• Have you ever watched your pet eat their meal and thought, “Wow, did they even taste it?” Though some pets require more energy than others, it is important to know your pet’s normal eating and drinking habits so you are more likely to detect any dietary abnormalities. Being familiar with your pet’s standard schedule of urination and defecation is also important, as any continuous irregular activity could be a sign of an illness
    One of the most common ailments in dogs and cats is kidney (renal) disease, a broad term that applies to any disease process that leaves the kidneys unable to effectively filter toxins out of the blood and maintain water balance in the body. In acute kidney disease, signs can occur quickly and can be very severe, while chronic renal issues include non-specific signs and the disease develops slowly.

  • 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.
    Hyacinth and Tiptoe — Another momma cat and her kitten were left at the front door of Ridgeview Vet earlier this week. They will soon be fixed, vaccinated and ready for adoption, and they are certainly welcoming visitors!

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a county-sponsored Dark Night at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park. Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze.
    A crescent moon and the planets Saturn, Neptune and Uranus may be visible. There will be a tour of the summer and fall constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.
    The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker at 662-3252 for information.

    Science on Tap. Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Thomas Leitner has been working on tracking phylogenetics and epidemics. Join him at this Science on Tap beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square, for Science on Tap.

    Science on Tap. Tracking Virus Filigenetics and Epidemics. 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room. Studying Virus Spread and Evolution through the Use of Computer Modeling. Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are investigating the complex relationships between the spread of the HIV virus in a population (epidemiology) and the actual, rapid evolution of the virus (phylogenetics) within each patient’s body.

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, Bldg 2, Lecture Hall, Room 230. For more information, contact Bill McKerley, 672-1067.

    “Meru” movie screening at the Reel Deal Theater. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 7 p.m. More information at peecnature.org.
    Salsa Making. 1 p.m. in Graves Hall Kitchen at United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road. Registration is $15 payable by cash or check at the church office. Class size is limited to 12 people.

  • Thirty shooters of all ages competed in the David Smith Memorial Ambidextrous Trap Challenge Oct. 11 at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club. The event raised $1,270 for the Smith family.
    Smith was a New Mexico Hunter Education Instructor and NRA Level 1 shotgun coach who excelled in ambidextrous trap-shooting, which made him the best ambidextrous instructor. He and his wife Kathy were two of the founding coaches for the Los Alamos Young Guns youth shotgun group that began six years ago at the LASC. The Young Guns, including Smith’s sons Josh and David, have been successful in state competitions and have competed in the National Junior Olympic Championships in Colorado Springs.
    LASC Youth Programs Coordinator Mike O’Neill said the event was a tribute to the dedication Smith had to the youth shotgun program.
    “He quietly worked at practices and events, always looking to see where his help was needed, whether it was loading the trap house, sweeping shells off the range, or gently instructing a young shooter who needed help,” O’Neill said.
    Winners were:
    Male combination 18 and over:
    1. James Cash
    2. Charles Patterson
    3. Alan Bond
    Male combination under 18:
    1. Camron Martinez
    2. Josh Smith
    3. Chris Bond
    Male strong side trap 18 and over:

  • Los Alamos MainStreet will host Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet in downtown Los Alamos from 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 30.
    Local businesses and organizations will open their doors and set up tables along Central Avenue to hand out treats to costumed trick-or-treaters.
    A performance by Dance Arts Los Alamos will start the event, followed by the pet costume parade. Find a complete event list at losalamosmainstreet.com.

  • As October is dedicated to bullying prevention month, I am often confronted with two things, people wanting to know the definition of bullying and the thought that it goes underreported in many cases.
    According to the website stopbullying.com, here is some information.
    There are three main things to help you decide if an issue is bullying;
    Is the behavior unwanted aggression or is it rough play?
    Is the question of repeated behavior?
    Is there a power imbalance?
    There are many ideas and suggestions of what to look for and what defines many of the situations one might not be involved in explaining behavior.
    There are also many apps that you can download onto phones or additional websites you can look for online.
    What I think is most important is conversation. Does your child feel safe with bringing a problem like this to your attention? Can you listen calmly and without judgment? Can you allow the discussion to flow logically without an overreaction?
    I also suggest never ignoring any such behavior. There are plans and policies in place for dealing with situations.
    My hope is if the issue is school related, you would discuss it with the teacher you or they like best. If the first person doesn’t listen, go to the next person in the line of command.

  • Art exhibits
    Michael Lange – Wald/Fluss. Show runs through Saturday at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe.
    Art tours
    The 22nd annual Abiquiu Studio Tour. Through Oct. 30. 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
    Origami in the Garden. Through Oct. 24 at the Turquoise Trail Sculpture Garden, 3453 N.M.14 in Cerrillos, N.M. Open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Tours by appointment. $10 per person, free for children under 12. For more information, call 471-4688.
    Jimmy Buffet. 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque. For tickets visit livenation.com.

    Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin. Oct. 20 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Tower of Power. 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe. For tickets, ticketnetwork.com.

  • The New Mexico Film Foundation, in partnership with the New Mexico Post Alliance and the New Mexico Tourism Department, is seeking submissions from state residents to complete a media project entitled “Life in New Mexico.”

    “The purpose of this project is to bring attention to the post production process that is part of the New Mexico film industry, and to highlight the New Mexico men and women who work in this area of filmmaking,” said Dirk Norris, executive director of the New Mexico Film Foundation. “We are very excited to be working closely with the New Mexico Tourism Department this year, utilizing their branding slogan of ‘New Mexico True.’ ”

    New Mexico residents are invited to submit video clips up to three minutes in length answering the question “what is New Mexico True to you?” All types of video will be accepted but must meet content requirements. The submitted films will be given to professional post production companies in New Mexico for them to compile to promote their expertise and abilities in editing.
    Post-production professionals have the choice to edit any or all footage accepted for the project. Editors have the option of working with New Mexico music composers to create sound tracks.

  • Opera Southwest in Albuquerque will present the New World Premiere of the lost opera “Amleto” or “Hamlet” by Franco Faccio, libretto by Verdi’s librettist Arrigo Boito.
    “Amleto” premiered in 1865 in Genova, Italy, to unanimous acclaim and was revived in 1871 at La Scala. There, the leading tenor Tiberini had fallen ill and by opening had lost his voice. After its disastrous reception, Faccio was so distraught he withdrew the opera and refused to have it performed again.
    The faded, torn score in the composer’s own handwriting was found in 2003 in the archives of Casa Ricordi in Milan, Italy, by composer Anthony Barrese, now artistic director and principal conductor of Opera Southwest.
    In 2005, Barrese organized a read-through of the score with the Sarasota Opera for Placido Domingo, who wrote: “I had the pleasure to attend a presentation of this work by the talented young conductor Anthony Barrese, and I remember well the strong impression made by both the quality of the music and the performance.”

  • ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The manager of a private New Mexico ranch says he will continue to let movie productions film at the site after a studio squelched rumors that actors stole American Indian artifacts while filming “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” there.
    Diamond Tail Ranch manager Roch Hart told The Associated Press he’s happy a 20th Century Fox investigation found the cast did not swipe any of the ancient items scattered throughout the property.
    If items were found missing, the ranch might have banned future filming, he said.
    “We really don’t want to open it up to cattle ranching so we’re happy to continue to let more filming,” Hart said. “But we are going to impose stricter guidelines. I have a few things up my sleeve.”
    Diamond Tail Ranch sits near two Native American pueblos, a historic Hispanic village and an abandoned mining community. Jeep tours bring visitors to the isolated, mountainous region, where it’s not uncommon to find arrowheads, petroglyphs, pieces of pottery and even bones dating back hundreds of years.
    “Maze Runner” star Dylan O’Brien suggested during a recent TV interview that cast members took artifacts from the ranch despite warnings not to do so.

  • The Taos Chamber Music Group’s 23rd season continues on Nov. 7-8 when it presents the world-renowned American String Quartet in its only Southwest concerts this year. Two different programs are planned at the Harwood Museum of Art, and both start at 5 p.m.
    A new work written for the Quartet by George Tsontakis will be featured during the Saturday concert, along with Mozart’s String Quartet in D Minor K. 421 and Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No.1.
    The Sunday program includes Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major, Johannes Brahms’s Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No.1, and, with TCMG flutist Nancy Laupheimer, a Flute Quartet by Ferdinand Ries
    Appearing for the first time in the intimate setting of the Arthur Bell Auditorium, the Quartet performs for its fifth time on TCMG’s concert series and looks forward to returning “home,” as ASQ violist Daniel Avshalomov describes Taos.
    “So many close friends, trails, meals, views, sounds, scents – it is a joy we anticipate for months before each return visit,” Avshalomov said.


  • Need a dose of inspiration and stunning views of the Himalayas? “Meru,” an inspiring film showing vibrant images 21,000 feet above the Ganges River, is coming to Los Alamos, thanks to Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday.
    The story of “Meru” follows three climbers on their second attempt to ascend the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, one of the most challenging big-walls in the Himalayas. Proceeds from this special feature film support local businesses, PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater.
    On Thursday, the climbers, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk, share their passion, friendship, hope, obsession, and sacrifices on the big screen.
    Shut down by their first attempt, they regroup and commit to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, this time under even more extraordinary circumstances.
    Tickets to see “Meru” Thursday are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and can be purchased by calling the Reel Deal at 662-1580 or stopping by the theater.
    The Reel Deal Theater is located at 2551 Central Avenue in Los Alamos.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • The Symphony’s Concertmaster David Felberg and Principal Violist Kim Fredenburgh are featured soloists during the fall tribute to two Viennese masters, led by Guest Conductor Philip Mann.
    The performance starts at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lensic Theater, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.
    Widely regarded as Mozart’s greatest string concerto, the Sinfonia Concertante is a deeply expressive masterpiece that combines technical virtuosity and rich harmony. Schubert’s monumental and final Symphony in C Major earned the nickname “Great” for its grandeur and sense of space. Schumann proclaimed it the greatest instrumental work since Beethoven.
    A free pre-concert lecture will be given at 3 p.m. by conductor Philip Mann. The lecture is sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank and Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda and Spa.
    Tickets are $25 to $80. Half-price tickets available for children ages 6-14 with adult purchase (no children under 6 admitted). Call 983-1414 or 1-800-480-1319 for tickets through The Santa Fe Symphony box office, or call the Lensic Box Office at 988-1234.

  • Stella Terrazas is the new executive director of Los Alamos Retirement Community for Sombrillo Nursing Home.
    Terrazas was born and raised in Las Cruses, where she attended New Mexico State University and earned a bachelor of arts degree in Business Administration. She is preparing to take the New Mexico Nursing Home Administration Board Exam.
    Terrazas has been a past director of Aspen Ridge Lodge and successfully administered the assisted living facility for several years.
    Terrazas provides great respect and dedication to the Los Alamos Retirement Community with a philosophy of leading with love and care. She said she is committed to a holistic model of resident, family and staff relations in which the entire community is dedicated to care for loved ones.
    Sombrillo Nursing Home is a nonprofit, long- and short-term nursing home with rehabilitation services and hospice care in Los Alamos providing patient care in northern New Mexico for more than 30 years.
    The Los Alamos Retirement Community welcomed Terrazas to lead Sombrillo Nursing Home and continue to provide services for residents.
    For more information about the services at Sombrillo Nursing Home  contact her directly.

  • University of New Mexico-Los Alamos staff bid farewell to long-time employee Irene Martinez after 25 years of service in the enrollment and admissions office.
    Almost every student that has attended the university has had some sort of contact with Martinez who called all the students her kids. Martinez served in a number of positions during her time at UNM-LA, including support for the Department of Instruction, but spent the majority of her time in Student Services.
    A retirement party was held in Martinez’s honor where faculty and staff enjoyed a potluck lunch and shared stories about how Martinez had made a positive impact on each of them.
    Kathryn Vigil, UNM-LA student enrollment director, who supervised Martinez, tearfully said, “Irene was a key employee in this department and she knew a little bit about everything that was going throughout the campus. She will be sorely missed and impossible to replace.” Vigil also commented that on particularly difficult days, she was relieved to see Irene’s car in the parking lot each morning and she knew everything would be OK.
    On Martinez’s last day, she sent an email to UNM-LA faculty and staff simply stating, “It’s hard for me to say goodbye, so I will leave with these words, until we meet again.”

  • Sign up now to participate in Small Business Saturday that runs from Nov. 28 through Winterfest on Dec. 7.
    The committee organizing Small Business Saturday events has started planning activities for shoppers and needs the businesses to register now. It costs nothing to be included and provides businesses with promotion. Home based businesses will have a kiosk Nov. 28.
    Businesses will be asked to consider the option of donating a small portion of sale proceeds from Nov. 28 to United Way of Northern New Mexico or another nonprofit of their choice. Advertising representatives from KRSN, The Los Alamos Monitor and others will offer additional opportunities to be included in special Shop Local promotions. This is a big communitywide push to keep shoppers on the hill during the holidays and to grow dollars in your cash registers. Call Nancy or Darla at 661-4816 to get on the Small Business Saturday list or email nancy@losalamos.org.

    Business After Hours. The Los Alamos Retirement Community and Aspen Ridge Lodge invites Los Alamos Residents to the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, 1010 Sombrillo Ct. Come for some networking, nosh on some nibbles and learn what is new at the retirement community. Call Cynthia Goldblatt, Community Liaison at 661-0066 or 695-8981 for a tour of the Los Alamos Retirement facilities of Aspen Ridge Lodge and Sombrillo Nursing Home.

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Science on Tap. Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Thomas Leitner has been working on tracking phylogenetics and epidemics. Join him at this Science on Tap beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square, for Science on Tap.

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, Bldg. 2, Lecture Hall, Room 230. For more information, contact Bill McKerley at 672-1067.

    “Meru” movie Screening. Witness the incredible journey of three big-wall climbers, and see the beauty of the Himalayan mountains from a different perspective at the Reel Deal Theater. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 7 p.m.