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  • The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently honored Bryn Morgan Smith as Student of the Month for April. The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one outstanding student from the current Los Alamos High School graduating class to honor each month of the school year. Students are selected on the basis of their academics, extracurricular activities and service to the community.

    Smith is the daughter of Brian and Sherisse Smith and sister of Clark.

  • On April 25, the Los Alamos Concert Association presents the final concert of the 2009-2010 season, featuring the American pianist Simone Dinnerstein. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Duane Smith Auditorium.  

    Dinnerstein is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Peter Serkin. She studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio, a pupil of Artur Schnabel.  She spent two summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.

  • Individuals can create great things but there is something to be said about teamwork. Los Alamos High School sophomores  Nate Clements and Joe Abeyta can attest to benefits of working as a team.

    The two have competed in science fairs as individuals but this year, Abeyta and Clements decided to combine their talents. Their efforts paid off.

    The two students will join Holly and Ryan Erickson as well as Alexander Kendrickson at the International Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held in June in San Jose, Calif.

  • On Saturday, a race will be held but this is no typical competition.

    Onlookers should expect to see more than just humans hoofing it down the road. Their dogs will accompany them.  

    During the annual Dog Jog event, Dogs and their human companions will gather at Chamisa Elementary School to run the 3.1-mile course or walk the 2-mile course.

    Race check-in and T-shirt and informational packet pick-up time will be from 8-8:40 a.m. Saturday at Chamisa Elementary School. Entries are encouraged even without a dog.

  • It’s completely possible to exist for others before we even exist for ourselves.

    In a way, this is obvious. For instance, my mother and grandmother have memories of me as an infant, memories of which I am a major part but yet I can’t remember at all.

    My grandma, several times, has recalled the first time she held me, and how I looked right into her eyes “as though (I) were thinking.” In contrast, one of my mom’s favorite stories involves a time I threw up in her mouth.

  • Editor’s note: The following is part of a series to promote the Los Alamos Little Theater’s next production, “The Spitfire Grill.” The interview, writer and  mugshot are fictitious. Brenna Moore wrote the story. The photo is by Larry Gibbons. The Spitfire Grill will be performed at 7:30 p.m. May 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 as well as at 2 p.m. May 9 and 16 at LALT.

  • Who doesn’t love a great conversation? Pair it with a good meal and you have the fixings for a successful event. What luck then that the LAPS Foundation is hosting a fundraiser called Great Conversations.

    Those who have a love for socializing or possess a gift for the gab are invited to the event, which will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday at Central Avenue Grill.   

    The event features 15 speakers who will each address a different topic. Participants can choose a topic they are interested in and register for a seat at the speakers’ table.

  • The first week of May is commonly a time to think about Mother’s Day, Nurse’s Day and Teacher and Staff Appreciation week.

    The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Chamisa Elementary School is helping people get ahead of the game by offering a shopping extravaganza in conjunction with the Dog Jog at Chamisa on Saturday.

    The annual spring arts and crafts fair will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the school.

  • Seven Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers earned the chance to go to a competition that Head Coach Noel Trujillo described as the World Series of debating.

    After taking first and second places at the New Mexico District Tournament on March 25, 26 and 27 at Albuquerque Academy, Gannon Nelson, Ryan Marcus, Seth Jennings, Kathy Lin, Vickie Wang, Mei Lui and Sky Korber qualified to attend the National Forensic National Tournament.

  • Next Sunday, Mary Brooks, William “Bill” Deal, Jr. and Roy N. Hopwood will be recognized and honored as the newest members of Living Treasures of Los Alamos (LTLA).  The ceremony and reception, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.  The public is invited to attend.

  • Ever thought words like smothered breakfast burrito, Jeanie Southwest biscuits and gravy or huevos rancheros could be spotlighted in a story, or that a menu could inspire a literary endeavor? The Los Alamos Writers Group is proposing this challenge to the young people in the community.

    The writers group, along with Daylight Delights, is calling all young writers to take part in a writing contest.

  • When Grace Vineyard was founded in 1991, the church met in various locations throughout the community.

    Finally, the church staff settled on Chamisa Elementary School in 1994. They figured it would only be a few years before a permanent location was found.

    However, it took a little longer than expected. Rev. Jack Sullivan said different locations were determined to be either too small or too expensive. Fifteen years later, the church along with the office that was located next to the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division, relocated to 1183 Diamond Drive, Suite C.

  • Start fresh seems to be the motto of the organization formerly known as the Art Center at Fuller Lodge  – it will now be known as  the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    Walking into the building, the evidence of wiping  the slate clean is everywhere. The honey-colored wood floors sparkle after being refinished by county employees, there’s a faint smell of fresh paint that was applied to the walls and the entire building is bare and ready for a new beginning.

  • Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Marion Pack is shutting the lid on her instrument case, temporarily, anyway.

    For 18 months, starting this summer, Pack and her husband will undergo a new experience as they participate in Senior Missionaries through their church, Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At this time, they do not know where they will be sent or what kind of work they will do for the year-and-a-half mission – some missionaries work in the states and others are sent to third world countries.

  • We’ve heard a lot this week about Tiger Woods and his return to the golf course.

    I’m sure you’re wondering once again how this relates to Assets.

    The truth is the Assets program was given a small portion of money to run the Tiger Woods Foundation program in Los Alamos this year. It started out with several groups in town interested in reading Woods’ book, “Start Something.” We started out great and the kids found it interesting and  an easy read.

    Then we arrived at the month of November.

  • When an individual becomes so well known that only his or her last name is needed for wide public recognition, we often refer to those individuals as being part of the “Great Man Theory.”

    This is especially true when it comes to music and music history.

  • “Jesus said, ‘The meek shall inherit the Earth.’  What does that mean?”— Devin

  • Due to her academic accomplishments and long list of community endeavors, Los Alamos High School senior Sara Tuzel was selected to be Rotary Club of Los Alamos’ Student of the Month for March.  

    Tuzel, the daughter of Jolanta and Walter Tuzel, has lived in Los Alamos for 13 years.

    At school, she maintains a 4.0 GPA and enjoys classes such as AP literature and AP psychology, as well as photography.

    Currently, she is taking classes at both the high school and at the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos.

  • Calling all bards, poets and writers – National Poetry Month has arrived.

    April is the month to sharpen the pencil, pull out the paper and ramp up the literary creativity.

    In 1996, the Academy of American Poets established National Poetry Month as a month-long, national celebration of poetry.

    The concept was to increase the attention paid-by individuals and the media to the art of poetry, to living poets, to Americans’ poetic heritage, and to poetry books and magazines.

  • The April 16 Spring Concert of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Gyurik, will feature two Los Alamos High School students who auditioned successfully for this honor back in January.  Both Alex Austell and Alisa Romero are juniors and both are studying privately in addition to playing in school ensembles.