Today's Features

  • The Divine Duo of Katherine Fry and Elizabeth Hargreaves will head to Haiti, Saturday, Sept. 8, through Sept. 21, on a mission of hope and healing, once again.

    The trip is the sixth for Fry, a neighborhood pharmacist at the Smith’s Market Place in Los Alamos, and the third for Hargreaves. Fry, who will play the role of pharmacist throughout her time, helping families daily to receive the medications they need for good health.

    Recently, Fry had knee surgery and sees the trip from the perspective of the patient and as a member of the medical team. She knows her good fortune for appointments, medication and physical therapy and does her best to fill the needs of those less fortunate. While in Haiti, she meets with women daily who are as happy for the company and a bar of soap, as they are for receiving their medication.

    Elizabeth last traveled to Haiti in 2016, and described the time as too brief, the work as rewarding, even though she felt that so much more could be done.

    “The kids are so beautiful and so happy without them knowing how bad their circumstances are,” said Hargreaves. “Give them a matchbox car or blow bubbles at them and they rejoice.”


    Like humans, pets experience a complex array of emotions. The loss of a beloved human or a housemate can be devastating to animals in a household, leading to a period of grief and mourning.

    It may be difficult for owners to tell if their pet is in mourning, but Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, suggests that when a loss in the family occurs, owners can help their pets cope first by keeping an eye out for physical signs and changes in normal day-to-day activities.

    “Pets mourn in different ways, but some of the signs to look for are changes in eating and sleeping habits; lethargy or lack of interested in daily activities; insecurity; or vocalization,” Darling said. “They may not want to eat or play, and they may not want to participate in activities that they normally enjoy or even sleep in the same place.”

    Not all signs of mourning are obvious, and Darling advises owners to watch for subtle changes in their pet’s behavior. 

    Cowboy Breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 N. Mesa Road, near the stables. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. The menu includes plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and a seasonal surprise pancake, sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.
    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. the first three Tuesdays of each month in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 1300 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos. Los Alamos Kiwanis member (and former president and lieutenant governor) Don Casperson will speak on the Kiwanis International Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., which he attended during the first week in July. He will also share information from the recent Southwest District Convention in El Paso, Texas, which he also attended.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos will meet from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Two Teslas! Tesla owners Jim Tencate and Lynn McDonald will show and explain their Tesla 3s.

  • There’s nothing not to love about Roman, an Australian cattle dog crossbred with a boxer. He’s 2 years old, loves small, well-behaved children and big, well-behaved adults.

    Roman is pretty optimistic that his stay at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter will be a short one. Roman was recently transferred to Los Alamos County Animal Shelter from the Torrance Animal Shelter.

    According to shelter staff, he enjoys playing with humans, and there isn’t a squeaky toy he doesn’t love. Roman’s adoption fee is $75.  He has had all his shots and is microchipped.

    For more information call the shelter at 662-8179 or email police-psa@lacnm.us.

    Special to the Monitor

    It’s that time of year when you start to notice the signs of fall, like slightly cooler temps and crisp air, yellow school buses on the road and the slight tinge of colors on the leaves of trees. But, perhaps, one of the most obvious indicators is the roar of football fans cheering for their teams in stadiums across the country.

    Yes, it’s the onset of another football season, an annual rite that millions of Americans celebrate. For many, the anticipation ramps up in the final dog days of summer, and the excitement becomes palpable.

    If you’re a diehard fan of the game, a pilgrimage to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, is probably on your bucket list. Voted the Top Tourist Attraction in Ohio and America’s Best Attraction for Sports Fans, the Hall bills itself as

    “The Most Inspiring Place on Earth,” and is widely regarded as the “Sistine Chapel of Football.” And the fact that it’s located in Canton gives it additional significance, as this is the birthplace of professional football.

    The city made its mark in pro football back in 1920, when representatives of 10 teams gathered in town to form the American Pro Football Association, later renamed the National Football League.

  • Los Alamos will host a painting event and art show Sept. 14-16, featuring art that depicts scenes around Los Alamos.
    Sixty Plein Air painters have been invited to paint northern New Mexico scenes around Los Alamos.

    This event includes the “Paintout,” an art show at the Fuller Lodge Art Center, and a workshop for painters.

    Plein Air painting was started by French Impressionists who painted en plein air, or in the open air, but today, it is the largest movement in art history. New Mexico has been central to development of this trend, beginning with the Taos Masters, Santa Fe Cinco Pintores, Georgia O’Keefe, and others. Today, there are 370 members of the Plein Air painters of New Mexico

    For this event, those who attend will be treated to depictions of vistas and terrain in the Los Alamos area. Artists can choose from wide-ranging subjects.

    All of the work will be for sale at the Fuller Lodge Art Center Gallery afterwards from Sept 18-30.

    To own a unique work of art and meet the artist, this is a great opportunity. For the artist, it is a wonderful opportunity to interact with other painters, and these painter participants will select their best work for the exhibition with a “meet the artist” and awards presentation reception on Sept. 22.

  • Travel back in time to pre-World War II France next month for a special night on the historic coal-fired Cumbres & Toltec Railroad.

    The Murder Mystery Dinner Train returns Sept. 15 to thrill guests as they help solve a crime while riding through the Aspen trees.

    The Murder Mystery Dinner Train leaves the Chama Depot at 5 p.m.  This is a fun date night choice, complete with the fall Gold Rush of Aspen tree splendor.

    Guests will help solve the crime on this last train from Paris. The French cast will take riders to a time long ago in 1940 on the steam train that will swoop passengers from the Parisian Depot, fleeing the Nazi invasion and on-board, discovering an intriguing murder. 

    Period music will highlight the evening, as well as a fabulous dinner at the Cumbres Pavilion. 

    Guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character from “Casablanca” and join in on the intrigue.

    The train will leave at 5 p.m. and be back by 9 p.m.

    The event will include a costume contest and live music by El Norteño, with a French “flair.”

  • JEMEZ SPRINGS — For the first time, Jemez Springs is holding a Labor Day weekend event on Sept. 1 and 2, “I (heart emoji) Jemez Art Festival.”

    The event celebrates the arts with two days of art exhibitions, demonstrations and art sales by a variety of local vendors from Jemez Springs.

    “We are very fortunate to have many talented artists who reside in Jemez Springs, whose arts and crafts are often reflective of the natural beauty of the area,” said organizer, Billy Ehret, who owns Mission Street Arts. “This event celebrates the art and artists through live demonstrations and provides opportunities to meet our local artists or purchase art.”

    A variety of artists from Jemez Springs galleries including Jemez Artisans, Jemez Fine Arts Gallery, Shangri La West, and Jemez Mountain Pottery and Sculpture (located in Casa Blanca Guest House) will offer demonstrations and sell items during the event. Jemez Mountain Inn, Canon del Rio, Highway 4 Cafe and Los Ojos Restaurant are also participating during the two-day event.

    Visitors will also have an opportunity to meet with and learn from local artists including Jules Giessing Gourley, Karen Trojillo-Heffernan, Raymond Sandoval and more.

  • 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.

    New Mexico History Museum and Santa Fe Opera to recognize “Atomic Histories” in 2018 and 2019. The History Museum’s exhibition will run through May 2019. The History Museum is located at 113 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe. Call 476-5200 for more information. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, May through October and closed Mondays November through April.

    Friday Art Walking Tours from 10-11 a.m. at the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe. Meet at the gift shop steps Fridays June through August. Call the front desk to confirm: 505-476-5063. Cost: $10 per adult. Call 505-476-5072 for more information.


  • Help improve Quemazon Trail with the Santa Fe National Forest and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Sept. 1.

    This trail workday will last from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and is the perfect opportunity for Los Alamos residents to give back to our incredible trail system. There will be trail maintenance jobs for all ages, and U.S. Forest Service experts will be on site to ensure safety and provide instructions.

    Volunteers should pre-register for this project at peecnature.org.

    Participants will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 9 a.m. and carpool to the trailhead. Once there, they will hike in approximately 45 minutes to the project site. Volunteers need to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy boots and a hat. They should bring water, snacks, lunch and work gloves. Hard hats, some tools, some extra pairs of gloves and good company will be provided. Volunteers can bring their own tools if they prefer.

    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.