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Today's Features

  • Saturday, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is sponsoring a Wildlife Habitat Yard Tour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. so visitors can enjoy the many ways Los Alamos and White Rock home-owners have learned to live with nature.

  • Saturday, the gift of hope will be presented to the community. Wrapped up in carnival colors, and ready to be opened by the whole family, Discover Hope will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge.

    The event, sponsored by the Hope Fellowship, was first held last year at Ashley Pond. Carla Weiser, co-founder of Hope Fellowship with her husband, Allen, said this year’s format will be similar to the first Discover Hope.

    Inspirational live music will be played. There will be an inflatable jump house, games, balloons and more.

  • This summer’s American premier at the Santa Fe Opera, “Adriana Mater,” by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, is “a woman’s story told by a woman, and . . . looks at war through a woman’s eyes.” It makes the case that in war, there are no good guys; all combatants are “thugs and murderers,” as demonstrated by Adriana’s rape, not by an enemy soldier but one from her own village.

  • Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series will be in White Rock at Smith’s Food and Drug’s and Bandelier Grill’s parking lot with the great western swing and hot jazz band, the Hot Club of Cowtown.

  • The expression, “you got to start somewhere,” usually implies starting with small, insignificant beginnings is advantageous to getting a foothold in reaching a greater, larger objective.

    This expression is useful motivation. However, some people need no words of motivation to move them to the top, because they are already there. In one giant leap, they bypassed small beginnings and stepped right to the top.

  • Friday the Art Center at Fuller Lodge celebrates the Members’ Best exhibit with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. From crafts to fine arts, from whimsical to serious, Members’ Best is a bold testament to the wealth of artistic talent residing in the community.

  • “Stranger Than Fiction,” playing this week at Mesa Public Library, is one of my favorite movies. How can I review it? I gave up any objectivity very early in the film, about the time Harold Crick’s wristwatch had an opinion about the single Windsor knot in Harold’s necktie.

    The wristwatch is funny, but Harold, played by Will Ferrell, or possibly his secret, stoic twin brother, is not.

  • Los Alamos is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2009, and to commemorate the event, the anniversary committee hopes to involve every group, club and organization in town.

    To accomplish this, the 60th anniversary committee, in conjunction with the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, is seeking the help of organizations to update a list of community resources.

  • So this is it. I ate my cookie. I drank a big gulp of soymilk. And now I’m writing what is most likely my last “Thinking Makes It So.”

    There are some of you, I know, who are probably thinking, “Well, it’s about time. I hate this column, and yet I read it nearly every week. Why do I do that? Anyhow, it will be great to have my Thursday nights back.”

    I free you, disgruntled readers! From now on, read something you truly enjoy.

  • Having Oprah Winfrey be associated with a book can definitely push it into the spotlight.

    Bret Lott, the bestselling author of “Jewel” and “The Difference between Women and Men” and the editor of “The Southern Review,” can attest to Winfrey’s literary power.