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  • 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.

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  • A co-worker’s experience with a missing child prompted Diane Horton of Los Alamos to take action. While living in Florida, she explained, a co-worker’s grandson was missing.

  • A new exhibition featuring American Modernist Marsden Hartley opened Friday at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.

  • When Liz Gold and Debbie Denison turned to Self Help Inc. for financial assistance with their utility bills in 2005, the organization did more than just offer a one-time monetary payment; it provided resources so Gold and Denison could always afford to pay their bills.After researching on the Self Help website, Gold said she discovered the grants that were available.

  • Having a hard day at work? Wishing you didn’t have to fix dinner again? Then plan to join the House of Hope Women and enjoy a full pancake dinner from 5:30-7 p.m. Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Parish Hall of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church on Trinity Drive. Donations for this pancake dinner are $4 for children (10 and younger), $7 per adult and $18 per family. Tickets may be purchased at the church after each Sunday service, in the church office, or at the door the night of the dinner.

  • The Los Alamos Choral Society, together with members of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, is performing Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road. The performance will be directed by Mary Place Badarak and features Loren Jacobson as Elijah.Tickets are available at Brownell’s Hallmark and at the door.

  • Using everything from Petri dishes to Bunsen burners, local students explored the world around them and tested their theories about it. Their discoveries will be revealed during the Los Alamos County science fair.The county science fair will be held Saturday at the Los Alamos High School cafeteria. The public is invited to attend the fair from noon-2:30 p.m. Additionally, people can participate in an award ceremony at 4 p.m.

  • “27 Dresses” starts on the eve of a cousin’s birthday, where Jane discovers her talent: the perfect bridesmaid. Twenty-seven dresses later she starts to discover her talent is a curse. Her dream guy falls for her sister, and she meets her polar opposite, a cynical wedding writer who is convinced she is the perfect story. The girl who is always a bridesmaid never a bride has to be the maid of honor to the man she wants to marry.

  • Award-winning author Neecy Twinem will come to Mesa Public Library Saturday to offer advice about illustrating and writing to the next generation of writers.Twinem’s visit is part of the 14th annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators workshop.

  • “There’s no perfect time to write – you just gotta do it.”Sometimes the most obvious and yet most challenging lessons about the creative process come from seemingly unlikely sources, in this case the associate director of threat reduction at the laboratory.Doug Beason is well known throughout the scientific community.

  • The Northern New Mexico District of the Boy Scouts will dedicate its annual banquet this year to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts. British army officer, Major General Robert Baden-Powell, who realized the need for boys joining the army to have more exposure to outdoor life, founded scouting in 1907.

  • Terry and LuLu Paschall have been spreading their faith and helping to rebuild a country for the past four years. Sunday, the Paschalls’ will share stories about their missionary work in Indonesia at 6 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship Assembly of God.The Paschalls work through the Assemblies of God World Missions.

  • To seventh- and eighth- graders wondering how they should start their long weekend Friday, there is an answer to their quandary. The Los Alamos Ice Rink and Big M.A.C. have teamed up to offer a skating activity exclusively for middle school students. The program will run from 7-9 p.m. Admission is $5, which includes skate rentals. Music and a snack bar will be featured during the event.Middle school students have skates rings around the outdoor arena for several years. Mary Aiello of the Youth Activity Center, which runs Big M.A.C., said Big M.A.C.