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  • Once again the community is welcomed to attend a free concert showcasing the Deborah Beene Music Scholarship winners, past and present.

    This year’s concert is the largest ever, with seven past award winners joining this year’s four winners.

    The annual Deborah Beene Award Winners Concert will be at 2 p.m. June 14 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Ranging from a freshman to graduating seniors, the talent in this year’s concert is hard to beat.

  • “If music be the food of love, play on.” So starts Shakespeare’s play, “Twelfth Night.”

    This brings to mind the beginning of the 52nd season of the Santa Fe Opera. For those who don’t know or have forgotten some of the rich, interesting history of the SFO, here are some facts.

  • With school over and summer vacation starting up, many local churches are offering an opportunity to continue children’s education.

    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church and Los Alamos Church of Christ will help expand youngsters’ spiritual knowledge through Vacation Bible Schools.  

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  • What is a Stay-cation?  Have you ever gone on a vacation and come home more tired than when you left?  

    How about returning home and discovering that you spent more money than you thought?  

    Now that’s a rude surprise.  

    With a Stay-cation you will experience the rest and relaxation of a vacation, but your family will be close to home and you won’t spend a dime.  

    There's no cooking for Mom and Dad either.  

    The Christian Church is hosting just such an event.

  • The slopes at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area may be completely bare of snow but the opportunities to have fun have not melted away with the summer heat.

    From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, the ski area will rev up its Aspen chairlift and open its ski slopes for hikers and bikers during Summerfest.

    In addition to the hiking and biking activities, beer will be served from noon-5 p.m.

  • Friday, Los Alamos will get into a jazz groove, so put on your sunglasses and get ready to snap your fingers.

    Greg Abate, a jazz saxophonist, flutist and composer, along with the Pete Amahl Trio, will appear in the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Abate, according to his website, is an international jazz/recording artist.

  • Be Creative at Your Library is Los Alamos County Public Library System’s summer reading theme. Young patrons are invited to explore the worlds of music, dance, art, books and more. The 2009 Summer Reading Program is open to all young people, infant through young adult, and features programs, prize drawings, special event story hours, a reading club and more.

  • I walk into the grocery store, drive by Ashley Pond and meander down the sidewalks of Los Alamos almost every day, but recently I questioned just how much I see my surroundings.

    A few hours spent with my oldest nephew opened my eyes to everything this community offers.

    Saturday, my sister took her daughter to a ballet show, dropped her youngest son at our parent’s house while Connor hung out with me for a few hours.

  • You don’t get many chances to see Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson together in the same film. In fact, you get only one. Although technically, you can watch the duo’s only shared release as many times as you like.

  • This week, we take a look at Asset #13, Neighborhood Boundaries. According to the Search Institute, “Neighbors and friends’ parents help monitor the child’s behavior and provide feedback to the parent(s).”

    As we slide into summer, neighborhood boundaries are great assets for our focus. This is an excellent time to plan some neighborhood activities for youth to keep them busy and establish relationships.

  • Mrs. Los Alamos, Bernadette Lauritzen is heading into her final stretch for the Mrs. New Mexico competition on June 20.

    Her final attempt at fundraising concludes with a bake sale and raffle during the Chamberfest activities on June 13.

    “I really enjoy fundraising for other entities,” Lauritzen said, “but I’ll be happy to see the fundraising for myself come to an end.”

    Lauritzen has had to raise funds to cover nearly $900 in entry fee pageant expenses.

  • Donned with shiny crowns on their cowboy hats and satin sashes looped over their shoulders, Brittany Robbins and Katelyn Littleton look like royalty, which is fitting because Robbins is this year’s Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo queen and Littleton is the princess.

    Both embrace the responsibility of ruling over the county event.

    “I enjoy the responsibility quite a lot,” Robbins said.

    She added, “And who doesn’t like getting dressed up with all her bling, bling?”

  • The Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus from Albuquerque is hosting a concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at White Rock Baptist Church but they will share the stage with a few familiar faces.

    The local barbershop quartet Lads of Enchantment will be the chorus’ special guest.

    Phil Seeger, president of the Lads of Enchantment, said it is the first time the quartet has performed with the chorus.

    “And we think it’s a pretty special opportunity because the Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus is a good one,” he said.

  • Fifty singers from the Los Alamos Choral Society, with 18 singers from the Santa Fe Music Works offered three sacred works May 17 at the Methodist Church, under the direction of Dr. Mary Badarack, accompanied by Cindy Little, with organist Francis Meier and percussionist Kip Bishofberger in the Bernstein “Chichester Psalms.”  

  • An icon painting workshop in the Byzantine-Russian tradition will be held July 6-11 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.

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

  • Romance can appear in many different forms. There’s the romance of getting a second chance to play a particular piece of music, the sentiment felt for a composer’s last work and the endearment of performing with a friend.

    All these forms of romance will be present during the upcoming Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag show. The music begins at 12:30 p.m. June 3 at Fuller Lodge and will feature violinist Kay Newnam of Los Alamos and pianist Sergio Rodriguez of Santa  Fe.

  • Until last week I had never met public figures or celebrities, although years ago I watched Scott Hamilton walk out of an ice rink in Littleton, Colo.

  • John Ehrenfeld’s experience as a professor of engineering, product design and philosophy at MIT ensure that his book, “Sustainability by Design,” is the most impeccable, rigorous, scientifically and philosophically based contribution toward comprehending and possibly achieving sustainability on this planet that I have ever encountered.

    In the early chapters he educates his readers about the easily recognizable global material and energy imbalances that currently prevent this from happening.

  • A few of the perks of traveling and performing in concerts are the sights you see and people you meet.

    For instance, when the Waybacks came to Los Alamos for the first time last year, founding singer, songwriter and guitarist James Nash recalled how they were introduce to red and green chili at breakfast.

    He joked as much as the band is looking forward to returning to the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Friday at Del Norte Credit Union, they are really eager to eat some more chili sauce.

  • If you go to the Guitar and Gateaux series Thursday and see New Mexico Guitar Duo at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge, there is no need to wonder if the show will be any good.

     Mickey Jones and Jeremy Mayne, have appeared in the series three times and organizer Greg Schneider said they have never disappointed.

    There is no reason, Schneider added, to believe the upcoming concert will be anything other than a wonderful event.

    What supports this guarantee?