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  • The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society (NMJHS) will honor two individuals for their contributions to the organization at its annual meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Beit Tikva, 2230 Old Pecos Trail, in Santa Fe. Keynote speaker for the meeting will be noted historian and author Henry J. Tobias. NMJHS members and the public are invited to attend this meeting at no charge.

  • I have to come out and say it. I am not knowledgeable of the show, “Star Trek.” I don’t think I’ve ever seen a whole episode of the TV show. When I was little, I thought the character who wore the cool glittering band around his eyes was dreamy but that’s the extent of my “Star Trek” experience.

    So when I went to watch the movie, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I have heard some chatter from people with far more know-how about the TV show that the movie wasn’t quite loyal to all the details of the original story.

  • When I was a kid, I listened to the story, “Sarah, Plain and Tall” on audio tape. Later in sixth-grade, I read the book. I always loved the story, especially the part about the family sliding into the hay in the barn.

    So I was rather happy that the Los Alamos Little Theater decided to produce a theatrical version of this story.

    Like some fans of a certain work, I tend to get a little uptight when others take artistic liberties from the original story. In this case, LALT decided to create some animosity between Sarah and the little girl, Anna.

  • The modern phrase is “blended families,” a family with a parent who has been married before and has lost a spouse through divorce or death. Depending on what source is consulted, a third to half of all children in the United States today will be part of blended families before they reach the age of 18.

  • There is more than just 80 years of history located at Fuller Lodge. This time capsule is bursting with stories.

    For Craig Martin, co-author of “Of Logs and Stone: The Buildings of Los Alamos Ranch School and Bathtub Row,” one of these stories begins with him listening to his daughter’s piano recital nine years ago at Fuller Lodge.

    Martin said he was so excited to hear his daughter play on that grand piano at the lodge when he suddenly smelled smoke. It was the first time, he said, he caught a whiff of the smoke from the Cerro Grande Fire.

  • I have no personal experience to draw from, but being a mother looks tough. I constantly see my sister racing after her kids to make sure they are safe and are behaving themselves.

    Her infant’s cries wake her and her husband up at night, and her toddlers’ activities keep her busy driving the car.

    But then again, motherhood doesn’t seem to be all craziness. I’ve seen my sister’s and her kids’ faces shine with delight as they read a story on the couch. It is also touching to see the youngsters give their mom a hug.

  • Today we look at Asset #10, Safety. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they feel safe at home, at school and in the community.”

    This week, the counselors of the Los Alamos Public School District pursued a training called, A Change of Heart.

    The goal of the training is a prevention-based approach to a state mandate to reduce bullying in the schools. This program is an attempt to change school climate by implementing an assets approach.

  • Nine college-bound high school students from northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships and an achievement award administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.

    The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley and Santa Fe high schools.

    The JROMC has awarded 136 scholarships and other awards totaling $268,000 since the program begun in 1984.

    The philanthropic organization’s scholarship program is supported by several endowments, numerous small, individual donations and major contributions from the Los Alamos National Bank.

  • Looking back at your childhood, what memories come to mind? Having family picnics at the park? Running through an open field with your friends? Gazing at the sky making shapes out of the clouds? How about attending the Los Alamos Kite Festival?

  • The community is invited to a special Mother’s Day service at the White Rock Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It will be held at 366 Grand Canyon. The service begins at 9 a.m. and will include talks by high school students from the congregation: Logan Tietjen, Cora Pack, Zack Wilde, Brianne Fanning and Ethan Clayton.

  • It’s not cheap to take the family on an outing. For a family of four, it can cost up to $20 to go to the zoo and another $20 to go to the aquarium. A baseball game can cost up to almost $100 for four family members.

    That isn’t counting gas or food and other expenses. It’s enough to make a family want to stay at home and forget the whole thing.

    Luckily, the Community Health Council is offering a solution. Its program, the Children’s Festival, offers families a great time at the best price, which is free.

  • For 20 years Russ Gordon has helped Los Alamos rock.

    He has brought everything from the blues to zydeco for the community to feast their ears.  The sound celebration will continue at 7 p.m. May 15 at Overlook Park in White Rock.   

    Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers will be the first band to take the stage for this year’s Los Alamos County Summer Concert series.

    “I’ve been a big fan of theirs for a long time,” Gordon said.

    It’s more than just music. Gordon said he and Piazza also share a birthday, Dec. 18.

  • My sister, mom and I have covered a lot of ground together.

    When my sister started the college application process, we took a tour of colleges across the country.

    During this girls-only road trip, we drove to several institutions of higher education including Carnegie University in Pittsburgh, Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, New York, Lehigh in Bethlehem, Penn., and Notre Dame in Ann Arbor, Mich.

  • In celebration of Los Alamos’ 60th anniversary, The School of New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT) will present its fifth annual spring recital. “Games and Puzzles” will be presented at           7 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both performances will be presented at the Duane Smith Auditorium and will include recital dances by students in all levels of classes offered at NMDT.

  • There’s really no need to review one of the American Film Institute’s Top 10 Westerns of all time, a winner of four Oscars, a Golden Globe, a Grammy, a slew of BAFTA awards (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), etc., ad nauseam.

    We all know “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” is a great movie.

  • It’s Friday morning in Room 2 at Little Forest Playschool as Maureen Connolly (Ms. Mo as she is known to her students) dons her lab coat.

    This week’s lesson, which is part of the Quirkles series, is on Density Dan. The class of 3- through 5-year-olds sits in a circle on the floor as Ms. Mo reads the story about Density Dan.

    Storytime is followed by lab time, as students experiment using fresh water, salt water and raw eggs.

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag Concert series is about to show its loving and dark sides.

     Love and twilight is the theme for the upcoming show, which will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    The Amrhan Trio, which includes Cindy Little, piano; Louise Mendius, singer; and John Hargreaves, French horn, dedicated the first half of the program to love. Hargreaves said the pieces deal with many forms of love such as passionate love, unrequited love and betrayed love.  

  • “Sarah, Plain and Tall” is an original play based on the beloved, Newbery Award-winning book by Patricia MacLachlan. The story, frequently used in elementary school curricula, was adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette and may be familiar to Hallmark Hall of Fame viewers.

    The setting is the early 1900s on a farm in Kansas. The farmer, widower Jacob Witting, played by Scot Johnson, lives with his two children: Anna, age 12 and Caleb, age 7, played by Stacia Paglieri and Sequoya Adams-Rice.

  • Sculpture when compared to painting, drawing, prints and photography is much maligned. There was once a famous New York art critic, his name escapes me but I think it was Clement Greenberg, who once said that ‘sculpture was something you bumped into in a gallery while trying to view a painting.’ This is hardly the best way to begin a review of an exhibition at the Art Center, totally dedicated to sculpture. This acerbic statement by a critic, however, makes an important point.

  • On Sunday, following Divine Liturgy, Father John Hennies, the community and friends of Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church, will gather for the blessing of the new bell tower at 2270 39th St.

    The bell tower grew out of a desire to improve the building’s identification as well as to simplify giving directions on how to reach the church.