Today's Features

  • Flowers by Gillian is celebrating being in its current location for one year. Over the last year, many improvements have taken place in the shop at 3801 Arkansas, Suite A. The shop now has an arrangement cooler full of vases and bouquets ready to brighten anyone’s day. There is also a full-size flower cooler, making it possible to purchase loose stems of flowers. The addition of the flower cooler has allowed for a greatly expanded selection.

    Everything is ready for your Valentine’s Day shopping pleasure. Flowers by Gillian has roses, roses and more roses! This includes pink, white, circus, yellow, coffee, purple, rainbow, brandy, bicolor, and, of course, classic red.

    But Valentine’s Day is about much more than roses. Selections include carnations, orchids, lilies, gerbera daisies, iris, tulips, sunflowers, spray roses, mini carnations, daisies, alstroemeria, stock and many more flowers and a variety of greenery.

    There are plenty of other interesting additions, including preserved roses in a variety of colors, a great selection of teddy bears, houseplants and chocolate.

    The shop will be open extended hours, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. through Valentine’s Day.

  • The Santa Fe Symphony will present the third of its 2018-19 recital series featuring the gold-medal winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards, Christel DeHaan Fellow and Steinway Artist Drew Petersen at 7 p.m. March 7 at the St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe.

    The 24-year-old pianist will perform an evening of beloved piano works by master composers.

    Sought-after as a soloist and chamber musician, Petersen is the recipient of the coveted 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant.

    His career also includes prizes in the Leeds and Hilton Head International Piano Competitions, Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, and the New York Kryderyk Chopin Piano Competition.

    Tickets can be purchased at the symphony box office at 301 Griffin St., or online at santafesymphony.org, or by calling 983-3530.

    Tickets are $20-$55. Half-price tickets are available for children ages 6-14 with an adult purchase. No children under 6 will be admitted.

    The St. Francis Auditorium is located at the New Mexico Museum of Arts, 107 W. Palace Ave.

    Special to the Monitor

    You might think you’ve stepped onto another planet at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. The park, a well-known attraction in the city, takes the traditional conservatory concept up more than just a notch or two. With its Supertrees, suspended walkway and ginormous domed glass greenhouses, the place is a horticulture wonderland with a futuristic vibe.

    The Gardens is a must-see destination for travelers to Singapore. It’s a showpiece of innovation and artistry that presents the plant kingdom in a fresh, new way. This “green jewel” simultaneously entertains while educates visitors about plants from around the world, ranging from species in cool, temperate climates to those in tropical forests and habitats.

    Comprised of two distinct waterfront sectors, Bay South and Bay East (with a third, Bay Central, to be developed), the Gardens offers a pocket of tranquility in the middle of one of Southeast Asia’s most bustling cities. Bay South, the largest of the gardens, opened in 2012, and is home to the attraction’s exciting wow factors. Bay East, on the other hand, is a vast waterfront green space, perfect for picnicking and relaxation.

  • Locals and visitors in downtown Los Alamos can experience a mix of art, music, chocolate and wine during Friday’s Downtown Creative Crawl, a first-ever event to highlight what the city has to offer.

    The crawl will be followed by Museum Monday on Feb. 4, when the Los Alamos Creative District will team up with local organizations to bring in groups from around the area to enjoy the local museum offerings.

    “We are giving the opportunity for people in the area to attend all of the events as opposed to just picking one,” said Jennifer Loveless, Creative District curator and event planner. “The Creative Crawl is a bunch of art openings happening.

    Museum Monday is a little bit more of a historic take on things.”

    Most of the events are free, including the tours offered by Atomic City Tours.

    The Downtown Creative Crawl starts at 3 p.m. at the Rose Chocolatier, where they will feature artist Alix Morgan and his pen-and-ink drawings and watercolor paintings.

    The group will then move onto the Los Alamos History Museum at 4 p.m. for the “Atoms and Art – The Intersecting

    Lives of Maria Martinez and Bernice Brode” exhibition.

    Adult Paint Party theme “Doe and Deer” at 6 p.m. at the Pig and Fig Café, 11 Sherwood Blvd., White Rock. Bring a friend or just come by yourself for a night of painting. Cost is $35 plus tax. To sign up, go to Eventbrite and type in Adult Paint Party.

    Today-May 1: Forest Explorers Hike and Play from 1-3 p.m. at the Nature Center. Get outside this winter and spring by exploring the canyons and forests with PEEC! This eight-session class is for youth ages 5 to 8 and meets every other Wednesday. Cost is $175 for non-members, $150 for PEEC members.
    Backcountry Film Festival at 7 p.m. at the Reel Deal Theater. Enjoy a variety of short films celebrating human-powered experiences in the backcountry snowsports world at the Reel Deal Theater. Pajarito Brewpub and Grill will serve beer and wine. Cost is $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

  • To mark education as a top priority at the New Mexico State Legislature this January, a who’s who of state officials, leaders in education and research and others spoke at a press conference held by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Thursday at the Santa Fe Roundhouse.

    The guest speakers came to speak about the importance of a curriculum that emphasizes science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

    Former teacher Stephanie Garcia Richard, who is now the state’s land commissioner, threw a little inspiration the audience’s way. Many in the audience were young people who were also at the capitol to explore the opportunities on “STEAM Day,” where the legislature invited many colleges, tech firms and schools to display what they’re doing in the realm of science, technology, engineering art and education.

    “I employ 165 New Mexicans, who are just like me and you,” Garcia Richard said. “Some of them went to college for the first time, they are the first ones in their families to go to college,” Garcia Richard said. “I get to employ them as biologists, wildlife specialists, as archaeologists.”

  • What a great week this is for us.

    We start out with Diversity Week and an assist from Voices of Los Alamos. I hope you will celebrate by learning something new or just finding love in your heart for everyone.

    We then came upon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. If you couldn’t think of a way to celebrate, do an act of service sometime this week. Perhaps you’ll hold the door for someone, ask if you can carry a heavy load or do a kind gesture for a neighbor.

    If prayer is right up your alley, say a prayer for our neighbors of the San Ildefonso Pueblo. Their members were dancing in the chilly hours of Tuesday evening and for their Feast Day on Wednesday. They will celebrate the Feast of Saint Ildefonso. What a beautiful opportunity to take in such stunning culture, right in our own back yard.

    The week will end with the celebration of the 10th annual Community Asset Awards. People that live, work and volunteer in our community will be recognized for the small and grand things they do throughout the year. The event started with a small idea and has celebrated hundreds of youth, adults, businesses and organizations, over the decade.

  • After the cancellation of the annual Ice Skate Day due to some well appreciated snowfall, the Los Alamos and White Rock, Youth Activity Centers, will move its fundraiser to their centers.

    One dollar raffle tickets will be sold through Tuesday, with a chance to win multiple prizes.

    The prizes include passes to the ice rink, aquatic center, golf course, all including a travel mug, snack bar certificates and more. Recently, a Harley Davidson lamp and night light were donated to increase appeal.

    The money raised will benefit the activity fund, which provides free, daily activities for kids in third through eight grades.

    Anyone who wants to buy a ticket can stop by the centers from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Monday or Tuesday.

    Questions can also be directed to 662-9412.

  • Commander Roger Anaya of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 8874, is announcing the kick-off of the VFW’s annual Scout of the Year competition.

    Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, Venture Summit Award recipients and/or Sea Scout Quartermasters in this area have the opportunity to compete and win thousands of dollars in national awards.

    The close relationship between the VFW and the Boy Scouts of America dates back 100 years when VFW Post 2100 teamed up with another civic organization to establish Troop 1 in Everett, Washington.

    That century-long affiliation has fostered true patriotism, community service and strong, moral character throughout the ensuing decades. During World War I and II, Boy Scouts played a major part in helping collect food and other items to support troops in the war. Since that time, Scouting has continued to be a supporter of the VFW, with scouts growing up, joining the military, fighting in wars, and subsequently become members of the VFW.

    It is a natural effort, therefore, that the VFW focus the efforts of those who have been Scouts to continue and guide the VFW posts in the support of all Scouting efforts.

  • Somebody needs to come and get Kiara. Kiara is a short hair kitty who has been at the Los Alamos Animal County Shelter since Dec. 23.

    She’s seen some of her buddies leave the shelter during the holiday season, and is beginning to wonder if someone is going to come get her also.

    She started life as a stray in another state, but then some really nice people came along and took her in. Unfortunately for Kiara and her previous owners, life changed, so Kiara is now at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter looking for a second chance at a forever home.  

    Kiara is 2 years old. She’s a loving kitty, but will need to be gradually introduced to other furry family members at her new forever home before settling in, according to shelter staff members.

    She gets along, but sudden introductions tend to make her nervous. But once the calling cards are exchanged without any fuss, she relaxes pretty quickly. She hasn’t been sterilized yet, but she’s had all her shots and checkups.

    For more information, call 662-8179 or email police-psa@lacnm.us.