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  • 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.

    Artist Julia Roberts: Etchings & Collagraphs at New Concept Gallery, 610 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.  Show runs until June 1.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces “Creating Shape.”  Zane Bennett Contemporary Art will unveil to the public for the first time the latest acquisitions.  The exhibition will feature works by Karen Yank. The opening will be 5-7 p.m. Friday. Show runs until June 19.

    photo-eye Gallery in Santa Fe announces two concurrent exhibitions, “Emergent Behavior” by Thomas Jackson and “Home by Nightfall” by Angela Bacon Kidwell. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday. This is the first exhibition by both artists at photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. Show runs until July 4.
    Art tours
    The 12th Annual East Mountain Fiber Farm & Studio Tour. Saturday and Sunday. Fiber artists and fiber animal breeders will open their studios and farms to the public for an opportunity to visit the prized animals and learn how artists create these fine fibers into handmade fabrics for clothing and home use. hollywickfarms.com/Home.html
    Arts shows

  • Mujeres Memorables del Mundo Hispano (Memorable Women of the Hispanic World) is the theme of the 2015 Annual Meeting and Genealogical Conference of the Genealogy Society of Hispanic America (GSHA). More than 150 members and guests will gather on the weekend of June 5-7 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe. Event is open to the public.
    Keynote speaker will be Deena Gonzales, author of “Refusing the Favor,” the Spanish-Mexican Women of Santa Fe 1820-1880.
    Also featured on the program is: Paris-based, New York Times reporter Doreen Carvajal, author of “The Forgetting River: A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity and the Inquisition.” A key tool for modern genealogists: DNA (genetic genealogy) will be the focus of a presentation and panel discussion by Angel Cervantes of the New Mexico DNA Project and Miguel Torrez of the New Mexico Genealogical Society Genetic Genealogy Project. Assistant New Mexico Historian, Rob Martinez will also make a presentation.
    Carvajal’s search to recover her Catholic Family’s hidden Sephardic Jewish roots in Andalusia led to walking in the footsteps of her ancestors investigated by the Spanish Inquisition.
    Registration form with costs and a full lineup of speakers, events, activities, entertainment and tours, available at gsha.net.

  • The Santa Fe Community Orchestra’s (SFCO) Season Finale will be 4 p.m. June 7 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
    The program includes works by Mozart, Elgar, Aragón and Vivaldi, along with a collaboration from National Dance Institute New Mexico’s Team XCel.
    The concert features Mozart’s Overture to “Don Giovanni” and the first movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 3, No. 11.
    The collaborative performance features the first movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in D minor, presented with original choreography by NDI’s Amy Compton-Schultz, performed by NDI New Mexico’s Team XCel.
    The piece will be performed twice.
    During the concert, SFCO Music Director Oliver Prezant and Compton-Schultz will discuss the music and the choreography in a brief talk with examples performed by the musicians and dancers.
    The talk will take place prior to a second performance of the dance piece, which will give the audience and the performers a rare opportunity to deepen their experience and understanding of the music and dance.

  • The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project announces a concert to benefit the organization. Nacha Mendez sings the Chavela Vargas Songbook will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July 25 at the Scottish Rite Temple, 463 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.
    Santa Fe’s reigning diva of Latin World Music, Mendez, will sing the songs that Chavela Vargas made famous. Mendez will be joined by a stellar ensemble of musicians for this concert, which will be during Santa Fe’s Spanish Market weekend.
    Tickets are $25 at bpt.me/1441645. For more information, contact Jill Battson at 310-4305, or development@cybermesa.com.
    Mendez is also the subject of an upcoming docudrama by Aubin Pictures exploring the life of Chavela Vargas who was especially known for her renditions of “canción ranchera” — traditional Mexican folk and traditional music made popular after the Mexican Revolution.
     Vargas is also recognized for her contribution to other genres of popular Latin American music. Her songs have been used in the films of Pedro Almodovar — who was her later-day, number one fan — and was also a lifelong friend of Frida Kahlo, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Agustin Lara and the Latin American celebrities of the 1930s and ’40s.

  • Santa Fe is usually awash of adobe brown, but rich colors of many shades and hues come to the museums of the City Different. Located on Museum Hill, near the downtown historic Plaza, the leading cultural institutions coordinate a series of exhibitions and events.
    While there was still snow on the ground in February, members of the community observed Santa Fe’s mayor Javier Gonzales declare the 2015 Summer of Color for each museum.
    Each museum will celebrate artwork of one particular color between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Museum Hill is located on Camino Lejo, off of Old Santa Fe Trail.
    Museum Hill offers a central destination for exploring some of the city’s finest museums and gift shops. For refreshments, visitors to the museum have the option of dining at Museum Hill Café. There is also plenty of free parking.

    RED
    The Museum of International Folk Art is a parade of color from the bright lobby and gift shops to the galleries of folk art from around the world. The exhibit opened May 17 is an exhibition about the rich color that has inspired artists’ imaginations and seduced viewers for millennia, “The Red That Colored the World.”

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

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Los Alamos County Council will be in attendance this week.

    Blood Drive in Los Alamos community. 1-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Hall, 2200 Diamond Drive. For more information, call United Blood Services at 1-877-827-4376. Bring photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation. Volunteers provided by LAVA. Egg salad made by Lorraine Thorn, ham or turkey sandwiches and chips provided by Hospital Auxiliary.  

    Authors Speak Series. Anne Hillerman. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Friday

  • The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will be holding a bake sale fundraiser from 3-6 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr.
    The high school speech and debate team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including brownies, cookies, breads and cakes. Baked goods will be available in small portions, as well as whole cakes and loaves.
    The speech and debate team is raising money to send 10 students from Los Alamos High School to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Dallas in June. To date, this is the largest group of Hilltalkers to qualify to attend the annual NSDA tournament.
    Among those students attending are seniors Sudeep Dasari, Benjamin Duan, James Sinnis, Aniruddha Nadiga, Irene Gerrish; juniors Rebecca Cai, Katherine Wang; and sophomores William McCumber, Robert Zhu and Wilbur Wang.
    Veteran head coach, Margo Batha, and assistant coach, Christine Engelbrecht, will also attend with a number of chaperones.
    “This De-Bake Sale is our third and final fundraiser for this trip. We really need to raise our last $1,500 to make this trip affordable for our students,” Batha said.  
    “This has been an amazing year for the Hilltalkers and I could not be more proud of my kids,” Engelbrecht said.

  • Los Alamos High School students have ranked nationally in the 80th annual event, according to Lisa Narug, national director of Le Grand Concours, a national French contest.
    The students ranked were Zoe Hemez (gold medal), Opale Schappert (gold medal), Theodore Warner (silver medal), Elise Koskelo (silver medal), Rebecca Cai (bronze medal), Irene Kwon (bronze medal) and Esperanza Tapia (bronze medal).
    Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French. More than 90,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2015 event.
    More than 20 LAHS students entered the competition under the direction of their French teacher Louise Foliot-Gentile.
    In addition to these national and chapter winners, Serena Birnbaum, Sophia Jeffery, Kayleen Lederman, Sophia Li, Beatrice Nisoli, Michael Mallett and Ariel Rawls ranked in the top 10 in the New Mexico Chapter.

  • Four Los Alamos High School seniors were recently awarded $2,500 scholarships by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.
    The selected students were Astrid Hengartner, Madeleine LeScouarnec, Kimberly Pestovich and Sarah Wallstrom. A fifth senior, Sopahn Kellogg, was selected to receive the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.
    The students each submitted a personal narrative of about 500 words on a book which was not required for school and which has not been translated into a visual medium.
    They were asked to tell their readers in what ways the book has added to their understanding of the human condition or has enhanced their life.
    Volunteer readers for the Friends of the Libraries were Patty Kokesh, Ruth Cox, Candee Haskins, Art Brown, along with Joanna Gillespie of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. The readers independently read 19 essays and the five top-scoring writers were awarded the scholarships.
    The Friends raise money for the annual scholarship through their all-volunteer bookstore at Mesa Public Library and by public donations. For more information, stop by the bookstore.

  • Today
    Wildlife Rehab: Why is it Important? 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Dr. Kathleen Ramsay is a New Mexico legend and founder of the New Mexico Wildlife Center. In this lecture, she will discuss her career as a wildlife rehabber, and why this work matters. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Wednesday
    Blood Drive in Los Alamos community. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Hall, 2200 Diamond Drive. For more information, call United Blood Services at 1-877-827-4376. Bring photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation. Volunteers provided by LAVA. Egg salad made by Lorraine Thorn, ham or turkey sandwiches and chips provided by Hospital Auxiliary.  

  • History Adventures for kids starts June 2

    History Adventures is the Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum’s summer program for kids. On Tuesdays, from June 2-July 21, there will be a hands-on program at 10 a.m. and repeated at 11 a.m.
    History Adventures is free and no registration is required. Activities are aimed at children in grades K-3. Visit losalamoshistory.org for more information. Contact Aimee at educator@losalamoshistory.org with any questions.

    Meeting about educational garden set for Thursday

    The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Garden Crew is holding a community informational meeting from 6-7 p.m. Thursday at an educational garden site it is developing that is immediately next to the North Mesa tennis courts.  
    The meeting will brief the community about crew activities, current garden design, and demonstration greenhouse choices. The crew will collect input from community members on all plans and activities.
    In case of inclement weather, the meeting will move to the North Mesa Stables, lot 67-68 on North Mesa Road, a short walking distance from the tennis court area and the educational garden site. For more information, contact garden@laymca.org, or call Myriem Le Ferrand at 662-3100.
     

  • Wow, we made it through.
    We have arrived at the last week of school and another Hilltopper graduation.
    The Class of 2015 is sleeping in today, while the rest of us are up and at ’em or in the case of Los Alamos, perhaps up and atom.
    This week will find them picking up their caps and gowns, having their final class meeting, attending the traditional barbeque and of course there should be a powdered paint fight in their somewhere. Technically it shouldn’t be called a paint fight, but more of a dousing.
    Here’s some little known facts about the class that you don’t often hear about, unless of course you are one of the graduates: The class flower for 2015 is the sunflower. Their class color is turquoise. The class song is, “Beautiful Day,” by U2 and their class motto is, and “We’ll make H15story.”
    The yearbook this year is called IMPACT and what an impact the seniors have on their school and their community. To the yearbook students and their advisor Kendall Micco, well done!
    The senior favorites section of the yearbook lists 15 categories and while we don’t have the space to name them all, here’s just a few to tickle your fancy. I hope it represents a well-roundedness, academics, art, sports and the most important category, so read on to learn more.

  • It’s time to sign up for next year’s annual eighth grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C.
    The trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home-schooled eighth grade students. The trip is a private and not school-sponsored. It has been a highlight for students at LAMS for more than 30 years.
    Sign up online at worldstrides.org using ID Number 116072 or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same ID Number.
    The trip will include sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. Highlights of the trip include the White House, the International Spy Museum, the Walter Reed Medical Museum, a Capitol tour, the Newseum, the Pentagon Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Arlington National Cemetery, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Iwo Jima, Korean, the Vietnam Memorials, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and much more.
    The trip will be four days and three nights in duration. The group will stay in a five-star hotel minutes from the D.C. sites.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 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 micro-chipped, 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.

    Puppy Fest at the Shelter is today at the shelter from 1-3 pm. Come pick out your puppy.

    Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter’s website, lafos.org, has information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals:

    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    Pet of the Week: Egypt is a spayed female lab/hound/shepherd mix, 18 months old. She can be a little bit shy at first but is a friendly girl who responds to gentle attention.

    CATS

    Luna is a very pretty 9-year-old spayed female Russian blue/Himalayan cross. She is a DSH gray kitty. Luna has been around cats and gentle dogs but has never been in a home with children. She is shy but loves gentle attention.

  • May 24-30, 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

    Closed for Memorial Day

    TUESDAY

    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Lemon pepper cod
    1:30 p.m. Party bridge
    1:30 p.m. “Friends” meeting
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY

    8:30 a.m. LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken salad
    1 p.m. My CDWorkshop
    1:30 p.m. Daytime Duplicate Bridge

    THURSDAY

    8:30 a.m. Walk-In-The-Woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Ukulele practice
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Hamburger/cheeseburger
    1:30 p.m. Beginning tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    7 p.m. Bridge

    FRIDAY

    9:15 a.m. Line dancing
    9–11 a.m. “Matter of Balance” class
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Pizza
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “The Horse Whisperer" (1998)

  • Los Alamos
    Subway, 1370 Central Ave.
    Date Inspected: May 11
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Thermometers needed inside refrigerator. One low-risk violation. Three-compartment sink requires 2 inch air gap for pipe.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    Wow Dawgs, 3530 Zafarano Dr.
    Date Inspected: May 11
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Chest freezer not NSF or ANSI approved. Three low-risk violations. Caulking missing from three-compartment sink. Dust accumulation on vent. Ceiling penetrations with space gaps.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Loyal Hound, 730 St. Michael’s Drive
    Date Inspected: May 11
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Jemez gallery to honor artists’ at new show

    To celebrate the Valles Caldera as the newest National Park in the United States, Jemez Fine Art Gallery invited New Mexico artists of all ages to submit work to a juried show, “Sacred Water.” The works address the beauty or scarcity of water in our world.
    The show was juried by Fuller Lodge Art Center Director Ken Nebel and Fuller Lodge Art Gallery Manager Amy Bjarke.
    The public is welcome come to the Jemez gallery at the artists’ reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday (Memorial Day weekend). Vote for a favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award. The winning artist will receive a cash prize or a one-week exhibit in the gallery’s south rental gallery.
    Jemez Fine Art Gallery is at 17346 Highway 4, just south of the Jemez Springs Village Plaza. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays.
    For more information, go to jemezfineart.com or call 575-829-3340.

    Talks continue at Mesa Prieta

  • TOURISM Santa Fe, the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD), and creative advertising agency Fuseideas announce a new collaborative, yearlong intern program. The program offers internships in photography, writing and film, and provide students with exposure to top industry professionals. Students will also participate in hands-on opportunities, working at the nexus of a leading destination marketing organization and a creative agency, branding and sharing the unique experiences of Santa Fe to a variety of international audiences.
    Throughout the program, SFUAD interns will interact with agency managers and creatives, shadow professional photography and video shoots, and present and create content to be published on TOURISM Santa Fe social media platforms, paid media executions and santafe.org. These hands-on experiences provide invaluable career insights and enable students to develop portfolios for professional employment after graduation.
    “Santa Fe is a city of preeminent creative talent,” said Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe. “The SFUAD internship program is the latest in our ongoing efforts to develop and retain local talent by delivering the national exposure and growth opportunities young people need to help tourism and other leading industries excel.”

  • Will cooperation lead to the gold? That’s the question the New Mexico Tourism Department is wondering as a weekend event, “Fennboree,” has been planned to bring together treasure seekers who are on the hunt for Forrest Fenn’s hidden prize.
    Five years ago, Santa Fe resident Fenn hid the chest somewhere in New Mexico after stocking it with coins, diamonds, sapphires, rubies and gold nuggets whose value has been estimated as high as $2 million.
    It’s been estimated by some that nearly 30,000 people have looked for the treasure and now a weekend dedicated to discussing past hunts, advice to new hunters and strategizing tactics for new hunts is planned at the Rio Chama Campground in New Mexico.
    “Fennboree,” named in honor of Fenn, and will consist of a two-day event, Friday through Sunday, focused on collaborating and finding the hidden gold. Fenn believes the hunting will bring an estimated 50,000 additional people to the state this summer.
    Tourism officials are thrilled if it brings many to the state hunting for gold, but believes the journey might have more to offer than just searching hidden treasure.