• When Liz Gold and Debbie Denison turned to Self Help Inc. for financial assistance with their utility bills in 2005, the organization did more than just offer a one-time monetary payment; it provided resources so Gold and Denison could always afford to pay their bills.After researching on the Self Help website, Gold said she discovered the grants that were available.

  • Having a hard day at work? Wishing you didn’t have to fix dinner again? Then plan to join the House of Hope Women and enjoy a full pancake dinner from 5:30-7 p.m. Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Parish Hall of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church on Trinity Drive. Donations for this pancake dinner are $4 for children (10 and younger), $7 per adult and $18 per family. Tickets may be purchased at the church after each Sunday service, in the church office, or at the door the night of the dinner.

  • The Los Alamos Choral Society, together with members of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, is performing Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road. The performance will be directed by Mary Place Badarak and features Loren Jacobson as Elijah.Tickets are available at Brownell’s Hallmark and at the door.

  • Using everything from Petri dishes to Bunsen burners, local students explored the world around them and tested their theories about it. Their discoveries will be revealed during the Los Alamos County science fair.The county science fair will be held Saturday at the Los Alamos High School cafeteria. The public is invited to attend the fair from noon-2:30 p.m. Additionally, people can participate in an award ceremony at 4 p.m.

  • “27 Dresses” starts on the eve of a cousin’s birthday, where Jane discovers her talent: the perfect bridesmaid. Twenty-seven dresses later she starts to discover her talent is a curse. Her dream guy falls for her sister, and she meets her polar opposite, a cynical wedding writer who is convinced she is the perfect story. The girl who is always a bridesmaid never a bride has to be the maid of honor to the man she wants to marry.

  • Award-winning author Neecy Twinem will come to Mesa Public Library Saturday to offer advice about illustrating and writing to the next generation of writers.Twinem’s visit is part of the 14th annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators workshop.

  • “There’s no perfect time to write – you just gotta do it.”Sometimes the most obvious and yet most challenging lessons about the creative process come from seemingly unlikely sources, in this case the associate director of threat reduction at the laboratory.Doug Beason is well known throughout the scientific community.

  • The Northern New Mexico District of the Boy Scouts will dedicate its annual banquet this year to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts. British army officer, Major General Robert Baden-Powell, who realized the need for boys joining the army to have more exposure to outdoor life, founded scouting in 1907.

  • Terry and LuLu Paschall have been spreading their faith and helping to rebuild a country for the past four years. Sunday, the Paschalls’ will share stories about their missionary work in Indonesia at 6 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship Assembly of God.The Paschalls work through the Assemblies of God World Missions.

  • To seventh- and eighth- graders wondering how they should start their long weekend Friday, there is an answer to their quandary. The Los Alamos Ice Rink and Big M.A.C. have teamed up to offer a skating activity exclusively for middle school students. The program will run from 7-9 p.m. Admission is $5, which includes skate rentals. Music and a snack bar will be featured during the event.Middle school students have skates rings around the outdoor arena for several years. Mary Aiello of the Youth Activity Center, which runs Big M.A.C., said Big M.A.C.

  • The Betty Ehart Senior Center, benefiting the Empty Bowls Project, is sponsoring a bowl building workshop for senior citizens at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge Ceramics Studio.The workshops will be held from 10 a.m. - noon Saturday and Feb. 2. Participants will build a minimum of two bowls, one to keep and the other(s) to donate to the Empty Bowls Project. Cost for the workshop is $20, which covers the cost of supplies. To sign up to make bowls contact the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 662-8920, Joyce Nickols, 662-2810 or e-mail bowls@selfhelpla.com.

  • For the first time in its history, a local guitarist will take the stage during the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Guitars and Gateaux show.Richard Hannemann, singer/songwriter, guitarist/composer will perform Jan. 24 at Fuller Lodge.Desserts will be served at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.“I’m looking forward to this,” Hannemann said.

  • My Score 4.5/5You may know the Coen brothers, that is, Joel and Ethan Coen, from such films as “Hudsucker Proxy,” “Barton Fink,” “Blood Simple,” “Oh Brother Where Art Thou,” “Fargo,” “Raising Arizona,” well, the list goes on and on. The number of quality films this writing/directing/producing duo has come out with since the 1980s is astounding. Their films have received worldwide recognition, and “A” list talent like George Clooney and Matt Damon seek to collaborate with them.

  • Never heard of the Ballets Russes? Lonide Massine? Bronislava Njinska? Alexandra Danilova? Alicia Markova?Unless you are a dancer, chances are you haven’t. The choreographers and prima ballerinas – legends in the ballet world – are not exactly household names in 21st century America.However, in the 1940s, they were stars.Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller’s “Ballets Russes” (2005), screening at 7 p.m.

  • After spending nearly seven years serving patients in Los Alamos and the surrounding area, Dr. Marion Messersmith, an orthodontist, has decided to return to full-time teaching. Dr. Messersmith and his wife, Cricket, will be moving to Nashville where Messersmith will be the Program Director of the Orthodontic Program at Vanderbilt University.“Reaching this decision has been agonizing for Cricket and me,” Dr Messersmith said. “We have thoroughly enjoyed living in Los Alamos.

  • Eleven seventh and eighth grade students at Los Alamos Middle School proved their smarts during the Knowledge Master Competition.They ranked first in the state and 22nd of the 711 teams in the world that participated.During the competition, students were given the questions on a CD and competed right at the middle school, said Barbara Jo Mullis, eighth grade teacher and the coach of the middle school team. The competition occurred in December 2007.Questions covered everything from current events and literature to mathematics and science.

  • As a college student and a U.S. citizen, 2006 Los Alamos High School graduate Elena Gustafson feels privileged but believes with that privilege comes responsibility to help others throughout the world.She is not the only one; several LAHS students share her feelings.Gustafson is taking on that responsibility by being an active member of Youth Development Initiatives, which is a student-run organization at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.

  • Glen M. Leonard, a senior scholar on Mormonism, will discuss the faith’s first leader in an upcoming presentation titled “Joseph Smith: The Man and the Myth” at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints White Rock Ward.

  • Who knew the devil could be so entertaining? From a fancy-dressed demon to a fiddler with a red face and horns, Satan showed his (or her) many faces during Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “The Devil and Daniel Webster.”Although the play is the main feature, the theater company shows its creativity in other performances.