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It's almost summer! Kick the weekend off right. (Did someone say zombie crawl?)

Stamp Out Hunger!

Charities with pun-inspired names are our favorite, so help the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service provide food to the needy. All you have to do is leave a bag of non-perishables (soups, cereals, pasta, canned goods and the like) next to your mailbox before regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 10, and the mail carrier will pick it up and deliver it for you. For more info, contact Stephanie at 349-8678.

The Treehouse

In the spirit of our wonderful poetry community, Sumner and Dene (517 Central NW) hosts an open mic the second Saturday of the month (being this Saturday, May 10). Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to sign up for a slot in the hour-long open mic (four minute limit enforced) followed by a featured poet. Everything wraps up by 9 p.m.

Folk Music, Baby

Revel in New Mexico's multicultural background during the 15th anniversary celebration of the GOV-TV showLo Maduro de La Cultura” and the commemoration of a year-long-statewide tour by Los Reyes. The event takes place Saturday, May 10, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the KiMo (423 Central NW). Performances include a variety of folk music and guest artist Gaby Villalobos. Tickets are $5. For more info, call 768-3522 or visit www.cabq.gov/kimo.

CERN Update

Large Hadron Collider news is most popular on CNN.com today!

I think it must be that dashing picture of Nima Arkani-Hamed that's got all the attention.

Genetically engineered something or other.

Bioethics

From genetically modified food to the oncomouse, the issues surrounding the ethics of playing with genes are complicated to say the least.

Genetic engineering provides wonderful possibilities like ending world hunger and curing cancer, for instance, along with potentially dangerous consequences and threats to human integrity. What happens to the ecosystem when GM insect-repellent plants are introduced? Is it right to create an animal specifically so it may die by a debilitating disease?

The debate hits closer to home with gene therapy and embryo screening. The question is: What's next?

I don't know about you, but the movie Gattaca scared the crap out of me. Thankfully, my fears may be somewhat assuaged by new legislation that just passed through the US Senate.

Fire!
John McColgan

Burn, Baby, Burn

Fire season has begun in New Mexico. In light of the fact that the Trigo Fire is only 60 or so miles away from my house, and that Governor Bill Richardson was recently asked this same question, I thought it was high time to update The List.

The List consists of the material objects you would want to save if your house were in danger and you had to evacuate.

So, after all the people and pets were safe, I'd go back in for this stuff:

1. My diamond earrings and a few of my favorite pieces of jewelry.

2. My scrapbook I've been working on for four years.

3. My laptop and extra hard drive.

4. My guitar.

5. My journal.

Also, if you are paranoid like I am, this is a good site to check out.

College

You Guys Had It So Easy

These days, it's almost impossible to get into a recognized university, let alone a truly prestigious one.

On top of that, with an uncertain economy and rising tuition costs, it's becoming more difficult to pay for a good education.

That leaves most of today's high school students facing tough decisions, like how to pay for the school they really want, whether to go to a school that offers them a less expensive education, or the true merits of joining the army.

All in all, mine doesn't seem like the fun senior year my parents remember.

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Cultural diversity is in this weekend. Add some to your life and events calendar.

Native Art

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center hosts the Spring Indian Art Market on Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20, all day. Enjoy traditional dances, art work, food and more. Visit the center's website for more info.

Powerhouse Poet

Ángel Gonázlez was a celebrated Spanish poet who wrote about issues of freedom and solidarity during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, and he taught at UNM from 1974 to 1994. Come to the National Hispanic Cultural Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, for a tribute to this accomplished author.

Swing Dancin'

Go swing dancing at the Double Time Dance Studio (112 Morningside SE) on Saturday, April 19. The event is a fundraiser for Relay for Life, which helps support victims of cancer. There’s an introductory lesson is from 7 to 8 p.m. and the dance goes ‘til midnight. Tickets are $10. For more info, call 268-1123.

African Welcome

Celebrate spring and diversity at the African Village Feast at Escuela del Sol Montessori (Mountain and Seventh Street) on Sunday, April 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. Be sure to bring food to share, your own utensils (to conserve paper/plastic) and musical instruments to join in the jam. Call Nkazi for more info at 831-0469.

Be Healthier

We all need a little healing from time to time. Find some at the Wellness Social Pow Wow on Tuesday, April 22, and Wednesday, April 23, at the Rio Rancho Inn (1465 Rio Rancho SE). The event starts at 6 p.m. both days and includes dancing and entertainment. For more info, call Frank at 897-1489.

Childhood Trauma

The Birds. The Exorcist. E.T. The Wizard of Oz. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. If the mere mention of one of these movies didn't freak you out as a kid, you must not have seen them.

For me, it was Jurassic Park. Seriously, reptiles the size of buildings with teeth the size of children, and a hankering for human flesh? Velociraptor attacks were the subject of nightmares for months.

I take solace in the fact that I'm not alone, and while I'm not faster than a dinosaur, at least I can be smarter.

Man-eating Dragons?

The Large Hadron Collider in Europe, a.k.a, CERN, the most powerful particle accelerator ever built, is almost ready to start smashing some sub-atomic particles in the hunt for the theoretical Higgs boson and other mysteries of physics.

Some people are concerned about safety, however, and the risk of potentially creating a tiny black hole that would end life as we know it. Physicists argue about the true risk involved with the experiments planned for the LHC, but one thing is certain: No one really knows what will happen. As the New York Times pointed out, "the new collider could spit out man-eating dragons."

I think I'll go polish my battle-ax, just in case.