LOS ALAMOS, NM — The Los Alamos County Council has declared September as “Arts and Culture” month in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Subsequently, dozens of arts and culture centered events have been scheduled in Los Alamos from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, as part of a “C U in September” promotion.
“The ‘C U in September’ promotion is a lot fun for organizations like us, who are coming together to showcase everything there is to do in Los Alamos,” said Heather McClenahan, Executive Director of the Los Alamos Historical Society and one of the organizers of “C U in September.” “There are dozens of cultural and art related events throughout the year in Los Alamos, but this month provides a great opportunity for the public to discover the many activities here – from fascinating lectures; to art classes for adults, family friendly festivals, and everything in between.”
In addition to arts and cultural events, curious kids who love learning about area plants and animals can be part of the “Nature Detective Club” or become “Outdoor Explorers” – two new clubs for kids, grades kindergarten through first (“Nature Detectives”); and kids, second through third (“Outdoor Explorers”). Meeting times are Tuesdays from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m., Sept. 4–Nov. 27. Fees are $113 per child; or $90 for Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) members or second siblings. Contact the PEEC at 505-662-0460 or email programs(at)pajaritoeec(dot)org to register. Visit www(dot)pajaritoEEC(dot)org for details.
Though Los Alamos has many cultural activities, it is widely recognized for its role in the Manhattan Project. See the only color photograph of the historic Trinity test taken by Jack Aeby during a special museum exhibit, “Jack Aeby: His Life and the Work Beyond the Blast,” opening on Sept. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Historical Museum. The event is free. Visit www(dot)losalamoshistory(org) for details.
Then on Sept. 11, hear from Chautauqua speaker and storyteller Susan Frontczak as she reveals how Marie Curie revolutionized the world with her discoveries of radium and radioactivity. Her presentation, “Madame Curie: A Living History” is being held at Fuller Lodge from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Frontczak will also make a presentation at the Los Alamos Little Theatre on Friday, Sept. 14 as part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Student Day at the Next Big Idea Festival. Visit www(dot)losalamoshistory(org) for details.
The Next Big Idea Festival along Los Alamos’ Main Street provides a family-friendly environment where kids will become inspired and intrigued with science, math and technology through numerous hands-on activities, demonstrations, entertainment and more. The free event takes place at Fuller Lodge on Sept. 15. Visit www(dot)nextbigideala(dot)com for details.
“Trees and Shrubs of NM Workshop” on Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon, with Jack Carter. Carter will help participants feel more comfortable and knowledgeable in identifying local plants. $50 for PEEC members, which includes a copy of his book. The event takes place at the Pajarito Environment Education Center at 3540 Orange St in Los Alamos.
Finally, learn how to draw the human form with “Life Drawing Long Pose,” a free class offered on Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no class fee; however, students are expected to split the model fee. Easels are provided; bring own materials. Contact Ken Nebel at 505-690-1715. No registration necessary.
For a complete list of all daily “C U in September” events, visit www.fyila.com’s “Events” section, and click on “event type” the drop down menu.