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  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — Word of mouth might be kryptonite for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which fell a steep 68 percent in its second weekend in theaters according to comScore estimates Sunday. The superhero pic earned an estimated $52.4 million over the weekend, easily besting the modest new openers like “God’s Not Dead 2” and “Meet the Blacks.”
    The Zack Snyder movie cost a reported $250 million to produce and around $150 million to market, and has earned an estimated $261.5 million to date.
    It’s a critical launching point for a series of interconnected movies in the DC Comics Universe from Warner Bros. that will include this year’s “Suicide Squad” and next year’s “Wonder Woman” and two “Justice League” movies, which is why its early performance – and hold – are being so intensely scrutinized.
    Superhero movies tend to be frontloaded with fans, and a near 60 percent fall is not uncommon for major blockbusters in weekend two.
    “Sometimes the bigger they are the harder they fall,” said Paul Dergarabedian, comScore’s senior media analyst. “This is often what happens when you have films that rank in the top 10 debuts of all time.”

  • DeVargas Center in Santa Fe is nearing completion of a series of upgrades to support its growing roster of local merchants.
    The renovations add a more contemporary, regional flair that underscores its commitment to offering a main street experience for both shoppers and homegrown retailers.
    This month, the mall welcomes eight new tenants from Sanbusco, including Santa Fe Pens, Pandora’s, Dell Fox Jewelry and Bodhi Bazaar.
    DeVargas Center has also recently completed new spaces for some of its existing merchants, including Elegant Nails, the Bug Museum and Baskin Robbins.
    The new spaces and upgraded storefronts were designed by David Naylor Interiors and developed by JR Construction.
    Naylor said the goal was to create a more contemporary, yet distinctly Santa Fe feel for the mall, which is home to a variety of unique local merchants.
    “When you go to a corporate mall, what’s distinct is that each shop has got their brand so well designed,” he said. “I didn’t want this mall trying to look like that since we don’t have any corporate brands. These are all homegrown, neighborhood shops. So it looks friendly, local, regional.”

  • The Adobe Theater will present American playwright Horton Foote’s play “Dividing The Estate” April 29 through May 22.
    First staged in 2007, “Dividing The Estate” was awarded the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, and the 2008 Obie Award for Playwriting.
    Set in 1987 Texas, “Dividing The Estate” follows the fate and fortune of the “land rich and cash poor” Gordon family.
    The elderly matriarch of the family, Stella, is stubbornly intent on keeping the estate intact while she lives, but her children Mary Jo, Lewis, and Lucille are all strapped for cash and want to split things up immediately. Old wounds and resentments, always close to the surface, erupt anew as the Gordon siblings argue, accuse, wheedle and blame each other, their mother, and the economy for their own shortcomings and failures.
    Director Brian Hansen readily admits to a lingering case of “Horton Foote Disease.” He became infected four years ago when he directed a production of Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful at The Adobe Theater. The production was demanding and well-received, but most of all it introduced him to the world of a largely-ignored playwright, Horton Foote.

  • Violinist Alexi Kenney will return to lead the Santa Fe Symphony chamber ensemble in one of the most exciting programs of the season Sunday at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.
    The orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s beloved “The Four Seasons,” and Bach’s “Double Concerto” for oboe and violin, featuring Kenney alongside the symphony’s principal oboist Elaine Heltman.
    A free pre-concert lecture will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, sponsored by Dr. Penelope Penland, and The Pierce Group with Mort Morrison and Morgan Stanley. Kenney is underwritten by Sheryl and Michael DeGenring through the symphony’s Reach For The Stars Program.
    The program begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $80. Half-price tickets are available for children ages 6 to 14 with adult purchase (no children under six will be admitted). Call 983-1414 or 1-800-480.1319 for tickets, or the Lensic box office at 988-1234 for information. The Lensic Theater is located at 211 West San Francisco Street in Santa Fe.

  • Santa Fe’s Sierra Vista Retirement Community recently hosted Bill Thomas for a special  tour of the facility, as he stopped by to talk shop with the staff and see what the progressive retirement community was all about.
    Thomas is a nationally renowned specialist in geriatrics and aging. He was in Santa Fe to kick off his 30 city “Age of Disruption” tour, which featured a workshop on dementia during the afternoon and a “nonfiction” play in the evening called “Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game” at the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art.  
    According to Thomas, both events were meant to change the way people think about aging.
    “I hope what people take away from (the tour) is that aging is about growth, that it’s a process of growth,” he said. “In our society, we commonly think that aging is a matter of decline. I would argue that you’re growing toward something new. We think that old people are stuck and that they don’t grow and I think that’s wrong.”

  • The League of Women Voters will have its monthly Lunch with a Leader at Mesa Library at 11:30 a.m. April 19.
    Gene Grant will speak at the lunch. Grant is now in his 10th year as host of “The Line” on New Mexico in Focus. His show airs on PBS at 7 p.m. every Friday. In addition to hosting, he has also reported for the PBS NewsHour on six occasions. Gene was a columnist for the Albuquerque Tribune before doing the same for the Albuquerque Journal and Weekly Alibi.
    To order a $10 lunch from the Co-op, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 231-8286 or email at kaskacayman@gmail.com for the choices. Food needs to ordered by April 15.

  • David Bruggeman, a LANL meteorologist, will present a summary of the Los Alamos National Laboratory weather monitoring system and components at 3 p.m. April 17 at the Mesa Public Library. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Sponsored by Pajarito Flying Club. Contact Scott Miller at scott@pajaritoflyingclub.com, or 453-3327, for more information.

  • “The Class” (2008, rated PG-13), perhaps the only film I’ve seen starring a real-life middle-school language teacher, will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.
    Laurent Cantet’s award-winning drama cinematizes François Bégaudeau’s semi-autobiographical novel “Entre les murs” (“Between the walls”), which is also the film’s original title in France. Onscreen, Bégaudeau, who based his book in part on his own experiences teaching French and literature to 13-year-olds in Paris, plays François Marin, a dedicated instructor amongst a group of well-meaning professionals trying, with mixed results, to teach.
    “The Class” gives audiences a lot to like, and has been duly recognized around the world, including at the Independent Spirit Awards (winner – Best Foreign Language Film) and the Academy Awards (nominated – Best Foreign Language Film).
    Unlike many other how-do-we-reach-these-kids?-style movies, this is ambiguous, unsentimental, and detail-oriented. It captures the Zen-like quality of teaching, wherein one never knows when a perfunctory lesson might evolve into something profound or something dangerous.

  • Wool Hay! During spring break, our family took a few days to visit friends in Andrews, Texas.
    First of all, I prefer to say Texsuz, where almost everybody drives a pick-up truck. There may be a rule that they have to be white, I’m still unsure on that part.
    The motto for Andrews County from their website is, “Between the Land of Enchantment and a whole other country.”
    Ironically, the population for each based on 2014 or 2015 statistics is about 17,000, but there were some incredible differences I found while visiting there.
    My friend is a teacher at Devonian Elementary. The approximate size of the school is about that of Chamisa Elementary. The school is only for second- and third-grade students.
    The school had locker rooms and separate gymnasiums, for boys and girls.
    We discussed the local high school where there were so many differences, I found myself asking if it was a public school.
    Here are just a few to ponder. Students are allowed no colored hair, no jeans with holes, shorts and skirts no shorter than four inches above the knee, no flip flops, no facial tattoos, no spaghetti straps, top and bottom garments should not expose skin while bending or stretching.

  • Antonia Batha, of Los Alamos, is studying abroad during Union College’s spring term.
    Batha is traveling to Cambodia, interning at The Global Child, a school for street children. Batha is a member of the Class of 2017 majoring in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.
    Union College offers a diverse array of study abroad programs for its students. Union is ranked No. 12 in the country by the Princeton Review for its study abroad program, and about 60 percent of Union students will study abroad during their time at the College.

  • TODAY
    Cowboy breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. Blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and a seasonal surprise pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under.
    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center. Free. Join local families for fun in nature.
    TUESDAY
    LRG First Tuesday Breakfast. Lab retirees are invited to join the Laboratory Retiree Group for breakfast on the first Tuesday of each month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Morning Glory Restaurant, 1377 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos (across from the high school). Morning Glory serves a full breakfast and pastries. LRG will pay for hot coffee or tea. Contact sgirard@losalamos.com for more information.

    Kiwanis meeting from noon to 1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos. Dean Obermeyer, the Los Alamos Public Schools expert on educational technology, will speak on what’s happening in technology use in the schools (kindergarten through high school).

    Rotary Club meeting from noon-1 p.m. in the golf course community room. Everyone is invited to hear State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speak about this year’s legislative session.
    WEDNESDAY

  • March 9 — A girl. Grace Waters. Born to Jiagia and Timothy Waters.

    March 17 — A girl. Kirsten Elizabeth Armijo. Born to Ashten Salazar and Chris Armjio.

    March 21 — A boy. Truitt John Olsen. Born to Bonnie and Brian Olsen.

    March 22 — A boy. Aunders Poloy Duran. Born to Kimberly and Adam Duran.

    March 24 — A girl. Mia Naomi Romero. Born to Kimberly Martinez and Marvin Romero.

    March 26 — A boy. Merit Oliver Greco. Born to Abby and Richard Greco.

    March 27 — A girl. Leah Isabella Schleft. Born to Leslie and Ryan Schleft.

    March 18 — A girl. Katelyn Yoon. Born to Yunkyeong Seong and Boram Yoon.

  • Los Alamos Living Treasure Stephen Stoddard has been honored once again with a generous contribution to University of New Mexico-Los Alamos to provide seed money for the creation of a program that will provide training for individuals who can serve as personal caregivers.
    Barbara Stoddard recognized a need for caregivers in the community, according to the university.
    As many Los Alamos residents choose to stay here after retirement, the need for caregivers will continue to increase.
    Stoddard made $10,000 available to UNM-Los Alamos March 29 as seed money necessary for the creation of a new program.
    The plans are for a program similar to the Personal Care Attendant program offered by UNM-Valencia.
    Stoddard’s contribution to UNM-Los Alamos will be used initially to hire a subject matter expert who will help develop the program and determine equipment needs.
    Remaining funds will be used for purchasing needed equipment and supplies, advertising the program, and for scholarships to students who want to pursue the program.   
    Home health care allows patients to live with greater independence and to avoid hospitalization. Many people, patients and their family members, rely on in-home care to provide crucial support and enhance quality of life.

  • The U.S. Postal Service will begin celebrating the National Park Service’s Aug. 25 centennial just in time for summer vacation letter writing by issuing a pane of stunning forever stamps depicting 16 examples of national treasures.
    To create buzz and excitement among national park fans, each stamp will be previewed alphabetically over the next three weeks, beginning Monday.
    “These stamps celebrate the 100th anniversary of the national parks and depict the beauty and diversity of these national treasures,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. “They serve as an inspiration for Americans to visit, learn and then write about their cherished memories of trips to these incredible wonders.”
    “This set of stamps will take people on a journey to some of the most amazing places in the world,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We are thrilled that the 16 national park stamps issued in ’16 for the centennial depict the variety of parks that collectively tell the story of our country.”

  • 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 our website at lafos.org, where you can get more 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.
    CATS
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter and interaction with humans, so check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan.
    Queenie—A 1.5-year-old shorthaired black cat that was surrendered due to a housing situation change. The owners were very sad to surrender her, and Friends of the Shelter wants to find her a great new home! Queenie is currently recovering from her spay surgery, so shelter staff and volunteers will start interacting with her when she’s feeling better. Check back soon for more information.

  • April 3-9
    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. Lunch eservations must be made by 10 a.m.
    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion
    11:30 a.m.        BBQ Pulled Pork Bun
    Noon        Broadway singer Seph             Stanek preview Concert
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Beer Battered Cod    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY

  • FRIDAY
    April Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Parkinson’s Disease discussion from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the lower level of the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Lori Erickson, Physical Therapist at Los Alamos Medical Center, and Dr. Miles Nelson, president of A Nurse in the Family, will lead the discussion. People facing this disease as well as caregivers and family members are invited. Refreshments will be provided. Call 662-8920 by March 31 to attend.  

    Feature Film: “From Earth to the Universe” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy 180 degrees of entertainment. Join us on a colorful and inspiring journey through our universe. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.  

    Young at Heart Hike at 2:30 p.m. offered by PEEC. A hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.
    SUNDAY
    Cowboy breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. Pain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and a seasonal surprise pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under.
    MONDAY

  • One of the signs of spring in the Jemez Mountains is male elk and deer shedding their antlers.  People like to collect these ”sheds,” which is OK on private land or areas administered by the Bureau of Land Management or the U.S. Forest Service.
    This practice is illegal on the Valles Caldera National Preserve or Bandelier National Monument, or other National Park Service areas.
    Federal regulations forbid the removal of any park property, which not only includes antlers, but also bones, skulls, rocks, flowers and artifacts like arrowheads, pot sherds and old bottles and cans.  Anyone who collects antlers or other items protected by law in Bandelier or the Valles Caldera Preserve can be fined or barred from the area for life.
    Most national parks are considered living museums, where everything in the park is important to the story that is told there or to the natural functioning of the park’s ecosystem.

  • Director Laurie Tomlinson and producer Gretchen Amstutz have announced the cast for the Los Alamos Little Theater’s May production of “Steel Magnolias.”   
    The six women cast are Dianne Wilburn, Holly Robinson, Carolyn Conner, Jacinta Lestone, Trisha Werner and Andi Bishofberger.
    The play will have six evening performances, May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21, and two matinees on May 8 and 9.

  • Well I made it! The interesting or stupid thought, as the case may be, is all based on a memory.
    I never thought I would live to be more than 47. It was just a thought in the back of my mind based on a conversation from when I was about 13.
    I had a foot race with my mom, she ran way faster than me.
    When I was done, I said, “Did you ever think you’d live to be this old?” I recall she was almost offended by the question, but I was wondering aloud, if she ever saw herself at this age. After all, when we were 13, did we?
    The funny thing is at the time, she really would have been 37, not 47, but all these years, I always thought I could never imagine living to be 47. Truth be told, 37 would have been a lot easier to believe.
    It makes me wonder, for better and for worse, what memories do we create for our children?
    I have always been cognizant of what the earliest memory would be for our children based on my own, but the retention age for everyone can vary quite a bit.
    I wonder from time to time what the good lasting memories might be for them.
    Our goal as parents is to allow each child a puppy of their own, that they buy with their own money, pick the name themselves, etc.