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  • The Family YMCA is taking registrations for the May 14 session of its American Red Cross Infant/Child Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation certification course.
    The course, taught by an American Red Cross certified instructor,  provides training on how to respond to emergency  situations,  recognize the signs of a heart attack and provide care for an infant or child who stops breathing, is choking, or whose heart stops beating. Participants who complete the course will receive American Red Cross certification.
    The next class will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 14.  Cost is $40 for YMCA members and $60 for program members, with a maximum of 12 participants.  Pre-registration is required.

  • Alex Kendrick, Julia Murphy and Ryan Erickson will attempt to reach the pinnacle when it comes to science fairs.
    The three Los Alamos High School students, who are the grand award winners, will travel to Los Angeles this weekend for the International Science and Engineering Fair.
    Kendrick, a senior, will attend Harvey Mudd College in Clairmont, Calif., in the fall. His project was called, “Electromagnetic Detection of Aquifers.”
    Kendrick played soccer and took part in the symphonic orchestra, as well.
    During his sophomore year, Kendrick won the grand award and last year, he placed third.
    Here is a description of Kendrick’s project:

  • A letter from Meredith, the bride’s sister.

    Dear Miss Perfect Bride,

    Thank you ever so much for sending me an invitation to your wedding. Walking up the stairs to my room would have been so hard for you, considering you’ve never had to do anything before in your life. Well, thanks for taking the time to put a stamp on an envelope!
    I was so surprised to hear of your engagement. I had completely forgotten about it, even though you’ve managed to mention it about four million times since yesterday. Thank you so much for letting me know!

  • An organizational meeting for parents interested in starting informal family nature clubs will be  at 7 p.m. May 11 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.

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    Andy Dick arrested in California

    TEMECULA, Calif. — Comedian Andy Dick has been arrested in Southern California for being drunk and disorderly in a restaurant.

  • On Saturday, Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering two adventures for outdoor-lovers. One is close to home in White Rock Canyon and the other is a little beyond San Ysidro.

    Paul Arendt will lead the White Rock Canyon hike, a rigorous nine-mile exploration into the more isolated sections of the canyon.  It will take approximately 5 ½ hours to complete, starting from the Bandelier Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m.

  • On May 14, kids ages eight and older can learn survival skills at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, in a class from 10 a.m.-noon. Led by Rob Dixon, recreation program manager for the Valles Caldera, the class will be the first in a series of two which will teach kids the skills they will need to know if they are ever on their own in the woods. In this session, they will learn how to start fires without matches. 

  • Lads of Enchantment, the Los Alamos chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society,  is a fraternity of men  from all walks of life and all ages, from teenagers to seniors,  who come together and find common ground through self-expression in song.

    Barbershop harmony is a form of music created with nothing but human voices coming together to create a texture that is pleasing to the ears and produce four-part harmony. 

  • Art openings

    Fine tapestry artist Donna Loraine Contractor brings a solo exhibition of new work to Taos’ Weaving Southwest May 3-31. An opening reception and meet the artist opportunity for the show will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Weaving Southwest, 106A Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos.

     

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  • Those that missed the William-Kate wedding  festivities at Westminster Abbey last Friday, should look no further because “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” debuts at the Los Alamos Little Theatre this week. While it may not be the royal wedding itself, Alan Ball’s serio-comedic play features five bridesmaids sporting identical gowns in absolute-apricot, complete with stand-alone skirts, dyed-peach prom pumps and hats even the flying nun would envy.

  • An opportunity to enjoy the spring season is approaching. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the Fuller Lodge lawn, the public can enjoy the sun, the fresh air and the plethora of art available through the Los Alamos Arts Council’s 44th Annual Spring Arts and Crafts Fair. 

  • The School of New Mexico Dance Theater presents its seventh annual spring recital, “Around the World,” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

    “Recital themes have always been very important to me,” NMDT director Susan Baker-Dillingham said. “A theme provides a cohesive feel to the entire event and every student, parent and faculty member feel part of a large structured event.” 

  • 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.