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  • This week we head into one of my favorite times of the year, staff and teacher appreciation week, May 1-7.
    This is the time when you have the opportunity to appreciate the people that spend most of each day with our children, for a majority of the year.
    Once referred to as just teacher appreciation week, it now encompasses everyone from front office staff, instructional assistants and specialists, to custodians.
    It is the perfect time to send a note, bake a treat, or whatever inspires you or your child to “take a second, make a difference,” in the day-to-day operations of our LAPS staff.

  • With the month of May here, the students of Los Alamos Youth Leadership are gearing up for the running of the children.
    Like the running of the bulls in Pamplona, during LAYL Wild Day, local elementary students will run after the youth leaders for hours of hands-on fun and there will be food, too.
    The event is scheduled for May 7 and will be in conjunction with the Hershey Track and Field event, sponsored by Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation. Parks and Recreation agreed to share Sullivan Field for the day as Los Alamos High School construction projects move ahead.
    The combined event just might be the last community activity that takes place on the field prior to the May 12-Aug. 19 time frame, when artificial turf will be installed.

  • When conductor Michael Gyurik lifts his baton today to lead the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra in its spring concert, he should feel pride in the 60-piece orchestra’s past 12 years under his direction.
    The concert will mark his last performance as LASO’s conductor, however, he will remain an active participant in the Los Alamos music scene, continuing as orchestra director for the Los Alamos Public Schools and serving in an advisory position on the LASO board.
    Gyurik said he will miss directing LASO, the group is “like a caring family,” and has always loved conducting it. He said the most satisfying performance was the fall concert in October at the Crossroads Bible Church.

  • The Los Alamos Monitor has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

  • Herbalist and environmental consultant Kristi Beguin will offer a class on herbs from 6-8 p.m. May 6 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    The class will involve more than a simple discussion of herbal remedies for specific complaints, but will encourage the exploration of cultural ideas, personal histories and womanly insights into how monthly cycles affect overall health and well being.
    As the discussion evolves, herbal formulas and how they can be used to maintain balance within the body will be considered.
    Since 1991, Beguin has taught classes at PEEC based on her study of native, traditional and medicinal plants in both the Northwest and Southwest.

  • New York Times best-selling author Philip Connors signs “Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout” at 6 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore.
    To be a fire lookout, Norman Maclean once wrote, isn’t a matter of body or mind, but of soul. Connors should know.
    He’s spent a third of each year for nearly a decade watching for smoke in the Gila National Forest of New Mexico. Connors is a major new voice in American nonfiction and wrote his debut tale, “Fire Season.”
    A decade ago Connors left work as an editor at the Wall Street Journal and talked his way into a job far from the streets of lower Manhattan: working as one of the last fire lookouts in America.

  • How often have people heard about the “Greatest Generation,” without thinking that there might be some of those people locally, who were part of the daunting experience of World War II?
    The Los Alamos Historical Society teamed with Mesa Public Library to bring forth the story, the artifacts and the experiences of war from the point of view of one Los Alamos citizen, Stephen D. Stoddard.  
    Stoddard served in WWII in the 55th Armored Infantry Division in Patton’s Third Army and was wounded in action in the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. He later served in the U.S. Army of Occupation in Germany near the Austrian border and was assigned a post in a former Night Fighter Base near Pocking that had been turned into a Displaced Persons’ Camp.

  • “I’m excited about collecting supplies because these animals need them as a daily necessity,” said Charlotte Leonard, a seventh grade member of the Middle School Green Team.  
    She’s referring to the table the Green Team will man at Pajartio Environmental Education Center’s Earth Day celebration Saturday.  The group will collect old pet supplies — toys, bedding, leashes, food and treats — as well as gather donations to send to the Española Animal Shelter.
    Members of the seventh grade Green Team spent a day during their spring break volunteering at the shelter.

  • Celebrate Mother’s Day and join the Los Alamos Concert Association for its final concert of the 2010-2011 season at 4 p.m. May 8 in Duane Smith Auditorium. The concert features Metales M5 Mexican Brass Quintent.

  • Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley and Los Alamos, Inc. will be at Lowes in Española, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
    Stop by and sign up to volunteer with local Habitat affiliates. Volunteers are needed to build the current Habitat house, as well as future homes.
    There are other volunteer opportunities available as well. Those interested may sign up to volunteer anytime by calling the Habitat for Humanity office at 505-747-2690 or  stopping by 726 N. Riverside Dr. in Española.
    Habitat for Humanity will be at the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center in Los Alamos.

  • Join the Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah from noon-2 p.m. May 8 to celebrate Israel’s 63rd Independence Day and Mother’s Day with a luncheon at the Hilltop House. Tickets are $36 per person.
    Send a check made out to Hadassah to: Hadassah, P.O. Box 26, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 by Friday, or call Carmen Rodriguez at 992-1416 or Andi Kron at 662-2397 to reserve a space, or for more information.
    The price of the meal includes an $11 donation to Hadassah. This is the Los Alamos Chapter’s second Israeli Independence Day Celebration. Everyone is welcome to attend.

  • A letter from Frances, the bride’s cousin

    Dear Cousin Tracy,

    I would be simply thrilled to be one of your bridesmaids.  I am so glad to hear that you are settling down. You were a bit wild when you were younger, so I have long worried about the eternal health of your soul. I have always kept you in my prayers. I am thankful that God answered my prayers and has shown you the value of a steady relationship. 
    I was delighted to hear that the wedding reception will be at your family’s big country house. I have fond memories of visiting that grand, beautiful house when I was little and I am so excited to see it again. 

  • The Los Alamos High School Olions will perform “Annie” at 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. The play has a large cast of high school, middle school and elementary students and a full-size pit orchestra.

     

  • Mr. and Mrs. Marlowe and Mr. and Mrs. McClure announce the engagement of their children, Tracy Marlowe and Scott McClure.
    The couple requests the attendance of Los Alamos residents, who will watch the celebration of their marriage and “behind the scenes” events at the reception unfold on stage.
    Los Alamos Little Theatre will take attendees to Knoxville, Tenn., in their production of “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.” Alan Ball, Academy Award Winner for “American Beauty” and creator and writer for “Six Feet Under” wrote this play.
    Tracy and Scott have begun their wedding plans. They will have a large wedding, complete with a catered reception that will be hosted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. McClure.

  • From classical to folk to contemporary, some of the region’s finest guitarists grace Fuller Lodge, in the Art Council’s Guitars at the Lodge performance series.
    Doors open at 7 p.m. Thursday, with open table seating and complimentary beverages and cookies. The music starts at 7:15 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door; $10 for Arts Council members.
    Mickey Jones, a member of the New Mexico Guitar Duo and the Rio Grande Guitar Quartet, will perform solo for the Los Alamos audience.
    In 1998, upon receiving his master’s degree in music, Jones was named to the Albuquerque Academy Performing Arts faculty and began a teaching career in which
    he and his students have since garnered national and international accolades for their

  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center will celebrate its 11th Earth Day Festival Saturday, but what would the Earth Day Festival be like without entertainment, booths and food? This year, they have a variety of activities and information for children and adults.
    The event, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank,  will be headlined once again by Clan Tynker. Clan Tynker is a family troupe that performs a wide variety of stunts in a whimsical “Old World/Vaudeville” style of entertainment. The show is a kaleidoscope of skills from around the world, performed to live music. A variety of juggling skills will be displayed, including balls and clubs. Other highlights of the show consist of stage magic, comedy and wire walking.

  • On December 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy along with Vice President Lyndon Johnson traveled to Los Alamos.

    Their visit to the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, as LANL was then known, was for a briefing on the details of the top-secret Project Rover, the Lab’s program at the CMR to develop nuclear rocket engines for space travel. After the tour of the lab, Kennedy went to Sullivan Field to address Los Alamos residents and then rode down Central Avenue in a motorcade.

    For many people who were there, it was something they will never forget. The Bradbury Museum is featuring some of the artifacts from Kennedy’s memorable 100 minutes in Los Alamos through August.

  • Marjorie Selden is a flute player who has taught music in the public schools and plays in the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra.  She started an ensemble called “Flute and Friends” 51 years ago in Cheney, Wash.
    The idea was for friends to play music together and to put on public performances in the local community.
    The upcoming Brown Bag Concert at Fuller Lodge at noon May 4 will be one of the “Flute and Friends” concerts.
    This concert will feature three pieces and each will have different instruments.  The first piece is called “Gentle Into the Night” by Scottish composer Laura Shur.

  • 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.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  
    We get lots of roaming cats and dogs. Don’t assume your cat was a meal for a coyote. Check with the shelter and see if your best friend is bunking with us. Proof of rabies vaccination is required when claiming your pet.

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  • Sock Hop 2011 was a hit

    The 2011 Fabulous Fifties Sock Hop was an evening of cross-generational fun with participants from babies to great-grandparents. Young people stepped in to volunteer.  Old Fashioned hamburgers, root beer floats and Coke were served — all made possible with help from Smith’s Food and Drugs, Hot Rocks Java Café, Daniel’s Café Haagen-Dazs and the Coca-Cola Bottling Company.
    Secundino Sandoval donated a watercolor, “Companionship,” which was won by Cindy Martz. Music was provided by DJ Tim Gallegos, who donated much of his fee to the Family Council programs. Elvis was out of town, so Fonzie (aka Jeff Favorite) stepped in for him as MC.