Que Pasa - Feb. 14, 2011

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• Catholic Daughters Court #1796 (Immaculate Conception Parish) is sponsoring the 2011 National Catholic Daughters of the Americas Education Contest which is open to Catholic and non-Catholic students in grades four through 12, and Catholic Daughter members. The themes for this year are: “The Lord is My Light” and “The Light Others Give to Me.” Monetary awards will be given for first-, second- and third-place winning entries in each division and category at the local, state and national levels. Top local winners will advance to state competition and top state winners will advance to national competition. Awards at the national level are $100, $50 and $25 for first, second, and third place. Local contest deadline is Feb. 15. For information or contest entry forms, call Sandra at 454-8203; or information can be picked up at the Immaculate Conception Parish Office.

• Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District meeting 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the United States Forest Service at 1926 7th Street. For more information, call 425-9088.

• Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

• Fort Union National Monument, National Park Service will hold its monthly Glimpses of the Past program. “Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo” to be held at 7 p.m.  on Thursday, Feb. 17 at the CCHP/Santa Fé Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St., in Las Vegas, Rick Hendricks, New Mexico State historian, will speak on the treaty that brought to an end the U.S. war with Mexico, a dramatic expression of Manifest Destiny. The treaty called on Mexico to cede about half its national territory in exchange for $15 million as compensation for war-related damage to Mexican property. The “Glimpses of the Past” series are free in partnership with the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025.

•Tai Chi Sword is also known as “spiritual swordsmanship.” In ancient times, humans had to deal with external enemies. In modern times, our enemies are more internal and self-created. The goal of Tai Chi Sword is to help one cut through one’s own obstacles such as fear, anger, laziness, insecurity, temptation, and negativity on the path of spiritual development. Call 454-1386 or 454-0003 for more information.