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  • A singing dog, an awful dog, thugs in the U.S. Customs service and a grandamother busted out of jail are just a few quirky characters that Martha Eagan snares and ropes into her literary work.

    Her most recent book, “La Ranfla and Other New Mexico Stories,”  is described as light-hearted and  reflects the nuttiness in life.

    “La Ranfla” is also the subject of  Eagan’s talk at 7 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs gallery. The discussion is part of the library’s Authors Speak series.

  • Tom Ribe will sign “Inferno by Committee: a History of the Cerro Grande Fire, America’s Worst Prescribed Fire Disaster” from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station.

    A decade has passed since the Cerro Grande Fire ushered into America’s psyche the concept of megafires.

    “Inferno by Committee” is written from the perspective of a professional fire manager.

  • If ignored, history will turn to dust. Its lessons will fade and smudge. While it is easy to shrug off the past and merely allow it to turn to ash, but that could be a mistake. Looking to the past can reveal answers to current and future questions.  

    For instance, Tom Ribe, author of “Inferno by Committee,” took an in depth look at the Cerro Grande Fire and discovered a lot of lessons within the fire’s ashes.

  • URS invites everyone, even wallflowers to the first annual “Senior Prom.” The idea of it being the first annual event is only slightly true in that it actually took place more than a dozen years ago.

    Community member, Lil Ortega worked with a high school group of students, to do the same way back when.

    Assets in Action and the Friends of the Senior Center have banded together to offer the summer activity, “Sea of Love,” for folks of all ages whether they like to dance or just want to watch.

  • Shake the mothballs off the prom dress and tux because prom is making a second run. URS, Assets in Action and Friends of the Senior Center are hosting a prom starting 6 p.m. June 26 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Read more in tomorrow's Kaleidoscope.

     

  • The best thing about having a sister is that you have a friend for life. The best thing about having Kim as my sister is that I have a fellow “So You Think You Can Dance,” fan for life.

    Our parents probably rolled their eyes at some of things my sister and I engaged in – creating and modeling ancient Egyptian costumes, having sleepovers in our closets and screaming out lyrics to our favorite songs on the radio – but it never bothered us.

    We had our sisterly fellowship and that was all that mattered.

  • Friday, we are having the summer concert/party at Los Alamos National Bank with the Boulder Acoustic Society and hopefully, you.

    Everybody who appreciates music and good times should come. The show is free and starts at 7 p.m.

    The Boulder Acoustic Society probably makes you think the group is from Boulder, Colo., and that they play folk music.

    Good guess, but they’re a lot more than humdinger folk singers. They’re a fusion of folk and punk. Maybe call them indie-folk rock?

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart have tied the knot — in a wedding presided over by New Mexico's governor.

    Gov. Bill Richardson confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the couple, who have been together for several years and got engaged last year, were married at the governor's mansion in Santa Fe.

    Ford's publicist, Ina Treciokas, confirmed the nuptials Wednesday.

  • Hitch a ride on the road of scientific innovation with Otowi Station Bookstore and Buffalo Tours Thursday.

    Georgia Strickfaden, owner of Buffalo Tours, and Otowi Station Bookstore are hosting a multi-media show, which will run from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the bookstore.

    Strickfaden will unveil the Nuclear West Bus Tour in the Intermountain West which will be held from Aug. 22-30 while Otowi will showcase its resources for travel.

     

  • Hitch a ride on the road of scientific innovation with Otowi Station Bookstore and Buffalo Tours Thursday.

    The bookstore and travel business are teaming up to present a travel show from 6:30-8 p.m.  at Otowi Station.

    Buffalo Tours will introduce to the public to its new Nuclear West Bus Tour in the Intermountain West and Otowi Station will offer published resources about travel and the myriad locations pertaining to all things atomic.  

    The Kaleidoscoops Ice Cream bus will is planning to be there, too.

  • Ever spied between the slats of a fence to see pieces of a neatly manicured garden or a backyard sprayed with a rainbow of flowers and wished to see more?

    Crane your neck no more; local residents are opening their outdoor oases to the community during the 2010 Garden Tour. The tour, which the New Mexico State University Los Alamos Master Gardeners are sponsoring, will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 19.

  • Sixteen students were awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. Each student selected demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school career.  

    The winners have chosen an Educator of Distinction; this is an education professional who had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools

    The LAPS Foundation is a nonprofit organization that enriches the educational experience of students through community investment.

  • Here are the additional students who received the LAPS Foundation scholarship.

  • Oftentimes when a disaster or catastrophe hits, people flock to the affected area to offer assistance and aid. The situation in Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, appears to have the opposite effect.

    For instance, the amount of people who signed up to construct houses for families in need through the Gateway Mission Training Center, located in El Paso, Texas, has slowed to a trickle.

    In the past, the Christian organization performed 15 building projects during the summer. Now, only one or two are performed.

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council offers a lot to aspiring musicians – it brings them inspiration in the Brown Bag shows and the Guitar and Gateaux series and provides opportunities for young performers to take the stage through the senior recitals.

    One student has taken notice of this fact and as a result, is giving back to this community organization.

    Pianist and Los Alamos High School graduate Nathan Salazar is hosting a concert at 7 p.m. June 18 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

  • Harry Potter will spend a lot of time in Los Alamos this summer, with Harry Potter themed exhibits, lectures and classes going on around town. The effort has been organized around a visit to Mesa Public Library July 14-Aug. 9 by a traveling exhibit titled, “Harry Potter’s World:  Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine,” sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health with support from the American Library Association.  

  • House of Hope Women and Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church are hosting a special service for Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. For the past five years, the House of Hope Women have traveled to Juárez to build houses for those in need. The service, which will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the church, will deliver prayers of peace and protection for the Mexican city. Read more in tomorrow's Monitor.

  • Cool off from the summer heat by diving into the literary world at the Los Alamos County Library System. This summer’s reading program is titled, “Make A Splash @ Your Library.”

    Read more about the extensive list of programs and events in Thursday's Kaleidoscope.

     

  • Cool off from the summer heat by diving into the literary world at the Los Alamos County Library System. This summer’s reading program is titled, “Make A Splash @ Your Library.”

    The 2010 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, birth through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, special events, story hours, a reading club and more. Even families are invited to participate in some programs. Also, there are special programs just for teens.

  • I’m so close to the end, and yet there’s still nothing I can do but wait. Oh, I can pre-wash the cloth diapers and drink my uterus-strengthening tea. I can swim the world’s slowest 800 meters and blend healthy strawberry-banana smoothies. I can bump into counters. But mostly, I wait.

    I feel like I’ve been waiting since way back in October when I saw two lines on a little stick instead of one.