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  • Fred Harvey, a food entrepreneur, grew disgusted with the poor quality “greasy spoon” restaurants found near all-western railroad depots in the 1870s.

    Harvey convinced the Santa Fe Railroad to let him test out his own food service ideas and in 1876 opened his first lunchroom at Topeka’s Santa Fe station.

    His formula was clean silverware, fresh tablecloths and napkins and good food served promptly by wholesome young women soon tagged with the name, the “Harvey Girls.”

  • Fifteen Aspen Elementary School students competed for the first time in the national chess tournament held Dec. 11-13 in Dallas. Several students took home trophies.

  • On Feb. 25, the Los Alamos Public Schools Youth Summit Meeting was held in the district boardroom. Assistant Superintendent Kate Thomas facilitated the 45 participants.

    Principals from every school were also in attendance and reported on the percentage of attendance, discipline referrals, grades and counselor referrals for each of their schools.  

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  • Great things can be accomplished through collaboration. So expect the music notes to fly in grand fashion when two groups join forces during the upcoming Brown Bag concert, which will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    The Amrahn Trio and the Black Mesa Brass will perform in the free concert, which is sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council.

    The players in the Amrahn Trio include Cindy Little, pianist; Louise Mendius, soprano; and John Hargreaves, French horn player.

  • An upcoming fundraiser is presenting the community with a win-win situation.

    Participants at the fundraiser can treat themselves to a meal and an evening out while supporting a worthy cause.

  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

    This week, we look at asset nine, Service to Others. I know it sounds rather like a parent favoring one child over another, but asset-wise, this one is near the top of the list for me.

  • Violinist Chang Guo and pianist Yin Shi will host a concert at 7 p.m. March 4 at the Christian Church. Besides being introduced to Guo, a virtuoso violinist, former U.S. Congressman Bill Redmond will give a short presentation about rapid transformation of Chinese society and the influence of the Christian church. Read more in tomorrow's paper.

     

  • Purim, the Jewish holiday that will be held on Sunday, is no solemn occasion. In fact, cranking up the noise in celebration is encouraged.

    David Izraelevitz of the Jewish Center explained that the story behind Purim features heroism and a happy ending, which calls for some vocal merriment.

    During the celebration, a reading of the Book of Esther is conducted.

  • Journalists are low on popularity polls. The idea that we’re a motley crew seems to be conventional wisdom. I’ve been told since high school, maybe even earlier, that the public does not trust the media.

    I was reminded of people’s suspicion toward reporters when I raised a question to a panel of business owners while on an assignment one afternoon. “Watch out,” the moderator had jokingly warned the local entrepreneurs, this question was coming from the media.

  • While chile peppers and tortillas can be found in abundance in New Mexico, seafood is a different story. If your mouth is watering for a crustacean, don’t plan a trip to a coastal destination, just head down to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos’s crab fest.

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  • It will be a series of firsts at the Guitars and Gateaux concert on Thursday – both for the performer and for the audience.

  • The Los Alamos Winter Farmer’s Market is more than just a place to purchase bread; it’s an opportunity for organizations to collaborate and for the community to learn about area businesses.

    The event is held from 8 a.m.-noon the second Thursday of every month at Fuller Lodge.

    It’s a monthly event that features dedicated businesses. Some vendors travel as far as 200 miles round trip, to furnish items for the market.

  • 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. Read more in Thursday's Kaleidoscope.

     

  • Heart disease seems to be full of stealth. Like a predator approaching its prey, cardiovascular diseases can creep unnoticed and silent until they spring into a brutal attack. Similar to other predators, these diseases can be misunderstood. Therefore, the Los Alamos Heart Council is providing some education and insight to these quiet killers.

    The council is hosting its annual community seminar at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church, located at 2200 Diamond Drive.

  • University of New Mexico-Los Alamos may be a community college but its influence extends beyond county lines. For instance, student Lise Lookman has been named to the 2010 New Mexico All-State Academic Team.

    Team members were recognized at a ceremony held Feb.11 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. In addition to being eligible for state scholarships, New Mexico team members are eligible to compete for the USA Today sponsored All- USA Academic Team.

  • The Los Alamos High School Science Bowl team won first place in the regional competition for the National Science Bowl, held Feb. 13, on the Albuquerque Academy campus. Thirty-four teams from Northern New Mexico high schools competed in the regional event.

  • Enter a world filled with fairies, courtiers, a king and queen, a handsome prince, and — of course — Princess Aurora this weekend when New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC) presents “The Sleeping Beauty.” Read more in tomorrow's Kaleidoscope.

     

  • Enter a world filled with fairies, courtiers, a king and queen, a handsome prince, and — of course — Princess Aurora this weekend when New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC) presents “The Sleeping Beauty.”