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  • Willa, age 3, runs up to her mom with a library book in hand.“Read me a story,” she begs. Maria Seefz, Willa’s mom, is delighted to read to her daughter.Seefz is an elementary education teacher and is passionate about the value of reading out loud and talking about story books with Willa.

    Seefz only hopes she will find the same strong support for reading in Alamosa, Colo., that they have found at the Carnegie Public Library’s children’s program. The Carnegie program has meant a lot to them both. But they are leaving for Colorado in two weeks.

  • Fear can be many different things to people, not just the bogeyman in the closet.

    Fear for some people is the doll sitting on the shelf, the darkness of the closet or the unknown.

    I was watching this movie where the girl goes to a psychiatric center because she is terrified of the bogeyman. One of the guys there ends up being her really good friend, and he is terrified of the dark. The light in her closet goes out, and he just stands there and won't even help her change it because he is so afraid of what might be in there and what he can't see.

  • Casa de Cultura director Miguel Angel sees the Day of the Dead as a celebration of life. “It is a way to poke fun at death,” Angel said.

    “Since we are all going in that direction, why not laugh at death while we are alive? The flowers and the sugar skulls, the pan dulce, all are reminders that life is sweet.”

    Central features of the day of the dead, or dia de los muertos, are the “ofrendas,” which are altars or memorials to the deceased, and “calaveras,” various representations of skulls and skeletons.

  • In permaculture, we often talk about the design and creation of “invisible structures.” Invisible structures are the cultural constructs which make a community a community rather than just an assortment of isolated individuals in proximity.

    Such invisible systems are all around us. One such invisible structure is the system of currency.

  • Local band Los Tropicales, in its first-ever submission to the The New Mexico Hispano Entertainers Association, has been nominated seven times in four categories.

    Their CD, “Crossing Borders,” has been a regional success since its release in 2007, and their numerous performances throughout New Mexico have been enthusiastically received. Performing on the CD are Mike Romero on vocals and guitars, Leroy “Pato” Lucero on vocals, bass and percussion, Lee Norman Gonzales on vocals, guitar and saxophones, Steve Leger on trumpet, flute, piccolo and percussion.

  • Someone once told me that hard work pays off. Honestly it has; I’m about to graduate and start this thing called life. But no one ever told me that starting life outside of high school was going to be so complicated.

    There is so much to do when it comes to college: picking the right college, writing resumes, getting letters of recommendation, finding a scholarship and taking the ACT and SAT tests.

    It doesn’t sound so complicated but when it comes down to it, there is so much stuff you have to do it’s impossible to know where to start.

  • Feature films in an historic auditorium. Popcorn, snacks and refreshments on sale. Free admission, open to the public. Conveniently located.

    It’s too good to be true, right?

    Really, it’s just too good. The historic Ilfeld Auditorium’s Cineflex program shows a variety of first-run films and documentaries free to NMHU students and the public Wednesdays from fall through the spring.

  • Dr. Charlie Clements speaks at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at United World College, on the topic of his book and award-winning documentary, “Witness to War.”

    Clements is a human rights activist and public health physician.

    Throughout the years, Clements has faced several moral dilemmas that shaped his life. As a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy who had flown more than 50 missions in the Vietnam War, he decided the war was immoral and refused to fly missions in support of the invasion of Cambodia.

  • A scholar and lecturer will bring the New Deal-era arts and artists to life on her visit to Las Vegas.

    On Saturday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m., Tey Marianna Nunn will speak on “Hispana and Hispano Artists of the New Deal Era,” focusing on those northern New Mexicans who were part of the arts and crafts movement supported by the government during the 1930s and 1940s. She will show slides of their work as she discusses their contributions.

  • El Dia de los Muertos (the day of the dead) is not scary.It’s not morbid and it’s not violent.Also, it’s not Halloween.Its purpose is simple: to remember with joy and love the lives of those who have passed into death. Perhaps it’s more like Memorial Day.

  • A nine-minute video about the restoration of murals at Ilfeld Auditorium will be on view at the Las Vegas City Museum through the end of October.

    The video can be seen in the museum’s main gallery. The murals, painted by Brooks Willis, were created as part of the New Deal-era programs that put artists and craftspeople to work during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The City Museum is showing the video in connection with the New Deal 75th Anniversary Celebration.

    The video, which was produced by Miriam Langer and Dustin Bingham, includes footage of the restoration.

  • What are dreams? Scientifically, dreams are our subconscious mind that keeps playing in our sleep. But can dreams mean more than what science can explain?

    The dreams we have can be a sign of good or bad things to happen. Sometimes even things that might change our life.

    Some dreams are frightening and they can change how a person sees life.

    Just like deja vu. Have you ever had deja vu and you know what is about to happen, so you say or do something that you’ve seen yourself doing? Is that our subconscious mind?

  • The late Pope John Paul II had repeatedly called for the abolition of the state-administered death penalty. His voice along with many other voices was heard in Europe, and the EU abolished the death penalty. In 2005, during Holy Week, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops called for the abolition of the death penalty, and the group initiated a national campaign to educate Catholics on this issue.

  • For the first time ever, I went to see the burning of the famous Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom.

    I have always been afraid of him.

    The first time I remember seeing him was at the mall in Santa Fe. He was huge, with green circles around his red eyes and his white suit with blue buttons and a blue tie. He terrified me.

    I guess it might of been because he reminded me of Chucky the killer doll.

  • Wall street in tatters. Bank failures, right and left. Foreclosures. Drought. A time of financial crisis.

    While this may sound as current as the morning news, it was also the dawn of the Great Depression.

    In 1929, the U.S. economy tanked. Bankers and stockbrokers were diving out of windows. Farmers lost their farms and city folk lost their homes to foreclosure. It was a terrible time, and it seemed there would be no end to it. But in 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office — and FDR had a New Deal for America.

  • The remaining animals of The Animal Support Center have a place to live. Jessica Taylor, owner of Green Gates Sanctuary in Ilfeld, N.M., is willing to care for and socialize the remaining animals of TASC so that they can be adopted to loving homes. Green Gates is a separate entity from TASC and will continue to exist as an educational center and a much needed sanctuary when all TASC animals are adopted.

  • Labor Day weekend was full of exciting happenings. Not forgetting to mention that indeed we got lost in a mountain with a boat. We spent 13 hours driving all over the mountains of Colorado looking for the place where we were supposed to camp.

    But I never thought getting lost would be as much fun as it was.

    While we were stuck in the truck together, we sang and my uncle told jokes and would ask me, “So, is being lost with me better than being at home?” I had to laugh because my answer would always be “Yes.”

  • Meredith Britt’s work in the upcoming show, “el arte moderno,” invokes a soft but colorful serenity, as though no sound plays a part in the art making. A person of few words with a dry sense of humor and a quiet demeanor, Britt seems quite comfortable in the company of only her paints and canvas.

  • On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carnegie Library Park, local activists will team up with featured speaker Magdaleno Rose Avila to help kindle the struggle for justice in Las Vegas.

    Magdaleno Rose Avila grew up in an immigrant family, in southern Colorado where he faced poverty, limited education, stereotyping, drugs, and gangs.

  • The reason people want to come to the Wildlife Refuge is because we miss our mother — the mother of us all, Mother Nature — according to Jan Arrott at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. Jan and other members of the Friends of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge are there for the birds and other wildlife because people need that connection. Human beings long for something that connects us with our roots in nature, with soaring eagles and smooth-sailing cranes.