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  • Of whom does Reformation remind you: Thomas Beza? Ulrich Zwingli? James Arminius? John Calvin? Probably all the above. The “Father of the Reformation,” Martin Luther, named after St. Martin of Tours, was very inquisitive and wanted to learn from the sages such as Aristotle, Plato, and Gabriel Biel. But two men who became his tutors (Bartholomaus Arnoldi von Usingen and Jodocus Trutfetter) taught Luther to be wary of even the great thinkers of the ages.

  • There are sites and activities that are deemed unique to Los Alamos and embraced by locals. But now, it is more than just Los Alamos residents who are noticing these local gifts.

    In fact, the New Mexico Recreation and Parks Association presented awards to the Los Alamos Recreation Division and the Parks Division during its annual conference in September.

    The recreation division received the Aquatic Program of the Year award for its Pumpkin Splash activity while the parks division earned the Park/Trails/Bike Path award for its design and master plan for Camp May.

  • “Play On!” proves that in the world of theater, occasionally nothing goes as planned. Everything you prepare and rehearse can fly out the window and chaos replaces order.

    It appears this is an accurate message because the Olions Thespian Club, the Los Alamos High School drama club, experienced an obstacle during the Saturday performance of “Play On!”

  • There is art in nature – a setting and rising sun, a blooming flower, a floating cloud. In fact, art is all around us.

    Sometimes artists take matters into their own hands to show people just how artistic nature can be. The natural world becomes the artist’s canvas to create an image. Robert Smithson shaped rocks into the “Spiral Jetty” in the Great Salt Lake, while Christo and Jeanne Claude have draped cloth material on various structures including a valley in Rifle, Colo., and islands off of Florida.

  • In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet we hear the memorable lines, “A plague on both your houses!” The exhibition at the Art Center that opens Friday, with a reception from 5-7 p.m., is anything but a plague. The exhibit is a celebration of not only the house but the home as well.

  • I always thought break-dancing was just a quick trend, locked up tight in the 80s’ and only performed by odd balls wearing really bad outfits.

    Watching “Planet B-Boy” revealed just how wrong I was. The 80s just took an art form was ruined it by turning the art into commercialized tripe.

    Break dancing, according to this documentary, has nothing to do with acid washed jeans and more to do with a free form of self-expression. There aren’t really any set moves or guidelines, it’s more about what a particular dancer feels and wants to express.

  • Los Alamos Public Schools is sponsoring a Town Hall Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge, to review the implications of House Bill 241.

    It is expected the bill will be presented to the New Mexico Legislature during its upcoming session and, if enacted, could result in funding cuts of about $3 million to the Los Alamos Public Schools.

    Last year, Representative Mimi Stewart, D-Bernalillo, introduced this bill that revamps the educational funding formula currently used in New Mexico.

  • If Los Alamos writer Kendal Fortson’s book, “ Brother to Jackals,” was a song, it would be a cannon; and if it was a shape, it would be a Mbius strip.

    It appears Fortson has not been timid in his literary debut, he charged right in. The book, he said, is about “sex, drugs and existential dilemmas.”

    Pour Yorick Publishing, a New Mexico publishing company, released “Brother to Jackals,” this month.

  • The famous war correspondent Ernie Pyle grew up in Indiana but moved with his wife to New Mexico in the 1940s, just before World War II started. They made their home in Albuquerque and even though Pyle traveled to provide first-hand accounts of the war, he would make trips to New Mexico.

    Eventually, Pyle’s New Mexico home would be transformed into the Ernie Pyle Library, which is how Richard Melzer became introduced to this war correspondent.

  • The Hope Pregnancy Center has had a busy year.

    “We’ve expanded our hours from 10 to 24 ee we’re also going to expand our office space in a new location (at the end of the month) to accommodate more clients,” executive director Sarah Taylor said. “We’ve hired a new client service administrator who oversees our in-house operation.”

    But there is much more on the pregnancy center’s to-do list and to accomplish more, it needs the community’s help.

  • Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl would have been 41 years old Friday. But rather than brooding over Pearl’s murder by terrorists, the world is celebrating his life through music and Los Alamos is joining in the festivities.

    The Los Alamos Community Winds, featuring Lesley Olsher, will host a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    The Los Alamos chapter of Hadassah is promoting the event.

  • In 1846, 500 members of the Mormon Battalion marched approximately 2,000 miles to fight in the Mexican-American War. Today, that journey is being taken again and the marchers will be arriving in Santa Fe Saturday. In recognition, there will be at Mormon Battalion Event Saturday at the Stake Center and Los Alamos residents are invited.

  • This organization and its birds have made numerous appearances in Los Alamos.

    The Santa Fe Raptor Center staff and birds visit local schools, the farmer’s market and library. Now, it’s Los Alamos’ turn to visit the raptor center.

    An open house will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The raptor center is located at #32 Jacinto Road in Santa Fe.

    “Basically people will be able to see the raptor housing,” Laura Swartz of the raptor center said.

  • What constitutes a work of art? Should all art fit within the limits of whatever definition Webster’s Dictionary assigns the word or should it venture outside the lines in favor of multiple meanings?

    Wandering through the newest exhibit at the Mesa Public Library, it seems clear that art defies a single definition. If something or someone is valued so highly and made immortal through paint, clay or any other medium, so in order that it can be shared with the rest of the world, then the work is worthy of the term art.

  • Out of the cauldron on Nectar Street will soon bubble a brand new take on one of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.

    “I like Shakespeare better than anything else,” said Grady Hughes, who will play the title role in the Los Alamos Little Theatre’s upcoming production of “Macbeth,” set to open Halloween night.

    “This play,” Hughes added, “is dark poetry.”

  • A recent announcement of the 51 public school students to be named semifinalists in the 54th annual National Merit Scholarship Program reveals that Los Alamos Public Schools is at the top of the list with the most semifinalists in New Mexico.

    Ten Los Alamos students are semifinalists while La Cueva High School in Albuquerque has nine. New Mexico Education Secretary Veronica C. Garcia made the announcement.

  • For countless centuries the continent has experienced an extraordinary phenomenon. It happens throughout natural places.

    It happens in national parks. It happens in back yards. And it happens every year. A group of vertebrates with a direct lineage back to the dinosaurs play out this event.

    The vertebrates are birds and the phenomenon is called migration.

  • The U.S. Southwest Soaring Museum in Moriarty, N.M., has a lot of history lessons to teach, not just to Moriarty residents but to everyone.

    Within the museum, there are 36 historically significant sailplanes, which are powerless aircraft. There is also a large collection of scale models of historically important gliders and a photograph collection, which depicts the history of soaring.

  • Come to the 2008 Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair from 8 a.m. – noon Saturday at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium.

    This year, the Heart Council extends a special invitation to local young adults to attend the Health Fair.

  • Have questions answered about Non-Hodgkins Lymphona at the next seminar being presented by the Los Alamos Council on Cancer from 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Drive in Los Alamos.

    Two physicians will be presenting. One speaker, Thomas P. Miller, M.D., is a professor of medicine, and chief of section of Hematology/Oncology at University of Arizona, and a research scientist at the Arizona Cancer Center.

    The other speaker is Jan Merin, M.D., MPH, is a medical oncologist-hematologist at Northern New Mexico Cancer Care, Los Alamos.