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  • When we see trash on a trail, whether we ignore this detritus of human existence or we pick it up, our perception of an otherwise pristine wilderness is altered.

    Yet if the crushed V8 can and the bottle cap are arranged on an old wooden plank, we are presented with an alternate reality.

    The current exhibit at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge, “Everything Old is New Again: Recycled and Experimental” provides a unique opportunity for contemplating this dynamic.

  • Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 54th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

    The 10 Los Alamos semifinalists in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program are: Adam Nekimken, Daniel Trugman, Lindsey Jacobs, Adam Izraelevitz, Adam Trujillo, Daniel Cox, Jonathan Robey, Bethany Sullivan, Lisa-Anne Hendricks and Daniel Dyer.

  • A 22-year tradition will continue at Little Forest Playschool Saturday.

    The school’s Fall Fiesta will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will feature activities for every age. There will be a silent auction, which will feature train rides, meals at restaurants and other items, and there will be a bubble pit, bouncy houses, petting zoo, booths and games.

    There will also be live entertainment, a bake sale and food sales.

    Samara Graham, a professional photographer in Los Alamos, will also be set up to photograph kids in the bubble pit.

  • What do members of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra – brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion ­– have in common? The answer is easy! They all love to play music – for themselves and for others.

    A presentation, made up of a variety of ensembles playing a variety of music, will be offered in a concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church

  • Gen. Stephen Watts Kearny was man ahead of his time. In 1846, he was commissioned to lead the Army of the West in the American takeover of Mexico’s land in the Southwest and California, which added almost a third to America’s current territory.

    While this achievement is controversial, it was also bloodless. Not a shot was fired during Kearny’s conquest.

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre’s short play festival “8x10 Again” will open Friday.

    This production is a follow-up to the successful September 2006 “8x10” festival and will likewise feature eight short 10-minute plays, directed by eight different directors. Five of the plays were written by local playwrights and are being presented on stage for the first time.

    The show opens with “Duet for Bear and Dog,” written by Sybil Rosen and directed by Gwen Lewis.

  • Saturday, a variety of community agencies are assembling to educate the community on what Boy Scouts have known for decades, how to be prepared. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in White Rock, will host its first annual Preparedness Fair under the coordination of church member Stacey Gartz.

    “We will have a series of exhibits and classes in the cultural hall of the church offered by our community’s best resources for getting your family prepared now and for the future,” said Gartz.

  • The Los Alamos Concert Association’s “Jewel of a Season” opens Sept. 14, with a sparkling performance by the Jupiter String Quartet. The performance begins at 4 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium, and will be followed by dinner with the artists at the Central Avenue Grill.

  • Nothing stays new forever. Cracks, creases and threadbare patches eventually appear, replacing shiny perfection.

    Aging does not mean gloomy, depressing times enter as happiness exits. It is just a different stage, a completely unique experience.

    Maintenance, however, may be a necessity in this stage. Sometimes a little more attention is required.

    For instance, the sculpture, “Grandmother’s Joy,” by Fritz White, was purchased in 1998 for the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Now, a decade later, it needs some TLC.

  • Dear friends of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series,

    Here we go with the last concert of the 2008 Summer Series.

    Friday, we’ll be at Zia Credit Union with local blues-rockers Julie Stewart and the Motor Kings and I hope you can join us.

    The Motor Kings are a five-piece band that plays mostly original music as well as the music of Etta James, The Allman Brothers, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Robben Ford, Tina Turner and a few other classics and near classics.

  • There’s a new restaurant in town, but the hitch is, it’ll only be open for one night. Morrie Pongratz and the youth team for the United Way have reprised an age-old event called, Dinner over Diamond.

    Team Captain Ben Havemann and his crew will host dinner with the Diamond Diner, to raise funds for the United Way of Northern New Mexico.

    From 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, drivers on Diamond Drive will see tables and waiters distributed evenly on the overpass by Los Alamos High School.

  • Ordinary people, your average bankers, waitresses and hotel managers, tend to get overlooked, because, well, they’re ordinary. They are just like the person standing next to them.

    The movie, “Hotel Rwanda,” dispels this conventional thought. It proves that the average man and woman can actually be far from ordinary, they can be extraordinary.

  • Did you know that the Jemez Mountains are known throughout the international mycological community as a location of abundant mushroom diversity? Ever wanted to know more about those funny fungi? Saturday, the community will get its chance.

    Join Mycologist Kristi Beguin for an introduction to the mushrooms that grow in the Jemez Mountains. Participants will hunt for mushrooms, discuss collection and identification methods and observe all the joys the rainy season can bring to mycophiles.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico (BBBS) is looking for adults that have a few hours a month to make the difference in the life of a child.

    The organization’s school-based program, known to old-timers as Lunch Buddies, is ready to start the process for those volunteers who can spend even one hour a week having lunch with one of the many students – or “littles” in Los Alamos Public Schools.

  • The Los Alamos League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader program will host speaker Tony Mortillaro, assistant County administrator at 11:45 a.m. in the Chama Room of the La Vista Restaurant at the Best Western. Please join us for a lively conversation. RSVP to Anne Nobile at braziliandeck@yahoo.com.

  • The House of Hope Women invites women of Los Alamos and the surrounding areas to join them in their next house-building trip to Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, Oct. 10-12.

    This upcoming visit marks the fourth year that this all-women construction team, which encompasses women from other churches and communities, will be making the trip to the border town to build a home for a family who would otherwise have little hope of permanent stable housing.

  • There seems to be an endless supply of books to stack up on the night stand or cram into a bookshelf, but how do you pick which ones to read?

    The Los Alamos Great Books Discussion makes the decision process easy by selecting the books for the reader.

    The book group not only selects the material for its members, it also invites them to participate in literary conversations.

    The discussions will begin at 1 p.m. Sept. 9 at Mesa Public Library.

  • Dear friends of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series,

    The Series is coming to a close and hopefully we’ll be back next May. There are only two shows left, Friday and Sept. 5.

    We’ve had to change our artist for the Friday concert.

    Rosie Ledet is ill and can’t make either of her New Mexico concerts that she had planned for this weekend.

    Thankfully, my dear friends, the Nomads will replace Rosie. The Nomads play ‘50s and ‘60s rock ‘n roll.

  • Los Alamos artist Secundino Sandoval and his brother and fellow artist, Abad, have more ties than just being siblings; they are also connected through art.

    Secundino started making his art creations at age 5; a Mickey Mouse comic book and some crayons sparked his interest in the field. Abad began making doodles as a kid, which grew into watercolors.

    They both capture the landscapes and sites of New Mexico in their watercolors.

    Secundino said Abad’s work is very impressionistic while his own paintings are more realistic.

  • Whenever my oldest nephew creates a drawing, I immediately love it and praise the creation to the hilt. The fact that he needs to tell me what all the wild, blue crayon scribbles depict is a minor detail. The point is that a 4-year-old drew it to give to his mother, which is all that really matters. There is no composition, no reason exercised; it’s just in good fun.

    This seems to be a common attitude; many adults rush their children’s or young relatives’ pictures to the center of the fridge or decorate their offices with framed young people’s artwork.