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  • A letter from Trisha, the bride’s friend.

    Hey, Tracy — Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I’d be honored to be your bridesmaid.
    So you finally decided to settle down — wow! You’re a lot braver than I am. Tell me about this Scott guy — I hope he is a little “less” interesting than the other Southern gentlemen with whom you and I had the pleasure of associating in the past.
    I still get a little embarrassed when I think of some of the wild times you and I had together. Did we really party as much as I seem to remember us doing? Perhaps it’s better that I can’t remember all the details.

  • “Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?”
    Thus earnestly wonders Rob Gordon (John Cusack) at the beginning of “High Fidelity” (2000),  next up in Mesa Public Library’s Music Film Series.
    Director Stephen Frears’ adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel is one of my top-five cynical romantic comedies. The characters act like people, not just bodies and voices fulfilling their plot-driven destinies.

  • Last month, Anita Boshier organized a celebration for her German students that participated in the National German Exams this year.
    There was a lot to celebrate: 23 students (Level 2: Lindsay Philp, Thomas Langford, Andrea Enciso, Eric Begnaud, Toni Batha, Kathrine Eriksen, Tristan Goodwin, Christina Moore, Jack Mockler, Kristen Haertling; Level 3: Miriam Barnum, Laura Wendelberger, Rachel Robey, Marie Luise Schmidt, Isaac Koh, Lorenzo Venneri, Elisabeth Turner; Level 4: Martin Loncaric, Emily Tencate, Miranda Mundt, Sky Korber) received book prizes and “gold” certificates for being among the top 90th percentile of over 25,000 students who took the National German Examination administered by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) in 2011.

  • A letter from a bridesmaid.

    Hey Tracy,
    I received your request to be in your wedding. I honestly can’t believe you asked me. So you are going to marry Scott McClure — all I can say is that is an interesting choice. Well, of course I will be in your wedding since we are old friends. How have you been? I really haven’t talked to you in years.
    I really want to see these dresses that we will be wearing. You know I’m a little self-conscious, so please try to make it something figure-flattering. What will the groomsmen be wearing? I certainly hope that you don’t have any bald groomsmen. That will make for very unattractive wedding photos.

  • Artists, hobbyists and enthusiasts are all invited to clean out their closets and join in some fun from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 21 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.
    PEEC, Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery, Fuller Lodge Art Center and Village Arts are teaming up to offer the community a chance to get together and swap everything and anything artistic.
    “We’re publicizing the swap early to give everyone plenty of opportunity to clean out those closets and cabinets,” said PEEC program director Katie Watson.
    The event is free and is designed to give artists and creators a chance to mingle and a chance for materials and art treasures to be discovered.

  • The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will offer a traditional pancake breakfast for the public from 7-11 a.m. May 7 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    The breakfast has been planned as a family event coinciding with an arts and crafts fair scheduled the same day at Fuller Lodge. It is intended to provide many people with a good, quick, inexpensive breakfast while raising money for a wide variety of community service projects.
    Kiwanis has been serving the Los Alamos community, surrounding communities and the needs of young people in the area since 1948.

  • The AAUW Spring Tea will be at 4:30 p.m. May 6 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Ave.
    There will be a short business meeting and Joan Logghe, Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate will read at 5 p.m.
    She will also bring some of her books for purchase. The public and those interested in joining the American Association of University Women are invited to attend.
    Joan Logghe has been a part of New Mexico’s Poetry Renaissance. She writes poetry, non-fiction and reviews and teaches writing as a key to emotional activism.

  • May 1-7, 2011
    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 plus exercise
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch:  Salisbury steak
    1 p.m.        Bridge
    1:30 p.m.    Pilates
    7 p.m.     Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.        Computer users group

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  
    We get lots of roaming cats and dogs. Don’t assume your cat was a meal for a coyote. Check with the shelter and see if your best friend is bunking with us. Proof of rabies vaccination is required when claiming your pet.

    Cats

  • The League of Women Voters of New Mexico will have its 2011 state convention May 14-15 at the Holiday Inn Express. The Convention will adopt program and budget for the next two years and elect new officers and directors. Its business meetings and several of the associated events are open to the public.
    The League of Women Voters organized in 1920, just months before the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. Its initial purpose was to educate women to their new responsibility of becoming knowledgeable voters. Educating voters continues to be the league’s mission.

  • Thirty years after writing  “Second Cousins,” Doug Roberts, who lives in Nambé but worked for 20 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, recently published the science fiction work on Amazon.com. The book is available as an ebook.
    Roberts explained when he first wrote the book he was unsuccessful in getting it published, so he shelved the project for several years until recently, when he decided to “dust it off” and basically rewrote the entire book.
    This time, he was successful.
    “It feels wonderful. I always felt being a writer was the ideal profession for me because I like to read. I thought it would be the ideal process to be able to write stories that other people could enjoy,” Roberts said.

  • Last week, Piñon Elementary’s Niamh Short learned that she took first prize for her fractal design, after lessons taught by Rhonda Harmon and Lorraine Whalen. Art from Los Alamos Public School students will be on display in the Children’s Rotunda at Mesa Public Library starting Sunday.
    The community is invited to take part in a larger challenge, by working with software to create their own fractal by visiting the www.nextbigideala.com.
    Short will have her art displayed, in a large scale rendering, on Metzger’s at the end of May.

  • This week we head into one of my favorite times of the year, staff and teacher appreciation week, May 1-7.
    This is the time when you have the opportunity to appreciate the people that spend most of each day with our children, for a majority of the year.
    Once referred to as just teacher appreciation week, it now encompasses everyone from front office staff, instructional assistants and specialists, to custodians.
    It is the perfect time to send a note, bake a treat, or whatever inspires you or your child to “take a second, make a difference,” in the day-to-day operations of our LAPS staff.

  • With the month of May here, the students of Los Alamos Youth Leadership are gearing up for the running of the children.
    Like the running of the bulls in Pamplona, during LAYL Wild Day, local elementary students will run after the youth leaders for hours of hands-on fun and there will be food, too.
    The event is scheduled for May 7 and will be in conjunction with the Hershey Track and Field event, sponsored by Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation. Parks and Recreation agreed to share Sullivan Field for the day as Los Alamos High School construction projects move ahead.
    The combined event just might be the last community activity that takes place on the field prior to the May 12-Aug. 19 time frame, when artificial turf will be installed.

  • When conductor Michael Gyurik lifts his baton today to lead the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra in its spring concert, he should feel pride in the 60-piece orchestra’s past 12 years under his direction.
    The concert will mark his last performance as LASO’s conductor, however, he will remain an active participant in the Los Alamos music scene, continuing as orchestra director for the Los Alamos Public Schools and serving in an advisory position on the LASO board.
    Gyurik said he will miss directing LASO, the group is “like a caring family,” and has always loved conducting it. He said the most satisfying performance was the fall concert in October at the Crossroads Bible Church.

  • The Los Alamos Monitor has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

  • Herbalist and environmental consultant Kristi Beguin will offer a class on herbs from 6-8 p.m. May 6 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    The class will involve more than a simple discussion of herbal remedies for specific complaints, but will encourage the exploration of cultural ideas, personal histories and womanly insights into how monthly cycles affect overall health and well being.
    As the discussion evolves, herbal formulas and how they can be used to maintain balance within the body will be considered.
    Since 1991, Beguin has taught classes at PEEC based on her study of native, traditional and medicinal plants in both the Northwest and Southwest.

  • New York Times best-selling author Philip Connors signs “Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout” at 6 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore.
    To be a fire lookout, Norman Maclean once wrote, isn’t a matter of body or mind, but of soul. Connors should know.
    He’s spent a third of each year for nearly a decade watching for smoke in the Gila National Forest of New Mexico. Connors is a major new voice in American nonfiction and wrote his debut tale, “Fire Season.”
    A decade ago Connors left work as an editor at the Wall Street Journal and talked his way into a job far from the streets of lower Manhattan: working as one of the last fire lookouts in America.

  • How often have people heard about the “Greatest Generation,” without thinking that there might be some of those people locally, who were part of the daunting experience of World War II?
    The Los Alamos Historical Society teamed with Mesa Public Library to bring forth the story, the artifacts and the experiences of war from the point of view of one Los Alamos citizen, Stephen D. Stoddard.  
    Stoddard served in WWII in the 55th Armored Infantry Division in Patton’s Third Army and was wounded in action in the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. He later served in the U.S. Army of Occupation in Germany near the Austrian border and was assigned a post in a former Night Fighter Base near Pocking that had been turned into a Displaced Persons’ Camp.

  • “I’m excited about collecting supplies because these animals need them as a daily necessity,” said Charlotte Leonard, a seventh grade member of the Middle School Green Team.  
    She’s referring to the table the Green Team will man at Pajartio Environmental Education Center’s Earth Day celebration Saturday.  The group will collect old pet supplies — toys, bedding, leashes, food and treats — as well as gather donations to send to the Española Animal Shelter.
    Members of the seventh grade Green Team spent a day during their spring break volunteering at the shelter.