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  • If you’re reading this, the world didn’t end, darn it. That’s right, in case you didn’t know, there was a group that believed May 21 was Judgment Day and that the world would end with a series of earthquakes.
    During the last two weeks of school, the kitchens and the living rooms of any house in which school-age children live, probably look like an earthquake has hit, but several friends, including myself, have agreed that the result is the fact that it’s May.
    You see, in the midst of insanity, I have remembered to put a loaf of bread in the deep freezer in case we run out. That can only mean one of two things: hell is freezing over or school is coming to an end.

  • Throughout its history, Los Alamos National Laboratory has been synonymous with supercomputing, achieving a number of milestones along the way. Those milestones and more are showcased in a new, updated supercomputing exhibit on display at the Bradbury Science Museum. The public grand opening of the exhibit, featuring a guest lecture and reception, is from 4-6 p.m. May 26.

  • Kathy Strong, landscape designer, readies the courtyard in her home in Pajarito Acres for her lecture for the Summit Garden Club meeting June 6.

  • Do slime molds make good pets? You’ll find out during Relf Price’s talk at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange Street at 7 p.m. Wednesday. This talk is free and open to the public.
    Learn what plasmodial slime molds are, where to find them and when to look. You might have some in your own yard. Price’s talk will be illustrated with colorful photographs of some of the 900 species of these fascinating organisms.

  • 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

  • A woman talks to a vendor at the Farmers Market before making a selection on Thursday.

  • Ted Garcia, who has worked for the Los Alamos Public School District for the past 18 years, was  recently named the “Classified Employee of the Year.” Garcia most recently served as the head custodian at Aspen Elementary.  
    He received the award May 5 at a ceremony at Fuller Lodge. On the same day, he announced his retirement.  
     “It is an honor.  I do this work because I like it. Aspen is a wonderful place,” Garcia said when he accepted his award. “I do extra if I can. I love helping people.  I do my best to make everyone’s day a little bit better.”

  • Five students, two from Los Alamos Middle School and three from Los Alamos High School, will travel to College Park, Md. June 12-16 to represent New Mexico in the 2011 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest.
    The theme for NHD this year is “Debate and Diplomacy; Successes, Failures, Consequences.”
    Only students placing first or second at the state level NHD competitions are eligible to participate nationally.
    From Los Alamos Middle School, Grace Kim and Madeline Lockhart won second place at the state level in the Junior Group Documentary category for their documentary, “The Pueblo Revolt: Debating Spain’s First Colonization of New Mexico — A Story of Oppression and Redemption.”

  • Randy Foster, Los Alamos County Police Department captain and Joaquin Valdez, Los Alamos County chief deputy assessor, are among the 18 statewide professionals who recently graduated from the ninth Local Government Leadership Program.
    Foster attended Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico State University and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. He is currently a senior member of the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program, a member of the International Society of Chiefs of Police and a member of the FBI National Academy Association.

  • The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 90 Los Alamos will offer red crepe poppies on Wednesday.
    This reminder of the sacrifice of countless thousands called to war is an annual event undertaken by the members of Unit 90 in Los Alamos. Volunteers from the unit will take part in this nationwide program in memory of the citizen soldiers who gave their lives in the cause of freedom.
    Funds collected on Poppy Day are used to assist veterans and their families. It is a self-help program, for the Auxiliary’s familiar red paper poppy is handmade in Poppy Shops run by Auxiliary volunteers.

  • Thanks for
    the support

    As the Los Alamos County Science Fair season draws to a close I would like to thank all of the organizations and individuals who helped to create another premiere science fair this year.
    With the help of the Los Alamos community we sent 64 students to the Regional Fair in Las Vegas, 32 to the State Fair in Socorro and three Los Alamos High School students to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.  

  • The Beth Ladino Family Resource Library at Family Strengths Network is the place in Los Alamos to find ideas for summer fun. Now is the time to stop and browse their shelves because several new books have been added that will help families become more savvy travelers, enjoy the outdoors and spend more quality time together this summer.

    Traveling with Kids
    Whether you’re planning to travel by plane, car, or on foot, these travel books are full of tricks to make it easier:

  • The Los Alamos Choral Society will present its Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the United Church of Los Alamos. Mary Lynn Place Badarak with Cindy Little as pianist/accompanist, directs the Choral Society of about 60 mixed voices. The theme of the concert is “Seasons of Love.”
     “For this concert, we present the many facets, or seasons, of love: from favorite old folk songs to uplifting spirituals to the heartbeat of Broadway,” Badarak said.

  • Students of Dance Arts Los Alamos will perform a mixed bill of original works at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. A highlight of the evening performances will be the ballet “Symphonic Dances,” collaboration between DALA Ballet Curriculum Director Christin Severini and Executive Director Valerie Silks.
    “Symphonic Dances” boasts a cast of over 70 dancers comprising levels II–VI of DALA’s ballet program. The piece will showcase the students’ technical ability and musicality.
    Nicole Silks, a senior student at DALA, will perform the soloist role. Works by George Balanchine and Georges Bizet’s Symphony in C inspired the choreography.

  • Macchio: ‘Dancing’ judges’ comments were ‘rude’ 


    LOS ANGELES — Ralph Macchio feels like the judges on “Dancing With the Stars” didn’t give him a fair shake.
    The “Karate Kid” star was kicked off the hit ABC show Tuesday and after the credits rolled, he told reporters he “felt circled as the one couple that didn’t get praise and built up like the others did.”

  • Looking back at childhood, what memories come to mind? Having family picnics at the park? Running through an open field with friends? Gazing at the sky, making shapes out of the clouds? How about attending the Los Alamos Kite Festival?
    For the 14th year, the Los Alamos Arts Council presents the Los Alamos Kite Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the soccer fields at Overlook Park in White Rock. Children of all ages are welcome to join the festivities. Whether you build a kite, fly a kite, enjoy a picnic with family and friends, or just take in the artful scene, this is a community tradition not to be missed.
    Because of funding from Los Alamos National Bank, the Kite Festival is a free event.

  • Those who talk about art and want to sound like aficionados try to integrate terms like balance, harmony, proportion, movement, color, shape, form and space.
    On Friday, Fuller Lodge Art Center invites the public to attend an opening reception for “Back to Basics,” and throw around a few of these terms in conversation, or eavesdrop on the artists as they observe the collection for the first time.
    The show’s call for artists suggested they highlight one or more of the fundamental elements of art to create a lasting impression. The Art Center challenges Los Alamos residents to be the jury. Does this exhibit showcase a variety of basic elements and will you think about some of its pieces after you leave?

  • The 14th annual Los Alamos Dog Jog was greeted with perfect weather, resulting in an amazing turnout of over 300 two-legged walkers and runners and their accompanying four-legged friends.
    The 2011 Dog Jog was organized by the Atomic City Roadrunners, Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, and the Mountain Canine Corps (MC2) search and rescue team.  At the end of the day, an outstanding $14,000 was raised for Friends of the Shelter.  

  • On May 16, the Los Alamos Middle School student council presented Donna Schroeder, executive director of the United Way of Northern New Mexico, with a check for $374.34. The check was the result of a fundraising drive put on by the middle school student council.  The council sold Hawk and ‘Topper wristbands to students.  
    Pictured from left to right, Ben Reidys, Madison Foley, Donna Schroeder, Rigel Baron and Jonathan Salazar.

     

  • Thank You
    for Earth Day 2011

    Each year around April 22, Earth Day, the nationally recognized day to emphasize caring for the Earth by becoming more sustainable, is honored with various activities by Pajarito Environmental Education Center. This year’s activities included a display at Mesa Public Library, an Earth Day Speaker and a festival. Each activity was an outstanding success due to the efforts of a large number of volunteers and the support of many sponsors. This letter is to thank all of these volunteers and sponsors and those who attended one of our events this year.