• Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly board meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the U.S. Forest Service office, 1926 Seventh St. For more information, call 425-9088.
• Two talks are set for Wednesday, Dec. 1, sponsored, by NMHU ARMAS in Education, Sigma Xi Chapter, and the NMHU Foundation. Louis J. Guillette Jr., Ph.D., NMHU Alumnus, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Medical University South Carolina, will speak at noon in Sininger 100. His presentation is titled, “Environmental Contaminants and Reproductive Health: New Lessons from Genes to Populations.” At 5 p.m. at the Kennedy Lounge, he will give a speech titled, “Scrambled Eggs and Environmental Contaminants: New Lessons About Health and Disease.”
• The Western Mora Soil & Water Conservation District will hold a regular board meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the SWCD Building in Mora. The public is invited. The agenda is available at the Soil and Water Conservation office in Mora. For more information, call Dora Pino at (575) 387-2424.
• The theme for the 21st annual Electric Light Parade is “Toyland.” The parade will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and will wind through downtown Las Vegas. The parade lineup will take place on Second Street, next to the Robertson Cardinals football field at 3 p.m. It will go down Second, right on Baca, left on Sixth Street, right on Douglas, right on Eighth Street, left on University Avenue onto National to Bridge Street and end at the Plaza.
• Our Lady of Sorrows Church will hold a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at its parish hall on the Plaza. Refreshments will be sold before and during the Electric Light Parade. Funds will go to the church. For more information or to arrange for donations, call Donna Romero at (505) 603-3399, Sarah Duran at 429-2274 or Annette Sanchez at (505) 603-0670.
• A benefit Christmas fair will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with 7:30 a.m. as setup time) Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Father George Building. The event will benefit the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Empress 1796. For more information, call Inez Gallegos-Lujan at 425-9746 or 617-0565.
• A holiday musical is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the city museum, 727 Grand Ave. Members of the West Las Vegas Honors Choir, under new director Sarah Oliver,will perform. Donations will be accepted. The event will be sponsored by the Friends of the City of Las Vegas
Museum and Rough Riders Memorial Collection.
UPCOMING & ONGOING
• The San Miguel County Commission will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in its chambers on the second floor of the old county courthouse, 500 W. National Ave. The meeting will be to present the findings of the recently completed assessment of the San Miguel County economy by the University of new Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Jeffrey Mitchell, a senior research scientist at the bureau, will present the findings of the assessment in a 40-minute presentation. The presentation will look at the historical strengths and weaknesses of the local economy, existing economic conditions, challenges for county economic development and opportunities and recommendations to renew growth. For more information, call the county manager’s office at 425-9333
• The Gingerbread House/Biscochito baking contest will take place this year from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in the lobby of El Fidel Hotel.
• El Zócalo, Los Artesanos de Las Vegas, celebrates the holiday season at Second Saturday on Saturday, Dec. 11. The gallery’s theme for the month is “Fire and Ice,” which ties into the artwork of Alex Ellis, artist of the month. Ellis will talk about his works in encaustic painting, metalwork, prints, and jewelry at 2 p.m. at the gallery, 212 Plaza. A festive holiday reception will follow the talk.
• Author Sharon Niederman will hold a book-signing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Thom on the Range bookstore, 158 Bridge St. She takes readers on a tour of ranches, cafes, festivals, home kitchens and farmers markets in “New Mexico’s Tasty Traditions: Recollections, Recipes and Photos.” For more information, call 454-9944.
• The home and storefront decoration contest will be judged from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Applications for these events are available at the Chamber of Commerce office at 503 Sixth St. For more information, call 425-8631.