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  • LAPS invites the community to a public meeting to share comments and questions about the Smith Auditorium lobby redesign.
    The Smith Lobby Redesign Public Meeting will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 20.
    Lobby construction is tentatively planned to begin in the late spring of 2017. The lobby redesign is anticipated to be completed by November 2017.
    LAPS has contracted with FBT Architects for the redesign work. FBT has met several times with interested community users of Smith Auditorium to work out the initial requirements for the lobby.
    Smith Lobby Redesign Committee members include, LAPS COO Ahlers, Facilities Herb McLean, LAPS Smith Theater Manager Ross Mason, LAPS Rentals Coordinator Kristy Vigil, LA County’s Anthony Strain and Wayne Kohlrust, with Ann McLaughlin representing the LA Concert Assn. and Daren Savage representing Atomic City Children’s Theater.
    Lobby redesign highlights include moving the restroom doors from the theater side of the foyer to the lobby, as well as increasing the sizes of the restrooms and adding a family restroom. FBT’s redesign also adds a will-call window, formal concessions area and moving the theater manager office to the lobby area.
    Anyone who cannot attend can send comments to j.ahlers@laschools.net.

  • Looking for an outdoorsy way to spend a Saturday? Join Evan Rose as he leads a beautiful hike on the Caja del Rio trail Saturday.
    The eight- to 10-mile trek through Santa Fe National Forest offers spectacular views of the Rio Grande, a vast array of wildflowers, and some much-needed fresh air. This outing, organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
    This hike is intended as an introduction to the Caja del Rio region. Participants will descend from Frijoles Overlook to the Rio Grande, providing a unique opportunity to access New Mexico’s greatest river from the east.
    Because the terrain will be steep and rocky, it is important to come prepared. Hikers are asked to wear sturdy hiking boots and bring a backpack containing three liters of water, food for the day, rain gear, a fleece layer, sunscreen and a hat.
    The group will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 8 a.m. before carpooling to the trailhead. Expect to spend the whole day on this trip. The outing is limited to 12 participants, so register now to save a spot. Admission costs $8 for members and $10 for non-members.
    Rose worked on laser and radiography projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory after receiving his Ph.D. in physics. Upon retiring, he began to focus on outdoor activities such as backpacking, canyoneering, climbing and skiing.

  • This is the time of year when we can have a week of fun and reflection, it, my friends, is homecoming week.
    By the time you read this, a revival of the volleyball and powder puff games will have taken place and we will be ready to feel the burn.
    The burn of course is the heat from the Los Alamos High School bonfire, which with the technical assist from the Los Alamos Fire Department will ignite a storm of spirit in the Sullivan Filed Parking lot from 8-9:30 p.m. Stop on by and thank those fine young men and women of the LAFD for their service if you didn’t get a chance to this weekend.
    The community should come on by for a little bit of fun to launch a whole lot of school spirit.
    The big parade is on Friday and community organizations are ready for a fun fest before the football game, and yeah! No politics. No offense to those running for office, but it is nice to have a political-free zone, even if only for 30 minutes or so.
    I’d like to highlight something that was brought to our attention last year just after the parade.
    Last year, we lost a stellar community guy by the name of Bill Hudson. Someone reflected that something that would have made Hudson happy was to assist in cleaning up the route after the parade, before we all head off to our own corners of the world.

  • Sept. 11-Sept. 17
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Shaved Ham, Swiss             Cheese on Kaiser Roll
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Polish Sausage
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    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.        Music with Ruth    

  • Steve Foltyn, former Arts in Public Places member, will be the League of  Women Voter’s  leader for the monthly community event, “Lunch with a Leader” at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 20 at Mesa Library.
    Foltyn was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in the suburbs northwest of the city.  After a four-year tour in the U.S. Air Force, he attended the University of Missouri-Rolla where he received a master’s degree in Physics in 1979.  
    As a graduate student, he worked at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory during the summers of 1978 and 1979, and he became a technical staff member at the lab in 1980.  
    Foltyn’s research interests, including lasers, thin films and laser-material interactions, supported several different isotope separation, laser fusion and defense projects, and eventually led to his joining the Superconductivity Technology Center, where he worked for 20 years before retiring in 2008. Foltyn first became aware of the county’s Art in Public Places board in 2010, and had paid little attention to the public art in town until he was encouraged by a friend to apply for a board vacancy.  

  • Aug. 22 — A boy. Adam Joseph Martinez. Born to Samantha Montoya and Aaron A. Martinez.
    Aug. 24 — A boy. Lukus Colton Jimenez. Born to DeNae and Leonard Jimenez.
    Aug. 27 — A girl. Ada June Spence. Born to Amber and Evan Spence.
    Aug. 28 — A boy. Staas Monroe Jakulewicz. Born to Mitzi Boswell and Micah Jakulewicz.

  • TODAY
    Feature Film: “Mysteries of the Unseen World” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum. There is far more to nature than meets the eye. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

    “Not Quite Right” matinee performance at 2 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and can be purchased at the door or in advance at CB Fox or from Brown Paper Tickets. Visit lalt.org for more information.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun in nature. Free.

    Chapter AK, P.E.O. meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Marilyn Doolen, 713 Meadow Lane. Marilyn is also co-hostess and providing the program. RSVP to Marilyn at 667-3571.
    TUESDAY
    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Los Alamos Kiwanis will take a field trip to the Teen Center. Plan to arrive early to be sure of parking.

  • Are you an older adult? Have you fallen recently? Do you have parents who are older adults you are concerned about?  Than this presentation is for you!! The Los Alamos Fall Prevention Coalition will present “Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults” at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Aspen Ridge. Everyone is welcome.
    This program is especially important as falls are the leading cause of accidental injury death among adults 65 years of age and older in the U.S. and New Mexico. During 2010-2014 Los Alamos residents 65 years and older had the second-highest fall-related death rate among New Mexico’s counties. Also during 2010-2014, there were 19 fall-related deaths and 148 hospitalizations among Los Alamos residents 65 years and older; most of these fall-related injuries and deaths occurred in the home.
    The National Fire Protection Agency’s: “Remembering When” program is a free fire and fall prevention program targeted to older adults with the goal of giving them tools to allow them to live at home safely for as long as possible. Members of the local fire department and home visiting professionals and volunteers deliver the program through home visits and group presentations
    Email prevent.falls@lacnm.us or call 662-8924 for more information.

  • History Wednesdays, sponsored by the Los Alamos History Museum, is a free after-school program for first- through third-grade students.
    Registration is open through September 9th. History Wednesdays is a drop-off program in which children experience engaging, hands-on history activities under the guidance of the museum educator. The program will run starting Wednesday through Nov. 16. The class is 1-3 p.m., and meets in the classroom space in Fuller Lodge.
    Children will learn about history from the local to the global, through creative and participatory activities focused on sparking curiosity about history.
    History Wednesdays is a free program, but registration is required. Register online. For more information contact Aimee Slaughter, museum educator, at educator@losalamoshistory.org.

  • The Los Alamos Concert Association is recruiting social media-savvy classical music lovers for its new Review Crew.  
    In exchange for free concert tickets to hear LACA’s world-class artists, Review Crew members will spread the word about LACA’s concerts via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other platforms in the thriving world of social media.
    The Review Crew will be limited to six members who will meet LACA’s artists, attend their performances and then share those experiences by posting photos, short videos and interviews on their favorite social media.  
    “This is just one way that technology is transforming the world of classical music,” said LACA Board member Winnie Lamartine. “People of all ages are now finding out about performing arts events through social media and LACA wants to be at the forefront of that trend.”  
    “Meeting these great artists, getting to know them even a little prior to a performance, can transform the concert-going experience,” said Ann McLaughlin, LACA artistic director. “We hope our Review Crew will have a great time doing this and will pass that excitement along to their friends.”

  • The spirit of Fidel Lee Gutierrez is alive and well in Los Alamos and will soon be headed down the hill for a memorial golf fundraiser on Sept. 19.
    Gutierrez, a former Los Alamos National Bank executive, has the heartfelt labors of friends and family working hard to keep his fun loving memory alive, with an event he would adore at the Santa Fe Country Club.
    “Our volunteers consist of many of Fidel’s family members and numerous friends from his childhood through his years as senior vice president at LANB,” said his wife, Gina Imprescia.
    A Lifetime Fund through, The Santa Fe Community Foundation has been established to benefit youth serving organizations throughout New Mexico.
    A four person scramble with a shotgun start will begin at 9am, include; lunch, awards and a raffle. Individual player fees are $125 or come for the non-golfer lunch for just $25.
    Singles, pairs and trios are welcome and additional team members will be added. The registration fees are due Monday, and additional information is available by calling 670-2963 or emailing fidelmemorialtourney@gmail.com.
    Those wishing to make a donation can send donations payable to the Santa Fe Community Foundation at P.O. Box 22523 Santa Fe, NM 87502-2523.

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, 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.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. Since Juan was on his own in the wild for quite some time, it has taken lots of time by a patient volunteer to help him adjust to life at the shelter and interaction with humans. Juan would do well in a home with other cats, as they make him feel more comfortable. Juan particularly loves the company of kittens, since he loves to give baths! Juan will need time and space to adjust and might hide for a while, but just give him some time! No children for this guy.

  • TODAY
    Brown Bag Lunch featuring a performance by Enchanted Strings Quintet at noon at Fuller Lodge. The Los Alamos Arts Council begins its fall season with this free noontime performance. The music to be performed is Shubert’s string Quintet in C major (D. 956, Op. psoth. 163), the “Double Cello Quintet.”

     Bag Days at Jemez Thrift Shop 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fill a big brown paper bag for $5.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will resume its regular meetings at noon at the Los Alamos GOP headquarters located between Subway Sandwich Shop and Viola’s at 1362 Trinity Drive, Unit C. Hear from Kelly Benner about her experience as a New Mexico Delegate at Large to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information, contact Donna MacDonald at 662-4001.

  • As school gets back in the groove, take this time to take care of yourself and to be aware of the stresses children of all ages sometimes experience.
    While many are glad to get back into a routine and see friends, a lot of information coming from all directions can be overwhelming.
    One of the sad things about the community, and perhaps the world, is that many aren’t willing to share stories of stress, depression, anxiety or recovery for fear of how one will be received.
    I am about to tell you a story because personally now I feel that I can talk about it.
    Last year at this time, my mother fell and hit her head while she was out for a walk. We never could find out who to thank, but someone on 45th street called police and she was taken to the emergency room.
    What followed was a brain bleed, on a 70-year-old woman who had battled breast cancer for four years, then a brain tumor and radiation.
    God Bless my husband and children because the next nine months would be a handful, the likes of which we would not have imagined just before homecoming 2015.
    A slow decline started of which we were prepared for, but never realized it would be fraught with anxiety, depression, delusion and a touch of psychosis on the way down that hill.

  • Aug. 24
    Mitchell Lee Lang was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Aug. 25
    Elias Lovato pled no contest in Los Alamos Magistrate court to use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Defendant was sentenced to 182 days in the Los Alamos Detention Center, leaving five months 30 days to serve.  Defendant was also fined $50 and must also pay $198 in court costs.
    Defendant was also assigned probation by the Los Alamos District Court.
    Defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted, charged or convicted of any other offense. Defendant will comply with all court ordered conditions of probation.
    Shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment. Shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon.

    Kelley L. Morgan pled no contest the Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Sentenced deferred until Oct. 23. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • TODAY
    Feature Film: “Exoplanets” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. How do we know there are planets outside our solar system, exoplanets? Find out and venture past the edges of our solar system. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    TUESDAY
    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Tim Morrison, general manager of the Los Alamos Co-op Market, and Karen Kendall, treasurer of the co-op market’s board of directors, will provide Kiwanis with an update on the status and the activities of the co-op.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. District Governor Dave Anderson will speak. The public is welcome.

    Feature Film: “Exploding Universe” at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through space and discover explosive events that shaped the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    WEDNESDAY
    Brown Bag Lunch featuring a performance by Enchanted Strings Quintet at noon at Fuller Lodge. The Los Alamos Arts Council begins its fall season with this free noontime performance. The music to be performed is Shubert’s string Quintet in C major (D. 956, Op. psoth. 163), the “Double Cello Quintet.”

  • The season begins! The Los Alamos Arts Council approaches its 50th anniversary with a season of wonderful programming for the Brown Bag performances, starting Tuesday.
    The Los Alamos Arts Council begins its fall season with a performance by Enchanted Strings Quintet.
    The always popular free performance will take place in Fuller Lodge at noon, Wednesday.
    The music to be performed is Shubert’s string Quintet in C major (D. 956, Op. psoth. 163), the “Double Cello Quintet.”
    After Schubert’s string quintet was belatedly premiered and published in the 1850s, it gradually gained recognition as a masterpiece.

  • The Betty Ehart Senior Center is once again offering the Los Alamos community a chance to explore and develop their potential musical skills with this newly-popular old-timey instrument – the Hawaiian ukulele.
    Beginning Sept. 23, instructors Kathleen Galbraith and Fran Christiansen of Tierra Amarilla, will conduct 45-minute basic ukulele lessons for eight consecutive Friday mornings.
    Classes are held in the BESC downstairs classroom, and begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. A 45-minute “sing-and-strum session” for students continuing from prior semesters will follow the basic class, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
    Prior musical experience is not necessary, and lesson materials are provided, which are designed for serious beginners who have time in their personal schedule to practice for a minimum of 15 minutes per day between class sessions.
    Practice instruments are on loan from the instructors and may be checked out for the duration of the class.
    A materials and travel reimbursement fee of $40 will be collected at the beginning of the third class meeting.
    In order to ensure that personal attention can be given to each student, the class size will be limited. Ruth Lier is the local coordinator for this class and will provide more information and handle pre-registration. She can be reached at 662-7114, or rlier@juno.com.

  • 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 your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, 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.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. Since Juan was on his own in the wild for quite some time, it has taken lots of time by a patient volunteer to help him adjust to life at the shelter and interaction with humans. Juan would do well in a home with other cats, as they make him feel more comfortable. Juan particularly loves the company of kittens, since he loves to give baths! Juan will need time and space to adjust and might hide for a while, but just give him some time! No children for this guy.