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  • On March 7, the Los Alamos Concert Association welcomes one of the most-respected early-music groups to Los Alamos.  Ensemble Caprice will perform a concert of Renaissance and Baroque period music at 4 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium. The concert will be followed by dinner with the artists at the Central Avenue Grill. Read more in Thursday's Kaleidoscope.

     

  • Heart disease seems to be full of stealth. Like a predator approaching its prey, cardiovascular diseases can creep unnoticed and silent until they spring into a brutal attack. Similar to other predators, these diseases can be misunderstood. Therefore, the Los Alamos Heart Council is providing some education and insight to these quiet killers.

    The council is hosting its annual community seminar at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church, located at 2200 Diamond Drive.

  • University of New Mexico-Los Alamos may be a community college but its influence extends beyond county lines. For instance, student Lise Lookman has been named to the 2010 New Mexico All-State Academic Team.

    Team members were recognized at a ceremony held Feb.11 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. In addition to being eligible for state scholarships, New Mexico team members are eligible to compete for the USA Today sponsored All- USA Academic Team.

  • The Los Alamos High School Science Bowl team won first place in the regional competition for the National Science Bowl, held Feb. 13, on the Albuquerque Academy campus. Thirty-four teams from Northern New Mexico high schools competed in the regional event.

  • Enter a world filled with fairies, courtiers, a king and queen, a handsome prince, and — of course — Princess Aurora this weekend when New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC) presents “The Sleeping Beauty.” Read more in tomorrow's Kaleidoscope.

     

  • Enter a world filled with fairies, courtiers, a king and queen, a handsome prince, and — of course — Princess Aurora this weekend when New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC) presents “The Sleeping Beauty.”

  • Like many, the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001 had a deep impact on Santa Fe writer and former diplomat Michael Morgan.

    “After  9/11, I was concerned. Besides from the immediate clashes around the world, there was a clash of narratives. Part of the clashes were mistaken, based on misinformation,” Morgan said.

    As a result, he wrote “Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers and Artists.” National Geographic published the book in 2007.

  • Watching the first moments of the New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty” on a cold February night gave me the same feeling I experience when I notice spring bulbs poking through the snow and frozen ground. It’s a giddiness that something great is on its way. The gray and gloom of winter is dwindling.

    Likewise, NMDT-PC’s “The Sleeping Beauty” offers all the sparkle, color and sweetness to escape a gray day.

  • Saturday night’s performance of “Parted Waters” at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe was a treat for the mind, heart and soul.  

    Local playwright Robert Benjamin’s drama of a New Mexican family grappling with their Judaic roots presents a credible snapshot of how three generations of Hispanic men come to different terms with their ancestry.  

    On yet another level, the play suggests the crucial need for acceptance and respect for cultural differences among all people.

  • I wish I had. I regret not. Why didn’t I?

    I’m not old yet, but I know lots of sentences that start like that. They tend to revolve around high school. I wish I had spent more time thinking about what I wanted, instead of what other people might want. I regret not telling people who I was or what mattered to me. All I ever said was a bunch of crap.

  • Local photographer Jim O’Donnell recently visited the wildlife refuge Bosque del Apache and took photographs of a few feathered inhabitants. These artistic shots included a Great Blue Heron, Red Tail Hawk and Snow geese.

  • Persistence can pay off. Barranca Elementary School fourth-grader Cameron Harlow can attest to that statement.

    When a casting call for the movie, “Brothers,” was posted, Harlow’s mother, Linda, took him and his brother to audition for the movie. However, the casting director Marty Cherrix told Harlow he wasn’t needed.

    It wasn’t the last time Harlow would hear from Cherrix. Later, Cherrix contacted the aspiring actor to see if he would be interested in auditioning for another movie being filmed in New Mexico.

  • Ariel Chen won first place and Kevin Gao earned third place in the Jackie McGehee Piano Concerto Competition held Saturday at Keller Hall in Albuquerque.  Read more in tomorrow's Monitor.

  • Don’t be fooled by their age. Ariel Chen and Kevin Gao may just be 14-years-old but they possess a lot of professionalism and maturity, especially while seated at the piano.

    Their talents were revealed during the Jackie McGehee Piano Concerto Competition, which was held Saturday at Keller Hall in Albuquerque.

  • There is an old children’s doggerel verse that goes something like this, “Spring has sprung; the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is!”  With the winter weather still upon us this humorous verse is apropos. To overcome any snow fatigue, the Art Center at Fuller Lodge has an antidote. From 5-7 p.m. Friday, an exhibit opens titled, “Let’s Celebrate Spring.” The show lives up to its name with a riot of color and flowers.

  • The American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) choose Los Alamos high school student Ryan Erickson to attend the AJAS meeting in San Diego.The AJAS is America’s only honor research society for high school scientists.

    Each year, AJAS hosts a conference, held in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), to honor these students and induct them as fellows into AJAS.

    Erickson won this honor in a statewide scientific paper competition by writing and orally presenting the best paper.

  • This week as we look at the asset that defines using youth as resources. The local data shows that 31 percent of youth in our community feel so inclined.

    Assets In Action is working in conjunction with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and other community groups to provide youth a voice for input to their meetings.

    If you have a youth willing to fill such a role, give me a call or drop me an e-mail. It will be my goal to get input from a variety of students. If you have a youth who is willing to e-mail me, text me, or fill out a form, that would be great.

  • Beat the wintertime blues by heading over to the Art Center at Fuller Lodge. The center will open its newest exhibit, “Let’s Celebrate Spring,” Friday. Read more in Sunday’s Monitor.

  • The Los Alamos Community Winds ensemble is offering a musical mixture during its upcoming concert. The audience’s ears will immediately pick up tried-and-true pieces such as Igor Stravinsky’s score for the ballet, “The Firebird,” and Tchaikowsky’s 1812 Overture. But other works such as March to the Scaffold from “Symphonie Fantastique” and Emperata Overture may offer a new listening experience to attendees.

  • Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Fuller Lodge to hear Lynn Ensslin and Dennis Brandt share their adventures on the Ptarmigan Traverse in the Northern Cascades.

    According to many Washington State alpinists, the Ptarmigan Traverse is the classic alpine traverse in Washington.

    It is unique in that it requires a week-long commitment on an off-trail route, which weaves its way between the glaciated peaks of the North Cascades. It is a route that one should try only if they have climbing and glacier experience.