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  • The Rice Bowl Dinner, a House of Hope fundraiser for house-building mission trips to Juaréz, Mexico, has been rescheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. July 21 in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    Tickets are available at the door and are $8 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 12. Kids attending VBS that week at Bethlehem Lutheran Church will be admitted free with a paying adult.
    Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for LA Cares for those in need, following the Las Conchas Fire.
    The Rice Bowl menu will offer rice, chicken teriyaki, stir-fry vegetables, ice cream and fortune cookies, following the VBS theme of “PandaMania, Where God is Wild about YOU!”  

  • Welcome to Christmas in July. If you don’t celebrate the holiday, don’t stop reading, bear with me for just a minute. I’m going for a theory here, not a theology.
    I’d like us to look at that period of time after Thanksgiving and before New Year’s Day and how it relates to now.
    You see, in November we celebrate a day for which we are thankful for so many things. We acknowledge all of the people and little things that make daily life grand.
    Then the next month follows with a generally cheery attitude, where people get stopped on the street or in the grocery store and asked how they are doing.
    We even send letters or cards to mark the occasion and say a kind word.
    Now we flash back to three weeks ago.

  • Wednesday
    Assets In Action and the JJAB will host a fundraiser for Los Alamos High School athletics based on the NBC television show “Minute to Win It.” The event will be from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Auxiliary Gym and admission is $2. Concessions will be sold and participants will be selected from the audience. To learn more call Assets In Action at 661-4846.

    Dances of India, a free performance, will be from 7-8 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall. Los Alamos County Library’s Family Fun Night sponsors the event.

    The July Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site.  For more information, call 661-4097.

    Thursday

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Thanks to the shelter staff for outstanding service to the community during the Las Conchas Fire evacuation.

  • The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is holding a regional conference in Albuquerque and the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation will provide funding for 15 Los Alamos Public School teachers to attend the event in November. 

  • Next week, Assets in Action and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will rally some fun to benefit Los Alamos High School athletics, with “Minute To Win It.” The new twist on “gaming,” is based on the NBC hit television show, hosted by Chef Guy Fieri.
    The television offering and the live event attempt to add fun to weeknight activities for families searching for something to do.
    “We hope to offer a very low-cost event to provide fun, spread the assets message and benefits LAHS, all at the same time,” said Bernadette Lauritzen, assets coordinator.  “The asset goal is always to build relationships through a variety of opportunities.”

  • Western civilization has long been fascinated by mythology. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in blockbuster movies such as the “Indiana Jones” series, “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Avatar” and “Clash of the Titans,” along with television standards such as “Hercules” and “Xena.”
    This is all great fun, but what if myths were actually based on demonstrable historical fact? What might these stories tell us about humankind’s mysterious past and how might this knowledge help to serve as a guide for the future?

  • Those who love opera might now have a way to spend their summer evenings.
    The Santa Fe Opera Shop needs volunteers to serve as sales assistants before and during intermission at evening performances.
    Volunteers help with customer service, sales, make sure that Opera Shop merchandise is displayed and plentiful and other duties as necessary.  
    As an appreciation, volunteers may attend certain dress rehearsals; they also receive parking spaces and generous discounts on selected Opera Shop merchandise.
    July performances are on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings.  Beginning Aug. 1 until the end of the season on Aug. 27, performances are every night of the week.
    The Opera Shop opens 90 minutes before each performance.  

  • The 2011 Santa Fe Opera season is underway, and in addition to providing a much-needed distraction from recent fire-related concerns, it offers a fantastic way to experience the amazing art of live performance — one sure to captivate from start to finish.
    Charles Gounod’s “Faust” is the perfect example of a classic struggle between good and evil, with the devil himself controlling much of the stage.
    “Faust” opens with conductor Frédéric Chaslin leading the overture. The music is slow, yet riveting as it sets the tone and precedes the dramatic entrance of Faust (Bryan Hymel) onto a simple stage featuring bookcases and a desk.

  • N.M. 4 is a picturesque journey through pine forests, high desert mesas and quaint mountain towns.  From the junction of Highway 501, N.M. 4 gently ascends the slopes above Water Canyon before winding gently into the Jemez Mountains. This highway travels effortlessly through the forests to many popular outdoor destinations and is even used as an alternative route to Albuquerque. However, this popular scenic byway began as a dusty wagon trail carved out of the rocks with picks by local settlers nearly 100 years ago.  

    Historical Origins  

  • The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series, starring the Texas Southern rock band Uncle Lucius, moves to Los Alamos National Bank Friday.
    Their lead singer, Kevin Galloway left his banking job in East Texas in 2002, moved to Austin and two years later had one of Austin’s top rock bands.
    “What do you think, LANB staff, shall I book you some gigs? Steve Wells on lead guitar? Bill Enloe as a country singer? I can picture that,” said Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series Promoter Russ Gordon.
         Uncle Lucius took rock ‘n’ roll from it’s roots in R&B, blues and country and came up with a Southern outlaw, soulful rock band.

  • The Los Alamos Opera Guild will honor those who were instrumental in saving the Los Alamos community from the ravages of the Los Conchas fire.
    The Los Alamos County Council and members of the fire and police departments will be the special guests at the Guild’s open house from 3-6 p.m. Sunday.
    Two rising young singers from the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Singer Program, soprano Maria Lindsey and tenor Matthew Newlin, will perfora for the group at 4 p.m.
    Individuals that are interested in learning more about the Los Alamos Opera Guild and their activities that support The Santa Fe Opera, as well as music in the Los Alamos community are welcome to attend.  

  • What started as a family project to put a thank you banner into the window of a local business has morphed into a project to help the community at-large express their thanks for the work done by firemen and other emergency workers, and to all of the supporters and well-wishers throughout New Mexico.
    “My daughter Hannah and her friend Kris Kupchella worked on designing a banner for the window of our store,” said Don Taylor, owner of Don Taylor’s Photography on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. “When I saw what they had done, I liked it so much that I decided to take the initiative to share it with others.”

  • For those tired of smelling smoke, relief is right around the corner. From noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a chance to learn how to distill lavender and make all-natural soap at the Second Bloom Farm in White Rock.

  • Seeing a forest fire up close and being forced to evacuate their homes can cause confusion and concern among children. The Los Alamos Historical Society is teaming with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center to help children and adults come to a better understanding of forest fires and recovery with a reading, book signing and hands-on activities, as well as a fire recovery talk for adults from 2-4 p.m. July 30 at PEEC.
    After the Cerro Grande fire devastated Los Alamos in 2000, the Historical Society worked with local ecologist Terry Foxx to publish a children’s book, “ The Forest and the Fire.” This illustrated book, written in poetic verse, allows children to see that fire is a natural part of forest ecology.

  • The Kiwanis recently awarded former Los Alamos High School student Shannon Blair, a scholarship. Blair graduated in May and plans to attend Whitman College and was active in Los Alamos Youth Leadership and was selected as the recipient of the Clendenen Student Athlete of the Year award.
    Pictured left to right, Blair’s parents, Steve and Barbara Blair;  Blair, President of Kiwanis Fran Berting; and Kiwanis Key Club Mentor Morrie Pongratz.

     

  • What’s up with all that global warming stuff? Temperatures haven’t gone up noticeably since around 2003 or 2004, so perhaps the scare is over and people can get on with other problems?  
    Charles “Chick” Keller will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, addressing these issues. New evidence continues to emerge showing that the Earth is indeed warming and that it’s us. 
    Keller’s talk will take a look at what we know and what still needs to be learned.
    The bottom line is that all the important general issues are now understood, but there remain many secondary issues that we are still exploring. 

  • Four members of the Los Alamos Pony Club will represent the U.S. Pony Club Southwest Region at the USPC National Championships in Lexington, Ky. in mid-July. The site of the competition will be the Kentucky Horse Park, where the 2010 World Equestrian Games were held.
    Megan Reader, 18, daughter of Lisa and Garth Reader, will compete in the multi-sport event of tetrathlon, with scores combined from competition in running, shooting, swimming and jumping a complex course of fences on her horse, Redford.
    Reader, a 2011 graduate of Los Alamos High School, was on the USPC International tetrathlon team in 2010.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes. 

    Thanks to the shelter staff for outstanding service to the community during the Las Conchas Fire evacuation.