• Twenty-four elementary students in grades 4-6 and 11 middle school students recently participated in the Los Alamos County Library’s annual Battle of the Books competitions.
    Battle of the Books is a statewide program in which children are invited to read books from a designated list of 20 recommended titles selected by librarians and teachers from across New Mexico.
    The children then have a chance to participate in a competition testing their knowledge of the material.
    The competition encourages children to read quality literature from a variety of genres and learn how to compete as a team in a quiz-bowl format.
    Battle of the Books encourages recreational reading across a wide range of titles and lets kids practice their memory and recall in a fun, engaging way.
    Los Alamos County Library begins each year’s Battle of the Books program in September. Students must be in fourth-eighth grade to participate.
    There are multiple copies of each title so many children can read the books simultaneously.
    The library hosts a weekly review and practice session for the children during February and March and many children participate in Battle of the Books at their schools as well.
    Support for this program, including the prizes and refreshments, is provided by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.

  • Last week, a collaborative effort took place around the topic of community resiliency. The goal was to provide information and resources for building resiliency for all ages.
    Thanks to Kelly Gallagher, Kim Gabaldon, Debra Shelton, Pauline Powell Schneider and Beverley Simpson provided a wealth of information about data, services, programs and projects that can assist the community in developing the skills and knowing what is available when a need arises.
    Host Morrie Pongratz is the friendly face of the community that happens to be more familiar with the local data than perhaps anyone in the history of Los Alamos. That fact that he volunteered yet again to assist a community endeavor, is no surprise to those that know him.
    The variety of programs in our community that took the time to educate and inform the public was wonderful. Those that gave of their time included; Alcoholics Anonymous, Assets In Action, the DWI Planning Council, Family Council, Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, LA Cares, Los Alamos Police Department, Los Alamos Volunteer Association (LAVA), Mesa Public Library, Self Help and Visiting Nurses.

  • The Los Alamos Beer Co-op is scheduled to open its doors soon under the name Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op — a brewery and taproom. The location is at 163 Central Park Square, formerly the Canyon Bar and Grill.
    The grand opening is scheduled for May 15 and a soft opening is planned within the next two weeks, take place within the next two weeks.
    The business is co-cooperatively run and its brewery and taproom is open to the public. Members of the co-op enjoy many benefits, including discounted beer. Food is available through other local restaurants and customers are welcome to bring in outside food.
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  • April 5-11, 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
    8:30 a.m.                 Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    11:30 a.m.     Lunch: Chef salad bar
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Fish taco
    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
    8:30 a.m.                Tax preparation (call)

  • 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 the 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.
    Benji — A huge, tan tabby, neutered male, about 4 years old. He was wandering around, was taken in by a kind family, but then he never did adjust to their other cats. Benji is very friendly with adults and gentle children. The shelter does not know how he is with dogs. Other cats? Well, “not so much.”

  • Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Harriette Tsosie, “Linguicide.” First Friday Citywide event and artist reception from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday. Artist talk from 1-2 p.m. April 25. Show closes on April 27.

    Jock Sturges: Fanny. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. April 10 at photo-eye Gallery. Show runs until May 23.

    V. Vaughan Solo Exhibit: Welcome the Light. Opening reception 3-5 p.m. April 11 at Act I Gallery in Santa Fe. Show runs until April 30.

    “Rag Rug Show: New Mexico Artists Reinvent a Tradition.” Featuring Linda Running Bentley & Dorie Sanders at Marigold Arts in Santa Fe. Show runs until April 17.

    Expressions in Weaving: A Group Exhibition. Featuring Tapestries by Linda Running Bentley, Connie Enzmann-Forneris Barbara Marigold and Robin Reider. Opening reception with the artists, 5-7 p.m. April 17 at Marigold Arts in Santa Fe. Show runs until May 7.

    Ruth Tatter: Disappearing Act: New Watercolors of Endangered Species. Opening reception with the artist, 5-7 p.m. June 12 at Marigold Arts in Santa Fe. Show runs until July 8.
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    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, April 3, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 3-31-15
    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 – New Mexico Arts Panel
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, April 4, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, April 5, 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, April 6, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM The Garage
    12:30 PM Community Central
    01:00 PM Democracy Now!

  • The Santa Fe Community Foundation is accepting nominations through April 14 for the 29th annual Piñon Awards, which honor exemplary nonprofit organizations in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico. Nominations may come from any interested member of the community, including board members, volunteers, donors, past award recipients and employees of nonprofits. Those wishing to submit a nomination should visit the Foundation website at santafecf.org for guidelines and a nomination form.
    Each year, Santa Fe Community Foundation recognizes the extraordinary work of area nonprofits with the Piñon Award — the only local award devoted exclusively to recognizing nonprofit organizations.  Winners receive an unrestricted grant, public recognition in the media and at an awards ceremony, and a statuette recognizing their achievement.
    The public is welcome to this year’s ceremony, which will be Oct. 6 at La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza.
    Nominations will be accepted in the four categories:
    Courageous Innovation Award: An organization, building off a solid base of knowledge, which is creating a new approach to solving a persistent problem in the community. Is using a bold and courageous approach, based on sound theory, to create solutions that don’t currently exist in the region.

The Greg Moon Art Gallery in Taos is calling for entries from artists across the United States for the gallery’s “After Dark IV” show, celebrating the concept of darkness and the varied reactions, which are emblematic to the concept. The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. on April 15.

Entries are being accepted in the mediums of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, glass and assemblage.

Jurors who will be judging the entries include: Copro Gallery owner, promoter, and co-founder of “Juxtapoz Magazine,” Greg Escalante an artist, promoter, curator and co-producer of Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, Joe Buffalo Nickels, and owner and curator of Greg Moon Art, Greg Moon.

A minimum of four entries is required, with no more than eight entries accepted. Entry fees are $40 with a $10 media fee per image.

The show is open to all United States based artists, 18 years and older. All photography prints (with the exception of Polaroid, platinum and albumen) must be at least 8x10 (image size).

All works must be for sale and remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition. Any work not comparable to the file submitted can be rejected at the juror’s discretion.

  • For the first time ever, The Gala of The Royal Horses Inaugural North American world-renowned equestrian tour is coming to Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center on April 19.
     Tickets start at just $25 and are on sale now, available online at santaanastarcenter.com, the Santa Ana Star Center Box Office, Santa Ana Star Casino Players Club, or by calling 888-694-4849.
    Audience will experience the Gala of the Royal Horses for the first time as the show makes its U.S. debut.
    The Gala of the Royal Horses combine horses from around the world with live performances created for the entire family.
     Following in the family footsteps of seven generations, Rene Gasser, producer of the Royal Horses has recreated a show for the tour only previously seen at the famous riding schools in Vienna and Spain.
    The Royal horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters and this performance will celebrate the tradition, athleticism and grace of these revered creatures.

  • Jemez Springs Public Library presents the 50th Anniversary Library Celebration and Tri-Cultural Author Symposium, featuring authors N. Scott Momaday, Nasario Garcia and Anne Hillerman.
    The symposium is from 2-4 p.m. April 12 at Jemez Springs Presbyterian Church. The event includes with an open house and reception, followed by an author book signing at 4-6 p.m. at the library.
    Jemez Springs is an area of ancient settlement starting with early pueblo people, continuing with Spanish settlers, and Anglo immigrants from the east, all drawn to the healing waters and rich natural environment of the Jemez valley and mountains.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools will have a community meeting on resiliency. The event will be 6-7:30 p.m. at Aspen Elementary. An open house format style will allow a come and go presence to allow attendees to listen to presentations, as well as visit resource booths. For more information, call 663-3252.

    Free Film Series. “Laura.” 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.  
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.
    Cowboy Breakfast. 7-11 a.m. at Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 N. Mesa Road, near the stables. $7 adults, $4 children 10 years and under. Menu includes plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and a seasonal surprise pancake, sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Proceeds to Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter.

  • Celebrate Easter with pets and pancakes

    Celebrate Easter with Friends of the Shelter at the monthly Posse Lodge Pancake Breakfast on Sunday. All proceeds will go to FOS and the animals of Los Alamos County and northern New Mexico.
    The breakfast will be served at 7-11 a.m. Menu items include plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and a seasonal surprise pancake, along with sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee.
    There will be lots of exciting activities for attendees.
    From 9-11 a.m. there will be several activities for attendees, including a book signing from Paige Grant, author of “Kitten Caboodle,” a children’s book on the importance of the spay/neuter of all pets.
    Sue Barns will be available at the “Ask a Trainer” booth. The always-popular Doggy Kissing Booth will be in operation.
    Dog Jog sign up forms will be available — sign up before the registration cost goes up on Monday. Lastly, there will be a silent auction for four gift baskets.
    Support come support FOS at the Posse Lodge on North Mesa and get a doggy kiss or a paw shake with the all-you-can-eat breakfast. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for kids 10 years or younger.

    Last chance to sign up for cancer retreat

  • At the invitation of rangers from the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, scouts from Troop 22 of Los Alamos and Troop 129 of White Rock recently contributed 100 man hours of labor to enlarge a campground at the monument’s Gran Quivera unit. Constructed in 2010, the campground first consisted of five tent pads and was the Eagle project of local scout Sam Grothaus. The host ranger then was Craig Morgan, a former army ranger and scout master.
    The park superintendent was so pleased with the scouts’ work that the troop was given the privilege of naming the campground. The choice was made to name it Camp Logan Collins in memory of the Troop 129 scout who lost his life in the Atomic City bus accident of November 2009. However, Ranger Morgan died 16 days after the project was completed. The troop then decided that the camp name must be Camp Morgan Collins. According to Jason Lott, Bandelier superintendent, who joined his scout son in working on the March 21 project, it is unusual for the park service to name facilities after people. To understand this, it helps to know that following Morgan’s death, the Salinas Pueblo Missions superintendent created a job for his widow so that she could keep her home in park service housing.

  • If a leading lady in a 1940s Hollywood film noir is smart, sweet, witty, beautiful and kind, two things are certain — one, every man onscreen will fall in love with her, and two, she has to die.
    In “Laura” (1944), showing Thursday at Mesa Public Library, Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney) is a shrewd advertising executive with a young, innocent face and a string of romantic attachments that doth offend one particular male friend, Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb).
    Or at least, she was. In the film’s opening scene, Det. Lt. Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) visits Lydecker to question him about Hunt’s murder. While they speak, Lydecker, an older gentleman with many connections and a penchant for flagrantly self-serving behavior, eventually rises from the bowels of his interrupted bath to dress and accompany the well-proportioned detective on the rest of his interviews.
    We soon meet the other suspects: Hunt’s jaunty fiancé Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price), her secretive aunt Ann Treadwell (Judith Anderson) and the victim’s fiercely protective maid Bessie Clary (Dorothy Adams). They, like Lydecker, say absolutely nothing believable. The mystery broils beneath the repartee.
    Who killed Hunt? It almost doesn’t matter. The murder and its droll aftermath offer so much fun on their own.

  • MyCD Workshop, sponsored by the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and the Family Y is starting a six-week course starting April 22.
    For two hours per week, participants will support, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with doctors and family about health issues.
    Conditions include diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety. A MyCD Workshop can help take charge of one’s life.
    MyCD Workshop will be held once a week for six weeks through May 27 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Learn from Pauline Schneider, Executive Director, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and Paula Roybal Sánchez, Home Economist, trained leaders with health conditions themselves.
    Topics for each session include:
    Session 1: Introduction to Workshop, Group Introductions, Mind-Body Connection/Distraction, Getting a Good Night’s Sleep and Introduction to Action Plans
    Session 2: Feedback and Problem Solving, Dealing with Difficult Emotions, Introduction to Physical Activity and Exercise, Preventing Falls and Improving Balance and Making an Action Plan

  • The Los Alamos Chapter No. 63, Order of the Eastern Star, welcomed Worthy Grand Matron Sharron Longshore accompanied by Worthy Grand Patron Larry Lindberg to the chapter’s official visit in their honor during the monthly meeting on Saturday.
    The luncheon also honored the chapter’s state officers, Pamela Mayne, Past Grand Matron and Grand Trustee and Larry Holmes, Grand Marshal.
    Longshore and Lindberg have chosen The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), which deals with bipolar disorder and Alzheimer’s as charities to raise funds for this year.
    The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both women and men may belong. Worldwide, there are approximately one million members under the General Grand Chapter (international governing body).
    Worthy Matron Nina Laird and Worthy Patron Donald Davidson lead Los Alamos Chapter No. 63 this year.
    For additional information about the official visit, contact Laird at 662-7580.
    For more information about New Mexico Order of Eastern Star, visit oesnm.org.

  • The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

    The Los Alamos Table Tennis Club meets from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, lower level. On Tuesday, there is a fee of $2 per player. There is no charge on Saturday. For more information, contact Avadh Saxena at AVADH—S@hotmail.com or Ed Stein at 662-7472.

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursday. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets at 11:45 a.m. every Tuesday at the Manhattan Project Restaurant, formerly known as the Dixie Girl.

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets Tuesdays from Noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall.

    The Military Order of World Wars hosts a monthly dinner meeting on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, call 662-9544.

    Los Alamos MS Self-Help Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Mesa Public Library, Upper Level Meeting Room 1.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Free Brown Bag performance presents pianist Peter Pesic. Noon at the Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    The Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools will have a community meeting on resiliency. The event will be 6-7:30 p.m. at Aspen Elementary. An open house format style will allow a come and go presence to allow attendees to listen to presentations, as well as visit resource booths. For more information, call 663-3252.

    Free Film Series. “Laura.” 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library.  
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

  • As reading is an Asset and very soon we will be in the midst of some time when reading might be possible, I solicit your feedback on some titles.
    I am interested in the books youth or adults should read to see light at the end of the tunnel. Oh, I don’t mean that light, I mean the one like a ray of sun that parts through the storm clouds.
    I’ve heard the term resiliency reading and I wonder what titles one should read to realize that things often do get better. Life isn’t so bad after all, or anyone can overcome any odds, if they are willing to trudge through the battle.
    At the recommendation of Los Alamos Middle School Librarian Lisa Whitacre, I read a book that would be appropriate for fifth or sixth graders called, “Wonder.” It is also available with the Los Alamos County Library System.
    It is a great resource to teach young students what it is like not only to be new to a school but also to be very, very different. It may also give parents a glimpse into parenting styles, too.
    The next book is called, “Laughing at my Nightmare,” by Shane Burcaw, who has spinal muscular atrophy that has control over most of his life, but not his brain and not his mouth.