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  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico (BBBS) is looking for adults that have a few hours a month to make the difference in the life of a child.

    The organization’s school-based program, known to old-timers as Lunch Buddies, is ready to start the process for those volunteers who can spend even one hour a week having lunch with one of the many students – or “littles” in Los Alamos Public Schools.

  • The Los Alamos League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader program will host speaker Tony Mortillaro, assistant County administrator at 11:45 a.m. in the Chama Room of the La Vista Restaurant at the Best Western. Please join us for a lively conversation. RSVP to Anne Nobile at braziliandeck@yahoo.com.

  • The House of Hope Women invites women of Los Alamos and the surrounding areas to join them in their next house-building trip to Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, Oct. 10-12.

    This upcoming visit marks the fourth year that this all-women construction team, which encompasses women from other churches and communities, will be making the trip to the border town to build a home for a family who would otherwise have little hope of permanent stable housing.

  • There seems to be an endless supply of books to stack up on the night stand or cram into a bookshelf, but how do you pick which ones to read?

    The Los Alamos Great Books Discussion makes the decision process easy by selecting the books for the reader.

    The book group not only selects the material for its members, it also invites them to participate in literary conversations.

    The discussions will begin at 1 p.m. Sept. 9 at Mesa Public Library.

  • Dear friends of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series,

    The Series is coming to a close and hopefully we’ll be back next May. There are only two shows left, Friday and Sept. 5.

    We’ve had to change our artist for the Friday concert.

    Rosie Ledet is ill and can’t make either of her New Mexico concerts that she had planned for this weekend.

    Thankfully, my dear friends, the Nomads will replace Rosie. The Nomads play ‘50s and ‘60s rock ‘n roll.

  • Los Alamos artist Secundino Sandoval and his brother and fellow artist, Abad, have more ties than just being siblings; they are also connected through art.

    Secundino started making his art creations at age 5; a Mickey Mouse comic book and some crayons sparked his interest in the field. Abad began making doodles as a kid, which grew into watercolors.

    They both capture the landscapes and sites of New Mexico in their watercolors.

    Secundino said Abad’s work is very impressionistic while his own paintings are more realistic.

  • Whenever my oldest nephew creates a drawing, I immediately love it and praise the creation to the hilt. The fact that he needs to tell me what all the wild, blue crayon scribbles depict is a minor detail. The point is that a 4-year-old drew it to give to his mother, which is all that really matters. There is no composition, no reason exercised; it’s just in good fun.

    This seems to be a common attitude; many adults rush their children’s or young relatives’ pictures to the center of the fridge or decorate their offices with framed young people’s artwork.

  • The Los Alamos Arts Council Brown Bag free concert series not only will open with a bang, but the skirl of bagpipes will also be heard.

    The Albuquerque & Four Corners Pipes and Drums will perform the first Brown Bag concert of the season at 12:15 p.m. Sept. 5 at Fuller Lodge.

    In addition to the traditional and mystic music of the great Highland bagpipe and drum ensemble, highland dancers will also be taking the stage. Piper Don Machen of Los Alamos currently leads the band.

  • School days

    Thank you, community of Los Alamos, for caring! Self Help’s school supply project reached many children both in Los Alamos and in surrounding school districts.

    We thank the NNM/LA United Way, the Woman of the ELCA, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Casa Mesita Thrift Store, REMAX, the Los Alamos Monitor, KRSN and Staples.

    We also appreciate those who helped unpack, sort, and deliver the six pallets of supplies as well as the many people who stopped by with a check, backpacks and words of encouragement.

    Ellen Morris Bond

    Self Help Inc.

  • Editor’s Note: This story is the first of several that the district will be releasing.

    In January, Los Alamos voters will be asked to approve a $40 million school bond issue, which will give the district necessary funds to embark on a 20-year plan for rebuilding schools.

    This 20-Year Plan was developed by the LAPS District Facilities Committee and is designed to address Los Alamos Public School facility renewal needs.

  • A portrait captures a moment in time that is to be cherished forever. Jennifer Hanson Bartram of Viewfinder Photography hopes to make the details of capturing the moment even better. Bartram took her portrait photography on the road, thus evolving into Viewfinder Traveling Portraits.

    “I wanted to provide a resource for people to get their portraits done in the comfort of their own homes or in front of any of the beautiful vistas in the Los Alamos area,” said Bartram, who has photographed numerous senior pictures with the background locals have grown up with.

  • “I’ve always written,” author Kate Horsley said. She started in the fourth grade, when she wrote the class Christmas poem. Her career took another step when she published her first novel, “Crazy Women,” in 1992.

    Horsley explained while earning her Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico in American studies, she was fascinated with the stories in history and wanted to write about them but in a non-academic way.

  • Food, fellowship and fun will be had by all at the United Church this weekend. Church members will display their talents, not only for the church, but for the community, too.

    The Shared Ministry Fair will begin its fun at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and there will be special activities to keep little hands and minds busy while parents visit with church members. The event plans to showcase the many opportunities of shared ministries both in the local and world communities and the church.

  • Across the world, people will be clicking their cameras to capture the beauty in their own communities.

    Los Alamos will be joining in on this world wide photo walk, which will be held Saturday.

    The local photo shoot will begin at 8 a.m. in front of Starbucks. Participants will be traveling from Fuller Lodge to Ashley Pond to take pictures.

    When the walk is completed, images will be uploaded to a flickr site and one photographer will be selected to win Scott Kelby’s “The Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers.”

  • Friday, we’ll be at Ashley Pond with one of Los Alamos’ favorite bands, the Jimmy Stadler Band from Taos. This marks the 15th straight year that these rockers have played our series.

    They’ve been very busy this year playing an average of five dates a week including weddings and parties all over the country. They’ve also been working on their next album at the studio owned by their drummer Craig Neil.

    Jimmy said they’ve written and recorded two-dozen new songs and will be playing some of them Friday.

  • Dr. Lena Smith will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bradbury Science Museum for the next installment of its Alzheimer’s series. “Managing Difficult Behaviors in Dementia,” is the title of her presentation.

    One of the most difficult aspects of dementia is with managing the behaviors associated with moderate and later stages of the disease.

  • Chamisa Elementary will be setting its sights on science for the 2008-2009 school year – with Principal Cindy Montoya at the helm.

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has awarded the school a $15,000 educational outreach grant in support of science, selected among 85 outstanding applicants.

  • At the Annual Convention of The Military Order of the World Wars, Commander of Los Alamos’ Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229, United States Air Force Lt. Col. (Retired) Norman G. Wilson, was appointed General Staff Officer and to Chair the MOWW’s National Homeland Security Committee.

    The convention, the 88th annual for the MOWW, was held in Columbus, Ga., July 30-Aug. 2.

    The regular monthly dinner meeting of the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the MOWW will be Aug. 19, at the Aspen Ridge Lodge.

  • Cancer is something Blaire Larson knows about personally.

    Her father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer and even though her husband is part of the medical research at the University of New Mexico Health Center, it was still an overwhelming experience for them both.

    It was a hard time for them, but it seemed even harder for her mother-in-law, Larson said. There were not a lot of resources available.

    Larson said she thought if it was overwhelming for them, what must it be like for other families? As a result, Cancer Services of New Mexico was born.

  • Conner Bailey and Jill Sherrill showed off their green thumbs at the 2008 Festival, Fair and Rodeo.

    Bailey and Sherrill were winners in both the horticulture and floriculture judging during this year’s fair.

    Winners were announced late last week by the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service.

    Exhibits ranging from finely sewn clothing to vegetable baskets were exhibited during the County Fair.