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  • Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) is proud to present its Spring Showcase at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. This year’s spring performance, which is free, will take a slightly different format.  In addition to presenting the achievements of students of many different styles of dance, the performance will also include an abridged version of the ballet “Cinderella.”

  • The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Family Strengths Network offers a community education opportunity for Los Alamos at 6:30 p.m. today.

    Dr. Peter Benson, researcher and author, will speak at 6:30 p.m. in UNM-LA’s Lecture Hall.

    Benson will talk to community members about the 40 Developmental Assets and how to ignite sparks of inspiration in people’s lives.

    Benson’s theory of Sparks essentially informs adults on how to help youth find the thing that gives their life meaning.

  • Los Alamos High School students Shelby Anderson, Lizzie Wasilewska, Miles Carlsten and Michelle Dinkel participated in the National Congressional Student Art Competition held Saturday at Warehouse 21 in Santa Fe.

    Dinkel won the competition for the 3rd New Mexico Congressional District with her hand-colored linocut titled, “Flower Child.”

    Additionally, Carlsten’s digital still life was awarded second place.

  • Local author Terry Foxx will sign “Touched by Fire,” her most recent compilation of community stories about the Cerro Grande Fire, and her illustrated children’s book, “The Forest and the Fire,” from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore.

    This book records the experience, journals and poetry of nearly 50 people 10 years after the fire. “Touched by Fire” is the outgrowth of a compilation in 2000 called “Lest We Forget.”

  • The atmosphere surrounding the Romero cabin May 1 felt more akin to a family reunion than a ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Homestead cabin. It was like the community was welcoming back an old friend or a long-lost family member.

    In a way it was a family reunion. Ray and Severo Gonzales, the grandsons of Victor Romero – the original owner of the cabin – reminisced about their time growing up on the Pajarito Plateau and helped snipped the ribbon to officially usher the cabin into the 21st Century.

  • A group of students from Mountain Elementary School teacher Michele Altherr’s classes, Elise Koskelo (left), Isabelle Runde, Misha Putnam, Camille Rousculp, Sara Dale and Nick Koskelo assembled two compost bins that were donated by the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Devision. Students will have the opportunity to compost leftover food scraps and learn how nature recycles.

  • Los Alamos Choral Society is bringing the community a few sweets – both audible and edible.

    The society is hosting its Spring Fling at 3 p.m. May 16 on the lawn of the United Church of Los Alamos. Additionally, the concert will hit the road for the town of Cochiti Lake. The show will begin at 1 p.m. May 31 in Cochiti. At the conclusion  of each concert, ice cream will be served.

  • Azusa Pacific University’s Bel Canto Women’s Choir will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Crossroads Bible Church. Admission is free but good-will donations will be accepted.

    During the concert, Bel Canto Women’s Choir will combine musical variety with a high level of performance in their ministry.

    The Bel Canto Women’s Choir is one of the oldest choral ensembles in the APU School of Music in Azusa, Calif. For more than 30 years, the choir has performed in churches and schools on a semi-weekly basis throughout the U.S. and the world.

  • 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.