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  • 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.

  • The second annual, Community Asset/Spirit of the West awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.
    The event will host an array of appetizers and desserts to reward community servants with a sweet treat to toast their accomplishments of 2010.
    “I’m so excited about the sponsorship of the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel,” said Assets Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen. “The family was award recipients the first year and I’m pretty sure they believe in the work and philosophy of Assets.”

  • Fuller Lodge Art Center offers an antidote to the winter doldrums with the latest exhibit, “Inner Child” and invites the whole community to an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday.
    The call-for-artists for this show says, “Bring your inner child out to play. Show us work inspired by children and childhood, toys and play. Help us expand our imaginations and relive childhood memories.”

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society invites the public to the fourth talk of its 2010-2011 lecture series that will be at 7:30 p.m.
    Jan. 11 in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge.
    This month’s lecture will feature Todd Urbatsch, speaking on, “Bengt Carlson: Supercomputers and Apple Wine.”

  • I’ve always been a daydreamer. And of course what is envisioned inside my head is far different and much easier than coping with reality. I became all too aware of this fact when I volunteered to care for my sister’s five-month-old Pug, Bailey, while she and her family traveled to Florida for a few days.

  • The Monitor has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

  • The League of Women Voters will have Steve Watts as its speaker for the monthly Lunch with a Leader from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Jan. 11 at Central Avenue Grill. There is a menu at the grill, which includes entree, iced tea, water, or lemonade, tax and gratuity for $15.

  • An opening reception for “New Mexico Journey,” featuring artwork by Mi Ra Won will be from 4-5:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. The artwork will be on display through Jan. 28. Pictured above is one of Won’s paintings, entitled, “Song of Santa Fe.”

  • Los Alamos High School will participate in the American Mathematics Competition on Feb. 8. The mission of the Mathematical Association of America in offering this competition is to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving through a fun competition.  Teachers and schools benefit from the chance to challenge students with interesting mathematical questions that are aligned with curriculum standards at all levels of difficulty.

  • I hope as you look back on 2010, you were proud of the time you spent supporting the youth of the community as they grow each day.
    While your interaction with children may not be plentiful, hopefully any opportunity was used to build assets.
    Our work in the community does not come to an end as we approach the end of the calendar year, but begins anew with endless opportunities to build relationships with the future of our country.

  • Some musicians dream about playing in Carnegie Hall their entire lives. For some, the dream could come true, but for the majority, it’s something they can only hope for.
    High school seniors Eli Berg and Shannon Burns are two of the lucky ones.
    They have been accepted into a prestigious national program, the American High School Honors Performance Series and will get the chance to play at Carnegie Hall in New York in February.

  • Those with a New Year’s resolution to get into shape and be fit have an opportunity to do so. A strength-training program aimed at women and men older than age 50 is starting up.
    The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization are offering the Strong Women and Men program developed by Tufts University at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, Mass.
    The program is a research-based strength training program for women and men 50 years of age and older.  

  • Thank you Los Alamos. Six cats and two dogs were adopted last week.
    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.

  • Chances are you know one of the Sorenson clan. With a family as large, exuberant and talented as they are, it’s hard to pass under the radar in Los Alamos. Village Arts is providing a platform for their many talents through a show entitled, “All in the Family,” which will be shown through Jan. 3 at the store on DP Road. Artwork spans three generations and covers a broad spectrum of styles and media.
    Ken Nebel, Village Arts co-owner, has known some of the Sorenson family members since grade school, and grew up along side them.  

  •   The following books were best-sellers at Otowi Station this year:

    All books
    • “Los Alamos: Beginning of an Era,” LANL*
    • “Los Alamos Trails,” Craig Martin*
    * “Tomie’s Little Mother Goose,” Tomie DePaola
    • “109 East Palace,” Jennet Conant
    • “The Making of the Atomic Bomb,” Richard Rhodes

    Fiction
    • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Stieg Larsson

  • Editor’s note: This is the final story in a series introducing the characters featured in Agatha Christie’s “Go Back For Murder” production at Los Alamos Little Theater.

    It wasn’t me, although I’m hardly innocent. In fact, I don’t know who the murderer was. What I do know is that I’m the one that’s dead. That’s right, I’m the one that got murdered. I am, or was, Amyas Crale.