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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 10, 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
    10:00 PM Business Breakfast- Los Alamos’ Economic Outlook
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, April 11, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, April 12, 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 13, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

  • Carolyn Lobeck, a Santa Fe artist and food lover will be opening her home to the public for “The Art of Food, featuring Yucatecan Cuisine.”
    Lobeck’s studio is located, 1999 Siringo Road in Santa Fe. The tour is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
    A love for cooking meets the passion for creating everyday functional ceramics.
    Lobeck will display her new ceramic work and and offer homecooked Yucatecan food prepared by Arturo Lara. Savor regional flavors of the Yucatan while eating out of finely crafted ceramics, or take food to go. Food will be served beginning at 11 a.m. for as long as it lasts. Ceramics will be available all day.

  • The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project announces the Petroglyph Spring Tours.
    Tours will be April 18 and 26, May 16 and 24 at the Wells Petroglyph Preserve, on Mesa Prieta north of Española, where a large concentration of petroglyphs is found.
    Created in northern New Mexico before the dawn of civilization and continuing through to the arrival of the Conquistadors — and beyond, join one of the docent-led tours along six amazing trails of rock images. Experience the wonder of the petroglyphs against the backdrop of greening cottonwoods and landscapes.
     The tours begin at 9:30 a.m. and are approximately two hours long. Public tours are limited to 30 participants and are divided into groups of five per docent. A $25 donation is requested per participant. Docents familiar with the preserve and the history of the area lead all tours. For reservations, call     Janet MacKenzie, 505-852-1351 and mesaprietatours@windstream.net.
    The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project which began in 1999, to record as many of the estimated 75,000 petroglyphs and other archaeological features found on the Mesa Prieta as possible. The primary focus is on educating young people. There are public and private tours for groups and individuals to raise awareness of the petroglyphs.

  • Two Santa Fe art festivals are currently battling it out in the top five of a national USA Today 10 Best Reader’s Choice Award contest for “Best Art Festival.” The contest runs until 9:59 local time April 13 and everyone can vote once per day from any location on all their devices.
     The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market and ART Santa Fe — two of the three festivals along with SITE Santa Fe that make up the “Art Trifecta” that occurs July 10-19 — are asking all art lovers from New Mexico and elsewhere to vote online everyday at 10best.com/awards/travel/best-art-festival/.
    ART Santa Fe is an established international art fair of 15 years that brings some of the best contemporary and modern art from Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America to Santa Fe.
    The International Folk Art Market — Santa Fe is the largest event of its kind in the world. More than 150 master folk artists from 57 countries gather on Museum Hill in Santa Fe to sell their art, which includes jewelry, textiles, baskets, ceramics and more.

  • The Santa Fe Community Orchestra presents works by Beethoven, Cherubini, Villa-Lobos and Gachupin at its Spring Concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
    The concert will be at St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art in downtown Santa Fe. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.
    The concert features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, the overture to Lodoiska by Cherubini, and the Villa-Lobos Concerto for Guitar, with soloist Jesús Gachupin. Students from the Ortiz Middle School Guitar Ensemble will join the SFCO in a Side-by-Side performance of Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and  Gauchipin’s original composition, “In the Wolf’s Den.” Music Director Oliver Prezant conducts. For more information, call 466-4879 or visit sfco.org.
    The Santa Fe Community Orchestra is made up of volunteer musicians from Santa Fe and surrounding areas. The SFCO’s acclaimed Side-by-Side Program provides selected SFPS music classrooms with Classroom Visits by SFCO musicians and Prezant, as they work together on music that ties-in with an upcoming SFCO performance. Students then perform, Side-by-Side with the SFCO in one of Santa Fe’s premier venues on a regularly scheduled concert.

  • 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.
    Art tours