Today's Features

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    My typical vacation often involves being on the go from morning until night, as I engage in a frenzy of activities aimed at seeing all the notable sights of a particular destination. I feel the need to do everything since I don’t know if I’ll have the chance to make a return visit to the place. The pace is tiring and I sometimes find myself needing a vacation from my vacation when I get back home. This time, however, I vowed things to be different. After extensive research, I opted to do a barge cruise in Holland with European Waterways.

    The prospect of kicking back and slowing down, while savoring immersive experiences along the way, greatly appealed to me. And the idea of being part of a small group, as opposed to a cast of thousands, was also attractive.

    But, what sealed the deal for me was the boat itself. Hearing the word, “barge,” I initially imagined I’d be roughing it an old, sea-worn craft with cramped quarters. Au contraire! 

  • The 50-strong choir of the Cathedral of St John, Albuquerque, directed by Maxine Thévenot, with Edmund Connolly, organ, will visit Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, Los Alamos, on Sunday.

    The group will sing a service of Choral Evensong at 5 p.m. with the resident Evensong Choir and singers from other parts of northern New Mexico.

    The Cathedral Choir has toured the U.S. and the U.K., and has made several critically acclaimed recordings.

    The service, which uses the language of the 1662 prayer book, will last about 45 minutes, and feature music by Dr Thévenot, the 20th century New York composer Harold Friedell and British composers Charles Wood, Barry Rose and Noel Rawsthorne.

    There will also be congregational hymns and readings from the King James Bible. The service will be followed by a reception in Kelly Hall.

    The Los Alamos community is invited to join members of St. John’s Cathedral Choir and the Trinity on the Hill congregation for this special, musical event Sunday. For more information, call the TOTH office at 662-5107.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    House of Eternal Return, Meow Wolf. Located at 1352 Rufina Circle, Santa Fe. Call 395-6369 for information. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed every Tuesday. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

    Spirit Lines Exhibit at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Find beauty in the broken and imperfect in the tradition of Wabi Sabi. Over 40 artists from around the country have submitted their works in the Spirit Lines theme. Works will be on display until May 5. Art gallery open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

  • The Whiskey Classic, an immersive event experience designed for whiskey, bourbon and scotch aficionados, industry professionals, as well as those who want to discover the art behind these beverages, will be Oct. 13 at the Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch in Santa Fe.

    The venue is one of the most famous western movie sets in the film industry. Bonanza Creek Ranch offers a 24-building western movie town, which was first used for “The Man from Laramie” movie set in 1955.

    Later, the ranch was used for such blockbuster hits as “Lonesome Dove” and “Lightning Jack.”
    Most recently, the movies “Cowboys and Aliens,” “Appaloosa,” and “3:10 to Yuma,” among many others have filmed there.

    “Utilizing this iconic movie backdrop nods to the history of New Mexico, the state’s incredible film industry partners and celebrates the tradition of whiskey making,” said Micaela Brown, Producer of The Whiskey Classic.

    “We have some availability for brands to participate as a vendor or sponsor in either our tasting tent or western movie structures. This is the most uniquely immersive event experience New Mexico has to offer, and we anticipate a sell-out crowd!”

    Early bird tickets can be bought right on the event website.

  • In a span of 30 minutes Saturday I was: startled by a rattlesnake’s rattle, was squawked at three times by a bald eagle and walked up on a golden eagle eating part of a rat.

    I had never experienced any of those three things in person before. It’s safe to say the sound of the rattlesnake shaking its rattles at me is a sound I will never forget. It was truly a “stop you in your tracks” moment.

    Thankfully the snake was in an aquarium at the New Mexico Wildlife Center in Española. The two eagles were in enclosures outside the main building. Each had been rehabilitated after being brought to the center, but none of the three, for one reason or another, would ever be released back into the wild.

    I enjoyed my visit to the center. It was too quick, though, because I got there about 30 minutes before closing time.

    As I was leaving I was invited to come back when the cacti in the cactus garden would be in bloom. I most definitely will.

    But my visit to the center made me think about Earth Day 2018, which is scheduled for Sunday with accompanying activities going on all weekend.

  • One of the many reasons we try to promote the 40 Developmental Assets® is that as youth grow, they can gain the skills and traits that help them make good choices.

    April is underage drinking prevention month. Way back in October, many students planted bulbs in community gardens, which grow and bloom during this month. The nation-wide effort is part of a strategy to remind children to make good choices throughout their lives.

    My husband, along with Lonnie Mehlin, created a pledge garden at the direction of then Chamisa Principal, Kate Thomas that first bloomed in 2008. Every year, with the help of volunteers and Mother Nature, many students from the past, can see the current flowers bloom and are reminded to make good choices, respect their bodies and that it is their choice.

    I find one of the most important things we can do is talk to your children and talk to them often. You’ll see many opportunities, where a simple comment or question may lead to a good talk. If you have been talking about important things along the way, it makes hard conversations easier.

    On April 21, Power Talk 21 will take place online as a way to help parents with having the big talk. The MADD Facebook page is dedicated to it, for an easy way to remember to research the information.

  • Steven and Kim Looney of White Rock announce the birth of their son, Rylan David Looney. Rylan arrived at 3:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Los Alamos Medical Center.

    Rylan weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 21 inches in length. He is the Looneys’ first child.

    Maternal grandparents are Dale and Gina Goralczyk.

    Paternal grandparents are Richard and Martha Looney.

  • Former state senator, journalist and professor of political sciences Dede Feldman will be the guest speaker at this month’s Voices of Los Alamos progressive advocacy meeting.

    Feldman’s presentation will be based on her new book, “Another Way Forward,” which highlights the work of non-profits, social enterprises and grassroots organizations traveling another route to economic development and healthy communities.

    This free event will be from 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop, on Monday.

    The public is invited to a potluck dinner to learn about Polaris Charter School from 5:30-8 p.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St. Members of the Polaris team will be available to talk about the school and answer questions. Bring a dish to share! Polaris will engage students, grade sixth-eighth, in the community, environment, history and culture of northern New Mexico through personalized, hands-on learning experiences that strengthen and support student well-being and intellectual growth.
    Chamber Business Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. at UNM-LA Building 2, Room 230. Chief Building Official Michael Arellano and Fire Marshall Jeff Wetteland of Los Alamos County will discuss the county’s commercial code enforcement and building permits/licenses with a focus on how this may affect the business community. Register in advance only!
    Gentle Walk at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center.
A gentle walk during which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Admission: Free.
    Earth Day Festival
from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join us to celebrate Earth Day at the Los Alamos Nature Center, where there will be engaging activities, fun entertainment, and delicious food. Free.