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  • 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.

  • Tom Ribe will sign “Inferno by Committee: a History of the Cerro Grande Fire, America’s Worst Prescribed Fire Disaster” from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station.

    A decade has passed since the Cerro Grande Fire ushered into America’s psyche the concept of megafires.

    “Inferno by Committee” is written from the perspective of a professional fire manager.

  • If ignored, history will turn to dust. Its lessons will fade and smudge. While it is easy to shrug off the past and merely allow it to turn to ash, but that could be a mistake. Looking to the past can reveal answers to current and future questions.  

    For instance, Tom Ribe, author of “Inferno by Committee,” took an in depth look at the Cerro Grande Fire and discovered a lot of lessons within the fire’s ashes.

  • URS invites everyone, even wallflowers to the first annual “Senior Prom.” The idea of it being the first annual event is only slightly true in that it actually took place more than a dozen years ago.

    Community member, Lil Ortega worked with a high school group of students, to do the same way back when.

    Assets in Action and the Friends of the Senior Center have banded together to offer the summer activity, “Sea of Love,” for folks of all ages whether they like to dance or just want to watch.

  • Shake the mothballs off the prom dress and tux because prom is making a second run. URS, Assets in Action and Friends of the Senior Center are hosting a prom starting 6 p.m. June 26 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Read more in tomorrow's Kaleidoscope.

     

  • The best thing about having a sister is that you have a friend for life. The best thing about having Kim as my sister is that I have a fellow “So You Think You Can Dance,” fan for life.

    Our parents probably rolled their eyes at some of things my sister and I engaged in – creating and modeling ancient Egyptian costumes, having sleepovers in our closets and screaming out lyrics to our favorite songs on the radio – but it never bothered us.

    We had our sisterly fellowship and that was all that mattered.

  • Friday, we are having the summer concert/party at Los Alamos National Bank with the Boulder Acoustic Society and hopefully, you.

    Everybody who appreciates music and good times should come. The show is free and starts at 7 p.m.

    The Boulder Acoustic Society probably makes you think the group is from Boulder, Colo., and that they play folk music.

    Good guess, but they’re a lot more than humdinger folk singers. They’re a fusion of folk and punk. Maybe call them indie-folk rock?

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart have tied the knot — in a wedding presided over by New Mexico's governor.

    Gov. Bill Richardson confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the couple, who have been together for several years and got engaged last year, were married at the governor's mansion in Santa Fe.

    Ford's publicist, Ina Treciokas, confirmed the nuptials Wednesday.