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Today's Features

  • We never know what’s really happening behind closed doors, or even wide open windows. But that’s never stopped us humans from drawing our own conclusions about other people’s lives, about which we are sometimes much more interested than our own.
    The 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic, “Rear Window” is not only a who dunnit, but a did anyone do it? And even the “it” is ambiguous: Was there a murder? Or did a lady take a train? Is a man a killer or simply in sales? And what’s going on with the little dog, anyhow?
    “Rear Window” stars James Stewart as professional photographer L.B. Jefferies, accustomed to traveling the world in search of the most gripping news stories. Because of a broken leg, he’s trapped in a wheelchair for seven weeks, with nothing to point his lens at but his neighbors’ windows.
    Jefferies has only one week left of his confinement and a beautiful girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to boot, but he’s cynical and prone to sinister imaginings, staring dejectedly at others who seem to actually be living, unlike, he seems to think, him.
    Eventually, he witnesses several pieces of odd behavior, which, taken together, can only suggest one of two possibilities. Either there is nothing going on, or a woman has been butchered into tiny pieces and packed into a trunk.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society Archives are closed in preparation for a move, tentatively scheduled for April. More than 1,800 linear feet of documents and photographs along with more than 20,000 items will be moved from Fuller Lodge and the Community Building to the new, purpose-built facility that is part of the new Municipal Building. The Historical Society is asking that donors hold on to items until after the move so they will not get lost during the transition. Research requests also cannot be accommodated during this time. The museum will continue its normal hours. Call 662-6272 for more information.

  • Wednesday
    February’s Brown Bag performance will feature the Lads of Enchantment Chorus and the Hot Flashes two piano quartet, at noon, at Fuller Lodge. The event is free and open to the public.

    Mariel Nanasi, executive director of New Energy Economy, will speak on “Securing a future with coal in New Mexico,” at the LASE/Sierra Club meeting at 7 p.m. in media room 203, building two at UNM-LA.
    Thursday
    Mesa Public Library presents the Free Film Series, featuring “Rear Window,” at 6:30 p.m.

    The February meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be in the training room of the Community Building, just down the hall from the Extension Office, at 7 p.m. Los Alamos Extension Agent Carlos Valdez will present a program on the Demonstration Garden. For information, call 662-4950.
    Friday
    The Los Alamos Right to Life Committee presents Dauneen Dolce, executive director, from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Immaculate Heart of Mary’s McLaughlin Hall. Quizno’s and refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. Pro-life friends welcome.

  • Let’s get ready to GRAPPLLLLLEE!
    You really didn’t think I would make it through a wrestling season without a column about it, did you?
    This weekend, the Hilltopper Wrestling team will host the Fourth Annual Bryan Sanchez Tournament.
    Sanchez, a former ’Topper, was a Hispanic Merit award scholar, a crimson scholar, and went on to attend New Mexico State University. The only sport he participated in was wrestling.
    Sanchez was considered wise beyond his years and he took incredibly good care of his mom Rita, a Los Alamos Middle School teacher, and sister Elena, former ’Topper wrestling manager.
    Rita is without a doubt, team mom and the only parent that can get away with yelling, “Come on honey,” to her boys, as she watches them with pride.
    “I was floored and so proud and so excited when they changed the name of the tournament. I knew that it came from the heart. The tournament brings him back to me every year and brings me closer to those boys,” Rita said.
    Her philosophy is simple; the kids give back to you what you give to them. If you give them love and respect, they will return it. It also helps that she is a kid at heart, which builds her relationship with the team.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of onsite adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Others are currently off-campus in loving foster homes.
    Be sure to visit the Friends of the Shelter website, lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out the Petfinder page for pictures and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets, petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    This would be a wonderful time to consider giving a home to one of the animals in the shelter.
    All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro chipped.

  • Feb. 3-9, 2013
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. Tax preparation
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken enchilada
    7 p.m. Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Computer users group
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Lemon cod
    12:15 p.m. Better breathers
    1:30 p.m. MyCD workshop
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. Tax preparation
    8:30 a.m. RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Pork asada
    1:15 p.m. Socrates Café
    1:30 p.m. Daytime duplicate bridge
    THURSDAY
    8:30 a.m. Walk in the woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Eggplant over pasta
    1:30 p.m. Tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge
    FRIDAY
    9:15 a.m. Line dancing
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chili dog
    12:30 p.m. Movie: “Sabrina,” 1995

  •  Students and parents are invited to attend the second annual AP Night at Los Alamos High School, from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday.
    The evening will begin with a brief presentation in the ’Topper Theater.
    Attendees will then be able to meet with teachers and students to learn more about AP and honors course offerings at LAHS.
    Representatives from the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will also be on hand to discuss the dual credit/concurrent enrollment program.
    All LAHS students must take an AP class, an honors class, an online class, or a dual credit class to graduate.
    “AP Night provides students and parents a great opportunity to learn more about the AP program at the high school and what we have to offer in preparing students to be successful in college,” said Principal Sandra Warnock. “With registration for the 2013-2014 school year fast approaching, this is the perfect time to talk with our knowledgeable staff before selecting courses for next year.”
    AP courses are college-level courses offered in high school. At the end of the course, students are required to take the AP exam. Currently, LAHS offers more than 20 AP courses, five honors classes and four dual credit courses on campus in addition to UNM-LA offerings.

  • Editor’s note: Below are a portion of this year’s science fair results. Because there was such a large volume of results, they will be published over a few days.

    Animal science
    Junior Division,
    grand award
    First place
    Megan Dahl, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10
    Second place
    Hannah Coy, Aspen Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10
    Third place
    Philo Shelton, Aspen Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10
    Honorable mention
    Xavier McTeigue, Aspen Elementary, Pajarito Environmental Education Center $30, Sierra Club, Pajarito Chapter student membership

    Tazler Smith, Aspen Elementary, Mountain PTA $10

    Devin Simpson, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Behavioral and Social Science
    Junior Division
    First place, Junior Life Sciences Grand Award
    Sam Menefee, Mountain Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10
    Second place
    Janessa Gonzales, Piñon Elementary, Mountain PTA $10
    Third place
    Josh Stein, Aspen Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10
    Third place
    Hannah Carrara, Los Alamos Middle School, Superintendent’s Choice Award, Haagen Dazs certificate, Mountain PTA $10

  • Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

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