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    n Disney’s “Fantasia 2000,” Ottorino Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome” is the setting for a whimsical and sublime story of a lost whale calf being reunited with its pod and then soaring to new heights with them.

    At 7 p.m. Saturday at White Rock Baptist Church, the Los Alamos Community Winds will perform Respighi’s 1924 masterpiece.

  • STARSTRUCK Youth Theatre presents the comedy “Comic Book Artist” a play for all ages in two acts. Special presentations by Parjarito Dance Project and LAHS NJROTC will add to the entertainment. Shows begin at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets are $1 per person and sold at the door or in advance from cast members. Call 661-2661 for tickets and information.

     

  • The MG Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars in Los Alamos announces Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist, Joyce Guzik, will be the guest speaker at the Chapter’s May 17 dinner meeting. The topic of Guzik’s talk will be “Journey to the Center of the Sun.”
    The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Best Western Hilltop House, third floor and will begin with a short social period and business meeting, followed by dinner. Guzik’s talk will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The dinner entrée is lasagna with appropriate sides. Cost of the dinner is $20 per person.

  • Otowi Station Bookstore and Village Arts Framing are hosting a book launch for Stephen McCranie, author–illustrator of the graphic novel, “Mal and Chad: the Biggest, Bestest Time Ever!” Friday and Saturday.
    “We’re so happy to host the launch party for Stephen,” said Peggy Durbin, co-owner of Otowi Station Bookstore. “ ‘Mal and Chad’ is a hoot for readers of all ages.”
    The events will kick off with school visits on Friday, to Chamisa, Piñon, Mountain and Aspen Elementary Schools. McCranie will discuss the creative process, demonstrate cartooning techniques and join students as they draw their own cartoons.

  • Today
    Family Nature Club organizational meeting at 7 p.m., PEEC, 3540 Orange St., led by Sue Watts.  Find out how to create informal family groups for child-oriented walks.  Free and open to the public.

    Thursday
     Los Alamos Master Gardeners present “Bear Aware,” at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The talk will focus on the basics of co-existing with bears in a rural environment.

    Los Alamos High School students report on the Power Shift 2011 Conference at 7 p.m. at Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Members of the LAHS Environmental Club will address the Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network meeting. Socializing will begin at 6:30 p.m.

  • The League of Women Voters will have Acting County Administrator Randy Autio as the featured speaker at the League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader. The event will be from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Thursday at Central Avenue Grill. The cost of the luncheon is $15, which covers an entree, drink, tax and gratuity.
    Autio has been a resident of New Mexico since 1969, when his father’s job with the AEC brought the family to Albuquerque. He graduated from The University of New Mexico with a degree in political science and then stayed to complete his law degree.

  • SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe Opera will open its 2012 season with a production of Puccini's "Tosca," which was last performed by the opera company in 1994.

    General director Charles MacKay announced next season's repertory on Tuesday.

    The company will for the first time perform Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers," Rossini's "Maometto II," and Szymanowski's "King Roger."

    There also will be a new production of Strauss' "Arabella," which was last done by the Santa Fe Opera in 1997.

    The 2012 season runs from June 29 through Aug. 25.

  • BOSTON (AP) — The nation's first full face transplant recipient said the first thing his young daughter told him when she saw him after the operation was "Daddy, you're so handsome."

    Dallas Wiens, sporting a goatee and dark sunglasses, joined surgeons Monday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston in his first public appearance since the 15-hour procedure in March.

    "It feels natural," said the 25-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, man, who received a new nose, lips, skin, muscle and nerves from an anonymous donor. The operation was paid for by the U.S. military, which hopes to use findings from the procedure to help soldiers with severe facial wounds.

  • Kaitlyn Renee McCranie of Los Alamos made the Seattle Pacific University 2011 Winter Quarter Dean’s List. Students on the Dean’s List have completed at least 12 credits and attained a 3.50 or higher grade point average.

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    The Los Alamos Garden Club scholarship of $500 in memory of Liz Saunders, was awarded to Meredith Webster. She’s the daughter of Roxanne and Robert Webster and will attend the University of Minnesota.

  • This week at the Youth Activity Center:
     Monday — Tug o’ war in WR, kickball in LA
    Tuesday — Half-court basketball
     Wednesday — Movies and munchies in WR, printmaking in LA
    Thursday — Around-the-rack pool tourney
    Friday — Tug o’war in LA, kickball in WR
    Membership is free and open to third through eighth graders.