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Today's Features

  • On the top of a list of varied things Roberta Arruda likes to do is playing her violin. She likes to play in chamber groups and big and small orchestras, but best of all she likes to solo.  
    “Playing as a soloist is very special,” she said. At 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Crossroads Bible Church, Arruda will solo with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra. She will play the “Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3” —a work that Arruda grew up listening to on recordings by Josh Bell.
    Arruda, born in Brazil to non-musical parents, began her musical journey on the recorder at the age of seven. By 10, she had switched to the violin. It was a perfect match and she has continued to study violin all over the world — the United States, France, Belgium and Hungary.  
    Now, living in New Mexico, she has an active life, which involves teaching at New Mexico State University, playing with the La Catrina Quartet (the resident quartet at NMSU), and playing with the Santa Fe Pro Musica.  
    In past years, she has played with the Opera Southwest, the San Juan Symphony, UNMSO, the Santa Fe Symphony and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

  • Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    • Sept. 6: A boy, Winston Thomas-James Fronk, born to Melissa and Tyler Fronk
    • Sept. 12: A boy, Owen Forrest Judge, born to Beth and Dan Judge
    • Sept. 12: A girl, Annalia Faith Martinez, born to Mariquita and Adrian Martinez

  • Dr. Genna Frances Reeves-DeArmond, a 2002 graduate of Los Alamos High School, graduated from Oregon State University in September.
    She earned a doctorate in design and human environment, with an emphasis in historic and cultural aspects of dress and textiles and a minor in visual rhetoric and museum and heritage studies.
    Reeves-DeArmond completed a dissertation titled, “Understanding historical events through dress and costume displays at Titanic museum attractions.”
    She received the Ruth Warnke Graduate Fellowship for outstanding research from Oregon State University. She also received awards for Outstanding Graduate Teaching, Student Engagement and Leadership of Undergraduate Research and served as the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services Advisory Board Co-Chairwoman while at OSU.
    She is the recipient of the 2012 Sara Douglas Fellowship for Doctoral Professional Promise through ITAA. She completed an internship at the Santa Fe Opera in the costume departments during her undergraduate coursework in 2005.
    Reeves-DeArmond is the daughter of Margaret and Frank Reeves Jr. of Los Alamos.

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

    The Christian Church

  • “What is the benefit of publicly identifying that I am a Christian?”— Anonymous teen

    As a teenager, you may fear you will jeopardize your social position and popularity if you let it be known you have a genuine belief in Christ.
    There are good reasons for coming out as a Christian, however.
    For one thing, the Bible is quite clear that God expects his followers to own up to their faith.  
    Joshua minced no words when publicly declaring his allegiance to God (Josh. 24:15).  Jesus’ meaning was obvious when he said, “If you deny me before men I will deny you before my Father.” (Matt. 10:32-33).
    A living faith in a living God is clearly a private matter with a public face.
    Second, publicly identifying your faith is a matter of integrity; i.e., being true to yourself. Who you are, what you value, the choices you make, and how you relate to others are all a reflection of your core beliefs. Hiding your faith is essentially dishonest.
    Third, you probably won’t keep your faith a secret anyway because you will inevitably be drawn into a community of believers.
    The New Testament teaches that the Spirit of God who is present and active in each individual also establishes the corporate life of the church (Acts 2:42-47).

  • Aspen Party at Ski Hill
    Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 1-4 p.m. Sunday for an Aspen Party. The Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge deck area will be filled with activities and things to explore. The party is free to members and the cost for non-members is $10 per family. Families can get ready for the colder months by making nature-themed crafts and investigating life in the fall leaves. Make bird feeders, corn husk flowers or recycled notebooks. Many holidays are fast approaching and who knows, attendees might take home some hand made gifts or get some ideas for Halloween costumes. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    LASO concert to honor Daniel Pearl
    In 2002, young Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered while pursuing a story in Pakistan. Pearl also happened to be a violinist who played in a number of bands and musical groups and often took his violin and mandolin with him when he traveled.

  • Brave New Brass is a brass ensemble recently formed in Los Alamos, based on previous brass quintets organized by Dave and Deniece Korzekwa.
    The members of Brave New Brass have a broad interest in the music available for small brass ensembles of various combinations and have been performing as a group in Los Alamos for the past several months.
    At the Brown Bag program at noon Oct. 3 in Fuller Lodge, Brave New Brass will present a variety of music written or arranged for brass instruments (quintet, trio, duet, and solo) ranging from the Baroque music of the 17th century (Purcell and Bach) to contemporary composers of brass music (Frackenpohl and Ewazen), with some jazz and tangos thrown in for variety.
    Members of the group are all Los Alamos musicians, with Jim Beinke (French horn), Deniece Korzekwa (tuba), Dave Korzekwa (trumpet), Mandy Marksteiner (trumpet) and Bruce Warren (trombone).
    Beinke received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Iowa University and his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. After teaching band and orchestra in Iowa and Wisconsin for 22 years, he entered seminary. He received his master’s degree and was a pastor in the Philadelphia area and later in Michigan. He had not played the French horn for almost 50 years and took it up again in retirement.

  • The Reel Deal Theater and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center are bringing back their partnership to show nature films over the fall and winter months. The series will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 with a showing of “The Big Year.”
    “This is the perfect film to kick off the series,” said Katie Watson of PEEC. “It’s a birding film, so it will appeal to our many birders in Los Alamos, but it also stars Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson, so fans of these actors, even if they aren’t birders, will want to watch it, as well.”  
    “The Big Year” tells the story of three competing birders hoping to get a “big year” and be named Birder of the Year. The film is as funny as one might expect, with Black, Martin and Wilson starring, but at the same time, it doesn’t treat birding as a joke. The film was featured in a series of articles and behind-the-scenes peeks in WildBird Magazine.  
    In one article, director David Frankel, said, “There’s no mocking. It’s very respectful.” He went on to say that the cast and crew became birders after working on the film. “Once you’re aware of birds, you can’t not be drawn to the movement in the skies or in the trees of winged creatures.”

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Española

    Española Headstart, 340 N. Railroad Ave.
    Date inspected: Sept. 20
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española Hospital, 1010 Spruce St.
    Date inspected: Sept. 19
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española Senior Citizens Center and catering, 410 Hunter St.
    Date inspected: Sept. 20
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — scoop inside, contaminating the salt. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    ETS Fairview Elementary, 1000 Zuni Lane
    Date inspected: Sept. 21
    Violations: One high-risk violation for plumbing/waste disposal — two-compartment sink drain needs immediate repair. Drain broken, issued major notice of violation.
    Note: All staff were observed wearing gloves, hair nets/restraints and clean uniforms.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    James Rodriguez Elementary, 333 Coronado St.
    Date inspected: Sept. 20