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  • Those who talk about art and want to sound like aficionados try to integrate terms like balance, harmony, proportion, movement, color, shape, form and space.
    On Friday, Fuller Lodge Art Center invites the public to attend an opening reception for “Back to Basics,” and throw around a few of these terms in conversation, or eavesdrop on the artists as they observe the collection for the first time.
    The show’s call for artists suggested they highlight one or more of the fundamental elements of art to create a lasting impression. The Art Center challenges Los Alamos residents to be the jury. Does this exhibit showcase a variety of basic elements and will you think about some of its pieces after you leave?

  • The 14th annual Los Alamos Dog Jog was greeted with perfect weather, resulting in an amazing turnout of over 300 two-legged walkers and runners and their accompanying four-legged friends.
    The 2011 Dog Jog was organized by the Atomic City Roadrunners, Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, and the Mountain Canine Corps (MC2) search and rescue team.  At the end of the day, an outstanding $14,000 was raised for Friends of the Shelter.  

  • On May 16, the Los Alamos Middle School student council presented Donna Schroeder, executive director of the United Way of Northern New Mexico, with a check for $374.34. The check was the result of a fundraising drive put on by the middle school student council.  The council sold Hawk and ‘Topper wristbands to students.  
    Pictured from left to right, Ben Reidys, Madison Foley, Donna Schroeder, Rigel Baron and Jonathan Salazar.

     

  • Thank You
    for Earth Day 2011

    Each year around April 22, Earth Day, the nationally recognized day to emphasize caring for the Earth by becoming more sustainable, is honored with various activities by Pajarito Environmental Education Center. This year’s activities included a display at Mesa Public Library, an Earth Day Speaker and a festival. Each activity was an outstanding success due to the efforts of a large number of volunteers and the support of many sponsors. This letter is to thank all of these volunteers and sponsors and those who attended one of our events this year.

  • It’s that time of year again: time for the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. The 2011 season kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday at Overlook Park in White Rock, with Junior Brown.
    Brown invented his own guitar, combining the standard six-string electric guitar and the lap steel guitar. He plays country, rockabilly, western swing, honky tonk, neo-traditionalist country and alt-rock. According to his website, www.juniorbrown.com, “he has the soul of country and the spirit of rock.” Samples of his music can also be found on the site.

  • Sending some love to Afghanistan

    Our son Michael is now in Afghanistan. He’s at a very small, remote tent base up in the mountains of northeastern Afghanistan, known as FOB Finley Shields.
    They don’t have any shopping there, so here we go again with the shipping.
    We’ll try to send two packages each month for the coming year, through April 2012.
    They need men’s and women’s socks and toiletries. They’d like any old DVDs and contemporary country CDs. They’re requesting some stationery, cards, etc, with envelopes that they can use to send letters home. They also need pens and pencils.

  • For the past 26 years, Senior Appreciation Night, a volunteer, community-driven effort, has aimed at saving teen lives. This year marks the 27th anniversary.
    Businesses, organizations, community leaders and individuals created the annual tradition in response to a crisis situation regarding drinking and driving during graduation celebrations.
    SAN was started because of an upsurge of dangerous activities in the late 1970s and early 1980s, detailed in Los Alamos Monitor articles. Parties in the mountains, where police had no jurisdiction, were prevalent and had led to several wrecks and deaths.

  • We are so thankful to all the local businesses and organizations that sponsored the 2010 Relay for Life, the artists who decorated birdhouses, the participants who raised funds and the cancer survivors who helped us celebrate.
    The Relay For Life is an event to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.
    Over $38,000 was raised at the 2010 Relay to support the American Cancer Society.
    The money is used to provide cancer research, education, advocacy and service.  
    Gold Sponsors
    of over $1,000
    Los Alamos Medical Center
    Lou Santoro State Farm
    Silver Sponsors
     of $500
    C.B. Fox 



    Los Alamos MainStreet

  • May 16-21, 2011
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY    
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9:30 a.m.    Advisory council
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch:  Fish
    1 p.m.        Bridge
    1:30 p.m.    Pilates
    7 p.m.     Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    Mac users group

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  
    We get lots of roaming cats and dogs. Don’t assume your cat was a meal for a coyote. Check with the shelter and see if your best friend is bunking with us. Proof of rabies vaccination is required when claiming your pet.

    Cats

  • The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. Allen Lerner of Environmental and Earth Sciences 14 of  Los Alamos National Laboratory will be the featured speaker. His talk is titled, “The Eruption Dynamics of the 7.7 ka Driftwood Pumice-fall Eruption from Makushin Volcano, Unalaska Island, Alaska.”
    Lerner will present his undergraduate thesis work, which sent him to the distant island.
    Unalaska is part of the Aleutian volcanic chain and home to Dutch Harbor — the largest population center in the Aleutians, which was made famous by the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.” The towering Makushin stratovolcano is 28 km west of Dutch Harbor.

  • Sign up is underway for the annual eighth grade spring break trip to the nation’s capitol and Baltimore, Md. for next school year.
    The trip will be from March 24-March 27, 2012. This is not a school-sponsored trip, but rather a private trip that has been done for decades.
    Highlights of the trip will include the White House, a Capitol tour, the International Spy Museum, the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian museums, the National Cathedral, the Walter Reed Medical Museum, a play at the Kennedy Center, the Holocaust Museum, Arlington National Cemetery (which includes laying the mourning wreath) and other sites.  

  • Asset number 18 in the series is youth programs, and when it comes to this area, we do it well.
    The past two weekends, our students were out in force at a variety of community activities ranging from school and sports to service for others.
    Local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts took to their cars, trucks and shopping carts to assist local postal carriers in filling the shelves of one community pantry, as we approach the halfway point to the holiday season.
    The younger set put on their uniforms and smiles to secure donations at Smith’s Food and Drugstore, while the older scouts collected donations from around the community, sorting and getting them stored for future distribution.

  • The Aspen Elementary Chess team competed in the 2011 United States Chess Federation K-3 National Blitz Championship last week. The team placed first in the competition in Dallas, Texas.
    The team scored a total of 30 points, surpassing the 25.5 points of the second place team from the Richard Rogers School of the Arts and Technology in Manhattan, N.Y.
    Phillip Ionkov and Henry Poston scored eight points each, while Andy Corliss and Dimitri Lopez each scored seven points; Victor Popa-Simil scored six points; Max Corliss scored five-and-a-half points; Ming Lo scored five points; Michael Patchett scored four points; and Matthew Patchett scored three points.

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  • The Jemez Fine Art Gallery and Jemez Artisans Gallery will sponsor the second annual “Jemez Creative” outdoor art fair in Jemez Springs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 28-29.

  • The Santa Fe Opera will open its 2012 season with a production of Puccini’s “Tosca,” which was last performed by the opera company in 1994.

    General director Charles MacKay announced next season’s repertory on Tuesday.

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    Join PEEC for an opportunity to tour a local xeric garden from 6:30-8 p.m. May 19. Master Gardener Martha Davis will open her garden to class participants and teach how to create a water-wise garden in their own homes — one that includes culinary herbs as well as flowers and other perennials.