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  • Would you like to know what I’m doing today? Nothing! Not a darn thing. As a matter of fact, when you read this, I’m probably still in my pajamas. You don’t read the paper until noon? Well I’m still in my pajamas anyway.

    That’s right, today is my day to do whatever I’d like and conversely, nothing at all. You might decide to give me a call, guess what?  The phone is off the hook. So just in case your goal was to get everybody out of the house bright and early, my goal was to sleep in until whatever time I decided to get up.

  • The School of New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, will present its sixth annual spring recital, “A Garden Festival,” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

    Advance tickets are available at Uli’s Cottontails and cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Children age 4 and younger are free.

  • Starting Friday, the Lensic in Santa Fe will become a time capsule for past famous and treasured Broadway stars. Legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, George Burns and Ethel Merman will again grace the stage for a contemporary audience.

    This is more than just a trip down memory lane; it is an opportunity to support the organization, Empower New Mexico.

    The series of shows is titled “A Broadway Series.” Freda Payne will kick things off with “A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald,” which will run at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and again at 2 p.m. Sunday.

  • Los Alamos High School senior Emma Carroll has clear goals. “With the skills I’ll acquire in medical school, I plan to serve underprivileged areas of the United States and abroad,” she said.

    With a scholarship from the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF), Carroll’s goal is one step closer to fruition.

  • SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — French conductor, composer, pianist and author Frederic Chaslin has been hired as the Santa Fe Opera's new chief conductor.

    The opera's general director, Charles MacKay, introduced Chaslin during a new conference Tuesday. He says the conductor's three-year appointment will end a nearly two year search that included extensive conversations with orchestra members, artists and other leaders in the music field.

    Chaslin will start Oct. 1. He fills the spot left vacant when Edo de Waart resigned at the end of the 2008 season.

  • “The Spitfire Grill” is a story for our time. In the musical, a financially depressed town plays host to a young woman just released from prison. Parolee Percy Talbott, played by Jess Cullinan, chose the town from an old tourist pamphlet, printed years before the quarry closed and the highway was diverted around the town.

  • For all the bird-watchers who wonder how to keep sensible, organized, retrievable lists ­– the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has the answer. Stephen Fettig will teach a short class on eBird, the free Web site that allows participants to keep track of their bird observations for any place in the western hemisphere.  

    The class will be held from 7-8 p.m. today at the UNM-LA computer lab.

  • What do you get when you mix children with games, art and fun food – one wild event.

    Los Alamos Youth Leadership has worked for several months to produce the third annual LAYL Wild Day in Los Alamos. which will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

    The event is open to kindergarten through sixth grade students. The $15 fee covers costs for the program and provides each student with a T-shirt, wristband, free lunch and snacks.

  • Sunday, Bryce Ave. Presbyterian Church in White Rock will host a series of special lectures on the writings and life of Jonathan Edwards by the Rev. Dr. Carl Bogue, one of the foremost Jonathan Edwards scholars in the United States today.  

    Jonathan Edwards was a preacher, theologian and missionary to Native Americans in the early 18th century and is widely regarded as America's most important theologian and one of America's greatest intellectuals.

    He played a critical role in shaping the First Great Awakening in the United States.  

  • Shop on the Corner is more than just a resale store located inside Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. If you look beyond the various clothing items and the scatterings of household items, there is a whole other service besides just selling different goods for a steal.

    Shop on the Corner is in the business of improving people’s lives.

    This humanitarian work is on both a local and international scale. For instance, the shop offered assistance to a family who had suffered a loss due to a fire.

  • Whether it was developing a Web site or filming a documentary, looking into Los Alamos’ past or studying Montessori education, Los Alamos students explored the theme “Innovation in History: Impact in Change.” As a result, students created their own innovations and made impacts on local history.

    Los Alamos High School students Shannon Burns, Lizzie Wasilewska, Ellen Rabin, Caley DeNevers and Emily McClenahan earned top places in the senior division at the History Day State Competition, which was held April 23 at the Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

  • Similar to musicians who release albums with covers of popular songs, pianist Ron Grinage is hosting an entire concert featuring his favorite classical pieces.

    He will perform during the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag show, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    The program throws the spotlight on Russian composers. Grinage said four movements from “The Seasons,” by Tchaikovsky, “Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, Op. 87, No. 24,” by Shostakovich and three preludes from Op. 32 by Rachmaninov are his favorite pieces by these composers.

  • This week I’d like to take a look at the people in our school buildings. So while you may often hear this upcoming week being referred to as Teacher Appreciation week, it is also called Staff Appreciation week.

    So I hope you can find the time in some small way to appreciate them all. When I say all of them, I mean the secretaries, instructional assistants, custodians, librarians, art teachers, music teachers, physical education instructors and the lunchroom staff.

  • Linda Garlick, an artist from Taos, fell into her trade by accident. “I needed money as a single mom supporting a child,” she said. “I decided to do Christmas ornaments of retablos and they sold really well.”

    Her art expanded as she turned to printing, which allowed Garlick to produce more retablos at a reduced price.

    “Then they took over my life and became a real business,” she said. “I feel like this is what I was suppose to do … they changed my life.”

  • An emergency situation can leap out at any time, anywhere with out any warning. For instance, Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJRTOC) cadet Paige Ramsey and her family experienced an unforeseen crisis at the dinner table.

    Ramsey explained her family was eating dinner and her mother, Marilyn, started choking on the food she was eating.

    When an unforeseen crisis arises many individuals may panic but Ramsey resorted to another tactic.

    She performed the Heimlich Maneuver and saved her mother’s life.

  • It’s a tiny, velvety pink pair of pajamas, with miniature feet, each one barely big enough for a Ruby K’s mini-muffin, and a silky cut-out of a pointe shoe stitched over one hip.

    It’s a handmade quilt with squares of antique fabric featuring drawings of marionettes.

    It’s a book, only it’s also a glove with a little pig on each finger.

    It’s a baby.

  • Things out of the ordinary have been occurring in our small town of Gilead, Wis., ever since the arrival of a newcomer. Percy Talbott, Gilead’s newest, and in my opinion, unwelcome, resident has spent the last five years in prison and seems to be interested in making our town her new home.

    I am not the only one who does not want an ex-convict getting too comfortable here.

  • There was a lot to celebrate during the German Club meeting on Friday. German teacher Anita Boshier recognized the students who placed in the top 90th percentile for the National German Exams this year.

  • Some people are born into art and some people just sort of discover a hidden talent somewhere along the path of life. Such is the case of Santa Fe artist Rodney Estrada.

    Estrada is a chef by trade but has found that his love for art has blossomed over the years and is now in full bloom.

  • Scott Carlsten, a sophomore at Los Alamos High School, can worry a little less about playing for his college education. Carlsten is the recipient of the $25,000 Distinguished Award of the EnergySolutions Foundation scholarship. This is in addition to the initial $2,000 scholarship he received from the Foundation earlier this year.