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  • When I was in high school, my mother and I attended almost every traveling Broadway musical show that came to Denver. She bought the tickets as Christmas or birthday presents but there was another gift, the opportunity to share the show with her.

    I always remember our car rides back home; we would talk about the show the whole way.

  • The annual Festival of Trees will kick the holiday season into high gear Saturday.

    The jam-packed event, held each year from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, is a fundraiser for the Community Health Council and Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO).

    “I was amazed by how many trees we got this year,” said Michelangelo Lobato, Community Health Council coordinator. “They are all beautiful, and we are fortunate to be in a community where so many people will take the time to participate.”

  • No one wants to eat alone on Thanksgiving, not even girls with pink hair and neck tattoos, who are really just daughters, after all.

    In Peter Hedges’ sweet 2004 drama “Pieces of April,” April Burns (Katie Holmes) has invited her suburban family to her Lower East Side apartment to celebrate the holiday. It will mark the first time her family has visited her new apartment, the first time she has cooked the family dinner, and, she hopes, the first time she and her family have enjoyed each other’s company.

  • The dancers were swarmed like celebrities as they descended the stage following Friday's spectacular opening of the Wonderful WizThe dancers were swarmed like celebrities as they descended the stage following Friday’s spectacular opening of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Duane Smith Auditorium.

    “I think it’s brilliant,” said Terra Hite. “I’ve never seen a Wizard of Oz performance where Toto and the poppies along the brick road were real people.”

  • The road to Santiago, Spain, has been beaten flat by pilgrims’ feet for more than 1,000 years. Every year, more than 50,000 people tie on walking shoes and trek through countrysides and small villages. They endure blisters, rain and spartan lodging all to reach the burial place of St. James and a cathedral at the end of the journey.

  • To some, poetry might not spark enthusiasm or produce more snores than cheers but poet Erika Wurth is working to change people’s attitudes toward the art form.

    In her collection of poetry, titled “Indian Trains,” which was published in October from the New Mexico University’s West End Press, Wurth honors those closest to her, her family and community.

    Growing up outside of Denver, Wurth, who is Native American and has blood ties to the Apache, Chicksaw and Cherokee tribes, writes about urban Indians who are living away from the reservations.

  • Each academic year, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos honors students from the Los Alamos High School graduating class.

    Students are selected on the basis of their academic record, service to the community and leadership qualities.

    Catherine Chen has been named Rotary Student of the Month for October. She invited Lynn Lamb, her piano teacher for nine years, and David Thurston, her advanced as well as AP biology teacher for the past two years, to accompany her to the organization’s honoring luncheon held at UNM-LA.

  • The United Church of Los Alamos is gearing up for its annual holiday bazaar, which will be held from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday.

    Bazaar Coordinator and Director of Children’s Ministries Jean Picard said, “The proceeds from the bazaar are combined with the earnings from our thrift shop and are spent on mission projects. We support mission projects in Los Alamos, northern New Mexico, in the U.S. and around the world.”

    The funds from the 2007 bazaar raised $4,500 for the missions of the church.

  • The first attempt at a fundraiser is very interesting when time, effort and energy is spent in hopes that the grand finale will be successful. The second year, slight changes are made to improve the event and the third time is the charm.

    This year, the third annual Festival of Chocolate, should charm revelers. The event takes place from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The young and young at heart will delight their taste buds and dance to their hearts delight while benefiting programs for all ages.

  • This weekend, the Los Alamos community will be transported to the land of Oz in another New Mexico Dance Theater–Performance Company (NMDT–PC) production. Director Susan Baker-Dillingham’s newest original ballet, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” premiers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

  • Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service recently announced that it has been named to the 2008 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the most successful Medicare-certified home health care providers in the United States.

    This annual review identifies the top 25 percent of agencies, ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance.

  • School budgets only go so far before some items are left out. To help get these supplies to Los Alamos High School teachers and employees, the Topper Parent Organization compiled a wish list and is asking the community to help cross items off the list.

    The math department is requesting chisel tipped Expo dry erase markers in blue, black, red, green and purple by the dozen.

  • “Coyotes of the Valles Caldera National Preserve,” a family-friendly talk, will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

    Wildlife biologist Suzanne Gifford has been studying coyotes on the Preserve since 2005 and will discuss the research she has been conducting on the ecology of the coyote population.

    “We have radio-collared 36 coyotes in order to study movements, territories and population characteristics,” Gifford said.

  • Wednesday, the Baha’is of Los Alamos will celebrate the birth of Baha’u’llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith. The celebration will consist of a talk, prayers, readings and music. It will take place at 505 Oppenheimer Drive in Ridge Park, #1306, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and is open to all.

  • With Christmas right around the corner, shopping will be at the top of the to-do list soon enough. Early birds can get a jump-start on their holiday shopping on Saturday when Los Alamos County Employee Fund Committee holds their Annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Vendors will sell their merchandise from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. There is no fee for admission.

  • It isn’t easy being a part of the Los Alamos Marching Band. It requires a lot of work. The last two weeks of summer vacation are filled with practices. Students give up time after school to practice, in addition to the regularly scheduled band classes. It’s not just learning music either, it is learning drills as well

  • Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric) may have been trapped in a paralyzed body but within his mind, he soared to enormous heights.

    “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” depicts the true story of Bauby, known as “Jean-Do” a writer and fashion editor who suffered a stroke, which left him paralyzed and blind in one eye.

    He is unable to move, unable to talk, but there are many times throughout the movie that you forget all about his disabilities because Jean-Do’s mind is much alive. He indulges in his memories and in his imagination.

  • Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric) may have been trapped in a paralyzed body but within his mind, he soared to enormous heights.

    “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” depicts the true story of Bauby, known as “Jean-Do” a writer and fashion editor who suffered a stroke, which left him paralyzed and blind in one eye.

    He is unable to move, unable to talk, but there are many times throughout the movie that you forget all about his disabilities because Jean-Do’s mind is much alive. He indulges in his memories and in his imagination.

  • Rotary Club of Los Alamos honors Los Alamos High School seniors each month, and Kayla Arnone was chosen to be Student of the Month for September. She invited her employer of two years, psychologist Heather Cole, to accompany her to the club’s honoring luncheon at the University of New Mexico- Los Alamos Oct. 30.

  • The House of Hope Women recently returned from their 22nd trip to Jurez, Chihuahua, Mexico, after completing the latest house-building project. The chosen family, a single mother, Jessinia, with two her boys Christian, 5, and Kevin, 7, were delighted with the three days of activity in their backyard.