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  • When you’re eight-months pregnant, it’s hard to think about anything but the baby. What is she doing to your body? Is she OK? How are you going to get her out?

    Life becomes a series of familiar, daily symptoms: a little nausea in the morning, heartburn the rest of the day; shortness of breath if you do something crazy like stand up from sitting in a chair; extreme, alternating hunger and drowsiness; bionic abilities to fold and re-fold onesies and sleep sacks without ever getting bored.

  • A piece of art and a piece of history can appear to be two separate things.

    Are there any ties between an oil painting depicting George Washington crossing the Delaware River and the accounts of the Revolutionary War?

    Perhaps through more than what meets the eye.

    This summer, Los Alamos Middle School teachers Jon Pyle and Dana Kline will discover just how art and history are linked.

  • Eleven college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee (JROMC).

    The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley, Capital and Santa Fe high schools.

    The JROMC has awarded 146 scholarships and other awards totaling $302,000 since the program began in 1984.

    The philanthropic organization’s scholarship program is supported by several endowments, numerous small, individual donations and major contributions from the Los Alamos National Bank.

  • Memorial Day 2010 will be observed at 11 a.m. May 31 at the Guaje Pines Cemetery.

    The entire community is invited. This year’s theme is honoring those who “answered the call.”

    Memorial Day is a national holiday to thank and honor those who have given their lives in the nation’s service.

    Service men and women have given their lives for their country during times of war and conflict around the world.

    They willingly did so to defend citizens’ freedom and way of life.

  • Why are we so fascinated with monsters, ghosts and vampires?  Folk tales are as stuffed with scary beings as modern movies, TV series and novels.

    Dr. Mickey Marsee will explore this question in the UNM-LA summer class, “The Monster Within: Monsters and Vampires in Fiction and Movies.” The three-credit class will meet from noon-2 p.m. Mondays starting June 7 for eight weeks. It will also be offered in the fall. Students may audit the course or take it for credit.

  • Saturday, the Los Alamos Community Winds (LACW), under the baton of musical director Ted Vives, will conclude its 10th anniversary season with a performance of Carl Orff’s 1937 groundbreaking work, “Carmina Burana.” Noted for its scale and scope, the LACW will be joined by the Los Alamos High School choral program under the direction of Paula Nichols.

  • An icon painting workshop in the Byzantine-Russian tradition will be held June 21-26 in Santa Fe.  

    The Prosopon School of Iconology introduces students to the practice and theory of the ancient Christian art of icon-writing in the Byzantine-Russian tradition.

    In the intensive, “hands-on” workshop each participant will paint an icon using traditional techniques and materials.

  • Baha’is of Los Alamos is joining Baha’is throughout the world in celebrating two of the nine annual Holy Days.  

    Saturday, Baha’is will gather to celebrate the Declaration of the Bab, the prophet-martyr of the Baha’i faith and the herald of the coming of Baha’u’llah.

    The Bab, which means Gate, declared his mission on May 22, 1844, in the city of Shiraz, Persia or modern day Iran.

  • In 2001, when Kay Kerbyson followed her husband to Los Alamos, she had no idea what life would have in store for her.  

  • Judith Phillips  is working to usher people outdoors. Not only is this award-winning landscape designer and owner of Judith Phillips Design Oasis coaxing people to experience the great outdoors, but she is showing them how to sculpt their outside spaces the correct way.

  • Cub Scout Pack 229 held its annual end-of-the-year bike rodeo and family picnic on May 15 at Urban Park.  

    Los Alamos Police Department Officer Jeff Reginold kicked off the event by speaking to the scouts about bicycle safety. The boys and their siblings then rotated through several stations, which addressed the condition of the bicycles, balance and control.

    All pack members received their neckerchief and scout book for next year.

  • I think lately I arrive at the end of every week thinking TGIF, but this week is different. Wow, we’ve arrived at the last week of school. Try to take it all in this week, the pomp, the circumstance, the little  moments.

    For some, this is a game changer. Maybe you move from middle to high school, maybe you move from elementary to middle school or maybe the big chick leaves the nest. Maybe the baby bird will head to that big, ominous place called school next year.

  • Helping Earth

    Earth Day in Los Alamos, organized for the 11th consecutive year by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), was an outstanding success due to the efforts of a large number of volunteers and the support of many sponsors.

    This letter is to thank all of these volunteers and sponsors and those who attended one of our events this year.

  • Musician Tinsley Ellis is a quiet-spoken man. His low-key demeanor during an interview with Monitor seems highly contrasted to reviews of his performances.

    Relix described his music as “blistering, inspired roadhouse blues and passionate Southern rock … gritty, soulful vocals.”

    Billboard goes on to say, “Altlanta’s Tinsley Ellis sings like a man possessed and wields a ferocious lead guitar … one of today’s premier blues/rock players.”

  • Among the thousands of runners who will participate in this year’s Jemez Mountain Trail Runs, an utlrarunning legend will also hit the trail.

    Ultrarunning legend Micah True (aka Caballo Blanco) will not only participate in the trail runs but he will share his story about living and running with the Tarahumara Indians of Central Mexico.

  • Art is not limited to impressionism or baroque styles. There’s a whole other style of art that thrives in urban areas. It decorates city buildings, adorns people’s arms and ankles and pops up on TV. Perhaps street art is easy to dismiss because it strays from the mainstream but it does have real credibility. Just look at artist Jesse Hernandez’s work. According to Hernandez’s Web site, the artist is influenced by a combination of styles.  His work draws from traditional indigenous styles and themes with an urban sensibility.

  • Some stories are just plain better than others. Perhaps what gives certain tales the edge is a quality or characteristic that makes them different from the pack.

    These narratives have never been previously uttered; they do not feature some rehashed, recycled story format. So your attention sits up a little higher as the yarn unfolds.

    I heard such stories during the UNM-LA graduation Friday night.

  • It only takes one act for kindness to spread.

    Rachel Scott was the first student shot in April 1999 at Columbine High School.

    One month before she passed away, she had written for a class an essay titled, “My Ethics, My Code of Life.” It wasn’t just an assignment it was something she had practiced in her life for years.

  • Graduating from high school, college or any program is a major accomplishment but another challenge is just ahead. Graduates need to decide what to do with their newly acquired knowledge and what path to pursue from this point.

    With the caps tossed in the air and the diplomas distributed, the Leadership Los Alamos 2010 class is now facing this challenge.

    What they do as leaders in the community remains to be seen; however, through several LLA graduates’ comments, one thing is clear, they are working hard to prove that the 2010 class is the best LLA class yet.

  • An landmark event occurred 50 years ago – at least to dessert enthusiasts – Häagen Dazs ice cream was born.  

    When a brand of ice cream is created, it calls for a celebration. Therefore, Daniel’s Café is hosting its free scoop night in celebration of Häagen Dazs’ 50th anniversary from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday.

    This event is not just about the delicious taste found in an icy cold scoop of ice cream, it’s an opportunity to meet different community entities that serve Los Alamos.