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  • Kevin Gao and Ariel Chen were chosen by a juried audition to participate in the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra’s Jackie McGehee Piano Concerto Competition that will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Keller Hall in Albuquerque. Both are freshman at Los Alamos High School.

    Six students from throughout the state were chosen to participate in the competition, which will award musicians with the chance to perform with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra during the annual Mother’s Day Concert.  The winners and the alternates also receive cash prizes. 

  • Some students wonder when in life they will need the lessons taught in the classroom.

    There is a link between school and the real world and the eighth annual Discover E event will prove it.

    The program will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Los Alamos High School DECA cafeteria.

    During the event, kindergarten through 12th grade students will be shown just how their science and math lessons can be applied in many different areas.

  • Five boys from Barranca Cub Scout Pack 229 attended Saturday’s basketball game between the Albuquerque Thunderbirds and the Utah Flash at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque. Each scout received a free ticket as a reward for selling more than $100 worth of popcorn this past fall.

  • The Chinese New Year, which lands on Feb. 14 this year, is a time for family. For people like Joshua Wu, whose family lives apart, the New Year is a time for them to get together and celebrate. “It’s a fun thing,” he said.

    Wu added, that cleerbating in China and in the U.S. are different.

    “China goes about it differently … what we usually do is families … come as a whole group. It’s a get-together.”

  • This year, Relay for Life is calling for more celebrations. Since the event benefits the American Cancer Society, a nation-wide volunteer health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer and prolonging life, this in turn means more birthdays, holidays and special occasions to recognize.

  • Two local authors, Inez Ross and Theresa Sanchez Cornwell, will participate in a book signing from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Science Museum and Bookstore.

    Sanchez Cornwell will sign her debut book of poetry, “Sometimes Blue Rain Falls in my Techinicolor World” while Ross will promote her book, “Sotherton Abbey,” a novel that places Jane Austin’s classic story in Santa Fe.

    Sanchez Cornwell said her book is about life, death and fantasy.

  • Our asset for this week is number seven, community values youth. For those of you who don’t know, the reason I started this work was actually because of this asset. At the time, our data showed that only 15 percent of students in the community felt valued.

  • Los Alamos Middle School students and staff will come together next week to honor the memory of Logan Collins.

    Collins, a seventh-grade student who died earlier in the school year, was a boy who loved basketball.

    In memory of Collins and his love for the game, his family will be honored at the team’s last home game on Monday.

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawks will take on West Las Vegas and the community is invited to show their support for the team and the Collins family at a 3:30 p.m. presentation.

  • J.Robert Oppenheimer’s name is remembered throughout the world but it seems plausible that nowhere is his name recognized with such admiration as it is in Los Alamos.

    Several projects are underway to continue celebrating the scientific director of the Manhattan project.

    At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church in Los Alamos, theoretical physicist and former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee Fred Ribe will give a talk about Oppenheimer’s 1954 security clearance hearing.

  • What make one particular night different from all others? What makes it big?

    Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott’s “Big Night” (1996) answers that question with a side of risotto.

    Warning: Do not watch this movie if you are hungry, especially if you are tempted by Olive Garden commercials. If you do watch it, prepare yourself for scene after scene of fresh noodles, tomatoes, Romano cheese, salami and meatballs.

  • My puppy is sleeping beside me on the couch. She’s breathing evenly, her whole long, spotted torso rising and sinking back into the cushions with a little flutter. When I place my hand over her chest, I realize the flutter is her heart beating.

    My older dog is asleep on the floor about 4 feet away. He breathes loudly, his nose a tiny black amphitheater. Unlike the puppy, he’s thick with fur. He’s a living pillow, his heart deep in his downy body.

  • Los Alamos Family YMCA has taken the community to Paris, paradise and the tropics. This year, the community can travel with the organization to Las Vegas.

    The theme for this year’s Red and Black Ball is “Viva Las Vegas.”

    This is not just a short jaunt to Sin City, it is a kick off to the YMCA’s Strong Kids Annual Support Campaign.

    The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Central Avenue Grill. A dinner will be served and a live and silent auction will be held.

  • The Los Alamos High School cafeteria transformed Saturday from a place where students eat to a location where discoveries are unveiled.

    During the Los Alamos County Science Fair, 232 students set up 214 projects, which were presented to judges. Later, awards were presented and the students who earned the opportunity to compete in the regional competition were announced.

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag recitals are noted for their relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The next recital in the series, which will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge, will be one of the most close-knit yet.

    It’s a musical featuring friends. In fact, the title of the program is “Music with Friends.”

    Donna Smith, piano; Alice Mutschlecner, violin; Marke-Talley, viola; Heather Vincent, cello; along with the members of the Black Mesa Quintet will perform at the noontime concert.

  • The LAHS Olions Thespian Club has traveled to some interesting places in their shows, but none quite as outrageous as this year’s ’Topper Revue destination: the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In fact, the lab is such an unusual location that the emcees get lost.

    “We chose the theme, ‘Lost in the Lab’ because it is something our whole town can enjoy,” emcee Josh Dolin said. “Los Alamos is centered around the lab.”

  • When money gets tight or when the food shelves get a little bare sometimes a nervous unease ensues.  However, you don’t need to panic about what needs to be cut from household budget or what edible meal can be concocted from the remains of food in the fridge. Rest assured that the community will not leave you in a lurch. LA Cares is here to help.

    LA Cares, a nonprofit organization, serves the community in two ways. It offers a monthly food box distribution and helps out in emergency situations such as if utilities will be switched off.

  • A group of children from the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church, along with Gillian Sutton, helped Self Help Inc. prepare for its upcoming fundraiser, the Empty Bowls Project, by painting 100 bowls Wednesday afternoon.  About 80 kids participated in the bowl painting party.

  • This is our final week looking at the asset support category. This week, students at Los Alamos Middle School along with Vice Principal Rex Kilburn and Student Council Advisor Jon Pyle are visiting elementary schools to talk with sixth-graders who embark on a new adventure next year.

    The current seventh-graders are alumni of the school they visit that day. The beauty of the project is that it allows timid sixth-graders to hear from their peers about the middle school experience.

  • Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church will host its 10th Annual Blini Breakfast on Feb. 14, following the service of Divine Liturgy. Russian blini, a type of thin pancake, will be served in the traditional style with smoked salmon, herring and sour cream. Vegetable caviar, eggs and a variety of berry preserves will be available as well. 

  • Something and someone exciting is coming to Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church (TOTH). The local chapter of the Order of St. Luke, an international, interdenominational organization dedicated to the Christian healing ministry, will present a Healing and Teaching Weekend Feb. 19–20. The presenter of “The Fresh Wind of the Spirit” conference is the Rev. Mike Flynn from Camarillo, Calif.