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  • 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.

  • Memorial Day 2010 will be observed at 11 a.m. May 31 at the Guaje Pines Cemetery.

    The entire community is invited. This year’s theme is honoring those who “answered the call.”

    Memorial Day is a national holiday to thank and honor those who have given their lives in the nation’s service.

    Service men and women have given their lives for their country during times of war and conflict around the world.

    They willingly did so to defend citizens’ freedom and way of life.

  • Why are we so fascinated with monsters, ghosts and vampires?  Folk tales are as stuffed with scary beings as modern movies, TV series and novels.

    Dr. Mickey Marsee will explore this question in the UNM-LA summer class, “The Monster Within: Monsters and Vampires in Fiction and Movies.” The three-credit class will meet from noon-2 p.m. Mondays starting June 7 for eight weeks. It will also be offered in the fall. Students may audit the course or take it for credit.

  • Saturday, the Los Alamos Community Winds (LACW), under the baton of musical director Ted Vives, will conclude its 10th anniversary season with a performance of Carl Orff’s 1937 groundbreaking work, “Carmina Burana.” Noted for its scale and scope, the LACW will be joined by the Los Alamos High School choral program under the direction of Paula Nichols.

  • An icon painting workshop in the Byzantine-Russian tradition will be held June 21-26 in Santa Fe.  

    The Prosopon School of Iconology introduces students to the practice and theory of the ancient Christian art of icon-writing in the Byzantine-Russian tradition.

    In the intensive, “hands-on” workshop each participant will paint an icon using traditional techniques and materials.

  • Baha’is of Los Alamos is joining Baha’is throughout the world in celebrating two of the nine annual Holy Days.  

    Saturday, Baha’is will gather to celebrate the Declaration of the Bab, the prophet-martyr of the Baha’i faith and the herald of the coming of Baha’u’llah.

    The Bab, which means Gate, declared his mission on May 22, 1844, in the city of Shiraz, Persia or modern day Iran.

  • In 2001, when Kay Kerbyson followed her husband to Los Alamos, she had no idea what life would have in store for her.  

  • Judith Phillips  is working to usher people outdoors. Not only is this award-winning landscape designer and owner of Judith Phillips Design Oasis coaxing people to experience the great outdoors, but she is showing them how to sculpt their outside spaces the correct way.

  • Cub Scout Pack 229 held its annual end-of-the-year bike rodeo and family picnic on May 15 at Urban Park.  

    Los Alamos Police Department Officer Jeff Reginold kicked off the event by speaking to the scouts about bicycle safety. The boys and their siblings then rotated through several stations, which addressed the condition of the bicycles, balance and control.

    All pack members received their neckerchief and scout book for next year.

  • I think lately I arrive at the end of every week thinking TGIF, but this week is different. Wow, we’ve arrived at the last week of school. Try to take it all in this week, the pomp, the circumstance, the little  moments.

    For some, this is a game changer. Maybe you move from middle to high school, maybe you move from elementary to middle school or maybe the big chick leaves the nest. Maybe the baby bird will head to that big, ominous place called school next year.

  • Helping Earth

    Earth Day in Los Alamos, organized for the 11th consecutive year by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), was an outstanding success due to the efforts of a large number of volunteers and the support of many sponsors.

    This letter is to thank all of these volunteers and sponsors and those who attended one of our events this year.

  • Musician Tinsley Ellis is a quiet-spoken man. His low-key demeanor during an interview with Monitor seems highly contrasted to reviews of his performances.

    Relix described his music as “blistering, inspired roadhouse blues and passionate Southern rock … gritty, soulful vocals.”

    Billboard goes on to say, “Altlanta’s Tinsley Ellis sings like a man possessed and wields a ferocious lead guitar … one of today’s premier blues/rock players.”

  • Among the thousands of runners who will participate in this year’s Jemez Mountain Trail Runs, an utlrarunning legend will also hit the trail.

    Ultrarunning legend Micah True (aka Caballo Blanco) will not only participate in the trail runs but he will share his story about living and running with the Tarahumara Indians of Central Mexico.