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Teen Pulse

  • Program bridges generation gap

    About a dozen students met in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater with a group of senior citizens for Cookies and Conversation recently.
    The monthly event takes place during students’ lunch hour and promotes conversation between the elderly and the young, accompanied by an assortment of cookies and free lunch.
    The atmosphere is ideal for talking about any subject. At the Jan. 14 meeting, topics ranged from New Year’s resolutions to community service and college degrees.
    For part of the get-together, two senior citizens, Don Casperson and Morrie Pongratz, took a trip back in time and shared some of their teenage experiences.
    Despite the age difference, both Casperson and Pongratz talked about subjects that today’s teens can relate to: music and high school.
    Casperson said he participated in many clubs and was part of the yearbook staff.
    He also recalled his love for music. “I was musically inclined. I played the trumpet and I was in band.” His favorite group was the Beatles.
    Pongratz noted that in his teenage years, Elvis Presley was popular. “The Beatles had not hit until I was in college, so it was Elvis Presley. Rock ‘n roll was just getting started,” he said.

  • Andrew and Mousie 01-20-13
  • Word on the Street 01-20-13

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon asked LAHS students, “What is your opinion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 01-20-13

    • Monday: AC closed
    • Tuesday: Lego contest
    • Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Bingo
    • Friday: Indoor games

    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.
    The White Rock Youth Activity Center is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565. The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is at 475 20th St., 662-9412.

  • Fashion Maven: What's trending in the fashion world

    The weather is still cold enough that someone would have to pay about $1 billion to make you stop wearing cuddly sweaters, warm pea coats and toasty boots, but believe it or not, spring is heading our way and in the fashion world, it has already arrived.
    Designers recently wrapped up most of their spring runway shows and I’ve combed through some of their looks to bring you the top trends of the coming season before anyone else does.
    What’s my reason for such an early start? During, after and even before the spring runway shows, clothing stores and less prominent designers take the extravagant looks they see marching down the runways and “humanize” them.
    These consumer-friendly products, which are based on — but are less flamboyant than — the exotic creations seen during the fashion shows, are then sent to your favorite stores, all before spring even turns the corner.
    That means that right now, the newest spring trends are already in stores and if you want to get the cream of the crop, shopping for the next season now is much smarter than waiting until the flowers start sprouting in the spring.
    So let’s cut to the chase. Here’s a list of next season’s trends and essential pieces.

  • Organizations help those in need

    Every year, joy is brought to children who don’t have the most ideal situation at home.
    Each Christmas, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos helps give children in Santa Fe and the surrounding areas, a brighter holiday through the Angel Tree.
    The Angel Tree is a Christmas tree set up in the church and is covered with tags listing the requests of children in need of gifts. The parish community members fulfill the tag requests to help families who can’t afford presents for their children.  
    This year, 586 children received 1,065 gifts, including 24 bicycles, more than 60 gift cards and one mini iPad, in total equaling more than one ton of presents.  
    This is all made possible through the coordination of three different organizations that work with IHM: Sojourners, a homeless advocacy group; Bienvenidos, a food bank in Santa Fe and Children Youth and Family Services Foster Care. All three of these groups help find children who are in need of Christmas gifts.

  • Andrew and Mousie 01-13-13
  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 01-13-13

    • Monday: Fuse beads
    • Tuesday: Penguin art in White Rock, 21 in Los Alamos
    • Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: 21 in White Rock, Penguin art in Los Alamos
    • Friday: Wii Friday

    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.
    The White Rock Youth Activity Center is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565. The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is at 475 20th St., 662-9412.

  • Word on the Street 01-13-13

    Teen Pulse staff member Ben Hanlon asked high school and middle school students, “What is your New Year’s resolution?”

  • Expect to be entertained

    Years after the popular “Lord of The Rings” movie series was filmed, J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey” was finally released in theaters Dec. 14.  
    Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” written as a prequel to “The Lord of the Rings,” is distributed by Warner Bros. and is directed by Peter Jackson, who also directed “The Lord of the Rings.”
    The main character, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), is a hobbit — a human-like creature — half the size of a man, with large hairy feet.  He lives a comfortable, uneventful life in the peaceful land of The Shire.  
    One evening, Bilbo is interrupted by a company of 11 dwarves and their leader, Prince Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), along with the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen).  
    They all convince Bilbo to help them reclaim their old kingdom of Erebor and their treasure, which was captured by the dragon Smaug. The troop travels eastward while being chased by fearsome orcs and then getting captured by goblins.  
    It’s in the goblin caves that Bilbo meets the creature Gollum, (voice of Andy Serkis) and comes across a simple gold ring, the ring of power.