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  • May 5: A girl, Adah Mae Leyba-Moya, born to Shayleen Lujan and Justin Leyba-Moya
    May 14: A boy, Jerome Baca, born to Alicia and Emilio Baca
    May 15: A girl, Naveah Faith Martinez, born to Samantha Bachicha and Brandon Martinez
    May 16: A girl, Alicia Narae Gallegos, born to Maria A. and Wilfred L. Gallegos
    May 18: A boy, Vincent Wilbur Naranjo, born to Kara Baca and Nolan Naranjo
    May 19: A boy, Aaden Michael Griego, born to Stephanie and Daniel Griego
    May 27: A boy, Wyatt Eugene Lambson, born to Jenny and Britton Lambson
     

  • May 31-June 6, 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
    10 a.m.        Senior civic discussion group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken enchilada
    Noon        Grief  support
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45        Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Lemon cod
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    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, 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 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.
    CATS
    Annie — A 9-year-old, spayed, female who needs a peaceful indoor home. She came into the shelter several years ago as one of a kitten litter being cared for by a big gentle cat. That “mama” cat turned out to be a gentleman. Both he and Annie became part of a household. Because of medical care now needed by their owner, Annie had to come back to the shelter, now as a grown-up girl.

  • Today
    Blood Drive in Los Alamos community. Until 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Hall, 2200 Diamond Drive. For more information, call United Blood Services at 1-877-827-4376. Bring photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation. Volunteers provided by LAVA.  

    Authors Speak Series. Anne Hillerman. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Friday
    Blood Drive in Los Alamos community. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at First Baptist Church Hall, 2200 Diamond Drive. For more information, call United Blood Services at 1-877-827-4376. Bring photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation. Volunteers provided by LAVA.   

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The Band of Heathens. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Free. For more information, visit GordonsSummerConcerts.com.
    Saturday

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Nature Playtimes are one of its most popular programs.
    Offered free to families every Monday morning, the Playtimes combine fun, developmentally appropriate stories, songs, crafts and activities with time outside enjoying nature.
    Albuquerque’s Albert I. Pierce Foundation recognizes the worth of this program and the value it brings to families, and has given PEEC $5,000 to support it.
    During a recent Nature Playtime, families explored an ant theme. They heard a story comparing the families of ants to families of children.
    Children created egg-carton ants with clothespin jaws, and hunted outside for “food” to grasp in the jaws and take back to the anthill. They examined the harvester ant display in the nature center and observed how busy the ants were digging tunnels, finding food and keeping their home clean.
    They discovered how ants leave trails for one another, and then they followed a trail to an anthill fort, where children role-played ants. As ants, they took care of their eggs, foraged for food, worked together to carry large objects and escaped predators.

  • The Los Alamos High School Class of 2015 is set to walk the stage on Saturday and while the students may be thinking ahead about their futures, they are also thinking of the students they leave behind, not just at LAHS, but throughout the district.
    Each year a graduating class bequeaths a gift to the school that is purchased through funds raised throughout their time at LAHS.
    This year, the class of 2015 has elected to benefit the future ’Toppers by offering resources that will help all seven of the Los Alamos Public School sites through education.
    “The kindness and compassion of the senior class of 2015, is really quite remarkable,” said LAHS Principal Dr. Debbie Belew-Nyquist. “The idea that their gift can benefit the students of the entire district demonstrates their well roundedness.”
    Display cases have been purchased for the five elementary schools and Los Alamos Middle School that will house resources on a wide ranging area of topics including nutrition, exercise, bullying, how to make friends and ways to handle stress.

  • Gov. Susana Martinez is apparently OK with tripling the state’s medical marijuana harvest, but adamantly opposed to growing hemp.
    Why?
    The variety of cannabis commonly known as “industrial hemp” is cousin to marijuana, but without the psychoactive components. You could burn a bushel in your bong without inducing anything more than a dull headache.
    Although lacking medicinal value or recreational appeal, hemp is an enormously useful plant. The seeds are a high-protein food source, and the oil can be used in cooking as well as in paint, wax and numerous other applications. The fiber from the stalks is similar to linen and is used in clothing, insulation, carpeting, paper and rope.
    Hemp could be “a hugely beneficial cash crop” for New Mexico farmers, according to Stuart Rose, founder of the Bioscience Center, a business incubator in Albuquerque.
    It requires much less water than cotton and literally grows like a weed, without expensive pesticides and fertilizer.
    “You can grow twice the value of alfalfa for half the water,” Rose said.

  • 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 29, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 5-26-15
    02:00 PM Los Alamos Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    04:00    PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Exploring Mars
     with the Curiosity Mars Rover”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Golf Course Opening Ceremony
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, May 30, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, May 31, 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, June 1, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet

  • 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.

    Artist Julia Roberts: Etchings & Collagraphs at New Concept Gallery, 610 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.  Show runs until June 1.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces “Creating Shape.”  Zane Bennett Contemporary Art will unveil to the public for the first time the latest acquisitions.  The exhibition will feature works by Karen Yank. The opening will be 5-7 p.m. Friday. Show runs until June 19.

    photo-eye Gallery in Santa Fe announces two concurrent exhibitions, “Emergent Behavior” by Thomas Jackson and “Home by Nightfall” by Angela Bacon Kidwell. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday. This is the first exhibition by both artists at photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. Show runs until July 4.
    Art tours
    The 12th Annual East Mountain Fiber Farm & Studio Tour. Saturday and Sunday. Fiber artists and fiber animal breeders will open their studios and farms to the public for an opportunity to visit the prized animals and learn how artists create these fine fibers into handmade fabrics for clothing and home use. hollywickfarms.com/Home.html
    Arts shows

  • Mujeres Memorables del Mundo Hispano (Memorable Women of the Hispanic World) is the theme of the 2015 Annual Meeting and Genealogical Conference of the Genealogy Society of Hispanic America (GSHA). More than 150 members and guests will gather on the weekend of June 5-7 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe. Event is open to the public.
    Keynote speaker will be Deena Gonzales, author of “Refusing the Favor,” the Spanish-Mexican Women of Santa Fe 1820-1880.
    Also featured on the program is: Paris-based, New York Times reporter Doreen Carvajal, author of “The Forgetting River: A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity and the Inquisition.” A key tool for modern genealogists: DNA (genetic genealogy) will be the focus of a presentation and panel discussion by Angel Cervantes of the New Mexico DNA Project and Miguel Torrez of the New Mexico Genealogical Society Genetic Genealogy Project. Assistant New Mexico Historian, Rob Martinez will also make a presentation.
    Carvajal’s search to recover her Catholic Family’s hidden Sephardic Jewish roots in Andalusia led to walking in the footsteps of her ancestors investigated by the Spanish Inquisition.
    Registration form with costs and a full lineup of speakers, events, activities, entertainment and tours, available at gsha.net.

  • The Santa Fe Community Orchestra’s (SFCO) Season Finale will be 4 p.m. June 7 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
    The program includes works by Mozart, Elgar, Aragón and Vivaldi, along with a collaboration from National Dance Institute New Mexico’s Team XCel.
    The concert features Mozart’s Overture to “Don Giovanni” and the first movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 3, No. 11.
    The collaborative performance features the first movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in D minor, presented with original choreography by NDI’s Amy Compton-Schultz, performed by NDI New Mexico’s Team XCel.
    The piece will be performed twice.
    During the concert, SFCO Music Director Oliver Prezant and Compton-Schultz will discuss the music and the choreography in a brief talk with examples performed by the musicians and dancers.
    The talk will take place prior to a second performance of the dance piece, which will give the audience and the performers a rare opportunity to deepen their experience and understanding of the music and dance.

  • The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project announces a concert to benefit the organization. Nacha Mendez sings the Chavela Vargas Songbook will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July 25 at the Scottish Rite Temple, 463 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.
    Santa Fe’s reigning diva of Latin World Music, Mendez, will sing the songs that Chavela Vargas made famous. Mendez will be joined by a stellar ensemble of musicians for this concert, which will be during Santa Fe’s Spanish Market weekend.
    Tickets are $25 at bpt.me/1441645. For more information, contact Jill Battson at 310-4305, or development@cybermesa.com.
    Mendez is also the subject of an upcoming docudrama by Aubin Pictures exploring the life of Chavela Vargas who was especially known for her renditions of “canción ranchera” — traditional Mexican folk and traditional music made popular after the Mexican Revolution.
     Vargas is also recognized for her contribution to other genres of popular Latin American music. Her songs have been used in the films of Pedro Almodovar — who was her later-day, number one fan — and was also a lifelong friend of Frida Kahlo, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Agustin Lara and the Latin American celebrities of the 1930s and ’40s.

  • Santa Fe is usually awash of adobe brown, but rich colors of many shades and hues come to the museums of the City Different. Located on Museum Hill, near the downtown historic Plaza, the leading cultural institutions coordinate a series of exhibitions and events.
    While there was still snow on the ground in February, members of the community observed Santa Fe’s mayor Javier Gonzales declare the 2015 Summer of Color for each museum.
    Each museum will celebrate artwork of one particular color between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Museum Hill is located on Camino Lejo, off of Old Santa Fe Trail.
    Museum Hill offers a central destination for exploring some of the city’s finest museums and gift shops. For refreshments, visitors to the museum have the option of dining at Museum Hill Café. There is also plenty of free parking.

    RED
    The Museum of International Folk Art is a parade of color from the bright lobby and gift shops to the galleries of folk art from around the world. The exhibit opened May 17 is an exhibition about the rich color that has inspired artists’ imaginations and seduced viewers for millennia, “The Red That Colored the World.”

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

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Los Alamos County Council will be in attendance this week.

    Blood Drive in Los Alamos community. 1-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Hall, 2200 Diamond Drive. For more information, call United Blood Services at 1-877-827-4376. Bring photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation. Volunteers provided by LAVA. Egg salad made by Lorraine Thorn, ham or turkey sandwiches and chips provided by Hospital Auxiliary.  

    Authors Speak Series. Anne Hillerman. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Friday

  • The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will be holding a bake sale fundraiser from 3-6 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr.
    The high school speech and debate team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including brownies, cookies, breads and cakes. Baked goods will be available in small portions, as well as whole cakes and loaves.
    The speech and debate team is raising money to send 10 students from Los Alamos High School to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Dallas in June. To date, this is the largest group of Hilltalkers to qualify to attend the annual NSDA tournament.
    Among those students attending are seniors Sudeep Dasari, Benjamin Duan, James Sinnis, Aniruddha Nadiga, Irene Gerrish; juniors Rebecca Cai, Katherine Wang; and sophomores William McCumber, Robert Zhu and Wilbur Wang.
    Veteran head coach, Margo Batha, and assistant coach, Christine Engelbrecht, will also attend with a number of chaperones.
    “This De-Bake Sale is our third and final fundraiser for this trip. We really need to raise our last $1,500 to make this trip affordable for our students,” Batha said.  
    “This has been an amazing year for the Hilltalkers and I could not be more proud of my kids,” Engelbrecht said.

  • Los Alamos High School students have ranked nationally in the 80th annual event, according to Lisa Narug, national director of Le Grand Concours, a national French contest.
    The students ranked were Zoe Hemez (gold medal), Opale Schappert (gold medal), Theodore Warner (silver medal), Elise Koskelo (silver medal), Rebecca Cai (bronze medal), Irene Kwon (bronze medal) and Esperanza Tapia (bronze medal).
    Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French. More than 90,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2015 event.
    More than 20 LAHS students entered the competition under the direction of their French teacher Louise Foliot-Gentile.
    In addition to these national and chapter winners, Serena Birnbaum, Sophia Jeffery, Kayleen Lederman, Sophia Li, Beatrice Nisoli, Michael Mallett and Ariel Rawls ranked in the top 10 in the New Mexico Chapter.

  • Four Los Alamos High School seniors were recently awarded $2,500 scholarships by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.
    The selected students were Astrid Hengartner, Madeleine LeScouarnec, Kimberly Pestovich and Sarah Wallstrom. A fifth senior, Sopahn Kellogg, was selected to receive the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.
    The students each submitted a personal narrative of about 500 words on a book which was not required for school and which has not been translated into a visual medium.
    They were asked to tell their readers in what ways the book has added to their understanding of the human condition or has enhanced their life.
    Volunteer readers for the Friends of the Libraries were Patty Kokesh, Ruth Cox, Candee Haskins, Art Brown, along with Joanna Gillespie of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. The readers independently read 19 essays and the five top-scoring writers were awarded the scholarships.
    The Friends raise money for the annual scholarship through their all-volunteer bookstore at Mesa Public Library and by public donations. For more information, stop by the bookstore.

  • Today
    Wildlife Rehab: Why is it Important? 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Dr. Kathleen Ramsay is a New Mexico legend and founder of the New Mexico Wildlife Center. In this lecture, she will discuss her career as a wildlife rehabber, and why this work matters. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    Eye Spy: Rebecca Nolda. Through June 27 at Portal Gallery. Bring the Secret City some new hidden treasure to discover.
    Wednesday
    Blood Drive in Los Alamos community. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Hall, 2200 Diamond Drive. For more information, call United Blood Services at 1-877-827-4376. Bring photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation. Volunteers provided by LAVA. Egg salad made by Lorraine Thorn, ham or turkey sandwiches and chips provided by Hospital Auxiliary.