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  • The newest exhibit at Mesa Public Library, “Castles and Clans collection,” reflects not only the beauty of  Scottish castles but a personal tie to the artists. Painter Karol Mack of Santa Fe and writer Brian Mack of  Estes Park, Colo., both have Scottish ancesters and have traveled extensively throughout the country.

    Their work, which extended over 10 years, has been accumulated into a book, “Scotland: Castles and Clans the Legends.” Karol’s oil paintings illustrate the book Brian wrote.

  • I’ll confess I don’t know much about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. In fact, I really only have two bits of information. The fictional detective has a friend named Dr. Watson and resides at Baker Street.

    It seems I am in the minority. When doing a search on the Internet of Sherlock Holmes, it showed everything from a Web site for a Sherlock Holmes society to sites about this year’s movie starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

  • I’ve always believed in the magic of Christmas Eve. In fact, I directed most of my childhood excitement and wonder for the holiday season toward the day before the big day. It’s the night that Santa Claus makes his flight around the world; the short time before angels appeared to shepherds and informed them that something miraculous had occurred; and the reminder to everyone to drop their normal work routine and pay respects to what is really important.

  • Los Alamos High School strives for excellence and its efforts are paying off. U.S.  News and World Report, in collaboration with School Evaluation Services, recently awarded the high school a silver medal in the Best High Schools 2009 Search.

    Not only did LAHS earn this recognition while being cast in a sea of more than 21,000 public high schools across the country, but it also has the distinction of being only one of two schools in New Mexico that earned the silver medal ranking.

    The other high school was La Cueva High School. No school in New Mexico won gold.

  • Delivering Christmas to everyone

    Thank you to the many parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Los Alamos community members and organizations, and a group of elementary students at Aspen Elementary School for your generous contributions to the success of the Angel Tree program.  All of the presents under the tree were a child’s dream come true.  

  • With some time off from school, students may wonder   to fill up their free time. Many might be driven indoors by the current icy, snowy conditions but the library is offering the perfect interior activity – reading.

    The Los Alamos County Library System’s winter reading program is not as formal or as large as the summer program but it offers a fun avenue for youngsters to pursue reading.

    The program offers a bingo format, Angie Manfredi, head of youth services, said.

  • NEW YORK (AP) — Was it only a decade ago that a blackberry was a mere warm season fruit? That green was, well, a color, and reality TV was that one show sandwiched between music videos on MTV?

  • The New Year offers everyone the opportunity to wipe the slate clean. Whatever negativity existed during the previous year is no longer present; the brand new year offers a fresh new start. The First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos and City-Wide Worship and Prayer are giving the community the chance to begin 2010 on the right footing.

    The churches are hosting Watchnight Worship from 11:30-midnight Dec. 31 at the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos.

  • Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church invites the public to its Christmas Eve Family Communion service. The service will include a musical celebration, titled, "Bethlehem," performed by youth at 5 p.m. Thursday in the sanctuary of Trinity on the Hill, 3900 Trinity Drive. At 9:30 p.m. Thursday, the public is also invited to a traditional Mass of the Eve of the Nativity, with carols sung by the congregation and the choir of Trinity on the Hill, directed by Joe Cox and accompanied on the organ by Valerie Silks.  At 10 a.m.

  • Sometimes, particularly at Christmas time, people ask me what I’d like for Christmas. I ask my friends what they’d like for Christmas. I ask my mom. I ask my husband. We all ask each other what we want for Christmas. But nobody ever knows.

    The question always comes as a surprise.

    “What is this ‘Christmas’?” my friends might as well respond. “Why are you springing this on me now?”

  • Health care is going through some major changes nation-wide and the effort to create a positive impact on health care services travels all the way to the local level. Several Los Alamos nonprofit organizations recently received a helping hand from the Con Alma Health Foundation to continue their health care related efforts.

  • Around the holidays sometimes the only thing you really want is escape the rush of the season by sitting in a dark movie theater and watching a film that is so packed with action and drama that it transports you to another world. “Avatar” certainly does the trick.

  • Welcoming in the New Year calls for a little fiery sparkle, feel-good music and decadent food. Los Alamos is indulging in the festive atmosphere by hosting several New Year’s Eve events.

    From 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31, the Valles Caldera National Preserve will host its first annual “Fire and Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration.”

  • There may be a wintry chill in the air, but things are heating up at the Valles Caldera National Preserve as its winter activities begin.

    Winter activities on the National Preserve start on Saturday, weather permitting, and if the snow stays, will end on March 21.  

    The Preserve will be open daily during the holiday season from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday  through Jan. 3. After Jan. 3, the Preserve will only be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Dog shows may not currently be as widely popular as other sports, but with younger generations involved in the game, things could be changing.

    Jennifer Necker, a fifth-grader at Piñon Elementary School, is one of the youngsters jumping into the ring.

    Necker participated in the Junior Showmanship at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach, Calif., Dec. 12-13.

  • There is no need to wait until Friday for receive a Christmas gift.

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center is giving people an opportunity to register to win an 8-foot long stocking. The drawing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the aquatic center. The winner does not need to be present to win.

    To enter in  the contest, participants simply need to swipe their pass card or pay the admission fee.

    Additionally, purchasing goggles, gift certificates or passes will give them an opportunity to win the big stocking.

  • Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church invites the public to its Christmas Eve Family Communion service. The service will include a musical celebration of Christmas, performed by youth at 5 p.m. Thursday in the sanctuary of Trinity on the Hill, 3900 Trinity Drive.

    Approximately 25 young people, ages 3 through 15, will take part in a musical titled, “Bethlehem!” The presentation is a light-hearted dramatization of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem and includes many different styles of music.

  • It’s never too early to sign up for the Jemez Mountain Trail Runs. Runners may dash off from the starting line on May 22, but registration is open right now for the event.

    Aaron Goldman, who has directed four of the runs, said entries for the 50-mile and 50K run were available Dec. 1 and already 85 runners from seven states have signed up to participate. Registration for the half-marathon race (13.1 miles) will open Feb. 1 and Goldman encourages people to sign up early. The half marathon is limited to 250 people.

  • So what can you do in Los Alamos once Christmas is over? Why not bring a friend to a Big Band dance?

    On Dec. 28, the Los Alamos Big Band will entertain the community during its annual Big Band after Christmas Dance in Los Alamos.

    The dance is open to the public and will    begin from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall.

    Proceeds will help fund the IHM youth group.

    Music will feature the Los Alamos Big Band and vocalist Elisa Enriquez.