• Of all the arts, I think storytelling is the most powerful; it can transport you to far away destinations and introduce characters that feature a wide range of personalities.

    But best of all are the emotions that a great story produces.

    My favorite storyteller is my grandfather. He is hands-down the best in my family.

  • A lot can happen in just a few minutes. Laughter, tears and drama can be produced in just a short amount of time.

    This will be particularly true in the Santa Fe Playhouse’s Bench Warmers Short Play Festival. Eight 10-minute plays will capture life’s spontaneity. The festival begins today and runs through Feb. 15. Among the plays that will be featured during this time will be “Stuck,” which was written by local playwrights Robert Benjamin and Elaine Jarvik.  

  • The Newcomers and Neighbors, a social network for Los Alamos residents, is opening up its doors to the community through conversation and coffee.

    An open house will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Coffee House Café.

    The purpose of the event, President Melanie Colgan said, is to show people the activities Newcomers and Neighbors offers and attract new members.

    Newcomers and Neighbors, she explained, is a social organization that has served Los Alamos and White Rock for the past couple of years.

  • Boy Scout Troop 129 conducted an Eagle Court of Honor for Dylan Stupka of Los Alamos on     Jan. 6 at White Rock United Methodist Church.  

    Stupka was born in Colorado on Aug. 11, 1991.  He joined Cub Scouts at age 6 and finished by earning all Webelos pins and the Arrow of Light in 2001.

  • Chamisa Elementary School hosted the annual county spelling bee Thursday, with Assistant Superintendent Kate Thomas helping pronounce words at the microphone.  

    The Los Alamos Monitor and Sue Hofmann State Farm were the event sponsors for the evening, which also included several noteworthy names at the judge’s table.

    Morrie Pongratz, Los Alamos Police Department’s Corporal Oliver Morris and Sue Hofmann were the panel of judges, while Megan Kelley served as an assistant and fifth-grade teacher Pat Roberts was the timekeeper.

  • There are many people throughout the community who have talent beyond imagination.

    There are also those who couldn’t match their own socks without assistance. The good news is that if you reside anywhere on that spectrum, then there is a project for you.

    Self Help Inc., and its major fundraiser, The Empty Bowls Project, was in jeopardy of ending with the 2008 event, until Gillian Sutton of KRSN, AM 1490, stepped up to the ladle and the paintbrush to volunteer.

  • Science has a big presence in Los Alamos so what could be a better fit for local readers than bringing in a science fiction writer to participate in the Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak series?

    S.M. Stirling will be featured in the series at 7 p.m. Thursday in the rotunda. Work that he is currently writing and what he plans to write next are a few of the topics Stirling will address during the lecture.

  • On Tuesday, The United Church of Los Alamos is hosting a celebration of youth ministry in the community.

    Two organizations will be acknowledged for their long-term impact on the youth of Los Alamos. Ryan Gilbert will represent Young Life Los Alamos and Winston and Mary Marugg will be there to represent Sonlight Christian Camp.

  • It seems when it comes to art, there is always something to learn and the Art Center at Fuller Lodge employees provide a wealth of knowledge through their classes.

    Executive director John Werenko said the center provides classes year round, in the fall, spring and summer.

    The fall and spring classes are mainly geared toward adults, however, there are classes offered Wednesday for students who are dismissed early from school.

  • Starting Friday, audiences at Duane Smith Auditorium can sit back, relax and watch a revue. It will be like playing a DVD of a retro movie; where viewers can  see a “Scooby-Do”–like story unfold. But suddenly something will go awry; it seems that someone is messing with the remote.

    This is the concept for the upcoming Topper Revue. It is titled, “Mystery Mansion.”

    “It’s going to be awesome,” Emcee Stuart Ruppercht said. “We’ve added a new twist to it.”

  • It may be a group of youngsters who will play at the upcoming Guitars and Gateaux concert, but their music will be anything but childish.

    The Albuquerque Academy Honor Guitar Quartet will perform in the concert, sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council, at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at Fuller Lodge. Tickets are $15 or $10 for Los Alamos Arts Council members.

    “They are going to be playing a bunch of different stuff,” said Mickey Jones, the director of the quartet.  

    The program includes “French Pot-pourri,” composed by Roland Dyens.

  • Maybe I’m just talking about movies. More likely, I’m talking about something most of us associate with big purses, big bellies and boring conversations. I’ll get back to that.

    I currently have beside my computer a somewhat antediluvian book that I should have read eight years ago when it came out: Mick LaSalle’s “Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood.”

  • The Family YMCA was awarded a grant of $25,000 from Los Alamos National Security, LLC’s Community Giving Grant Program on Dec. 16 to assist in an expanded community health initiative.

    This grant will assist the YMCA with a cardio-wellness expansion and an improved strength-conditioning area to keep pace with families, youth and adults who turn to the YMCA for health and wellness activities and programs.

  • Good-natured chatter flowed amongst a gathering of Los Alamos and Española teenagers as they discussed spending a long weekend together.

    The seventh- through 12th- grade students are members of JUNTOS and met at Española Valley High School Jan. 5 to plan a student exchange activity in which students from Los Alamos will spend the weekend and a Monday morning with students and their families in Española.

  • This week we look at Asset #36, Peaceful Conflict Resolution. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they seek to resolve conflict non-violently.” Forty-five percent of youth nationwide are reported to have this Asset.

    Several years ago, several sites in the Los Alamos Public Schools District took part in training called, “Restorative Justice.” These teachers, counselors, instructional assistants, bus drivers, coaches and other staff members were taught the principles of Restorative Justice.

  • The fourth time is the charm. After making at least three previous attempts to construct a terrain park at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, the ski area is ready to unveil its latest work, which called Madre Loca Terrain Park or Crazy Mother Terrain Park.

    The open house will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the ski hill. The terrain park is located at the top of Easy Mother ski run, right next to the Mother Lift.

    The event will include a terrain clinic by PSIA Alpine Demonstration Team and Twin Tip Nation demo team with beverages provided by Santa Fe Brewing.

  • Many people know parts of Robert Oppenheimer’s story, particularly his time at Los Alamos playing a significant role in the Manhattan Project. There are other parts of Oppenheimer that people are not as conscious of, until now.

    Historian Jon Hunner will be discussing these lesser known aspects of Oppenheimer’s life during the upcoming Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. The lecture is free.

  • There is a lot to celebrate  this month. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 19, is an opportunity to recognize one man’s profound achievements while Inauguration Day, which is Jan. 20, represents a monumental success that is shared by President-elect Obama and an entire nation.

    What better way to celebrate these two events than with a community party?

  • As 2008 came to an end, the United Church of Los Alamos held not only a special place in the community, but a special place in the millennium as well. The church was recently selected to receive one of 15 awards presented nationwide from Church World Service.

    The award comes in conjunction with taking part in national and world projects, like disaster relief as well as local activities like the Crop Walk. Church World Service Regional Director Art Ziemann made the recognition.

  • Whether you love the snow or you’ve got the winter doldrums, Friday you can jump into a different season at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge. From 5-7 p.m. Friday everyone is invited to attend an opening reception for the exhibit “Four Seasons,” a tribute to the glorious ever-changing cycle of the natural world.

    Artists capture the delight of summer, autumn, winter and the spring in paintings, photographs, fiber and ceramics.