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  • Monster Movie Wednesdays will continue at UNM-Los Alamos on Wednesday with “V for Vendetta.” The films are shown at 6 p.m. in the UNM-LA Lecture Hall in Building 2. The series is free and open to the public.
    Dr. Michelle Marsee will give a brief introduction to the films and lively discussions always follow the movie.

  • Sacred Harp singers from Colorado and New Mexico will converge on Fuller Lodge for the 21st Annual Rocky Mountain Shape note Convention from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 25-26.
    Los Alamos resident Claire Singleton will be one of the performers during the two-day singing event. Singleton, originally from Oxford, England, has been a Sacred Harp singer, or shape note singer, for more than 10 years.

  • Editor’s note: Fran and Donny asked that their last names not be used in this story.

    Fran and Donny have been matched for two and a half years in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Los Alamos. Fran wanted someone to share her creative side with and Donny is a child with a creative side, so the two are a great match.

  • This is the perfect week to look at Asset number 24, Bonding to School. Welcome to Homecoming week, lets go Hilltoppers!
    On Sunday, the senior class will head up to LA Mountain to paint the rocks that form LA. If all goes well, the LA could be visible for miles. We should all rally as a community and have each person carry one rock up there and put it in place one summer.

  • The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.
    The featured speaker will be Dr. Shari Kelley of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. Her talk is entitled, “Geothermal Energy — The Real Thing or a Passing Fad?”
    New Mexico has much potential for low- to moderate-temperature geothermal resource development that will provide direct heating for buildings, greenhouses and aquaculture.

  • There hasn’t been a concert in Los Alamos since Aug. 27 and it’s been too long. However, there will be a Summer Concert fundraiser show Friday at the Blue Window Bistro starring the Juke Joint Duo, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm.
    They play the music of the Mississippi Delta and electrified hill country blues.
    Before World War II and before such blues superstars like Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker moved north to Chicago, Detroit and other American northern industrial cities, there was rural southern blues.

  • Migration is the name of the game this month as warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, kinglets, thrushes and other birds set off on adventures to find or return to their winter homes. As the days turn cool with the retreating summer heat, make your own migration to Bandelier’s Fall Nature Fiesta from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 25.
    The event is jointly sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center in Los Alamos and Bandelier. More than a dozen games and demonstrations will be held behind the newly renovated visitor center at Bandelier National Monument.

  • Albuquerque — The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host “Broken Hammer,” a play written by Robert Benjamin, physicist turned playwright.
    In the play, Benjamin blends loyalty and romance with stockpile stewardship. The staged reading will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 21; it will be followed by a question and answer session with the author.  
    Benjamin began his career in playwriting after 30 years as a research experimental physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • As a full time writer and author of many books for both adults and children, Shirley Raye Redmond says that she is, “… constantly amazed at the uninformed and sometimes amusing ideas people have regarding writing for publication.”
    In her talk for the Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in the upstairs rotunda of the Mesa Public Library, she will “myth bust” the 12 most prevalent in an informative and entertaining presentation.

  • Home Tour a Big Success

    Family Strengths Network wishes to thank the community for a very successful fundraising event, the Los Alamos Home Tour 2010.
     First we’d like to thank the six homeowners who donated the use of their homes, Jim and Kate O’Donnell, Rob Eaton, Aimee Hungerford and Chris Fryer, Jackie and Leonard Beebe, Sally and Joe Fitzgibbon and John and Minji Park.

  • This week the community of Los Alamos says “aloha,” to one of its newest residents as Dr. Devan Vest, DDS, MS and his family join the office of Los Alamos Orthodontics.
    Vest comes spent time at BYU-Hawaii, West Virginia University and the Oregon Health and Science University, prior to coming to the Land of Enchantment.

  • Construction on Diamond Drive has put a monkey wrench in commuter’s schedules, as well as high school student’s schedules, but it’s also affected fundraising for the United Way, as well.
    Every year around this time, the United Way Youth Team hosts dinner over Diamond, a fundraising event during which diners are served — and eat their dinner — in the catwalks suspended over Diamond Drive. The funds raised during the event go toward the United Way Activities Fund, which benefits nonprofit organizations in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

  • Young and old alike can take a stroll through the White Rock Senior Center and take in some art, or sit back and enjoy a variety show at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The festivities are part of a fundraiser for both senior centers and part of a celebration for Senior Center Month.
    “That’s Entertainment” will be performed by senior citizens for the public. This year will mark the fourth time seniors have performed a show for the community within the last 10 years.

  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Brings Recording Artists to Los Alamos
    September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Along with many organizations around the country, local charity Ovarian Cancer Together Inc. is bringing awareness to Los Alamos by holding a benefit at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Working in New Mexico to support survivors and educate the public about the risks of ovarian cancer, this year, OCT will hold its first music and awareness evening, promising quality entertainment for all.

  • Manhattan Project veteran and Physics Professor Emeritus at UC Boulder, Albert Bartlett, will be the guest speaker for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s first lecture of the 2010 season.  
    The talk will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge as part of the monthly lecture series sponsored by the Los Alamos National Bank and members of the Los Alamos Historical Society.
    Operation Crossroads was the first postwar series of tests of atomic bombs.  In Washington, D.C., there was great interest in testing the new weapons.

  • Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers (LAM) at their regular monthly meeting to hear professional kayaker and journalist Kyle Dickman describe his adventures as part of the “Rivers in Demand” project. This project has taken him from the Congo River in Central Africa to the Rio Roosevelt in Brazil.
    The “Rivers in Demand” project, now it its third year, is designed to use whitewater kayaking and media to raise awareness to threats to biodiversity hotspots.

  • It’s September, which means that local artists once again will share their prolific gifts with local art lovers, offering two days of color, beauty, inspiration, humor and an intimate glimpse into their creative environments.
    Migrate through the Pojoaque River Valley north of Santa Fe and view the varied habitats of the artists — native, introduced, fledglings, endangered, old, wise and rare birds as well. Artist-watchers are invited to the 17th Annual Pojoaque River Art Tour from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 18-19.

  • As we head back to school, we head back to a weekly look at assets in a more individualized way. The next eight months have been divided up into categories and each week, we will look at the same asset that each of the school sites are looking at, too.
    This month, we focus on the asset category of commitment to learning. It may have been hard for everyone to get back into the daily grind, while others found it very easy.

  • House of Hope and Shop on the Corner says thanks  
     
    Our recent “High Tea and Fashion Show” were a complete success! The monies earned will go toward the House of Hope Women’s upcoming 6th annual house building trip to Juárez, Mexico.
    Although each member of the team pays her own lodging and meal expenses, several thousand dollars are needed for the house materials and to pay the local laborers.  

  • John Balagna grew up on a farm.

    It wasn’t exactly a favorable experience.

    “I grew up on the farm and left the farm because I hated it,” he said.

    So he turned to another pursuit — working as a chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Though he had turned away from the scene of his childhood, an interest in working with the land had taken root and in 1970, it began to sprout.

    He bought land in San Ysidro, which is on the highway going toward Farmington.

    Then in 1972, Balagna planted a vineyard.