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  • Running, shooting, swimming and horse riding – these are well-established sports but combined altogether, something unique arises.

    A tetrathlon may sound unusual but it is a sport that is widely held.

    Additionally, three girls from Los Alamos recently proved they excel at this sport.

    Madeline Beck, Rachel Brenner and Mariah Bayless of the Los Alamos Pony Club achieved first place as a team in the Rocky Mountain Regional Mega Rally Tetrathlon.

  • For 42 years, the Los Alamos Historical Society has operated the Los Alamos History Museum but as the society turns its attention to the house formerly owned by Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, it finds itself in unfamiliar territory.

    Fortunately, the historic society earned a $3,750 grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council as well as a $2,400 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. These grants will offer guidance to the society as it begins initial steps to operate a historic home museum.

  • After the excitement, sturm und drang of Friday night’s season opening, Saturday’s second opening felt more relaxed, less crowded, more casual, less pressured  and the weather was calmer, too.  

    Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” (1791) is the ultimate kid friendly opera, and we did indeed see several beautiful little girls in beautiful little dresses; but I’m sorry to say this production will leave the kids bored instead of dazzled.

  • The Harry Potter books are a gateway not only to magical worlds, but to aspects of the true history of early science and medicine. From botany (herbology) to chemistry (alchemy) to runes and codes (divination), J.K. Rowling based many details in her work on Renaissance scientific and philosophical endeavors. This summer, come explore “Harry Potter’s World”  through a traveling exhibit at Mesa Public Library Art Gallery from the National Libraries of Medicine and the American Library Association. Elizabeth Bland is the curator.

  • The Bradbury Science Museum recently continued its Tuesday summer learning with the topic of bones. The Bradbury is utilizing youth as summer volunteers.

  • 1. You get a new wardrobe

    Unfortunately, most maternity clothes fit awkwardly at best and look more like bedsheets than dresses or shirts. Early in your pregnancy, every outfit you put on sags, practically frowns, over your suddenly formless body.

  • Friday evening marked the beginning of another season at the Santa Fe Opera, with more than 2,000 people mingling in the rose-gold light of another spectacular sunset. Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly,” (1904), which opened the SFO’s first season and theater in 1957, and the subsequent new theaters in 1968 and 1998, now ties with “La Boheme” for most presented Puccini opera at Santa Fe, at least until next year, when “Boheme” inches ahead again.

  • I remember first seeing Lisa Gilkyson in 1976 at the old Line Camp in Pojoaque. That was New Mexico’s best rock club and Gilkyson, who lived in Santa Fe, was the lead singer in one of New Mexico’s top rock bands.

    I loved listening to Lisa but it was strange for me to start calling her Eliza as the times and her music changed.

    Go to www.elizagilkyson.com and www.myspace.com/elizagilkyson to listen to and read about her music.

  • When you plant a flower or tree in the ground, it feels like you are doing something great – not only for your yard’s appearance but also for the environment’s wellbeing.

    This isn’t always the case, however. That tree or flower could require buckets of water, thus washing away any good intentions the planter had.

  • Piñon Elmentary School PTO President Gloria Brehm introduced Terracycle to the school last year and the results have been significant.

    Three thousand juice pouches have been given to TerraCycle, a company that turns non-recyclable waste into eco-friendly products.

    Additionally, 1,000 chip bags have been shipped to the company. The PTO does receive a small fee for its waste. For instance, the PTO receives 2 cents per juice pouch and has earned a total of $60.

  • To be safe and help others in need, look to the Family YMCA, which is offering several first aid courses.

    The Family YMCA is offering its Red Cross Babysitting certification course July 23 and 24.

    This course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with the training every parent wants in a babysitter: safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, and professional leadership and care-giving skills.

  • Building a support system is an important part of building a healthy family.

    For newcomers that means making new friends, which can be hard to do in a new town.

    Carrie and Matt Stone moved to Los Alamos from Juneau, Ak, in November.

    Carrie has a 6-year-old son and an 8-month-old daughter.

    She began coming to the Thursday support group at Family Strengths Network for mothers of infants as soon as she heard about it.

    “Our Realtor told us about Family Strengths, and I’ve met several other newcomers here,” she said.

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre (LALT) fans may know her as a director-costumer-stage manager, while Los Alamos Light Opera-goers may know her as a performer.  However, Los Alamos native Mimi Adams unveils a new side to her theatrical talent: playwright.  “Endless Questions,” Adams’ first full-length one-act play, debuts this weekend on the LALT stage as the culmination of a workshop experience long in the making.  

  • One of Rev. Allen Weiser’s greatest joys is to get amongst people and pray with them. Beginning Sunday, he will indulge in his drive to spread the spirit of God by evangelizing to area United Pentecostal Churches.

    On Sunday, Weiser, who is the co-founder of Hope Fellowship in Los Alamos, will preach at 10 a.m. at the Apostolic Lighthouse, a United Pentecostal Church in Española.

    On July 23, Weiser will travel to the Pentecostal Texico district’s family camp and Holy Ghost Crusade in Amarillo, Texas, to be one of the featured speakers.

  • Dan Nebel, a 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School, will present a recital of classical brass music from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. 

    Nebel, a French hornist, will be joined by local pianist Cindy Little, trumpeter Erin Carrick and violinist Maeve O’Hara in a program that will feature music by Richard Strauss, Eugene Bozza, Georg Telemann and Johannes Brahms.

    The program is free to the public and audience members are encouraged to bring a sack lunch if they wish.

  • Winners of the annual Mesa Public Library bookmark contest were recently chosen. The contest was in celebration of Children’s Book Week in May. The winners in categories ranging from kindergarten to high school are:

    • Kindergarten: Christina Diaz, age 6;

    • First grade: Angela Deng, age 6, and Kenneth Inbody, age 7;

    • Second grade: Patsy Hensley, age 8;

    • Third grade: Alex Delano, age 9;

    • Fourth grade: Lauren Harris, age 10;

    • Fifth grade: Margaret Doebl, age 11;

  • Peter Case was part of two rock and roll bands, helped push off the punk rock movement and has been nominated for Grammys. When he went in for an emergency open heart surgery last year, it left him feeling appreciative to be alive and singing.

    He said, "I'm glad to be alive. I've been given another shot; I appreciate it. I have another opportunity to live. It makes it that much sweeter."

    Case will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill. To read more about the concert, see tomorrow's newspaper.

  • The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents Peter Case up at 7 p.m. Friday at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

    He said he knew what he wanted to do at age 14 and that he was serious about his music. In 1965, he dropped out of school after finishing ninth grade and sang on the streets of Buffalo, N.Y. and the surrounding areas.

  • For years I never volunteered for anything – my services to the community were nonexistent. It was a dry spell that was only interrupted when I decided to volunteer for a nonprofit in Salida, Colo., that aided low income families and the homeless. It looked like a storm might break out and     rain on my desert of community service but no such luck. After spending only a few hours sorting through hand-me-down clothes, I left and never returned.

  • “The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder,” Alfred Hitchcock once said.

    Well then, sprinters rejoice: Next up in the library’s Free Film Series is a selection of short films, none more than 30 minutes long.