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  • Up through last week, my mother had reminded everyone in the family just how many days of school remained in the 2009-2010 year. When Sunday rolled around, she sang out to everyone that she did not have to work this week.

    If you think students are the only ones who excitedly cross the days off the calendar, think again. A vacation is a vacation – no matter one’s age.

    And with the conclusion of one school year and the beginning of a tranquil break, it seemed a celebration was in order.

  • Musician Eric Sardinas has a signature style that listeners seldom hear – especially those who live in Northern New Mexico.

    The Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, however, is bringing the sounds of Deep South to the Southwest.

    Eric Sardinas and Big Motor will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Express located in the Entrada Business Park.

    According to Sardinas Web site, Sardinas was exposed to gospel, Motown and R&B, all of which pushed him to the acoustic sounds of the Deep South.

  • National Merit Finalists

    Kathy Lin, Emma Carroll, Shaina Riciputi, Jaime Resnick, Dov Shlachter, Kendra Smale

    Local Scholarship Awards

    Angelo Montoya Memorial Scholarship    • James Larkin

    Aspen School PTO Scholarship    

    • Hannah Taylor and Brooke Maxwell

    Cerro Grande            • Meghan Maes

    Chamisa School PTO Scholarship     

    • Sarah Story      

  • Director David Von Ancken’s “Seraphim Falls” has all the basic elements: horses, cowboy hats, guns, railroads, bank robbers, desert landscapes, tight-lipped conversation. The film is almost entirely peopled by men, everyone drinks out of leather canteens and nobody can trust anybody not to try to kill him.

  • The 2010-2011 Los Alamos Concert Association season opens with Julie Albers, cellist and Orion Weiss, pianist, at 4 p.m. Oct. 17. Albers studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and won the Grand Prize at the XIII International Competition for Young Musicians in Douai, France.

  • The Friends of Mesa Public Library (FMPL) members welcomed five seniors and their families to the spring member luncheon  May 19.

    FMPL members also announced the upcoming awards through the Friends of Mesa Public Library Scholarship and the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship. Scholarship winners have written a personal narrative about a fiction or non-fiction book that has become important to the understanding of themselves or the human condition.

  • “The Cowboys” is a bit like “Little House on the Prairie” meets “The Patriot.”

    Instead of Michael Landon or Mel Gibson, imagine an awkwardly paternal John Wayne. Rather than the complacency of Walnut Grove or the sadism of the Revolutionary War, picture New Mexico in the Old West – a hard life of herding cattle and breaking horses, and young men looking for an easier way. Ranch hands were heading toward the rivers, planning to find lots of gold and retire early.

  • Hunger doesn’t sleep or come to a stand still. It continually gnarls inside people’s stomachs and clings to their minds.

    As a result, National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 4112, LA Cares, LA Community Food Bank and the Northern New Mexico District of the Boy Scouts of America are working to respond to this condition and wipe hunger away.

    The annual Spring Community Food Drive is scheduled for Saturday. LA Cares will distribute donations.

  • My inspiration to pursue different things comes from the oddest places. After watching the 1992 Olympics, I became inspired to try  figure skating. When I read about one of the twin sisters in the “Sweet Valley High” book series working on the high school newspaper, I thought I would give journalism a try.

    And as a result of watching the main character in a movie serve up slices of a pie called Chocolate Strawberry Oasis, I strolled down the aisles of the grocery store looking for the ingredients to make this dessert myself.

  • After six years of orange plastic fencing, towering construction equipment and the screech of wood meeting an electric saw, Crossroads Bible Church has some new sites to take in. There are the sparkling white walls in the stairwells and hallways, a rich–colored carpet that is free of dirty footprints and an aroma of a brand-new building that is ready and waiting for the public and the church congregation.

  • Today, the American Legion Auxiliary will offer the public a symbol of service men and women’s sacrifice.

    The red crepe poppy is a reminder of the sacrifice of countless thousands called to war. Distributing the crepe poppies is an annual event undertaken by the members of Unit 90 in Los Alamos. Volunteers from the unit will come again to take part in this nationwide program in memory of the citizen soldiers who gave their lives in the cause of freedom.

    Funds collected on Poppy Day are used to assist needy veterans and their families.  

  • “Loved to Serve; Serve to Love” is the theme for the day camp that will be held from June 28 through July 2 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Once again, the church will host Rainbow Trail Day Camp from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday -Friday at 2390 North Road. The Day Camp is for older elementary kids who have just completed third through sixth grades.

  • The fruits of music teachers’ labors are often revealed when their students take the stage. However, things will be shaken up a bit during a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge.

    Members of the Los Alamos Music Teachers Association will step into the spotlight and prove why they are fit to teach.

    Ted Vives, president of the association, along with members Frances Meier, Richard Hannemann, Kay Newman and Gina Doorn, will perform in the show.

  • If it isn’t broke, then why fix it? Ruth Wilson Francisco, soprano, and Nancy Thomas, pianist, have taken a musical program that features old fashioned tunes, classical pieces and hymns across the U.S. They have performed this program in Utah, Colorado, Albuquerque and now they are bringing it to Los Alamos.

    Wilson Francisco and Thomas will perform in the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag Show at         12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

  • Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) announces  its  summer program featuring expanded class offerings, guest faculty and a partnership with the Los Alamos  Family YMCA.

    Week-long summer intensives will be held in June and July for all age groups and abilities.

    Intensive sessions will include classes in ballet technique, pointe, variations and partnering taught by DALA’s Ballet Curriculum Director Christin Severini and guest faculty member Aaron Severini.  

  • Wayne Wesley Johnson is not one to follow the crowd. How many guitarists can be described as performing “passionate, melodic, rhythmic, romantic, dynamic, finger style jazz and nuevo flamenco?”

    “I consider myself an eclectic guitarist,” Johnson said. “My roots are in jazz, (but I’ve) branched out since then.”

    He said he has developed his own finger style rumba flamenco as well as finger style improvisational jazz.

    Not only does Johnson created his own style of music but he has created his own unique instruments.

  • Los Alamos MainStreet rounds out the fiscal year by sponsoring an informal collaboration between educators called Agua Adventures.

    Assets In Action, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Los Alamos Historical Society, the Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos County Recreation, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the working committee.

  • When you’re eight-months pregnant, it’s hard to think about anything but the baby. What is she doing to your body? Is she OK? How are you going to get her out?

    Life becomes a series of familiar, daily symptoms: a little nausea in the morning, heartburn the rest of the day; shortness of breath if you do something crazy like stand up from sitting in a chair; extreme, alternating hunger and drowsiness; bionic abilities to fold and re-fold onesies and sleep sacks without ever getting bored.

  • A piece of art and a piece of history can appear to be two separate things.

    Are there any ties between an oil painting depicting George Washington crossing the Delaware River and the accounts of the Revolutionary War?

    Perhaps through more than what meets the eye.

    This summer, Los Alamos Middle School teachers Jon Pyle and Dana Kline will discover just how art and history are linked.

  • Eleven college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee (JROMC).

    The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley, Capital and Santa Fe high schools.

    The JROMC has awarded 146 scholarships and other awards totaling $302,000 since the program began in 1984.

    The philanthropic organization’s scholarship program is supported by several endowments, numerous small, individual donations and major contributions from the Los Alamos National Bank.