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Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, renamed the “Secret City Summer Concerts,” has announced a partial lineup.
    The new concert series is managed by Sancre Productions this year, a new management company selected by Los Alamos County through a competitive bidding process.

    The concerts will start at 7 p.m. May 24 at Ashley Pond. The concerts will run every Friday until Aug. 30.

    This year’s lineup will include Big Head Todd And The Monsters, Chevel Shepherd and the return of Igor & The Red Elvises, according to Sancre Productions.

    Each concert will have a food truck court, concert opening music and dance performances from area youth and a Nonprofit Row beginning at 6 p.m.

    “We are thrilled to announce some early shows and highlights of the 2019 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series,” said Monica Griego, spokesperson for Sancre Productions, “In the last month, we have secured some of the best and most talented local musical performers and nationally touring musicians to participate in the community’s free concert series at Ashley Pond this summer.”

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council Brown Bag Series presents pianists Kim Bakkum and Claire Detels, in recital at noon April 3 at Fuller Lodge.  

    Bakkum and Detels will present a concert for four-hands piano titled “One Hundred Years of Great Four-Hand Music.”

    Bakkum recently moved to Taos after 25 years of being in the musical arts in the Akron/Cleveland area. Bakkum has had the fortune of international residencies with Singers Companye, an Akron based Choir, as well as performances with Cleveland Opera on Tour, performances at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and opera, lieder studies in both Graz and Vienna Austria and throughout Spain and Italy. Bakkum has been an active pianist and teacher both at the University of Akron and Kent State Universities, but her heart is truly in her independent, private students. 

    Bakkum has enjoyed performing with Taos Chamber Music Group as well as being a Staff Pianist with Taos Opera Institute. 

  • Maura Taylor, the executive director of Self Help and Sarah Chandler, the director for the Los Alamos Volunteer Association, go together like peas in a pod. The beauty of their programs is that one benefits the other, the giver and the receiver.

    It turns brief volunteer periods into months of helping those that need it the most. That program is ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.

    On Tuesday, a handful of volunteers were rewarded with a lunch at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, to thank them for their volunteer efforts. Pizza, salad and cream puffs greeted the 25 volunteers, just a portion of the 70-90 residents that rang the bell throughout the holiday season at Smith’s Food and Drugstores in White Rock and Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos.

    Self Help has been doing this type of work for 50 years as of this spring, and began their partnership with the Salvation Army in 2004.

    According to Taylor, they have rung that bell every year from Black Friday until Christmas Eve. The LAVA program, formerly RSVP began their formal relationship with the Salvation Army in 2008. Now the duo works together to help the community.

    How did this holiday season make the Self Help director feel?

  • An adventure that just might change your life!

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is now accepting applications for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA). Any high school junior may apply to attend RYLA. The Rotary Club is also in the process of contacting high school principals, guidance counselors, youth organizations, and other sources for nominations of   RYLA   participants.

    RYLA is a life-changing intensive leadership training program for young men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The purpose of RYLA is to encourage and assist current and potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership. RYLA is an all-expense paid five-day conference that brings together a special group of young men and women from surrounding states to share ideas about becoming better leaders.

    The benefits are connecting with leaders in your community and around the world to:

    * Build communication and problem-solving skills.

    * Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community.

    * Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors.

    * Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action.

    * Have fun and form lasting friendships.

  • Koko, a mixed-breed Husky that’s been staying at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter since March 2.

    A surrender by her owners, Koko is looking for her forever home and a nice place to nap.

    She is 6-years-old, walks well on a leash but doesn’t do so well around livestock or poultry.

    Other dogs, cats and children don’t seem to bother Koko a bit.

    Shelter staff members say she has just the right amount of energy to make a perfect companion.

    They also say she’s pretty, but residents should come see for themselves.

    Koko is crate trained, enjoys walks and has had all her shots.

    For more information call the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email police-psa@lacnm.us.

  • The single largest Protestant school system in America is managed by the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

    There is a total of 1,992 Lutheran schools which includes 86 Lutheran high schools. Lutheran High North is one of 10 high schools in Texas and one of three high schools in the Houston metropolitan area.

    Redeemer Lutheran Church in Los Alamos will host the Lutheran High North Concert Choir for a concert at 7 p.m. tonight at the church, 2000 Diamond Drive. The concert is free.

    The choir is made up of students from the ninth through the 12th grades. Like other high school choirs, they compete every year in solo competitions, small ensembles and large ensemble.

    As a Lutheran high school choir their music focuses on the person and work of Jesus Christ. The concert theme is "Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."

    The choir will present a concert about Jesus as He is praised throughout the liturgical year of the church. The choir will share the Gospel through the gift of music. Musical selections from Advent, Christmas, and so on, will show the audience that Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 

    The choir looks forward to sharing Christ's love through music with all in attendance.

  • SUBMITTED TO THE MONITOR

    Next up in Los Alamos Little Theatre’s 75th anniversary season is “Church and State,” by Jason Odell Williams.

    The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays March 1-16, with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 10.

    This production combines three elements — guns, politics and religion — while following the re-election campaign of Sen. Charles Whitmore, a compassionate conservative of the South.

    In an unguarded moment, Whitmore shares a candid comment with a blogger, roiling his
    campaign three days before the election.

    Tim Orcutt, who plays Whitmore, said, “I fell in love with the show when I read it and was emotionally moved by it.

    Whitmore is a good man, he’s very human and very relatable. He faces a crisis of faith, just like many who have endured a tragedy, but he strives to be honest and do the right
    thing.”

    Alexis Perry-Holby, playing Whitmore’s wife, Sara, said, “The interplay between religion and politics in our country is fascinating. Often it feels like we’re dealing with caricatures of ‘religious people’ and ‘political opponents’ and I think this play strives to humanize everyone.”

  • On Feb. 1, during Los Alamos’ Creative Crawl, two cultures  came together at the Los Alamos History Museum to commemorate their relationship.

    “The exhibit kind of wrote itself,” said Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society. 

    “Atoms and Art: the Intersecting Lives of Maria Poveka Martinez and Bernice Bidwell Brode” documents the early relationship between San Ildefonso Pueblo and Los Alamos through famous potter Maria Poveka Martinez and one of her

    Los Alamos patrons, Bernice Bidwell Brode.

    McClenahan said the pueblo and the museum felt there was a story between these two women that needed to be told.

    The exhibit will be on display at the History Museum through spring.

    A blessing in Tewa was given by Tim Martinez, Martinez’s nephew. Also attending was another one of Martinez’s distant relatives, San Ildefonso Gov. Perry Martinez.

    Visitors to the exhibit will see the pottery that was created by Martinez and experience the creation of a relationship between the pueblo and Los Alamos through words and photographs.

    The pottery for the exhibit was donated by Brode’s daughter-in-law Joanne Brode.

  • Three Rivers Brewery — recipient of the coveted 2018 Distillery of the Year Award from the New Mexico Restaurant Association — is celebrating the culture and community of Farmington with a beer named Thrivers.

    Dubbed the “taste of Farmington,” the American Amber Lager is a delicious way to get a taste of the area, and the beer’s name derives from a combination of Farmington’s branding and the Three Rivers name.

    “Farmington is known as the place where outdoor lovers and active families ‘thrive,’ and this is illustrated in what we see every day,” said John Silva, co-owner of Three Rivers Brewery. “In Farmington, we have a culture of hard work, outdoor activity, and fun. Whether you live and work in Farmington, or you’re just visiting, you’re likely working up an appetite during the day. We wanted to create a beer that could be enjoyed after a hard day’s work or a hard day’s play in our incredible outdoor areas.”

    Known for its nearby national park sites, hiking, biking, kayaking, water sports, off-roading and fishing, Farmington is a hotspot for adventure seekers, outdoor enthusiasts and active families. The tight-knit community is also rich with history and culture.

  • The political topic  of walls and barriers has broken through into the art world of Los Alamos with the opening of Fuller Lodge Art Center’s newest exhibit, “Fences.”

    When the Fuller Lodge Art Center called out to artists for their interpretation of the upcoming exhibit, they saw a myriad of concepts come in, encompassing every direction a fence can span, the center said.

    Almost 40 artists from around northern New Mexico have been selected for the art center’s second juried exhibit this year

    Some artists interpreted the theme as a looming symbol of oppression, keeping the good of the world out and preventing those within from progressing, according to the art center.

    Some presented the art center with internal fences; psychological battle grounds from which they cannot escape.

    “Some artists took on our current political environment by shining a light on impending barriers at the border and those affected by climate change,” according to the center’s press release.

    Many of the pieces on display are literal interpretations of the theme, depicted in various emotional perspectives.

    All of the artwork was hand-picked by our jurors Don Kennell, Jaymes Dudding and Nicole Dunn.