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  • 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.

  •  Guitars and Gateaux series will feature the cream of the crop in regards to young musicians.

    The Albuquerque Academy Guitar Honors Quartet will perform for Los Alamos starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.

    The four students in the quartet: Tony Mariano, Norm Farquhar, Louis Fazio and Laura Worden will prove just why they were accepted into this group. They will perform pieces by composers Celso Machado, Patrick Roux, Felix, Mendolsohn, Enrique Granados and Joseph V. Williams.

  • Don’t let your photos accumulate in the computer or collect dust in albums. Show them to the public during the Los Alamos Photography Club’s annual exhibit at Mesa Public Library.

    Local shutterbugs are invited to drop off their work from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the library.

    Photographs should be framed and include a tag with the photographer’s name, the title of the work and the size of the frame.

    Entries can also include a brief description of the work and a sale price, although it is not mandatory.

  • There are those who never want to share their stories, at least not publicly. When the newspaper featured “Man on the Street” every Sunday, it was a real chore for the reporter to scour the sidewalks in search of willing participants to answer a question. To make it easier on people, the questions were simplified: “Who would you like to win the World Series?” or “How often to do you wash your car?” The editorial staff was stumped when some people would refuse to answer those questions.

  • Who says learning can’t be fun? Barranca Elementary School is out to prove that academics are not just memorization and lectures – there can be a lot of entertainment and interest involved in exploring different subjects.

    The school will unveil the fun in academics from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 2 during Family Math and Science Night.

    There will also be a PTO fundraiser dinner from 5:30-6 p.m. in the school’s gym.

  • In 1973, 12-year-old Karen Boutilier Kendall was invited by actress Shirley MacLaine to become the youngest member of the First American Women’s Friendship Delegation to China.

    The delegation consisted of 12 women including a four-woman film crew and Boutilier Kendall. The resulting Oscar nominated documentary, “The Other Half of the Sky: a China Memoir” aired in 1975. This life-altering experience was preceded by a most unusual childhood.

  • Los Alamos Middle School Principal Donna Grim and Assistant Principal Rex Kilburn reward students for academic improvements by taking one for the team.