• Catholic Daughters of Immaculate Conception Parish have joined Catholic Daughter Courts in sponsoring the 2014 National Education Contest. The contest is open to Catholic and non-Catholic students in grades four through 12 as well as adult Catholic Daughters. Themes selected for the contest are: “Jesus Loves Us. How do we spread the love?” and “How do I promote peace in the world?” Monetary awards and certificates will be given for first, second and third place winners in each division and category. Local deadline is Feb. 15. For more information or for contest entry forms, contact Irene at 425-7666 or Paula at 429-9456.
UPCOMING and ONGOING
• Town hall meetings are being held to discuss oil and gas drilling and a community rights ordinance, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Traveler’s Café, 1814 Plaza; at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Traveler’s Café, 1814 Plaza; at 3 p.m. Wed. Feb. 26, at Fire Station 1, 604 Legion Drive; and at noon Saturday, March 1, at El Valle Women’s Collaborative (across from La Risa). There will be a short slide presentation, followed by presentations explaining a Community Rights Ordinance. Refreshments will be served. If there are weather concerns or you need directions, please call 426-1468.
• Hermits Peak Watershed Alliance will host Bill Zeedyk, who has designed and implemented successful restoration projects in various states. He will share techniques and ideas on maintaining and improving rural unpaved roads to reduce erosion and increase water-catchment and drainage, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall, G35 at New Mexico Highlands University.
• Glimpses of the Past, “The History of the Economic Development of the Southwest,” 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 at CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge Street. The history of the economic development of the American Southwest is diverse and unique. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025, or visit www.nps.gov/foun.