• A woman searching for her identity, an actor unprepared for the play and a man struggling with love and finances take center stage in the Los Alamos High School drama club’s one act plays.For the one-acts, the Olions Thespian Club, seized control of all the theatrical operations – from the directing to the lighting, the students called the shots. The community had an opportunity to see the young thespians’ handiwork last week and the opportunity to experience the one-acts will be available at 7 p.m.

  • “The Golden Compass” is a beautiful, fun, exciting, fantasy of a different world. Animals talk! There are no engines. Instead blue balls that glow and spin, power cars and planes.A wonderful sense of style permeates the entire place – sort of like a Lalique necklace, yet there is also a 1940s look to suits and clothing without being dull or drab. It is all so very chic.The animation is slick and fits in so well, it is hard to tell when “The Golden Compass” is animated sometimes.Dakota Blue Richards plays Lyra Belacqua.

  • Have you ever walked on the Mitchell Trail after the Cerro Grande fire of 2000? Hundreds of volunteers, including Mountain Elementary School students, planted Ponderosa pine seedlings in the burned area the year after the fire.A lot of people think there are no trees living there. Mountain Elementary School sixth-graders thought that too until they went on a field trip and collected data to find out how many trees are growing there.Students counted the number of trees in 1/20-acre plots and measured their height. The average density of Mrs. Plotner, Mrs.

  • For about 13 years Jules and Mary Dufour, members of the Pajarito Good Sam’s RV Chapter in Los Alamos, have collected scrap metal and aluminum cans, and sold it in Santa Fe to raise money for worthy causes.Money from the sale of scrap metal and aluminum goes mostly toward sponsoring hearing dogs through Dogs for the Deaf Inc.So far, four dogs have been sponsored, said Ross Meyer, president of the Pajarito chapter of the RV club. Sponsorship costs $5,000, he said.

  • The open house for the local American Red Cross service station revealed a familiar setting. After years of being located in the municipal building, the Red Cross returned to its old location at 2150 Juniper St.Its return was celebrated with food and music. “It feels good,” Kathy Seguara, service center manager, said.

  • The interior of the Masonic Temple glittered and shone with rocks polished and displayed to show their finery Dec. 1-2. The Los Alamos Geological Society revealed a few natural treasures during the annual Earth Treasure Show.While admission was free, people could purchase items from a silent auction or try their luck at the Wheel of Fortune–spinning a wheel to win a prize.

  • Los Alamos artist Secundino Sandoval’s work is not displayed in galleries or sold at numerous arts and crafts shows, however a chance to see the artist’s work has arrived.Village Arts by Marilyn is showcasing Sandoval’s work during an open house from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.Sandoval will feature 20 new pieces in the show.

  • A Los Alamos High School Senior, Matt Hanson, has been selected to participate in the 2008 National High School Honor Orchestra. The Honor Orchestra will present a full length concert at the National Convention of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Feb.

  • Orchestra, chorus and a manger scene combine in this special musical production for the Christmas season. "Lauda per la Nativita del Signore" ("Laud to the Nativity") by Ottorino Respighi will be presented Sunday during the 11 a.m. worship service. The public is welcome. Respighi’s Lauda is a pastoral work that depicts the birth of Jesus as the shepherds might have seen it. Respighi employs several archaic forms and devices such as madrigals and plainchante, to make this picture of the manager scene.

  • “Jingle Bells”, “Joy to the World”, “Silent Night” – these are all well-known Christmas carols that people sing in the United States (or at least that have been adopted). But what about other countries?At 2 p.m.

  • “Inside Box 1663” first appeared on bookshelves in 1977 and became a bestseller. Thirty years later, the story gets a revised look in its new edition.The author, Eleanor Jette, gave a first-hand account of what life was like in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project era.She describes the schools, the hospitals, and the parties at Fuller Lodge along with the quirks of living in a secret town such as owning driver’s licenses without names or addresses.

  • Marina Goldovskaya has a problem with Stalin.The Russian filmmaker is now head of the documentary film program at UCLA.

  • Daniel Ward and his guitar have seen and done quite a lot. They have traveled the globe performing and have played everything from flamenco music to pop music.Ward’s musical diversity and experience can be heard on his first CD, “After the Storm.” The CD was released in 2005 and is available to purchase on www.danielward.net. It can also be found on i-Tunes music store and other online music stores.Ward’s work may be familiar. He grew up in Los Alamos and the connection to the area doesn’t stop there.

  • Noel Trujillo, speech and debate coach for the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers, has been teaching the art of talking for 34 years and was recently recognized for his efforts.The National Forensic League awarded him a fourth diamond.Trujillo explained every time students compete in a speech and debate event, they receive points. If they win a competition, students earn six points; if they lose an event, they receive three points.Coaches also earn points.

  • I've seen my fair share of "The Nutcracker" ballet. When my sister took ballet classes in high school, I watched her perform as a Spanish dancer, a snowflake and a flower for several years. Also, I have viewed the Denver Ballet Company's rendition of the ballet.

    After these frequent viewings, I was ready to take a break from this particular ballet. The Dance Arts Los Alamos' production changed my mind.

    From the choreography and dancing to the sets and the costumes, the show put the magic back into this often-told tale.

  • Josephine Boyer started an ornament decorating event as a social get-together 12 years ago in Vienna, since then it has evolved into a fundraiser for different charities.

    The ornament-painting party will be held for the first time in Los Alamos from noon-6 p.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

  • Los Alamos Little Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley" is Israel Horovitz's lively adaptation of the Charles Dickens story, with a large cast and two choruses. In this production Scrooge, played by Grady Hughes, and his old partner Marley, played by Paul Lewis, maintain a running dialogue through the familiar scenes of Christmases past, present and future. Although much dialogue is taken directly from Dickens, in this version Marley also serves as the play's narrator.

  • The children's bazaar returns from 9 a.m.- noon Saturday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

    Event co-chairs Cathy Walters and Beth Pattillo will host the fifth annual event. This service project, which began five years ago as part of Winter Fest, gives the children of the community ages 5-12 the opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for their loved ones. Younger children may also participate as long as the child has a shopping list and is responsible for his/her money.

  • Pancakes can do more than just satisfy people’s appetites, they can provide a community service. For instance, Kiwanis members are hosting a breakfast with Santa from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.The admission may be free, but participants are asked to help out in their community by either donating nonperishable food to LA Cares or contributing money to the Kiwanis’ foster children’s party.The menu for the breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, milk and juice.

  • Ginny Ebinger arrived in Los Alamos in 1954 to teach music and more than 50 years later she, along with her husband, are moving to Albuquerque and leaving behind a big impression on the local community.To recognize what Ebinger has accomplished and to say goodbye, the Los Alamos County Library System, Friends of the Library and the Los Alamos Historical Society are hosting a reception from 2-4 p.m.