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  • New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT) School and Performance Company, directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, will begin its fifth year of professional-level dance instruction Aug. 18.

    Registration day for the 2008-2009 year will be held 10 a.m.-2 p. m. Saturday at the NMDT studio located at 149 Central Park Square (between Curves for Women and Hair Experts).

    NMDT was founded by Baker-Dillingham in August 2004 at the White Rock Complex.

  • The Crisis Center of Northern New Mexico will be implementing an Anti-Bully Program in the middle school in Los Alamos and will continue to reach the elementary schools in Española this school year.

  • From Tucson, El Paso, Colorado and more than 38 towns in New Mexico, artists are flocking to Los Alamos to share their wares at the 31st Annual Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday. The lawn behind Fuller Lodge will once again sport the festive white canopies, each one offering lovingly-created crafts or fine arts for sale.

  • The Hospital Auxiliary of Los Alamos Medical Center awarded three $1,500 scholarships to graduated Los Alamos High School seniors Noopur Goyal, Allen Pittman and Danielle Christensen. Auxilian Tess Church, a retired LAHS teacher, announced the winners at the LAHS Scholarship Convocation.

    Goyal, who will attend the University of New Mexico in the fall, plans to pursue a career in medicine with possible specialization in endocrinology or dermatology.

  • History is Los Alamos High School student Shannon Burns’ favorite subject, which became very clear during the National History Day Contest.

    During the competition, which was held June 15-19 at the University Maryland, Burns not only took her project, “Molly’s Children: The American/Irish Mining Conflict,” into the finals, earning 10th place, but was presented one of two awards from the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Ladies Ancient Order Hibernians.

  • At first glance, it may seem like most Americans live comfortable lives, and this comfort affords them a limited view and feeling of the world’s troubles, but if you look deeper, Americans, at least locally, do dare to look beyond middle class lines and even across country borders with the desire to help.

  • Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) is proud to unveil its new fall schedule and to welcome new instructors to its faculty.

  • Saturday, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is sponsoring a Wildlife Habitat Yard Tour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. so visitors can enjoy the many ways Los Alamos and White Rock home-owners have learned to live with nature.

  • Saturday, the gift of hope will be presented to the community. Wrapped up in carnival colors, and ready to be opened by the whole family, Discover Hope will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge.

    The event, sponsored by the Hope Fellowship, was first held last year at Ashley Pond. Carla Weiser, co-founder of Hope Fellowship with her husband, Allen, said this year’s format will be similar to the first Discover Hope.

    Inspirational live music will be played. There will be an inflatable jump house, games, balloons and more.

  • This summer’s American premier at the Santa Fe Opera, “Adriana Mater,” by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, is “a woman’s story told by a woman, and . . . looks at war through a woman’s eyes.” It makes the case that in war, there are no good guys; all combatants are “thugs and murderers,” as demonstrated by Adriana’s rape, not by an enemy soldier but one from her own village.

  • Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series will be in White Rock at Smith’s Food and Drug’s and Bandelier Grill’s parking lot with the great western swing and hot jazz band, the Hot Club of Cowtown.

  • The expression, “you got to start somewhere,” usually implies starting with small, insignificant beginnings is advantageous to getting a foothold in reaching a greater, larger objective.

    This expression is useful motivation. However, some people need no words of motivation to move them to the top, because they are already there. In one giant leap, they bypassed small beginnings and stepped right to the top.

  • Friday the Art Center at Fuller Lodge celebrates the Members’ Best exhibit with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. From crafts to fine arts, from whimsical to serious, Members’ Best is a bold testament to the wealth of artistic talent residing in the community.

  • “Stranger Than Fiction,” playing this week at Mesa Public Library, is one of my favorite movies. How can I review it? I gave up any objectivity very early in the film, about the time Harold Crick’s wristwatch had an opinion about the single Windsor knot in Harold’s necktie.

    The wristwatch is funny, but Harold, played by Will Ferrell, or possibly his secret, stoic twin brother, is not.

  • Los Alamos is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2009, and to commemorate the event, the anniversary committee hopes to involve every group, club and organization in town.

    To accomplish this, the 60th anniversary committee, in conjunction with the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, is seeking the help of organizations to update a list of community resources.

  • So this is it. I ate my cookie. I drank a big gulp of soymilk. And now I’m writing what is most likely my last “Thinking Makes It So.”

    There are some of you, I know, who are probably thinking, “Well, it’s about time. I hate this column, and yet I read it nearly every week. Why do I do that? Anyhow, it will be great to have my Thursday nights back.”

    I free you, disgruntled readers! From now on, read something you truly enjoy.

  • Having Oprah Winfrey be associated with a book can definitely push it into the spotlight.

    Bret Lott, the bestselling author of “Jewel” and “The Difference between Women and Men” and the editor of “The Southern Review,” can attest to Winfrey’s literary power.

  • The mission and the operation remain identical to previous years, but this year’s Relay for Life, Los Alamos has a new appearance.

    Before, the event was held in conjunction to the Los Alamos Summer Concert series and set at Ashley Pond.

    However, event chair Hilde Fitzgerald explained there were some safety concerns about the pond setting and with the municipal building being torn down right next door.

    “I needed a plan B,” she said.

  • Having new school supplies can be the difference between starting off the school year with a good attitude or a bad one, said Judith Magelssen, coordinator of supplies for the ECLA and Self Help Inc. School Supply Project.

    She said she has taught in the Pojoaque for eight years and would see some students come in with no supplies, which can hurt when they are with their peers. However, after a visit to the counselor’s office to pick up the needed items, courtesy of the School Supply Project, Magelssen said students return with big smiles.

  • George Fredric Handel’s “Radamisto” opened for the first time at the Santa Fe Opera last Saturday evening, only a dozen short of 300 years after its’ premier performance in London.

    Although Beaumarchais would not write his revolutionary bedroom farce (“The Marriage of Figaro” also playing this summer!) for nearly 60 more years, the plots of the two operas seemed ironically similar: Lord-and-master spurns his beautiful, loving wife, to pursue less-powerful-but-more-admirable man’s also beautiful and faithful wife.