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  • Pixar/Disney is cunning. I watch  previews for the movies the company produces and never really have a clear idea about the movie. Yet, the short blips always wet my appetite to watch their movies.

    So when I watched a preview for “Up,” which showed a house with thousands of party balloons floating through the air and an old man sitting on the porch saying “Howdy,” I was ready to immediately head to the theater.

  • I remember when my parents first brought her home 14 years ago. My sister and I drove up to the driveway one day and she and our mom were sitting out in the front yard.

    It was kind of a surprise. I didn’t even know they were considering getting another one.

    There had been a brief period of time since we said our final goodbyes to our last dog, a black Labrador Retriever named Scituate and it was eerie without him around. It was a little too quiet, a little emptier in the house. So I could understand why my parents wanted another dog.

  • Los Alamos is cooking up something completely different Saturday. It is spiced with flavors from around the world and served with the noblest of intentions.

    Taste of Los Alamos, an international food festival, will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge. The event is a fundraiser for this year’s  local Relay for Life.

    While several Los Alamos residents with nationalities outside of the U.S. are participating in the event, the program   is partnering with English as a Second Language Professor Cindy Eaton’s students at UNM-LA.  

  • Imagine – or remember – what it was like growing up in Los Alamos in the 1940s and ‘50s. Well-armed guards kept the gates to the so-called Atomic City. Visitors needed special passes. Their vehicles were routinely searched.

    Imagine – or remember – what it was like growing up in Los Alamos in the 1940s and ‘50s. Well-armed guards kept the gates to the so-called Atomic City. Visitors needed special passes. Their vehicles were routinely searched.

  • The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is accepting boat team registrations for its first-ever Cardboard Canoe Regatta, which will be held from 1-5 p.m. June 20 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

  • Saturday, the downtown area will feature a few unusual sights – a sand pile, a pit of soapy foam, a few robots and some shiny cars.

    All these unique additions come courtesy of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce’s Chamberfest.

    From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, the conventional routine will be put on hold for some fun the whole community can enjoy.

    Actually, the fun begins at 5 p.m. with  the Chamber’s banquet Friday at Central Avenue Grill.

  • Once again the community is welcomed to attend a free concert showcasing the Deborah Beene Music Scholarship winners, past and present.

    This year’s concert is the largest ever, with seven past award winners joining this year’s four winners.

    The annual Deborah Beene Award Winners Concert will be at 2 p.m. June 14 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Ranging from a freshman to graduating seniors, the talent in this year’s concert is hard to beat.

  • “If music be the food of love, play on.” So starts Shakespeare’s play, “Twelfth Night.”

    This brings to mind the beginning of the 52nd season of the Santa Fe Opera. For those who don’t know or have forgotten some of the rich, interesting history of the SFO, here are some facts.

  • With school over and summer vacation starting up, many local churches are offering an opportunity to continue children’s education.

    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church and Los Alamos Church of Christ will help expand youngsters’ spiritual knowledge through Vacation Bible Schools.  

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  • What is a Stay-cation?  Have you ever gone on a vacation and come home more tired than when you left?  

    How about returning home and discovering that you spent more money than you thought?  

    Now that’s a rude surprise.  

    With a Stay-cation you will experience the rest and relaxation of a vacation, but your family will be close to home and you won’t spend a dime.  

    There's no cooking for Mom and Dad either.  

    The Christian Church is hosting just such an event.

  • The slopes at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area may be completely bare of snow but the opportunities to have fun have not melted away with the summer heat.

    From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, the ski area will rev up its Aspen chairlift and open its ski slopes for hikers and bikers during Summerfest.

    In addition to the hiking and biking activities, beer will be served from noon-5 p.m.

  • Friday, Los Alamos will get into a jazz groove, so put on your sunglasses and get ready to snap your fingers.

    Greg Abate, a jazz saxophonist, flutist and composer, along with the Pete Amahl Trio, will appear in the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Abate, according to his website, is an international jazz/recording artist.

  • Be Creative at Your Library is Los Alamos County Public Library System’s summer reading theme. Young patrons are invited to explore the worlds of music, dance, art, books and more. The 2009 Summer Reading Program is open to all young people, infant through young adult, and features programs, prize drawings, special event story hours, a reading club and more.

  • I walk into the grocery store, drive by Ashley Pond and meander down the sidewalks of Los Alamos almost every day, but recently I questioned just how much I see my surroundings.

    A few hours spent with my oldest nephew opened my eyes to everything this community offers.

    Saturday, my sister took her daughter to a ballet show, dropped her youngest son at our parent’s house while Connor hung out with me for a few hours.

  • You don’t get many chances to see Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson together in the same film. In fact, you get only one. Although technically, you can watch the duo’s only shared release as many times as you like.

  • This week, we take a look at Asset #13, Neighborhood Boundaries. According to the Search Institute, “Neighbors and friends’ parents help monitor the child’s behavior and provide feedback to the parent(s).”

    As we slide into summer, neighborhood boundaries are great assets for our focus. This is an excellent time to plan some neighborhood activities for youth to keep them busy and establish relationships.

  • Mrs. Los Alamos, Bernadette Lauritzen is heading into her final stretch for the Mrs. New Mexico competition on June 20.

    Her final attempt at fundraising concludes with a bake sale and raffle during the Chamberfest activities on June 13.

    “I really enjoy fundraising for other entities,” Lauritzen said, “but I’ll be happy to see the fundraising for myself come to an end.”

    Lauritzen has had to raise funds to cover nearly $900 in entry fee pageant expenses.

  • Donned with shiny crowns on their cowboy hats and satin sashes looped over their shoulders, Brittany Robbins and Katelyn Littleton look like royalty, which is fitting because Robbins is this year’s Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo queen and Littleton is the princess.

    Both embrace the responsibility of ruling over the county event.

    “I enjoy the responsibility quite a lot,” Robbins said.

    She added, “And who doesn’t like getting dressed up with all her bling, bling?”

  • The Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus from Albuquerque is hosting a concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at White Rock Baptist Church but they will share the stage with a few familiar faces.

    The local barbershop quartet Lads of Enchantment will be the chorus’ special guest.

    Phil Seeger, president of the Lads of Enchantment, said it is the first time the quartet has performed with the chorus.

    “And we think it’s a pretty special opportunity because the Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus is a good one,” he said.

  • Fifty singers from the Los Alamos Choral Society, with 18 singers from the Santa Fe Music Works offered three sacred works May 17 at the Methodist Church, under the direction of Dr. Mary Badarack, accompanied by Cindy Little, with organist Francis Meier and percussionist Kip Bishofberger in the Bernstein “Chichester Psalms.”