• Taking a walk back through time is not as difficult as some may think. It does not require any sort of time machine or wormhole; all that is required is taking a drive down Route 14 to Los Cerrillos.

  • Celtic band FEAST will present an Irish St. Patrick’s show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Celtic Fire is an Irish music and dance show with toe-tapping, Irish music and Ireland’s new champion dance duo coming straight from Dublin. Virtuoso temperaments and symphonic textures characterize the sound of FEAST.

  • A team of Girl Scouts from Los Alamos has developed an interest in science and engineering while having fun creating and programming robots made of LEGOs.
    The girls, including five 4th graders, three 6th graders and two 7th graders, call their team the “Atomic Flying Pickles,” and they recently completed the 2010 season of an educational program called First Lego League.

  • 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.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  
    Don’t forget our two-for-one, $35 Cat-a-Palooza adoption event is still going on for a limited time.


  • It won’t take long for the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual Great Conversations dinner to become a favorite in town.
    Join a group of tablemates and a speaker at 5:30 p.m. April 10 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for an informative conversation.
    This is the third of a series of articles on the featured speakers.  
    To see a complete list of speakers, topics and to print a registration form, visit www.lapsfoundation.com. Registration opens on Monday.
    Reservations are complete when payment has been received.

  • Join the Los Alamos Council on Cancer for a free seminar titled, “Weaving Creativity Into the Fabric of Healthcare.”
    The program begins with a light super at 5:15 p.m. and the seminar follows at 6 p.m. March 24 at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr.  

  • Although spring officially beings in March, it is April when most people begin to think of birds migrating, flowers blooming and a time to be out-of-doors.
    As the skies lighten, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and community volunteers turn their attention to recognizing Earth Day. Earth Day 2011 is the 41st anniversary of the founding of a grassroots movement to explore the relationship with the Earth. As it has done for the past 11 years, PEEC, Los Alamos’s nature center, is organizing community activities around Earth Day.  

  • Join Arno Ilgner and the Los Alamos Mountaineers Wednesday for a discussion of how to apply Ilgner’s “Warrior’s Way” mental training to rock climbing and other challenging situations.
    Ilgner distinguished himself as a pioneering rock climber in the 1970s and ‘80s, when the top climbs were bold and dangerous first ascents. These personal exploits are the foundation for Ilgner’ s unique physical and mental training program — The Warrior’s Way.

  • The Santa Fe Raptor Center has three new educational birds that will visit Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 7 p.m. March 16. Educators from the Raptor Center will bring a Swainson’s Hawk, a Kestrel Falcon and a Great Horned Owl to PEEC, 3540 Orange Street, for a free evening talk.
    Hundreds of injured and orphaned birds are found each year in New Mexico. Birds can be injured by flying into power lines and vehicles, be poisoned by eating pest control products and be shot at by humans.

  • Over the past two weekends, audiences have enjoyed the non-stop laughter and unexpected moments in the Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production, “Moonlight and Magnolias,” the story of how the “Gone with the Wind” screenplay was rewritten in only five days.

  • The Los Alamos County Council issued a proclamation at its March 1 meeting proclaiming support for the 18th Annual Empty Bowls Project. The annual event will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    For a donation of $10 or more, attendees can choose a hand-painted bowl and enjoy a soup from one of the local restaurants, along with homemade bread and cookies.  

  • Sometimes it feels as though weekends are nothing more than a rut.
    The same routine is churned out over and over again until the two days off from work begin to feel worn out. To breathe life into the weekends, the conventional needs to be kicked aside for an entirely new experience. To achieve that objective, visit the New Mexico Art Museum’s new exhibit, “Case Studies from the Bureau of Contemporary Art.”
    Each work defies conventional and traditional views of art in favor of new, different interpretations.  

  • The Los Alamos Concert Association’s 2010-2011 season continues on March 18, when back by popular demand, Imani Winds returns to Los Alamos. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium on the Los Alamos High School campus.  

  • Thanks for supporting Rotary’s Crab Fest

    On behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank the community for its outstanding support of our second annual Crab Fest held recently at Central Avenue Grill.  
    With the money raised, we will once again be able to award scholarships to deserving high school students, as well as create and develop a new Memorial Garden at Los Alamos High School to replace the original, which was demolished during construction.

  • Marion Holland of Los Alamos is presented with a $100 gift card from Smith’s by Los Alamos Monitor circulation director Mike Lippiatt, publisher Keven Todd and editor John Severance.

  • When was the last time you did something kind for someone else?
    This week we look at asset number 26, the asset of caring. This asset is achieved when young people place a high value on helping others.  
    Back in the day, I worked at a radio station in Idaho. One holiday season some young people called the station and asked if I would call a certain phone number and tell them to look on the porch. Presumably, there was a surprise waiting for the person on the other end of the phone line.

  • The Valentine Senior Prom on Feb. 11 was a night to remember for residents of Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and their guests.
    Residents were dressed in prom finery, the room was decorated with red streamers, flowers and red and white balloons, and the music kept all toes tapping.
    Each resident was given a boutonniere or corsage.