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Today's Features

  • I am not a big fan of winter. The constant grey days, the daily sheet of ice on my car windshield and the cold that nips no matter how many layers of fleece or wool you wear are not appealing.

    I know I am not the only one who feels this way. Garrison Keillor, in his radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” has a whole story about the effect the winter blues have on people.

  • Karen Wray Fine Art, Studio and Gallery will celebrate its grand opening with an open house on Friday at 2101 Trinity Drive. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will be on hand with giant scissors to help Wray cut the ribbon and the public is invited to attend from 4-6 p.m.

    “Everybody was saying ‘You should open a gallery,’” Wray said Wednesday. After developing her style and body of work for many years, the time was right for Wray to take their advice.

  • What is the value of play in young children’s lives?  Is play essential for developmental growth and school readiness? These are questions that are being asked as the pre-school years receive national attention from parents, educators and the government.

  • Barranca Mesa Elementary School PE teacher Lynne Higdon was awarded $1,000 last school year by the LAPS Foundation for the purchase of snowshoe equipment for students in grades four, five and six.

    When the flakes were flying earlier this winter, 180 students enjoyed the new snowshoes.

    Higdon said, “My goal was to introduce students to an outdoor exercise in hopes that they will choose to get out in the winter to play.”  

  • Sure, you can learn about the Manhattan Project through countless books, photographs and articles, but there is another way to be exposed to this significant period of time. There are actual physical artifacts, right here in Los Alamos, which can transport you back through history and into the era of the atom bomb.

    Ellen McGehee, an archaeologist and historian with Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss these artifacts, these historic buildings, during the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Pajarito Room in Fuller Lodge.

  • Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is closing for the ski season today, but there is still one last bash to be held Saturday.

    Skiesta will start with the Second Annual Pajarito Pinhead Challenge. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the race will start at 9 a.m. in the lodge.

    “We have good spring conditions,” said Jean Dewart, member of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area board.

    However, in the past few weeks there has been less snow in some places so “we might have to modify a few events,” Dewart said.

  • A beneficial bevy of bowls are gracing store windows this week as the annual Empty Bowls Project to benefit Self Help Inc., which will be held Saturday, approaches.

    The 16th annual event will feature hand -painted masterpieces currently on display at The Coffee Booth Café, Mesa Public Library, CB Fox, Village Arts, Ruby K’s and the KRSN AM 1490 studios. The hand-painted bowls, cups, plates and mugs will be available for purchase next weekend at the Betty Ehart Senior Center from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • The United Church opens a mini mall Sunday with its annual Mexico Mission auction. The silent and live auction is a large community event to raise funds to send a home-building crew to Mexico during spring break.

    Many local youth and adults find spring break as a time to recharge  the batteries as the school session heads into the final stretch. The United Church members and other community residents also find it a time to refill the spiritual well by providing services to others.

  • White Rock Presbyterian Church will host a yard sale and Navajo Taco sale March 14 to support the church’s Navajo Mission Project. The event begins at 9 a.m. at Presbyterian Church’s Memorial Hall located at                     310 Rover Blvd.

    The yard sale will feature clothing for all sizes, household items, appliances and tools.

  • The community is receiving a gift Saturday. This present is for all ages and costs just a buck. All that is required is for people to show up.

    The gift, the Family Fun Festival, is hosted by the Family Strengths Network and will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge.  The admission fee is $1 for persons age 3 and older.