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  • Founders of the Pajarito Dance Project Melissa Balice, Alina Deshpande and Julia Fair are presenting a one-hour dance showcase, a mix of cultural styles and different techniques, “Every! Buddy! Dance!” at 7 p.m. May 20 at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  

    The $1 donation per person includes admission to the show and a raffle ticket for a chance to win items such as Fair’s original jewelry, a Spanish shawl similar to the ones used in the dance and Los Alamos Chamber Bucks.

  • This has been a Spark-tacular week for the Assets program.

    Even though the infamous “It’s May,” mantra has reared its ugly head, there’s a lot of work getting done.

    “It’s May,” is really the only descriptor needed amongst friends for that four-week period of craziness where you seem to be flying at mock speed, but aren’t really sure what you’re getting done.

    It is a time when on certain days of this month you wonder if anybody keeps house, who does the dishes or when that pile of filing will really get done.

  • There are tricks to every trade including art. Take, for instance, using a grid and carbon paper to create a work of art.

  • Looking back at your childhood, what memories come to mind? Having family picnics at the park? Running through an open field with your friends? Gazing at the sky making shapes out of the clouds? Were you young enough to have attended the Los Alamos Kite Festival?

  • In a show of appreciation to the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers, a hoe-down was held Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. First Photo: Members of the Los Alamos Mountain Mixers teach some of the RSVP members how to square dance. Second Photo: Square dance caller Mike Holly (left), cools his heels for a little bit along with Marlene Kelley, Tom Kelley, Cal Moss and Susan Krohn. Third Photo: RSVP volunteer Rose Butera enjoys the festivities at the event.

  • The story behind this particular band just does not seem to be the norm. There is something fantastical and out-of-this-world about Igor and the Red Elvises.

    The band made its start as a Russian group playing “Siberian Surf Rock,” according to the band’s Web site.

    The Web site reports that Igor Yuzov, the singer, songwriter and guitarist, grew up in the former Soviet Union, where folk music reigned and rock n’ roll was illegal. Yuzov defied convention and sought out forbidden records.

  • Los Alamos Little Theater made one smart choice with its musical production of “The Spitfire Grill.”  

    For any audience in any town, its message of hope and friendship is just what the doctor ordered. But sitting in the theater Saturday night, I felt the play was prescribed just for Los Alamos.

    Gilead, Wis., is a small town that once strutted strong but now limps along due to the quarry closing. Businesses were boarded up and people left town. In sum, Gilead is in a tight spot. Sound familiar?  

  • 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.