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  • This week, we take a look at Asset #30, Responsibility and Asset #31, Risk Taking. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they take responsibility for their own actions (and) … believe it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol and drugs.”

    Ahh, responsibility is a big one and an interesting one, too. I think the definition of responsibility for each family is probably very different.

  • Christmas shopping in October? Absolutely! Saturday, the Art Center at Fuller Lodge will host a “gateway to the holidays” show with dozens of artists returning and many new artists joining the 32nd annual Fall Arts and Crafts Fair at the Los Alamos Middle School. If you are already planning to visit the Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair for a flu shot, why not reward yourself with a trip to the middle school to explore the beautiful array of unique and artistically crafted goods arriving from  across northern New Mexico?

  • Each year, millions of men, women and children are impacted by war and natural disasters. In these desperate circumstances, quick response is often the difference between life and death.

      From 1985 to 2008, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has shipped 61,308 tons of food and 132,028 tons of other supplies to more than 150 countries.

     In addition to providing materials, the Church also helps with funds and volunteers.

  • This is the time of the year when cherub faced salesmen come to the door peddling everything from nuts to wrapping paper in order to raise funds for a variety of projects.

    The Chamisa Elementary School PTO has departed from the traditional catalog sales and taken on a new fundraiser to fill their piggy banks.

    After attending a large concert for a children’s hospital with her in-laws, PTO President Diana McPherson brought the idea of a concert to the PTO board and this week, it comes together in a large community gathering.

  • It’s that time of year again.  The leaves are turning and there is a chill in the air.  Fall is here and so is the Fourth Annual Piñon Elementary School Pumpkin Patch.

    The event will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the school, located at 90 Grand Canyon Drive in White Rock.

    This year, not only will pumpkins and baked goods be sold, but there will be lots of fun activities for children. The PTO will provide face painting, craft projects, games and a bouncy house.  Admission costs $1 per child.

  • There are a lot of rookies in the Los Alamos High School Marching Band, including the new band director, Zane Meek.  However, their performance at two recent competitions, the Pageant of the Bands and the Zia Competition, proved that while they maybe newcomers, they definitely have talent.   

  • Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, the navigator for the Enola Gay, will be in Los Alamos Sunday for an appearance and book signing sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society. One of two surviving crewmembers of the Enola Gay, Van Kirk served as the navigator for the 509th Composite Group, the squadron that ultimately delivered the atomic bombs on Japan.

    Tickets for the event are $5 and are available at the Los Alamos Historical Museum Shop, 1050 Bathtub Row, just north of Fuller Lodge.

  • It’s amazing that the book, “Where the Wild Things Are” only needed a few sentences to become beloved by young readers for generations. It’s not just the words that resonate with people – you see the story’s illustrations everywhere – coffee cups, T-shirts, posters and stuffed animals. To make a movie after a book that every kid has read and memorized and that features illustrations that everyone recognizes seems tough. There is sure to be someone who will huff, “This is not as good as the book.”

  • ­­I’ve always been proud of my independence. I feel as though I can go anywhere by myself – a movie, a restaurant, another country – and be just fine.

     I still relish the time in high school when I traveled to London with a school group proceeded to purchase a ticket to see an evening production of the musical, “Rent.” I traveled to and from the theater all by myself.

  • Russ Gordon, organizer of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series, is putting on a show Friday although not in the usual settings.

    Acoustic slide guitarist and banjo player Tony Furtado will perform at 8 p.m. at the Blue Window Bistro. Tickets for the concert cost $12.

    Hearing Furtado live is well worth the money, which will help support next years’ summer concert series.

  • The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently honored Emma Catherine Carroll as the Student of the Month for September.  

    Emma is the daughter of David Carroll (’Topper Class of 1965) and Janice Carroll, an LAPS teacher.  Her sister Anna Carroll is a sophomore at LAHS.

  • Most parents have had at least one altercation with a car seat.  

    Whether trying to rescue a child from an aggressive seat belt or working up a sweat trying to get the seat belt to buckle, car seats can be frustrating.  And often in the end it is uncertain if the car seat was installed properly.

    Parents put their children in car seats to protect them.  

    However, there are many styles of car seats and just as many types of vehicles in which to install them, often making installing a car seat a daunting experience.

  • Being healthy has its challenges. It can be tough to remember to get your flu shot, schedule every doctor’s check-up and eat nutritious foods. Luckily, the Los Alamos Heart Council, the Los Alamos Medical Center and the Los Alamos County Library System are extending a helping hand. These agencies are bringing health care services to the public and conveniently located them under one roof.  

  • Piñon Elementary School students were recognized recently for their efforts in reading.

    The students’ work ethic will demonstrate that with self-discipline they can succeed academically and socially in future years.

    “Their work ethic is a model for all students,” Principal Megan Lee said. “Most students read many books and others practiced math skills, learned about science and even created a blog about the environment.”

  • The University of New Mexico, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the PNM Foundation have announced the UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest for the 2009-2010 school year. The goal of the contest is to promote mathematics education in New Mexico by rewarding students, teachers and their schools for mathematics excellence. Approximately 1,500 New Mexico students benefit from this program annually.

  • The Artist’s Gallery at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge looks ready to set sail, with large newsprint sheets suspended on weighted lines throughout the space. The current show, “Life Drawing Sketchbook” is unlike any other show ever mounted in Los Alamos, with a multitude of human forms in a variety of shapes, clothed and unclothed and in a variety of formats. An elongated wood sculpture sits surrounded by a flurry of images, framed and unframed: predominantly charcoal sketches with a handful of paintings and even a couple of photographs.

  • Mysteries can offer more than just a crime and a fast-talking detective; author Margaret Coel is attracted to the puzzles and the different worlds that this genre offers. She will discuss her attraction to mysteries during the Authors Speak presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.

    Her love of mysteries was furthered fueled by one of the masters of mystery novels, Tony Hillerman.

    “Tony Hillerman encouraged me,” Coel said. “He was a great influence. He actually gave me a quote – ‘She’s a master.’

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to recognize this month, Self Help, Inc. is sowing some seeds of information about this disease with the goal of reaping hope.

    Dr. Erin Bouquin, a breast cancer survivor and a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, will give a talk titled, “Perspectives on Breast Cancer” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

    Self Help is hosting the talk, which is free.

  • This week we take a look at Asset #28, integrity and Asset #29, honesty.  According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when the young person acts on convictions and stands up for his or her beliefs,” and “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they are able to tell the truth, even when it is not easy.”

  • This year’s House of Hope building project in Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, almost didn’t happen.

    The diocese for Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, which operates House of Hope, prohibited plans to go down to the city and build a house. The upswing in violence in Juárez pushed the decision.

    Members of House of Hope, an all-women team of volunteers, didn’t take no for an answer. In an act of faith and perseverance, they meet with the diocese to state their case and eventually earned permission to go.