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  • 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.

  • A new stake presidency was established for the Santa Fe Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    Elder Russell M. Nelson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with Elder Jonathan C. Roberts of the Quorum of the Seventy, traveled from Salt Lake City to establish  the new presidency.

     The new  presidency was made during the stake conference  held Aug. 29-30.

  • A lot of images are associated with Ruby K’s Yum Runs. Young children bolting down Central Avenue during the children’s 1K run, older runners stretching and warming up for the 5K and 10K runs, local business providing support through refreshments and T-shirts.

    It’s an event that brings multiple generations together in the early morning hours. And while fun times are definitely strong components of the event, this event comes with a significant purpose.

  • More magnificent musical melodies will fill the air this week as Dr. Gregory Schneider kicks off another season of Music Together.

    The preschool aged program runs for ten weeks and takes place in both Los Alamos and White Rock.  

    The classes began this week and will run 10 weeks. Two classes are held Mondays at 9 a.m. in White Rock Town Hall and 5 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.  

  • When I was 5 years old, I thought our apartment was haunted by the spirit of a girl exactly my age who’d been pushed down the stairs and killed by her parents. I thought I slept in her room. I thought she lived in my closet and made the room cold at night.

    A year or two later, I believed the spirit of my father’s little sister, who died when she was 7, would try to drown me in the shower. I looked behind myself dozens of times every time I shampooed my hair. I would wash as fast as I could and leap into my towel.

  • Sam Shepard’s play “Fool for Love,” now playing at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, is distinctly not a family show.  It contains strong language, violence and content suitable for mature audiences only.  

  • Some may consider reading to be a solitary and sedentary activity. Well, Aspen Elementary School will introduce a new perspective toward reading starting Thursday.

    This year’s Scholastic Book Fair not only brings books and different activities to the whole family, it also offers the chance to take literary travels around the world.

    The theme for this year’s book fair, Aspen Librarian Kristine Bennett said, is “Read Around the World.”

  • Love is a subject that the Los Alamos Little Theater has tackled in the past. A woman falls in love with Van Gogh in “Starry Night;” a personal ad brings a woman from Maine to the plains of Kansas to get married in “Sarah, Plain and Tall;” a Shakespeare festival brings romance to two strangers in “Time Enough.”  

    The community theater has shown love is all sorts of situations, but in its latest play, “Fool for Love,” the subject is taken to a whole different level.

  • Los Alamos High School students Emma Carroll, Kathy Lin, Jamie Resnick, Shaina Riciputi, Dov Shlachter and Kendra Smale are a part of a nationwide group of students who share an impressive accomplishment.

    Carroll, Lin, Resnick, Riciputi, Shlachter and Smale are among the 16,000 semifinalists in the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

    To be a semifinalist means they are able to continue to compete for approximately 8,200 National Merit Scholarships that are worth more than $36 million that will be offered next spring.

  • When it comes to art, there is no age requirement. Individuals do not need to be an adult to explore their creativity. Therefore, for its fall 2009 classes and workshops, the Art Center at Fuller Lodge is opening its doors to the younger generation of artists.

    These classes for elementary through middle school students include Alternative Perceptions, Clay: Fun, Form and Function, Drawing of the Animal World, Portraits of Self and Others and Tie Dye.

  • In one image, the sunlight glares off the side of a Coke bottle, creating a blinding oblong star over the famous red label. In another, a narrow river suddenly plummets into an avalanche of white rapids. Both objects look completely believable, solid and without-a-doubt three-dimensional.

    Never mind that the bottle is 5-feet tall, or that instead rushing down the side of the side of a mountain, the river and its attendant waterfall crash down the paved un-magnificent,  flat sidewalk.