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  • 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.

  • 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.