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  • 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.

  • Get a jump start on college this summer on the UNM-LA campus as part of the Sumer Bridge Program.

    The program is specifically designed to prepare students for the challenges of college life.

    Thanks to a $15,000 Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation STEM grant, the program waives tuition and fees. Students who graduate from high school or receive a GED in 2010 are eligible.

  • Travel back in time to a different era  where poodle skirts and saddle shoes were in vogue and Elvis ruled the radio. It will be simple to revisit the 1950s, just head over to the Los Alamos Family Strengths Council’s Fabulous Fifties Sock Hop.

    This is the fifth year that Family Council has held the fundraiser, and each year it celebrates the highlights of ‘50s. For instance, Tim Gallegos, the disk jockey, will play ‘50s favorites, and Morrie Pongratz, also known as Elvis, will serve as the emcee.

  • It’s normal to see hand-me-down clothes in a closet. But ,what if  used clothing was the only thing hanging in your closet?

    The Christian Church, along with the Church of Christ and Calvary Church, are working to ensure that the children in the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home in Portales aren’t faced with a wardrobe full of previously worn clothing.

    Throughout this month, these churches are hosting a clothing drive that includes both used and new clothing.

  • Inspired by the cover photo of Delago Tower in the March 2009 issue of Rock and Ice magazine, Allison Fritz and Jason Halladay began researching travel and climbing logistics in the Dolomites of northern Italy.

    As they read more about the Dolomites’ climbing history, long limestone routes, easy access, great hut system and of course, superb food and drink, they quickly decided that they would spend a week in the Dolomites during their European vacation in the summer of 2009.

  • The Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild is presenting Jean Biddick, a nationally-known, award-winning quilter, at its monthly meeting  from 7-9 p.m. March 23 at the White Rock Baptist Church.  

    Biddick’s passion has been designing quilts inspired by intricate mosaic tile work seen in cathedrals and historic buildings worldwide.

    She has received numerous accolades for her machine-pieced mosaic tile quilts, including awards from American Quilter’s Society and the International Quilt Festival.

  • This week as we focus on all of the assets, I have some great news to share. On May 11, Search Institute leader Peter Benson will return to Los Alamos after first coming to the city in 1997.

    The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Family Strengths Network and Assets In Action have combined time, talent and energy to arrange for the community presentation.

    Benson is the brains behind the research-based work and a world-renown speaker.

  • It may be a strange sort of mid-life crisis, but it’s a desperately real one, nonetheless. Playing hooky from work (again), Greg is approached in the park by a gorgeous Poodle-Lab mix, whose tag reads, simply, “Sylvia.”

  • United Church of Los Alamos held a live and silent auction Sunday, which raised almost $15,000. The proceeds from the auction will go toward the church youth trip to Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. Participants will build three homes for families in need.

  • Arno Ilgner offers a philosophy that helps people reach the top of any mountain, both real and metaphorical.

    Ilgner will present his philosophy, called “Warrior’s Way,” during a presentation at 7 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Family YMCA.

    He explained the presentation will include a slideshow and a talk based on his new book, “Espresso Lessons.”

    Ilgner added the presentation will be a concentration and practical application of the material he teaches.

  • The Art Center at Fuller Lodge will host an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. March 26 for a unique exhibit of student work.

    “Walls that Speak” features the work of students from the art departments at Los Alamos, Jemez Springs and Pojoaque Valley high schools.

    Starting in the fall of 2009, students from these schools began work on a mural project that was initiated by Dave Fox of CB Fox Department Store, in collaboration with the Art Center at Fuller Lodge.

  • Food isn’t something that  just decorates a plate or fills up your mouth before being digested. It’s so much more than sustenance.

    No, provisions can act as a gateway into something else – a catalyst for a new experience.

    I never thought much about the power of food beyond satisfying my appetite until I watched the movie, “Julie and Julia” and saw one of the characters make bruschetta.

  • There’s a long-standing tradition in Los Alamos.

    Every year, people arrive at Pajarito Mountain ski area with skis and snowboards in hand, dressed in crazy costumes and revved up for some fun.

    This tradition is known as Skiesta, and this year will be the 62nd year it has been held.

    Skiesta features a little bit of everything. Thad Hahn, one of the event organizers, said there is everything from a variety of ski races to a brewery fest.

    Additionally, there will be live music, a costume contest and food.