Que Pasa - April 11, 2012

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• Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Twins’ Blanket” by Hyewon Yum. This month’s theme is “Celebrating National Library Library Month”. All programs are free and open to the public.

• United World College students provide free homework help from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Travelers Café on the Las Vegas Plaza. All age levels. Any questions, call Sharon Seto at 454-4206.

• U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal hearing to designate Wind River Ranch near Watrous into a national wildlife refuge, 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 at the Mora High School Lecture Hall. A second hearing for the proposal will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 13 at the Lora Shields Science Building (Lecture Hall 1) on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. Those unable to attend the hearings may submit written comments to: fw2_rw_lasvegas.fws.gov or mail them to Steve Kettler, Lead Planner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 1306; Albuquerque, N.M. 87103.

• New Mexico State Land Office will host an Open House from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 to be held at the city of Las Vegas Council Chambers.


• AAA New Mexico is holding a free Car Care Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  on Friday, April 13 at All-Terrain Transmissions and Automotive, a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility, located at 1829 7th Street. Automotive technicians will be conducting free 38-Point Maintenance Inspections for both AAA Members and non-members.

• Las Vegas, NM's third annual seed exchange, "Compartiendo Semillas," from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Luna Community College's cafeteria.The event, which culminates in an exchange of heirloom, non-hybrid, non-genetically modified seeds, also features talks on a variety of subjects relating to sustainable agriculture, including water issues, the health implications of GMO food and how to save seeds. A free lunch of traditional foods will be served. Although not required, participants are encouraged to bring seeds to exchange.

• Ride of Pride’s Project Hope Colt Sale, noon with an open house, barbeque luncheon, and colt sale, on Saturday, April 14 at the Ride to Pride office located off Airport Road. Dinner, dance and mechanical bull competition, 5:30 p.m. at the Plaza Hotel. Call 429-3905 or 426-5332 for more information.

• “Walk to the Park” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, meet at El Valle Community Center in Villanueva and walk to Villanueva State Park. Don’t like to walk alone? Enjoying activities with others can be fun! Walking is a natural, inexpensive and healthy way to exercise your heart, and improve circulation. Healthy treats and door prizes will be available.

• Mora Valley Community Health Services, a nonprofit organization, and the Mora Mountain Mamas, a local women’s organization, fundraising dinner, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 at the Senior Citizens Center in Mora, New Mexico for a fund raising dinner on Sunday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. The fund raising dinner is being held to benefit the ambulance service and the Senior Citizens Program in Mora.For more information,  contact Debbie Rivera at 575-387-2201.

• Benefit Bingo for HRDA, Inc., from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 at the Elks Lodge at 2305 Collins Drive. There is a $5 donation. Non-smoking event. For tickets and information, contact Anna M. Lujan at 425-7281 ext. 34

• The Wealth of Water: Short Term Gains vs. Long Term Opportunity presented by Miguel Santistevan, a native of Taos, N.M., 4 p.m. children presentation, 5 p.m. adult and children presentation, 6:30 p.m. free tamales and refreshments with the documentary showing of “Gasland” on Monday, April 16 at Tapetes de Lana in Mora. Sponsored by Mora Democracy School Committee. For more information, contact the MDSC at 575-387-5485

• Fort Union National Monument  monthly Glimpses of the Past presentation, “Private Robert Morris Peck” as part of our Civil War 150th Anniversary Series to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St., in Las Vegas. When the United States seized control of the Southwest Territory after the Mexican-American War, U.S. troops by thousands poured onto the frontier to protect and control the newly acquired land. One of these soldiers, Pvt. Robert Morris Peck, recorded numerous and colorful observations of the land and its people in numerous letters, diary entries, and journals. Join Leo E. Oliva as he portrays Peck in first person persona and hear in Peck’s own words the thoughts of one of the United States’ first soldiers stationed in the Southwest. The “Glimpses of the Past” series is free in partnership with the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025, or visit www.nps.gov/foun.

• Interpretive talk, 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, located on Highway 281, East of Las Vegas. "Playa Lakes Joint Venture" with Christopher Rustay. They will give a powerpoint presentation about the Playa Lakes Joint Venture: "Who we are, the bird conservation that we do, the science that we use, and how we work with partners to conserve habitat for waterfowl and other birds across the southern Great Plains." Seating is limited to 40. All seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information see website at http:/flvnwr.org or call Jan Arrott at 454-6115

• Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake, Wii Bowl in Las Vegas, April 22 at the Plaza Hotel. For more information on the local bowl, contact Maggie Romigh at 426-8510.

• Help someone learn to read or become a better reader.  Train to be a literacy tutor through The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico.  A tutor training workshop will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, April 24 and April 26, in the Education Department Curriculum Library at Highlands University. Call Barbara at 454-0223, mornings.

• Applications for the El Valle de San Miguel County Flying Diamond Scholarship are available at the San Miguel County Human Resource Office. Applications and scholarship guidelines may be picked up at the office at 500 West National, Suite, 202. Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 27. For information, call 425-1557.

• The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the Baby Miss Las Vegas and Baby Mister Las Vegas Pageant on Sunday June 3. The competition is open to baby girls and boys ages 6 months to 5 years. Entry forms may be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center or the Chamber of Commerce. Entry Deadline is Friday, April 27. No entry fee required. For more information call Philip Ortiz at 718-5656.

• Meadow City Family Clinic office of Lacy Houdek will be giving free adult flu vaccine shots. No appointment needed. $10 administrative fee will be the only charge. The office is at 624 University Ave. Suite 600. For information, call 426-0700.