• Free admission to Fort Union National Monument and Pecos National Historical Park during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, January 15-17. Fort Union National Monument, which is a short drive from Las Vegas, will offer free admission. Fort Union (1851-1891) was the largest frontier military post and supply center of the Southwest. The National Park Service preserves and tells the story of Fort Union and the Santa Fe Trail. Fort Union National Monument is located near Watrous, exit 366 off I-25, eight miles on N.M.161. For further information contact the park at 425-8025 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/foun.Pecos National Historical Park preserves more than 12,000 years of history and tells the story of the people of the Pecos Pueblo, the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Forked Lightening Ranch owned by Greer Garson and her husband E.E. “Buddy” Fogelson. Pecos National Historical Park is located near Pecos, exit 307 off I-25. For more information call 505-757-7200.
• “Wandering Lens” art show artist reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Highlands University’s Ray Drew Gallery. It will be a Sean Weaver and Paul E. Moloney photography exhibition. The show runs from Jan. 18 to Feb. 17. The gallery is located on the first floor of the Donnelly Library and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
• Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District meeting, 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the U.S. Forest Service office at 1926 Seventh Street. For more information, call 425-9088.
• Exercise and Wellness class at Luna Community College, starting on Jan. 18 to May 18, kickbox and step combo, noon classes and four months of exercise. Last day to register is Jan. 25. For more information, call 454-5314, 425-8767 or 429-0508.
• Fort Union National Monument, National Park Service announces its monthly “Glimpses of the Past” presentation, “The Stars Along the Santa Fe Trail.” The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge Street. Have you ever gazed at the expansive sea of stars and wondered what it was you were looking at? Join Ranger Ron Harvey Jr. for an exploration of the Southwestern nighttime sky and discover the stories and wonders that wait for you once the sun goes down. Weather permitting, participants will also have the opportunity to observe a multitude of these evening marvels through a telescope. Warm winter clothing is recommended. 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 505-425-8025.
• Sustainable Las Vegas will be hold its third annual Sustainable Homes Tour (formerly Solar Homes Tour) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. The self-paced tour of four sites features a variety of renewable energy techniques and conservation measures. These examples range from very low- to higher-tech: drying clothes on clotheslines, rainwater catchment, passive solar water and space heating, photovoltaic installations, etc. The tour will begin at 10 a.m. with a free "weatherization" demonstration, at the Las Vegas Arts Council building at 140 Bridge St. The public is invited to come and learn simple ways to save energy dollars in their homes. A map of the tour will be available there. For more information, call Emelie Olson at 454-3920.
• 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 level. 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 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 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.