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  • An eager audience gathered on Friday evening at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church to hear James Knudson perform the First Cello Concerto of Camille Saint-Saens with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra.

    There were, most likely, physicists from the LANL Neutron Scattering Center in the crowd who were stunned to find that their unassuming colleague can do some marvelous things with a cello.  

    His performance projected confidence and a thorough understanding of a difficult score.

  • Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT), the Los Alamos Public Schools’ after-school program, will hold its second set of auditions for “Willy Wonka Junior” Friday and Saturday in the Barranca Mesa Elementary School gym.

    These auditions are open to middle school students.

    The auditions will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday and from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday in the Barranca Mesa main lobby. It is only necessary for the students to attend one of the auditions.

  • To put food on everyone’s table requires community collaboration.

    As a result, the National Association Letter Carriers-Branch 4112 and the Northern New Mexico District of the Boy Scouts of America is hosting their annual Fall Food Drive Saturday in Los Alamos and White Rock to support the LA Cares food bank.  

    On Saturday, letter carriers will pick up food placed near mailboxes during their normal route (a flyer will be delivered a few days prior to the drive as a reminder).

  • Anyone can get hit with unexpected news. It bolts down like a meteor and leaves you feeling dazed and powerless.

    An unplanned pregnancy is certainly one of those pieces of news that can knock you for a loop. However, there is an organization in town to help those who are hit with this major surprise get back up on their feet.

    Hope Pregnancy Center offers pregnancy tests, information on different options, parenting classes, community referrals, material assistance and follow-up care. All these services are free and confidential.

  • Sometimes you just have to set everything aside and celebrate. I’ve decided to cast the assets to the wind in hopes that seeds will be planted.

    It is nearly impossible to think that November has arrived but some may be thinking, it is only November?

    Well, as 2009 is headed to a close, I hope you can spend a few minutes thinking about some positive aspects of the year.

    Often, I think, someone doesn’t have to die before we appreciate what an asset they have been to the community. So I announce the first annual Assets In Action awards.

  • Sip on some Argentinean wine or sample a selection of cheeses and breads while admiring a wide range of items – from harp lessons to fine artwork – that will be up for auction. Meanwhile, harpist Sheila Schiferl will entertain the crowd with her live music.

    This evening of elegance is PAC 8’s Holiday Wine and Cheese event and silent auction fundraiser. The party will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge.

  • A Renaissance man or woman is a person who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences; a highly cultivated individual who is skilled and well-versed in many fields of knowledge, work, etc., as in the arts and sciences.

    Two poets, B.A. Wingate and Mary Cisper, who will be featured in the upcoming Author Speaks series at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library’s upstairs rotunda, exemplify the definition of a Renaissance person.

  • Great works of local art can be viewed at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge, Mesa Public Library and other venues. But if you have wondered just where these pieces are created, the pondering is over. A group of local artists are opening their studios and galleries to the public during the “Christmas Present” Arts Stroll.

  • An exquisite dancer, draped in dramatic lighting, surrounded by magnificent music opens Susan Baker-Dillingham’s extraordinary production of “Alice.”

    Friday’s opening night performance by her New Mexico Dance Theater School and Performance Company at Duane Smith Auditorium moved beyond wonderful into a magical world of spectacular sites and sounds.

    The ballet brims with Baker-Dillingham’s creative genius.

  • New Mexico Dance Theater to premier its latest original story ballet

    Step through the looking glass and enter a wonderland with “Alice”

    New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, will present its newest creation, “Alice,” over the next two weekends at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium. The ballet will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. A performance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday and again at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21.

  • In 1947, the Ranch School built an oval ice rink in Los Alamos Canyon. The boys created this smooth patch of ice by flooding and damming a tiny canyon creek. Little did they know that today more than 20,000 people visit their rink.

    The mad rush to the ice rink for this season will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday.  

    The activities, which are co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Recreation Division and the Los Alamos Hockey Association, include a practice session for the local hockey team, the ATOMS from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Friday.

  • The First United Church of Los Alamos is taking stock of its year.

    While church members will evaluate their past deeds, they will also look ahead to the coming year and its potential.

    This annual review, known as the Charge Conference, will be held at noon Sunday in the Fellowship Hall.

    Everyone in the community  is welcomed to attend the conference.

  • When I was a kid, “Clue” was my favorite board game and “Murder, She Wrote,” was one of my favorite TV shows. I loved these two forms of entertainment because they offered intrigue, a sense of danger and the key players had to use their minds to solve the mystery.

    Therefore, I was delighted that Los Alamos Little Theater’s production of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” combines all these elements to produce one excellent play.

  • Sometimes, I try to write something. In fact, I do write something. I write line after line until I’ve got paragraphs. I spend several minutes, or even hours, before I realize my mistake, my monstrous mistake. It’s one I make repeatedly on blank screens and pieces of paper: I write a bunch of crap.

    This wouldn’t be such a problem if only people enjoyed reading crap. But they have much better things to do.

  • In recognition of National Young Readers Week, which began Monday, the staff of Los Alamos Public Schools is eager to host Family Literacy Night on Thursday at Chamisa Elementary School

    The schedule for the event will begin with the Scholastic Book Fair from 3:30-7 p.m.; a dinner hosted by the sixth-grade class will be held from 4-5 p.m.; the keynote speaker will take the stage at 4 p.m. and there will be storytelling for children from 5-5:45 p.m. Workshops will also be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

  • A pop tab is more than what it seems. It may look like a small, insignificant piece of metal but it can help make a difference in someone’s life.

    For instance, the VFW recently  donated the recycling proceeds to the American Veterans Cancer Fund.

    The fund received a hefty donation from Los Alamos High School freshman  Valerie Warthen, who donated 16 bags of pop tabs to VFW Post 8874.

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  • Christmas trees? Now that is a sweet holiday treat. Add in chocolate and the event becomes an extravaganza.

    Just such an event is being held starting Nov. 14 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The Chocolate Festival will be held at 7 p.m. In addition to sweet edible treats, the trees featured in the Festival of Trees, will be also unveiled. The trees will be displayed for a week, wrapping up with a special event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 21 at the senior center.

  • Bilingual Montessori School relocated to its new building at 115 Longview Drive Oct. 1 and everyone  from the students to the teachers are noticing and appreciating the differences.

    The school, owner Odalys Fernandez said, needed a bigger space than its former 111 Longview Drive building. to accommodate its larger student population. The number of students grew from 37 to 50.

    These 50 students have plenty of space in the new building, which features five classrooms, a portal for 1-year-olds, a playground, kitchen and teacher’s lounge.