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  • The new Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church is 100 percent homemade.

    Parishioners had a hand in everything from landscaping to the actual construction of the new hall.

    The result is not only a new, expansive, addition to the church but also a testament of what team work and a little faith can accomplish.

    The project started in 2007 and it should be entirely completed by the grand opening, which is scheduled for Aug. 29.

  • The New Deal era was a “very pivotal time for our state,” said Hedy Dunn, director of the Los Alamos Historical Society. There were political aspects that contributed to the era’s importance but also cultural aspects as well.

  • When Mondays come around some people might groan. On this day, the relaxing and fun times of the weekend ends and the workweek begins.

    For me, Mondays mean something different. Being in the newspaper business means my schedule is never the normal the 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday workweek.

    To get the Sunday paper out, the staff works Saturdays. Sometimes it feels a little depressing knowing while everyone is out hiking on mountain trails or browsing through stores in a shopping plaza, I am punching keys on a keyboard.

  • When Devon Allman’s Honey Tribe comes to town, expect all plans and scripts to be crumpled up and thrown away in favor of an off-script and off-the-cuff performance.

    This spontaneity will be featured in an old-school blues and rock n’ roll concert, which will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Best Western Hilltop House.

    The concert is part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert series.

    “They (Los Alamos residents) can expect absolute mayhem,” Allman joked.

  • Some of the dances date back to the 17th century and originates from places including New England and the British Aisles. Despite old age and far-away birthplaces, contra dances’ effect on people has not diminished. Once the fiddlers, guitarists, pianist and other musicians begin to play, toes are guaranteed to start tapping and people will run to the dance floor.  

    See for yourself at the upcoming Los Alamos Contra Dance, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St.

  • New Mexico’s economy is in a weakened state. There’s been job cutting, hatches have been battened and belts have been made tighter. Although it may feel unexpected and surprising, a sour economy has visited the state before.

    David Kammer, through the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities, will discuss this historical period during his lecture, “New Mexico’s New Deal: A 75th Anniversary Perspective,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. The talk is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series.

  • The Los Alamos Coffeehouse was a tradition for years. When the concert series came to a close in 2008, music fans across the county collectively sighed in a minor key and when violinist Kay Newnam and the Los Alamos Arts Council announced the return of the Coffeehouse for a special, one-time event, it was like the moment when a favorite musical theme makes its comeback in a long, challenging composition.

  • Exhibits ranging from finely sewn quilts to vegetable baskets were exhibited during the County Fair.  The entries were displayed at Mesa Public Library.

  • As missionaries through the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church, Sister Ormsby and Sister Jensen are reaching out in an attempt to form a bond with the local community. Their tool to create ties between themselves and Los Alamos is music.

    Ormsby and Jensen will present a devotional set to music titled, “The Restoration,” at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Ward of the LDS church.

    “Basically it’s going to be explaining in music how our religion came about,” Ormsby said.

  • Rick Estrin didn’t have a whole lot of interests as a child. School bored him, too. Music, however, snared his attention. “There was just something about it that spoke to me inside,” Estrin said.

    Even though he didn’t know exactly what he was doing when he first started out as a musician and did a lot of guessing, Estrin said his music has evolved throughout the years.

    Plus, Estrin said his distinctive personality has carried him through the years. “(I’m) sort of a peculiar person,” he said.

  • Along Longview Drive in White Rock, there are rows of empty buildings and a sidewalk outlined with weeds. It has the atmosphere of a ghost town – there does not seem to be a soul around. But further up the road, things dramatically change.

    The weeds along the sidewalk are replaced by orange colored flower boxes and the building, located at 115 Longview Drive, is being renovated, making it look sharp and new.

    This will be the new home of the Bilingual Montessori School.

  • In one of my all-time favorite books, “A Patchwork Planet,” by Anne Tyler, the main character reminisces about his days as a juvenile delinquent. Barnaby describes the times when he and his friends would break into people’s houses and steal things.

    But what was unusual, Barnaby says, was while his friends went straight to the liquor cabinet or snatched up valuable possessions, he picked up the unique knick-knacks, pored over photos and read through the mail.

    He may have thought that was odd but I did not. I pretty much love to do the same thing.

  • Have you been thinking about sprucing up your living room with a new painting? Saturday, a dozen painters will offer their work to fill up the blank spaces on your walls during the 32nd Annual Summer Arts and Crafts Fair on the lawn at Fuller Lodge.

  • An old saying goes, “The opera ain’t over till the fat lady sings,” and last Saturday night we found out again how true old sayings are and how worth waiting for this great lady is.  

    In the final opening of the Santa Fe Opera season, Christine Brewer was luminous in the title role of Queen Alceste, an opera by Bohemian Christoph Willibald Gluck, first produced in Paris the year our Declaration of Independence was signed.

  • Tom and Marlene Kelley’s dancing shoes are well worn. The couple has strapped them on since 1977.

    That was the year they joined the Mountain Mixers, the local square dancing club.

    Tom is originally from Los Alamos but they lived for some time in Florida. The Kelleys returned to Los Alamos in 1976.

    For an anniversary present, Tom’s parents gave them square dancing lessons.

    Thirty-two years later, they are still cutting loose on the dance floor.

  • William Repass, violist, will perform a senior recital at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Family, friends and the public are invited.

    Repass began playing viola in the fourth grade under the guidance of Cheryl Smith-Ecke. Shortly thereafter, he began private lessons with Marion Pack, which continues to this date. He has also studied under Michael Gyurik in the Summer Strings Program and in the High School Symphonic Orchestra.

  • Zetha Warren turned 100 years old Friday and her birthday was marked with numerous celebrations. Warren, who is a resident of Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, had a birthday party with family and friends at the nursing center and later celebrated with about 40 family members at White Rock Methodist Church.

  • This week we look at the next 20 steps on the path, the External Assets. These are the Assets that as adults on the sidelines, we can directly impact.

    These are the easy assets, the ones we don’t have to make too much of an effort to demonstrate. Think about it, honesty, integrity, responsibility, you may occasionally have to intentionally think about them, but it doesn’t take much to do the right thing.

  • History does not remain in the past, stuck on some dusty, ignored library shelf. Recently, students all over the country proved just how important and relevant the subject is during the National History Day competition held June 13-18 at the University of Maryland.

    Several Los Alamos students participated in the competition. Hannah Denever and Ellen Rabin competed in the senior group exhibit category and Lizzie Wasileska and Shannon Burns each entered in the senior individual documentary category.

  • For a while the two church buildings stood side by side – the 50-year-old building and the young one growing up beside it. Then suddenly the old building laid crumbled in piles and the young church continued to develop.

    The old may have been done away for the new, but whatever form it is in, Crossroads Bible Church is striving to follow the same objectives as it has in the past.