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  • Adam Izraelevitz, a senior at Los Alamos High School, has been chosen as the Rotary Club Student of the Month for February. He recognized Joy Handsberry as his honored teacher. Handsberry has greatly inspired and motivated him in his academic pursuits and advised and supported him throughout his high school career.

  • The annual Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church Shrove Tuesday pancake supper will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday in the old parish hall downstairs as the kitchen in the new parish hall is not yet completed.

    The House of Hope Women will again provide a full pancake supper, with butter and a choice of several homemade syrups to sweeten the cakes, as well as ham, fruit salad, orange juice, coffee and tea for a donation of $4 for children (10 and younger), $7 per adult, and $18 per family.

  • The New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company   (NMDT-PC) will fill the stage with magic once again next weekend when it performs director Susan Baker-Dillingham’s newest original ballet, “Cinderella,” Feb. 20–22. As a contribution to Los Alamos’ 60th anniversary celebration, NMDT-PC has invited Los Alamos’ own Living Treasures to attend the Sunday matinee as honored guests.

  • My first really clear memory of spending one-on-one time with my father was years ago when we were still living in Littleton, Colo. My father had just enrolled at Metropolitan State University in Denver to get his degree and in order to do research for an assignment he decided to go on a field trip. I went along for the ride.

    Together, we went to a hillside that used to be, millions and millions of years ago, the bottom of a lake. The evidence was found along the slope. Dinosaur footprints were pressed into the surface like celebrity footprints.

  • Between 15-20 young adults will be gathering at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, but not for a day of recreation. Instead, these young people will be learning how to rescue skiers and snowboarders caught in an emergency situation.

    Each year, said Bill Somers, director of the ski patrol at the ski area, the Rocky Mountain Division of the National Ski Patrol hosts a young adult jamboree and this year, the local ski area will be the location of the event.

  • The New Mexico Federation of Republican Women (NMFRW) annually awards educational scholarships to women planning to study government, political science, international relations or history.

  • Bernadette Lauritzen wears a large number of hats in the community. She is a wife, a mother and a board member of the Leadership Los Alamos and Friends of the Senior Center. Laurtizen also runs Assets in Action, works as the wedding coordinator at the United Church of Los Alamos, operates the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program, writes and photographs for the Monitor and hosts a program on KRSN radio.

  • For ski and snowboard enthusiasts who are worrying that they will have to sacrifice their favorite sport to enjoy Valentine’s Day festivities, worry no more. The Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is offering a solution to this conflict. From 3:30-6 p.m., the ski area will host a wine tasting at the ski lodge.

    For $30 per couple or $18 per person, people can enjoy a selection of wines from Black Mesa Winery, chocolate truffles from CB Fox and a fruit and cheese tray from Pajarito Mountain Café.

    CB Fox will also have truffles for sale.

  • Danny Stillman’s 10 trips to China all started with a conversation about a prompt burst reactor.

    He explained he ran the intelligence division at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 13-and-a-half years. During this time, Stillman made it a point to interact with his counterparts.

    During a conversation with a scientist from China, Stillman asked him about prompt burst reactors. This particular reactor, Stillman said, simulates neutrons and gamma rays  from a nuclear device that is going off.

    That topic, he said, was his opening to travel to China.

  • Whip out the evening gown and pull out the tux, it’s time to gussy up for a good cause.

    The Family YMCA is hosting its Red and Black Ball to benefit the 2009 Strong Kids Annual Support Campaign.

    The big event will be held from 5:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Central Avenue Grill.

    The event includes dinner, a silent auction, camaraderie and dancing.

    The silent auction items include art pieces, vacation stays in condos, a motor scooter and other surprises.

  • This week, we look at Asset #40, a Positive View of Personal Future. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they are optimistic about their personal future.”  Nationally it is reported that 74 percent of youth have this asset.

    If you set aside the national economic news, the future seems to have a connotation of looking a little rosier. It does seem that lately everyone seems to try a little harder to get along, to work together and to make a difference.

  • The whole purpose of the Los Alamos Photography Club is to get people excited and appreciative of the art of photography. What better way to fulfill this purpose than to host an exhibit that shows just what photography can produce and where the art form can take you?

    The exhibit, which opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Mesa Public Library, is not exclusive to members of the club; anyone can submit work. Show coordinator Doug Coombs said there is no limit for photographs, as long as there is room.

  • We all have our favorite parts in books. They stick with us long after the last page has been read. For me, many of the most memorable scenes have to do with dinner.

    When I read passages of people sitting down for a meal, I feel as though I have received a mental snack. If the right words are chosen, my stomach starts growling and the descriptions satisfy my taste buds.

  • The public is invited to attend a piano concerto recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Fuller Lodge.

    The four students who were chosen by a juried audition to participate in the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra’s Jackie McGehee Piano Concerto Competition will present the concert. These auditions will held on Feb. 14 in Albuquerque at Keller Hall.   

  • Alexandr Wang, a sixth-grader at Piñon Elementary School and John Sarracino, a junior at St. Michael’s High School, earned the title of Los Alamos County Scholastic co-champions at the 2009 Los Alamos County Scholastic Chess Championship held Jan. 31 at Piñon Elementary School.  

  • It’s little wonder that the movie is called “Shine.”  Australian pianist David Helfgott’s life may have been difficult, but it never tarnished him. His spirit always shined and the movie effectively captures that fact.

    David (Geoffrey Rush) has a natural talent. He is a genius at the piano. But with his genius comes a handicap. David is under of the yoke of his father’s controlling love.

  • The Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, has had a successful year, earning top place finishes in drill meets and competitions and on Dec. 11, the cadets were recognized for their efforts during the fall awards ceremony.

    “We have an outstanding group of cadets this year,” Lt. Cmdr. Wes Shumaker said. He added this year’s group of cadets experienced more success at drills and competition then they had in the past.

    What is the reason for their success?  “I think they have more dedication to the unit,” Shumaker said.

  • The Los Alamos Heart Council (LAHC) announces a new initiative: Learn to “Love Your Heart.”

    The council will kick-off the initiative with a free presentation on “Women and Heart Health: What Everyone Should Know” at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in the downstairs classroom. No registration required.

    February is “American Heart Month” and Friday is National Wear Red Day, which is a campaign to raise awareness regarding cardiovascular disease in women.

  • The members of the Black Mesa Brass go way back. And after a period of separation, Larry Bronisz, trombone; Joe Holland, trumpet; Jan McDonald, trumpet; Jerome Morzinski, tuba; and the newest member, John Hardgreaves, French horn; have gotten the quintet back together. And their first concert will be the Brown Bag show at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

    “Joe, Jerry, Larry and I have been playing together in some form for (about) 20 years,” McDonald said.

    He added Hardgreaves has performed in the group for the last six months.