• Looking to show off your talent? You can sing, dance, or play an instrument at the 18th Annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad on Friday, March 9 in Ilfeld Auditorium. Call Sara Harris at 454-0438. Deadline Friday, Feb. 24.
• The AAUW annual Used Book Sale is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and Feb. 25. There is a selection of all kinds of books — paperbacks, best sellers, collectibles, for every possible interest. Children's and young adult books are specially priced, and used CDs, DVDs and tapes are available. Paperbacks are 50 cents and hardcover books are a dollar, along with bargain books at a buck a bag. The book sale is held at the NMHU Student Center lobby, from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
• Empty Bowls Luncheon starting at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Methodist Church Soup Kitchen, National Ave at Eighth St. Choose a handmade bowl crafted and donated by your neighbors and friends, enjoy a meal, and take the bowl home. UWC students and community members will provide entertainment.
Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Las Vegas Soup Kitchen and Casa de Samaritan Shelter. Purchase a handmade bowl filled with soup, with bread, dessert and a beverage for $20. Tickets for children 12 and under are $10. Contact Sharon Seto at 454-4206 or Jane Warsaw at 425-3120.
• Museum Cafe Series — popular lecturer for The Santa Fe Opera Oliver Prezant on “Discovering Opera in the Wild West,” at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25 at the local museum on Grand Avenue. He will talk about the opera and how it came to Northern New Mexico. Free and open to the public. Call 426-3204.
• Creative Children’s Workshop — Ready Set ... Opera! The event will allow children and families to learn about plot, character and music. Workshop starts at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the museum. All participants will help create an opera that is uniquely Las Vegas. Pre-registration required. The program is free and open to children 7 and older and requires a parent or guardian, 21 and older, to accompany them. Space is limited. Call Kristin Hsueh at 426-3204 or e-mail at email@example.com.
• Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge’s Interpretive talk, 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Located on Highway 281, East of Las Vegas. "The Tiny are Mighty" with Ken Bentson, professor of forestry, interim dean of NMHU College of Arts and Sciences. Bentson will discuss how arthropods (such as insects) have profound effects on the structure and function of ecosystems in Northern New Mexico. Seating is limited to 40. All seats will be available on a first- come, first-served basis. For more information, call Jan Arrott at 454-6115
• The Thomas Mishler Scholarship Recital, 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26 at NMHU Kennedy Lounge. The recital will feature the six winners of the Mishler Scholarship: Daniel Torres, guitar; Isaac Hidalgo, percussion; Amanda Melendrez, voice; Joseph Rivera, voice; Nicole Robinson, voice, and Rochelle Ortiz, flute. For more information, call 454-3135.
UPCOMING & ONGOING
• Celebrating Leap Day for the Overwhelmed. Join Bethel for a special seminar: "Time Management for the Spiritual Soul" and hear the Bethel Tabernacle choir. 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, Leap Day. 715 National Avenue (Methodist Building)
• OZOMATLI in concert, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at NMHU’s Ilfeld Auditorium, doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: Reserved: $40/30 lower tier; Reserved balcony $25, general seating balcony $20. Call 454-3238 for ticket information.