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Today's Features

  • I’m so close to the end, and yet there’s still nothing I can do but wait. Oh, I can pre-wash the cloth diapers and drink my uterus-strengthening tea. I can swim the world’s slowest 800 meters and blend healthy strawberry-banana smoothies. I can bump into counters. But mostly, I wait.

    I feel like I’ve been waiting since way back in October when I saw two lines on a little stick instead of one.

  • EDITOR’S NOTE:  For  the remainder of the 2010 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, Organizer Russ Gordon will submit a weekly column to share information and insight   about the performers.

    At 7 p.m. Friday, the Los Alamos county Summer Concert Series and its sponsors present soulful blues diva Candye Kane.

    The incredible blues and gospel singer/songwriter Thomas Dorsey said, “the blues is a good woman feeling bad.”

  • Initially, Paula Dean said she faced her new position as assistant superintendent with some anxiety. But that anxiety has transformed into excitement.

    "I am very excited," she said. "I have moved incrementally from anxiety to full-blown excitement. I think it's going to be a challenge and I love it - I love a challenge."

    Dean, the former principal of Barranca Elementary School, will officially become assistant superintendent July 1. Former Assistant Superintendent Kate Thomas retired this year.

    Read more in the Monitor.

     

  • There are unsung heroes in every community. Their contributions are critical but sometimes escape the public’s attention.

    Librarians could fall into the category of unsung hero, but perhaps that should be corrected.

    With Angie Manfredi, head of youth services for Los Alamos County Library System, participating in the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA) annual conference and the Library Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., people could be paying librarians a lot more attention, at least in Los Alamos.

  • Similar to a hardy perennial, ChamberFest faithfully takes bloom every summer in the Los Alamos community.

    It is a tradition that has sunk its roots into the town but the event also receives a lot of nurture and care from the community to allow it to flourish.

    For instance, over the years the event has seen several popular additions including a bubble pit and two car shows.

    Furthermore, this year the cuisine that will be for sale will expand from the normal hamburgers and hotdogs to traditional New Mexican fare.

  • Among the participants in this year’s American Legion’s New Mexico Boys State, Daniel Roybal represented Los Alamos.

    Boys State officially kicked off May 30 and concluded Friday at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.

    It is the 63rd annual New Mexico Boys State session.

    The delegates consisted of high school upcoming seniors who prepared for a week of establishing their own state government, reflecting on real democracy in action and learning the importance of civic engagement.

  • Maureen Mahoney-Barraclough, director of Aid For Africa, gave a presentation about her experiences with families and orphans affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa and Uganda to Los Alamos High School teacher Allen Andraski’s history and human geography classes. The students raised funds to donate to Aid For Africa to help support those children.  In response to their efforts, Los Alamos National Bank provided an additional contribution to Aid For Africa. One hundred percent of the donated funds go directly to the children’s schools and orphan centers in Uganda.

  • Members of the White Rock Baptist Church are hosting a vacation Bible school this summer, but unlike other programs, this one will not be held down the street. A team of 20 people will travel to the edge of Chihuahua, Mexico and venture to the isolated community in the Sierra Tarahumara.

    The goal is to impact residents’ lives – both in lifestyle and in spirituality.

    Beverly Basey-Jones and her husband have traveled to the Sierra Tarahumara several that times in the past. This will be their third year.

  • At 2 p.m. June 13, Fuller Lodge again will resonate with music when eight recipients of the Deborah Beene Memorial Music Scholarships during the last 10 years will perform a variety of musical offerings for the public. Admission is free.

    The concert will feature two winners of this year’s competition – pianist David Li, who won first prize, and violinist Jin Park, who won third prize.

    The recipient of the second prize was clarinetist Shannon Burns. In last year’s competition, Park’s performance as a pianist garnered him a share of the top prize.

  • Parenting has got to be the toughest job in the world. It’s a career that doesn’t come with training sessions or an instructional manual. Plus, there is a lot of responsibility placed on a parent’s shoulders.

    The good news is parents are not alone. Help is available.

    From 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, starting this week and running through July 1, Family Strengths Network is offering a class titled, “Ages of Discovery.”

    Jennifer Moss, an expert in early childhood development, will instruct the class.