• Spring break, for me, means the ballet studios are closed and I have to find some other way to contort myself. Thanks to the suggestion of a friend, I found one in Los Alamos’ newest, hottest thing: Bikram yoga.

    Day One

  • The cost of the war in Iraq has been estimated at more than $463 billion. At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will ask “The Cost of Iraq: Who Pays the Price?” in a special worship service as part of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s annual Justice Sunday program.The Rev. John Cullinan will examine the costs of war and their effect on our society’s values from a liberally religious perspective in his sermon titled, “Being the Change We Wish to See.” The service will also draw from the work of the Rev. Dr.

  • Passover! That’s a funny word. Is it a bridge? Jet planes flying over us? Someone who was not chosen in the NFL draft? What is it? Well, believe-it-or-not, it is one of the most important events in the history of mankind. A whirl-wind trip through time is necessary to check this out, so hang on and let’s go.To understand what you are about to read, please remember that all mankind is innately religious.

  • Coro de Cmara will present its spring concert this weekend as the final performance of its 25th anniversary season. “Opera and Sondheim: Choruses from the Opera and Broadway Stages” features as guest soloists three opera singers with local ties to New Mexico. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the United Church in Los Alamos.Additionally, a concert will be held at 2:30 p.m.

  • The musicians of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra came to the hall last Friday night armed with instruments, paint brushes and oil palettes, because it was a night to celebrate the colorful landscapes of the American composers MacDowell and Grofe.But before the entire orchestra took the stage, the string ensemble presented a light work by Peter Warlock, “Capriol Suite,” from 1926. This essentially forgotten and rarely performed work was a good warm-up for the string section.

  • The community can get a bite of breakfast and an earful of information about the upcoming Relay for Life during the relay’s kickoff event Saturday at Pajarito Masonic Lodge.Information and sign up will be held from 8-10 a.m.

  • “Paris, je t’aime” absolutely charmed me. The film looks at France’s capital city from the backseat of a car, from a subway station, from restaurants, from baby cribs, from jail, from deathbeds. In 18 five-minute shorts, it shows 18 different arrondissements, or districts, from the eyes of a paramedic, a traveling salesman, a tourist, a blind man, a vampire.Although the collection is distinctly French, it includes several actors and directors working outside of their home countries.

  • What do we forbid in America? Same as they do in China: emperors.

    But in pre-Mao China, the rules were different, and the word “forbidden” meant something slightly different as well. In fact, it meant you needed the emperor’s permission.

    The Forbidden City, built in the 1400s in downtown Beijing, housed 24 Chinese emperors over 500 years, although “housed” would strike any visitor as a feeble, utterly helpless verb in the face of these surroundings.


  • If you think the kids in Los Alamos are wild now, just wait.

    The Los Alamos Youth Leadership team, A-Squad, with the drive of Keanna

    Cohen, will sponsor LAYL Wild Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in conjunction

    with the Parks and Recreation Hershey¹s Track and Field Meet.

  • Snakes alive! Otowi Station, Snake Conservation and the Bradbury Science

    Museum are collaborating for a presentation and demonstration at 1:30 p.m.

    Wednesday in the breezeway between Otowi Station and the Bradbury Science

  • Starting Wednesday, Los Alamos residents will be given some food for thought. During the Faith and Reason course, participants will have a lot to munch on.Faith and Reason, is a free, six-week course based on an encyclical by Pope John Paul II. The course will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday through May 21 at St. Thomas More Center at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

  • National Library Week, April 13-19, is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide and the perfect time to discover how you can join the “Circle of Knowledge @ Your Library.”The Los Alamos County Libraries are celebrating National Library Week with the following events:• Fun library giveaways will be held at all service desks, courtesy of the Friends of Mesa Public Library.• Patrons may enter a drawing at the Mesa circulation desk to win prizes a

  • The public is invited to attend Michael Zenge’s benefit piano recital at 2 p.m. Sunday in Fuller Lodge. A $5 donation per adult will be appreciated. The proceeds from the concert will help the Los Alamos Music Teachers defray the cost of hosting the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico’s Conference, which will be held in November in Los Alamos.Zenge will perform Haydn’s “Sonata in A-flat, Hob. XVI/46,” “Capriccio in B minor, Op. 76, No.2,” “Intermezzo in E major, Op. 116, No. 4,” “Capriccio in D Minor, Op.

  • Creativity continuously flows in to the Art Center at Fuller Lodge with each exhibit. To ensure the artistry never stops, the Art Center is hosting registration for summer art camp.The next generation of artists can enroll in weekly classes. They can choose from half day, which run from 9 a.m.-noon or full day classes, which are held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • My score: 3/5kernels

  • Los Alamos Public Schools fifth- and sixth-graders will be presented with an unusual opportunity: they will be encouraged to talk while class in session. Students can show off their gift of gab during the annual speech contest at 4:15 p.m. April 17 at Pion Elementary School.Rose Martin, speech contest coordinator, explained t hat before the district contest, students needs to test their skills at their schools. Each class will send representatives to the schools’ contests.

  • Girl Scout cookies can do more than just satisfy the palate; they can be used to help make a difference within a community.Two Los Alamos artists, Thelma Hahn and Annie Ellen Bard, have contributed to making these cookies more than just dessert; each has crafted a cookie jar to be donated to the Girl Scouts’ Cookie Caper, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe.The cookie jars are among the items that will be bid on during a silent auction.

  • It is once again time to invite northern New Mexicans to come together to celebrate the contributions of those who have so greatly enhanced life on the Hill. During the ceremony, each Treasure is introduced.Living Treasures of Los Alamos was founded to honor elders — older members of the community who have made a difference.Living Treasures of Los Alamos will honor Ralph Partridge, John “Jack” Clifford and John C. Hopkins at 2 p.m. April 13 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

  • Worship service at United Church of Los Alamos will be done a little bit differently April 13.Rather than the service presented in the form of a sermon, it will be offered in the form of music and song. The program, titled “For a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” will be a festival of Easter hymns.Suzanne Johnson, United Church music director, said the Easter hymns date clear back to the 15th and 16th century. Plainsong chants will be included the program along with great chorale pieces.