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  • 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.

  • This week, we look at Asset #40, a Positive View of Personal Future. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they are optimistic about their personal future.”  Nationally it is reported that 74 percent of youth have this asset.

    If you set aside the national economic news, the future seems to have a connotation of looking a little rosier. It does seem that lately everyone seems to try a little harder to get along, to work together and to make a difference.

  • The whole purpose of the Los Alamos Photography Club is to get people excited and appreciative of the art of photography. What better way to fulfill this purpose than to host an exhibit that shows just what photography can produce and where the art form can take you?

    The exhibit, which opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Mesa Public Library, is not exclusive to members of the club; anyone can submit work. Show coordinator Doug Coombs said there is no limit for photographs, as long as there is room.

  • We all have our favorite parts in books. They stick with us long after the last page has been read. For me, many of the most memorable scenes have to do with dinner.

    When I read passages of people sitting down for a meal, I feel as though I have received a mental snack. If the right words are chosen, my stomach starts growling and the descriptions satisfy my taste buds.

  • The public is invited to attend a piano concerto recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Fuller Lodge.

    The four students who were chosen by a juried audition to participate in the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra’s Jackie McGehee Piano Concerto Competition will present the concert. These auditions will held on Feb. 14 in Albuquerque at Keller Hall.   

  • Alexandr Wang, a sixth-grader at Piñon Elementary School and John Sarracino, a junior at St. Michael’s High School, earned the title of Los Alamos County Scholastic co-champions at the 2009 Los Alamos County Scholastic Chess Championship held Jan. 31 at Piñon Elementary School.  

  • It’s little wonder that the movie is called “Shine.”  Australian pianist David Helfgott’s life may have been difficult, but it never tarnished him. His spirit always shined and the movie effectively captures that fact.

    David (Geoffrey Rush) has a natural talent. He is a genius at the piano. But with his genius comes a handicap. David is under of the yoke of his father’s controlling love.

  • The Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, has had a successful year, earning top place finishes in drill meets and competitions and on Dec. 11, the cadets were recognized for their efforts during the fall awards ceremony.

    “We have an outstanding group of cadets this year,” Lt. Cmdr. Wes Shumaker said. He added this year’s group of cadets experienced more success at drills and competition then they had in the past.

    What is the reason for their success?  “I think they have more dedication to the unit,” Shumaker said.

  • The Los Alamos Heart Council (LAHC) announces a new initiative: Learn to “Love Your Heart.”

    The council will kick-off the initiative with a free presentation on “Women and Heart Health: What Everyone Should Know” at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in the downstairs classroom. No registration required.

    February is “American Heart Month” and Friday is National Wear Red Day, which is a campaign to raise awareness regarding cardiovascular disease in women.

  • The members of the Black Mesa Brass go way back. And after a period of separation, Larry Bronisz, trombone; Joe Holland, trumpet; Jan McDonald, trumpet; Jerome Morzinski, tuba; and the newest member, John Hardgreaves, French horn; have gotten the quintet back together. And their first concert will be the Brown Bag show at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

    “Joe, Jerry, Larry and I have been playing together in some form for (about) 20 years,” McDonald said.

    He added Hardgreaves has performed in the group for the last six months.

  • Exploring new places and cultures can be alluring to many people; for Kristina Parrack, a freshman at Los Alamos High School, the attraction of traveling is about to be experienced.

    Parrack will be stepping into her traveling shoes as a participant in the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

    She will be taking the Celtic Cultures Tour, which will begin June 8 and finish June 26. During those 18 days, Kristina will visit England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

  • Looking for an escape from “The Big Game” Sunday? Looking for something different? Well, Sunday just happens to be when the Wiccan holiday of Imbolc will be celebrated in Los Alamos.

    Imbolc, Imbolg, Oimelc or Candlemas are all names for the ancient Celtic Sabbat celebrating the first fertility festival of the year. Literally translated “Oimelc” means “ewe’s milk,” and “Imbolc” translates into “in the belly” referring to the ewe’s pregnancy. This would be the time of year when the new lambs would be born.

  • On Feb. 6, the Los Alamos Concert Association continues its “Jewel of a Season” with a performance by the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. The concert will take place at                     8 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium and will be followed by a reception.

    Tafelmusik is presented in conjunction with Los Alamos County’s 60th Anniversary celebration and special ticket pricing applies for this concert.

  • The Atomic City Children’s Theater is making its debut this weekend. About 30 students and two directors have been working since October for this opportunity to show the community what they can bring to the stage.

    See their work on stage during the production of “The Music Man,” which will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Duane Smith Auditorium. Admission is free.

  • At the dinner table one night, after my sister and her family announced they were moving into town, my father raised his glass and toasted to new beginnings.

    Wiping the slate clean  and starting fresh probably isn’t considered an art form but it should be, in my opinion.

    I love the characters in books and movies who dream of shucking the current state of their life and hitting the road. They yearn to travel down a strip of asphalt that runs off into the horizon and what awaits them beyond that vanishing point is anyone’s guess.

  • The number of budding scientists rose to the nth power on Saturday as the Los Alamos Public School District held the County Science Fair.

    Two hundred twelve students entered individual, team and classroom projects. Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School doubled their number of entrants compared to the 2008 event.

    Curriculum Coordinator Dawn Jalbert and her assistant Dawn Brown led a team of staff and volunteers to pull off the weekend event.

  • This year, Los Alamos County marks the 60th anniversary of becoming a county.

    Claiming status as a county sounds like such a simple thing, but, in truth, there was nothing simple about it.

    Many of the “rights” that today’s independent-minded Los Alamos County citizens consider basic – voting in elections, owning a home with dependable utilities, having a County Council with real power – came agonizingly slowly, in a long, complex series of crises and decisions that reached to the very top of American government.