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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, May 8, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    12:00 PM County Council Meeting - Live
    02:00 PM Los Alamos Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    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 – President Truman
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, May 9, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, May 10, 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, May 11, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM The Garage

  • Abiquiu to hold all-day conference

    Pueblo de Abiquiu Library and Cultural Center  announces an all-day conference, “Abiquiu: Honoring the History & Experience of a Genizaro Pueblo. The conference is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 16 at Joe Ferran Gym in Abiquiu Plaza.
    The conference is free, but advance registration is needed. Participants may register at the library during regular hours, from 1-6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, or by calling the library at 505-685-4884, or via email abiquiupl@gmail.com. Separate registration for dinner is required.
    Conference participants will learn about issues and historical events at Abiquiu Pueblo, including why children from Abiquiu were able to attend Santa Fe Indian School in the early 20th century or what it means for the Abiquiu area to be considered a world culture migration site. Attendees will also hear about details of the 2007 Senate Memorial 59 recognizing the contributions of Genizaros to New Mexico state history, learn what was  unearthed in the archaeological dig next to the library last summer and  hear about how Abiquiu Pueblo is viewed in the Tewa world.

    Fans invited to decide Balloon Fiesta theme

    The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta board and staff invite Balloon Fiesta fans to help name the theme for the 2016 event.

  • The three-day Taos Lilac Festival, May 15-17, is blossoming into one of the town’s largest annual events with the addition of several activities, including a Taos Taco Cook Off, Lilac 5K run, New Mexico Beer and Wine Garden, fashion show and more. There is no charge for the family-friendly event, which is held at Kit Carson Park in Taos.
    “This unique Taos event was established to celebrate our heritage of Lilacs and to promote their care and planting throughout the Taos area,” said co-festival organizer, John Hamilton. “With the founding of the Taos Society of Artists, whose 100th anniversary we are celebrating this year, many lilacs sprung up around Taos which were most likely brought here from outside the area. They are a staple of Taos’ beautiful landscape.”
    For the first time, the festival will include a Taos Lilac Festival 5K Run beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday. All levels are welcome and the run will take competitors along the lilac-laden historic part of Taos. Prizes will be awarded to the top three placements per age group and overall winner.
    Registration before May 16 is $30 or $35 on race day. The run will begin at the parking lot of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s gym, located at 205 Don Fernando St.

  • The second Tuesday of every month is Family Night at the new Los Alamos Nature Center.  The center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m., and there will be games, activities, experiments, crafts and more for families to enjoy. Family Nights at the Nature Center are sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos. They are free to attend.
    For more information about this and other programs offered by PEEC at the Nature Center, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT) presents its 11th annual spring recital, “The Elements,” this weekend at the Duane W. Smith auditorium.
    “The Elements” features 25 dances performed by 170 students enrolled in the NMDT School. NMDT special guests, The Los Alamos Hilltappers and Los Alamos Belly Dancers, will also perform.
    NMDT will recognize the 15th anniversary of the Cerro Grande Fire at the recital with a special piece by local composer Eric Bjorklund and choreographed by NMDT director Susan Baker-Dillingham.
    “Eric approached me last spring with the idea of a collaboration revolving around the Cerro Grande Fire and his composition called ‘Wind and Flame,’” Baker-Dillingham said. “I was intrigued with his idea and with the idea of collaborating, but mostly the thought of creating a dance about such an incredibly emotional event was very compelling.”  

  • Theatre > Show runs through May 16;  not recommended for children

  • Today
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

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

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Los Alamos Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday. 6 p.m. at 84 Barcelona Ave. in White Rock. For further information contact Mary Swickard at 672-3300 or Dennis Wulff at 672-9563.

    Dr. Bob Fuselier, of the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, will provide a free lecture about dog bite awareness. 6:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club building at 246 East Road. Dr. Fuselier’s dog-bite awareness lecture promotes proper greeting of dogs and their owners, offering adults and children easy-to-remember steps to avoid becoming a dog-bite victim. Talk is for people only, no dogs are allowed. Freebies given to all that attend.
    Friday
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

  • The YMCA announces dance classes for those who love to dance or wish to learn. The center hosts a dance class on Friday at the YMCA gym for a night of social dancing. Free swing lessons are at 7 p.m. and social dancing begins at 7:30 p.m.
    Also, come check out the ballroom classes Mondays held at the YMCA.
    This month is Waltz at 8 p.m. and Salsa at 9 p.m. Cost is $5 for Y members, $10 for non-members per month. Cost is $1.25/$2.50 a class.
     

  • Everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his lunch. So what happens if an unintended male eats an especially potent midday curry? “The Lunchbox” (2013, Rated PG) explores the possible consequences of just such a life-changing mix-up.
    The film, screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library as part of its Free Film Series, begins with a most unlikely occurrence: Despite Mumbai’s nearly flawless lunchbox-delivery service, wherein restaurants and wives can pack hot meals to be dropped off at workers’ desks at lunchtime, a mistake is made. Somehow, the wonderful food Ila (Nimrat Kaur) prepares for her loathsome husband starts landing in the stomach of a stranger.
    Meanwhile, the stranger, Saajan (Irrfan Khan) is set to retire at the end of the month after a 35-year career in accounting. He is not eager to train his replacement (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui). He is not, it seems, happy about anything — except for the magical, delicious entrees that accidentally end up beside his ledger.
    Ila and Saajan are connected by a bureaucratic error, but as Ila says, sometimes “the wrong train can lead you to the right station.”

  • The Youth Business Grants from the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation were released recently.
    Youth ages 13-19 are invited to assemble a mini business plan and apply for up to $400 in start-up funds, to launch a summer business.
    “The program allows youth in Los Alamos and the surrounding communities to put together a business plan and have some help along the way,” said Program Coordinator, Bernadette Lauritzen. “We help youth through the process, try to find them a mentor and assist with publicity.”
    Last year 10 businesses supporting 11 local youth were funded for the summer. As a result, several maintained their sales efforts throughout the year, making funds and building relationships along the way.
    The businesses included landscaping, pet care, chocolate candies, jewelry, fresh roasted coffee beans, handcrafted knitted garments and more.
    The summer ended with presentations by the young entrepreneurs and a chance to win additional funds to further their offerings.
    The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) queried contestants to see who had the passion to make their businesses grow.

  • Using henna for body art has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. The intricate designs can symbolize passages of life and are also applied simply for their beauty. Getting a henna tattoo is preferred by many people over a traditional tattoo because it is not painful and it is not permanent.
    Heather Beemer will be discussing the art of henna tattoos from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday for Art on Tap at UnQuarked Wine Room.  
    Beemer will share some cultural and historical information about henna, talk about how she mixes the henna she uses and answer questions. She may even apply some henna tattoos once participants get the discussion rolling.
    Beemer has been intrigued with henna for many years. By career she is a speech-language pathologist but she still finds time to placate her artistic side by doing henna tattoos on people at events and painting henna designs on objects like candles and skulls. She named her henna business “Hippie Chique.” Visit the website at hippiechiquehenna.com.

  • As Mother’s Day approaches, I thought I would share the perspective of the mother as Sunday approaches.
    I once heard that being a mother is taking your heart and letting it walk around outside of your body.
    Recently a friend, the mother of a 20-year-old said it never gets easier, the worry just changes.
    So you may be about to embark on the journey of motherhood and to that I say, the fun is just about to begin.
    When our first child turned one, the mother of a 2-year-old said, “The second year is even more fun.” I thought that was the coolest thing to say and even thought the first year was great, I looked ahead to the second year with great joy.
    One day that baby started kindergarten and I thought that was that hardest day ever. I knew he was in the capable hands of Becky Sims and that pill became easier to swallow.
    The night before his first field trip, I gently wept after my adventurer fell asleep that night. I knew he’d be alright, but there went my heart walking outside of my body.
    As they head into sports, baseballs to the face, tackling, take downs and pins.
    Then becomes driving — first with a parent and then as the parent you sit at the Department of Motor Vehicles waiting for your child to return with the DMV employee, bless their hearts.

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  • Paintings, illustrations and photography by artist Michelle Grove Griffin will be on display during the month of May at Mesa Public Library. Her work has been shown previously in several of the Fuller Lodge Art Center shows, as well as in various galleries.
    Grove Griffin is a teacher at Los Alamos High School and an adjunct professor at Northern New Mexico College in Española.
    “The artworks I create have been founded on influences in my life and things I like to do. I like to paint, draw and photograph things like fish, trees and anything that surrounds my world that makes life beautiful,” Grove Griffin said. “I am influenced by my upbringing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, my parents and experiences I have had. I have also always been inspired by my passions in life. Teaching, fishing, photography, rock climbing, skiing, biking, my dogs, where I came from, the goals I have in life, treasure, how we connect to the world ... etc. It’s all about the process, the sequence of thoughts and events — how I arrive to a finished work. The colors and patterns found in animals, rocks, plants, shadows, words, thoughts, feelings, effort, time and energy is what I make my work about.”

  • May 2-9, 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
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Catfish
    Noon        Grief support
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chili dog
    Noon         Lunch talk: Helen Idzorek
    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.        LAVA quilters

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. 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.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Moose (previously known as Moo Moo) — A beautiful, long-haired Maine Coon mix. She is approximately 4 years old, and she was surrendered due to owner allergies. She is reported to get along well with older kids, but younger, rambunctious kids are a bit scary for her. She also prefers the company of humans rather than dogs.
    Noel — A gorgeous, domestic, long-haired calico. She is a spayed, female, 6 years old. She has never been introduced to dogs. This is an indoor kitty.

  • The Summit Garden Club will be holding its annual business meeting, 1:30 p.m. Monday at 235 Kimberley Dr. in White Rock. Each May the club meets to assess its activities during the past year and to discuss its projects for the coming year. Included among the club's many projects are refurbishing and maintaining gardens at the Bandelier National Monument and the creation of the White Rock Community Garden (across the highway from the Visitors Center). Anyone is invited to attend Monday's meeting to learn more about the club. New members are always welcomed. While the May meeting is a business meeting, all other meetings include gardening education. For more information contact Shelby Redondo, president at 662-2625 or redondo@cybermesa.com.

  • Taos has been chosen as TripAdvisor’s No. 1 choice among a recent list of the top “13 U.S. Towns that are Diamonds in the Rough.” To create the list, TripAdvisor looked at all 2014 vacation rental review scores across the country and identified the best-rated locations. Locations must have received at least 500 reviews to be considered.
    TripAdvisor’s criteria required that the towns possess “rich history and culture, gorgeous scenery, an abundance of activities, family friendly attractions and top notch vacation home accommodations.”
    Taos was described in the story as “a charming pet-friendly town known for its Spanish influence and picturesque scenery... lending itself to incredible outdoor adventures like climbing, hiking, kayaking, zip lines, horseback, or llama treks.”
    In fact, TripAdvisor’s Secret Travel Tip for visitors to Taos was that it has been hailed as the most pet-friendly destination in the Southwest.
    Other towns included in the top 13 list behind Taos are (by ranking): Boone, North Carolina, Estes Park, Colorado, Oceanside, California, Fort Meyers, Florida, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, South Lake Tahoe, California, Cape May, New Jersey, Fredericksburg, Texas, Park City, Utah, Newport Beach, California, Seaside, Oregon and Gulf Shores, Alabama.

  • Los Alamos
    Los Alamos Middle School, 2101 Hawk Drive
    Date Inspected: April 1
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.
    Santa Fe
    KFC, 3295 Cerrillos Road
    Date Inspected: April 1
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Walk-in refrigerator and freezer have water leaks from cooler units. Employee drinks on food prep area. Can opener has food build-up. Three moderate-risk violations. Food build-up on the bun hot holder. Fans have dust/mold build up. Top of food equipment has grease build-up.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Mini Super Delicias, 4641 Airport Road, Suite No. 6
    Date Inspected: April 7
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Soap is being added to the bleach solution, should be water and bleach only. Two low-risk violations. Boxes stored on the floor. Wall by the ground beef machine is cracked.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Santa Fe Oxygen and Healing Bar, 102 W. San Francisco St.
    Date Inspected: April 8
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Some utensils and dishware not inverted during storage.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • The Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops hosted the 8th annual Future Voices of New Mexico Awards Ceremony on April 28.
    Each spring, hundreds of students fill The Lensic to view the award-winning, three-minute films and photographs produced by New Mexico students who participate in the program. This year’s contest theme was “Water,” which garnered more than 70 film submissions and 200 photo submissions. Students were encouraged to explore the theme in their work as it related to such topics as culture, mythology and history.
    Future Voices received submissions from a dozen schools in New Mexico, including Capital High School, Desert Academy, Monte del Sol, Española Valley High School, Pojoaque Valley High School, New Mexico School for the Arts, as well as Digital Arts & Technology Academy and Atrisco Heritage Academy, both in Albuquerque.