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  • The Art Center at Fuller Lodge is hosting one of the most unique shows ever attempted in its 40-year history. Read more about this exhibit in tomorrow's Kaleidoscope.

  • Those sayings, which exclaim that you can do whatever you want as long you have drive and passion, sometimes sound worn out.

    Yet, the motivational statements still ring true and local photographer Kimber Wallwork-Heineman can attest to them.

    On June 21, she will be in Madrid, Spain for the World Wide Photography Gala Award.

    Four of Wallwork-Heineman’s photographs will be displayed at the Museum Circle of Fine Art in Madrid and she also won honorable mention for her photograph, “Freedom is a Spirit,” in the competition.

  • My car has transported me through many major phases in my life. When I bought the car, it was the first major purchase of my life and my initial step to independence.

    Before acquiring it, my mother graciously loaned me her 1997 navy blue Volvo station wagon to drive to and from work. It had tan leather interior, a CD player and seat warmers.

  • Hitting puberty can be a real stumbling block. It is not only be difficult for the adolescent but also for the parents. How should parents and their teenagers, particularly girls, handle this stage of maturity? The Family Strengths Network is here to show families the ropes. A program called "Tweens to Teens" will be held 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at FSN. For more information, read tomorrow's Monitor.

  • What better way to be inspired to become a leader than to hear from local government officials?

    The Leadership Los Alamos class got an in-depth view of Los Alamos County government Friday.

    County Clerk Janet Foster, Election Director Gloria Maestas, House Rep.  Jeannette Wallace, county councilors, County Administrator Tony Mortillaro and others gave the 2010 class an overview of life in public office.

    Participants received background on the county charter including how it wasn’t initially passed by voters until 1969.

  • Hitting puberty can be a real obstacle course. Adolescents, particularly girls, have to dodge and hurdled over challenges that range from physical changes to emotional developments.

    To deal with this maturity, complete, accurate information is needed so girls and their parents know what to expect and how to deal with these changes.

     As girls approach teenage years, their bodies change and they need complete, accurate information about what to expect and how deal  to with these changes.

  • Sometimes it feels safer to stay on solid, flat ground. When seeing a rock climber such as in the imax film, “To The Limit,” get down for the night in what looks like the flimsiest, smallest tent perched on a tremendous and towering mountainside, you feel a sort of gratitude for the solid ground.

    But what if you could successfully take yourself to the limit? What if you could see the world from thousands of feet up on a mountain or feel that sense of accomplishment that comes with conquering a mountain?

  • Sandra Zerkle was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for February.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one outstanding student of the current Los Alamos High School graduating class to honor each month. Students are selected on the basis of academic success, extracurricular involvement and service to the community.  

  • Los Alamos Middle School celebrated Pi Day on Friday. A number of activities centered on the Greek letter, which is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. LAMS arranged for staff and volunteers to take part in the event.

  • Passover Seder is the first of the major Jewish holidays mentioned in the Bible. It celebrates God freeing the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, which was led by Moses.

    At the Christian Church, the congregation continues this story according to their beliefs. The community is invited to participate in this version of Passover Seder at                    6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Christian Church is hosting a Passover Seder Dinner and Service.

  •  Think art is just a pretty painting or sculpture? Look beyond the surface – there is so much more to learn than what can be gathered at first glance.

    Barbara Olins Alpert, author of “The Creative Ice Age Brain: Cave Art in the Light of Neuroscience,” will give further insight into Ice Age art during her upcoming presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library. The presentation is part of the Authors Speak series.

  • David E. Hoffman, contributing editor at The Washington Post and former Moscow bureau chief, signs “The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy” at 6 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore.

    He will also give a lecture at 5:15 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

  • This week I spent some time with some pretty insightful students. Mrs. Romero’s Life Smarts class at Los Alamos High School was gracious enough to have me over to speak about Assets.

    It actually turned into a well rounded discussion about youth. We discussed how they can contribute to decisions that affect their community.

    As adults we need to give serious thought to seeking input from groups of average students. By average students, I’m not talking about education, finances or anything that has a connotation of being less than great.

  • This month, the guitar is being substituted for other string instruments during the Guitars and Gateaux concert series. Los Alamos Arts Council may be presenting a different sound, but the organization is keeping it all within the Guitars and Gateaux family. The event, which is called Strings and Gateaux, will feature desserts and music starting at 7 p.m. March 25 at Fuller Lodge.

    The show will feature the Apple Hill String Quartet, a group of artists-in-residence from the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music located in Nelson, N.H.

  • Daniel Ahrens

    Los Alamos Middle School

    Animal Sciences Junior Category

    First place

    Isabelle Lakis

    Piñon Elementary School

    Animal Sciences Junior Category

    Third place

    Ella Leschnitzer

    Chamisa Elementary School

    Behavioral/Social Science Junior Category

    Second place

    Maria Jeleh McTeigue

    Los Alamos Middle School

    Behavioral/Social Sciences Junior Category

    Third place

    Misha Putnam

  • Do you ever imagine yourself as someone totally different, not necessarily a better or worse person but just someone who doesn’t always do exactly what you do?

    What if I were a single man, one of those old, sloppy men who seem to live on the bus? Maybe I’d really like comic books and I’d be retired from a career in hot glue. Would I think of myself as sloppy? Would I have more sympathy for other, similarly sweat shirted men?

  • On the surface the play, “Sylvia,” looks like a light-hearted comedy about a wacky dog and the impact she has on her new owners. It is light, fluffy entertainment for a Friday or Saturday evening.

    However, this play also seems to offer something more. It shows a couple that learns some valuable life lessons through an unusual source – the family pet.

  • It all started with just one little black cat but, eight years later more than 200 cats receive care annually through the New Mexico Chapter of the Felines and Friends.

    Bobbie Heller of the Felines and Friends explained how she found the cat during a snowstorm. It was living in an abandoned car in a parking lot. She took the cat in and started looking for a rescue organization but couldn’t find one. However, Heller said she was familiar with the Felines and Friends organization in California and decided to establish a chapter in New Mexico.

  • Cub Scout Pack 229 held its Blue and Gold Banquet Monday at the Barranca Elementary School gym. This particular banquet stood out from others because Boy Scouts of America is celebrating 100 years of scouting this year.  

    Honored guests included Paul Rhein, Northern New Mexico District director, Jay Elson,  Associate Order of the Arrow adviser, and Dane Spearing, Troop 22 scoutmaster.  

  • Pull out the dobbers and the lucky charms – it’s time to play bingo to support Los Alamos Right to Life.

    The local organization will host a benefit bingo at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Knights of Columbus, located at 401 Trinity Drive.

    Besides bingo, soup and snacks have been donated to the event.

    The cost of bingo is $14.