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  • Anyone who enjoys laughing until it hurts should be sure to attend Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “Rumors” by famed playwright Neil Simon.

    The show opens Friday and will be performed at 7:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 17 at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.

    There will also be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Nov. 11.

    “Rumors,” which was first performed in 1988, follows members of New York’s high society trying to survive an evening of miscommunication, misunderstanding and mayhem.

    Four couples have gathered for an anniversary celebration, but the first couple to arrive finds the house unattended, the hired help missing, and the host upstairs in his bedroom, bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and passed out from painkillers. His wife is nowhere to be found. The first couple works hard to keep the other guests, arriving in turn, from finding out what they discovered, and the lies and misdirection gather increasing momentum.

    “This play is a fun, fast, and endearing comedy,” said director Patrick Webb. “The anniversary party never gets started and the attempts at a cover-up get more and more desperate as characters zip on and off stage and get more and more confounded.”

  • The audience may be ready for the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s Friday concert, but is the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra ready?

    This year’s Fall concert features just three works, but they are doozies.

    They all date from the 19th Century area of classical music, when orchestras were big and brassy and the music was intricate and dynamic.

    This year, the orchestra will be tackling the “Symphonie Fantastique” and the “Roman Carnival,” by Berlioz, and “Espana,” by Chabrier.

    LASO Concertmaster Brian Newnam said he believes the orchestra is up to the challenge.

    “Symphonie Fantastique” is one of the major masterpieces of the 19th century. It’s quite difficult, but really colorful, very dramatic,” he said. “Everyone wants to play it because it’s so difficult to put together with the tempo changes, and lots of brass.”

    Known as an early romantic piece, “Symphonie Fantastique” swirls with emotion. The conductor wrote it to express his anguish over at first was an unrequited love affair.

  • By Jan Montoya
    jan@lamonitor.com

    I’ve seen a lot of performances over the years but I have to admit that “Wicked – the Untold story of the Witches of Oz” is definitely in my top five favorites. 

    The Wicked Witch of the West is dead! Down floats Galinda from the top of the stage gliding back and forth effortlessly in what would appear to be like the bubble in the original Wizard of Oz. 

    The characters – Galinda, who later changed her name to Glinda, Elphaba, the Witch, Monkeys, Denizens of the Emerald City, Palace Guards and other citizens of Oz, along with amazing scenery transforming the stage from a forest complete with flying monkeys, a boarding school and even Emerald City along with many others – even at times making it appear to be raining. 

    Galinda, the good witch, and Elphaba, who becomes known as the Wicked Witch, were forced to share a room together while at boarding school – Galinda is blonde, rich and popular, while Elphaba is green and known as quite the “outcast.”

  • On that special night, Haunted Jemez owner Sharon Chism plans to host a “witch burning,” along with the hot dogs and s’mores.

    “On Halloween night, we’re going have our own version of the Zozobra,” Chism said. “It’s for burning bad feelings, evil thoughts and all that. We’re going to burn that witch, and we’ll have hot dogs, chips, soft drinks and a bonfire with s’mores.” 

    Although Halloween will, be extra scary at Haunted Jemez, the graveyard will be open for scares on other nights as well.

    Started three years ago by Chism and her son Charlie, Haunted Jemez has grown to a half-acre and includes a western graveyard, an English graveyard, werewolves, zombies, a witch’s tea party, and dinosaurs. 

    Chism, whose son created the first haunted graveyard when he was living in Texas 15 years ago, doesn’t know exactly why they decided to start it up again when he came to live with her three years ago.

  • National Unity Day will be Wednesday.

    The community is invited to wear orange to promote anti-bullying, inclusion,acceptance  and kindness. The White Rock and

    Los Alamos Youth Activity enters will be working Monday and Tuesday to get third through eighth-graders to get ready.

    On Wednesday, staff will wear orange in Unity with their students. To learn more about the Youth Activity Centers, call 662-9412.

  • The ladies of Beta Sigma Phi will once again kick off their holiday season with their arts and crafts fair Oct. 27.

    The annual event will be held at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 E Road, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

    More than 40 vendors are expected to be site for the gathering.

    Professional quilter Alice Garcia has crafted the raffle quilt for the grand drawing, held at the end of the day.

    Garcia has selected a geometric design that can be used or displayed year-round.

    “I love making quilts and making people happy,” Garcia said.

    The raffle tickets sell for just $1 each and are available in advance from members of the Xi Nu chapter throughout the entire day.

    Wait, there’s more! If you purchase your tickets prior to the event, or early in the day, you will also have a chance to win more than 40 items donated by vendors throughout the course of the fair.

    This particular craft fair has been in existence for more than 30 years and has featured jewelry, art, beautiful knives, handmade soaps, quilts, kitchen towels, chocolates and more.

    This year, a new vendor will be on hand with items made of stained and blown glass.

    Contact event coordinator, Judy Lovejoy at 670-0823 for information.

  • Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater for a special showing of the acclaimed documentary “Free Solo” at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Pajarito Brewpub.

    This film follows climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream of climbing El Capitan, without a rope.

    Pajarito Brewpub will also be at this showing serving beer and wine and ticket sales will serve as a fundraiser for PEEC.

    Tickets are available for purchase now at the Reel Deal Theater and are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the screening.

    “Free Solo” is a National Geographic Documentary Film from filmmaker E. Chair Vasarhelyi (“MERU”) and photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin and is a stunning and intimate portrait of Honnold’s journey to free soloing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. His climb has been lauded as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, setting the ultimate standard of perfection or death.

    For more information, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • TODAY
    Russian Language Group from 10 a.m.-noon at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St. Russian-speaking children meet and immerse in the language, kids will sing, perform skits and play games in Russian. This group meets every other Sunday.
    MONDAY
    Chapter AK, P.E.O., will hold a regular business meeting at 7 p.m. in the home of Jane Phillips, 110 Grand Canyon, in White Rock. Marilyn Doolen is the co-hostess. Ruth Lier will provide the program. RSVP to Jane at 672-1677. Note the new time.

    Prepare to Care lecture from 1-3 p.m. at the Aspen Ridge Senior Living Center in Los Alamos. This lecture is sponsored by the Memory Care Alliance of Northern New Mexico for caregivers. For information, email david@memorycarenm.org.

    Free Argentine Tango beginning dance lessons at 7 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Voices of Los Alamos from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos. Elizabeth Allen, attorney at law, will discuss restorative justice. Also, Steven Horak, Los Alamos Environmental Management Office, will give a brief update on the chromium plume. All are welcome.
    TUESDAY
    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. Committee Day.

  • This week, I am suggesting just one thing for you to do and that is to talk to your kids about the issue of bullying in their lives or as they see it?

    The newest data on our youth is out and I’m not sure when or if you will hear about it. The YRRS is the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey and it is a snapshot in the life of our youth. Pages eight and nine boil a 117-page report into something bite size, so you can get a good glimpse at how things look.

    This is done every other year and the reports for Los Alamos and every other county are online. If you feel like the sample size is too small, then just look back to 2015, when we literally surveyed every sixth- through 12th-grade student.

    Here’s a small 2017 nutshell:

    • Bullied on school property 31.5 percent

    • Physical dating violence 11.3 percent

    • Forced to do sexual things (by anyone) 12.8 percent

    • Seriously considered suicide 21.2 percent

    • Non-suicidal self-injury 24.5 percent

    These data points may not all appear to be related to bullying, but the topics can easily be linked together, I assure you.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is hosting a two-day Wilderness First Aid course at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

    The class will be held on Nov. 3 and 4 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.

    Participants will receive their WFA certification, which is good for two years.

    Register now at peecnature.org or by visiting or calling the Los Alamos Nature Center at 662-0460.

    Jeff DeBellis from SOLO Wilderness Medical School will teach this class.

    Participants will receive two full days of instruction, including practice scenarios; a textbook, WFA certification and a catered lunch on Saturday. Participants will need to bring their own sack lunch on Sunday and will be emailed a list of other supplies to bring. The WFA course will cover the basics of how to help someone in need of first-aid outdoors and is a great opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts, trip leaders or people who spend time in remote, rural or disaster-prone areas.

    Advance registration for this course is required. Admission is $200 for PEEC members and $240 for non-members.

  • Join biologist James Cain at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Friday to learn about his research on recent wildfires’ impact on black bears and how they have responded to subsequent forest restoration treatments.

    This talk is free to attend and is open to the public.

    Decades of fire suppression, logging and overgrazing have altered the conditions of southwestern forests, resulting in degraded habitat conditions for wildlife and more frequent and severe wildfires.

    These changes have resulted in an increased need for forest restoration treatments to revive historic forest structure, plant species composition and fire regimes.

    Both wildfires and forest restoration treatments can result in big changes to habitat conditions for many species of wildlife, so forest restoration plans should include monitoring and research programs that document the short and long-term responses to restoration treatments. Cain and his team are currently monitoring how black bears have responded to the forest restoration treatments in the Jemez Mountains.

    At this talk, he will present preliminary results of their research and lead a general discussion of black bear ecology in the Jemez Mountains.

  • 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.

  • The public is invited to join Bandelier Astronomy Rangers Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Juniper Campground Amphitheater to be a part of International Observe the Moon Night.

    This worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration is held annually as a night when everyone on Earth is encouraged to observe and learn about the moon and celebrate the cultural and personal connections we have with the moon. Each year, thousands of people participate at museums, planetariums, schools, universities, observatories, parks, businesses, and backyards around the world.

    Saturday’s event at Bandelier will begin with a short presentation about observing the moon through history, then looking at select lunar sites through telescopes.

    No reservations needed, however dress warmly and bring flashlights, enthusiasm and questions.

    For information, call 672-3861, ext. 517 or visit  nps.gov/band, on Facebook, BandelierNPS.

  • Get out in the outback before the snow really flies this winter. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center invites the public to hike Kitchen Mesa at Ghost Ranch Saturday, with Bill Priedhorsky of the Los Alamos Mountaineers.

    PEEC is partnering with the Mountaineers to offer this outing.

    Kitchen Mesa is a beautiful gypsum-capped high point that stands above the headquarters of Ghost Ranch. Space is limited for this hike and registration is required.

    Kitchen Mesa trail is a difficult hike and participants should plan to hike six to seven miles with significant elevation gain.

    The group will hike to the edge of Kitchen Mesa and continue along the mesa tops to see additional terrain and more of Ghost Ranch. The mesa lies at the edge of the Colorado Plateau in a region of red rock cliffs and desert formations.

    Participants will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 8 a.m. and carpool to Ghost Ranch. Attendees should wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, hiking boots and a hat and bring water, snacks and a lunch. If there is an interest among the group, they may stop for dinner in Abiquiu or Española on the drive back.

    This trip is limited to 10 participants and registration is required at peecnature.org. The cost is $8 for PEEC and Los Alamos Mountaineer members and $10 for non-members.

  • JEMEZ SPRING — A little-known haunted find in the small village of Cañon, just eight miles south of Jemez Springs, is expected to draw Halloween lovers to the Jemez Valley again this year.

    “Haunted Jemez” features a roughly half-acre of private property featuring several scary scenes outdoors, in which visitors can walk around, with almost two dozen animated and non-animated creatures throughout the circular walk.

    “Haunted Jemez” has grown in size since it was initiated three years ago by Cañon resident, Sharon Chism, whose aim is to promote the “inner child.”

    “My overriding goal in hosting a haunted graveyard experience is to encourage visitors to come up the area, enjoy the hot springs up in Jemez Springs and all there is to do in the area,” said Chism.

    Before moving to New Mexico, Chism’s son, Charlie Reagan, set up a similar graveyard at their Texas home where visitors would stop for over 15 years.

    Though Reagan set up something similar in Cañon when they first arrived, he was later hired to set up and manage the well-known Haunted Corn Field at McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty. His mother vowed to carry on the tradition in Cañon on her own.

  • There are various stories around the origins of Halloween, including that it’s a time when boundaries between this world and the otherworld become thinner – a time when spirits can more easily visit us. That’s a good description of any day at the House of Eternal Return by Meow Wolf, and the group has announced a third year of House of Halloween from today through Oct. 31.

    Dedicated teams of Meow Wolf artists have been hard at work this summer creating art installations in the spirit of Halloween to make this is a most unique time to discover new stories and characters – all free with the price of regular admission.

    There will also be a variety of special events, concerts, costume contests, Halloween-themed food and beverages and special discount times for New Mexico residents.

    Immersive Performances

    The Selig family suddenly vanished from the house on March 17, 2016. What happened? What do you make of the clues they left behind? What strange beings and phenomena have been transforming through portals in the Multiverse since they were last seen? Is there really a stray cat wandering the forest? Can you unlock a riddle and find Lex?
    Guests can check out live immersive performances with all-new characters during these times:

  • Los Alamos residents Whitney Spivey and Brenda Fleming have taken their love for the town they’re raising their families in and express it through a children’s book they created called “Goodnight, Los Alamos.”

    They both said the book was a labor of love for the county the two young mothers and their families call home.
    The author, Spivey, has identical, 18-month-old, twin daughters. She thought of the idea when she and her husband realized there weren’t any children’s books about Los Alamos.

    “I was reading them books about Charlottesville, Virginia, or Crested Butte, Colorado, but not about the place we actually lived,” Spivey said.

    After a brief conversation with her husband about what that book would look like, Spivey, a professional writer who works at Los Alamos National Laboratory, created a rough draft in a couple of hours. Spivey’s colleague and graphic designer Fleming came up with illustrations for the book, and with a little refinement, “Goodnight Los Alamos” came into being. The book shows their children saying “good night” to 26 notable places around Los Alamos County, including Bandelier National Monument, Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Ashley Pond, the Los Alamos Co-op and other places.

  • The Fuller Lodge Art Center will be holding their 38th annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair.

    More than 60 local and regional artists will display their work from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 E. Road in Los Alamos.

    Most of the artists are tried and trued vendors of previous fairs and have been participating for many years.
    Attendees should recognize Kathy Hjeresen’s beaded jewelry, as well as Neal and Ophelia’s carved Nativity gourd ornaments once they walk through the door.

    Other recognizable artists would be Marilyn Lisowski, Barbara Knupper, Krysia Napiorkowski, Gloria Olazabal, and John and Lisa Newell, of AluminArt. Bonnie Bray, Bee Chama Honey, and others will also be on hand.

    Another longtime vendor who will be displaying their work this year is Irene Wiley out of Sandia Park with her raku sculpture and tiles including fish, sealife, flowers, cats and more.

    Sandra Moench will be back by the stage with her functional and handsome collection of pottery. Alexis Palmaffy will also be back again this year selling her etchings and doing henna.

  • 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.

  • BY ANNE D’INNOCENZIO
    AP Retail Writer

    NEW YORK — It was a Friday and I was eagerly awaiting my vegetable spiralizer, red wine and Roku stick. They all arrived as promised.

    But where was that book and makeup I ordered? And my pizza?

    Same-day delivery offers the tantalizing convenience of online ordering with nearly the same immediacy of store buying. But how well are stores pulling it off? I settled in on my couch and spent a Friday trying several different services, from traditional retailers to online-only merchants.

    Some stores did better than others. Amazon Prime Now, Instacart and FoodKick all delivered my items within a certain time frame. At the other end of the spectrum were some doozies. One delivery – Bobbi Brown eye shadow from online luxury purveyor Net-a-Porter – didn’t arrive at all. Ordering from Barnes & Noble included glitches both on the website and on the app, and a book that didn’t come until nearly 9 p.m.

    The pizza? That came later than I was told as well, and I was hungry.

    Here’s my take on what went well – and what didn’t.