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    Every animal has a tail and many have tales — myths and legends. At PEEC’s Summer Family Evening on July 8, storyteller Teralene Foxx will make the roadrunner, raven, coyote, bear and other animals come alive through stories and information about them. 

    Activities will accompany some of the stories. The program runs from
    6:30-8 p.m. at PEEC. Families are welcome to drop in anytime throughout the evening.

    Foxx an ecologist, writer, artist and storyteller. These interests support each other and allow her to express her understanding of the world around us. Terry uses art, including pencil, pen, brush, or needle and thread to document observations to express her feelings or observations. She also uses written and oral stories to express her sense of awe and wonder that she finds in nature. Learn more at teralenefoxx.com.

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    Photography exhibit reception in Santa Fe

    The photo-eye Gallery announces an exhibition of photographs by Tom Chambers, “Reverie.” The artist will be present for the opening and reception from 5-7 p.m. July 25. This is the second exhibition in the new gallery located in Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District. Exhibition runs through Sept. 13.

    Chambers modernizes Renaissance painting techniques with his camera, creating photomontages that embody the aesthetic capacity of light in the printed image. 

    While drawing from pivotal works in the lineage of art history, from Renaissance art to the paintings of Andrew Wyeth, Chamber’s photographs are inspire by dreams and reverie, presenting curious narratives that captivate the viewer and engage the imagination.

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    For the “Breakfast with O’Keeffe” series, the museum will present the David H. Arrington Ansel Adams Collection, 8:30-9:45 a.m. July 17 at the museum, 217 Johnson St.

    This collection is the most comprehensive group of original Ansel Adams photographs ever assembled by a private collector. The contents range from Adams’ first photograph, made at age 12, to superlative examples of Adams’ masterworks, showcasing hundreds of unknown images that convey the full scope of Adams’ extraordinary vision. 

    John Beauland and Andy Smith of Andrew Smith Gallery will talk about the work in conjunction with the Hawai‘i pictures on view in the Museum galleries. Free with museum admission. 

    A workshop “Amish Quilts: The Story of America’s ‘First Abstract Art’ will be 6 p.m. July 14 at the Museum Research Center, 135 Grant Ave. 

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    Review > Next performance is Friday at the Santa Fe Opera

    Gaetano Donizetti’s Opera Buffa, “Don Pasquale,” was presented to an appreciative audience on opening night Saturday. Despite having a lead with only two days to prepare for her role, and a few first-night hiccups, this cast gives a performance that demonstrates the reasons this opera has enjoyed popularity since its premiere in 1843. The story of separated lovers and an old uncle with all of the money and control doesn’t feel formulaic; instead, it is entertaining and it quickly becomes obvious why this opera is considered such a high point for this form.

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    The next generation of Native American artists and craftspeople will converge in Santa Fe at the summer Young Native Arts & Crafts Show. The show is ideal for people who want to start collecting art, jewelry, pottery and more from new, young artists. 

    Children and grandchildren of artists associated with the Portal Program will demonstrate their own work from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 12-13 in the Palace Courtyard.

    The public is encouraged to see the artwork, purchase refreshments and strike up a relationship with an artist still learning his or her craft. The event is free. Entrance is through the Blue Gate south of the New Mexico History Museum’s main entrance.

  •  Art exhibits

    Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 runs through Oct. 12. 

     

    “Imprints of  Home, Works on Paper”,  is a group show featuring art prints, and poems by 12 artists. First Friday artist receptions, 3-6 p.m. July 5 and July 19 at the Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque. Show closes July 25. 

     

    A special guest exhibition, “Golden Paths,” acrylic and gold leaf paintings by Edwina Milner, will be on exhibit until July 7 at the New Concept Gallery. The reception is from 5-7 p.m. June 20 and is open to the public. 

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    Today

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

     

    Eureka! 4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through July 26. 

     

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.

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    Chick Keller will delve into the important topic of climate change and what to expect in the future. Keller will give an overview of recent research on climate change and then open up a discussion about how to deal with some of the issues. 

    The program starts at 7 p.m. July 10 at PEEC and no advance registration is required.

    With the recent latest release of the science of climate change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Obama administration’s accompanying assessment for the United States, this is a good time to look at what is now known about how much warming and drying the world is likely to experience in the next 50 years. 

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    Ten outstanding students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. Each student demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school careers. Winners chose an educator of distinction, an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools. 

    Last week, the Los Alamos Monitor printed five of the 10 students honored. Here are the other five. 

    Hannah Dye chose Natasha Barkhudarova her Ballroom Dance teacher LAHS. 

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    Today 

    Summer Family Evenings: Simulate the Rock Cycle. 6:30-8 p.m. Learn how to simulate the rock cycle with aluminum foil and crayons. Led by Valles Caldera Lead Educator Brittney Van Der Werff. No advance registration required. $5 for non- member families/free for PEEC members. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

     

    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. Meetings moderated by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson, or by a group member. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

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    The New Mexico State Society and Pajarito Society of the Children of the American Revolution installed officers at a joint meeting with the Valle Grande Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in May at Aspen Ridge Lodge. 

    State President Laura Beth Ezzell and State Chaplain Emily Bruno were installed, along with John Peter Alt as society treasurer, and Linda Carol Wulsin as senior society treasurer. Emily Bruno was also installed as society chaplain. 

    Installing officer was Roberta Day Idzorek, Senior State President, New Mexico Society, Children of the American Revolution.

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    Recently, I had the pleasure of going with a young person to register to vote.

    How exciting to salute this rite of passage with a small celebration. How exciting that youth are excited about the process.

    The League of Women Voters makes it easy for high school students to get registered, and for that we thank them.

    This particular student wanted to do it at the County Clerk’s Office, in particular to have an assist from County Clerk Sharon Stover, as she has known the student since kindergarten and when she was a team leader in the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program.

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    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 12 P.M.- 6 P.M. and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends.

    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.

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    June 29-July 5, 2014

    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

    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    9:45 a.m. Matter of Balance class

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    Myrriah S. Chavez earned her Doctorate of Philosophy, PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Colorado, Anshultz Medical Campus Graduate School in Aurora, Colorado on May 23.  

    Chavez completed her graduate research study at M.D. Anderson Cancer center in Houston. Chavez earned her bachelors degree from the University of New Mexico in 2008 and is a 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School. She is the daughter of Jimmy and Judy Chavez, formally of Los Alamos, now of Chamita.

     

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    Steven Calhoun, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. 

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. 

    This year’s recipients reflect a combination of both LAHS seniors and juniors; in the fall, only juniors will be recognized in hopes of inspiring their interest in Rotary programs that take place during the summer following junior year. 

    Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community.

     Calhoun, who maintains an excellent GPA, has always regarded community service as an important part of his life. 

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    Ten outstanding students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. 

    Each student demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school careers. 

    Winners chose an educator of distinction, an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools. 

    Here are five of the 10 students honored. 

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    Today 

    Authors Speak Series. Tom Harmer, a lifelong student of natural history, outdoor survival and native practices in the wild. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

     

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. So, come on out for fun, friendship and exercise. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

     

  • Mesa Public Library’s “Quotes: The Authors Speak Series,” presents Tom Harmer, a lifelong student of natural history, outdoor survival and native practices in the wild, will read from his most recent book, “A Walk Around the Horizon: Discovering New Mexico’s Mountains of the Four Direction.”
    The talk will begin 7 p.m. today at the library’s upstairs rotunda.
    Near Santa Fe, landscape is framed by four high mountains — Sandia to the south, Chicoma to the west, Canjilon to the north, and Truchas to the east.
    Although they are sacred to the Tewa Pueblo Indians, the four peaks are in different bureaucratic and cultural zones, which means that each peak attracts visitors but few non-Indian travelers visit more than one of the mountains. In 2010, at the age of 62, Harmer resolved to climb all four of these mountains in one summer.
    His chronicle offers a view of a montane forest unlike any in the world, where mountain, plain and desert biota converge.
    Harmer’s writing is shaped by years of living off the land, especially the nearly 10 years spent with a band of Salish Indians, which he documented in his previous books :Going Native” and “What I’ve Always Known: Living in Full Awareness of the Earth.”

  •  “Nature on Tap” discusses
    energy, water, climate change

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host “Nature on Tap,” part of a new informal discussion series, 5:30 p.m. today at the Blue Window Bistro.
    The “On Tap” series is a new project from the Los Alamos Creative District and is held every Thursday with the themes “Nature on Tap,” “History on Tap,” “Science on Tap,” and “Art on Tap.” It is a great way to get out in the community and meet people with similar interests. This event is the second “Nature on Tap” discussion, which will be held on every fourth Thursday of the month.
    For this installment of “Nature on Tap”, Christine Chavez, Energy and Water Conservation Coordinator for Los Alamos County, will facilitate the discussion.
    Chavez will speak briefly about topics that affect all of us — Energy, Water and Climate Change — and then will open up to discussion from the group about these critical issues.

    Keller leads second wildflower walk