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  • Do you ever give directions by saying, “Take a right at the Orthodox Church?” Probably not, because nobody seems to know where it is!

    By the end of the year it will be easy to find because the members of St. Dimitri’s Orthodox Church are planning to add an onion dome that can be clearly seen from Diamond Drive.

    The church is tucked in a cul-de-sac on 39th Street and people have to drive through road construction to get to it. The outside looks like a brown house, but the inside looks and feels like a church.

  • Second annual Pajarito Trail Runs Festival will take place Oct. 11 at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The event will feature 10K and 15-mile trail races and post-race activities, kids’ runs and activities, and an opportunity to enjoy a display of fall colors.

  • Exercise classes have a mixed reputation. Fitness sessions are described as tough, and demanding endurance, and a strong performance. I believe exercise sessions have even been called a bunch of woman moving around like synchronized robots.

    If you dig a little deeper and participate in a few of the classes at the Family YMCA in Los Alamos, however, I believe you would not see mechanics or drill exercises, but a real art form.

  • It all starts smoothly enough. A playwright gives a local theatre company her script free of charge to perform, but then all hell breaks loose.

    A new script is drafted every day and the cast is made up of mediocre actors.

    The Olions Thespian Club, the Los Alamos High School drama club, will present the disasters surrounding the fictional play titled, “A Murder Most Foul,” in their upcoming comedy, “Play On!”

  • An odd-ball team makes an enormous impact on the world in “Charlie Wilson’s War.”

    The movie, which was based on a true story, depicts a foul-mouth CIA agent, a rich domineering socialite and a womanizing congressman successfully pulling off a covert operation, the affects of which are still being felt today.

  • Often, you don’t hear about student accomplishments once they leave the community, but one student will ensure that hearing of her accomplishments is only the beginning.

    Kelsey Souza, a 2008 LAHS graduate, recently received the Distinguished District Editor Award from Key Club International. Souza was presented the award from Key Club International President, Grant Lin, at the 65th annual Key Club International Convention in Denver.

  • Pianist Patti Merrill will make her public performance debut in Los Alamos during the upcoming Brown Bag concert at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    The program will feature music by Bach, Chopin, Debussy and Grieg. Also on the program will be some of Merrill’s own compositions. At the conclusion of the concert, there will be a piece titled,“Freedom,” which she wrote.

  • The rate of Americans becoming diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease is reaching epidemic proportions.

    Agnes Vallejos, executive director of New Mexico’s chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, said there are 5.2 million Americans with the disease. New Mexico is not immune to the disease; more than 38,000 citizens in the state have been diagnosed, in fact the disease is found right in town. Pauline Schneider, executive director of Los Alamos Retired Senior Organization, said 500 people in Los Alamos have been diagnosed with the disease.

  • The year was somewhere around 1400 B.C. A large number of Jews and Egyptians had just left Egypt in an extraordinary departure that was preceded by a mind-numbing display of God’s miraculous power.

  • There have been some major changes at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos this fall, including hiring Alicia Solomon as the new music director.

    Solomon, a veteran soloist of the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and others, is the first professional musician to be hired by the church in its 53-year history.

    In addition to directing the Adult Choir, overseeing the Children’s Choir volunteers, and organizing other volunteer musicians, she supplies piano and guitar accompaniment, as well as vocal solos, for worship services.

  • President Eisenhower founded the Sister City movement in 1956 to promote world peace and mutual understanding through citizen diplomacy.

    Today, more than six decades later, the Sister City Initiative is still flourishing and Los Alamos is a committed partner to the effort.

    The Los Alamos/Sarov Sister City Initiative works in conjunction with the State Department’s Open World Program, initiated in 1999 by the Library of Congress and authorized by the U.S. Congress to increase understanding between the United States and Russia.

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874 takes its service to several levels. The post’s work appears in Los Alamos but is also visible around the state and nation.

    To ensure its services do not fade away, the local VFW is hosting a “Funday Fundraiser” from noon-4 p.m. Saturday at the post home.

  • Its walls were built to educate young people.

    The knobby wood beams were erected to pass on lessons from one generation to another; lessons in several areas of life – the outdoors, discipline and academics.

    The Ranch School shucked away all comfortable securities and instilled students with knowledge to prepare them for the next stages of their lives.

  • The Bradbury Science Museum will join cultural institutions across the country to participate in the Smithsonian Institution’s fourth annual Museum Day on Saturday.

    The national event is sponsored by Smithsonian magazine as a celebration of culture, learning, and the dissemination of knowledge. Museum Day follows the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C., museums.

  • To get a great ski season, sometimes a higher power has to be appeased.

    Saturday, during Ullrfest, which is named after the Norse god of skiing, participants will be working to ensure lots of snow appears on the Pajarito slopes.

    Thad Hahn, volunteer organizer, described Ullrfest as a traditional beginning of the ski season party.

    “You hope to have a good ski season ee with lots of white stuff,” he said. “It’s akin to doing a snow dance.”

  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will open its new 1,000-square-foot maintenance facility and shop with a celebration featuring a ribbon cutting, building tour and refreshments from 1-2 p.m. Monday.

    Everyone is welcome to attend the event, which will take place on the UNM-LA campus at 4000 University Drive, across from Los Alamos High School.

  • Tito Rios and Petra Babankova of Sol y Luna Guitar Duo unveiled an original composition during their Guitar and Gateaux concert last year. This year, they are back in the guitar series with more original music.

    Sol y Luna will be showing off their composing skills during the first Guitar and Gateaux show of the season, which will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. The Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) is sponsoring the show.

    Rios said they are looking forward to this show, after their successful performance last year.

  • He’s becoming New Mexico’s own John Grisham. As Grisham steadily sends out streams of best-selling legal crime thrillers, Michael McGarrity is popular for his detective series.

    His first novel about retired detective Kevin Kearny came out in 1996 and the character has been solving one mystery after another in books published pretty much every year since.

    “He’s one of New Mexico’s most famous mystery writers,” said Carol Meine of Mesa Public Library.

  • There’s an old saying that goes, “a journey begins with a single step.” This statement is especially true for a group of five people from Prague, Czech Republic, and their four Velorex vehicles.

    However, instead of their journey beginning with a single step, it started with the group shipping their cars to the U.S. in preparation for their 2,450-mile trip along the “Mother Road.”

  • The autumnal equinox is a harvest festival celebrated by pagans and Wiccans. The sun’s crossing the celestial equator from north to south at about 9:45 a.m. Monday marks the pivotal point at which the day and night are of equal measure.

    Briefly, the balance of light and dark as the daylight begins to wane and the nights to wax is observed. There’s no doubt about it: Fall has arrived.