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  • Auditions for “Avenue Q” will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Toolshed in Dixon, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center in Los Alamos and again 6 p.m. Monday.
    “Avenue Q” is a Tony Award-winning musical about 20-somethings trying to make it in the real world, which can be hard for both humans and puppets. The show focuses on young adults trying to figure out life in a big city, scrambling for jobs, dates and finding their purpose in life.
    The cast includes eight puppets, operated by actors on stage, and three humans. Holly Haas, from Dixon, is the director and set designer; Sheila Schiferl, from Los Alamos, is the music director. Brian Huysman will lead the orchestra for performances.
    The show contains full-puppet nudity and is not appropriate for children.
    “Avenue Q” is a joint production of the Dixon Community Players and Los Alamos Little Theatre. Holly Haas of DCP (and formerly of the Los Alamos High School Olions) will direct; Brian Huysman is the music director.
    Persons interested in auditioning should prepare a song from the show for the character(s) they are interested in playing.  The script for the play and a CD of its music are available at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos and the Embudo Valley Library in Dixon.

  • Jane Clements, a Bradbury Museum guide shows Eli Carrasco, 5, how to create slides with water samples from the area, then examines the slides through a microscope.
    The Bradbury Science Museum hosts the “Scientist in the Spotlight” series every second Saturday of the month. The informal conversations led by scientists and other professionals are hands-on and interactive with kids of all ages and adults.
    Teri Roberts, a software engineer, also showed a group of children how computers work through the entire process from binary digits to supercomputers. Roberts works at Los Alamos National Laboratory. GINA SCHULTZ/Monitor

  • Storyteller Terry Foxx will present “Dust Bowl Stories — the complex relationship between humans and the Great Plains.” The talk starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Using written and oral histories, as well as interviews with local residents who lived through that period of history, Foxx will weave the stories of survivors into an understanding of this ecological event.
    The Dust Bowl story is one where human decisions, economics and nature intertwined to create one of America’s worst environmental disasters resulting in human suffering. It is a story of poverty, prejudice and intolerance, as well as tenacity and survival.
     “The stories told will help lead us to an understanding of the past, in the hope that we will not repeat the mistakes that led to the Dirty Thirties,” Foxx said.
    Foxx is a storyteller and ecologist who has written a number of articles related to understanding the ecosystems of the Pajarito Plateau. She will draw on her experience to engage the audience in a discussion of present issues that can potentially result in environmental imbalance.
    “Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry” is a travelling exhibit, which is shown in the Upstairs Gallery through Feb. 20.

  • Los Alamos County Library System presents “All In, Down and Out: The Great Depression in Song and Story.”
    The performance begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mesa Public Library, upstairs art gallery.
    Jane Voss and Hoyle Osborne will present a historical concert-lecture.
    Voss & Osborne created this program several years ago to mark the 80th anniversary of the Stock Market Crash of 1929.
    They have presented it as part of the New Mexico Chautauqua to enthusiastic audiences in Silver City, Las Cruces, Raton, Farmington, Las Vegas, Kirtland and Aztec.
    The Great Depression inspired an amazing body of American popular and folk song. Woody Guthrie, Langston Hughes, Irving Berlin, Blind Alfred Reed, E.Y. Harburg, Bessie Smith and others showed their own takes on many different aspects of the Depression. The songs will be interwoven with readings from outstanding writers and wits of the day, as well as from ordinary working people. Several of the stories tell about the Depression experience in New Mexico.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Volunteer Examiner Group exams for Amateur Radio Licenses. This session will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Club Meeting Room at 4017 Arkansas (the Old Fire Barn). If testing for a new license, bring a picture ID, or two other forms of ID with your name and address on them (utility bill, credit card bill or other) and a test fee of $15 either in cash or a check made out to “ARRL VEC.” Fill in your Social Security number on the form 605 License Application. For those seeking a license upgrade, bring a picture ID or two other forms of ID plus your original license and a copy of the license, or a valid CSCE (Certificate of Successful Completion of Exam) and a copy of the CSCE plus the exam fee of $15. For additional information, call Bill Boedeker at 662-4220, or email boedeker@cybermesa.com.

    Made in New Mexico Lecture Series: “Seventy Years of Computing in the Nuclear Weapons Program.” 7:30 p.m. in Fuller Lodge. Dr. Bill Archer directs the development of massively parallel, multi-physics simulation codes at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Temporary exhibit: Saul Hertz, MD: A pioneer in the Use of Radioactive Isotopes. Daily through Jan. 31 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Keep It Classy. Ongoing at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

  • Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley & Los Alamos, Inc. is currently accepting applications for a New House Partner. The home is to be built in Los Alamos. Applicants must live or work in Los Alamos and fit the HUD income guidelines for Los Alamos.  Applications are available online, at the Habitat office or contact 505-747-2690 for further information and/or application.

  • OK, still on resolutions for 2015, it is never too late to start, so let’s go!
    My idea for you is to run, don’t walk to the nearest place to buy a page-a-day calendar. The one I’m thinking is called, “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff.”
    Richard Carlson, Ph.D. is behind the calendar and countless books of the same name and various topics.
    If our local Smith’s doesn’t have one, I wanted to point you in a direction to find one. The online store that starts with an A charged more in shipping and handling than I purchased the calendar for in the region.
    The store that starts with a W had it for $4.96 and yes, even though I like to shop local, sometimes I can’t pass up a good deal.
    What I have enjoyed about it and only in the first dozen days of 2015, is simple wisdom. Maybe because I am simple, maybe because I’ll take all the wisdom I can get but I do like it when it is easy.
    Here’s a sample:
    When a person begins to recognize happiness moments, their “ordinary life,” becomes much richer, happier, full of gratitude, yes and even more, “extraordinary.”

  • As a part of fundraising efforts for the Los Alamos High School Dance Program, Ballroom Dance students and teacher Natasha Barkhudarova are offering four weekly sessions of Waltz dance classes for beginners.
    Classes are 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday, starting today. Other classes will be Jan. 20, 27 and Feb. 3 at the Topper Theater at LAHS. No partner is required. Everybody is welcome to join the class. The cost is $40 for adults and $20 for children, students and LAPS staff (for all four classes). Drop-in fee is $12 for adults and $6 for children, students and LAPS staff (per class).
    All proceeds go toward students’ travel to represent Los Alamos High School in the dance events and conferences around the state of New Mexico.
    For information, contact n.barkhudarova@laschools.net or call 663-2577.

  • There’s still time to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C. The trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school eighth grade students. The trip is a private trip and not a school-sponsored trip. Visit worldstridesdiscovernow.org or call 1-800-468-5899 to sign up, using trip ID Number.
    The trip will include sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Maryland. Highlights of the trip include the White House, the International Spy Museum,  the Walter Reed Medical Museum, a Capitol tour, the Washington Monument, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Arlington Cemetery, night tours of all Presidential Monuments, the Iwo Jima, Korean, the Vietnam Memorials, the Newseum, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and much more.
    The trip will be four days and three nights. The group will stay in a five-star hotel in Arlington, Virginia minutes from the D.C. sites.
    The deadline is nearing for the current price.  Sign up will continue until airline seats are no longer available, however, soon the trip price may increase if airline prices increase.  Sign up today to ensure a place on the trip and to lock in the current price of the trip.

  • Jan. 11-17, 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
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    LARSO Advisory                 Council        
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Sloppy Joe
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Beer cheese             soup
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    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.     AARP board meeting
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Glazed ham

  • 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.
    CATS
    Cordelia — A short haired, all-black cat with a tiny little white patch on her chest and a small notch out of her ear. She was trapped on 48th Street on New Year’s Eve, and she was certainly happy to be somewhere warm for the new year! She is extremely friendly, and she will be ready for a warm, indoor home of her own once she gets a clean bill of health from the vet.

  • New Mexico School for the Arts’ Theater Department will open its 2015 season with “Radium Girls,” by D.W. Gregory, directed by Joey Chavez and Deborah Potter.
    Inspired by a true story, “Radium Girls” follows the popularity of radium as a medical and industrial product, used for a variety of purposes — from fighting tumors to providing luminous paint for wristwatch faces — until the workers painting them began to fall ill from a mysterious disease.
    Gregory’s play traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a wristwatch dial painter in the 1920s, as she fights for her day in court. Shows will be 7 p.m. Jan. 29-31 at the James A. Little theater.
    Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online at nmschoolforthearts.org/tickets.
    On Feb. 7, the Theater Department will present an encore performance of The Shakespeare Project, first performed in October 2014, as part of a Dessert Theater fundraiser for the Parent Association. Showtime will be 7 p.m. in NMSA’s Large Rehearsal Hall, 275 E. Alameda with a raffle and silent auction.  

  • Call for music award entries

    The New Mexico Music Awards will be accepting entries for the 2015 awards program for music produced in New Mexico, now until Feb. 7. The entries are open to all songwriters, artists, producers, engineers and other music industry professionals.
     The New Mexico Music Awards is celebrating its 28th year of recognizing excellence in recorded music in New Mexico. The annual awards show and banquet will be May 30 at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. The music awards program is open to both amateur and professional musicians from throughout the state of New Mexico.
     The awards program features 42 music categories in genres including Jazz, Pop, Country, Latin, Americana, Rock, Rap and the Norman Petty Producer’s award. Someone will be honored from the New Mexico Music community with the Eric Larson Lifetime Achievement Award and a moment to remember those New Mexico music professionals who have passed away this past year.
    The NMMA created in 2005 and and currently maintains the Eric Larson Endowment at the University of New Mexico. This year’s recipient is Briana Reed, a junior at UNM.
    For category designations, rules, entry forms and information on how enter, go to newmexicomusicawards.com.  

    Meeting focuses on wildfires and rare plants

  • ALBUQUERQUE — It is with heavy hearts that the family of 99-year-old Geronima Cruz Montoya announces her passing Jan. 2 at a hospital in Albuquerque.
    “She was surrounded by family and friends,” said Robert Montoya, Montoya’s eldest son. “We knew this day would come. We are happy to have had her in our lives for so long, but we know she is in a better place now.”
    Montoya had spent the last few weeks in three different hospitals in Santa Fe and Albuquerque recovering from surgery to repair her broken left wrist and left hip, which she suffered in a fall at her home in Santa Fe, last month.
    An award winning artist, she was honored by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) with its Lifetime Achievement Award and was the group’s poster artist for the 2010 Indian Market.
    A member of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, she was educated at the Santa Fe Indian School. There she studied under Dorothy Dunn and found her inspiration to hone her craft as a painter. She headed the art program at SFIS from 1937 to 1961 and the St. Catherine’s School in Santa Fe. Hundreds of contemporary American Indian artists began their craft under her tutelage.
    She has also served as a board member of the Wheelwright Museum, SWAIA, the Indian Cultural Museum and the All Indian Pueblo Council Museum.

  • By The Culture Trip

  • Imagine a world where people only think with a “science” mind. Former Los Alamos resident Keith Deininger reflects this way of life in his book, “Ghosts of Eden.”
    The novel is Deininger’s second full-length novel from DarkFuse publishing and stems from his own experiences growing up in Los Alamos.
    “The story is of a 12-year-old orphan and a college dropout who are sent to their uncle’s home in Los Alamos following a family tragedy. The dropout is a drug addict that is struggling to come to grips with a reckless past, while the orphan is trying to discover what her place in the world is. The uncle, whom they have never met before, reveals the true purpose of them being there. They will be shown things that will change their perceptions of the physical universe, because nothing is as it seems, and no one is safe from the terrifying secrets awaiting them. When a strange jar is opened, Eden will be reborn.” — The synopsis is quoted from amazon.com.
    Deininger takes his own experiences while he was living in Los Alamos and blends them into the plots of his stories.
    “There is a kernel of ‘Harry Potter’ in the story,” he said, referring to type of fantasy genre of the J.K. Rowling books.

  • Craig Martin to discuss county Open Space plan

    Craig Martin will give a talk about his plan for the Los Alamos Open Space System, a plan he’s been working on for 15 years. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on Orange St.
    The purpose of the plan is to identify the key features of county open space that make Los Alamos a desirable place to live and visit, and to outline ways to protect those important resources. The features identified by the plan are vistas and viewpoints, natural resources, cultural and historical resources, the Los Alamos County Trail Network and open space as trail corridors and “Neighborhood open space.”
    The work on this plan began in the late 1990s when the county established two open space planning committees. Martin’s plan relies heavily on the work of those committees, which represents about four years of work.



  • What can one person do to make the world a better place? In the case of Ruby Selvage, she has done more for others at her young age than most people.
    The list is long and so far, she has given her time to many organizations, including local services House of Hope/Trinity Builders, Empty Bowls, the United Way of Northern New Mexico; and national services Stuffed Animals for Emergencies and Wigs for Kids. When asked how she became interested in volunteering, Selvage puts it simply, “I like helping others.”
    Although only 14 years old, she has already spent many years helping the less fortunate. She has donated her hair twice while in elementary school to Wigs for Kids.
    Now a freshman at Los Alamos High School, she finds time to volunteer any chance she gets. “Some volunteer efforts can be done over a long weekend. Other things, like donating hair just takes time to grow,” Selvage said. “I wish I had time to do more. I have missed many opportunities this year because of school work.”
    She has helped United Way with the Dinner Over Diamond fundraiser, as well as other local fundraisers.

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

    Open play reading for “Avenue Q: The Musical.” 7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theater green room, 1670 Nectar St. The play will be performed in May at LALT in a joint production with Dixon Community Players.

    “The Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry,” exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery. The exhibit is based largely on the letters of Caroline Henderson and oral histories recorded and archived by Oklahoma State University, which were also the basis for the Ken Burns film, “The Dust Bowl,” introduced by project scholar Dr. Gloria Cordova.

    Temporary exhibit: Saul Hertz, MD: A pioneer in the Use of Radioactive Isotopes. Daily through Jan. 31 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Keep It Classy. Ongoing at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    Thursday
    Los Alamos Winter Market. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    Los Alamos Community aBlood Drive. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Volunteer Association. To make an appointment, call 246-1457 or visit bloodhero.com. All donors will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Visa gift card.

  • “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940, unrated), showing Thursday at Mesa Public Library, follows the story of one of hundreds of thousands of Depression-era “Okie” families who head for California and its promises of work.
    In this Oscar-winning film based on John Steinbeck’s classic novel of the same name, the Joads and their neighbors have been forced off land their families have been living on for generations. Some of the sharecroppers try to fight, and watch as bulldozers roll over the rooms they grew up in. Others leave in a hurry, clutching flyers advertising jobs for picking fruit in the Golden State.
    Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) and his parents, grandparents, siblings (including two school-age children), and others choose the latter, heaping themselves into a jalopy clearly not designed to hold 12 passengers and their entire estate. And yet off they go along Route 66, mattress tied over the hood and kids’ legs dangling over the tailgate, eventually reaching the heavily guarded California state line.
    While peaches, apples, oranges and grapes do indeed need picking, there are too many people willing to work, driving wages down below subsistence levels. Camps have sprung up to accommodate pickers and their families, in some cases complete with police and locked gates.