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Today's Features

  • Behaviorology, a science that’s been around for 100 years, is only now beginning to gain traction in the popular mainstream.

    “Behaviorology is the natural science extension of biology that addresses why human behavior happens; it is a natural science to help build a sustainable society in a timely manner,” Los Alamos resident and author Stephen Ledoux said.

    Ledoux will explain more about the science and his new book at an appearance at the Mesa Public Library at 7 p.m. as part of the library’s book discussion series, Authors Speak.

    Ledoux said there are many reasons why behaviorology has flown under the popular radar all these years. While researchers, scientists and engineers have incorporated certain parts of the science into their own disciplines, there are very few books that look at the science as a whole.

    No one need be intimidated, he said as his book does away with technical jargon and explains in plain English the principles behind the science.

    Ledoux said his book is for people who want to know more about behaviorology, and how it helps with real world problems, and how it can personally help individuals.

    What it isn’t, he said, is a self-help book or something that pushes the latest trends in pop psychology.

  • The North Central Regional Transit District’s RTD “Blue Bus” will provide special event bus transit services for the Santa Fe Wine Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas Saturday and Sunday.

    The fare free service will include a downtown shuttle providing nine roundtrips per day beginning at 11:10 a.m., with stops at Sheridan Street Transit Center, the New Mexico Visitor Center lot at Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail, South

    Capitol Rail Runner Station and the Santa Fe Place Mall (south side parking lot) transit hub to connect with the Santa Fe Trails bus system, including the No. 2, which serves the Cerrillos Hotel corridor.

    Local residents will find park and ride options at the South Capitol station, New Mexico Visitor Center and Santa Fe Place Mall lots.

    A second bus, providing fare free service, will run from the 599 Rail Runner Station approximately each half hour, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

    In addition to providing connections to the NM Rail Runner Express, local residents will have park and ride options at the 599 Station allowing them to avoid parking congestion at Las Golondrinas.

    NM Rail Runner Express has added an additional train on Saturday and Sunday to accommodate eventgoers from Albuquerque. Visit riometro.org to view the train schedules.

  • My column this week is only for people over 30. I thought about saying 40, but realized there are some planners that look ahead, so why not include them.

    Sometimes, I think we expect more from our youth than we expect out of ourselves. We tell them they need to ask for help and reach out to others when adults don’t necessarily model it.

    I see many ways that parents, caregivers and adults can show youth good strategies, on their path to adulthood. They are easy, simple things, I think we often overlook but could create a pattern for negative habits.

    When you can stop and look ahead, as well as back at the same time, you notice how small decisions can make a big difference.

    Let’s start with the aging process. It is imperative that as we age, we continue to seek medical advice. We start with great habits with newborns and babies. We go to planned appointments, talk about successes and setbacks, get advice and continue the path.

    It is important to continue that into adulthood and not feel offended when suggestions are discussed about improving our health. When something hurts for too long, go to the doctor, find out what is wrong and don’t let it spiral into a bad situation.

  • New Mexico’s original food festival, the Pork & Brew, will return to the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque for the 15th year this weekend from Friday to Sunday.

    This year’s event will make it easier and more convenient to get to and from the Star Center. For the first time ever Pork & Brew will be offering discount rides to patrons through UBER.

    All patrons have to do is enter their discount code going to or from the event to receive the discount. There will be three different discount codes to correspond with the three days of the event. The codes are PORKBREW29 for Friday, PORKBREW30 for Saturday, and PORKBREW1 for Sunday. Visit the UBER app on smartphones and enter the assigned code to save $10.

    This year’s 15th Annual Pork & Brew, presented by Visit Rio Rancho and hosted by the Santa Ana Star Center, will feature an indoor and outdoor format, ensuring attendees a venue to enjoy the festival in rain or shine.

    This year’s event will again feature some of New Mexico’s breweries with the likes of Tractor Brewing Company, Red Door Brewing Company and local Rio Rancho favorite Cazuela’s Brewery.

  • The Santa Fe Symphony will kick off its 35th anniversary season with a powerful double-violin performance featuring Sirena Huang, winner of the 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, who is joined by none other than renowned violinist Elmar Oliveira himself for Bach’s Double Violin Concerto.

    The performance is set for 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.

    Praised by The Baltimore Sun for her impeccable technique, deeply expressive phrasing, and poetic weight, Huang, 2009 First Prize Gold Medalist of the sixth International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, is one of her generation’s most celebrated violinists.

    Oliveira, the first and only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow’s prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition, and the first violinist to ever receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, brings a style that remarkably combines impeccable artistry and old-world elegance. Together they make a stunning performance of Bach’s famous late Baroque work, Double Violin Concerto in D Minor conducted by Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, as he leads the symphony in his second full season as principal conductor.

  • The Los Alamos County Library System is accepting applications for members. The purpose of the board is to:

    •Receive input from the public and based on that input, make recommendations to council that support the fulfillment of the library’s mission in the community

    • Provide information and advice on items requested by the council, and review and recommend public policies.

    • Gather and provide public input on the development of library service objectives and the library’s long range plan.

    Board members serve for two years. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month from 5:30–7 p.m.

    Only on-line applications will be considered. For more information on how to apply, go to the county’s website at losalamosnm.us/government/boards___commissions.

  • The Voices of Los Alamos will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at the Unitarian Church in Los Alamos.

    The group will discuss upcoming rallies to protest President Donald Trump’s administration’s policy of separating families at the border. All citizens interested in participating and/or organizing an event are invited.

    The group will also host speakers Mary Feldblum, executive director of the Campaign for Health Security – to learn about the campaign, visit nmhealthsecurity.org – and retired physician Tyler Taylor. They will discuss a proposed health bill that would lead to a health insurance co-op covering about 80 percent of New Mexicans.

    The meeting agenda is as follows.

    • New Mexico primaries. Open primaries in  New Mexico. Speakers will discuss the pros and cons.

    • Eric Peterson, Los Alamos Open Space Specialist, will update the group on Stage 3 fire restrictions.
    • FLAP update and turnout.

    • League of Women Voters Karyl Armbruster, secretary of the New Mexico Public Education Commission will comment on Republican Lisa Shin’s arguments against universal pre-K and other public education policies.

  • RATS! About four of them actually. On June 1, the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter received three male rats and one female rat, each with their own particular traits.

    Tinky, the female rat, is the smallest of the bunch. Animal shelter staff describe her as a outgoing and social. She isn’t spayed though, because staff couldn’t find a vet in the area that can spay a rat.

    Templeton loves snacks and attention. Templeton has been neutered and is ready to go to his forever home.

    Templeton’s brother, Gary, is a burrower who prefers plenty of soft bedding to get down into.

    He likes to be held, and has also been neutered. Gilbert is the largest of the bunch, and he also likes to be held and is very adventurous.

    All of the rats are from one litter. They are from a surrender, and they were all born April 27.

    They are clean and have received an excellent bill of health. Each can be adopted for $25.

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

  • The annual Fourth of July celebration in White Rock will be held again this year at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 366 Grand Canyon.

    For the second year, arrangements have been made for a U.S. flag to be flown over the National Cemetery in Santa Fe.

    An organized run/walk will transport the flag from Santa Fe that morning and arrive in White Rock in time for the parade.

    To be a part of the run, visit eventbrite.com/e/4th-of-july-memorial-flag-carry-2018-tickets-33532634011?aff=eac2.

    Organizers invite all veterans and current military personnel to join in the final leg of the run/walk from the intersection of Rover Boulevard and Grand Canyon Drive, two blocks east to the church parking lot. There, they will be honored with a short message, the history of the flag will be shared, and the raising of the colors will be followed by the national anthem. Anyone who wants to be part of this group are asked to meet at the intersection at 9:30 a.m.

    The Children’s Parade will begin after the ceremony. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from various area units will lead the parade carrying the colors. Any veterans or military personnel who want to participate in the short parade, will follow the colors, children of all ages will be after that.

  • One motto of the Search Institute for 2018 is that they bridge research and practice, “to help young people be and become their best selves.”

    One way for young people to even find their best self is through reading. How wonderful is it to get lost in a book. Can you recall the last time you read a book and literally didn’t want to put it down?

    I miss the Harry Potter book launches when people were lined up to purchase a book, not a phone, not a concert ticket, but a book. The Mesa Public Library’s waiting list for it was long, but you were happy to be on the list.

    The Asset category is Commitment to Learning and the Asset is called, Reading for Pleasure. This is defined as when a young person reads for three or more hours a week.

    My favorite kind of learning is when kids don’t even realize they are learning something. Reading for many of our youth is seen as that stuff you have to do in school in between taking the tests. This is one area where a small effort can make a huge impact.