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  • On December 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy along with Vice President Lyndon Johnson traveled to Los Alamos.

    Their visit to the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, as LANL was then known, was for a briefing on the details of the top-secret Project Rover, the Lab’s program at the CMR to develop nuclear rocket engines for space travel. After the tour of the lab, Kennedy went to Sullivan Field to address Los Alamos residents and then rode down Central Avenue in a motorcade.

    For many people who were there, it was something they will never forget. The Bradbury Museum is featuring some of the artifacts from Kennedy’s memorable 100 minutes in Los Alamos through August.

  • Marjorie Selden is a flute player who has taught music in the public schools and plays in the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra.  She started an ensemble called “Flute and Friends” 51 years ago in Cheney, Wash.
    The idea was for friends to play music together and to put on public performances in the local community.
    The upcoming Brown Bag Concert at Fuller Lodge at noon May 4 will be one of the “Flute and Friends” concerts.
    This concert will feature three pieces and each will have different instruments.  The first piece is called “Gentle Into the Night” by Scottish composer Laura Shur.

  • 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

  • Sock Hop 2011 was a hit

    The 2011 Fabulous Fifties Sock Hop was an evening of cross-generational fun with participants from babies to great-grandparents. Young people stepped in to volunteer.  Old Fashioned hamburgers, root beer floats and Coke were served — all made possible with help from Smith’s Food and Drugs, Hot Rocks Java Café, Daniel’s Café Haagen-Dazs and the Coca-Cola Bottling Company.
    Secundino Sandoval donated a watercolor, “Companionship,” which was won by Cindy Martz. Music was provided by DJ Tim Gallegos, who donated much of his fee to the Family Council programs. Elvis was out of town, so Fonzie (aka Jeff Favorite) stepped in for him as MC.

  • Beginning in May, the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will offer a series of eight Saturday morning Taiji (T’ai Chi) classes to study the Yang Style 24 forms. Classes will begin at 10 a.m. on May 7 in Robinson Hall.
    No previous experience is necessary. Classes will explore proper body alignment with coordination and flexibility exercises and breathing techniques to cultivate the flow of Qi, or life energy.
    The primary focus of the class is to study the 24 Forms of the Taiji routine which can become a daily discipline of spiritual practice.
    At the conclusion of these classes, students will have an opportunity to participate in thrice-weekly outdoor practices at Ashley Pond for another three months.

  • Six Los Alamos students won the UNM-PNM statewide Mathematics Contest this year. There were 22 finalists.
    They were recognized for their accomplishment at a banquet at the UNM Student Union April 16.
    From left to right, John Pawlak, High School Math teacher; Martin Loncaric, Los Alamos High School, won second place in 12th grade and fifth place overall; Donald Poston, Aspen Elementary, won first place in fifth grade; Alexandr Wang, Los Alamos Middle School, won first place in eighth grade and first place overall; Vincent Tang, Los Alamos Middle School, won fourth place in eighth grade; and Zeynep Unal, Aspen Elementary GATE teacher.

  • Newly elected officers of the North Mesa Stable Owners’ Association are left to right, Secretary Gina Coluzzi, past-President Lisa Reader, Member-at-large Melissa Gillispie-Blair, Vice-president Mark Bayless, President Don Childers and Treasurer Mark Smith-Nelson.  Not shown, Member at Large MaryAnn Kressin. The SOA is a forum for stable owners as well as the collective voice concerning stable issues.  The North Mesa Stables has been located on North Mesa since 1946.

     

  • During April, we have been working on the asset category of “Constructive Use of Time.”
    This category contains Assets 17-20 and kicks off with, “Creative Activities.”
    Creative activities are defined as: “Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater or other arts.”
    Spring break offered us a nice taste of actually having time to do something constructive.
    The break neck speed is about to start and we’ll soon arrive at summer.

  • The Los Alamos County Science Fair Elementary Division Best of Show winners, left to right, Micah Vander Wiel in the Earth Science category for “Can I Make Paper That is Good for Painting”; Katlyn Terp in Life Sciences for “Sense of Smell,’ ” and Ainsley Thistlewaite in Physical Science for “How Hot?”

  • When you call the Y on any given day, you often find someone like Katie Rosenbaum on the other end saying, “It’s a great day at the Family YMCA.”  
    Thursday it was indeed just that kind of day, marking the Y’s official grand opening of the Los Alamos Teen Center.  Los Alamos County funds the center, which hopes for a permanent facility in the future.
    Local dignitaries including Los Alamos Living Treasure Mary Brooks, County councilors Ron Selvage and Vincent Chiravalle, Father Colin Kelly and Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt attended the ribbon cutting and luncheon.

  • Girl Scout Troops appreciate help

    Junior Girl Scout Troop 557 and Brownie Girl Scout Troop 116 would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  When our local Girl Scout organization lost its venue to host the annual Brownie Sleepover, Bethlehem Lutheran graciously opened its doors. This church has always provided meeting space to many groups in town, including our troop’s bimonthly meetings.
    The sleepover was a great success! The church’s spacious kitchen and open layout enhanced many hours of fun including; cooking, crafts, scavenger hunt, singing and dancing.  Everyone left a little tired, but very happy.
    Thanks again for being such a great example of what community is all about!

  • Alex Wang was awarded first place in the Rotary District 5520’s Four-Way Essay competition, which includes entries from all middle school participants in New Mexico and west Texas. The award was made April 9 at the District 5520 conference in Ruidoso.
    Pictured from left to right, Skip King, president of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos; Baolian Cheng, Wang, Yi-Ming Wang, Linda King, Rotary Club’s 4-Way essay coordinator; and Linda Hull, Rotary secretary.

  • “Resurrection Stories: Images of Rebirth and Renewal,” is the theme of the Second Annual Faith and Art Show, April 29-May 1 at Jemez Springs Community Presbyterian Church in the Village of Jemez Springs.
    Work in various media by local artists will be displayed in the church’s original 130-year-old sanctuary.
    The opening will be from 7-9 p.m. April 29 and includes performances by local musicians. Refreshments will be served. Show hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 30 and 10 a.m.-noon May 1.
    Other events held in conjunction with the show are an open mike reading of poetry on the resurrection theme from 4-5 p.m. Saturday, with a special worship service incorporating the artwork from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday.  

  • The Wildlife Center, New Mexico’s only wildlife hospital, will have a free Annual Open House from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30 and May 1. The Annual Open House is the one time during the year that the public is permitted to tour the intensive care unit and rehabilitation facility.
    The Wildlife Center was founded 25 years ago by Dr. Kathleen Ramsay.  As the Center looks forward to the next 25 years, a new mission statement, logo, tagline and Web site have been developed.
    The Open House is the first in a series of 25th anniversary events celebrating the new focus of “building wildlife stewardship in New Mexico.”

  • Marilyn Stablein, has authored 10 books and won the New Mexico Book Award for her collection of poetry, “Splitting Hard Ground,” (La Alameda Press, Albuquerque, 2010), and now she will be part of the Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m. April 28 in the Upstairs Rotunda of the Mesa Public Library.
    Other books include the memoirs, “Sleeping in Caves: A Sixties Himalayan Memoir,” (Monkfish Publishers, Rhinebeck N.Y. 2003) and “Climate of Extremes: Landscape and Imagination” (Black Heron Press, Everett, WA, 1995).
    Her fiction collections include “Night Travels to Tibet; The Census Taker: Tales of a Traveler in India and Nepal,” and “Vermin: A Bestiary.”

  • Two young singers recently set out on The Santa Fe Opera’s annual Spring Opera Tour with performances in 12 communities in New Mexico and Texas. The singers will offer free public concerts as well as daytime performances for students through April 29. They will visit Fuller Lodge at 7 p.m. Saturday.
    Participants in this year’s tour are soprano Ashley Logan, bass-baritone Alan Dunbar and pianist and music director Kirt Pavitt. Kathleen Clawson is the stage director.

  • The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra is a good example of music spanning generations.  Members of the group, which will perform its Spring Concert April 29, range in age from 15-91. All have the same goal — to join others in performing some of the finest musical compositions written for orchestra.

  • Thank you letter

    We want to let people know that we’ve been successful in our fundraising efforts (for the Basketball Legacy Project at Barranca Elementary), thanks to the support of Barranca staff, parents, students and the community of Los Alamos.
    This project means a lot to my class and we are so very grateful for all of the encouragement, offers to help with labor, donations, and monetary support.
    We are blown away by the generosity of our supporters and could not have achieved our goal without their help! 
    Here are our monetary supporters:
    Contributors of over $1,000
    • Barranca Mesa PTO
    • Barranca Mesa School
    • LAPS Foundation
    Contributors under $1,000

  • Registration is being accepted for Girl Scouts’ Twilight Camp 2011, Back to the Basics. Camp will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 7-9 and from 4:30-8 p.m. June 10 at Los Alamos Ski Hill.
    Registration forms may be obtained by contacting Julie Minton-Hughes at twilightcamp11@gmail.com.
    Forms and checks made out to “Twilight Camp,” should be mailed to Minton-Hughes at 436 Paige Loop, Los Alamos, NM 87544 by April 29.
    Registration fees are transferable but not refundable. Scholarships available.

  • Former students of Texas A&M University will assemble in Los Alamos on Thursday for the annual Texas Aggie Muster to honor all Texas Aggies who have passed away within the last year.
    Various Muster activities, including dinner and ceremony, will begin at 6 p.m. at the Hilltop House Hotel La Vista Room. All former and current students, their families and friends of Texas A&M University are invited to attend, Muster Chair Evelyn Mullen said.
    These Muster gatherings are held in many places ranging from battleships and foxholes during World War II to ballrooms and steakhouses today.