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  • 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?

  • Who would think that by the seventh grade a facelift is in order? But that’s just what Los Alamos Middle School had in mind this year.

    Assets in Action, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Keep New Mexico Beautiful Inc.  (KNMB)along with others came together to brighten the look of Hawk homestead with a few landscape additions.

  • Marta Weigle’s resume is a thick one. She is an anthropology professor and chairwoman of the Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She is also the former owner of Ancient City Press in Santa Fe and worked as an editor from 1981-2005.

    Weigle has shared her knowledge as a consultant for projects provided through National Endowment for the Humanities Youth Planning grants. These projects include  the “Oral History of Huerfano Valley” project the Walsenburg School System did in Colorado.

  • Students of Dance Arts Los Alamos will present their annual Spring Recital at 7 p.m. Saturday at Duane Smith Auditorium. The show will include ballet, modern dance, tap, hip-hop, musical theater and Scottish Highland, and will showcase the choreography of seven DALA instructors. Admission is free.

  • This week we look at Asset #12, School Boundaries. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when school provides clear rules and consequences.”

    As the school year ends, the administration is beginning to create a singular path to bullying prevention, as part of a state mandate.

  • After the success of the first run, Atomic City Circuit Riders are warming up for another fundraiser effort for the Los Alamos Relay for Life.

    The team, which is from the First United Methodist Church, will hold a musical revue and barbecue dinner at 5:30 p.m. May 31 at the church’s Fellowship Hall.

    Discipleship Coordinator Ann LePage said, members of the congregation will take the stage.

    “We have volunteers come and perform something of their choice,” she said.

    All types of music will be represented, including Cajun music.

  • At 7:30 p.m. tonight at Fuller Lodge Melissa Riedel will perform a concert.

    Riedel is a former student of Karolyn Coulter and recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance.

    During the concert Friday, Riedel will perform a work titled, “Galgenlieder” by contemporary composer Jan Koetsier, and will be joined by Sean Kennedy, a tuba player. She will also sing works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern. She will be joined by Keiko Shimono, pianist.

  • It may be the end of the school year, but learning opportunities can continue throughout the summer season.

     

    Whether it is producing works of art at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge or exploring the mysteries of outer space at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, knowledge is available everywhere.

     

    For the last three years, the Emily L. Bradley Memorial Fund has helped sixth-grade students engage in learning.