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  • The Los Alamos Arts Council Brown Bag free concert series not only will open with a bang, but the skirl of bagpipes will also be heard.

    The Albuquerque & Four Corners Pipes and Drums will perform the first Brown Bag concert of the season at 12:15 p.m. Sept. 5 at Fuller Lodge.

    In addition to the traditional and mystic music of the great Highland bagpipe and drum ensemble, highland dancers will also be taking the stage. Piper Don Machen of Los Alamos currently leads the band.

  • School days

    Thank you, community of Los Alamos, for caring! Self Help’s school supply project reached many children both in Los Alamos and in surrounding school districts.

    We thank the NNM/LA United Way, the Woman of the ELCA, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Casa Mesita Thrift Store, REMAX, the Los Alamos Monitor, KRSN and Staples.

    We also appreciate those who helped unpack, sort, and deliver the six pallets of supplies as well as the many people who stopped by with a check, backpacks and words of encouragement.

    Ellen Morris Bond

    Self Help Inc.

  • Editor’s Note: This story is the first of several that the district will be releasing.

    In January, Los Alamos voters will be asked to approve a $40 million school bond issue, which will give the district necessary funds to embark on a 20-year plan for rebuilding schools.

    This 20-Year Plan was developed by the LAPS District Facilities Committee and is designed to address Los Alamos Public School facility renewal needs.

  • A portrait captures a moment in time that is to be cherished forever. Jennifer Hanson Bartram of Viewfinder Photography hopes to make the details of capturing the moment even better. Bartram took her portrait photography on the road, thus evolving into Viewfinder Traveling Portraits.

    “I wanted to provide a resource for people to get their portraits done in the comfort of their own homes or in front of any of the beautiful vistas in the Los Alamos area,” said Bartram, who has photographed numerous senior pictures with the background locals have grown up with.

  • “I’ve always written,” author Kate Horsley said. She started in the fourth grade, when she wrote the class Christmas poem. Her career took another step when she published her first novel, “Crazy Women,” in 1992.

    Horsley explained while earning her Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico in American studies, she was fascinated with the stories in history and wanted to write about them but in a non-academic way.

  • Food, fellowship and fun will be had by all at the United Church this weekend. Church members will display their talents, not only for the church, but for the community, too.

    The Shared Ministry Fair will begin its fun at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and there will be special activities to keep little hands and minds busy while parents visit with church members. The event plans to showcase the many opportunities of shared ministries both in the local and world communities and the church.

  • Across the world, people will be clicking their cameras to capture the beauty in their own communities.

    Los Alamos will be joining in on this world wide photo walk, which will be held Saturday.

    The local photo shoot will begin at 8 a.m. in front of Starbucks. Participants will be traveling from Fuller Lodge to Ashley Pond to take pictures.

    When the walk is completed, images will be uploaded to a flickr site and one photographer will be selected to win Scott Kelby’s “The Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers.”

  • Friday, we’ll be at Ashley Pond with one of Los Alamos’ favorite bands, the Jimmy Stadler Band from Taos. This marks the 15th straight year that these rockers have played our series.

    They’ve been very busy this year playing an average of five dates a week including weddings and parties all over the country. They’ve also been working on their next album at the studio owned by their drummer Craig Neil.

    Jimmy said they’ve written and recorded two-dozen new songs and will be playing some of them Friday.

  • Dr. Lena Smith will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bradbury Science Museum for the next installment of its Alzheimer’s series. “Managing Difficult Behaviors in Dementia,” is the title of her presentation.

    One of the most difficult aspects of dementia is with managing the behaviors associated with moderate and later stages of the disease.

  • Chamisa Elementary will be setting its sights on science for the 2008-2009 school year – with Principal Cindy Montoya at the helm.

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has awarded the school a $15,000 educational outreach grant in support of science, selected among 85 outstanding applicants.

  • At the Annual Convention of The Military Order of the World Wars, Commander of Los Alamos’ Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229, United States Air Force Lt. Col. (Retired) Norman G. Wilson, was appointed General Staff Officer and to Chair the MOWW’s National Homeland Security Committee.

    The convention, the 88th annual for the MOWW, was held in Columbus, Ga., July 30-Aug. 2.

    The regular monthly dinner meeting of the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the MOWW will be Aug. 19, at the Aspen Ridge Lodge.

  • Cancer is something Blaire Larson knows about personally.

    Her father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer and even though her husband is part of the medical research at the University of New Mexico Health Center, it was still an overwhelming experience for them both.

    It was a hard time for them, but it seemed even harder for her mother-in-law, Larson said. There were not a lot of resources available.

    Larson said she thought if it was overwhelming for them, what must it be like for other families? As a result, Cancer Services of New Mexico was born.

  • Conner Bailey and Jill Sherrill showed off their green thumbs at the 2008 Festival, Fair and Rodeo.

    Bailey and Sherrill were winners in both the horticulture and floriculture judging during this year’s fair.

    Winners were announced late last week by the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service.

    Exhibits ranging from finely sewn clothing to vegetable baskets were exhibited during the County Fair.

  • New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT) School and Performance Company, directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, will begin its fifth year of professional-level dance instruction Aug. 18.

    Registration day for the 2008-2009 year will be held 10 a.m.-2 p. m. Saturday at the NMDT studio located at 149 Central Park Square (between Curves for Women and Hair Experts).

    NMDT was founded by Baker-Dillingham in August 2004 at the White Rock Complex.

  • The Crisis Center of Northern New Mexico will be implementing an Anti-Bully Program in the middle school in Los Alamos and will continue to reach the elementary schools in Española this school year.

  • From Tucson, El Paso, Colorado and more than 38 towns in New Mexico, artists are flocking to Los Alamos to share their wares at the 31st Annual Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday. The lawn behind Fuller Lodge will once again sport the festive white canopies, each one offering lovingly-created crafts or fine arts for sale.

  • The Hospital Auxiliary of Los Alamos Medical Center awarded three $1,500 scholarships to graduated Los Alamos High School seniors Noopur Goyal, Allen Pittman and Danielle Christensen. Auxilian Tess Church, a retired LAHS teacher, announced the winners at the LAHS Scholarship Convocation.

    Goyal, who will attend the University of New Mexico in the fall, plans to pursue a career in medicine with possible specialization in endocrinology or dermatology.

  • History is Los Alamos High School student Shannon Burns’ favorite subject, which became very clear during the National History Day Contest.

    During the competition, which was held June 15-19 at the University Maryland, Burns not only took her project, “Molly’s Children: The American/Irish Mining Conflict,” into the finals, earning 10th place, but was presented one of two awards from the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Ladies Ancient Order Hibernians.

  • At first glance, it may seem like most Americans live comfortable lives, and this comfort affords them a limited view and feeling of the world’s troubles, but if you look deeper, Americans, at least locally, do dare to look beyond middle class lines and even across country borders with the desire to help.

  • Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) is proud to unveil its new fall schedule and to welcome new instructors to its faculty.