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  • The Santa Fe Opera’s high visibility from the road leading to Santa Fe and Albuquerque makes it a familiar landmark for northern New Mexicans. SFO’s summer operas are a customary addition to the arts offerings in the area, and Los Alamos residents are fortunate enough to be less than an hour’s drive away from an evening of high-quality musical entertainment. However, the SFO has more offerings, including a series of free concerts, performed at venues throughout New Mexico, and even Colorado and Texas.
    For many years, members of the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Singer Program have traveled to various locations to entertain community members and put on programs for school children. These programs are designed to be accessible and relatable. This year’s schedule takes the performers from Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Lubbock, Texas, and includes stops in many New Mexico cities.

  • A compelling cross-cultural experience comes to Los Alamos on April 19.  The Ethos Percussion Group will perform Rhythms of the Silk Road, an exploration of the musical influences that spread along that ancient trade route from East Asia into the Near East and North Africa, around the Mediterranean into Europe.
    Highly regarded for their Western chamber music expertise, Ethos percussionists Trey Files, Michael Lipsey, Eric Phinney and Yousif Sheronick are also virtuosos on a wide array of exotic instruments. 
    Audiences will be introduced to the sonic possibilities of the Iranian daf, the Egyptian riq and dumbek, the tabla, udu and kanjira of India, Tibetian singing bowls and a host of gongs and drums from Java and China.
    For 25 years, Ethos has performed at major concert venues across the United States and abroad including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and London’s Wigmore Hall. 
    The ensemble has expanded the percussion repertoire by commissioning more than 25 new works from composers steeped in both western and non-western musical traditions.  
    Presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association, Ethos will perform 4 p.m. April 19 in the Duane Smith Auditorium on the campus of Los Alamos High School.

  • Today
    Aaron’s Kids Closet. A free store that provides clothing, shoes, coats, etc. for school-aged children. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. For more information, call 662-6277 or visit firstinyourheart.org. To donate gently used clothing and shoes, call the church office or Michelle at 660-0340.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting will be 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. The speaker will be Irma Holtkamp and her talk is “Understanding Ancestry’s DNA Circles.” The public is invited. The traditional pre-meeting no-host dinner will begin at the China Moon restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

    Poetry Gathering. 6:30-8 p.m. in the Southwest Room at 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.
    Friday
    Book and Gift Fair.  9 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Doctor’s Lobby Area. Proceeds benefit Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary.

    Senior Appreciation Night Meeting. 10-11 a.m. at Aquatic Center training room.

    Nano Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. Through April 12.
     

  • The monthly Lunch with a Leader will be 11:45 a.m. April 21 at the Mesa Public Library and will feature Dale Lyons, director of the Freshwater Programs for the Nature Conservancy of New Mexico. This event is open to the entire community and is sponsored by the Los Alamos League of Women Voters. Following the presentation at 1 p.m., the league members will continue with their annual meeting.
    Lyons was born in Santa Fe.  In 1994, Lyons received a bachelor’s of science degree in soils and environmental science and in 1998, he earned a master’s of science degree in disturbed land rehabilitation. Both degrees were from Montana State University.  

  • Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) is hosting an “Artful Evening” fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. April 18 at Fuller Lodge.
    The event will feature desserts by the Blue Window Bistro, music by Santa Fe Pianist Ron Grinage and a silent auction. The fundraiser will also feature a raffle for a Tiffany-style lamp. The lamp is currently on display in a window at Fuller Lodge.
    Debbie Huling, arts council board member and co-organizer for the event, said silent auction items include oil paintings, a quilt, wine goblets, jewelry, dinner for two at the Blue Window Bistro and a plane ride.
    Looking at the items donated to the auction, Huling said, “I think the quality of art is really good,” she added.
    While the doors open at 6 p.m., Grinage will begin his performance at 7 p.m. He will feature music by Russian composers such as Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, Prokoffiev, Schostakovich and Rochmaninov. Between pieces, Grinage said he will discuss each musical work and its composer.
    Huling said the audience will be in for a real treat. “He is featuring Russian composers so I think that is something very unique to this community,” she said. “It’s not something you get everywhere.”

  • 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.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Last indoor market of the season.

    Nano Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. Through April 12.

    Book and Gift Fair. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Doctor’s Lobby Area. Proceeds benefit Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary.

    Bells Across the Land. 1 p.m. at Fuller Lodge lawn. The day marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the end end of the United States Civil War with a meeting between Generals Ulysses Grant and Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. As part of the National Park Services’ Bells Across the Land, bells will ring throughout the country.

    Aaron’s Kids Closet. A free store that provides clothing, shoes, coats, etc. for school-aged children. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. For more information, call 662-6277 or visit firstinyourheart.org.

  • Geologist Patrick Rowe will lead another outing for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, this time to look for fossils at Battleship Rock in the Jemez Mountains.
    In this area Madera limestone is prevalent, which has long been known for its preserved marine fossils. The outing will meet at the former PEEC location at 3540 Orange Street at 9 a.m. Saturday. It is free to attend, but registration is required.
    The Pennsylvanian Madera Group, is a gray fossiliferous limestone interbedded with black shale. The Madera Group limestones and shales were deposited in a shallow ocean that covered northern New Mexico about 300 million years ago. The fossils preserved in the Madera Group include brachiopods, bryozoans and crinoid stems.
    From the vantage spot to which the group will hike, it is also possible to view the upper contact of the Madera Group with the overlying red Permian Abo Formation. These rocks indicate that the shoreline of the ocean moved back and forth across the Jemez Springs region for a time before the sea retreated toward the south approximately 290 million years ago.  
    Only 40 spots are available. Rowe’s outings are always very popular, so those interested are encouraged to register soon.

  • The Los Alamos Volunteer Examiner Group will be giving exams for Amateur Radio Licenses on April 14.  The session will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Club Meeting Room at 4017 Arkansas Ave. (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.”
    A Social Security number is required on the form 605 License Application.
    For those seeking a license upgrade, a picture ID or two other forms of ID is required, plus the 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 at boedeker@cybermesa.com.

  • 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
    MONDAY
    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
    TUESDAY
    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
    WEDNESDAY
    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:
    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 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.
    CATS
    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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  • 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, 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.