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  • Daniel Ben-Naim, an eighth grade student at Los Alamos Middle School won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 12.
    The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 23rd annual National Geographic Bee. Google sponsored this year’s Bee.
    Ben-Naim and Ryan Harbert, also an eighth grade student, went head-to-head in the championship round.  
    Ben-Naim edged out Harbert by naming Kilimanjaro as Africa’s highest peak that is part of a national park in Tanzania.

  • Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers Wednesday night in Fuller Lodge to hear Lorrie Bonds-Lopez recount her “China Odyssey” adventure. In 2008 Lorrie Bonds-Lopez and her husband joined two China scholars, Rikki and Jeff, for a three-week hiking/biking touring trip in the southwest of China.

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

  • Aretha Franklin says her health is ‘superb’

    DETROIT — A month after surgery in Detroit for an undisclosed ailment, Aretha Franklin says her health is “superb.”
    Franklin called in to Wednesday’s installment of “The Wendy Williams Show,” telling the host she was relaxing at a casino hotel in her hometown and hopes to begin traveling soon, saying she’ll be “looking for a fabulous beach.” She says she has two more weeks of down time as she continues her recovery.

  • LOS ANGELES — “True Grit” seized the reins at the weekend box office with $15 million, taking the No. 1 spot and becoming the first Western to top the $100 million mark since the 1990s, according to studio estimates released Sunday.
    The Paramount release starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon bumped off Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller’s comedy “Little Fockers,” which was No. 1 for the previous two weekends. Released by Universal, “Little Fockers” slipped to second with $13.8 million, raising its total to $124 million.

  • On Jan. 22, the Los Alamos Concert Association presents a performance by the renowned pianist Sergei Babayan. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium on the Los Alamos High School campus, and a reception will follow the concert.

  • The Authors Speak Series kicks off a brand new line up beginning at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library Jan. 27 with two science writers, both frequent contributors to the New York Times.
    Scientist or not, everyone is welcome to the free talk by these professionals who also run the annual Santa Fe Science Writers Workshop each summer. The authors will offer tips of the trade on the basics of how to translate complex scientific information into language accessible to laymen.

  • Murder, mystery and intrigue are all a part of any good murder mystery. Los Alamos Little Theater’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Go Back for Murder” is no exception.
    The advertisements and articles leading up to the show intrigued me. I definitely wanted to see this play. I love a good murder mystery, so I was hoping this production wouldn’t disappoint.
    It didn’t.

  • Parent looking  for simple things to help a sick child or build up children’s immunities can learn about herbal remedies at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Kristi Beguin, scientist, herbalist and environmental consultant, will offer a class on Effective Herbal Remedies for Children. Herbal remedies can be used safely to ease symptoms of illness, build immunity and enhance wellness.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is more than just a day off of work. It’s a day to serve those in and around the community.
    According to www.mlk
    day.gov, “The King Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, addresses social problems and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”  
    One way to bridge barriers and build a “beloved community” is to volunteer within the community. Volunteers are always needed to help various organizations in Los Alamos.

  • Santa Claus (Pat Soran) dropped into the Kiwanis Pancake breakfast last month, where he visited with the children in attendance.

     

  • Get out your parka and wax your boards — it’s time for the Backcountry Film Festival. This national traveling film festival will be in Los Alamos for one night only — Jan. 27.  It will show at the Reel Deal Theater at 7 p.m. for $7, which will benefit the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.  
    Now in its sixth year, the Backcountry Film Festival highlights the beauty, diversity and fun of the winter backcountry experience.

  • A photographic journey through Ethiopia is currently on display at Village Arts, located at 216 DP Road.
    The exhibit features work by local artist, Brandon Stone, as well as the photography of fellow travelers.  
    An opening reception is planned from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, where the artist will be present to speak about his work and his plans to return to Ethiopia.

  • Mango Languages is a new database being offered by Los Alamos County Library System and it’s free and accessible from either the library or at home.
    Mango includes 29 foreign language courses and 15 courses in English as a Second Language-English for speakers of 15 different first languages.

  • The 2010 Community Asset/Spirit of the West awards were presented Saturday night at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.
    The second annual event garnered 44 nominations with recipients ranging from county councilors and Kiwanians, to a middle school student and one spectacular senior citizen.
    Los Alamos High School student Corbin Pfeffer and 91 year old Lorin Cox were selected for the first-time presentation of the Director’s Award.

  • There’s still time to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home-schooled eighth grade students.
    The trip is private and not a school-sponsored trip. Sign up forms for the 29th annual 8th grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C. can be obtained at the Los Alamos Middle School office or can be found on the LAMS homepage.

  • At 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19, the designers of the New Mexico Veterans Museum will conduct a meeting for Los Alamos-area veterans at the Los Alamos National Lab’s Otowi building, second floor cafeteria, side rooms A, B and C.
    Retired Marine Corps Col. Joe Long, the museum planner, will present a multimedia description of the project, solicit ideas from the public and answer questions.  Attendance by a representative of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services is also planned.  

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