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Today's Features

  • Jonathan Dowell’s head bobs as he begins to play the Mountain Dulcimer. His fingers pluck and slide along the dulcimer that is a rich colored wood and decorated with pearlescent designs. From these hand movements a sweet sound dances out from the instruments’ three strings.

    Dowell has been playing the Mountain Dulcimer for 15 years and has played many dulcimers but this particular one is different.

  • Hobbies can be fun and relaxing, but they also at times can be expensive and not earth-friendly.

    Join Katy Korkos and Terry Foxx at Pajarito Environmental Education Center for a three-part workshop focusing on the ins and outs of crafting using recycled and otherwise environmentally friendly materials.

    This class is designed to encourage imagination and ingenuity in using up and making do with items around us.

  • Thirty bucks may  look  like pocket change to some but it can actually create a significant change in someone’s life.

    For the past five years, Los Alamos High School teacher Allen Andraski   invited Maureen Mahoney-Barraclough, director of Aid For Africa, have proven how far a small amount of money can go.

    Every year Mahonney-Barraclough gives presentations about her experiences with families and orphans affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa and Uganda to Andraski’s World History classes at Los Alamos High School.

  • The magic of Halloween is something anyone at any age can experience. It’s not just kids who get excited about it. Adults get in on the fun, too. For instance, the RE/MAX staff starts planning their Halloween decorations in July and Aspen Copies closes the store at noon on the day of Trick of Treat on MainStreet to transform into a haunted house.

    James Cline, who co-owns Aspen Copies with his wife, said the whole staff and even volunteers prepare the business to spook youngsters beginning at 5 p.m.

  • Curious characters can be seen hanging around Central Avenue. They might be leaning up on lampposts or sitting on benches, wearing goofy grins and oddball get-ups.  

    These creatively designed scarecrows may not frighten away the crows, but they do effectively welcome in the Halloween festivities and celebrate locals’ artistic sides.

    The Los Alamos Arts Council kicked off the annual scarecrow contest Saturday and the figures will be on display through Nov. 1. Judges will evaluate the scarecrows this week.

  • The Guitars and Gateaux series’ performers frequently describe the series as being something more than just a concert. They mention that a Guitars and Gateaux show features a relaxed, informal, friendly atmosphere and not only celebrates music but also decadent desserts.

    Tito Rios of the duo Sol y Luna is one of the performers who recognizes this quality of the guitar concerts. He said there is a closeness that the performer and the audience share.

  • Suzanne Morgan Williams, author of “Bull Rider,” her first novel for young adults will sign copies of her book from 6-                              7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Otowi Station Bookstore. Williams will also speak to classes at Los Alamos Middle School.

  • This week, we take a look at Asset #30, Responsibility and Asset #31, Risk Taking. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they take responsibility for their own actions (and) … believe it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol and drugs.”

    Ahh, responsibility is a big one and an interesting one, too. I think the definition of responsibility for each family is probably very different.

  • Christmas shopping in October? Absolutely! Saturday, the Art Center at Fuller Lodge will host a “gateway to the holidays” show with dozens of artists returning and many new artists joining the 32nd annual Fall Arts and Crafts Fair at the Los Alamos Middle School. If you are already planning to visit the Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair for a flu shot, why not reward yourself with a trip to the middle school to explore the beautiful array of unique and artistically crafted goods arriving from  across northern New Mexico?

  • Each year, millions of men, women and children are impacted by war and natural disasters. In these desperate circumstances, quick response is often the difference between life and death.

      From 1985 to 2008, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has shipped 61,308 tons of food and 132,028 tons of other supplies to more than 150 countries.

     In addition to providing materials, the Church also helps with funds and volunteers.