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  • 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.  

  • The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will honor Director of Religious Education Joyce Zaugg, who is retiring after more than 23 years of service. Zaugg will be honored during worship services and with an appreciation luncheon Sunday.

    Zaugg began work at the church in January 1986, leading the congregation’s Religious Education program for a small number of children. The program has since grown to more than 70 children taking part in Sunday school classes, youth groups, children’s worship and social activities.

  • You’ll flip when you see the Los Alamos High School Olions’ production of “Bye, Bye Birdie.”

    Seriously. The 1950s weren’t so hot for women’s rights, world peace or suspected Communists, but they were great for music and theater. The local drama club and director Holly Haas made a way boss decision when they picked “Birdie” for their annual musical.

  • Darlene Bawden always wanted to be an artist, but having a husband and six children made this dream difficult to follow.

    It was not until she saw a few watercolors by Secundino Sandoval that Bawden was inspired to take action.

    By following her dream, Bawden has been invited  to host her own show at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The show, which features 11 watercolors, will be displayed through May 30.

    In addition to this show, Bawden also participated in the “Four Seasons”  juried show earlier this year at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge.

  • In a gift store where I once worked, was a section nicknamed, “Old Farts.” In this tiny corner of  the shop were figurines of pudgy old-timers taking a swing with their golf clubs or sitting in a beauty parlor hair matted in curlers. All the figures  had dazed, ho-hum expressions painted on their faces.

    The items in this section of the store would have just seemed cheesy and stereotypical to some but I found them laughable because they depicted images so unlike the elders in my family, specifically my grandparents.

  • Grab your rodeo gear, whiskey bottle and siren-red dress!  The Los Alamos Little Theatre is hosting auditions for its September production of the Sam Shepard one-act dramedy “Fool for Love.”

    LALT veteran Corey New will direct the play and former LALT president Jennifer Wadsack will produce it.  

  • “Adolescents cannot feel the future,” was the best take-home message from Dr. Abagail Baird and the Teen Brain Symposium sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, earlier this month.

    Humor and insight were the order of the day as Baird provided perspective into why teenagers do “stupid stuff.” The truth is there are physical differences in the adolescent decision making process, which make it unique.

    The short answer is that the portion of the brain called the frontal lobe hasn’t fully developed yet.

  • Saturday, the 42nd annual Spring Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on the lawn at Fuller Lodge. This year’s fair will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Los Alamos Arts Council has presented the spring fair since 1967 and this year’s event will be one of the best ever.