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  • Once again, New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT) Performance Company and director Susan Baker-Dillingham are bringing an original story ballet to Los Alamos. NMDT will present Baker-Dillingham’s original version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, “Snow White,” Feb. 22- 24 at the Duane W.

  • The Boy Scouts of Troop 222 recently completed a new tricycle track for the preschool program at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.The project, which took five weekends to complete, involved cleaning and preparing the playground area, meeting with the preschool teachers to design and layout the new track, obtaining the necessary materials and painting the new roadway.“The preschoolers will use the track as a guide for riding their tricycles.” Carrie Johnson, a Barranca preschool teacher, said.

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  • While working through parent/teacher conference week, the community is making sure the Pion Elementary School staff does not go hungry. The Hill Diner, Ruby K’s and Bandelier Grill are donating soup while parents are providing bread, fruit and side dishes. Even the sixth-graders are joining in on this effort.Feeding the staff was also held last year, however, they ate their meals out of disposable bowls.

  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos is proud to announce that UNM-LA students Matthew Early and Bethany Stephens have recently been named to the 2008 New Mexico All-State Academic Team.Team members were recognized at a ceremony held Jan. 23 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. New Mexico team members are eligible to compete for the USA Today-sponsored All-USA Academic Team.The honor recognizes academic achievement by students attending community colleges and encourages students to maintain their hard work and dedication.

  • The Musical Fireworks continue Feb. 23, when the Los Alamos Concert Association brings the Imani Winds, a wind quintet to Los Alamos. Imani Winds will present a master class at 11 a.m. at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and a concert at 8 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium. A reception will follow the concert.Imani Winds, founded in 1997, is an American wind quintet based in New York. The quintet comprises flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon, and is known for its adventurous programming.

  • Tuesday, Chamisa Elementary School is taking the time to recognize a major milestone. The school will host its 40th birthday with a community wide celebration.The school will pay tribute to their history with a short presentation at 8:15 a.m., which will feature some very special guests. Five former principals will be returning to the site to share their fondest memories of their elementary days.

  • The Catholic Church originally recognized 10 or 11 Valentines (some of them Bishops), although several of them could have been the same person.Eight hundred years before the establishment of Valentine’s Day, the Romans had practiced a pagan celebration in mid-February commemorating young men’s growth to maturity. The celebration required men to draw the names of young girls from a box.

  • Dr. Charlie Carrillo, scholar, teacher, lecturer and artist, has a piece of history he would like to share.The Los Alamos Historical Society is providing an opportunity to experience what Carrillo has to offer during its historical lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.For the past 28 years, Carrillo has studied and created depictions of the saints of the Pueblos. He has carved their images out of wood and painted flat images called retablos. Carrillo preserves the traditional creations of santos, or saints, but also adds something new.

  • In the Los Alamos Choral Society and Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s winter concert Jan. 27 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, under the direction of Mary Badarak, the Oratorio “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn was presented.Many members of the chorus, now numbering 61, have sung this familiar work numerous times.

  • With a holiday devoted to love approaching, it seems appropriate to hold a concert celebrating this emotion.The Los Alamos High School choirs present their “Love Song Concert” at 7 p.m. Monday at Duane Smith Auditorium. “It’s a great topic,” choral director Paula Nichols said.

  • Self-confidence, responsibility and citizenship are a few qualities the Naval Jr. Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) nurture. Now, it is adding cooking skills to the list.To prepare for the NJROTC enchilada dinner, which will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos High School cafeteria, students strapped on aprons and pulled out the baking pans. In addition to dinner, there will be a silent auction, which will include a painting by Secundino Sandoval and other items.Having students take an active role in dinner “gets them involved,” said Ret.

  • Here’s one of those rare cases where you can love a book – and love the movie based on it as well. They’re two unique works of art, the novel and the film “The Joy Luck Club,” while cut from the same silky fabric.In both, Amy Tan, either as a novelist or a screenwriter, tells the intersecting stories of eight women, four Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters.

  • Students are invited to submit their written work poetry, musical lyrics, short stories, creative nonfiction, drawings, photos, excerpts from their novel, etc. for inclusion in the 2008 “Pajarito Literary Review” for ages 4-12 or “Moebius” for ages 13-18.Students’ typed or printed entry, two typed pages or less, must be received by Feb. 15.Organizers ask that only one-work be submitted per student. Some work may be excluded by editorial decision.

  • The worldwide Boy Scouts organization turned 100 this year, and the celebrations hit Los Alamos Jan. 26.To acknowledge the organization’s centennial birthday, Graves Hall at the United Church of Los Alamos was decorated with flags and souvenirs from different countries.

  • Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service announced that it has been named to the 2007 Homecare Elite, a compilation of the most successful Medicare-certified home health-care providers in the United States. This annual review identifies the top 25 percent of agencies, ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance.The 2007 HomeCare Elite also indicates those providers who are included in the Top 100 and Top 500 of providers nationwide.

  • The purpose of Mardi Gras can be more than just a fun party. For instance, the Immaculate Heart of Mary is taking advantage of Fat Tuesday to raise money for two upcoming programs.Some of the proceeds will toward the Little Brothers and Sisters Orphanage in Honduras while another portion will be used to help pilgrims attend World Youth Day, Cathy Kohlrust, event coordinator, said.The Mardi Gras festivities and fundraising efforts will take place during the Mardi Gras Family Carnival from 4-7 p.m.

  • If you haven’t stopped to admire a few icy blue Columbines or watched a Praying Mantis creep across a bed of flowers, the opportunity to view these artistic snapshots is approaching.The Los Alamos Photography Club and the Mesa Public Library are hosting the 13th Annual Los Alamos Photography Show. An opening reception will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery. The public is invited to come view more than 120 photographs taken by people who live or work in Los Alamos, and to meet the photographers.

  • Arnie Leshin has led a colorful life in the world of sports journalism, from his boyhood in Brooklyn to his more recent exploits in New Mexico. As a part-time sportswriter for the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Albuquerque Journal and Tribune even the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • It’s the road to fame for the Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers. After playing a video game, a group of students decide they have what it takes to become a real rock ‘n roll band and set out to claim their fame. Want to find out what happens? The story unfolds during the Topper Revue, which begins Friday.While on their journey, the band of rock ‘n roll wanna-bes, made up of the revue emcees, will introduce the other performers who have also set out to prove they have talent.