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  • Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) and the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) has announced the 2018 Festival of Trees date. The event will be Nov. 17 from 10 a.m-2 p.m.

    The theme for the community tree for 2018 is “Snow.”

    Community members will be asked to donate anything snow-related for the tree.Call the senior center at 695-9139 for information. The event is a fundraiser for youth and senior programs. Those will to donate holiday items for silent auction is appreciated.

  • The LAHS Hilltalkers and the LAMS Hawktalkers competed in the Fourth Annual Capitol Congress at the New Mexico State Capitol Wednesday.

    There were 240 students competing in eight chambers: three Varsity chambers and five Novice chambers. Of those students, 35 were LAMS Hawktalkers, and nine were LAHS Hilltalkers.  

    The Hawktalkers had four students who placed in their Novice Chambers: Nada Draganic, sixth place in her chamber; James Tyldesley, fourth place in his chamber; Dominic Dowdy, third place in his chamber; and Yun Kim, first place in her chamber.

    The Hilltalkers had two students who placed in their Varsity Chambers: Mike Peters, third place in his chamber; and Malea Joyce, second place in her chamber. Both students are Hawktalker alumni.

    “Our students worked very hard to prepare for this tournament, and everyone received  excellent feedback from their judges” said Sherri Bublitz, sponsor of the Hawktalkers.  “Adults were also impressed with the poise, confidence, and maturity of every member of the team.”

    The New Mexico Speech and Debate Association proudly sponsors this tournament, which represents a unique opportunity for students to simulate the legislative process in an authentic legislative environment.

  • The Military Order of World Wars Chapter  229 will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the Los Alamos Research Building in the Los Alamos Research Park.

    This month is National Emergency Management Month. The  speaker will be LTC Beverley Simpson USAF who is also Los Alamos County Emergency director. 

    Simpson will discuss emergency preparedness in Los Alamos County. The county is surrounding by Urban Interface, National Park Service, LANL, Pueblos and National Forest.  It is sometime hard to tell where one jurisdiction begins or ends. 

    As the emergency manager for Los Alamos County, coordination with these entities to include local business, residents, local, state and federal agencies is essential to effectively and efficiently mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism or other manmade disasters.  The goal is to reduce the risk to all hazards in Los Alamos County.

    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m.

  • MONDAY
    Autism Support Group, an informal support group for parents, family and friends of autistic children and adults, will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St.

    Nature Playtime at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun, hands-on activities, hikes, games, and stories in nature. Free.

    Wildflower Walk at 5:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Take a gentle stroll with Chick Keller and learn about our local wildflowers. Free.

    The Los Alamos Garden Club meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Bible Church, 197 East Road, Los Alamos. Six members will be honored at the meeting for being Los Alamos Garden Club Members for 50 years or more. The “50-Year Members” are Nancy Bartlit (50 years), Joyce Cady (52 years), Janet Clayton (50 years), Jill Forman (50 years), Jane Sherwood (50 years), and Trish Spillman (50 years). Light refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. Sharon Elias of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will speak on “Reclamation of a Burned Site.” After the business meeting, the annual Harvest Luncheon will be held. Members are asked to bring a dish to share. For more information or questions contact President Ann Lepage 662-8912 or Irene Aikin 662-7027
    TUESDAY

  • From providing companionship to keeping an eye-out for medical emergencies, emotional support and service dogs assist their handlers in a variety of ways.

    While both roles are vital for the well-being of their owners, their job descriptions are not the same – an emotional support animal is a companion animal that can benefit its owner by providing comfort to the individual for a number of medically deemed reasons, while a service dog is a working animal that has been trained to aid people with disabilities such as visual or hearing impairments, mental disorders, mobility impairment, and diabetes.

    As a member of Patriot Paws of Aggieland since 2016, Angelica Frazer, a Texas A&M student and certified service dog trainer, understands the important roles service dogs play in their handlers’ lives. Patriot Paws focuses on training service dogs to assist those who have combat-related disabilities such as mobility issues or post-traumatic stress.

    “Our dogs are trained to pick up dropped items; retrieve items such as a phone, prosthetic, or wheelchair; push an alert button; get help in the event of their handler falling unconscious; open and close doors; and help their handler do laundry, among other things.” she said.

  • The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter has another Good Boy up for adoption, who goes by the name of Koda.

    Koda is a 9-year-old pointer/Australian cattle dog with a sweet disposition and a heart of gold.

    He’s housetrained, and understands commands like “come,” “sit,” “down,” “stay” and “heal.”

    He arrived at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter from another county on Sept. 6. Shelter staff say this family-friendly dog would make a nice addition to any family.

    Koda has been described as having a calm demeanor and he even has the whole fetch-and-tug game down pretty good.

    Koda is already neutered, heart-worm tested, micro chipped and has had all his vaccinations. Koda can be had for a $60 adoption fee.

    Call the shelter at 662-8179 if interested.

    Photography by Paulina Gwaltney.

  • An esteemed string quartet and a Cliburn gold medalist will join forces to open the Los Alamos Concert Association’s 73rd season on Sept. 28 in the Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. Artists in residence at Princeton University for many years and currently at Yale University, the quartet is also the collaborative ensemble at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth.

    Born in Anyang, South Korea, Yekwon Sunwoo is the first Korean to win a Cliburn gold medal.  In 2005, he made his recital and orchestral debuts in Seoul before moving to the United States to study at the Curtis Institute where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He earned subsequent degrees at Juilliard and at the Mannes School of Music and currently studies with Berndt Goetzkeat the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover.

    Since his victory in Fort Worth, he has toured extensively in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.

  • “My heaven? Is a cosmos deep in a gorgeous void,” says Henrietta Leavitt, who in the early 1900s, despite not being allowed near a telescope, made an astronomical discovery that profoundly changed how we perceive our universe.

    Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky” offers a provocative reenactment of Leavitt’s story. The historical drama will show at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 14-29, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sept. 23, all at the Performing Arts Center at 1670 Nectar St.

    Director John Cullinan said the play came to his attention through friends from his previous community theatre group in Massachusetts.

    “It was one of the most beautiful scripts I’d read in a long while,” Cullinan said, “and it had a set of strong and relevant themes that I knew were perfect for Los Alamos: the struggles of women in science throughout history, the intersection of faith and science, and the conflicts we all feel when pulled in several directions by societal expectations and our own passions and vocations.”

    Starring Katrina Koehler as Henrietta; Jess Cullinan as Henri’s sister Margaret; and Kevin Pelzel Andi Bishoffberger, and Kathi Collins as Henri’s colleagues Peter, Annie, and Williamina, respectively, the play is a true ensemble piece.

  • For the seventh year, the Los Alamos Opera Guild of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc., Atomic City Transit and Bandelier National Monument will be present “Opera on the Rocks” at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater Saturday.

    The performance this year includes a concert staging of scenes from several popular operas. The New Mexico Performing Arts Society will present selections from Gounod’s Faust, Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier,” Johann Strauss, Jr.’s

    “The Gypsy Baron” and Offenbach’s “Barcarolle,” all selections from their sold-out performances in Santa Fe.

    Opera on the Rocks is an informal, family-oriented introduction to the world of opera, set in the beautiful, rustic amphitheater at Bandelier’s Juniper Campground.

    Shuttle buses provided by Los Alamos County Atomic City Transit, will bring visitors beginning at 3 p.m., from Sullivan Field in Los Alamos and from the White Rock Visitor Center.

  • Birthday girl Sharon Jim, of Los Alamos, was surprised by Los Alamos Police Officer Tim Lonz Wednesday with a bouquet of flowers at Smith’s Marketplace.

    Jim was shopping with her mother when she was standing at the deli counter and bumped into Lonz.

    “My daughter, Sharon Jim, is a special person to me and many other people,” her mother said. “For one thing she is an adult developmentally disabled person whom happens to be deaf and is Downs Syndrome.”

    While standing at the deli counter, Jim turned around and noticed a police officer that she had seen several times before and shook his hand and gave him a hug, her mother said. She then proceeded to talk to him using sign language. Her mother interpreted to the officer that she was excited because her birthday was tomorrow and they were going to celebrate. 

    The officer told her “Happy Birthday” and they continued to shop.

    Later, they were checking out and the officer came over bent down on one knee and presented Jim with a flower arrangement and wished her a very Happy Birthday.

  • Andrew Wulf will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos at part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2018-19 lecture series, “Anniversary Lecture Series.”

    Wulf’s lecture, entitled “Cold War Cultural Diplomacy,” will revisit the American National Exhibition in Moscow, which for six weeks in the summer of 1959 showed more than 2.7 million Russians various aspects of the American way of life.

    Wulf investigated how this complex cultural diplomatic effort was intended to shape a very specific public opinion.

    The story of how the vision for this curious policy tool took shape is based on a variety of first-person accounts of those involved with the project. Perhaps, he speculates, this exhibition, and other Cold War cultural exchanges, hold important implications for current decision-making regarding the crucial American presence at the Dubai Expo in 2020. This series is sponsored by Raffi Andonian and Nicole Kliebert.

    Visit losalamoshistory.org for a complete schedule of lectures and events. The lectures are at Fuller Lodge on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

  • Los Alamos Choral Society will begin rehearsals on Tuesday at the United Church in Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road, for the February winter concert.

    Returning singers should plan to show up at 6:30 p.m. to pay the usual membership donation of $25, register, and pick up music. People interested in joining Choral Society may also come at this time.

    LACS is a large, non-sectarian, non-audition choir of approximately 30 to 60 members and is recruiting this year – especially for tenors and basses.

    The first rehearsal of the fall will be held immediately after registration is completed, from approximately 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

    The winter concert will feature Beethoven’s “Mass in C.” The concert will also include Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus,” Copland’s “The Promise of Living,” and Charles Ives’ “Psalm 90.”

    Members of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will join Choral Society in the performance.

  • White-winged dove, mourning dove, dusky (blue) grouse and squirrel seasons are open statewide. These hunts offer great opportunities to get a new hunter out in the field.

    The weather tends to be warmer and good opportunities exist with minimal hiking.

    The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish offered tips for the season.

    White-winged and mourning doves can typically be found throughout the state in warmer, open habitats, around water and near farm or agriculture fields. New Mexico has two hunting zones, North and South.

    The dividing line starts at the Arizona/New Mexico border and runs along I-40 to U.S. Highway 54, in Tucumcari, and then north along U.S. Highway 54 to the New Mexico/Texas border. The seasons in both zones start on Sept. 1 and run through Nov. 29 in the North Zone and through Oct. 28 in the South Zone. The South Zone will reopen Dec. 1 through Jan. 1, 2019. The bag limit is 15 singly or in aggregate per day, with no more than 45 in possession. A Harvest

    Information Program (HIP) number is not required for Eurasian collared-dove, there is no bag limit and the season is year-round statewide.

  • SUBMITTED TO THE MONITOR

    “Sculptural Vessels”, an exhibition of ceramics by Sharon Brush, will open in the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Library on Sept. 19.

    UNM-LA will host a reception from 1:15-2:15 p.m. during the university’s common hour, and the public is invited to attend.

    Brush, who is currently a ceramics instructor at UNM-LA, participated in a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts from 1999-2000. Formerly a brick manufacturing factory, the facility has a huge beehive kiln, as well as a number of studios.

    The residency program attracts many potters, and selection is highly competitive. Brush was accepted for a residency and also served as an instructor.

    After her residency, Brush lived in Silver City before moving to Show Low, Arizona, where she served as the gallery director and was an instructor of Fine Arts at Northland Pioneer College.

    The “Sculptural Vessels” exhibition will feature Brush’s mid-sized pieces, which are generally 25-inches to 27-inches tall.

    Brush constructs her pieces using a combination of hand building techniques: slab, coil and pinch.

    For the exteriors, Brush does not use traditional glazes, instead applying burnished slips (terra sigillata) to create a more matt surface.

  • By DEBBIE STONE
    Special to the Monitor

    Most people are incredulous when they hear there are islands in Ohio, even residents of the Midwest. I was born and raised in Chicago and I’m embarrassed to admit I knew nothing of their existence. I had to look at a map for proof, but it wasn’t until I actually visited the area that my doubts were dispelled.

    Known as the Lake Erie Islands, these bodies of land are clustered together in the lake’s western basin, north of Ohio’s mainland. Easily accessible from the metropolitan centers of Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo, they’re regarded as the Jersey Shores of the state and are a prime vacation destination for those in the region. There are over two dozen islands, a few of which are Canadian, but only five are inhabited and only three have ferry service.

    I began my adventure with an exhilarating trip on the Jet Express, heading from Sandusky to South Bass Island. The boat is a high-speed passenger ferry that makes additional stops at Kelleys Island and Cedar Point. The latter is a famous amusement park, rated tops in the U.S., boasting over 150 rides, shows and attractions, including eighteen adrenaline pumping roller coasters.

  • The Santa Fe Symphony will mix it up in October with a Latin jazz concert featuring Nestor Torres, Mariano Morales and Pikante.

    The performance is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe.

    Latin Grammy Award-winning flutist Torres will team up with composer, violinist and pianist Morales, and the soulful Pikante, for a confluence of Latin jazz and rhythm than is sure to have the audience dancing in their seats.

    The six-piece ensemble will fuse symphony works for orchestra with arrangements for Salsa and Latin jazz fangs.

    Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Torres moved to New York City, where he pursued classical flute studies at Mannes School of Music, Jazz at Berklee College of Music and Classical and Jazz at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. During that time, he also learned to improvise in the “Charanga” Cuban Dance Music style, which helped shape and develop Nestor’s melodic and danceable sound.

  • 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.

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  • September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month! So, how you doin?

    Sometimes we just need to stop down, order pizza for dinner and talk around the table for a few minutes. It is pretty amazing how the week can fly by and we haven’t really checked in with each other.

    The same holds true for the work place. Have you ever felt, we work in the same building, but never see each other? If you are worried about someone and don’t feel comfortable enough to talk to them, what would you do?

    If you are a leader in an organization, have you taken the time to tell employees they are welcome to talk to you? Do they know they can tell you if they’re worried about someone? Wouldn’t it be better to put your thoughts on the table then to look back and say, I wish I had said something?

    In a perfect world, you’d be able to ask anyone if they are OK or how you can help. Yes, even to those people we may want nothing to do with ever. Why? It may be those people that come to school or work with some unresolved issues that evolve into some hefty anger issues.

  • Summer may be drawing to a close, but the summer fun at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is a far cry from being over.

    The next big event at the ski area is a celebration of Equinox Day on Sept. 20 from 4-7 p.m.

    On that day lift-served mountain biking and hiking will be available as well as live music and beer from Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op.

    Participants can purchase discounted lift tickets and rentals at the ticket office for the Equinox celebration at a rate of $15 for uplift tickets and $50 for rentals.

    The ski area will hosting the Party at Paja Enduro on Saturday, an event featuring lift accessed Enduro mountain bike race hosted by Team Trail Party. Gravity riders will enjoy this completely lift-accessed Enduro race with four to five stages.

    “We’re happy to host these two events,” said Tom Long, general manager of the Parajito Mountain Ski Area. “It’s just another way we can have something fun for the people of Los Alamos to come up and enjoy.”

    In addition to these events, Pajarito is open for bike and hike uplifts every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28.

    The restaurant at the ski area is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and rentals from Rocky Mountain are available at the retail shop and include helmets and armor.

  • Early childhood education will be discussed at a public forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, when Searchlight New Mexico joins with the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women to address the needs of young children.

    The forum features Charles Sallee, deputy director of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee and an expert in evaluating state agencies and education in New Mexico and Texas.

    Sallee will speak about what he thinks is the need for better implementation and oversight of early childhood programs as pre-k and first born.

    The event will be moderated by Searchlight, a non-partisan, nonprofit online informational site funded by corporations and individual donors that has devoted the last year to writing exclusively about child well being in New Mexico.

    The free event is from 7-9 p.m. at Graves Hall, United Church, 2525 Canyon Road, in Los Alamos. Refreshments will be offered starting at 6.30 p.m.