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Today's Features

  • LOS ANGELES — Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg’s talking birds have edged out Tyler Perry’s sass-talking grandma at the weekend box office.
    Hathaway and Eisenberg’s animated family adventure “Rio” took in $26.8 million to remain the No. 1 movie for the second-straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
    “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family” debuted a close second with $25.8 million, another solid opening for writer-director Perry, who also stars as boisterous, opinionated grandma Madea.
    Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson’s circus romance “Water for Elephants” premiered in third-place with $17.5 million.

  • The Los Alamos Monitor has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

  • Steven Tyler says he did drugs
    with Perry in 2008

    NEW YORK — Steven Tyler says he wasn’t the only Aerosmith member who was abusing drugs in recent years.
    In an interview with Rolling Stone, Tyler says he and Joe Perry did drugs together in 2008 after years of sobriety. Aerosmith had been working on a new album, which never developed.
    Tyler says Perry was so impaired by snorting prescription pills, he couldn’t even play his instrument. Tyler says he was no better — he couldn’t sing.
    Perry declined to comment to Rolling Stone and didn’t return a request for comment from The Associated Press on Tuesday.

  • Herbalist and environmental consultant Kristi Beguin will offer a class on herbs from 6-8 p.m. May 6 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    The class will involve more than a simple discussion of herbal remedies for specific complaints, but will encourage the exploration of cultural ideas, personal histories and womanly insights into how monthly cycles affect overall health and well being.
    As the discussion evolves, herbal formulas and how they can be used to maintain balance within the body will be considered.
    Since 1991, Beguin has taught classes at PEEC based on her study of native, traditional and medicinal plants in both the Northwest and Southwest.

  • New York Times best-selling author Philip Connors signs “Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout” at 6 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore.
    To be a fire lookout, Norman Maclean once wrote, isn’t a matter of body or mind, but of soul. Connors should know.
    He’s spent a third of each year for nearly a decade watching for smoke in the Gila National Forest of New Mexico. Connors is a major new voice in American nonfiction and wrote his debut tale, “Fire Season.”
    A decade ago Connors left work as an editor at the Wall Street Journal and talked his way into a job far from the streets of lower Manhattan: working as one of the last fire lookouts in America.

  • How often have people heard about the “Greatest Generation,” without thinking that there might be some of those people locally, who were part of the daunting experience of World War II?
    The Los Alamos Historical Society teamed with Mesa Public Library to bring forth the story, the artifacts and the experiences of war from the point of view of one Los Alamos citizen, Stephen D. Stoddard.  
    Stoddard served in WWII in the 55th Armored Infantry Division in Patton’s Third Army and was wounded in action in the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. He later served in the U.S. Army of Occupation in Germany near the Austrian border and was assigned a post in a former Night Fighter Base near Pocking that had been turned into a Displaced Persons’ Camp.

  • “I’m excited about collecting supplies because these animals need them as a daily necessity,” said Charlotte Leonard, a seventh grade member of the Middle School Green Team.  
    She’s referring to the table the Green Team will man at Pajartio Environmental Education Center’s Earth Day celebration Saturday.  The group will collect old pet supplies — toys, bedding, leashes, food and treats — as well as gather donations to send to the Española Animal Shelter.
    Members of the seventh grade Green Team spent a day during their spring break volunteering at the shelter.

  • Celebrate Mother’s Day and join the Los Alamos Concert Association for its final concert of the 2010-2011 season at 4 p.m. May 8 in Duane Smith Auditorium. The concert features Metales M5 Mexican Brass Quintent.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos High School baseball team is having a pasta dinner from 5-7 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal church. Tickets are $6 in advance or $7 at the door. Take-out dinners available. For more information or for tickets, contact Connie at 672-4066.

    At the Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team annual banquet today, retiring coach Noel Trujillo will be honored for his contributions to New Mexico Speech and Debate and to the Hilltalkers. The Hilltalkers would like to invite all past and present Hilltalkers and their families to the banquet to be a part of this celebration of Trujillo’s career.  Please RSVP to Margo Batha at m.batha@laschools.net.

    Voices of Praise Choir will perform a spring concert at

  • Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley and Los Alamos, Inc. will be at Lowes in Española, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
    Stop by and sign up to volunteer with local Habitat affiliates. Volunteers are needed to build the current Habitat house, as well as future homes.
    There are other volunteer opportunities available as well. Those interested may sign up to volunteer anytime by calling the Habitat for Humanity office at 505-747-2690 or  stopping by 726 N. Riverside Dr. in Española.
    Habitat for Humanity will be at the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center in Los Alamos.