In order not to disappoint families who wish to attend The Santa Fe Opera’s production of Noah’s Flood an extra performance has been added: 4 p.m., Aug. 10 in O’Shaughnessy Hall at the Opera Ranch. Previously announced performances are sold out. The famous children’s opera by Benjamin Britten has a cast of children who portray the animals who are saved when, having heard from God about the coming flood, Noah builds his ark.  The set has been designed by famed Santa Fe santero, Charles Carrillo who has adapted the setting to New Mexico.   General admission tickets at $5 may be purchased in person or by calling The Santa Fe Opera Box Office, 986-5900, toll free:  800-280-4654.

  • The Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents a mouth-watering evening with award winning cookbook authors, Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison. The talk is at 7 p.m., Aug. 22 in the upstairs rotunda.
    This time of year, a trip to the local Farmers’ Market or Los Alamos Coop reveals the best of local crops, the very freshest and best ingredients for these recipes compiled in the Jamisons’ charming book of home recipes from across the state, Tasting New Mexico. It is also time for green chile roasting in towns all over the state.
    New Mexico has distinctive cooking with blends of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo influences.
    The Jamison’s crisscrossed the state in search of a variety of family and hometown favorites, including green and red chile stews, albóndigas (meatballs), carne adovada (pork braised in red chile), pollo con arroz (chicken simmered with rice), chile rellenos, spring quelites (spinach), chicos (dried corn), frybread and sopaipillas and natillas custard.

  • A celebration of student work created during the Best Six Weeks of Summer Art Camp was on display Aug. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Participants were students from area schools in three grouped categories: Ages 4-6, grades first through sixth and ages 13 and older.

  •  The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus has been abuzz the past few weeks with students from grades one through 12, participating in the Summer Program for Youth that ran from July 29 through August 1.
    The program now in its 25th year, provides exciting, hands-on, activity-based learning sessions focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
    The eight classes offered included the study of rocks, coding, animals, movie making and cyber security and each lasting four half-days.
    “We tried to provide a selection of topics that included favorites from previous years as well as new subject matter and age-appropriate learning experiences,” Eva Artschwager, director of community education said.
    “The class, Working with Animals, generated a lot of attention because we had so many live creatures on our campus in one week,” Artschwager said, who helped facilitate visits from dogs, goats, falcons and great horned owls.
    Organizations that participated or volunteered time included the Bradbury Museum, Assistance Dogs of the West, Raptor Center of Santa Fe, Debby Wood Goats and the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos. Los Alamos National Laboratory employees also donated time during non-work hours.

  • Oh, how fleeting sweet summer.
    During the summer, I try and do my share of reading in preparation for a program we do called, Change of Heart.
    Change of Heart is a seven hour, “improving school climate,” to include the buzzword bullying, which seems hard to define.
    The program is taught to every sixth grade class, in the district. We also teach every student in seventh and eighth grade who are new to our district.
    What I’ve come to see differently this summer, are some of the extenuating factors that play a role in youth development.
    The role parents and caregivers play is so crucial for youth development. Something as simple as a conversation can heavily imprint a young mind for life.
    The way you talk to your children has such an impact.
    I have always viewed my role as parent to raise children that turn out better than me. It isn’t a contest. I’m not worried that they will be smarter, make more money, or be more successful.
    As a matter of fact, I hope they can do all of that.
    The thing I would like to focus on is how we treat and talk to children.
    My research from the Duchess of York to the average teenager shows how relationships can tear down or build up. One style can damage for life, the other, can see them through the tough challenges of life.


    “Mostly Clear and Partly Cloudy” is an exhibit featuring the works of Shaun Gilmore and Janice Wall. Wall and Gilmore are members of the Lady Minimalist Tea Society, a group of women artists that deal with abstract art using various types of media. 

    Top: Wall’s art is mainly on prints. Left: Gilmore has dangling strips of laminated plastic with media and ink prints. 

    The exhibit runs through Aug. 4 at the Mesa Public Library upstairs art gallery and available for viewing during regular business hours. 


    Watch for a purple toilet landing in a yard near you.

    That Walking Warriors Relay for Life team is “Flushing away Cancer” with a purple toilet fundraiser.

    If you find a purple toilet in your yard you have a few options, you can have it removed for $10, have it placed in a yard of your choice for $25, or buy Toilet protection insurance for $30 this keeps your yard free of commodes. This will start tonight and continue until the Los Alamos Relay for Life event on Aug 23-24.  Contact Hope at hjjaramillo@msn.com.  

    This year’s Relay for Life will be at Ashley pond on Aug. 23–24. There will be a survivors dinner before at the Betty Ehart Center, contact Susan Brockway at  susbrockway@gmail.com. 


    Aug. 4-10, 2013

    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart


    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    10 a.m. Opera talk with Carl Newton

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken caesar salad


    Local mom, Deb Church Worley got creative with son Ryan recently, working on an inspirational project that may indeed benefit the masses.

    Worley, a former United Church of Los Alamos Reverend, took time off to have children and spend time with her family, which includes; husband Chris, daughter Sarah, son Ryan and son John.

    She along with Ryan put crayon to paper and finger to keyboard to create What Does God See, When God looks at Me?

    The book explores the learning process young children have when discovering the relationship they can have with God.

    “The most exciting thing since it has been in print, is to hear from friends and relatives that they’ve bought the book,”  Worley said.


    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home. 

    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on the animals and learn more about special needs animals, or cats and dogs that are currently in foster care. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets. 


    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.


  • TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Snow and frigid temperatures didn't stop thousands of screaming teenagers from crowding into the Washington Coliseum in the nation's capital for the Beatles first live concert on American soil.

    And not having a flash didn't stop photographer Mike Mitchell, then just 18 years old, from using his unrestricted access to document that historic February night in 1964 using only the dim light in the arena.

    Ghostly shadows and streams of light filled some negatives. With the help of modern technology and close to 1,000 hours in front of the computer screen, Mitchell was able to peel back decades of grunge and transform those old negatives into a rare, artful look at one of pop culture's defining moments.

    Mitchell's portraits of the Beatles are the centerpiece of a monthlong exhibition at the David Anthony Fine Art gallery in Taos — the first time the prints have been exhibited since being unveiled in 2011 at a Christie's auction in New York City. The gallery started hanging the first of the framed prints a week ago in preparation for Friday's opening.

    "Just amazing," gallery owner David Mapes said as he looked around the room at the large black and white prints and wondered aloud what it must have been like to be in Mitchell's shoes that night.

  • Join New Mexico’s unofficial “Butterfly Guy” Steve Cary at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 7 p.m. on Aug. 15.
    Cary’s talk will be before the 21st annual Los Alamos Butterfly Count on Aug. 17. Participants for the count should meet 8:30 a.m. at PEEC, or 9 a.m. at the Burnt Mesa Trailhead. Both events are free and all ages are welcome.
    During the talk, Cary will show many of his own photographs, which will help attendees learn how to identify butterflies they are likely to see in this year’s butterfly count. He will also explain the effect the recent wildfires have had on our local species, and he will summarize the monitoring of monarch butterflies and offer opportunities for Los Alamoseños to participate.
    On Saturday, join Cary and PEEC Butterfly interest group member Dorothy Hoard, to observe our local species of butterflies in their natural habitats. At the same time, participants will be contributing to science, as the data collected during the count is used to track the butterflies. In the past, data has been shared with the North American and New Mexico Butterfly Associations. No experience is necessary to take part in the butterfly count, and this will be a family friendly activity.
    Three different habitats will be covered: mesa top, streamside and high altitude (Camp May).

  • Santa Fe
    Molly’s Kitchen and Lounge, 2829 Agua Fria St.
    Date inspected: July 12
    Violations: Four high-risk violations. Bar area hand sink filled with dirty dishes. Dirty dishes left in bar area overnight. Open coffee cup and donut in prep area. Broken glass on shelves. All high-risk violations corrected at time of inspection. Three moderate-risk violations. No test strips available. Worn laminate on shelves. Faucets lead and hard to turn off, corrected during inspection. Three low-risk violations. No paper towels in men’s restroom, corrected during time of inspection. Bad lighting in kitchen and prep area. Excess of equipment leading to clutter in facility makes cleaning difficult.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Time to raise a glass to Angel Fire Resort’s fine dining restaurant, Elements, for its world-class wine selection.
    Wine Spectator has released its 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards and the magazine honored Elements with an Award of Excellence. Elements is located in the Angel Fire Resort Country Club, in the Southern Rockies of New Mexico.
    The magazine’s annual international awards come in three tiers: The highest honor, the Grand Award, usually goes to select restaurants with super-deep wine selections that exceed 1, 500 varieties. Second place is Best of Award of Excellence and third is Award of Excellence.
    Out of more than 3,700 restaurants the magazine chose to recognize only 850 restaurants with the Best of Awards of Excellence. In this category Wine Spectator’s middle-tier award honors wine lists of 400 or more quality selections. These award winners must also offer significant vintage depth or superior breadth in one or more major wine regions. Receiving this honor thrills Element’s and Angel Fire Country Club manager, Jillian Smothers.
    “We have been adding and building Element’s wine list for years, to make sure it offers the best from several regions,” explains Smothers. “To have been recognized by the leading wine experts, for our effort, is an honor.”

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a rare chance to visit the abandoned Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba, on Aug. 10.
    The trip, led by local geology expert Patrick Rowe, will be fun and hands-on for both adults and children. Participants will explore the area, with ample chances to find beautiful specimens such as petrified wood.
    In addition to the petrified wood specimens, which are regularly covered with green malachite and blue azurite, trip participants can find “red-bed” septarian nodules (also known as Dragon Stones) that contain calcite crystals in the centers, as well as azurite balls “blue berries” and rosettes. Often deer and elk are spotted in the area, as well as some resident cows.
    Larry Gore, a geologist for the Santa Fe Forest Service, will give the group a talk on the mine’s geology and history and efforts to remediate the abandoned mine.

  • The Peace’s New Century Project, a collaboration spanning 14 years, will be exhibited in two locations during early August. The exhibit at Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos will take place Aug. 5-10, with a reception, 4 p.m. on Aug. 6.
    At Jemez Fine Art Gallery in Jemez Springs, the exhibit will take place Aug 2-8, with an Aug. 4 reception.
    The project is an exchange between artists Betsie Miller-Kusz, of Jemez Valley, whose father was a young graduate student working on the Manhattan Project, and Masaru Tanaka, of Hiroshima, Japan. Tanaka’s father was burned at four years old, when the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
    The artists met in San Francisco and began working on the project in 1999, using a collage of Tanaka’s photographs with Miller-Kusz’s paintings of an Earth protecting spirit. The resulting digital images have been shown in Asia and the United States, including the War Memorial Building in San Francisco, the Mirasaka Peace Museum in Hiroshima and the United Nations in New York.
    Both artists have devoted themselves to the creation of peace imagery as a result of their family histories. The images are very tranquil, and instill a possibility of dialogue among those who view them.

  • Hari Viswanathan led the Critter Cam Class at PEEC’s Orange Street headquarters. He covered motion-activated cameras, from infrared, to white flash, to DSLR, and showed examples of his work. After his presentation, Viswanathan answered questions and expanded on previous ideas. The class was free and no registration was required. Trail cameras are available for rental by PEEC members for two-week time periods.

  • LANL employees, friends, family, and community members come together to take a first look at two new Bradbury Science Museum exhibits: Nanotechnology and Algae Biofuels. The crowd explored the newly installed exhibits, which took 18 months to prepare. and tackle subjects such as detecting cancer with nanoparticles and the possible invention of invisibility cloaks. After a series of remarks by Linda Deck, Alan Bishop, Jose Olivares, Katherine Chartrand, and David E. Morris, participants were invited to help themselves to refreshments, including lemonade and brownies. 

  • This week, I wanted to offer my personal kudos to Los Alamos National Laboratory, for a wonderful Family Day.
    The event, done as part of the 70th anniversary celebration, was obviously the result of many hours of planning and lots of effort by both staff and volunteers.
    The result was a success.
    The opportunity for so many to make a different connection to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, was an engaging way to build relationships with family and community.
    Our family had the opportunity to tour the Emergency Operations Center and view the hub where the decision makers operate.
    It gave a new perspective of how LANL leadership, LANL Emergency Management, Los Alamos County Emergency Management, Chief Wayne Torpy and Chief Doug Tucker must have pulled together to work as a team during the Las Conchas Fire, using collaboration for a common goal.
    We toured the CINT-Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies building and had an opportunity to glimpse the future and what possibilities we may see.
    The time taken to explain quantum dots to novice minds, put into perspective some new and wonderful things the laboratory is doing, many not even known to those that live just over the bridge.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home!
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, for more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating, as well as read up on some of the animals and learn more about special needs animals, or cats and dogs that are currently in foster care. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all adoptable pets.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Bella — A lovely, spayed, female, GSD mix with soft floppy ears. She is active and friendly. She loves walks, toys and snuggling. She is a little shy initially with strangers, but quickly warms up to friendly human interaction. Bella is good with other dogs and loves going to the dog park. Call 412-3998 to find out more about her.