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Today's Features

  • Some people dream about appearing on the silver screen, but William Lebeda made this dream come true. The former Los Alamos resident has had his work projected onto movie screens for the last 15 years.

    Moviegoers can see the former Los Alamos resident’s work again in M. Night Shyamalan’s movie, “The Happening.”

    In this movie, Lebeda was the second unit director. As the second unit director, Lebeda shot scenes that didn’t involve principal actors. Some of these scenes included stunt work and driving scenes.

  • A town is only as strong as its businesses, said Janine Detter, Los Alamos National Bank marketing director. During ChamberFest, the local entrepreneurs are recognized for their role in Los Alamos and the community is invited to help applaud their efforts.

    This year, the festival for businesses will begin with an appreciation banquet for chamber members from 5-7 p.m. at Central Avenue Grill. Later that evening, the Continental Kids, a band that performs doo-op and 50s’ music, will take the stage at 7 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue.

  • Po, a rather lazy, oversized panda, is destined to follow in his father’s footsteps as the next in a bloodline of noodle makers in China.

    Little does his father know that Po’s true passion lies not in the hot bowls of “secret ingredient soup,” but in the ancient art of Kung Fu.

  • This year, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation provided scholarships to six Los Alamos High School graduates who are either pursuing college or vocational training.

    Each recipient chose an Educator of Distinction, a teacher or education professional who had the greatest impact on them while attending Los Alamos Public School.

    The recipients included Rebecca Boerigter, Elyse Dinehart, Noopur Goyal, Jeremy Kasik, Allen Pittman and Kelsey Souza.

  • Since March, since China, my trips have taken me into the past, no Delorean required. A couple of weeks ago, I revisited the Adirondacks I knew when I was 7, accompanied by the best music, the best adventures, the best family dog.

    Then last week, I mentioned high school. I touched lightly, like a ballerina landing a huge jump so quietly because she has the light bones of a great hawk. I didn’t go into any serious detail, because most of my readers have been to high school and already know how the details add up.

  • The Los Alamos Choral Society offered June 1 a most unusual concert at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, featuring the chorus of 50 and the Los Alamos Brass of three trumpets, three trombones, timpani and a tuba in the sprightly opening number. The latter was a “Fanfare for Brass” (2007) by the director Dr. M.L. Place Badarack.

    This was a heavy program, with unusual works throughout. Attendance was lower than usual, but the music was very well received by those attending.

  • The animal kingdom is in trouble. Species are vanishing because of habitat loss, food chains are becoming unbalance and ecosystems are chaotic. To help restore the order, artist Geraldine Kerr is hosting an art show at Mesa Public Library.

    Twenty-six paintings each feature an animal that is endangered in alphabetical order. “The ABC’s of Endangered Animals” exhibit will open Thursday at the gallery. There will be an opening reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday.

  • Shavu’ot is a harvest festival. It is a two-day holiday that falls seven weeks after the second night of Passover. In ancient Israel, it started with harvesting barley at Passover and before moving on to wheat at Shavu’ot. People would bring the first fruit of their fields to the Temple of Jerusalem.

  • Think reading is just for kids? Now that is just silly. Back by popular demand, the Los Alamos County Libraries will have a summer reading program not only for kids and teens, but for adults, too.

    Every year, the New Mexico State Library has a different theme for the Summer Reading program and children are invited to keep track of how long they read or listen to books to enjoy and win prizes.

    This year, the theme is “Catch the Reading Bug!” for younger kids and “Metamorphosis” for teens.

  • The work currently hanging on the walls of the Portal Gallery at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge is not typical artwork. It is neither paintings, or weavings but a combination of both.

    Producing art that strays outside any conventional definition is right up Maria Jonsson’s alley.

    “I just want to be different ... be more specialized,” she said.