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  • This morning, I watched a recording of an unusual reunion.

    Back in 1969, two men adopted a lion cub. Within a year, the cub had outgrown the furniture store in which it had been living in downtown London, so the men contacted a lion specialist in Kenya to help integrate Christian, as they called their pet, into the wild.

    It worked. Within several months, the lion had adapted completely. But the men hadn’t. They missed Christian, and came for a visit nine months after his release.

  • A whole range of meanings can be gathered from local playwright Robert Benjamin’s play, “Time Enough.” It’s up to each audience member to interpret the play for him- or herself. It seems only appropriate then, to show the play at a multitude of locations.

    The play was shown at the Adobe Theater in Albuquerque in 2006. The Los Alamos Little Theater performed the play in March and it was shown at the Texas/New Mexico Hospice Organization annual meeting that same month.

  • Faith, hope and love brought Richard Elliott home July 4, to spend just a few hours with friends and family before returning to an Albuquerque rehabilitation center Friday.

    Richard was on his way to work on Feb. 6 when his 2002 Honda Accord slid on black ice, resulting in a terrible car accident on the truck route. Richard sustained a plethora of injuries, from the complete loss of one eye and half of the other to having the left ankle almost amputated at the scene, resulting in a Flight for Life trip to Albuquerque.

  • Painting an icon can be more than just creating a pretty picture; it’s an opportunity to encounter angels or saints, or other religious figures. And a chance to have a divine interaction through art has arrived.

    Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church is coordinating the Icon Painting Workshop held July 14-19 at the Prosopon School of Arts and Iconology, located in the College of Santa Fe.

    The instructor of the workshop will be the Rev. Medfodii, who has been studying the art of icon painting with the school’s founder, Vladislav Andreyev, for more than 17 years.

  • Los Pinguos brought their music to Los Alamos three years ago, making the Trinity Beverage Company explode with their Argentine tango, salsa, and mambo music. So much dynamite powered the performance that Los Alamos Summer Concert Series producer Russ Gordon has been working to get the band to return.

    He succeeded. Friday, the band will once again entertain the crowds of Los Alamos starting at 7 p.m. at 15th Street and Central Avenue.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society is pleased to announce the publication of “The Forgotten Physicist: Robert Bacher, 1905-2004” by Los Alamos National Laboratory historian Alan B. Carr.

    The book describes the life and career of a man frequently mentioned in other books about the Manhattan Project but whose importance to that project and the atomic era has not been presented in depth until now.

    During an interview in 1993, Hans Bethe described Bacher as “the most important person (at Los Alamos) next to Oppenheimer.”

  • Plastic bags have really left a mark on the environment. They are made from petroleum, harmful to animals, and rather than bio-degrading, plastic bags are photodegradable; the sun breaks the bags into smaller and smaller parts, but these pieces never go away.

    As a result, members of the Pajarito Envrionmental Education Center’s Kinnikinnick Club, a nature club for students in grade four through six, are working to wipe away the mark left by plastic bags on the environment.

  • Classical and folk art, along with history, are intertwined within delicate and elaborate patterns of lace in the “Handmade Lace: From Fine Art to Folk Art” exhibit at Mesa Public Library.

    If visitors are looking at the black Spanish mantilla or the 1680 Italian “snow lace” and wonder just how these pieces of art were created, an answer will be provided soon. The New Mexico Enchanted Lacers will host demonstrations on lace-making techniques all day Saturday at the library.

  • You watched the match, right? Clicked the TV on at 7 a.m. Sunday morning, without even lifting your head? Eventually rubbed your eyes, rolled your pillow in half so you could lean back on it and see the screen, and realized you forgot to take your contacts out the night before?

    You watched what many people are saying was the best tennis match ever.

  • Wondering what is the sweetest class that the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will be offering this summer? Without a doubt, it is the classes on beekeeping with local honey man Scott Mills of Mariposa Apiaries in Los Alamos.

    The first of the two classes is offered for those who are interested in learning more about honeybees and beekeeping in general. Topics in this two-hour introductory course will include life inside the beehive, the honeybee life cycle, the importance of honeybees, and protective clothing and basic equipment needed for getting started.

  • Everyone’s career has some type of significance; whether it is a trash collector who ensures neighborhoods and city streets remain sanitary and clean or a police officer who maintains everyone’s safety. From the long list of potential occupations to support through a scholarship, Steve and Barbara Stoddard selected two – teaching and nursing.

  • Going through cancer treatment changes how a person looks and feels. This, in turn, can modify ones’ actions, relationships and life. If you are going through cancer treatment and want to be more comfortable in society again, realize you are not alone.

    A 2006 on-line survey conducted by the Cincinnati-based research firm R.L. Repass & Partners Inc. showed that a 69 percent majority of 400 female cancer patients said their appearance changed either somewhat or a lot during chemotherapy or radiation.

  • To anyone who thinks a library is just books, its time to look between the shelves because the Los Alamos County Library System is about to prove just how cool it really is. The rock ’n’ roll band, The High Strung is coming to perform, along with the local band, The Small Town Lab Rats.

    The free concert will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge and is sponsored by the county libraries and funded in part by the Friends of the Library.

  • “The Marriage of Figaro” has been one of the world’s most popular operas almost since its first production in Vienna 222 years ago. Through Mozart’s immortal music, never more sublimely simple, and the revolutionary, politically-incorrect play of Beaumarchais, the complex depths of the human heart are plumbed under the deceptively pleasing guise of romantic farce. Nobody dies, true love triumphs and everyone is paired off appropriately.

  • Possessing intellect is not the only vital component to being successful in science; having fun is also essential.

    A team of Los Alamos Middle School eighth-graders put this theory to the test during the regional and national Science Bowl competitions, and their conclusion revealed enjoyment and brains are equally important.

  • While members of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Evangelical Church prepare to host the annual Vacation Bible School and Day Camp, which will be held July 7-11, the House of Hope Women are making preparations for the annual Vacation Bible School evening family dinner.

  • What would you do? You’re a middle-aged woman living in a big, suburban home. You and your husband have four daughters, one in high school, one in college and two in-between. Then one evening, your husband doesn’t come home – the same day, you find out, his secretary runs off to Sweden with her mysterious lover.

    In Mike Binder’s “The Upside of Anger,” this is Terry Wolfmeyer’s (Joan Allen) situation. She decides to get mad.

    And she finds a few things  to keep her furious.

  • UNM-Los Alamos will bring college to kids in first through sixth grade this summer.

    “We love having the kids on campus,” said Community Education Coordinator Eileen Gallegos. “The enthusiasm they have for learning is always inspiring.”

  • TESUQUE, N.M. – The Santa Fe Opera’s new production of “Falstaff” opened the season Friday night with all the camp and circumstance befitting Giusseppe Verdi’s comic masterpiece, based on Shakespeare’s shameless, big-bellied rascal.

    The Falstaff of the two-part “Henry IV,” called back for his own show in the “Merry Wives of Windsor, “has the patent on the role of the most deplorably loveable, gluttonous reprobate of all time.

  • Uli’s Cottontails is hosting a competition that requires skill, creativity, thought and lots of Legos. The annual Lego design competition allows young people to prove their strengths as builders with the plastic primary-colored blocks.