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  • Temperatures will rise at 8 p.m. Thursday after the LAHS volleyball game as the annual bonfire activities get underway at Sullivan Field.

    Keanna Cohen and the Los Alamos Youth Leadership SPK team have met for weeks to get ready for the bonfire and hope community youth will turn out for the event.

    “Homecoming week is the most extravagant week of the year and it’s important for students to feel included and support our football team,” Cohen said.

  • Years ago, June Warren created festive holiday decorations for  a Santa Fe Opera Guild fundraiser.  “I just made these for the opera guild … and they really sold,” she said.

    Recently, Warren was looking through boxes and discovered a few leftover decorations. Looking at the smiling scarecrows and the silk fall colored leaves, Warren came up with an idea.

    So she whipped out her glue gun and made some more decorative pieces for Halloween.

  • It used to just be me and Zooker.

    Well before I graduated college, married, divorced and remarried. Before I took a single ballet lesson. Before I began writing for newspapers. Before everything happened, I had Zooker. Before that, I was a waitress.

    I was a terrible waitress. My tips didn’t fold; they jangled. I spent too long talking about books with the customers I liked and not enough time remembering who needed a refill on his iced tea.

  • It is the first time the new owners of Sage Cottage signed up for Smith’s Food and Drug Earn and Learn program, and it ended up being a very rewarding decision.  

    The Montessori School received $359.08. “It was nice,” said Cheri Post, executive director of Sage Cottage. “It was a nice chunk of money. Every little bit helps.”

    Post said this year’s money will go toward the school’s general operation fund.

  • Whether you prefer moussaka, deep-fried vegetables or midnight eggs, you can soon find your fix at – where else – the library.  

    This season’s Free Film Series, geared entirely for the gourmand, the glutton and the secret gorger. Each of this winter’s half-dozen films offers not only a good story, memorable dialogue, high drama and/or wild comedy, but also something tasty, tangy, sweet and luscious.

    And best of all, celluloid is virtually calorie-free.

    The cinematic six-course meal begins with not an appetizer, but a wedding.

  • To celebrate the authors of Los Alamos, Otowi Station Bookstore and Science Museum Shop announces the inaugural Los Alamos AuthorFest from 4-7:30 p.m. Friday at Otowi Station. Local authors will sign their books and discuss their work with readers.

    Authors of children’s books will sign books after school from 4-5:30 p.m., and authors of books for young adults and adults will sign them from 5:30-7 p.m.

    Nancy Bartlit

    With a history degree from Smith College, Nancy Bartlit taught young Japanese women and scientists in Japan.

  • The White Rock Baptist Church has always been a little different. “We hold to the central tenets of the Christian faith,” Rev. Chuck McCullough said, “but we have never been real traditional ‘Baptist.’ We have been on this spot, in this town, since 1969, for reasons that transcend denomination and tradition.”  

    Forty years later this church that resists the typical cookie cutter image is still going strong.

    This consistent, long-term presence calls for a celebration.

  • Local pianist Frances Meier included many well-known composers in her program for the upcoming Brown Bag concert, which will be held at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Fuller Lodge. Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Debussy may be familiar to many members of the audience and some may even know Mompoa and Philip Aaberg.

    In addition to these big-named composers, Meier has included a composer who resides a little closer to home. Herself.

  • What’s black and white and bright all over? During the upcoming quilt show individuals from the Los Alamos Piecemakers Guild will present their answers to this question.

    The quilt show, which will be held from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 2 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 3 at the First Baptist Church, will display hundreds of quilts including bed quilts, lap/nap quilts, wall hangings and wearable art. Additionally, there will be quilts from the national Hoffman Challenge and the Art Quilt 60’s Challenge in celebration of the county’s 60th anniversary.

  • Everyone has a story to tell. Some are stories that enraptures listeners and encourages people to recommend that it be made into a book. Author and journalist Steven Kotler of Chimayo could fill a library with such stories.

    He already has two of them two published, one titled “West of Jesus: Surfing, Science and the Origins of Belief” and “The Angle Quickest for Flight.” Another is slated to be released next year, titled “A Small, Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue, Animal Altruism and the Meaning of Life.”

  • The world loomed large and tall. From my perch, the crowd below me looked small and distant. I lifted my hands and fell.

    This was the final act of a two-day orientation, which kicked off this year’s Leadership Los Alamos program. The class of 25 students, including myself, clumped together around a ladder and one-by-one, each of us climbed onto the ladder, leaned back and fell into a nest of hands. This was just one of several exercises we participated in to crank our teamwork skills into gear.

  • As the summer season comes to a close at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, questions about how this year’s winter season will shape up are beginning to form. With the success of last year’s ski season, the answers to these questions look optimistic.

  • As soon as I saw the preview for “9,” I knew this was a movie I had to see. Movies that combine fantasy and surreal elements are right up my alley.

    When I saw the movie had come to the Reel Deal, I wasted no time. After watching it, I suggest you do not waste any time in seeing this movie either.

  • Saturday marks the beginning of the Los Alamos Concert Association’s Musical Stimulus season and features a performance by TAGI, the acclaimed clarinet, violin, cello and piano quartet. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium.  Come early for the pre-concert lecture and stay late to visit with the artists at the post-concert reception.

  • At 7 p.m. Friday in Duane Smith Auditorium, the Los Alamos Community Winds launches its 10th Anniversary Season with “The Music of Leonard Bernstein.”

    There is much in store at the LACW concerts this year. In addition to presenting the usual variety of challenging literature, including a performance of the “Firebird Suite” by Igor Stravinsky, the repertoire for this season will reach back into the archives of the LACW’s library.

  • Something new is wafting into the Guitars and Gateaux series. A different sound will be floating around Fuller Lodge from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. It is a sound that should tantalize people’s ears and draw them into the lodge to hear more.

    The source of this music will be Los Amigos which, on Thursday, will be comprised of Omar Villanueva, who plays the guitar, requinto — or a smaller, higher pitched guitar — and sings, and Roberto Gomez, who sings and plays guitar.

  • Life feels pretty wonderful when a plan comes together. This week, a plan some would say about a decade in the making, will work its magic. The Los Alamos Medical Center, the Los Alamos Council on Cancer and the American Cancer Society will open the Cancer Corner Resource Center at LAMC Tuesday.

    The ribbon cutting will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and many volunteers are hoping  Fred Gross will be in attendance to see a vision come to fruition.

    Gross and his wife Sue had that vision almost

  • This week we look at Asset #23, homework. According to the search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they report doing at least one hour of homework every school day.” Homework is also one of the five Commitments to Learning Assets.

    My first reaction to the word homework is help! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it is usually fussed about far longer than the time it actually takes to do it.

  • There is something for all ages at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    Children can explore nature through the Critter Club and adults can receive insight on growing fruit in their gardens.

    The launch of Critter Club, an after-school kids’ nature club, will occur Monday. The club will meet from 4-5 p.m. every Monday at PEEC. Students in grade first through third are invited to join.

  • Taste the zip of a Feta crumble tucked into a fresh tomato. Smell the golden spanikopita stuffed with spinach. Take a bite of baklava from the recipe of YiaYia Maria Marros and savor the flaky layers of honey and nuts. 

    At 5 p.m. Sunday, the members of the Saint Dimitri of Rostov Orthodox Church will host a dinner for the community where they will serve a sampling of ethnic and Mediterranean dishes.

    After every liturgy, the families at Saint Dimitri’s will have a meal together.