• Sept. 16-21

    Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart



    8:45 a.m. Cardio Plus

    9 a.m. Gentle Pilates

    10 a.m. Advisory Board

    10 a.m. Senior Civic Discussion

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Sweet & sour pork

    6 p.m. Argentine Tango Dancing

    7 p.m. Ballroom Dancing



    Gentle Pilates at 9 a.m. the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos, and at 10:30 a.m. at the White Rock Senior Center, White Rock, 137 Longview Drive. Suggested donation is $5. 


    Come dance with the Los Alamos Scottish Country Dancers from 7:30-10 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. New dancers are welcome at any class. No partner or special dress needed. Cost is $3 per night or $35 for five months of dancing. Classes meet from September through June.


    Nature Playtime from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center. Free.


    WW (formerly Weight Watchers) will meet at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 1738 North Sage St., Los Alamos. Free. All are welcome.


  • Los Alamos Living Treasure Robert Benjamin is at it again with his plays for the people. The Wednesday performance will beat the Betty Ehart Senior Center, followed by an Oct. 3 performance at the White Rock Senior Center. Both performances will be at 12:45 p.m. 

    “Alignment” is a new 10-minute comedy about “aging” by Benjamin, performed by Pat Beck and Kelly Dolejsi.  

    When her old car needs repairs, the mechanic offers her options to align the car’s front-end and the owner, but are these repairs affordable and is it worth the effort? Who is the mysterious mechanic, anyway? The presentation is free and a discussion and refreshments follow the performance.

    Benjamin has been involved in theater since high school, inspired by his 11th-grade English teacher. He loved attending live theater and started to think about it as a post-retirement avocation. “I felt attracted to writing because playwriting is among the most difficult forms of writing,” said Benjamin. “It appeals to me, as I enjoy grappling with really tough tasks.”

    New Mexico Daily Lobo

    The Taos News


  • It was a pretty swanky affair Saturday as invitees to a tea and fashion show at the Trinity on the Hill Church dined on scrumptious lavender scones with apricot jam, buttery smooth lemon cheesecake, salmon and cucumber finger sandwiches and of course, tea.
    Girls and boys and adults alike practiced dining etiquette while nibbling on cucumber sandwiches and sipping tea. Meanwhile, community leaders, including New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard, State Rep. Christine Chandler (D-46) School and UNMLA board member Steve Boerigter, YMCA Teen Center Director George Marsden, and others, strutted their stuff modeling clothing from the church’s thrift store for a good cause.
    Money raised through sales of the clothing, the event’s silent auction and the $25 admission fee went toward the church’s home building mission trip volunteers take every year to Juarez, Mexico.
    According to event chair Lynn Finnegan, the tea party and fashion show started through a building group at the church in 2005. The group was called House of Hope women.
    They were the first all-women building group to take part in the home building mission at the time. They first raised funds through home shows, before eventually switching to the tea and fashion show.

  • Art exhibits

    Fuller Lodge will host an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Art Center, 2132 Central Ave. for the new exhibit “Figures, Landscapes, and more – Explorations in Form and Color,” its sixth solo exhibit of the year. The exhibit is by Santa Fe artist Monika ten Bruggencate. The show will run until Oct. 5 in conjunction with the traveling exhibit in the main portion of the gallery with the exhibit “Throgh the Needle’s Eye,” by the Embroiderer’s Guild of America. The exhibit will feature 25 oil and pastel paintings from the artist’s collection. The opening reception will include a live guitar performance by Shashi Charles. For information, visit fullerlodgeartcenter.com.


  • Bobby McFerrin, winner of 10 Grammys and creator of the global hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Santa Fe Opera.

    The concert is a benefit for the Partners in Education Foundation for the Santa Fe Public Schools. 

    McFerrin was recently honored as one of the 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters. He continues to explore unchartered musical territory and connect people through music, including jazz, pop, R&B, classical and world music with his new group Gimme5, four virtuosic vocal improvisers.

    Gimme5 is based on circle singing, a musical practice and philosophy that McFerrin has honed since he began as a solo a capella performer, assigning vocal parts to his fans and transforming sold-out houses into impromptu choirs.

    Up to 40 Santa Fe choral students from Santa Fe and Capital high schools, Ortiz Middle School and Nina Otero Community School will participate in the concert. These Santa Fe Public Schools students will sing along on a few improvisational songs with McFerrin and his group.



    Throughout history and through many regions all over the world, people have spread rumors about magicians and witch doctors turning into beasts.

    Whether it be a curse, an article of clothing, or just the will of the gods, “were” creatures have roamed our deepest fears. The most commonly known creature that fits this description is the werewolf of European folklore.

    A werewolf, a derivative of the old English word for manwolf, is a human with the ability to shape shift into a wolf, whether it be by a curse or on purpose. The earliest recordings of this type of shape shifter legend are said to come from the Norse, Celtic, and other tribes that called England and France their home. A father and son were out hunting one day when they came across two wolf pelts.

    They put the wolf pelts on and discovered they had magic powers, turning them both into wolves. They agreed on a deal, while in there wolf forms, if one should spot a human hunting party, they would howl for the other and take part in the massacre together.

    The son came across such a party and killed them all and when he returned to his father he was killed himself out of rage. Odin, the Allfather of Norse mythology, took pity on the pair and resurrected the son. The duo then burned the pelts.

  • This year’s Pojoaque River Art Tour is packed with an eclectic mix of art, events and hands-on activities for all ages.

    The free two-day circuit Sept. 14-15 encompasses a wealth of quality Native American, Hispanic and Anglo artists, children’s art workshops, an art festival and a marathon. 

    Everything is within about a five-mile radius, so getting around to see each artist and studio should be doable for those who want to take in all that Pojoaque River Valley artists have to offer.

    “We’re a little bit different and a really big, diverse community,” said one of the original founders of the tour, Marianne Hornbuckle. 

    Hornbuckle first started the art tour with her husband William Preston in 1992 as a way to feature the artwork of the independent artists in the Pojoaque Valley and to create a community among the artists and artisans there. 

    “We are mostly people that retired and came to New Mexico,” she said.

  • The Mesa Public Library will open its newest art exhibit “Three Unique Talents” in the Upper Level Art Gallery Sept. 7 to showcase inspirational pieces for the public.

    An opening free public reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. and the exhibit will run through the end of September.

    The artists include popular Los Alamos artist Gloria Sharp, an artist who uses a fiber art method called batik, Mary F. Miller, of Taos, and Karen Trythall, a former Los Alamos teacher who now lives in Alcalde. 

    “It’s a pleasure to be part of the show. I expect the show to be really powerfully colorful,” Sharp said. “It might be fun to see what we make of it.”

    The multi-talented Sharp, who moved to Los Alamos with her husband about 45 years ago, first developed her love for art when she was a teacher in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She would spend her summers in her home, dyeing material and experimenting with the batik method of dying materials.

    Sharp’s art is a process of using dyes on fabric, then covering each step before dyeing the next step and eventually ending up with a final design. The process is much like the process used in dyeing Ukrainian eggs, she said.

  •  The Hillstrummers ukulele group will strum a final farewell to their conductor Dan Gerth on Friday with a festive sendoff during a lunchtime performance at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    The special event will start at 11:30 a.m. and include party tunes that will include playing the Happy Birthday song to celebrate August birthdays for all those who marked their special days this month.

    Gerth will conduct his final performance Friday before he moves away from the area, Ruth Lier said. He will be missed, she said.

    “We have had so much fun,” Lier said. 

    He has directed the group of more than 20 players for the past three years.

    The strummers will play a variety of tunes for the performance, including some Beatles tunes, “Love Potion Number 9,” “Cool Water” and two Hawaiian songs. The group will end with “Happy Trails.”

    “It is just a conglomeration of things we like to play,” Lier said.

    And, without giving away too much of the surprise, there will be a hula dance performed by one member of the group who will be wearing an authentic dress, Lier said.

  • It’s time to sign up for this year’s  annual 8th grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school eighth-grade students.

    The trip is a private trip and not a school sponsored trip.  Sign up online at worldstrides.org using ID Number 173688 or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same ID number.

    Click here to sign up.

    The trip will include round trip transportation, sightseeing transportation in and around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Maryland, all meals and admissions, hotel accommodations, night chaperons in hotel, accident and health insurance.  

    Highlights of the trip include the White House, the International Spy Museum, a Capitol tour, the Newseum, the Pentagon Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Arlington National Cemetery, night tours of the presidential monuments, the Iwo Jima, Korean, and the Vietnam memorials, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and much more.

    The trip will be four days and three nights in duration. The group will stay in a five star hotel in Crystal City, minutes from the sites.

  • Don’t miss the premiere of the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium’s new full-dome film “Superpower Dogs” at 2 p.m. Aug. 31.

    “Superpower Dogs” is the latest documentary from IMAX Entertainment, Cosmic Picture and presenting sponsor Mars Petcare. Local sponsor Pet Pangaea LLC is bringing this exciting film to Los Alamos.

    “Superpower Dogs” follows six real-life working dogs from around the world as well as their human partners as they brave earthquakes and avalanches, protect endangered species such as rhinos and elephants and transform the lives of people with special needs. The film is narrated by Chris Evans from the films “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Gifted.”

    “Pet Pangaea LLC is proud to sponsor this film celebrating the dogs in our lives. In our eyes, every dog in our community is a ‘Superpower Dog’ in how they enrich life and search dogs hold a special place in my heart,” owner Cyndi Wells said.

    Audiences will discover the amazing abilities of different breeds and the astonishing science behind their superpowers.

    Viewers will never look at their best friends the same way again! The stars of “Superpower Dogs” include:

  • All students in grades 4-12 who live in or attend school in Los Alamos County are invited to enter the annual Constitution Day Essay Contest.

    Entrants can write a winning essay and win cash; $300 high school; $200 middle school and $100 grades 4-6.
    The contest is sponsored by the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women.

    Constitution Day, Sept. 17, celebrates the U.S. Constitution and the freedoms it protects. The Constitution Day Essay Contest is designed to challenge students to learn more about the U.S. Constitution and to express original, thoughtful ideas in essay writing. Essays will be judged on how completely and clearly the ideas are stated and supported. Grammar, spelling and punctuation will also be considered.

    The awards ceremony will be Oct. 5 at the Constitution Day Dinner sponsored by the Republican Party of Los Alamos.

    The dinner will be at Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant. Winners will be notified by Sept. 25, and are invited along with one guest each to attend the dinner at no cost.

    The winners will be invited, but not required, to read their essays at the dinner.

  • Two Los Alamos Police Department officers graduated from a management program recently, learning additional skills in policy-making and management.

    LAPD Commander Preston Ballew and Sergeant Chris Ross graduated from the Northwestern Executive Management Program. 

    The three-week program, the third in a series of law enforcement leadership programs, provides the policy-making executive with an opportunity to examine in-depth topics affecting leaders and organizations in today’s changing law enforcement environment.

    The program is led by experienced practitioners and presented as a series of topical workshops.

    Together, participants question, examine and analyze critical issues shaping the law enforcement environment. 

    Topics include policy development, officer wellness, ethics, legal updates, information technology and critical incident command to name a few. 

    Ross has now completed all three and will be rewarded with an Executive Leadership Award from Northwestern. 

  • Entrance fees at Bandelier National Monument will be waived on Sunday to celebrate the National Park Service’s 103rd birthday!

    Every year, Bandelier National Monument gets to celebrate two birthdays: the park was authorized on February 11, 1916, and the National Park Service was established the same year on Aug. 25, now known as Founders Day. 

    “The agency now cares for over 415 of the most significant and amazing historical, cultural, and natural areas in the country. They range from Yellowstone and Carlsbad Caverns to the Washington Monument, from Gettysburg and Hawai’i Volcanoes to the Martin Luther King Memorial, and from Little Bighorn Battlefield and Grand Canyon, to Bandelier,” said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott.

    To celebrate the agency’s birthday, Sunday is a fee-free day, with no entrance fees being charged throughout the entire National Park System. 

    The other fee free days remaining this year are National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28 and Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

    Items in the park store, located in the Bandelier Visitor Center and managed by Western National Parks Association, will be 15% off.


    The Bradbury Science Museum will host Robotics Night from 5-7 p.m. This year, the museum anticipates over 15 live demonstrations by local Lego teams made up of students of all ages, the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s HazMat team, the Los Alamos Police Department Bomb Squad, UNM-Los Alamos, and a few surprise guests. Some of the teams will let guests “drive” the robots. The event will also have hands-on activities, including the museum’s robotic arm and presentations on the Mars Rover.


    Eastern New Mexico News

    CLOVIS — Far from a starter, chips and salsa took center stage Aug. 16 during the annual contest at the Curry County Fair.

    Made with a base of core ingredients — tomato, onion, garlic, salt and peppers — 21 entries competed at the fairgrounds’ indoor pavilion for cash prizes and coveted salsa chef aprons from the event sponsor of seven years, Leal’s Mexican Restaurant.

    “Everybody has their own style of salsa,” said event announcer Jeff Lynn. “Sometimes, as soon as you take a bite you’re running.”

    Anyone in need of milk might avail themselves of fresh dairy from the cows around the corner, Lynn joked.

    Among the entries was a strong family presence, in some cases with parents, children and siblings in stiff competition and in other instances with participants invoking their family history with a salsa recipe.

    Jack Brittain, 42, of Clovis, brought some of both. He said he’s been making his own salsa for about three decades, inspired as a child by his grandfather’s handiwork.