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  • This Friday night we’ll be at the Mari-Mac Shopping Center with Warren Hood and the Marshall Ford Swing Band featuring Emily Gimble. I hope that the weather is something like Wednesday night’s because then the bands will pay us to come here.

    Warren Hood is the fiddler for the Waybacks. Before that, he was the original fiddler for the South Austin Jug Band. Both bands have played great concerts in Los Alamos. He’s all over his violin with all styles of music and has been onstage since he was 4 years old.

  • ESPAÑOLA — Ten years after the Cerro Grande fire damaged it, the Vallecitos de los Caballos Trail (Trail 277) has been re-opened.

    The work was completed earlier this month by a Student Conservation Association (SCA) crew through a Forest Service agreement funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act).

  • Megan Reader, 17, has been selected to represent the United States at the International Tetrathlon Exchange hosted by the USPC Aug. 2-13 in California. The USPC Tetrathlon provides a challenging competition requiring sound, practical horsemanship and general athletic ability. It encourages Pony Club members to broaden their interest in riding, condition their own bodies and become multi-sport athletes.

  • Michele Worley found inspiration close to home for her children’s book, “Buster Goes to the White House.” Her dog Buster was the model for the fictional Buster and the two have a lot in common. Both dogs were adopted from the animal shelter and both are feisty, if small.

    “Buster does all the same things as Buster in the book,” Worley said.

  • The Hot Club of Cowtown returns to the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond. This will be their fifth LA appearance. They’re exceptionally good and all ages will love them, unless the only music you dig is classical, rap, heavy metal or hip-hop. Even if that’s the case, you can always have a picnic and just check out the scene. On the hottest summer night, it’s always cool on Fridays at the Pond.

  • When I was a kid, growing older seemed to be the best thing that could ever occur. At some point, however, this attitude changed. I now respond to aging with a mixed bag of emotions.

    Sure, you are given certain privileges such as a driver’s license and entry into R-rated movies, but there seem to be more aches and pains as you grow older.  

    During a recent trip to visit my grandparents in Boca Raton, Fla., I learned the scales shift back and forth between the pros and cons as you progress further and further in life.  

  • The month of August is known as the time to head back to school in Los Alamos.

    This year, the Los Alamos County Council will also recognize the month as Assets Month with an official proclamation during their upcoming meeting.

    The goal of a formal proclamation is to bring attention to the community-wide objective of creating a healthy community for youth where they not only survive but thrive.

    The work is done locally with the help of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce through Assets In Action.

  • Tim Martinez, Los Alamos National Laboratory employee giving specialist, and the staff at Self Help, Inc. ran into a problem that many charitable organizations in small towns face. Their intentions to supply children who are in need with new school materials were overlapping and the two entities found each other stepping and stumbling over each other’s toes.

    To avoid the problem this year, Self Help’s Tools for School and LANL’s backpack drive are teaming up to help children get ready for the school year.

  • There has been a lot of negative information in the news lately about celebrities and businesses. Irrelevant of whether the person or business is guilty or innocent or whether you care about the topic or not, as a society we need to stop having so much negativity.

    The truth is that generally happy, healthy people don’t commit crimes. I’m mainly concerned about this because constant negative attention can drive anyone to the dark side.

  • Two community programs are searching for the next pool of leaders for the community of Los Alamos.

    Leadership Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Youth Leadership programs are finalizing the application process for both programs.

    Friday is the final day to submit applications for the 2010/2011 class of Leadership Los Alamos. This class is for community adults looking to expand their horizons about the community or increase their leadership skills.The program is beneficial to anyone already in a leadership position or hoping to broaden the expertise of their staff members.

  • Does what you learn in the classroom really transpire in the real world? Some cynics might scoff at the idea that an art such as poetry could be useful beyond a school’s walls, but two University of New Mexico-Los Alamos professors prove that poetry has a life after the school bell rings.

    Joan Logghe and Jan Lin  teach poetry writing at the local college. Additionally, they have recently earned recognition for their own literary work.

  • For some people, it’s a hobby – a real passion. They set the alarm so they can cruise the streets early to look for the perfect spot and beat the crowds.

    For those who love garage sales, it is not just about getting a certain item but also achieving the perfect price.

    From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 24, these bargain hunters will get the deal of a lifetime.

    First Baptist Church is hosting a garage sale where everything from the clothing to furniture is free.

  • Math should not be something to fear. In fact, if approached from the right perspective, the subject can be fun.

    The Los Alamos Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW), in conjunction with Mesa Public Library Family Night, is showing off this sometimes overlooked side of math during the Let’s Read Math Program at 7 p.m. Monday at Mesa Public Library. The program will present “Grand Father Tang’s Story.”

  • Since he was a boy growing up on the border of Texas and Mexico, Eliseo Torres, known to everyone as ‘Cheo,’ has been fascinated by the folk traditions and ways of Mexico and of his Mexican-American roots.

    Both of his parents were versed in aspects of herbal lore and healing, and as he matured he learned from them a love and respect for the history and folk knowledge of the ancient art of curanderismo, or Mexican folk healing.

  • Author Jacqueline Kelly will sign her 2010 Newberry Honor Book, “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate,” at 1 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station. Not only can readers meet with Kelly, but they can share a lunch with her as well. There will be a dutch-treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Hill Diner.

  • Like oil and water, black and white, night and day, fine art and folk art seem to have nothing in common. They’re complete opposites.

    Fine art is formal, professional, and feature traditional themes such as landscapes and still life. While folk art is untraditional and democratic – anyone can create a piece of folk art.

  • Los Alamos has the highest number of people with PhDs per capita in the country, many of whom  are inventors and scientists, which is why it’s only logical to host the 3rd annual “Next Big Idea” festival – a festival of discovery, invention and innovation – Saturday with STEM Student Day on Friday.

  • Filling July 4 up with music

    It was very exciting for the LAHS Bands to once again be able to participate in this year’s Fourth of July festivities.  

    The products that we’re sold added to the celebration. All of the proceeds directly benefit the operation of the bands.

    We have many activities planned for the coming year including two major marching competitions, honor bands, guest artists who will perform with us, clinicians and a spring trip. Fundraisers such as this one allow us to do all of these things.

  • It wasn’t generally how I spend a Wednesday morning – inspecting the nooks and crannies of the exteriors of airplane hangars, which neatly line up one right after another along the runway at Los Alamos County Airport.

    If I hadn’t been so fixated on spotting a peculiar lump or bump on the smooth asphalt, I would have probably appreciated the cool morning breeze and the perfect cloudless sky.

    I would have enjoyed the fact that I was spending at least a few minutes of the morning in the fresh air rather than in the office.

  • At 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond, the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series will present the Sisters Morales at Ashley Pond.

    Sisters Morales plays rock clubs, cantinas, dancehalls, performing arts centers, festivals, concert halls, blues bars and honky-tonks all over the country.

    The sister played the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Voices of Latin Rock Festival in San Francisco, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, Taste of Chicago, the George Strait Country Music Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series.