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  • Baha'is of Los Alamos will hold a prayer gathering at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Church, to express concern and support for the seven Baha’i members who have been in prison in Iran for nearly a year and who are now to stand trial on charges of spying for Israel and insulting Islam. The public is invited to attend.

    The Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) announced on Feb. 11 that charges had been brought against the seven imprisoned members of the national-level committee that coordinates the activities for the Iranian Baha’i community.

  • Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church will host its 11th Annual Blini Breakfast from noon-2:30 p.m. March 1. Russian blini, a type of thin pancake, will be served in the traditional style with smoked salmon, herring, butter and sour cream.  Vegetable caviar, eggs and a variety of berry preserves will be available as well.  

  • Seeing Kathy Lin, a Los Alamos High School junior, by a piano is not an uncommon sight in Los Alamos. Residents have frequently been able to enjoy her performances, whether that performance was a student recital, a Brown Bag show or a Professional Music Teachers New Mexico Honors competition. Lin’s skill as a pianist is one of many musical gifts presented to the community.

  • The Los Alamos Community Winds will offer its audience something different at its upcoming concert, and it will not present this unique music alone.

    The Albuquerque and Four Corners Pipes and Drums will also make an appearance during the LACW’s “Music of Scotland” concert, which will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the White Rock Baptist Church.

     The decision to present Scottish music was a personal one, Ted Vives, musical director of the winds, said.

  • Dear Monkeys,

    It was weird timing.

    For months and months, my girlfriend hadn’t realized much of anything, much less had an epiphany. Her days consisted, as they still do, of making plans and mostly keeping them. But odd things have happened along the way, unscheduled things.

    She used to read novels; now she reads Yahoo! articles on cutting 100 calories a day. Driving, or any time she is alone, it is no longer the immortal ideas of Chaucer that preoccupy her but an “escalating wrinkle” she sees between her eyebrows.

  • There’s a hidden treasure in Los Alamos and UNM-LA Library Director Dennis Davies-Wilson wants to help you find it. For a community like Los Alamos, there’s no greater treasure than access to information and the academic library at UNM-Los Alamos is open to the public and ready to serve any citizen of New Mexico, Davies-Wilson said.

  • “Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue?” Thirty-two artists who took on this challenge display art in the new exhibition at The Art Center at Fuller Lodge. Some, like Molly Hyde, approached the primaries by creating a separate selection for each color.

    Hyde features the same silver platter in each of her oil color studies, with “Yellow Apples,” “Red Peppers” and “Blue Bottles with Red Plum” capturing the subtle nuances lighting and reflection can add to the primary theme.

  • This week, we look at Asset #1, Support. According to the Search-Institute, “The more love, support, care and adult contacts a child has, the more likely he or she is to grow up healthy.” This same logic applies to adults, just for the record, so in essence we are community building, not just youth building.

    There are actually six categories we’ll look at over the next few weeks concerning support. If you can’t remember them all, just remember this, be nice and really give a darn about someone else.

  • Dr. Gary Storkan, a local chiropractor, spent seven-and-a-half years in battle. Now, he is announcing his victory.

    Storkan, who has lived and worked in Los Alamos for 20 years, came face to face with his enemy, Squamous Cell Carinoma, when he was diagnosed with the cancer, which was found in one of his tonsils, on May 31, 2001. The cancer had manifested in a bronchial cleft cyst in his neck.

    This diagnosis started a seven-and-a-half year ordeal to beat this foe.

  • Technology is bringing an algebra class at UNM-Los Alamos to the Internet. The system captures and records what happens in the classroom. Each class meeting is recorded using audio and video, transformed automatically into a webcast and posted automatically to a website.

    The new technology was purchased with funds from a Title V grant.

    The new Media Site Classroom Capture system by Sonic Foundry, along with the use of newly acquired SmartBoard technology, allows students to access the recordings at any time and as often as they wish.

  • Adam Izraelevitz, a senior at Los Alamos High School, has been chosen as the Rotary Club Student of the Month for February. He recognized Joy Handsberry as his honored teacher. Handsberry has greatly inspired and motivated him in his academic pursuits and advised and supported him throughout his high school career.

  • The annual Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church Shrove Tuesday pancake supper will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday in the old parish hall downstairs as the kitchen in the new parish hall is not yet completed.

    The House of Hope Women will again provide a full pancake supper, with butter and a choice of several homemade syrups to sweeten the cakes, as well as ham, fruit salad, orange juice, coffee and tea for a donation of $4 for children (10 and younger), $7 per adult, and $18 per family.

  • The New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company   (NMDT-PC) will fill the stage with magic once again next weekend when it performs director Susan Baker-Dillingham’s newest original ballet, “Cinderella,” Feb. 20–22. As a contribution to Los Alamos’ 60th anniversary celebration, NMDT-PC has invited Los Alamos’ own Living Treasures to attend the Sunday matinee as honored guests.

  • My first really clear memory of spending one-on-one time with my father was years ago when we were still living in Littleton, Colo. My father had just enrolled at Metropolitan State University in Denver to get his degree and in order to do research for an assignment he decided to go on a field trip. I went along for the ride.

    Together, we went to a hillside that used to be, millions and millions of years ago, the bottom of a lake. The evidence was found along the slope. Dinosaur footprints were pressed into the surface like celebrity footprints.

  • Between 15-20 young adults will be gathering at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, but not for a day of recreation. Instead, these young people will be learning how to rescue skiers and snowboarders caught in an emergency situation.

    Each year, said Bill Somers, director of the ski patrol at the ski area, the Rocky Mountain Division of the National Ski Patrol hosts a young adult jamboree and this year, the local ski area will be the location of the event.

  • The New Mexico Federation of Republican Women (NMFRW) annually awards educational scholarships to women planning to study government, political science, international relations or history.

  • Bernadette Lauritzen wears a large number of hats in the community. She is a wife, a mother and a board member of the Leadership Los Alamos and Friends of the Senior Center. Laurtizen also runs Assets in Action, works as the wedding coordinator at the United Church of Los Alamos, operates the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program, writes and photographs for the Monitor and hosts a program on KRSN radio.

  • For ski and snowboard enthusiasts who are worrying that they will have to sacrifice their favorite sport to enjoy Valentine’s Day festivities, worry no more. The Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is offering a solution to this conflict. From 3:30-6 p.m., the ski area will host a wine tasting at the ski lodge.

    For $30 per couple or $18 per person, people can enjoy a selection of wines from Black Mesa Winery, chocolate truffles from CB Fox and a fruit and cheese tray from Pajarito Mountain Café.

    CB Fox will also have truffles for sale.

  • Danny Stillman’s 10 trips to China all started with a conversation about a prompt burst reactor.

    He explained he ran the intelligence division at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 13-and-a-half years. During this time, Stillman made it a point to interact with his counterparts.

    During a conversation with a scientist from China, Stillman asked him about prompt burst reactors. This particular reactor, Stillman said, simulates neutrons and gamma rays  from a nuclear device that is going off.

    That topic, he said, was his opening to travel to China.

  • Whip out the evening gown and pull out the tux, it’s time to gussy up for a good cause.

    The Family YMCA is hosting its Red and Black Ball to benefit the 2009 Strong Kids Annual Support Campaign.

    The big event will be held from 5:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Central Avenue Grill.

    The event includes dinner, a silent auction, camaraderie and dancing.

    The silent auction items include art pieces, vacation stays in condos, a motor scooter and other surprises.