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  • Aspen Elementary School students are an active part of the creative process in their winter concert; they are not just performers, they are also choreographers and composers.Students’ artistic vision will take the limelight during a winter concert at 6 p.m.

  • If you missed the fall concert of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, held in November in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, you missed a fine evening.The church is a favorite of performers and audiences alike for its warm surroundings and excellent acoustics. In addition to their accustomed orchestral pieces, we were treated to a rare appearance in town of two of Los Alamos' most celebrated classical music performers, Kay Newnam, violin; and Thomas O’Conner, oboe.

  • The whole state seemed to have learned a lesson from local author Nancy Bartlit’s “Silent Voices of World War II: When the Sons of the Land of Enchantment Met Sons of the Land of the Rising Sun,” and its new knowledge revealed the book should a finalist for the New Mexico Book Awards.Sunstone Press in Santa Fe, which published the book in April 2005, nominated the book for Best New Mexico History Book.The winners were announced during a banquet Nov. 9 in Albuquerque.

  • A musical celebration of Christmas will be occurring at 4 p.m. Sunday in Bethlehem Lutheran Church. From choir members to musicians, everyone is getting involved.Matt Nichols, director of youth and family ministry, explained every other year the church hosts a children’s pageant. During the “off” years, they do something different, he said.Paula Nichols, music director, explained she choose a concert because “I just thought it would be fun.

  • “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley” sings a slightly different tune than the original Charles Dickens’ story.For instance, Marley does not appear in just one scene as a gloomy, depressed spirit, warning Ebenezer Scrooge of what is in store for him Christmas Eve night. No, Marley appears on the stage numerous times as the narrator.

  • Christmas tunes will be presented in shiny, bright brass instruments during the “Christmas in Brass” concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.An 11-piece brass ensemble, made up of musicians from the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, Los Alamos Big Band, Santa Fe community orchestra and other groups, will present the free concert.Jerry Morzinski, one of the performers, said the concert has been presented for six years.He said he has presented the concert with low brass instruments, tubas and euphoniums.

  • A woman searching for her identity, an actor unprepared for the play and a man struggling with love and finances take center stage in the Los Alamos High School drama club’s one act plays.For the one-acts, the Olions Thespian Club, seized control of all the theatrical operations – from the directing to the lighting, the students called the shots. The community had an opportunity to see the young thespians’ handiwork last week and the opportunity to experience the one-acts will be available at 7 p.m.

  • “The Golden Compass” is a beautiful, fun, exciting, fantasy of a different world. Animals talk! There are no engines. Instead blue balls that glow and spin, power cars and planes.A wonderful sense of style permeates the entire place – sort of like a Lalique necklace, yet there is also a 1940s look to suits and clothing without being dull or drab. It is all so very chic.The animation is slick and fits in so well, it is hard to tell when “The Golden Compass” is animated sometimes.Dakota Blue Richards plays Lyra Belacqua.

  • Have you ever walked on the Mitchell Trail after the Cerro Grande fire of 2000? Hundreds of volunteers, including Mountain Elementary School students, planted Ponderosa pine seedlings in the burned area the year after the fire.A lot of people think there are no trees living there. Mountain Elementary School sixth-graders thought that too until they went on a field trip and collected data to find out how many trees are growing there.Students counted the number of trees in 1/20-acre plots and measured their height. The average density of Mrs. Plotner, Mrs.

  • For about 13 years Jules and Mary Dufour, members of the Pajarito Good Sam’s RV Chapter in Los Alamos, have collected scrap metal and aluminum cans, and sold it in Santa Fe to raise money for worthy causes.Money from the sale of scrap metal and aluminum goes mostly toward sponsoring hearing dogs through Dogs for the Deaf Inc.So far, four dogs have been sponsored, said Ross Meyer, president of the Pajarito chapter of the RV club. Sponsorship costs $5,000, he said.

  • The open house for the local American Red Cross service station revealed a familiar setting. After years of being located in the municipal building, the Red Cross returned to its old location at 2150 Juniper St.Its return was celebrated with food and music. “It feels good,” Kathy Seguara, service center manager, said.

  • The interior of the Masonic Temple glittered and shone with rocks polished and displayed to show their finery Dec. 1-2. The Los Alamos Geological Society revealed a few natural treasures during the annual Earth Treasure Show.While admission was free, people could purchase items from a silent auction or try their luck at the Wheel of Fortune–spinning a wheel to win a prize.

  • Los Alamos artist Secundino Sandoval’s work is not displayed in galleries or sold at numerous arts and crafts shows, however a chance to see the artist’s work has arrived.Village Arts by Marilyn is showcasing Sandoval’s work during an open house from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.Sandoval will feature 20 new pieces in the show.

  • A Los Alamos High School Senior, Matt Hanson, has been selected to participate in the 2008 National High School Honor Orchestra. The Honor Orchestra will present a full length concert at the National Convention of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Feb.

  • Orchestra, chorus and a manger scene combine in this special musical production for the Christmas season. "Lauda per la Nativita del Signore" ("Laud to the Nativity") by Ottorino Respighi will be presented Sunday during the 11 a.m. worship service. The public is welcome. Respighi’s Lauda is a pastoral work that depicts the birth of Jesus as the shepherds might have seen it. Respighi employs several archaic forms and devices such as madrigals and plainchante, to make this picture of the manager scene.

  • “Jingle Bells”, “Joy to the World”, “Silent Night” – these are all well-known Christmas carols that people sing in the United States (or at least that have been adopted). But what about other countries?At 2 p.m.

  • “Inside Box 1663” first appeared on bookshelves in 1977 and became a bestseller. Thirty years later, the story gets a revised look in its new edition.The author, Eleanor Jette, gave a first-hand account of what life was like in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project era.She describes the schools, the hospitals, and the parties at Fuller Lodge along with the quirks of living in a secret town such as owning driver’s licenses without names or addresses.

  • Marina Goldovskaya has a problem with Stalin.The Russian filmmaker is now head of the documentary film program at UCLA.

  • Daniel Ward and his guitar have seen and done quite a lot. They have traveled the globe performing and have played everything from flamenco music to pop music.Ward’s musical diversity and experience can be heard on his first CD, “After the Storm.” The CD was released in 2005 and is available to purchase on www.danielward.net. It can also be found on i-Tunes music store and other online music stores.Ward’s work may be familiar. He grew up in Los Alamos and the connection to the area doesn’t stop there.

  • Noel Trujillo, speech and debate coach for the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers, has been teaching the art of talking for 34 years and was recently recognized for his efforts.The National Forensic League awarded him a fourth diamond.Trujillo explained every time students compete in a speech and debate event, they receive points. If they win a competition, students earn six points; if they lose an event, they receive three points.Coaches also earn points.