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  • Mid-1950s crime thriller “Bad Day At Black Rock” will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.
    The moody Spencer Tracy classic opens “Just the Way it Happened!” (according to the tagline) as a railway train pulls into a quiet Arizona town and John J. Macreedy (Tracy) steps off. Apparently, it’s the first time the train has stopped in Black Rock in a number of years, and the locals are none too happy to have a newcomer.
    Macreedy can’t get a cab and then is denied a hotel room, although there are clearly plenty of vacancies. He manages to rent a room only to be harassed by a man (Lee Marvin) claiming the room is his.
    Macreedy encounters this attitude everywhere he goes. What are the townspeople hiding? What does Macreedy want with a man named Kumoko who was supposedly sent to a Japanese internment camp? The questions in this post-World-War-2 drama will keep audiences tense and engaged until the end.
    The film was Oscar-nominated in 1956 for Best Actor (Tracy), Best Director (John Sturges), and Best Writing, Screenplay (Millard Kaufman).

  • Los Alamos residents Jim and Gail Little will commemorate their 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday.
    Friends and family are invited to join the Littles for a vow renewal ceremony at noon at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Drive, following the regular morning worship service. The couple’s three daughters, Brenda Finch, Cindy Little and Nancy Craven, will host a reception in their parents’ honor from 12:30-2 p.m., in the Friendship Center at the church.
    Jim and Gail Little were married Sept. 2, 1956, at the Methodist Church in Sutherland, Nebraska. The afternoon ceremony was officiated by Gail’s maternal grandfather, Rev. William H. Hendrickson.
    The Littles lived in Maryland, Kansas, Colorado, and Nevada before moving to Los Alamos in 1967.

  • Well an entire year has gone away and here we are again on the brink of another year devoted to building the Assets of our children in Los Alamos.
    The month of September always kicks off the year for us. Students of all ages head back to school and we may need to be reminded how much every interaction means not just to them, but for them.
    This year our Change for Change collection has a very pointed purpose. That purpose is to recognize the great things youth do all throughout the year.
    Often we get busy and forget to send a card, offer a kind word or recognize a good deed.
    The Community Youth Award from Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) is meant to do that all year long. Our newest youth was presented her award today and you will read about it later this week. It requires adults to stop down, put pen to paper or computer to email and highlight the great things, not academic or athletic, that kids do each day.
    Some of the businesses collecting change this year include; Aspen Copies, Morning Glory Bakery, The Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, The Children’s Clinic, Finishing Touch and Village Arts.
    The funds raised will be used to sponsor each monthly award for youth. They are presented a goodie bag with things that would bring a smile to the face of any teen. If you know a deserving youth, let us know.

  • TODAY
    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.
    TUESDAY
    Coffee and Connections at 10 a.m. at Ruby K’s Bagel Café. This  monthly meeting is for swapping leads and exchanging ideas about resolving your business challenges with fellow Chamber members. Chamber representatives are on hand to answer questions about Chamber member benefits and upcoming events. Coffee and food are no-host. Reserve a seat online http://losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/coffee-and-conn....

    Half-price sale on everything in the store at The Thrift Store at the United Church, 2545 Canyon Road, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Keystones of Water Quality: Macroinvertebrates at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Dr. Rossana Sallenave reveals how to protect our aquatic resources by using living organisms as a measure of environmental health. Free.
    WEDNESDAY

  • Aug. 28-Sept. 3
    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: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Mild Sausage, Rice Pilaf
    12:15 p.m.        Smart Driver Class
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Meatloaf     
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.         Cardio Plus Exercise    
    10:30 a.m.        Music with Ruth    

  • Summit Garden Club will hold a plant sale at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 10.
    Over 300 landscape garden and indoor plants will be available for sale, in 2-inch to 1-gallon containers, and some even in 5-gallon containers.
    Spectacular, mature house plants will also be for sale. Members will demonstrate how to divide, store, care and plant iris. Iris rhizomes will also be for sale.  Club members also will be available to assist with plant identification and planting instructions.  
    A few examples of plants to be offered are coneflower, Mexican hat, coreopsis, oregano, chives, Rocky Mountain penstemon, phlox blue mist spirea, blue avena grass, yarrow, columbine and lavender. Some  houseplants for sale are amaryllis, Boston fern calla lily, ficus tree and jasmine.  
    Money collected from the plant sale will go to supporting Summit Garden Club projects. Among the activities of the club is the care of the White Rock Community Garden and gardens at Bandelier National Monument. The club also gives an annual scholarship to a graduating Los Alamos High School senior. Educational programs for members and the public are provided on different gardening subjects throughout the year.  

  • 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 microchipped, 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 the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter, but two very dedicated Friends of the Shelter volunteers have been working with Juan to help him relax. He’s finally learning that people can be nice and gentle, particularly when they have treats! Check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan!

  • TODAY
    Los Alamos Piecemakers meeting from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Los Alamos United Church. “Redwork Workshop” with Michelle Watts. Watts will be teach how to embroider using our domestic sewing machine. Contact skapple@cybermesa.com interested in attending.  

    Green Hour Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike to Jemez Falls. Free.

    Noted historian and broadcaster David King Dunaway will speak at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda. His talk is entitled “Force and Violins.” Dunaway is Professor of English and Communications (adjunct) at the University of New Mexico. Dunaway also created the 13-part radio series “Writing the Southwest” which is accompanied by a book of the same name. For more information, visit the events link on losalamoslibrary.org or call 662-8253.
    THURSDAY
    Author Phil Archuletta will speak at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library as part of the Authors Speak Series. Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries sponsor the talks. For more information, visit the events link on losalamoslibrary.org or call 662-8253.

  • “Granite Mountain” will film one of the final scenes in Los Alamos from 3-7 p.m. Friday in Quemazon, in the area of Quemazon Loop and Torreon.
    Los Alamos Police Department staff were hired by the production company to conduct traffic control at all access points of the film location within Quemazon. Los Alamos Fire Department personnel will also be on hand.
    Quemazon residents will have access through the set.
    Film crew have notified each home within the filming area and have made efforts to talk to residents to minimize impacts, according to the county.
    There will be a casting call for children to be paid extras for two scenes being filmed Friday. The children, ages 3-7 will appear as extras in a scene that will be filmed at either Urban Park or Rover Park in the morning, and children ages 8-12 will appear in the scene in Quemazon Friday evening. Those interested in having his or her child participate must register in advance (photo and contact information) at egcasting.com. Details will be issued immediately upon confirmation.

  • A part of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County’s enthusiastic start to the campaign season, two young Democrats from Los Alamos, Tarin Nix and Katie Christoffersen, attended the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
    Over 50 diverse Democrats of all walks of life strolled hand-in-hand in the Fair & Rodeo Parade in support of Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Aug. 10 was the first meeting of the brand new chapter the Young Democrats of Los Alamos County.
    The calendar is filled with great events including the “Welcome to the Revolution: Organizing Kick-off” from 6:30-8 p.m. today at 170 Central Park Square. The event will live stream Bernie’s speech at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Hillary for Los Alamos County campaign will host a picnic from 5-7 p.m., providing food and drinks, along with activities for the kids. The picnic will feature Garcia Richard, State Senator Richard Martinez, and Marco Serna, candidate for District Attorney.
    Stop by the campaign headquarters at 170 Central Park Square for information or to pick up bumper stickers, buttons and yard signs, or call 500-4146 for information.
     

  • A slight cool breeze in the air means that we’re headed back to school. There was clearly genius behind in the first person to suggest starting on a Thursday.
    I confess, I didn’t understand the logic at first, but everyone is exhausted by Friday! The students, the staff, the custodians that spent the summer putting a sheen on those floors that makes one feel like they’ve crossed an ice rink.
    Then we get a small break and the routine begins. The day after the first day of school, I overheard someone say, “There are just 197 more to go.”
    There’s beauty in having routine. It will be followed by football games, clubs and organizations coming back together, the homecoming game and, ah yes, fundraising.
    The getting back to the grind is hard for some, so remember a dose of patience and look for positivity in everything or looking for the positivity in anything.
    There’s a great website called “Every Monday Matters” that offers little doses of inspiration, some suggestions for inspirational perspiration activities and more.

  • Thursday, as the class of 2020 enters the building at LAHS, many local parents are sending their freshmen off to college and university near and abroad.
    Our second oldest son Spencer, and other locals including Bradley, Evan, Lane and Holly are headed to Eastern New Mexico University, in Portales.
    This was our first child to go away to school. That time between walking that graduation stage as a ‘Topper and pulling out of the driveway as we headed to Greyhound territory went very fast.
    Friends would ask how I was doing with preparations and truthfully my answer was, pretending it is not happening.
    As the Assets person in town, I was beyond elated when as we pulled up to Eddy Hall on campus, a band of merry makers descended upon us in music, song and overall glee. They encouraged the parents to remain in the car so they could park while they assisted the newest members of the school to their rooms – potentially 625 of them.
    It was a swarm of hands and hearts as we had to make sure our own suitcase and the tools that normally stay in the vehicle weren’t swept along, too.
    We whispered good luck, see you soon and in a flash they were gone.

  • TODAY
    Green Hour Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike on the Las Conchas Trail. Admission: Free.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Admission: $15/non-member, $12/member.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks at 8:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Astronomy Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Bird Walk: Burnt Mesa Trail at 7 a.m. at the Nature Center. Observe local birds while quietly hiking Burnt Mesa Trail. See description at peecnature.org for cost.

    Feature Film: Black Holes at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

  • Have you journeyed into the never-ending world of fractals? Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s dynamic fractal show is back for one evening this month at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
    This show incorporates math, science, art, and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music.
    This spectacular show starts promptly at 7 p.m. and seating is limited.
    Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature center and are only $10 for adults and $8 for children.
    This fractals show will run on the fourth Friday of each month, and is suitable for audiences ages 4 and up.
    For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Students of Los Alamos County in grades 4-12 are invited to enter the second annual Constitution Day Essay Contest.
    The cash prizes are $300 for the high school winner, $200 for middle school and $100 for the winner from grades 4-6. Entry is free and judging is blind.
    The contest is sponsored by the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women, and all students are invited to enter.
    The awards ceremony will be Sept. 24 at the Constitution Day Dinner, sponsored by the Republican Party of Los Alamos.
    Winners will be notified by Sept. 14, and will be invited to bring one guest and attend the dinner at no cost. The winners will be invited, but not required, to read their essays at the dinner.
    The Constitution Day Essay Contest is designed to challenge students to learn more about the Constitution and to express original, thoughtful ideas in essay writing. Essays will be judged on how completely and clearly the ideas are stated and supported. Grammar, spelling and punctuation will also be considered. For more information, including the essay questions, go to losalamosgop.com.

  • This is the time of year when secretly I may be singing to myself, Andy Williams, It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
    I have never been fond of heading back to school, because I enjoy being at home with my kids. However, I do enjoy seeing everyone else’s children again. I miss those faces during the summer.
    I remember being a first grade parent outside the door and being so excited to see everyone again.
    I want to encourage everyone to start the year on a positive note. Try to find kind and encouraging words to say and start off on a positive note because it really does set the tone for the day.
    If you have seventh grader or a freshman, make sure they attend the orientations planned for them at Los Alamos Middle and High School. More than 125 students and countless adults have spent many hours in leadership training to welcome them and ease their transition.
    One reason I love the WEB and Link Crew programs is that they are grounded in the 40 Developmental Assets framework.
    Make sure you attend open house events, meet key people, hear important information and demonstrate to your children that parent engagement matters. They to see you care, so they care too.

  • The movie “Granite Mountain” will return to Los Alamos this week to film scenes on Camp May Road, the Justice Center, the detention center and private residences in Los Alamos and White Rock. The film and staging will take place at the following locations and times:
    • Sullivan Field Parking Lot—will be closed from 6 a.m. Monday through 9 p.m. Friday for staging of 10-12 large film trailers. Public access will be around the perimeter of the parking lot, including the dumpsters.
    • Camp May Road, Camp May, Pajarito Mountain and resort facilities will be closed from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 9 p.m. for filming.
    Elizabeth Gabel casting agency is still accepting applications for paid extras for the scene being filmed on Camp May Road on Wednesday. Anyone interested in applying should email a photo with name, height, weight and phone number to egabelcasting@gmail.com, and include the year, color, and make of their car. Put “Los Alamos” in the subject line.
    • White Rock Overlook Point will be closed beginning on Thursday at 9 a.m. AM through Saturday at 5 p.m.
    • The Justice Center will be the site of filming scheduled for Friday beginning at 6 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. During that time, the Justice Center will be open, but there will be no public access to the second floor of the building.

  • July 18 —A boy. Michael Douglas Keen. Born to Courtney Fortran and Christopher Keen.
    July 7 —A girl. Cecilia Charlotte. Born to Suzi and RJ Montaño.
    July 28 — A girl. Novalee Maxine. Born to McKenzie Bailey and Chase Enterline.

     

  • Aug. 7-13
    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: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Enchilada
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Eggplant & Pasta
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.         Cardio Plus Exercise    
    10:30 a.m.        Music with Ruth
    10:30 a.m.        AARP Meeting    
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Grilled Pork Chop

  • While some refer to horses as livestock, others consider horses to be a companion animal, especially if they are kept for recreational purposes. Miniature horses—which measure 34 to 38 inches in height—are also recognized by many as companion animals. However, if you want to own a miniature horse as a pet, don’t assume a miniature size means less upkeep and expense than a full-sized horse.
    Dr. Leslie Easterwood, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, offered some insight on caring for miniature horses.
    “General care and maintenance are exactly the same for miniature horses as for full-sized horses, the only difference is size,” she said. “Vaccinations, dental care, hoof care, feeding, and housing are consistent for all equines. Miniature horses are also susceptible to the same diseases and ailments as full-sized horses. They are anatomically exactly the same as full sized horses, so they have the same risk factors for lameness, gastrointestinal issues, respiratory issues, and other health complications.”