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  • 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.

     

  • Some tunes come and go. For example, at one point, everyone seemed to swing their hips and embrace the simple lyrics of the “Macarena,” but now, most people scratch their heads and wonder why.

    But there are other songs that stand the test of time and their value is never questioned.

  • Sometimes a splash of paint or a piece of clay is an effective way to beat the wintertime blues. The Art Center at Fuller Lodge is offering a multitude of classes to keep people’s minds engaged and interested throughout the winter months.

    Classes begin Feb. 1 and run through March 27.

    Registrants may notice a few new classes in the schedule this year.

  • I’m sorry, but the column this week is about shameless self promotion.

    As the month of January has been focusing on the Asset category of support, this week is about supporting the Assets program.

    On Feb. 6, many local businesses will open their doors to host an indoor, miniature golf hole to raise funds for Assets In Action.

    The project called, the Nineteenth Hole, in reference to the place where golfers stop for lunch after a round of golf, was developed last year and continues again in 2010.

  • Friday morning, I woke up to a sunny Florida day, the golf course sparkling outside my in-laws’ patio. Friday evening, I was back in Los Alamos, finally, after one of the most stressful periods of waiting I’ve ever experienced.

    It began while I was admiring the sixth hole of the short, crane-filled golf course at The Groves in Land O’ Lakes, when I felt a new pregnancy symptom that didn’t seem right.

    I decided to ignore it.

  • A novice director reveals a natural talent for the stage with the Los Alamos Little Theater’s production of “12 Angry Men.” It’s the first play Courtney Lounsbury has directed and after seeing her work Saturday night, I hope it will not be the last time her work will be performed.

  • In tough economic times, everyone feels the pinch, and schools are certainly not immune to the sharp squeeze in funds.

    Therefore, in response to the changes in funding rules for high school activities, which have made it more expensive to travel and participate in festivals and competitions, the four choirs at Los Alamos High School and the LAHS Choir Booster Club are rolling up their sleeves and exerting some fundraising prowess.

    The Winter WaffleFest will be held from 8 -10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Temple.

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  • After a successful run last year, the organizers of the K2 Women’s Weekend decided if it’s not broke, why fix it?

    As a result, the weekend program is returning to Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. It will be held Feb. 5-7.

    Amy Bauer, coordinator for the weekend, said the program will have the same format as last year.

  • Los Alamos is among the communities throughout the world that are raising funds to provide relief to Haiti, which was devastated by an earthquake on Jan. 12.

    A fundraiser for Haiti will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel. There will be appetizers, live music, dancing, a silent auction and a cash bar. Tickets cost $25. All the proceeds will go toward the Partners in Health.

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  • Experience a partnership of artistic proportions. Not only is music and poetry being paired together, but the Los Alamos Choral Society and members of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra are collaborating to present these two mediums in concert.  

     The concert, “Choral Masterworks by Ralph Vaughan Williams,” will begin at 3 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road.

  • Put on some goggles, light up the bunsen burner and observe innovations in science take flight during the annual Los Alamos County Science Fair Saturday in the Los Alamos High School cafeteria.

    The public is invited to view the projects between 12:30-2:30 p.m.

    Students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade will display their projects in elementary, elementary class, junior and senior divisions.

  • A market assessment study pointing to a need for solar technicians and grant money laid the groundwork for UNM-LA’s newest program. A solar technician concentration has been added to the associate of science in applied technologies degree. The popular program trains technicians in a variety of fields, including nanotechnology, electro-mechanical and manufacturing technology. The first course is being offered for spring semester, with the other courses in the concentration to follow this fall.

  • Like the aroma of coffee wafting through the air, sweet melodies will weave through the space at Fuller Lodge at a Valentine’s  Coffeehouse, sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council.

    The Coffeehouse will delight listeners’ ears starting at 8 p.m. Feb. 12.  While dining on a selection of desserts and sipping O’Houri’s coffee, music lovers will hear a romantic concert of music by Federick Chopin, J.S. Bach, Edvard Grieg, Ole Bull and Antonin Dvorak performed by violinist Kay Newnam, cellist Sally Gunther and pianist Karen Follingstad.

  • Laughter filled up one of the meeting rooms at Mesa Public Library. Students relaxed around a table, munching on snacks and they conversed via the Worldwide Web. A projection screen tracked the lengthy conversation and everyone giggled as they watched different emoticons pop up with each instant message.

    Even the adults in the room cut loose. Angie Manfredi, head of youth services, sat at the head of the room, typing the teens’ questions and comments and making a few of her own quips.

  • A caring neighborhood is the goal this week, as we look at asset #4.

    I really hope you have a caring neighborhood and you would think that most people here do.

    Our local data shows that only 39 percent of our kids feel that way. That’s is just on track with the national percentage, too. Really? Los Alamos?

    I think that is an easy fix, but we all have to work together.