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  • Jonathan Dowell’s head bobs as he begins to play the Mountain Dulcimer. His fingers pluck and slide along the dulcimer that is a rich colored wood and decorated with pearlescent designs. From these hand movements a sweet sound dances out from the instruments’ three strings.

    Dowell has been playing the Mountain Dulcimer for 15 years and has played many dulcimers but this particular one is different.

  • Hobbies can be fun and relaxing, but they also at times can be expensive and not earth-friendly.

    Join Katy Korkos and Terry Foxx at Pajarito Environmental Education Center for a three-part workshop focusing on the ins and outs of crafting using recycled and otherwise environmentally friendly materials.

    This class is designed to encourage imagination and ingenuity in using up and making do with items around us.

  • Thirty bucks may  look  like pocket change to some but it can actually create a significant change in someone’s life.

    For the past five years, Los Alamos High School teacher Allen Andraski   invited Maureen Mahoney-Barraclough, director of Aid For Africa, have proven how far a small amount of money can go.

    Every year Mahonney-Barraclough gives presentations about her experiences with families and orphans affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa and Uganda to Andraski’s World History classes at Los Alamos High School.

  • The magic of Halloween is something anyone at any age can experience. It’s not just kids who get excited about it. Adults get in on the fun, too. For instance, the RE/MAX staff starts planning their Halloween decorations in July and Aspen Copies closes the store at noon on the day of Trick of Treat on MainStreet to transform into a haunted house.

    James Cline, who co-owns Aspen Copies with his wife, said the whole staff and even volunteers prepare the business to spook youngsters beginning at 5 p.m.

  • Curious characters can be seen hanging around Central Avenue. They might be leaning up on lampposts or sitting on benches, wearing goofy grins and oddball get-ups.  

    These creatively designed scarecrows may not frighten away the crows, but they do effectively welcome in the Halloween festivities and celebrate locals’ artistic sides.

    The Los Alamos Arts Council kicked off the annual scarecrow contest Saturday and the figures will be on display through Nov. 1. Judges will evaluate the scarecrows this week.

  • The Guitars and Gateaux series’ performers frequently describe the series as being something more than just a concert. They mention that a Guitars and Gateaux show features a relaxed, informal, friendly atmosphere and not only celebrates music but also decadent desserts.

    Tito Rios of the duo Sol y Luna is one of the performers who recognizes this quality of the guitar concerts. He said there is a closeness that the performer and the audience share.

  • Suzanne Morgan Williams, author of “Bull Rider,” her first novel for young adults will sign copies of her book from 6-                              7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Otowi Station Bookstore. Williams will also speak to classes at Los Alamos Middle School.

  • 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.