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Today's Features

  • “No one knows for sure when Jesus was actually born. Why do we make so much of this holiday?” — James

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    Art exhibits

     

    Taos artist Maye Torres will exhibit “Maye Torres: Unbound,” at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos. Her one-person exhibit opens Saturday and remains on view through Jan. 27. For more information, visit harwoodmuseum.org or call 575-758-9826.

     

    Art openings

     

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    Learn about restoration work in the Jemez Mountains from 7-8 p.m. Jan. 17 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center. 

    Anne Bradley, Forest Conservation program manager for The Nature Conservancy, will give a talk about the Conservancy’s current projects in the area, which include the Conservation Canines.

    The Nature Conservancy has recently partnered with several organizations to provide information about climate change and tools to aid in forest conservation and restoration. 

    One of the collaborations is the study of the Jemez Mountains Salamander, which includes a partnership with the “Conservation Canines” from the University of Washington.  

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    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department. 

     

    Santa Fe

     

    Allsup’s #336, 650 Cerrillos Road

    Date inspected: Jan. 3

    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations for contaminated equipment — inadequate dishwashing facility, no stoppers, no dish rack for clean dishes. Non-NSF hot dog warmer.

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    New Mexico native Jeremy Denk will be the featured artist as the Los Alamos Concert Association continues its 2012-2013 season with a performance at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.  

    Denk has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and London. 

    He regularly gives recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia and around the United States. Denk is known for his music writing, which has appeared in the New Yorker, the front page of the New York Times Book Review, Newsweek and on the NPR Music website. 

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    Three summers ago, Fuller Lodge Art Center hosted a weeklong exhibit of children’s artwork after Summer Art Camp, with the art hung in the regular Exhibit Gallery. The show was so popular that it has become an annual tradition. 

    Now the Art Center is expanding the concept of student art shows by offering a two-week exhibit of adult student work from Jan. 11 through Jan. 26. 

    “Show Some Class” will feature more than 100 works by students, their teachers and also works produced in art groups that meet at the Art Center or Village Arts.

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    Richard Swenson and David Trujillo are Los Alamos neighbors, friends and fellow sculptors of forms. Rabbits, prancing stylized horses, plunging and cavorting wild hogs, giraffes, whales, sinuous dragons, armadillos, porcupines — not to mention humans — are melded and welded from all manner of scrap metal. 

    The duo will show their work in “Metal Menagerie: Scrap Metal Sculpture by Richard Swenson and David Trujillo,” at Mesa Public Library. The show opens with a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 16.

    “Do you know what this is?” Swenson asked, smiling and pointing to a solid chunk of machined metal that happens to be a giraffe’s shoulder. “A piece from a tool to yoke oxen together!” 

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    PEEC and Reel Deal Theater team up to show the Back Country Film Festival. Seven films, all shot in the backcountry, make up this 90-minute celebration of winter. There will also be a raffle for outdoor gear. Tickets $10 adults/$5 kids in advance or at the door. 7 p.m. at Reel Deal. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

     

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in Room 3 at Mesa Public Library. The speaker will be Irma Holtkamp and her topic will be, “Using Ancestry.com to do Family History Research.” The public is invited.

     

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    Those interested in training guidance for an upcoming cycling event or those looking to work on their cycling endurance might be interested in the Family YMCA’s Endurance Training for Cyclists Class.

    Each class will have a two-hour riding component and a half-hour of core conditioning. In addition, the following topics will be discussed:  

    • Proper bike fit, clothing and equipment

    • Nutrition and hydration

    • Aches and pains — preventing them and what to do if you have them

    • Weekly training recommendations and how to design your own training plan.

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    In December, Jorge Aragon, Chamisa Elementary’s head custodian, was awarded the Golden Dustpan Award, by Chamisa Principal Debbie Smith. Aragon was thanked for keeping Chamisa in tip-top shape everyday. In addition, Chamisa Elementary fifth grade teachers Valerie Adams, left, and Deidre Thorn, right, were awarded with the first-ever Positive Behavior Support Awards by school counselor Jen Schmierer. The staff members took the time to highlight the largest number of good deeds put forth by Chamisa students during the semester. The ladies were given crowns and scepters made by Chamisa Library teacher Renee Mitsunaga.