    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.
    Arts shows

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    Friday, September 11, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting –Replay 8-10-15
    02:00 PM United in Christ
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM “Inflationary Cosmology – Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse?”
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:00 PM Let’s Talk Good Business
    08:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:00 PM Bandelier National Monument Naturalization Ceremony
    10:30 PM FMP Live
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, September 12, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, September 13, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:15 PM Los Alamos Nonprofit Spotlight
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, September 14, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

  • The New Mexico Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs recently announced, one of the earliest ceremonial centers in current-day northern New Mexico has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
    K’uuyemugeh was a large, complex pueblo settlement from 850–1150 A.D. and the site of one of the region’s earliest great kivas, measuring 52-feet in diameter. It is one of 10 known kivas used by the pre-Columbian community that was built along the Rio Grande near present-day Pojoaque, located some 15 miles north of Santa Fe. Archaeology at the site has revealed “unusual ceremonial animal burials,” indicating the site’s importance as a religious center.
    “The site is a unique, well-preserved example of a rare 10th- and early 11th-century ancestral pueblo community center, and is likely the largest, most intact and enduring in the Northern Rio Grande Valley,” said Tamara J. Stewart, principal for TAMARCH CRM, in her nomination.

  • The expression, “That was awesome!” does not begin to describe an experience that truly defies description. And yet, it was the one our group of adventurers found ourselves using over and over again as an expression for our epic journey.
    To an outsider, it might have sounded trite, but to us, those three words held a world of meaning and seemed to sum up the range of emotions we all felt during a magical and memorable 7-day raft trip through the Grand Canyon with Arizona River Runners.
    There were 25 of us who came together to do this trip of a lifetime. Our group was comprised of fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, good friends, husbands and wives, solo travelers and colleagues. And though we hailed from different places and backgrounds, we all had one thing in common — a shared desire to do the mother of all raft trips through one of the most heralded natural wonders in the world. Each of us, however, had our own personal motivations for wanting to embark on this amazing experience. And so, you might ask, what drives people to explore the Grand Canyon from the seat of a raft?

  • It’s fun, it’s funny and you’ll find the Pooka when you get there. “Harvey” is among the top 50 longest-running plays on Broadway, along with “The Lion King,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Annie” and “My Fair Lady,” to name a few.  
    The original Broadway production of “Harvey” opened in 1944, winning the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1945. The 1950 film version starring James Stewart has achieved iconic status.
    The story involves Elwood P. Dowd who insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary 6-1/2-foot-tall rabbit.
    To avoid future embarrassment for her family — and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae —Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that her years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also, and so the doctors mistakenly commit her instead of her mild-mannered brother.

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Activity Center closed for Labor Day

    Tuesday: HORSE

    Wednesday: Movies and muchies

    Thursday: Twister

    Friday: Kids choice games/activity

    Los Alamos: 662-9412, 475 20th St.
    White Rock: 672-1565, 10 Sherwood Blvd.

    Open 3-6  p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, unless otherwise noted.  

    Memberships are free and open to all third through eighth graders.

  • Many of us would do anything to relieve our pets of a medical issue, especially if it interferes with their ability to live a normal life.
    Although the veterinary care field is more advanced than ever, some medical issues remain difficult to predict and treat. Seizures, caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain, continue to be a medical issue veterinarians sometimes struggle to monitor and treat in dogs.
    Little warning occurs before a seizure strikes, making the episode frightening for both the owner and the pet. Fido may appear perfectly normal one minute, but the next he is lying on the floor, muscles twitching. “In a normal brain the neurons fire only when necessary and when stimulated. With a seizure, the neurons start firing rapidly and in synchrony,” said Dr. Joseph Mankin, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “Typically, the dog may become agitated or disoriented, and then may collapse on their side,” he continued. “They may exhibit signs of paddling, vocalization, and they may lose bladder control.
    The seizure may last for a few seconds up to a few minutes, and often they will be disoriented or anxious after the seizure. Occasionally, they may be blind for a short period of time.”