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  • Please forgive me, but this week I’m leaping to boundaries and expectations after a few stories I’ve heard of lately.
    I’m looking for feedback from parents and caregivers for situations that have others throwing their hands up in frustration.
    Here’s the scenario: A teenage boy spends the night with friends and leaves his backpack behind the next morning. He returns to the same house later that afternoon, only to find his iPod gone.

  • “I just read I Cor. 5:5. What did Paul mean when he said, ‘I have decided to deliver him over to Satan?’ ” — Jesse

    This sounds like a harsh judgment. Take note of the context: this letter is written to a young church experiencing numerous difficulties. In this instance, a man in the church is living in an unusually debauched situation (I Cor. 5:1). The church, instead of grieving over this, is particularly proud of its tolerance for his behavior (I Cor. 5:2).

  • What does a horse with a floor length mane, a boy dressed as a pregnant woman, long braided hair, rappers, arugula and asparagus have in common? They’re all part of this weekend’s free theater and dance performance of “Rap-Punzel.”
     This modern day version of the fairy tale, directed by UNM-LA adjunct faculty member Melissa Balice, is suitable for younger audiences and open to the public. Shows are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Piñon School in White Rock and  at 2 p.m. Sunday at Los Alamos Middle School. 

  • You are invited to exhibit several crèches or only one, cherished by your family. The nativity exhibit will be Friday and Saturday at the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, Los Alamos Ward. The exhibit, “Crèches from Around the World,” is celebrating its 17th exhibition. It is part of the Los Alamos Winterfest activities, held annually, the first week of December.

  • “Cabbages and Kings, Cauliflowers and Callas: The Royal Opera, Vegetables, Fruit and Flowers in London’s Covent Garden in the 1960s,” a multimedia presentation by John Webber, will be from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday at Mesa Public Library.

  • Nate Downey, St. John’s College graduate, permaculture expert and author, will talk at PEEC at 7 p.m. Dec. 8. He will also sign copies of his latest book, “Harvest the Rain,” which will be available for purchase.  
    Downey writes about the history and culture of rainwater preservation. He explains how rainwater harvesting can be fun, easy and low-cost. In his book, Downey shows the reader simple ways to achieve that goal without being overwhelmed by lots of work or high water bills.  

  • The most enduring image of rural America during the Great Depression is one of dust and human migration. This image was formed in the nation’s heartland, where the people of the Great Plains and Southwest suffered both natural and economic disasters during the 1930s.

  • From the musical ballet, the “Nutcracker,” to the sounds of carolers singing holiday classics, Los Alamos will celebrate the sounds of the holidays with a number of holiday-related events, including the three-day “Winterfest” event, Dec. 3-5, and concluding with its New Year’s Eve “Fire and Ice” celebration Dec. 31.

  • Albuquerque — The 21st annual KOATs for Kids campaign is in full swing and will run through Dec. 31.
    Since 1989, this statewide community service event sponsored by KOAT 7 has delivered approximately 275,000 coats to needy children.  
    This year, KOAT 7 is joining forces with Molina Healthcare, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, New Mexico Chevy Dealers, JC Penney, Mattress Firm, Star Bright Cleaners, Hot Shot Services, A Virtual Receptionist and the New Mexico Army National Guard.

  • The teachers at Chamisa Elementary School used to see a lot of drink pouches get thrown away.
    Once they signed up to recycle them through a company called TerraCycle, the school began earning two cents for every one of those pouches and became part of a nationwide effort that has just reached an impressive milestone of keeping 50 million pouches out of landfills.
    In addition, TerraCycle, which makes affordable, eco-friendly products from packaging waste, and Capri Sun have paid $1 million to schools and non-profits in return for the recycled drink pouches.  

  • Atomic City Children’s Theater, the Los Alamos Public Schools’ after school theater program, announces auditions for their middle school production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.,” a two-act musical play based on the smash Broadway hit.

  •  Monster Movie Wednesday at UNM-Los Alamos will feature “Shadow of the Vampire” (R, 1 hr 30 min.) at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the UNM-LA Lecture Hall in Bldg. 2. The movie is free and open to the public.

  • Rio Rancho Chapter of Blue Star Mothers recently mailed more than

  • 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.  
    Every cat only $35 with an extended two-for-one sale.

  • ARLINGTON, Va. — While Americans are reflecting on what they are thankful for, members of the Guard and Reserve and their families across New Mexico are encouraged to thank supportive employers this Thanksgiving by nominating them for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
    The Freedom Award is the highest recognition the U.S. Government gives to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.


  • All at Mountain School’s Annual Halloween Carnival had a family fun time.  Mountain School PTA and Carnival Organizing Committee would like to thank the community for coming out on a very busy Halloweekend to support us. We look forward to doing it all again next year on Oct. 29, 2011.

  • It’s not everyday that a guitarist can enter a competition, not make the final cut, but end up walking away with the grand prize. Local teen Joey Farish, 18, did just that during the annual KZRR 94 Rock’s Ibanez Guitar Lick Off.
    The contest, sponsored by radio station 94 Rock and Grandma’s Music and Sound was from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 13 at Grandma’s in Albuquerque. Guitarists from around the state gathered to shred for 60 seconds apiece, in hopes of winning one of three Ibanez guitars.

  • 2010 Pumpkin Glow thank you

    On behalf of the Los Alamos Arts Council, I would like to thank the community for coming out and supporting the Pumpkin Glow. The LAAC would not be able to produce this event without the help of the following people: Lori Dauelsberg, Lisa Lloyd, Joan Williams, Suzanne Johnston and the board of the Los Alamos Arts Council.