Today's Features

  • The Fuller Lodge Art Center will be holding their 38th annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair.

    More than 60 local and regional artists will display their work from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 E. Road in Los Alamos.

    Most of the artists are tried and trued vendors of previous fairs and have been participating for many years.
    Attendees should recognize Kathy Hjeresen’s beaded jewelry, as well as Neal and Ophelia’s carved Nativity gourd ornaments once they walk through the door.

    Other recognizable artists would be Marilyn Lisowski, Barbara Knupper, Krysia Napiorkowski, Gloria Olazabal, and John and Lisa Newell, of AluminArt. Bonnie Bray, Bee Chama Honey, and others will also be on hand.

    Another longtime vendor who will be displaying their work this year is Irene Wiley out of Sandia Park with her raku sculpture and tiles including fish, sealife, flowers, cats and more.

    Sandra Moench will be back by the stage with her functional and handsome collection of pottery. Alexis Palmaffy will also be back again this year selling her etchings and doing henna.

  • Los Alamos residents Whitney Spivey and Brenda Fleming have taken their love for the town they’re raising their families in and express it through a children’s book they created called “Goodnight, Los Alamos.”

    They both said the book was a labor of love for the county the two young mothers and their families call home.
    The author, Spivey, has identical, 18-month-old, twin daughters. She thought of the idea when she and her husband realized there weren’t any children’s books about Los Alamos.

    “I was reading them books about Charlottesville, Virginia, or Crested Butte, Colorado, but not about the place we actually lived,” Spivey said.

    After a brief conversation with her husband about what that book would look like, Spivey, a professional writer who works at Los Alamos National Laboratory, created a rough draft in a couple of hours. Spivey’s colleague and graphic designer Fleming came up with illustrations for the book, and with a little refinement, “Goodnight Los Alamos” came into being. The book shows their children saying “good night” to 26 notable places around Los Alamos County, including Bandelier National Monument, Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Ashley Pond, the Los Alamos Co-op and other places.

  • Join biologist James Cain at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Friday to learn about his research on recent wildfires’ impact on black bears and how they have responded to subsequent forest restoration treatments.

    This talk is free to attend and is open to the public.

    Decades of fire suppression, logging and overgrazing have altered the conditions of southwestern forests, resulting in degraded habitat conditions for wildlife and more frequent and severe wildfires.

    These changes have resulted in an increased need for forest restoration treatments to revive historic forest structure, plant species composition and fire regimes.

    Both wildfires and forest restoration treatments can result in big changes to habitat conditions for many species of wildlife, so forest restoration plans should include monitoring and research programs that document the short and long-term responses to restoration treatments. Cain and his team are currently monitoring how black bears have responded to the forest restoration treatments in the Jemez Mountains.

    At this talk, he will present preliminary results of their research and lead a general discussion of black bear ecology in the Jemez Mountains.

  • There are various stories around the origins of Halloween, including that it’s a time when boundaries between this world and the otherworld become thinner – a time when spirits can more easily visit us. That’s a good description of any day at the House of Eternal Return by Meow Wolf, and the group has announced a third year of House of Halloween from today through Oct. 31.

    Dedicated teams of Meow Wolf artists have been hard at work this summer creating art installations in the spirit of Halloween to make this is a most unique time to discover new stories and characters – all free with the price of regular admission.

    There will also be a variety of special events, concerts, costume contests, Halloween-themed food and beverages and special discount times for New Mexico residents.

    Immersive Performances

    The Selig family suddenly vanished from the house on March 17, 2016. What happened? What do you make of the clues they left behind? What strange beings and phenomena have been transforming through portals in the Multiverse since they were last seen? Is there really a stray cat wandering the forest? Can you unlock a riddle and find Lex?
    Guests can check out live immersive performances with all-new characters during these times:

  • Art exhibits

    National Museum of Nuclear Science & History has opened a permanent exhibit by American sculptor Jim Sanborn called “Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944: An Installation by American Sculptor Jim Sanborn,” which recreates the Manhattan Project experiments that determined when plutonium goes “critical in an atomic bomb.” The museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is located at 601 Eubank Blvd. SE, in Albuquerque. Call 505-245-2137 for information, or visit nuclearmuseum.org. New Mexico History Museum and Santa Fe Opera to recognize “Atomic Histories” in 2018 and 2019. The History Museum’s exhibition will run through May 2019. The History Museum is located at 113 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe. Call 476-5200 for more information. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, May through October and closed Mondays November through April.

  • Get out in the outback before the snow really flies this winter. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center invites the public to hike Kitchen Mesa at Ghost Ranch Saturday, with Bill Priedhorsky of the Los Alamos Mountaineers.

    PEEC is partnering with the Mountaineers to offer this outing.

    Kitchen Mesa is a beautiful gypsum-capped high point that stands above the headquarters of Ghost Ranch. Space is limited for this hike and registration is required.

    Kitchen Mesa trail is a difficult hike and participants should plan to hike six to seven miles with significant elevation gain.

    The group will hike to the edge of Kitchen Mesa and continue along the mesa tops to see additional terrain and more of Ghost Ranch. The mesa lies at the edge of the Colorado Plateau in a region of red rock cliffs and desert formations.

    Participants will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 8 a.m. and carpool to Ghost Ranch. Attendees should wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, hiking boots and a hat and bring water, snacks and a lunch. If there is an interest among the group, they may stop for dinner in Abiquiu or Española on the drive back.

    This trip is limited to 10 participants and registration is required at peecnature.org. The cost is $8 for PEEC and Los Alamos Mountaineer members and $10 for non-members.

  • The public is invited to join Bandelier Astronomy Rangers Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Juniper Campground Amphitheater to be a part of International Observe the Moon Night.

    This worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration is held annually as a night when everyone on Earth is encouraged to observe and learn about the moon and celebrate the cultural and personal connections we have with the moon. Each year, thousands of people participate at museums, planetariums, schools, universities, observatories, parks, businesses, and backyards around the world.

    Saturday’s event at Bandelier will begin with a short presentation about observing the moon through history, then looking at select lunar sites through telescopes.

    No reservations needed, however dress warmly and bring flashlights, enthusiasm and questions.

    For information, call 672-3861, ext. 517 or visit  nps.gov/band, on Facebook, BandelierNPS.

  • JEMEZ SPRING — A little-known haunted find in the small village of Cañon, just eight miles south of Jemez Springs, is expected to draw Halloween lovers to the Jemez Valley again this year.

    “Haunted Jemez” features a roughly half-acre of private property featuring several scary scenes outdoors, in which visitors can walk around, with almost two dozen animated and non-animated creatures throughout the circular walk.

    “Haunted Jemez” has grown in size since it was initiated three years ago by Cañon resident, Sharon Chism, whose aim is to promote the “inner child.”

    “My overriding goal in hosting a haunted graveyard experience is to encourage visitors to come up the area, enjoy the hot springs up in Jemez Springs and all there is to do in the area,” said Chism.

    Before moving to New Mexico, Chism’s son, Charlie Reagan, set up a similar graveyard at their Texas home where visitors would stop for over 15 years.

    Though Reagan set up something similar in Cañon when they first arrived, he was later hired to set up and manage the well-known Haunted Corn Field at McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty. His mother vowed to carry on the tradition in Cañon on her own.

  • Scouting in Los Alamos began in 1918 at the Los Alamos Ranch School. To celebrate 100 years of scouting in Los Alamos, a Scout Jamboree will be held at Ashley Pond on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20. This will be a community event to celebrate the long history of scouting in Los Alamos.

    The fun will begin Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. with attendees pitching their tents on the north side of Ashley Pond. The campfire program will start at 7:30 p.m. on the slab above the waterfall and will include singing, skits, s’mores and fun.

    Then those who are there will get to do something very few people have done in the last 75 years – camp and sleep at Ashley Pond. 

    On Oct. 20, after breakfast, participants can join in the games and activities around Ashley Pond.  The group is planning to have a gaga pit, corn hole, tug o’ war, three-legged races, horseshoes, monkey bridge, and much more. They also plan on having other activities, including metal-working demonstrations and a Dutch oven cook-off.

  • The Los Alamos Lads of Enchantment and the Santa Fe Harmonizers will jointly present the 2018 Annual Barbershop Harmony Show in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 and 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the United Church of Los Alamos.

    The opening part of the show, “Living in Harmony” will feature the combined Los Alamos and Santa Fe choruses and their quartets under the direction of Maurice Sheppard.

    The second part of the show will feature Special Guest Quartet, Clutch, the world’s 11th ranked quartet at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2018 International Convention and the 2014 Southwestern District Quartet Champions.
    “Living in Harmony”, narrated by Jeff Favorite, will explore the importance of living life to its fullest in our work, play, and personal lives. Although work can sometimes be mundane and dreary (“The Banana Boat Song,” “Sixteen Tons”), it can be a lot more enjoyable with a song and the right frame of mind (“Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah,” “Heigh Ho,” “A Spoonful of Sugar”).  

    The show also considers the value of a vacation (“Let’s Get Away From It All”) and takes the audience to the ball park to enjoy the great American pass-time of baseball (“The Star Spangled Banner,” “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”).