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Today's Features

  • We look at a tough topic this week, Asset #31, Restraint. According to the Search-Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they believe it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.”

    The key to being successful in this area is conversation and education. When I sat on a local board looking at poor youth choices, I suggested that we get some kids to join us that were in trouble and not just high achievers. There were adults in the room that looked at me as if I were from another planet.

  • Last year, the First United Methodist Church’s Mission and Outreach Work Group under the leadership of Dennis and Susan Trumblee recognized how much the community needs to let police officers and firefighters know how important they are and how much they are appreciated for what they do.

    As a result, the first Appreciation Dinner was organized for them in December 2007. A meal was served to all the firefighters and police officers who were able to attend. The menu included salmon, steak, baked potatoes and salad. Each of them also took home fresh homemade cookies.

  • Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) is proud to present its 13th production of “The Nutcracker” as part of Los Alamos’ Winterfest weekend. Based on the story, “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” by E.T.A. Hoffman, and set to the beloved music by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the ballet tells the story of Clara, her enigmatic Godfather Drosselmeyer and the magical nutcracker doll he brings her as a Christmas gift. “The Nutcracker” was first performed on Dec. 18, 1892 in St.

  • Nina Saunders, director of the Olions Thespian Club, is taking a back seat on this certain production. While Saunders watches, her students are taking over the stage and therefore, learning what it takes to run a show.

    Los Alamos residents can see what the young thespians are capable of during the one act performances.

    The show begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Topper Theatre. The performances continue at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday as well as Dec. 12, and 13. There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for seniors.

  • My first memories of holiday tunes were the ones that my family would sing as the days approached Dec. 25. The four of us would be in the car and we would all belt out some song, or after the Christmas Eve dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house, we would begin caroling around the table.

    As I grew older, when December would roll around, my family would turn to the professionals. A Peter, Paul and Mary tape would constantly play in the car and my mother would often put Emmylou Harris’ holiday CD or the Kingston Trio’s Christmas CD on her CD player in the house.

  • Just because you grow up doesn’t mean all the fun, mystery and magic in life has to cease and be locked away with childhood memories. There is always new adventures waiting to be experienced, and excitement lying within the day’s events; all that is needed is a little faith.

    “Finding Neverland” proves this point. James M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) is dealing with some adult blues. He is a playwright who has just had a flop and his marriage is failing.

  • As a feature of Barranca Elementary School’s fifth and sixth grade GATE classes’ global outreach, students learn about how some children in Cambodia do not have schools, or teachers and often not enough to eat.

    In response, Barranca students are collaborating with Cambodia’s Hope, a local charity supporting schools and orphans in Cambodia to help children on the other side of the globe by supporting the Alphabet Soup program where just 78 cents per day supports a child in school and gives them a nutritious meal.

  • At 5:30 p.m. Friday at Piñon Elementary School, students will be putting their skills in strategy and planning to the test. The competition is not in the form of an athletic game or speech debate, but takes place on a checkered board with knights, queens and pawns.

    The Los Alamos area elementary chess tournament has been held three times throughout the year, and the final rounds for this year will be held Friday.

  • The annual Los Alamos County Science Fair will take place on Jan. 24 in the Los Alamos High School cafeteria. The public is invited to view the projects between 12:30-2 p.m.

    Students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade will display their projects in elementary class, junior and senior divisions.

    The elementary projects are divided into three categories. The students in junior and senior divisions will compete for first, second and third place in 17 categories.

  • The House of Hope Women has begun its Ways and Means Projects for securing funding for the next October house-building trip to Júarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

    A raffle is the first of the projects that the group is sponsoring – an opportunity to win one of three different items.