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  • 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.

     

  • 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.