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  • Easter offers a lot to celebrate. Therefore, local churches are opening their doors and inviting the community to join in the festivities.  

    A few churches are taking the celebrations outside.

    Messaih Evangelical Lutheran Church will host an outdoor service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Overlook Park.

  • Members of Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church are joining Orthodox Christians all across America and the world in preparing for Holy Week and Pascha (Easter).  

    This preparation begins with the end of Great Lent on Saturday, Lazarus Saturday.

    Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar for the calculation of the date of Pascha and this year the Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord, Pascha, will be celebrated on April 19.

  • Unbeknownst to almost everyone, Rosie, a rose chafer beetle, played an important part in Charles Darwin’s voyage of discovery. Author and paleoanthropologist Anne Weaver signs her new illustrated chapter book, “The Voyage of the Beetle,” at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Otowi Station Bookstore. Afterwards, Tea World will host a chat with Weaver and feature Dutch-treat snacks and drinks.

  • The first time I spoke to Madonna Wegloski I walked into her office with a question, but we were soon joking around. We laughed about the lack of scenic views at the Monitor. I pointed out that all we see in the newsroom is the top strip of the building next door and Madonna joked that all she saw was the parking lot.  Most of my memories of Madonna are like this - short snippets of her life.

  • Music that features every part of the orchestra, is new and familiar, and challenges and satisfies both the musician and the audience. These are the qualities in music that the music selection committee of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra uses in planning a program.

    These qualities are clearly and poignantly evident in the concert to be presented on April 17.

    The program will open with the “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland.  This piece for brass and percussion was composed in 1942.

  • The teenage brain is a mystery to any parent who has a young adult.

    Teenagers seem to lose their minds and parents wonder if they ever get them back. The answer rest assured is yes.

    On Saturday, the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and UNM-LA in conjunction with partnering agencies will sponsor a symposium on the teenage brain, with two free presentations.

    JJAB Coordinator Debbie Gill knows that education is key in this community.

  • SOCORRO – More than 300 future scientists presented their research projects at the New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday in Socorro.

    Four high school students won all-expense paid trips to the International Science and Engineering Fair to be held next month in Reno, Nev.

    Nikita Bogdanov, Alexander Kendrick, Gabriel Joachim and Hee Sung Park were the top winners at Saturday’s event at New Mexico Tech.

    Bogdanov, from Albuquerque Academy, won for a project titled, “Can You Do the Water Walk?”

  • The Art Center at Fuller Lodge has expanded its reach to include every resident in the county of Los Alamos.

    With the inauguration of its first Biennial Membership Drive, Raffle and Donor Recognition, the Art Center Board of Directors wants to inform everyone in the county that the Art Center is more than a place for practicing visual artists or those who appreciate the visual arts but is a cultural and educational center for all.

  • A book is a mysterious thing. You never quite know what you are in for until the book cover is flipped opened.

    To celebrate the mystery and artistic quality of books, Mesa Public Library is hosting an exhibit that features the work of the LIBROS: New Mexico Book Arts Guild Saturday through April 18.

  • Eleven years ago, Gene and Phyllis Unterschuetz were in a transition in their lives. They sold their house in a Chicago suburb and bought an RV to go on a trip throughout the U.S. When they revved up the engine, it ignited the beginning of an amazing journey.

    The Unterschuetzes decided this trip would last between six month and a year, after which, they would buy a new house and get new jobs.

    During this tour, the Unterschuetzes, who are Baha’is, visited Baha’i communities and conducted what is called travel teaching or talks about faith.

  • I love movies about spies. Espionage films are wonderful because the spies use their brains rather than their muscles to combat their enemies. I also admire all the elaborate disguises and fancy techno-gadets that are used to outwit the bad guys in these movies.

    So I looked forward to watching “Duplicity” because it contains my favorite kind of heroes.

    It didn’t disappoint. The movie’s IQ soars to the top of the charts with its witty script and clever plot twists.

  • The spotlight is loving the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The company is dancing into the forefront of the ballet world with its upcoming performance.

    Each of the ballets offers something special for the audience. Famous choreographer Twlya Tharp choreographed the piece, “Sue’s Leg,” which launched her career.

    Jennica Lundin, director of marketing at the ballet company, said no other company is currently performing the piece and Tharp hand-selected the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to dance her ballet.

  • It’s absurd how I have allowed TV to become my major form of entertainment. It’s the thing I turn to when I don’t know what else to do.

    Sometimes I justify turning the television on by telling myself it provides some noise in my apartment so it won’t be so eerily quiet.

    But in reality, whatever appears on the screen generally suckers me onto the couch to passively observe whatever is on TLC or HGTV.

  • “How shall I begin my story that has no beginning?” Esperanza Quintero says in her opening narration to “Salt of the Earth.” It’s more than a poetic line and it’s far more than just her story.

    It’s as though Esperanza speaks of the human story – the constant struggle of mankind versus itself. Where does such a story begin and more importantly, how can it evolve?

  • During a German Club meeting on March 23, Sponsor Anita Boshier had organized a celebration for her German students who participated in the National German Exams this year.

    Eight students, Emily TenCate, Bethany McBride, Jonathan Robey, Celeste Ranken, Sky Korber, David Li, Hannah Denevers and Rachel Hill received medals and book prizes for being among the top 90th percentile of more than 26,000 students who took the National German Examination administered by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) in 2008.

  • Los Alamos Artist Fran Stovall, who has created stain-glass and pastel art since 1993, fell into a slump.  

    A gallery that showed her work closed and she wasn’t doing a lot of art. But on a whim, Stovall decided to apply to be the featured artist in the Art Center at Fuller Lodge’s Portal Gallery.

    Being accepted channeled Stovall in a whole new artistic direction.

    “In fact, it really inspired me to move off in this direction that I’d been thinking about for years,” she said.

  • A taste of Spain, a dash of Bach and a splash of a few barcarolles will be mixed into Los Alamos pianist Juanita Madland’s concert, the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag show at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    The community can look forward a relaxed concert that will feature Spanish dances, a Bach suite, a piece by Chopin and barcarolles, or Venetian boat songs.

    Madland said, “Playing for the Brown Bag is a little lighter than a night concert.”

  • Are there priceless items sitting in your closet? Or maybe stacked up on shelves in your attic or stuffed in boxes in the garage? Your home could contain a fortune in antiques, gold, coins or jewelry, and you might not know about it. One way to determine if your stuff is valuable is take it to the Treasure Hunters Road Show.

    The Treasure Hunters Road Show will set up shop Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos. Hours of operation are  9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. There is no cost.

  • This week we look at Asset #6, Parent Involvement in Schooling. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when their parents are involved in their education.”

    Last Thursday night, I attended a school board meeting and work session. Luckily, I landed there when the school principals attended with parents who were representing advisory councils.

  • The Easter season inspires a lot of artistic creativity and Los Alamos First United Methodist Church interim choir director James Beinke will unveil April 5 what this holiday influenced him to produce.

    On Palm Sunday, an original Easter Cantata will be performed at 11 a.m.

    Beinke explained the church offers two types of services – a contemporary worship and a traditional service. During the traditional service, a choir rather than a praise band performs.

    The cantata will be featured during the traditional service, he said.