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Today's Features

  • Is Orthodoxy “religious” or “spiritual?”

    Part 2

    “We know that the law is spiritual.” Rom. 7:14
    What? Again, Orthodox have a completely different usage of the word “religion” than the modern understanding. “Religion” as a concept has been tainted in the West, due to major abuses and to teaching falsities as the “ancient faith.” These days spirituality tends to be about freedom to do what one wants with regards to “goodness” “virtue” and “higher power.” So-called “religion” is oversimplified into oppressive dogma, rules, and doing “stuff.” It has become a synonym for “rules” or “law.” Naturally many prefer the “spiritual” and reject so-called “religion.”
    In Paul’s statement above, we see that “religion,” is actually spiritual. We say that religion is actually good, but only when it is spiritual. Classically, “religion” is part of spirituality and spirituality is part of “religion.” Making them separate concepts is foreign in Eastern Christianity.

  • Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division Oct. 27 for the pirate-themed Pumpkin splash and Halloween carnival at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. This family event will be from 10 a.m-1 p.m. and includes pirate-themed carnival games, jumping into the pool and finding a pumpkin, decorating the pumpkin and watching pirate movies.
     The cost for the event is $ 7 per person. Sign-up at the aquatic center. The event is limited to 150 participants. For more information, contact the recreation division at 662-8173, visit the website at losalamosnm.us/rec, or email lacrec@lacnm.us.

  • Another award-winning movie screens this week in the library’s Free Film Series: Martin Scorsese’s PG-rated “Hugo.”
    This is nothing like “The Departed,” “Gangs of New York,” “Goodfellas” or any of the other brilliant, bloody, harrowing films I associate with the longtime director. There’s no need to cover your child’s innocent ears or to avert your own horrified eyes. This one is about magic, family and making dreams — not nightmares — come alive.
    The story is set in Paris during the 1930s, when women wore nice shoes and stockings to train stations and men tucked in their shirts. Hugo, an orphan, lives in the train station. If any of the passersby were to make the unlikely decision to peer through the number four in the big clock, they might see him. Otherwise, he is invisible, like time itself.
    I don’t typically like movies aimed at children. And in the beginning of “Hugo,” I felt bored, as usual, with the simple sentimentality meant to be easy for young brains to grasp.

  • Today
    Join the Parent Raising Teen Club from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop. Share your worries and find like-minded parents that can offer support. The group will meet each Thursday evening through Nov. 29. For more information, call Elizabeth Grant at 660-5796.

    The Reel Deal Theater will bring back “The Big Year” for a one-time showing at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children at the door. Proceeds benefit PEEC. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or send email to Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “Hugo,” at 6:30 p.m.

    The Los Alamos Master Gardener’s meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall. The program, given by the local extension horticulturist Carlos Valdez, will be on “The Fall and Winter Care of Fruits and Vegetables.” The public is invited.

    The League of Women Voters is hosting the first of three League of Women Voters candidate forums will be at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Join the league at 6:30 p.m. to meet the candidates over refreshments. The forum begins at 7 p.m. All the invited candidates have agreed to participate.

    Friday

  • The American Legion Post 90 in Los Alamos hosted a dinner Sept. 30 for the participants of the American Legion Boys State/Girls State program earlier this year at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.  The invitees included the families of the participants and the local sponsors of the event. County Council Chair Sharon Stover and Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt also attended.
    The Boys State participants included Conlan McCoy, Benjamin Mitsunaga, Kyle Partin, Cory Geyer and Aaron Roybal. The Girls State participant was Amanda Milligan. Beta Sigma Phi City Council, BPOE 2083 Elks Lodge of Los Alamos, Zia Credit Union and The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club were sponsors.
    Back row, left to right, Vernon Kerr, chairman Boys State Los Alamos; William J. cooper, commander Post 90; Shaughnessy Nadeau, Unit 90 president; Marie Todd, chairwoman Girls State Los Alamos.
    Front row, left to right, Aaron Roybal, Kyle Partin, Cory Geyer, Conlon McCoy, Benjamin Mitsunaga. Not pictured: Girls State participant Amanda Milligan.

  • 1. One More Night, Maroon 5

    2. Gangnam Style, Psy

    3. Some Nights, fun.
    4. We Are Never Ever Getting Back
    Together, Taylor Swift

    5. Blow Me (One Last Kiss), P!nk
    6. Whistle, Flo Rida

    7. As Long As You Love Me, Justin Bieber
    8. Good Time, Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen
    9. Too Close, Alex Clare
    10. Lights, Ellie Goulding

  • Art exhibits

    The fourth biennial Taos Art Glass Invitational and Walking on Glass Tour will be through Sunday. They are both featured events in Taos’ “Grand Fall Arts,” a series of art-related events in September and October. For more information, visit tiganm.org or call Delinda VanneBrightyn at 575-613-6484.

    Art openings

    Weyrich Gallery presents an opening for “Copper Red Porcelain,” new porcelain work by Kathryne Cyman, from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday at 2935 D Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-883-7410.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces two exhibits, David Kapp’s “West/East Los Angeles/New York,” paintings; and Michael Petry’s “Joshua D’s wall and Recent Works,” glass sculpture. An opening reception for both exhibits will be from 5-7 p.m. at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe.
    Art tours

    The Madrid and Cerrillos Studio Tour will start with a preview party and auction Friday at the Engine House Theater in Madrid. The tour will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13-14. For more information, visit madridcerrillosstudiotour.com.

  • THIS WEEK ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, October 5, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (10-02-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    07:00 PM Ice Cream Man
    07:30 PM Spirituality Tod ay
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, October 6, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, October 7, 2012
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, October 8, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Spirituality Today
    11:30 AM The LA Times – Legislative Review with Jim Hall
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Elizabeth Claire Project
    01:30 PM Summer Video Classes Showcase
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!

  • Australian singer Wendy Rule will appear live in concert at the Ardantane Dome, south of Jemez Springs, at 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Tickets will be on sale at the door.
     “Wild, passionate and empowering, Australian visionary songstress Wendy Rule weaves music, mythology and ritual together to take her audience on an otherworldly journey of depth and passion,” according to her website.
    “Drawing on her deep love of nature and lifelong fascination with the worlds of fairytale and magic, Wendy’s songs combine irresistible melodies with rich aural textures and a rare personal honesty.”
    Since 1996, Rule has released six major albums. She  has toured Australia extensively and regularly performs in the UK and Europe.
    “Fiercely independent, Rule has carved a unique path through the musical mainstream. Renowned for years amongst the world’s alternative spiritual communities, she is now deservedly gaining a much broader following. Her unique live performances and her beautifully atmospheric and richly emotive songs entice an ever-growing audience into her magical realm,” the website stated.
    The suggested donation for Rule’s performance is $20, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For directions to Ardantane, or for more information, call Amber at 505-469-7777.

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

    Los Alamos

    Elk’s Lodge, 1600 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: Sept. 9, complaint
    Violations: None
    Notes: Meat was brought from Matthew’s Meat Processor on Friday, left at 4 p.m. The pig was butchered and when they picked it up, they had a large metal tub. They placed a tarp inside, placed bags of ice and them placed the pig on the ice, then placed bags of ice on top of the pig. Covered with tarp. When they picked up the pig, it didn’t appear to be cool to the touch. They transported it to Los Alamos, which took approximately 13/4 to two hours. They immediately brought in the pig and began cutting up, unwrapped it and placed it in the refrigerator. Portion by portion got cooked. During cooling, they cooked for an hour at 160 degrees. The servings of food were picked up by some firefighters and taken back to the station. Approximately 30 out of 37 got ill (diarrhea). All ate about 5-6 p.m. Most got ill by 4-5 a.m. USDA will be contacted to investigate Matthew’s Meat Processing in Belen. Elk’s Lodge has been doing this for some time. This has been done 23 other times (approximately 20 years).

    Hot Rocks Java catering, 4200 W. Jemez Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 28