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  • Generous Hilltoppers of the Class of 1980 are seen here donating a check to the LAPS Foundation.  The amount raised to benefit the Foundation was $2,143.  Pictured from left to right are LAPS Foundation Board Member Kelly Stewart, Class of 1980 Reunion Volunteer Suzie Havemann and Class of 1980 Reunion Chairperson Eddie Dunn.

  • Los Alamos will be lit up full force on July 4 – not only through fireworks but with children’s parades, a 5K run and one big party at Overlook Park in White Rock.

    The patriotism in town will immediately start at with jog at the Los Alamos Family YMCA’s Independence Day Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run.

  • UNM-Los Alamos’ Monster Movie Thursdays continues at 6 p.m. Thursday in the UNM-LA Lecture Hall, Building 2, with a modern adaptation of Frankenstein in “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” (R rating).

    The movie is free and open to the public.

    Filmed in 1994, Kenneth Branagh directed the film and stars as Victor Frankenstein.

  • In the old day of the Wild West, boys spent their days playing in pine forests. They carried knives, were allowed to shoot wild game,  and made their own ropes to swing across rivers.

    A few of these pastimes were brought back during the recent Cub Scout Wild West Day Camp in Rendija Canyon.

    During the camp, scouts braided ropes, played marbles and made wampum belts and teepees. Plus, the scouts were able to make telephones out of tin cans, create adobe bricks with water and socks and milk a cow.

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  • A horse kicked up dirt with its foot, a cloud of fine dust billowed up from the ground with every swipe. It was if the animal was waiting to receive one of the lassos a nearby group of children was swirling above their heads. Further up, several children scaled a large outcropping of boulders.

    All of this activity took place in the immense expanse of land at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    The youngsters were taking part in the Nature Odyssey program, which the Pajarito Environmental Center offered to fourth through sixth graders June 7-11 and June 14-18.

  • There are adventures to experience and sites to marvel at – all that is required is to step outside your front door.

    I recently took this advice. I walked outside my own front door and found myself, along with my traveling companions in Nambé. Despite living here for more than three years, it was the first time I had ever ventured to this community. The first stop on the trip was the House of Old Things, a local antique store located at 111 N.M. 503.

  • When Village Arts co-owner Ken Nebel saw that quite a few people were coming into his business requesting spray paints, his interest was peaked in what they were creating.

    Then Nebel met artist Marshall Jansen and became inspired.

    Graffiti, tattoos, video, vinyl art and industrial jewelry are just a sample of what this inspiration has lead to at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    Nebel said when he saw this artwork he knew “it was something I just had to show off.”

  • Ice cream and Frito pies may look like two types of comfort food but next week, these treats will serve a higher purpose.

    The Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s House of Hope and the Rainbow Trail Day Camp, which is held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, are joining forces to offer the community a Frito pie dinner and an ice cream social from 5:30-7 p.m. July 1 at Trinity on the Hill.

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  • Right now, my unborn baby ripples along the sweeping circumference of my belly. She strains against the wall of me dozens of times each day. She stretches her long legs, steamrolling my tiny sour stomach with her delicate feet. Soon, either she will outgrow her house, or I will outgrow mine.

    It’s distracting.

  • This year is a record year for The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Singer Program. In all,  1,498 young singers applied and 38 were chosen to come to New Mexico from as far away as Venezuela, Spain, Louisiana, Washington and Pennsylvania to perform with The Santa Fe Opera during its 54th season.

    Although the program has attracted an international crowd, a local face can also be spotted on the opera’s stage.

  • The Summer Concert Series continues at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond with the one of Scotland’s best traditional and neo-traditional bands, Old Blind Dogs.

    I promise it’ll be a tremendous show. They’ll play jigs, reels, love songs and ballads. The Los Angeles Times reported the Old Blind Dogs brings “freshness and color to acoustic music steeped in centuries of Scottish folklore and history.”

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  • Garden party  

    Added up together, there were more than 1,000 garden visits at the recent Los Alamos Gardeners’ Tour. The Garden Tour committee thanks the garden owners, Bev and Martin Cooper, Russell and Marion Pack, Steve Foltyn, the Steve Storms family, Robert and Mary McQuinn, Earl and Linda Hoffman and Pat Walls, for opening their gardens for the day.  

  • There are sights that have become very familiar to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life – the purple T-shirts, rows of glowing luminaries and walkers pounding the pavement as early as 1 a.m. But there will be a new sight to behold during this year’s relay.  

    Local celebrities will show off their moves on the dance floor. The event, Dancing with the Stars, will be held during a break at the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series’ show June 25 at Ashley Pond.

  • Laurianne Fiorentino is a renaissance woman. Fiorentino is not only a singer, guitarist and song writer, but she has dabbled in a wide array of other careers, according to her Web site. Fiorentino has been a professional immuno-therapist or allergy technician, potter, graphic-artist-designer/photographer, an Alaskan salmon fisherwoman and a leather-tooling artist.

    That is just the tip of the iceberg; Fiorentino has also worked as a journalist, photographer, painter, tour guide, choir director and an ortho-bionomy healing arts practitioner.

  • The Annual Chili Line Picnic started with just one church – the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church – sharing fellowship and barbecue. Now, 15-20 years later, the picnic tables seat members  from several churches. In addition to Trinity on the Hill, St. Jermone’s Espiscopal from Chama and St. Stephen’s in Española participate in the event.

  • If you ever wanted to test the validity of the saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” look no further than Christa Brelsford.

    Brelsford, a Los Alamos National Laboratory student employee, traveled to Haiti and helped with Haiti Partners’ adult literacy program in January. She and her brother, Julian, traveled to three different towns including Darbonne, assisting the Christian organization, which focuses on improving education, economic prospects and Haitians’ faith.

  • A singing dog, an awful dog, thugs in the U.S. Customs service and a grandamother busted out of jail are just a few quirky characters that Martha Eagan snares and ropes into her literary work.

    Her most recent book, “La Ranfla and Other New Mexico Stories,”  is described as light-hearted and  reflects the nuttiness in life.

    “La Ranfla” is also the subject of  Eagan’s talk at 7 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs gallery. The discussion is part of the library’s Authors Speak series.