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  • It seems when it comes to art, there is always something to learn and the Art Center at Fuller Lodge employees provide a wealth of knowledge through their classes.

    Executive director John Werenko said the center provides classes year round, in the fall, spring and summer.

    The fall and spring classes are mainly geared toward adults, however, there are classes offered Wednesday for students who are dismissed early from school.

  • Starting Friday, audiences at Duane Smith Auditorium can sit back, relax and watch a revue. It will be like playing a DVD of a retro movie; where viewers can  see a “Scooby-Do”–like story unfold. But suddenly something will go awry; it seems that someone is messing with the remote.

    This is the concept for the upcoming Topper Revue. It is titled, “Mystery Mansion.”

    “It’s going to be awesome,” Emcee Stuart Ruppercht said. “We’ve added a new twist to it.”

  • It may be a group of youngsters who will play at the upcoming Guitars and Gateaux concert, but their music will be anything but childish.

    The Albuquerque Academy Honor Guitar Quartet will perform in the concert, sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council, at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at Fuller Lodge. Tickets are $15 or $10 for Los Alamos Arts Council members.

    “They are going to be playing a bunch of different stuff,” said Mickey Jones, the director of the quartet.  

    The program includes “French Pot-pourri,” composed by Roland Dyens.

  • Maybe I’m just talking about movies. More likely, I’m talking about something most of us associate with big purses, big bellies and boring conversations. I’ll get back to that.

    I currently have beside my computer a somewhat antediluvian book that I should have read eight years ago when it came out: Mick LaSalle’s “Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood.”

  • The Family YMCA was awarded a grant of $25,000 from Los Alamos National Security, LLC’s Community Giving Grant Program on Dec. 16 to assist in an expanded community health initiative.

    This grant will assist the YMCA with a cardio-wellness expansion and an improved strength-conditioning area to keep pace with families, youth and adults who turn to the YMCA for health and wellness activities and programs.

  • Good-natured chatter flowed amongst a gathering of Los Alamos and Española teenagers as they discussed spending a long weekend together.

    The seventh- through 12th- grade students are members of JUNTOS and met at Española Valley High School Jan. 5 to plan a student exchange activity in which students from Los Alamos will spend the weekend and a Monday morning with students and their families in Española.

  • This week we look at Asset #36, Peaceful Conflict Resolution. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they seek to resolve conflict non-violently.” Forty-five percent of youth nationwide are reported to have this Asset.

    Several years ago, several sites in the Los Alamos Public Schools District took part in training called, “Restorative Justice.” These teachers, counselors, instructional assistants, bus drivers, coaches and other staff members were taught the principles of Restorative Justice.

  • The fourth time is the charm. After making at least three previous attempts to construct a terrain park at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, the ski area is ready to unveil its latest work, which called Madre Loca Terrain Park or Crazy Mother Terrain Park.

    The open house will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the ski hill. The terrain park is located at the top of Easy Mother ski run, right next to the Mother Lift.

    The event will include a terrain clinic by PSIA Alpine Demonstration Team and Twin Tip Nation demo team with beverages provided by Santa Fe Brewing.

  • Many people know parts of Robert Oppenheimer’s story, particularly his time at Los Alamos playing a significant role in the Manhattan Project. There are other parts of Oppenheimer that people are not as conscious of, until now.

    Historian Jon Hunner will be discussing these lesser known aspects of Oppenheimer’s life during the upcoming Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. The lecture is free.

  • There is a lot to celebrate  this month. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 19, is an opportunity to recognize one man’s profound achievements while Inauguration Day, which is Jan. 20, represents a monumental success that is shared by President-elect Obama and an entire nation.

    What better way to celebrate these two events than with a community party?

  • As 2008 came to an end, the United Church of Los Alamos held not only a special place in the community, but a special place in the millennium as well. The church was recently selected to receive one of 15 awards presented nationwide from Church World Service.

    The award comes in conjunction with taking part in national and world projects, like disaster relief as well as local activities like the Crop Walk. Church World Service Regional Director Art Ziemann made the recognition.

  • Whether you love the snow or you’ve got the winter doldrums, Friday you can jump into a different season at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge. From 5-7 p.m. Friday everyone is invited to attend an opening reception for the exhibit “Four Seasons,” a tribute to the glorious ever-changing cycle of the natural world.

    Artists capture the delight of summer, autumn, winter and the spring in paintings, photographs, fiber and ceramics.

  • It was not just a hail of applause that showered the cast of the melodrama, “Ten Nights in a Barroom,” there were also peanuts.

    The story and the cast gave the audience a lot of enthusiasm to make the theatre rain nuts.

  • Skating with my niece and nephew last week was a glide down memory lane for me. As we made circles around the Los Alamos Ice Rink, with its thick crust of ice shavings and chilly air, I was reminded of another ice rink in another town.

  • This year the Los Alamos Little Theater presents “Ten Nights in a Barroom,” an adaptation by Fred Carmichael of William W. Pratt’s original work. Remaining performances are at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Jan. 16, 17, 23 and 24. There are no matinee performances.

  • Two Los Alamos students, Catherine Chen, pianist and Jennifer Kwon, violinist will represent New Mexico in the senior division at the Southwest Divisional Competition of the Music Teachers National Association.

    The contest will be held in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday and Sunday. The Los Alamos students competed for first place on their specific instrument and the honor of representing the state at the Professional Music Teachers Conference, which was held Nov. 14-15 in Los Alamos.

  • This week we look at Asset #35, Resistance Skills. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they can resist negative peer pressure, and dangerous situations.

    According to data for the nation, only 46 percent of youth report having this skill.

    If I could tell you in a 700-word column how to solve this problem, I’d be a wealthy woman.

    This is one of those skills that must be acquired over time and doesn’t just happen because they reach the magical age of 18 or 21.

  • If your New Year’s resolution is to get into shape and be fit, as well gain greater strength and vitality, the opportunity to fulfill this resolution has arrived.

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization are offering two strength training program options, StrongWomen, and Men Growing Stronger.

    Both programs were developed by Tufts University at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston.

  • It’s a rather unusual lunch, participants can sample morsels of trombone, trumpet and piano music; they can savor classical, Brazilian and ragtime sounds. While there will not be anything edible for people to sink their teeth into, the Los Alamos Arts Council’s upcoming Brown Bag concert will definitely satisfy people’s appetite for music.

    The concert, which will be held at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at Fuller Lodge, will feature Donna Smith on piano and Jan McDonald on trumpet.

  • It’s the photography enthusiasts’ time to shine. The Los Alamos Photography Club will host an upcoming photography show and the Los Alamos Historical Society will offer shutterbugs a chance to have their work printed on holiday greeting cards, the electric click of shutters and the bright lights of flashes are sure to be seen and heard throughout town.

    I remember years ago walking through a photography exhibit and reading a quote by a photographer who said that the art in photography isn’t how you take a photo but where you are standing.