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  • United Church of Los Alamos held a live and silent auction Sunday, which raised almost $15,000. The proceeds from the auction will go toward the church youth trip to Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. Participants will build three homes for families in need.

  • Arno Ilgner offers a philosophy that helps people reach the top of any mountain, both real and metaphorical.

    Ilgner will present his philosophy, called “Warrior’s Way,” during a presentation at 7 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Family YMCA.

    He explained the presentation will include a slideshow and a talk based on his new book, “Espresso Lessons.”

    Ilgner added the presentation will be a concentration and practical application of the material he teaches.

  • The Art Center at Fuller Lodge will host an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. March 26 for a unique exhibit of student work.

    “Walls that Speak” features the work of students from the art departments at Los Alamos, Jemez Springs and Pojoaque Valley high schools.

    Starting in the fall of 2009, students from these schools began work on a mural project that was initiated by Dave Fox of CB Fox Department Store, in collaboration with the Art Center at Fuller Lodge.

  • Food isn’t something that  just decorates a plate or fills up your mouth before being digested. It’s so much more than sustenance.

    No, provisions can act as a gateway into something else – a catalyst for a new experience.

    I never thought much about the power of food beyond satisfying my appetite until I watched the movie, “Julie and Julia” and saw one of the characters make bruschetta.

  • There’s a long-standing tradition in Los Alamos.

    Every year, people arrive at Pajarito Mountain ski area with skis and snowboards in hand, dressed in crazy costumes and revved up for some fun.

    This tradition is known as Skiesta, and this year will be the 62nd year it has been held.

    Skiesta features a little bit of everything. Thad Hahn, one of the event organizers, said there is everything from a variety of ski races to a brewery fest.

    Additionally, there will be live music, a costume contest and food.

  • Los Alamos High School students Dov Shlachter, Shaina Riciputi, Jamie Resnick, Kendra Smale, Kathy Lin and Emma Carroll stand out from the crowd. Not just on the local scene but also on a national level.

    This group of seniors are finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program. This distinction allows them the chance to compete for a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship, to be awarded a corporate-sponsored scholarship or to earn a college-sponsored scholarship.

  • Although spring officially begins in March, it is April when people begin to think of birds migrating, flowers blooming and a time to be outdoors.

    As the skies lighten, Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s volunteers turn their attention to recognizing Earth Day.

  • You can have some hot and steamy fun with the staff of Self Help on Saturday as they host the 17th annual Empty Bowl event.

    Self Help Inc., has helped fill many empty bowls, heat homes and light the fire of inspiration for Northern New Mexico’s needy since 1969.

    Through the generous donations of time, talent and funds, the staff of Self Help has provided consultation service, advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos counties.

  • On March 7, the Los Alamos Concert Association welcomes one of the most-respected early-music groups to Los Alamos.  Ensemble Caprice will perform a concert of Renaissance and Baroque period music at 4 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium. The concert will be followed by dinner with the artists at the Central Avenue Grill.

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  • Local painter Betty Nance Smith will dabble in the construction business this weekend.

    Smith goes above and beyond the call of duty by donating remarkable paintings to the youth of the United Church of Los Alamos to raise funds for home building in Mexico.

    The annual auction to benefit the Mexico Mission project will feature almost 200 items in a silent auction. Residents can wander through rows of tables to bid on everything from new and used, to handy and oddly fascinating. There will be a live auction as well.

  • Since 1973, Santa Fe architect Richard Dorman has collected photographs of narrow gauge railroads in New Mexico and Colorado. He donated the collection of more than 25,000 pictures to the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad in 2006.

  • Two Los Alamos authors will sign their books from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore. Darla Graff Thompson will sign “erratic, ecstatic, et cetera,” her collection of poems and images of her sculpture, and Andi Kron will sign “Freewheeling at 50: Tales of a Mid-Life Bicycle Crisis.”

    The two shared their thoughts on writing and creativity.

  • Perhaps it seems as though paper is taking a backseat to PDF’s and e- books are flourishing while conventional books collect dust on shelves, but the art of making a book is far from being lost or dead. Read more in this week's Kaleidoscope.

     

  • A full spectrum of activities is being planned for the Family Strengths Network’s Family Festival.

    Not only will there be a wide assortment of things to do, but the schedule will appeal to all ages.

  • If you missed Riverdance’s last tour stop in Albuquerque, don’t fret. Belisama Irish Dance Company and School present “Rhythm of Fire 2010” Saturday and Sunday at the James A. Little Theater.

    “Rhythm of Fire 2010” is a family friendly show featuring local dancers and musicians.

    “Rhythm of Fire 2010” features Belisama’s blend of high-energy traditional hard shoe and soft shoe dances and original choreography by director Adrienne Bellis and members of the dance company.

  • Perhaps it seems as though paper is taking a backseat to PDF’s and e- books are flourishing while conventional books collect dust on shelves, but the art of making a book is far from being lost or dead.

    For instance, Mesa Public Library is hosting an exhibit by Libros New Mexico Book Arts Guild, which started Monday and will run though March 26.  A reception and workshop on how to make a handmade book will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 13 at the library.

  • My puppy’s stalking snowflakes, back and snout forming a long, gray line against a wet, white yard. An hour ago she sat on the arm of the couch, her front paws on the carpet and my husband commented lovingly, “She looks like a vulture.”

    Sick people need puppies. I hope to be fully healthy by the time this column goes to print, but this past week I have been stuck at home coughing. I seem to have caught the same cold as everyone else, though it has hit me a little harder, maybe because I’m five-months pregnant.

  • A paradigm shift is occurring at Los Alamos Public Schools. This change is focusing on how students are graded. The old paper and pencil system is being tossed away in favor of an electronic grade book called Pinnacle. Read more about Pinnacle in tomorrow's paper.

  • This winter – like, let’s be honest, all hibernation seasons – has been entirely about food.

    Last month, the library put mozzarella and meatballs on the screen with “Big Night.” Before that, the film series served up “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (complete with lamb for the vegetarians) and even a big, delicious slice of interracial politics in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

    It’s enough to throw off anyone’s diet.