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  • Think pageants are just a long line of women with hair sprayed drenched coifs and plastered-on fake smiles? Bernadette Lopez, a 2003 graduate of Los Alamos High School, is putting these conventional thoughts to rest.

    Lopez, a 25-year-old wife and mother of two children, has a love for the pageants. As a junior in high school, she was third runner up and then first runner up in Ms. Teen competitions. Last year, she placed in the top 15 in the Mrs. America pageant. Other accolades include “Most Photogenic” and “Most Money Raise.”

  • Adventure awaits those who step up to the opportunity. Although sometimes a little nudge is needed to take that step. Therefore, the Boy Scouts of America is bringing an adventure to you.

    Starting in January, as part of the Boy Scout of America 100th anniversary, the Adventure Base 100, a 10,000-square foot mobile campus, will be making it’s a way across the U.S.

  • Growing up in the 1950s in New York City was tough for Elaine Soto. Being Puerto Rican, she encountered racism and prejudice.

    She didn’t see a whole lot of positive things being associated with her culture. Art, however, showed her a far different picture.

    She was introduced to the Black Madonna when she selected her confirmation name, Monserrate, which came from the Virgin of Montserrat, statue of the Virgin Mary and a miracle working Black Madonna from Puerto Rico.

  • Los Alamos High School musicians have a prestigious past and the honors continue during the annual All-State Music Conference and Clinic Jan.  6-8 at the University of New Mexico.

  • The holiday spirit is here and at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Fuller Lodge, the season’s music will ring through the air during the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag concert.

    The Black Mesa Quintet will take the stage to perform selections from “Carmen” by Bizet and the “Second Suite in F” by Holst. Some Renaissance music will also be heard during the free concert.

    Additionally, the musicians will play a few holiday pieces such as “He is Divine” and “O Holy Night.”

  • The Los Alamos Historical Museum Shop, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, is selling Christmas tree permits again this year.

    The permits are $10 and will be available during the museum’s regular hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. Permits are available beginning Monday although tree cutting is not permitted until Friday.

  • I apologize, but my column is taking a different turn this week. I find it very hard to write something upbeat when so many are sad after the events of the week.

    This week, we lost an Asset in the community, with the passing of Logan Collins.

    Logan was a wonderful boy and many adults and children throughout the community are saddened by the loss.

    Logan was a soccer player, a basketball player, a Boy Scout and much more. He always had a smile on his face and was always willing to help at the drop of a hat.

  • 1967 was a great year for the arts. The Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Magical Mystery Tour.” Jimi Hendrix released “Are You Experienced?” and the Los Alamos Arts Council held its first-ever Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair.

    The former are legendary albums, and the latter has become a 42-year tradition, drawing top-notch artists and craftsmen to the Hill just in time for local shoppers to find something original, one-of-a-kind and absolutely memorable for their loved ones for the holidays.  

  • Just as Christmas is more than just presents, Thanksgiving is more than food.

    The holiday, coming up on Thursday, is an opportunity to pay respects for the blessings in life and celebrate the bonds that exist in families.

    There is another chance to celebrate the purpose of Thanksgiving Day during a dinner, which will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Church of Christ, located at 2323 Diamond Drive. Besides turkey and the fixings, there will be singing, Scripture reading and prayer offerings.

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  • It’s a story so fantastic and surreal that why wouldn’t it be true? A small-town reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) has uncovered the mother of all stories and he is spreading the truth to everyone.

    “Men Who Stare at Goats” is the story Wilton uncovered. After his wife left him for his editor, Wilton travels to Iraq at the beginning stages of the U.S. invasion to write a killer story and reclaim his pride.

  • Starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Los Alamos residents can walk to make a difference.

    The CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot will begin at Los Alamos Middle School. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.

    Overall, 25 percent of donations stay at the local level with LA Cares, helping supplement the diets of 100 families in town. The other 75 percent helps globally with the fight against hunger and poverty from the grassroots level by providing seeds, tools, basic agricultural techniques, replacing fishing boats lost in the Indonesian tsunami, etc.  

  • At the end of the workday in Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, the House of Hope team climbed out of the buses filthy and tired. The evidence of the three-day house building project was reflected on our clothes. I dug spare nails out of my pants pocket or saw dust caked into my hiking boots.

  • An eager audience gathered on Friday evening at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church to hear James Knudson perform the First Cello Concerto of Camille Saint-Saens with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra.

    There were, most likely, physicists from the LANL Neutron Scattering Center in the crowd who were stunned to find that their unassuming colleague can do some marvelous things with a cello.  

    His performance projected confidence and a thorough understanding of a difficult score.

  • Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT), the Los Alamos Public Schools’ after-school program, will hold its second set of auditions for “Willy Wonka Junior” Friday and Saturday in the Barranca Mesa Elementary School gym.

    These auditions are open to middle school students.

    The auditions will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday and from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday in the Barranca Mesa main lobby. It is only necessary for the students to attend one of the auditions.

  • To put food on everyone’s table requires community collaboration.

    As a result, the National Association Letter Carriers-Branch 4112 and the Northern New Mexico District of the Boy Scouts of America is hosting their annual Fall Food Drive Saturday in Los Alamos and White Rock to support the LA Cares food bank.  

    On Saturday, letter carriers will pick up food placed near mailboxes during their normal route (a flyer will be delivered a few days prior to the drive as a reminder).

  • Anyone can get hit with unexpected news. It bolts down like a meteor and leaves you feeling dazed and powerless.

    An unplanned pregnancy is certainly one of those pieces of news that can knock you for a loop. However, there is an organization in town to help those who are hit with this major surprise get back up on their feet.

    Hope Pregnancy Center offers pregnancy tests, information on different options, parenting classes, community referrals, material assistance and follow-up care. All these services are free and confidential.

  • Sometimes you just have to set everything aside and celebrate. I’ve decided to cast the assets to the wind in hopes that seeds will be planted.

    It is nearly impossible to think that November has arrived but some may be thinking, it is only November?

    Well, as 2009 is headed to a close, I hope you can spend a few minutes thinking about some positive aspects of the year.

    Often, I think, someone doesn’t have to die before we appreciate what an asset they have been to the community. So I announce the first annual Assets In Action awards.

  • Sip on some Argentinean wine or sample a selection of cheeses and breads while admiring a wide range of items – from harp lessons to fine artwork – that will be up for auction. Meanwhile, harpist Sheila Schiferl will entertain the crowd with her live music.

    This evening of elegance is PAC 8’s Holiday Wine and Cheese event and silent auction fundraiser. The party will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge.

  • A Renaissance man or woman is a person who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences; a highly cultivated individual who is skilled and well-versed in many fields of knowledge, work, etc., as in the arts and sciences.

    Two poets, B.A. Wingate and Mary Cisper, who will be featured in the upcoming Author Speaks series at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library’s upstairs rotunda, exemplify the definition of a Renaissance person.