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  • 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.

  • 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.