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    Two-man shows can be a bit of a drag, especially if the story is uninteresting. Constant character changes between the duo make it nearly impossible for the audience to get sidetracked and still understand what’s going on.

    Christina Martos and John Cullinan found themselves in that very situation — constantly switching characters — as they portrayed a total of 15 players in Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “Stones in His Pockets.” However, the show was anything but a drag.

    Written by Marie Jones, directed by Chris Monteith and produced by Jess Cullinan, the show is set in County Kerry, Ireland and tells the tale of Charlie Conlon and his friend Jake Quinn. 

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    Steve Sheinkin, award-winning author of “Bomb: The Race to Build- and Steal- The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” will give a free talk on Thursday, May 23, at the Mesa Public Library of Los Alamos, as part of the library’s Authors Speak Series. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the upstairs area. The book follows the history of the atomic bomb, integrating Los Alamos within its pages. This will be the author’s first time visiting Los Alamos. 

    Sheinkin, who has written several other titles for young adults, will spend the day talking about his book to middle school and high school students, as well as host a pizza party for teens at 5:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. 

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    The Jemez House Thrift Shop in White Rock is celebrating its 45th year. It is, and has been, a valuable resource and contributor to the community. The store has always been manned by volunteers. 

    The store provides a base for recycling useable goods, clothing, housewares, toys, games, books, electronics, furniture, low priced goods to Northern New Mexico, as well as providing scholarships for young people who would otherwise might not have an opportunity for advanced education. 

    The thrift stores were open in 1991, to support the ranch. The Española store eventually became too costly to operate, and it was shut down in 1996. 

    “The economy was getting bad and other thrift shops were opening it up,” said Nancy Nunnelly, board member of Jemez House in White Rock. 

  • Looking back at your childhood, what memories come to mind? Having family picnics at the park? Running through an open field with your friends? Gazing at the sky making shapes out of the clouds? How about attending the Los Alamos Kite Festival?
    For the 16th year, the Los Alamos Arts Council presents the Los Alamos Kite Festival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the soccer fields in Overlook Park in White Rock. Children of all ages are welcome. Whether you build a kite, fly a kite, enjoy a picnic with family and friends, or just take in the artful scene, this is community tradition not to be missed.
    Thanks to the generous funding from Los Alamos National Bank, the Kite Festival will continue to be a free event.
    The Kite Festival weekend kicks off 7 p.m., Friday with the Summer Concert Series. Kite artists will be on the field with their kites on display and a night kite fly demonstration. In this event, small lights are attached to the kites before they are launched into the night sky. It is an amazing light show over White Rock.
    The main festival is held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The day includes music, food, kite-building workshops for kids, and a lot of kite flying.

  • This year’s Memorial Day community ceremony will be 11 a.m., May 27 at Guaje Pines Cemetery. This year’s theme is “Remembering those who have lost their lives for their country and a special remembrance of Vietnam.”
    Memorial Day is a national holiday to thank and honor more than 1,258,000 Americans that have given their lives for their country during wartime and conflicts around the globe defending freedom and way of life. More than 58,000 died in Vietnam and some 1,600 remain Missing in Action in Vietnam. At least 42 million citizens have served in the United States military during times of conflict.
    This year’s speakers include four living heroes and residents of Los Alamos who all served in Vietnam during the height of the conflict. They include Leland Lehman, Nick Mezins, Ed Miller and Dennis Hawley.
    American Legion officials said it would be an honor to have the community turn out for the ceremony at Guaje Pines. Lunch and socializing to remember the fallen will be at the conclusion of the ceremony at the American Legion Post 90, 1325 Trinity Drive.

  • Los Alamos Youth Food Project gives youth opportunities to participate in the food project this summer. Youth can submit entries for a logo and slogan contest, increase their leadership skills in Garden Leadership, or explore the garden and its environment through iCare About Gardening camp.
    LAYFP is a youth-driven initiative. The project name was created and voted on by youth, the project is grant funded by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board and youth have the opportunity to voice their ideas and visions for LAYFP. LAYFP wants to continue youth input by having youth design a logo and slogan.
    The logo and slogan contest is open to youth of all ages. The winner will receive a prize and their logo will be on promotional items such as bags, hats, T-shirts and other items.
    All entries must be submitted by 9 p.m., May 31. Paper entries should be delivered to The Family YMCA’s front desk and electronic entries should be emailed to layouthfoodproject@laymca.org. Email original file and a pdf. All entries should have the contestant’s name, phone number and school on the back of the entry, or in the body of the email.
    The Garden Leadership program (Wednesday afternoons June and July) is designed for youth ages 11 to 17 to build leadership skills through garden-focused projects.

  • When everything seems like it is going to hell in a handbasket, we would say my friend Connie must have been praying for you to have pateince.
    Welcome to May! OK, I’m not sure if this is the same for you, but I must be getting old. It isn’t possible that we have arrived in May again, wasn’t it just last May?
    When things couldn’t seem to get busier, when there couldn’t be more to do, then we have arrived at the final three weeks of the school year.
    My main goal today is to find the kitchen table. You see in some insane notion to get ahead on my filing, I decided to use the kitchen table to assist me to get organized during the task.
    Then life in general happened and alas, the kitchen table has been covered in files for much longer than anticipated, so today is the day!
    My point today is to remind you to inhale deeply and enjoy the final push, or at least to try to do your best.
    I have a great demonstration called, A Day in the Life of a Teen. It takes the audience on a quick trip in what could be an average day for a young person.
    What it ends up teaching you is that you just never know what a typical day holds, but you do hold the key to how you act for your portion of it.

  • May 12-18, 2013

    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY

    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Meatloaf

    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! 

    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website: lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. 

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Dogs are checked for heartworm!

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    Red Cross babysitters course

     

    The Family YMCA’s American Red Cross Babysitters Course will be May 17-18.  

    The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional, leadership and care-giving skills, and how to manage real-life problems. 

    The session will be 4-8:30 p.m., May 17, and 1-5:30 p.m., May 18.  Participants must be aged 11 through 17 and complete both days of the session they register for in order to receive certification. Pre-register by 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 15. Cost is $110. Class will meet at the Y Express, 140 Central Park Square.

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    The NJROTC program, under the direction of Lt. Cmdr. Wes Shumaker and Gunnery Sgt. Bret Painter, awarded cadets with scholarships and recogonition. Los Alamos High School Principal Sandy Warnock was elated with the student success.

    “I enjoy seeing the cadets as a group and their camaraderie and their support of each other,” said Warnock. “I love seeing them in their uniforms and the clinging of all the medals worn on the uniform.”

    Warnock also appreciates the acknowledgment the ceremony brings to those students who have given of their time and the parent turnout, which is a testament to the support of the cadets and the program. 

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    Art exhibits

    Again: Repetition, Obsession and Meditation. Opening reception, 3-5 p.m. through June 16. Lannan Gallery. 309 Read Street. Gallery is open Saturday and Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information call 954-5149. 

     

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition, “European Perspectives, The Radiant Line.” European artists Francois Morellet, Gregoire Cheneau, Diana Blok, Pieter Bijwaard, Oliver Mosset, Ruth Gschwendtner-Wölfe, Miguel Mont and Tony Soulie will show paintings, prints, photos and neon sculpture. The artists’ work focuses on light, line and color. The exhibit will be through May 24 at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe.

     

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    This September, Santa Fe Council on International Relations is offering a trip to Portugal focused on the country’s history, culture, and art. The trip will be from September 19 (tour begins in Lisbon) to October 1 (tour ends in Lisbon).  

    CIR will be using Portugal Premium Tours, a locally-owned company owned by two brothers who are involved in every aspect of the tour and make every effort to make sure their clients have a great experience.

    While the deadline to sign up is July 15, there are about 10 spaces left. For more information on the tour, including pricing, see sfcir.org/events/featured-events/cir-travel-program-portugal-this-fall sfcir.org 

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    The 20th Annual Telluride Blues and Brews Festival announced that The Black Crowes, Jim James and Melissa Etheridge will headline the event this summer. 

    Additional musicians booked to play include Gary Clark Jr., John Hiatt, Mickey Hart Band, Anders Osborne, Otis Taylor Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Allen Stone, ZZ Ward, The New Mastersounds, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Relatives, Selwyn Birchwood Band with more to be announced. 

    Tickets for Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, held Sept. 13-15, 2013, are currently on sale.  

  •  First American Art Magazine announces its pilot issue is now available online at firstamericanartmagazine.com. 

    A new publication, First American Art Magazine explores all aspects of Indigenous American art, from the visual to the literary. 

    Unlike any other magazine on the newsstands, its focus is on Indigenous art of the Americas from an Indigenous perspective, presenting Indigenous critical theory in a way that’s accessible to the general public — both Native and non-Native.

    “We want to get to the content and context of the art,” editor/publisher America Meredith (Cherokee Nation) said, “We provide reviews of Native American art shows by Indigenous art writers and profile established and emerging artists from a wide range of media, geographic region and tribal affiliation.”

  • The Fuller Lodge Art Center has an element for everyone in the new exhibit “Periodic Table” runs through early June. Dozens of artists from across New Mexico have taken on, and interpreted the Periodic Table in an entire spectrum of reflections, and the result is a truly eclectic collection. 

     The Elements have been described as the basic building blocks that make up our world, and what could be more fun to an artist than playing and rearranging those blocks? 

    Really, it’s only fitting in a show based on understanding the world through categorization, an attempt should be made to categorize the exhibit itself. 

  • The public is welcome to attend a meeting about an upcoming trip to Utah’s Capitol Reef, hosted by the Los Alamos Mountaineers.
    The meeting, explaining the trip and event announcements will be at 7:30 p.m., May 15 in the Great Room at Fuller Lodge. Happy Canyon, in the Robbers Roost country, will also be one of the wild places covered.
    The May program of the Mountaineers will follow the meeting.
    Between Utah’s more famous and most visited national parks lies a spectacular array of natural features that invite adventure and appreciation.
    Centered on the less known Capitol Reef National Park, this area offers challenging slot canyons, high mountains, intriguing rock art; and the ideal antidote for stress, traffic jams, and 24/7 communication: true solitude.
    Public land and minimal bureaucracy due to low visitation pressure combine to encourage backcountry exploration.
    The May program of the Los Alamos Mountaineers, by Rick and Lynne Stinchfield, will cover this remote region.
    Because slot canyons and narrows offer the best mix of beauty, physical tests and the unknown, the program will cover several, including at least one in Capitol Reef, the San Rafael Swell, the Dirty Devil River region, the Little Rockies area and perhaps in the Circle Cliffs.

  • This week, I wanted to share a story about an Asset building teacher, during this teacher appreciation week.
    Our youngest son will graduate this year from Chamisa Elementary and so will end our formal relationship with the Asset building Cheetah crew.
    There was one in particular, that started us on our educational path.
    Becky Sims or Mrs. Sims was the kindergarten teacher of all three of our children.
    Sims “trained us well,” teaching the parents as well as their children about how to engage in the educational process.
    Mrs. Sims formed the relationship of the entire family to the school, the one that not only led to numerous volunteer opportunities, but more importantly, that we were partners in education.
    Once during a high school Cookies and Conversation earlier this year, the attendees were asked about their fondest kindergarten memory. One of the students recalled baking in her class on Wednesdays.
    Sims and another teacher started a program where sixth grade students are matched with kindergarteners to give the new students an instant friend. The pairs or occasionally trios do art projects, math lessons and sometimes science throughout the year, building friendships and Assets along the way.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home! Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.

    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website: www.lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating.  Also check out our Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of our adoptable pets.

    http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html

    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and come microchipped!

    Pet of the Week:  Ruby is a 2 year old female golden brindle pit bull.  She is energetic but gentle.  She loves food but does not guard it.  She enjoys training and is good with adults, gentle children, and most other dogs.  Roby loves visiting the dog park.  She loved the DogJog!

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  • The cadets of the Los Alamos NJROTC competed at the State Drill and Fitness Competition in Farmington New Mexico on April 27 against 27 other schools. The cadets exceeded expectations in both performance and professionalism. The awards were; first place: male and female color guard regulation; second place: unarmed inspection, unarmed drill inspection and female color guard inspection; third place: overall fitness, male color guard inspection and regulation and fifth place: unarmed regulation drill. Individual awards went to Jordi Kandarian, second place overall fitness (male category); Rosa Durrer, third place overall fitness (female category); Jordan Parker, third place 800 run; Diego Diaz, fifth place pull ups.