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  • Among the participants in this year’s American Legion’s New Mexico Boys State, Daniel Roybal represented Los Alamos.

    Boys State officially kicked off May 30 and concluded Friday at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.

    It is the 63rd annual New Mexico Boys State session.

    The delegates consisted of high school upcoming seniors who prepared for a week of establishing their own state government, reflecting on real democracy in action and learning the importance of civic engagement.

  • Maureen Mahoney-Barraclough, director of Aid For Africa, gave a presentation about her experiences with families and orphans affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa and Uganda to Los Alamos High School teacher Allen Andraski’s history and human geography classes. The students raised funds to donate to Aid For Africa to help support those children.  In response to their efforts, Los Alamos National Bank provided an additional contribution to Aid For Africa. One hundred percent of the donated funds go directly to the children’s schools and orphan centers in Uganda.

  • Members of the White Rock Baptist Church are hosting a vacation Bible school this summer, but unlike other programs, this one will not be held down the street. A team of 20 people will travel to the edge of Chihuahua, Mexico and venture to the isolated community in the Sierra Tarahumara.

    The goal is to impact residents’ lives – both in lifestyle and in spirituality.

    Beverly Basey-Jones and her husband have traveled to the Sierra Tarahumara several that times in the past. This will be their third year.

  • At 2 p.m. June 13, Fuller Lodge again will resonate with music when eight recipients of the Deborah Beene Memorial Music Scholarships during the last 10 years will perform a variety of musical offerings for the public. Admission is free.

    The concert will feature two winners of this year’s competition – pianist David Li, who won first prize, and violinist Jin Park, who won third prize.

    The recipient of the second prize was clarinetist Shannon Burns. In last year’s competition, Park’s performance as a pianist garnered him a share of the top prize.

  • Parenting has got to be the toughest job in the world. It’s a career that doesn’t come with training sessions or an instructional manual. Plus, there is a lot of responsibility placed on a parent’s shoulders.

    The good news is parents are not alone. Help is available.

    From 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, starting this week and running through July 1, Family Strengths Network is offering a class titled, “Ages of Discovery.”

    Jennifer Moss, an expert in early childhood development, will instruct the class.

  • If you ever want to see proof of Los Alamos’ creativity, just take a look at the entries for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life’s birdhouse silent auction.

    There are rocket shaped houses, houses made out of game pieces, houses decorated with computer components, houses drenched in feathers, houses carved out of gourds and houses molded to look like faces.

    Local artists have seized plain, unassuming wooden birdhouses purchased from Michaels, the craft store, and allowed their imagination and creativity to take flight.

  • The winners of the 2010 Young Writers Contest were announced at a breakfast ceremony Saturday at Daylight Delights restaurant.

    Daylight Delights and the Los Alamos Writers Group sponsored the contest and ceremony.

    Winners received cash, Chamber Bucks, Daylight Delights gift cards and ribbons.

    The winners in the four divisions were:

    • High school: First place, Elizabeth Turner; second place, Natalie Swinhoe.

    • Middle school: First place, Sarah Wallstrom; second place, Emma Schmidt; third place, Ethan Clements

  • Up through last week, my mother had reminded everyone in the family just how many days of school remained in the 2009-2010 year. When Sunday rolled around, she sang out to everyone that she did not have to work this week.

    If you think students are the only ones who excitedly cross the days off the calendar, think again. A vacation is a vacation – no matter one’s age.

    And with the conclusion of one school year and the beginning of a tranquil break, it seemed a celebration was in order.

  • Musician Eric Sardinas has a signature style that listeners seldom hear – especially those who live in Northern New Mexico.

    The Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, however, is bringing the sounds of Deep South to the Southwest.

    Eric Sardinas and Big Motor will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Express located in the Entrada Business Park.

    According to Sardinas Web site, Sardinas was exposed to gospel, Motown and R&B, all of which pushed him to the acoustic sounds of the Deep South.

  • National Merit Finalists

    Kathy Lin, Emma Carroll, Shaina Riciputi, Jaime Resnick, Dov Shlachter, Kendra Smale

    Local Scholarship Awards

    Angelo Montoya Memorial Scholarship    • James Larkin

    Aspen School PTO Scholarship    

    • Hannah Taylor and Brooke Maxwell

    Cerro Grande            • Meghan Maes

    Chamisa School PTO Scholarship     

    • Sarah Story      

  • Director David Von Ancken’s “Seraphim Falls” has all the basic elements: horses, cowboy hats, guns, railroads, bank robbers, desert landscapes, tight-lipped conversation. The film is almost entirely peopled by men, everyone drinks out of leather canteens and nobody can trust anybody not to try to kill him.

  • The 2010-2011 Los Alamos Concert Association season opens with Julie Albers, cellist and Orion Weiss, pianist, at 4 p.m. Oct. 17. Albers studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and won the Grand Prize at the XIII International Competition for Young Musicians in Douai, France.

  • The Friends of Mesa Public Library (FMPL) members welcomed five seniors and their families to the spring member luncheon  May 19.

    FMPL members also announced the upcoming awards through the Friends of Mesa Public Library Scholarship and the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship. Scholarship winners have written a personal narrative about a fiction or non-fiction book that has become important to the understanding of themselves or the human condition.

  • “The Cowboys” is a bit like “Little House on the Prairie” meets “The Patriot.”

    Instead of Michael Landon or Mel Gibson, imagine an awkwardly paternal John Wayne. Rather than the complacency of Walnut Grove or the sadism of the Revolutionary War, picture New Mexico in the Old West – a hard life of herding cattle and breaking horses, and young men looking for an easier way. Ranch hands were heading toward the rivers, planning to find lots of gold and retire early.

  • Hunger doesn’t sleep or come to a stand still. It continually gnarls inside people’s stomachs and clings to their minds.

    As a result, National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 4112, LA Cares, LA Community Food Bank and the Northern New Mexico District of the Boy Scouts of America are working to respond to this condition and wipe hunger away.

    The annual Spring Community Food Drive is scheduled for Saturday. LA Cares will distribute donations.

  • My inspiration to pursue different things comes from the oddest places. After watching the 1992 Olympics, I became inspired to try  figure skating. When I read about one of the twin sisters in the “Sweet Valley High” book series working on the high school newspaper, I thought I would give journalism a try.

    And as a result of watching the main character in a movie serve up slices of a pie called Chocolate Strawberry Oasis, I strolled down the aisles of the grocery store looking for the ingredients to make this dessert myself.

  • After six years of orange plastic fencing, towering construction equipment and the screech of wood meeting an electric saw, Crossroads Bible Church has some new sites to take in. There are the sparkling white walls in the stairwells and hallways, a rich–colored carpet that is free of dirty footprints and an aroma of a brand-new building that is ready and waiting for the public and the church congregation.

  • Today, the American Legion Auxiliary will offer the public a symbol of service men and women’s sacrifice.

    The red crepe poppy is a reminder of the sacrifice of countless thousands called to war. Distributing the crepe poppies is an annual event undertaken by the members of Unit 90 in Los Alamos. Volunteers from the unit will come again to take part in this nationwide program in memory of the citizen soldiers who gave their lives in the cause of freedom.

    Funds collected on Poppy Day are used to assist needy veterans and their families.  

  • “Loved to Serve; Serve to Love” is the theme for the day camp that will be held from June 28 through July 2 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Once again, the church will host Rainbow Trail Day Camp from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday -Friday at 2390 North Road. The Day Camp is for older elementary kids who have just completed third through sixth grades.

  • The fruits of music teachers’ labors are often revealed when their students take the stage. However, things will be shaken up a bit during a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge.

    Members of the Los Alamos Music Teachers Association will step into the spotlight and prove why they are fit to teach.

    Ted Vives, president of the association, along with members Frances Meier, Richard Hannemann, Kay Newman and Gina Doorn, will perform in the show.