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  • Migration is the name of the game this month as warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, kinglets, thrushes and other birds set off on adventures to find or return to their winter homes. As the days turn cool with the retreating summer heat, make your own migration to Bandelier’s Fall Nature Fiesta from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 25.
    The event is jointly sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center in Los Alamos and Bandelier. More than a dozen games and demonstrations will be held behind the newly renovated visitor center at Bandelier National Monument.

  • Albuquerque — The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host “Broken Hammer,” a play written by Robert Benjamin, physicist turned playwright.
    In the play, Benjamin blends loyalty and romance with stockpile stewardship. The staged reading will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 21; it will be followed by a question and answer session with the author.  
    Benjamin began his career in playwriting after 30 years as a research experimental physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • As a full time writer and author of many books for both adults and children, Shirley Raye Redmond says that she is, “… constantly amazed at the uninformed and sometimes amusing ideas people have regarding writing for publication.”
    In her talk for the Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in the upstairs rotunda of the Mesa Public Library, she will “myth bust” the 12 most prevalent in an informative and entertaining presentation.

  • Home Tour a Big Success

    Family Strengths Network wishes to thank the community for a very successful fundraising event, the Los Alamos Home Tour 2010.
     First we’d like to thank the six homeowners who donated the use of their homes, Jim and Kate O’Donnell, Rob Eaton, Aimee Hungerford and Chris Fryer, Jackie and Leonard Beebe, Sally and Joe Fitzgibbon and John and Minji Park.

  • This week the community of Los Alamos says “aloha,” to one of its newest residents as Dr. Devan Vest, DDS, MS and his family join the office of Los Alamos Orthodontics.
    Vest comes spent time at BYU-Hawaii, West Virginia University and the Oregon Health and Science University, prior to coming to the Land of Enchantment.

  • Construction on Diamond Drive has put a monkey wrench in commuter’s schedules, as well as high school student’s schedules, but it’s also affected fundraising for the United Way, as well.
    Every year around this time, the United Way Youth Team hosts dinner over Diamond, a fundraising event during which diners are served — and eat their dinner — in the catwalks suspended over Diamond Drive. The funds raised during the event go toward the United Way Activities Fund, which benefits nonprofit organizations in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

  • Young and old alike can take a stroll through the White Rock Senior Center and take in some art, or sit back and enjoy a variety show at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The festivities are part of a fundraiser for both senior centers and part of a celebration for Senior Center Month.
    “That’s Entertainment” will be performed by senior citizens for the public. This year will mark the fourth time seniors have performed a show for the community within the last 10 years.

  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Brings Recording Artists to Los Alamos
    September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Along with many organizations around the country, local charity Ovarian Cancer Together Inc. is bringing awareness to Los Alamos by holding a benefit at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Working in New Mexico to support survivors and educate the public about the risks of ovarian cancer, this year, OCT will hold its first music and awareness evening, promising quality entertainment for all.

  • Manhattan Project veteran and Physics Professor Emeritus at UC Boulder, Albert Bartlett, will be the guest speaker for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s first lecture of the 2010 season.  
    The talk will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge as part of the monthly lecture series sponsored by the Los Alamos National Bank and members of the Los Alamos Historical Society.
    Operation Crossroads was the first postwar series of tests of atomic bombs.  In Washington, D.C., there was great interest in testing the new weapons.

  • Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers (LAM) at their regular monthly meeting to hear professional kayaker and journalist Kyle Dickman describe his adventures as part of the “Rivers in Demand” project. This project has taken him from the Congo River in Central Africa to the Rio Roosevelt in Brazil.
    The “Rivers in Demand” project, now it its third year, is designed to use whitewater kayaking and media to raise awareness to threats to biodiversity hotspots.

  • It’s September, which means that local artists once again will share their prolific gifts with local art lovers, offering two days of color, beauty, inspiration, humor and an intimate glimpse into their creative environments.
    Migrate through the Pojoaque River Valley north of Santa Fe and view the varied habitats of the artists — native, introduced, fledglings, endangered, old, wise and rare birds as well. Artist-watchers are invited to the 17th Annual Pojoaque River Art Tour from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 18-19.

  • As we head back to school, we head back to a weekly look at assets in a more individualized way. The next eight months have been divided up into categories and each week, we will look at the same asset that each of the school sites are looking at, too.
    This month, we focus on the asset category of commitment to learning. It may have been hard for everyone to get back into the daily grind, while others found it very easy.

  • House of Hope and Shop on the Corner says thanks  
     
    Our recent “High Tea and Fashion Show” were a complete success! The monies earned will go toward the House of Hope Women’s upcoming 6th annual house building trip to Juárez, Mexico.
    Although each member of the team pays her own lodging and meal expenses, several thousand dollars are needed for the house materials and to pay the local laborers.  

  • John Balagna grew up on a farm.

    It wasn’t exactly a favorable experience.

    “I grew up on the farm and left the farm because I hated it,” he said.

    So he turned to another pursuit — working as a chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Though he had turned away from the scene of his childhood, an interest in working with the land had taken root and in 1970, it began to sprout.

    He bought land in San Ysidro, which is on the highway going toward Farmington.

    Then in 1972, Balagna planted a vineyard.

  • The 2010 International Taste of Los Alamos was a wonderful success, highlighting the culinary talents of local community members from 18 different countries around the globe.

    This year’s event raised money for UNM-LA Bridge Scholarships which allow qualifying students to “bridge” to their lottery scholarship. Lottery scholarships are awarded after the qualifying semester, thus some students do not have funds for their first semester tuition and books.  Bridge scholarships alleviate that problem for many students.

  • Elementary school students from Los Alamos’ five elementary schools — Aspen, Barranca, Chamisa, Mountain and Piñon — gathered with Rotarians at Beall’s Department Store for “Clothes for Kids,” a back-to-school shopping event hosted by the Rotary Club Saturday.

  • Tucked away down a narrow dirt road and nestled between houses and trees, sits Cuarteles artist Diana Bryer’s home and studio.

    Small signs point the way, but if you’re not paying attention, you might miss the driveway as you travel along the curvy road that leads to Chimayó.

  • CHICAGO — More than 6,100 nationwide members, advisers, alumni and guests of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), gathered in Chicago, Ill. July 4-8 for the 2010 National Leadership Conference. Michael Salazar, a junior at Los Alamos High School and Dr. Juanita Jebbanema, a teacher at Los Alamos High School, were among them.

  • The dedication of the Lora Belle Cole Library in the Los Alamos Detention Center was held Aug 21. Host Mary Najar, detention supervisor, welcomed about 60 people, essentially all friends or admirers of Lora Belle Cole, which included Los Alamos Police Department staff, three county councilors, Mesa Public Library staff and members of the Friends of the Library. She introduced Chief of Police Wayne Torpy and Cole’s son Tom Cole and his family.

  • Aug. 17: a girl, Sophia Pakin, was born Anna Matsekh and Scott Pakin;

    Aug. 18: a boy, Landen John Eckhart, was born to Elisa Ruelas and Garrett John Eckhart;

    Aug. 20: a girl, Mia Bella Martinez, was born to Faye Duran and Ryan Martinez;

    Aug. 23: a girl, Alexyanna Mercedes Montoya, was born to Trinnie Gutierrez and Lawrence Montoya;

    Aug. 23: A boy, Logan Joseph Maes, was born to  Davina and Ian Maes