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Today's Features

  • Poetry sometimes seems to be surrounded in mystique, local poet David Mutschlecner said; it does not receive much attention from the public and is often viewed as inaccessible.To help bring this art form into the public eye, and to clear up people’s understanding about poetry, a special reading will be held at 7 p.m. March 20 in the upstairs rotunda at Mesa Public Library.The reading is in recognition of National Poetry Month, which is in April.

  • Calendars show the official first day of spring as the vernal equinox, which this year occurs on Thursday. Somehow the equinoxes never get as much attention as the solstices; they’re not the longest or shortest day of the year. But that’s actually the key to their luster. Equinoxes are the only two days of the year when day and night are the same length everywhere on Earth. Then the next day it shifts, with day lengths varying worldwide until the autumnal equinox in September brings it all together again.

  • A spaghetti dinner and silent auction will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 22 at the First Baptist Church to help fund overseas mission trips for four local teenagers. The teens, Daniel Dyer, Daniel Hill, Rachel Hill and Luke Westfall are planning to spend part of the summer participating in trips organized by Global Expeditions, a division of Teen Mania ministries.

  • Being a bookworm is about to payoff; Mesa Public Library is hosting the Battle of the Books March 21.Young people in grades four through eight can register at 5:30 p.m. for the book battle that follows from 6-8 p.m. Participants will receive a T-shirt and dinner.The biggest prize, however, is the chance to compete in the state Battle of the Books, which will be held April 19 in Las Cruces, N.M.To advance to the state level, young people first test their literary skills locally.

  • Don’t put away the skis and snowboards just yet; the opportunity to squeeze a few more runs down Pajarito Mountain will be offered during Skiesta Saturday at the ski area.Registration will be held from 8:30 -10 a.m. in the main lodge. Admission is free.The activities include Skin up, Ski Down at 9 a.m. Also, Slopestyle Snowboard and Ski Competition will be at 11 a.m. Following this competition will be the Ski and Snowboard Giant Slalom racing at 11:30 a.m. for Skiesta participants and at 10:30 a.m. for the ski race team.

  • Life is just too short not to see Morrie Pongratz dressed as Elvis Presley and this Saturday, you have the chance. Slide on your saddle shoes and tie up trainers because the third annual Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop is from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge.The fundraiser will benefit the Youth Activity Centers in Los Alamos and White Rock as well as the Los Alamos Family Council’s Counseling Center, both United Way agencies.

  • Love, like a lot of things in life, comes without any rules or guidelines so it’s up to you to determine what choices will cause good and bad effects. While loads of complicated advice about love exists, local playwright Robert Benjamin’s play, “Time Enough” offers some simple guidance: Just be brave.The audience gets this lesson from Ken (Eric Bjorklund) and Annie (Fran Martone), two people in their golden years who are attending a Shakespeare festival.

  • Although Gregory Martin, a 10-year-old pianist from Farmington, N.M., won the Jackie McGehee Young Artists’ Competition, several young musicians from Los Alamos were runners-up in the competition.First runner-up in the competition was Kathy Lin, a sophomore at Los Alamos High School, who received a $550 cash award. She played Beethoven’s “Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Opus 15.” Second runner-up was Catherine Chen, a junior at LAHS, who received a $450 cash award. She played Ravel’s “Concerto in G Major, I.

  • American String Teachers Association “ASTA was a wonderful experience,” wrote one student when asked to reflect on the festival, which was held Feb. 27 in Albuquerque. “To think that a public middle school orchestra was able to compete in such a prestigious competition and receive an excellent rating is extraordinary,” the student continued.

  • It is always better to be safe than to be sorry. So to prepare for the worst, the American Red Cross in Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties are kicking off a grass roots campaign, called Heroes from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.