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  • The Brown Bag Performance Series featuring Brass Ensembles with Jan McDonald and various other musicians will be at noon Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

  • Every Sept. 11, the citizens of the United States stop what they’re doing and get together (at least spiritually) to commemorate those lost during the World Trade Center attacks.
    While different towns hold various ceremonies to honor their heroes, the Los Alamos United Way Youth Team proposes a completely different experience from the usual ceremonies and parades: Taste the Sky.
    This year’s event will be from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Los Alamos County Airport. This should sound exciting to Los Alamos residents because aside from the location, there will also be family-oriented activities.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Pardon our construction. We are installing solar hot water, so the shelter has been closed to prevent accidents. If you need some help, call a volunteers at 412-3451.
    It’s summer, remember that pets also suffer when the temperature rises. Cooling animals (dogs, rabbits, cats) by giving them a “cool” bath or shower to help keep their body temperature down.
    A cool towel on a tile floor to lay on, a cool towel or washcloth laying over the skin, next to a fan will also help cool the animal.
    Make sure they have plenty of cool water to drink as well.

  • The Los Alamos community has the opportunity to join in an international day of action titled, “Moving Planet,” on Sept. 24, organized by 350.org.
    This day will be a symbolic event to “move beyond fossil fuels” both figuratively — by pouring into the streets on bikes, skateboards, and on foot to “move” around the communities — and literally, by taking community action and calling for a shift in energy systems.

  • Boy Scout Troop 129 of White Rock celebrated a Court of Honor Aug. 9, for the promotion of John Scott Alison and Benjamin Eric Nelson to the rank of Eagle Scout.  Senior Patrol Leader Aaron Bao presided.
    Alison has been a Cub Scout since third grade, and earning the Arrow of Light, he joined Troop 129 in 2004. He has thus been active for over seven years. He moved through the ranks, earning 39 merit badges and said he most loved the outdoor activities, especially climbing the 14ers. His altitude record in the troop is 14,421-foot Mt. Massive of Colorado. Prior to that climb, he conquered Kit Carson and Challenger Point on the same day.

  • There’s nothing like moving to a new town and being told to get out, but that’s almost what happened to The United Church of Los Alamos’ new Pastor David Elton, soon after his arrival in Los Alamos.
    Elton, along with wife Lori and daughter Kathryn, arrived in Los Alamos on June 23, enjoyed an outdoor service and potluck with the congregation that Sunday and then were promptly told they had to evacuate on Monday.

  • Many visual artists remember creating art from a very young age. For Umi Raby, this is true but with a twist. Raby grew up in South Korea, where she studied classical piano, vocal training, writing and traditional Korean music in her early years, winning the Aja University literature award for poetry when she was 15.
    By 16, she was performing on stage in “pansori,” a type of Korean opera, as well as “samul nori,” a traditional Korean percussive music. Raby’s career started in theater but she soon decided to pursue a career in design. After working in design and architecture for 10 years, she moved to the United States in 2000. While living in Santa Fe, she began to channel her art through painting.

  • The Los Alamos Big Band, under the direction of Jan McDonald, will host a free community concert and dance from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 9 at Fuller Lodge.  McDonald, a renowned jazz musician and former director of the Los Alamos High School Marching Band, said, “Los Alamos has been good to us for so many years. We’d like to give back, especially now after the fire and evacuation. We want to provide an opportunity for the community to relax and have a good time. We thought this (free performance) would be a good way to say ‘thanks’ and lift everyone’s spirits after a difficult summer.”

  • On Sunday, September 4th, Janie O’Rourke will lead a hike for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 11 a.m. Sunday, along the Anniversary.  This two to three-mile hike has steep sections and affords beautiful views.
    The Anniversary Trail was dedicated in 1993 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the town of Los Alamos. The east end of the trail follows the alignment of the original road constructed in 1921 for Los Alamos Ranch School and the homesteaders living on Los Alamos Mesa.  
    Forty years later, building materials for the Manhattan Project had to be hauled up to Los Alamos using the steep and narrow switchbacks that had been hewn into the mesa bluff.

  • He thrashes his head from side to side, giant red lips opening and closing, as he moans and groans at the crowd. He flails his huge paper mache arms and sometimes flips the crowd the bird. He sports a different color of hair each year and his bowtie, cummerbund and cuffs are always a different color, too; something that onlookers have come to anticipate. Sometimes he wears earrings, other times his lobes are bare.
    The fire dancer taunts him with a torch, while dancing around the 50-foot effigy. He never knows when his flowing tunic will be ignited, sparking the end to his “life,” which in turn incites a roar of approval from the crowd, complete with whistling and chants of “Burn him! Burn him!”

  •  U.S. Senator Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships in his Washington, D.C. or state offices. To apply online, visit www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=internships  or www.tomudall.senate.gov.  
    Internships are available in the Washington D.C., Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Carlsbad and Santa Fe Offices. Deadline to apply for Washington internships is Sept. 15. State internship deadlines are flexible.  

  • Otowi Station Bookstore is sponsoring a book drive to help replace chapter books damaged in a recent flood in the library of Aspen Elementary School. According to Librarian Lisa Laprairie-Whitacre, rainwater from a thunderstorm flowed in through the windows, onto the tops of the bookshelves and down four bookshelves. Chapter books written by authors’ last names beginning with F through R were damaged or destroyed in the flood.

  • Mackenzie Wehner was the guest speaker at a recent Rotary Club meeting, received a $27,000 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship for a year of academic study at Cambridge University, England. Wehner’s scholarship is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos under the auspices of Rotary District 5520, which encompasses all of New Mexico and West Texas.
    Wehner, who was born and raised in Los Alamos, graduated from LAHS in 2004. She is the daughter of Tom Wehner and Barbara Lange, now of Santa Fe.  
    Wehner earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale and has completed three of four years of medical school at Stanford University.

  • I have a pouty lip as I write this week’s column, and there’s a good reason for it. The end of the month marks the end of assets month, which started at the beginning of August, with the help of the Los Alamos County Council.
    I will soon contact council to see what they have done to help spread the assets message, because the winner will receive baked goods from the “assets kitchen.”
    You see, we work pretty hard trying to get the asset message across, trying to tie it into pre-existing programs and projects and trying to teach people how to work it into the course of their day.
    It is the big impact events that help to get the word out, but the little things you do daily keeps it going.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Pardon our construction. We are installing solar hot water, so the shelter has been closed to prevent accidents. If you need some help, call a volunteers at 412-3451.
    It’s summer, remember that pets also suffer when the temperature rises. Cooling animals (dogs, rabbits, cats) by giving them a “cool” bath or shower to help keep their body temperature down.
    A cool towel on a tile floor to lay on, a cool towel or washcloth laying over the skin, next to a fan will also help cool the animal.
    Make sure they have plenty of cool water to drink as well.

  • Champion golfer Phil Mickelson, his wife Amy and ExxonMobil are sponsoring a free math and science camp for teachers called, “Send My Teacher.”
    The program is a week long professional development program focused on math and science education. Since 2005, more than 3,200 teachers have attended the all-expenses paid workshop. Teachers from all 50 states have attended.
     The deadline for teachers to be nominated to go to the 2012 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy next summer is Oct. 31.
    Students or parents can nominate a teacher, and the teacher just has to fill out the application. If selected, they will be a part of the 2011 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.

  • Young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies Sept. 5 as the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 691 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Los Alamos County Airport.
    The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation.  Since the program was launched in 1992, volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.4 million young people in more than 90 countries.
    Young people are given the opportunity to discover how airplanes work and observe how pilots inspect their planes to help ensure that safety is the primary concern before every flight. Following the 15-20 minute flight, each person will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Museum announces a new cooperative Exhibition Opening initiative with the Fuller Lodge Art Center and a kickoff collaborative evening celebration.
    The public is invited to visit the Historical Museum from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 2, for “Pre-Statehood Maps of New Mexico,” an exhibit featuring artistic and historically curious maps from the 1600s to 1909, with New Mexico seen in a variety of uncommon configurations.
    From 5-7 p.m. the Fuller Lodge Art Center will present the opening of “Umi Raby,” a one-person show of contemporary art.

  • The Los Alamos American Association of University Women will start its program year with a fall brunch from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.
    The AAUW is an organization of college-educated women. The programs of the organization include gender equity, help for women in the workplace and  legislative initiatives concerning women’s issues. \Members attending will bring a dish to share.
    The featured speaker will be Helena Whyte, who will talk about her experiences at the AAUW National Convention in Washington D.C. this summer.

    From a press release

  • The League of Women Voter’s Lunch with a Leader will be at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 8 at Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki.
    Nagawiecki coordinates public education and outreach for Environmental Services’ comprehensive waste and recycling programs that are provided to residents and the business community.
    His other duties include leading the county’s sustainability initiative, which is focused on reducing the environmental impact of  county operations in addition to educating the community about their role in the effort.