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Today's Features

  • In 1984, led by the efforts of acting Chief of Police Gary Bequette, local community leaders, parents and school administrators produced the first ever Senior Appreciation Night (SAN) for Los Alamos graduates.

    For many years before, the community had seen a huge upsurge of youth drinking and driving in the mountains during graduation, which had resulted in the loss of several young lives. The community decided to offer an alternative Senior Night for graduates, full of safe fun events that offered grand prizes to attendees.

    The idea worked, and now SAN is in its 35th year. It is supported by and still in need of donations (made out to SAN and sent to the Y, or through a GOFUNDME page) and 60 volunteers.

    Today SAN is chaired by Los Alamos County Recreation Department and The Family YMCA, along with LAPD, Kiwanis and 40-plus other partners and sponsors.  

    Those who are interested in helping during the evening of June 1, at any of the events below, email Diana Martinez at dmartinez@laymca.org. She will confirm an assignment and provide additional details. Here are volunteer needs:

    * 5:45- 9 p.m., (two helpers) Tipsy Golf Cart (reset orange cones, bring gloves).

    * 6:45-11 p.m., (two helpers) Teen Center Volunteers (assist with painted handprint impressions).

  • University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Instructor of Art and Art History R. Patrick Harris will exhibit a series of paintings entitled “Alchemy” at Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art in Santa Fe.

    The exhibition will be open from May 3–June 1, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. May 3.

    The “Alchemy” exhibition includes a series of abstracted images of clocks, roller coasters and mountains all hung behind a distorted Greek flag pattern, which serves to tie the series together and allow each individual image to be broken into abstracted parts.

    Harris is an accomplished painter who creates images of concepts to encourage thinking about the meaning of a particular circumstance or experience. His extensive use of repetitive form and figure illustrate complex subtleties between paintings and disparate subject matter.

    “Art happens when your interior landscape melds with the outer world,” Harris said.

    In 2000, Harris received the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for his work.

    Harris has been an educator at UNM-LA for the past 15 years. He estimates that he has introduced “a few thousand” students to drawing, painting and “the wild and wooly worlds” of Art History and Modern Art.

  • Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church is offering a free six-week course studying Reformation theology as found in the original evangelical Catechisms of 1529.

    Everyone who attends will receive a free copy of “Luther’s Large Catechism.”

    This April marks the 490th anniversary of Luther’s evangelical catechisms. In 1529, Dr. Martin Luther published two handbooks: The “Small Catechism” and the “Large Catechism.”

    In his preface to the “Small Catechism,” Luther writes, “Mercy! Dear God, what great misery I beheld!” As a teacher and preacher of the Church, he was appalled at the lack of knowledge of the basics of the Christian faith. Thus, he instructed the reader in the Ten Commandments which gives shape to the way we are to love God and to love our neighbor.

    Instead of trying to please God with the things that please us, the Lord has revealed what pleases Him. Because of our corrupted hearts, the law gives to us the knowledge of our sins.

  • TODAY
    Chamisa Elementary School Glow Run. Join in the fun for children and adults. Runners and walkers can choose between a 5K or a one-mile course. Check in starts at 6:15 p.m. Runners take off at 7:30 p.m. for the 5K and 7:40 p.m. for the one-mile run. To register, visit bit.ly/chamisaglowrun. Cost is $5 per person for the one-mile, $15 for people13 and over for the 5K, $5 for children 3-12. Kids younger than 3 are free. Call Chamisa School at 663-2470 for information.

    Earth Orbital Cycles and Climate Change at 6 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore the Earth’s long-term orbital cycles and more with Rick Wallace at this special Earth Week talk. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    April 27 - 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.

    Feature Film: “EXPLORE” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join us after the Earth Day Festival for the premiere of “EXPLORE” in our planetarium! Learn about the ambition to colonize Mars and how the achievements of individuals can change the world in this exciting full-dome film. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    TUESDAY

  • Heather Toomer, international author and textile historian, will present “Whitework Accessories in the Victorian Period” on May 6.

    The public is invited to the free lecture, sponsored by the Pajarito Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America.

    The presentation will be at 1 p.m. in Gibson Hall of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road in Los Alamos.

    The PowerPoint lecture will show the changing fashions in collars, cuffs, undersleeves and other white accessories through fashion plates and original pieces but will concentrate on the embroidery.

    Toomer is a freelance author, lecturer and consultant on antique lace and whitework embroideries who has worked with various museums in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

    In the 1980s, she organized a touring exhibition entitled “Lifting the Veil: A Closer Look at Antique Lace,” using lace from her own extensive collection. Her lace-identification guide “Antique Lace: Identifying Types and Techniques” was published in 2001.

  • I’m a sucker for a room with a view. It doesn’t matter if it’s water, mountains or a cityscape. I’m not picky. But, some views deserve extra special recognition, like the one at the Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs. All of the guest rooms and suites offer breathtaking vistas of snow-capped Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods landmark, with its dramatic red rock formations. The panorama is drool-worthy and you may not want to leave your spacious, well-appointed abode – ever!

    Rest assured, though, it’s not only the rooms that have a view at this property. The entire resort was designed with Mother Nature in mind. Wall-to-wall windows purposely showcase the spectacular scenery, whether you’re dining in one of the restaurants, sipping on a libation in the lounge or breaking a sweat in the gym.

    Wherever you go, you’ll have a front seat to this magnificent landscape.                                                         

  • As an event for artists and art lovers alike, 60 plein air painters are being invited to paint the beautiful Northern New Mexico scenes around the village of Jemez Springs.

    This event includes the paintout, an art show at the Jemez Fine Art Gallery and a workshop by signature artist, Barbara Coleman.

    New Mexico’s love affair with plein air painting (painting in the out of doors) began with the Taos Masters, Santa Fe Cinco Pintores, Georgia O’Keefe and many more artists. Today, there are 370 members of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico PAPNM.org.

    For painters, the vistas and terrain of the Jemez Springs area are breathtaking to paint. Artists can choose from a wide range of subjects within 30 miles of Jemez Springs. Some areas that are rarely, or never, open to the general public will be accessible to the artists.

    Completed paintings will be available for sale at the gallery exhibition following the paintout. More information on this, and other Plein Air Painters of New Mexico events may be found at PAPNM.org

  • The Sangre de Cristo Chorale will present its May concert, “A Spring Bouquet,” in Santa Fe at First Presbyterian Church on May 4, and in Los Alamos on May 5, at The United Church of Los Alamos.

    Both concerts are at 4 p.m.

    Sangre de Cristo Chorale’s May performances will be an eclectic mix of songs about spring, flowers and love.
    Settings of biblical love poetry from the “Song of Solomon” by William Billings, Alice Parker, and Healey Willan will complement Benjamin Britten’s “Five Flower Songs,” Morton Lauridsen’s beloved “Dirait-on,” and a set of e.e. cummings poems set to music by Gwyneth Walker.

    For the more cynical among us, they will perform Paul Sjolund’s hilarious “Love Lost: Four Satirical Poems on Love.”

    Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Under 18 are free. Advance tickets may be ordered online at sdcchorale.org.  

    “A Spring Bouquet” will be conducted by Music Director Fred Graham. Graham recently moved  to New Mexico from Minnesota, and is an active singer, voice teacher, choral director, organist and clinician. He is music director at La Mesa Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque and teaches choral and vocal music at Santa Fe Community College.

  • The 29th annual Supercomputing Challenge will end this year with a festive award ceremony at Smith-Brasher Hall on the campus of Central New Mexico Community College from 9 a.m.-noon  April 30.

    The competition for scholarships and awards will showcase yearlong research projects of budding scientists and engineers throughout the state of New Mexico.  

    The awards ceremony follows a judging event for finalists at Smith-Brasher Hall and Expo in the rotunda at the University of New Mexico Science and Technology Park Monday. Both events are open to the public.

    This year, 40 teams representing 25 New Mexico middle and high schools submitted final reports on their projects.

    Six teams were selected as finalists and will make oral presentations on Monday to a team of judges from our national laboratories, high tech businesses and our state colleges and universities to determine the top prizes.  

    The remaining 34 teams will present their projects at the expo in a science fair poster-type presentation competing for prizes and awards in many other categories.  

    All of the students’ final reports are available at supercomputingchallenge.org/18-19/finalreports/submitted.php.

  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a safe and convenient way to dispose of expired and unused prescription drugs, is set for Saturday.

    According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, and a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

    You can help prevent misuse by securing your medications or by disposing of unused prescriptions on Saturday at the following locations:

    * Los Alamos Police Department in the North parking lot off Central Avenue from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (or 24/7 by taking them inside the station after Take Back Day).

    * Nambe Drugs at 111 Central Park Square from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (or during their normal business hours after Take Back Day).

    For those wanting to dispose of unused prescription drugs but are unable to visit a Take Back location, contact Kristine Coblentz (k.coblentz@laschools.net) or Brandi Seekins (b.seekins@laschools.net) for a Deterra® Drug Deactivation System, a drug disposal pouch that provides an easy way for people to deactivate and dispose of unused, expired or unneeded medications in their own home.