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  • 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.

  • Dance Arts Los Alamos will present its annual Early Childhood Recital at 10 a.m. Saturday at Piñon Elementary School in White Rock.

    Audience members will have the opportunity to bid on a piano in a silent auction. Admission is free and a reception to honor the dancers will follow.

    DALA’s Early Childhood program is designed to introduce dance in a fun and supportive environment with the goal of instilling a life-long love of dance and movement.

  • An interest in partying is a world-trait. Thursday, Aspen Elementary School will be whooping it up in the form of a carnival.

    The entire school is getting involved, Stephanie Rittner, an art teacher said, is getting involved. Kindergarteners through sixth-graders will participate in a parade, exhibit their artwork and second- and first-graders will perform a dance.

    Music will also be played.

    The parade, which will be for parents, will begin at   1:45 p.m.

  • One of Los Alamos’ longest resident families, the Wilsons will spread their artwork throughout the library’s upper gallery.

    It is more than just art being celebrated; the show is also honoring family. It is even in the name of the show, Coschwivancundun, which is a “tribal name,” and combines everyone’s last names.

    The exhibit kicks off with a reception from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday. The show runs through May 30.

  • In a world with a lot of complexities and conflicts, people are looking for guidance and answers to solve society’s issues.

    Aid will be given May 7, which is National Day of Prayer. Gloria Streit will lead the service. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

    A worship service will kick things off. From noon-1 p.m. the program will stop and go so attendees arrive and leave when they wish.

  • Music, laced with poetry, creates a weaving fit for springtime. It seems appropriate then, that the Coro de Camara is spreading out a blanket of flowery poetry and music, during its upcoming concert, which will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the United Church. The group will present the concert again at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Scottish Rite Center in Santa Fe.

    For the concert, “April Flowers,” Coro de Camara member Laura Erikson said, “the program is choral music set to wonderful poetry of flowers and spring.