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  • Los Alamos was well represented at the 2008 New Mexico Scholastic Chess Championships held last month. More than 175 players representing schools as well as independent players and chess clubs throughout the state participated in the three tournaments, kindergarten-12th grade, kindergarten-ninth grade and kindergarten-sixth grade.

  • Benjamin Silva became a guitarist accidentally. He stumbled upon his mother’s guitar and began playing.

  • “I’m a serious academic historian,” Noel Pugach said.It’s true – but it may slip your mind when you see him perform as Lew Wallace this week at Mesa Public Library. You might think he’s a progressive 19th-century territorial governor of New Mexico, author of one of the most popular American novels of his time.“Wallace” will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday as part of the library’s Authors Speak Series, held monthly in the upstairs rotunda.

  • According to the Rev. Bruce Kuenzel, the wisdom of a community is more than just what one person has to say. This point will be exercised during the Science, Ethics and Religion Workshop from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 19 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.While ELCA theologian Larry Rasmussen will lead the discussion, he will not be the lone voice. Many people from different walks of life will carry the conversation. For instance, physicist Robert Kraus, theologian Dick Avery of Santa Fe, retired Catholic Rev.

  • The dating of Easter is something of a complicated and confusing thing; (depending on whether one uses the Gregorian calendar or the Julian calendar, and how conversant one is with the timing of the Paschal Full Moon, the first Sunday after which is officially Easter, assuming that it coincides somewhat with the first Ecclesiastical Full Moon after March 20, which happened to be the vernal equinox in AD 325, the year the Council of Nicea addressed the issue.) Sort of takes all the fun out of it, huh?One may find it more advantageous simply to consult one’s Day-Timer.

  • Jazz may be 100 percent American-made, but many young Americans don’t seem to be too aware of their native music.To bring this music back to young people’s ears, KSFR-FM presents the “Swing into Spring” concert at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at Duane W. Smith Auditorium.The concert will feature performances by more than 24 members of the Southwest Jazz Orchestra and the Los Alamos Big Band.“Jazz is just some of our original music that is really American,” said Los Alamos Big Band director Jan McDonald.

  • There is no need to spend Easter alone. Locals are encouraged to socialize with their fellow residents during the Newcomers and Neighbors Annual Easter Party from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.There will be a lunch, Easter craft for kids and an Easter egg hunt.Club president Melissa Gillispie-Blair said the purpose behind of the event is to just have fun and enjoy what the community has to offer.This is something the club strives to do year-round.

  • Four out of f ive kernelsWhen I first started watching, “The Beat That My Heart Skipped,” I thought I had it all figured out. A boy from the wrong side of the tracks meets a girl from the right side and undergoes a profound change.However, “The Beat That My Heart Skipped,” is anything but predictable. For most of the movie, Tom doesn’t seem to pay the “right” girl much mind and pursues someone else. Plus, when his big moment arrives to shine as a completely transformed man, the opposite actually happens.

  • TODAY - Aug. 3, 2008

    The Alzheimer’s Society will host a cowboy breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge. The menu includes plan, blueberry, banana and chocolate chip pancakes along with bacon, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. The breakfast cost $6 per adult and $4 for children age 10 and younger. Special guest will perform square dancing demonstrations.

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  • Clutching a painting for several thousand miles, in tiny airplane aisles and through multiple crowded airports, creates an immaculate bond. I know this from personal, international experience.I don’t feel the same special tie with my backpack or the warped energy bars I transported home from China, even though we had made a round-trip together. However, great art surpasses even great food - I really like Lemon Zest Luna Bars - on my list of the three most important things in the world.

  • A road trip awaits students at Barranca Elementary School; all they need to do is pack their bags full of books. To take this literary journey, a Scholastic book fair will be held Thursday through March 26 at the school library.The book fair will be held from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. March 25 and 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

  • While weight-loss surgery can help eliminate health problems, some friendly support can do wonders, too.As a result, the Los Alamos Weight-Loss Surgery Support Group is getting re-organized for residents who are either planning to have weight-loss surgery or have already had a procedure.The next meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 16 at Los Alamos National Bank. There is no fee to attend meetings.Although the group has been around since 2002, most of the members have dropped out, member Teri Daly said.

  • Plans are ramping up for a celebration of Los Alamos’ 60th Anniversary in 2009.Los Alamos County was created on June 10, 1949, by action of the state legislature.The first order of business for the committee formed to plan the celebration is to create a design to identify all of the anniversary events throughout the year’s celebration. Anticipated uses for the logo include miscellaneous printed material, including letterhead, use on an anniversary event website and replication on T-shirts, hats and tiles.

  • Poetry sometimes seems to be surrounded in mystique, local poet David Mutschlecner said; it does not receive much attention from the public and is often viewed as inaccessible.To help bring this art form into the public eye, and to clear up people’s understanding about poetry, a special reading will be held at 7 p.m. March 20 in the upstairs rotunda at Mesa Public Library.The reading is in recognition of National Poetry Month, which is in April.

  • Calendars show the official first day of spring as the vernal equinox, which this year occurs on Thursday. Somehow the equinoxes never get as much attention as the solstices; they’re not the longest or shortest day of the year. But that’s actually the key to their luster. Equinoxes are the only two days of the year when day and night are the same length everywhere on Earth. Then the next day it shifts, with day lengths varying worldwide until the autumnal equinox in September brings it all together again.

  • A spaghetti dinner and silent auction will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 22 at the First Baptist Church to help fund overseas mission trips for four local teenagers. The teens, Daniel Dyer, Daniel Hill, Rachel Hill and Luke Westfall are planning to spend part of the summer participating in trips organized by Global Expeditions, a division of Teen Mania ministries.

  • Being a bookworm is about to payoff; Mesa Public Library is hosting the Battle of the Books March 21.Young people in grades four through eight can register at 5:30 p.m. for the book battle that follows from 6-8 p.m. Participants will receive a T-shirt and dinner.The biggest prize, however, is the chance to compete in the state Battle of the Books, which will be held April 19 in Las Cruces, N.M.To advance to the state level, young people first test their literary skills locally.

  • Don’t put away the skis and snowboards just yet; the opportunity to squeeze a few more runs down Pajarito Mountain will be offered during Skiesta Saturday at the ski area.Registration will be held from 8:30 -10 a.m. in the main lodge. Admission is free.The activities include Skin up, Ski Down at 9 a.m. Also, Slopestyle Snowboard and Ski Competition will be at 11 a.m. Following this competition will be the Ski and Snowboard Giant Slalom racing at 11:30 a.m. for Skiesta participants and at 10:30 a.m. for the ski race team.

  • Life is just too short not to see Morrie Pongratz dressed as Elvis Presley and this Saturday, you have the chance. Slide on your saddle shoes and tie up trainers because the third annual Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop is from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge.The fundraiser will benefit the Youth Activity Centers in Los Alamos and White Rock as well as the Los Alamos Family Council’s Counseling Center, both United Way agencies.

  • Love, like a lot of things in life, comes without any rules or guidelines so it’s up to you to determine what choices will cause good and bad effects. While loads of complicated advice about love exists, local playwright Robert Benjamin’s play, “Time Enough” offers some simple guidance: Just be brave.The audience gets this lesson from Ken (Eric Bjorklund) and Annie (Fran Martone), two people in their golden years who are attending a Shakespeare festival.