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  • When you plant a flower or tree in the ground, it feels like you are doing something great – not only for your yard’s appearance but also for the environment’s wellbeing.

    This isn’t always the case, however. That tree or flower could require buckets of water, thus washing away any good intentions the planter had.

  • Piñon Elmentary School PTO President Gloria Brehm introduced Terracycle to the school last year and the results have been significant.

    Three thousand juice pouches have been given to TerraCycle, a company that turns non-recyclable waste into eco-friendly products.

    Additionally, 1,000 chip bags have been shipped to the company. The PTO does receive a small fee for its waste. For instance, the PTO receives 2 cents per juice pouch and has earned a total of $60.

  • To be safe and help others in need, look to the Family YMCA, which is offering several first aid courses.

    The Family YMCA is offering its Red Cross Babysitting certification course July 23 and 24.

    This course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with the training every parent wants in a babysitter: safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, and professional leadership and care-giving skills.

  • Building a support system is an important part of building a healthy family.

    For newcomers that means making new friends, which can be hard to do in a new town.

    Carrie and Matt Stone moved to Los Alamos from Juneau, Ak, in November.

    Carrie has a 6-year-old son and an 8-month-old daughter.

    She began coming to the Thursday support group at Family Strengths Network for mothers of infants as soon as she heard about it.

    “Our Realtor told us about Family Strengths, and I’ve met several other newcomers here,” she said.

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre (LALT) fans may know her as a director-costumer-stage manager, while Los Alamos Light Opera-goers may know her as a performer.  However, Los Alamos native Mimi Adams unveils a new side to her theatrical talent: playwright.  “Endless Questions,” Adams’ first full-length one-act play, debuts this weekend on the LALT stage as the culmination of a workshop experience long in the making.  

  • One of Rev. Allen Weiser’s greatest joys is to get amongst people and pray with them. Beginning Sunday, he will indulge in his drive to spread the spirit of God by evangelizing to area United Pentecostal Churches.

    On Sunday, Weiser, who is the co-founder of Hope Fellowship in Los Alamos, will preach at 10 a.m. at the Apostolic Lighthouse, a United Pentecostal Church in Española.

    On July 23, Weiser will travel to the Pentecostal Texico district’s family camp and Holy Ghost Crusade in Amarillo, Texas, to be one of the featured speakers.

  • Dan Nebel, a 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School, will present a recital of classical brass music from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. 

    Nebel, a French hornist, will be joined by local pianist Cindy Little, trumpeter Erin Carrick and violinist Maeve O’Hara in a program that will feature music by Richard Strauss, Eugene Bozza, Georg Telemann and Johannes Brahms.

    The program is free to the public and audience members are encouraged to bring a sack lunch if they wish.

  • Winners of the annual Mesa Public Library bookmark contest were recently chosen. The contest was in celebration of Children’s Book Week in May. The winners in categories ranging from kindergarten to high school are:

    • Kindergarten: Christina Diaz, age 6;

    • First grade: Angela Deng, age 6, and Kenneth Inbody, age 7;

    • Second grade: Patsy Hensley, age 8;

    • Third grade: Alex Delano, age 9;

    • Fourth grade: Lauren Harris, age 10;

    • Fifth grade: Margaret Doebl, age 11;

  • Peter Case was part of two rock and roll bands, helped push off the punk rock movement and has been nominated for Grammys. When he went in for an emergency open heart surgery last year, it left him feeling appreciative to be alive and singing.

    He said, "I'm glad to be alive. I've been given another shot; I appreciate it. I have another opportunity to live. It makes it that much sweeter."

    Case will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill. To read more about the concert, see tomorrow's newspaper.

  • The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents Peter Case up at 7 p.m. Friday at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

    He said he knew what he wanted to do at age 14 and that he was serious about his music. In 1965, he dropped out of school after finishing ninth grade and sang on the streets of Buffalo, N.Y. and the surrounding areas.

  • For years I never volunteered for anything – my services to the community were nonexistent. It was a dry spell that was only interrupted when I decided to volunteer for a nonprofit in Salida, Colo., that aided low income families and the homeless. It looked like a storm might break out and     rain on my desert of community service but no such luck. After spending only a few hours sorting through hand-me-down clothes, I left and never returned.

  • “The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder,” Alfred Hitchcock once said.

    Well then, sprinters rejoice: Next up in the library’s Free Film Series is a selection of short films, none more than 30 minutes long.

  • Generous Hilltoppers of the Class of 1980 are seen here donating a check to the LAPS Foundation.  The amount raised to benefit the Foundation was $2,143.  Pictured from left to right are LAPS Foundation Board Member Kelly Stewart, Class of 1980 Reunion Volunteer Suzie Havemann and Class of 1980 Reunion Chairperson Eddie Dunn.

  • Los Alamos will be lit up full force on July 4 – not only through fireworks but with children’s parades, a 5K run and one big party at Overlook Park in White Rock.

    The patriotism in town will immediately start at with jog at the Los Alamos Family YMCA’s Independence Day Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run.

  • UNM-Los Alamos’ Monster Movie Thursdays continues at 6 p.m. Thursday in the UNM-LA Lecture Hall, Building 2, with a modern adaptation of Frankenstein in “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” (R rating).

    The movie is free and open to the public.

    Filmed in 1994, Kenneth Branagh directed the film and stars as Victor Frankenstein.

  • In the old day of the Wild West, boys spent their days playing in pine forests. They carried knives, were allowed to shoot wild game,  and made their own ropes to swing across rivers.

    A few of these pastimes were brought back during the recent Cub Scout Wild West Day Camp in Rendija Canyon.

    During the camp, scouts braided ropes, played marbles and made wampum belts and teepees. Plus, the scouts were able to make telephones out of tin cans, create adobe bricks with water and socks and milk a cow.

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  • A horse kicked up dirt with its foot, a cloud of fine dust billowed up from the ground with every swipe. It was if the animal was waiting to receive one of the lassos a nearby group of children was swirling above their heads. Further up, several children scaled a large outcropping of boulders.

    All of this activity took place in the immense expanse of land at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    The youngsters were taking part in the Nature Odyssey program, which the Pajarito Environmental Center offered to fourth through sixth graders June 7-11 and June 14-18.

  • There are adventures to experience and sites to marvel at – all that is required is to step outside your front door.

    I recently took this advice. I walked outside my own front door and found myself, along with my traveling companions in Nambé. Despite living here for more than three years, it was the first time I had ever ventured to this community. The first stop on the trip was the House of Old Things, a local antique store located at 111 N.M. 503.

  • When Village Arts co-owner Ken Nebel saw that quite a few people were coming into his business requesting spray paints, his interest was peaked in what they were creating.

    Then Nebel met artist Marshall Jansen and became inspired.

    Graffiti, tattoos, video, vinyl art and industrial jewelry are just a sample of what this inspiration has lead to at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    Nebel said when he saw this artwork he knew “it was something I just had to show off.”