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  • The venue for Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag series may be Fuller Lodge but audience members might feel transported to the United Kingdom. The Los Alamos branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will perform dances, Vicky Hypes of Belisama School of Irish Dance will take to the floor and The Roaring Jelly, the local Celtic band, will play some old-timey tunes.

    The show, “Triple Blast for the Senses,” will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

  • Hurricane Katrina sowed a lot of destruction but from the wreckage grew compassion and civic action.

     In 2005 this storm did not do what the weathermen and everyone else thought it was going to do. Instead of following the projected path, it headed straight into New Orleans.

    Levies were broken, wind moved objects that one would think wouldn’t move and a city was flooded. In a city known for having its own soul, it seemed like everything was lost.

  • The Band of Heathens are not afraid of taking a walk on the wild side, but no worries, they won’t meander far enough to get kicked out of town, Los Alamos Summer Concert Series organizer Russ Gordon said.

    This is a real plus for Los Alamos residents because “I think they have damn good music,” Gordon said. “They’re exciting, good energy and good music.”

    The band, which originated from Austin, Texas, will perform their music at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond.

  • The congregation at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church has put a lot of work into the new Kelly Hall.

    Money has been raised, walls were constructed and landscaping has been planted.

    With the upstairs of the new hall completed and just a few items left to do on the downstairs level, the time seems right to celebrate what the congregation accomplished. Yep, it’s time to party.

  • It rained this afternoon and the moisture made the night air cool and crisp, but it feels stifling in my apartment.

    My home’s airless atmosphere reflects my present mind. I keep looking at the blinking cursor on the computer screen and wonder what should be my next word. Writer’s block feels suffocating. I can’t think of anything to write, my only thought is how long my creative limitations are stretching out at the moment.

  • “It began over three years ago,” Jan McDonald said, speaking of “Sweet,” his first CD release.  “The project grew from a trumpet and rhythm section to friends and then more friends and then a string section and more friends.”

    McDonald and “friends,” all accomplished musicians, will perform jazz standards and original compositions from “Sweet” in a Los Alamos concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Fuller Lodge, accompanied by Dave Anderson, woodwinds and The Bert Dalton Trio.

  • Are you and your pet not on the same wavelength? Does it seem your commands are falling on deaf ears? Suzy Godsey, a trainer who uses the tools from Access Consciousness, can help improve the communication between pets and their owners.

    Godsey will share her tools with Los Alamos pet owners in September.

    Her class, The Happy Dog with Suzy Godsey, will be held from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 8-9 at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, located at 246 E. Road.

  • Find out about the artist who created these paintings and about her upcoming exhibit here in Los ALamos in Thursday's Kaleidoscope.

  • For freshmen in high school, it’s pretty common to feel a little lost once they walk through the school’s doors. Some of their questions might be: Where are the classrooms, what are the best schedules, what clubs and activities are best to be involved in.   

    Luckily, the Youth Mobilizers, a program administrated by the Family YMCA, has come up with a resource to answer these and other questions – from the real experts on these issues.  

    And just who are these walking encyclopedias of high school information? They are high school seniors.

  • New Mexico has played a major role in Lee Abbott’s work. The author of six collections of short fiction including “Wet Places at Noon,” “The Heart Never Fits its Wanting” and “Love is the Crooked Thing,” explained the easy answer behind his literary attraction to New Mexico is that he grew up in Las Cruces. The more complex answer is “everything that mattered to me happened in New Mexico,” Abbott said.

  • This week, I had the priviledge of working with the Los Alamos Middle School Hawks on A Change of Heart. A Change of Heart is a 40 Developmental Assets based approach to improving school climate.

    New Mexico now requires schools to have a district wide plan for bullying prevention and a Change of Heart is a community building effort for the Hawks as they assemble for the new year.

  • If you love to dance but missed starting ballet when you were 6, or if your feet itch every time you hear a fiddle play, you are in luck: Belisama Irish Dance has expanded its Los Alamos classes to two days a week. Classes will now be held on Tuesdays and Fridays at the New Mexico Dance Theater studio at 149 Central Park Square.

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  • The parking lot sale at Unitarian Universalist Church of Los Alamos is more than just an opportunity to make a few bucks or score some great items at bargain prices.

    It is a chance to socialize with the community and spread awareness about the church.

    “We’re an active church that wants to do more outreach,” said Robyn Schultz, parking lot sales coordinator. “It’s a good reason for people to clean out their houses.”

    “It’s a great community building activity,” she added.

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  • Summer is  winding down, school is starting up and the transition from summer to fall is beginning. Despite the changes in the air, the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series is still bringing music to the last few weeks of summer.

    Even though it is a time of change, it is still worth celebrating.

    Take The Derailers, for instance. When they come to town for their concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Smith’s Food and Drug parking lot in Los Alamos, it is the roasted chiles and the cool temperatures that this Austin, Texas-based band is eager to experience.

  • What’s new at Dance Arts Los Alamos? Just about everything! DALA has enlarged its studio space in Los Alamos, expanded class offerings in both Los Alamos and White Rock, given a face-lift to the White Rock studio and appointed two new directors to the staff.

  • I  write to you amid decibel levels rarely experienced in 21st-century American dining rooms, especially those with neutral color schemes.

    Because of the riot underfoot, I can barely hear “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Maybe I shouldn’t be listening to this music anyhow. I hear it belongs to my parents. But that is not the cause of this riot, nor very many others.

    This started because of an animal you could store in a peanut-butter jar.

  • Time traveling always looks so great, or at least what is revealed in movies. “The Time Machine” offered a view of a very distant future, “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” showcased awesome historical events and the little boy in Disney’s “The Navigator” got to fly around on a really cool looking space ship.

  • On July 24, teens from Los Alamos, Española and Pojoaque gathered at Northern New Mexico College El Rito Campus for the Joining and Understanding Now, Teens Overcome Separation (JUNTOS) annual youth summit.

    The purpose of the summit was to discuss a plan of action for JUNTOS’ involvement in the 2009-2010 school year.

    Many issues were addressed at the summit including what JUNTOS hopes to accomplish this year as well as how to become better recognized in the communities.